Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Joe wants to know the difference between a TV and a monitor. Leo says a TV has a lower resolution and a tuner, whereas a monitor has higher resolution. A TV isn't designed to be as crisp because the viewer will be farther from it. A monitor is designed for up close viewing while working on a computer.
A few years back, Chris bought a FloTV, which took CES by storm with the potential of mobile television. It eventually died, but he made a few hundred off it when they closed the business. Now Chris wants to know if there's anything he could use it for. Leo says not really. There isn't anything on the net, at least. But at least Chris got a few months of use and even made some cash on it! Leo says that's why you should take emerging technologies at CES with a grain of salt.
According to The Verge, researchers have developed a "micro windmill" that they hope will recharge your cell phone in the future.
Scientists create 'micro-windmills' that could power your cellphone (The Verge)…
Dick DeBartolo is back from CES and he saw a lot of the same old stuff. But he did see the Mophie Space Pack, which offers additional storage. Leo says it's a great case and a great name. He also saw EyeLock MYIRIS, which is an eye scanning video security device. And it's near impenetrable. $300, and will be available early Spring. He saw some low cost 4K TVs and monitors, for under $1000, some with touch. They looked great, and have come down significantly in price. He also saw Bluetooth light bulbs with speakers.
Michele spent some time in the Microsoft Event viewer and she's seeing a lot of registry errors that she's worried about. Leo says that's perfectly normal. The event viewer is just a log of errors and it really doesn't mean anything. So she shouldn't fall for the scam that uses the event viewer to get her to buy something. If she wants to, she can clear it out.
George listens to TWiT with his Roku. He says he knows the Chromecast doesn't have a lot of apps on it, but he decided to try one to stream websites from his browser to the TV. He wanted to do that from a cheap Android tablet running Jellybean, but Google won't let him into the Play Store. Leo says that's because it's not an "AOSP" version of Android. That's what makes it cheap.
Leo got a Mac Pro this week and he says it's very nice. Leo says it's what happens when you take away all limitations and just make the best product. It's dead silent. One fan moves a lot of air through the central core. It has very fast SSDs, and fast memory. But the problem is, there isn't much demand for that kind of horsepower.
Although Leo sent a crew to Las Vegas for CES, he avoided it and watched it from afar. He says that we didn't really miss anything. The Chinese TV manufactuers like HiSense and TCL announced some interesting 4K TVs, including one with Roku incorporated in it, called the "RokuTV." The better news is that content is finally arriving with deals for streaming by Netflix, Sony, and others. But who's going to be able to watch it with bandwidth caps on the Internet? Should you go out and buy a 4K TV? Leo says there's no real need right now. Wait until things settle down in the market.
The sale of incandescent lightbulbs is now against federal law. Incandescent bulbs are very inefficient, don't last very long, and compact fluorescents have mostly taken over the market. Now LED lightbulbs are finding their way into stores. The big problem with LED lightbulbs is the heat that LED lights generate. The other issue is color, since they don't produce the warm glow that the incandescents do. LED lights from Philips are in the form of a disc instead of a traditional bulb, which can dissipate heat better.