Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I rip my LPs?

Duke from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1164

Duke wants to be able to rip his LPs and burn them to CDs. His turntable is a good one, but he doesn't know how to get it into the computer. Leo says that turntables are unbalanced. He'd need a preamp with a turntable connection. He should turn the amp on the turntable setting and then connect the amp into the computer, which has a minijack in, which would require an adapter.

The WinBook TW700 Tablet is a Full PC Under $60

Episode 1164

WinBook TW700 Tablet

A legit $59 Windows tablet? Leo says yes! It's the WinBook TW700, a tablet that runs Windows 8.1 with 16GB of storage, an SD card slot for more storage, and 1GB of RAM. It has a 1280x800 display. Leo is pretty impressed with it.

The negatives are the terrible cameras, but it's good enough for Skype. Dell's tablet gives you a keyboard for $20 more. A great first computer. And it comes with a year's subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and cloud storage!

A Strong Message Needs to be Sent to Lenovo Over Superfish Malware

Episode 1164

With news that Lenovo has been caught using man in the middle attacks to insert adware into user browsers, Leo says that we must send a strong message to them that this is unacceptable. Lenovo claims the Superfish "add-on" was only added to consumer products to provide targeted ads in browsers, but Leo says it's malware and it deliberately violates the trust between consumers and manufacturers.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1163

This week's gadget is a favorite of Leo's ... the Anki Overdrive Slot Car set. The track has no slot and they use optical sensors and bluetooth control to play. And this is the next generation, which you can connect module track to create original track racing designs with ramps, loops, and more. Anki OVERDRIVE Supercars are high-tech, intelligent vehicles that keep learning as they play. Built in computers combined with visual sensors make sure you stay on track even during the most legendary battle moments.

How can I load an Android program onto my PC?

Dwayne from Aurora, CO

Episode 1163

Dwayne misses the days of having an actual user manual. Leo says those days are long gone. Everything is to be found online. Dwayne also says there's an app for Android he wants to put on his computer. Is that dangerous?

Leo says that Android is safe because it's largely an emulator that runs programs, so it's easy to run Virtual Machine, or Bluestacks and run it. But it's a bit disappointing because emulators don't use the Google store, so the availability of apps is limited. He could sideload the .APK file, though.

How can I fix my laptop screen?

Doug from Manhattan, MT

Episode 1163

Doug has a laptop and he can't see anything on the screen. Leo says there are a few things that can cause that. First, he should shine a light on it. If he can see the faint ghosting of Windows, then the backlight in the laptop has gone bad. It could also be that the ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the laptop has broken. That's an easy fix. If his laptop has a video out connection, he should try connecting it to an external monitor. If he can see Windows then, he will know it's a bad screen. The motherboard may be bad, too.

Lenovo Gets Caught Putting Malware on Its Laptops

Episode 1163

After getting caught putting a piece of malware called Superfish on all their laptops, Lenovo has offered apologies and released a removal tool with which to remove it. Leo says that Lenovo had been putting malware on its machines that makes it possible for a 'man in the middle attack' to reroute customer's personal traffic to Lenovo so that it can insert ads. Leo says that's inexcusable and nobody should ever buy a Lenovo brand computer again.