Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

The Giz Wiz ... Flexing

Episode 1560

The Royole Flexpai is billed as the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone, it's a combination of mobile phone and tablet. This is Royole's 2nd generation, ultrathin, fully flexible display that can get used either folded or unfolded. Now you have the portability of a smartphone plus the 7.8” screen size of a high-definition tablet. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform -- Water OS (Based on Android 9.0) - Aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9. When folded, you have three screens available; front, back and edge.

How can I reactivate my iPad?

Episode 1560

Patty from Painesville, OH

Patty has new iPad and she hasn't been able to unlock it. There is a process that Apple uses called "IForgot" that will help you to recover and reactivate your iPad. Here's a tech note on how - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204306. This page will walk you through. If that doesn't work, then your next move is to go to a nearby Apple store or call Apple support. You'll also need to know your AppleID.

Can my deleted data be recovered if I recycle an old computer?

Episode 1560

Robert from Long Beach, CA

Robert has a bunch of old computers and wants to know if it's safe to bring them to e-waste collection. Can they get to my data even if I wipe the drives? Leo says it depends on how much you trust them. Leo says that data is never really erased, only earmarked to be overwritten. But check to see if they guarantee your data will be wiped. Derik's Boot and Nuke (or DBAN) can do a pretty thorough job though. because it overwrites the drives with random 1s and 0s. Or, just take the hard drive out and donate the rest. You can even then take it apart and destroy it.

Is there a secure way to remotely lock or unlock my door?

Episode 1560

Sam from Torrance, CA

Sam is thinking of getting an Alexa or Google Assistant to control his door locks and is worried about security and privacy. Leo says that all assistants are roughly the same. They listen for a keyword. And there's no evidence that either Amazon or Google are spying on you. Schlage makes one that is dedicated and doesn't need the assistant, so it has a directly line which can be more secure. But any iOT device can get hacked. Bottom line is, that no door lock is perfect. It's a deterrent, a suggestion. But if the bad guy wants to get in, he can.

How can I wire my motorcycle with GPS to track it?

Episode 1560

Rick from San Diego, CA

Rick just bought a new motorcycle and is worried about it getting stolen. Is there a lojack or a GPS he can install onto the bike? Leo says that LoJack used to sell one, but they have discontinued it. Scorpio is commonly mentioned. It's a hands free motorcycle alarm with GPS.

Scooter X offers this - https://bestmotorcyclegpsguide.net/top-4-gps-trackers-motorcycles/.

Sam Abuelsamid ... self driving cars

Episode 1561

Sam is back to talk about the difference between auto pilot driver assist and self driving calls. It's fool hardy to assume that you can climb in the back to take a nap while your car drives itself. Cars aren't completely automated yet and mostly, the self driving car needs human input from time to time. Most cars are a level 1 system which detects cars in front of you slowing down and slowing down your cruise control. A level 2 system has an auto pilot, but the driver needs to be engaged to take over control at any moment, and the system is designed to rely on that.

Sam Abuelsamid on Car Tech

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1559

Sam says that shared scooters are popping up all over the city, but he says we don't know what shape they are in, or if they have enough juice to get us where we need to go. They are a good alternative when you have to get somewhere within 10-12 blocks, though. The problem, however, is that those shared scooters don't come with protective headgear.

Is PayPal safe for Craigslist?

PayPal

Episode 1559

Ashley from North Carolina

Ashley is trying to sell his MacBook Air on Craigslist, and the person most interested wants to pay through PayPal and have it shipped. Leo says that the benefit of PayPal is that there are guarantees for payment. However, there are cases when those guarantees are not enough. So it's important to take a close look at what PayPal will do to protect him. He should look at their buyer ratings on eBay, if they have them.

It's always hard to prove if they got the item, and they can always say they didn't receive it. So he should make sure he is protected.

How can I get data off an old hard drive?

Hard drives

Episode 1558

Jim from Escondido, CA

Jim has a few old laptops that died on him. What can he do with him? Can he recycle them? What about the data on the old hard drives? Leo says he can pull out the hard drives before he donates them. Also, older laptops often will work on the AC adapter by taking out the battery. If it works without the battery installed, then he can move them over to another drive or thumb drive. But he shouldn't get rid of those old hard drives. That's a security risk.