This week, Gigabyte is at your back door, Street Fighter is breaking records, Amazon is paying for privacy, and Hollywood is not breaking the strike.
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.
Back doors are a common, yet controversial part of the tech industry. Sometimes, they are innocuous ways for the software to transfer data in the background, like doing updates without bothering the user. Other times, they are intended to allow outsiders to access data on your computer or bypass security settings. What is not common is leaving a back door open on hardware, especially something as core to the operation of the world as computer motherboards. However, that is exactly what happened with Gigabyte motherboards.
If you're a fan of the fighting game genre, this week was a big deal for you. The highly anticipated release of the newest edition of the long-running Street Fighter franchise was released and, before the first 24 hours had elapsed, the game had broken a major record on Steam. In fact, it didn't just break it - the game shattered to a point that it will be a challenge to be surpassed.
Reversing a trend leading up to 2018, internet users have begun to really care about their privacy online. As such, the FTC has been investigating potential privacy violations at a higher rate. We've seen them go after Tiktok and YouTube for child privacy violations, the latter changing the way YouTube does business. This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have taken aim at Amazon, costing the company over $30 million.
For the second time in 15 years, we find ourselves in the midst of a serious writer's strike in Hollywood. During the 2007/2008 strike, the entertainment landscape was turned on its head. A combination of that and sabotage from another union brought the strike to an end without the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) getting anything it wanted and being set up for failure in modern times. The latest strike, however, is set to end differently, according to the WGA itself.