Should I update to Windows 8.1?

Rick from San Diego, CA

Episode 1043

Rick wants to know if Windows 8.1 is better than Windows 8. Leo says yes it is, and it's always a better idea to go with the latest version of the OS, if for no other reason than security updates. But Windows 8.1 has enabled users to bring back the Start button and can work much more like Windows 7.

Leo also recommends getting Start8 by Stardock. It's only $5 and can make Windows 8 look exactly like Windows 7.

Why is my battery life bad after an Android update?

Aaron from Glendale, CA

Episode 1036

Aaron has updated his Samsung Galaxy S3 and now his battery life has decreased. Leo says it may just be that the phone is older and the battery has diminished some. The phone isn't old enough to have battery life issues, though. So it's likely that there is a bug in the update that's causing some programs to run in the background. Doctor Mom in the chatroom had the same problems and suggests turning on power saving mode in Android.

Why do I keep getting a message about a blocked plugin when I try to watch video on my computer?

Joan from Simi Valley, CA

Episode 971

Joan likes to watch TV on her Mac, but now she's getting a message about a blocked plugin. Leo says that Apple keeps a list of "unsafe" programs on Joan's Mac and all she needs to do is download and install the new Flash player. Once that's done, Apple will view it as safe again.