Your internet connection, web sites and services.
Internet and Web
Candy is looking to cut the cable and get an antenna to pick up local channels, while streaming with Netflix. Leo says that the big challenge of cutting the cord is live television. The challenge is how good she can get local channels in her area.
Johnny Jet is in Hawaii this week.
Website of the week: Review Skeptic. A site dedicated to figuring out whether reviews are legit. It's based on research from Cornell University and boasts a 90% accuracy rate. You basically copy the review into the Review Skeptic site and then it will test it as to whether it is legit or not.
Ranjith uses Elementary OS, a new flavor of Linux. He also does a YouTube channel on technology, but he's noticing that YouTube doesn't pay well at all. Leo agrees. It's really a pittance and it strikes to the core of what Leo says about the tradeoffs of free bandwidth and access vs. making a living. How can he monetize his content beyond YouTube's adsense? Leo says YouTube is more of a promotional vehicle. To really make money, he'll need to have a consistent view rate of over a million views, and not many can do that.
Jim says that every time he does a search on Google Maps, it always comes up with a location in Richardson, TX. Leo says that's probably a regional default when Google Maps can't find what he wants it to find. It may also be that Google Maps thinks that's where he is. Google can sometimes use IP addresses to figure out where you are so it can do a search for locations near you. An IP address can also be read as part of the ISP's headquarters, though. AT&T HQ is in Dallas/Richardson, so that is likely why it's showing up that way. There's not much Jim can do about that.
Lou opened an email in Gmail that he thought was from DropBox, and now all his email is going into the trash. Has he been bit my malware? Leo says it's probably not malware. There must be a filter that is sending all the mail into the trash. Lou should look in Gmail's filters and delete the one that's causing this. That should get him back to normal.
Johnny and his wife Natalie are hanging out in Hawaii this week. Today he's talking about Brexit and how the UK leaving the EU will affect travel. He says there won't be much change for about two years, but it has lowered the cost of travel in the short run to the UK. But it will affect flyers who use Irish carriers like Ryan Air, since Ireland could opt to stay in the EU.
Michael has a website and has learned that Google has changed the rules regarding SEO. Leo says that Google is always changing the rules in an effort to combat spam. Michael's analytics have dropped dramatically since then, though. Leo says that following the webmasters tools based on Google's analytics is really the best thing to do. Will using Java affect his SEO? Leo says no. Having an updated site map will improve his chances. Making his website "mobile responsive" will also be rewarded. Loading speeds are also key.
Twitter is introducing emoji-based targeting, which means advertisers will be able to target users based on emojis they have used in a tweet. For example, if a user tweets a pizza emoji, that user could be served ads for pizza places.
Judy uses email, but she's having trouble forwarding email to someone else. Leo says to forward the mail exactly as it came, including attachments. If she tries to change it, she could end up messing it up. Using a computer at the library may be an issue as well. The browser may be older. It may also be a setting in the library's security settings to discourage that. Judy should try sending messages to herself and see if she can duplicate the issue.