Episode 274 - Show Notes

Episode 274

Sunday Sep 9, 2012 (01:10:19)


This week, Nokia "lights up" the room with the new Lumias, the Wii's price gets leaked online and step one, rob Bitcoin, step two, unno... and step three, profit.


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.

Nicholas DiMeo


With over ten years of audio engineering experience, Nick's addition to PLuGHiTz Corporation is best served when he is behind the mixing board every Sunday night to produce the audio side of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Piltch Point and PLuGHiTz Live Night Cap. While mixing live every week, his previous radio show hosting experience gives him the ability to co-host as well, giving each show a unique flare with his slightly off-center, yet still realistic take on all things tech. An integral part of the show, you can find Nick always enveloped in coming up with new (and sometimes crazy) ideas and content for the show and you can always expect the most direct opinion on the stories that he feels need to be shared with the world. During the few hours where Nick isn't sleeping or working on ways to improve the company, he spends his free time going to hockey and football games and playing the latest titles on Xbox 360. Email him for his gamertag and add him today for a fun escape from the normal monotony and annoyance that the Xbox LIVE gaming community can sometimes be!

Avram Piltch

Segment Host

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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Nokia Announces the New Flagship Windows Phone

The Nokia Lumia 900 has been the source of a lot of conversation since its release. Many people were incredibly excited about the flagship handset for Windows Phone 7, but there was only one major problem - it came out just ahead of the announcement that Windows Phone 8 was right around the corner and current model handsets would not be able to run it. Add to that a marketing campaign about the smartphone beta test and there is a lot of potential for unhappy customers and comedic fodder. At least WinPho 7.8 will bring some of the enhancements to the existing handsets.

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Wholesale Retailer Posts Possible Pricing and Availability of Wii U

Nintendo showed us all types of fun and games that could be on had on their Wii U at their E3 press conference. Unfortunately, we only were allowed to see one of the actual consoles and nobody seemed to want to talk about specs or pricing. Luckily, we saw Wii U specs leaked last month prior to PAX but still there wasn't a word about pricing. You'd think that being this close to holiday season, that would be information Nintendo would think we might want to know in order to plan our purchasing. However that does not seem to be the case.

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Hacker Walks Away with Equivalent of $250,000 in Another Bitcoin Theft

Earlier this year, over $228,000 worth of Bitcoins were stolen. For those who don't know, Bitcoin is a digital currency, similar to Microsoft Points. However, Bitcoins are acquired via "mining" from an idle PC. What it comes down to is that you are being compensated for your time and your computer's usage. The theft marked the second time in under a year that the new currency's security was breached, both through a Bitcoin exchange server and from Bitcoin servers directly. Unfortunately for those involved in Bitcoin, more theft has occurred.

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