Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Dave has bought two iMacs and they've both died after two days. Leo says it sounds like a power surge in his house that's causing it. Leo advises a power conditioning surge suppressor. It'll have a battery and circuitry that cleans up the power so there's an even flow without surges. Leo likes Tripp Lite and APC, but CyberPower is Leo's current favorite.
According to Bloomberg, China added a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, to network motherboards that would allow China to Spy on corporations. The chip was discovered by Amazon Security, which notified federal authorities. The servers were created by Chinese company Elemental, and are on everything from network business servers to NAVY WARSHIPS. Investigators have discovered that the chips were installed by the PRC at the manufacturing plant. But here's the twist ... everyone is now denying it.
Kyle's Asus ROG Laptop isn't charging after a recent Windows 1803 update, and there hasn't been a patch for two years. What can he do? If Asus doesn't offer a fix, he should try the Windows 10 battery diagnostic by pressing the Windows key and typing "battery." Microsoft may troubleshoot and download a patch to fix it. If that doesn't do it, then it just may be that his battery is depleted and just won't take a charge. It would have to be replaced.
Charles' daughter got a Gear Fit 2 Pro smartwatch and it was advertised to be used for swimming laps. The first time she used it, it stopped working immediately. He sent it back and Samsung is now saying since it's water damaged, and can't be fixed. Leo says there's a few tricks they can do:
Kevin wants to know if he can turn his Xbox into a DVR. Leo says that he'd need to get a TV connection and a program that could do it, and the Xbox Store only allows for recording video game moments. Plex is in the Microsoft store and may work. But Leo isn't sure what the recording capability is. Microsoft was going to do it back in 2015, but cancelled the feature.
Joseph wants to know what scanners and OCR software is the most accurate. Leo says that optical character recognition software has made great strides, but it isn't perfect. It still has issues with tiny letters and handwriting. If he's looking for a perfect copy of a text, it's not really going to give him a letter for letter identification. But it will be close. Nuance makes the best software out there.
Jonathan wants to know if there's a good smart watch for kids. Leo says that SmartWatches4u.com has a great list of the top smart watches for kids. Apple isn't into this market simply because they tend to be higher end.
Evan called in at the top of hour 2 to say that the RelayGo is a great option for keeping track of kids.
Neil has an Apple Watch Series 3 and he can trade it in for $225 to get a Series 4. Is it worth doing? Leo says that he's had every Apple Watch and the Series 3 was a huge improvement. But the Series 4 is equally as huge. Without the trade in value, Leo says he'd probably says it's not worth it. But with the trade in, it's very tempting. There's a larger screen, but a smaller battery. It's a lot faster thanks to a dual core processor as well.
Charlie would like to pair his old Smart TV with the Amazon Alexa. How can he do that? Leo says the the Amazon Fire TV Cube may be a good option, it works with an IR blaster. But it won't turn the TV on, since the IR blaster loses connection. Leo recommends the Logitech Harmony Hub. It'll connect to his Echo, and then will work in between the Echo and his TV.