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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 …

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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 | ]

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 …