Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Verizon Buys AOL

Episode 1188

Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 Billion this week, which Leo says is a bargain. The sale includes Huffington Post, TechCrunch and a host of other properties. Leo says that Verizon really wanted AOL's mobile ad platform. With over half of internet searches being Mobile, the mobile ad platform is really valuable. But Leo wonders how you put an ad on such a small mobile screen.

Meanwhile, Google is going to put a buy button in their ads to encourage more commerce.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1187

Johnny has website recommendation, MarineTraffic.com, which allows you to search where a cruise ship or any other ship is. Just type in the name of the ship in the filters, It'll also give you a live timeline. Tracks cruise ships, Cargo ships, Tankers, Yachts, fishing vessels and more.

App - Record 360. Allows you to not only take live video that's time stamped and geo tagged, but also Still images that you can not dings, dents, etc. on iOS. Great for when you rent a car!

Why is my download speed so slow sometimes?

Bob from San Diego, CA

Episode 1187

Bob is having trouble with his download speeds. They just aren't consistent from computer to computer. Leo says it's important to understand that he's paying for *up to* the maximum download speed. It can vary wildly. But Bob says sometimes is slows down to a crawl on one of his computers. Leo says he can experiment by rebooting the computer and see if it goes back up to max download speeds. If so, that means there's a program running. That's called a "memory leak" and the computer is using up bandwidth by that program.

Why can't I get back online after removing malware?

Ed from Philadelphia, PA

Episode 1186

Ed has discovered malware on his computer so he took it off and now he can't get on the internet. Leo says that Malware comes through any browser and when you get malware, or in this case adware, removing it can be problematic. Installers will attach the malware or adware to a critical system file and then when you remove it, you also remove the critical files for your system.

How can I stream live through my camcorder?

Nick from Santa Cruz, CA

Episode 1186

Nick has a camcorder with HDMI out and he wants to know if he can run Wirecast with a tablet. Leo says probably not. He'll need a computer because tablets don't have HDMI in, only HDMI Out. He'd also need HDMI live as a feature in the camcorder. If it will only be live in playback, then it won't help. Do any notebooks have HDMI? Leo uses Canon Vixia's with a Blackmagic converter to run into the computer. Imogen also makes an HDMI Input card.

Has my bank account been hacked by a popup?

Diane from Encino, CA

Episode 1185

Diane got a popup that said she had a virus. She knew it was a scam and closed out her Safari browser and turned off her computer. Then she got a bank notice that her account was compromised. Are those occurrences related? Leo says probably not. Just because a popup tells her she's infected, it doesn't mean she is. The popup was designed to get her to call someone so they can socially engineer her to install something. The bank notice probably was the result of someone who she gave her card to at a restaurant copying her information. Her Mac is safe.

Why does my VPN connection drop out?

Rob from Valley Center, CA

Episode 1185

Rob just moved and has a new cable provider. He works from home and has issues losing connectivity to his work using VPN. Leo says that the provider probably provides the modem. He should ask for DOCSIS III service. That will be more reliable and faster. Buying his own DOCSIS III modem will be newer and will save him money. Rob should ask them what DOCSIS III modems they support and buy his own. Another issue could be his router. Rebooting the router can clear out any bad issues. Routers do need to be replaced from time to time.