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Diane says that she has multiple Gmail accounts. She'd like to remove one. Leo says to go to that account and log out. Once she logs out, it won't be available. You can also remove it. Click on the picture and then manage the account. Once there, you can select delete or disconnect the account. You could also sign out of all accounts and then sign in to the account you want.
Jim wants to know how Locast can rebroadcast live TV? Leo says the key may be that Locast is non-profit and only takes donations of $5 a month. It's also in limited areas. The local broadcasters tried to sue them off the air, but they haven't been successful yet. But for as long as it lasts, Locast may be a great option when cutting the cable. If you are living in one of the areas that Locast is available, you can stream live, local TV.
Jose has been kicked off of Google and can't access anything on the internet. Leo says to make sure your computer's time and data is correct to start. If your motherboard battery has died, it can't backup any time data, and as such, the clock fails and you can't sync up with Google. That's the first thing to check. Leo says that security software may also be a culprit. He recommends sticking with Windows Defender and not a third party AVS app. He's also using Windows 8. Leo says that could be part of the problem.
Heather is receiving a file from her son, but she can't open it. Leo says that if he is sharing a file from Google Drive, he'll have to share the file with someone through their Gmail address so they can view it. Even with an attachment through Google, the file may have saved to his Google Drive and users have to be logged in in order to open it. Probably better to set it to let anyone view it.
There's a lot going on in Travel News these days. President Biden signed a mask mandate and all travelers have to wear a mask while on a plane. With this mandate, if a flyer refuses to wear a mask, they can be arrested and fined $30,000 or a year in prison.
In other news, a new strain of COVID-19 is prompting countries to mandate only the use of N95 masks. This could be problematic considering shortages of the design.
Larry keeps getting notifications about a video he posted on Facebook. People are complaining that they can't open it. Leo says that it's a phishing scam and they likely got his email address on a mailing list, then hacked into his Facebook page. Larry changed his password. But it happened again a day later. Could his LastPass password be compromised?
The Australian Parlament is considering a law that will require search engines like Google to pay news agencies for publishing snippets of articles in their search results. Google says that if the bill becomes law, they may have no choice but to pull Google search out of the continent. Leo says that's not necessarily a bad thing, as it would open up competing search engines like Bing and Duck Duck Go for others to use.
Alphabet launched Project Loon, where they would bring the world broadband internet with weather balloons. It launched in 2013, and this week Google announced it was ending the program. They did use it during natural disasters in Central America and Africa, bringing short term internet to the regions during the first few days. But problems cropped up immediately as people couldn't afford the equipment, or simply wasn't interested. Then there's the fact that you can't really control the wind pushing weather balloons all over.
Chuck bought a printer for his Chromebook and now he's getting messages that Google won't be supporting his printer anymore. What gives? Leo says that Google has killed its Cloud Print service (more info here). And so, Chuck can't use the internet to print anything. But Leo assures that the Chromebook will have a printing feature if his Chromebook is on the same network. Just like a Windows and Mac machine.
The latest in travel news is that the CDC now requires a negative test three days before you travel overseas. You will then also have to have a negative test to return. That's on top of two weeks of quarantining when you arrive. That will add huge fees to traveling that could cause international travel to take a hit. But Johnny Jet says that this will be the future of travel and it should be done at the airport. LAX is already doing rapid testing for $125. So Johnny thinks that airfares will go up, and domestic travel will be more popular for some time.