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Jerry wants to know if he can bypass local stations and still get network programming. Rich says networks are all setup to route through the local station. He can't really get a raw feed that bypasses it.
Frank is having issues with Firefox. He loses his logins, bookmarks, etc when logging into another computer. Rich says Frank needs to turn on Sync in Firefox in order to see them from computer to computer. The other option is to use Safari on his computer since he also uses an iPad.
Google is revamping GMail and adding new features, including placing the attachment at the top of the email thread, delayed replies (which will enable a user to snooze an email until another time), nudge to reply reminders, and smart replies. Some privacy geeks may be concerned that a machine is reading their Gmail and suggesting replies, but Rich says it's very convenient in the mobile app. Other features include Confidential mode, where the message will self destruct after being read. A new task app in Gmail. And the ability to read emails, tasks, calendar, and notes in one screen.
Bob is having trouble with popups and other stuff when he browses in Google Chrome. Rich says that using Chrome, there is a utility called "Clean up computer" that will work. He should use the hamburger icon on the left hand side and then go to Menu > Settings > Advanced. Then select "Clean up computer." It'll clean up all those pesky popup cookies and other bits that cause his browser fits.
Johnny Jet says that it's a good idea to sign up for fare alerts with all your favorite airlines and to use Google Flights to see how often the prices change. Don't buy too far in advance, but don't buy at the last minute either. You usually want to book between 14 and 21 days in advance. You should also look at alternate airports. Often you can save over a hundred dollars or more by going with an alternate airport. Add a stop, too. Sometimes there is a huge difference on a one stop flight, especially if you're flying as a family.
Jeannie has had it with her cable subscription and is going to become a cord cutter. She's got an antenna and the Amazon Fire Stick, but how can she replace her DVR capability? Rich says that SlingTV has a cloud DVR option built into their service for an additional $5 a month. They also have a device called the AirTV Player for about $50.
Alan has been having issues visiting a website on his computer, but his wife can do it on hers. Rich says that it could be that if Dave had installed a program recently, it could be interfering with his web browser. Another possibility is that Dave's Java isn't updated. He should try updating that. Also, Dave should turn off all of his browser extensions. If he can access the site after that, then he'll know that an extension is the culprit. To find out which extension is causing it, he can just go in and turn each extension on one by one until the site doesn't work again.
With Leo on vacation, KTLA's tech reporter Rich DeMuro fills in this weekend!
Rich has been a TV reporter for over 15 years and has covered technology for a majority of that time. Recently, Rich won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for his coverage of social issues related to technology. You’ll often see and hear Rich on various other media outlets including weekly on KFI AM 640. He has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Home & Family, G4TV, CNBC, NBC’s Today Show, ABC News, Fox News Channel, the BBC and more.
Ed wants to know how he can save YouTube videos. Leo says that there are plenty of third party sites, like KeepVid, that can do it. But it doesn't work with all videos. If he puts the letters "pp" after YouTube in the URL, it'll download the video by adding a download button. So he just will need to go to YouTubePP.com/videoaddress. It's web based, but it should do the trick.