This week, gaming is getting better in Microsoft Edge, results are getting better in Brave Search, and ads are closer to reality on Netflix.
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.
Over the past year or so, the App Store and Google Play have become a hot topic. While they once represented the next generation of application delivery, they have become the target of derision as Apple and Google have been viewed as greedy and taking advantage of their market positions. Now, Parallelz is trying to do the same for mobile platforms by taking apps to the web.
Microsoft has made it clear that Xbox Cloud Gaming is a big part of its corporate future. In fact, the company has been putting a lot of resources behind creating enhancements to other products and services in order to support that goal. This week, the company made good on a promise made 2 weeks ago, bringing a gaming focused home screen and visual enhancements to its Edge browser.
One of the aspects of the internet that raises the most concerns over privacy is search. Google seems to always be in the spotlight when it comes to what kind of data they collect, the methods with which they collect it, and how they use it for and against its users. Brave Search, a platform designed to add a layer of privacy on top of the search experience, is officially out of Beta and adding a great customization feature.
2022 has not been the best year for Netflix. The company saw subscriber loss for the first time in a decade. They are facing increased pressure as more companies get into the streaming business. They have created content-related controversies with some of the shows and movies they have aired. Many people find the offerings less interesting and compelling today than a few years ago. And, to add insult to injury, they are the most expensive streaming service in the industry. But the company has plans on how to attract potential subscribers who find the service too expensive.