Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Paul from Roseberg, OR Comments

Paul has an iPhone SE and wants to know how he can print from it without having to do it via WiFi. Leo says you really can't. Apple wants an iPhone to print via WiFi (called Air Printing), but if your printer is Bluetooth compatible, you can try printing via Bluetooth. If you don't have a Bluetooth-capable printer, you can get a Bluetooth Printer Adapter. 

HP makes a few models that use Bluetooth. So check there. All you'll need to do is pair your phone to the printer after it's been made discoverable, and you can print.

A lot of printers also support AdHoc printing, where you connect the phone directly using a hotspot mode without having to connect to a network. You want a printer that can support "WiFi Direct." Once you've done that, you can print as well. Check out this article.

Watch Ted from Crystal River, FL Comments

Ted is not only tired of Robocalling, but he's concerned about everything that they know about him. Leo says that can be frightening, especially when criminals prey on older users who make them believe they're from Medicare. They take advantage of public information that can be found online and use it to suck you in. Some of it is also from security breaches that are then sold on the dark web. It's highly illegal. What Leo advises is to ask them for a number and you will call them back. Then call Medicare directly and ask. Chances are, you're not getting MediCare, but some scammers. 

What can be done about it? Leo says not much sadly. It's like playing a game of whack-a-mole. You can add your number to a DoNotCall list, and there's a new technology called Shaken and Stir, which has promise. But the thing is that some voiceover internet companies aren't required to use it, so scammers end up using them and skirting the system.

Know that the Government won't call you. IRS, Medicare, etc. They don't call. They mail. Do not give out any personal information or credit card numbers over the phone to anyone. And don't answer any call from a number you don't recognize.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Nuss from Del Rey Beach, FL Comments

Nuss wants to know if there's a way to turn his iPad Mini into a phone. Most phones he sees aren't big enough for him. Leo says you want to make sure your iPad has LTE built-in. But that's data only. But you can then use a service like TalkATone, which gives you an actual phone number. It has texting, voicemail, the works. But you also have to have a deal with a cellular phone company for the VOIP service. Leo would recommend using Google Fi because it's the same price no matter where you are. Another option is Google Voice or Skype, or the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3: it's expensive though. Leo doesn't think the folding screen is ready for prime time yet, but it's an option.

Watch Edward from San Jose, CA Comments

Edward is having trouble logging into iCloud on his Mac. It just "beachballs" and then returns to the login screen. He can log in using just about every other device he has, but not his Mac. He's using the latest version of BigSur, too. What gives? Leo says you can try signing out and then sign back in again from another device to see if it clears out. You can also try booting into safe mode.

Leo suspects, though, that there's a security app on Edward's Mac blocking the login. Malware Bytes, for instance, will do this.

Watch John from Webster City, IA Comments

John has problems with his Bluetooth earbuds breaking up when he's outside. He's tried more than one model and it still happens. But when they're inside, they play just fine. Leo says that Bluetooth is a frustrating art form that Apple has tied us to, so they can make money selling Bluetooth headphones. Now everyone is doing it: drives him nuts. It's likely interference. More expensive models usually have better reception, so it may just be a case of you get what you pay for. OneMore makes a pair that wires both pods together. This is key because in Bluetooth EarPods, one gets the signal and passes it on to the other, through your head. And since your head can obstruct a signal, that can be the problem. So get the wired Bluetooth headphones instead.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Todd from Birmingham, AL Comments

Todd has a huge collection of stickers in a wall of bins. It's part of his business. But he's having trouble reading the labels on the bins from a distance. He wants a touch screen TV that will enable him to see them remotely. Leo says to use a remote device like a mobile phone to control it. You can use a Windows tablet that supports a wireless display. The Microsoft Surface Go was just announced that would be ideal for that. And Dell sells a 55" touchscreen monitor for about $2500.  

But what Leo really recommends is finding a local technology business consultant who can help him. 

Watch Jeff from New York Comments

Jeff wants some waterproof headphones and speakers. Is there some? Leo says that there are. He likes the AftershockzUltimate Ears is another. The Sonos Moves are also good if you have a Sonos system.

Watch Victor from Columbia, SC Comments

Victor recently bought a One Plus 8 Pro mobile phone from Swappa, but while it was unlocked, it was unlocked through the boot loader. Is that OK? Leo says that some people think it's better. But it won't take Google Pay. Leo says that Google Pay looks for a locked boot loader for security. If it's unlocked, then it isn't secure for taking payments. So that's why you can't use Google Pay. Leo says Victor will probably have to root the phone to make Google Pay work again. Check at XDA-Developer Forums for how. You'll want to search for your specific model number. Also, search for how to use Google Pay.