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David has a tablet that he wants to add LTE internet access to. Can he do that? Leo says that it supports Wi-Fi, so he can use it with a MiFi card and connect that way. He can also hotspot with his mobile phone, depending on whether or not his carrier supports it. But he'll probably have to pay extra for that privilege. Leo also uses a Google Fi card with his tablet. They work in a lot of different devices.
Karen wants to know what free email service she should use. She has Yahoo and she keeps getting triplicate newsletters. Leo recommends Google Mail (Gmail). They don't read mail for ads, nor do they charge. Gmail is a much better solution. She could also configure Gmail to get her Yahoo Mail if she chooses.
Richard read an article about students in San Jose, who are hanging out under light poles because of something called LiFi? You can get over 225GB doing so, but it's limited to where the light can transmit. Leo says that LiFi has potential since light poles can double as access point stations for public Wi-Fi. But with LiFi, it uses light to transmit internet bandwidth.
This week's travel app is HeadSpace. It's a great way to relax and meditate when you're in a stressful situation like traveling. It's $12.99 a month.
Website of the week - WindFinder.com. Also available on iOS and Android. It uses 20,000 weather stations all over the world to let you know where the wind is, should you be flying, sailing, or even windsurfing.
John is a web developer and his compiling software isn't working as he needs it to. Leo says that there are different toolsets for different projects. He should check out HomeBrew. It manages to compile really well. Digital Ocean is great as well, because he can have five different tools at once. And it's cheap too.
(Disclaimer: Digital Ocean is a sponsor)
Bianca is thinking about getting a mesh router because her Wi-Fi is slow and unreliable. Leo says that a mesh router will definitely do the job, and they're better than a Wi-Fi extender because the extender is only half as fast. But mesh routers aren't cheap. Mesh routers also have a great quality of service with bandwidth shaping, and also parental blocking features. NetGear's Orbi is good, as is the Eero.
Fred called last week about helping out people who are blind or have low vision, and he got so many emails from people, he's decided to start a blog to continue his help. His email is email@example.com (he's a retired pharmacist). Leo says a blog is a great idea because it will be a valuable resource that people will find searching on Google.
Johnny Jet is finally back home after traveling to five countries over the last few weeks. Leo has a website recommendation this week: The Traveler Collective. Not only can you buy a ring for every country you've been to that you can put on a backpack or key ring, but a portion of that money goes towards giving grants to people who can't afford travel.
LaRayce got her invoice for web hosting, and they've cut her three-year deal to a two-year deal. So she's looking for an alternative. Leo says it's easy to move, as web hosting is a commodity product now. Coding in HTML is pretty old-fashioned. Most websites don't run that way anymore. They use a content management system, which separates the site design from the content. That makes it a lot easier to update her content. WordPress and Squarespace are good examples.
David has been asked if he can help do live streaming. Does he need Wi-Fi for that? Leo says not really, but he does need a cable long enough to go from where he's filming to a computer in order to stream it. If he uses multiple cameras, then he'll need a switcher to control them. It's always best to start with one camera and then expand as he needs to.
Video capture software to do the streaming depends on where he wants to stream. Facebook and YouTube both offer streaming for free. They also offer software to download.