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Johnny is joining us from Canada today and is talking about a new thing about FreeWiFi Networks to stay away from. Check out maps.skycure.com. You can type in anywhere in the world and you'll get a list via Google Maps of risky local Wi-Fi hotspots in your area. But Leo says that since the site offers software to download, it could be a bit sketchy. When in doubt, when traveling, connect via VPN. It's the safest way.
Joe created a site called NoParkTicket.com, where you put your information in about street sweeping or other parking related restrictions. That goes into a database, and then people can get that information when they're looking to park somewhere. He found crowdfunding campaign sites like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe, and he's wondering how he can get people to go to that.
Tom wants to know what brand to use for powerline networking, where you use your electrical wiring as a network infrastructure for your network. Leo says he's become a convert to powerline networking. It's gotten a lot better in the last few years. He just plugs in this special kit and he's getting about 20 MB per second, which isn't too bad.
Sage wants to know how he can update his email through iCloud. He's changed his email address and he wants to know how he can log in without it. Leo suggests calling Apple to request a password recovery link. He should look for the iForgot link. He'll get a few questions and then they'll reset it for him.
Jim has been using Windows 10 for a few months and lately his password hasn't been working. He's also noticed that he has a new account that it attached to his Google account. Leo says that ideally, he'll want to use a Microsoft account, but if it's using his Google password, it could be that Jim's Google account is linked to his Microsoft account. He should check his Microsoft account at login.live.com and see if he's made any connections inadvertently. It's probably OK, but signing in to a Microsoft account would be better.
Sarah wants to know about Bitcoin. Leo says that Bitcoin is just like paper money, in that it's a "fiat currency." But the danger is that it's not backed by the US government (even though they will take it as payment). The main thing to understand is that a bitcoin wallet is the only place that bitcoin lives and if someone steals that wallet, it's over. So it should be backed it up. It's a challenge to make money with it, and it's wildly speculative. That's why Leo doesn't recommend investing in it. But it's an interesting way to pay people online.
Christie just bought a Samsung Galaxy Note V. Leo says to be careful with stylus because you can easily get it stuck if you put it in the wrong way. She bought it because it came with a free tablet, but she has to pay an extra $10 a month for data and Netflix won't work. She's frustrated because everybody blames the other guy. When she took it back, it worked fine at the store. Leo says that indicates that Christie's Wi-Fi connection is suspect. Leo says it could be a problem with AT&T's UVerse and their router.
Jordan has a website and wants to be able to change servers without having to change his email address. Leo says that's what GMail is great for. All he has to do is go into settings and setup mail forwarding to a standard Gmail account from his domain name. That way if it changes domains, his email still goes to the same place.
Johnny Jet is joining us from the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX. This week's featured app is BlaBlaCar. It's a ride sharing app for long journeys. It's available currently in England, Europe, Mexico, Russia, and some parts of the Mediterranean. Think of it as Uber for road trips. You can choose by price, experience, car comfort, and even if you like to talk on the trip. It's a great ride share option for Europe.
John records his daughter's volleyball games and he's having issues uploading the 4K video. Leo says that's not surprising. We're all uploading more, and bandwidth is usually "asymmetric" where download speeds are much faster than upload speeds. John could pay for the next tier of service. If he has Google Fiber in his area, it's symmetric which is much faster.