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Hosted by Scott Ertz and Avram Piltch, F5 Live: Refreshing Technology is a livecast covering the worlds of gadgets, gaming, internet, and media. Each weekly show airs live on Sunday nights at 9p eastern time at http://www.f5live.tv/joinus, allowing the audience to chat with the hosts live on the air and ask questions about the topics discussed on the show. After each episode goes off the air, the audio and video are then uploaded and are available for download through any number of services by Monday morning. The crew also travels the country to cover special events and conventions from the International CES to Star Wars: Celebration. Special shows air throughout the week of the events and can be found in this feed as well as the PLUGHITZ Live Special Events feed. F5 Live: Refreshing Technology is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network and is part of the PLUGHITZ Live Family. For more information, inquiries or if you'd like to have F5 Live appear, cover or produce content at your event, please visit http://www.f5live.tv or reach out to contact@plughitz.com.

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Hosted by Scott Ertz and Avram Piltch, F5 Live: Refreshing Technology is a livecast covering the worlds of gadgets, gaming, internet, and media. Each weekly show airs live on Sunday nights at 9p eastern time at http://www.f5live.tv/joinus, allowing the audience to chat with the hosts live on the air and ask questions about the topics discussed on the show. After each episode goes off the air, the audio and video are then uploaded and are available for download through any number of services by Monday morning. The crew also travels the country to cover special events and conventions from the International CES to Star Wars: Celebration. Special shows air throughout the week of the events and can be found in this feed as well as the PLUGHITZ Live Special Events feed. F5 Live: Refreshing Technology is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network and is part of the PLUGHITZ Live Family. For more information, inquiries or if you'd like to have F5 Live appear, cover or produce content at your event, please visit http://www.f5live.tv or reach out to contact@plughitz.com.

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    September 18, 2022 - Episode 632

    September 18, 2022 - Episode 632

    DescriptionThis week, EVGA is removing Nvidia, Nintendo is adding more 64, Uber is giving up security, and Amazon survived the NFL.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
    Avram PiltchHostAvram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
    OpeningPowered by TeknoAXENifty GiftiesPowered by Microsoft StoreEVGA exiting videocard business despite large part of company revenueWhen it comes to videocards, one of the top brands for years is EVGA. The company makes a solid product and often does it at a more affordable price than many of its competitors. Despite the company offering a full range of computer components, most of its revenue comes from these video cards. Despite all of this, a recent report suggests that EVGA may be getting out of the video card business entirely.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by EksaNext Nintendo 64 games announced for Switch Online, including GoldenEyeOne of the best parts of the Switch Online and Switch Online + Expansion Pack is the games that are available. For those who do not have the original classic hardware and games, it's a great way to easily play some of the top games of the past. For those of us who do have the classic hardware and games, it still brings new capabilities to those older games, like online multiplayer. That's why it's always exciting when Nintendo announces new games coming to the platform, and this batch is no different.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesUber hacked by 18-year-old using standard phishing techniquesIt seems like every company is constantly under attack from the outside world. Unfortunately, no amount of "IT responsibility training" can protect them from a phishing attack, no matter how many times the company forces employees to watch these videos. This week, Uber was the recipient of one of these social engineering attacks, which apparently allowed an 18-year-old to access the inner workings of the company and its computer systems.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeAmazon survived its first NFL game stream, a win for streaming techThis week, Amazon streamed its first NFL game on its platform, officially launching Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. From a broadcast perspective, it wasn't anything special or spectacular. However, there is one aspect of the stream that stands out in a crowded streaming market: it worked. And that is good news, and a big accomplishment, for the streaming industry.
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    August 28, 2022 - Episode 631

    August 28, 2022 - Episode 631

    DescriptionThis week, T-Mobile is headed to SpaceX, Sony is headed for higher prices, DuckDuckGo is protecting your email, and DC might be ready to take on Marvel.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
    Avram PiltchHostAvram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
    OpeningPowered by TeknoAXENifty GiftiesPowered by Microsoft StoreT-Mobile wants to make your phone a satellite phone with SpaceXWireless subscribers in rural areas know just how difficult it can be to get service. As with wired internet, it is difficult for telecom companies to justify the expense of installing infrastructure to support a customer base that could never pay off the cost. However, companies have continued to look for solutions to the problem, enabling users to have a better wireless experience. This week, two of those companies have teamed up in order to use the power of rural internet to power rural wireless service: SpaceX and T-Mobile.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by EksaSony to increase PS5 prices, Microsoft and Nintendo will not followIt's no secret that inflation is hitting the world hard. Over the past year, with more money flowing into the economy than products and services to support it, the price of nearly everything has gone up. In the US, we have seen the highest percentages of inflation in over 40 years over the past few months - sometimes nearing 10 percent. While costs are rising, some products, especially in the tech world, have remained the same. Often, this is because a price was announced for the product when it was brought to market, making it difficult to change later. Despite this issue, Sony has decided to increase the price of the PlayStation 5 in most major markets, while Microsoft and Nintendo have said that they have no plans to follow suit.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesDuckDuckGo releases email privacy into public beta, no waiting listOver the past few years, internet users have become more aware of, and more interested in, their online privacy. Companies like Meta have made it very clear that they do not respect your privacy, and it has caused people to look harder at what they do online and who is watching them do it. Because of this, we have seen the rise of privacy-focused companies and products. One of the leaders in this arena has been DuckDuckGo, which has released an email proxy service aimed at reducing the amount of spying happening in your inbox.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeWarner Bros. Discovery might have a new head of DC to take on MarvelOver the past few years, the direction of the DC Comics universes has been confusing at best and chaotic at worst. Some films have been fantastic while others have been major misses. And, when the franchises crossover, the results are unimpressive. Then, add in the unrelated television versi

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    August 21, 2022 - Episode 630

    August 21, 2022 - Episode 630

    DescriptionThis week, TikTok's tracking your keyboard, Sega's giving you all new games, Google Search is limiting clickbait, and Cineworld is filing bankruptcy.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
    Avram PiltchHostAvram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
    OpeningPowered by TeknoAXENifty GiftiesPowered by Microsoft StoreTikTok's in-app browser logs keystrokes, raising new privacy concernsSocial media is a gamble, no matter what you use. For example, Facebook has famously given access to far too much information to companies with API access. Twitter made private information like email addresses and phone numbers accessible to advertisers. TikTok has been in the spotlight for its privacy violations, often related to its owner's relationship with the Chinese government. This week, we have new information related to privacy, stemming from how the company deals with its in-app web browser.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by EksaSega announces unreleased games, arcade ports for Genesis Mini 2Over the past few years, long-time gaming companies like Nintendo and Sega have gotten into the nostalgia business. These companies have leaned into the demand for retro titles by releasing integrated versions of their previous consoles complete with built-in titles. As these new retro devices start to make an impression on the gaming world, Nintendo and Sega have had to do more to make the newest devices look more attractive. Sega has brought some new tricks to the table this week, as they have announced the lineup for the Sega Genesis Mini 2, and there are some surprising titles coming with it.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesGoogle Search is about to try again to limit clickbait resultsOver the past year or so, the quality of search results on Google has decreased significantly. This is, in part, because of websites that create no useful content but are able to game the Google Search algorithm to appear higher in the results. It appears that Google has figured out that people are unhappy and has committed to making changes to improve search results by lowering the ranking for true clickbait results.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeCineworld set to file bankruptcy following lower ticket salesMany industries were negatively affected by the COVID lockdowns across the world, but a few have not recovered. It is no secret that movie theaters have been having trouble following the lockdowns. Ticket sales have not recovered to their pre-pandemic levels, and in fact, are not even close. Because of this, Cineworld, the world's second-largest theater owner, plans to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).
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    August 14, 2022 - Episode 629

    August 14, 2022 - Episode 629

    DescriptionThis week, Elon Musk wants to have a debate about bots, Amazon buys Roomba for billions, and a mom is suing Facebook. We're teaming up with GNC Week in Review to bring you the latest tech news of the week.
    Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO to a debateAmazon to acquire iRobotA mom is suing FacebookAT&T's $14 million settlementApple's next iPhone might be expensiveThe Right StuffWalmart may bundle with a streaming serviceYou can get paid $1,000 to taste and rate Trader Joe's foodsParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
    Avram PiltchHostAvram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
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    August 7, 2022 - Episode 628

    August 7, 2022 - Episode 628

    DescriptionThis week, Amazon's exploring your home, GameStop is selling your stuff, DuckDuckGo is protecting your privacy, and DC is canceling Batgirl.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
    Avram PiltchHostAvram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
    OpeningPowered by TeknoAXENifty GiftiesPowered by Microsoft StoreAmazon to purchase Roomba maker iRobot in deal worth $1.7 billionOne thing that appears to be inevitable in the modern technology world is large acquisitions. Whether it be Microsoft purchasing Activision or Google purchasing Raxium, we know that the big tech companies absolutely love to purchase other companies. This week, the newest addition to the list is iRobot, as Amazon has announced a deal to acquire the Roomba maker in a deal valued at $1.7 billion.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by EksaGameStop facilitates sale of NFTs for games not owned by sellerNFTs are a controversial topic any time they show up, but even more so in the gaming space. Usually, the controversy comes about because game developers are considering or announcing the inclusion of the technology into their games. However, this week, NFTs sparked problems within the gaming industry when GameStop's NFT marketplace facilitated the sale of stolen content in the form of NFTs.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesDuckDuckGo expands tracking script block to Microsoft propertiesThe web is a dangerous place - whether it is hackers trying to take over your computer or Big Tech companies trying to track your every move, you've got to be cautious. There appear to be very few good actors on the internet today, but one of them is DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine that looks to make your online experience safer. The company announced this week that they would be extending their tracking script blocker to include those from certain Microsoft properties.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeDC cancels fully produced Batgirl film after negative test screeningsOne of the film genres that have been nearly constantly successful over the past decade has been superhero films. Sure, some don't do well or are not well received, but for every Captain Marvel there are three Captain America movies, so it works out. The past few years have seen many films delayed in release, but MANY new titles have been announced to be released over the next few years. This week, however, it was announced that one superhero film would never see the light of day: Batgirl.
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    August 2, 2022 - Episode 627

    August 2, 2022 - Episode 627

    DescriptionThis week, new chips are coming from Arizona, TikTok is coming for casual games, and Instagram is going back to normal.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
    Avram PiltchHostAvram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
    OpeningPowered by TeknoAXENifty GiftiesPowered by Microsoft StoreTSMC completes construction on 5nm fab: How this will affect the chip shortageTSMC, the largest chip manufacturer in the world, has completed construction on its newest 5nm fabrication facility. This new fab will help to increase TSMC's production capacity and bring the company one step closer to alleviating the chip shortage that has been affecting most industries across the globe. TSMC is also preparing for a possible invasion of Taiwan, which could further disrupt supply chains and cause even more shortages. With this new facility, TSMC will be better prepared to handle any potential disruptions and continue supplying the chips that the world needs.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by EksaTikTok is latest social media company to try its hand at gamingTikTok, the latest social media company to try its hand at gaming, is in for a bit of controversy. The app, which is best known for its short videos, has been downloaded over a billion times, and now it's looking to get into the gaming space. TikTok is not the only social media company to foray into gaming; Facebook, Instagram, and even Snapchat have all integrated games into their platforms. However, TikTok may be in for a bit of trouble because of its history with censorship and data privacy issues.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesMeta agrees to roll back horrible new Instagram interface after outcryMeta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has announced that it will be rolling back its new Instagram interface. The outcry from users was too loud for Meta to ignore, and it appears that the company has heeded their complaints. However, this is not all good news, as Meta also plans to move forward with a plan to source a large part of your feed from accounts that you do not follow.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeStranger Things creators admit to "George Lucas-ing" content: fans reactThe Duffer Brothers, creators of Stranger Things, recently made a comment about the show that didn't go over well with fans. They said that they had "George Lucas'd" content in the show, suggesting that they had made changes to previously published episodes to make changes, either to graphics or plot. However, after fans reacted poorly to the comment, the writers took to Twitter to clear things up. They stated that they had never changed anything and never would.
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