Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What computer should I get for recording music?

Episode 1434

Kevin from Panorama City, CA
FL Studio 12

Kevin has a home recording studio for music and needs a new computer. Leo says that most music studios use Pro Tools. Kevin uses FL Studio, though. Leo says Macs are widely used in studios, but thanks to FL Studio and other programs like it, Windows machines are gaining ground. It really doesn't matter. It comes down to the software he uses. With FL Studio, any high end PC will do nicely. Leo likes Dell.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1434

Dick DeBartolo

Polaroid is releasing the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera. It uses Polaroid’s Zink Zero Ink paper technology. Embedded dye crystals and heat create the black & white or color image. The prints are 3.5" by 4.25" and for old-time memory sake, feature the famous white border. The camera features a 3.97-inch touch screen LCD display which is used to change settings and browse through the 20MP images captured with its CMOS sensor.

How can I listen to The Tech Guy show when its preempted by football?

Episode 1433

Ron from Brea, CA
TuneIn

Ron likes to listen to Leo's show on Sunday, but it gets preempted often for football. Leo says he can use iHeartRadio and listen to the live stream there. Leo says he can also use a Bluetooth speaker so he doesn't have to wear headphones. Or, he can replace his regular radio with an internet radio. They work just like a normal radio but they tune in stations over the internet. He can also program them with Reciva. CCrane makes a good one.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Episode 1433

Nancy from Tarzana, CA
Amazon Echo Show

Nancy has an Android phone, her kids have iPhone. Which assistant should she get, Amazon Echo or Google Home? Leo says it doesn't really matter, but for Nancy, using the Google Home would be similar to Android's voice assistant. The Echo has been out for a few years now and it's a mature system, whereas Google Home just came out not long ago. Google Home is better for facts because of its search knowledge. Amazon Echo is better for home automation. It works well with a variety of Internet of Things devices. Google Home isn't quite there yet with Internet of Things.

Why won't my laptop shut down?

Episode 1433

Aaron from Massachusetts
Windows 10

Aaron has issues with his laptop going to sleep all the time. Leo suggested wiping the drive and starting over because Windows makes decisions about power management during installation and if it gets it wrong, he's stuck. Aaron tried that and now it won't shut down completely. Leo suggests booting into Linux Ubuntu from a USB key to check if the power down happens. He'll need Rufus to do that and make it bootable.

Why don't my AirPods work with the Apple TV?

Episode 1433

Tom from New Hampshire
AirPods

Tom uses his AirPods with his AppleTV and after a recent tvOS update, he has no volume. He called AppleCare and they said he shouldn't have that capability in the first place. But Tom says it worked just fine until the tvOS update. Leo says it sounds like Apple broke the connection in the update. That's terrible. It may be that he'll just have to re-pair them to the Apple TV. He should try another set of Bluetooth headphones or a speaker as well. If that works, then it should work with the AirPods since they use the same Bluetooth standard.

Where are all the tablet apps for the Microsoft Surface Pro?

Episode 1433

Bret from Temecula, CA
Microsoft Surface Pro

Bret recently bought the Microsoft Surface Pro, which he hopes will replace his laptop. But he's found that on the tablet side of the equation, he doesn't see many apps at all, especially Words with Friends. Leo says that's not exactly accurate. There may be few apps in the Windows Store, but he can get Windows apps all over the place. However, the apps he's used may not have made a Surface app yet. Will Bluestacks work for running Android apps? Leo says that's the idea, but it doesn't really work.

Why is my cable internet modem so slow?

Episode 1433

Brad from San Clemente, CA
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Brad is getting a new modem with his cable internet provider. Leo suggests buying his own DOCSIS 3 modem. Leo likes the Arris Surfboard. He'll save $10 a month in modem rental fees and it'll make his internet run much faster. He should go to his cable internet provider's website and see what new routers they support. Leo also says he'll need to demand they put him on the DOCSIS 3 switch. If he's been given a new modem, but he's on the same old lane, he's not going to get any faster than he was before.