Piltch Point (Video)

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About this podcast   English    United States

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. Avram also showcases new technology, gadgets and concepts, as they are announced or released. Review products include smartphones, smartwatches, wearables, laptops and tablets.
April 16, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the best robots for kids of all ages. Whether your child is young and needs a device that doesn't require reading and gives a lot of assistance, or is older and wants to program with little to no help, Avram's got an option for you. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
April 9, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the major advances that have happened in the world of processors in the past few weeks. He begins with the official release of Windows 10 on ARM, the new ARM-powered computers that run a complete version of Windows (compared to the previous Windows RT). The first generation can run most Win32 apps (32-bit applications), while a future update will add 64-bit application support as well. Next are the Kaby Lake G processors from Intel. These processors combine Intel's processor power with AMD's integrated Vega graphics. These processors launched along side the new Coffee Lake processors, the full upgrade to the 8th Generation Core line, which exist in the i3 to i9 lines. Each of these products has a particular user in mind, and Avram's got the information about each. He's also has a guide on processor choice on LAPTOP Magazine. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
March 18, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch brings us the results of the LAPTOP Magazine Tech Support Showdown 2018. Once again, Apple takes the top spot, but they only took it by 3 points. Tying for #2 was Dell and Samsung. Coming in last was MSI. Avram tells us what went right and what went wrong. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
March 5, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch brings us the latest product he is reviewing for Tom's Guide: the Kano Computer Kit. This kit is designed to help children understand how a computer works by allowing them to build one. Once the computer is built, a large collection of challenges and games allows the kid to learn how the computer works, and to program it to do new tasks. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Feb. 26, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch brings us a view from an event that most of us cannot attend: Toy Fair 2018. This year's event showed off a number of different and unique toys. One of the most interesting toys was a motion-controlled quadcopter: the Spin Master Supernova Drone. Living in a cage, instead of out in the wild, this little device moves with you, rather than with a controller. Another interesting game is Mattel Flushin' Frenzy, a game that revolves around plunging a toilet. Don't worry, you definitely read that correctly. Avram's got a lot more to tell you about, and Tom's Guide has their full list. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Feb. 11, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch has got some new advice to help you save some money if you are considering purchasing a new laptop or desktop computer. Companies offer all sorts of add-ons and configuration options, but for most people, there are some that can simply be skipped, while others are absolutely essential. For example, never buy a laptop with a resolution below Full HD (1920x1080). The quality of the picture and, in particular, the crispness of text, will be painful to look at. Also, go for the SSD and skip a traditional hard drive. It will speed up your performance more than you might think. Avram's got a short list of features to skip, too. Check it out. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Jan. 29, 2018
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the most disappointing trends in laptops: screen resolution. It's hard to believe that in 2018, as televisions are moving to UHD and screens are full HD or better, laptop screens are still shipping with 1366x768 resolution. It's not just a small number, either. 51% of business notebooks sold in 2017 were below full HD. In consumer laptops, the numbers are worse: over 60% of laptops sold were below full HD. This is a problem whose solution came a decade ago, so manufacturers should stop offering these low-end screens. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Dec. 22, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses a toy that is both strangely priced and strangely timed: the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot. This toy was released just this week, only days before Christmas, and commands a premium price of $300. This isn't the only programmable device to charge a price in this range, but it is possibly the least featured programmable toy in this price range. The companion app offers a strange use for augmented reality, in which the AR itself does not add to the experience. In fact, during this game, the robot itself doesn't add anything to the game. But does the promise of future updates make the robot worth the price? Avram's got an answer. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Dec. 18, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch discusses the changes that came to the US regarding the internet, and what it could mean for you. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission revoked guidances put in place in 2015, that discouraged internet service providers, or ISPs, from blocking or throttling websites for any reason. The intention of the guidances, referred to commonly as net neutrality, was to ensure that all internet users in the US would have the same access to content, no matter who their provider was. Now, with these guidances gone, Congress has the opportunity to step in and enact a binding legal framework. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
Dec. 11, 2017
Episode Tease This week, Avram Piltch has the much anticipated results of LAPTOP Magazine's AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile versus Intel Cire i5 tests. For this showdown, nearly identical models of the HP Envy x360, one featuring an AMD processor and one featuring the comparable Intel processor, were run against the same tests. While the results are mixed, they are very different from what you might have expected from an AMD vs Intel showdown from a year ago. For example, the Geekbench test goes to Intel, while the Cinebench test goes to AMD. The ultimate question, however, is which model should you buy? Avram's got your recommendation. Participants Scott Ertz - Host Avram Piltch - Host Live Discussion Powered by: Monster Products
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