Hardware

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Can Congress Reign in the Tech Industry?

House

Episode 1805

With five bills before the House, Congress is poised to reign in Big Tech, and a breakup may be required for Big Tech to continue to do business in the United States. The Big Nine - Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Google, and IBM, plus Ali Baba, Tencent/TikTok, and Babu are so dominant in our society, that Congress is starting to be concerned that Big Tech has too much power, and they may require some of those firms to break up into smaller companies. 

Software and Computer Chips Causing Car Prices to Rise

IEEE

Episode 1805

Software development and the use of computers in today's cars have contributed to the rise in car prices over the last few years. Leo says that up to 40% of a price of a car can be attributed to the development of car computers and software that operates them. Add to that, Leo says that the worldwide chip shortage, and not only are cars more expensive, but car manufacturers are making fewer of them.

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

m1x

Episode 1804

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.