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Hosted by Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

Get the know how to make technology work for you. Fr. Robert Ballecer shows you tech projects that you can do yourself and explains everything from tech basics to advanced techniques.

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Know How.. Show Archive:

KH 408: Live Broadcasting Gameplay

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Thursday 8th November 2018

Tools for gamers who want to live stream their gameplay to the world have never been more accessible and in many cases, those tools cost next to nothing. All of that live-streamed gameplay can actually lead to a healthy paycheck earned from patiently building an audience around their regularly streamed gaming sessions. Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica pick apart the major streaming platforms, the hardware and software solutions for creating engaging live streams, and the ways that those streams can be monetized. Hosts: Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @jasonhowell and @samred. Sponsors: do.co/twit Avnet.com/Music1


KH 407: Networking and the Cloud

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Thursday 1st November 2018

Gaming is much bigger than the system a game is running on. Nowadays, gaming is enhanced and oftentimes defined by how it interplays with the cloud, and that poses complications for home networks. Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica check out the category of gaming routers to understand what makes them effective, and how even mediocre systems are now capable of so much more thanks to cloud gaming services. Hosts: Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @jasonhowell and @samred. Sponsors: Avnet.com/Music1 Ring.com/KNOWHOW


KH 406: TVs, Monitors, and Sound for Gaming

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Thursday 25th October 2018

When picking a new TV set for gaming, one must wade through a lot of jargon and features in order to find something that's appropriate for the high speed and frenetic game play that modern gaming commands. Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica break down what gaming mode actually means, how to avoid lag, why high refresh rates are important, and the difference between a gaming TV and gaming monitor. Sound can be as important as the video, with Dolby Atmos making things better, and virtual surround sound making things worse. Hosts: Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @jasonhowell and @samred. Sponsors: expressvpn.com/knowhow hover.com/twit


KH 405: Gaming Accessories

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Thursday 18th October 2018

There are a million ways to play games, but the fact is that some controllers are better than others and it's not always the bells and whistles that make them great. Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica put some of the best game controllers under the microscope to find out why they are so effective. Plus, they dive into the world of niche controllers including the recently released Xbox Adaptive Controller that enables the physically disabled to create a gaming experience that works for their specific needs. Finally, they try on a few headsets to see how necessary they are for immersive gaming. Hosts: Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @jasonhowell and @samred. Sponsor: WordPress.com/knowhow


KH 404: Virtual Reality

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Thursday 11th October 2018

Virtual Reality is experiencing explosive growth and that means you have options! From mobile phone solutions like Daydream, to high-end systems like the Oculus Rift, Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica and Jason Howell show them off and advise on ways to improve on their strengths out of the box. Hosts: Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @jasonhowell and @samred. Sponsors: Avnet.com/Music2 do.co/twit


KH 403: Gaming Rigs

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Thursday 4th October 2018

Unsure whether to buy a console or invest in a gaming PC? Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica joins Jason Howell to help demystify the many hardware components within a top tier gaming rig to make the process easier to understand. Also, overclocking to achieve greater results isn't as difficult as it may seem thanks to software like MSI Afterburner. Hosts: Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @jasonhowell and @samred. Sponsor: Ring.com/KNOWHOW


KH 402: Game Console Tips and Tricks

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Thursday 27th September 2018

Imported games, media playback, game services Hosts: Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/402 Sponsors: expressvpn.com/knowhow ITPro.TV/knowhow - use the code KNOWHOW30


KH 401: The Gaming Season: Trailer

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Tuesday 25th September 2018

In this trailer for the new season of Know How...Gaming, Jason Howell shows us what to expect in the 12 new episodes with his co-host Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica. They plan to cover it all, from tips and tricks, consoles, controllers, VR, live gameplay, and more! Plus, they'll wrap up with a holiday game guide. Make sure you subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher. New episodes start Thursday, September 27, 2018. Host: Jason Howell Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @jasonhowell and @samred.


KH 400: The Howies: Our Favorite IoT

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Friday 21st September 2018

Amazon announces a new Echo Show, a wall clock, a microwave and more. Plus, its the first Howie's - the awards for the best IoT we reviewed in our twelve week series. Flo loves the Samsung SmartThings Hub, the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, the Abode Security Hub, and more. Megan likes the Neato robot vacuum, LifX smart bulbs, and the WeMo Mini Smart plug. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo. Sponsor: hover.com/twit


KH 399: Thneed IoT

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Friday 14th September 2018

Megan Morrone and Florence Ion discuss smart home devices that try to do more than one thing. Reviews include the Netgear Orbi Voice, GLAS by Johnson Controls, and the Dyson Pure Cool. Plus, they speak with Aaron Emigh, CEO and Co-Founder of Brilliant, connected home tech that aims to be for every room and everyone. Aaron shows off a demo of his Brilliant working to play music, display and announce weather information, and more. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Guest: Aaron Emigh Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo. Sponsor: WordPress.com/knowhow