Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Andy from Mizzoula, MT Comments

Andy has a 2004 Chevy Truck and wants to know if he can get aftermarket add ons for Bluetooth, GPS, and a backup camera. He'd also like to install sensors to collision detection. Leo says he isn't sure about the last one, but a new head unit (stereo) that supports Apple Carplay or Android Auto can do most of the things that Andy wants, and it connects to your phone to do just about all that.  And most units can do both. There are third party backup cameras as well that you can then install into the headend. The chatroom says to head over to crutchfield.com and go to the model section, enter your car details, and it will give you some great options.

Sam Abuelsamid agrees on the head unit.

Watch Cameron from Sioux Falls, SD Comments

Cameron wants a recommendation on a new tablet, and he's an Android guy. Leo says that there aren't really many decent Android tablets out there. Samsung makes a decent one. But their no cheaper than iPads, and frankly, the iPad is really the best tablet by a WIDE margin.  Android tablets can also be very insecure and must constantly be up to date with monthly security updates. If you have an LTE tablet, odds are the tablet isn't updated as often by the carrier. Apple, however, keeps their devices updated continuously regardless of what carrier you have subscribed to. 

One exception is the Amazon Kindle Fire. It's Android, but Amazon has modified it and has its app store. It's a decent tablet for the money. So if you're on a budget, that's a solid option.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Tom from Torrance, CA Comments

Tom just bought a Microsoft Surface 3 and he'd like to set it up with a standard user account. How does he do that? Leo says that the first thing Tom wants to do is enabled User Access Control (UAC). This will give you a popup to make sure anything being installed is something you want to install. But to add a new user, go into the control panel and add a new user, making sure to give them standard user rights. Then use that account, rather than the Admin account. Settings. Account. Other Users. Add User. Or you can hit Windows +R and then type control + space "user passwords 2." That will bring up the classic screen to add a limited user. 

But understand that there is malware out there that will upgrade user access to admin. So be still keep Windows updated.

Watch Chris from Miami, FL Comments

Chris recently updated his iPhone to 13.4.1, and it got stuck into restore me mode. He was able to mail his phone to Apple to clear it, but he was without his iPhone for a week, and as such, was stuck with not being able to use his Apple Watch as well. Will they be coming out with a stand-alone Apple Watch with its own connections? Leo says that seems to be the rumor, but you can't do anything on the Apple Watch, really, without the iPhone nearby. That's why Leo always has a backup phone that he can put the SIM into should he have to send the iPhone in for repair. 

Watch Fred from Upland, CA Comments

Fred recently learned that OWLCam had been sold to CallPassNow, and now he needs to pay an annual subscription of $375 a year to keep using his two cameras. Leo says ouch, but it also includes LTE service, which isn't too bad, considering it will still be able to upload videos instantly again. But will they replace any cameras being stolen? Leo suspects not, since the Owlcam won't probably continue to be made or developed. But if you love the OwlCam, it may be worth to see how long this will last. 

But if you don't, you may still be able to record to the local SD card.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Brian from New York, NY Comments

Brian picked up a new HP Spectre 4K laptop with 16GB of RAM, 1 TB SSD, and a thunderbolt port. But out of the blue, it won't boot. No power. Just out of warranty. The battery is charged, there's power going to the board, but nothing. He's discovered a known problem with the HP Spectre voltage regulator. A repair place found it in Northridge. And HP won't even take the call without $100 charge because it's out of warranty. Leo says that HP should consider doing an out of warranty fix if they want to keep customers coming back. Brian has decided he won't buy a replacement, choosing a NUC instead. Much easier to repair. Cheaper too.

Check out NorthridgeFix if you have a similar issue. He also has a YouTube channel.

Leo also says that if Brian is going to keep working from home, he may want to consider buying an extended warranty, since he's now his own IT department.

Watch Jim from Laguna Hills, CA Comments

Jim is still using a Nokia Lumia 950 Windows phone to this day, mostly because of the camera. He really likes it. It's also easy to use. Leo says it may not be for much longer as Microsoft hasn't updated it since 2018, and most apps have simply stopped working. But if it still works now, why not keep using it? It's not a security issue. The only real concern would be the battery. Sooner or later, it will stop charging. But Leo says that leftover stock of the Nokia Lumia 950 is still for sale on Amazon. 

Watch John from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Comments

John needs to replace his 2007 iMac. He doesn't want to get one with a fusion drive though. Leo says that you can upgrade to the SSD drive. SSDs have dropped in price to the point where they are affordable to opt for in the customize section. And if you have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, the Mac Mini is a great choice. It's easier to repair and upgrade, too. You'll also save a lot of money.  Check out iFixIt.com for repair guides though.

Watch Benny from Pasadena, CA Comments

Benny's constant zoom meetings have killed his hotspot's bandwidth caps. Now he has to get internet access at home. Leo says that hot-spotting isn't meant to be your main home internet. It's only for being on the road where you have no access available. You could continue to do it and pay for more bandwidth. Your ISP may charge you less right now. But generally, cellular data costs more than standard internet access. Check out your cable provider. They may work you a bundled deal, but sometimes those aren't the best deals in the long run.  Your cable company will offer the fastest, best access. Next would be DSL from your phone company, but it's not as fast and could be slower if you're further away from the "switch."

Also check for fiber, which will be even faster than cable.

Check out BroadbandReports.com to see who is in your area.