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Gary's wife is having issues getting push notifications for her email. Leo says she'll need to enable it in her Gmail account. She could also just turn on "fetch," which is a pull-oriented option. Leo says that using pull or fetch as her primary way will save battery life as it will just get the email whenever she opens the app.
The chatroom says that this is now a paid feature of Gmail Pro. Push notifications are no longer free with a basic Gmail account.
Mike is going to China and wants to know how he can use Gmail, Facebook or Twitter. Leo says that it changes all the time depending on the social unrest that's going on. There is a Wikipedia page that will show him. One thing he can do is create a Yahoo Mail account, have Gmail fetch it, and then use that. It's a workaround but it can work. He may be able to go to the .CN versions of websites, though.
Site of the week - Luggage Hero. This helps you find a place to store your bags during a long layover. Other luggage storage services include Nanny Bag and Stasher. More can be found on Johnny Jet's article here.
App of the week - GRAB>. If you're in SouthEast Asia, and you need a ride, Grab is what you need.
It's tax time and Leo says that this is the time of year for what's called the "IRS Tax Scam." Users may get an email or voicemail with a warning that the police are coming to arrest you unless you pay your tax bill. Don't fall for it. The IRS will not contact you via voicemail, email or text message. The IRS only uses the US Mail.
Dar wants to know how to stream his nightly podcast on YouTube Live. Leo says it depends on what he's using for his show now. First, he'll need to set up an official YouTube account for his nightly podcast. Then he can start uploading videos. He'll have to get 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 viewed hours before he can qualify for live streaming. Then YouTube should just enable the live streaming in YouTube Studio. Leo says that super-serving his audience by targeting their niche will get him plenty of success and exposure.
App of the week - JNTO, Japanese National Tour Organization app. If you're going to Japan, you need this app. It will help you prepare for your trip, tell you what you can and cannot bring into the country (Tylenol is a no no), and it will help you with the language gap.
Gadget of the week - Arctic Abaco plugin USB fan.
James has a router that supports VPNs. What's the benefit of running his own VPN vs. subscribing to a VPN service? Leo says it's largely the peace of mind that he is controlling the security. With a third party VPN service, he won't know what kind of access they have to his traffic.
Beth has a two story house and she has no problem streaming anything or using the internet, except on her laptop. Leo says that if her Roku is running HD, then she's getting decent bandwidth. Would a mesh router help? Leo says it may, but it's an expensive way to find out. Beth should run a speed test on her router to see how it goes. She should do it closer to her base station, and then again down into the lower floor and see if it improves or gets worse. That would tell her something. Leo says that since Beth is using Frontier, it could be her Frontier router. They're just terrible.
Andre has a few Nest devices connected to his router, and one is connected to a guest network. Is that more secure? Leo says no. While guest access doesn't have access to passwords, they do have access to his entire network. Nest is secure, though. Plume offers a great feature - internet-only access to a guest network.
Henry wants to extend his Wi-Fi upstairs. What extender should he use? Leo says he has a few options. Mesh routers are great because they have satellites that he can plug into each room, creating a wireless grid for his home. These usually come with a base station and a few extenders. They're a bit pricey, but they have the advantage of having full duplex communication, so the speed isn't cut as it's passing along the signal. They also have great security features, they're easy to maintain through the app, and they update automatically.