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Bafta video game awards 2012 – catch our coverage tonight!

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So, will it be the super hero thrills of Batman: Arkham city, the physics-based spills of Portal 2, or the hard-boiled chills of LA Noire that dominate tonights Bafta video game awards ceremony?

The awards kick of at 9pm this evening, and we’ll be there to bring you live coverage as the 18 categories are decided. Batman and LA Noire are the most heavily nominated titles, but Uncharted 3, Portal 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2 are all up for multiple awards. You can check out the full nominations list at your leisure.

Joining the host Dara O’Briain will be a host of celebrity award presenters, including The Saturdays, Jonathan Ross and Adam Buxton. Video game luminary Ian Livingstone will also be handing out a gong.

Gamesblog contributor Simon Parkin will be running our liveblog of the event, complete with winner interviews, gossip and speculation. We’ll also have a live video feed of the event. We’ll provide links to both of those later. Meanwhile, I’ll be on the event floor recording interviews with various developers for the Tech Weekly podcast on Tuesday and trying not to drink too much champagne.

So open up two windows on your computer screen this evening, print out the nominations list and get ready for some Bafta video game award action!

 

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Apple’s new iPad 3 – review

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The new iPad with its high definition screen: Apple’s resolution has improved from 720p to 1080p. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

In answer to your first question: yes, there is a difference. In answer to your second: yes, you can actually see the difference. It’s subtle, and yet it’s definitely there.

I’m talking, of course, of the “Retina Display” on the new iPad (which is what Apple seems to be calling it – no marketing niceties such as “iPad 3” or “iPad HD”). With much fanfare, Tim Cook unveiled it last week and the world said “wow!” or “is that all?”, depending on the viewer’s disposition. Expectations had been cranked high (about touch displays – ahem), but after so many had wrongly forecast the coming of the retina display last year (overplaying Moore’s Law), expectations were about right this time. But the incremental updates that Apple is making – having established this sector – don’t satisfy those who would like more, all at once.

So the key question is whether the new iPad is “wow!” or “huh”.

CONTENTS

The screen is the computer
Cameras? Why?
Take some dictayshun, Siri
Inside: the processor
Storage
What’s in the battery?
4G, LTE, 3.5G, or so
What’s missing
Conclusion

The screen is the computer

The essential thing about a tablet – particularly a “slate” like the iPad – is that the screen is pretty much all there is. Sure, there’s all the stuff around the back, such as the processor, the graphics processor, the storage, the battery and the wireless connectivity. But on its own, the screen is what you deal with. So if that’s better, you should benefit.

So, in specifications, the iPad 2 has 1024×768 pixels on a 4:3 9.7in screen, giving it 132 dots per inch (DPI). The new iPad has 2048×1536, giving it four times as many pixels (3.1m, Apple points out; more than the typical HD TV set) and a resolution of 264dpi, which when held at a distance of about 40cm (15in) means that the average eye can’t discern adjacent pixels. With the old iPad, you could … perhaps. Actually, even last year at least one expert was suggesting that the iPad 2 was “almost identical” to the iPhone 4’s retina display.

In fact, the difference between the visible screen quality of the iPad 2 (still available, but at a reduced price) and the “new iPad” isn’t immediately obvious. I tried putting the two side by side and looking at the icons: even for Apple’s icons, which you would expect would have been optimised for the new super-ultra-hi-res screen, it was hard to tell that anything had changed. (I also enlisted an 11-year-old just to make sure it wasn’t my eyes at fault. He didn’t spot the difference immediately either.)

But there is a difference. The clearest example comes from looking at two covers from the Newsstand app, where the difference between the covers of the Economist and New Yorker was clearly visible: on the iPad 2 the covers were pixellated, while on the new iPad they were sharper.

Here’s the iPad 2:

iPad 2 newsstand detailNewsstand on the iPad 2: note pixellationAnd now the iPad 3:

iPad 3 newsstand large
Newsstand on the iPad 3: note less pixellation

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Nokia working on own tablet: design chief

(Reuters) – Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari is spending a third of his time on creating a tablet for the cellphone maker, which would stand out among hundreds of iPad-challengers, he said in an interview with Finnish magazine Kauppal

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“We are working on it,” he was quoted as saying.

Nokia’s Chief Executive Stephen Elop has said the category is interesting for the Finnish company, but has stressed the need for a different approach to numerous rivals trying to battle against the dominance of Apple’s iPad.

“We continue to eye the tablet space with interest, but have made no specific announcements,” a company spokesman said on Thursday.

Nokia is widely expected to launch an own tablet using Microsoft’s Windows 8 software later this year.

(Reporting By Tarmo Virki; Editing by Helen Massy-Beresford)

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Samsung Giveth And Taketh Away Ice Cream Sandwich For The Galaxy S II | TechCrunch

Samsung Giveth And Taketh Away Ice Cream Sandwich For The Galaxy S II | TechCrunch.

Oh, how Galaxy S II owners’ hearts must have swelled last night! Samsung’s Filipino arm let slip on their news portal late yesterday that the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update would be made available to owners of the international Galaxy S II on March 10. Sure, it would be all TouchWiz-ified, but users of Samsung’s one-time flagship handset would finally have access to Google’s latest OS update and all the goodies it entails.

It all sounds great, and it would be if it were actually true.

Hours after the news broke, Samsung reps took to the official Korean Twitter account to disavow the erroneous release date. Instead, they stated that the global release schedule for the Android 4.0 has yet to be finalized, and that they would share the news via Twitter as soon as it was. Sorry (again) Samsung fans, your wait for an official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich is now just as murky as ever.

Still, there’s bound to be little love lost if you live in the U.S. and use one of the many Galaxy S II variants currently in circulation. While Samsung can push out their Ice Cream Sandwich update through their Kies software updater whenever they please, the update has to go through additional carrier testing and certification before it’ll ever hit your domestic handset.

While Samsung Philippines seems to have pulled the article proclaiming the news, the upgrade FAQ is still live and presumably accurate, so take a gander to see what the GT-I9100 will be in for whenever the update actually hits. Of course, if you’re really impatient and don’t mind a little extra legwork, you could always install one of the TouchWiz ICS ROMs floating around out there, though the squeamish should probably steer clear.

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