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Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Michael from Roswell, NM Comments

Mike is an AT&T customer and he's getting a text that his Samsung P850 phone won't be supported soon, due to 5G. But they aren't turning off 4G/LTE. So what gives? Leo says that AT&T isn't being very clear. The plan is to turn off 3G towers, so if your phone supports 3G, then that won't be available to you. But Mike's phone should work on 4G. But if not, he'll need to upgrade. What should he get that isn't too expensive? Leo is a fan of the Motorola Moto G9, so take a look at the G9 Power series. It's only a few hundred bucks; has really good battery life. 

Watch Penny from Seal Beach, CA Comments

Penny scanned her computer with Windows Defender in the hopes that the popups would stop in EDGE. But they haven't. She keeps getting a message that she has a trojan. Leo says it's likely a "phishing scam" where it attempts to get you to click on a link and get you to renew McAfee. Leo says there's likely an "add-on" in her settings that Penny needs to remove. Click on three dots in the upper right of EDGE, then settings-> More -> EDGE extensions. Then select REMOVE to any extension you don't want. Here's a step-by-step how.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Frederico from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Frederico wants to know what network-attached storage (NAS) he should get and what he can do with it other than backing up. Leo says that he uses the Synology line and you can use it to put an email server on it, a media server, and of course, backup. It's ideal for keeping everything you want protected off the cloud. Leo also recommends turning off SSH (secure shell). It's a popular target for hackers. In fact, only turn on services you use and need. You can also turn on Geographic Blocking to avoid any traffic outside the US. You can also white-list countries and IP addresses. 

Watch Sean from Alta Dena, CA Comments

Sean wants to know what an ARP is. He keeps getting that message when running ESET. Leo says that there's likely ARP Spoofing that is "spoofing" IP addresses that your computer allows through. It's known as ARP poisoning, and it points to malware spying on your network. But it isn't likely. More often, it's your ISP that's causing the issue. If you're using a router from your provider, it's likely in need of updating, or it's misconfigured. 

Typing ARP -a from a command line will display the current IP to MAC address mapping. You can then see what MAC address is using that popup IP address and search to see what it is.

Watch Greg from Cypress, CA Comments

Greg starts to get security issues after he installs an app called Gnome on his Linux machine. He's getting warnings of multiple logins. Leo says that he likes Gnome and it's not likely a security issue happening. Gnome is a graphical user interface, not the operating system itself. And if there's remote access to that Linux box, that means there's a server running in the background that's allowing remote access. If you don't use it, you can easily turn it off. 

Watch Jeff from San Francisco, CA Comments

Jeff is ready to upgrade from his old Motorola Moto e4 plus. Leo says that the new Moto's are great. The Google Pixel 5a/5g is on sale and the Pixel 6 comes out next month. Leo likes both. But the Motos won't have wireless charging like the Pixel 6 will. The Pixel 5a/5g camera is excellent, the same as the Pixel 4. And in a year, the Pixel 6a will come out. Leo says to go with the Pixel 5a/5g. Check out our Hands-On Technology review: we call it awesomely unexciting! 

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Harold from Santa Barbara, CA Comments

Harold can't get his old iPhone to work with his SIM. Leo says that Verizon used GSM back then, and the iPhone would probably not work anyway because it used G2 towers that were turned off long ago. And they're turning onf 3G as we speak, so older 3G phones are about to go offline. But you could use it as an iPod. How can I get the data off it? Leo says to get iTunes for Windows on your computer, connect that old iPhone, and then it'll copy everything off onto your hardware. Leo also recommends uploading the photos to Google Photos. That way it doesn't matter what phone you have. 

Watch Clinton from Calgary, ALB CAN Comments

Clinton wants to dump Windows, but he sometimes needs to use the remote desktop capability for work. Leo says you could use a Raspberry Pi 4 to run it, but you'll still need software to read the signals. Clinton connected to via the serial port, but what is the best OS to run on that Pi4? Leo says Raspian Linux will work great. And it can VNC and RDP for remote access, as well as serial to USB.

Watch Micah from Maine Comments

Micah says you can record a podcast quality recording using your iPhone by connecting the Audio Technica ATR2100x mic that can connect to it. Then you use the Shure app to get a .wav quality audio file to upload and edit.

Micah also wants to stream the TWiT broadcast on his CCrane radio. What is the link? It's http://twit.am/listen