This week, chips are getting harder to find, Steam Deck is getting easier to control, and Disney+ is getting cheaper to watch.
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.
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Have you ever wondered what goes into making a microchip? It's a lot more complex than most people would imagine, and one of the essential ingredients is neon gas. You read that right - the same gas used to make those eye-catching store signs. Unfortunately, there's about to be a major shortage of neon gas, and it could have some serious consequences for the chip industry.
Last year, Valve surprised the gaming industry by announcing the unfortunately named Steam Deck after Gabe Newell teased the company's entrance into consoles[/url=. The device is a portable gaming computer designed to compete with the Nintendo Switch, while also allowing gamers to interact with their full Steam catalog. After a short delay, the console has launched to much acclaim. But, with most new products these days, there was a Day 1 issue, though Value has a patch to fix it.
The internet was created as a way to democratize information across the globe. In theory, no one would have the ability to censor the content that people had access to. Unfortunately, those days are far behind us. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube regularly decide what can and can't be seen by users in every region. Amazon, Google, and Apple can ensure that a popular platform is brought to its knees. But this week, we've seen a new side of Big Tech's power as they take sides in the Ukrainian conflict.
Disney+ has officially announced that it will be joining the growing list of ad-supported streaming services. This means that users will be able to watch all of the same content that is available on Disney+, but they will have to sit through a certain number of ads each month in order to make up for the lower cost. Disney has not yet released any details about how many ads viewers can expect or when this new plan will go into effect.