Maclove Titan iPad Stand – Perfect Accessory For Your iMac Desk!

maclove-titan-ipad-standWith Apple’s tablet being more popular than ever, iPad stands have proven to be a great accessory for many owners. To say that the market for stands is saturated would be an understatement; we covered 5 of the best iPad stands last year, and since then many more have made their way in to the limelight.

One such stand worth taking a good look at is the iMac-styled ‘Maclove Titan for iPad’ stand. [Read more...]

F1 2011 Game Preview (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

f1-2011-game-cover-artF1 finally came back to the PC and major consoles last year in the form of Codemaster’s F1 2010 video game and, the occasional AI and pit-stop bug aside, it certainly lived up to the hype receiving widespread critical acclaim including a gaming BAFTA for best sports game.

However, whilst the game created a solid base there was still much room for improvement and so this year’s version of the franchise aims to build on the successes of last year whilst learning from the mistakes, and all indications suggest that there have been some substantial leaps forward in F1 2011.

The first major change in the game mirrors those occurring in the sport in real life: the rules. DRS (which stands for ‘Drag Reduction System’) and KERS (‘Kinetic Energy Recovery System) have both been introduced into the sport this year as a way to increase the excitement of races; the former opens a rear-wing flap reducing drag (and thus increasing speed) whilst the latter gives a speed boost from a battery charged under breaking. Both of these technologies along with the new Pirelli tyres  have proven very effective at creating interesting races in real life, and there is no reason given that they are present in the game that they will not do the same.
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Why eBook Readers Should Not Merge With, Or Be Replaced By Tablets!

amazon-kindle-3-graphite-colourBack in 2004 when Sony pioneered the impending gigantic, yet partial, shift from physical books to electronic ones by adopting, for the first time, e-ink technology in its LIBRIé reader, the premise was simple: this was a device that you could take anywhere, read anywhere just like a normal book, yet consolidate your entire collection onto a microchip. It’s much the same principle as the iPod or any other portable media player.

Whilst Sony was the first to adopt the electronic paper tech, it was Amazon who certainly made great strides with eBooks in its Kindle e-reader device and service, and since then the market has never looked back and eBooks are now outselling their physical counterparts on Amazon.

For the past few years, this notion has been kept relatively straightforward. The core technology behind the devices has always been the same, despite a few aesthetic changes or enhancements here and there, not really having a dramatic impact on day to day usage of eBook readers. Now, though, the industry is changing phenomenally quickly, and more and more manufacturers are attempting to converge eReaders with tablets. And it’s wrong.
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Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D Review (Nintendo 3DS)

zelda-ocarina-of-time-3d-nintendo-3ds-coverZelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a remake of the original game which was released on the N64 in 1998. Many consider the N64 version to be one of the best games of all time. This game was the first in the Zelda series to be a 3D polygon world and it was also the first game that introduced the left trigger targeting system, which has since been used by everything from third person actions games to role playing games.

So What’s Different?

One of the major differences is the actual graphics themselves. The Nintendo 3DS version isn’t just a simple port of the N64, but more of a repainting. The game’s visuals have been completely revamped by Japanese developer Grezzo, but the game has kept the same gameplay engine. Grezzo’s intention was to try and make the game look like the original concept art rather than to make it look like Zelda Twilight Princess.
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E3 2011 Games Conference Review

e3-logoThe Electronic Entertainment Expo (otherwise known as E3) is a strange and fantastical beast of a convention. Large companies forgo their everyday suits and shareholder meetings to install fully-fledged stylised buildings within Los Angeles convention centre’s great halls, complete with multiple floors, ventilation, windows, backrooms and theatres.

These strange architectures are then rammed with PR trying to sell games they understand little of, developers nervous and agitated at the prospect of doing hundreds of almost identical interviews and ‘booth babes’ clueless as to what’s going on at all. And thus a literal gaming city is erected for the sole purpose of hype; most of it we see, some of it, such as the all together more business-like buyer meetings and VIP rooms, we don’t.

This year’s E3 closed its doors to 46800 attendees, with what I imagine were very varied opinions, even more so than most previous years like E3 2010. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, the console companies, are usually the hot topics at E3, yet despite the Wii U’s reveal and an explosion of details concerning the PS Vita, the third party developers seem to have been the show’s natural focus, whether the big three liked it or not. Whether this speaks to the quality of the games or the hardware developers’ shortcomings is for you to decide.
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The Future Of webOS – Smartphones, Tablets, PCs & Beyond!

HP_Palm_TouchPad_TabletwebOS was first launched on the original Palm Pre back in 2009, taking over from the outdated Palm OS, but since then hasn’t exactly made great inroads into the rest of the market, and the latest figures suggest that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 is already closing in on parity with webOS, which was obviously part of the recent takeover of Palm by HP.

It’s this takeover, however, which seems to have sparked webOS into life again, making the headlines and capturing the imagination of potential smartphone buyers. But what exactly is it that has injected this enthusiasm for webOS back into the market?
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Apple iMac Review (Mid 2011 Model, 21.5″ Display With Thunderbolt Port)

apple-imac-mid-2011With the introduction of Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and a Thunderbolt port for high-speed data transfers, the latest refresh of the Apple iMac ensures that all the latest technology is inside one of the world’s most popular all-in-one computers.

Just for you, we’ve managed to get hold of a 21.5” model which sports a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics. In addition to this, there is a FaceTime HD camera hiding out at the top of the screen ready to provide you with high-definition video calling in a heartbeat. Excited yet? Good, let’s check it out! [Read more...]

Thunderbolt vs USB 3.0 – Apple Versus The World All Over Again?

thunderbolt-usb-3.0-logoFrom a technical perspective, Thunderbolt is obviously the superior standard to USB 3.0, offering faster transfer speeds up to 10Gbps where as USB 3.0 offers only 5Gbps.

Not only that, Thunderbolt offers a lot of promise in terms of compatibility with graphical and other peripheral devices, such as external GPU’s, for sake of argument, as well as an undoubtedly more popular potential use – the displays themselves. However, HP has already become the first in what looks worryingly like a long line of manufacturers to turn their back on the theoretically superior standard in favour of USB 3.0 exclusively. Sounding familiar yet?

Yes. Firewire, remember that? Vastly superior to USB 2.0 in terms of raw transfer speeds, and also boasted other uses such as networking, but today is used only by professionals and geeks on a very small scale, after USB 2.0 won out due to popular demand by the manufacturers.
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer Released

deus_ex_logoIt’s been a while since Deus Ex was first released. 11 years in fact, and I never actually played the original but I did hear that it’s quite an impressive game. Well now the long awaited action-RPG sequel is upon us which has pricked up my ears and made me pay attention. Just see what we thought of it when we were at E3 2011 in our Day 2 review.

From what I’ve seen of Deus Ex: Human Revolution so far, I’ve been quite impressed and I’m looking forward to seeing some more of the gameplay footage. The story follows an ex-SWAT specialist named Adam Jensen in the year 2027 who is hired to defend a biotech firm in America. Jensen is then badly injured during an attack on the biotech facility and is augmented with cybernetic technology against his will. Jensen then travels the globe trying to unravel to truth to a major conspiracy and not knowing who to trust.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Review

sony-xperia-playThe Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – casually known as the PlayStation Phone – may be one of the most anticipated mobile devices of the past few years; rumours of such a device had been circling the internet for months before its eventual unveiling at the early stages of this year. The concept is quite simple really: take what is arguably the most successful gaming platform of all time and merge it with your everyday smartphone to give people a great gaming experience on the go. After all, if any company knows what it takes to make a successful games console it’s Sony, right?

With physical, slide-out controls and a dedicated PlayStation application alongside the Android market, the Xperia Play certainly has a lot of promise for those wanting to take their games with them, but does it live up to all the hype? Let’s take a closer look and find out for ourselves! [Read more...]