Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I play music on my Alexa?

Episode 1832

Daniel from California

Daniel wants to know if Apple still offers iTunes Match. Leo says they do, though it's been replaced by Apple Music. But you can still subscribe for $25 a year. It'll then upload all the songs on your devices and match them in complete AAC sound. It won't be available on the Apple streaming service though, but in your iCloud Library. Will that prevent it from playing on my Amazon Alexa? Leo says that Amazon took that feature out, so you can't now. Annoying. 

What's the best satellite internet option?

Episode 1832

Jay from Wooster, MA

Jay wants to know what's the best option for satellite internet. Leo says that Elon Musk's Starlink really is the best bet out there. It keeps getting faster as SpaceX launches more satellites, with the goal of having total global coverage. But it's not cheap at $99 a month and over $500 for the equipment. But for a rural area, it's the best bet. 

Should he get a new iMac now, or wait? Leo says that Apple is about to announce new macs next month, so it's definitely worth waiting for, especially if you want a larger screen.

What's the best satellite internet option?

Episode 1832

Caller from California

Caller wants to know what's the best option for satellite internet. Leo says that Elon Musk's Starlink really is the best bet out there. It keeps getting faster as SpaceX launches more satellites, with the goal of having total global coverage. But it's not cheap at $99 a month and over $500 for the equipment. But for a rural area, it's the best bet. 

Should he get a new iMac now, or wait? Leo says that Apple is about to announce new macs next month, so it's definitely worth waiting for, especially if you want a larger screen.

Is a $99 laptop a scam?

Episode 1832

Tom from California

Tom recently bought a refurbished laptop for a real cheap price. Could it be a scam? Leo says it could be. Leo tends to recommend buying refurbished directly from the manufacturer. They are perfectly fine. But a third party refurb is another story. It's coming from China, will it have spyware on it? Leo says that would be the least of his worries, you can always wipe the drive and reinstall Windows to get rid of it. And the price is so cheap, it's likely a recycled laptop that is being resold. 

How can I add bluetooth to my TV?

Episode 1832

Billy from Hollywood, CA

Billy has a four year old Insignia TV and wants to listen to the audio with bluetooth speakers. But it doens't have bluetooth What can he do? Leo says that Bluetooth has latency issues that will drive you nuts watching TV. Leo would recommend wireless headphones. He likes the SennheiserTV brand. Another option is to get a Roku streaming box. Most of the models have a headphone jack built into the remote. So you can plug in headphones and listen without your neighbors complaining.

What's the most accessible computer for the money?

Episode 1832

Jay from Florida

Jay is nearly blind and is looking to improve his accessibility to a computer. Leo says that both Microsoft and Apple work hard to make iOS, Android, Windows and Mac good with accessibility. What is the most accessible computer for the money? Leo says HP, Dell and Apple are all very good with accessibility. Leo recommends going to a big box store like Costco and get one Costco has a great price, usually on older models, and a very liberal return policy. So if you bring it home and don't like it, they'll refund your money up a month after purchase.

The Giz Wiz .... Having it Both Ways

Episode 1831

Dick recently found a cool new camping light called the Lichamp 4 Pack LED Camping Lantern. It’s a battery powered dual function, energy-efficient LED light for 360 degree illumination. The company says it’s made of military-grade and water-resistant plastic. Foldaway handles make it easy to carry and they fold to store when not in use. Pull up the handles to open and turn it on or control the brightness, no switches required. Each time you open and close the lantern the light changes from white to flame back to white, etc.