Hosted by Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo, F5 Live is a livecast covering the worlds of gadgets, gaming, Internet and media.
Show airs Sunday Feb 8, 2015 at 9:00 PM Eastern
Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.
Show airs Sunday Feb 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM Eastern
Dell Venue 8 7000 - Episode 75
This week, Avram Piltch has a show and tell item for us - the Dell Venue 8 7000, a confusingly named, by interesting Android tablet. Sporting a bright, vibrant 8.4" screen and an Intel RealSense camera, is this $300 tablet worth the price? Avram explains.
This week, Windows goes to 10, YouTube goes on at halftime and Verizon goes to the finish line with FiOS.
This week, Sony's not leaving, Facebook goes to work and Google can't play nice with others.
New Computer Requirements - Episode 74
This week, Avram Piltch explains some of the hardware to expect in your next computer. If Intel's expectations are correct, this is the year of computer upgrades, which means you are more likely to need this list than not.
This week, a new year, a new studio and a CES recap.
CES 2015 Recap - Episode 73
This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of his favorite experiences from CES 2015. Whether it be a watch that can help you secure your computer and property to a mini computer from Intel, Avram saw it all.
Goal Zero's Line of Travel and Emergency Power Products Expands
At CES, portable power is essential; in the real world, it can be just important. Goal Zero knows this, which is why they are constantly trying to improve and enhance their line of emergency and travel products. This year they added the new Venture 30: a 7800mAh charger for phones and tablets. That equates to 3 charges on a phone, with the ability to charge up to 2.4amps on each of the 2 USB ports. The charger comes complete with built-in flexible cables for charging the device and a product. To ensure it is protected, it is rated at IPX6. In addition to the charger, is a solar flashlight. While that might seem insane, the Torch 250 is extremely useful. While camping, or even at home, you can charge the flashlight during the day and use it at night. You can also charge it via USB, or even with a crank, or use the battery to charge your other devices, making it double as a solar charger. You can get one [url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JGR3QT0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00JGR3QT0&linkCode=as2&tag=pl023-20&linkId=6WUOIXC2MAF6COVX]right now for $79.99[/url]. [ces2015sponsor]
Eton Improves Its Line of Emergency Radios
Eton is well-known for their emergency products, which they are always wanting to improve. This year the company has improved their famous emergency radios. Their larger radio has changed the solar panel to allow for more charging capability and has the largest battery, and added an ambient light. It also includes SAME weather alerts, to let you know of weather issues coming your way. All of the radios also come with flashlight capability, solar charging, USB charging for other devices and the well-known hand crank. The two larger models are available now with the smaller radio coming this Spring, ranging from [url=http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=eton&linkCode=ur2&tag=pl023-20&url=search-alias%3Daps&linkId=TTN6XTQWUF3IRHFL]$49.99 to $129.99[/url]. [ces2015sponsor]
Celestron Makes Stargazing Easier and Educational
As astronauts get to see farther into the universe through their equipment, those of us bound to Earth have the same desire. Celestron's telescopes make that easier for everyone. Their newest addition to the lineup provides for ease of use away from the city, where you can get the best views without all of the city lights. The telescope is self-powered, allowing you to use it without the need for a high amperage 12-volt inverter. You can use it away from your car, or without having to lug around a huge battery and power technology. It even offers the ability to plug in other devices, though it will, of course, limit the runtime of the telescope. In addition to the portable power capabilities, it also integrates Wi-Fi right into the telescope. Using the Wi-Fi, you can use your smart device to control the telescope. View the night sky through your screen, point at an area and the telescope will position itself so you can see the sky through the lens. The app can also help you learn the positions of objects in the sky by allowing you to tap on an area and get information about what you are seeing. If you're looking at a galaxy far off in the distance, the app can explain distances, etc. [ces2015sponsor]
The Race to Challenge the Surface is On
In terms of Windows tablets, [url=http://f5live.tv/surface]Microsoft's Surface[/url] series is definitely the one to challenge if you are a manufacturer. Manufacturers seem to agree, as this CES showed us a collection of tablets trying to enter that space. One of the brands throwing their hat into that ring is Southern Telecom, a company that usually builds products under licensed brands, but has their own tablet for the market. Running an Intel Atom processor and 32GB of internal storage, this guy isn't headed for the Pro 3's territory, but it could certainly do some damage in the abandoned Surface RT space. With the ability to run full applications, which the RT models were not, it makes this computer far more usable. With a price point of $249, with the keyboard included, it even undercuts the RT models by more than half. Unfortunately, what the Surface has going for it is the easily removable and attachable keyboard, while this keyboard is not nearly as easy to attach or remove. For some users, however, this won't be a killer. Take a look and decide for yourself. [ces2015sponsor]
Polaroid Brand to Release a Set of Android Handsets
Polaroid is obviously a company known for their camera technology. As standalone cameras have become a smaller market, it was time for Polaroid to find new outlets for their cameras. As most people tend to use their phone as their primary camera, this was a natural place to explore. The new Polaroid Android phones, shown off at CES 2015, might not revolutionize the industry, but they could certainly carve out a nice niche for themselves. Both handsets offer a 5.5" screen and claim stock Android. Included on the handsets is a Polaroid photo app that simulates the experience of using a Polaroid Instant camera of days gone by. The Selfie, which has an octa-core processor and a 13MP camera, has the ability to flip the camera around, allowing you to take a selfie or use Skype with the full power of the camera. The Flip, the lower-priced handset of the pair, is a quad-core phone with an 8MP camera that does not, as the name would suggest, offer the flip camera. Both handsets will be available this Spring unlocked for $199 and $179 respectively from various retailers. [ces2015sponsor]
A 3D Projection that Can Scale to Huge Heights
We often find products at CES that are newsworthy, but it is not often that we find a display technology that is worth talking about. The technology behind the display at the [url=http://plughitzlive.com/radio/2-982-altec-lansing-creates-a-range-of-almost-indestructible-bluetooth-speakers.html]Altec Lansing[/url] booth, presented by [url=http://pmscreen.com/]PM Screen[/url] was certainly an exception to that rule. In fact, it was their display that caused us to stop and interview Altec Lansing in the first place. The display featured 3 of the company's new Bluetooth speakers being emphasized by fire and water, showing off the speaker's fireproof and waterproof capabilities. What was interesting about the display, however, is that it was all created with 3D projections. In addition to the small screen presented at CES, the company's technology is capable of scaling to large surfaces, too. In fact, they were responsible for a 12 projector setup on the ice hockey rink at the ice hockey world championship opening ceremony, whose video is available on their website. This is a truly interesting technology with wonderful potential. I look forward to seeing the places they find to implement it in the US and abroad. [ces2015sponsor]
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