Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Robert from Mira Mesa, CA Comments

Robert wants to help his uncle, who's blind, to read from his library of 6000 books. He's heard of the Orcam, which scans pages and reads them to you. Is it legit? Leo says that it looks promising, but it's very similar to the Google Glass technology. But since Orcam obscures the price unless you give them personal information, that makes him think it's very expensive. Amazon is selling them for $3250, however, But it could be covered under insurance, or help from the American Federation of the Blind. Orcam has demo days, so if they're having one near you, it would be worth checking out. But your mobile device may be able to do this through its accessibility settings. The Google Pixel 4 does it. 

Another option is to get him a subscription to Audible. 

Julian is a technology accessibility expert. Anyone who is blind can be helped by having an expert to consult with. His website is TechJV.com

Microsoft has an app called Seeing AI that can help blind people read. Envision AI is another for both iOS and Android.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Craig from Venice Beach, CA Comments

Craig is looking for a password manager and wants to sign up with LastPass (A sponsor of the TWiT Network and Studio). But is there anything special he has to do? Leo says that a password manager will not only store all your passwords, but it will also generate them for you. All you need to remember is the master password. Other options are One Password, Dash Lane and Bit Warden. Once you get LastPass all setup, you want to turn on 2 Factor Authentication so that if someone tries to break into or have your password, there is a second way to authenticate that will protect you. Leo uses Authy for it, but there's also Google Authenticator. It runs on your phone. 

Watch Larry from San Francisco, CA Comments

Larry is finding that every time he removes a program from his computer, his default apps get reset. What gives? Leo says that Microsoft may be trying to get Larry to use EDGE as a default. It could also be Microsoft's attempt to protect your computer's database by erring on the side of caution. There is a way to prevent it. Over at SuperUSer.com, there's a way to do it with REGEDIT. That's scary though. Here's a link to walk you through it - https://winaero.com/blog/prevent-windows-10-from-resetting-your-default-apps/.

Watch Charlies from Virginia Beach, VA Comments

Charles got a new Eero mesh router all set up (Eero is a sponsor of the TWiT Network), but now he gets a warning that his router can be seen online. Leo says that the best thing a router can do is be invisible by not responding to any online queries. It's called Stealth Mode. That's what GRC's Shields Up will test. Most routers have PING turn on by default. But you can turn it off in the security settings. Also, turn off universal plug n play and file sharing. 

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Gary from Walla Walla, WA Comments

Gary wants to know if he upgrades to Windows 10, will Microsoft Office still be on his computer? Leo says yes, it will, and you can upgrade Windows 10 for free. Google the Windows Media Creation Tool. You can then install on top of Windows 7, and nothing will change except the OS. 

Watch Julian from Los Angeled, CA Comments

Julian is a technology accessibility expert. Anyone who is blind can be helped by having an expert to consult with. His website is TechJV.com

Microsoft has an app called Seeing AI that can help blind people read. Envision AI is another for both iOS and Android.

Watch Gary from Gary, IN Comments

Gary has a vintage W530 Thinkpad, and he needs to repair it. Leo says that there's an entire SubReddit on repairing old Thinkpads. Gary also needs to bypass the Windows 7 password. Leo says that in Windows 7, there is a hidden Administrator account. If you can enable that, you can get in and change your password.

Watch Rick from Torrance, CA Comments

Rick has up to six copies of photos on his computer. How can he get rid of duplicates? Leo uses a "dedupe" program called Gemini 2, and it works on macOS and iOS. It's from MacPaw. It'll go through all your photos and figure out which image is a duplicate, which is an edited copy, and more. And for $20, it's worth it.

Rick also wants to know if he can turn an old laptop into a Chrome book. Leo says not strictly, but there is a company called NEVERWARE that has an app called CloudReady, which promises to turn your old laptop into a Chromebook. 

Watch David from Boston, MA Comments

David wants to be able to text his deaf brother. How can his brother be notified he has a text? Leo says you can get HUE LIGHTs that will react whenever you get a phone call or text. Check it out at meethue.com. You'll also want to get a Hue Hub as well. Go with the starter kit.