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WEEK 27, JULY 4 - 10, 2013

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Slim contender

Panasonic Lumix XS1 is a stunning new edition

hybrid design toshiba Portégé Z10t transforms computing

Magestic beaut Peugeot 301 : the Gorgeous new sedan

talking OS

we review the top mobile operating systems that have set their own unique standards

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Printed at Ruwi Modern Printers 2013 © All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form in whole or in part without the written permission of the publishers; while every care has been taken in the preparation of the magazine, the publishers cannot be held responsible if factual errors in product and pricing occur. MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. The publishers regret they cannot accept liability for errors or omissions contained in this issue. Please check any quoted hardware specifications and pricing with your supplier before purchase.

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There was a time when using your PC was pretty much a solo pursuit, but the latest technology is ushering in a brand new era in family computing with the latest amazing, vibrant touchscreens, some phenomenal software and fascinating new way to interact, the whole concept of the computer is changing. Take something like Lenovo’s IdeaPad Horizon Table PC that brings an entirely different experience, one that the entire family can enjoy. The huge 27inch touchscreen PC can operate, as an amazing All-in-one, giving you a traditional computing experience with all the bells and whistles that Windows 8 provides. That means it becomes a fantastic media centre for your home, brings the speed and efficiency of touch applications, just like you are used to dealing with on your phone or tablet, but also the convenience of a proper keyboard and mouse for those times when you need to get serious.

The Horizon Table PC really comes alive when you lay it flat by pushing down its specially constructed kickstand, giving you a table-top PC that will provide hours of fun for all the family. The modern world means that computers are not just omnipresent, but also beginning to be used in some fascinating and exciting ways. The IdeaCentre Horizon Table is a great example of this and what makes it even better is that this ushers in a new era of family computing, allowing groups to sit around together rather than limiting the PC to just one person. It couldn’t get more fun.

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NEWS WEEK 27, july 4 - 10, 2013

Huawei makes its debut in Oman’s retail markets

‘harman house’ opens two more stores in Oman ‘harman house,’ the retail chain in home, professional and car infotainment in the Middle East, has announced the opening of its new showroom in Muscat, Oman as part of its current bid to expand its presence across the Middle East region. The new retail outlet was opened in partnership with Genetco. The two new showrooms, of which one is located at the first floor of Muscat City Centre, Seeb and the second in Qurum AlAraimi complex, was inaugurated by Khalil Bin Abdullah Al Konji, President of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).

Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced a new partnership with and ABT, a professional managed retail, wholesale, trading and distribution company in Oman, which will see Huawei’s full range of consumer handset devices now available to the public for the first time ever on the open market in Oman. While Huawei’s range of consumer electronics that include smartphones, tablets, and mobile WiFi devices had been available previously through telecom operators, the partnership with ABT will see Huawei aim to gain a larger market share in the Sultanate by offering its products directly and indirectly to consumers. As part of Huawei’s push into the Oman retail sector, the company also confirmed the local availability of its premium smartphone devices the Ascend P2 and the Ascend Mate, the world’s largest smartphone with a 6.1-inch screen. Huawei’s main ‘Ascend’ smartphone line spans four different product series including a Youth, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond class which each offer a unique technology package to consumers at a variety of different price points. Such devices are set to appear on retail shelves immediately and will include placement in popular outlets throughout the Sultanate.

Also present during the opening were M.A. Fadavi, Managing Director, Harman Middle East; Murtadha Hassan Ali Al Lawati, Chairman, Genetco; Dr Muthanna Al Durrah , CEO, Genetco and Amit Malani, President, Harman Middle East in the presence of top officials from ‘harman house’ and Genetco . BMI forecasts that Oman’s per capita consumer electronics spend will reach USD 309 by 2017. TV sets account for more than half of all AV revenue, with flat-screen TV sets being the main driver of AV category sales growth over the forecast period.

A week later, there were 50 per cent more Instagram than Vine links being shared on the net, Topsy figures show. On June 27, data indicates, there were 1,562,022

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purchasing habits of AV products, they are now looking at items that are not only world class but also products that can provide them with a one-of-a-kind viewing and listening experience. We are confident that the diverse range of products that ‘harman house’ offers will be able to address this demand,” concluded Dr Muthanna Al Durrah, CEO, Genetco.

Raymond Weil announces free gift offer Omasco Watch division has launched EXQUISITE Free GIFT offer on Raymond Weil Swiss Watches. On purchase of any Raymond Weil Watch, Customer get’s discounts, plus a free Gift from select Raymond Weil watches, 88 RDR Swiss watch or Panasonic camera.

to its members. Raymond Weil offers an extra year on its International Guarantee

During the Basel Watch World Fair 2013, Raymond Weil exclusively unveiled the RW Club offer of third year guarantee extension

mentions of Instagram and 935,109 mentions of Vine.

Twitter launched its video-sharing platform in January 2013. Users are able to upload and share six-second long clips which play in a loop. Videos shared via Facebook-owned Instagram can be up to 15 seconds long and filters can be added to change the colouring. Twitter has declined to comment.

to all Raymond Weil watch owners who register online to the RW Club. With this new unique benefit, Raymond Weil is reaching out to its members and new customers with a new level in terms of customer service, client loyalty and brand awareness. This program surely differentiates Raymond Weil from other Swiss Brands and provides additional value for the new customers of the Raymond Weil club. To become the member of RW club, the customer has to login to Raymond Weil website (Raymond-weil.com/3rdYear) and register the watch serial number. The website will provides customized PDF certificate of club membership and confirmation of your 3rd year warranty.

This limited period and very exclusive offer is available in recently opened Raymond Weil Boutique at Opera Galleria, along with flagship boutique at Sabco Center, Qurum.

Twitter Vine users decline The number of links to Vine videos on social networks fell by nearly half a million the day after video was added to Instagram’s photo app on 20 June. But an extra 300,000 Instagram links were shared; according to data analytics tool Topsy.

“The opening of this new store demonstrates the strength of Genetco’s partnership with ‘harman house.’ This alliance proves to be a winning combination as we both share common goals and objectives; placing strong focus on our customers and providing them with service excellence. The consumers in Oman have made key shifts in their

EU lawyer rules: Google not obliged to delete data Google cannot be obliged to delete sensitive information from its search index, a key adviser to the European Court of Justice has said. It follows a Spanish case that challenged Google to remove out-dated financial details about an individual.

The opinion of advocate general Niilo Jaaskinen could influence a wider EU debate over whether people have “the right to be forgotten”. Privacy campaigners believe individuals should have greater control over data.

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cover story WEEK 27, juLY 4 - 10, 2013

Battle of the platforms T

We take a look at the mobile operating system that is predicted to make it big this year he battle for dominance of the smartphone world is one that has been raging for a few years. With the migration of consumers from feature phones to modern wonders such as the iPhone 5 and the HTC One, or even the more economical chips offerings like the Nokia Lumia 520 or

Huawei Ascend G330, it is clear where the money and the future lies.

We’ve seen some impressive hardware come and go, quad-cores grace most flagship devices (Sony Xperia Z or HTC One) and there is even the quad/octa core that sits inside the Samsung Galaxy S4,

dependent on your location. Needless to say, all the big guns in the tech industry have some level of input into the mobile OS world. Apple has iOS (just about to reach iOS 7), Google has Android, the most recent version being 4.2 Jelly Bean, Microsoft has Windows Phone 8, leaving BlackBerry with its hopes pinned on BB10.

iOS, Android, BB10 and Windows 8 home screens

Interface The iOS 7 interface is a radical new look compared with previous iterations. Although with a clean and modern new look, the formula based upon simplicity is one that has been stuck to. Icons have had an overhaul, and there is transparency through apps, giving iOS devices a more unified feel.

Android is currently sitting at version 4.2, which is another iteration of the popular Jelly Bean OS. Jelly Bean built upon the work done by 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with everything being much smoother with ‘Project Butter’, and the introduction of Google Now. Microsoft’s offering bases itself around a system of ‘LiveTiles’. These are used in a similar way to widgets on Android, providing information at a quick glance. Users of Windows Phone 7, or Windows 8 on tablets or desktops will feel right at home. In terms of user customisation, much like iOS, Windows Phone 8 is relatively closed. Live Tiles can be resized, so that more important tiles can take up

more screen real estate, and the tile colour can be any of 20 variations. It is also possible to change the lock screen, to bring up photos, or widgets and notifications. BlackBerry is pinning all its hopes on the OS. In a similar way to Windows Phone 8, BB 10 allows 8 ‘Active Frames’, of which only 4 are visible at one time. Being a totally different OS to prior BlackBerry OS iterations, BB10 a little confusing to use at first. Closing apps by running your finger up from the bottom of the screen feeling a little unnatural. The BlackBerry 10 lock screen comes complete with notifications, calendar events and ability to quick launch the camera.

Notifications and Control Notifications are very important across devices, giving quick access to Calendar events, Emails and Text messages.

iOS notification centre

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The Control Centre is where the real innovation lies, however. Previous iOS versions had a very basic centre, however now quick settings such as WiFi and Bluetooth can be enabled or disabled, as well as controlling screen brightness, music being played, and access to AirDrop

and AirPlay controls. Android has had its notifications bar longer than Apple, so it has come on in leaps and bounds. Jelly Bean also brings in expandable notifications, showing more information about the top event, as well as being able to swipe to dismiss. Notifications never made it to Windows Phone 8, however there are strong suggestions that there is a notifications

Android notification centre centre making it over in Windows Phone 8.1. With BB10, there is a dedicated Notifications hub, accessed by swiping from the left hand side of the screen, as well as notifications that can be seen for individual apps such as Email, Texts or social networks.

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Camera

Multi-Tasking

With the Camera app being one of the most widely used features on the modern smartphone, it is only natural that every OS has given the camera a certain level of attention. One feature we are very fond of, that appears on iOS 7, pretty much every Android UI and BB10 is the ability to launch the app directly from the lock screen.

iOS7 brings more changes to the Multitasking window as well. No longer does a swipe from the bottom bring up recently used apps, but a newer interface that shows information from the app screen, as well as the app icons along the bottom.

iOS 7 brings in a raft of changes to the camera app. There isn’t a whole load of changes deep down, these being limited more to photo effects; varying lens shapes and live photo filters giving you the Instagram look, without having to use the app. Elsewhere, the interface has become more swipe-friendly.

Google’s multi-tasking has been handled for a long time through the long press of the home button, if the device has one, or through the dedicated button on total touch screen devices. This brings up a quick window of what was last on the app whilst you were using it, and can be swiped to dismiss. Windows Phone 8 has a similar method of bringing up its multitasking window.

Android’s camera app is one that’s the best. With the incredible variation in Android devices, each camera is different, the HTC One being most notable for camera tech with UltraPixel and HTC Zoe or there is Samsung with Burst Mode found on the Galaxy S3 or S4.

Blackberry has implemented a multitasking action that they call ‘Cascades’, accessed by swiping left to right. BB10 also uses the multi-tasking screen on the home page we mentioned earlier, that gives access to your eight most recently used apps, shown four at a time.

Blackberry, Android browsers

Browser The URL bar on iOS 7 safari is now resizable, you can swipe through the history, and the bookmarks and tabs have had an overhaul. Bookmarks now sit on the home screen, drawing in data from your Twitter feed. Tabbing is no longer limited to 8, and is synchronised across multiple Apple devices through iCloud.

Android camera app

Verdict

The iOS7 launch is arguably very important as Apple has been losing market shares. A number of previous devices will be getting the update, with the OS also being a major predecessor to the upcoming iPhone 5S or 6, iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. Apple therefore has a very large existing customer base ready to upgrade, with those on earlier devices also potentially looking to the launches of the next line of products. iOS is also highly successful in the business market, as well as the personal market. It is therefore almost impossible to say that iOS7 will be a flop, after all the trouble that Apple maps gave iOS6, it is still very

Since Ice Cream Sandwich, Google has mobilised its Chrome browser, which now interestingly sits alongside the native Android Internet app. Google bookmarks can be synced across, and

popular. Android is Apple’s biggest worry, with Windows Phone 8 and BB10 making strides through the mobile market, yet still not as firmly established. Android handsets are still the most popular on a world wide scale, but only just over a third are actually running Jelly Bean, with the fragmentation the major negative point against what is a highly versatile platform.

incognito browsing is available too. Internet Explorer(IE) is available on Windows Phone 8 devices. IE is a very accomplished mobile browser overall and comes with the Do Not Track feature by default, as well as SmartScreen phishing protection. BB10’s browser is a minimalist design, with the URL at the bottom of the page, like the IE on Windows Phone 8. BB10 does pack in some useful features, such as a Reader mode that lifts text and images, making it more readable.

iOS7 might make it big, but it is only the first OS refresh launch. We still have to look forward to Windows Phone 8.1, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and/or 5.0 Key Lime Pie likely to arrive later in 2013. If you think otherwise, please give us your opinion on facebook.com/ TECHOMAN

Android browser cascades

Android overhaul

OS OS news

Google has been churning up its next version of Android Jelly Bean, iOS7 has all the reasons to watch out

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The screenshots above, published by reliable Samsung gossip blog SamMobile, show Android 4.3 running on the Samsung GT-i9505G. That’s better known as the S4 Google Edition, the version of the S4 that runs pure Android, which the Big G has recently started selling in the US. The shots apparently come from a Samsung insider with access to an early build of the software while the Korean

company adapts it to run all the phone’s hardware. SamMobile’s source reckons the S4 Google Edition will be updated to 4.3 next month. The screenshots show that 4.3 is still called Jelly Bean, which other rumours have indicated too. That means it won’t be a drastic overhaul. What would you like to see from Android 4.3? Does it need more of an overhaul to compete with iOS7? Or do you think it’s way ahead of Apple’s effort already? Please share your thoughts with us on facebook.com/TECHOMAN

Leaked screenshot

Leaked screenshot

The next major update to Google’s mobile operating system is coming soon, it appears, after screenshots of Android 4.3 running on a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition popped up online.

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SELECTION

This section showcases our selection of electronics in the market today. Let us know if you have any favourites on tech@deenarmedia.com

Smartphones

RO270

RO80

RO200

RO260

RO272

Blackberry Q10

Huawie Ascend W1

Nokia Lumia 920

Sony Xperia ZL

Samsung Galaxy S4

Blackberry 10 OS, Dual Core 1.5GHz, 2G/3G/4G, 8MP primary and 2MP secondary camera, 16GB storage

Windows 8, 1.2GHz, Dual Core, 4GB storage up to 32BG, 3G, WiFi, 5MP camera, GPS

MS Windows 8 OS, Dual Core 1.5GHz Krait, 8MP camera, Dual LED flash, 32GB storage, 3G, WiFi, A-GPS, NFC

Android V4.2.2 OS, 1.3GHz Quad core, 512MB RAM, 13MP camera, 16GB storage up to 64GB, 3G, WiFi

Android V4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, Quad Core 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 & Quad Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, 13MP camera, 16GB storage up to 64GB, 2GB RAM, 3G, WiFi, A-GPS

Tablets

RO100

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Surface – Microsoft Windows

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Asus PadFone 2

10.6-inch screen, MS Windows 8 OS, Quad Core 1.3GHz, Intel Core i5, 2GB RAM, 32GB HDD, NvidiaTegra 3, WiFi, Bluetooth, 8MP camera

8-inch 1280x800 screen, Android 4.1.2 OS, Samsung Exynos 4 Quad Core 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 5MP camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G, A-GPS

4.7-inch 1280x800 screen, 1.5Ghz Quad core, 32GB Storage, Bluetooth, 13MP camera

RO200

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch 1280x800 screen, Android 4.0 OS, 1.2GHz Dual Core, 16GB storage, WiFi, Dual Speaker Dolby, HD camera

iPad Mini 4G 16GB 16GB, 7.9-inch LED-backlit, multi-touch with IPS technology, 1,024x768p, Dual-core A5, Bluetooth, built-in 16.3-watthour rechargeable lithiumpolymer battery

Computers

RO600

RO630

RO500

RO315

Sony SVJ20215CAB

Apple Mac pro MD212

Samsung XE700T1A

HP Spectre 13 2110

20-inch, Windows 8, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel Core i53317 1.7GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz, 500GB HDD, 4GB RAM, Shared graphics, WiFi

13.3-inch Retina display LED backlit, 2.5GHz Dual Core Intel i%. 8GB RAM, 128GB flash storage, Intel HD graphics 4000, OS X, iLife

11.6-inch LED HD, Windows 7 HP, Intel CORE i5, shared graphics, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth

13.3-inch LED HD, Windows 8 Pro, Intel Core i7-3317u 2.4GHz, 6144MB DDR3SDRAM, 128GB Hard disk, webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth

RO210 Acer Aspire V3 571G 5324G 15.6-inch HD LED screen, Windows 7, Intel Core i5-3210M 2.3GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth, Nvidia GeForce GT 640M Graphics

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Compact cameras

RO290

Sony WX200

Canon G15

18.2MP, 10x optical zoom, 2.7inch LCD, Full HD movie, CMOS Sensor, WiFi, DLNA

12.1MP, 5x Optical zoom, 3-inch LCD screen, Full HD movie, RAW format option

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RO170

RO141

Samsung Galaxy camera GC100

Canon PowerShot SX260

16MP, 21x optical zoom, 4.8-inch LCD touch screen, Full HD movie, Android, WiFi

12.1MP, 20x optical zoom, 3-inch screen, Full HD movie, GPS, CMOS sensor

RO60 Olympus VR 350 16MP, 10x Optical Zoom, 3-inch LCD, Full HD movie, magic filter

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Canon 7D

Fujifilm X-E1

Sony NEX 3N

Nikon D7100

Sony Alpha NEX7

18MP, 8FPS, APS-C CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, Full HD movie, 19-point AF system, Eye-level Pentaprism viewfinder, 63-zone SPC TTL metering exposure, 30 seconds to 1/8000 shutter speed, 18-135mm lens

16.3MP, 6FPS, 2.8-inch LCD screen, Full HD movie, 1920x1080p, ISO 200-6400 and 100-25600 expanded, Ultra Sonic Vibration, Single AF / Continuous AF / MF Distance Indicator, 1855mm lens

16.1MP, Mirrorless interchangeable lens, Sony A lens mount, memory card SD (SDXC, SDHC), CMOS sensor, ISO200 - 16000 equivalent, Electronically-controlled, verticaltraverse, focal-plane type shutter

24.1MP, 6FPS, 23.5mmx15.6mm CMOS sensor, 3.2-inch LCD screen, Full HD movie, 51 auto AF-S/AF-C selection, ISO 100-6400, Eye-level Pentaprism viewfinder, 1/8000 to 30 seconds shutter speed, 18-105mm lens

24.3 MP, 10FPS, 23.5x15.6 mm Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, Full HD movie, ISO 100-16000, WiFi, 25 point contrast AF, 30 to 1/4000 seconds shutter speed, 18-55mm lens

Televisions

RO180 LG 39LN5100 39-inch LED 3D, 2MP Full HD, 3HDMI PC in/AV in, USB port, DIVX HD, 100Hz True Motion, Intelligent sensor, Energy Saving

RO220 Samsung UA40EH5000 40-inch LED 3D, 1920x1080 Resolution, 2MP Full HD, 2 HDMI, 100Hz clear motion rate, USB Ports

RO300 Sony KDL55W804 55-inch Dynamic Smart LED 3DTV, 2MP Full HD, 400 Hz motion plow, WiFi, 3 USB port movie ply, NFC share 4 HDMI, PC Input, 2D-3D converter

RO500 Sanyo LCE 55R68HD3D 50-inch LED 3D TV, 2MP, full HD, USB movie playback, 3 HDMI, 100HZ Motion rate

RO950 Samsung UA46ES8000 46-inch 3D LED Smart TV, 2MP, Full HD, Smart interaction (face, voice, motion), Smart evolution and content, micro dimming ultimate, built-in camera, 800Hz, Dual Core processor

audio systems

RO211

RO211

RO75

RO280

RO91

Denon AVR 1713

Sony BDV E690

Philips HTS 3551

Bose Sound D10

Yamaha NS C500

5.1 Channel AV receiver, 120 watts (per channel), Internet radio, wireless streaming, 6 HDMI, USB

3D Blu-ray, 5.1 channel home theatre, DVD, CD, MP3, DIVX playback, 1000watts RMS, USB port play

Blu-ray home theatre, DVD, VCD, MP3. CD-R, DIVX playback, surround sound, 300watts RMS, HDMI input, USB port

Compact sound dock for iPod and iPhone with Bluetooth option

RO91 2-way acoustic suspension speaker, 160W maximum input power

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Accessories

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RO70

RO83

Rapoo T6 Wireless touch optical mouse

Samsung Blu-ray Writer

Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio

Multi-Touch Technology, 3 months battery life, reliable 2.4GHz wireless connection, Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8, USB port, 59x114mm

Slim Portable, supports all major optical formats, including tripleand quad-layer Blu-ray XL, AV connectivity, built-in 2D to 3D conversion and DVD up scaling

For iPad 2, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), Dye-sensitized solar cells, Bluetooth 3.0, Key Travel: 1.5 mm, 428x17.8x253 mm, 460 grams

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RO50 Philips AS 14112 Android version 2.1 or above, two built-in speakers, stereo sound system, digital clock, 24 hour alarm reset, sleep timer, dual alarm

Sony Extra Bass Headphones Driver Unit : Closed, Dynamic, 40mm driver, dome type, Overthe-head, Home-music/movie/ games, Gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini

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ESSENTIAL WEEK 27, july 4 - 10, 2013

Existence enhancers

MUSIC

The present The Gifted is the third studio album by American rapper Wale

This week’s interesting movies, music album, TV shows and more television

Game of Thrones: Season three

From top to bottom, opening sequence to end credits, season three of Game of Thrones has coaxed from 10 episodes, a story arc that successfully demonstrated how much the idea of ‘the realm’ means to the series’ overall narrative and how so many of show’s characters, whether they know it or not, are driven by similar concepts. While it lacked the devastating emotional impact of ‘The Rains of Castamere‘or’, the last ten minutes detailing the horrifically violent ‘Red Wedding’ it was the discussion between Varys and Littlefinger in ‘The Climb‘ that seems to have been the true turning point for the season, in terms of laying out precisely what it

is everyone is so up in arms about. To illustrate that while the land connecting these kingdoms may be vast, the realm is not so immeasurable that a single menace cannot threaten its very existence. For its part, ‘Mhysa’ doesn’t hesitate to get into the very notion that characters are oftentimes ruled by his or her devotion to an elusive thing or concept. Things like oaths, love, happiness, power, title and, most poignantly this season, a family name that means something and is, for the time being, sustainable. On one hand, there is Arya Stark‘s slaying of a soldier taking credit for mounting a dire wolf’s head on Robb

DVD RELEASES Reverb (2008) Horror

Genre: Adventure, fantasy, drama Rating:

Stark’s body and on the other hand, there is Daenerys Targaryen, her dragons and her army of Unsullied who have recently liberated the enslaved people of Yunkai. On the far side of the world, Game of Thrones cleverly and rather marvelously demonstrates a level of unity that’s largely unknown to the embattled kingdoms on the other side of the sea. But winter is still coming and with it comes unspeakable horror and almost certain death. As Davos argues, unless the kingdoms can rally together and unite against a common and mighty foe, there’ll soon be no realm for anyone to be fighting over.

eBOOKS

GAME RELEASES

The Sins of the Father

Sims 3: The Island Paradise

Jeffrey Archer

Mac, PC

USD8

Simulation

A Game of Thrones

Ivan the incredible (2012) Animation, comedy, family

The song was originally released on December 24, on Wale’s mixtape Folarin. The music video for ‘Bad’ was directed by Alexandre Moors and premiered on March 20, 2013, on 106 & Park. This song has so far peaked at number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Wale’s second top 40 entry after ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’, and becoming his highest-charting single as a lead artist. On May 21, this year, the second single ‘LoveHate Thing’ featuring Sam Dew was released. The remix to ‘Bad’ featuring Rihanna was released to iTunes as a promotional single. The Gifted was met with generally favourable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 81, based on 7 reviews, which indicates “universal acclaim.”

State of Decay

A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One

The album was released on June 25, in the US by Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records. The album was supported by the hit single ‘Bad’ which has peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album features guest appearances from Meek Mill, Cee Lo Green, Yo Gotti, Lyfe Jennings, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Jerry Seinfeld, Tiara Thomas, French Montana, Dom Kennedy, and YG among others. It also stands as the top album of iTunes.

Get the Album The Gifted by Wale USD10 (RO4), iTunes

XBox360

Action

George R.R. Martin USD10

An Oral History of the Zombie War

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara

Max Brooks

Wii U

USD10

Action

World War Z The employer (2013) Thriller, suspense

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Baby lionhearted The well-aged French carmaker has concocted another recipe for success. Seems cars like the Toyota Yaris have something to be worried about

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he new Peugeot 301 is a clear illustration of the Marque’s internationalisation and demonstrates its desire to conquer new markets. It has been specifically designed to appeal to a wide customer base attracted by four-door saloons that are both accessible and present an enhanced level of status. The 301, which in time is expected to become one of the Marque’s best selling vehicles worldwide, is positioned at the heart of its segment. It offers modern styling and features that are carefully adapted to fulfill the expectations of the different markets in which it will be sold. The new Peugeot incorporates the latest stylistic codes offering a modern design and character, which inspires emotion and gives an impression of strength.

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Furthermore, the design of this new car was guided at every stage by the desire to be the best in class incorporating Peugeot’s highest quality criteria. This new sedan is manufactured in Vigo, Spain, and was developed to adapt to all conditions of use, and extremes (hot countries, cold countries, and poor roads). With an overall length of 4.44 metres it sets itself apart with an optimised and generous structure, which puts it a step ahead of the competition. The Peugeot 301 incorporates modern comfort equipment (electronic air conditioning, MP3 audio system with Bluetooth hands-free kit and USB connection, remote opening of the boot, rear parking assistance, etc.), all of which guarantee an excellent level of comfort on board.

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ULTRABOOKS WEEK 27, juLY 4 - 10, 2013

Hybrid pro

Portégé Z10t Price: Approx. USD1,500 (RO577) CPU: Intel Core i5 Processor 3439Y

The latest addition to Toshiba’s ultrabook-tablet fusion products will soon hit the Oman markets

Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64Bit

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he Portégé Z10t, is an Ultrabook–Tablet hybrid designed for the professional environment. It targets a specific market of users who need a single, portable device that is both a full-size laptop and a Windowspowered Tablet, addressing unique and essential functions that are needed for work. It is available in Windows 8 and 7, and will be in the market next month.

Screen Size: 11.6-inch Widescreen In-Plane Switching technology (IPS) Full High Definition TFT Active Matrix (1920 x 1080) with Backlit resolution and Touchpanel (Capacitive) with Digitiser (Stylus Pen) Memory: 4GB DDR3 (1600Mhz)

Powered by Intel Core processors, the Portégé Z10t delivers excellent speed and performance as users may expect from a device built for business. It allows users to switch instantly between a laptop and a tablet simply by detaching the screen from the keyboard. Equipped with an 11.6-inch, Full HD touchscreen display, the Portégé Z10t is the ideal choice for on-the-go professionals.

Experience

Promising the ultimate handwriting experience, the Portégé Z10t ships with a fingerprint-resistant Corning Concore Glass, and a 1080p IPS anti-glare display that provides the most comfortable wide-view angle touchscreen experience.

Storage: 128GB(SSD) mSATA Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000

audio combo jack. The keyboard dock features RGB, LAN, USB 2.0 and full-size HDMI ports. With its extensive array of ports, it can connect to any modern TV and projector during work presentations.

Accessibility

The perfect business partner, it comes with Active Management Technology and the Trusted Platform Module to completely secure confidential documents. The detachable tablet features a full-size SD card slot, USB 3.0 and Micro HDMI ports, together with an

Durability

The Portégé Z10t comes in a silver casing crafted from a high-stiffness

resin to ensure durability and a sturdy locking hinge mechanism to keep the display soundly anchored when connected to the detachable keyboard. Designed purely around function, the Portégé Z10t is exactly what users can expect from a workhorse machine.

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he Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 offers users the ultimate in compact style and substance, combining amazing camera performance with stunning design. With 16.1 megapixels and at just 14mm thick, the XS1 is the perfect accessory for anyone taking regular pictures on the go. Small enough to slip inside your pocket, the XS1 is the perfect camera for all those unplanned photo opportunities. Available in a range of 3 different colours including, white, black and red, there is a Lumix XS1 to suit all personalities.

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A 5x Optical Zoom and a 24mm Ultra Wide Angle lens High Definition 1280x720 30p video recording

16.1-megapixel sensor Panoramic Shot mode: 180-degree shots just by swivelling the camera

2.7-inch LCD screen and intuitive user interface Creative Control feature includes many creative filters to fix any imperfections

The Creative Control allows you to choose from a selection of 13 different filters before you take your photo.

Slim and stylish At just a little more than 12mm thick, the XS1’s body is designed to fit perfectly into your pocket,

so you can have amazing camera performance on hand whenever and wherever you need it, providing excellent picture quality results.

Performance Despite its small, slim yet stylish design, the Lumix XS1 is packed with a host of features that provide amazing results in every situation. A 16.1 megapixel lens housed in the camera’s slender frame means you are guaranteed amazing quality with every shot. An Ultra Wide Angle 24mm lens ensures that you get the most from your indoor and landscape photography. With a 5x Optical Zoom, and 8x advanced digital zoom, the XS1 is capable of getting up close and personal at the press of a button, without sacrificing picture quality.

Intelligent technology Finally, the Lumix XS1’s Intelligent Auto (iA) capability can be set with one-touch and prevents out-offocus photos.

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Gorgeous storage Toshiba unveils its thinnest 1TB portable external hard drive, who knew storage could look so good

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oshiba Gulf launches the STOR.ETM Slim at 1TB capacity, an extremely portable external hard drive that measures only 12.5mm thick, making it one of the thinnest and smallest in the market today. In addition, the STOR.ETM Slim also gives users the ability to access and share data with its 10GB of free cloud storage. It will be available in the market beginning July 2013.

Available in a special brushed aluminium black or silver, the STOR.ETM Slim is pre-formatted for Windows and comes with an NTFS driver for Mac, allowing users to store and access files from their PC and Mac without reformatting. A Mac version of STOR.ETM Slim is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine backup utility, and has a sophisticated design that complements Apple’ s style.

The innovative feature that sets the STOR.ETM Slim apart from competing products is the instant access it provides. Through Toshiba’s partnership with Pogoplug PC, users can conveniently access their important files by storing them in a 10GB cloud storage, which comes free with the product.

Backups

Users have the ability to access their files on the STOR.ETM Slim using their smartphone or tablet as long as the external hard drive is connected to a PC and WiFi environment. This feature is enabled when the PC is switched on or even when it is on a stand-by mode.

Design Winner of the red dot award for Product Design in 2013, the STOR.ETM Slim is a complete external backup and storage solution created especially for style-conscious consumers who demand highquality and fashionably sleek accessories to go with their UltrabooksTM or Macbooks.

The STOR.ETM Slim has a built-in USB 3.0 interface that significantly improves file transfer performance for large media files and minimises the waiting time for backups. It is also compatible with USB 2.0 devices. Easy to use, it comes with its own pre-loaded backup and sharing applications, eliminating the need to buy additional hardware or install extra software. The included NTI Backup Now EZ software scans the system and recommends the best backup solution. Users may choose between backing up files in the cloud, to the hard drive itself, to a chosen computer, or any of these. Customisation of file, folder and full system backups is also made possible on the STOR.ETM Slim. It can schedule automatic backups and is secured through password protection, guarding files against loss, theft and corruption.

MovieS

Despicable Me 2 A new, powerful criminal has to be dealt with and Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to bring him down

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fter the success of Despicable Me, a popular 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film, it’s team decided to make it’s sequel. Produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures, both films are directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Steve Carell, Russell Brand and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles. Kristen Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film, voices agent Lucy Wilde. New cast members include Benjamin Bratt

as Eduardo and Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, head of the Anti-Villain League. Gru, is now no longer a villain after having saved his three adopted daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes from rival super-villain Vector in the first film Despicable Me. Gru, while celebrating his youngest child’s birthday along with two of his minions are approached and kidnapped by Lucy Wilde, an Anti-Villain League agent, and taken to the underwater Anti-Villain League Headquarters, where they ask for Gru to become a ‘spy’ in order to track down a new super-villain who has stolen a research laboratory and a chemical compound that can transform lifeforms into invincible mutant killing machines.

admits she was impressed by his work as a villain, stating that stealing the Moon was amazing, before giving him her phone number and urging him to contact her if his mind changes. Upon his return, Dr. Nefario confesses to Gru that he misses being ‘evil’ and has been offered employment elsewhere. Nefario then leaves Gru and his minions. This prompts Gru to contact Lucy and take the job. He works undercover in a mall as a runner of a cupcake shop, as the chemical has been tracked to the mall. As the story unfolds, it only gets more hilarious and fun. This is one of the animation movies we are really looking forward to.

Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Genre: Animation, comedy, crime Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong

Gru refuses, saying that he has new responsibilities now. Before he leaves, Lucy

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As a real time strategy game, this game seems a lot better than the original 2006 version

Publisher: SEGA Genre: Strategy Developer: Relic Entertainment Platforms: PC ESRB Rating: Mature

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elic Entertainment’s Company of Heroes 2 is said to feel much like the original 2006 title that added considerable depth to the real-time strategy genre, which was becoming bogged down by resource gathering titles. Company of Heroes emphasised the idea that objectives matter and incentivised

players to battle over key map positions instead massing forces and aiming for base destruction victories. There was a focus on unit-to-unit interaction and a heavy focus on location and position. Company of Heroes 2 does nothing to revolutionise or expand the genre as players move to the Eastern Front, but it does improve on many aspects of the original title.

RTS games live and die by their multiplayer implementation and Company of Heroes 2 succeeds admirably here. For competitive players, there is a matchmaking system that blows the rather ordinary multiplayer options found in the original title away, offering players games of 1v1 to 4v4 at the click of a button. Ideally, players looking for co-op and objective based

PVE experiences have a new feature entirely here with the Theatre of War. There are single player challenges, co-op battles, and other content that isn’t taking on other players. If you’re not familiar with what Company of Heroes is all about, there are lots of inspired troops shouting wartime witticisms, grenades, tanks and rockets. Games are won and lost by controlling points of interest scattered around the battlefield as things escalate from ground infantry combat to airstrikes and massive tank incursions. The improvements to multiplayer matchmaking and the addition of a coop mode make Company of Heroes 2 a clear winner for those that enjoyed the original title. It’s difficult to say just what kind of position the RTS genre is in right now as the PC environment becomes entrenched with free-to-play offerings and MOBAs filling space previously occupied by the genre that spawned them. Company of Heroes 2 is a “refreshing reboot” with many essential changes that call out crucial multiplayer components, but don’t expect any exciting new gameplay features.

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coverage of new product launches, has gained the site an audience of discerning men who turn to Uncrate for the next great thing.

Since 2005, Uncrate’s readers have visited multiple times per day to find out about the latest stuff for guys. Uncrate’s insightful and daily updates, with near real-time

Uncrate.com is, quite possibly, the ultimate gadget guide for men. While women are welcome to surf and purchase these gadgets, the products here are definitely geared towards the techno-loving male. It has the niftiest new products for iPhone, personal stereos, desktop computing, car accessories and more. You and your friends will sure have a lot to talk about if you browse through this site frequently.

ncrate is the leading buyer’s guide for men. With over 9,000 items covered and more than 1.5 million monthly readers, Uncrate is widely known for digging up the best of the best men’s products. With new gear posted every weekday, Uncrate has quickly become one of the largest men’s publications, both online and in print, with over 10 million page views each month.

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The apps that made it to our top five list Platforms: Facebook, Twitter, iOS, Windows, blackberry

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indows Phone 8 being the budding platform that it is, we’re not really spoilt for choice when it comes to social networking. So along comes Seesmic and we can’t help but take a look at the application that promises to aggregate it all together, all of it being Facebook and Twitter and Sales Chatter.

those with a secret identity. You can also add other profiles you want to view constantly into the mix as well, making it easy to keep tabs on the people you want to keep close. However, both these and your own profile don’t get their own profile pic in the icon, which seems a pretty poor show for an obvious win.

The application, like many apps on Windows Phone 8, takes a while to load up, and once in, you’re greeted with your ‘spaces,‘ square icons that show your chosen Twitter and Facebook profiles. You can log into multiple accounts from this application, which is great for

It suffers from the same problem as multiple other apps, namely it’s very slow and fails to connect at times and this is more to do with Windows Phone 8 than anything else. It is a functional effort, but not one to blow off your social networking socks.

The Magic of Reality

Minecraft Pocket Edition Android, iOS USD7

Zeebox Android, iOS Free

Whale Trail Android, iOS Free

Viber Platform: iOS

to examine the traditional myths that different cultures have used to explain the natural word and then offer the scientific explanation. Chapters cover subjects such as who the first human was and what exactly the sun is. As you discover more you’ll learn about chemical compounds and molecular structures. The book and app are probably best for an older child, but the text is persuasive, whatever your age.

Richard Dawkins’ latest book, The Magic of Reality, is presented here in an enhanced iPad format complete with animations and small games. The book tackles the big questions we all have about the universe, but if you’re expecting something heavy hitting, like Stephen Hawkins’ A Brief History of Time, then you’ll probably be disappointed. This is lighter reading.Dawkins’ approach is

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The game is just like it’s PC and Xbox Edition counterparts, where players can build virtual realities in a sandbox-like environment

zeebox is a free app that’s a companion for yout television. zeebox helps you discover, connect, share and interact, all live as you watch

Fly Willow the Whale through the magical skies of Rainbow Land. Collect Blubbles, loop the loop and smash grumpy Thunder Bros

Save a lot of money by connecting, instantly messaging and calling friends and family with smartphones

This app is a worthwhile distraction from the day job. The videos are easy to follow and the results felt straight away

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