App of the Week: TWiT Live
Ok, I admit it, this is an app that’s pretty geeky, but I think people who aren’t even that in to technology can find something to like with this. If you look at the “Recommended Sites” section, you’ll see the site twit.tv. TWiT stands for This Week in Tech (note: they had the site before Twitter existed) and has set the standard for podcasting, especially in technology. Their topics range from Macs, to Windows, to general tech news, law, etc. They are practically their own Internet TV station, hosted and owned by the famous Leo Laporte.
However, if you don’t want to listen to the podcast, you can always watch their live feed at live.twit.tv. Scrolling through the Mac App Store one day, I saw the TWiT logo. Clicking on it, I found it to be an app that streams the TWiT live stream. It streams in all the video formats that TWiT uses, from BitGravity, to Justin TV and more. There seems to be no audio only stream, but I guess you’d want to download the app for video anyway.
Besides streaming video, the app also allows me to access the TWiT chatroom in a side window, as well as hit a button for quick access to the programming (as in shows) schedule for TWiT. Next to those buttons, I can also see what show is playing if it is live, or know immediately that it is a previously recorded show. In the menubar, I can see how many people are watching TWiT at any given moment. If it is a special event, say a major keynote, the menubar item will turn red. Lastly, if I have the app running in the background, whether or not it’s playing video, it will notify me when the next show is scheduled to start. Of course, the key word here is scheduled since the shows tend to start a little later than they are supposed to, but that’s not the app’s fault.
So what makes this different from launching up your browser and going to TWiT itself. Well not much to be honest. The benefit of using the browser is that it is easier to access link or articles you might see in TWiT faster than being in the app alone. However, I’ve found that the TWiT app is much faster at loading that going to the website (being a dedicated app and all) and that it is usually lighter on my system than the browser is overall. That being said, if you want a more desktop-integrated style way to watch the TWiT network, download TWiT Live from the Mac App Store. It’s a free download for Mac’s running 10.6.6 and higher.
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