Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1259

Dick DeBartolo

Today, the Giz Wiz has a great gadget for your pets! It's called the Litter Robot, and it's an open-air automatic cat litter box. It sifts waste and clumps out, dropping the waste in a receptacle below. It also has a night light, control panel, and an app that notifies you when your cat is using the litter box. It has 4.6 stars out of five stars on Amazon with a retail price is $449.00.

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What color printer should I buy?

Episode 1259

Armando from California
CANON PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Color Printer

Armando needs a good photo printer for his DSLR. He has a three in one printer but he's not happy with the quality of prints. Leo says that while there are printers that can do double duty, a photo printer and a text printer are two different animals. He'll want a good photo printer with photo printing paper to get the kind of results he's looking for. They are more expensive, though.

Apple Had the Largest Quarter in History of American Finance

Episode 1257

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Apple's stock is down 18% despite a profit of 18.4 billion last quarter, which is more than 6.13 billion a month for the last 3 months on revenue of 75.9 billion. That makes their profit margin 40%. The stock market didn't like the news, however. The growth, which is the important thing to the stock market, is only 1% on the iPhone. The big growth last year and this quarter was Apple entering the Chinese market, but they have saturated the market and then can only sell another phone every few years. But in the last 90 days, there were 1 billion registered active users.

The Verge: "Windows Phone Is Dead"

Episode 1257

Microsoft Lumia phone

Tom Warren wrote this week on The Verge that Windows Phone is dead after Microsoft reported its earnings. We have learned that Microsoft had sold 4.5 million Lumia devices in the past year, down from 10.5 million year over year. The worst news is that when you include Microsoft and Nokia together over the entire time they've been selling these Windows phones, they sold a total of 110 million. That seems like a lot, but compared to iOS and Android at the same time, they were selling 4.5 billion phones. When you look at the sudden drop year over year, it's gone down 57%.

What equipment do I need for a roundtable podcast?

Episode 1258

Marty from Newton, MA
Behringer XR16 Rack Mounted Mixer

Marty is a HAM Radio operator and he wants to create a podcast in a round table format with his friends. What does he need? Leo says that Marty should have a mic for each user and a mixer. One thing Leo likes is the Behringer XR16 Rack Mounted Mixer, which will enable him to wirelessly mix his mics with his iPad or iPhone and it automatically turns up whoever is talking. It has effects, real time equalizer, bus EQs, along with 4 Shure SM58s. That's an ideal system for under $1000.

Why won't my computer turn off?

David from Venice Beach, CA

Episode 1258

David is having trouble with a Windows 10 computer he built that won't shut down or go to sleep. Leo says he has a Skylake laptop that has the same problem. He has a hunch that there's a power management bug in Windows 10 that has to do with drivers. It's likely that the motherboard drivers aren't handling Windows 10 power management like they should. One hopes that they will fix it quickly, but Microsoft hasn't been able to solve it so far. They're calling it a "difficult computer science problem," and it has to do with even Microsoft's own hardware.

How can I read a drive formatted with a Chromebook?

Barry from San Diego, CA

Episode 1258

Barry uses a Chromebook to transfer his images to an external hard drive, but now he can't open it in Windows. Leo says that issue may be that the Chromebook formatted the hard drive in a format that Windows doesn't recognize. It's likely formatted in a Linux format, like EXT 2 or 3. Barry can get an extension to Windows that will be able to translate it. Check out Ext2FsD.