Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why can't I stream with my iPad anymore?

Episode 1431

Victor from Carlsbad, CA
Apple iPad

Victor's iPad has stopped working for streaming. It says the audio stream isn't available. Leo says that his old iPad has an OS that may not support the current standard anymore. iHeartRadio was probably updated and it simply no longer will work with it. What can he do with it? Leo says that's the sad part about planned obsolescence. Technology that is perfectly good, but times have passed them by. Leo doesn't like it either.

What technology should I use in a home for the disabled?

Episode 1431

Alan from Michigan
Amazon Echo Show

Alan's wife works for a non profit for helping the disabled and wants to know what technology should be in the houses they build. Leo says that Wi-Fi internet is a given, as is cable television. Cutting the cable is attractive, but Leo says that connected TV is still the best option to date. He should run conduit in the walls and just switch out the cables as technology evolves. YouTube TV would be good if they can get it. Also, voice activated devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home would be a lot of help.

Why can't I direct enter channels on my TV?

Episode 1431

Gary from Buffalo, NY
Insignia HDTV

Gary got an Insignia HDTV, but it won't let him directly enter channels on the remote. Leo says that at under $200, it's likely that the TV doesn't have direct channel entry on the remote control and it was done to cut costs by reducing features. It may not even have a tuner. He would need to use his cable or streaming box that has a tuner built-in that could do that.

Why is my Mac's monitor so fuzzy?

Episode 1431

Carl from Goodland, IN
SwitchResX

Carl has a 2012 MacBook Pro Retina, and now when he connects it to his Vizio, he's noticed that the screen isn't as clear. The fonts are fuzzy and the image quality varies from app to app. Leo says that it could be that the native resolution of his Vizio screen may not be one that his MacBook understands and therefore, it runs the default resolution, which is generally half the native resolution of the screen. He'll need to figure out what the native resolution of the screen is, divide it by two and choose the best option based on that. Could updating to El Capitan also be a factor?

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1430

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D is back with a new projector from Anker. World famous for their excellent external battery chargers, this time around Anker uses one of their batteries to power their new Nebula Capsule Pico Projector. It's about the size of a soda can and offers a range of connect options which include AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth and HDMI. It's Anker 5200 mAh battery will power video playback for about 2.5 hours on a single charge. The Nebula Capsule runs on a version of Android Nougat and there's built-in support for streaming apps from Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Amazon Prime and more.

Can the new Google Pixelbook replace my laptop?

Episode 1430

Craig from Frederick, MD
Google Pixelbook

Craig has a 15" laptop and he travels a lot, so he's looking for a smaller alternative. He's getting the Pixel 2 XL this week and the Pixelbook is another option. Chromebooks are a good option for travel because they are light, secure, and with the new Android app support, there's a myriad options including Microsoft Word on Android. A better option than Windows for most people.

Why am I having problems booting into my Mac?

Episode 1429

Terry from Amarillo, TX
Apple iMac

Terry is having problems booting up his Mac unless it's in safe mode. Leo says that it sounds like there's a corrupted kernel that is clobbering everything. He recommends backing up his data, wiping the drive and then reinstalling the OS and programs. The Mac makes it easy to do, too. If he bought his programs in the Mac App Store, he can just install all the apps he owns. Terry shouldn't install anything he doesn't need. It's better to just install as he goes. It's also an indication that his hard drive may be going bad, so it may be time to get a new drive.