Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid... when the rubber hits the road

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1633

Sam joins Leo to talk about tires. Having tires in good condition is crucially vital to traction and braking. Regularly check your tire pressure and tread depth. As we move into the fall, the weather starts to become colder, and before you know it, you're in Winter weather. So having good tread on your tires is vital for traction. It's also important to consider putting on winter tires or investing in tire chains if you're going to stick with summer or all-season tires.

Should I upgrade to a new MacBook Pro?

MacBook Pro

Episode 1633

John from Calgary, Canada

John has a 2011 MacBook Pro that runs excellent. But he's concerned that he won't be able to update it soon. Leo says that if you can run macOS Mojave, you'll probably be OK for Catalina. One thing that could help is to put a new SSD hard drive: that'll help your Mac out. The only other thing you can do is update your battery if you can get one. Leo says there's no real reason to spend the money if you're happy with how it works, and you'll be getting security updates for at least 5 more years. So keep using it!

The Giz Wiz ... Portably Mobile

Dick

Episode 1632

The company says you can travel in style and enhance day-to-day life with the ATTO, the most advanced foldable mobility scooter in the world! Founder of Moving Life, Nino Ransenberg, who was diagnosed with polio, has been using mobility scooters all his life, but never felt they really met his needs. As an entrepreneur he wanted to have something that would serve him in his busy business schedule as well as his travels with his family. Introducing ATTO - Moving Life's foldable mobility scooter. When folded, ATTO easily fits in the trunk of any vehicle, including mini cars and taxis.

Why isn't My Apple Watch Giving Me the Weather?

 DARK SKY.

Episode 1632

George from Palmdale, CA

George would like to get local weather on his Apple Watch Series 5. but it doesn't work. Leo says that George may be using the wrong complication. He wants Weather Temp. He also wants to be sure he opens up the location services for it to function. Leo also uses a third party weather app called DARK SKY. Leo also says that in iOS 13, it can report how often he's getting location access. So make sure it has the location settings turned on. And if the watch isn't LTE connected, then he won't be able to access the weather service. 

How Can I Convert Stereo into Mono?

 PID 7160

Episode 1632

Grant from St. Paul, MN

Grant wants to only hear his headphone sound in mono because he's only got good hearing in one ear. Leo says that PopOS has only Surround and Stereo. But there's bound to be a mono sound driver online somewhere. Probably the easiest way would be to get a hardware option. People used to be able to get one at RadioShack. But sadly, that's in the past. Doctor Mom says that he can make headphones mono with an adapter from Monoprice. Here's how - https://www.cnet.com/news/making-headphones-mono/.

Should I get a Chromebook?

Chromebook

Episode 1632

Mark from Pasadena, CA

Mark wants to get a Chromebook or a small, cheap laptop. Leo says that he's a big fan of Chromebooks, and for most users, it's a very good choice. Most people buy a computer that is too much for their needs. The beauty of ChromeOS is that it's very secure and inexpensive. But it always has to be connected to really do what users need to do. HP makes a really good Chromebook. Leo recommends only using Google Chrome on a computer for a week, and see if it is tolerable.

Microsoft Event Showcases Dual Screen Surface Products

Microsoft Event Showcases Dual Screen Surface Products

Episode 1632

At a surprise event, Microsoft announced two new Surface products, one like a digital book, the other a 5.5" dual screen mobile phone. Dubbed the Surface Neo and Surface Duo respectively, both devices will run on Windows 10X, a new mobile version of the OS, and will be available Christmas 2020. Microsoft says it will fold together like a book, or open up to be both screens on either side, or close facing each other. Unlike the overpriced Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Surface duo is hinged, rather than folding the screen.

Is there a self powered laptop cooler?

FEMOR Laptop Cooling Pad

Episode 1631

Nooru from Mission Viejo, California

Nooru has a laptop that is overheating. Will a cooling pad work and is there one that is self-powered? Leo says that most of them are powered by the USB port in your laptop. But will also plug into a USB adapter that plugs into the wall. Everyone who has a mobile phone has a USB adapter AC plug. So all you need is a cable long enough to do it. Another option is to use a portable USB power bank. You can then just attach that to the back of your cooler and it'll run for days. Any particular brand? Leo says no. They're all pretty much made by the same company in China.

Sam Abuelsamid and the Electric Canoo

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1631

Sam says there's a new electric vehicle coming called the Canoo. It's a passenger or cargo van that looks like a "lozenge" on wheels and is one of the first to use steer by wire steering. You will also bring your own device to have an instrument panel through the Canoo app. The idea is that you won't own the car, but you'll have a monthly subscription fee to drive it. And if you want to trade it for another color or style, you can. It also includes service and insurance. Future plans include having trucks and sedans. Monthly fees will vary by location. Available in 2021. 

Oculus Announces VR Social Network

Facebook Horizon

Episode 1631

This week, at Oculus annual VR conference, Oculus announced a new virtual social network called Facebook Horizon, where you can join friends in a virtual room and hang out. It's like the infancy of Ready Player One. Leo says it makes sense now the way Facebook would spend $3.2 Billion for Oculus, now. They see the future. Here's what it will look like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Is8eXZco46Q