Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

The Giz Wiz and the Smart Selfie

Dick

Episode 1638

Pictar has devised a totally different kind of Selfie Stick. Recently the CEO of Miggo / Pictar, Rafy David, came by the Gizneyland studio to give us a look at how it works. The company says that the Pictar Smart Stick is the world's most advanced selfie stick with a 6-button control panel built into the handle. You'll be able to perform a variety of useful functions even when the stick is fully extended.

How Can I Make my New Mac Like My Old Mac?

Mac

Episode 1638

Jim from Santa Clarita, CA

Jim bought a new Mac and wants to know how he can set it up like his old one. Leo says he'll need a cable and connect the two. There is a tool in MacOS that will copy everything over and make it look just like the old Mac, only faster. Leo does recommend, though, to take an external hard drive and backup data just in case. Leo recommends either SuperDuper or ChronoSync. The old mac should also have someting called "target disc mode," which can be used as an external drive, dragging them over to the new mac. But Jim will probably need a thunderbolt-firewire adapter. 

Do I Need to Use the Router and Modem Provided by my ISP?

Netgear

Episode 1638

David from Bethesda, MD

David has a router/modem combo. Is this common? Leo says it's common for an ISP to provide those. But keep in mind that he'd be paying about $10 per month to rent it, and it's likely not as up to date or fully featured as one you can buy. That's why Leo recommends buying a separate router and modem. DOCSIS 3 or 3.1 should work. NetGear is recommended by TheWirecutter. Just make sure the gear is supported by the ISP, and call the ISP and they have to "ping it" and disable the rental gear.

How Can I Learn to 3D Print a Prosthetic Arm?

 Winter Soldier.

Episode 1638

Edward from Los Angeles, CA

Edward's brother in law lost his arm and he wants to work with his son to design a prosthetic arm that looks like the Winter Soldier. Leo says to check out OpenBionics.com. He can also search for 3D-printed arms. It's becoming a huge space in the Maker community, as people are designing and 3D printing the prosthetic arms. Also, look at Raspberry Pi projects that use voice control. Check out ChatterBox, a DIY smart speaker that is a homebrew digital assistant. 

Is a Hotspot Better than a Local SIM when Traveling Internationally?

Prague

Episode 1638

John from Indianapolis, IN

John is going to Prague soon for a vacation. He's looking for his data options while there and how to translate the language he will see. Leo says that prepaidwithdata.wikia.com is a great place to find what local sims are available. Is there a pro/con of using a SIM vs. a hotspot? Leo says absolutely. Go for the hotspot. A local SIM will change his phone number while in the country, and as such, nobody can reach him unless they have his new number.

How can I stop my computer from booting in a loop?

ASUS Laptop

Episode 1637

Ellen from Costa Mesa, CA

Erin's Asus laptop has been stuck in a reboot loop, repairing "disk errors." What can she do? Leo says that the hard drive could be having issues, and Windows repair didn't "take." You can do a startup repair by going into safe mode, type Windows Key + Reset, and under advanced options, there is a startup repair option. You can also do it by using a 16GB USB key version of windows created by Windows Media Creation Tool and run the repair that way. You can then go into your BIOS and have it run the USB key first.

Are there hearing aids that can work with my mobile device?

iHear Icon CIC

Episode 1637

Fred from Columbia MD

Fred called in to say that there's a new wireless microphone for the hard of hearing, which can connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth and Quatro hearing aids so that those with trouble hearing can participate in group conversations. Leo says that's a great feature. Leo loves that modern hearing aids can interact with your mobile phones in order to listen better.  Check them out here - https://www.resound.com/en-us/hearing-aids/bluetooth-hearing-aids.

Can I use Linux on a Mac?

Linux

Episode 1636

Mark from Grand Rapids, MI

Mark wants to know if he can check out Linux on his iMac. Leo says in theory, yes. But Leo's experience is that they don't really work hand in hand well. Do some research online to see which version of Linux works best on a Mac. Then put that version on a USB key, then boot the mac holding down the command key. That'll give you a list of drives to access, and then you can run Linux on the USB key to see if it works.