Internet and Web

Should I get the Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Episode 1341

Pete from Clinton Township, AL
Amazon Echo

Pete is trying to decide between Amazon Echo or Google Home. Leo says he'd definitely pick the Echo. The Echo Dot, a smaller and less expensive version of the Echo, is designed to connect into a speaker system. It's also only $50. It's way ahead of Google Home with hundreds of tasks and recipes that enable Echo to do a variety of things. Google Home is way too new, but chances are, it'll get smarter quicker. Pete could connect the Echo Dot to a speaker and he'll have a stereo. It's amazing.

Fake News Is Not Just a Problem with Facebook

Episode 1341

Facebook Logo

Leo says that Facebook is learning about how to deal with fake news, but it's by no means the only portal that has to deal with it. There are plenty of news websites that fall for it as well. But while people are caught up in fake news, they are missing real news, like Apple being able to turn over the content of your iCloud account to authorities with a simple request. But nobody reports on that.

What is the Dark Web?

James from Burbank, CA

Episode 1340

James has heard about the Dark Web. What is it? Leo says the "Dark Web" is part of the internet that isn't available to search engines. It's websites that can't be picked up. This includes Tor websites that don't allow for identity on the net. Originally it was used by universities to protect academic and research information. Now it's become a bit more nefarious with use for criminal activities via Tor. How can the Dark Web be accessed? By knowing the web address of the location that is hidden.

Why can't I buy stuff online with Internet Explorer?

Episode 1340

Russ from High Desert, CA
Mozilla Firefox

Russ is having trouble buying things online. The site he's using won't take his payments. Leo says that's likely due to the browser Russ is using that doesn't support the current SSL encryption standards. Leo recommends using another browser like Chrome. Since Russ is using Vista, Chrome doesn't support it either. It may be time to get a new computer if he wants to shop online.

How can I record a webinar?

Episode 1340

Lanny from Simi Valley, CA
OBS Studio

Lanny wants to be able to record webinars he's watching online. How can he do that? Leo says a screen recorder is the best bet. Windows 10 has a screen recorder built in called the Screen Recording Utility. It's designed for recording gaming, but it should work for webinars as well. The chatroom suggests OBS Studio, the Open Broadcaster Software. It comes with a built in editing utility as well.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1339

Johnny Jet

Website of the day: Flight Aware. This site will tell you how often a flight is on time and how long the trip actually is. Johnny says to stay away from regional jets during the holidays. They have different rules, and Johnny says they aren't as safe as major carriers. Even flying out of regional or smaller airports, you can usually get a flight on a major carrier.