Tech News and Commentary
Dave and the team discuss a multimillion fine against Facebook in Britain, Microsoft Kinect back from the dead, Microsoft shutting down LinkedIn in China, NASA helping to narrow the digital divide, Waze and Headspace, Fisher Price adding bluetooth to their toy phones, LG paying the costs of a GM recall, the PS5 and Apple Music, PayPal’s interest in buying Pinterest, the Netflix Hub at Walmart, GM and Michelin non-pneumatic tires, Vudu news, the Webb Telescope and its cooling needs, and more.
Dustin in Woodbine, Georgia listens on WBQO ‘When You Need to Know’ and is calling via the App and asked: “I’m looking at purchasing a TV for outside, underneath my screen enclosure. Do you recommend any certain TVs for the outside, for being down in Georgia in the weather and hot climate, or can I just put a regular TV?”
Dustin, regular TVs may survive outside but you shouldnt count on it. Its not what theyre built for and the weather in some areas can fall outside of their operating specs.
Georgia mostly has relatively mild weather compared to places like South Florida for the humidity or Minnesota for the cold, but there are still no guarantees that the TV will last.
If you want to try this with a regular TV, dont buy one thats too expensive at least until you know your weather wont kill it.
If you want something that will live outside permanently and dont mind paying a steeper price for it, there are weatherproof TVs.
For example, the Furrion brand sells them almost exclusively. Their TVs tend to be a little bit more expensive ($1000 is not rare), but you can find outdoor TV from lots of brands from pretty unknown and inexpensive ones to huge names like Samsung, which will sell them at a premium and will most likely ask for a few thousand dollars (for example, a Samsung 55 Terrace retails for roughly $3500).
If youre happy to test this out with a relatively cheap TV knowing you may lose it, give it a try. Georgia weather is not that extreme so you may luck out and be able to use an indoor TV outside without any issues, but you dont want to spend your money on a top of the line indoor TV without at least testing with a cheaper model first.
When you participate on the show – anytime 24/7 – and we HEAR you with any consumer tech question, comment, help for another listener, tech rage or just share your favorite App these days … you could win prizes.
CarLock: Advanced Real-Time Car Tracker & Alert System
elago: Protective silicone cases for Apple TV & Apple TV Siri Remote
COSMO: JrTrack2 – Smartwatch for Kids
Diesel: True Wireless Earbuds with touch control
WGP Glasses: Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses
All CALLERS — using the AUDIO option on our Free App or 1-800-899-INTO(4686) – automatically qualify to win prizes.
Audio archived for at least 6 months