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Piltch Point

Vaio Z Flip

2016-01-31

This week, Avram Piltch discusses a new laptop with some interesting features and quirks: the Vaio Z Flip. Since leaving Sony, Vaio has tried to differentiate themselves from the rest of the manufacturers, and with this laptop, they've done it with a unique hinge and a powerful processor. Is this a laptop to consider purchasing? Avram has the details.

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

Episode 430

2016-01-31

This week, Facebook might launch a video service, Circuit City comes back from the dead and EA decides to Play, but not with E3.

Piltch Point

Mini PCS - Episode 104

2016-01-24

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the newest version of the Intel Compute Stick, due out in a few weeks. The new model offers a few enhancements over the previous model, most notably an additional USB port and 802.11ac wireless. In addition, he talks about the state of mini PCs in the industry, including new entrants into the category, niche models and top-rated devices.

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

Episode 429

2016-01-24

This week, the big ISPs hate smaller competition, Valve adds new support to its SteamOS and Netflix doubles down on content, but might block you from watching it.

Piltch Point

New Computer Features - Episode 103

2016-01-17

This week, Avram Piltch talks about some of the new features coming to laptops and computers in 2016. USB Type-C can power a lot of new features, and a computer with those features make them better.

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

Episode 428

2016-01-17

This week, CES is in the books, malware continues to plague Android and we find out what to look for in a laptop in 2016.

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

Meet SunPort, the World's First Smart Grid Solar Delivery Device

2016-01-06

Amid the bright lights of Las Vegas, SunPort offers a way for consumers to be much more energy conscience with how they use their devices. SunPort is a tiny box that plugs into your outlet and measures the amount of energy that goes through it. That information is then tracked and matched with solar energy purchased from solar farms by usage. This allows for the application of solar energy without the need for installing panels or having sufficient land. SunPort director of information systems Nick Williams compared the method to depositing money into a bank and then withdrawing it from an ATM. The device is portable, of course, meaning it can be used in any outlet so you can use your solar energy on the go. It can be [url=http://sunport.co/]preordered now[/url] and is expected to cost $80 per year for both the plug-in and the energy. [ces2016sponsor] Interview by [tpnscottertz]

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

Your Pan Now Knows What It's Cooking with SmartyPans

2016-01-06

The evolving smart household has reached the stove-top with the introduction of SmartyPans. The app-enhanced cookware offers both nutritional information as well as assists users in the cooking of their food. SmartyPans uses built-in temperature and weight sensors to help compute nutrition as you cook. Use the app to tell the pan the ingredient you are adding to efficiently track information about your meal in real time. Users can either add ingredients on the fly or pull recipes from the app, which also can assist you in properly preparing the food. The pan is dishwasher safe and detaches to also serve as a serving dish. Co-founder and CEO Prachi Baxi said at CES that the product should be available for mass retail by the end of the year and is expected to be priced at $289. More information can be found [url=http://www.smartypans.io/]on the company's website[/url]. [ces2016sponsor] Interview by [tpnscottertz]

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

Immerse Yourself in a Complete 3D Sound Experience with 3D Sound One Headphones

2016-01-06

3D Sound Labs is looking to combine state-of-the-art 3D audio sound with the comfort and style of the other name-brand headphones on the market. The company showed off its 3D Sound One headphones at CES as it tries to reproduce real-life audio into a personal and portable home theater. The headphones combine surround-sound quality with 9 axis motion sensors that lock the audio into position -- centered sound stays centered regardless of movement. 3D Sound Labs is hoping this provides the ultimate real-life audio experience to media ranging from movies to gaming to virtual reality. The headphones are bluetooth smart and charge through a USB port. 3D Sound One headphones are available for purchase at [url=http://www.3dsoundlabs.com]their website[/url] and retail for $299. [ces2016sponsor] Interview by [tpnscottertz]

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

Stay Plugged Into Your Car with Akolyt

2016-01-06

Everybody could use a little help maintaining their car and that is a role that Drust's Akolyt is looking to fill. The Akolyt is a device that plugs directly into a car's dashboard and provides real-time information and support to one's smart phone via a free app. The device assists in several areas of maintaining a vehicle, from feedback on how you drive the car to upcoming maintenance alerts. That includes such things as wear on tires, breaks and oil. The Akolyt can also help to get a driver assistance should a breakdown or accident occur and CEO Michael Fernandez said at CES that the device provides performance tips that could lead to up to 20-to-30 percent in gas savings. Of course, in an increasingly social world, users can also measure their performance against other drivers and accrue points to level up and earn badges. The Akolyt has started to become available in Europe and Fernandez said the company has an eye towards a release in the United States at a later time. [ces2016sponsor] Interview by [tpnscottertz]

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

Ampy Charges Up Your Devices Just by You Moving Around

2016-01-06

AMPY MOVE has found a unique way to help find the energy to keep your smart phone powered throughout the day: your body. AMPY MOVE is a motion charger that captures kinetic energy from your motion and transforms it into battery power. Co-founder Alex Smith said at CES that one hour of exercise could supply up to five hours of extra smart phone standby battery life. The form-fitting device features an 1800mAH Li-Ion battery and can also be charged from a wall outlet. A second USB port allows the user to charge their smart device from the portable charger. The product is already available for purchase at [url=www.getampy.com]getampy.com[/url] and retails for $99. [ces2016sponsor] Interview by [tpnscottertz]

PLuGHiTz Live - Special Events

Spun Puts a New Spin on the Way You Eat with Food-Tracking Utensils

2016-01-06

Fitness and healthy eating are on the mind of many people around the globe, with technology a major player in helping those to reach personal goals. Spun utensils are just the latest tool aiming to assist consumers in tracking what they are putting into their bodies. Spun utensils are designed to take calorie-counting apps to the next level. After taking a picture and identifying the food on your plate, the smart utensil tracks calories and nutrients with each bite rather than just calculating the whole meal. This means you can cut your portion short should you reach your calorie limit before the plate is cleared. The app also allows for things such as monitoring seconds between bites and you can even select profiles that will offer tailored recommendations towards reaching your personal goals. For an expected retail of $74.99, a Spun starter pack will come with the intelligence handle along with two different spoon size plug-ins as well as a fork attachment. A stylish carrying case is also included with the product. Founder Umar Bakhsh said the utensils will launch in beta form in March of this year with a hopeful release in June. [ces2016sponsor] Interview by [tpnscottertz]

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