Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why does my Chromecast mirror all the time?

Episode 1426

Bill from Lousiana
Original Chromecast

Bill has the original Chromecast, but he has problems watching content on it in mirrored mode. Leo says he won't want it to mirror. He'll want it to hand off the information to the Chromecast. Then his device just becomes a remote. If he's doing it from the browser, Chromecast isn't designed for that. He should use the Chromecast button inside the apps he's using, like Netflix or YouTube. Chromecast in Chrome has been beta and it could be that it just doesn't work anymore.

Should I buy a Mac Mini?

Episode 1425

Christina from Irvine, CA
Apple iMac

Christina is thinking of buying a new Mac Mini, but she'll also need to get a monitor and keyboard. Should she do that rather than upgrade her iMac? Rich says Christina should just upgrade her iMac. It may cost her more, but she'll be better served by the larger screen size and the all-in-one design. For a few hundred dollars more, it's a better value.

Is the heart rate monitor better in Apple Watch Series 3?

Episode 1425

Scott from Huntington Beach, CA
Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE

Scott wants to know if the heart rate monitor is better in the new Apple Watch Series 3. Rich says it is. There are more sensors and additional data points, so he'll get a more accurate reading of his heart rate. The only thing the Apple Watch doesn't do is monitor sleep, but Apple is about to get into that, so stay tuned. It will also alert him if he has an elevated resting heart rate. So if he wants to better monitor his heart, the new Apple Watch Series 3 is the one to get. It's available now.

Why don't my computer speakers work?

Episode 1424

Steve from New Jersey
Logitech USB Speakers

The left speaker on Steve's computer stopped working. He replaced the speaker, replaced the cables, updated the drivers, and even used Linux on a USB stick. None of that worked. What's left? Rich says to try plugging a headphone into the jack to see if that works. Steve thinks that besides the drivers, he thinks that it's still a software issue. He should look at the speaker settings, and should try a different USB plug.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1424

Kano's fun new Pixel Kit lets kids learning coding through bright, moving LED lights. They can build their own games, animations, and art. Kano says: Open the box, pop out the pieces. Buttons, board, battery, and more. Build the Pixel Kit step by step, page by page, just like Lego. Connect to your computer and download the Kano App. Step-by-step challenges show you how to learn code. Connect blocks and see the effects instantly. Simple for beginners, expansive for experts. Build your own games. Create characters, make them run and jump. Add logic and scoreboards.

How can I prevent a new MacBook Pro from being stolen?

Episode 1424

Alvis from Los Angeles, CA
MacBook Pro cable lock

Alvis has a MacBook Pro with a Kensington Lock. But on the new MacBook Pro, there's no way to use the lock to keep a new MacBook secure. Rich says that he can stick a third party hoop onto the laptop. There's also a USB lock that could work. But then again, the USB-C port means he can't do that either.

The chatroom suggests MacLocks.com for ways to lock up his system, and most are third party solutions.