Facing a downward trend in the last few years, 2020 brought a surge of audio and eBooks as people looked for ways to pass the time during the Pandemic. The result was a 17% increase in sales. Leo also says it could signal a seed change back to people reading.
Kim changed her AOL password last month, but now AOL won't accept the new password. What can she do? Leo says that Verizon owns AOL right now, but they really don't care about them. Gmail is a much better option. But Leo says that email is so important, it really pays to actually pay for the service. Leo recommends FastMail.It's around $20 a year.
Jerry recently upgraded his Android Phone. But he's having issues streaming audio using the XiaaLive app. His favorites lists have also got stations missing. Leo says that apps could check streams periodically to see if they are still active. If it isn't, it's not strange to simply remove them. Internet radio stations come and go. So it's likely XiaaLive pruned the list when it got back a negative stream notification. It could also be the place the data is stored is in the original phone itself and it didn't completely transfer when he moved to the new phone.
The much-anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077 was released and even with a physical disc, expect an updated download of over 100GB. But there is an alternative. Leo bought the game through Google Stadia and was able to play the game by streaming it. The game-changer here is that it doesn't really matter what platform you play the game on, you'll be able to still play it.
During a four hour stream for its annual Investor Day, the Walt Disney Company executives previewed their slate of new content for Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and National Geographic. Leo says the huge takeaway here is that Disney's upcoming slate is 80% streaming content. That's huge.
A few days later, it was reported that Disney+ streaming service will be raising its rates in 2021.
Rocco is seeing all sorts of security warnings for passwords in his iPhone's settings. Leo says that is Apple's latest security feature that not only reviews passwords to make sure they are secure but will warn users if they reuse them, and provide a link to change them if they are compromised or not secure. LastPass does the same thing. Other vaults include One Password and BitPass.
Troy has been working with his church to stream services every week. What they need is a live stream audio solution that they can lock down and protect. A password that grants people access to the stream when invited. Leo says that in reality, there's no solution that can be used that can't be cracked. One good solution would be to require listeners to visit a portal or website first. But even that can be bypassed with a link. Byta can encrypt a stream. You could try them.
This week, Scott joins Leo to talk about how Warner Brothers and Apple have upgraded the Lord of the Rings trilogy to 4K HDR and high frame rate. And the thing is, it looks too real. You can see too much detail and that means you can tell the prosthetics from the real thing. And it's really noticeable. Leo says it'll take time, but filmmakers will have to adjust how they make a movie to return the dreamy look that makes cinema so great.
Terry recently switched from Dish to DirecTV. But when he uses his wireless headphones, they won't work when he streams Netflix from the TV. He's got them connected to his TV audio out jack and a splitter/converter. The soundbar works via optical, and Leo thinks that the optical is now cutting off the TV output jack. Leo says that you need a splitter that will split optical (which is light). Terry's splitter is likely failing.
Paul was recently gifted an Apple Cinema Display. But it doesn't light up if he plugs it in. Leo says there's no on/off switch on that old ACD. You just have to plug it into a computer that has a display port to get it to turn on. You may need an adapter for Display Port to HDMI.
Paul wants to also know what's the best streaming box. Leo says that Roku seems to be the most compatible, but some ISPs have deals with other boxes like Apple which can give it better programming or preferred traffic. So Apple TV may also be a good choice depending on your ISP.