Kelly wants to know how to build an Android game! Free dynamic range compression in VLC and Windows 7. Ouya... College computer buying help from recent college grads. The pitfalls of shooting wedding video. Are extended warranties a good deal for consumer electronics like HDTVs, camcorders, laptops and phones?
Wedding in your future? Check out our camcorder recommendations. And do you need to know how to code to build and Android game?
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Joel messaged on Facebook: "My English teacher said that when you go to college, you need to get an "IBM compatible" computer which rules out MACS ENTIRELY. What is this standard and is it still applicable today?" We polled a list of recent college graduates in our office and on on Twitter and got the scoop on what OS X vs. Windows (and Linux!), how students deliver their work to professors, and if you still need a printer. (Many profs still want a printed hardcopy.) If you're buying a computer for school this fall, you need to watch this video!
"How do I get started in creating Android based games?" asks Kelly. "The OUYA Kickstarter Project inspired me to try creating Android games! I feel it's not TOO hard to create something basic these days but I don't even know how to go about that. I'm guessing much of it is WYSIWYG and not all manual coding like it was." Revision3's chief developer, Evan Hourigan, joins us with some great tips on learning how to code apps for Android!
Carlos has 3 weddings coming up towards the end of this year and wants to purchase an HD Camcorder to record them. We've got three great HD camcorder recommendations, some tips on wedding videography and why we wouldn't bother with a pocket camera, and why DSLRs might not be the best option for many budding videographers!
Sean recently bought the new Panasonic VT50 55 inch plasma, and wants to know if he should buy and extended warranty like SquareTrade or Best Buy's Black Tie Protection. Watch the video to find out if -we- buy extended warranties but you can guess how we feel if you read these articles from Consumer Reports: Why you don't need an extended warranty or Nine more reasons to skip the extended warranty!
Last week we talked about compressing the audio in movies so you don't have to ride to volume control to keep 'em from getting too soft during the dialog and too loud during the action. Daniel wrote in with a tip on who to turn on the Dynamic Range Compressor that's built into the totally free and most excellent VLC video player. Thanks Daniel, and thanks for sending in your have settings for the Tekzilla crew to try out!