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ESPN is streaming the FIFA World Cup Live, but you have to have an approved cable or satellite subscription in order to use the ESPN Live app to watch it. By contrast, Univision is offering it for free on their app, and Leo says it's far more interesting that way. In fact, all around the world, it's being streamed for free, except in the US.
John answered an ad for car wrap advertising, but he thinks he's been scammed. Leo says that yes, it's a scam. They look professional, but they want to get his personal information and bombard him with spam. Check out ScamDetector. Never, ever give out personal information, especially a social security number.
Suzanne is looking for an expense app for her iPhone and desktop. Leo says he suggests using a cloud based option to minimize the hassle of syncing. Mint is a great option, and they use the same clearing house that the banks use -- Yodely -- so security isn't a worry.
Francine's daughter is moving to a remote area in Washington State and wants to know how to get wireless internet where she's going. She streams a lot. Leo says that without access to DSL or Cable, she could use WISP providers. She could also consider a 4G wireless connection with a MiFi card. But they'll come with bandwidth caps that she'll run through pretty quickly. Satellite is an option, but it's got high latency and also has bandwidth caps. If she can't get satellite TV, then she can't get internet service.
Google has wired Portland, OR for gigabit internet and Wi-Fi as part of their Google Fiber high speed broadband initiative. Leo says that this is a good trend as Google is working to not only make faster internet more affordable, but also give customers better access to streaming. It's the exact opposite of ISPs, which are acting as gate keepers buffering streaming traffic unless content providers pay more.
Frank is ready to finally get rid of AOL and wants to know what's a better alternative; especially for email. Leo likes Gmail because he can sync all of his devices thanks to the IMAP email protocol which keeps all email at the server level. Frank can just use the webmail version or he can use an email client like Outlook. Mozilla has one called Thunderbird.
Audi is into podcasting and he says it's very frustrating to get podcasts on all the available sites. He found a cool plugin called "PowerPress." He says it lets him control cover art and print tags in iTunes. It gives full control over a podcast feed. Leo says it's a great plugin, but it doesn't really work inside WordPress.com. He'll have to run his own, hosted version of Wordpress. But it works great. Another alternative is LibSyn.
Raymond's boss wants him to do podcasts for work. Where can he host it? Leo says that LibSyn is great because it's cheap and they don't charge for bandwidth, only the storage for the podcast. At $5 a month, it can't be beat. It'll even submit the podcast to iTunes. Soundcloud is a great free storage option that will support podcasting. But it doesn't have as many features.
Ofer is going to be reviewing websites and wants to link them by a thumbnail. He makes two images and it's just too much work. Leo says that using HTML and adjusting the resolution will work. It loads a full image, but shrinks it down to thumbnail size until they click on it. Very easy.
He can also do batch resizing. Irfanview is a great choice for that. Wordpress or Jumla has the option to do it rather simply as well. But when he inputs the link in HTML, he can specify height and width and it'll appear smaller.
The police department in a New Hampshire town has been infected with Cryptolocker and the city has refused to pay the tribute to get their data back. This is the opposite reaction from a Massachusetts police department that decided to pay up to get their data. Leo says that if the PD was backing up their data, they wouldn't have to pay up. Clearly, they haven't been. And that's not good.