Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why does my webcam crash?

Brennan from Dallas, TX

Episode 1260

Brennan's Windows 10, but his web camera app is crashing. Leo has a hunch that there's a driver issue, and that going to the manufacturer website and updating all the drivers would solve the issue. Leo also says to try another program that can use the camera and see if it works. If it doesn't, then it's definitely the camera driver. If it doesn't crash, then it's the camera app that's wonky.

How can I upgrade my whole family to Windows 10?

Bob from Detroit, MI

Episode 1260

Bob has been dubbed the family tech support guy and he has to upgrade all his family's computers. Leo says that Microsoft is going to soon force all Windows 7 and above users to upgrade to Windows 10. Bob has effectively done that with his family, pushing them to upgrade to the latest versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 to prepare for it. Leo says that there is a tool called the GWX Control Panel which is one user's response to prevent the forced upgrade until you're ready. It disables the upgrade to Windows 10 utility.

The Giz Wiz and the Cat's Meow

Episode 1259

Today, the Giz Wiz has a great gadget for your pets! IT's called the Litter Robot and it's an open-air automatic cat litter box. It sifts wastes and clumps out after a cast leaqves, dropping the waste in a receptacle below. It also has a night light, control panel, and an app that notifies you when your cat is using the litter box. Gets 4.6 stars out of five stars on Amazon with a retail price is $449.00.

Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/3vf-nlCGOA0

It's on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/23JxROC

What's a good color printer?

Armondo from California

Episode 1259

Armondo needs a good photo printer for his DSLR. He has a three in one printer but he's not happy with the quality of prints. Leo says that while there are printers that can do double duty, a photo printer and a text printer are two different animals and never the twain shall meet. You want a good photo printer with photo printing paper to get the kind of results Armondo is looking for. And they're more expensive. Canon's Pixma and Epson's Artisan, Expression and Perfection series. These make very good photo printers and most pros rely on Epson.

Do I need to defrag my Windows computer?

Jane from Manhattan Beach, CA

Episode 1259

Jane has been told to clean up and defrag her desktop every week. Is that legit? Leo says no, whoever told Jane that is living in the 80s. You don't really need to defrag anymore as modern operating systems don't require defrag anymore. Additionally, for solid state drives defrag is meaningless. You also don't need to use "CCleaner" to clean up your registry either. In fact, you could make things worse by trying to clean your registry. Sure, you can delete temporary files and clear caches, but all that stuff can be done directly in Windows.

Apple Had the Largest Quarter in History of American Finance

Episode 1257

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Apple's stock is down 18% despite a profit of 18.4 billion last quarter, which is more than 6.13 billion a month for the last 3 months on revenue of 75.9 billion. That makes their profit margin 40%. The stock market didn't like the news, however. The growth, which is the important thing to the stock market, is only 1% on the iPhone. The big growth last year and this quarter was Apple entering the Chinese market, but they have saturated the market and then can only sell another phone every few years. But in the last 90 days, there were 1 billion registered active users.

The Verge: "Windows Phone Is Dead"

Episode 1257

Microsoft Lumia phone

Tom Warren wrote this week on The Verge that Windows Phone is dead after Microsoft reported its earnings. We have learned that Microsoft had sold 4.5 million Lumia devices in the past year, down from 10.5 million year over year. The worst news is that when you include Microsoft and Nokia together over the entire time they've been selling these Windows phones, they sold a total of 110 million. That seems like a lot, but compared to iOS and Android at the same time, they were selling 4.5 billion phones. When you look at the sudden drop year over year, it's gone down 57%.

What equipment do I need for a roundtable podcast?

Episode 1258

Marty from Newton, MA
Behringer XR16 Rack Mounted Mixer

Marty is a HAM Radio operator and he wants to create a podcast in a round table format with his friends. What does he need? Leo says that Marty should have a mic for each user and a mixer. One thing Leo likes is the Behringer XR16 Rack Mounted Mixer, which will enable him to wirelessly mix his mics with his iPad or iPhone and it automatically turns up whoever is talking. It has effects, real time equalizer, bus EQs, along with 4 Shure SM58s. That's an ideal system for under $1000.