Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why is Apple CarPlay Disconnecting?

CarPlay

Episode 1626

Carmine from Chicago, Illinois

Carmine has a Chevy Bolt with Apple CarPlay and every time he hits a bump, Carplay disconnects. What gives? Leo says that the only logical conclusion is a loose connection. But he can also check to see if there's lint in the lightning port. A little dust will cause a looser connection of the lightning connector. A little canned air should solve it. Also, try a different cable. Lightning cables can get damaged easily. The other side may be loose as well. Past that, it's a visit to the service department at Chevy. 

The Giz Wiz ... Bike lights

Dick

Episode 1626

WingLights 360 Mag is a very cleverly designed new gadget that can be mounted on the ends of the handlebars of bikes and e-scooters. It provides a dual safety function using LED lights. In the “light mode” there's a bright white LED facing front with a bright red LED facing back so cars, trucks, other bikers can see your position on the road from all angles. A 360 lens is designed to make the lights highly visible, especially at night. But wait, there's more!!

What computer should I get my grandson for college?

2019 MacBook Air

Episode 1627

Barb from Rancho Mirage, CA

Barb's grandson is about to go to college and needs a new computer. Suggestions? Leo says that normally, it's good to contact the college program he's going to attend and see what the recommendation is. Often the book store has a student discount. But if he needs it now, then it depends on what OS he wants. Leo says that Mac is always the best option. For a laptop, a MacBook Air is a great option. Apple will also be announcing a new MacBook Pro next month that will be 16". What Leo recommends is to take him to the Apple Store and see what he likes. 

What streaming box should I buy?

Apple TV

Episode 1627

Darryl from Orange County, CA

Darryl has upgraded his home theater and wants to know what 4K streaming device to get: FireStick, Roku, or even AppleTV? Leo says you want to be sure that your streaming device is HDR compatible, that's more important than 4K. The advantage to going with the AppleTV is that Apple will upgrade all your purchased content to 4K for free. That's a huge benefit. What Leo doesn't like about the FireTV is that Amazon relentlessly advertises to buy stuff. The other option is ROKU. Leo's favorite streaming device is ROKU. It supports 4K HDR with Dolby Vision. 

Why did my GoPro batteries die after a few minutes in a weather balloon?

GoPro Black

Episode 1627

Rick from Victorville, CA

Rick is a teacher and he did a science experiment with a weather balloon and his GoPro. But it shut off after a few minutes, even though he had an external power source. What happened? Leo says that Lithium-Ion batteries don't do well in extreme temperatures, and several thousand feet up, it's -40 degrees up there. So it's likely the camera batteries died because of the cold temperatures. That's why those who do this, use an insulated box to house the camera and batteries. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... flying high

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1627

Yesterday, Sam was a judge at an "orphan car show." It's a show filled with cars that are no longer made. He was able to judge the Packard group, picking their favorite car. Another item for today is a visit to NVidia's Drive Labs, which has been using deep neural networks to develop autonomously driven vehicles. And they've created a playlist of how Nvidia is advancing the art and making autonomous vehicles safe. Check it out here - Nvidia's Drive Labs - https://youtu.be/iTZ9GoN2Q0k

 

Can I capture video from a VCR with my tablet?

Analog to Digital Converter

Episode 1625

Rick from Redding, CA

Rick is retired and now he wants to take all his old video tapes and digitize them. He wants to know if he can use his Samsung Galaxy Tab that will do it. He can't find an app to capture with it. Leo says a VCR will be analog, and the computer is digital. You need an Analog to Digital converter to do that. Once you get that, you can use any capture software to capture with it. A tablet though may not be able to handle that. 

How can I connect a smart display to a feature phone?

Nokia 3310

Episode 1625

Michael from Livermore, CA

Mike bought a Lenovo Smart Display for his mother, but they're having trouble linking her feature phone to the display. Leo recommends creating a Google account for his mother, then use the app to sign into it. You can also get a cheap or used phone that can connect to WiFi. Set it all up and connect to her WiFi. Have only one icon on it for Google Home, and that should connect her. Also, check out the Google Home Hub Max.

Tuesday is Apple Day - New iPhone Coming

Apple Event - September 10th, 2019

Episode 1625

Tuesday is Apple's next event and Leo is expecting the latest iPhone 11 (or whatever it'll be named). After the announcement, users will be able to order it starting Friday, the 13th. Leo says that gone are the days where people would wait for a week in line to be the first to get it. Now they just go online at midnight and place their order.

Other expected announcements include another update to the Apple Watch. Rumor has it that Apple will be offering ceramic versions again, along with titanium models. But Leo says that the cheapest is just as good. it's what he gets.