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Watch Bob from Lafayette, CA Comments

Bob has a Google Pixel 4a with Google Fi, but he doesn't get transcription from his voicemail like the iPhone does with Visual Voicemail. Leo says that Google Voice does dictation, so it's odd that Google Fi doesn't.  But you can associate up to five numbers with your Google Voice account, so that could be the way to go. Forward your calls to Google Voice and let it do it. In fact, the best way is to give out your Google Voice number instead of your cellphone number. That way, there's no middle man. 

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Watch John from Los Angeles, CA Comments

John's mom has an iPhone, but he's unable to call her or text her. It goes straight to voicemail. Leo says it's possible that she accidentally blocked John's number because that's exactly the result - it goes straight to voicemail. She may have also turned on do not disturb. Leo says that if she has turned on Do Not Disturb, there is a setting that will ignore DND for your number or other loved ones.  So look in the settings.  Here's a technote from Verizon on how to find out what numbers are blocked.

Watch Jason from Henrico, VA Comments

Jason is blind and wants to route the audio from his TIVO to his Sonos speakers, so he can hear all over the house. Leo says that electronics "age out," and Sonos deprecated a lot of gear in a recent update. So there has to be a third-party workaround. If your Sonos has a line in, you could hardwire it. That's the way to go. But the Roam Bluetooth speaker doesn't. There is a raspberry pi way to do it using a Pi-Sonos server. It's cheap too at $35 for the Pi. There's an Instructable on how to do it. There's also an Airplay 2 transmitter from TicCorp that can do it. But it's $200. Belkin also makes one for around $100. 

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Watch Michael from Whitby, Ontario, CAD Comments

Michael got a new computer with two drives in it and isn't sure where to install his programs. The C drive or the D drive? Leo says you want to put them on the C drive for most apps. They want to be on the same and it's the fastest. Put the data on the D drive. 

Watch Bart from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Bart is having issues with his browser. Could it be his computer? Leo says no. It's probably your internet connection. Check with your ISP to see if their DNS servers are acting up. You can clear your browser cache and see if that helps. Or you can change the DNS outright. You don't have to use your ISP's DNS. Try 1.1.1.1. That's Cloudflare. You can change it in your network settings. Leo uses NextDNS. It's $20 a year. There's also OpenDNS. Google's 8.8.8.8 is another one to try. You can also go to GRC.com and download their DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark to test out various DNS servers to see which are fastest.

It could also be your router. Resetting the router is a good next step. But it may be time to replace it. They do wear out over time. 

Watch Bill from Statesville, NC Comments

Bill wants to know what's better: a router/modem combo or a separate router and modem. Leo prefers to separate a two. You want to get a cable modem that is DOCSIS 3.1 and make sure that your ISP supports it. You'll also need to call them and get them to accept the MAC address of the modem. Bill is also having issues with download speeds on his iPad. If you're having WiFi issues, then try putting the router higher up. Also, reposition it. Another option is to try powerline networking with TPLink. But it would help if you were getting at least 100MB per second down. TPLink also has a tri-band router that supports WiFi6 for $150 at Costco: a good deal.

Watch Patrick from Austin, TX Comments

Patrick is a rideshare driver, and he uses Number Sync to connect his iPad to his mobile phone. It's from AT&T. Do other carriers do it? Leo says that it's exclusive to AT&T. TMobile does have its own called "Digits." So check that out. Either way, it allows you to make and receive calls on any compatible device. But it isn't perfect. But for rideshare drivers, it's ideal because you're not looking at a map on a tiny screen; you're able to use it through your tablet. But it works best with an iPhone and iPad.

Watch Tom from Medina County, OH Comments

Tom's daughter has an old HP tower that's running out of space. So he wants to replace the hard drive. How does he move Windows 10 over? Leo says it's pretty easy. Hard drive makers have a bit for bit copy utility that will work, but Leo says it's not the best way to go. Leo recommends downloading the Windows Media Creation Tool. Microsoft hasn't turned off the Windows 10 upgrade servers, so you can probably still get it for free. Then move enough off the hard drive to install Windows 10. Then you'll be able to do it. Once you've done, copy the data to a third drive. Then install the hard drive and install Windows 10 from a clean install. 

Also, get an SSD drive for it.

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Watch Dave from Greenville, MI Comments

Dave bought a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and the volume isn't all that loud. Same with his phone. Leo says to look in the settings. Most headphone volumes have built-in limits to prevent damage to your hearing. But they can be overridden in your device's operating settings. There are also third-party equalizer apps that could help. But Samsung also has a feature called Adapt Sound which can help you dial in your sound according to your hearing preference.

Watch Gary from California Comments

Gary watches live sports on the Peacock app, casting to his TV from the Chromecast. But he wants to be able to do it on his boat. Leo says you need WiFi to do that, as both devices have to be on the same network. He also hears he can create his own wifi using a router and connecting to an antenna on the hill. Leo says it's probably a hotspot that will enable you to connect to it. You can also try using your Chromecast without WiFi. The newer versions have their own WiFi built-in so that you can cast to it. It's part of "Guest mode." Look under the Home App for guest mode to see if it's supported on your Chromecast. Enable it; then you'll be able to cast from your mobile phone. 

Watch Travis from Rector, AK Comments

Travis wants to be able to see what his granddaughter is doing on his tablet. Leo says you can't really monitor everything she's doing, but you can use parental controls to determine what she can and cannot do. It's built into the OS. Settings. Family. Parental Controls. You can also set a PIN so she can't buy anything. You can also set an age level on YouTube. You could also download YouTube for Kids and lockout regular YouTube. 

Watch Cisco from New Mexico Comments

Cisco wants to know how he can find out honest answers about cryptocurrency? Where can he learn about it in an unbiased fashion? Leo says that most of them are biased because they want to sell you on something. Mount Gox was a bitcoin exchange that would hold and manage your bitcoin. But it disappeared along with 450 Million in bitcoin. The problem is, digital currency is a risk and ripe for fraud. But if you're interested, CoinBase and Robin Hood are good places to start.  And create your own wallet and control it.

Watch Chris (aka Mr. Coffee) from Miami, FL Comments

Chris wants to know how fast his wifi speed should be? Leo says the rule of thumb is that WiFi should give you at least half what the rated bandwidth is. So if you're paying for 50 and getting 40, you're ahead of the game.