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Michael uses a Chromebook in the garage for working out. But the video is rather janky. So he added a Chromecast and a video monitor. The Video is improved, but he doesn't want separate audio output. Leo says the HDMI carries both audio and video, but you can split it into a stereo. Leo adds though, that it can be tricky because you'd need a powered speaker to do it. Michael is currently using a headphone jack connected to computer speakers. Not really optimal.
Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo to talk about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and their research towards reducing fatalities on the highways. There's a sister organization in Britain that does the same thing. They do independent crash testing of new cars to see what impacts affect drivers and passengers. The current research is on driver-assist systems. But instead of crashing into another car, they test with inflatable cars towed behind another car in order to test the reaction time of driver-assist systems, which they grade on a 0-100 score.
This week, The Giz Wiz is talking about Pulse Oxymeters that measure the amount of oxygen in your blood. He recently bought the AccuMed, which Johnny recommended on Amazon. The company says it fits all finger sizes from kids above four years old to adults as it measures the level of oxygen in the blood and reads the pulse rate in just eight to ten seconds.
Leo says that Google's event this week was rather dull and disappointing, muddying the waters of what's coming. First came the Google Pixel 5, which seems a step backward from the Pixel 4. Then they announced a 5G version of the Pixel 4a, which Leo says it more like the 5A with 5g connectivity. Leo says widespread 5G is still more hype and at least a year away. So it's kinda confusing.
Then came the return of GoogleTV, an update to AndroidTV. Chromecast is back with GoogleTV built-in for $49 and remote control.
Paul has a 2015 MacBook. Leo says that was the year of the last good keyboard in the Macbook line.
Paul is also calling why the blood oximeter doesn't work with his new Apple Watch 6? Leo says that Paul's Watch 6 is using a Beta version and that could cause it. He also says that you need to have your watch above the bump in your wrist for it to read it properly.
Charles wants to run the new Microsoft Flight Sim on his computer, but it can't handle it. Can he upgrade the motherboard and CPU and will that be enough? Leo says that the new sim looks nearly as real as real life. Smooth and realistic. Flight Sims are really high end and even the minimum requirements that Microsoft suggests are probably not good enough.
Sarafine has a MacBook Air and two old PCs with unique programs on them that she uses. How can she consolidate them? She doesn't have installation discs. Leo says that Virtualization could work and have Sarafine can then eliminate both those old PCs. VMWare or Parallels is what Leo recommends. It will then enable Sarafine to run Windows virtually and access the data from the Cloud or an external hard drive. That way she won't have to worry about those old PCs dying on her. She can create a drive image of the hard drives and then open that image within Virtual Machine.
Tracey's HP Split computer hard drive failed it's "smart check," and then when she turned it back on, it didn't boot up. Leo says that the smart check didn't really give Tracey any time to get her data off because drive manufacturers had dumbed down the SMART check to the point where it's nearly useless. The fact is, drives do fail, about 3% a year. And Tracey's is about six years old, so it was only a matter of time. This is why it's wise to backup your data regularly. Leo recommends iDrive (sponsor).
Sam joins Leo to talk about one of the hottest new electric vehicles from Volkswagon. It's called the VW ID4 and it will be available in the States in December. This compact SUV will get 250 miles on a single charge and will retail for about $33,000 after tax breaks and incentives. Users will also get three years of fast charging from Electrify America.
Sam is using an electronic paper and pen that digitized everything she writes. She got it in college and has been using it ever since. It costs her about $150 for the pen, and the paper is a little expensive. Leo says it's really cool. And it works with apps, capturing your handwriting. Then you tap special buttons on the paper that does things like moving the cursor in the paragraph and other things.