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Jim is running Windows 10 with an old Apple Airport. He's been dealing with a lot of buffering and connections that time out when he clicks on links in Chrome. Is it the router? Leo says it probably isn't. It's most likely a problem with the Windows File Association Database. It can't seem to find the file it's looking for. Leo says to reset the file associations in the basic Control Panel. It's in the app section under "Default Programs." It will also reset his default browser back to Edge, so he'll have to redo his default browser setting as well.
David is a teacher and he wants to use Netflix as a teaching aid, but the school district won't allow streaming it into the classroom. What can he do as a work around? Leo says that there really isn't one, as he would have to have permission from the district. He could bypass the school's internet by using his cellular data and making his mobile device a hotspot.
Andy is trying to do Facebook Live with multiple cameras, but he gets a delay every time he switches through the HDMI switcher. Leo says that an HDMI switcher is not the same as a switcher in a control room, and it can cause latency. Leo says that Blackmagic makes a video hardware switcher that is very low priced to get into this game. It's called the ATEM Switcher.
There's plenty of credible evidence that Apple is going to get into the home connectivity game with an announcement of a Siri home speaker at WWDC. But Leo says that Siri is the dumbest of all the digital assistants, since Apple has systematically dumbed the service down since they acquired it. So he's not sure how beneficial it would be to have a Siri device over Amazon's Echo or Google's Home. Apple may have the edge with superior hardware, though.
Ted is having trouble with his Wi-Fi. Leo says that's not really the fault of his network so much as it's just congested from everyone else's networks and activity. Also, Ted is streaming 4K video and that takes a lot of bandwidth. It may be that Ted's ISP just isn't giving him the bandwidth he needs to consistently get a good stream. On top of that, anything they publish gets cut in half when streaming via Wi-Fi and with the congestion and the bandwidth, that's quite a challenge to overcome.
Google has announced that it will put an ad blocker into the Chrome browser that will get rid of "annoying ads." Leo says more likely, since Google is in the ad business, they will block all ads but their own. Leo says that's terribly anti competitive, but since it's the number one browser, it makes sense that Google would do it.
Tom hears that Yahoo Mail is getting shut down and he's worried because he has over ten years of emails he could lose. What should he do? Leo suggests getting a Gmail account and then going into the settings and enabling the mail forwarding option, which will grab all the Yahoo Mail and save it to his new Gmail account. That way he can transfer all the mail and start using Gmail. Leo uses it every day. Tom should also register a domain name for himself and use it with Gmail, it will forward all the mail, and he can change it whenever he wants.
Joslyn is getting ready to move and she wants to know how she can determine how strong a Wi-Fi signal is where she may live. Leo says DSL Reports will give her reviews on how good her internet is in any given area. But that won't tell her how good it is inside where she's going to live. If the building was built with a lot of metal, she'll have a hard time.