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Alan got a new PC and he's trying to copy all his images over to it with an external hard drive. How can he back up his images to the cloud without getting duplicates? And how can he delete extra copies of his images? Leo says that there are some good "deduplication" apps that will work. But he'll run the risk of eliminating an image that is close to another but slightly different.
Ray has a Chromebook and he wants to use it for online banking. When he logs into his account, though, it doesn't take his password. He has reset the password, but after one login, it locks him out. Leo says that Ray is probably not inputting the right password. He could be mixing up a few letters. Using the Chromebook's autofill feature would be a good idea. That way, the first time he logs in, it will remember it. And the Chromebook is very secure, so Ray shouldn't need to worry about security.
David works with about ten other people in a small company, and they all share files using DropBox. They're getting conflicts, however with certain database files that they have stored on DropBox. Leo says if he has two programs accessing the same file at once, they will have problems. David wants to set up a VPN, and he was able to configure Hamachi. Leo says this won't fix the fundamental problem, though — it has to support record locking. David says that Microsoft Access supports locking, but it doesn't work with DropBox because people are accessing the file on their local systems.
Gary's wife is having issues getting push notifications for her email. Leo says she'll need to enable it in her Gmail account. She could also just turn on "fetch," which is a pull-oriented option. Leo says that using pull or fetch as her primary way will save battery life as it will just get the email whenever she opens the app.
The chatroom says that this is now a paid feature of Gmail Pro. Push notifications are no longer free with a basic Gmail account.
Mike is going to China and wants to know how he can use Gmail, Facebook or Twitter. Leo says that it changes all the time depending on the social unrest that's going on. There is a Wikipedia page that will show him. One thing he can do is create a Yahoo Mail account, have Gmail fetch it, and then use that. It's a workaround but it can work. He may be able to go to the .CN versions of websites, though.
Site of the week - Luggage Hero. This helps you find a place to store your bags during a long layover. Other luggage storage services include Nanny Bag and Stasher. More can be found on Johnny Jet's article here.
App of the week - GRAB>. If you're in SouthEast Asia, and you need a ride, Grab is what you need.
It's tax time and Leo says that this is the time of year for what's called the "IRS Tax Scam." Users may get an email or voicemail with a warning that the police are coming to arrest you unless you pay your tax bill. Don't fall for it. The IRS will not contact you via voicemail, email or text message. The IRS only uses the US Mail.
Dar wants to know how to stream his nightly podcast on YouTube Live. Leo says it depends on what he's using for his show now. First, he'll need to set up an official YouTube account for his nightly podcast. Then he can start uploading videos. He'll have to get 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 viewed hours before he can qualify for live streaming. Then YouTube should just enable the live streaming in YouTube Studio. Leo says that super-serving his audience by targeting their niche will get him plenty of success and exposure.
App of the week - JNTO, Japanese National Tour Organization app. If you're going to Japan, you need this app. It will help you prepare for your trip, tell you what you can and cannot bring into the country (Tylenol is a no no), and it will help you with the language gap.
Gadget of the week - Arctic Abaco plugin USB fan.
James has a router that supports VPNs. What's the benefit of running his own VPN vs. subscribing to a VPN service? Leo says it's largely the peace of mind that he is controlling the security. With a third party VPN service, he won't know what kind of access they have to his traffic.