Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Did Apple Decide Not to Announce New MacBooks at the Last Minute?

Episode 1803

According to the metadata for Apple's WWDC Presentation on Tuesday, Apple may have been poised to announce new M1X MacBooks, and an M1X Mac Pro tower, but may have decided not to at the last minute. The tags had listings for both inserted into the metadata of the keynote on YouTube and at Apple.com.  But Leo says that according to The Supply Chain, production won't begin until Q2, making both ready for the Holiday shopping season. So look for announcements this Fall.

Is There a Microphone That Can Connect to My Headphones?

Giveet Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter Receiver

Episode 1803

Jim from Winnetka, CA

Jim is hard of hearing and would like to know if there's an app or something that will enable him to boost his hearing aids or use bone-conducting headphones to hear. Leo says that there are in the iPhone. The iPhone will route sound to your hearing aids if they are modern. But if you want to use bone-conducting headphones, then you'll end up with some lag via Bluetooth. There's no lag with hearing aids because they use RF Radio technology and not Bluetooth. But if you need Bluetooth, then there are various wireless microphones that can do what Jim needs.

Sam Abuelsamid and the Teammate System

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1803

Sam joins Leo to talk about the Lexus 500H, a hybrid that will have the Toytota Team system, the brand's first hands-free driving system. It will also use LIDAR, which is different from the RADAR found in most cars with hands-free driving options. It's chiefly interactive, sending out a laser to read the 3D space around the car, but it falls short in measuring distance and speed. But its higher resolution can see through the 3d space to pick up details RADAR may not see.

The Giz Wiz and the Travel Kit

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1802

This week's gadget is a kit for getting back to traveling. It includes the MLVOC Travel Pillow Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow, with 3D Contoured Eye Masks, Earplugs, and Luxury Bag. The company says their adjustable rope lock lets you adjust the angle and the size of the pillow, meeting different neck size requirements. The luxury memory foam filler uses "5-second return technology". About $21 - $22 as of 6/5/21

Video: https://youtu.be/lTi4ZoPinE8

Why Can't I Connect My Audio Gear in Pro Tools?

Pro Tools

Episode 1802

Ken from Temecula, CA

Ken is using Windows and wants to connect some audio hardware to do some audio recording. But he's having trouble connecting via ASIO. It just hisses. He uses Reaper and Pro Tools. Leo isn't surprised that Pro Tools doesn't work with it. It's rather old. Reaper can handle it, so it isn't a limitation of Windows. So it must be that Pro Tools doesn't support ASIO. But it may support the native drivers instead.  

Will Supersonic Planes Really Return With United?

Boom Supersonic

Episode 1802

Micah from Maine

Micah is a podcaster for the Airplane Geeks podcast and he says that the Boom Supersonic zero-emissions aircraft is largely smoke and mirrors. It claims zero emissions because it's going to use biofuels instead of kerosene. It'll lower emissions, but the rest will have to be handled by buying Carbon offsets. So not strictly zero emissions. Micah says that Boom will likely be vaporware before it actually takes to the air. 

Why's My Mouse Lagging on All My Computers?

3M™ Precise™ Mouse Pad

Episode 1802

Joe from Ladera Ranch, CA

Joe started noticing that his mouse has become very laggy, jumping around when he uses it. This happens on his MacBook Pro and his Surface Book Pro, plus a third. Leo says that since they are wireless, to try and wired mouse and see if it still happens. If not, then that points to the mouse itself. Maybe some radio interference? If it still happens, then the next step is to check the updates and update them. Leo says that as strange as it sounds, it could be the mouse pad. There's a great MP called the precision mouse pad that could help. Or, it could be malware that's causing it.

What Universal Power Supply Should I Get for My NAS?

DiskStation DS1520+

Episode 1802

Adriana from Tryon, North Carolina

Adriana has a Synology DS1520+ NAS, and she's upgrading to a new model soon. She's then planning on putting the latest release candidate DSM 7.0 onto her current model. She then plans on using the NAS to back up her photographer husband's photo archive. What is the best way to connect a universal power supply to the NAS? And which one? Leo says that Tripp Lite is very good, as is CyberPower CP800AVR which Leo uses. And they aren't that expensive either. Leo's was $100.

Should I Buy a New PC for a Flight Sim?

X-plane

Episode 1801

Larry from San Diego, CA

Larry is a pilot and flight instructor, and he bought X-Plane flight simulator for his computer. But it takes a long time to load and run. Leo says that X-Plane was created to run on computers that couldn't handle Microsoft's seminal Flight Simulator. Leo says the load time is due to all the textures. He could speed things up by putting an SSD into the computer. But if ready to get a new rig, then a gaming computer is the way to go. Could he get a server and have multiple terminals? Leo says that today's modern computing really is designed around one computer per desktop thinking.

Can I Defer the Windows Automatic Update?

windows 10

Episode 1801

Doug from Magnolia, TX

Tom has a Dell computer with a jittery mouse. He discovered that the Windows 20H2 update was the cause. So he removed it. Leo says that worked, but eventually, Tom is going to have to reinstall it to move forward. So he reinstalled H2, and his mouse problem returned. Leo says that 21H1 is coming, and there's a chance it may fix the issue. Can he stop Microsoft from updating Windows? Leo says he can by going into the setup and select "I have a metered internet connection." That will defer automatic updates. But sooner or later he will have to. Rollback 20H2, and then update with 21H1.