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Lynn wants to get a new laptop to use for streaming music to her home stereo. What's the best setup for her, Intel or AMD? Leo says either will do. The real issue is that since Lynn is going to be converting analog to digital, she needs a good DAC. She'll want something that's all digital, so she should avoid connecting through the headphone jack. Bluetooth is solid option. Google has Chromecast Audio, which is supported by Spotify and Pandora too.
Art can't get his calendar and contacts to sync from his Windows 7 machine to his iPad. Leo says that Microsoft wants him to use his Microsoft account and link it to all of his other accounts. It's not automatic, so he'll have to manually do it.
Leo says that the easiest way is to sync his address and calendar with Google, and then add the account into his iPad afterwards. That way it's all synced in the cloud and he can access it anywhere.
Julie needs an external Bluetooth speaker for events that she sponsors. Leo says she can get a Fugoo Speaker, which is great for mobile outdoor activity, but it's not that loud for large group events.
Steven is having trouble with an old iPod logging into Wi-Fi. Jason says that some routers don't like Apple products much. Resetting network settings often helps, as does rebooting the router.
Rodney wants to know if he can use a less expensive third party pencil for his iPad. Jason says that the Apple Pencil isn't cheap at $99, but it's very integrated into the Apple OS and it's got a lot of advanced features. He also thinks it's the best stylus for the iPad Pro.
Don has a Thunderbolt display that turns off randomly. He hears that it's an overheating issue. Jason says that a Thunderbolt display is like its own computer, and if the fans have become clogged or defective, it could be turning off. It may be an expensive fix, to the point where it would be cheaper to just buy a new one. Finding a local guy who could fix it may be the most affordable option.
Gina's iMac keyboard isn't very comfortable. Where can she get a new one? Jason recommends going over to thewirecutter.com and search for "Keyboards." Her Mac can use any keyboard out there, and in the System Preferences there's also an option to swap the Command and Option keys for those who need that preference.
Steve has a 2009 iMac and he's been waiting to upgrade. Now he's ready to get a 27" model, but it says he can only upgrade RAM to 32GB with the midrange models. Steve has read that he can go up to 64GB and it will work. Jason says that the midrange can go up to 64GB, but the lower end is only up to 32GB from Apple. Third party RAMs chips are available, but Apple would rather he spend $200 more to get the next level iMac. He advises buying the iMac with the least amount of RAM available and then upgrade the RAM from a third party. OWC and Crucial are good places to get them.
As Leo is winging back home from his South American Adventure, Jason Snell of SixColors.com pinch hits! Jason is the former Editor in Chief at MacWorld, and is all about Apple, so if you have any questions about iOS, macOS, WatchOS or anything Mac, give us a call!
Dean would like to have a TV on his wall that he can use as a kind of motion video frame. Scott says any TV will do, and he can just connect it to a Blu-ray player and then have it set to play on a loop. The chatroom says that there's waving American flags on YouTube lasting up to 10 hours that he could play as well. With a Smart TV, he can navigate to YouTube with his TV's browser and play it. Scott says it will pump light into the room, though, and so when watching a movie, he should turn it off.