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[24 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

As pro as it gets?

The 13-inch MacBook Pro, until recently, was a bit of a misnomer. There wasn’t much Pro about a Core 2 Duo processor and the Sandy-Bridge-packing 15- and 17-inch options out specced it massively. It felt like a bulkier MacBook Air and in some cases, its thinner cousin could even out-pace it.?
Late 2011 however sees the arrival of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, complete with OS X Lion and thankfully i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge processors. Does the 13-incher finally feel pro again? Or is it …

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[23 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

See you on the flipside

The MV800 updates Samsung’s dual screen PL and ST-series compact cameras. However, the MV, which stands for “Multi View”, opts for a single screen that’s now mounted on a flip bracket for forward-facing self-portrait framing. The question is, will the MV800 flip us over to compacts or is it just a gimmick?
Say cheese
Anyone that used the previous generation Samsung PL and ST cameras, many of which have a second small LCD screen on the front of the camera body, will know that it was nothing short …

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[23 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Istanbul not Constantinople

The Assassin’s Creed games always look like they might be quite enjoyable, all backstabbing and historical intrigue, like a Dan Brown novel for the hard of thinking.
In reality though, despite the lush settings, dramatic music and variety of hooded garments, they always come across as a bit, what’s the word… boring? Go there, endure some earnest exposition, kill somebody for reasons you’re not entirely clear about, repeat to fade. And when you’re not doing that, you’re bowling around pushing people out of the way like in some medieval …

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[23 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

The Bond remastered

Goldeneye 007: Reloaded on the Wii was a game that suffered at the power – or lack thereof – of Nintendo’s console. The framework was there for a great Bond title, but it didn’t quite manage to live up to the heights of its N64 predecessor.
The game is now back, in a reloaded Reloaded form, on Xbox 360 looking fresh with current gen HD graphics. So is this Call of Duty with a Bond skin? Or a poor remake of an N64 classic.
Fool’s Gold
For those who have …

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[23 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Arise, Lord Android

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is probably the most anticipated Android device for 2011. Each Nexus is special because it ushers in a new wave of software. In this case it is the launch device for Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
It’s important to remember that the Nexus line originated as developer phones. If you see an app demo, it’s likely to be on a Nexus device. But with every iteration of Android, consumer interest grows in the naked Android experience. The Nexus S proved very popular, …

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[21 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Google power

Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, is the biggest reworking of Android that we’ve seen yet. Android users may sound a little crazy, squabbling over incremental updates to their phones, but now they have a reason: Ice Cream Sandwich is different and certainly worth chasing.
Of course not many Android users get the pure experience that you’ll find on the Nexus line. There are some manufacturers, mostly SIM free (in the UK) that offer you this, but the vast majority of phones from the likes of HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson or …

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[18 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Two TVs become one

We loved the LG 47LX9900 for its design and 2D picture quality. We also really liked the LG Cinema 3D 47LW550T when it comes to watching 3D movies, so could a television that merges the two together be the best TV LG has ever made?
We’re about to find out, because the 55LW980T is a screen designed to merge both 2D picture quality, with jaw-dropping 3D. Which we’re hoping will make this a set ideal for home cinema fans.?
Design
The LG 55LW980T is designed to be thin, to be …

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[18 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

High-end compact system is go

Compact system cameras (CSC) have developed over the years and are now as much a part of the photographic tapestry as their DSLR cousins. It was only a matter of time before a high-end model would hit the shelves, and it’s Sony’s NEX-7 that takes that title.
Breaking the mould of the lower-spec NEX-series models, the NEX-7 has a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder and an APS-C sized sensor with a mahoosive 24.3-megapixel resolution. It’s also laden with more controls and dials than you could shake a stick …

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[18 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Hot or cold?

Is it a jumped-up e-reader, a cut-price iPad or nothing more than a portable shop window for Amazon’s endless shelves? The Kindle Fire blunders into the tablet wars with something to annoy everyone: an LCD screen to irritate E Ink fans; a GPS-less, camera-less, Bluetooth-less spec to infuriate the techies; and a closed, corporate retail interface that makes a mockery of Android’s open source roots.
And yet Jeff Bezos can’t seem to make enough of them: Amazon will ship several million Fires to cash-conscious consumers this Christmas. At 7-inches …

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[18 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Passive is best

Toshiba deserves its reputation as a click-teaser. SED, Cell TV, Full-array LED: all mouth-watering TV technologies that it’s promised that have come to nought. But there is hope. This year the company appears determined to be cutting-edge and not just cutting prices.
The VL series screen reviewed here is one of the first to offer passive polarisation 3D and includes access to Toshiba Places, the brand’s new smart TV portal.
Designed to impress
Thanks to edge-lit LED backlighting, the 47VL863 is predictably thin. There are four HDMIs on offer, plus PC …