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Episode 1367 February 26, 2017

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Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch George from Santa Monica, CA Comments

George wants to know if he can use copyrighted images on his podcast if he is doing so just to make comments. Leo says that there is something called "Fair Use," which is rather fuzzily mentioned in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It doesn't prevent anyone from suing him, but he can use Fair Use as a defense, if he presents it right. They may sue him if they believe it diminishes the value of the image, though. He won't go to jail or anything, but if he loses, it will cost him. It depends on if he wants to defend himself legally. It's always better to ask permission.

There's a good article on Wikipedia on how Fair use works here.

Watch Joe from Anaheim, CA Comments

Joe wants to know what RFID is and how it works. Leo says it works by electromagnetic energy which powers it. It picks up the energy and then broadcasts a signal with an identifier number. Its range is not very far.

How can he protect himself from people grabbing his information via RFID? Leo says that there are wallets which have metal fiber in them that prevents the energy from passing to his chip and broadcasting it.

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Watch Paul from Ventura, CA Comments

Paul is starting to lose his hearing and wants to know what hearing aid Leo uses. Leo says the interesting thing about today's hearing aids and in-ear monitors is that they work with a smart phone and he believes that they will become part of the "wearable computer" revolution.

Starkey makes the Halo that works with the iPhone, and there are several others as well. It can use the GPS of the phone to change the hearing settings automatically, which is cool. He can also listen to music or streaming media through them, as they do double duty as earphones. They're not cheap, though, and they aren't HiFi. Hearing aids still focus primarily on the vocal range.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Tom from Valdosta, GA Comments

Tom says it takes over a day for his computer to boot up. Leo says it sounds like the startup process in the hard drive is damaged. If he can take the hard drive out and put it into a new computer, like Tom did, then perhaps it's a cable or power supply issue. Tom should try booting from the USB key and see if it takes the same amount of time. If that works, then clearly there's a driver or software issue causing it to boot up slowly.

Leo recommends that he back up his data, format the hard drive, and then reinstall windows. Tom should also try unplugging all of his USB devices and see if it boots up faster.

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Watch Alan from Desert Hot Springs, CA Comments

Alan has cancelled his home internet access. Can he still access his security cameras? Leo says not if they require internet access. NetGear's Arlo Pro supports LTE and has built in batteries, though. Alan will need a service plan either way. Getting home internet may be cheaper.

Watch Lee from Maplewood, MN Comments

Lee wants to know if Acer's Chromebook is a good buy and if he should get one. Leo says that Chromebooks are great. Of course, the more he spends, the faster it'll be. He can get them from just about any company now including Dell, Samsung, Acer, and HP. The top of the line Asus Flip is considered one of the best out there and it supports the Google Play store for running Android apps, making Chromebooks even more usable.

Lee should check out The Wire Cutter. The Dell Chromebook 13 is their choice, but Leo doesn't think it has a touch screen, which it would need to run Android apps.

Watch Ken from Elizabethtown, PA Comments

Ken's wife was streaming from a questionable site and they told her she needed to update the Flash player. Leo says that chances are she got bit by malware with hard to remove software like MacKeeper. If she's careful about cleaning it, she can get rid of most of it.

Watch Evelyn from Kenai Peninsula, AL Comments

Evelyn fears she's broken her camera because her SD cards can't be read. Leo suspects that she pulled out the card while it was writing and it damaged the reader in the camera. She may be able to reset the camera, which she can find information for in the manual. That could bring it back to default settings, which could solve the problem. She could also download the firmware for the camera and reflash it.

It's pretty old at 15 years, but if she can get it, it's worth a try. She should really just keep the lenses and get a new camera. She'll be able to get one that's much better than that old camera.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Brad from Bethlehem, PA Comments

Brad says every time he tries to upload his photos to Google Photos, his Wi-Fi fails. Leo says that turning his Wi-Fi off and on could help as it renews the "lease" on the router with a new IP address. Something inside the Mac's network settings could be messed up, and renewing the lease can fix it.

It could also mean that the computer has lost contact with the router. He should reset his AirPort and update the firmware. That chatroom says it may be Google Photos that's causing the issue as well.

Watch Igor from North Hollywood, CA Comments

Igor has been hearing about battery issues on the iPhone. How can he find out if his is part of the recall? Leo says that Apple has a site that he can check here. Chances are, it may not be part of it. In the end, batteries do fail. They wear out after 500 full recharges. Also, he won't want to run them down and then recharge every time. He should plug it in when he's not using it.

Watch Marcello from Northridge, CA Comments

Marcello has noticed since Spectrum bought TIme Warner, he has trouble connecting to the internet. They disconnected his router and it works, though. What happened? Leo says that when Spectrum took over, they probably enabled the router side of his modem and that put it in conflict with his router.

Leo recommends that he find out what third party cable modem they support and buy one. DOCSIS 3 is what he'll be looking for, and it will come with the benefit of making his internet cost less since he's not paying a $10 modem rental. Leo uses the Arris Surfboard 6183.

Watch John from Fallbrook, CA Comments

John has a home theater made by Samsung, and he's having issue playing Blu-rays. Leo says it's possible that copy protection is causing it to not be able to play because his player isn't connected to the internet. If it's not connected to the internet, it assumes the Blu-ray's key has been revoked, even when it hasn't been.

John should change out his cable for his Blu-ray player. That could be causing it. A dead or faulty cable can cause the HDCP copy protection issues as well.