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ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2018

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ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2018

2018-09-29

Live from the 2018 ROBOTICON Tampa Bay at the Yuengling Center at the University of South Florida. This year's event features 23 FIRST Robotics Competition teams, 16 FIRST Tech Challenge teams, 8 FIRST LEGO League teams, and 5 FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams. We speak with representatives from several of the teams, including some of the most recognizable teams in Florida, as well as rookie teams. We also speak with a software engineer from NASA about the future of space travel, including what is needed to get people to Mars and, more importantly, how to keep them alive once they arrive. We end the show with the Affiliate Partner for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. in South Florida.

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US/China Trade War Impact - Episode 196

Piltch Point

US/China Trade War Impact - Episode 196

2019-06-09

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the impending impact of the trade war between the United States and China. The US imposed a 10% tariff on imports from China a while back, but a new and stronger tariff system is going into place now. The new tariffs will be 25% on billions of dollars worth of products, and will almost immediately be felt by consumers.

These new tariffs were felt in full force during Computex 2019. While it is not unusual to hear a company say that they aren't sure what the price point is going to be for a new product, this year the responses were different. Many companies said that they had a target retail price for their products, but that they weren't sure what the actual price was going to be, because they couldn't entirely predict how these taxes were going to affect the prices in the end.

Manufacturers are already beginning to look for ways to prevent these new tariffs. MSI CEO Charles Chiang spoke with Avram during Computex, explaining their plans. They and other larger manufacturers are beginning to look for new countries to manufacture their product in, such as Taiwan and Vietnam. While this would eventually represent cost savings, it is not inexpensive to move a manufacturing line, meaning that costs will still go up in the short term, but hopefully, less than they would with the tariffs. Not everyone can do this, though, so smaller brands might see big challenges in the upcoming months.

Another challenge to moving manufacturing to another country is infrastructure. Countries like Taiwan have a total population less than that of Shenzhen, the province of China where most manufacturing occurs. Add to that the need for roads, shipping, electricity, water, and more, and it creates hurdles that are not surmountable in the short term. The country could ramp up for production eventually, but it won't be able to handle a large influx in the next quarter.

June 9, 2019 - Episode 529

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

June 9, 2019 - Episode 529

2019-06-09

This week, Apple announces a cheese grater, India tries to ban cryptocurrencies, and DirecTV might be on the chopping block.

Computex 2019 - Episode 195

Piltch Point

Computex 2019 - Episode 195

2019-06-02

This week, Avram Piltch is back from Computex 2019 in Taipei with some of the best technology he and his team from Tom's Hardware encountered. From processors to computer cases, Avram's got it all.

First, we've got the big announcements from AMD. In particular, the 3rd generation Ryzen processors. In addition to the Ryzen 3, 5, and 7, this year they have introduced the Ryzen 9, sporting a 12-cores and 24-threads. It will run $499 and compares to an 8-core processor from Intel. This new processor and the rest of the lineup will be available on July 7, 2019. In addition to the new processors, the new boards will support PCIe 4.0, which will allow for significantly faster SSDs. Current benchmarks top out at 5GBps, with future hardware expected to be in the 8GBps range.

In computers, he saw some interesting new products. In particular, is the MSI GT7600 Titan laptop. Rather than using a mobile processor, this beast uses a standard desktop processor and is overclocked to 5GHz. To accomplish this, the company designed special cooling to pipe out all of the additional heat that an overclocked desktop processor is going to add to a laptop. The drawback to this power, of course, is the weight; it comes in at about 9 pounds. If this is what you do for a living, though, the weight is not going to be a concern.

In addition, ASUS showed off the newest model of ZenBook Pro Duo, the laptop with a second screen above the keyboard. The jury's still out on whether this second screen adds anything useful to the experience, but a second screen is always nice. For those looking for a more complete monitor, they also showed off the ROG Strix XG17, a fully portable monitor that can connect to your laptop, or anything with HDMI, as a second screen.

As usual, unique computer cases were all over the floor, from the P200, a mostly open-air design from Thermaltake to a Heineken beer keg that can serve beer and computer power in one. There's a lot more to the Computex 2019 coverage, and it can all be found at Tom's Hardware.

June 2, 2019 - Episode 528

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

June 2, 2019 - Episode 528

2019-06-02

This week, facial recognition goes to school, Xbox goes to the competition, and iTunes goes out to pasture.

New Computer Components from Intel and NVIDIA - Episode 194

Piltch Point

New Computer Components from Intel and NVIDIA - Episode 194

2019-04-28

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the new computer components that were announced this week. Starting off is Intel's 45-watt 9th generation H-series processors. The Core i9 (9980HK) now features 8 cores, which is more powerful than any mobile processor in history. The Core i5 and Core i7 feature 4-cores and 8-cores, respectively. These procs are still running on the 14-nanometer architecture that we've had for a few generations and is not running on the 10-nanometer design that the industry is waiting for. The difference between last year's processors and this year's processors is likely marginal.

Any time there is a new generation of processor, there comes a collection of new laptops that use them. This announcement is no different, as many of the major players announced new laptops that feature the new generation of processors. ASUS, for example, has announced new ROG Zephyrus laptop models. While the newer processor is nice, the real winner in these models is the 240-hertz refresh rate. That is an amazing accomplishment on a laptop screen.

In addition to Intel news from ASUS, we also have some AMD news. The company has announced a new AMD-powered gaming notebook, the ROG Zephyrus G GA502. This is the first AMD-powered gaming notebook using the new high wattage Ryzen processor, with NVIDIA graphics. They are running as low as

NVIDIA has also announced a new mobile video card: the GeForce GTX 1650. This new card is not a high-power card but is instead designed to be more of a mainstream card.

April 28, 2019 - Episode 527

F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

April 28, 2019 - Episode 527

2019-04-28

This week, Samsung's postponing its launch, PC gamers are switching platforms, and Sinemia is leaving the country.

NEAT Widget Desktop USB Condenser Microphone

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NEAT Widget Desktop USB Condenser Microphone

2019-04-27

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

Widget C is one of a trio of uniquely styled, USB 'plug and play,' high-definition microphones that can capture any sound source on this planet-and probably beyond. Each Widget, while having distinctly different outward appearances, uses the same proprietary capsule and circuit design that delivers remarkable sonic character, regardless of the Widget's shape.

Whether you're recording your weekly podcast, chatting with relatives on the opposite coast, or strumming a demo in your living room, Widget C provides an unrivaled sonic signature usually found only in professional recording environments. Combine all this with Widget C's back-to-the-future styling, and you'll not only capture great audio, but also your imagination.

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

NEAT Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone

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NEAT Bumblebee Desktop USB Microphone

2019-04-26

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

The Bumblebee is the perfect all-purpose creature for today's digital environments. With its direct USB connection, integrated articulating stand, and built-in control center, the Bumblebee easily pairs with your favorite recording software for simple "plug and play" operation. You can also choose three different Sonic Signatures, so for any application - Vocals to Videos, Conferences to Concerts, Desktop Demos to Hexadecimal Hits-the Bumblebee earns its stripes by giving your recordings or podcasts the finest professional edge.

The Bumblebee features Neat's unique implementation of a pressure-gradient, large-diaphragm condenser mic element with an edge-terminated 6μ pure gold-sputtered mylar capsule membrane.

The Bumblebee delivers pristine sonic fidelity directly to your computer thanks to a built-in, high-quality analog-to-digital converter. It features several onboard audio features: a three-position Sonic Selector, a mic output Gain Control, and a Volume Control for the built-in zero-latency headphone amplifier. Just plug in the Bumblebee, open up your favorite audio software, and start recording!

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

NEAT Worker Bee Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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NEAT Worker Bee Cardioid Condenser Microphone

2019-04-26

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

From vocals to guitars, Accordions to Zithers, and virtually any instrument in the musical kingdom, the Worker Bee collects and captures sound with amazing ease. Add exquisite craftsmanship, and engineering savvy from some of the most experienced minds in the recording industry, and the result is a microphone that is one of the most productive and versatile mics in its field - or any musically flowering landscape!

The Worker Bee has a fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized 24mm diameter condenser capsule.

The Worker Bee's very low noise rating (>7.0 dB) and high output make it the perfect choice for ultra-high resolution digital recording. Instead of integrated circuits (chips), the Worker Bee's Class A discrete amplifier circuitry ensures the most accurate and noise-free signal possible, with minimal distortion and coloration. You can position the side-address capsule, enclosed within its unique grille, for very precise placement.

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

NEAT Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone

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NEAT Beecaster Professional Desktop USB Microphone

2019-04-25

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

Adaptive by nature, the Beecaster is the perfect all-purpose creature for today's digital environments. With its direct USB connection, integrated articulating stand, and built-in control center, the Beecaster easily complements your favorite recording software for simple 'plug and play' operation. Four different Sonic Images are optimized for various applications-so from Vocals to Videos, Conferences to Concerts, Desktop Demos to Hexadecimal Hits, the Beecaster earns its stripes by giving your recordings or podcasts the finest professional edge.

The Beecaster features Neat's unique array of four fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized 24-millimeter diameter condenser capsules.

It delivers pristine sonic fidelity directly to your computer thanks to a built-in, high-quality analog-to-digital converter. The Beecaster features several onboard audio features: A four-position Sonic Image Selector, gain control to adjust the microphone output level, volume control for the built-in zero-latency, headphone amplifier, and a mute function. Just plug in the Beecaster, open up your favorite audio software, and start recording!

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

NEAT King Bee Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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NEAT King Bee Cardioid Condenser Microphone

2019-04-25

Check out our interview with founder Skipper Wise from CES 2015.

Just like a beehive, the King Bee is all about reproduction. Its large-diaphragm condenser design is ideal for applications requiring low noise and high sensitivity-the King Bee excels for vocals, drums, electric guitar, piano, and most acoustic instruments, including complex sources like saxophones, flutes, and strings. Thanks to custom Class A discrete electronics, careful mechanical design, and a precision, gold-sputtered microphone capsule, what you hear at the output is what the King Bee hears at its input.

The King Bee is ideal for large-diaphragm condenser microphone applications (like vocals) and earns its royal title with discrete Class-A electronics, superior sound, and a high-quality audio output transformer. The package includes the Beekeeper shock mount and Honeycomb snap-on pop filter. With its exquisite craftsmanship and engineering savvy from some of the most experienced minds in the recording industry, the King Bee is a microphone that, simply put, rules.

The King Bee has an externally polarized pressure-gradient, large-diaphragm condenser mic element with a center-terminated, 6μ pure gold-sputtered mylar capsule membrane.

Its very low noise rating (>7.0 dB) and high output make it the perfect choice for ultra-high resolution digital recording. Instead of integrated circuits (chips), the King Bee's Class A discrete amplifier circuitry ensures the most accurate and noise-free signal possible, with minimal distortion and coloration. You can position the side-address capsule, enclosed within its unique grille, for very precise placement.

About Neat Microphones

Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones, with products that embrace cutting-edge audio technology and innovative design. Whether you record in a professional studio or your home, whether it's music, podcasts, gaming, voiceovers, business conferencing or chatting with friends and family, Neat can capture it all with exceptional audio clarity and looks that will capture your imagination.

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