Review: Botmill 3D Printer

We have been very busy over the past 2 weeks testing out some of the budget 3D Printers for consumers. After having many products designed and printed on commercial printers we decided to go and test out some consumer printers, as I would like to buy one. So the first printer we went and tested was the Botmill 3D Printer.

The printer comes as a kit from botmill.com (you can also buy it prebuilt) the owner said that it was a little fiddly to set up but after getting past some of fiddly bolts and washers he found it very easy. After finding out more about the printer we had a look at one printing some sample prints, and they came out alright, they are not as good as a zCorp or Objet printer but still very good for a DIY printer. The printer is alot like the RepRap printers but made by a different company.

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Review: Luxe Business Cards

The other day we had been suggested to look at the Luxe Business Cards that Moo.com was offering. Luckily they had a free sample to try, so we ordered a sample. They came well packaged and they were really protected from Royal Mail’s terrible handling skills  (In our area they tend to damage deliveries). On opening the package we were surprised. The presentation of the sample was fantastic, placed on a white piece of card (made the same as the business card) with just an introduction to the product. Attached to the front was the business card and it looked fantastic. I don’t really like plain white business cards (I know ours has alot of white space) but these were really pleasing, with the logo on the front and on the back some specs and info about the product.

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Review: Bluestacks App Player

Today Bluestacks launched the first Beta of the long awaited App Player. The App Player allows you to use Android apps on your computer. We got an email early this morning and we had been sent a link to download the beta version. So we did. We have been playing Angry Birds Space and many more. After using the software for around 4 hours we would say it is fantastic. The performance is great if you are using a high end pc like we used with an i7 chip and 16gb ram. We tried to install it on a 3 year old windows xp laptop with a dual core processor and 2gb ram and we had no luck with the installation. You can download plenty of apps and most of them work flawlessly.

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Review: The New iPad

Well it has been just over a week now that The New iPad (lets just call it iPad 3) and finally we have finished reviewing the “iPad 3”. You may be asking, Why has it taken you so long to do a review?, well the person who lent their device to us did not receive their device until last Monday and they only lent it to us for Thursday and Friday. Since then we have been busy working on some new ideas and we have just had the time to write our review.

So lets begin. Starting with the new Retina display. The new display is fantastic, we loaded up images, our site and video and had a good look and we could not see the pixels like you could on the previous versions of the device. We looked under a magnifying glass and you can make out some of the pixels. We tested it along side the two previous versions and we noticed a huge difference.

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Review: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta

We have been playing with the public beta of Adobe’s popular image editing software. I have been using Photoshop since 2007 from CS4 through to CS5.1 and now I am on CS6. The file took around 10 minutes to download and to install the software took around 15 minutes, this was surprisingly fast compared to previous versions. CS6 has an all new UI design and 65 new features. A simplistic black interface makes Photoshop look more sophisticated and it is alot easier on the eyes in darker conditions. I do like this new UI design as I do most of my design work in the evenings in the dark and CS5 would hurt my eyes after a while and I would have to have a break and put on my glasses, but with this new design I have not yet had to do this.

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Review: Windows 8 Consumer Preview

We have been using the developers preview of Windows 8 to develop apps and we really liked it even though there was a few bugs. But the Consumer Preview is a big improvement. Microsoft said that there is around 100,000 new features and we are really enjoying them. The Metro UI looks great but we have one big problem with the OS.

The design based on Windows Phone 7 is not exactly what we want from a PC. Yeah PC’s and Mobile devices will be combined but they need to keep the OS’s separate. But you can share data like iCloud but Microsoft should not merge their two operating systems.

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Review: Angry Birds on Facebook

Today Facebook launched Angry Birds for Facebook. In one word “Fantastic”. I have been playing the game all morning and it is best game on Facebook by far. I have got some great scores on the game and I am the only person playing the game on my whole friends list so as you can guess I am number one. The graphics are fantastic and look really great. The performance of the game is also the best I have seen on Facebook. The only issue I have had is the servers lost connection but that is expected if loads of people are playing the game. We really do recommend this to everyone that uses Facebook.

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Review: Letris 2 for iPhone

We received an email a month or so ago asking us if we would do a review on their latest iPhone game, Letris 2. We have been playing Letris 2 for around 1 1/2 months and we love it.
The game comes from Ivanovich Games.

Located in beautiful Barcelona, Spain, Ivanovich Games is a privately held company founded in 2009 by independent developer Ivan Cascales. With an focus on innovation, the company is dedicated exclusively to create and promote games for the iOS platform.

The aim of the game is based on Tetris the classic tile game and Boggle the classic word creation game.

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Review: Timeline Movie Maker

In one Word “FANTASTIC” It may have taken a while to create but the final product is fantastic. The site allows you to use all of your images, videos, status updates and stats and publish them in a video. I have just finished an published mine and I love it. What do you think of the Timeline Movie Maker. Tell us via Twitter @Gromfrog or leave a comment below.

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Review: Corona SDK (App Development)

Over the past 2 months I have been experimenting with the Corona SDK from Ansca. The SDK is jam packed with features and beats Unity3D (which I have been using for around a year). I really like the built in Physics engine as it is better than having to program one your self if you are using the Android SDK or the iOS SDK. The SDK uses the programming language LUA which I picked up really fast and is so simple to remmeber. The SDK allows you to create games and apps for the Android and iOS platform with just one set of code. Also you can build for the Nook and Kindle Fire Tablets. I have been experimenting with the SDK for 2 months and I have just started developing my 2 games on the SDK, they just may take a long time to develop as I only have around 2 hours a day to work on it. We will be doing a complete section on our site including work on our game and Tutorials. We will be starting the tutorials as soon as possible.

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