Oct 23, 2016 - Episode 452
This week, Bill Belichick confuses the internet, hackers take down part of the internet and AT&T wants to own television and the internet.
Should You Buy a New Laptop Now - Episode 122
This week, Avram Piltch discusses whether or not it is a good idea to purchase a new laptop right now. Last month, Intel's [url=http://plughitzlive.com/radio/3-1434-intel-kaby-lake-changes-episode-118.html]Kaby Lake processors[/url] were released, and we are starting to see the first new laptops sporting this hardware. For example, the Dell XPS 13 received a refresh, giving you a thin laptop, keeping ports and adding longer battery life and the new processor. But, is now a good time to get it, or any laptop, or should you wait for a little while? Avram has the answer.
Oct 16, 2016 - Episode 451
This week, Verizon tests a feature you don't need, Valve shows off a controller you can't have and Netflix pays a lot of money to a comedian you might not remember.
The Future of Keyboards - Episode 121
This week, Avram Piltch discusses the future of keyboards and the various types of other input devices that currently exist and might exist in the future. This is in response to comments made by Dave Coplin, Microsoft's Chief Envisioning Officer, where he said it is "bizarre" that the keyboard has dominated as the primary input type. Since those comments he has clarified his statement, and Avram discusses his beliefs on the topic.
Oct 2, 2016 - Episode 450
This week, BlackBerry gives up devices, Microsoft announces protections and Twitch changes up advertising.
Silent Site Sound Blocker - Episode 120
This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of his personal projects - the Chrome extension Silent Site Sound Blocker. This extension solves a common problem online: unsolicited noise. If you spend a lot of time on news sites, you will recognize the issue of ad videos playing automatically and making noise when you don't want them to. This extension allows you to prevent sites from making noise without your permission. Best of all? It's completely free.
Sept 25, 2016 - Episode 449
This week, Verizon doesn't think you need unlimited data, Twitter's popularity grows and Netflix wants to make a lot of what you watch.
Holiday Robots and Toys 2016 - Episode 119
This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the fascinating new robots and toys coming to the market for the holidays this year. First is the Ozobot Evo, and enhancement on their existing robotic sphere, which adds smartphone control to the list of existing features. Next was the Anki OVERDRIVE, a modern smartphone take on the slot car. From the same company is the Cozmo, which is like a robotic pet with a forklift and can play games and even recognize faces. Lastly, we discusses the mCookie, an Arduino kit that is entirely magnetic snaps.
Sept 18, 2016 - Episode 448
This week, Google might have to pay for content, Apple is unlikely to purchase Tidal and Niantic breathes new life into Pokémon GO.
Barnes & Noble @ Pinellas Comic and Maker Con
When you think of electronics and robotics, Barnes & Noble might not be the first name to come into your head, but it might be time to change that thinking. Similar to how libraries are changing the type of knowledge they contain, so has Barnes & Noble. Today, in addition to the books and periodicals you would expect, the store also carries electronic kits, robots and more. Elizabeth Dunn from the Saint Petersburg store talks with us about the change in culture and products for the company. Today, each store has its own social media accounts so that they can interact properly with the local community. Each store holds events - some of which are in conjunction with corporate, while others are entirely local. One of the more surprising events is a Mini Maker Faire taking place at all locations on November 5th. [pcmc2016sponsor]
Hellview Cemetery @ Pinellas Comic and Maker Con
For many, Halloween is a favorite holiday. It gives us the ability to pretend to be someone else for a day and exist in an altered reality. We can even explore our fears in a safe and controlled environment through haunted houses and attractions. Mark Muncy is the creator and casting director for Hellview Cemetery, a haunted attraction in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Taking over parts of his property for the last 2 weeks of October, this attraction started as a personal project for a few former scare actors from Tampa and Orlando who wanted to venture out on their own. With time, people offered them money for what they did, and they turned it into a charity event, supporting two separate charities. Unfortunately, since this interview was conducted, it was announced that a new neighbor had forced Muncy to get a new type of permit for the event, which the city would not grant, meaning that Hellview will not happen this year. Hopefully the charity event will return in 2017. [pcmc2016sponsor]
Noble Valerian @ Pinellas Comic and Maker Con
Artistry is a skill that, for most is inherent. While many require formal training to hone those skills, others are self-taught and can accomplish great things. Noble Valerian is one of those self-taught artists with a tremendous amount of skill. Picking up the skill while helping a friend, he found he had a knack for it and continued to pursue it. Today, he lives in the Tampa area and is responsible for graphics including the new branding for this year's Pinellas Comic and Maker Con. In addition to 2D graphics, he has also been working on an indie game, which he hopes to release before the end of the year. The game is based on research conducted from potential players via survey. As it is his first game, he plans to release it for free, with the hopes of getting more feedback from players. To follow along with his journey, check out [url=http://www.noblevalerian.com/]his blog[/url]. [pcmc2016sponsor]
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