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30
Sep

FIFA 11 available on the Appstore for iPhone and iPod touch



Not expected until October, the iPhone and iPod touch version of FIFA 11 has arrived on iTunes a day before its console big brother hits the stores, presumably to capitalise on the buzz by offering fans something to play before their Xbox 360 and PS3 pre-orders arrive.

And it’s already entered the top ten paid app charts, so Electronic Arts is clearly no fool.

30
Sep

Android web browsers speed test


Of course, look-and-feel and features aren’t everything–good old speed counts as well. To find out which browsers walk the walk on speed, we compared page-load speeds of Opera Mini, Skyfire, Dolphin HD, and Fennec, and contrasted those speeds with those of the stock Android 2.1 and 2.2 browsers. We tested all browsers on a Droid X phone, except for Fennec; the browser worked only on the HTC EVO 4G.

We chose our test Web pages for their diversity of content. ThrasherMagazine.com is extremely media-heavy, with a mix of video formats. Wikipedia is mostly text-based. PCWorld.com and NYTimes.com contain a mix of text, images, and ads. Amazon.com contains text, small images, and e-commerce elements. In all cases we tested the desktop versions of the sites, eschewing the stripped-down mobile versions.

For each browser we loaded up all five pages, measured the load times of each, and then averaged the five load times. We did this first for live pages (pulling them down from the Web, not from a cache in the browser), then for the cached (or saved) versions of the pages. Our results are contained in the chart below.

30
Sep

Google TV to shift one million by end of 2010 | T3 magazine


Google TV will top a million shipments by the end of the year. That’s according to component makers in Taiwan, who suggest Logitech’s Revue set top box will account for 500,000 sales, with Sony’s Google TV-loaded boobtube shifting in similar numbers.

These huge figures account for units being sent to stores, rather than punters buying them, but it’s evidence that Google TV’s backers reckon the new service will be a huge hit when it lands in the States in the next few weeks.

Unlike Apple TV, Google TV lets you browse the entire web, so you can chow down on video as well as follow people’s opinions on the latest shows via Twitter. You can also record shows and search via the name of a programme as well as the channel. You can see it in action in the clip below.

30
Sep

Apple TV review (2010)


You’ve been waiting, and it’s finally here: the Apple TV review. Months before Steve Jobs announced the new set top box at Apple’s annual fall event, we had been reporting on news that the company would strike out again into the TV market, offering a small, low-cost box that had more in common with the iPhone than the iMac. When those rumors came to fruition, we were presented with the completely revamped Apple TV — a tiny black puck of a device priced at a staggering $99, and centered around a handful of completely new ideas (for the folks in Cupertino at least) about getting content onto your TV screen. The first is a new rental system which allows you to nab brand new TV shows at $0.99 a rental, and HD movies for $4.99 a go (or $3.99 for older titles). And that includes new releases the same day DVDs hit shelves (or Netflix distribution centers). Speaking of Netflix, the new Apple TV also features the rental service’s “Watch Instantly” as a wholly integrated component of its offerings, alongside a new function the company calls AirPlay which will allow you to “push” video and audio content from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with the tap of a button. On top of that, the new ATV streamlines sharing from your home computers or laptops, making getting content you own onto your TV dead simple. So, has Apple finally solved the “second box” problem, or are they still struggling to turn this hobby into a real business? Follow along after the break for those answers (and more) in our full review of the Apple TV!
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29
Sep

FIFA 11 for iPhone and iPod



FIFA 11 is coming for your iPhone & iPod touch! We got a chance to sit down with the game and captured a Shootout in real time. The gameplay was taken off a iPhone 3GS.

FIFA 11 FEATURES:

  • 500+ Licensed Teams
  • Over 50 stunning stadiums
  • Optimized Retina Display Graphics
  • 360° Player Movement
  • Gesture Based Skill Moves
  • Penalty Shootouts
28
Sep

PlayBook vs iPad vs Galaxy Tab


BlackBerry
PlayBook
Apple
iPad
Samsung
Galaxy Tab
Screen size 7 inches 9.7 inches 7 inches
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 768 1024 x 600
Pixel density (approx.) 170 133 170
Platform BB Tablet OS iOS 3.2.2
(4.2 in November)
Android 2.2
Adobe Flash support 10.1 Not Supported 10.1
Processor 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 1GHz Apple A4 (ARMv7) 1GHz Cortex A8
Graphics Unknown PowerVR SGX 535 PowerVR SGX 540
RAM 1GB 256MB 512MB
Internal Storage 16GB / 32GB (unconfirmed) 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB
Expansion Unknown None microSD
Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
Cellular data 3G and 4G promised for future 3G optional (AT&T) 3G (all carriers)
GPS None 3G models only Yes
Camera 3MP front,

5MP rear

None 1.3MP front,

3MP rear

Weight 0.9 lbs 1.5 – 1.6 lbs 0.84 lbs
28
Sep

Apple TV jailbreak exploit found


Apple TV PWNEDIt has been confirmed that  Apple TV is running iOS 4.1. The device isn’t yet in people’s homes, but the firmware is available on Apple’s normal public distribution servers. The developer of SHAtter exploit @pod2g has used the SHAtter exploit to decrypt its keys. So, Apple TV jailbreak is possible using the same SHAtter exploit.

Here is the update from Dev-Team:

It’s looking like SHAtter is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.  Even though the new AppleTV isn’t yet in people’s homes, the firmware is available on Apple’s normal public distribution servers and SHAtter has been used to decrypt its keys!  The main filesystem (“Mojave8M89.K66OS”) key for 018-8609-066.dmg is:

31c700a852f1877c88efc05bc5c63e8c7f081c4cb28d024ed7f9b0dbc98c7e1406e499c6

If you’re familiar with vfdecrypt, you can use that key to decrypt the image and mount it.  If you do so, feel free to use the comments section to discuss what you discover there :) (And of course, thanks @pod2g!)

28
Sep

Unlock FM Radio in Droid 2



Didn’t know the Droid 2 had an FM Radio? Yeah, neither did we, but thanks to some clever folks over at XDA-Developers, you can now listen to your favorite radio stations at will. As with most things like this, a bit of hacking and command line work is necessary, but other than that it is very simple. Just make sure your Droid 2 is rooted first or nothing is going to happen. For those interested, hit the source link for full instructions!

Source: XDA Developers

27
Sep

RIM introduces PlayBook – the BlackBerry tablet


Today at Research In Motion’s developer event, Mike Lazaridis introduced the company’s new tablet — the PlayBook. The device will sport a Cortex A9, 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 7-inch display, webOS-like app switching, an e-reader component, full document editing, and pairing with BlackBerry phones. The device will be capable of 1080p HDMI video and will have HDMI and USB ports, a front and rear HD camera configuration, and will be 9.7mm thick. The PlayBook’s interface is based on a platform designed by QNX, just as we’d heard previously, and will be called the BlackBerry Tablet OS. The device will apparently be available in “early 2011,” but there was no mention of a retail price. The PlayBook will have full OpenGL and POSIX support, and RIM seems to have its eye set firmly on capturing a gamer market, stating “This is going to be an incredible gaming platform for publishers and the players.” Lazaridis also called the slate “the first professional tablet,” and “an amplified view of what’s already on your BlackBerry.” The device will connect via Bluetooth to BlackBerry devices, though the content is cached only temporarily on the PlayBook — kind of like the… Foleo. More info is coming our way as we type, and we’ve got a full feature list, press release, and video after the break!

Specifications :

  • 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
  • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.
27
Sep

3D movies on iPhone



Here’s something you probably didn’t know your iPhone could do: display movies in 3D.

Actually, it can’t quite yet. But a company called Spatial View is launching an online 3D movie store, 3DeeCentral, and it has submitted an app that grants access to it for review by Apple.

There’s a catch: unlike most apps, you need a piece of hardware to use 3DeeCentral. Spatial View makes a thin screen that you slip on top of your iPhone 3G or 3GS; this screen lets you see video rendered in 3D without wearing any funny glasses.

We don’t expect this to sweep the nation overnight. For one thing, it looks like the library of content will be fairly sparse to begin with. And the 3D effect isn’t as compelling as it is on a larger screen using glasses.

But we just tried it out, and it was real, live 3D right there on the phone. And that was awesome.

The store, screen, and app will all be available later this fall. The iPhone screen is expected to cost under $20. Similar screens for the iPhone 4, the iPad, and Android devices will follow.

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