Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
This week's gadget is actually an oldie but a goodie ... it's 12 years old and it's a self waving american flag that uses wires embedded in the flag to wave. It's very patriotic.
Moe's computer is just shutting down He's running Windows 7. Leo says that with the age of Moe's computer, the hard drive is getting unreliable. It's likely time to just backup your hard drive and then swap it out for a new one and reinstall Windows. But it may be enough to reinstall Windows. Leo does this every year as "spring cleaning." It keeps it more reliable. So try that first. Backup your documents and settings folder. Then format that old hard drive and reinstall Windows. See if that improve things. But it's going to be time to replace that hard drive soon.
Dan is starting to experiencing hearing loss and is researching the same Starkey Halo hearing aids that Leo has. Leo says they're great but they're not cheap. They are thousands of dollars. But they're also very smart as you can connect them to an Android phone with an app called TrueLink and fine tune them. It can also adjust hearing automatically via GPS. So if you go to a movie, it can change settings. You can use the app WHIST to find the necessary hearing frequencies and for tinnitus, it can create white noise that will mask it.
Mark has been having similar issues with his computer crashing when it goes into hybrid sleep or hibernation. Leo says that hibernation has never really worked the way it's supposed to. It's just best to turn it off. Hibernation saves out the RAM and then when you turn it back on, it has to load it and often it'll crash. So just disable that option.
Cindy is interested in dashcams. Leo says that the Wirecutter says the ZEdge Z3 is the best. And it's a great deal at $100. She also wants one forward and backward to monitor the inside of the car.Leo says that there's several models that can do that. So head to the Wirecutter. It'll steer you right.
Bob is having problems with his computer getting non-responsive. It suddenly freezes up until he reboots it. Leo says that it may not be crashing for freezing at all. It may be a non responsive mouse or keyboard. If the clock continues, then it hasn't crashed. But if the clock is stuck, then the processor has halted. But even then, the processor may just be busy. So wait. You want to be sure it's REALLY halted because by rebooting your computer, if it's in the middle of reindexing the hard drive, it could spew word salad and corrupt your drive.
Scott attended a meeting that indicated that virtual reality is the next great trend in cinematography, but that it's in it's infancy and that cinematographers should start experimenting with shooting in VR by using cheaper cameras like the Ricoh Theta S. Leo says that may be true, but he prefers to be told a story, told what to look at. When you're looking around, if you think about it, the story teller has failed in telling that story.
Leo does say that Virtual Reality is great for gaming though. It blows their minds.
At Google's I/O developer conference this week, Google announced a new product called Google Home. This is essentially an Amazon Echo competitor. It's a small device that kind of looks like an air freshener, and you talk to it to get information and perform tasks. It won't have the Amazon services, though. We don't know yet when that will be available or what the price will be.
Find out more at home.google.com
Greg's 08 MacBook Pro makes a strange noise. Now it even autotypes all by itself! Leo says it sounds like a stuck key. He should go through all the keys just to see if one of the keys is sticking a bit. It's common as keyboards get dirty.
Brad has an 2012 MacBook that he added a second hard drive to. He then plugged a Logitech webcam in, and the display went blank. Leo thinks that Brad may have overloaded the power supply and overheated the motherboard. Laptops are designed with a very narrow window of power usage tolerances. A tower would've have worked better.