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How can I get everyone to share photos from my wedding?

Brian from Palmdale, CA

Episode 1294

Brian is getting married and they had to cut back on using a professional photographer due to budgets. Leo says that nowadays everyone has a smartphone, so he should encourage everyone to take pictures and then post them somewhere that they can get them. He could employ a hashtag so it's easier to search, no matter what social network they post to. Facebook has the Moments app that can work well for this. Google Photos has a great solution. He could create a shared Google Album that everyone can upload to. And they don't even need a Google account to upload to it.

How can I share my photos online?

Old Geek from New York

Episode 1272

Old Geek wants to share his sketches with friends. What's the best option? Leo says that uploading images to Google Photos is a great option. He can upload scans or photos of his sketches to Google Photos and then share links to his images to anyone he wants. He can also use a sharable folder and then send the link to the folder for them to enjoy. He could also use Flickr and Facebook.

Why doesn't Facebook allow pseudonyms?

Episode 1271

Naomi from Denver, CO
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Naomi has been helping a senior with surfing the net through a Chromebook. Leo says that Chromebooks are a great option for people that have limited uses like just checking your email and Facebook. It's a solid option, especially for retired people. It's more secure, reliable, and far less expensive than a general purpose computer which is really overkill for most people's needs. A Chromebook is fantastic in that regard.

Samsung Announces Galaxy S7 Phones and Virtual Reality Headset

Episode 1264

Samsung Galaxy Announcement

Samsung announced today new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge mobile phones, Gear VR Headset and a new Gear 360ยบ camera which will stream live to Gear devices. Leo says that being number 2, Samsung has decided to go all in with creating an ecosystem much like Apple enjoys, rather than be over reliant on an open source architecture driven solely by Android. The phone will go on sale next month and Samsung said they will toss in a Gear VR Headset for those who buy into it.

Zuckerberg also took to the stage to talk about the new partnership and how Facebook will become more and more VR centric.

Facebook's Quarterly Earnings Surpass $5 Billion

Episode 1257

Facebook reported that it has surpassed $5 billion in quarterly earnings for the first time, which means Facebook has solved the problem challenging it for some time -- mobile ad sales. As Facebook moved more to a mobile focus, Facebook's stock was down on worries that Facebook would be able to figure out how to sell on mobile. Facebook saw a 51.7% jump in revenue. The profit was $1.5 billion and Facebook's stock did go up on that news.

Adjust Your Facebook Settings to Reduce Spam Friend Requests

There seems to be an increased amount of spam activity happening on Facebook lately, and you may have noticed an increase in the amount of bogus friend requests you've received. As a general rule, if you don't know the person in real life, they shouldn't be a Facebook friend. There is a way to at least reduce the amount of requests by making an adjustment in Facebook's settings.

Why do I have to use my real name on Facebook?

Jack from Anaheim, CA

Episode 1220

Jack is a teacher and he uses Facebook to keep an eye on his at-risk students in case they post suicidal thoughts online. Now Facebook is questioning whether he is a real person or not. Leo says Facebook's new policy requires users to use the same name as is on their ID. This is to prevent bogus accounts from being created, or from identities being stolen. It's likely someone complained to Facebook that Jack wasn't using his right name, even though there's a very good reason not to. Jack could Google student names and then look at their Facebook page without logging in, though.

How can You prevent spammers from friending you on Facebook

Episode 1219

There's a new friend scam going on Facebook where phantom accounts try to get you to add them. Kim Schaffer had that issue last night and went to her settings and changed it to friend of friends only. Leo says that it's a spam scam, but he isn't really sure what there is to gain by it. Another new scam is called Facebook Kidnapping where other people will copy all your images and create another account. Leo recommends being very picky about friending people. Keep your privacy settings limited and only friend people you know or are recommended by others.

How can I keep contacts from being added to my phone?

Rock On from Riverside, CA

Episode 1211

Rock On recently had a contact mysteriously show up in her contacts list on her new Android phone. Leo suspects that it's through Google Contacts. If she deletes them from Google contacts, it'll be synced and deleted from her phone as well. It could also be Facebook that's populating her contacts as well. Once that's deleted, it shouldn't come back. She also may want to check with her carrier to see if they're syncing her contacts as well.