Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Can I use IKEA's wireless speakers for my PC?

SYMFONISK from IKEA

Episode 1738

Lott from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Lott came across a set of SYMFONISK WiFi Speakers at IKEA and wants to know if he can get sound from his computer to play on them. Leo says that IKEA has a partnership with SONOS and Amazon to create wireless speakers. You need to use SONOS software to add your music collection and play it. It uses a variant of DNLA and in theory, the SONOS software can scan your PC and play it.

Sam Abuelsamid ... and the Augmented HUD

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1738

Sam joins Leo to talk about a new kind of heads up display that uses augmented reality to give the driver more information. The new generation hud will be hitting the market in the coming months (2021). HUDs have become fairly common since it's debut in 1988. It projects light through an LCD in your dashboard onto the windshield. HUDs make the information look like it's hovering about 3-4 away above your hood. 

What computer should I get for recording audio?

Dell XPS 13

Episode 1738

Rosie from Denver, CO

Rosie does voiceover and she needs a new computer to record lines and auditions. She uses the Focusrite Scarlet as a digital interface. Leo says that any computer will work with the Scarlet. Audio is relatively low in demand, compared to video editing, gaming or multi-track recording. Leo's preference is Mac over Windows. The nice thing is that it comes with all you need, including Garage Band. If you want to go up to the next level, Logic Pro is only about $150. And Audacity will work on the Mac as well as Windows.

The Giz Wiz ... Camfected

Dick

Episode 1737

Dick joins Leo to talk about a new device to combat "Camfecting." That's when a hacker takes control of your webcam with your knowledge or your permission. A webcam privacy cover can help stop that. It's basically a webcam cover slide.  It can be easily applied and removed from the device without any traces. You can get a pack of 6 Webcam Cover Sliders for around $8.99,

Why Can't I Stream My Podcast On Youtube?

ATEM Mini Pro

Episode 1737

Mary from Lisbon, North Dakota

Mary uses an ATEM Mini Pro to stream her podcast via YouTube Live. But recently, it stopped streaming from her camera. Leo says the ATEM is a great video switcher for the money. She found out that YouTube changes her streaming key from time to time. Leo says that Leo does that a lot. The key changes randomly. That's likely the issue.

YouTube does offer a permanent key, but Mary tried that and it didn't work. The solution may be to get her key just before she goes live, which can be a tedious thing from week to week. 

Why's Apple Moving Away From Intel?

silicon

Episode 1737

Dave from Los Angeles, CA

Dave wants to know why Apple is switching away from Intel. Leo says that Apple is moving on from Intel because they can't provide low power, high performing chips that Apple wants. The reason is that the development of processors by Intel has been stalled at 10nm, while Apple has gotten very good at developing ARM chips that are just as powerful for their mobile platforms (they are 5nm now).

How Can I Connect My Computer to a Bluetooth Radio?

Digital FM Transmitter 2 for Sending Near Broadcast Quality

Episode 1737

David from Greensboro, NC

David wants to know if he can put Bluetooth stereo in the house and then listen to them from his computer? Leo says it depends on how close they are to the room. Bluetooth has a range of about 33 feet. If the computer doesn't have Bluetooth, then he can buy a Bluetooth receiver that can plugin and then pair it to the radio. But why do that when he can just listen to streaming audio online from services like IHeartRadio or Pandora? Or even his favorite radio station's website will have a listen now option.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Jump Started

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1736

Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo to talk about how you cannot jump start a gas car with an electric vehicle. The chief reason is that EVs have two batteries, one that runs the entire car system and acts as your main energy source, while the 12-volt battery runs things like windows and the radio. That extra 12-volt battery has a lower capacity and lower amps. There's also no alternator in an EV, like in a combustion engine. It has an inverter instead to handle DC to AC conversion.

What Kind of Bandwidth Do I Need for an RV?

Outlaw

Episode 1735

Dee Dee from Los Angeles, CA

Dee Dee is going to buy a new RV called the Thor Outlaw, and it comes with a WiFi booster. What does she need in between her computer hardware? Leo says that it's a Weingard WiFi extender and 4G hotspot. So she won't really need anything in between it and the computer. But she will need her own internet access that the Weingard will act as a gateway to. Leo says Dee Dee's choices are basic cellular carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. Then she will put the SIM in the Weingard. Watch their videos though, to see.

The Giz Wiz and the Solo Studio

Dick

Episode 1735

The Aduro U-Stream Home Streaming Studio can be a helpful companion for working from home, attending virtual meetings, zoom conferences, or even school classes. The system consists of a lightweight folding tripod, an adjustable LED light circle and smartphone holder. The 10” ring LED light offers 3 distinct lighting options: White, Warm Yellow, and Warm White. You select those on the inline remote which also offers 10 different levels of brightness. The adjustable tripod stand extends from 18” to 52” high so you can use it on your desktop or table or directly on the floor.