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How can I backup my iPad?

Josie from New Mexico

Episode 1216

Josie wants to know how she can backup her iPad. Leo says that the easiest way is to back it up using iTunes on her home computer. She can also back it up to iCloud, but she'll only get 5GB free on iCloud, so she'd have to pay for more. The good news is that she can back it up anywhere, and iCloud Drive isn't that expensive. Another option is OneDrive. If she has a subscription to Microsoft Office, she can get unlimited storage to OneDrive. But that won't backup everything. Only Apple can do that.

How can I extend a Wi-Fi signal?

Rick from Arkansas

Episode 1216

Rick is a truck driver and relies on open Wi-Fi access points. But a lot of them don't have parking space for his rig. How can he extend the signal so he can access their signal from outside the parking lots? Leo says that while there are Wi-Fi extenders that can pick up signals from a distance, he'll want to be sure he is a good customer at that provider. C Crane has a Wi-Fi extender called The Country Mile Wi-Fi. Another option is to buy a MiFi card, which uses 4G, and he can get that just about anywhere.

How can I set up a home network?

Tom from Houston, TX

Episode 1216

Tom would like to set up a home network and he's pretty confused on how to do it. Where can he go to get some insider tips? Leo says that a great source is PracticallyNetworked.com. They not only have product reviews, but also tutorials that explain nomenclature and how to go about setting up a network. They keep it up to date, too. Start with "Backgrounders," to learn the basics. Then he can move on to how to set one up.

Why can't I print from the browser in Windows 10?

Sonya from Riverside, CA

Episode 1216

Sonya updated to Windows 10, and now she can't print from Yahoo Mail. Leo says that there seems to be a disconnect with the web browser. It could be that the Yahoo print manager doesn't support the Edge browser. Microsoft shipped Windows 10 with two browsers -- Edge and Internet Explorer. The Blue 'E' is actually Edge now, and Leo says it was shipped prematurely to grab the back to school market for search.

What alternatives do I have to ad revenue on my website?

Les from Dublin

Episode 1216

Les thinks that website advertising is coming to an end. Google is taking more of the pie and ad revenue isn't really there anymore because AdSense has changed. He isn't really sure how that is changing, but he needs alternatives to raise more revenue from his website. Leo says one of the reasons that ad revenue is dropping is because usage of AdBlockers is exploding. People don't want ads on their surfing experience because they believe they're being tracked and they don't like the fact that it slows down loading times. It also goes against mobile bandwidth caps.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1215

This week, Johnny talks about something that American Airlines is doing. If you fly American, be aware that AA tries to sell you a "preferred seat," which only gets you closer to the plane entrance. So it's kinda of a rip off. What you really want to pay for is Main Cabin Extra, which gives you extra leg room. Johnny recommends going to SeatGuru.com to find the seats you want. Also check out Skytrax AirlineQuality.com, it's like Trip Advisor for airlines.

Why can't I sign up my son for his own Apple ID?

Josh from Sun City, CA

Episode 1214

Josh wants to set up Family Sharing so that his son can access purchased content without having access to everything else. He went to create a separate Apple ID for his child, but Apple said it requires a credit card to verify that Josh is an adult. Apple says he could use a credit card to confirm it, and then remove the payment information afterwards. But Josh doesn't have a credit card, and Apple doesn't seem to have any way around that. Leo says Apple is really missing the boat here by not offering some sort of backup verification option. Leo suggests writing to Tim Cook.

Why am I getting survey pop ups when visiting websites?

Ron from Hayden, CO

Episode 1214

Ron can watch TWiT on Internet Explorer with no problem. But when he gets on Firefox, he has trouble with popups of surveys. Leo says that's not his site, that's for sure. Leo suspects that it's an issue with Flash. Internet Explorer has Flash built in, as does Chrome. So it sounds like maybe there's an issue with no Flash being installed, and Firefox might have a browser hijacker object that's popping up.

How can I unsubscribe from a bunch of email lists?

Elliot from Boston, MA

Episode 1213

Elliot wants to clean up his email box. Leo suggests unroll.me. Leo says it's a free service that goes through your inbox and unsubscribes you from mailing lists. Elliot will have to give it access to his email, and unfortunately, it only works with a limited number of providers. Leo says that one thing he can do is create a maildrop email, one place that he will only use for signing up for stuff like newsletters. That way if they sell that email address, it doesn't matter.