Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Will Android get the EKG feature on their Smart Watch?

Episode 1526

Bob from San Diego, CA

Bob wants to know how long will it be before Android adopts the EKG/ECG medical reading technology like on the Apple Watch Series 4. Rich says it's a great technology, but it's not available yet. What is is the high heart rate and low heart rate notifications. So if you're willing to make a switch, it could be a life saver. When will it come to Android? Who knows. But probably not for another year.

The Giz Wiz and the HoverShoes

Episode 1525

There were a lot more unique gadgets at Interbike 2018 than bikes. InMotion's latest invention that takes the concept of a hoverboard and splits it into two independent machines; one for each foot! The company says it's a totally new experience that feels more like rollerskating with the freedom to zip around at will and that Hovershoes X1 are easier to learn and safer than hoverboards. It's a challenge to get the hang of balancing them, but younger users have no problems.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1525

Sherry from Los Angeles, CA

Sherry is looking for an affordable Chromebook, budget $350. Rich says that to be sure you don't get one so cheap, that it's underpowered. Acer makes a good model in that price range. Also, get one that has a touch screen so that you can use Android apps. Unfortunately, Chromebooks won't let you install third party apps other than those Android apps, but if you can live with that, Rich recommends going to Costco and pick up one. They're a great deal, so you can get more bang for your buck. Can I connect to the internet with my mobile phone and the chromebook?

Is there a video doorbell that opens the door?

Episode 1525

Dan from New Jersey

Dan would like to get a doorbell that can not only notify his parents with video when someone is at the door, but can also unlock the door remotely. Rich says there are products that do one or the other, but not a lot that can do both. RING is a great video doorbell, that you can view remotely on your mobile device. NEST IQ has face detection, and could unlock your door. But you don't want something fully automated. Plus, will Jack's parents really want to deal with the technology involved?

Where can I buy parts for my MacAir?

Episode 1525

Rico from Cerritos, CA

Rico is trying to replace the cracked LCD screen on his MacBook Air. He's having issues with the LCD layers underneath the glass. Where can he buy a replacement part for that? Rich says that Rico should go to iFixIt. They not only show you how to fix issues like that, but they also offer the parts and tools to do it. Another option is to buy a broken MacAir for parts. Another option is to check OWC at MacSales.com. They have parts as well, but mostly for upgrades.

Why won't my audio play on my other computer?

Episode 1525

Carl from Upland, CA

Carl transferred some podcast audio from one computer to another and it won't play one the other computer hard drive, just on the USB drive. What gives? Rich suspects a format issue. It's sounds like it isn't a standard MP3 file, and as such, your windows mp3 player is having issues playing it. Rich also says you may want to try converting the audio using VLC or handbrake. Another possibility is that it requires some sort of "key" to play the audio. Or additional components.