Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why can't my PC read my thumb drive?

Chap from Durango, CO

Episode 1322

Chap has an old XP laptop and wants to know how he can transfer data from it to a USB thumb drive. He tried to and it didn't work. Leo wants to know first if the laptop can see it. If not, he should try another. Flash memory can die and the thumbdrive could just be bad. He should also try both USB ports. If nothing shows up, his USB port could be dirty or could have shorted out. That's not likely, though. He should try another USB device like a mouse and see if that will work.

Why is my laptop battery life worse with Windows 10?

Episode 1322

Tom from Boseman, MT
Windows 10

Tom has two laptops that he's upgraded to Windows 10. One has decreased his battery life by 33%. Leo says that's usually a sign of a driver issue. Windows could have installed the wrong drivers. He recommends going to the manufacturer and getting the latest drivers. Power management has been a tough problem with Windows 10, though. So they may have a fix for that.

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.