Episode 280 - Show Notes

Episode 280

Sunday Oct 28, 2012 (01:25:01)


This week, G4 says goodbye to gaming, Nintendo says goodbye to profit and Yahoo says goodbye to privacy. Plus, the Podcast Awards are here.


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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Major Security Vulnerability in Android Apps, Could Affect 185 Million Users

With any open platform, risks are abundant. Outages, breaches and of course, malware built into applications can run rampant without any sort of check and balance system. It is one of the reasons the Google Play store can be as dangerous as a minefield, and we've been reporting on the problems that have been plaguing the Google app store for over a year. Android devices have been hijacked by innocent-looking apps, with security attacks growing each quarter and the problems have even shown up on Chromebooks. Now, researchers have reported that the applications from the Android marketplace have put banking account information, social network and email passwords at risk. It is estimated that the problems affect as many as 185 million people, assuming each person downloaded only one of the affected apps one time.

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Nintendo Following Sony's Business Model, Hopefully Not Fate

When Nintendo first introduced the WiiU at E3 2011, one of the things that seemed to surprise a lot of people was that the console would only support one new controller. While many industry insiders were surprised at the fact, I was surprised by their surprise. For me, it seemed obvious that only one controller would be allowed, since the addition of support for a second controller would mean increased hardware cost, probably pushing the console outside of the $300 sweet spot.

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Yahoo to Ignore Do Not Track in Internet Explorer 10

While Yahoo's new CEO may see mobile as a big part of their future, they do not see privacy as part of it. Announced this week on their Policy Blog, Yahoo has stated that they will be ignoring the Do Not Track header on Internet Explorer 10. It's pretty clear you are wondering why they would do this to just a single version of a single browser brand. Yahoo explained this.

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G4 to Cancel Attack of the Show and X-Play, Switching Station's Focus

We said back when Adam Sessler and Kevin Pereira left G4 that the network would soon be facing a complete shutdown. Well, while others may have reported rumors of a potential demise of the gaming-centric TV station last month, as G4 struggles to compete with Spike, we knew this was a long time coming. It has been announced today that G4 is canceling X-Play, Attack of the Show and any other gaming programming. The network, currently run by NBCUniversal, has been telling its employees in various meetings throughout the day.


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