March 14, 2022 - Episode 619 - Show Notes

March 14, 2022 - Episode 619

Monday Mar 14, 2022 (01:12:15)


This week, cars can lose their steering wheels, Blizzard will test their PvP, and gamers can listen to Square Enix music.


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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Driverless cars cleared to hit the road under new regulations

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Blizzard kicks off Overwatch 2 PvP alpha: Details and beta dates

In a move that is sure to excite Overwatch fans, Blizzard has announced that it has kicked off the PvP alpha for its upcoming game, Overwatch 2. This comes in addition to the game's planned PvE mode, which will launch later. The alpha is currently only open to employees of Blizzard and professional players, but everyone else will have a chance to try out the beta in April.

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A confusing week for cryptocurrency investors in the US and UK

It's been a confusing week for cryptocurrency investors in the US and UK. On Monday, President Biden issued a long-awaited executive order directing the federal government to evaluate the risks and benefits of cryptocurrency. It's the first executive order of its kind to focus exclusively on the growing popularity of digital assets like Bitcoin and Dogecoin, which put the crypto market on edge because of global regulatory concerns within the digital asset sector in recent years. Meanwhile, the UK has put an end to cryptocurrency ATMs.

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