Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1321

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is a USB Hub that Dickie D found on Amazon. The [2-in-1] Inateck Unibody Aluminum 3 Ports USB 3.0 Hub. It's a driver-free RJ45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Converter LAN Wired Network Adapter, with a connected 1ft USB 3.0 cable. It's been designed specifically for users of ultrabooks, notebooks, laptop PCs and tablets with 3 USB ports to deliver convenient access to high-speed USB 3.0 connections.

iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 Announced

Episode 1321

Apple announced the iPhone 7 this week, taking the "courageous" step of removing the headphone jack in favor of lightning connected ones. They also announced AIRPODS, wireless bluetooth 4 headphones with microphones in each ear. Cost $159. The iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras, one 28mm wide angle and one 57mm telephoto. The Apple Watch Series 2 was also announced and it dropped the price of the series 1 by $100. Making it almost in the same range as the fitbit. ALMOST.

Can I make my own Fusion drive?

Larry from Birmingham, AL

Episode 1320

Larry has a 2009 27" iMac and is looking to add an SSD into it to create a kind of Fusion drive. Leo says it's tricky to roll your own fusion drive, but it's possible. Macsales.com is a great source. They have videos on how to make one. iFixIt.com is another source. But why do that when he can just get the largest SSD he can and then save his data on a secondary spinning drive?

Why can't I cast to my PC using AllCast?

Damian from Spokane, WA

Episode 1320

Damian is trying to get an app called AllCast to work on his PC with AllCast Receiver, but it won't work for him. It works on his brother's PC, though. Leo says that AllCast is a great program that allows you to cast to it through Chromecast and it was designed to work with any streaming player. You can even turn your PC into a Chromecast like device. It's kind of a hack, though, so it may not work consistently.

Can I connect TuneIn to my Amazon Echo?

Episode 1320

Tom from New Hampshire
Amazon Echo

Tom is calling about the app for using push to talk. He uses one called Roger and it sounds really clear. Leo says that's because it uses data, not the cellular network.

Does the Echo support TuneIn? Leo says not yet. They'll have to update it. Leo has heard that Sonos is going to support the Echo next year and you can use TuneIn on the Sonos. So that looks good. Amazon just did support for Spotify, so they're making progress in that direction. So in time, it should happen.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1319

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the AirScale. It's a gadget that allows you to weigh your luggage. The scale alerts air-travelers of excess weight problems before airport check-in. It can calibrate weights up to 40kg or 88 pounds which you'll see on the LCD screen. In charging mode, AirScale can recharge most mobile phones fully for about 2 cycles or more. With a capacity of 6,500mAh (built with LG battery cells), the charging time is 2 times faster than many power banks found in the market offering 2A input and 2.4A output.

Is my laptop powerful enough for Windows 10?

Episode 1319

Sandy from Costa Mesa, CA
Dell XPS 13

Sandy just had Windows 10 installed on her computer automatically and she wonders if it's really powerful enough. It's slow and it crashes a lot. Microsoft says her laptop had old drivers and needed them updated. But after that, it's still having issues. Leo says that the problem is that Windows 10 upgraded on top of Windows. A clean install of Windows 10 might make it better. She should wipe the drive and install Windows fresh. She should first backup her data to an external drive, and Microsoft's backup utility will work for that.