Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Andrew from Dayton, OH Comments

Andrew has been noticing that when he shuts down Android apps, they still appear to be running when he goes into Manage Apps. Leo says on all mobile devices, there's no need for programs to actually shut down. On modern versions of Android, iOS, and even on Windows 8.1 or RT, apps don't necessarily close. The operating system just takes care of it on its own. When the user does something else, the OS will halt the CPU for that app, reclaim the memory, and eventually close it. It will still be in the "recent apps" section, though, but that's more for the user's convenience. Since it can manage apps automatically like this, it won't waste power or memory.

Watch Scott from Long Beach, CA Comments

Dave has a home office in his garage and he wants to get Wi-Fi out there, rather than having the wired connection. Leo says that he should be able to get Wi-Fi for at least 150 feet. If he has a lot of wiring in the walls, then he could end up with slower Wi-Fi, or even a dropped signal. The easiest thing to do is to find a repeater that's the same brand as his Wi-Fi router. They're essentially routers that are in "bridge" mode.

He should put that somewhere in the middle, and it'll just pass the signal along. He can add more than one if he needs it. Line of sight would be a good idea as well. Another option could be powerline networking.

This would use his power lines as an ethernet bridge to extend his network without additional wires. It's gotten a lot better in the last few years.

Watch Barry from Sierra Madre, CA Comments

Barry would like to get DSL Extreme without having to pay for a Verizon phone number. Leo says that's called "Dry Loop DSL" and the carrier should to offer it, according to the FCC. But the phone companies do make it very difficult to get because there's no money to be made from it. Leo says that DSLExtreme will fight for him to get connected. From the chatroom, AT&T offers Dry Loop. So if he has AT&T it in the area, that may be the option.

(Disclaimer: DSL Extreme is a sponsor).

Watch Melinda from Sherman Oaks, CA Comments

Melinda got Windows 8 and she hates it. Leo says that the Windows 8.1 update restores the start button and makes it easier to use like Windows 7. But Melinda wants to find apps and data. Leo says to just start typing. Windows 8 knows to search when she starts typing, and it'll continue to refine the search as she types more.

She could install StarDock's Start8, and actually make Windows 8 look like Windows 7. There's also Modern Mix, which will make the tiled programs look like Windows 7 listings. Or, she can get her Windows 7 restore discs and reinstall.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Britney from California Comments

Britney is going into nursing school after the first of the year and wants to know what tablet she should get: a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus 7, or the iPad. Leo says there isn't much difference quality-wise; they're all mature and have stunning screens. So it comes down to what she wants to do with it.

If she have a phone of a similar OS, like an iPhone, it's often a better idea to stay in that ecosystem, especially if she wants to link them together. The iPad is more mature and has a broader range of software to support students, like Pentultimate. The only downside is that iPad doesn't come with a stylus, so if she wants to handwrite notes in school, she'll need to buy a third party stylus or a blueooth keyboard. If she wants something with a stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note III is the way to go. It's not as large as a tablet, but it's pretty good for note taking.

The Microsoft Surface 2 is an attractive option as well. With a keyboard, it can double as a laptop, and it comes with Microsoft Office built in. The pro version has the full version of Windows. If she needs to run specific PC programs, then a Surface 2 Pro is the way go. The Lenovo Carbon Touch is a good one, as is the Lenovo Yoga.

Watch Waxman from California Comments

Waxman sometimes logs into his bank with his iPhone and is concerned about malware. Apple must approve all apps in the app store, so there aren't viruses to warrant needing an antivirus program. The apps are also segregated with no data sharing between them. So it's a pretty closed system. Android, by contrast, allows for the sale of antivirus apps because it's pretty wide open. The bigger issue is the wireless networking that he's using. But the bank data is encrypted, so there's no real issue.

Watch Monica from Glendale, CA Comments

Monica's new Vizio TV has an image that looks like she's looking through a bubble. Should she return it? Leo says that before she does that, she should go into the menu settings to see if the TV is just set in a strange picture mode.

Watch Connie from Thousand Oaks, CA Comments

Connie is worried that since her dad leaves his computer on, it's more vulnerable to attack. Leo says no, that's not how it works. There are things that Connie can do to protect him better, though:

1) Use a Mac (he does)
2) Get a router. The router will act as a dumb box that won't allow malware to pass in or sniff what he's going online.
3) Teach him to guard his behavior by not clicking on attachments or links in email, etc. And always be suspicious of them, double-checking the URL before clicking on the link.

Watch Bernie from Lakewood, CO Comments

Bernie has a bunch of old slides that he transferred to DVD, and then ripped them to his Network Attached Storage, along with image files of discs (ISOs). How can he view them on his network? Leo says that VLC is an amazing video product that will allow him to view it.

What about Apple TV? Leo says no, it can't understand ISOs. But Bernie can use his Mac with Mountain Lion or later to airplay them to Apple TV. He can just open the ISO with a Mac program like Disc Utility and then once it's mounted, he can stream it from the Mac using AirPlay.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Scott from Arizona Comments

Scott wants to upgrade to a Solid State drive but wonders about the hybrid drive. Leo says that Hybrid drives are basically supposed to be the best of both worlds, with the faster speed of an SSD and the storage capacity of the HDD. In reality, they don't work as well as the solid state drives Leo prefers. In fact, benchmarks show that they're very disappointing. Leo suggests getting an SSD for his programs, and an external spinning drive for data storage.

Watch Mike from Trebuco Canyon, CA Comments

Mike would like to transfer his movies from his DVR and play in his clinic. Leo says that Hollywood considers that piracy, but Leo says it's fair use. The only way he can do this is by exploiting the Analog hole. That means he'll have to plug the DVR into a computer that takes a composit or component imput and then capture it in real time while playing it back. It can be done, and he'll have to get some additional hardware (like a capture card), but he can do it. The other option is to buy downloads of the programs from iTunes or Amazon.

Watch Jack from Westminster, CA Comments

Leo says Apple invented desktop publishing! The software that's out now is InDesign from Adobe. He can buy a subscription to it for $19.99 a month.

Watch Frank from Temecula, CA Comments

Frank is looking to get a tablet that his kids can use. Leo says that the iPad has great software for kids. And for young kids, the iPad Mini is an ideal option. Leo also recommends getting a good sturdy rubber case for it.