Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

How can I sync my Android without Google getting the data?

Episode 1067

Vlad from California
Samsung Galaxy S4

Vlad wants to know if there's anything he can do to get his data on his computer and print a hard copy of it. Leo says that Vlad should use Google to sync everything. That way he'll have a copy of it everywhere: on his phone, online, and on the desktop. Google will sync it seamlessly, and it's by far the easiest way to do it. But Vlad doesn't want to give Google all that information. Leo says that using the S4 gives Google everything anyway, as does Vlad's ISP, so it's a moot point.

Secret App Allows Users to Post Anonymously

Episode 1066

Secret - Speak Freely

iPhone app "Secret" allows users to share posts anonymously with friends. After its installed, it looks at your contact list, and will show you whether secrets come from a friend, a friend of a friend, or someone else. It also allows you to comment anonymously on secrets. This is a new category for anonymous apps, and there's a debate going on about whether or not this is encouraging a lot of negative behavior.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1066

Johnny Jet is in Australia for the official first game of the 2014 Baseball Season, as the Dodgers play the Arizona Diamond Backs "down under." Leo wants to know what the trick is for jet lag. Johnny says that everyone is different and he suggests getting on local time as soon as you can. Stay awake during the flight, so that when you get where you're going, you can get some sleep. He also advises taking a walk when you get where you're going and to take a hot shower before going to bed.

How can I block spam at work?

Theresa from Scotts Valley, CA

Episode 1065

Theresa's boss gets a lot of spam and wants a spam blocker. Leo advises against them, especially for a business because they cause people to jump through hoops. Spam blockers send emails back to the sender, asking them to validate that they are not spam. This will let spammers know that this is a good address, so once she starts using it, she would never be able to stop. Leo recommends using gmail, because it is a brilliant anti-spam solution. She could have her email forwarded to the gmail account.

How can I save a flash movie from the Internet?

Steve from Finland

Episode 1065

Steve wants to download flash based videos from the Internet and he's having trouble finding a good source. Leo says there's a number of options. Leo recommends Applian's web video downloader, called the Replay Media Catcher. It's free to try and downloads almost every format. VLC Media Player can also do this. KeepVid.com is a good web based option.

What TV should I buy? (Part 1)

Episode 1065

Carlos from Southern California
HDTV

Carlos would like to buy a new TV and wants to know whether he should get plasma or LCD? Leo says that plasma has the best quality, but with it's reflective screen, it's best to use in a darkened room. Companies are getting out of plasma, though, because everyone is buying LED TVs. Backlit LCDs have gotten so good that people are choosing them because they look better on the show room floor.