Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Hey Echo

Episode 1587

Sam wants to talk about bringing digital voice assistants, like Amazon Echo, into your car. The idea here is to further the hands off experience to keep your hands on the wheel and not trying to do anything else. Sam says until recently, car computers have had weak processors, that caused having voice regognition a challenge. But now most cars have embedded voice assistants with limited vocabularies, and Amazon and Google are moving into the space, as is Apple with Apple CarPlay.

The Giz Wiz ... at the Auto Show

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1586

This week, Dickie D was at the 2019 NY auto show and saw an interesting electric truck concept by Rivian. But it became a lot more interesting with an article about Ford in Thursday's (4/25/19) New York Times. Seems Ford is VERY interested in this truck and this company and is investing $500 million in it. That's after Amazon's $700 million investment, so Rivian must be on to something big! Amazon reportedly wants them to build electric delivery trucks for them. Rivian has introduced the first fully electric truck Dickie D has heard of: the Adventure R1T.

Is it too late to upgrade to OS X Mojave?

macOS Mojave

Episode 1586

Linda from Culver City, CA

Linda took her MacBook to a repair store to fix her trackpad. Leo says that there could be dirt underneath it, or it just stopped working. If you use your trackpad while you have a mouse plugged in and it's not working, see if the mouse will work instead. If that's the case, then it is the trackpad. It's not expensive to fix, but Leo recommends taking it to the Mac store and have it repaired with them. She was also told at the repair store that she can't upgrade her Mac anymore is this true? Leo says that's nonsense. Go to the App Store and see if you can update to Mojave.

What's better for a budget laptop, storage or speed?

15t Value

Episode 1586

Richard from North Hills CA

Richard is in the market for a low priced laptop for $300-500. Leo says that SSDs are much faster and more reliable, but they are more expensive. Laptops with spinning drives are going to be cheaper and have more space than an SSD drive laptop. But sometimes they don't use an SSD, they use EMMC memory - the same memory on phones, so avoid that. It really comes down to how much data you want to store on it and what your needs are. Leo likes Thinkpads by Lenovo though as they're more though. For budget laptops, HP and Asus are good options as well to look into.

Should I wait to buy the new Mac Pro?

iMac Pro

Episode 1586

Dave from Los Angeles, CA

Dave has a 2009 Mac Pro and he's thinking of replacing it with the new Mac Mini. Leo says it's getting close in specs, but you really need a XEON processor for higher-end video editing, and that means the Mac Pro. An iMac Pro is what other video editors are looking at now. That's what Leo would do instead of waiting for the modular Mac which will likely be as bad as the TrashCan MacPro.

What printer should I buy?

Epson EcoTank 4750

Episode 1586

William from Aurora, Colorado

William's inkjet printer clogged up to the point where he just can't use it anymore. What should he buy? Leo says the latest Epson models are better at preventing ink clogs, but it still can happen. The EcoTank line is the best option because it comes with all the ink you need for tens of thousands of prints.  But if you rarely print, then a laser printer is probably best, and Leo prefers Brother for that. If you're using it for printing photos, then Epson is the best in that category. The Epson EcoTank 4750 is really nice.

Sam Abuelsamid ... on the Edge

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1585

Leo rented a car with Android Auto while on vacation and he wasn't impressed. Sam test-drove a Ford EDGE with What Three Words navigation and said that the real key is to remember the words you need. But the system allows you to save your favourites. Leo wonders why What Three Words are so cryptic. Sam says it's because navigation can be specific to ten feet, not just a basic general location.

How Can I Move With my IOT Devices?

Internet of Things

Episode 1585

Doctor Mom from New York, NY

Doctor Mom is moving and she has run into an issue with all of her internet of things devices. She has to officially deactivate every device, especially those that are built in. She can't just unplug them and bring them along, or leave her smart hub lights behind.  Leo says this is a whole new problem that nobody has ever thought of before. Doctor Mom wishes she could just deactivate the hub and leave it behind for the next owner. But it doesn't work that way.

The Giz Wiz ... Google in Your Car

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1584

Reporters learned about the Roav Bolt at CES 2019. But it just became available for sale this past Tuesday, April 17th. The Roav Bolt is an aftermarket device by Anker that brings the Google Assistant to almost any car. Optimized for Android devices, just say, “Hey Google,” or tap the button on Roav Bolt to find the nearest coffee shop, play your favorite song or podcast, navigate home, read texts, make calls, set reminders, and check your schedule for the day.