NDrive 10 Android App Review (Paid Sat Nav App)

NDrive is a satellite navigation application, available for a great number of platforms including iOS, Windows Mobile and even Bada OS (as featured on the latest Samsung Wave S8500). It’s recently made the move to the Android Market, and is available to download for Android devices right now, so let’s take a look!

Although NDrive is a free download from the Marketplace, it doesn’t come with any maps pre-loaded on to the application, for two reasons. Firstly, the maps are huge. If you download a map of UK and Ireland, it will take up over 200mb of space, so it needs to be installed on to your micro SD memory card. Secondly, the maps cost (obviously), so you pick and choose which maps you need. For example, the UK and Ireland map will set you back €30. You can purchase larger maps too; Western Europe costs €60 and North America is available for €40.

The application itself works really well. When you enter a destination, you’re given as choice of routes to choose from, with various options such as quickest or avoiding tolls. You’re then given the total distance to your destination from your current location, and how long it will take to get there. Of course, the application uses GPS, so it’s really accurate when being used.
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God of War Collection Review (PS3)

god-of-war-1-2-collection-ps3-coverWell, better late than never I suppose. I never owned the originals on the PS2, but at least I’ve got myself the re-released versions in their HD glory. Apart from the graphics being updated, the games are exactly the same as the PS2 versions. I only really got into God of War when we went to the Eurogamer Expo in 2009 and I got my hands on the demo of God of War 3, and I was annoyed with myself for never having played these games before, so getting a chance to play them as the God of War Collection was great.

God of War see Kratos 10 years into his service to the Gods, and they ask him for one more favour. To bring down Ares, the God of War. Throughout the game you get glimpses of Kratos’ past and how he came to be the Ghost of Sparta.
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Toy Story 3 Review (3D)

toy-story-3-posterToy Story 3 (PG)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris
Director: Lee Unkrich
Running time: 103 minutes

Eventually, we’re all just going to have to admit that some of our best friends have been inanimate. I’ll be the first to come clean; I have no problems with that sort of thing. Then Pixar happily came along in 1995 and gave us a bundle of animated inanimate friends to get us through our days. When Pixar released their trailer for the third installment of pixilated goodness, I just knew it was going to please every fiber of my being. I remember chatting to some friends at the time who were mortified at the prospect of Pixar simply cashing in and trying to squeeze this franchise for all it was worth. I’ve personally never seen Pixar to be that type of company, but who can tell nowadays when every other film released is either some spin-off, sequel, prequel or end of a trilogy.
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Iron Man 2 Review

iron-man-2-poster-war-machineIron Man 2 (12A)

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Jon Favreau
Running time: 124 minutes

Say the name ‘Tony Stark’ and the comic book geeks among us feel the surge in our chests, the ladies can’t stop their pupils dilating and the gents… well, they’re simply envious. It’s extremely difficult for someone with so much wealth, power and sex appeal to not develop a gigantic ego – especially if they had a pretty big one to begin with. But, despite Stark’s superciliousness, he has a certain je ne se quois that makes him admirable. We learnt in the first Iron Man film that he was willing to put aside his love for fame and power to do what was right. But, somehow, he’s managed to screw up again and the sequel takes you on a journey of the contents of his mind.
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Apple iPad Stylus Input Device – Pressure Sensitive Drawing App Possible?

apple-ipad-stylus-input-device-pressure-sensitive-drawing-appDue to the nature of the Apple iPad’s impressive touch-screen display, up until now it has been impossible to do any real free hand drawing on the device, as its display isn’t pressure sensitive. However, thanks to the guys at Ten One Design and their incredible iPad software development, by using their Pogo Touchscreen Stylus they have enabled such a feature and intend to share it with developers around the world.

So OK it is never going to be in the same bracket as the likes of the Wacom Graphics Tablet range, but never the less this is a fun, if not necessary inclusion in the development of apps allowing users a lot more freedom in the way they interact with the iPad with a pressure-sensitive drawing tool.
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OnLive Cloud Gaming Service Works On Apple iPad (Tech Demo)

onlive-logoNews has been coming out of the OnLive cloud-based streaming games service thick and fast of late, and if you have been following the services progress then you will know of course that I refer to the announcements regarding the release schedule of the dedicated OnLive micro-console hardware.

But upon the company’s initial unveiling of its plans they discussed the possibility of other, mobile platforms for OnLive gaming, such as the iPhone. However, a new player has stepped into the mix since then; a player much more capable of handling the demands of on-the-go gamers. The Apple iPad.

So it begs the question, how exactly do you go about serious gaming on the iPad? Well, the Onlive fansite, aptly named OnliveFans.com, have featured a video showing a tech demo of the service on the iPad that was recently shown at E3 2010. Of course, as you would expect due to the nature of OnLive, the graphics perform admirably as they would on the most powerful of gaming rigs, as long as you have the necessary network connections.
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Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter – iPhone/iPad Remote Control Helicopter!

parrot-AR-Drone-iphone-ipad-remote-control-helicopterThis week members of the UK press had the privilege to attend the official launch event for the AR.Drone, a remote control ‘quadricopter’– a coup for Britain, launching ahead of Parrot’s mother country, France.

Following the buzz from E3 2010 we eagerly awaited the presentation and – more importantly – our own chance to play with one!

Five years in the making, the Parrot AR Drone team are very proud of their latest creation and rightly so. By utilising on-board Wi-Fi the drones are controlled through networked iPhone and iPod Touch devices. What’s more, the drones are also capable of interacting with each other to allow multiplayer action.
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E3 2010 Review

e3-logoA few days ago the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2010 closed its doors, having provided many magical, momentous and maladroit surprises and previews for the games industry, the largest entertainment industry in the world.

While I may not be able to discuss everything, as such a feat would require a small army of journalists, I hope to be able to impart to you the low-down on some of the biggest titles and newest technology of E3 over the next few days and here’s a roundup of the events in general of this premier games show…
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Droid Armory Android App Review (World of Warcraft)

droid-armory-android-app-icon-world-of-warcraftBeing new to the world of Android with my new HTC Desire I immediately looked up what the top apps were. I then went on to downloading the usual list of best Android apps such as app killers, music streamers and file managers that make using the phone that bit easier.

They were all pretty cool but did not really showcase any of the massive powers of my new Android mobile phone handset. So I went on a random romp through the app market place waiting for something to catch my eye. After downloading several apps, some good, most bad, I stumbled across the Droid Armory Android app.

The description said it was a World of Warcraft Armory port of the webpage-based system provided by Blizzard. I’ve never really used WoW Armory as when I am on the PC I am working or playing and don’t really care what other players are wearing or doing.
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ModNation Racers Review (PS3)

modnation-racers-ps3-coverI’ve been waiting for a decent racer for a while since playing Mario Kart Wii, and ModNation Racers has definitely filled a hunger I’ve developed since getting rid of my Nintendo Wii. However saying that, ModNation Racers definitely comes with its problems, which for this day and age, doesn’t bode well, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

So what can you expect from United Front Games’ racer? Imagine Mario Kart mixed with Little Big Planet and you’ve got ModNation Racers. The game’s strengths definitely lie with the creation tools as you can really go wild and create your own Mods, Karts and the wildest tracks you can possibly come up with from your cranium.

When you first start the game, you’re thrown straight into qualifiers to get you used to how the karts are controlled and what you can and can’t do. There’s a storyline to the game, albeit very straight forward. Young racer called ‘Tag’ wants to race, he gets himself into the ModNation Racer Circuit and works his way to the top. Before each race there’s a cutscene with the commentators who do come out with some great one liners and add good humour to the game. Even when you’re lining up for the race, they’re still insulting each other about really random things.
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