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Have you ever heard of apps like Gowalla, Facebook Places or Foursquare? These apps are all “locationbased”, which enable you to “check in” at a location and earn achievements, discounts and points. Look out for stickers in shops and attractions so you can get the best deals. The foursquare application, in our opinion is the best; you can earn badges, points and become the “mayor” of places - another word for the most frequent visitor. The mayor is entitled to “specials”, which are offers and bonuses from the shop itself. You can check in at over 10 million places in the UK; including beaches, shops, restaurants and attractions. Right: a picture of one of the badges achieved on your mobile device virtually on Foursquare and the Gowalla and Foursquare logos.


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In the epic finale, the battle between the opposing forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic show-

down with Lord Voldemort. What will happen In the final instalment of the Harry Potter series? This film is also available in 3D at local cinemas.

: Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third film of the Transformers film series, directed by Michael Bay The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. Bay has stated this would be his last in-

stallment in the series The film has received mixed reviews from critics, with most rating it Good or Excellent.


Aquapac, £18 Waterproof case for your valuables while on the beach, the case is buoyant and even can be used as a waterproof camera pouch underwater.

Sodastream, From £25 Just add the flavour bottle to the cartridge full of soda water for an instant refreshing cold drink. Comes with starter flavours but you can buy 30 different varieties.

Eye-Fi, price varies The Eye-Fi is a revolutionary new way to automatically upload photos from your camera to your PC using wireless internet, instantly.

Mocharger, £5 The mocharger is a disposable battery charger for your phone. Comes with 240 minutes of power and then can be safely thrown away.


Near field communication can quickly swap information between devices when they're touched together. You can exchange things like text, images, URLs or other data simply by holding your phone up to various "smart tags." While it hasn't enjoyed the same popularity state-

side, NFC tech is already big in Japan, where you can use your NFC -enabled phone to buy train tickets in Tokyo or as a contactless payment system at various retailers. NFC uses loosely coupled inductive circuits to exchange power and/or data over a short distance (usually

about four centimetres). Below: the NFC certified logo for mobile phones

Left: A NFC phone interacting with a “smart poster�


This month: MMORPGs Online games are enjoyed by a whole variety of games. Most online games with millions of players are called MMORPGs, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. These games are usually based in combat, adventure and action. Some online game MMORPGs for younger children invite users to come into an

online community. XBOX Live and PSN are forms of online game hosts. If you play World of Warcraft or Call of Duty online, you’re participating in a worldwide global game, even though you’re just one of the users. After PlayStation Network’s recent hacking outages, XBOX Live is technically the best online gaming service, with a

user base of millions. Online game MMORPGs are much more enjoyable as the user has access to a community of other gamers around the world.


Thank you for reading Issue 1 of .trend magazine! .trend is released every month with brand new reviews and content. Make sure you receive Issue 2 of this magazine in September for your monthly update on what’s happening, with pages on all your favourite interests. Thanks! Yasin Soliman


.Trend Magazine August 2011