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Hosted by Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering news, reviews, and previews of devices and components.


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Maximizing Efficiency with Keyboard Macros and Remapping - Episode 324

February 05, 2024

Avram Piltch discusses the importance of efficiency in programming and introduces the concept of using numpad shortcuts to save time and reduce strain on the body. He mentions that he has been working

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Intel Core Ultra: The Personal AI Processor - Episode 323

December 18, 2023

One of the recent technological developments is the release of Intel's new Core Ultra CPUs for laptops, which are equipped with a neural processing unit (NPU). These CPUs, also known as Meteor Lake, a

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The Best and Worst Gifts to Buy This Year - Episode 322

December 03, 2023

This week, Avram Piltch begins with the topic of keystrokes. He mentions that typing at a faster rate, such as 400 keystrokes per minute, can greatly enhance one's typing experience. With tens of thou

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Exploring OpenAI's Code Interpreter and Data Analyzer - Episode 321

November 12, 2023

OpenAI's ChatGPT offers new capabilities and functionalities to its users, such as code interpretation and data analysis. However, this feature also exposes potential security holes, as demonstrated i

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Criminal Background Checks for 3D Printer Purchases? - Episode 320

November 05, 2023

The proposed law requiring background checks for 3D printer purchases has sparked a debate on the regulation of technology and its potential dangers. This law, a version of which has already been pass

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The Highly Anticipated Raspberry Pi 5: What's New - Episode 319

October 01, 2023

The Raspberry Pi 5 is the latest version of one of the world's most popular computers. It was just announced on Thursday and will be released on October 23rd. The new model comes in two versions, a 4G

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Can Machines Learn Like Humans? Debunking the Myths - Episode 318

September 19, 2023

Large language models and AI learning have become increasingly prominent in recent years. These models, such as ChatGPT, Google BARD, and Bing Chat, have changed some of the ways we interact with tech

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Pimoroni Badger 1040 W - Episode 317

September 10, 2023

Avram is always on the lookout for great new devices with interesting uses. One of the best companies for that type of device is Pimoroni, a company that creates products for makers. Their Pimoroni Ba

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Solving the Windows 11 Upgrade Problems - Episode 316

September 04, 2023

Avram Pilch wrote an article discussing his experience with Windows, highlighting the fact that he uses Windows 10 on his desktop and Windows 11 on his laptop. Despite the majority of Windows users st

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Exploring the Excitement and Skepticism Around LK-99 - Episode 315

August 13, 2023

The concept of a room-temperature superconductor has captivated the scientific community and the general public alike. The idea of a material that can conduct electricity with zero resistance at norma

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Optimizing Your Computer without Breaking the Bank - Episode 314

July 16, 2023

This is a great time to be considering an upgrade to your PC. Whether you're looking for a small upgrade, like adding an SSD to your system, or you want to do a full processor and motherboard replacem

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Age of AI - Episode 313

July 09, 2023

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has made significant advancements, revolutionizing various industries and transforming the way we live and work. However, with these advancements come com

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Google's SGE: A threat to the free and open internet - Episode 312

June 11, 2023

Google's SGE, or Search Generative Experience, is a new feature that is showing itself to be an existential threat to the free and open internet. SGE is a new way of displaying search results that tak

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The Future of Hardware: What We Saw at Computex - Episode 311

June 04, 2023

Computex, the world's coolest trade show, recently took place in Taipei, and it showcased some exciting hardware that tech enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating. While there were some AI-related announ

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Discovering the Dark Side of AI - Episode 310

May 23, 2023

In recent years, advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have allowed machines to quickly generate videos. AI-generated videos are becoming increasingly popular, with many people using them to cr

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Exploring the Use of AI in Media - Episode 309

May 01, 2023

AI is revolutionizing media in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. From creating entire commercials with no human input to filtering out coughs in real-time, AI is transforming the way w

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Microsoft JARVIS Deep Dive and Demo - Episode 308

April 23, 2023

Over the past few months, Avram has taken a deep dive into the realm of AI, especially generative AI, and its various versions and uses. Last week, we looked at Auto-GPT, and this week we take a look

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Auto-GPT Deep Dive and Demo - Episode 307

April 19, 2023

In the last few months, we've seen a lot of focus on generative AIs, also known as plagiarism engines. As the models advance, so do the systems that get built around them. This week's internet focus i

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Generative AI: The Plagiarism Machine - Episode 306

April 07, 2023

Over the past few months, the popularity of generative AI has increased significantly. Earlier in the year, Avram discussed the dangers of generative AI, but what he saw then was only the beginning of

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Windows 11: Then, Now, and Beyond - Episode 305

March 05, 2023

Windows 11 has now been out for 18 months, and the platform continues to move forward. With the latest updates, users now have access to a range of new features and improvements that make it easier to

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Mouse Jigglers: What are they and how to use them - Episode 304

February 05, 2023

Over the past few years, many people have begun working from home who hadn't previously done so. Because of this, IT departments and management are looking for ways to keep track of people's activity

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The Dangers of Generative AI Technology - Episode 303

January 29, 2023

In the last few months, we've seen a significant improvement in generative AI. This technology allows a user to enter a prompt to create media. The output has generally been text and images, but audio

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What to Look for When Setting Up Multiple Monitors - Episode 302

December 19, 2022

The most important and often most underrated aspect of your computer setup is your monitor or ideally monitors. That's the aspect that you're looking at all day long, so if you can get a better monito

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Best USB Hubs for Desktops, Laptops, and Tablets - Episode 301

December 05, 2022

Do you need more USB ports? Are your devices constantly running out of power? If so, you need a USB hub! There are many different types of USB hubs available, but not all of them are created equal. Av

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What to Look for on Black Friday 2022 - Episode 300

November 20, 2022

You can have an interesting week based entirely on finding good deals. We've been in "Black Friday" season for a while, but Wednesday and Thursday are going to be the real beginning of the process.So,

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The Best External SSD Enclosures - Episode 299

November 14, 2022

One of the most significant issues that computer users encounter is a lack of storage. Whether that be because you're using a laptop that only came with a 256 GB drive, or you're a content creator tha

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Intel 13th Gen Core versus AMD Ryzen 7000 - Episode 298

October 23, 2022

It is an exciting time to be building a new PC. AMD's new Ryzen 7000 series processors are out, and Intel has released the new Raptor Lake processors, now known as the 13th Generation Core Processors,

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What Gaming PC Can You Build for Under $500 - Episode 297

October 17, 2022

In June, Avram gave us a look at what components you could put into a gaming PC for under $500. The build was decent, and even inspired the build available at STRYKE eSports and Gaming Center. Since t

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Prime Early Access Sale 2022 - Episode 296

October 13, 2022

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the best choices for what to look for on Prime Early Access Sales and on other sites.

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What PC Components You Should Buy Now - Episode 295

September 20, 2022

Right now is both the best of times and the worst of times for building a new PC or upgrading an existing one. If you absolutely need to build or upgrade one today, then there is no time better, of co

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Picking a Gaming Laptop for Under $1500 - Episode 294

August 28, 2022

As surprising as this might be after the past few years, it is a great time to buy a new PC. The new chips and video cards will be coming out later this year, but if you don't need to be on the bleedi

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How to Secure Wipe a Hard Drive and SSD - Episode 293

August 21, 2022

When you are done with an older computer, there are lots of great ways to properly upcycle it. Organizations across the country will take donations of older computers that can be cleaned up and provid

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Improve Your Computer Life for Under $50 - Episode 292

August 07, 2022

When it comes to interacting with your computer, we know that the way your items come is not always the best way to use them. Avram has some great ideas on how to improve your experience. Best of all,

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 10th Gen - Episode 291

August 02, 2022

For some products, an annual refresh is expected. One of those products is Lenovo's workhorse productivity laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This year marks the 10th generation of the laptop, and the co

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How to Get Windows Cheap Without Restrictions - Episode 290

July 17, 2022

When building a new computer, installing Windows can be a big challenge. You could be hampered by not owning a copy of the operating system yourself, or it could be because you have specific needs for

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Build a Gaming PC for Under $500 - Episode 289

June 26, 2022

Over the past year or so, building a PC has not necessarily been easy. This has been in part because of the higher cost of components, but mostly because of the limited availability of graphics cards.

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How to Choose a Web Host - Episode 288

June 14, 2022

If you're just starting out online, one of the first things you'll need to do is choose a web host. This can be a daunting task, especially if you don't know what to look for. Avram discusses the diff

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Logitech MX Master 3S and MX Mechanical Keyboard - Episode 287

June 05, 2022

In the tech world, some products are so ubiquitous that they don't get updated very often. One of those product lines is the MX line of keyboards and mice from Logitech. Logitech's MX line of keyboard

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Tom's Hardware Innovation Awards 2022 - Episode 286

April 25, 2022

Throughout the year, those of us in the tech space have the opportunity to see, touch, and test some of the most interesting new products. Much of the time, these products are exciting but iterative.

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The Best Portable Monitors 2022 - Episode 285

April 04, 2022

For many of us, it's been a while since we've traveled or needed any tools for working not from home. However, things are getting back to normal in large parts of the country and the world, meaning th

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The Kaspersky Dilemma - Episode 284

March 27, 2022

As the conflict in Ukraine heats up, one of the possible problems that arise is whether or not Russian software can be trusted. In particular, can we trust the security product Kaspersky? The German g

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10 Years of Raspberry Pi - Episode 283

March 15, 2022

Happy 10th birthday Raspberry Pi! The tiny computer has come a long way in just ten short years. It all started when Raspberry Pi Foundation founders Eben Upton and Rob Mullins set out to create an af

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Video Cards are Available Again! - Episode 282

March 07, 2022

Over the past 2 years, certain products have been difficult to find. For a while, laptops and other electronics were in short supply. This came about because lockdowns stopped production but increased

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Is Crypto Mining Still Profitable? - Episode 281

February 07, 2022

Cryptocurrency mining has been all the rage over the past few years. Bitcoin and Ethereum, in particular, have seen massive price increases, which has led to a renewed interest in cryptocurrency minin

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Picking the Right Gaming Monitor - Episode 280

January 24, 2022

Getting ahold of computer components has been a challenge for the past few years. To increase your gaming experience, you can't get a video card unless you're prepared to buy from a scalper. But, you

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Most Interesting Finds of CES 2022 - Episode 279

January 16, 2022

One of Avram's favorite sayings is, "We're in the business of interesting, not good." This is an important distinction that makes his view of the tech journalism industry far more fun. Often times we

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Quick and Easy Last-Minute Gifts (Holiday 2021) - Episode 278

December 19, 2021

For some of us, procrastination is a way of life. A lot of times, we can manage to pull out a win in the end, like working all night before a presentation. However, when it comes to getting a gift dur

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Tom's Hardware Best of 2021 - Episode 277

December 14, 2021

It's the end of the year, and that means that it's time to look back on the last 12 very strange months and see what positives we can pull out with Tom's Hardware's Best of 2021.Best CPUWhile AMD has

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How to Get a Video Card for Holiday 2021 - Episode 276

December 07, 2021

We know that the supply chain issues have made all sorts of products hard to come by, at this point ranging from cards and trucks to food and drink. The product category that has been the hardest hit,

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Black Friday Deals 2021 - Episode 275

November 21, 2021

It's that time of year - Black Friday season. While Black Friday used to be the day after Thanksgiving, in recent years it has expanded into a whole season. Starting this week through the next few wee

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