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Hosted by Scott Ertz and Avram Piltch, F5 Live 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 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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    October 11, 2021 - Episode 605

    October 11, 2021 - Episode 605

    DescriptionThis week, Nintendo snaps our hopes for a foolproof Joy-Con, Tinder lets you buy your match a Lyft, and Twitch Twitch suffers a major data breach.
    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's new product line: the good, the bad, and the bizarreLast week, while we were off, Amazon held its latest new product reveal, and the company did not disappoint. As expected, the company announced updates to their core products, added new items to the existing lines, and announced some really weird new products.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by Loot CrateNintendo claims that Joy-Con drift is as inevitable as ThanosSince shortly after the release of the original Nintendo Switch, players have complained about a consistent issue: Joy-Con drift. This phenomenon appears when the system begins accepting input from a controller, even when the player is not touching the controller's joysticks. The problem can absolutely ruin a player's performance, as aim, motion, and more can be changed without user input.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesTinder is getting a virtual currency, option to buy your match a LyftYears ago, Tinder changed the dating game by popularizing swiping on photos rather than communicating with profiles. Since then, nearly every dating app has added this feature or pivoted its entire brand in that direction. But, Tinder has also tried to stay above the industry, creating new features, abilities, and partnerships to stand out in a crowded industry.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeTwitch hacked with streamer payouts and source code accessedThis week, Twitch acknowledged a massive hack of their internal network. These types of announcements have become fairly standard, but sometimes the details of a breach can make one instance more interesting than others. In the case of the Twitch breach, the type of information that made its way out to the public makes it fascinating. Rather than only personal information like usernames and passwords, these hackers gained access to very Twitch-specific information.
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    September 27, 2021 - Episode 604

    September 27, 2021 - Episode 604

    DescriptionThis week, the EU is supporting USB-C, Nintendo is revealing gaming details, and Facebook apologizes for not being great.
    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.
    Allante SparksSpecial CorrespondentAllante - also well known as Wolff - is the newest member and co-host for PLuGHiTz Live! Radio. A gifted artist, he is usually found drawing up a character or two or sketching up whatever comes to mind. Do not think that he is not a hardcore gamer because he is about as hardcore as it gets! His favorites range from fighting games to RPGs, adventure and even a racing game here and there. Fighting games are his forte and he relays this message for all who oppose: You mess with the Wolff and you get the fangs!

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    OpeningPowered by TeknoAXENifty GiftiesPowered by Microsoft StoreEU wants to unify chargers again, specifically targeting AppleSeveral years ago, the European Union announced that it wanted to unify mobile chargers across all manufacturers. The goal was to eliminate electronic waste because previously switching phones often means getting a new and completely different charger. But, by the time the EU got involved, almost all major manufacturers were already using micro-USB. Now, the EU is looking to update the requirement, modernizing for USB-C and removing the remaining loophole.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by Loot CrateNintendo Direct - N64, Genesis, Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3, and moreThis week, Nintendo hosted its most recent Nintendo Direct presentation and announced some unbelievably exciting games and gave us information about known projects. The company even announced an expanded version of its Switch Online service, bringing games from additional consoles to the platform. Nintendo is definitely looking to increase gamers' time on the console.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesFacebook apologizes, promises not to be as terrible in the futureIf there is one company that seems unable to stay out of the news, it's Facebook. Last week, while we were off, the company got itself into a world of trouble. The Wall Street Journal published a string of reports on the company based upon a huge stockpile of leaked documents from the company. This included special rules for VIPs, that allowed millions of users to "violate our standards without any consequences," promoting troll farm content within the US, knowingly causing harm to girls through Instagram specifically, ignoring drug and human traffickers, and even undermining the company's COVID efforts. These reports are worth reading because they are wild.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeTwitch makes agreement with NMPA - what it means for streamersWhile 2020 was a struggle for many of us, i

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    September 5, 2021 - Episode 603

    September 5, 2021 - Episode 603

    DescriptionThis week, GM and Subaru are going on break, Pokemon Go is listening to trainers, and Locast is shutting down.
    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 StoreGeneral Motors and Subaru halt production amidst chip shortagesGeneral Motors and Subaru have both announced a temporary production suspension this week, due to chip shortages. General Motors will halt production at nearly all of its facilities in the United States throughout the month of September, while Subaru will shutter its production facilities in Japan for four days. In general, chip shortages have affected nearly every industry - but almost no one has been hit quite as hard as carmakers have.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by Loot CratePokemon Go developers respond to community feedback over changesIt's been just over five years since Niantic released Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that spawned an entire industry. While other games have come and gone (Minecraft Earth, anyone), Pokemon Go has managed to keep its spot at the top of the stack. A lot of this has been because Niantic has been willing to listen to players' complaints about the game and respond to them. The company has also been willing to respond to the reality of the world, particularly in response to the COVID lockdowns around the world. But, in responding to the lockdowns, the company has made some mistakes.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesYik Yak is back, and the internet is a little meaner as a consequenceIf you are fortunate, you may have completely missed the former social network Yik Yak. This platform, which shut down 4 years ago, was focused on local and anonymous communication. People were able to post anonymously, as well as view and comment anonymously on other users' posts within a 5-mile radius. If this seems like a terrible idea, you're paying attention. In fact, this is exactly why the network was shut down. However, some bad ideas just can't be killed, as a new group has purchased the brand and is bring it back to life.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeLocast fails to convince a judge that it isn't violating the lawOver the past few years, as the number of people cutting the cord from cable has increased, many groups have tried to fill the void for people looking for local TV channels. Some of the streaming services offer local (or more importantly broadcast) stations, but many are either too expensive (the same or more than cable) or only offer a portion of the major networks. As a supplement, some organizations have tried a few times to offer this service without working with the networks themselves. The most recent was Locast, a non-profit that made it possible to stream

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    August 22, 2021 Episode 602

    August 22, 2021 Episode 602

    DescriptionThis week, Skyrim has another version, T-Mobile has another data breach, and OnlyFans has a new plan for the future.
    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 StoreApple's duplicitous relationship with developers: the FlickType storyApple's relationship with developers is complicated. They single-handedly got a new generation of application developers interested in the industry. However, it seems that more often than not, developers and publishers are frustrated with the experience of working with Apple. This week, the developer of FlickType, Kosta Eleftheriou, announced that he will be shutting down the iPhone keyboard designed for blind users because of Apple's policies and behavior.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by Loot Crate10 years of re-releasing Skyrim: Bethesda celebrates with a re-releaseIn a recent press release, Bethesda announced that they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by re-releasing it on modern consoles and PC. This new version is known as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition, and it will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass on November 11th. If you have both a modern console and a previous generation, you will get a free upgrade. Unfortunately, we still don't know what the price is going to be just yet.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesT-Mobile suffers another data breach affecting 49 million peopleOver the past few years, data breaches have become a more commonplace occurrence across the technology world. If you're T-Mobile USA, it seems that you're a constant target for these attacks, with several over the past few years affecting the company. This week, it was revealed that yet another breach had hit the wireless carrier.
    read full articleWhat to do if you are affected by the latest T-Mobile data breachIf you haven't heard, T-Mobile has been hacked again. While it seems like this is becoming a common occurrence for the company, this one is more severe because it likely involves personal and identifiable information, including government identification and social security numbers. This, combined with your date of birth and address, which are both also included in the data set, could easily be used to steal your identity. Because of this T-Mobile has provided McAfee ID Theft Protection Service for 2 years. However, this might not be enough protection for those who are overly fearful of their identity information. Here's what else you might want to look into as additional protection.
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    August 15, 2021 - Episode 601

    August 15, 2021 - Episode 601

    DescriptionThis week, matter will not be in time, Epic will not be part of Google, and Messenger will not be stopped from encryption.
    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 StoreMatter smarthome standard, evolved from Zigbee, is delayed until 2022In the smarthome world, the biggest issue is compatibility. Zigbee was one of the early projects to bring together different manufacturers of smarthome products. The next generation of Zigbee is matter by the renamed Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly Zigbee Alliance). The new standard was intended to come to market in 2021, but software delays are causing the standard to launch in 2022 at the earliest. The delay is caused by the software development kit, which would allow developers to create software, including mobile apps for controlling your devices, such as lights, outlets, and cameras.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by Loot CrateTo avoid antitrust suit, Google considered purchase of Epic GamesIn one of the biggest and more high-profile stories of the past few years, Epic Games has sued Google and Apple, claiming that the companies are operating as a monopoly in their control over mobile apps on Android and iOS devices. The suit came about after Epic Games added its own payment system to the mobile version of Fortnite. This move violated both companies' app store policies, which require purchases within their stores to use their very expensive payment systems.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesFacebook Messenger implements new encrypted chat and call featuresFacebook Messenger has added encryption to its voice and video calling features, joining the other encryption-focused messaging apps Facebook owns: WhatsApp and Instagram. This follows the company's announcement that it would begin implementing encryption throughout its messaging suite "from end to end", including private chats, last year.
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeNetflix is blocking consumer IP addresses under its revised VPN policyIn 2015, Netflix began blocking IP addresses known to be associated with commercial VPNs from accessing the Netflix system. Now, under revised policies, the company has begun blocking IP addresses generally known to be part of residential IP subnets, causing havoc for netizens who are caught in the crossfire between Netflix and those trying to thwart the company's geofencing system.
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    August 1, 2021 - Episode 600

    August 1, 2021 - Episode 600

    DescriptionThis week, Valve fires back at Wolfire Games, Amazon is paying a massive fine, and Scarlett Johansson wants what she's owed.
    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 StoreFacebook's privacy apocalypse didn't happen, revenue grew insteadEver since Apple first announced its intention to introduce a new privacy feature in iOS, App Tracking Transparency, Facebook has been in panic mode. The company, along with Google, spent a lot of time and energy trying to convince people that the feature would be bad for everyone. But, as this quarter's financial report shows, the world-ending event never materialized. In fact, things got better for Facebook since the change.
    read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by Loot CrateValve claims antitrust is invalid, no one is entitled to free codesIn April, Humble Bundle creator Wolfire Games filed an antitrust suit against Valve. The claim is that Valve's policies around where and how developers can use free codes generated by the Steam Store represent a violation of anticompetitive behavior laws. This week, Valve fired back, saying that Valve and the Steam Store owe no one free codes, and its policies are sound.
    read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesMassive GDPR fine levied against Amazon, totaling $888 millionSince the implementation of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became enforceable in 2018, e EU has levied a number of fines against companies. While the general reason for fines is data breaches, they can also be levied for improper handling of consumer data. That is the situation that Amazon is currently facing, as the company has received the largest fine ever issued under the GDPR, coming in at $888 million. Amazon said of the fine,
    read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeScarlett Johansson sues Disney over Black Widow breach of contractThe pandemic, and particularly the lockdowns, have caused a seemingly never-ending list of problems for individuals, companies, and industries. One of the industries that have seen the biggest change in operations has been the entertainment industry. Movies have specifically seen total chaos, with films intended for theaters shifted entirely to streaming platforms, while others have seen a hybrid approach. Either way, many of these releases have violated the contracts of people involved, and studios are seeing lawsuits over these violations.
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