Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Jonathan from California Comments

Jonathan is looking to make "the Switch," from the iPhone to Android. He has an iPhone 5S and he isn't happy with AT&T. Leo says that the iPhone 5S is unlocked and as such, Jonathan could bolt and take that phone to T-Mobile. T-Mobile may even pay him to do it.

If he wants to move to Android specifically, the HTC One is a solid alternative. The screen is a little larger, and better than the iPhone's retina screen. The speakers are in the front, so the audio is directed toward you. It is a bit different, but most of the apps Jonathan uses on the iPhone are now available through Android. What about battery life? Leo says that there are super saver modes in Android phones that extend battery life even more, unless he's on Verizon.

Watch Richard from Placentia, CA Comments

Richard is thinking about getting the Dell XPS All-in-One Computer to replace his XP machine. Leo says it's a pretty good machine that's essentially their version of the iMac. Very elegant design, and no wires. The only downside is that if something goes bad, it's all down for the count. He can't swap out a hard drive, for instance. Leo also says that going forward, Windows 8.1 is the way to go and it fixes a lot of things that Windows 7 broke. Security and performance is better. A lot of people aren't a fan of the Metro tiled interface, but it's the future and Richard should go with it. He should get a touch screen as well.

Should he go with Microsoft 365 or should he just buy a new copy of Office? Leo says that the advantage of Office 365 is that he can install it to five different computers, it's always up to date, and he won't have the sticker shock of paying for it up front. At $10 a month, he won't even miss it. So go with the subscription.

Watch Mike from Portland, ME Comments

Mike wants to do a registry hack to convince his PC that it's Windows XP Embedded, not Windows XP itself. It is supposed to protect it further from exploits. Leo says that Microsoft is against it because it may not work, and he could end up getting something that's not intended for desktop Windows XP. It's likely that Microsoft will block this soon anyway, so it's not much of a long term fix.

Watch Russ from Wheelersburg, OH Comments

Russ is trying to take images and video to make a virtual parrot. Leo says that the highest definition and resolution he has, the more realistic it'll look. Leo says that 4K video on an ultra high def screen would look near real. And UHD displays are under $1000 now. In fact, they're under $600.

Leo says that the Intel Nucs MiniPC will attach to the back of the monitor and it'll play back the video without anything else. He can rent consumer grade 4K cameras from a local store and then shoot a good, long 10 minutes of the parrot and look for key edit points that will allow him to loop it. Then it'll look alive.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Mark (iDocMark) from Syracuse, NY Comments

Mark got a new iPad Air and he thinks it's essentially an iPhone with a larger screen. Leo says that is kind of true, but it's also a different, more enjoyable experience because it's a large, 10" screen. Mark needs to get a cover for it and there's so many options. Leo says that a cover is a personal choice and there's no lack of choices to choose from. Leo likes the DoDoCase Moleskin case that makes it look like a folio paper notebook. So it's very obscure and as such, safer. It's very protective, but it does add a bit of bulk.

Speck also makes excellent cases. He likes the CandyShell version.

If he wants a keyboard as well, Logitech makes a keyboard folio that works really well. But it's more of a bluetooth keyboard than protective case. It's not cheap at $100. But it does turn the tablet into a laptop.

How's the Apple Smart Case? Leo says terrible. It's overpriced and it doesn't stand up the iPad well at all.

Watch Sam from Realto, CA Comments

Sam is thinking of rooting his phone so he can buy apps from other places. Leo says that he could get Android apps from almost anywhere with a simple check box in settings. Rooting gives the owner super user or admin access to backup the phone, and erase apps and overlays they want the user to have, etc. Should he follow the tutorials he finds on YouTube? Leo says he wouldn't. There's a different procedure for every single phone. He won't want to follow the wrong suggestions and brick his phone.

Leo says that Sam should go to XDA Developers Forums and look up the exact model of the phone he has. Then he should follow the procedures for rooting it very carefully. He should also choose a vanilla ROM.

Watch Joyce from San Diego, CA Comments

Joyce is looking for a new computer, but doesn't know what she should get. She mainly uses it for email, websites, and games. Leo says that Joyce uses a computer that's probably too much for her, or more than she really needs. He recommends going with the iPad. What about Wi-Fi? Leo says that an iPad with a 4G LTE connection would be best. Every carrier offers it and Joyce can pick the one that works best in her area. It'll cost her about $30 a month, but it's well worth it. The iPad Air, 32GB for Verizon sounds like Joyce's best option. If she gets it at the Apple store, they'll even set it up for her.

Another reason why Joyce should have an iPad is security. Joyce is a prime candidate for scams and the iPad goes a long way towards keeping her safe. But even with that, she's only as safe as her own online behavior.

Watch Sean from Detroit, MI Comments

Sean is getting into reviews and wants Leo's recommendations on how he can do it. Leo says first and foremost, he should make sure he returns everything a company sends him for review. Leo prefers to buy everything so that way he can give a frank and honest review without being beholden. But that can be rather pricey. So borrow and request anything he can. Leo recommends starting the YouTube channel or blog first and building his quiver of reviews.

Leo recommends Marques Brownlee's YouTube on how to best run his YouTube review channel. He does a great job. And he shouldn't think he'll make a living for a long while. Most don't make money on YouTube. It takes a long time to build the audience to the point where it would be possible to have a full time gig out of it. He should do it for the passion of it, and he'll build an audience. But remember, he's competiting with thousands of others trying to do the same thing. It's a tough thing to get into.

Check out this article in the New York times about YouTube stars chasing the dream.

Watch Shelly from Huntington Beach, CA Comments

Shelly's husband has a company and he wants to build a website that teaches people to build their own sheds. Leo says that would require a lot of custom programming. It would have to be written in some modern language like HTML5 and Java CSS. But it won't be cheap to hire someone. Shelly can go to eLance to hire a programmer.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch John from Mt. Juliet, TN Comments

John says his smartphone's lithium ion battery doesn't have very good battery life at all. Leo says that is an odd development. Batteries are limited to about 500 charging cycles. You keep about 80% of your capacity throughout the life of the battery. Go with manufacturer brands. Anker, though, is a good third party brand.

What could be affecting John's batteries is how he's getting them since he can remove the battery and use another. Temperature can affect the battery life. If John keeps his phone always plugged in, he'll preserve his cycles too and that can make his battery life longer.

For tips on charging your Lithium Ion batteries, visit this article at Battery University.

Watch Charles from California Comments

Charles wants to know why Linux doesn't have a touch screen interface. Leo says it does -- it's called Android. Linux itself is a kernel with additional features on top of it. Android has become the touch version of Linux.

Watch George from San Jose, CA Comments

George wants to know if he can create his own bandwidth. Leo says that bandwidth is created by a network of devices that provide it's share of bandwidth.The more devices, the more bandwidth. Netflix, for instance, has more bandwidth because it has far more distribution to handle the streaming of video data. And there's other networks that interconnect with each other to create more bandwidth and switches. You can't really create bandwidth at home. The only way he could generate more bandwidth is to pay for it.

5MBPS down is plenty for the average home user doing streaming. DSL tends to be slower than cable access, but it's more consistent. Cable is faster, but when everyone is streaming at the same time, which usually happens after 6pm, it gets slower.

Watch Mark from South Carolina Comments

Mark wants a "flashy" content management system. Leo says that content management systems (CMS) like Joomla, Drupal, or Wordpress would let him customize them heavily. Squarespace is a good option for a CMS that can be "flashy," and new looking. They are template driven, so it's great for commerce and he won't have to stay up with the latest technology. They will do that for him. Squarespace is free for two weeks, so if he isn't happy, he can move on without cost. They also have automatic importers for data from major blog sites, and Squarespace may be able to move his data for him, being a non-profit.

(Disclaimer: Squarespace is a sponsor).

Watch Ernie from Mount Washington, KY Comments

Ernie's computers keep demanding Silverlight upgrades. Leo says that Silverlight is Microsoft's version of Flash and Netflix uses it. How can he use it for Chrome? Leo says that Netflix should work on Chrome with Silverlight. So that really shouldn't be an issue. But the good news is, Netflix is moving away from it. He won't have to deal with it much longer.