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Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch James from Utica, NY Comments

James is an Android person, but he recently got an iPad. He really likes it, and he's now thinking of switching to the iPhone. Is he missing anything? Leo says that Android is really more like a computer with a more open architecture, while iOS is far more locked down. That means a lot of apps or even updates are rejected to protect their users. Think of Apple as a gated community with more consistent operations rather than Android, which is a bit messier. What about updates? Leo says that Android updates are hit or miss, depending on what manufacturer you get. Samsung is more consistent, One Plus, not so much. Leo says that the pure Google experience will likely get you more updates than others. With Android, you not only have to wait for updates from Google, but those updates must be tested and released by the phone manufacturer and the carrier as well. Updates for the iPhone come straight from Apple.

If he had to choose, Leo would say go to the iPhone.

Watch Chuck from San Diego, CA Comments

Chuck wants to know if there's a smoke detector that can alert you remotely if there's a fire. Leo says that SimpliSafe (a sponsor of the TWiT network) has a system that will alert you wirelessly of fire, but also carbon monoxide, broken glass, everything. But you need to get the base station. Fire Alert uses something called Wireless Interconnected to alert you as well. It's basically smoke alarms to talk to each other, and when one alarm goes off, they all do.

Watch Lynn from Selmer, TN Comments

Lynn's brother-in-law passed away, and he's trying to get into his Windows 7 laptop to download the data. Leo says that Windows 7 is a lot easier to crack password-wise than Windows 10. In fact, there's a hidden administrator account that has no password to make it easier. Here's how - Here's another -

Avoid any password crack that wants to charge you. And understand that there may be something on that laptop that shouldn't be shared. So be discreet.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch JC from Sherman Oaks, CA Comments

JC has a landline for emergencies. Leo says that's a good idea because wired phones don't go out when there's a disaster. It's a smart thing to do. 911 is also far more accurate with physical landlines, versus cellphones that rely on e911 or Regional 911 service, which relies on GPS.  But why is universal lifeline service so expensive? He pays over $60 a month! Leo says that's outrageous. Things are so much different now, that you can rely more on phase 2 e911, which is getting your address from GPS longitude and latitude. So they get it from your cellphone: most are now in phase 2. Maybe if you call your cellular carrier and ask them, or tell your landline service you're considering canceling the service, they could cut you a deal.

Watch Joe from Knoxville, TN Comments

Joe is retired and is going to be a volunteer beekeeper for a local science museum. But things have changed a lot in the last few years. So he wants to do live video streaming. Leo says you can do it with your smartphone and stream to Facebook Live or YouTube Live. The camera is as good as any camcorder. Even the audio will work well. Then kids can watch using their classroom computers or other devices. That's definitely the way to go.

Watch Andrew from Ventura, CA Comments

Andrew is looking for a good password manager. Leo says that Last Pass, 1Password, are among the best options out there. And don't trust browser password vaults. They can be easily compromised, though some security gurus prefer it. Leo says that a password manager is the best way to go.

Watch Sue from O'Fallon, IL Comments

Sue suggests a website called Smart911. You can register there and put information about yourself and your family, what animals you have, etc.  They work with public safety in several cities around the country. But while Leo likes the idea, he's concerned about privacy. But Smart911 is supported by public agencies and does not sell the data. Only 911 receives the data, and only when a 911 call is initiated. Great idea!

Watch Harlan from Fallbrook, CA Comments

Harlan is looking at getting emergency bracelets for himself and his wife. He's heard about the Apple Watch. And he also got a new iPhone. Leo says that the Apple Watch's fall detection is fantastic. 

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Chuck from Rochester Hills, MI Comments

Chuck bought a new TV, and it's supposed to be a next-gen TV. What does that mean? Leo says it likely uses the new ATSC 3 tuner standard, which will enable viewers to watch HD TV over the air and interactivity. Users will be able to watch 4K HDR and Dolby vision as well. TV stations have to support it, though. You'll also want to get a good sound system, like a soundbar. Leo likes Vizio for the most bang for the buck. Make sure you get it with a subwoofer.

Watch Micah from Maine Comments

Micah is a member of the Airplane Geeks Podcast and has a question for Rod Pyle. He thinks that what Richard Branson did was OK for an airline flight. But Jeff Bezos taking Wally Funk up to space on Blue Origin's New Shepard is just plain genius. Leo says he definitely wins the PR war since Wally Funk is one of the Mercury 13: women who took the same tests as the Mercury Astronauts but were never chosen to be astronauts. Rod says that the Mercury 13 wasn't an official NASA program but part of the Lovelace Clinic that ran the tests for the Mercury program. Still, Funk is part of history as a result, and getting her to go up to space in her 80s is a huge get for Jeff Bezos. 

Will they get astronaut wings? Micah thinks they shouldn't since they're just passengers. Rod says it gets even more complicated since NASA says it's 50 miles up, while everyone else says the Von Karmann line is 62 miles up.  Branson got his wings today, along with everyone else on board Virgin's Unity 22 flight. So why not?

Watch Joe from Riverside, CA Comments

Joe bought the Ooma VOIP telephone system, and he pays about $6 a month with 911 service. Leo says that Ooma isn't a landline though, and as such, if the internet goes down, so does your phone system. The nice thing about landlines is that you still have phone service for emergencies if the power goes out. But the phone companies don't want to support it anymore. 

Watch Bill from Sallisbury, MD Comments

Bill works from home. Lately, he's been running into interference on his wifi network. Leo says that's probably just congested as just about everything now in your home connects to the internet, especially security. And when you multiply it by all the houses in your neighborhood, and that WiFi band is dealing with rush hour. How to keep them all secure? Leo says the best you can do is keep all your devices updated. But change the name of your router and make sure it's using encryption.