Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why does my TV restart?

Episode 1366

Bill from Fullerton, CA
Sony XBR55X850D 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

Bill has a Sony Smart TV, and it has to be rebooted pretty often due to the computer crashing. Leo says this is why the industry doesn't need a computer inside of everything. A TV shouldn't need to be rebooted, so that points to something being wrong with the TV. Sony may have a reboot procedure that can wipe it and reinstall the OS. Since it runs Android TV, there should be a way to do it, but the question is how. Only Sony can tell him that.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1366

Dick DeBartolo

You probably know about go-karts, but have you heard about Smart-Karts? Actev Motors has come up with the Arrow Smart-Kart: a fun go-kart (with many safety features) aimed at five to nine-year-old kids. Kids will not only love driving the Arrow, but they can also personalize their driving experience by downloading synthesized engine sounds. The single bucket seats boasts twin built-in speakers. The Actev App also lets kids monitor stats such as total driving time, total distance, and maximum speed. But wait, there's more!

How do I know someone can't remote access my computer?

Episode 1366

Evangeline from Virginia Beach VA
Windows Start Menu

Evangeline has a hand me down laptop and she wants to know if there's a way for someone to access it without her permission. Leo says it's conceivable if they know her IP address and the password for the administrator account, which is highly unlikely. Leo says to change the Admin password. She can also go into the settings and disable remote access.

Can I use old RAM in a new laptop?

Episode 1366

Greg from Redlands, CA
RAM

Greg is looking to buy a new laptop and wants to know if he can still increase the RAM after he buys it. Can he plug in the RAM he has in his old one to boost the RAM of the new one? Leo says probably not. The form factor needs to be the same, and in most laptops the RAM is soldered in. He may be able to if it's SO DIM compatible, but then there's the speed issue.

Greg should go to Crucial or Kingston and use their RAM Picker to see what he'll need. If it comes up with something similar, then maybe it'll work, but it's not likely.

Why doesn't my computer stay in the same time zone?

Episode 1366

Bret from Woodbridge, NJ
Motherboard battery

Bret has to constantly change the time on his computer because it keeps going back to another time zone. Leo says that he'll need to go into the settings and look for the time zone for his area. For New Jersey, it would be UTC-5. If the problem still perstists, then it could be a dying battery of the motherboard. That battery looks like a coin.

Microsoft To Defer HoloLens to 2019

Episode 1366

Microsoft Hololens

In the hopes of avoiding a repeat of the mistakes made with rushing a product out to market, Microsoft has announced that development of their mixed reality HoloLens device will be deferred to at least 2019. The hope is that they can avoid any similar mistakes that made the launch of the Kinect camera so problematic. Meanwhile, people can still get the current developer edition for $3500.

Read more at theverge.com.

Is my data safe in the cloud?

Episode 1365

Alan from Santa Rosa, CA
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Alan wants a Chromebook, but he doesn't want to save his banking data in the web. What can he do? Alan can store locally if he has network attached storage, but then he'll have to make sure he can sync properly. The Cloud is safe, especially with the Chromebook. Google does a very good job with security. It's a lot safer than a Windows machine. And Alan should remember, his ISP sees everything and saves everything anyway.