This week, Nintendo snaps our hopes for a foolproof Joy-Con, Tinder lets you buy your match a Lyft, and Twitch Twitch suffers a major data breach.
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'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.
Last week, while we were off, Amazon held its latest new product reveal, and the company did not disappoint. As expected, the company announced updates to their core products, added new items to the existing lines, and announced some really weird new products.
Since shortly after the release of the original Nintendo Switch, players have complained about a consistent issue: Joy-Con drift. This phenomenon appears when the system begins accepting input from a controller, even when the player is not touching the controller's joysticks. The problem can absolutely ruin a player's performance, as aim, motion, and more can be changed without user input.
Years ago, Tinder changed the dating game by popularizing swiping on photos rather than communicating with profiles. Since then, nearly every dating app has added this feature or pivoted its entire brand in that direction. But, Tinder has also tried to stay above the industry, creating new features, abilities, and partnerships to stand out in a crowded industry.
This week, Twitch acknowledged a massive hack of their internal network. These types of announcements have become fairly standard, but sometimes the details of a breach can make one instance more interesting than others. In the case of the Twitch breach, the type of information that made its way out to the public makes it fascinating. Rather than only personal information like usernames and passwords, these hackers gained access to very Twitch-specific information.