Starting off, we reviewed the third generation Apple TV. A media streamer that has a shape similar to that of a hockey puck. It has a HDMI port, an Ethernet port, optical sound port, and of course a power port. There is no app store on there so you’re pretty much stuck with what you have. If you use the BBC iPlayer, you can use AirPlay to fling your TV and radio shows to the Apple TV. MxTube also allows you to fling content from your iOS device. If you want to, you can use your iPhone or iPad as a remote control for the Apple TV. Simply download the remote app(it’s free) from the App store, sign in with your Apple ID and you are good to go. The Apple TV got a Try It from us.
Logitech make some good webcams, and in particular, we talked about the Logitech C615 HD Webcam. At about £40 from Amazon, it’s a definite buy from us. It works great on the Mac, it is capable of 1080p full HD video recording and 720p HD Skype recording. The camera itself has autofocus capability and a built-in microphone which is adequate for Skype calls or a GoToMeeting HD video conference. We gave this one a Buy It.
Next up, Adi reviewed The Typing of the Dead for the PC and Sega Dreamcast. For those of you in Japan, Typing of the Dead was released on the PlayStation 2. However, this title is hard to find. It’s a fun typing game that also teaches you how to touch type. It’s House of the Dead 2, but with a keyboard instead of a gun. We gave it a Try It rating.
Next up, Chris reviewed Aaaaaaaa: A Reckless Disregard for Gravity. It’s available on PC via Steam, GameFly, Impulse and Gamers Gate. Mac users can also use OnLive. Essentially, it’s a base jumping game. You get to jump from buildings and try to go closer to buildings to score more points. More points means more Teeth(the in-game currency), and in-turn more teeth means you can unlock more levels. You can also you the smash points to score some bonus points. However, if you get too close, you will either hit a building and temporarily lose control.
Finally Adi reviewed ScreenFlow for the Mac. We have to thank the awesome people at telestream for sending us a copy of ScreenFlow for this review. At $99(about £70), you will be able to install it on up to two Macs. It’s super simple to record Screencasts(a video of your computer’s screen) with ScreenFlow, you can record your Microphone, your Webcam and the computer’s audio(that means what you are hearing out of your computer’s speakers or headphones). You can use callouts to put a spotlight on a given area of your screen, put text boxes on the screen or get fancy with picture-in-picture video. If you’re someone who is going to be doing a lot of Screencasts then this is definitely worth having a look at. Telestream’s ScreenFlow support page also has a tutorial for those of you using it for the first time. Overall, ScreenFlow gets a Buy It.
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