Audience Questions

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Watch JC from Sherman Oaks, CA Comments

JC recently bought the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 2. He wants to know if he can sync his Google Voice number to his watch. Leo says that the cell watch has to have its own number and your mobile service will charge you extra for it. It could conceivably, and it's worth trying. But Leo suspects that AT&T is using a gateway to prevent it.

Watch Tom from Cleveland, Georgia Comments

Tom has a Motorola Moto G with Google Photos sync. He deletes the photos from his phone, but it continues to download the images back. Leo says there's a setting in Google Photos to delete local copies of the photos you backup to Photos. You won't lose them if you enable it. In fact, it's streaming that image to your phone in Google Photos. So they aren't really there, they're just thumbnails.

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Watch Larry from San Francisco, CA Comments

Larry is building a new computer and wants to know if an M.2 SSD drive can be partitioned like a regular hard drive. Leo says when installed, M.2 drives are just like any other drive and can be partitioned as you need. Leo advises, though, that users should keep their data on a regular spinning drive and keep the SSD drive for your OS and applications. The OS really wants apps to be on the same drive, and it's easy to put a second spinning drive in. But if you partition a drive, you're setting an artificial limit on what you can put on it. So you don't really need to partition it. You also want to be sure your M.2 is MVNE supported.

Watch Angela from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada Comments

Angela has a 2015 Mac and when she shuts it down, it turns back on. Leo says it's an incomplete shutdown, with some app hanging it up. A wipe and reinstall of the OS should make it go away. Make sure you backup your data first.

You can launch the activity monitor and it'll show you all the processes that are running.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Andrew from Brewster, New York Comments

Andrew has Verizon FIOS and wants to know if he can use his own router. Leo says that Verizon bundles the router/modem together. Leo says you won't save any money since you have to use Verizon's modem/router anyway. But if you want to do your own router, you can turn off HDCP in the Verizon router and then use your own router for a better experience.  Here's a YouTube video on how - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2Jr_0P0zwY

Mike in the chatroom says that you can replace the router and save on the rental, while you still need Verizon's "ONT." You have to have that. So it depends on if you have to have it or not. 

Mike is also getting a message in Windows 10 that "expanded hardware is not protected," Leo says the Windows Security Manager complains and makes recommendations. But as long as Windows 10 is activated, you have nothing to really worry about. Just make sure you keep it updated. 

Watch Henry from Prescott Valley, AZ Comments

Henry wants to save his Word documents to his iPad. Leo says that by default, Word saves to OneDrive. So you can open a file up using the One Drive app. You can even use DropBox. Saving to the cloud is much better. 

Watch Richard from West LA, California Comments

Richard wants to know if he refuses to agree to terms of service or permissions on his Amazon Fire Tablet, will he be able to use it still? Leo says you can. They ask for it because they know people don't read it, and they want to scan your data to show you targeted ads. You may lose a few features, but odds are, they aren't worth having if you say no. 

Check out TOSDR to understand what your terms of service and permissions really mean.

Watch Brett from Tacoma, WA Comments

Brett is worried he's been hacked. He used UNRAID to create his own Network Attached Storage. But he recently got a message that he had 114 login attempts on his network. Leo says that it is very common. Any server that is online and attached to the internet will be attacked. Mostly by a bot that is programmed to look for servers online. Make sure you have security features that only allow logins from approved regions, IP addresses, or from your work. There should also be a feature that will lock out an IP address that keeps trying to log in. It'll also help to change your password occasionally. Know your security features inside and out if you're running your own NAS.