tablets

Can you turn your old Fire tablet into an Echo Show?

Episode 1505

Lillian (Doctor Mom) from New York, NY
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet

Lillian says that you can use your old Fire tablet as an Echo Show now thanks to a new Pogo dock by Amazon. Leo says it sounds like just a charging dock and with an software update, it would turn it into an Echo Show. But the dock doesn't have any speakers, and the screen isn't all that great. So it's an interesting device if you have a surplus Fire tablet lying around, and for $35 it's not too bad.

Should I buy an iPad mini or wait and see?

Episode 1498

Sharon from Williamsburg, OH
Apple iPad Mini

Sharon wants to get a new iPad mini but she hears they may get discontinued. Leo says nobody really knows, but since they haven't updated it in awhile, everyone thinks it may not be updated. Leo says it'll still be good if she wants to buy one now. The latest models, if they aren't discontinued, will be updated to have Face ID, but Leo says that's not really a big deal. So if she wants to buy one, she should go ahead.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1491

Dick DeBartolo

From GizWiz.Biz - Acer Chromebook Spin 15 – 1st 15-inch Chrome convertible powered by a choice of 3 Intel processors, from two dual-core Celeron chips to a quad-core Pentium CPU. There's also a choice of 4GB to 8GB of memory and 32GB to 64GB of eMMC storage. A higher than before 13 hours of battery life was also announced. There's USB-A & USB-C and a microSD card reader. The Acer Chromebook 15 series starts at $349 and the 360 degree SPIN version adds $100 ($449) in stores and online, coming this July.

Why doesn't my Bluetooth keyboard work with my tablet?

Episode 1489

Lovica from Junction City, KS
Bluetooth

Lovica's Android tablet isn't pairing to her keyboard anymore. Leo says to make sure the Bluetooth is on and ready to pair. Then, double check the battery life of her keyboard to be sure she has enough juice to connect. Many are rechargeable and have very long battery life, but sooner or later she'll need to recharge it to keep using it.

What should I do with a lemon Microsoft Surface tablet?

Episode 1484

Erin from Santa Clarita, CA
Microsoft Surface Tablet

Erin is on her fourth Microsoft Surface tablet and it keeps failing on her. Microsoft keeps replacing it, but she's nearing the end of her warranty and is worried that once it passes, she'll out of luck. Rich says he's had a similar issue and he's read that this is a more widespread problem. Depending on how she paid for it, some credit cards have an extended warranty. But she'll also have lemon law protection.

Can I update my Windows 10 tablet?

Episode 1482

Mike from Maine
Linx Windows Tablet

Mike just got a Linx tablet for about $100. It came with 32GB storage, a keyboard, case, and micro SD card slot. It can take 128 GB. Leo says that the problem with them is that he'll likely have trouble upgrading it. So if he can install his apps on the microSD card, that's a good way to go. What can he do to make sure he can update it? Leo says that most of the stuff that uses up space can be stored on that microSD card. That'll keep his on board storage free for updating.

Why am I running out of room on my Windows tablet?

Episode 1482

Jim from Bonny Lake, WA
Dell Inspiron Windows 2-in-1

Jim bought an Dell Inspiron Windows tablet and he's getting a message that he's running out of room. Leo says most of that space is probably being taken up by Windows. The usable storage space after installing Windows is drastically smaller. User Data can be deleted to make more room. There's also a disk cleanup utility that he can use to make more room.

How can I find a specific project management app for the iPad?

Episode 1466

Neil from Miami, FL
How to make a blockbuster movie

Neil is trying to find an app that will do timelines that he saw in a product image for the iPad on Apple's website. Leo says that OmniGroup's OmniPlan is the king of project management. MikeMan says that PIXXA is best. ScooterX says that people want to know what that featured app was on Apple's site, but so far, it's unknown.