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Kurt says his HP Deskjet disconnects from the internet and he has to turn it off and back on to wake it up. Leo says there's an ECO mode that conserves power in the settings. Disable that. Also, assign a specific IP address and reserve that in your router. Then you'll have a static IP address that will keep it woke up.
Tim would like to make free calls online. How can he do that? Leo recommends Google Voice. He can call the US, Mexico and Canada for free, and other international calls are about $0.02 a minute. There is no such thing as free service from a phone company, but he can get LifeLine service for under $10 a month.
A federal judge approved the merger of Time Warner and AT&T this week, opening the floodgates for even more large mega corporate mergers. Comcast moved almost instantly to provide a massive bid on 21st Century Fox, outbidding Disney by over 15%, setting off a huge bidding war. Leo says that the judge got it wrong and this represents a serious problem for consumers, even though customers like it because it saves them money in the short run.
Michael has been getting robocalls for a new scam, where they contact him regarding his internet activity after buying Google ads. Leo says that there's always a new scam and it becomes even more important to know that they are out there and when he gets a call he doesn't recognize to ignore it.
Today's travel tip: if you're going to a country for a long term vacation, get a local SIM to save money on international data roaming fees. Head over to PrepaidwithData. It will tell you everything from what phones work best where, what SIM card to get, and how much it'll cost. You'll also want to be sure you've had your smartphone unlocked.
Leo encouraged Ryan to start a blog. He's a musician and has been writing a blog for about a year with Control Forever. He's gotten into crowdfunding with IndieGogo for his current album as well. Leo says to use social media like Facebook to get the word out, but don't rely on it.
Check out Ryan's Indiegogo page for his new band JKHD.
Brian wants to know about the Amazon Fire TV Cube. Leo says he recently ordered one and it looks great. Plus, it's very affordable. It'll also have Alexa built-in with no remote control. It's completely voice operated. But it can also control other devices via infrared. It's a very interesting concept. Stay tuned, Leo will be reviewing it.
Jose is concerned about being snooped on when using public Wi-Fi. What can he do to protect himself? Leo says the first thing to do is turn on hard drive encryption. That will keep his data safe should his laptop get stolen. But for just being on a public Wi-Fi, VPNs can be beneficial. VPN stands for "Virtual Private Network," and all of the traffic that goes through it is encrypted. It's like a secure tunnel through the internet. Most web pages are encrypted now, though, so no one could see his activity on those sites anyway.
Mike is a commercial pilot and he called in to talk about Johnny Jet's tweet about mist in the airplane cabin. Mike says that airplane mist happens a lot in humid climates when the cold air from the airplane's AC meets the warm air of the cabin. It's very normal, and only happens when the plane is at the gate and hooked up to an air conditioner to keep boarding passengers cool.
Johnny Jet is in the great white north of Canada this week, and he had an experience this week where the plane cabin filled with mist before take off. It was just condensation from the air conditioning, which was perfectly normal.
Site of the week - IceBergFinder.com, Find out where all the icebergs are. Only works in Chrome and Safari.