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    Published on 18th December 2012 by
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    Relative “new kid on the block”, Astro Gaming, have quickly established themselves as one of the best providers of high-end surround sound headsets available today. Hugely popular amongst the US professional and prosumer gaming markets Astro are now bringing their top of the line Dolby 7.1 simulated wired & new wireless range to Australian shores and we were lucky enough to try them both out, Astro’s recently refreshed wired version the A40 and it’s new wireless A50.

    Both headsets are of a similar construction. An ultra comfortable over-the-ears enclosure with ...
    Published on 17th September 2012 by
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    TWiT is a podcasting institution. From the story of inception to it’s more recent studio construction the TWiT network is a cornerstone amongst new media delivery and its production.

    Recently on a trip to the US I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the TWiT studios (known as the “TWiT Brick House”) in Petaluma, California, taking a look at exactly how this podcasting juggernaut operated and get a peek behind the wizard’s (Leo Laporte), curtain. The great thing is anyone is allowed to go and visit, you don’t have to be a bumbling amateur tech journalist like ...
    Published on 10th August 2012 by
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    No, not iOS gaming, the current booming category of choice in the iTunes app store at present but rather gaming on your desktop, your Mac, your every day run of the mill OS X running ‘puter. Many would argue that Mac gaming reached its pinnacle before the majority of gamers today were even born with Prince of Persia on the Apple II back in 1989 or perhaps a few years later when the rest of the world was buzzing about “Doom” Mac users were pouring every waking hour ...
    1. Games
    Published on 27th July 2012 by
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    My first experience with Telltale Games’ rejuvenation of the point & click adventure came back in 2007. They’d recently completed their first episodic season of the former LucasArts’ property “Sam & Max” a personal favourite of mine as a child. I was a masochistic lover of the adventure game genre jumping on anything “Quest” from Sierra and any title leaving LucasArts’s doors sans X-Wing.

    Originally this comeback was limited, as most games generally are, to the wonderful world of Windows ...
    Published on 18th June 2012 by
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    “Retina display” it’s Apple’s latest buzzword that’s slowly mulling its way across their entire product line. Most recently recently bursting from its former iOS bounds and landing amid Apple’s newest MacBook Pro lineup announced just days ago at WWDC 2012. But what is exactly is a Retina display? How does it affect you as a consumer or perhaps you as a developer? Do I want one? Well in the words of Dr Deane ...
    Published on 23rd April 2012 by
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    Earlier in the year the “audio visual brand of the rich & famous” Bang & Olufsen launched a new sub brand “B&o Play” the goal of which is to bring a more affordable line of their renowned product lineup to the everyday consumer. A Jetstar to QANTAS if you will of audio stylings. One of the first offerings from this new moniker is the obscurely named “Beolit 12”, a portable speaker system designed with the iOS generation in mind. ...
    Published on 25th January 2012 by
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    iPod docks are a dime-a-dozen these days, go in to any electronics retailer and you’re bound to find a bunch cluttered together on display the majority of which will have some unfortunate commonalities. Poor sound quality, ugly design and useless “extended-features”. JBL’s new OnBeat “Loudspeaker Docking Station”, I’m happy to say, rises above all of those and has delivered one of the more enjoyable dock experiences I’ve had without costing a thousand dollars.

    Published on 22nd July 2011 by

    Love it or hate it OS X Lion (10.7) arrived today and it doesn’t take long for you to notice (and loathe) many of the more subtle changes Apple have made in their infinite user interface (UI) wisdom. Fortunately a lot of the changes, which I personally find not to my taste, are quite easily fixed.

    The issues & fixes:

    “Natural scrolling” and how to disable it
    Mimicking Apple’s iOS devices Lion implements a “natural” scroll direction, you would have noticed it as soon as you tried to read or do pretty much anything on your now Lion based machine. What it means is that when you scroll your mouse down the page moves up, which goes against any conventional mouse usage since its inception. In the words of Leo Laporte: “So. You spend 27 years teaching people how to scroll. Then you turn it upside down just for fun. I think Steve is laughing at us.”

    How to fix it:
    Jump in to System Preferences and select “Mouse”
    On the first tab (“Point & Click”) the first option is “Scroll direction: natural”. Simply un-tick this.

    Large font/icons in the Finder sidebar & Mail folder list
    This one jumps out at you pretty quickly, everything, everywhere just looks BIGGER!

    How to fix it:
    Jump in to the “General” System Preference and look for the item “Sidebar icon size” seen below

    Finder status bar missing
    Are your Finder windows looking particularly thin? Missing some information about how many files/folders you have in the place you’re looking or perhaps a total file size for that folder? Well that’s because Apple have turned off the status bar leaving your Finder windows borderless on the bottom.

    How to fix it:
    Really simple this one. You can press Command + / on your keyboard or jump up to “View” > “Show Status Bar”

    Published on 24th February 2011 by
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    Solid-state drives (SSD) are rapidly becoming the “soup de jour” of today’s tech world. More and more (mobile devices especially) are now being released with SSDs replacing the last of a very small amount of hardware pieces that still contained any moving parts. Their rapid data access times, instantaneous accessibility, physical superiority (no noise, not susceptible to magnetism, shock or vibration) and lower power consumption make them an attractive choice to power your storage needs. The downside of them being their relative high cost to storage ratio, traditional hard drives winning that round hands down. In time this will of course change but if you’re without the five years to wait and would like to take advantage of the speed an SSD can provide you while retaining your original platter/spin hard drive this how-to is for you.

    This “dual drive” configuration is nothing new, the idea is that your operating system (OS) and applications are installed on the smaller, faster SSD while your store of media, documents and general files reside upon the larger, space-to-waste, traditional hard disk drive (HDD). In Mac OS X terms you essentially move your Users folder off to the HDD. Sounds relatively straight forward ...
    1. Utilities
    Published on 7th February 2011 by
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    Apple for the last few iterations of MacBook Pro have included a graphics card with the ability to switch between two states of processing power. The idea behind this is whilst running on the lower end (to which it’s set by default) increases precious battery life allowing you to burn your lap away for that extra hour before having to plug it in to the mains (and visit a hospital for your now 3rd degree burns).

    For most people the default selection of using the integrated graphics option is more than adequate, it is after all what is used in normal non-pro MacBooks and the MacBook Air, but if you’re wanting to play any high end game (Call of Duty 4 for example) or you work in any graphical/video intensive applications like Final Cut Pro you’ll spend more time banging your head against the wall than getting anywhere, which is why the pro models are able to switch to their big brother GPU and get the job done.

    And there in lies our problem. Switching. For late 2008 - 2009 MacBook Pro (NVIDIA GeForce 9400M/9600M GT) owners switching is an angst ridden task requiring you to manually change an option under “Energy Saver” in System Preferences and then log out & in before the change takes affect. It’s a hideous process and while your Mac will then remember it’s setting should you ever have to reset your PRAM or do a fresh install of OS X you’ll find you’re back ...
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