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Tech experts Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent have the expertise to help you get the most out of your technology. From the latest gadgets to tried-and-true tech tips, tune into Ask The Tech Guys for an informative and fun look at tech. Call in with your live questions from 11 am-2 pm PT every Sunday at call.twit.tv. Get ready to level up your tech game!

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Tech experts Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent have the expertise to help you get the most out of your technology. From the latest gadgets to tried-and-true tech tips, tune into Ask The Tech Guys for an informative and fun look at tech. Call in with your live questions from 11 am-2 pm PT every Sunday at call.twit.tv. Get ready to level up your tech game!

Records Sunday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 19:00 UTC.

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    Leoville on the Moon - macOS Woes, iPhone Problems, Password Managers, Travel eSIMs

    Leoville on the Moon - macOS Woes, iPhone Problems, Password Managers, Travel eSIMs

    In this week's episode of Ask The Tech Guys, Leo and Mikah answer questions about streaming local news without cable, windows management on macOS, using eSIMs for international travel, improving TV antenna reception, and more. Dick Debartolo also joins to showcase photo backdrop kits that let you simulate exotic locations in your own home.

    AT&T Outage: Leo and Mikah delve into the recent nationwide AT&T outage, discussing its causes and broader implications for network reliability.
    SpaceX's Lunar Lander: The conversation shifts to SpaceX's lunar lander mishap and the creative solution that ensured its mission continued.
    Lunar Library: An exploration of the lunar library concept, aiming to preserve human knowledge on the moon, is discussed, highlighting its significance and contents.
    HomePod Alarm Sounds: A listener's question about customizing HomePod Mini alarm sounds leads to a discussion on using the Home app for customization.
    Pirate Ship Bedroom Decor: The Giz Wiz Dick Debartolo showcases how tapestry can be used for an inexpensive yet effective makeover.
    Google Speakers Management: Dick poses a question about managing responses from multiple Google speakers in different rooms, leading to advice on enhancing device response accuracy through settings adjustments.
    Cord-Cutting & Local News: A caller is looking for options for streaming local news like MSNBC without a cable subscription. Leo and Mikah recommend services like Peacock, YouTube TV, and Local Now.
    iOS Auto-Brightness: An iPhone user receives suggestions on resolving inconsistent auto-brightness problems, and Mikah shares his custom Auto-Brightness Shortcut.
    ISP Woes and Modem Upgrades: Annoyances when ISPs forcibly "update" modems and suggestions for replacements.
    Password Managers: Struggles exporting iCloud Keychain passwords from an iPhone to other password managers, pros and cons for Chome's password manager, and Leo demonstrates how passkeys improve login security.
    Over-the-Air TV: A caller running into issues with his TV antenna wire placement gets recommendations on antenna types and optimization tips.
    eSIMs for Travel: For a caller preparing for a trip abroad, Leo and Mikah recommend eSIM services like GigSky and Airalo for easy international cell data.
    macOS Window Management: A Mac user struggling to keep track of many open windows learns keyboard shortcuts and Mission Control tools, and Leo shows his preferred fullscreen app workflow.
    Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

    Guest: Dick DeBartolo

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    • 2 hr 16 min
    The Radioactive Priesthood - Tech Anxiety, Universal Control, Family Trees

    The Radioactive Priesthood - Tech Anxiety, Universal Control, Family Trees

    How can you manage and lower your tech anxiety and the need to examine and adjust the many settings on your tech devices? Why is my Android phone not connecting to my car? How can I access my old iPhotos library if the files are corrupted? And what iTunes alternatives are there for the Mac? Plus, Chris Marquardt goes over the month's photo assignment of Sparkling and assigns this next month's photo assignment!

    Why some of Apple's biggest fans are returning their Vision Pros.
    NBA Slam Dunk contest filmed for Apple Vision Pro.
    Apple to be fined over $500 million under EU antitrust law.
    Bored Apes' creator Yuga Labs acquires Proof, takes over Moonbirds NFT brand.
    Intel accused of inflating CPU benchmark results,
    Amazon argues National Labor Relations Board is unconstitutional.
    How can I break from the constant need to examine and adjust my settings on various tech devices?
    Why are my audio levels low going to my livestreams?
    Can I control the amount of information given to a company by having multiple computers set up for different purposes?
    Can I use Apple's Time Machine to back up an old Mac and access it similarly to an external drive?
    Why is my Android phone not connecting to Android Auto?
    Is there an easier way to control multiple Macs that isn't through Apple's Universal Control?
    How can I import my old iPhotos library to Photos if the files are corrupted?
    Is there a powerful outdoor WiFi extender I can use with Starlink?
    How can I back up information from an online family tree database to make it more easily accessible?
    What alternatives are there to Adobe's Fill & Sign after Adobe chose to discontinue the application?
    Chris Marquardt and the Sparkling photo assignment review!
    Susan from Save A Memory calls in with some suggestions to help with backing up family photos & data.
    What are some iTunes alternatives for listening to podcasts on the Mac?


    Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

    Guest: Chris Marquardt

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    • 2 hr 29 min
    Protective Pessimism - Flipper Zero, Seaweed Sweaters, EVs

    Protective Pessimism - Flipper Zero, Seaweed Sweaters, EVs

    Is Canada going to ban the sale of Flipper Zero's in Canada? Why is Netflix going into weekly live sports following acquiring the broadcast rights to WWE Raw? Should you be updating your router's security? Plus, Sam Abuelsamid stops by to talk about EV vehicles!

    Canada declares Flipper Zero public enemy No. 1 in car-theft crackdown.
    Fake LastPass password manager spotted on Apple's App Store.
    What kind of changes can I make with my ISP service? What should I be looking for when making this kind of change?
    What are Leo and Mikah's thoughts on streaming services acquiring rights to broadcast certain events, like Netflix exclusively streaming WWE RAW?
    Should I use my Acronis backup to clone the bootable OS or use the backup drive on another machine?
    How can I prevent my credit card information from being stolen?
    Why is my iPhone contacts information duplicated in my contacts' memo section when uploaded to iCloud?
    Is there security concerns when my router isn't receiving security updates?
    Why can't I access my drives on my Linux machine through my Windows machine?
    Sam Abuelsamid and electric vehicles.
    Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

    Guest: Sam Abuelsamid

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    • 2 hr 16 min
    Go Team Fluff! - Vision Pro Hands-On, TiVo, Boeing 737 Max

    Go Team Fluff! - Vision Pro Hands-On, TiVo, Boeing 737 Max

    Mikah Sargent got the Apple Vision Pro headset and shows off the device! Is it worth buying an additional battery pack for the Vision Pro, or can you save some money and buy a 3rd party external pack? What cellular plans support the Apple Watch with cellular? Plus, we check in with Scott Wilkinson on TV deals to look out for before the Super Bowl, and Johnny Jet talks about the Boeing 737 Max planes!

    Mikah shares his thoughts and opinions on the new Apple Vision Pro headset.
    Scott Wilkinson and Super Bowl TV deals
    Should I buy a spare Apple Vision Pro battery, or can I use a 3rd party battery from a brand like Anker?
    Why is my Windows 10 machine constantly asking me to select a bootable device on startup?
    What other services are out there similar to TiVo?
    Is there another NVMO service like T-Mobile that supports Apple Watch cellular service?
    Why is my home WIFI network being brought down when I turn on my laptop?
    Johnny Jet and the Boeing 737 Max planes.
    And what you can do to protect yourself after being compromised online.
    Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

    Guests: Scott Wilkinson and Johnny Jet

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    • 2 hr 7 min
    Live and Let Snoop - Tech Layoffs, Helix Pivotal, Raspberry Pi 5

    Live and Let Snoop - Tech Layoffs, Helix Pivotal, Raspberry Pi 5

    What are some downsides to an ultra-short throw projector? How can I recover data from an old MacBook when the battery is dead? What are Linux operating systems to use on a Raspberry Pi 5? Plus, Dick DeBartolo shares some expensive gadgets from CES 2024 and Padre's CES 2024 Recap Part 2!

    Car industry seeks to crush AM radio; Congress may rescue it.
    N.S.A. buys Americans' Internet data without warrants, letter says.
    Nearly 25,000 tech workers were laid off in the first weeks of 2024. Why is that?
    What are the downsides to ultra-short throw projectors?
    Dick DeBartolo and the expensive tech from CES 2024.
    Is AT&T in California looking to no longer offer landline telephone services to customers in the state?
    How can I recover data off an old MacBook Air if the battery is dead?
    What should I be prepared to do when reinstalling an operating system on a laptop?
    Why can't I reformat an encrypted hard drive?
    Is there a way to enable encrypted folder protection within iCloud, similar to pCloud's Crypto Folder feature?
    Padre's CES Recap Part 2 - Gadgets!
    What Linux operating systems can I use for the Raspberry Pi 5?
    After switching iPhones, why are my Airtags becoming an "unknown device," thus thinking that an unknown AirTag is following me?
    Can I still buy the older Apple power cables that originally came with the older MacBooks?
    Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

    Guest: Dick DeBartolo

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    • 2 hr 15 min
    Tim Cook's Folly - Sports Illustrated, Mesh Routers, Color Spaces

    Tim Cook's Folly - Sports Illustrated, Mesh Routers, Color Spaces

    Who ordered the Apple Vision Pro? Why are my photos changing colors completely when I export them? Why can't I use specific 3rd party texting applications anymore when I switched cellular providers? And, the end of an era for Sports Illustrated.

    Someone at TWiT ordered the Apple Vision Pro! Who got it?
    Microsoft 'senior leadership' emails accessed by Russian SolarWinds hackers.
    Sports Illustrated thrown into chaos with mass layoffs.
    What should I be on the lookout for or be concerned about after getting a Macbook Pro repaired?
    Is there a way around some issues that I'm encountering when using Google Takeout?
    Rod Pyle and the micro-meteorite!
    How can I display specific images on a television for others to view?
    What's the best way to utilize my mesh routers to their more optimal utilization?
    Why am I losing connection to my media server upon startup with my machine?
    Chris Marquardt and the CLEAN photo assignment review.
    Why is my exported photo coming out in a different color completely?
    Why can't I use my 3rd party texting applications after switching cellular providers?
    Could a Starlink-type satellite service be the future of cellular networks?
    Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

    Guests: Rod Pyle and Chris Marquardt

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    • 2 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

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Ask the Tech Guys

I’m enjoying the new show format, but I keep getting ads even with the Apple subscription.

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Ep 2011: Mikah, thats not a metaphor.

Ep 2011: Mikah, thats not a metaphor. Constantly says “able to” Able to this. Able to that.

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So sad about the changes

I’ve been listening to Leo Laporte for over 15 years and learned so much from his radio program on KFI. He is the best at making confusing computer content clear!I have never called the show but often have the same issues as other callers. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like having Mikah join, but he’s great.But I guess his newfound freedom as a podcast host rather than a radio host has encouraged him to join all the other podcasters with opinionated talk about current events and politics. Why, Leo, why????That is not what your audience is here for! so, sad to say, he has lost me as a listener. I’ll check back in in a month or two and see if there’s any change.

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