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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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