Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

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.

The Giz Wiz ... High Voltage

Dick

Episode 1624

The High Voltage Junction Box with Led-Illuminated Jumping Frayed Live Wires and Sizzling Sound Effects is Dick's latest gadget. An Electrifying Prop to Complete You Spooky Halloween Party Decoration. This is great looking prank box with hanging wires and cables is 28" high. It features authentic, sizzling sound effects, "sparking" LED illumination with jumping frayed live wires and even a junction box door that slams open and closed a bit when you activate the switch! It runs on 3AA batteries which were included.

Is a Used Tesla a Good Bargain?

Tesla

Episode 1624

Andre from Long Beach, CA

Andre has a budget of about $45,000 for a new vehicle and is looking at a used Model S. Is that a good idea? Leo says that he'll be better off with a Model 3, which is brand new and in the same price range. He's also getting a fresher battery, rather than buying someone else's, which may have reduced battery life. One thing that Leo is concerned about is the health of the Tesla car company itself long term. The real complaint that some are having is a delay in getting parts. Some up to two months and that's not a good sign. But every single person Leo knows who has a Model 3 loves it.  

What's a good, affordable security camera?

Wyze Cam

Episode 1623

Susan from San Diego, CA

Susan has a fighting studio, and she needs some security cameras. Preferably something wireless. Recommendations? Leo says that battery-powered cameras wouldn't work because they are motion-controlled. So Leo recommends cameras that are wired for AC power. He recommends the Google NEST Camera. But the downside is, that they're expensive and the monthly fee is required for storage.  A better affordable option is WyzeCam. They start at $20. Offer night vision. Have two-way audio. And you can view them online.

How can someone keep track of me without a smartphone?

iPhoneX Max

Episode 1623

Clinton from North Carolina

Clinton wants to know if there's a way to report his location when traveling without the use of a smartphone? Leo says that there are Personal Location Beacon (PLB) and Satellite Messengers. Satellite Messengers do require a subscription though. They connect via satellite, and you can set it up to contact anyone in the event of an emergency. But if you have an iPhone or an Android device with vs. 11, you can send an emergency call by pressing the on/off switch five times in quick succession.