Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid ... on the Edge

Episode 1585

Leo rented a car with Android Auto while on vacation and he wasn't impressed. It wasn't very intuitive. Sam test drove a Ford EDGE with What Three Words navigation. He said gthe real key is to remember the words you need. But the system allows you to save your favorites. Leo wonders why What Three Words are so cryptic. Sam says it's because navigation can be specific to ten feet, not just a basic general location. It's very precise. 

How can I move with my IOT devices?

Episode 1585

Doctor Mom from New York, NY

Doctor Mom is moving and she has run into an issue with all her internet of things devices. She has to officially deactivate every device, especially those that are built in. You can't just unplug them and bring them along, or leave your smart hub lights behind.  Leo says this is a whole new problem that nobody has ever thought of before. Doctor Mom wishes she could just deactivate the hub and leave it behind for the next owner. But it doesn't work that way.

The Giz Wiz ... Google in Your Car

Episode 1584

Reporters learned about the Roav Boltat CES 2019. But it just became available for sale this past Tuesday, April 17th. The Roav Bolt is an aftermarket device by Anker that brings the Google Assistant to almost any car. Optimized for Android devices, just say, “Hey Google,” or tap the button on Roav Bolt to find the nearest coffee shop, play your favorite song or podcast, navigate home, read texts, make calls, set reminders, and check your schedule for the day.

Should I buy a new computer or repair the old one?

Episode 1584

Sam from Costa Mesa, CA

Sam's computer died and he replaced the power supply. But it didn't do anything. Should he keep trying to repair it? Leo says no. It's likely a motherboard and at that point, you may as well buy a new PC. But all computers have bloatware, stuff that he doesn' want. So you'll have to clean them off, but once you do, you're OK.  Leo uses PowerShell to delete all the bloatware when he's breaking in a new PC. It also turns off Cortana, and Microsoft tracking. Search for Jess Fraz and her script to clean up Windows 10.

Is the Fire TV Stick Great Alternative to Satellite Service?

FireTV Stick 4K

Episode 1583

Gloria from North Hollywood, California

Gloria wants to know if the Fire TV stick is a good deal for cutting the cord. Rich recommends the Fire TV Stick 4K because it's the best option and it's only $10 more. Then he recommends also picking up the Fire TV Recast for the local channels. However, Gloria will need an antenna or subscribe to DirecTV Now for those local channels, minus KTLA. 

Can I Replace my Laptop Battery Myself?

Battery

Episode 1583

Chaz from Claremont, CA

Chaz recently upgraded to a new laptop  But his old laptop still works, and it just needs a new battery. Is that an easy repair? Rich says that it probably is. The best thing about the Internet is we can learn how to do just about anything. Also, a 10-year-old laptop often has an easier time with repairing/replacing components like batteries. Rich recommends iFixIt, where Chaz can input his laptop model and get instructions on how to do that. Of course, Youtube is also a great resource.

Should I Buy a Mac Mini?

MacMini

Episode 1583

Jerry from Woodland Hills, CA

Jerry is looking to get a new computer and wants to know if the new Mac Mini is good for occasional video editing and sound recording. Rich says that the Mac Mini was thought dead, but the new version has had a bump in specs. Pretty much any computer will work for editing basic video for the internet. But 4K video is going to require more power. For $800, the basic Mac Mini really isn't up to the task. Rich recommends maxing out the RAM and hard drive if the budget allows. But remember, that the Mac Mini also requires one to buy a monitor. keyboard, and mouse.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Working Overnight

Sam

Episode 1583

Sam joins Rich to talk about music factor interfaces for Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Rich got Apple Carplay updated in his car overnight and was thrilled. Sam says that Carplay and Android Auto are the best factory-based music systems.  Rich said he had a check engine light go on in his car and he got an email from OnStar telling him what was wrong. Sam says that telemetry data is one of the cool things about the connected car experience, and it can even be predictive, where it warns you of a pending failure before it happens.