DescriptionThis week, GeForce is getting hot, Blizzard is getting out of China, the internet is understandable, and Ticketmaster is falling apart.
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 StoreRTX 4090 power cables are melting - what went wrong and what to doThe next generation of GeForce RTX video cards is here, but unfortunately for users, the RTX 4090 is experiencing a serious issue: the power cables are melting. A lot of early speculation was made about the cause of the problem, but a reason appears to have been identified. And, as we have come to expect with any modern hardware issue, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the company.
read full articlePiltch Point with Avram PiltchPowered by PureVPNExtra LifePowered by EksaBlizzard and NetEase are over - what this means for gaming in ChinaThe gaming industry in China is strange but potentially lucrative. However, over the past few years, the Chinese government has put into place rules that have made it difficult to release games from outside of the country, as well as to keep a game profitable. Now, Blizzard's relationship with NetEase, their in-country publishing partner, has come to an end, taking with it Blizzard games in China.
read full articleNews From the TubesPowered by MalwarebytesFCC implements new labeling rules for internet - what to expectThere are a lot of issues when trying to compare products, no matter which product category it is. Different companies will use differing terms for the same feature. Some industries enforce a unified naming convention to solve this problem. Other times, the government feels the need to step in to unify an industry. This week, the FCC announced a new marketing convention for internet service providers (ISPs) to make it easier for customers to cross-compare services.
read full article* DRM Not IncludedPowered by Amazon PrimeTicketmaster cancels public Taylor Swift ticket sales after collapseTicketmaster has had numerous issues over the years. Normally, the issues come about from system availability during high-profile ticket sales. However, none of them have brought the company to the point where they cancel all public sales of tickets for a particular event. This week, that changed when the company canceled the sales of all public tickets for the Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour. This move angered consumers and the government alike.
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