February 9, 2020 - Episode 549 - Show Notes

February 9, 2020 - Episode 549

Sunday Feb 9, 2020 (01:14:19)


This week, AMD's coming to a PC near you, Clearview AI is spying on your face, and ViacomCBS wants to compete with itself.


Scott Ertz


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 rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay 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 helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch


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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AMD is gaining ground and partners as Intel stalls on development

Over the past year or so, Intel seems to have forgotten that they are in the processor business, letting their biggest competitor, AMD, gain ground. While Intel has not released any processors on upgraded architecture or smaller silicon footprints, AMD has continued to innovate, recently releasing 7nm chips. This constant forward movement from AMD has had a positive impact on the company, bringing their desktop market share to 18.3 percent and mobile share to 162 percent for the fourth quarter.

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Nvidia's GeForce Now service makes Google Stadia look like a relic

Here's the pitch: A service that allows you to stream videogames to be able to be played on any device you own. This is what everyone had hoped for when Google launched Stadia, though it was not to be. Like other services that came before, the service was very limited. The biggest limitation is that you have to get the game from Google Stadia, whether you already own it or not. It also meant that if Google didn't support the game, you couldn't play it. However, GeForce Now has taken a different approach.

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ViacomCBS wants to bring you yet ANOTHER video streaming service

If you read our site often, this will sound familiar to you. A major media company is working to bring a video streaming service to the market that will put a focus on their content. In the past year or so, we've been inundated with new streaming services like Disney+ and CBS All Access. There have also been entries from premium services like Showtime and HBO. We also know of future services like Peacock from NBC. That is in addition to existing services from the likes of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Comedy Central, FX, CNBC, MTV, and more.


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