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Volume 2

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NEWS

ALL-IN-ONE BUSINESS SMARTPHONE, THE NOKIA E7 IS OUT IN STORES The highly ancipated Nokia E7 arrived in stores in select markets in February, with broader availability building up quickly in several markets. With its lng 4 inch ClearBlack display, full QWERTY keyboard and a fast access to a wide variety of apps directly on the homescreen, the Nokia E7 is the key to having a successful day in or out of the office. Importantly, the device supports business applicaons from leading enterprise technology partners including Microso and IBM.

Addionally, a wide range of entertainment and social services available on the Nokia E7 make it the perfect off-duty companion, and the Ovi Store offers a wealth of apps such as Bloomberg, Angry Birds and Sports Tracker.

For business users the Nokia E7 provides direct, secure and real-me access to email, calendar, contacts, tasks and the corporate directory through Microso Exchange servers, as well as Office Communicator Mobile, developed by Microso for Nokia smartphones, which brings presence and corporate instant messaging.

The new arrival offers drive or walk navigaon in 80 countries. The latest commercial version of Ovi Maps, available immediately via Ovi Store or Ovi Suite, adds visibility to subways, trams and trains, real-me traffic, safety alerts, visibility to parking and petrol staons, speed limit warnings, and improved search and locaon sharing capabilies.

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“IMPORTANTLY, THE DEVICE SUPPORTS BUSINESS APPLICATIONS FROM LEADING ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS INCLUDING MICROSOFT AND IBM.”


NEWS SONY ERICSSON XPERIA ARC COMING SOON ON THREE. Three will be ranging the Sony Ericsson Arc from April. At just 8.7mm thin, it’s one of the slimmest mobile phones on the market, but the Arc’s pete frame masks a big technology offering. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA engine supports the 4.2” touchscreen for clearer and crisper pictures, while Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is at its heart.

“THE HD VIDEO RECORDING CAPABILITY IS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE WITH ITS EXMOR R SENSOR AND OTHER MULTIMEDIA FEATURES - SUCH AS A FACE DETECTION FEATURE - ALLOWING YOU TO TAKE, WATCH AND SHARE HIGH QUALITY MOVIES.” Sylvia Chind Head of Branded Devices said, “The Sony Ericsson Arc is a great addion to Three’s range of smartphones. The HD Video recording capability is parcularly impressive with its Exmor R sensor and other mulmedia features - such as a face detecon feature - allowing you to take, watch and share high quality movies. And our award winning 3G network will ensure Three customers enjoy the mobile internet experience at its best.” Three has advised informaon on pricing and availability will be announced soon.

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PREVIEWS

MOTORSTORM: APOCALYPSE

PUBLISHERS: SONY DEVELOPERS: EVOLUTION STUDIOS FORMAT: PS3 GENRE: RACING AVAILABLE: 16TH MARCH 2011

OUT OF THE JUNGLE AND INTO THE CITY

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BROTHERS IN ARMS 2: GLOBAL FRONT DEVELOPER: GAMELOFT PLATFORM: iPHONE, iPOD TOUCH, PALM PRE GENRE: ACTION & ADVENTURE AVAILABLE: NOW

ACTION, DRAMA AND ADRENALINE WITH A SIDE DISH OF FLAMETHROWER..YUM!!!

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ETERNAL LEGACY DEVELOPER: GAMELOFT PLATFORM: iPHONE & iPOD TOUCH GENRE: ACTION & ADVENTURE AVAILABLE: NOW

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REVIEWS RPG BRETHEN UNITE! Rounding off the Gamelo triad is Eternal Legacy: a sparkly, addicve RPG that plays even beer than it looks. And it looks darn good. At first its gliering display distracted me, but I soon found myself asking why this all felt so familiar. And it struck me: this is more or less Final Fantasy. The characters look remarkably similar, with ‘Astrian’ looking not unlike a certain ‘Cloud’ we all know, and the bale play is nowhere near as graphically stunning as FF, but it is the same system to play through. By no means do these similaries detract from Legacy; the fact it resembles Final Fantasy can only serve to help it amongst RPG fans of the world, looking for something epic to play on their iPhone, but at mes it puts me in a state of deja vu, right when I should be properly geng into it. The joy of a new game is dampened by its familiar looks, yet comforted by it at the same me....it confused me to begin with, but if you sck with it and learn to just accept the resemblance, then it would be amazingly foolish of you to not play this game. It plays smoothly, with clearly idenfied tabs to hit at the right mes, has a typical plotline involving evil guys with weird names and magical crystals, and all the strange enemies to bale against you could expect to encounter between the teleportaon docks in the clouds (Wind Dogs and Wisps to name but a few).

“IF YOU STICK WITH IT AND LEARN TO JUST ACCEPT THE RESEMBLANCE, THEN IT WOULD BE AMAZINGLY FOOLISH OF YOU TO NOT PLAY THIS GAME.” RPG’s in general can either be extremely amazing, or just a bit of a bore (*censored by my Editor*), but for an RPG in the mobile app store, this definitely goes on the top of my list, familiar warts and all.

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PAC-MAN (LITE) CATEGORY: GAMES UPDATED: 16 DECEMBER 2010 VERSION: 2.2.0 SIZE: 4.1 MB DEVELOPER: NAMCO NETWORKS AMERICA No maer how old you are, there has to be something wrong with your soul if you don’t have love for Pac-Man. Seriously. Perhaps it’s because I love retro games (Atari for Life), or because I’m easily amused by cartoon ghosts and bright colours, but to get to the point, now you can play it on your I-Device of choice, it’s even more epic than ever before. The set up is exactly the same as the Old-School version which is a massive bonus, because there’s nothing worse than seeing your favourite childhood game turned modern/ruined: you remember the TMNT fiasco….*shudder* …. The magic that comes with the simple yet awesome look of the game is exactly the same, so that’s an automac high 5 in my book.

This is my personal opinion here, but I used to loathe those old joysck game staons: some git would either have put his gum inside the joysck to make it…well, sck, or there would be some malfuncon just as you were about to high score that badboy and it would reboot on you. A day’s work gone to the dogs. I find swiping my finger across my iPod much less problemac and ulmately, easier. This new way of manipulang the man of Pac doesn’t take anything from the game, infact I reckon it adds to it even. When you were a kid, sure it was fun geng all worked up with your mates, cursing those tricky lile ghosts as they got you for the 100th me. It’s not so fun however to relive that same experience on your own, and on the Underground. Not fun at all. Swipe for life baby. Pac-Man Rules.

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