Episode 436 - Show Notes

Episode 436

Sunday Jun 5, 2016 (01:23:47)

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This week, Windows says Hello to wearables, Twitter says no thanks to Yahoo and the world says meh to Google Magenta's music.

Participants

Scott Ertz

Host

Scott 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 DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar 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 judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.

Avram Piltch

Segment Host

Avram'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.

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Windows Hello Gets Wearable Support Through New API

One of the most interesting and innovative aspects of Windows 10 is Windows Hello. This is the altered login system that can use a variety of different unique identifiers to unlock your computer without you having to type your password. Currently, the most common authentication methods are facial recognition and the old standby, fingerprint reader.

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Minecraft Becomes Second Best Selling Videogame Ever

A videogame that is capable of engaging people of all ages across all demographics comes infrequently. In fact, it happens almost never. Minecraft is, without question, one of those games. Children and adults have become obsessed with the digital LEGO, world-building game across desktop, Windows 10, mobile, console - anywhere you are, you can likely play the game.

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Twitter Considered Purchasing Yahoo

In the tech industry, the billion dollar question is, "What is the future of Yahoo?" A decade ago, the brand was one of the most visited sites on the Internet. Today, however, the company is in disarray and its CEO, Marissa Mayer, has done everything that she can think of to keep the sinking ship afloat. While she has helped the bottom line significantly, she has not been able to patch the hole in the boat.

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Google Magenta Creates Blah Music But Proves Technology

Artificial Intelligence is a computing concept that has been an obsession for many for decades. Science fiction stories are littered with AI, both positive and negative. In the real world, however, AI and neural networks have only recently become a big topic of research because of the power of cloud computing. Distributed computing has been used for long-running computing cycles for years, but now, thanks to the cloud, it can be used for large, short-term processes.

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