Google

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1142

James from The Road, Colorado
Acer C720

James is thinking about getting a Chromebook. Leo likes them, now that he understands them. The Chromebook is a laptop that uses a browser based operating system that's very simple to use. James would just have to turn it on, and he'd have a browser. Then he could use Chrome extensions that give him access to a wide variety of applications. And everything is stored in the cloud.

How can I keep my Nexus 7 tablet from dropping Wi-Fi in Lollipop?

Episode 1140

Naomi from Denver, CO
Google Nexus 7

Naomi upgraded her Nexus 7 tablet to Android 5.0 Lollipop and she's not very happy. Leo says that the promise of the Nexus line is that, being directly from Google, users should get updates first. But they roll it out slowly to see if problems crop up, and it sounds like Naomi was one who had problems. Naomi's issue is that her Wi-Fi connection keeps dropping out. Her tablet has also been running really slow. Leo says Google will push a fix pretty soon, though. First thing to do is clear the tablet cache.

Why does my phone have nearly 10 GB of contacts?

Episode 1139

John from Lakewood, CA
Samsung Galaxy S III

John has a Samsung Galaxy S III phone, and his contacts are taking up nearly 10GB of space. Leo says that sounds extremely odd. Since it's been quite awhile sine John has reset the phone, he should try doing that. First he should make sure that the phone has been syncing and backing up his data. To do that, he can look at his Backup settings in the Settings menu and make sure it's enabled. He can even manually initiate a backup to make sure it's being done. Then he can do a full reset and that should clear everything up.

Amazon Does a Full Week of Black Friday Deals

Episode 1139

Amazon

It used to just be the day after Thanksgiving, but now Black Friday has expanded. It's not only happening *on* Thanksgiving, but Amazon is having Black Friday sales all week! Leo says that while people are fighting over the marked down deals, a good price on a TV often isn't a great deal. They're usually limited in quantity and often not the best models.

Music Deals, an App for Windows 8, is giving away 50 really good albums for free, with box sets for just $2. You download the 320kbps songs through the app and then you can use them anywhere.

Leo Gets the Google Nexus 6

Episode 1137

Leo bought the largest Android phone on the market, the Google Nexus 6.It does come with Android 5 - Lollipop. And he says it's a beautiful phone. However, when it comes to battery life, it leaves Leo a bit concerned. Although it has a bigger battery, it also comes with a quad HD screen, which is gorgeous, but really sucks up the battery power. He likes the dual front facing speakers though. And that makes sense.

How can I stream concerts online to my TV?

Episode 1136

Jo from Riverside, CA
Roku Stick

Jo likes music and is interested in Umphrey's McGee. Leo says they're a fun group. Jo wants to watch streaming concerts on her television. Leo says that the Google Chromecast is the way to go. It's only $35. She'll use her laptop or smartphone to choose the content, and then it will hand off the content to the TV. Then she'll be watching on her TV, but controlling it with the phone.

How can I put my Android phone into Kid Mode?

Episode 1135

Alan from Los Angeles, CA
Kid's Place

Alan has been locking down his mobile phone so his kids can only launch an app that he approves. But it's only limiting the number of apps he can add. He's updated the Note 3 and wants an app that will put his phone into "Kid Mode."

Leo says that there are third parties that offer the kid mode. It's an off the record download though, and could be illegal. There's also Kids Place. That's going to be safer and will let him do a lot more.