Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I skip the iPhone 6 and get the Apple Watch?

Episode 1160

Chris from Miami
Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will work with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. He won't be able to use Apple Pay with the Apple Watch if he doesn't have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, however. So he may want to get the new iPhone 6 for that. We don't know yet if this will be such a great watch, though, anyone who's saying that is just guessing.

Should I get a Windows 8 laptop?

Episode 1160

Susan from Friday Harbor, WA
Dell XPS 13

Susan has an old Windows XP machine that she needs to replace. Can she still get a Windows 7 laptop? Leo says no, Microsoft ended Microsoft 7 release machines last October. She can buy a Windows 8 machine and then put Windows 7 on it, though.

Windows 10 is coming this Fall, and Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to it. So there's no real need to worry about having a Windows 8 machine. Leo says go ahead and buy one and see if she can live with it. She can even set it to boot to the desktop.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1159

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the Portable Induction 2X stove from FagorAmerica. Induction cooking is the most efficient way to cook. The 2X utilizes 90% of the energy produced and the cooking surface remains cool to the touch. There are no open flames, smoke, or gas emissions. It has an easy-to-read digital display, as well as all touch controls. The 2X cooktop recognizes the base of the cookware and directly heats only the diameter of the pot, saving you energy and money. An automatic shut off feature will turn unit off if no cookware is detected and there’s also a child safety lock.

Is removing a virus the same process on the Mac as it is on the PC?

Jay from Providence, NC

Episode 1159

Jay wants to know if removing viruses is the same between Mac and Windows. Leo says that there's a debate that Macs are either more secure, or are a smaller target because there are fewer of them. Leo says that malware writers are going to write for the largest segment of computers. But OS X is based on Unix and that's more secure than Windows. OS X also has an administrator requirement when installing software.

What are the best headphones for under $40?

Episode 1159

Addy from London, ENG
Klipsch Image S4i

Addy needs a recommendation for wired, in-ear headphones with volume controls. Leo says that it all depends on the device he'll be plugging it into, and Addy will be using a Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini. Leo says he'll want a headphone with a three ring minijack. And even then, he doesn't know if the phone will understand the volume controls.

Here are some options Addy can consider:

Apple Watch Due in April

Episode 1159

Apple Watch

With the news that Apple's new Apple Watch will be coming in April, the company is putting safes in all of its stores to hold them. Some, including the Gold Edition version, will cost about $5,000. Leo says that's crazy considering that it'll be obsolete in a year.

Meanwhile there's another rumor that Apple is going to offer a streaming TV service with content licensed directly from providers. Rumors also suggest that Apple is talking to programmers about making it happen. Leo says they may have a shot this time, especially if they can offer live event programming.

What laptop should I buy for my college bound daughter?

Episode 1158

Todd from Topeka, KS
Dell XPS 13

Leo suggests contacting the school for requirements and what they prefer. The college store may have a good student discount, too. Since it's possible to run Windows on a Mac, he can't really go wrong with a Mac. It can run Windows natively from bootup. She could also run it in emulation (virtually), which slows it down a little bit, but not much. If she already has a Mac, she'll be fine. But Leo still recommends contacting the school.