Hardware

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1333

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is for your mobile phone. It's called the Joby GripTight POV Kit. This small, lightweight device provides a handheld, stable locking smartphone grip. With the handle folded behind the smart phone, it's a great camera grip. With the handle folded under the smart phone, it's a steady video grip. Folded slightly open, the handle makes the POV into a handy viewing stand. The integrated Impulse Bluetooth remote attaches to the GripTight POV Kit providing a point-and-shoot shutter feature while also enabling users to capture photos and videos from afar.

How can I listen to TV while playing video games?

Episode 1333

Robert from Encinitas, CA
Xbox One

Robert wants to be able to listen to a TV broadcast while playing video games. Leo says that Robert will need to mix it. The Xbox should have separate audio output, though, and if the TIVO has an audio out, he can route that to a separate channel and then switch it from his AV receiver.

ScooterX in the chatroom found this at avsforum.com.

Where can I get Google Assistant in the home?

Episode 1333

Ellie from Honolulu, HI
Google Home

Ellie likes the idea of Google Assistant and wonders if it will be coming to home automation like the Amazon Echo. Leo says that the Amazon Echo is a great device and it keeps getting smarter. As for Google Assistant, Google's goal is to have it everywhere, so it likely will be.

Ellie also wants to know if AT&T buying Time Warner will affect her internet access. Leo says no, Time Warner sold it off to Spectrum. The $80 Billion acquisition of Time Warner is all about content.

Why is my internet access not as fast as they advertise?

Steve from Harbour City, CA

Episode 1333

Steve wants to know if the rated speed the ISP says he's getting is legit. Leo says it's ideal and it's subject to a lot of factors. Broadband often has shared bandwidth, so if everyone is watching Netflix, it's going to slow down. It's also dependent on wireless congestion. Wired is always faster. It can depend on the quality of wiring, the age of the router, and more. It's very complicated. It can even be his computer that's slowing his internet speed down, and one will be faster than another.

How can I print a PDF with larger print?

Episode 1333

Carl from Toledo, OH
PDF icon

Carl has trouble reading manuals when he buys a product because they are so small. Even in the PDF it's hard to read. Leo says he can zoom in on a PDF to make it easier to read. Carl is wondering if he can print it and have it larger. Leo says it depends on his printer. The driver has to determine the font size of a document, but he should look in his settings to see if he can make it bigger. Then he can do a print preview to verify. He should look for a "fit to page" setting.

Denial of Service Attack Strikes Down Major Websites

Episode 1333

Ddos attack

A Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDOS) hit the internet yesterday, tossing several networks offline. Leo says this happens all the time as robot computers are drafted to clog networks with phoney requests. What's disturbing about this particular attack is that it's using not only computers, but it's taking advantage of smart devices used in the home (called the internet of things), like routers, DVRs, smart refrigerators, and even internet enabled home security systems.