Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
In addition to the upgraded A14X processor (which is the M1 processor for iPads), Apple is set to announce new iPads this month, and Leo says that they could also be bringing mini LEDs to their displays. Additionally, there may be 32" M1 iMacs coming by the Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. The new iMac is rumored to have up to 20 cores, 16 high performance, and 4 proficiency.
This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the HydraLight Flashlight, a water-powered flashlight. Its operation was not great. Here's what the company says about them: NO POWER NO PROBLEM: Activates in 15 seconds by wetting the base; no batteries, plug-in, or power source required; Flashlights run for 72 hours total; Switch off to extend time with hand light. Perfect for power outages, blackouts, flashlight emergency preparedness. Compact size ideal for pocket, pack, first-aid kit; Take camping, hiking, in the auto glovebox, travel flashlight survival flashlight.
Jazz wants to know what a good option for DIY home security is? Leo says that SimpliSafe (a sponsor of the TWiT Network) is the one he'd recommend. RING is getting into it, but they are late to the party. Simply Safe also has cameras now, so it's a very good all-in-one solution.
Another company worth looking at is WYZE. They are new to the home security game, but they are VERY affordable. Check out The Wirecutter for their reviews.
Joe wants to know if thumdrives should last a long time. Leo says that they have a limited life span, but it's gotten better and better. But they are primarily for short-term storage. Even then, a thumbdrive wears out by writing to it over and over again, not reading from it. So if you load it up with music to listen from, for instance, it won't overheat due to reading from it. That happens when you write to it.
Melia wants to know if the Garmin Fenix 5 is a good smartwatch for runners. Leo says that he uses the Apple Watch, but Garmin is one of the best in the category. If you're a road runner, Garmin is much better though, according to the chatroom. Much more accurate. Leo also says the displays are very good. And if it's a good price, why not?
Leo expects that in the next round of MacBooks and iOS devices, Apple may be beefing up screens with new MiniLED technology.
Joe has a USB touch monitor. How can he plug it into a power adapter to go over 15" away from his computer? Leo says that the biggest challenge may be the length of your cable. Monoprice sells one that's 32' long and has a dongle on it that amplifies the signal. You'll also need a USB hub that can get you the power, but you may lose too much signal to get the data.
Carman is worried that his new SSD will wear out over time as flash memory does. Leo says that modern SSDs use "wear leveling" to keep the SSD even and extend the SSD's life. It's gotten so good that they can last as long or longer than a spinning hard drive. So there's nothing to worry about.
Julian is into ham radio, but as a blind person, it can be a challenge. But he's found some resources. With OpenGD77 firmware, a handheld radio can be made accessible with voice-activated menus and more. He found it on a community called BlindHams.com.
Phil plugged in a new Logitech wireless keyboard, but now he has a problem with repeating keys. Leo says it should recognize it as a standard keyboard device. It's most likely a physical defect that's causing the keyboard to be stuck in key repeat. You may want to look in the settings to turn up key repeat delay. That'll be a setting in Windows, under Keyboards. Also, check your accessibility settings to see if Sticky Keys has been turned on.