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Episode 1387 May 7, 2017

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Watch George from Bell, CA Comments

George needs to create a central bulletin board that can allow two universities to communicate and share data out of the public eye. Leo says that a website is probably the best way to do it because he can set up authorship and commenting privileges. He could password protect it, too. Websites have superseded BBS because they are a lot easier. Doctor Mom runs a special space for her medical society and they use LinkedIn. They can even make it a closed group.

Watch Julie from Littlerock, CA Comments

Julie has a Samsung Galaxy S3. Leo says the S3 was a great phone, but it won't get past Android 4, so she's missing out on some important security protections. Now she can't get her email on her phone. Leo says that since Julie had been using Hotmail, it has been replaced by Outlook Mail, and the settings Julie uses have probably been discontinued.

Leo recommends going into the settings of her mobile phone under an accounts setting. She'll see one for Hotmail, and she can delete that. Then she can try to re-enter it. Or she can tap the Exchange entry and look to see if Sync is turned off. If it is, that would explain why Julie isn't getting her mail.

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Watch Doug from Murrieta, CA Comments

Doug wants to delete, merge, and generally clean up his contacts list on his Mac. Leo says there are a number of contact managers out there that will do this, but Leo's favorite on Mac and iOS is BusyContacts from BusyMac. It's not free, but there is a free trial, and it's a very nice contact manager. This will also pull in contacts from social media as well to keep things up to date.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Eric from Hutchinson, KS Comments

Eric would like to put ChromeOS on an old PC. Can he do that? Leo says there are some ways to do it, but they really aren't that easy to do. He could install Chromium OS using NeverWare's CloudReady. It won't work on all computers, though, so he should read carefully what computers it supports. Another option is to put Linux on it. Xubuntu or Zubuntu could work.

Watch Rick from Barstow, CA Comments

Rick would like to locate an old friend through his Android phone. Can he do that? Leo says if they turn on a friends feature called Trusted Contacts, that will enable him to see where they are. Other than that, since he's missing, he should go to law enforcement or adult protective services and request they do a welfare check via a PIN registry request of the phone's carrier. That will give him an exact location. There's also Android Device Manager.

Watch Michele from Simi Valley, CA Comments

Michele has a gaming computer and she has been having trouble with it ever since she upgraded to Windows 10. Microsoft now automatically installs updates without her permission. Leo says she can defer the updates for a limited amount of time, but ultimately for security purposes, she'll have to do them.

Michele says it shuts down Norton Utilities. Leo says it should, because Norton is terrible. She should get rid of it. She'll have to get a special uninstaller from Norton to do so. It's Norton that's causing the slow down, not Windows 10. Windows 10 has its own antivirus utility called Defender, and it's much faster and more secure than Norton.

Watch Karen from Littlerock, CA Comments

Karen is a teacher and she has a lot of Smart Board lessons that she needs to port over to the next generation of smart boards called "Promethean Boards." Leo says that these are interactive white boards that are in essence a Windows screen that you can write on. Karen could just use Google Chromecast and a projector to project onto the wall. But moving the smart board lessons to the Promethean format is a challenge. Many of these are proprietary that lock her into their ecosystem. They may have plugins, though.

There is an app on Android called ClassFlow which may be able to do this. They may also have a Chrome browser plugin. They have an admin tool for Chrome, so maybe it's coming.

Karen should check out this community site for teachers talking about using Promethean.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Hank from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Hank has a 2007 Nissan Infinity and it has Bluetooth support with its stereo, but it won't play music. Leo says that it may be that the audio connection is secondary to his mobile phone connection. There are two profiles with Bluetooth — one is the headset profile for talking on the phone, and the other is a higher quality A2DP profile for music. It could be that if the stereo doesn't support A2DP, it won't be able to connect for music. If there's an aux jack, he can try using a Bluetooth connector that way. Or he could even just use a wire.

Hank can also buy a Bluetooth radio transmitter that he can tune in to with the car's radio, like this Bluetooth Car Kit FM Transmitter MP3 Player Wireless Radio Adapter USB Charger.

Watch Benny from Pasadena, CA Comments

Benny is looking for a wireless all-in-one printer with fax. Leo says that the fax wouldn't be wireless, obviously. Leo recommends the Epson Workforce Pro. Canon also makes good All-in-One. He can actually get an all-in-one for under $100, the Epson Workforce 3620 is around $120 quite often. But he should remember that the ink is going to cost him.

(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)

Watch George from Weymouth, MA Comments

George can't seem to watch streaming TV on his Samsung computer anymore. The icons have even disappeared. Leo says he thinks that George is no longer in mirror mode. He's in "extended" mode and that's why he can't see his icons. Set it for mirror mode, and it all should pop up. Netflix is also smaller. Leo says that may be a resolution issue via copy protection. The cable may also have gone bad.

Watch Ryan from Pittsburgh, PA Comments

Ryan connects his sound bar to his TV through the headphone jack and over time, it gets harder to hear. He can have it turned up to 90% and it sounds like it's barely on. Leo says that he should try changing the sound on the TV, not the sound bar. It should raise or lower it.

There may be a setting in the TV's sound settings to treat it as a line out. That could fix it. Connecting to the optical jack is the solution, if he can, because it's a fixed level.

Watch Randy from Vista, CA Comments

Randy has a production company working on doing live streaming through Vmix software. It will see his USB laptop cameras, but not his regular cameras because they require HDMI out. Leo says that the Blackmagic WebPresenter is a new product designed to do live streaming from a variety of cameras. At $500, it's not all that expensive either. He should check out MonoPrice. They may also have a low cost converter. Another option is My Sling Studio.

Watch Mike from Downingtown, PA Comments

Mike wants to buy his first drone. Leo says when he's just starting out, he's going to crash a lot. Leo got a cheap Syma and it flew away almost immediately, but it was only $50. That's the kind of drone he'll want to learn and practice on. Once he can get that done figured out, then the DJI Phantom is a good option for starting a business as a professional.