Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What's the best Chromebook to buy?

Episode 1308

Robert from San Diego, CA
Google Chromebook Pixel

Robert is looking to get a Chromebook. He's looking for a well built model with price being no object. He would also like to have a video display port for when he's at home.Leo says that Google's Chromebook Pixel is the top of the line and it's $1,000. It's also one of three that can also run applications from Android mobile phones. So it's a full blown computer system with 2 million apps.

How can I back up my iTunes music?

Episode 1308

Ian from San Francisco, CA
Apple iTunes

Ian is trying to back up his iTunes folder with a flash drive, but the drive turned out to be too small. How can he tell how large his library is? Leo says to open the iTunes program and look at the bottom of the window. That will give him a general idea of how big the media folder is and how much music it contains. He can also just right click on his iTunes Media folder and select "Get Info."

Vulnerability Found in Apple's macOS and iOS

Episode 1308

MacBook Air, iPhone, iPad

Cisco has found a vulnerability similar to the Android text exploit, which could take control of your mobile phone through a text message. Leo says that Apple has released a patch to close the hole before anyone else had discovered it. This affects iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. Mavericks and Yosemite users don't have a fix yet, though, so those users should disable iMessage until they do. If you can't get past Mavericks because your desktop is too old, turn off iMessages permanently.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1307

SUPERNIGHT 16.4ft 5M Waterproof Flexible 300leds Color Changing RGB SMD5050 LED Light Strip Kit with RGB 5M +24Key Remote+12V Power Supply. Here are a few of the other specs: 16 colors, 5 light patterns/16-Speeds Control in Flash / Strobe / Fade-change / RGB Smooth-change. Every 3-LEDS are cuttable without damaging the rest strips. Self-adhesive back. Long lifespan >50,000 hours. Package contents: 16.4” 5050 RGB 300 leds / IR Control Box /24 key remote control and Power Supply. …...And now back to me.

What's the best device for streaming to my TV?

Episode 1306

Stana from Green Bay, WI
Roku 4

Stana cut the cord and is going to watch TV by streaming online from now on. There's a few cable channels she wants, though. What's her best option? Leo says she could get some channels over the air by putting up an antenna if she's in the right location. Some channels offer services through stand alone apps, but she'll have to pay for them. HBO, for instance, has HBO Now, which she can subscribe to on the Apple TV and Roku. If she's already a cable subscriber, then she can use HBO Go, which enables her to watch it on cable and online. It's a bit confusing.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1305

This week's gadget is the Cree LED 60w replacement LightBulb. It weighs 1 1/2 ounces. Can be put inside small fixtures, and some models are connected to the Internet so you can turn it on remotely. Only $8 a piece or 12 for $60. . They use 11.5 watts to equal a 60 watt bulb replacement. There is also a Cree Connected Soft White (2700K) LED available. Cree bulbs are only at Home Depot and on Amazon.

Cree Connected are each under $15.00 on Amazon.

http://amzn.to/29KiIEJ

How can I get rid of telemarketers?

Jerry from Pennsylvania

Episode 1305

Jerry is using a MagicJack VOiP phone. Leo says it's very affordable at $20 a year. Jerry keeps getting telemarketer calls, though. Is there something that can block that? Leo says that telemarketers are using random dialers to call numbers, or they use lists that have been sold to them. The Feds have the DoNotCall registry, but that doesn't work for telemarketers who operate outside of the country. There isn't really a device that can block incoming unsolicited calls, but Leo advises using Google Voice.