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At Google's I/O developer conference this week, Google announced a new product called Google Home. This is essentially an Amazon Echo competitor. It's a small device that kind of looks like an air freshener, and you talk to it to get information and perform tasks. It won't have the Amazon services, though. We don't know yet when that will be available or what the price will be.
Find out more at home.google.com
Greg's 08 MacBook Pro makes a strange noise coming. Now it even autotypes all by itself! Leo says it sounds like a stuck key. He should go through all the keys just to see if one of the keys is sticking a bit. It's common as keyboards get dirty.
Brad has an 2012 MacBook that he added a second hard drive to. He then plugged a Logitech webcam in, and the display went blank. Leo thinks that Brad may have overloaded the power supply and overheated the motherboard. Laptops are designed with a very narrow window of power usage tolerances. A tower would've have worked better.
Joe wants to know why his car radio doesn't have a capability like TIVO, where it can record what he's listening to and allow him to rewind it. Leo says that CCrane's CC Witness is a portable radio recorder that does that. It's $149.
Leo recommends downloading and listening to podcasts of most radio programs for free as a better alternative to this.
Aiden's SSD drive keeps filling up with stuff and he isn't sure what's using up space. Leo says on the Mac, he should check out Disk Inventory X. It gives him a color based representation of what's using up space and sorting by size. It even gives him the ability to move things to the trash from within the app.
There's a similar program on Windows called WinDirStat.
Liz can't find her phone and she wonders if she can use her Amazon Echo to find it. Leo says she can. There's a capability in the phone that will cause the phone to ring so she can locate it.
She can also set up that same feature using If This Then That. There is one called Phone Finder for the Echo.
Mary has an issue with Carbonite. It stops running during the backup of her iMac. She's uninstalled/reinstalled several times, and she's checked the firewall. Leo says that there's some sort of incompatibility going on and Carbonite should be able to walk her through it.
(Disclaimer: Carbonite is a sponsor)
Malcolm broke his laptop and instead of buying a new Windows machine, he's thinking of going with a Chromebook. Leo says that more and more software companies are putting their software online and with Google Docs in the cloud, as well as saving data to Google Drive, a Chromebook is an ideal option for most people. Dell, HP and Acer are great options for Chromebooks and some are very tough and durable. If he wants, he could even put Linux on it. That would be a little less secure, but it runs fast and gives him an alternative operating system.
This week's gadget is the iTech Deals Tech Mystery Box, which for $20 gives you a box of technology accessories. Most of it is old technology, but it's fun. The downside is that the photo they use is fairly deceptive. The mystery box of tech is not always available, but if you sign up for their mailing list, you'll know what the next one takes place. Dick has bought stuff from iTechDeals in the past, and he likes them. But this Tech Mystery Box does them a disservice.