Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Google I/O Announces New Products and Services

Episode 1388

Google Home

Google I/O was this week and the keynote had a bunch of new products and services. Google Home, the Amazon Echo killer, now has the ability to make unlimited phone calls anywhere for free. Should you then get rid of your home phone? Leo says no, because if the power or internet goes out, you'll have no phone for emergencies.

Find out about all of the announcements from Google I/O at techradar.com.

How can I stream using multiple cameras?

Episode 1387

Randy from Vista, CA
Blackmagic Web Presenter

Randy has a production company working on doing live streaming through Vmix software. It will see his USB laptop cameras, but not his regular cameras because they require HDMI out. Leo says that the Blackmagic WebPresenter is a new product designed to do live streaming from a variety of cameras. At $500, it's not all that expensive either. He should check out MonoPrice. They may also have a low cost converter.

What All-in-One Printer should I buy?

Episode 1387

Benny from Pasadena, CA
Epson WorkForce 3620

Benny is looking for a wireless all-in-one printer with fax. Leo says that the fax wouldn't be wireless, obviously. Leo recommends the Epson Workforce Pro. Canon also makes good All-in-One. He can actually get an all-in-one for under $100, the Epson Workforce 3620 is around $120 quite often. But he should remember that the ink is going to cost him.

(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)

How can I get music over Bluetooth in my car?

Episode 1387

Hank from Los Angeles, CA
Bluetooth Car Kit FM Transmitter MP3 Player Wireless Radio Adapter USB Charger

Hank has a 2007 Nissan Infinity and it has Bluetooth support with its stereo, but it won't play music. Leo says that it may be that the audio connection is secondary to his mobile phone connection. There are two profiles with Bluetooth — one is the headset profile for talking on the phone, and the other is a higher quality A2DP profile for music. It could be that if the stereo doesn't support A2DP, it won't be able to connect for music. If there's an aux jack, he can try using a Bluetooth connector that way. Or he could even just use a wire.

How can I convert older Smart Board lessons to a new format?

Episode 1387

Karen from Littlerock, CA
ClassFlow Desktop

Karen is a teacher and she has a lot of Smart Board lessons that she needs to port over to the next generation of smart boards called "Promethean Boards." Leo says that these are interactive white boards that are in essence a Windows screen that you can write on. Karen could just use Google Chromecast and a projector to project onto the wall. But moving the smart board lessons to the Promethean format is a challenge. Many of these are proprietary that lock her into their ecosystem. They may have plugins, though.

What's a good Linux laptop with a large screen?

Episode 1386

Robert from University City, CA
Lenovo Yoga 710 15"

Robert wants to buy a personal computer that is well built and runs Linux with a 17" screen. Leo says that most laptops top out at 15", but there are a few 17" models still available. Lenovo is one of the few manufacturers that ship laptops with Linux. Lenovo's P51 has a 15.6" screen. Lenovo's X1 Yoga has a great 15" model with an excellent keyboard.

Can I still use an old computers running XP and Vista?

Episode 1386

Nick from San Fernando, CA
Windows XP

Nick has a very old netbook running Windows Vista. He also has an old Windows XP machine. Will they still be working if he restarts them? Leo says that they should. He may have an issue with authenticating Windows and the software he's using. XP and Vista also pose a security issue as Microsoft has declared them both "end of life" for security fixes. So Leo recommends not connecting it to the internet after authentication. Here are some things he can do to protect himself anyway: