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Episode 1630 September 28, 2019

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Watch Mike from California Comments

Mike upgraded to iOS 13.1.1 and now he can't copy and paste. Leo says that it's been relegated to a "gesture" now and he finds it annoying. He doesn't know if it's a bug or if it's Apple's new way to do it. Users pinch with three fingers to copy and then unpinch to paste. To cut, press twice. What happens with the Apple Pencil or a stylus? Leo says no idea, but he has a hunch that Apple hasn't thought this one through.

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Watch Mike B. from New Jersey Comments

Mike B. is calling to talk about the plan by TiVo to put in ads. Mike says that TiVo is obviously needing to in order to keep TiVo going. The good news is that if users have a TiVo Roamio or older, they won't get them. Only the Bolts or latest TiVos will. Leo says that it may just be easier to go with PLEX or the Silicon Dust HD Home Run.

Watch Joe from Lomita, CA Comments

John just upgraded to Windows 10, does he still need an antivirus? His tech people say he should. Leo says it's not bad to have an antivirus, but Windows 10 already comes with one called Defender. So he won't really need anything else. But Leo also says that the best defense is good behavior. No antivirus is 100% effective...at best they are 50% accurate. Also, they don't guard against so-called Zero-Day attacks. So avoid clicking on links or opening attachments, and keep the OS updated. 

Watch Seth from Long Beach, CA Comments

Seth wants to know what the best consumer-grade WiFi routers are. Leo says it's constantly changing. And now, WiFi 6 (aka 802.11AX) is here. Designed to make IoT devices more efficient, WiFi 6 will certainly change up the game. Leo recommends the new MESH routers. They are more expensive, but they are much better for homes, especially those with spotty WiFi coverage. Leo also says that the older Eero Beacons can be used with Ethernet, so if users have their home wired for Ethernet, they can plug in for even better performance. The other alternative is Powerline networking. TPLink makes some very good PLN devices these days, very popular with The WireCutter. 

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Watch Chris from Westlake Villiage, CA Comments

Chris is building his first PC with his dad and wants to know if Leo has any "tips." Leo says that building a PC is a great project that will teach him a lot about how computers work. It's not really hard either, as the pieces will all snap into place. The real work is planning it out, deciding which hardware to use, etc. The first question is... what is the computer going to be used for? Homework? Gaming? Video editing? What's the budget?

Leo recommends that Chris spend some time at PC Perspective's Hardware Leaderboard. This will show the ideal parts based on a budget, and there are four different levels. It's a good place to get an idea of where to go for the next step.

Watch Don from Culver City, CA Comments

Don has an old Epson NX510 printer that he hasn't used in a long time. The ink cartridges are now really expensive. Is it worth trying to get new cartridges? Leo says that many models replace the print head when users get a new cartridge. So it's worth a try. But it's also worth running the unclogging utility and cleaning the print heads. Users really need to print once a week in order to keep the inkjet healthy. If users rarely print, a laser printer is better. 

Watch Pat from Orange County, CA Comments

Pat has a friend who can't speak and needs a device that he can type on, and then prints out to someone's mobile device so they can have a conversation. It also needs to be multi-lingual. Leo says that smartphones are great for that. He can use Apple Messages on the iPhone to do that. Leo recommends checking for Independent Living Resource Centers.

ScooterX in the chatroom says that TouchVoice is a great app for that. Price is about $14 and it'll work on iPhone, Android, and even the desktop. It will also have a voice playback so he doesn't have to worry about having to have a second device to use.