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F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

April 23, 2017 - Episode 466

2017-04-23

This week, another pre-order doesn't deliver a product, Facebook F8 doesn't deliver excitement and iHeartMedia might not deliver content next year.

Show airs Sunday Apr 23, 2017 at 9:00 PM Eastern

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Piltch Point

Episode 137

2017-04-23

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

Show airs Sunday Apr 23, 2017 at 9:15 PM Eastern

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

April 23, 2017 - Episode 466

2017-04-23

This week, another pre-order doesn't deliver a product, Facebook F8 doesn't deliver excitement and iHeartMedia might not deliver content next year.

Episode airs Sunday Apr 23, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Piltch Point

Episode 137

2017-04-23

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

Episode airs Sunday Apr 23, 2017 at 9:15 PM

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This week, Avram Piltch discusses LAPTOP Magazine's 2017 [url=http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings]Best and Worst Laptop Brands[/url] results. While he is not able to discuss who took the top few spots, he was able to talk about one company who fell from grace this year: Apple. In the past 7 years, Apple has always taken the top spot. This year, the company fell not one place, but to a tie for 5th place. Considering in 2016 only 10 brands were rated, falling to a tie for 5th is beyond collapse. Avram discusses how their rankings work, what went wrong for Apple this year, and what went right for some of the others.

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The RoboShow @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-04-05

[FIRST] competitions are complicated, multi-faceted events. Because of that, multiple broadcasts are possible from the same event. While we spend time highlighting team members, coaches, mentors, staff and sponsors, [url=https://robovisionod.com]RoboVisionOD[/url] and [url=http://theroboshow.net]The RoboShow[/url] focus more on the matches themselves. Dan Swando spoke with us about the net work and program and how they work in the community. RoboVisionOD maintains a focus on broadcasting and publishing individual matches through YouTube, while The RoboShow features SportsCenter-style coverage of the elimination rounds of competition. These platforms allow people outside of Orlando to feel like they are at the competition. This is great for kids whose friends and family live out of town, as well as teams that are competing later in the season at another competition to get an idea of what other teams are working on. Both of these services are offered, just like [FIRST] events in person, for free online. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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FIRST, Central Florida @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-04-02

The team at PLuGHiTz Live is very proud of [FIRSTLooks]. Since its inception, even before its name, we have worked hard to bring awareness to the [FIRST] brand. This series was inspired by one person, Terri Willingham, Regional Director for [FIRST] in Central Florida. She has been our representative at [FIRST] for years and, more importantly, a great friend. [FIRST] STEAMWORKS is her last season with the organization and we will definitely miss her. We do, however, look forward to working with her on her new project, of bringing a robotics center to the Tampa Bay area. She and the Eureka! Factory are currently working with a few local organizations on finding a location for a permanent [FRC] field, two [FTC] fields and [FLL] setups as well. This will also help to bring brand recognition and student participation within the Tampa Bay market. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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The People of Manufacturing @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-04-02

Not everyone at a [FIRST] competition is involved with a team. Some come to see how they, or their companies, can get involved with the organization. Some want to be sponsors, some want to be mentors and some see their companies as the next step after [FIRST]. Greg Serio, who founded The People of Manufacturing, sees himself in a couple of these roles. His organization focuses on adult education in the manufacturing space, including matching apprentices with professionals in their field of interest. Greg discusses how [FIRST] students, after graduating, could find themselves additional on-the-job training in manufacturing and fabrication through this company. He also talks about his initial impressions of the event and his interests for the future. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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FIRST Headquarters @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-04-02

We've gotten a lot of interesting viewpoints about competitions over the years. [FRC], [FTC] and [FLL] team members, coaches and sponsors, volunteers, Affiliate Partners, Regional Directors and organizers, but we have never seen all the way behind the curtain: a view from Headquarters. We had the opportunity to speak with Gabrielle Golden, Manager of Field Operations for [FIRST]. She travels each weekend to various events to see how they are run and collects tips and tricks for other events. She tries to appear at new events, as well as events celebrating anniversaries, and can be at 2 different events in the same weekend. She talked about HQ's focus on Alumni and building loyalty after graduation, with a focus on what Barry Bohnsack has done in Florida. She also talked about our mutual goal of increasing [FIRST]'s brand awareness. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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FIRST Tech Challenge, Netherlands @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-04-01

With almost 20 years under its belt, the Orlando Regional is a great place for Regional Directors and Affiliate Partners to learn about some of the tips and tricks of running an event. This year the team was joined by the [FTC] Affiliate Partner for the Netherlands. Marieke Peelen was here to see some of the ins and outs of a [FRC], with the intention of trying an event in Europe in the future. Fortunately, the weekend wasn't all about work. She got the opportunity to talk to teams from all over the country, see the two [FRC] teams from the Netherlands compete on the field and even witness one team make it to the winning alliance, securing a spot at the Championship in Houston in April. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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FIRST Alumni Association @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-04-01

One of the things that currently exists within the Florida [FIRST] community that is fairly unique is our Alumni Association. This group, led by Barry Bohnsack, provides a variety of ways for students to continue their participation in [FIRST] programs after graduation. From volunteering with teams and at competitions to building competition-ready robots in a very short period, alumni have tons of opportunities. We spoke with Barry about one of our favorite programs for alumni - the Robot in 3 Days ([FRC]) and Robot in a Weekend ([FTC]). This program encourages students at Florida universities to follow along with the game announcement video and build a robot for that game in a weekend. This season, at [url=http://plughitzlive.com/events/46-roboticon-tampa-bay-2016.html]ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2016[/url], the Robot in 3 Days teams from around the state brought their machines for a scrimmage on the official [FTC] field. The idea of the program is to show current students what is possible with very little resources and time. If you are a junior or senior of a Florida [FIRST] team, you can send an email to FloridaFIRSTalumni at gmail.com, or join the [url=http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Florida-FIRST-Alumni-4896538?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v]LinkedIn community[/url] and [url=https://twitter.com/FL_FIRST_Alumni]follow on Twitter[/url] to stay connected. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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Edgar Allan Ohms (FRC 5276) @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-04-01

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FIRST STEAMWORKS Gameplay Discussion @ Orlando Regional 2017

2017-03-31

One of the things that can sometimes be a challenge for our broadcast team at [FRC] early season events is getting a good grip on the game. Our team is far more familiar with [FTC], so this event was our introduction to the game, outside of watching the announcement video [url=http://plughitzlive.com/ces]during CES[/url]. During a break in the broadcast, Scott and Daniele discuss what they do and do not understand about the game, and make guesses about the way that teams will and will not interact with certain aspects of the game. They might not have understood the nuances of the game, but they mostly have the basics. [FLOrlando2017Sponsor]

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