Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Can TVs Automatically Adjust Sound During Commercials?

FCC

Episode 1665

Rich from Poway, CA

Rich wants to know if there's an app that can automatically adjust his commercial volume on his TV. They get louder than regular programming. Leo says that the FCC has required the volume being the same, but due to volume compression, it can sound louder than it actually is. A lot of AV receivers and TVs have an average sound feature that will adjust it. 

Dickie D also shows off the "Shut the F up" Smash TV Mute Button, which will mute the TV during commercials with a quick smash.

The Giz Wiz and the Squeezable Lightbulb

Dick

Episode 1665

The Incredi-Bulb is the first bulb you can throw on the floor and watch it bounce! You can even crush the bulb part in your hand and watch it slowly pop back into shape. It feels like it's rubber but I'm not sure what it's made of. It will be available in 40 & 60-watt equivalents. And the cost? Somewhere in the $5 to $7 range, due out this Summer. Dickie D found this at the 2020 Inspired Home Press Event in NYC. The packaging in the photo is just a mock-up and may be different when the bulb comes to the market in summer. 

How Can I Cut Cable and Still Watch TV?

TIVO

Episode 1665

Daniel from Chatsworth, CA

Daniels' cable bill keeps rising. He uses TIVO. Is there a service where he can still use his TIVO and not pay for cable? Leo says he can get an over the air TIVO, and if he has that, he can put up an antenna and still record local channels. Check out tvfool.com and AntennaWeb.org to find out what he can get over the air in the area and what antenna is best.

The GizWiz and the Hydrofoil

Dick

Episode 1663

This week, Dick is back with a gadget he saw at Showstoppers during CES. The Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1, world’s first production hydrofoil bike launched in the U.S. at CES. Using the same technology as America’s Cup sailboats, and seven years in development, the Hydrofoiler is the first bike of its kind to replicate the cycling experience on water. The New Zealand-based company sold out the initial pilot production run in six months, after their short video of the hydrofoil prototype went viral, amassing more than 350 million views on Facebook.

Which Chromebook Shall I Buy to Replace a Windows 7 Computer?

Windows 7

Episode 1663

Maria from Los Angeles, CA

Maria has a Windows 7 computer and with the end of life support for it, she's is looking to get a Chromebook but doesn't know which one is best. Leo says that she can still upgrade your Windows 7 machine to Windows 10 for free, and that would be cheap. But a Chromebook is a great option for someone who isn't tech-savvy. Her HP printer is rejecting her new cartridges. Leo says that's a known issue.

Which Laptop Shall I Buy For Writing?

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Episode 1663

Cara from San Diego, CA

Cara is a writer and wants to know what's a good backup alternative. Google Docs? Leo says that Google Docs is a good option, but what if her account gets canceled by Google? He recommends planning for the worst and having multiple backups off-site. Also don't' forget that a print out is a form of backup. Cara also wants to know what's a good computer for editing her manuscripts. She needs a fast skimming alternative. Leo says that Cara's current Chromebook is causing the lagging skims. Any modern computer will be fast enough. If it's' on a hard drive, it'll be fast.