Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I connect a car stereo to my home speakers?

Episode 1114

Steve from Canoga Park, CA
Car stereo

Steve has a car stereo and he wants to connect it to home speakers. Leo says that he's got the resistance mismatched which could cause some damage. Steve will need a step converter to be able to handle it. But many believe that there's not enough mismatch to worry about it. An impedance matching transformer would fix it, as would two speakers in parallel.

Should I buy a new Mac or upgrade the old one?

Episode 1114

Bob from Danville, CN
Apple MacBook Pro

Bob has a MacBook Pro from 2011 and wants to know if there's a new model coming out. Leo says that 2011 MacBook Pros were subject to a recall, so Bob should check that out first.

Should he upgrade his computer with an SSD? Leo says that's a good idea and he advises getting the Mercury SSD from MacSales.com. They're 1 to 1 compatible with the Mac. He should make sure his SATA Bus is fast enough, though.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1113

Dick DeBartolo

If you are running out of power on your iPhone or iPad, the UNU Ultrapak can bring it back up to speed in less than 15 minutes, with up to 75% power. The Ultrapak charges itself faster too, being able to collect energy at record speeds –up to 8X faster than conventional recharging methods. To achieve such charging speeds, Ultra-X deploys a much stronger charging input, rated at 31.25W. This means that within approximately 15 minutes the Ultrapak has stored the equivalent of a full iPhone 5 battery.

What's the best way to backup images to a DVD?

Episode 1113

Rick from Santa Barbara, CA
DVD

Sam has a ton of pictures and he wants to know how to back them up across multiple DVDs. Leo says that burn programs like Roxio DVD creator can do this automatically. It's great for doing them all at once.

Leo says a better and more affordable way to go is just to back them up on a 2TB hard drive or thumb drive. Then Rick won't have to worry about reburning them later.

What computer should I buy?

Episode 1113

Jane from Redding, PA
Acer Chromebook

Jane wants to know if she should fix her old computer or buy a new one. Leo says that every computer is fixable, but is it worth spending the money to do so? Leo says that often repair men charge a fee to evaluate the computer because more than likely the person will decide not to fix it, and that's the only money they're going to see.

Jane says her computer has been overheating. Leo says that's a typical problem and could indicate the computer will die soon, so it's a good idea to keep her data backed up. She should make two copies and keep one off site.

Apple Invitation Hints at Huge Product Roll Out

Episode 1113

Apple HQ

Apple's invitations for the September 9th event have gone out, and it could hint at a huge product rollout. The event, which returns to the Flint Center in San Francisco, also includes a custom built, large structure, which Leo says will be a demo area. Leo says the conventional wisdom is that Apple is moving to a 5.5" iPhone 6, along with a 4.7" version. But there's also talk that Apple will finally reveal the iWatch.