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News has arrived that the Trump Administration is disallowing Global Entry into states that have sanctuary cities. And existing global entry residents in those states will not be able to renew unless those states revise their immigration policies. Many are using Mobile Passport now to bypass the lines. The $14.95 annual App stores your passport information on your phone.
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The big tech story this week is that Netflix finally gives viewers the option to turn off the annoying Autoplay feature within its app. There are several ways including a profile setting or with a checkbox on the show, you're watching. FINALLY!
Steve has an AirBNB with an antenna to watch TV along with streaming. But his antenna is indoor and wants a better one for more options. Leo recommends visiting TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org. You'll be able to enter your address, and it'll tell you what channels you get, where to aim the antenna, and what antenna is best for you. Steve is also having issues configuring his IoT devices. Leo says that most IoT devices prefer 2.4GHz over 5Ghz. So make sure you have the right band selected.
Gail is planning a trip for a family reunion using AirBnB. She ran into an issue where she needed to provide a copy of her ID in order to rent. Leo says that's due to issues of fraud and theft. Many online sites are now requiring proof of identity. And the information is public record. So it's not like they can't find out who you are. The question is, do you trust AirBNB to keep your information private. If you don't, then you shouldn't. But Airbnb doesn't want to damage their reputation. Then again, breaches of security happen often.
Jack is having a "fluttering" issue with his AppleTV, where it goes to black. Spectrum says it's a box problem, and it should be rebooted. Apple says it shouldn't. Leo says that Apple is wrong; he has to reboot his AppleTV all the time. It's easy by pressing the menu and home button at the same time for five seconds. Stuttering can also indicate a bandwidth issue. Samsung also says his TV is out of date as well. But Leo says that it's probably not the TV. He suspects that his carrier Spectrum and a bad app. Uninstall the app and reinstall it. Also, try using a wired ethernet connection.
Bill wants to know if he can make a living podcasting. Leo says that it takes a long time to build an audience to make a living. It's better to pick something you're really passionate about and then just do it. Focus on building your audience, not trying to make a buck. As for how to get started, Leo recommends Anchor.fm. You can put the app on your phone and create your podcast directly from it. Or you can upload a podcast you recorded the old fashioned way; you can even monetize it. They have a deal with Spotify and will also plug it.
Ed wants to know if there are any music websites that are free. Leo says that streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora have free tiers, with ads. Apple has Beats One Radio. Spotify is the best. Radio.com. IHeartRadio.com, Tunein.com. All free.
Mike says a lot of apartment complexes are making deals with cable TV to provide deals on cable TV in bulk. He got free cable because it's included in his rent. Leo says that many apartment buildings are doing that with the internet as well! Leo says it may seem like he's getting it for free, but watch out though, the rent will likely go up next year. And all too often, he can't get out of it and go with another company.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about around the world trip he's been planning for a while. Part of his stops are in Singapore and Hong Kong and the Coronavirus outbreak is making it tough. Both Delta and American have canceled flights to China this week. Flight attendants also don't want to fly into China right now, making it harder for other airlines to go there.
Daniels' cable bill keeps rising. He uses TIVO. Is there a service where he can still use his TIVO and not pay for cable? Leo says he can get an over the air TIVO, and if he has that, he can put up an antenna and still record local channels. Check out tvfool.com and AntennaWeb.org to find out what he can get over the air in the area and what antenna is best.