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This Week's Most Exciting New iOS Game Releases: Chaos Rings II, MotoHeroz, and More

The new iPad is making its way to store shelves this week, though we don’t expect it to stay on the shelf for long. If you’re one of the hopeful early adopters reading this on your iPhone while standing in line outside the Apple Store, then continue reading. This week’s lineup of new iOS game titles will be the perfect compliment to the gaming power the new tablet will deliver — though they’ll look and run great on any iOS device.

MotoHeroz

From RedLynx, the creator of DrawRace 2, comes MotoHeroz (.99, iPhone), a genre-mashing racer in the style of Trials HD. MotoHeroz draws elements from platformers, side-scrollers, and racing titles to create a brand new rally-style racing experience. With a vibrantly colored world and 30 uniquely engaging tracks to dig your wheels into, you’ll want to keep going for a chance to burn rubber on the next one. Thanks to single-player challenges and multiplayer races, MotoHeroz will have you doing laps for days.

Chaos Rings

Square Enix brings its original RPG series back to iOS with Chaos Rings II (.99/iPhone, .99/iPad). You’ll play as Darwin, the chosen one, who is left with a difficult choice. With the entire world in chaos and on the edge of destruction, Darwin must slaughter five people — including a childhood friend — as a sacrifice that will save humanity. The story unfolds based off the player’s choices, so you’ll get a totaly different experience depending on the routes you choose.

Picnic Wars

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned food fight, but Picnic Wars (.99/iPhone, .99/iPad) brings a whole new meaning to the term. You’ll have to choose to side with either the fruits or the vegetables as you hunker down in the trenches of food-flinging combat. With a huge campaign, tons of fruit and vegetables to send flying and a variety of unique launchers, Picnic Wars aims to prove that it’s OK to play with your food.

 

Kung Fu Rabbit

Somehow, evil has escaped into the world. Kung Fu Rabbit (.99, Universal) puts you in control of a bunny who has mastered martial arts, as you fight to defeat evil — and save the students of your dojo. The game features 70 levels of platforming that will require all of your logic and reflexes. With clever dialogue, intuitive controls, and unique moves that could only be completed by a rabbit with a black belt, Kung Fu Rabbit is a platformer potentially worth fighting over.

Rune Raiders

If you’ve been thirsty for a little Dungeons & Dragons-style action on your iOS device, Rune Raiders (.99, Universal) could help quench your need. After assembling a ragtag team of warriors that will then be placed and moved around a game board, the pieces come to life for battle. With a variety of power-ups and upgrades, you’ll be scrapping through the randomly-generated levels to beat up all the baddies you can.

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Radeon HD 7850

The beginning of March traditionally marks the start of new products season in the world of tech. It’s the time when all the exciting gadgets that were announced at IFA at the end of last year and at CES in January starts making its way onto the shelves and into our testing labs.

We probably won’t have to tell you that Apple’s new iPad is one of these products. It was only announced on Tuesday but it’ll go on sale at the end of next week.

You can also expect graphics cards, TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets, phones, cameras… You get the idea. It’s the start of the reviews season! Let’s go!

Hands on: New iPad review

We’re still calling it the iPad 3, how about you? Whatever you end up knowing it as, be it iPad 3 or new iPad, you’ve not heard the last of it. Not by a long shot. That’s because it’s the most impressive iPad ever, and it’s going to sell more units than an Irish pub on St Paddy’s Day.

The stand-out feature is that retina display, which offers up a resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 264 pixels per inch. It’s also got more powerful graphics to drive that higher resolution which should lead to some very pretty games and apps. On the downside it’s also slightly thicker and marginally heavier than the iPad 2, which can now be had for as little as £329.

AMD Radeon HD 7870 review

The AMD Radeon HD 7870 arrives alongside the Radeon HD 7850 to complete the line-up of AMD’s next-gen graphics cards. The 7870 is a step down from the 7970 and a step up from the 7770, theoretically putting it firmly in the performance/price sweet spot.

The fact AMD has included the full Graphics Core Next feature set is something to be applauded. It may not have the straight performance edge over the previous generation, but it’s got a lot more extras to back it up. We can’t ignore the awesome overclocking potential in the Pitcairn chip either. There’s no guarantee all AMD Radeon HD 7870s will be able to clock this high, but there is at least precedence.

Samsung UE55ES8000 review

The UE55ES8000 is Samsung’s most uncompromising TV yet. From the moment you first behold its almost sci-fi design and bold, dynamic pictures, you’ll be entranced. Crucial to this performance is the introduction of a dual-core processor to the Samsung UE55ES8000, since this makes the smart TV services more comprehensive and slick to navigate and delivers palpable benefits to picture quality.

Admittedly you’ll need to calm these pictures for normal domestic viewing, but once that’s done pictures still look hugely impressive. And your admiration only grows as you explore the TV’s revolutionary interfaces and the depth of its online and multimedia functionality. There are still things Samsung can improve, but as the first true next generation TV of 2012, the Samsung UE55ES8000 throws down a terrifyingly big gauntlet for the following pack to pick up.

AMD Radeon HD 7850 review

The fact AMD has filled out these lower-caste cards with all the same features as their higher-end brethren is refreshing, as is the fact that we’ll get all the HD 7850 goodness in such small footprints as 7.8-inches. Again, it’s the same Graphics Core Next story – the overclocking headroom is immense. The OC path is the only way to get the most out of these cards. Sadly that’s also part of the problem. At stock speeds both the HD 7870 and this AMD HD 7850 are rather uninspiring, and it takes ramping up clockspeeds yourself to get the real performance out of them. That’s a bit of a shame as most people probably wont take the risk with their new hardware. These pint-sized cards pack some impressive punch for sub-£200 GPUs, but only if you take the risk overclocking them.

Hands on: ZTE N910 review

Sorry N910 – it’s not us, it’s you. You feel cheap and insubstantial to hold, you’re chunky and you don’t even work properly. We’re prepared to give you a second chance, but if these annoyances continue in our full ZTE N910 review, then we’re sorry but it’s over.

Cameras

Hands on: Canon 5D Mark III review

Hands on: Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens review

Gamepads

SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel review

Headsets

SteelSeries Diablo III Headset review

Keyboards

HP Slim Keyboard review

Mice

HP 2.4GHz Wireless Laser Mobile Mouse review

Mobile phones

Nokia Asha 201 review

Hands on: HTC Sensation XE Ice Cream Sandwich review

Sony Xperia S review

Scanners

Doxie Go review

Speakers

Krator Neso N4-20U05 review

Webcams

HP Webcam HD 5210 review

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No Joke: OS X Mountain Lion Roars Onto Your Mac This Summer

OS X Mountain LionRoar! OS X Lion, we hardly knew you. Apple has announced a new version of Mac OS X that will debut this sunny summer, just a year after Lion. It’s called Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and it continues the theme of bringing iOS features “back to the Mac” in a very big way.

Apple has announced the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion,” available to developers starting today and expected to be released to the public this sunny summer, presumably bringing the Mac in line with the company’s annual iOS update schedule moving forward.

Further extending the “back to the Mac” mantra introduced with OS X Lion, Mountain Lion is bringing more iOS apps to the desktop platform, including Reminders, Notes and Game Center, all of which use iCloud syncing for cross-platform support between the Mac and iOS.

iChat is getting the boot from OS X Mountain Lion in favor of a new Messages app, which extends the traditional instant messaging and video chat features to include iMessage, Apple’s SMS-like text message system introduced with iOS 5. Video chat remains through AIM, or you can launch the FaceTime app instead.

In what will surely be a blow to Growl lovers everywhere, OS X Mountain Lion also introduces Notification Center, a system-level method for popping up notifications on your Mac in a way that’s similar to the one introduced in iOS 5. A new Notifications pane in System Preferences gives users complete control over when and how notifications will appear.

OS X Mountain Lion also introduces Gatekeeper, a new feature aimed at preventing users from installing potentially malicious apps. “Identified developers” — which can be any Mac developer with a certificate issued by Apple — and Mac App Store apps are cleared by default, but users can tweak their settings to fit their own scenario.

Much like iOS 5, Twitter is being deeply integrated into OS X Mountain Lion with a new UI element known as Share Sheets — essentially a pop-up menu actually reminiscent of the Google Android method, which displays a list of potential services you can share an item with. For now, at least, Facebook is still not among them. (Sad trombone.)

iCloud will finally get a lot more useful with Mountain Lion, with a new Setup Assistant and at long last, Documents in the Cloud added to your traditional Open and Save dialog boxes. AirPlay mirroring also comes to the Mac officially, allowing users to beam their display to an Apple TV when a monitor isn’t handy.

Of course, there are plenty of other tweaks and discoveries to be made in the months ahead, before OS X Mountain Lion roars onto the Mac App Store for all to purchase. Speaking of which, Mountain Lion will be a paid upgrade, much like Lion was, although Apple hasn’t been more specific on price or release date quite yet.

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This week we’ve reviewed Apple’s new iBooks creation app for the Mac as well as a cracking pair of cameras and a cracking pair of graphics cards to boot.

There’s also a great phone for the US, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx which takes the existing Razr and adds a huge battery.

Here’s our full list of this week’s reviews from the site.

Apple iBooks Author

Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, and even Apple’s iBooks have been working on moving us away from reading physical books and embracing the digital revolution. But until now, there was very little to convince us how good an idea this could be, since the digital versions looked very much like their real-world counterparts, right down to the page turning effect.

But this is what Apple is trying to change with its new content creation app, iBooks Author. Its aim is to revolutionise modern textbooks by bringing interactivity to the learning experience.

Fuji X-S1

Always liked the idea of an all-in-one camera with a massive zoom capability, but hated the often all too-plastic feel? Fuji’s X-S1 may, nay will, cause you to re-evaluate the humble bridge camera. Whereas Fuji has previously applied an ‘X’ – its signifier of a premium camera

- to the Leica-like FinePix X10, for the first time it gives a superzoom that same distinction.

This means that the new 26x optical zoom Fuji X-S1 figuratively sits above the existing Fuji HS20 and HS30 models, even though the latter boast 30x zoom (maximum 720mm equivalent telephoto setting in 35mm terms).

AMD Radeon HD7770

AMD showed its hand first in this year’s GPU arms race with Nvidia by turning it into last year’s arms race. While Nvidia has kept shtum about its upcoming new ‘Kepler’ architecture and looks to do so until spring, AMD stole the march and released the first of its new 7-series cards, the AMD HD 7970, a few days before Christmas 2011.

That sure was odd timing, but it taught us a lot about AMD’s new Southern Islands architecture, specifically the ‘Tahiti’ chip. The HD 7970′s whopping £440 price made all those neat features all but irrelevant to the gaming masses though, so we’re putting our hopes on this HD 7770 to deliver the best bits of the new AMD architecture for a more palatable price.

Canon G1 X

The new Canon PowerShot G1 X – commonly shortened to Canon G1 X, or even Canon G1X – occupies the top spot in Canon’s prestigious G-series compact camera range, offering a truly impressive array of high-end features.

Launched at CES earlier this year, the new digital camera is aimed at advanced photographers in search of a high-quality, take-anywhere primary camera and/or backup for their DSLR. It may not be the compact system camera (CSC) that everyone was expecting to see from Canon, nor is it a direct replacement for the highly popular Canon PowerShot G12 – rather, it’s something in between.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the newest Razr to be released on the Verizon network. It takes everything you love about the Droid Razr, and fattens it up a bit with a whopping 3,300 mAh battery. That’s a battery that’s capable of 21 hours of talk time on a single charge.

And while we’re excited to finally disconnect from that required midday charge, the true power of a battery that size comes in the form of 7 hours of LTE browsing per charge.

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This week’s other reviews

Audio systems

Edifier Luna5 encore dock review

Camera accessories

Kenro Flash Meter review

Camera lenses

Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 AF DGX 2x review

Desktops

Packard Bell OneTwo L review

Graphics cards

AMD Radeon HD 7750 review

AMD radeon hd 7750 review

Mobile phones

Samsung Galaxy W review

Samsung Galaxy Xcover Extreme S5690 review

Samsung Galaxy Y review

Monitors

Hanns.G HL229DPB review

Scanners

Reflecta iScan 3600 review

Software

Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 review

Storage

Samsung SSD 830 512GB (Notebook Kit) review

Televisions

Kogan LED55 review

Tripods

Velbon Ultra Rexi L review

Velbon QHD-61Q review

Velbon qhd-61q

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This week we’ve been testing a lot of computing kit, with several Intel and AMD CPU and APUs passing through our testing lab.

We’ve also been very busy reviewing Sony’s impressive new gaming handheld, the PS Vita. Check in with TechRadar to read our full Vita review very soon.

But in the meantime, let’s recap what we’ve been up to for the past seven days!

Sony HX9V review

With the Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V boasting an asking price of £269 in the UK and 9.99 in the US, it falls between the likes of a Canon PowerShot S100 and a regular point and shoot compact such as the Nikon Coolpix S6200 in cost.

Sony has packed a lot into this high-performance travel zoom that poses very serious competition for the likes of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20, Fuji FinePix F600 EXR, plus a host of rival compact cameras that similarly incorporate a broad focal range with built-in GPS and pocket sized proportions. Though not 100% perfect in each and every regard, the Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V nonetheless comes very close in most.

Intel Core i7 3820 review

The Intel Core i7 3820 performs at around the same sort of levels as the top-end standard Sandy Bridge CPUs. And we have to say, that’s a bit of a disappointment. This is supposed to be the serious enthusiast processors for Intel’s desktop faithful, but the more mainstream, soon-to-be-replaced Sandy Bridge setup is just as good at the quad-core level.

The fact that Intel has put the chip out for the same price as the top-end Sandy Bridge i7 2700K is impressive, and thoroughly welcome. It’s a decent chip, offering the extra bandwidth of the Sandy Bridge E platform for straight Sandy Bridge prices. But the vast majority of us don’t need that bandwidth.

Corsair Vengeance M60 review

There are two mice in Corsair’s fledgling range – the M90 caters for the MMO gamer’s needs, and as such sports fifteen programmable buttons. This M60 sets its sights square and true on the first-person shooter afficionado, for whom split seconds and DPI figures are everything.

With that said, even the grouchiest CS:S gamer will be happy with the Corsair Vengeance M60′s performance. Primarily, you want a comfortable mouse that doesn’t have a ton of buttons you’ll keep accidentally pressing at a fair price, and Corsair’s rodent ticks all those boxes with confidence. The adjustable DPI and sniper button are useful additions in a layout that otherwise shows restraint, and it feels like it could survive a nuclear blast.

AMD A8-3970K Black Edition APU review

While its flagship FX processors are failing to shine it does seem a little on unfair on AMD that at the other end of the market it has a chip which really ought be cleaning up. Its Llano Fusion APUs, which combine a multi-core CPU and a Radeon graphics part on one die, are actually rather good.

They may be based on an older processor architecture, but quad core examples like this A8-3870 hold their own against Intel’s similarly priced dual core Core i3s in CPU benchmarks. When it comes to 3D tasks like gaming, the on board HD6550D is simply in a different league to Intel’s laggardly HD Graphics 3000 cores.

Devolo dLAN 500 AVtriple+ review

The Devolo dLAN 500 AVtriple+ comes at a high price, at over £100, so is certainly at the higher end of the powerline adaptor market in terms of cost. But if you’re after a speedy network across your home and have a few devices that need to be connected, then it’s going to be money well spent.

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This week’s other reviews:

Cameras

Hands on: Samsung WB150F review

General networking

Nextivity Cel-Fi RS2 3G review

Hard disk drives

Zalman SSD-F1 Series 240GB review

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series 240GB SSD review

Headphones

Urbanista London Headphones review

Input devices

StarTech 2 Port USB VGA KVM Switch with File Transfer and PIP review

Keyboards

Corsair Vengeance K60 gaming keyboard review

Lenses

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM review

Media streaming devices

Iomega TV with Boxee review

Memory cards

Samsung 16GB SDHC Plus Class 10 review

SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition review

Mobile phone accessories

Tascam iM2 review

Mobile phones

Hands on: ZTE Tania review

Network adaptors

Western Digital WD Livewire review

Scanners

Canon imageFORMULA P-215 review

Software

Hands on: iBooks Author review review

Hands on: Pure Music review

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 review

Speakers

iLuv Boom Cubes review

Logitech Mini Boombox review

Microlab X16 review

Sony SRS-DB500 review

Logitech Z623 review

Televisions

Hands on: LG 84LM960V review

Web cams

Karotz Smart Rabbit review

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This week we’ve reviewed a new budget tablet from Viewsonic, the latest-gen BlackBerry Bold as well as a plethora of other tech.

We also got hands on with a whole bunch of TVs over at CES in Las Vegas, in addition to checking out the UK debut of Netflix.

Let’s get on with checking out all this week’s reviews from TechRadar.

ViewSonic ViewPad 10e review

One of the best-looking budget Android tablets on the market, the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e has traded a sleek, ultra-thin form more reminiscent of its higher-end competitors for basic function. Having compromised on a number of key components, primarily the uncertified Android operating system, smooth user interaction is never quite on the cards. While to achieve such a low price point we know some corners must be cut, such poor craftsmanship to the point where the screen is easily coming free from the frame is inexcusable, no matter how much money it saves.

That said, for just £199 the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e is a well positioned entry-level tablet for those looking for the latest plaything and little else.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

It’s hard to be massively excited about the BlackBerry Bold 9790. The Bold 9900 was a mobile phone to be excited about, since it was the obvious successor to the Bold 9700 and 9780 handsets, which seemed like they’d been around forever. But if you were to take the BlackBerry Bold 9900 out of the equation and judge the BlackBerry Bold 9790 on its own merits, you could quite confidently say it’s a cracking little phone.

We’re not massively excited by it but, geek-speak aside, just the specs alone make it worthy of a £350/0 SIM-free price tag. If we were torn between the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and the Bold 9900, we’d pick this, albeit at the risk of grumbling about a smaller screen.

Hannspree SE40LMNB review

Can an app-less telly eschewing any semblance of home networking and smart TV cut it? Selling for less than £350, the SE40LMNB’s is a bare bones experience indeed, though for owners of Sky, Virgin or Freeview HD set-top boxes and PVRs, it could be the stripped-down HDTV bargain you’ve been looking for.

The user interface in general is attractive and well designed, and there’s no doubting that the SE40LMNB is easy to use. We particularly liked the speed of setup, the nicely designed EPG’s thumbnail of the live TV channel, and the ability to customise the names of each input. Pictures lack sparkle, for sure, but contrast is decent and Blu-ray in particular is excellent. Besides, this is a 40-inch TV for less than £350.

LG 55EM960V review

This 55-inch OLED TV is jaw dropping. It’s just 4mm thick and has the most amazing picture we’ve ever seen on a TV. We’re excited, and so should you be. If you start saving now, you might be able to afford one by the time it goes on sale.

Samsung Series 8 S27A850D review

This is a seriously excellent computer monitor. While it’s not quite at the very sharp end of technical innovation, it still packs some dazzling features and an excellent display.

Samsung series 8 s27a850d review

This week’s other reviews

Audio systems

Bayan Audio Bayan 7 review

Desktop PCs

Hands on: HP Omni27 review

Hard drives

Seagate Momentus XT 750GB, 2nd Generation review

Input devices

E-pens Mobile Notes for Mac review

Laptops

Hands on: Toshiba Qosmio F755 review

Hands on: Compal prototype Ultrabook review

Media streaming devices

Iomega TV with Boxee review

Iomega tv with boxee review

Mobile phones

BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

Orange San Francisco 2 review

Monitors

BenQ RL2240H review

BenQ EW2730V review

Philips Brilliance 248C3LHSB review

Samsung Series 8 S27A850D review

ViewSonic VP2365-LED review

BenQ RL2240H review

BenQ EW2730V review

Philips Brilliance 248C3LHSB review

Samsung Series 8 S27A850D review

Software

Hands on: Netflix UK review

Hands on: BlueStacks on Windows 8 tablet review

Microsoft Security Essentials review

Tablets

Hands on: Kupa X11 review

Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition review

Televisions

Hands on: LG 55EM960V OLED TV review

Hannspree SE40LMNB review

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It’s been an exciting week for new products, with CES bringing wave after wave of product launches from the big names.

We’ve been able to have a gander at some of the most interesting products being shown off at CES, while also reviewing some really excellent products back at home as well.

We’ve got a lovely Toshiba TV for you, which offers brilliant performance and good looks at a bargainous price, as well as the new Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and an exciting new Sony Android phone.

Hands on: Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime 700 review

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 is our favourite Android tablet and has recently been updated to Android 4.0. But instead of basking in the glory of past products, Asus has its attention set firmly on future endeavours and has already shown off the next evolution – the Prime 700 series.

It packs the same Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, but to make better use of the power has a much higher res screen. Out goes the TF201′s 1,280 x 800 display and in comes a 1,920 x 1,200 panel. That makes it capable of both playing back and displaying full HD video which makes it extremely desirable – first impressions are very positive indeed.

Hands on: Sony Xperia S review

Sony announced the Xperia S a few days ago and we’ve had a look at it on the show floor at CES. It’s the second Android phone Sony has launched since it parted ways with Ericsson, and packs a 12MP camera, a dual core 1.5GHz processor, the ability to record in 1080p (on the rear), but sadly it only runs on Android 2.3 at launch.

The phone will however, be updated to Android 4.0 but not until the second half of 2012. It’ll go on sale in March and we’ll bring you a full review very soon but in the meantime check out our first impressions!

Toshiba 46TL868B review

For its money, the Toshiba 46TL868B is a really excellent TV. It cunningly ticks all of the key feature boxes right now – Freeview HD tuner, active 3D playback, USB and network multimedia playback, Edge LED lighting – and encases them in a fashionably thin chassis that wouldn’t look out of place on a TV costing twice as much.

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As if that wasn’t enough, it also delivers HD 2D and 3D picture performances so clean, bright, colourful and sharp that they make the efforts of many other ‘budget’ LCD TVs seem positively grubby by comparison. The Toshiba 46TL868B is one of Toshiba’s biggest bargains yet.

Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium review

The Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium is based on Panasonic’s excellent LX5 compact camera. The two cameras are essentially the same, with the Leica badge adding a premium of about 100% to the price. So, brand loyalty aside, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium is incredibly expensive for what could be classed as a glorified snapshot camera. And for all its metal-bodied luxury it really is that at its core – it fits in your pocket and the lens on the front cannot be changed. But at least it is a well above average one.

Hands on: Dell XPS 13 review

Intel seems to have the entire notebook industry under the Ultrabook’s thrall, and Dell is no exception with the launch of the Dell XPS 13. It might not come with LG’s over-enthusiastic Super prefix, but the XPS 13 is a nice bit of kit – 18mm at its thickest point and with a 13.3-inch Gorilla glass display housed in the chassis of a 12-incher it certainly looks the part.

It’s an Ultrabook so of course it comes with an Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD 3000 graphics and fast boot facilitated by Intel rapid start. We have misgivings over the quality of the screen but we reserve final judgement until we’ve seen the final model.

This week’s other reviews

Cameras

Hands on: Nikon D4 review

Hands on: Canon G1 X review

Hands on: Fuji X-Pro1 review

Fuji x-pro1 review

Cases

Fractal Design Core 3000 review

Cloud computing

Hands on: OnLive Desktop review

Desktop PCs

Hands on: HP Omni27 review

Desktops

CyberPower Liquid Xtreme GT review

Graphics cards

HIS 6670 Fan 1GB GDDR5 review

Laptops

Hands on: Acer Aspire S5 review

Hands on: Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and IdeaPad U410 review

Hands on: HP Envy 14 Spectre review

Hands on: HP Folio 13 review

Hands on: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga review

Hands on: LG Z330 and Z430 Super Ultrabook review

Hands on: Samsung Series 5 Ultra review

Hands on: Samsung 9 Series review

Hands on: Toshiba Qosmio F755 review

Hands on: Compal prototype Ultrabook review

Media streaming

Hands on: Griffin Twenty review

Hands on: Kivic One review

Memory

Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 4 review

Kingston HyperX Genesis 2133MHZ 16GB review

Mobile phones

Hands on: LG Spectrum review

Hands on: Huawei Ascend P1 S review

Huawei ascend p1 s review

Hands on: Lenovo K800 review

Hands on: Sony Xperia Ion review

Hands on: Nokia Lumia 900 review

Hands on: HTC Titan II review

Hands on: Motorola Defy Mini review

Hands on: Motorola Droid 4 review

Hands on: Motorola Motoluxe review

Monitors

BenQ RL2240H review

Motherboards

Asus P9X79 Pro review

Asus Rampage IV Formula review

Projectors

Hands on: Optoma PK32 review

Tablets

Hands on: Acer Iconia Tab A700 review

Hands on: Lenovo IdeaTab S2 review

Hands on: Lenovo IdeaTab K2 review

Hands on: ViewSonic ViewPad E70 review

Hands on: Toshiba Excite X10 review

Toshibe excite x10 review

Hands on: Aigopad m803 review

Hands on: Asus MeMo review

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CES 2012: The 5 Best Digital Cameras We Saw This Year

Kodak EasyShare M750If you’re in the market for a new digital camera, it usually pays to wait and see what’s announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show, which is winding down in Las Vegas this week. Unlike previous years, digital cameras were eclipsed by other consumer electronics technology this time around — but that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to find a handful of shooters worth talking about.

Point-and-shoot digital cameras may have peaked when it comes to sheer megapixel numbers, but that certainly isn’t stopping manufacturers from staying busy inventing new ways to entice us to upgrade each year. CES 2012 is no exception, so we’ve whittled down the plethora of options introduced at the show this year to present the five best options. Which one are you planning to buy…?

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Apple Allegedly Planning Media-Related Event in New York This Month

According to sources at All Things D, Apple is allegedly planning an important, small-scale event that will be held in New York at the end of this month. The site posits that it will be a “media-related announcement.”

Hmm, related to media you say? Well, we’ve already got a pretty hefty music, movie, and e-book distribution platform in place with iTunes. It’s possible, according to our Rumor-O-Tron, that Apple will finally make the announcement it’s entering the television game.

That Apple TV is due for an update, isn’t it? Hopefully it’s a 37-inch upgrade.

What do you think?

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This week we’ve a bumper selection of reviews for you, including Sony’s new Alpha a65 SLT camera and a hands on review with LG’s new Prada phone.

For those looking to get started with photography, the Canon Powershot AS40 HS is a fantastic, fuss-free choice.

And there’s plenty more besides — read on to see all this week’s reviews.

Sony Alpha a65 review

Sony’s online shop price for the A65 stands at £789 (body only) or £869 (with 18-55mm lens). This places the A65 in the same arena as mid-entry-level DSLRs like the Canon EOS 600D and Nikon D5100 – albeit at a higher price-point that’s justified by its raft of high-end features. In essence, the A65 attracts largely the same points of praise and criticism as the more expensive A77, due to the fact that it shares much of the same technology underneath its unassuming plastic outer shell.

For a lower price, you don’t miss out on that many features, so if you’re not bothered about having a weather-sealed camera body, top LCD panel, marginally faster continuous burst mode or more sophisticated AF system than the (still very good) one that the A65 offers, then it makes perfect sense to save some cash and plump for the A65.

Samsung PS51D8000 review

We’re pretty sure the ‘new kind of TV’ promised by Apple TV and Sony, among others, will improve on Samsung’s Smart Hub – but, for now, it’s a good place to start. Boasting enough features to be deemed at least a mid-to-high-end TV, the Samsung PS51D8000 keeps plasma at the forefront for anyone after picture perfection, but it’s 3D that this set excels with. Sensibly – in our view – sticking to active shutter 3D while the slow trickle to the less impressive passive 3D tech continues, Samsung is quickly becoming as known for its good value 3D plasma as it is for its impossibly slim LED TVs.

It’s sculpted another stunner with the Samsung PS51D8000, and although Smart Hub could do with debugging and super-charging, this is an easy-to-use TV with all the latest features – and a cracking 3D performance.

LG Prada 3.0 review

The Prada 3.0 has a 4.3-inch NOVA display, which might not have the wow-factor of a Super AMOLED from Samsung, but does still offer superb brightness and a thin form factor, previously seen on the sadly unloved LG Optimus Black.

A 1GHz dual-core, dual-channel processor is on board too and while it might not sound as flashy as the 1.5GHz CPUs being bandied around these days, it’s not lacking in grunt. But it’s not the specs that this phone will be sold on – it’s the fashion house tag associated with it. To that end, Prada ‘Saffiano’ decoration adorns the back, a Prada docking station and Bluetooth headset, plus a ‘fashionable Prada bag’ too for the 8.5mm-slim handset. There’s also a customised Android overlay atop Google’s Gingerbread OS – which LG has promised will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich in due course.

Canon Powershot AS40 HS review

It’s worth noting that while you can pick up an entry level DSLR, such as the Canon EOS 1100D for around the same price, which will give better image quality overall, you do get the incredible zoom range in a smaller and lighter body that isn’t part of a more expensive system.

Orange San Francisco 2 review

Is the Orange San Francisco 2 the best phone on the market? No, not by a long way. But for most people, the whole ‘money is no option’ argument doesn’t come across when it’s time to buy a new phone, and pound for pound, the San Fran 2 seems to be, once again, one of the bargain buys of the year.

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This week’s other reviews

Compact cameras

Fuji FinePix F600 EXR review

Samsung MV800 review

Nikon Coolpix S6200 review

Cooling

Deepcool Fiend Shark review

DSLRs/Hybrids

Canon Powershot SX40 HS review

Graphics cards

Sapphire HD 6970 Dual Fan Edition review

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Hard drives

OCZ Octane 512GB review

iPod and MP3 players

Apple iPod touch 4th Generation review

Laptops

Toshiba Portégé R830-138 review

Media Streaming Devices

ACRyan VEOLO review

Memory

Corsair Vengeance Racing Red 16GB review

Motherboards

ASRock X79 Extreme4 review

PC cases

Corsair Carbide 500R White review

Printers

Kodak Hero 9.1 review

Software

Alien Skin Bokeh 2 review

Kaspersky ONE Internet Secuity review

Speakers

Sony SRS-BTV25 review review

Hands ons

Hands on: New Xbox 360 dashboard review

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