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You Should Change These Windows Settings Immediately - Episode 174


This week, Avram Piltch discusses Windows settings to change. Some of them speed up your computer while others make it less annoying to use. Some of his suggestions are pretty straightforward, like unhiding file extensions and hidden folders. On the other hand, some are more controversial, like disabling User Account Controls, garnering dozens of comments within hours on Tom's Hardware.

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Teaching Kids STEAM - Episode 173


This week, Avram Piltch discusses his experiences in teaching his young son about electronics, robotics, programming and other STEAM-related topics. In the years the two have done projects together, Avram has learned a few things to look out for, as well as some best practices that have worked to keep his son involved and excited, including working with physical elements, like Arduino, as opposed to simply working in a virtual environment. There is little more exciting than creating something that affects a device in the real world, no matter your age.

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How to Get Inexpensive Windows 10 - Episode 172


This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the biggest costs in building your own computer: Windows. While Microsoft sells a copy of Windows 10 Home for $139, there are other ways to get Windows 10 going for little or no cost. Whether you repurpose an existing activation key or purchase it wholesale, Avram's got some ideas to decrease the cost of your build.

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Nintendo ROMs - Episode 171


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the legality of videogame ROMs and Nintendo's response to them. Previously, Nintendo has issued cease-and-desist letters to sites that host and distribute ROM files, but this week they ramped up their approach by suing. The suits bring back the topic of whether or not ROMs are legal. Tom's Hardware's Scharon Harding spoke to legal experts to arrive at a consensus: it's not legal. While there is no evidence that anyone has ever been sued for downloading, there is plenty of risk for sharing.

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Elegoo Robot Hands-On - Episode 170


This week, Avram Piltch gives us a hands-on with the Elegoo EL-KIT-012 Smart Robot Car Kit V 3.0, an Arduino-powered robot kit he purchased on Amazon Prime Day 2018. The kit comes with everything you need to get started: an Arduino UNO, chassis, wheels, ultrasonic distance finder, IR controller and more. One oddity is that the instructions come on a DVD, but thankfully the company also offers them on their website, for those of us without an optical drive. Avram built the robot in a few hours with his son and highly recommends it to anyone interested in experimenting with Arduino.

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Avram's Lenovo Woes - Episode 169


This week, Avram Piltch discusses his less than stellar experience trying to purchase a laptop for himself. Earlier this year, while at LAPTOP Mag, he gave the Lenovo X1 Carbon a perfect score. A few months later, he publicly purchased one himself. A big part of his decision was the laptop's keyboard, a feature which is always important for him. Unfortunately, the experience of purchasing this laptop has not been great. In fact, 3 tries later, he has not found a single device that comes close to the experience he had on the review unit.

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Avram's Windependence - Episode 168


This week, Avram Piltch is immersed in a personal experiment of technological discovery: using Linux full-time. While this is not his first time running this experiment, he has taken it to a new level. He is using a newer flavor of Linux, Mint, and has installed it on his everyday laptop. In fact, his broadcast over Skype for the show was done from the Linux installation. There have been some ups and downs to the experience, and Avram has the details on his process.

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Speed Up Your Computer by Speeding Up Yourself - Episode 167


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the ways that you can make your computer faster. No matter how fast or slow your computer is, most of the time it is waiting on you, not the other way around. So, to make your computing experience faster, you need to work on ways to speed up yourself. For example, learn to embrace the keyboard. Keyboard shortcuts can keep your hands on the keyboard, rather than moving back and forth to the mouse, taking extra time. Also, learning to type faster is a great way to speed up your experience.

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Best and Worst Laptop Brands 2018 - Episode 166


This week, Avram Piltch discusses our favorite topic of the year: LAPTOP's Best and Worst Laptop Brands. Every year, the company creates a report card for the top 10 brands, with LAPTOP reviews, design, support & warranty, innovation and value & selection all factoring into the scores. This year, Lenovo once again reigns supreme, and Samsung and MSI sit at the bottom. Avram explains why and what it means for consumers.

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Robots for Kids - Episode 165


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the best robots for kids of all ages. Whether your child is young and needs a device that doesn't require reading and gives a lot of assistance, or is older and wants to program with little to no help, Avram's got an option for you.

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Processor Advances - Episode 164


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the major advances that have happened in the world of processors in the past few weeks. He begins with the official release of Windows 10 on ARM, the new ARM-powered computers that run a complete version of Windows (compared to the previous Windows RT). The first generation can run most Win32 apps (32-bit applications), while a future update will add 64-bit application support as well.

Next are the Kaby Lake G processors from Intel. These processors combine Intel's processor power with AMD's integrated Vega graphics. These processors launched along side the new Coffee Lake processors, the full upgrade to the 8th Generation Core line, which exist in the i3 to i9 lines.

Each of these products has a particular user in mind, and Avram's got the information about each. He's also has a guide on processor choice on LAPTOP Magazine.

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Tech Support Showdown 2018 - Episode 163


This week, Avram Piltch brings us the results of the LAPTOP Magazine Tech Support Showdown 2018. Once again, Apple takes the top spot, but they only took it by 3 points. Tying for #2 was Dell and Samsung. Coming in last was MSI. Avram tells us what went right and what went wrong.

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Kano Computer Kit - Episode 162


This week, Avram Piltch brings us the latest product he is reviewing for Tom's Guide: the Kano Computer Kit. This kit is designed to help children understand how a computer works by allowing them to build one. Once the computer is built, a large collection of challenges and games allows the kid to learn how the computer works, and to program it to do new tasks.

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Best of Toy Fair 2018 - Episode 161


This week, Avram Piltch brings us a view from an event that most of us cannot attend: Toy Fair 2018. This year's event showed off a number of different and unique toys. One of the most interesting toys was a motion-controlled quadcopter: the Spin Master Supernova Drone. Living in a cage, instead of out in the wild, this little device moves with you, rather than with a controller. Another interesting game is Mattel Flushin' Frenzy, a game that revolves around plunging a toilet. Don't worry, you definitely read that correctly.

Avram's got a lot more to tell you about, and Tom's Guide has their full list.

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What NOT to Pay For When Configuring a New Computer - Episode 160


This week, Avram Piltch has got some new advice to help you save some money if you are considering purchasing a new laptop or desktop computer. Companies offer all sorts of add-ons and configuration options, but for most people, there are some that can simply be skipped, while others are absolutely essential. For example, never buy a laptop with a resolution below Full HD (1920x1080). The quality of the picture and, in particular, the crispness of text, will be painful to look at. Also, go for the SSD and skip a traditional hard drive. It will speed up your performance more than you might think. Avram's got a short list of features to skip, too. Check it out.

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Laptop Resolution Disappointment - Episode 159


This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the most disappointing trends in laptops: screen resolution. It's hard to believe that in 2018, as televisions are moving to UHD and screens are full HD or better, laptop screens are still shipping with 1366x768 resolution. It's not just a small number, either. 51% of business notebooks sold in 2017 were below full HD. In consumer laptops, the numbers are worse: over 60% of laptops sold were below full HD. This is a problem whose solution came a decade ago, so manufacturers should stop offering these low-end screens.

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Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot - Episode 158


This week, Avram Piltch discusses a toy that is both strangely priced and strangely timed: the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot. This toy was released just this week, only days before Christmas, and commands a premium price of $300. This isn't the only programmable device to charge a price in this range, but it is possibly the least featured programmable toy in this price range. The companion app offers a strange use for augmented reality, in which the AR itself does not add to the experience. In fact, during this game, the robot itself doesn't add anything to the game. But does the promise of future updates make the robot worth the price? Avram's got an answer.

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Net Neutrality in 2017 - Episode 157


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the changes that came to the US regarding the internet, and what it could mean for you. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission revoked guidances put in place in 2015, that discouraged internet service providers, or ISPs, from blocking or throttling websites for any reason. The intention of the guidances, referred to commonly as net neutrality, was to ensure that all internet users in the US would have the same access to content, no matter who their provider was. Now, with these guidances gone, Congress has the opportunity to step in and enact a binding legal framework.

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Apples to Apples: Ryzen 5 Mobile vs Core i5 - Episode 156


This week, Avram Piltch has the much anticipated results of LAPTOP Magazine's AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile versus Intel Cire i5 tests. For this showdown, nearly identical models of the HP Envy x360, one featuring an AMD processor and one featuring the comparable Intel processor, were run against the same tests. While the results are mixed, they are very different from what you might have expected from an AMD vs Intel showdown from a year ago. For example, the Geekbench test goes to Intel, while the Cinebench test goes to AMD. The ultimate question, however, is which model should you buy? Avram's got your recommendation.

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Best Retro Gadgets 2017 - Episode 155


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the more nostalgic gifts that you can find for your friends and family. Whether you're looking for the new, modern Teddy Ruxpin or a Casio calculator watch, or maybe you want a Polaroid camera, Avram's got some interesting ideas.

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Best Gift Laptops for Kids - Episode 154


This week, Avram Piltch discusses an important topic this time of year: laptops that make great gifts and are good for kids. The requirements are different: screens size should be smaller, platform should be chosen based on school's selection, price should be manageable and durability is must. Luckily, LAPTOP Magazine has tested a lot of laptops and can recommend the right one for you.

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How to Spot a Good Black Friday Season Deal - Episode 153


This week, Avram Piltch helps you prepare for Black Friday, which has expanded into a whole season, with deals over the next couple of weeks. Those deals can be overwhelming, with mass hysteria generated over televisions, laptops and more. Avram recommends making a plan by deciding what it is you are looking for, and what price would constitute a deal, and not jumping in just because something seems like a good price.

In addition, he shows off a new laptop he reviewed this week, the Acer Spin 1. This inexpensive laptop has an aluminum case and a screen better than some laptops triple its price, but it is powered by a Celeron processor. Who is it good for, and should you consider it? Avram's got the answer.

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PC Bloatware Is Not Really a Problem - Episode 152


This week, Avram Piltch discusses a topic that many of us have forgotten about: bloatware. Over the past few years, the concept has changed, but has not gone away. Instead of Internet Explorer toolbars, today Microsoft and manufacturers pre-install casual games and other software. The question is, is the software that comes pre-installed a problem? Avram's got the answer.

In addition, Avram gives us a preview of the Asus Zenbook Ux430, the latest laptop to receive an Intel 8th Generation Core upgrade. While the review is still in-process, Avram's got some of the early results for this refreshed laptop.

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AMD Ryzen Mobile - Episode 151


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the introduction of AMD's Ryzen chips for laptop computers. This is a big move for the company, who has languished in the laptop marketplace for years. Following their successful Ryzen series for desktops, however, they will be challenging Intel's dominance and their 8th Generation Core processors. While we do not know all of the information about pricing, etc., we do have a lot of information about the processors themselves, as well as the first three laptops that will sport the processors this holiday.

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The Trick of Laptop Pricing - Episode 150


This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the biggest problems in laptop buying: pricing. Many retailers, including HP, Lenovo, Dell and Microsoft, list their laptops as "starting at," showing the price for the lowest possible configuration. Those prices are almost always for a configuration that you simply do not want, but by the time you get far enough into the process to know better, you feel committed to the purchase. Avram has some warnings on what to look for, what a minimum acceptable configuration should be, and how to not be taken advantage of.

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Intel 8th Generation Reviews - Episode 149


This week, Avram Piltch has got two of the new laptops sporting Intel's 8th generation Core processors. While Lenovo's new Yoga may be a redesign, Dell's XPS 13 is a nearly identical clone of its predecessor, with an upgraded processor. Intel promises increased performance and better battery life - a claim that is hard to believe, but with Dell's laptop, easy to test. Are the claims correct, and is an 8th Generation Core processor worth waiting for? Avram has your answer.

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ASUS VivoBook E403NA - Episode 148


This week, Avram Piltch discusses his latest review laptop, the ASUS VivoBook E403NA. This 14" laptop has 8 hours of battery life, an aluminum case and a full HD screen. Oh, and it comes in at only $399. Unfortunately, to get to that price, something has to be cut - in this case, storage and processor speed. See what Avram thinks about the overall value of the E403NA here.

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Best Announcements of IFA 2017 - Episode 147


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of his and Tom's Guide's Best of IFA 2017. This year's list includes smartphones, smartwatches, augmented reality games, laptops and more. Whose products took the top spots? Avram's got the answers.

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Intel 8th Generation Processors - Episode 146


This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the bigger reveals of the week - the 8th Generation Core processors from Intel. The branding is confusing to many leading to an important question - should I wait to buy a laptop with the new processors? Avram says, unless you're desperately in need, wait, unless the model of computer is not currently being considered for upgrade. Not all processors are currently being upgraded - in fact only the U-series Core i5 and i7 are on the upgrade path today. Avram's got all of the details on which to wait and which to buy.

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Solar Eclipse 2017 - Episode 145


This week, Avram Piltch talks about what resources you can use to enjoy the solar eclipse in the United States even more. Whether you want to watch online, find a companion app, build a viewer, or more, Avram, along with his colleagues at Tom's Guide and Space.com have all of the tools you need to make your experience better.

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Circuit Cubes Hands-On - Episode 144


This week, Avram Piltch gives us a demo of the Circuit Cubes from Tenka Labs, a circuit-building kit for younger kids. The kit is LEGO-compatible, meaning you can enhance your projects using LEGO parts, but the kit differs from that of the LEGO BOOST. The BOOST is a kit designed to encourage programming, while the Circuit Cubes are designed to teach about electricity and circuit design. Instead of using wires to connect components, the Cubes use magnets and direct contact to transfer electricity from piece to piece. Avram and his son have tested the kit out, and Avram has his findings.

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LEGO BOOST Hands-On - Episode 143


This week, Avram Piltch gives us a demo of the LEGO BOOST, a robotics kit for younger kids. The kit offers 5 guided projects and the ability to free-form create, all without having to "write" a single line of code. Instead, the development interface is entirely graphics-driven, meaning that kids who have not learned to read can still understand it. In fact, Avram's 5-year-old son was able to create his own programming without issue. The LEGO BOOST is available now for $159.95.

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Back to School Technology 2017 - Episode 142


This week, Avram is here to help you prepare for the ever important back-to-school season. There are some tech items that every student needs, like a laptop, a backpack, a portable battery and more. Laptop Magazine has compiled some of the most important, and Avram talks about what they are and why they were chosen.

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Inexpensive Tech to Consider Purchasing - Episode 141


This week, Avram Piltch brings us some of the best tech on a budget. First, Avram discusses the treacherous terrain of inexpensive laptops. Usually, battery life is terrible, or screens are low resolution or very dim, or even incredibly heavy. It doesn't have to be this way, as there are some great deals under $200. In addition to laptops, Avram discusses one of the most essential computer accessories: the mouse. Inexpensive mice can be awkward to use or even overly basic. Some mice, however, are worth considering. $20 can even get you a wireless mouse from a reputable brand with navigation buttons on the side.

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KOOV: Next Generation Coding & Robotics Kit - Episode 140


This week, Avram Piltch talks about the next STEM educational product he is reviewing: the Sony KOOV. The system is designed to help teach kids about programming logic and mechanical workings, while making the process as easy as possible. Avram and his son have worked with it for only a single day, but they have built one of the more complex projects. See what Avram thinks about his early experiences.

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Computex 2017 - Episode 139


This week, Avram Piltch is back from Taipei with all of the details about Computex 2017. While CES might be the largest tech show, Computex is the largest computer show in the world. From new laptops to Windows 10 on ARM, odd computer cases and more, Avram has the info.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S - Episode 138


This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the topics we have missed over the past few weeks: Microsoft announcements. First is the Surface Laptop, not to be confused with the Surface Book. The new Laptop is not a convertible, but instead a traditional laptop. It comes in a variety of configurations, including color choices, something new in the Surface family.

Next up is Windows 10 S, the new edition of Windows intended for schools. This edition is essentially a full version of Windows 10, with the limitation of not being able to install software from outside of the Windows Store. This allows for a greater sense of security for school officials, without any issues from students. Microsoft will use Windows 10 S to compete with Chromebooks, which have recently begun to infest schools because of perceived security.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8+ - Episode 137


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. These devices are the next generation of Samsung's most popular phone series. They are also Samsung's first major release since the ill-fates Galaxy Note7, which was recalled after devices began catching fire. Can Samsung fix its fate with the new phones? Avram's got the answer.

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Best and Worst Laptop Brands 2017 - Episode 136


This week, Avram Piltch discusses LAPTOP Magazine's 2017 Best and Worst Laptop Brands 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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Windows 10 Creators Update - Episode 135


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft may have just announced the public release date, but Avram has been using it for a while and has some of his favorite features. Unfortunately, most of the things that we were all excited about are missing.

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Tech Support Showdown 2017 Results - Episode 134


This week, Avram Piltch brings us a summary of LAPTOP Magazine's 2017 Tech Support Showdown. Every year, the publication calls the 10 biggest laptop manufacturers, asking common support questions and rates the accuracy and usefulness of the company's responses. This year, some of the results are not just shocking, they are concerning.

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Toy Fair 2017 - Episode 133


This week, Avram Piltch discusses, in detail, his experiences at Toy Fair 2017 in New York. From drones and Arduino to conductive clay and an updated Teddy Ruxpin, Avram saw some interesting products. He also got to show off some products from Technology Will Save Us, featuring Electro Dough Kit, which is a conductive clay kit, and Mover Kit, a build-it-yourself fitness tracker for kids.

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Divoom Timebox Mini - Episode 132


This week, Avram Piltch has with him the new Divoom Timebox Mini ($49), a smart alarm clock based on their existing Divoom Timebox ($89) product, just on a smaller scale. This device has 121 programmable pixels, which can dance to music, show app notifications or even function as a game. Of course, it also focuses on its primary task: an alarm clock. Avram has spent some time with the device, and has all of the details.

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Laptop Features to Skip on a Budget - Episode 131


This week, Avram talks about some of the features that are nice to have, but are not required. If you are in the process of buying a new laptop and are looking for ways to save a little money, these features are a great way to save.

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Things NOT to Buy Today - Episode 130


This week, Avram talks about the tech items that are not worth buying today. This time of year, with CES just behind us and MWC just ahead, there are a number of products that are about to be replaced by new models, so buying now would be a disappointment. Once a new model comes out, old models become more affordable and new models are faster, lighter and better than their predecessors. Of course, this is not to say that, if you drop your phone in the toilet you should wait, but if everything is still working, a few more weeks might do you well.

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CES 2017 Previews and Predictions - Episode 129


This week, Avram Piltch and Scott Ertz discuss CES 2017 and the types of products that they are hoping to see, as well as the parts of the show floor that they find most interesting. Robots on the show floor and Eureka Park's unique and sometimes weird products are some of the topics discussed about the upcoming event.

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Which Processor is Right for You - Episode 128


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the differences between the various families of processors available in computers. Not every processor is right for every person, and Avram has done the research for you to help you choose the most important piece of hardware in your next computer.

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Cyber Monday Deals 2016 - Episode 127


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the best deals that he and his team have found. These deals include laptops, monitors, toys and accessories, all curated so you don't have to go hunting.

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Our Favorite Gadgets of 2016 - Episode 126


This week, Avram Piltch and Scott Ertz discuss some of the products they have reviewed this year, which ones would make great gifts and which ones to avoid completely.

Also, watch or listen to find the secret phrase to enter to win a new Vinci headphone before they are available to the public.

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Gadget Deals to Watch For - Episode 125


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the best gadgets to watch for during the Black Friday state-of-mind. While Black Friday used to be a single day, it now accounts for most of November, and prices on a number of gadgets will be great. Others, however, may not go on sale, but these are the gadgets to grab up if they do.

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Microsoft and Apple's Creative Futures - Episode 124


This week, Avram Piltch and Scott Ertz discuss the announcements of the week from both Microsoft and Apple. Both companies showed off their ideas for the future of creative computing, and the two could not be more different. How do their visions differ? Listen and find out.

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Which Laptop Size is Right for You - Episode 123


This week, Avram Piltch discusses a self-fulfilling prophecy in laptop sizes. Currently, the most popular size of laptop is a 15" screen, but that is mostly because it is the most popular already. But, what size is actually best for most people? Avram has his take on the topic.

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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 Kaby Lake processors 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Intel Kaby Lake Changes - Episode 118


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the new line of Intel processors. Kaby Lake brings the 7th generation of Intel's Core I processors. These new chips bring faster speeds and higher turbo speeds. The stranger change, though, is in the Core m series of processors. These lower power chips often cost more and perform lower than their traditional counterparts, but will be lumped in with them. Intel Core m5 and Core m7 will now be called Core i5 and Core i7, making for market confusion. Making the decision even stranger is Core m3 will retain its name.

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Backspace Navigation - Episode 117


This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the worst keyboard shortcut decisions in internet history: the backspace key. In most browsers, this key, in certain contexts, is the same as hitting the back button on the toolbar. The problem with this is that, if you're typing and accidentally click your mouse ,you can lose everything you've typed. Google is trying to fix this, hopefully others will follow suit.

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Devices to Avoid Buying Right Now - Episode 116


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the technology products that you should avoid purchasing right now. Should you upgrade your Android phone? Your iPhone? What about your aging Lumia? Now might not be the time. Avram will let you know whether or not this is a good time to buy.

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Gole1 Hands-On - Episode 115


This week, Avram Piltch shows off an interesting take on the micro computer: the Gole1. This little Atom-powered computer works similar to an Intel Compute Stick, running Windows 10 and Android. It also adds a battery and 5 inch touchscreen. The question is, does the screen add anything to the experience, or is it just a gimmick? Avram has the answer.

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Windows 10 Gives and Takes - Episode 114


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the ups and downs of Windows 10 this week. On July 29, Microsoft ended the free upgrade program for Windows 7 and 8 users to move to Windows 10. On August 2, Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be released, adding some new and exciting, but also some unexpected and potentially dangerous features to the operating system. Avram talks about them all.

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Android Apps on Chrome OS - Episode 113


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the recent addition of Android apps to two more Chromebook models. The company intends to bring the feature to almost all models, current and past, in the near future. Does this feature make Chromebooks worth considering, or is this just a gimmick that won't add enough value? We discuss.

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College Laptops 2016 - Episode 112


This week, Avram Piltch brings to us some of the best laptops available for students. But, that's not all! He talks about which models are best for each major, and where you might be able to score a deal.

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Windows 10 Lawsuit Results - Episode 111


This week, Avram Piltch talks about the lawsuit against Microsoft in regards to Windows 10 upgrades. Microsoft decided to settle the suit without taking the issue to trial, paying $10,000 to the plaintiff. Avram is concerned about the ramifications of settling this suit, but in particular, how it could threaten security and innovation, with software companies worried about automatic updates.

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Technology in the 80s - Episode 110


This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the ways in which technology was better in the 80s. From removable media to record television to self-powered phone, instant-off computers and less power-hungry gadgets, he talks about some nostalgia and some actual trends away from success.

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Computex 2016 - Episode 109


This week, Avram Piltch talks about his experiences at this year's Computex event in Taipei. From Jetsons-style robots to backpack computers for virtual and augmented reality, this year's conferences was certainly eventful.

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When to Buy a Laptop - Episode 108


This week, Avram Piltch gives us some information about what to look for in a laptop sale and when is the best time of year to purchase.

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Hosted by Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering news, reviews, and previews of devices and components.

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Mobile World Congress 2016 - Episode 106


MWC 2016 hasn't started yet, and already we have lots of information about new devices, like the HP Elite x3 Windows 10 phone, the LG G5 and more. Avram discusses the most important information we know so far.

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Vaio Z Flip - Episode 105


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.

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Mini PCS - Episode 104


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.

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New Computer Features - Episode 103


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.

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2016 in Review - Episode 102


This week, Avram Piltch talks about the highs and lows of 2016. He talks about products that succeeded, those that didn't and some that never made it out of CES 2015.

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Laptop Buying Guide - Episode 101


This week, Avram Piltch has his annual update to the LAPTOP Magazine buying guide. He talks about what to look for in a computer, including hard drive types, memory, screen sizes and more. You don't want to make a laptop purchase without this information.

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Computer Upgrades - Episode 100


This week, Avram Piltch talks about one of the most important topics in technology for December: upgrading your PC. For some, rather than buying a new PC, you can make a few minor upgrades and breathe new life into your existing PC. Avram has some of the best upgrades that can be made today.

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Holiday 2015 Deals - Episode 99


This week, Avram Piltch talks about some of the best deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond. We also discuss some products that are better deals than others.

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Inexpensive Computing - Episode 98


This eek, Avram Piltch returns with a bang, bringing 2 incredibly inexpensive PCs. First up is the InFocus Kangaroo, a tiny portable Windows 10 PC with the ability to add ports through an expansion port. The device is available through the Microsoft Store soon for a mere $99. Next is the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S, an 11" laptop running Windows 10 on an Atom Processor with 2GB of RAM. The laptop is available now for $199. The question is, are either of these machines worth their price? Avram has the answer.

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Microsoft Office 2016 - Episode 97


This week, Avram Piltch talks about the release of the newest version of Microsoft Office. Office 2016 adds a lot of new capabilities, mostly focused on collaboration. The newest version is available now for Windows, Windows Phone and Mac.

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Ad-Blockers and You - Episode 96


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the week's events in regards to ad blocking. Apple's iOS 9 brought about the ability to download ad-blockers, and they were quickly popular among users. One developer, however, felt remorse for hurting websites and pulled his within 2 days. Avram spoke to ethicists, industry insiders and more for this report.

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Apple Event 2015 - Episode 95


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the products announced by Apple at their September 9th event. He discusses the iPad Pro and its obvious inspiration from the Surface Pro, the paired Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, also borrowed from Microsoft, the Apple TV and its gaming intentions and more.

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Intel Skylake - Episode 94


This week, Avram Piltch discusses what we didn't get to hear about at this year's Intel Developer Forum: Skylake. Waiting for IDF 2015, the company talked about all of the cool new features of the next generation of processors, including its implementation into the Core M, Pentium and Celeron hardware. He also discusses some of the new computers that are taking advantage of the new Skylake architecture.

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Intel Developer Forum - Episode 93


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the ups and downs of this year's Intel Developer conference. While we didn't get all of the information we might have wanted about the next generation of processors, we did learn a lot about the capabilities of RealSense cameras, including drones, robot butlers and more.

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Best Wireless Deals - Episode 92


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the most important thing to come out of Verizon Wireless' big announcement - are the new plans a good deal for consumers? Shortly before the announcement, his team published an analysis of wireless networks speed, customer service and plans, but are Verizon's plans better now than before? Avram has the answer.

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Windows 10 Settings - Episode 91


This week, Avram Piltch continues his coverage of the Windows 10 launch. While last week he talked about whether you should upgrade any why, this week he discusses what you should do now that you have Windows 10 running. In particular, how can you change some of the settings that default to something you might not want. This is must-have information for anyone running Windows 10.

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Windows 10 - Episode 90


This week, Avram Piltch discusses and shows off why you should upgrade to Windows 10 "without hesitation." With Cortana making her way to the desktop and a completely reimagined Start menu/Start screen hybrid, and the ability to change interface based on hardware with Continuum, Windows 10 is definitely ready for you to install.

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HP Pro Slate 8 Tablet - Episode 89


This week, Avram Piltch shows off one of the most interesting built-in features we have ever seen on an Android tablet. The HP Pro Slate 8 offers a ballpoint pen that allows you to write on paper and it transcribes it onto the tablet. But, does this feature justify the $449 price point or is it merely a gimmick? Avram has the answer.

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Laptop Essentials - Episode 88


This week, Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine, answers a question he is often asked: what do you look for in a laptop. While we all know that no laptop is perfect, there are some features that should be considered before making a purchase. Avram discusses which features are essential for him, and which he can consider skipping.

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Android vs iPhone - Episode 87


This week, Avram Piltch has updated his editorial on Android vs iPhone. As a long-time Android user, Avram takes the Android side of the debate, giving us reasons why Android-powered phones make better devices than iPhones.

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Pebble Time - Episode 86


This week, Avram Piltch has a brand new Pebble Time smartwatch. The newest model in the Pebble family has added a microphone and color E Ink display, and a whole collection of apps to take advantage of both of these new features. But, is it enough to make the $200 price tag worth it? Avram has the answer.

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Apple WWDC 2015 - Episode 85


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the overall meh reaction the world had to this year's WWDC by Apple. The company announced a huge collection of "borrowed" features that other platforms have had for years, but absolutely nothing new for any of their brands. This included Windows 7/8's snap, Windows 8's edge gestures, Windows' cursor locator, webOS's swipe to delete email and HERE Maps' transit maps.

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Computex 2015 - Episode 84


This week, Avram Piltch discusses his experiences at this year's Computex in Taipei. From laptops and tablets to microcomputers, Computex had a lot of interesting products to talk about; it also had some weird announcements, the biggest of which coming from Intel.

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The Morality of Ad Blockers - Episode 83


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the rise in popularity of ad blockers and their effect on the Internet. In the past, it was limited to those who knew how to interact with plugins, but with the creation of ad blocking browsers, the ability to use these tools has gone mainstream. The problem is, without the ad revenue, how do the websites you visit stay in business? Avram discusses.

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HoloLens and Yoga Tablet 2 - Episode 82


This week, Avram Piltch is back with two great topics for us. First we discuss his experiences at Microsoft //build with the upcoming HoloLens. He had the opportunity to build a test application and learned about the various ways you can interact with the virtual world projected into the real world.

Next he shows us the newest member of the Lenovo Yoga family - the Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen with Windows (8"). The 8" Windows variant of this tablet has been around for a while now, but the introduction of AnyPen is the hero here. This technology allows you to use any metal object as a stylus, creating a great scenario for the garage, workshop or toolbox.

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Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 & Build - Episode 81


This week, Avram Piltch has the biggest show and tell yet, bringing 2 different products and 3 separate topics. First is the new Surface 3 from Microsoft, the theoretical successor but major step forward for the base Surface model. Upgrading from an ARM processor to an Intel, and from Windows RT to full Windows 8.1, this makes the Surface 3 a true productivity device.

The future of the Surface is Windows 10, which is in its technical preview phase. That preview received an update, with tons of new features and bug fixes. Chief among these additions is Outlook Mail and Calendar, the replacements for Windows Mail and Calendar. These new apps fix a number of the issues of their predecessors, namely the lack of POP3 access in email.

The upcoming Build Conference, which Avram will attend, likely has a lot of news about Windows, for the Surface, phone and other devices. One of those devices is HoloLens, Microsoft's Augmented reality platform, which is poised to change the way we interact with out computers forever. The surprise reveal several months ago showed promise, but what will the future hold, and who will make apps for the platform? Build is likely to reveal that information.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - Episode 80


This week, Avram Piltch has a show-and-tell of the newly released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The device, which released in the United States today, is the newest entry in the Galaxy family, adding the rounded LCD edges first found on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. It is the sister device to the Samsung Galaxy S6, which also was released today. The question at hand is, with the $100 price difference over the standard phone, is this a phone to consider?

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Windows 10 - Episode 79


This week, Avram Piltch talks about and shows off some of the best and worst aspects of the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview - Build 10041. We talk about 4-corner snapping, monitor seams and the Start menu, plus the issues with Netflix and whether it is time to try it out.

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Mobile World Congress 2015 - Episode 78


This week, Avram Piltch talks about his experiences at Mobile World Congress 2015, which he describes as the best ever. We follow the trends of mobile payments, biometrics, virtual reality and cheap phones. Most importantly, he talks about his experience with the HTV/Valve Vive and Portal demo.

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Intel RealSense - Episode 77


This week, Avram Piltch has got an Intel RealSense developer kit and he is ready to show it off. Between virtual green screens, face scans and emotion detection, there are lots of interesting capabilities in this new technology.

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Preparing for a Data Breach - Episode 76


This week, Avram Piltch talks about what you can do to prepare for a data breach. In the wake of this week's Anthem data breach, people are worried about what they might need to do to protect themselves, and what they could have done before to prevent it. Avram, and the teams at LAPTOP and Tom's Guide have put together lists of what to do both before and after a loss like this.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Asus ZenWatch - Episode 72


This week, Avram Piltch shows off the newest member of the Android Wear family, the Asus ZenWatch. While the device itself is fairly sound, minus its band, it is still held back by the lack of capabilities of Android Wear itself. Does the hardware make this watch a keeper? Watch and find out.

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Upgrades Under $100 - Episode 71


This week, Avram Piltch gives some recommendations for how you can upgrade your technology experience for under $100. Whether it be an inexpensive extra monitor to make you more productive, an SSD to speed up your computer's performance or a keyboard to make typing more natural, he has something for almost everyone.

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Cyber Monday Deals - Episode 70


This week, Avram Piltch talks about the gadgets that are, and are not, good deals on Cyber Monday and beyond. An important thing to note about the month of December: if a product you want is not on sale today, check again tomorrow.

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Black Friday at Home - Episode 69


This week, Avram Piltch talks to us about some of the best ways to get Black Friday prices without leaving home. Some of these deals are available now, while some will have to wait for Friday. Where can you get the best deals this year? Watch and find out.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro - Episode 68


This week, Avram Piltch brings us a look at one of the most interesting takes on the convertible computer: the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. This laptop, which can convert into a tablet, a presentation device and even a tent, has some serious tricks up its sleeve. But can its keyboard and battery live up to the rest of the line? Avram explains.

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Inexpensive Gifts [2014 Gift Guide] - Episode 67


This week, Avram Piltch begins our holiday coverage with some of the inexpensive gifts available now from the LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide Holiday Gift Guides. With wall sockets, Wi-Fi range extenders, keyboards and mice, there are plenty of great gifts that won't empty your wallet.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Episode 66


This week, Avram Piltch has the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and he wants to show it to you. With a giant screen, great resolution and unique sensors is the new member of the Note family the new King of Phablets?

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Windows 10 and Blaming Technology - Episode 65


This week, Avram Piltch is back and talking about the things we have missed over the past few weeks without him. First we talk about and experience Windows 10, especially the things that are new to the OS. From the return of the Start menu to windowed modern apps, there is plenty to see.

Second, we talk about how to prepare to blame technology for mistakes. Whether you're prepared to respond to a bad Tweet, or explaining why your email attachment is missing, Avram has some great ways to be prepared for your mistakes.

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iPhone 6 Issues - Episode 64


This week, Avram Piltch discusses with the F5 Live team some of the known issues coming out of the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Included are the camera, the battery and, of course, the bendable body. This conversation comes on the heals of F5 Live Episode 370, which discussed the software issues of the same launch.

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Intel Developer Forum - Episode 63


This week, Avram Piltch discusses his experiences at Intel Developer Forum 2014. With announcements ranging from the Galileo successor Edison development board for Internet of Things devices, to the next Core family, Sky Lake, Avram was there for it all. Have you ever thought about a necklace that can tell you your mother's mood? How about a desk that can charge all of your devices wirelessly? A USB cable that can be plugged in either direction and charge your laptop? IDF 2014 had it all.

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Inexpensive Tech Upgrades - Episode 62


This week, Avram Piltch talks about some inexpensive ways to upgrade your existing or future gadgets. From memory cards for your phone to an SSD for your laptop or desktop, and even RAM upgrades, Avram has some great ways to make your gadgets work harder for you.

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What to Expect in September and October - Episode 61


This week, Avram Piltch discusses the technology products we already know about and predict we will see during September and October. Among these products are the iPhone 6 (or whatever they decide to call it), the Moto 360, a new entry in the Surface family and the Lumia 730.

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Worst Gadgets Ever - Episode 60


This week, Avram Piltch discusses his list of some of the worst gadgets of all time. Some of them make the list because of a terrible launch partner (Microsoft Kin + Verizon), while others make the list for being completely useless. If there weren't products like this, we would be out of a job, so let's dive in.

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T-Mobile Battery Life - Episode 59


This week, Avram Piltch talks about mobile battery life and reveals that, through LAPTOP Magazine's extensive testing, T-Mobile phones last longer than their competitors. This information is based on identical handsets, such as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One, tested in multiple cities.

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Biggest Ropoffs - Episode 58


This week, Avram Piltch brings us a number of services offered by major companies that have zero benefit. Fortunately, these services cost a lot of money. Instead of using the services offered by these companies, Avram also brings us alternatives and solutions.

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Toddler Tech - Episode 57


This week, Avram Piltch brings us some of the best apps available in the Android and iOS markets for toddlers. He discovered that, while most kids apps are appropriate for kids 5 and older, toddlers require a different set of features. For example, a simple menu structure and no reading make using the app possible for a 2-year-old.

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Episode 56 - Worst Gadgets to Purchase Now


Last week Avram Piltch told us about some of the best gadgets to purchase today. This week he's flipping it and talking about some of the worst tech purchases you could make today. From smartwatches and phones to wearables, he's got it all.

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Episode 55 - Best Gadgets


Avram Piltch often brings the world top 10 lists, but sometimes people just want the best of the best. That is what we have tonight. What is considered the best smartphone, laptop and tablet for what you are doing? Here are Avram and LAPTOP Magazine's choices.

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Episode 54 - Morality of Augemented Reality


Avram Piltch recently moderated a panel at CE Week in New York, presented by the Consumer Electronics Association. The panel was about wearable technology and its implications on our culture. He had 4 experts on representing both technology and culture (available on YouTube).

While doing a great job moderating the panel, he was inspired to write his own opinions on the topic. Tonight he discusses those opinions on why wearables and AR make us more human, not less.

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Episode 53 - LG G Watch and Android Wear


Avram Piltch shows off the new LG G Watch, as well as the Android Wear platform. As he shows, the platform might not be ready for a public debut, and the G Watch might not be worth the $229 pricetag.

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Episode 52 - The Why Nots of the Amazon Fire Phone


Avram Piltch is never one to back down from a topic, even if it might be controversial. This one, it turns out, was not. He discusses the reasons why you should NOT get an Amazon Fire Phone; for example, the whole concept of a store disguised as a phone.

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Episode 51 - Computex Recap


Avram Piltch discusses all of the interesting items he saw at this year's Computex in Taipei. From Intel's Llama Mountain to Asus, MSI and Intel, he has got tons of information. In addition, we discuss Samsung's Tizen event and Windows Phones.

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Episode 50 - Computex Preview


Avram Piltch and the crew from LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide will be traveling a lot this month covering events all over the world. Starting next week, they will keep us up-to-date on Computex from Taipei and Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco. After that they'll be helping us cover E3 2014 in Los Angeles and then Google I/O in San Francisco. With all of that going on this month, what can we expect? Avram gives us his thoughts.

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Episode 49 - Net Neutrality


Avram Piltch discusses his recent piece about five freedoms we currently take for granted online that could easily be swept away if net neutrality is not preserved. Whether you want to start a business or a blog, shop from a particular store or use a particular service, your ISP could prevent you from accessing it, and there would be nothing you could do about it, other than switch providers.

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Episode 48 - Worst Mobile Bloatware


Avram Piltch knows that bloatware is one of the dirty little tricks that manufacturers and carriers play on their customers, on computers, tablets and phones. He also knows that there are ways to remove this garbage and explain some of them right here.

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Episode 47 - Keyboard Shortcuts


Avram Piltch knows that removing your hands from the keyboard to interact with the mouse is one of the biggest time wasters. This is why he compiled a list of 15 keyboard shortcuts you're not using. Whether snapping Windows, selecting content in Word or Excel, or opening and closing tabs in your browser, Avram has you covered.

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Episode 46 - BUILD 2014


Avram Piltch talks about his experiences at Microsoft's Build 2014 developer conference. In particular, he talks about the pros and cons of the most talked about feature of Windows Phone 8.1: Cortana. Based on Cortana from the Halo series, Microsoft's personal assistant has a lot to be excited about, and a lot to be apprehensive of. In addition, he discusses the addition of a notification area in Windows Phone 8.1 and the return of the Start menu in Windows 8.1.

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Episode 45 - Best and Worst Powered Devices


Avram Piltch discusses one of the most important features in modern technology: battery life. Whether it's a laptop, tablet or smartphone, a short battery life can ruin your otherwise happy experience. Which devices have the best and worst ratings from LAPTOP Magazine? Avram tells you here.

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Episode 44 - iPhone 6 Rumors and Hatred


Avram Piltch has written articles that have received their share of negative comments, and he wears that as a badge of honor. In fact, he believes that, for someone to take the time to respond negatively, he must have hit a good topic. If that is the case, this week was a success with the 6 Reasons the iPhone 6 Has Already Lost, having received whole response articles from Network World and The Unofficial Apple Weblog. He discusses the topics of his "well-received" article, as well as the sudden fame from his astute observations.

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Episode 43 - Smart Vending Machines and Dumb Phones


Avram Piltch discusses an interesting device he recently encountered: a smart vending machine that can use facial recognition and NFC to customize the experience for the customer. You can also use the connected machine to send gifts to the machine; for example, someone could purchase a pair of headphones remotely and you could pick them up at the machine.

In addition, he discusses the rumors surrounding the iPhone 6 (or iPhone Air), coming up at the end of the year. It is expected to be a slight, incremental change. The camera is expected to be the same hardware as the iPhone 5s, and battery life will continue to be a problem.

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Episode 42 - Mobile World Congress 2014


Avram Piltch talks us through some of the innovations he and his team discovered at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. Drawing from the Best of Mobile World Congress lists from both LAPTOP Magazine and sister site Tom's Guide, he discussed the second-generation YotaPhone, the Samsung Gear and Samsung Gear Fit, the Rambus lensless camera and more.

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Episode 41 - Ethics in Wearable Technology


Avram Piltch discusses the ethical dilemmas created by wearable technology, such as Google Glass. Having spoken with domain experts, such as human cyborg and University of Toronto Professor Steve Mann, Former New York Times Ethicist Randy Cohen and About.com Etiquette Expert Debby Mayne, Avram brings us a unique view of the dilemmas created by this new technology and how some have begun to deal with them.

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Episode 40


Avram Piltch gives us a hands-on with Lenovo's new version of the X1 Carbon and gives his, as well as LAPTOP Magazine's impressions of the device. Included is a discussion about the laptop's keyboard, screen and trackpad, plus battery life and, of course, whether or not it is worth the money.

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Episode 39 - 80s Gadgets Today


Avram Piltch, inspired by a review of the capabilities of a modern smartphone compared to an entire RadioShack newspaper ad from the 80s, discusses how to duplicate some of our favorite 80s gadgets today. From the View-Master to the Atari 2600 - even a full MS-DOS PC - everything is possible on a modern smartphone.

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Episode 38 - Beyond USB 3.0


Avram Piltch discusses some of the technological advances in the USB standard, including USB 3.1 set to debut this year. With the new technology comes new uses, such as 4K video delivered over USB, universal power delivery and USB C, a new tip to end the "which side is up" issue once and for all.

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Episode 37 - CES 2014 Wrap-up


Avram Piltch discusses LAPTOP Magazine's top picks for CES 2014. From phones to watches, we talk about everything. He then sticks around for the rest of F5 Live as we also discuss our picks for best of CES 2014.

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Episode 36 - 2013 Tech Fails


Avram Piltch covers some of the top tech fails of 2013. From the overall disaster that is BlackBerry to the launch failure of Ouya, from Samsung's Galaxy Zoom to HP's super-hot Chromebook 11, there were plenty of mistakes this year.

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Episode 35 - Battery Champions


Avram Piltch talks about 5 of the top 13 gadgets from 2013 that rocked battery life. From a 20+ hour laptop to a 12+ hour videogame system and a 13+ hour smartphone, some companies really raised the bar on battery performance, but not everyone keeps up.

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Episode 34 - Technology Coal


Avram Piltch discusses 3 of the 5 items on his list of technology gifts no one should be surprised by. From Chromebooks to the Surface 2, these gifts should not be given without first discussing the intent with the recipient.

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Episode 33 - Best Gadgets of 2013


Avram Piltch tells us of the newest Laptop Magazine record holder, the T440, having the longest non-slice battery life of any laptop ever tested. He also discusses Laptop Magazine's list of the best gadgets of 2013.

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Episode 32


Hosted by Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering news, reviews, and previews of devices and components.

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Episode 31


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

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Episode 30


Hosted by Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering news, reviews, and previews of devices and components.

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Episode 29


Avram Piltch discusses some of the annoyances with Windows 8.1 and how to solve them. From searching for files to not copying files in Modern UI; from quickly vanishing notifications to protecting you from yourself, Avram has the solutions.

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Episode 28 - Asus Transformer Book T100


Avram Piltch discusses and shows off the new Asus Transformer Book T100. Is it a tablet or is it a netbook? The answer to both is yes. Powered by a Bay Trail Atom processor and Windows 8.1, this little beast is a steal for $349.

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Episode 27 - Why Chrome OS is Still a Pass


Avram Piltch discusses the newly announced HP Chromebook 11 and why this device, alone with all other Chromebooks are not ready for primetime. With an app store that allows you to install apps that won't run on your device, 5+ second application load times and absolutely no consideration for using the device offline, this device doesn't know who it is designed for.

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Episode 26 - Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear


Avram Piltch talks about and shows off the new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch. With 11 hours of battery life on the LAPTOP Magazine test and a huge, beautiful screen that takes advantage of its stylus in a great way, is the Note 3 the best phone on the market? With limited syncing capabilities and a small collection of apps, however, is the Gear a yay or nay? Avram will let you know before you buy.

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Episode 25 - Stupidest Smartphone Features


Avram Piltch discusses the top features of smartphones that no one could ever want. From attention seeking media players to gestures that are more difficult than the normal interaction method, today's smartphones truly have it all.

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Episode 24 - iPhone is Still Behind the Times


Avram Piltch discusses why the iPhone 5s and 5c is still behind the times. Between terrible battery life, small screens, lack of application side-loading and a lack of NFC, it just seems like skipping the iPhone is a good idea.

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Episode 23 - Intel Bay Trail


Avram Piltch discusses the newly announced Intel Bay Trail family of processors and their future in the tablet and laptop marketplace. Marketed as Atom in tablets and Celeron and Pentium for laptops, these processors offer significant improvements over the previous generation of Atom, but will they stand up to Avram's requirements?

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Episode 22 - Samsung Note 3 and Gear Preview


Sherri L. Smith of LAPTOP Magazine, filling in for Avram Piltch, talks about the news of the week out of the Samsung camp: the Note 3 and Gear smartwatch.

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Episode 21 - Dumbest Desktop Defaults


Avram Piltch talks about his list of the worst default settings for desktop computers and how to fix them. From Office 2013's new smooth typing to Window's hiding of file extensions, changing many of these default settings can save you hassle in your daily life.

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Episode 20 - Little-Known Android Features


Avram Piltch explains some of the best, little-known features of Google's Android operating environment. Among these features are remote desktop, file server and Apache web server.

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Episode 19 - Samsung Tizen


Avram Piltch talks about Tizen - Samsung's upcoming smartphone operating system and where it fits in the marketplace. He also discusses the similarities and differences between Tizen and other operating systems, such as Google's Android, HP Palm's webOS and BlackBerry's BlackBerry 10.

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Episode 18 - Smartphones in 2018


Avram Piltch discusses the new and exciting features coming to smartphones over the next 5 years. From additional sensors, like biometric identity and fitness, to always-on voice control enhances batteries and cameras, you almost won't be able to recognize the smartphone in 2018.

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Episode 17 - Chromecast vs Android Mini PCs


Avram Piltch discusses the newly announced Google Chromecast and why it is not a value for almost any consumer. With its incredibly limited operating system and almost entire lack of functionality, a $35 pricepoint is simply not worth it. Instead, Avram suggests looking into one of dozens of Android-powered mini PCs which are capable of doing everything the Chromecast can, plus running most Android applications, plus start in a price very similar to the Chromecast.

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Episode 16 - Asus MeMO Pad HD 7


Avram Piltch shows off the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, the new 7 inch tablet from the company. With nearly 10 hours of battery life, a high-quality screen, including color adjustments, and a quad-core processor, all for only $150, it is no wonder Avram believes this is the best 7 inch tablet in town.

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Episode 15 - Toddler-Proofing Your Technology


Avram Piltch discusses some of the best ways to prevent your gadgets from being damaged or used for unintended purposes. Whether you don't want your toddler to turn off your computer while you are using it or you want to prevent them from purchasing a car on eBay, Avram has solutions for you.

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Episode 14 - Acer Iconia W3


Avram Piltch shows off the Acer Iconia W3, the world's first-to-market Windows 8 8" tablet. While we expect this to be the beginning of a popular product category, the first device has a number of killer features, including a custom Bluetooth keyboard and nearly 9 hour battery life.

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Episode 13 - Microsoft //Build


Avram Piltch discusses some of the things he encountered while at Microsoft's annual developer conference, //Build. Topics include Windows 8.1's return of the Start button, Internet Explorer's multiple personality disorder and a lack of file control in modern mode.

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Hosted by Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering news, reviews, and previews of devices and components.

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Episode 11 - Computex


Avram Pitch discusses the new and exciting computer products he experienced at Computex in Taipei. From an Android tablet that becomes a Windows 8 laptop to the first 8" Windows 8 tablet, plus a full refresh from Toshiba and a lot of Haswell processors, there is a lot to cover this week.

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Episode 10


Avram Pitch discusses the 10 old technologies you won't believe are still in use today. Included are pay phones, pagers, dial-up Internet access and blank VHS cassettes.

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Episode 9


Avram Piltch discusses details about Google I/O, their annual developer's conference. Included in the discussion are the biggest disappointments and whether the press should continue to hype developer events as if they are press events.

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Episode 8


Avram Piltch discusses 6 amazingly arrogant statements made by technology executives. The list includes Steve Jobs' statement about Android, Steve Ballmer's statement about the iPhone and was inspired by the week's statement by BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins about tablets. He also discusses Acer's recently announced line of surprisingly odd notebooks and tablets.

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Episode 7 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Reviewed


Avram Piltch discusses his interactions with the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Sprint and LAPTOP Magazine's review of the device. He explains why the device received a 4/5 star rating, including the positives and the negatives.

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Episode 6 - 10 Dying Tech Annoyances


Avram Piltch discusses the 10 tech annoyances his child will never experience. The conversation includes fond and not-so-fond reminiscence of these technologies and how they touched our lives and why we are glad they will be history.

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Episode 5 - 7 Ways to Recover the PC Market


Avram Piltch discusses 7 ways to recover the crashing PC market, including creating a reason for people to replace their current PCs, which manufacturers have not focused on in years. He also talks about the problems that could come to the tech market if a new war starts in Korea, especially with Samsung and LG headquartered in South Korea. He concludes with his favorite moments from the first 300 episodes of F5 Live.

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Episode 4


Hosted by Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering news, reviews, and previews of devices and components.

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Episode 3


Hosted by Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering news, reviews, and previews of devices and components.

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Episode 2 - Cringe-Worthy Tech Events and Galaxy S4


Avram Piltch discusses the 5 worst tech product announcement events, including this week's event, plus Steve Jobs asking the press to stop using WiFi and others. In addition, we discuss the details behind the newly announced and highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Episode 1 - Proprietary Features


Avram Piltch discusses how to get some of the best proprietary features from Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola Android phones on your Android phone, no matter the brand. Topics include Q Slide from the LG Optimus G and Popup Play from Samsung, Q Translator from LG and Bing Translate from Windows Phone, Smart Stay from Samsung, S Beam from Samsung and Android Beam on other Android phones.

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