Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why is Apple's Time Machine so slow in backing up?

Aiden from Ireland

Episode 1128

Aiden made the switch to a Mac and his Time Capsule takes forever to backup. Meanwhile, it works just fine in Windows. What gives? Leo says that SMB is the Windows protocol and it's the default language for file protocols. Meanwhile, Apple uses it's own protocol called AFP. Leo advises going into the settings and turning all the protocols on. That will allow it to use the fastest available. Leo also advises LastPass, OnePass and DashLane for Password Managers for your network.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1127

Today's gadget is the new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, which runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It has one the biggest screens available at 13.3” QHD (2560x1440) display. Powered by the newest Intel Atom Z3745 processor and has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot to add up to 64GB more. There are two cameras; a 1.6MP unit on the front and an 8MP unit on the rear. There’s a ‘tube’ along the bottom of the device that packs many new, unique features. First there’s a healthy 9,600-mAh battery that Lenovo says will run the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro for up to 15 hours.

Should I buy a sound bar?

Doug from Panama City, FL

Episode 1127

Doug hears that Sony's new Soundbar has separate Amps for every speaker. Is that THX? Leo says that having a separate amp doens't mean the speaker better, just gives it more juice and THX is a certification, not really a technology. Leo likes Sony because they add a subwoofer to it and it doesn't have wires everywhere. But it will never be the same as a surround sound quality. Scott Wilkinson recommends the Pioneer Andrew Jones Soundbar.

Did Windows 8.1 break my bluetooth driver?

Eddie from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1127

Eddie bought an Acer laptop and he upgraded to Windows 8.1 and his bluetooth is now broken. Nothing will pair. And he gets popup for drivers. Leo says that Windows 8.1 did break the drivers on the Acer V5 laptop. So the solution is to install the drivers from Acer. At least that's the workaround. Here's a fix - http://community.acer.com/t5/Notebooks-Netbooks/Bluetooth-problems-Windo... - you need the Atheros 8.1.1 driver from Qualcomm. That fixes the problem.

Why does Google Chrome give me strange squares?

Tom from Bozeman, MT

Episode 1127

Tom says he's got a problem in Google Chrome where he gets off squares instead of pixels on the site in the upper right hand corner. And he did it on different computers as well. Leo says the fix is to pick Unicode. Tools. More Tools. Encoding. Try 16 bit unicode. That should fix the problem. Also try auto encoding. Check out this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYy_7h7aB8Q

How could I create documents on a Google Chromebook?

Benny from Pasadena, CA

Episode 1126

Benny would just use Google Docs and then store it in the cloud. Then he can work from computer to computer. It's a great way to do it, but some don't like that they have to use the cloud to save their data. But he'll have plenty of storage in the cloud. Prices start around $200-400. He can get them just about anywhere including the Google Play Store.

Where can I buy a Blackberry Z10?

Episode 1126

Benny from Pasadena, CA
Blackberry Z10

Benny wants to get a Blackberry Z10 because he used one for awhile and loved it. Leo says that they're easy to find on eBay, but Leo likes to get stuff like that from NewEgg. He can get one "open box" from them for around $200. He should make sure he doesn't get the Verizon version, he'll want the AT&T and T-Mobile versions that are unlocked. Those are called "Unlocked GSM."

What's a good computer for a college student?

Episode 1126

Evangelina from Los Angeles, CA
Laptop computer

Evangelina's son wants a new computer for college. It will be used for studying music and medicine. Leo says that any digital device is fine for listening to music. But for medicine, there may be specific software that he needs which could decide which platform he needs. She should consider who will be giving support for the computer. Whatever the school uses also could point to what platform he should be on.