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Had has a Lenovo tablet, and his iHeartRadio app shows audio in "slow motion." What gives? Leo says to update the app. It's probably an older app that's having issues with the streaming bitrate. Also, try changing the quality setting in the app's settings menu. That could fix it.
Craig is considering changing careers and is looking for a new skill and is thinking about coding with a CIS course. What should he be looking to do? Leo says right now is a great time to learn because everything is online. Leo recommends starting with EDX.org, which was started by Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. You can take CS50, which is a great entry-level course in computer science. ITPro.tv has very affordable memberships as well and offers certificates for getting a job.
Tech News - Cruise lines suspended cruising until at least September 15th, maybe even through the end of the year. At least through US Ports. Southwest announced they will keep the middle seat open until Sept. 30th. Delta and Jet Blue will also be doing this policy. Americans, not so much. But American joins United, Alaska, and Hawaiian Airlines to require a mask to be worn or be banned from flying until the end of the pandemic.
Alan wants to know if Zoom is still a security risk? Leo says he's becoming less and less trusting of Zoom because they are giving law enforcement backdoor access to user accounts, and has canceled the account of an American activist. They have also done little to fix the security issues that have been cropping up, short of just requiring a password. Leo prefers JITSI, an open-source video conferencing solution that's free and you can start your own server for even more privacy. It's very easy to do.
Johnny Jet says that he's asked Doctors if they would fly right now and everyone said no, they'd rather treat COVID patients directly than be locked ina pressurized plane with a few hundred people that could be infected. But the TSA has reported a huge jump in travelers, up to over a half-million this week. Johnny says if you have to fly, Tuesday-Wednesday is the slowest. And book at the last minute.
G. Scott has a friend who has Chromecast and a Chromebook. But he can't control the volume because he doesn't have a smartphone to do it. Is there a way around it? Leo says that volume control is a new feature in Chromecast, so if his Chromebook is an older model, it may not support it.
Don is trying to use both Skype and Zoom for his music rehearsals. But the latency is terrible. So he's been using another option called Jamulus. Why does that work, but Skype doesn't? Leo says that distance is a factor, but there's also networks, bandwidth, the kind of network, network connection speeds, ISPs, switches, all contribute to latency. Jamulus is nice because it's open-source and free. But there are also commercial options like Jammr.
Carl bought a new Asus Mesh Router and he's worried about privacy since they also use Trend Micro drivers. Should he be concerned? Leo says there's always a risk, but Asus is a reputable company and if they made a deal with Trend Micro, they would mention it in their privacy statement. But he doubts that there's much if anything to worry about. There's too great a risk to lie about such things.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how everything is opening up now, even in Vegas, where the casinos are all open. They are limiting the number of players at every table, but Johnny says that guests are not wearing masks, even though the employees are. Passengers traveling are also acting as the crisis has passed. Some airlines are enforcing social distancing guidelines and some aren't. The result is this week was the largest spike so far. American Airlines has double miles for tickets bought by Advantage members through September 30th. But Johnny says he's not taking the risk.