Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
Leo plays and corrects commentary from actress and comedian Faith Salie on passwords. The segment aired Sunday on CBS This Morning. Since Salie isn't a security expert, and is an actress and comedian, Leo doesn't completely lay the blame with her. It's more on CBS for allowing such a segment to air, which could severely misinform people who aren't as tech savvy.
There was a story recently about kids "getting high" on mp3s that has gotten some people upset. Leo said this simply isn't true, it isn't possible and is not happening. Sociologists and Psychologists who study this call it "moral panic". Whenever there is a new technology, it can be scary. So there's no need to worry about your kids getting high on MP3s.
Whenever Braden uses his smartphone to record, the audio is terrible. Leo says that phones these days use multiple microphones and dedicates one for noise cancellation. If he doesn't have that feature, then an external microphone connected to the phone with an adapter will work. The iRig may be good for that. Audio Technica also makes a microphone that can plug into a smartphone, but it looks like a big stage microphone.
John is a sports fan and he wants to be able to record live streaming sports online. Leo says that the idea behind streaming is that they don't want people to record it. He could always view or download it from them at a later date. There is a company called Applian that does just that, however. He'll want the Applian Replay Media Capture. He should download the free trial to make sure it works.
Steve wants an inexpensive MP3 player just for listening to podcasts. Leo recommends the Sandisk Sansa. It's a small, clip-on mp3 that comes in 2, 4, and 8GB options and would be ideal for this. Of course, most people just use iPods and iPhones because it's easier. However, if Steve can sync his podcasts with the computer, this will do just fine.
Tom has an old Firewire Sony HD camcorder, but his PC has USB only. Is there an adapter he can use? Leo says he wouldn't want to do that. USB isn't fast enough. He should buy a Firewire card for his PC, and then he can import the video at full speed and full quality.
Michael has been buying movies from iTunes, but he can't play them on the Roku streaming. Leo says unlike music from iTunes, movies and TV shows are still burdened with copy protection, and are only allowed to play on Apple devices. This is one of the reasons why Leo tends to stream movies from Netflix, rather than download them. Amazon is another option if he's a Prime member because movies and TV episodes are streamed freely.
Nick has AT&T U-Verse and a Panasonic Viera TV. He wants to completely cut the cable cord and watch all of his favorite sports online. Leo says it depends on the sport because some professional sporting leagues have a more open approach to the internet than others. Nick likes football, and Leo says that the NFL is gradually moving toward streaming. The SuperBowl was streamed live this year and last year.
Steve would also like to capture images off of a DVD, but it won't let him do it. Leo says that is an antipiracy measure. DVD players won't allow it. There's always a way around it, though.
He can go into his video card properties setting and turn off video acceleration. Then Cmd-Shift-3 will capture it. Another option is to use VLC Media player to play his DVDs.
While it's likely that the terrorists learned how to build their bombs from information found on the Internet, it was the high resolution security cameras, thermal imaging, and personal cellphone cameras that helped identify the Boston Bombers to ultimately bring them to justice.
Privacy advocates are very worried that there's no more privacy in a society that has security cameras everywhere, but Leo says that maybe we have to rethink that since those cameras were instrumental in finding the Boston Marathon bombers.