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Nano dots competition

To win the a pack of nano dots you must send me a description or a drawing of what you would like to create with the nano dots, it can be absolutely anything you can imagine.
all entries must be sent to either techcast@reillysystems.net or sent as a personal message to the new Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TechCastNewport , or I have added the option of entering using the boxes below.
all entries must be made by 8th of September 2012. *** Extended To 15th September 2012 ***
If you are stuck for ideas please feel to visit www.dotpedia.com
I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Cyborg R.A.T 7

Ok to start theres not allot I can say about this mouse apart from it is amazing lol.

It costs around £90 and comes with the glide 7 mouse mat for free, but it is more than worth the price you pay if you are a really big fan of pc gaming.

To start I am a fan of PC gaming but I do prefer to use my wireless Xbox 360 control and I find it more comfortable than the mouse and keyboard, but this very cool mouse has started to change my mind, all I need now is to persuade Madcatz to send me the Cyborg R.A.T 9 and a matching keyboard and I will be fully converted back to keyboard and mouse.

Same as always all the full details are in the video, I will also add that this is my longest video so far as I really loved this mouse.

There was only one minor downside that I mention in the video is the software, the software it self is great and allows you to customize the mouse settings in great detail, but it did take 2 restarts of my laptop to make it recognize the mouse is even connected even though windows 7 picked it up straight away with no problems.

Overall though once the software was all working and i got to playing games with the mouse, I found that I loved it and I recommend this mouse for any one who is a huge fan of gaming and I will say if you are, you wont mind the prety bug price tag.

Please watch the video for more details.

 

CozyBot Review

It has been a while since my last review, but after Gadget show live professional this year I have made allot of very cool contacts.

Yes its official TechCast is now getting bigger 🙂

But lets get to the point, this is a very cool little device and it looks like a very cool android guy.

It is a very basic device and comes in just two parts, but what it lacks in complexity it makes up for with usability.

I go into full detail in the video but the conclusion is it only costs £5 and is a very great device.

Please check out the video for more details.

Quick VMware Workstation test

I decided to test out my new VMware Workstation software, using Ubuntu 11.

TechCast Has New Friends

Yes it is true TechCast now has new freinds at Anker and they will be sending me one of their Astro Power Bank external batteires to review soon, Once the others confirm and turn up I will also compair them with the Astro Power Bank so see how they all match up.

So make sure your following everything to do with Techcast for more information.

YouTube: www.youtube.com.techcastncr

and listen to the show every Sunday 5-6 Pm at http://www.newportcityradio.org and I will once I have played with the Astro review it live on air.

So watch out for the review of the device below.


Quick News

I know the TechCast blog has been a bit slow lately, sorry fans.

But good news I will be back on here on a weekly basis with a Writen version of the weekly shows news.

So let me start by telling you what I am working on at the moment.

It’s very annoying when you leave the house and you have a battery hungry smart phone, well my new group of reviews I will be doing soon should help you all out.

I will soon be receving a range of small, portable and some large but very powerfull back up batteries, do make sure you all keep tuned in to the YouTube and keep an eye on the blog.

But for now check out the YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/techcastncr.

Also listen to the show every Sunday 5-6 pm at http://www.newportcityradio.org

See you all soon.

YouTube Fail!! :(

Sorry to everyone that was trying to watch the latest TechCast review video, it had to be removed due to YouTube failing.

Long story short after a very long 10 hour upload time, YouTube processed the video and corrupted the files.

So the video is now uploading again as I type this and hopefully they wont mess this version up, so keep an eye on the blogs and you will see a new version of the video shortly 🙂 .

Plantronics GameCom X95 wireless Xbox 360 gaming headset review

Whilst at gadget show live the other week, I spoke to a company called Plantronics which all might know does put some pretty amazing audio equipment.

Whilst there they gave me the Plantronics GameCom X95 wireless gaming Xbox 360 headset, this is a high-quality advanced wireless gaming headset and features 40 mm speakers and a high-quality microphone.

I’ve been testing this headset now from about two weeks, during the testing I realised a few things that I like and dislike about this headset.

Some of the advantages of this headset are:

  • The headset uses a small transmitter rather than the Xbox 360’s built-in wireless audio system, which means you get full stereo sound rather than the Xbox 360’s built-in mono, this means the overall sound whilst using the headset is perfect.
  • The build quality of this headset is pretty strong and would probably withstand beating from any enthusiastic gamer.

Similar disadvantage of this headset are:

  • The headset is not completely wireless and the microphone still relies on the Xbox 360 is wireless controls headset input on the bottom of the control, this means you still have one cable hanging around, which could annoy a lot of people that feel wireless over wired is the better option.
  • Also during gameplay online a few people commented that they couldn’t clearly hear what I was saying, which meant I had to turn the microphone volume up to the maximum and keep it there during gameplay, this could be down to the way the microphone is connected to the control using the old connection style for could be down to people with game lag.

Overall this headset is a pretty good build quality and although the microphone has a few issues, I would still recommend that any online game are looking for a decent quality headset should definitely buy this for their Xbox 360.

Although if you are frustrated with wires and prefer to use a wireless headset, they also do sell wireless versions Plantronics website, so I really suggest looking there first before you make the final decision to buy this headset.

The full review of this headset will be available on the you Tube channel, displayed below this post.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking review.

The other day I received a new product to review, the new product new product is Dragon NaturallySpeaking from Nuance, I met these guys are Gadget show live and requested the speech recognition software for review.

After receiving e-mails from one of their representatives, they agreed to send me Dragon NaturallySpeaking home edition, which I’m using now to write this review.

So far Dragon NaturallySpeaking is amazing, even through my laptops built-in microphone which I’m using now to write this review, although they do supply a basic headset in the box and they do feature products with wireless headset.

Although you don’t really need to use the headset supplied, you can in fact use your own headset even if it is wireless, wired or in some cases built-in.

Some advantages of using Dragon NaturallySpeaking are:

  • you can still use the computer even if you are blind or losing your sight
  • you can use the software to dictate e-mails, Word documents or any other documents you may need to dictate
  • also with the added games plug-in, you can also use it to control games with your voice, but you must download the plug-in first as it does not come with the software

Some of the disadvantages Dragon NaturallySpeaking are:

  • if you’re using the built-in microphone, the software tends to be less accurate, but this can quickly be fixed using the software training mode, Vocabulary Editor and allowing the software to run regular tests on your environment using the built-in microphone

So overall the software is pretty amazing, normally with speech recognition software is not that accurate and not that easy to use, Dragon NaturallySpeaking performs most speech recognition functions straight out of the box with only basic training.

But once it is fully trained it will understand everything you say perfectly, so I highly recommend anybody looking to speech recognition software buy this software.

Also I wrote this whole document using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, I will attach a screenshot and a video of me using the software at the bottom of this blog, this hopefully will demonstrate everything you need to see to help you buy this software.

I will also be performing a second review soon of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, once I get all the plug-in software installed, so keep an eye on this blog for more information.

New Reviews Soon

I have two new reviews for you all this week.

First is my new digital note taker pen.

Second is my new Zoom H1 digital recorder.

I will get working on the videos and hopefully have them uploaded to the you tube channel by this weekend.

So keep an eye on here and TechCast YouTube