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Apple Announces Next Gen Cheesegrater Mac Pro Tower

Cheesegrater Mac Pro Tower

Episode 1598

This week at WWDC, Apple announced the return of the Cheesegrater Mac. That's right, the Cheesegrater is back, and Leo says it's as functional as it is a work of art. Starting at $5,000, the new Cheesegrater comes with an Intel Xeon Processor, 32GB of RAM, and dual video cards. The starting price is $6,000. Apple also announced the XDR Pro 32" 6K monitor, at a price of $5,000. But that doesn't come with a stand, which is another $1,000. That's like buying a car without wheels. But a nicely equipped MacPro for professional performance is likely to cost you at least $25,000.

How can I track my kids?

Jiobit

Episode 1597

Lyle from Jackson, MI

Lyle is looking for a tracking device for kids, so he can keep track of them, especially when missing. Leo says that there's the Little Tracker ($69) and there's some you can put in shows and other clothing. The Trax Play is $99 plus a $10 monthly subscription. The cool feature is Geo Fencing, which alerts you when the kid moves out of a set area. TomGuide has a list of the Best GPS trackers for kids here - https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-gps-child-trackers,review-2884.html

Why can't I run Boot Camp on my Mac?

macOS Mojave

Episode 1597

David from Indianapolis, IN

Caller wants to dual boot into Windows with Boot Camp, but it's telling him that he doesn't have an Intel processor, so it won't work. He bought a used Mac, what gives? Leo says it may be that Mac doesn't have the most recent version of the OS (it's running El Capitan).  Leo says to do a clean install of MACOS and do an immediately BootCamp installation. See if that works. 

Are expensive speaker cables better than regular cables?

Canare 4S11 Speaker Cables

Episode 1597

Tony from Bowie, MD

Tony wants to know if high-end Speaker Cables are worth the money. He spent $400 on some recently. Leo says HOLY COW. They also offer a "break in service." Is that worth the money? Leo says that cables don't need to be broken in, but the Speakers may. $400 for cables is pretty steep. There's no real way to measure if expensive gold cables are any better than lower cost cables. It's entirely subjective, whether you think it sounds better or not. But if it sounds better to you, then it is better. So, why not?

Sam Abuelsamid .... the electrical architecture

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1597

Sam joins Leo to talk about how the electrical architecture of E Vehicles is evolving.  The wiring of modern electric vehicles can have as much as 2 miles of copper wire built into them. Hundreds of sensors. Connectors, and more. Manufacturers are trying to simplify it. Now they're starting to use CanBus, which is essentially like Ethernet, that allows computers in your car to talk to each other. So the modern electric vehicle is essentially a computer network. 

Is a Chromebook secure?

HP Chromebook x2 - 12-f015nr

Episode 1596

Veronica from Irvine, CA

Veronica wants to know if her Chromebook works on a home network. Leo says if you have internet access, you will. Are they secure? Leo says absolutely. The thing is, a Chromebook uses ChromeOS, which uses a browser-based interface. This makes it far more secure. And if it does get infected you can simply use the "power wash" feature to start over. But it stores all your data in the cloud, which is far more secure than a hard drive on your laptop.

Has my Google Home Hub been hacked?

Google Home

Episode 1596

Pat from Los Angeles, CA

Pat has a google home hub and she thinks it's been hacked. What can she do? Leo says that it's likely that someone has hacked Pat's Google account. Leo recommends changing her password and turning on 2-factor authentication. Add an account recovery number and email as well. That will keep someone from changing your password. Leo also recommends turning off "share your device" in the settings and set up Voice Match.