Angry Birds Space Launches

by Matthew on March 22, 2012

Angry Birds Space has finally launched. Right on schedule, it was made available today for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and Android devices.

The game takes the Angry Birds in to Space for a new type of challenge whereby physics, gravity and the whole style of game are changed.

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Flight Control Rocket Review

by Matthew on March 16, 2012

Apple launched the new iPad today, referred to by some as the iPad 3. Crammed inside the new iPad is a Retina display allowing a seriously high resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels which essentially puts four times as many pixels on the screen when compared to the previous two generations of iPad. The result is simply amazing. But, this isn’t an iPad review (that will follow next week). What we are reviewing today is one of the first Retina optimised apps for the iPad. In this case, Flight Control Rocket which was launched yesterday just in time for the iPad arrival today.

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Chair Entertainment’s second installment of Infinity Blade has already been widely met with critical acclaim due to it’s graphics, gameplay and style. The title had also been optimised for the iPhone 4S to utilise the device’s upgraded processors. Now though, in keeping with the latest gadget, Infinity Blade 2 has been updated once again, this time, to make itself even more beautiful on the ‘new’ iPad and run using all the extra pixels that Apple have crammed into their new tablet.

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Floating Touch Screen Technology Demonstrated

by Matthew on March 15, 2012

Sony Mobile has posted a video of the Xperia Sola which also shows the new Floating Touch screen technology being used. The new control method allows you to hover your finger up to 2cm above the screen and still control a virtual mouse on the screen. When the item you want is highlighted you tap the screen to access it.

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Now, you may be confused as to why this is making a story. Surely, the RPi is a $25 computer and costs $25, everyone knows that! Well, I was lucky enough to secure a pre-order a few weeks back and was greeted with a £29 invoice from Farnell/Element14. I was a little confused, but wanted to order my RPi before I was doomed to the 3yr waiting list like so many others have been. However, about 15 minutes later I started ‘Googling’ why the price was £29 inc delivery, and not $25. According to the XE.com currency conversion, $25 is approximately £15.95…wait a minute, i’ve just been charged DOUBLE (almost)!!! Well, perhaps The RPi foundation were a little ambitious and sales-man like in their $25 price tag, or perhaps the A-Model will actually be closer to that amount, but who cares?! I want my RPi, so I happily paid the difference albeit a little confused.
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AR Play Cards Download

by Matthew on March 14, 2012

The PlayStation Vita brings a new level of depth to gaming by introducing AR Play Cards. The device comes with all six of them which can be used with compatible games to change your desk/floor in to a gaming area.

Sony describe it as “using the PS Vita system’s front and rear cameras to turn the world around you into an interactive, virtual playground.”

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OpenELEC for Raspberry Pi

by Paul on March 14, 2012

Warning…this post is full of acronyms, but don’t worry as there are no buzz words!

Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC)is a nice little Linux distro made primarily for the creation of an optimised XBMC (formerly known as X-Box Media Centre) which can be run from a flash drive on a Home Theatre PC (HTPC).

Well, the nice people at OpenELEC have just announced their first ARM based distro, and along with it Raspberry Pi (RPi) support. What this means, is that if you desire a nice small media centre for your RPi you’re quids in…the hard work has been done for you. The RPi version weighs in at approximately 70mb, which for a full OS is tiny, and comprises the full OS, including XBMC, Python and all services and tools needed to run XBMC. We’ve provided a link to a video of the OS running on a beta version of the board. Apparently they’re just waiting for a production board to allow complete testing.
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Sony Mobile has announced a new smartphone called the Xperia Sola. When launched in Italy (soon), the device will come loaded up with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Good news is that Sony Mobile has promised that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be arriving in the summer.

We hear from Pocket Gamer that the device uses a chipset from ST Ericsson, previously combined under the Sony Ericsson brand. Ericsson has continued on with building chipsets for devices.

Although it’s a shame that Sony Mobile opted to use Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch (considering the OS is over a year old), Sony Mobile has come up with something rather unique in that it uses a brand-new feature called floating touch. What this technology allows you to do is hover your finger over the screen at which point a mouse pointer follows your finger. You can then tap down on the screen to select an item. Sony Mobile expects that developers will find a unique way of integrating this in to games controls etc… [click to continue…]

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Flight Control Rocket Headed to iOS Devices

by Matthew on March 12, 2012

Creators of Flight Control are about to launch a new version of the game for the iPad. Firemint has announced that the next iteration of the game will be launching this week in time for when the new iPad is launched.

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Angry Birds Space Hands-On

by Matthew on March 12, 2012

We have even more details about Angry Birds Space thanks to Engadget who managed to get a hands-on of the game and provide more details about how it works and how it differs to previous versions of the game.

The screenshot below shows more of what the game is about. What you are looking at is a bird that has been fired towards the gravity pull of a planet. The pull was enough to bring the bird back around the small planet and knock over its enemy.

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