August 2, 2022 - Episode 627 - Show Notes

August 2, 2022 - Episode 627

Tuesday Aug 2, 2022 (01:17:43)


This week, new chips are coming from Arizona, TikTok is coming for casual games, and Instagram is going back to normal.


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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TSMC completes construction on 5nm fab: How this will affect the chip shortage

TSMC, the largest chip manufacturer in the world, has completed construction on its newest 5nm fabrication facility. This new fab will help to increase TSMC's production capacity and bring the company one step closer to alleviating the chip shortage that has been affecting most industries across the globe. TSMC is also preparing for a possible invasion of Taiwan, which could further disrupt supply chains and cause even more shortages. With this new facility, TSMC will be better prepared to handle any potential disruptions and continue supplying the chips that the world needs.

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TikTok is latest social media company to try its hand at gaming

TikTok, the latest social media company to try its hand at gaming, is in for a bit of controversy. The app, which is best known for its short videos, has been downloaded over a billion times, and now it's looking to get into the gaming space. TikTok is not the only social media company to foray into gaming; Facebook, Instagram, and even Snapchat have all integrated games into their platforms. However, TikTok may be in for a bit of trouble because of its history with censorship and data privacy issues.

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Meta agrees to roll back horrible new Instagram interface after outcry

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has announced that it will be rolling back its new Instagram interface. The outcry from users was too loud for Meta to ignore, and it appears that the company has heeded their complaints. However, this is not all good news, as Meta also plans to move forward with a plan to source a large part of your feed from accounts that you do not follow.

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Stranger Things creators admit to "George Lucas-ing" content: fans react

The Duffer Brothers, creators of Stranger Things, recently made a comment about the show that didn't go over well with fans. They said that they had "George Lucas'd" content in the show, suggesting that they had made changes to previously published episodes to make changes, either to graphics or plot. However, after fans reacted poorly to the comment, the writers took to Twitter to clear things up. They stated that they had never changed anything and never would.


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