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Circuit Cubes Hands-On - Episode 144

2017-08-13

This week, Avram Piltch gives us a demo of the Circuit Cubes from Tenka Labs, a circuit-building kit for younger kids. The kit is LEGO-compatible, meaning you can enhance your projects using LEGO parts, but the kit differs from that of the LEGO BOOST. The BOOST is a kit designed to encourage programming, while the Circuit Cubes are designed to teach about electricity and circuit design. Instead of using wires to connect components, the Cubes use magnets and direct contact to transfer electricity from piece to piece. Avram and his son have tested the kit out, and Avram has his findings.

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LEGO BOOST Hands-On - Episode 143

2017-07-30

This week, Avram Piltch gives us a demo of the LEGO BOOST, a robotics kit for younger kids. The kit offers 5 guided projects and the ability to free-form create, all without having to "write" a single line of code. Instead, the development interface is entirely graphics-driven, meaning that kids who have not learned to read can still understand it. In fact, Avram's 5-year-old son was able to create his own programming without issue. The LEGO BOOST is available now for $159.95.

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Back to School Technology 2017 - Episode 142

2017-07-23

This week, Avram is here to help you prepare for the ever important back-to-school season. There are some tech items that every student needs, like a laptop, a backpack, a portable battery and more. Laptop Magazine has compiled some of the most important, and Avram talks about what they are and why they were chosen.

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Inexpensive Tech to Consider Purchasing - Episode 141

2017-07-16

This week, Avram Piltch brings us some of the best tech on a budget. First, Avram discusses the treacherous terrain of inexpensive laptops. Usually, battery life is terrible, or screens are low resolution or very dim, or even incredibly heavy. It doesn't have to be this way, as there are some great deals under $200. In addition to laptops, Avram discusses one of the most essential computer accessories: the mouse. Inexpensive mice can be awkward to use or even overly basic. Some mice, however, are worth considering. $20 can even get you a wireless mouse from a reputable brand with navigation buttons on the side.

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KOOV: Next Generation Coding & Robotics Kit - Episode 140

2017-07-02

This week, Avram Piltch talks about the next STEM educational product he is reviewing: the Sony KOOV. The system is designed to help teach kids about programming logic and mechanical workings, while making the process as easy as possible. Avram and his son have worked with it for only a single day, but they have built one of the more complex projects. See what Avram thinks about his early experiences.

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Computex 2017 - Episode 139

2017-06-04

This week, Avram Piltch is back from Taipei with all of the details about Computex 2017. While CES might be the largest tech show, Computex is the largest computer show in the world. From new laptops to Windows 10 on ARM, odd computer cases and more, Avram has the info.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S - Episode 138

2017-05-21

This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the topics we have missed over the past few weeks: Microsoft announcements. First is the Surface Laptop, not to be confused with the Surface Book. The new Laptop is not a convertible, but instead a traditional laptop. It comes in a variety of configurations, including color choices, something new in the Surface family.

Next up is Windows 10 S, the new edition of Windows intended for schools. This edition is essentially a full version of Windows 10, with the limitation of not being able to install software from outside of the Windows Store. This allows for a greater sense of security for school officials, without any issues from students. Microsoft will use Windows 10 S to compete with Chromebooks, which have recently begun to infest schools because of perceived security.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8+ - Episode 137

2017-04-23

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. These devices are the next generation of Samsung's most popular phone series. They are also Samsung's first major release since the ill-fates Galaxy Note7, which was recalled after devices began catching fire. Can Samsung fix its fate with the new phones? Avram's got the answer.

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Best and Worst Laptop Brands 2017 - Episode 136

2017-04-09

This week, Avram Piltch discusses LAPTOP Magazine's 2017 Best and Worst Laptop Brands results. While he is not able to discuss who took the top few spots, he was able to talk about one company who fell from grace this year: Apple. In the past 7 years, Apple has always taken the top spot. This year, the company fell not one place, but to a tie for 5th place. Considering in 2016 only 10 brands were rated, falling to a tie for 5th is beyond collapse. Avram discusses how their rankings work, what went wrong for Apple this year, and what went right for some of the others.

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Windows 10 Creators Update - Episode 135

2017-04-02

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft may have just announced the public release date, but Avram has been using it for a while and has some of his favorite features. Unfortunately, most of the things that we were all excited about are missing.

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Tech Support Showdown 2017 Results - Episode 134

2017-03-19

This week, Avram Piltch brings us a summary of LAPTOP Magazine's 2017 Tech Support Showdown. Every year, the publication calls the 10 biggest laptop manufacturers, asking common support questions and rates the accuracy and usefulness of the company's responses. This year, some of the results are not just shocking, they are concerning.

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Toy Fair 2017 - Episode 133

2017-03-05

This week, Avram Piltch discusses, in detail, his experiences at Toy Fair 2017 in New York. From drones and Arduino to conductive clay and an updated Teddy Ruxpin, Avram saw some interesting products. He also got to show off some products from Technology Will Save Us, featuring Electro Dough Kit, which is a conductive clay kit, and Mover Kit, a build-it-yourself fitness tracker for kids.

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Divoom Timebox Mini - Episode 132

2017-02-19

This week, Avram Piltch has with him the new Divoom Timebox Mini ($49), a smart alarm clock based on their existing Divoom Timebox ($89) product, just on a smaller scale. This device has 121 programmable pixels, which can dance to music, show app notifications or even function as a game. Of course, it also focuses on its primary task: an alarm clock. Avram has spent some time with the device, and has all of the details.

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Laptop Features to Skip on a Budget - Episode 131

2017-02-12

This week, Avram talks about some of the features that are nice to have, but are not required. If you are in the process of buying a new laptop and are looking for ways to save a little money, these features are a great way to save.

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Things NOT to Buy Today - Episode 130

2017-01-29

This week, Avram talks about the tech items that are not worth buying today. This time of year, with CES just behind us and MWC just ahead, there are a number of products that are about to be replaced by new models, so buying now would be a disappointment. Once a new model comes out, old models become more affordable and new models are faster, lighter and better than their predecessors. Of course, this is not to say that, if you drop your phone in the toilet you should wait, but if everything is still working, a few more weeks might do you well.

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CES 2017 Previews and Predictions - Episode 129

2016-12-18

This week, Avram Piltch and Scott Ertz discuss CES 2017 and the types of products that they are hoping to see, as well as the parts of the show floor that they find most interesting. Robots on the show floor and Eureka Park's unique and sometimes weird products are some of the topics discussed about the upcoming event.

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Which Processor is Right for You - Episode 128

2016-12-11

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the differences between the various families of processors available in computers. Not every processor is right for every person, and Avram has done the research for you to help you choose the most important piece of hardware in your next computer.

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Cyber Monday Deals 2016 - Episode 127

2016-11-27

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the best deals that he and his team have found. These deals include laptops, monitors, toys and accessories, all curated so you don't have to go hunting.

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Our Favorite Gadgets of 2016 - Episode 126

2016-11-20

This week, Avram Piltch and Scott Ertz discuss some of the products they have reviewed this year, which ones would make great gifts and which ones to avoid completely.

Also, watch or listen to find the secret phrase to enter to win a new Vinci headphone before they are available to the public.

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Gadget Deals to Watch For - Episode 125

2016-11-13

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the best gadgets to watch for during the Black Friday state-of-mind. While Black Friday used to be a single day, it now accounts for most of November, and prices on a number of gadgets will be great. Others, however, may not go on sale, but these are the gadgets to grab up if they do.

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Microsoft and Apple's Creative Futures - Episode 124

2016-10-30

This week, Avram Piltch and Scott Ertz discuss the announcements of the week from both Microsoft and Apple. Both companies showed off their ideas for the future of creative computing, and the two could not be more different. How do their visions differ? Listen and find out.

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Which Laptop Size is Right for You - Episode 123

2016-10-23

This week, Avram Piltch discusses a self-fulfilling prophecy in laptop sizes. Currently, the most popular size of laptop is a 15" screen, but that is mostly because it is the most popular already. But, what size is actually best for most people? Avram has his take on the topic.

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Should You Buy a New Laptop Now - Episode 122

2016-10-16

This week, Avram Piltch discusses whether or not it is a good idea to purchase a new laptop right now. Last month, Intel's Kaby Lake processors were released, and we are starting to see the first new laptops sporting this hardware. For example, the Dell XPS 13 received a refresh, giving you a thin laptop, keeping ports and adding longer battery life and the new processor. But, is now a good time to get it, or any laptop, or should you wait for a little while? Avram has the answer.

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The Future of Keyboards - Episode 121

2016-10-02

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the future of keyboards and the various types of other input devices that currently exist and might exist in the future. This is in response to comments made by Dave Coplin, Microsoft's Chief Envisioning Officer, where he said it is "bizarre" that the keyboard has dominated as the primary input type. Since those comments he has clarified his statement, and Avram discusses his beliefs on the topic.

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Silent Site Sound Blocker - Episode 120

2016-09-25

This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of his personal projects - the Chrome extension Silent Site Sound Blocker. This extension solves a common problem online: unsolicited noise. If you spend a lot of time on news sites, you will recognize the issue of ad videos playing automatically and making noise when you don't want them to. This extension allows you to prevent sites from making noise without your permission. Best of all? It's completely free.

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Holiday Robots and Toys 2016 - Episode 119

2016-09-18

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the fascinating new robots and toys coming to the market for the holidays this year. First is the Ozobot Evo, and enhancement on their existing robotic sphere, which adds smartphone control to the list of existing features. Next was the Anki OVERDRIVE, a modern smartphone take on the slot car. From the same company is the Cozmo, which is like a robotic pet with a forklift and can play games and even recognize faces. Lastly, we discusses the mCookie, an Arduino kit that is entirely magnetic snaps.

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Intel Kaby Lake Changes - Episode 118

2016-09-04

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the new line of Intel processors. Kaby Lake brings the 7th generation of Intel's Core I processors. These new chips bring faster speeds and higher turbo speeds. The stranger change, though, is in the Core m series of processors. These lower power chips often cost more and perform lower than their traditional counterparts, but will be lumped in with them. Intel Core m5 and Core m7 will now be called Core i5 and Core i7, making for market confusion. Making the decision even stranger is Core m3 will retain its name.

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Backspace Navigation - Episode 117

2016-08-28

This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the worst keyboard shortcut decisions in internet history: the backspace key. In most browsers, this key, in certain contexts, is the same as hitting the back button on the toolbar. The problem with this is that, if you're typing and accidentally click your mouse ,you can lose everything you've typed. Google is trying to fix this, hopefully others will follow suit.

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Devices to Avoid Buying Right Now - Episode 116

2016-08-14

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the technology products that you should avoid purchasing right now. Should you upgrade your Android phone? Your iPhone? What about your aging Lumia? Now might not be the time. Avram will let you know whether or not this is a good time to buy.

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Gole1 Hands-On - Episode 115

2016-08-07

This week, Avram Piltch shows off an interesting take on the micro computer: the Gole1. This little Atom-powered computer works similar to an Intel Compute Stick, running Windows 10 and Android. It also adds a battery and 5 inch touchscreen. The question is, does the screen add anything to the experience, or is it just a gimmick? Avram has the answer.

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Windows 10 Gives and Takes - Episode 114

2016-07-31

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the ups and downs of Windows 10 this week. On July 29, Microsoft ended the free upgrade program for Windows 7 and 8 users to move to Windows 10. On August 2, Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be released, adding some new and exciting, but also some unexpected and potentially dangerous features to the operating system. Avram talks about them all.

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Android Apps on Chrome OS - Episode 113

2016-07-17

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the recent addition of Android apps to two more Chromebook models. The company intends to bring the feature to almost all models, current and past, in the near future. Does this feature make Chromebooks worth considering, or is this just a gimmick that won't add enough value? We discuss.

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College Laptops 2016 - Episode 112

2016-07-10

This week, Avram Piltch brings to us some of the best laptops available for students. But, that's not all! He talks about which models are best for each major, and where you might be able to score a deal.

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Windows 10 Lawsuit Results - Episode 111

2016-07-03

This week, Avram Piltch talks about the lawsuit against Microsoft in regards to Windows 10 upgrades. Microsoft decided to settle the suit without taking the issue to trial, paying $10,000 to the plaintiff. Avram is concerned about the ramifications of settling this suit, but in particular, how it could threaten security and innovation, with software companies worried about automatic updates.

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Technology in the 80s - Episode 110

2016-06-26

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the ways in which technology was better in the 80s. From removable media to record television to self-powered phone, instant-off computers and less power-hungry gadgets, he talks about some nostalgia and some actual trends away from success.

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Computex 2016 - Episode 109

2016-06-05

This week, Avram Piltch talks about his experiences at this year's Computex event in Taipei. From Jetsons-style robots to backpack computers for virtual and augmented reality, this year's conferences was certainly eventful.

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When to Buy a Laptop - Episode 108

2016-04-03

This week, Avram Piltch gives us some information about what to look for in a laptop sale and when is the best time of year to purchase.

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Episode 107

2016-03-06

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

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Mobile World Congress 2016 - Episode 106

2016-02-21

MWC 2016 hasn't started yet, and already we have lots of information about new devices, like the HP Elite x3 Windows 10 phone, the LG G5 and more. Avram discusses the most important information we know so far.

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Vaio Z Flip - Episode 105

2016-01-31

This week, Avram Piltch discusses a new laptop with some interesting features and quirks: the Vaio Z Flip. Since leaving Sony, Vaio has tried to differentiate themselves from the rest of the manufacturers, and with this laptop, they've done it with a unique hinge and a powerful processor. Is this a laptop to consider purchasing? Avram has the details.

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Mini PCS - Episode 104

2016-01-24

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the newest version of the Intel Compute Stick, due out in a few weeks. The new model offers a few enhancements over the previous model, most notably an additional USB port and 802.11ac wireless. In addition, he talks about the state of mini PCs in the industry, including new entrants into the category, niche models and top-rated devices.

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New Computer Features - Episode 103

2016-01-17

This week, Avram Piltch talks about some of the new features coming to laptops and computers in 2016. USB Type-C can power a lot of new features, and a computer with those features make them better.

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2016 in Review - Episode 102

2015-12-20

This week, Avram Piltch talks about the highs and lows of 2016. He talks about products that succeeded, those that didn't and some that never made it out of CES 2015.

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Laptop Buying Guide - Episode 101

2015-12-13

This week, Avram Piltch has his annual update to the LAPTOP Magazine buying guide. He talks about what to look for in a computer, including hard drive types, memory, screen sizes and more. You don't want to make a laptop purchase without this information.

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Computer Upgrades - Episode 100

2015-11-29

This week, Avram Piltch talks about one of the most important topics in technology for December: upgrading your PC. For some, rather than buying a new PC, you can make a few minor upgrades and breathe new life into your existing PC. Avram has some of the best upgrades that can be made today.

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Holiday 2015 Deals - Episode 99

2015-11-29

This week, Avram Piltch talks about some of the best deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond. We also discuss some products that are better deals than others.

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Inexpensive Computing - Episode 98

2015-11-01

This eek, Avram Piltch returns with a bang, bringing 2 incredibly inexpensive PCs. First up is the InFocus Kangaroo, a tiny portable Windows 10 PC with the ability to add ports through an expansion port. The device is available through the Microsoft Store soon for a mere $99. Next is the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S, an 11" laptop running Windows 10 on an Atom Processor with 2GB of RAM. The laptop is available now for $199. The question is, are either of these machines worth their price? Avram has the answer.

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Microsoft Office 2016 - Episode 97

2015-09-27

This week, Avram Piltch talks about the release of the newest version of Microsoft Office. Office 2016 adds a lot of new capabilities, mostly focused on collaboration. The newest version is available now for Windows, Windows Phone and Mac.

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Ad-Blockers and You - Episode 96

2015-09-20

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the week's events in regards to ad blocking. Apple's iOS 9 brought about the ability to download ad-blockers, and they were quickly popular among users. One developer, however, felt remorse for hurting websites and pulled his within 2 days. Avram spoke to ethicists, industry insiders and more for this report.

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Apple Event 2015 - Episode 95

2015-09-13

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the products announced by Apple at their September 9th event. He discusses the iPad Pro and its obvious inspiration from the Surface Pro, the paired Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, also borrowed from Microsoft, the Apple TV and its gaming intentions and more.

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Intel Skylake - Episode 94

2015-09-06

This week, Avram Piltch discusses what we didn't get to hear about at this year's Intel Developer Forum: Skylake. Waiting for IDF 2015, the company talked about all of the cool new features of the next generation of processors, including its implementation into the Core M, Pentium and Celeron hardware. He also discusses some of the new computers that are taking advantage of the new Skylake architecture.

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Intel Developer Forum - Episode 93

2015-08-23

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the ups and downs of this year's Intel Developer conference. While we didn't get all of the information we might have wanted about the next generation of processors, we did learn a lot about the capabilities of RealSense cameras, including drones, robot butlers and more.

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Best Wireless Deals - Episode 92

2015-08-09

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the most important thing to come out of Verizon Wireless' big announcement - are the new plans a good deal for consumers? Shortly before the announcement, his team published an analysis of wireless networks speed, customer service and plans, but are Verizon's plans better now than before? Avram has the answer.

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Windows 10 Settings - Episode 91

2015-08-02

This week, Avram Piltch continues his coverage of the Windows 10 launch. While last week he talked about whether you should upgrade any why, this week he discusses what you should do now that you have Windows 10 running. In particular, how can you change some of the settings that default to something you might not want. This is must-have information for anyone running Windows 10.

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Windows 10 - Episode 90

2015-07-26

This week, Avram Piltch discusses and shows off why you should upgrade to Windows 10 "without hesitation." With Cortana making her way to the desktop and a completely reimagined Start menu/Start screen hybrid, and the ability to change interface based on hardware with Continuum, Windows 10 is definitely ready for you to install.

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HP Pro Slate 8 Tablet - Episode 89

2015-07-19

This week, Avram Piltch shows off one of the most interesting built-in features we have ever seen on an Android tablet. The HP Pro Slate 8 offers a ballpoint pen that allows you to write on paper and it transcribes it onto the tablet. But, does this feature justify the $449 price point or is it merely a gimmick? Avram has the answer.

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Laptop Essentials - Episode 88

2015-07-12

This week, Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine, answers a question he is often asked: what do you look for in a laptop. While we all know that no laptop is perfect, there are some features that should be considered before making a purchase. Avram discusses which features are essential for him, and which he can consider skipping.

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Android vs iPhone - Episode 87

2015-07-05

This week, Avram Piltch has updated his editorial on Android vs iPhone. As a long-time Android user, Avram takes the Android side of the debate, giving us reasons why Android-powered phones make better devices than iPhones.

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Pebble Time - Episode 86

2015-06-28

This week, Avram Piltch has a brand new Pebble Time smartwatch. The newest model in the Pebble family has added a microphone and color E Ink display, and a whole collection of apps to take advantage of both of these new features. But, is it enough to make the $200 price tag worth it? Avram has the answer.

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Apple WWDC 2015 - Episode 85

2015-06-14

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the overall meh reaction the world had to this year's WWDC by Apple. The company announced a huge collection of "borrowed" features that other platforms have had for years, but absolutely nothing new for any of their brands. This included Windows 7/8's snap, Windows 8's edge gestures, Windows' cursor locator, webOS's swipe to delete email and HERE Maps' transit maps.

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Computex 2015 - Episode 84

2015-06-07

This week, Avram Piltch discusses his experiences at this year's Computex in Taipei. From laptops and tablets to microcomputers, Computex had a lot of interesting products to talk about; it also had some weird announcements, the biggest of which coming from Intel.

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The Morality of Ad Blockers - Episode 83

2015-05-24

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the rise in popularity of ad blockers and their effect on the Internet. In the past, it was limited to those who knew how to interact with plugins, but with the creation of ad blocking browsers, the ability to use these tools has gone mainstream. The problem is, without the ad revenue, how do the websites you visit stay in business? Avram discusses.

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HoloLens and Yoga Tablet 2 - Episode 82

2015-05-17

This week, Avram Piltch is back with two great topics for us. First we discuss his experiences at Microsoft //build with the upcoming HoloLens. He had the opportunity to build a test application and learned about the various ways you can interact with the virtual world projected into the real world.

Next he shows us the newest member of the Lenovo Yoga family - the Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen with Windows (8"). The 8" Windows variant of this tablet has been around for a while now, but the introduction of AnyPen is the hero here. This technology allows you to use any metal object as a stylus, creating a great scenario for the garage, workshop or toolbox.

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Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 & Build - Episode 81

2015-04-26

This week, Avram Piltch has the biggest show and tell yet, bringing 2 different products and 3 separate topics. First is the new Surface 3 from Microsoft, the theoretical successor but major step forward for the base Surface model. Upgrading from an ARM processor to an Intel, and from Windows RT to full Windows 8.1, this makes the Surface 3 a true productivity device.

The future of the Surface is Windows 10, which is in its technical preview phase. That preview received an update, with tons of new features and bug fixes. Chief among these additions is Outlook Mail and Calendar, the replacements for Windows Mail and Calendar. These new apps fix a number of the issues of their predecessors, namely the lack of POP3 access in email.

The upcoming Build Conference, which Avram will attend, likely has a lot of news about Windows, for the Surface, phone and other devices. One of those devices is HoloLens, Microsoft's Augmented reality platform, which is poised to change the way we interact with out computers forever. The surprise reveal several months ago showed promise, but what will the future hold, and who will make apps for the platform? Build is likely to reveal that information.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - Episode 80

2015-04-12

This week, Avram Piltch has a show-and-tell of the newly released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The device, which released in the United States today, is the newest entry in the Galaxy family, adding the rounded LCD edges first found on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. It is the sister device to the Samsung Galaxy S6, which also was released today. The question at hand is, with the $100 price difference over the standard phone, is this a phone to consider?

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Windows 10 - Episode 79

2015-03-22

This week, Avram Piltch talks about and shows off some of the best and worst aspects of the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview - Build 10041. We talk about 4-corner snapping, monitor seams and the Start menu, plus the issues with Netflix and whether it is time to try it out.

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Mobile World Congress 2015 - Episode 78

2015-03-08

This week, Avram Piltch talks about his experiences at Mobile World Congress 2015, which he describes as the best ever. We follow the trends of mobile payments, biometrics, virtual reality and cheap phones. Most importantly, he talks about his experience with the HTV/Valve Vive and Portal demo.

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Intel RealSense - Episode 77

2015-02-15

This week, Avram Piltch has got an Intel RealSense developer kit and he is ready to show it off. Between virtual green screens, face scans and emotion detection, there are lots of interesting capabilities in this new technology.

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Preparing for a Data Breach - Episode 76

2015-02-08

This week, Avram Piltch talks about what you can do to prepare for a data breach. In the wake of this week's Anthem data breach, people are worried about what they might need to do to protect themselves, and what they could have done before to prevent it. Avram, and the teams at LAPTOP and Tom's Guide have put together lists of what to do both before and after a loss like this.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 - Episode 75

2015-01-25

This week, Avram Piltch has a show and tell item for us - the Dell Venue 8 7000, a confusingly named, by interesting Android tablet. Sporting a bright, vibrant 8.4" screen and an Intel RealSense camera, is this $300 tablet worth the price? Avram explains.

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New Computer Requirements - Episode 74

2015-01-18

This week, Avram Piltch explains some of the hardware to expect in your next computer. If Intel's expectations are correct, this is the year of computer upgrades, which means you are more likely to need this list than not.

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CES 2015 Recap - Episode 73

2015-01-11

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of his favorite experiences from CES 2015. Whether it be a watch that can help you secure your computer and property to a mini computer from Intel, Avram saw it all.

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Asus ZenWatch - Episode 72

2014-12-14

This week, Avram Piltch shows off the newest member of the Android Wear family, the Asus ZenWatch. While the device itself is fairly sound, minus its band, it is still held back by the lack of capabilities of Android Wear itself. Does the hardware make this watch a keeper? Watch and find out.

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Upgrades Under $100 - Episode 71

2014-12-07

This week, Avram Piltch gives some recommendations for how you can upgrade your technology experience for under $100. Whether it be an inexpensive extra monitor to make you more productive, an SSD to speed up your computer's performance or a keyboard to make typing more natural, he has something for almost everyone.

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Cyber Monday Deals - Episode 70

2014-11-30

This week, Avram Piltch talks about the gadgets that are, and are not, good deals on Cyber Monday and beyond. An important thing to note about the month of December: if a product you want is not on sale today, check again tomorrow.

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Black Friday at Home - Episode 69

2014-11-23

This week, Avram Piltch talks to us about some of the best ways to get Black Friday prices without leaving home. Some of these deals are available now, while some will have to wait for Friday. Where can you get the best deals this year? Watch and find out.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro - Episode 68

2014-11-09

This week, Avram Piltch brings us a look at one of the most interesting takes on the convertible computer: the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. This laptop, which can convert into a tablet, a presentation device and even a tent, has some serious tricks up its sleeve. But can its keyboard and battery live up to the rest of the line? Avram explains.

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Inexpensive Gifts [2014 Gift Guide] - Episode 67

2014-11-02

This week, Avram Piltch begins our holiday coverage with some of the inexpensive gifts available now from the LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide Holiday Gift Guides. With wall sockets, Wi-Fi range extenders, keyboards and mice, there are plenty of great gifts that won't empty your wallet.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Episode 66

2014-10-26

This week, Avram Piltch has the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and he wants to show it to you. With a giant screen, great resolution and unique sensors is the new member of the Note family the new King of Phablets?

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Windows 10 and Blaming Technology - Episode 65

2014-10-19

This week, Avram Piltch is back and talking about the things we have missed over the past few weeks without him. First we talk about and experience Windows 10, especially the things that are new to the OS. From the return of the Start menu to windowed modern apps, there is plenty to see.

Second, we talk about how to prepare to blame technology for mistakes. Whether you're prepared to respond to a bad Tweet, or explaining why your email attachment is missing, Avram has some great ways to be prepared for your mistakes.

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iPhone 6 Issues - Episode 64

2014-09-28

This week, Avram Piltch discusses with the F5 Live team some of the known issues coming out of the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Included are the camera, the battery and, of course, the bendable body. This conversation comes on the heals of F5 Live Episode 370, which discussed the software issues of the same launch.

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Intel Developer Forum - Episode 63

2014-09-14

This week, Avram Piltch discusses his experiences at Intel Developer Forum 2014. With announcements ranging from the Galileo successor Edison development board for Internet of Things devices, to the next Core family, Sky Lake, Avram was there for it all. Have you ever thought about a necklace that can tell you your mother's mood? How about a desk that can charge all of your devices wirelessly? A USB cable that can be plugged in either direction and charge your laptop? IDF 2014 had it all.

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Inexpensive Tech Upgrades - Episode 62

2014-08-31

This week, Avram Piltch talks about some inexpensive ways to upgrade your existing or future gadgets. From memory cards for your phone to an SSD for your laptop or desktop, and even RAM upgrades, Avram has some great ways to make your gadgets work harder for you.

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What to Expect in September and October - Episode 61

2014-08-24

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the technology products we already know about and predict we will see during September and October. Among these products are the iPhone 6 (or whatever they decide to call it), the Moto 360, a new entry in the Surface family and the Lumia 730.

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Worst Gadgets Ever - Episode 60

2014-08-17

This week, Avram Piltch discusses his list of some of the worst gadgets of all time. Some of them make the list because of a terrible launch partner (Microsoft Kin + Verizon), while others make the list for being completely useless. If there weren't products like this, we would be out of a job, so let's dive in.

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T-Mobile Battery Life - Episode 59

2014-08-10

This week, Avram Piltch talks about mobile battery life and reveals that, through LAPTOP Magazine's extensive testing, T-Mobile phones last longer than their competitors. This information is based on identical handsets, such as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One, tested in multiple cities.

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Biggest Ropoffs - Episode 58

2014-08-03

This week, Avram Piltch brings us a number of services offered by major companies that have zero benefit. Fortunately, these services cost a lot of money. Instead of using the services offered by these companies, Avram also brings us alternatives and solutions.

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Toddler Tech - Episode 57

2014-07-27

This week, Avram Piltch brings us some of the best apps available in the Android and iOS markets for toddlers. He discovered that, while most kids apps are appropriate for kids 5 and older, toddlers require a different set of features. For example, a simple menu structure and no reading make using the app possible for a 2-year-old.

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Episode 56 - Worst Gadgets to Purchase Now

2014-07-20

Last week Avram Piltch told us about some of the best gadgets to purchase today. This week he's flipping it and talking about some of the worst tech purchases you could make today. From smartwatches and phones to wearables, he's got it all.

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Episode 55 - Best Gadgets

2014-07-13

Avram Piltch often brings the world top 10 lists, but sometimes people just want the best of the best. That is what we have tonight. What is considered the best smartphone, laptop and tablet for what you are doing? Here are Avram and LAPTOP Magazine's choices.

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Episode 54 - Morality of Augemented Reality

2014-07-06

Avram Piltch recently moderated a panel at CE Week in New York, presented by the Consumer Electronics Association. The panel was about wearable technology and its implications on our culture. He had 4 experts on representing both technology and culture (available on YouTube).

While doing a great job moderating the panel, he was inspired to write his own opinions on the topic. Tonight he discusses those opinions on why wearables and AR make us more human, not less.

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Episode 53 - LG G Watch and Android Wear

2014-06-29

Avram Piltch shows off the new LG G Watch, as well as the Android Wear platform. As he shows, the platform might not be ready for a public debut, and the G Watch might not be worth the $229 pricetag.

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Episode 52 - The Why Nots of the Amazon Fire Phone

2014-06-22

Avram Piltch is never one to back down from a topic, even if it might be controversial. This one, it turns out, was not. He discusses the reasons why you should NOT get an Amazon Fire Phone; for example, the whole concept of a store disguised as a phone.

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Episode 51 - Computex Recap

2014-06-01

Avram Piltch discusses all of the interesting items he saw at this year's Computex in Taipei. From Intel's Llama Mountain to Asus, MSI and Intel, he has got tons of information. In addition, we discuss Samsung's Tizen event and Windows Phones.

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Episode 50 - Computex Preview

2014-05-25

Avram Piltch and the crew from LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide will be traveling a lot this month covering events all over the world. Starting next week, they will keep us up-to-date on Computex from Taipei and Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco. After that they'll be helping us cover E3 2014 in Los Angeles and then Google I/O in San Francisco. With all of that going on this month, what can we expect? Avram gives us his thoughts.

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Episode 49 - Net Neutrality

2014-05-18

Avram Piltch discusses his recent piece about five freedoms we currently take for granted online that could easily be swept away if net neutrality is not preserved. Whether you want to start a business or a blog, shop from a particular store or use a particular service, your ISP could prevent you from accessing it, and there would be nothing you could do about it, other than switch providers.

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Episode 48 - Worst Mobile Bloatware

2014-05-04

Avram Piltch knows that bloatware is one of the dirty little tricks that manufacturers and carriers play on their customers, on computers, tablets and phones. He also knows that there are ways to remove this garbage and explain some of them right here.

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Episode 47 - Keyboard Shortcuts

2014-04-27

Avram Piltch knows that removing your hands from the keyboard to interact with the mouse is one of the biggest time wasters. This is why he compiled a list of 15 keyboard shortcuts you're not using. Whether snapping Windows, selecting content in Word or Excel, or opening and closing tabs in your browser, Avram has you covered.

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Episode 46 - BUILD 2014

2014-04-13

Avram Piltch talks about his experiences at Microsoft's Build 2014 developer conference. In particular, he talks about the pros and cons of the most talked about feature of Windows Phone 8.1: Cortana. Based on Cortana from the Halo series, Microsoft's personal assistant has a lot to be excited about, and a lot to be apprehensive of. In addition, he discusses the addition of a notification area in Windows Phone 8.1 and the return of the Start menu in Windows 8.1.

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Episode 45 - Best and Worst Powered Devices

2014-03-30

Avram Piltch discusses one of the most important features in modern technology: battery life. Whether it's a laptop, tablet or smartphone, a short battery life can ruin your otherwise happy experience. Which devices have the best and worst ratings from LAPTOP Magazine? Avram tells you here.

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Episode 44 - iPhone 6 Rumors and Hatred

2014-03-23

Avram Piltch has written articles that have received their share of negative comments, and he wears that as a badge of honor. In fact, he believes that, for someone to take the time to respond negatively, he must have hit a good topic. If that is the case, this week was a success with the 6 Reasons the iPhone 6 Has Already Lost, having received whole response articles from Network World and The Unofficial Apple Weblog. He discusses the topics of his "well-received" article, as well as the sudden fame from his astute observations.

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Episode 43 - Smart Vending Machines and Dumb Phones

2014-03-09

Avram Piltch discusses an interesting device he recently encountered: a smart vending machine that can use facial recognition and NFC to customize the experience for the customer. You can also use the connected machine to send gifts to the machine; for example, someone could purchase a pair of headphones remotely and you could pick them up at the machine.

In addition, he discusses the rumors surrounding the iPhone 6 (or iPhone Air), coming up at the end of the year. It is expected to be a slight, incremental change. The camera is expected to be the same hardware as the iPhone 5s, and battery life will continue to be a problem.

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Episode 42 - Mobile World Congress 2014

2014-03-02

Avram Piltch talks us through some of the innovations he and his team discovered at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. Drawing from the Best of Mobile World Congress lists from both LAPTOP Magazine and sister site Tom's Guide, he discussed the second-generation YotaPhone, the Samsung Gear and Samsung Gear Fit, the Rambus lensless camera and more.

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Episode 41 - Ethics in Wearable Technology

2014-02-16

Avram Piltch discusses the ethical dilemmas created by wearable technology, such as Google Glass. Having spoken with domain experts, such as human cyborg and University of Toronto Professor Steve Mann, Former New York Times Ethicist Randy Cohen and About.com Etiquette Expert Debby Mayne, Avram brings us a unique view of the dilemmas created by this new technology and how some have begun to deal with them.

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Episode 40

2014-02-09

Avram Piltch gives us a hands-on with Lenovo's new version of the X1 Carbon and gives his, as well as LAPTOP Magazine's impressions of the device. Included is a discussion about the laptop's keyboard, screen and trackpad, plus battery life and, of course, whether or not it is worth the money.

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Episode 39 - 80s Gadgets Today

2014-01-26

Avram Piltch, inspired by a review of the capabilities of a modern smartphone compared to an entire RadioShack newspaper ad from the 80s, discusses how to duplicate some of our favorite 80s gadgets today. From the View-Master to the Atari 2600 - even a full MS-DOS PC - everything is possible on a modern smartphone.

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Episode 38 - Beyond USB 3.0

2014-01-19

Avram Piltch discusses some of the technological advances in the USB standard, including USB 3.1 set to debut this year. With the new technology comes new uses, such as 4K video delivered over USB, universal power delivery and USB C, a new tip to end the "which side is up" issue once and for all.

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Episode 37 - CES 2014 Wrap-up

2014-01-12

Avram Piltch discusses LAPTOP Magazine's top picks for CES 2014. From phones to watches, we talk about everything. He then sticks around for the rest of F5 Live as we also discuss our picks for best of CES 2014.

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Episode 36 - 2013 Tech Fails

2013-12-22

Avram Piltch covers some of the top tech fails of 2013. From the overall disaster that is BlackBerry to the launch failure of Ouya, from Samsung's Galaxy Zoom to HP's super-hot Chromebook 11, there were plenty of mistakes this year.

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Episode 35 - Battery Champions

2013-12-15

Avram Piltch talks about 5 of the top 13 gadgets from 2013 that rocked battery life. From a 20+ hour laptop to a 12+ hour videogame system and a 13+ hour smartphone, some companies really raised the bar on battery performance, but not everyone keeps up.

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Episode 34 - Technology Coal

2013-12-08

Avram Piltch discusses 3 of the 5 items on his list of technology gifts no one should be surprised by. From Chromebooks to the Surface 2, these gifts should not be given without first discussing the intent with the recipient.

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Episode 33 - Best Gadgets of 2013

2013-12-01

Avram Piltch tells us of the newest Laptop Magazine record holder, the T440, having the longest non-slice battery life of any laptop ever tested. He also discusses Laptop Magazine's list of the best gadgets of 2013.

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Episode 32

2013-11-24

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

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Episode 31

2013-11-17

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine, and moderated by Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

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Episode 30

2013-11-10

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

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Episode 29

2013-11-03

Avram Piltch discusses some of the annoyances with Windows 8.1 and how to solve them. From searching for files to not copying files in Modern UI; from quickly vanishing notifications to protecting you from yourself, Avram has the solutions.

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Episode 28 - Asus Transformer Book T100

2013-10-20

Avram Piltch discusses and shows off the new Asus Transformer Book T100. Is it a tablet or is it a netbook? The answer to both is yes. Powered by a Bay Trail Atom processor and Windows 8.1, this little beast is a steal for $349.

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Episode 27 - Why Chrome OS is Still a Pass

2013-10-13

Avram Piltch discusses the newly announced HP Chromebook 11 and why this device, alone with all other Chromebooks are not ready for primetime. With an app store that allows you to install apps that won't run on your device, 5+ second application load times and absolutely no consideration for using the device offline, this device doesn't know who it is designed for.

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Episode 26 - Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

2013-10-06

Avram Piltch talks about and shows off the new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch. With 11 hours of battery life on the LAPTOP Magazine test and a huge, beautiful screen that takes advantage of its stylus in a great way, is the Note 3 the best phone on the market? With limited syncing capabilities and a small collection of apps, however, is the Gear a yay or nay? Avram will let you know before you buy.

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Episode 25 - Stupidest Smartphone Features

2013-09-29

Avram Piltch discusses the top features of smartphones that no one could ever want. From attention seeking media players to gestures that are more difficult than the normal interaction method, today's smartphones truly have it all.

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Episode 24 - iPhone is Still Behind the Times

2013-09-22

Avram Piltch discusses why the iPhone 5s and 5c is still behind the times. Between terrible battery life, small screens, lack of application side-loading and a lack of NFC, it just seems like skipping the iPhone is a good idea.

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Episode 23 - Intel Bay Trail

2013-09-15

Avram Piltch discusses the newly announced Intel Bay Trail family of processors and their future in the tablet and laptop marketplace. Marketed as Atom in tablets and Celeron and Pentium for laptops, these processors offer significant improvements over the previous generation of Atom, but will they stand up to Avram's requirements?

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Episode 22 - Samsung Note 3 and Gear Preview

2013-09-08

Sherri L. Smith of LAPTOP Magazine, filling in for Avram Piltch, talks about the news of the week out of the Samsung camp: the Note 3 and Gear smartwatch.

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Episode 21 - Dumbest Desktop Defaults

2013-09-01

Avram Piltch talks about his list of the worst default settings for desktop computers and how to fix them. From Office 2013's new smooth typing to Window's hiding of file extensions, changing many of these default settings can save you hassle in your daily life.

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Episode 20 - Little-Known Android Features

2013-08-18

Avram Piltch explains some of the best, little-known features of Google's Android operating environment. Among these features are remote desktop, file server and Apache web server.

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Episode 19 - Samsung Tizen

2013-08-11

Avram Piltch talks about Tizen - Samsung's upcoming smartphone operating system and where it fits in the marketplace. He also discusses the similarities and differences between Tizen and other operating systems, such as Google's Android, HP Palm's webOS and BlackBerry's BlackBerry 10.

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Episode 18 - Smartphones in 2018

2013-08-04

Avram Piltch discusses the new and exciting features coming to smartphones over the next 5 years. From additional sensors, like biometric identity and fitness, to always-on voice control enhances batteries and cameras, you almost won't be able to recognize the smartphone in 2018.

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Episode 17 - Chromecast vs Android Mini PCs

2013-07-28

Avram Piltch discusses the newly announced Google Chromecast and why it is not a value for almost any consumer. With its incredibly limited operating system and almost entire lack of functionality, a $35 pricepoint is simply not worth it. Instead, Avram suggests looking into one of dozens of Android-powered mini PCs which are capable of doing everything the Chromecast can, plus running most Android applications, plus start in a price very similar to the Chromecast.

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Episode 16 - Asus MeMO Pad HD 7

2013-07-14

Avram Piltch shows off the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, the new 7 inch tablet from the company. With nearly 10 hours of battery life, a high-quality screen, including color adjustments, and a quad-core processor, all for only $150, it is no wonder Avram believes this is the best 7 inch tablet in town.

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Episode 15 - Toddler-Proofing Your Technology

2013-07-14

Avram Piltch discusses some of the best ways to prevent your gadgets from being damaged or used for unintended purposes. Whether you don't want your toddler to turn off your computer while you are using it or you want to prevent them from purchasing a car on eBay, Avram has solutions for you.

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Episode 14 - Acer Iconia W3

2013-07-07

Avram Piltch shows off the Acer Iconia W3, the world's first-to-market Windows 8 8" tablet. While we expect this to be the beginning of a popular product category, the first device has a number of killer features, including a custom Bluetooth keyboard and nearly 9 hour battery life.

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Episode 13 - Microsoft //Build

2013-06-30

Avram Piltch discusses some of the things he encountered while at Microsoft's annual developer conference, //Build. Topics include Windows 8.1's return of the Start button, Internet Explorer's multiple personality disorder and a lack of file control in modern mode.

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Episode 12

2013-06-23

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

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Episode 11 - Computex

2013-06-09

Avram Pitch discusses the new and exciting computer products he experienced at Computex in Taipei. From an Android tablet that becomes a Windows 8 laptop to the first 8" Windows 8 tablet, plus a full refresh from Toshiba and a lot of Haswell processors, there is a lot to cover this week.

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Episode 10

2013-05-26

Avram Pitch discusses the 10 old technologies you won't believe are still in use today. Included are pay phones, pagers, dial-up Internet access and blank VHS cassettes.

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Episode 9

2013-05-19

Avram Piltch discusses details about Google I/O, their annual developer's conference. Included in the discussion are the biggest disappointments and whether the press should continue to hype developer events as if they are press events.

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Episode 8

2013-05-05

Avram Piltch discusses 6 amazingly arrogant statements made by technology executives. The list includes Steve Jobs' statement about Android, Steve Ballmer's statement about the iPhone and was inspired by the week's statement by BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins about tablets. He also discusses Acer's recently announced line of surprisingly odd notebooks and tablets.

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Episode 7 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Reviewed

2013-04-28

Avram Piltch discusses his interactions with the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Sprint and LAPTOP Magazine's review of the device. He explains why the device received a 4/5 star rating, including the positives and the negatives.

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Episode 6 - 10 Dying Tech Annoyances

2013-04-21

Avram Piltch discusses the 10 tech annoyances his child will never experience. The conversation includes fond and not-so-fond reminiscence of these technologies and how they touched our lives and why we are glad they will be history.

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Episode 5 - 7 Ways to Recover the PC Market

2013-04-14

Avram Piltch discusses 7 ways to recover the crashing PC market, including creating a reason for people to replace their current PCs, which manufacturers have not focused on in years. He also talks about the problems that could come to the tech market if a new war starts in Korea, especially with Samsung and LG headquartered in South Korea. He concludes with his favorite moments from the first 300 episodes of F5 Live.

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Episode 4

2013-04-07

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

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Episode 3

2013-03-24

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of LAPTOP Magazine and Tom's Guide, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering the news of the week in the mobile space.

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Episode 2 - Cringe-Worthy Tech Events and Galaxy S4

2013-03-17

Avram Piltch discusses the 5 worst tech product announcement events, including this week's event, plus Steve Jobs asking the press to stop using WiFi and others. In addition, we discuss the details behind the newly announced and highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Episode 1 - Proprietary Features

2013-03-10

Avram Piltch discusses how to get some of the best proprietary features from Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola Android phones on your Android phone, no matter the brand. Topics include Q Slide from the LG Optimus G and Popup Play from Samsung, Q Translator from LG and Bing Translate from Windows Phone, Smart Stay from Samsung, S Beam from Samsung and Android Beam on other Android phones.

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