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Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1291

Scott attended a meeting that indicated that virtual reality is the next great trend in cinematography, but that it's in it's infancy and that cinematographers should start experimenting with shooting in VR by using cheaper cameras like the Ricoh Theta S. Leo says that may be true, but he prefers to be told a story, told what to look at. When you're looking around, if you think about it, the story teller has failed in telling that story.

Leo does say that Virtual Reality is great for gaming though. It blows their minds.

Google Announces Amazon Echo Competitor: "Google Home"

Episode 1290

Google Home

At Google's I/O developer conference this week, Google announced a new product called Google Home. This is essentially an Amazon Echo competitor. It's a small device that kind of looks like an air freshener, and you talk to it to get information and perform tasks. It won't have the Amazon services, though. We don't know yet when that will be available or what the price will be.

Find out more at home.google.com

How can I find out what's taking up space on my hard drive?

Episode 1290

Aiden from Johanesberg, So Africa
Disk Inventory X

Aiden's SSD drive keeps filling up with stuff and he isn't sure what's using up space. Leo says on the Mac, he should check out Disk Inventory X. It gives him a color based representation of what's using up space and sorting by size. It even gives him the ability to move things to the trash from within the app.

There's a similar program on Windows called WinDirStat.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Malcolm from Canada

Episode 1290

Malcolm broke his laptop and instead of buying a new Windows machine, he's thinking of going with a Chromebook. Leo says that more and more software companies are putting their software online and with Google Docs in the cloud, as well as saving data to Google Drive, a Chromebook is an ideal option for most people. Dell, HP and Acer are great options for Chromebooks and some are very tough and durable. If he wants, he could even put Linux on it. That would be a little less secure, but it runs fast and gives him an alternative operating system.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1289

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the iTech Deals Tech Mystery Box, which for $20 gives you a box of technology accessories. Most of it is old technology, but it's fun. The downside is that the photo they use is fairly deceptive. The mystery box of tech is not always available, but if you sign up for their mailing list, you'll know what the next one takes place. Dick has bought stuff from iTechDeals in the past, and he likes them. But this Tech Mystery Box does them a disservice.

Find out more at itechdeals.com