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President Obama has ordered the CIA to develop a "proportional response" to the reported Russian hacking of the DNC which exposed emails about the Clinton campaign. But Leo says what could the CIA expose by hacking the Kremlin? Putin posts bare chested pictures of himself on Instagram? The man is embarrassed by nothing! And could such a response cause an escalation? Leo says that our utility infrastructure is vulnerable to hacking and such a cyber war could devolve into crippling our electrical grid ... or worse.
Nick wants to buy a hotspot or MiFi card and use wireless as his home internet connection. Leo says if he's in a remote area, then that's a great way to go. He'll have to make sure he has a good package that doesn't include bandwidth caps, though.
This week, Johnny Jet took a trip for the first time since his wife had their baby and he thought it was very weird. The news this week was that the FAA had banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on any flight, passenger or cargo.
Website of the week - oyster.com. This site has real photos of hotels all around the world with expert reviews, not perfectly coiffed and faked photos.
Marilyn says that her internet carrier is trying to charge her extra for bandwidth. She uses Dish. Leo says that satellite internet has bandwidth caps because it's very constrained. Leo only recommends satellite when there's no other choice. He recommends going to DSLReports.com. They have ISP reviews by geographic area. If there's nothing else in her area, Marilyn would be much better off going with LTE wireless.
Frank is having issues with Windows 10. Applications, especially Windows Live Mail, are disappearing from the task bar. Leo says that Windows Live Mail has become "depricated," with the end of life in January. Sounds like it's time to go with another mail client. Frank is with Verizon and that usually means he'd have Yahoo or Frontier mail. Leo recommends using Gmail, though. Then he can use Thunderbird by Mozilla instead of Live Mail. Or he can just use Gmail's browser client.
Trinity wants to understand the so-called "smart TV." Leo says all that means is that she can stream video from the internet as well as watch from cable or antenna. She'll have to have a good internet connection to do that, though. If all she is doing is streaming, she won't get the live broadcasting options like sports, news and awards. If she has line of sight to a transmitter site, she can get an antenna and that will give her what she's missing from live TV.
With the election coming, if you're traveling during the election, check out VoteFromAbroad.org. If you're not going to be around, you can vote by mail and this site will help you request your ballot ahead of time. But you have to do it now or you may run out of time.
Ricky thinks his Triple Play package is just too expensive. What is the best provider for internet, cable, and telephone? Leo says that the only real advantage of a Triple Play package is that he'd get one bill. For a phone service, he prefers real phone service because in the event of a disaster, the plain old telephone service will continue to operate. Leo advises going to DSLReports.com because they will give him the best ratings on what is the best coverage and reliability. Leo also recommends talking to neighbors.
Brian's family shares a single iTunes account and he wants to know the advantage of going with family sharing. Jason says he'll gain the advantages of using different settings for different accounts, including setting buying limits, ratings, etc. The downside is that he won't get to share the iCloud space. Additionally, in-app purchases aren't sharable. So if it isn't broke, Jason says don't fix it. He should stick with what he has.
Chris doesn't understand how he can get Apple Music on his desktop, but he can get it on his mobile phone. Leo says that Apple deems it that way. It's their way or the high way.