Peripherals

Any device that connects to the computer, such as a printer, scanner, monitor, keyboard or mouse.

More on Android Wear and the LG G Watch

Episode 1100

LG G Watch

While Leo remains skeptical on the idea of the smart watch, he has begun to like the LG G Watch more. He finds it convenient to send and receive text messages and get notifications passed from his phone. He can talk to it, query it, and tap the screen. It's not as much of a health tracking watch, as other fitness bands and smart watches have been, but it does measure steps taken. Leo says the jury is still out on this, and probably not worth buying yet. He suggests waiting to see if Apple does something magical to make watches good.

A Look at the Android Wear LG G Watch

Episode 1099

LG G Watch

Leo bought the Android Wear LG G Watch. This is the latest smart watch, after many previous watches like the Pebble or Samsung's Galaxy Gear Gear. There have also been many fitness bands like the Nike Fuel Band, Jawbone Up, and the Fitbit Flex. Microsoft even had a Spot Watch over a decade ago, and even the Casio calculator watch. Unfortunately, the LG G Watch is only marginally better than those past attempts according to Leo.

Is it worth it to refill printer ink cartridges?

Episode 1099

Gordon from Lakeland, FL
ink cartridges

Gordon says that inkjet ink is obscenely expensive. Leo agrees and it doesn't have to be. That's why printers are so cheap, because they make up for it with ink purchases. Gordon is wondering if it would be worth it to buy inkjet refills. Leo has traditionally avoided refills because the ink usually isn't as good. It also may violate his printer's terms of service, which would void the warranty. Also, some printer cartridges also contain the printer head. Refilling the cartridge won't clean the head and he could end up with more clogs. That's why Leo recommends Laser printers.

Google Takes On Oculus Rift with Cardboard Box

Episode 1096

Google Cardboard

Leo has the newest Google product, which is made of cardboard. All of the attendees at Google I/O received a cardboard box that, once assembled, fits an Android smartphone. The box acts as a viewer for virtual reality, and the smartphone runs a cardboard app that will give each eye the appropriate image. Since the smartphone has an accelerometer in it, it will move with your head as you look around. This does the exact same thing as the Oculus Rift headset, which Facebook paid $2 Billion to acquire.

Google Announces 'Android Wear' Platform at I/O Conference

Episode 1095

Google has announced its Android Wear platform for smart watches. LG and Samsung have announced Android Wear watches, and Motorola will be doing another one this summer. These watches will let you know when you have an incoming call, and even will allow you to respond because it has a built in microphone. They'll also have Google Now, so it can provide contextual information when you need it, right on the watch face. These watches also have sensors to track your health statistics, like many of the fitness bands that are already on the market.

How can I get wireless printing to work with my HP printer?

Episode 1088

Mike from Denver, CO
Add Printer in OS X

Mike has an old HP printer and he wants to use the wireless printing option. It works great wired, but he has issues printing through Wi-Fi. It says his printer isn't connected. How can he get the computer to recognize the printer?

Leo says that he'll have to go into the printer settings and tell it what the Wi-Fi access point is. He should remove the USB connection and have it rediscover the printer. Uninstall everything first and then press "plus" in the Printer section of OS X's settings, and he should be able to add it.

Why am I getting squiggly lines out of my printer?

Episode 1088

Sandra from Bellflower, CA
Epson Expression Printer

Sandra's Epson Expression printer has "squiggly lines" when she prints. Leo says that means the printer head needs to be replaced and frankly, it's cheaper to just buy a new printer. But if it's brand new, then she should take it back. She can try cleaning the heads with the software utility first, as well as the alignment routine. But if she's done all that, then Leo recommends taking it back.

How can I use my good Sennheiser headset with my Moto X?

Episode 1088

Bill from Portsmith, VA
Headset buddy

Bill got the Motorola Moto-X, and he wants to know if he can use his good Sennheiser headphones with it. Leo says it should work. The headphones he's using will have three black rings on the tip, and it should work when plugged into the headphone jack of the Moto X. If the mic doesn't work, then that means it can't support the inline mic of the headphones.

Leo uses the Etymotics HF3, which are very high end. But there's lower end models that work great too.

What's wrong with my hard drive?

Kevin from West Babylon, NY

Episode 1078

Kevin has a hard drive that hasn't been working right, so he used SpinRite and now he's getting an error called "overflow error." Leo suggests getting a NewerTek USB universal drive interface and connecting the drive to another computer. This will allow him to get all the data off it without having to deal with booting it up through the computer. It'll just be treated as a data drive. It will also tell him whether the drive can be read or not. If so, then it's likely a bad file.