Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I cut the cable?

YouTube TV

Episode 1684

Harold from West Covina, CA

Harold's father is tired of paying $200 a month to watch TV on cable. So he wants to cut the cord. He's looking at the FireTV with Sling. Leo says that the FireTV is fine, but they are engineered to encourage buying stuff from Amazon. Leo prefers the Roku player. There's also the Apple TV. Leo also recommends YouTubeTV for his local channels and other streaming options. Sling is another that's good; AT&T has one, but Leo's favorite is YouTube TV. It's $50. But that, on top of the internet, and you're already over $100.

Are my older Hue Lights secure?

Philips Hue Lights

Episode 1684

Alan from Charlton, MS

Alan wants to know if Philips Hue Lights would work as lights for a video webcast. Leo says since they can change colors, they can look really good on camera. But he also hears that older Hue bridges are being placed into its end of life. Leo says they are depreciating the older models, but that doesn't mean they won't continue to work. But the problem is, any bulb that is connected to the Internet may result in a security issue for your network. That's the main thing. It's important to get all the patches you can. But in most cases, you'll likely be fine.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Staying in shape

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1684

If you're not going to be driving for an extended period of time, several weeks, or months, there are important things you can do to make sure your car is kept in good driving condition. Check your air pressure once a month. Drive around the block a few times a month just to keep the tires moving. This will prevent the tires from having "flat spaces" where the air leaks and flattens the tire slightly. Check your oil to see if it's nice and clean.

Should I Buy a MacBook Air for College?

MacBook Pro

Episode 1683

Tanner from Santa Barbara, CA

Tanner is looking for a computer for college. He's thinking about buying the new MacBook Air. Leo says the Mac Air has a redesigned keyboard and it's fixing that nagging problem of the old butterfly keyboard design. But the processor is underpowered. if you're planning on doing video editing or other labor-intensive work, Leo says the MacBook Pro is a better option. But for a student, the Air is awesome.

The Giz Wiz ... Playing With Your Food!

Giz Wiz

Episode 1683

Want a bit more freedom when feeding kids 18 months up to 4 years of age? Meet Constructive Eating plates & utensils. Here's how the company describes them. Our products are used both independently by young children and my parents when they are feeding their children before those young ones have the dexterity to handle the utensils on their own. The most popular age range for a child to independently use our utensils and plates is about 18 months up to 4 years. The Pusher makes it easy to gather food and put it on either a fork or a spoon.

Can I use a webcam on my Linux laptop?

Linux!

Episode 1682

Ken from Studio City, CA

Ken needs an inexpensive camera/mic combo to work with his old HP laptop running Linux. Can he use a camera/mic on his iPhone 4s? There is software to do it with Apple and Windows, but Linux is a challenge. You can use it as an IP Internet camera using Linux, but it requires WiFi. Ken doesn't want WiFi. Leo says the Logitech C920 is very affordable and has the mic built into the camera. In most cases, even though the website doesn't support Linux, third party support can make it work. There's an app called CHEESE, which is a photobooth app.

Why can't my mom FaceTime me?

FaceTime

Episode 1682

Jim from Tuscon, AZ

Jim's mother in law has an iPad and they use it to Facetime to her with auto answering. But they've been having trouble connecting lately. It connects intermittently. One new feature of Find My iPhone/iPad is you can see the battery life. Leo suspects that it may be off the wifi network, and as such, your Facetime account wouldn't see it. But it also has LTE. If you can get a nurse to turn off the iPad and then turn it back on, that will reset all the network settings. You need to do that from time to time. Also, check that it has the latest updates.

Will an External GPU Cool Down My Mac Mini?

Mac Mini

Episode 1681

"Beefteam" from Purdue University

Beefteam has a Mac Mini and he wants to know if he should upgrade it by beefing up the RAM in his Mac Mini for better video performance or get an external GPU. It's also overheating. Blackmagic has an external GPU that is well ventilated and won't be subject to the heat from the processor. Adding RAM will not make the computer cooler, but the external GPU will. Check out the Sonnet EGPU Puck. She can get it at the Apple Store too.

The Giz Wiz and the Workout Lunch

Dick

Episode 1681

Being sheltered at home usually means people eating out of boredom. But what if you could work out while enjoying that piece of pie? Dickie D joins Leo to feature the Knife & Forklift! The Knife and Fork Lift is a combination of utensils and dumbbells! Yep, you read that right! These dumbbell utensils can serve as a constant reminder that eating puts weight on and requires exercise to take it off. Lifting food with these utensils is like doing curls with dumbbells because each one weighs 1.5 lbs!