Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Ron has the Tiny Hardware Firewall, which he likes. Once he's connected to the VPN inside of it, what does the firewall do, though? Leo says that the firewall is the first level of protection. It acts as a router and is the attack surface, not the computer. A router is a dumb device that doesn't know what the attack is and ignores it, unless there's a security flaw inside the system. Like a router at home, the Tiny Hardware Firewall gives a little extra protection, though.
This week's gadget is the Illumi Tower work light, a series of 60 bright white LEDs that put out 720 lumens on a single 2400 mAh battery. 8-10 hours to charge, battery life of 3-6 hours. Great for camping, auto work, emergency lighting in the home, closet lighting, and more. The only down side is, that it will not work with the AC.
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David updated his mobile phone and he's lost a lot of apps. Leo says that if he opens the Google Play store, there's a menu item for "My Apps." It'll show what's on his phone and what isn't. If he presses and holds the first app he wants, he can then select all the apps he wants and it'll reinstall them.
John has a 2010 MacBook Pro and it's started to fail. Will there be a new MacBook Pro announced at WWDC? Leo says that he's been waiting for WWDC. They usually announce new Macs there. The word is that Apple doesn't have plans to do so, though, and they've gotten slower and slower in updating them. We can be pretty sure that Apple will have a new MacBook in the fall, but Leo says to not bother waiting. The update really isn't going to be that big of a deal.
(UPDATE: Apple did not release any new Macs at WWDC.)
Scott lives in a retirement community and they are creating a community TV station. He has a huge budget to buy equipment. Leo says that he doesn't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on equipment anymore. Leo uses consumer grade Canon VIXIA camcorders that cost $300, and tripods should only cost a few hundred.
Chris is looking at the Tiny Hardware Firewall. He thinks it's a great idea, but what VPN client should he use? TOR? Leo says that TOR and VPN are different things. VPN or "virtual private networks" are tunnels bored through the internet, but TOR encrypts it. It is great and Leo uses it when he travels or is using a public Wi-Fi access point. It just fits in his pocket, too. He should be careful when he's joining a public hotspot. He'll get most of the benefits from a VPN, though, if he just surfs to sites using https.
Rob finally gave up on iTunes and started using Media Monkey. It's fine except he's having issues with using it with his old iPod. What stand alone MP3 player could Rob get that would work better? Leo says that MP3 players have mostly gone away as mobile phones have taken it over. An old Android phone that he doesn't use anymore would do the trick.
JJ has the Philips Hue lighting system and his lights turned on in the middle of the night. He's discovered that his landlord shares the same breaker with him and after the power had been cut and restored, the lights came on. Is this common? Leo says that the Philips Hue system is really cool, but it can get reset when the power goes out or if there's some sort of change on the breaker. There's no real way out of it short of convincing Philips to change it.
Joyce is thinking of buying a Chromebook. Leo says it's a great idea. Most people usually buy computers that are far too much for their every day needs and Chromebooks are powerful, more secure, and very affordable. Can she get a Chrome tablet? Leo says sure! The ASUS Chromebook Flip is a $250 and it can double as a laptop.
This week's gadget is actually an oldie but a goodie ... it's 12 years old and it's a self waving american flag that uses wires embedded in the flag to wave. It's very patriotic.