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Jamie wants to know how she can listen to her favorite comedians on her phone while she's driving. She's been playing the youtube channel but that's eating up her data. Leo says that TuneIn, I Heart Radio and other streaming audio channels have comedy channels that you can stream. So check that out.
Caller wants to get a voice operated home device to make phone calls for his mother in law. Leo says that the Amazon Echo only works with other Echo devices. Google Home Assistant, however, can be linked to your phone and can make phone calls by voice. The Chatroom says that Echo Connect will work to make phone calls, especially emergency ones. Leo says that these in home voice assistants are a game changer. Especially for older folks. Good solution. And there cheap enough now that you can put them in every room.
Johnny Jet had to cancel his current trip because he's been under the weather.
Website of the week - Real Doctor's Report uses real time data from over 1 million doctor's offices in the US to keep track of what outbreaks are happening. Very accurate. There's also an app so you can keep track on the road.
Johnny upgraded his Comcast internet bandwidth to gigabit service. But when he went to Fast.com to test it, it was only a 1/3 the promised speed. Is he getting ripped off? Leo says that wifi can slow down your bandwidth a bit due to congestion. Try connecting wired to your modem with Ethernet and see if it speeds up. The age of your computer network card can also slow it down if it's older. You'd need a gigabit network card to handle the thru-put. At the end of the day, there's always a weak link in the chain and you have to find it.
Rick's wife is trying to get around her job's internet restrictions with a VPN. Is there any way to do that? Leo says probably not. They will likely have it locked down to the point where she can't get around it. Leo recommends using her mobile phone in hotspot mode. She should turn off Wi-Fi though because she'll still be under their policies even when she's on her phone using the Wi-Fi. The company has the right to not only prevent her from using her own devices on their network, but also to spy on her. So she should be careful.
Melanie's email account was hacked so she changed her password and set up 2-factor authentication. Now when she logs in, it tells her there's been "too many attempts" and it logs her out. Leo says that there is a Google help chat where she could get it reset. There's also a phone number that she can call. She should check under Google Help.
Walter wants to know if he can install LastPass into his browser to save his passwords online. Leo says there's a LastPass browser plugin that does just that thing. Then he can let LastPass choose his passwords.
Johnny Jet says you can sometimes save money buying your airline tickets at the last minute. Some tips - don't bring a bag. Get the right credit card to gain access to the clubs. Stick with one airline to get upgraded. TSA PreCheck is very helpful. Make a single connection, and you can save half the cost of a first class or business class ticket. Search, and price it out with Google Flights and then book directly with the airline. The trick is to use multiple sites. Check alternate airports.
Noel wants to use Voice Over IP for his office telephones. What does he need to look for? Leo says that Latency is the key. The longer the latency, the more annoying the delay in a conversation. Dropped packets is another issue in VoIP. Is that due to not having enough bandwidth? Leo says no. Voice doesn't take up a lot of bandwidth. But in an office, it all adds up. Leo uses RingCentral in his office.
Wi-Fi can also mess up VoIP because it gives preference to data over voice.
Johnny Jet says that there's a new airline in Canada called Swoop that's going with the Spirit Airlines business model of charging very low prices for airfare, then adding charges for luggage and carry ons. If it doesn't fit under your seat, you have to pay extra. They also pack you in with only 29" of leg room.
Site of the week - Google Flights. Johnny recommends going with Google Flights when trying to book a flight. Great bargains, plus they also let you know about flight delays and more.