Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1169

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D went to the Global Pet Expo and he came across a nifty gadget called the Pet Mate Doors. The one he saw was the Cat Mate Elite microchip cat door, which uses RFID technology to give your animal access to the inside of your house. You can easily program it to register the RFID chip that is already inside the pet, or you can use an RFID chip on a dog collar. The door will lock according to a preset time you set. It will also let the owner know with an arrow if the pet is in or out. Can work with up to 9 separate cats or dogs.

Why can't I use my minijack on my computer?

Episode 1168

Dave from Los Angeles, CA
HP Envy 23

Dave recently got an HP Envy 23 All-in-One computer system. The problem is, there's a single jack for input/output and he can't get it to work for audio. He can use a USB based solution, but not a mic jack. Leo says that the USB mic is much better anyway since it's digital. Leo says that ripping albums requires a preamp in order to record them. Then he'll need an analog to digital converter.

What affordable tablet can I get for viewing the camera on my drone?

Episode 1168

John from Peter Pines Park, CA
Parrot Bebop Drone

John has a Bebop drone with Sky Controller. Leo says that Parrot AR is the company that made drones popular. Leo says that they've done an interesting thing with the Bebop because it has a wide angle camera and can use software to key in on what you want to look at. The camera is f2.2 and 14MP. It can be controlled with a smartphone, or by the optional Sky Controller.

How can I fix the video issues on my Mac?

Episode 1168

Ken from Chicago, IL
Apple MacBook Pro

Ken has a 2010 MacBook Pro that gets display errors all the time. Leo says that Apple has issued a recall on those MacBooks and will repair or replace it. He should go into About This Mac, and click the Service tab. This will tell him if it's available for recall. Ken's computer isn't covered under that program, and since he put an SSD in it, Apple won't service it. Leo says to take out the new SSD and put the old drive back in. Get it fixed and then put the SSD back in.

How can I transfer my data and applications from my old computer to a new one?

David from Burbank, CA

Episode 1168

David has a Windows 7 Professional Machine and he's about to upgrade his computer. He wants to migrate everything over. Leo says that there is a Windows Migration Assistant, which is currently entitled Windows Easy Transfer. When he runs that, and it'll walk him through it by connecting both computers via Ethernet.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1167

Dick DeBartolo

Another gadget from Toy Fair isn't a toy at all -- it's the IO Hawk, a kind of Segway-like device that works like a skateboard. It has no handlebar, and weighs only 22 lbs. You just get on it and lean forward or backward. Top speed is about 6.2 MPH. It can go 10-12 miles on a single 3 hour charge. It even has headlights and taillights.The only indicator on the IO Hawk is an LED battery monitor which you can see when you look down.