Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What monitors should I buy?

Episode 1330

Ed from Charlotte, NC
Dell 27" Monitor

Ed is looking to upgrade his monitors, and he plans to spend $150 to $200 per monitor. Leo says the biggest change in monitors now is size. A 21" monitor nowadays is small. Typical monitors now are 27" and up. Monitors are also widescreen now. Leo would look at the Dell monitors. Dell has a range, and the more he spends the "better" the monitor is in terms of color accuracy. So Leo would recommend the inexpensive Dell monitors. He'll probably get an LCD IGZO panel.

BlackBerry Gets Out of Hardware Business

Episode 1330

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry this week announced it would be getting out of the hardware business. When the iPhone came out in 2007, no one knew exactly what that meant. In fact, the CEO of Microsoft at the time, Steve Ballmer, publicly criticized it saying that it's too expensive. The lack of concern was just enough to throw them off their game for a couple of years. By 2009, when it became clear the iPhone was the future of cell phones, Microsoft and BlackBerry finally leapt into action. Unfortunately, it was too late at that point and Apple already owned the space.

What laptop should I buy?

Episode 1330

Les from Anaheim, CA
Dell Chromebook 13

Les has an older PC and he's having issues accessing his data. He's looking to get a new PC -- should he get a desktop or laptop? He uses Photoshop a lot. Leo says that Photoshop is available on both Mac or PC. Les is on a budget so a Mac is out. What about a Chromebook? Leo says that a Chromebook is great because he could use Android apps now. There are Android apps that are just as capable of photo editing as Photoshop. Snapseed, for instance.

Why can't my car stereo play TuneIn?

Episode 1330

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Richard has downloaded the TuneIn app, where he downloads podcasts and then listens to his phone. His stereo system doesn't support the mp4 stream, though. Leo says it shouldn't because mp4 is video. He can save audio as that, but it's not very widely supported. He'd have to reencode it to listen to it.

Leo advises just streaming it live. That way the phone can handle the encoding, not the car stereo. Leo also suggests going Bluetooth instead of the USB connection, if he can.

What is a smart TV?

Katrina from Trinity, TX

Episode 1329

Trinity wants to understand the so-called "smart TV." Leo says all that means is that she can stream video from the internet as well as watch from cable or antenna. She'll have to have a good internet connection to do that, though. If all she is doing is streaming, she won't get the live broadcasting options like sports, news and awards. If she has line of sight to a transmitter site, she can get an antenna and that will give her what she's missing from live TV.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1329

Dick DeBartolo

Dick is fresh back from the Interbike conference in Las Vegas and this weeks' gadget is great for when you go biking, especially when it gets cold. The Visijax visible jacket glows with 23 high intensity LEDs, as well as flashing red lights on the back of the jacket. When you want to turn, you raise your arm and you get a turn signal blinking on your back. All of the electronics are powered by a provided rechargeable USB battery with up to 20 hours of continuous use. We showed this as a prototype a couple of years ago.

Why is my Mac acting crazy?

Episode 1329

Dave from Hollywood Hills, CA
Apple iMac

Dave feels like his computer is possessed. After awhile, it just goes crazy on him. It's an old Mac and runs OS X Lion. Leo says that the problem may be a messed up keyboard or mouse. A 10 year old mac is long past the time to get a new one and there's new refreshed Macs coming next month. He can also get a refurbished one from Apple and save a few hundred bucks.