Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How do I best calibrate my computer monitor to watch Netflix?

Charles from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1172

Charles has an Asus laptop with Windows 8.1 and wants to know how to color calibrate it. He knows there are utilities on the computer to do it, but which setting should he use when watching Netflix? Leo says that they all essentially do the same thing. If he uses a monitor with a descent color profile, Windows will get it pretty close.

If he's a photographer, he may need to create his own color profile to get the colors he's looking for. That involves a calibrator. Charles should just make sure he has it set for the correct monitor, and that's all he will have to do.

Why doesn't Apple put Touch ID on a mouse?

Episode 1172

Les from United Kingdom
Apple Magic Mouse

Les is interested in Touch ID and how it can be used with laptops. Why hasn't Apple integrated this into computers yet? Leo says that Touch ID is a great new feature in the iPhone, and a better fingerprint reader is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S6 too. But if Apple doesn't see a market for it on a computer, they won't offer it. But if they notice others doing it, then Apple will swoop in and do it better.

Some are using the Knock app, but Leo's had mixed results with it. The chatroom says the Mac ID app will do it.

How can I get BootCamp to load Windows on my Mac?

Episode 1172

Pete from Brooklyn, NY
Apple Mac Pro 2013

Pete has a 2013 Mac Pro and he's trying to dual boot in Windows with BootCamp, but it won't work. Leo says it's probably a driver issue. When using BootCamp, it loads Apple's drivers. If the drivers are bad, then the OS can't talk to the hardware. So if Apple doesn't have drivers for his version of Windows, he's out of luck.

Running Windows virtually is another story. A virtual app like Parallels can act as a middle man that 'tricks' the OS into believing it's a Windows machine.

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1171

Dick DeBartolo

PetChatz lets pet owners remotely hear, see, greet and treat their pets from anywhere, anytime, through their computer, tablet, or smartphone. The two-way color camera, microphone, and speaker lets users check-in and talk to their pet through the PetChatz device. It connects to the home Wi-Fi network. And finally they connect to the device remotely by logging onto PetChatz.com on a computer, or downloading the PetChatz app on a smartphone or tablet.

Is MyCloud a good option for cloud backup?

Fred from Long Beach, CA

Episode 1171

Fred got a MyCloud hard drive as a gift. Is that a good external hard drive? Leo says yes, but he should make sure he connects it via Ethernet to the computer. He can also use it as his cloud based hotspot.

If Fred just wants a large external hard drive, Leo recommends trading this MyCloud drive in for that instead. For the same price, he should be able to get twice the storage, and they'd be faster as well.

Apple's New Notebook Has Users Up in Arms

Episode 1171

Apple MacBook

Because of it's new USB-C adapter working as the sole connector for both power and data, Apple fans are upset with the new MacBook. One reason people are upset is that to use anything else, you'd have to pay an additional $79 for a dongle.

Still, it offers a 9 hour battery life, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD drive. But it's $1300, so it's not cheap. It's also lighter than a MacBook Air. Could the Air be not be long for this world? Leo says he likes the USB-C option and offers props to Apple for advancing the technology. But he's keeping his powder dry before he buys it.

Drones May Look Like Fun, But They're Tougher to Fly Than You Think

Episode 1171

Parrot AR BeBop Drone

Leo says he's really interested in Drones because they're one of the fastest growing technology categories out there, but they are extremely difficult to fly. Still, at the behest of PadreSJ, Leo bought a $40 Syma QuadCopter because it was cheap and if he crashed it, nobody would really get hurt. And in 10 seconds, it disappeared. That was his first experience.

How can I tell if my MacBook Pro is eligible for a recall or service repair?

Episode 1170

Dan from Huntington Beach, CA
Apple MacBook pro

Dan is having trouble with his Apple MacBook Pro. He saw that there was a repair notice and he took it into the Apple Store and they replaced the logic board. So it's like a brand new computer! He got it back and it's running great. But he was worried because he upgraded the RAM in the machine and was afraid that would disqualify him for the replacement.