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[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Is it just projecting?

At one time – say the mid 1970s to mid 1980s – projecting our photographs or Super 8 films was the chief way to share holiday exploits and pictorial adventures with friends and family. In the digital age, when most of our snapshots are dumped on a hard drive and promptly forgotten, it’s debatable whether anyone has been holding out for a means of projecting them.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Nikon from working its way through a couple of generations of its unique digital projector camera to …

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[29 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Got to hand it to Sony

There’s no denying that all eyes are on the Sony PlayStation Vita at present. Most look on with eager anticipation, but some are more cynical.
While it managed to shift over 70 million units worldwide, there’s a common, if not entirely founded belief that its forebear, the PSP, was a flop. Its proprietary game discs, UMDs, were as welcome as WMDs, and as soon as the smartphone became more widespread, offering cheaper and plentiful gaming alternatives, many have labelled it an expensive also-ran.
Even the latest in …

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[29 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Child’s play?

You’ve got your iPad or Android tablet, but what about your kids? According to toy company Leapfrog, your children want a tablet too. But does the LeapPad Explorer, a tablet designed especially for 4-9-year-olds fit the bill, or will they still want your iPad or Android tablet instead??
We gave the LeapPad to Pocket-lint test subjects William, aged three and three quarters, and Emily five and a half, to see whether or not the kids tablet could impress.
Design
Designed for kids, this isn’t a single sheet of glass and metal affair …

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[29 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Big and useful

Cheap, cheerful and just a little chunky, the Samsung RV720 is an impressive budget 17-inch laptop that’s a step up from the usual desktop replacement – but perhaps not the powerhouse you might imagine from a notebook this size.
It costs less than ?500, which is pretty impressive for a home-based laptop. But is it powerful enough to meet the day-to-day needs of a potential?owner??
Design
For a budget notebook, the RV720 has a certain amount of style. The chassis is a metallic grey plastic but there’s no flex on the …

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[26 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A blunt instrument

There’s a TV advert doing the rounds at the moment that helpfully points out that Saints Row: The Third is available at Argos. As well as nudging you towards an impulse purchase, while treating that special person in your life to some Elizabeth Duke jewellery, the advert also acts as a – presumably unwitting – reminder that Saints Row is of course the Argos Grand Theft Auto.
Cut and paste gaming at its most cynical, the series thus far has practically been a photocopy of GTA, albeit a …

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[26 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A Kindle challenger?

The ebook reader market is a funny one, because it has been typically dominated by a couple of companies. With the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Readers being the most popular devices.
The real difference between these devices is content. Amazon distribute its content from its own store. It’s a closed system, but one that’s widely accessible thanks to apps for your PC or smartphone. Sony (and many others) on the other hand offer open format support, but don’t then have the provision across platforms, or the same integrated …

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[26 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]

Zooming here, zooming there

Nikon’s Coolpix S8200 is small and compact, yet packs a punch with its 14x optical zoom lens. Able to deliver a 25mm wide-angle through to 350mm telephoto there’s plenty of scope to capture groups of people, landscapes, or zoom right in to pick out far away action.
But without the manual modes of some of its rivals, can this latest Coolpix score highly in the competitive medium-zoom market?
Mini Marvel
The Coolpix S8200’s small body doesn’t look as though it could accommodate a 14x optical zoom lens, as it’s a …

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[26 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

The enchanted kingdom

Disneyland Adventures is the latest Kinect title for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 accessory aimed squarely at the kids, but can get you to fall in love with the magical kingdom all over again?
We doubt there are many kids who don’t love the magic of Disney, and while it no doubt drives many parents mad with its merchandising. We have to ask, is this game more Toy Story, or Cars 2. We got the kids out to help us review the game. ?
Meeting new friends
Core to the game is the …

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[26 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

The definitive review – one season in

Football Manager, nee Championship Manager, has always been a voluminous beast of a management simulation. And, as each iteration has layered feature after feature on top of an already excellent engine in order to improve realism, it has become more in-depth and complex each year.
FM 2012 is the culmination, therefore, of 19 years of expansion and clever jiggery pokery by a development team that can not only crunch numbers better than a Mafia accountant, but probably knows more about football, its economics and on-pitch …

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[24 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Bulletproof phone

If nothing else, 2011 has been an exciting year for phones that aren’t the iPhone. Android continues its evolution, new handsets are popping up all the time and many of them are stunning. Two of the biggest this year are the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and this, the Motorola RAZR.
It’s a new design, but a really old name. But it’s got form because the original RAZR sold by the boatload. Pre-iPhone, it was the phone that everyone had to have. So is the new RAZR the phone that everyone will …