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Prince of Persia Retro Review (iPhone)

Posted: 01 Jun 2010 10:05 AM PDT

Prince of Persia Retro Review (iPhone)
As soon as Ubisoft had confirmed the existence of Prince of Persia Retro for iPhone OS platforms, Softpedia’s Apple news editor immediately rushed to get it from the iTunes App Store. Unfortunately, the game was nowhere to be found. Until yesterday, that is, when Jordan Mechners all time classic had finally appeared as available for download.

As the port of a two-decade-old game, Prince of Persia Retro is priced at just one buck. Anyone who owns an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and is a fan of this Apple II-original platform game is likely to download it on the spot, just like I did. I decided to put everything else aside as soon as my first-gen iPhone finished syncing and give the game a spin, curious to see just how Ubisoft managed to implement the controls. Minutes into the game, I realized Prince of Persia Retro, with all its classic beauty, and still-attractive gameplay, didnt belong on a touch-based platform. Simply put, you need buttons to play this game.

Jaffar and his sword-wielding minions are not your worst enemies, your fingers are! As fans of the game should know, Prince of Persia happens all over the screen, not just at the center. Theres stuff you need to look out for in every corner of every room (granted, only towards the end of the game).

Since your thumbs are constantly touching the bottom side of the screen (at times even covering the young prince), youre likely to miss out on a potion or two. Moreover, since the action button is everywhere, youre likely to accidentally put your sword back in the sheath in the middle of a duel. Not cool, considering the three-strikes-youre-out system imposed by Mechner back in 89.

Review Information:

  • Application: Prince of Persia Retro;
  • Developer: Ubisoft;
  • Version reviewed: 1.0;
  • Requirements: OS 3.1.3 or later, iPhone / Pod touch / iPad ;
  • Review device: first-generation iPhone (8GB) running iPhone OS 3.1.3.

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FIFA World eyes South Africa 2010

Posted: 31 May 2010 11:01 AM PDT

FIFA World eyes South Africa 2010
There is no mistaking the main topic of discussion in the latest issue of FIFA World as our special June/July double issue concentrates solely on the global footballing extravaganza that is the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The bumper-sized edition takes an in-depth look at all of the 32 teams who have qualified for the South African showdown as well as the star players who could make the difference between an early flight home or glory in the tournament final in Johannesburg on 11 July. We also go beyond the top players and likely line-ups to examine some of the wider social stories involving the participating teams. Find out, for example, why Dutch fans will feel at home in South Africa, the power that football has over the peoples of Honduras and Uruguay, and which of the rival group-stage coaches are regular five-a-side buddies.

As well as looking forward, we are of course happy to also look back, with a summary of all 18 previous FIFA World Cup tournaments and a collection of 80 World Cup facts and anecdotes representing one fact for every year since the competition began in 1930, and ranging from the glorious to the bizarre. And for those who do not know their Elephants from their Desert Foxes, we also offer a light-hearted explanation of the national team nicknames that will abound during the latest instalment of footballs most prestigious tournament.

Of course, and as always with FIFA World, we are not only focused on the purely sporting side of the proceedings. Inside the latest issue, you can also read about the tournaments fascinating hosts, as South Africa completes its impressive transformation from former international outcast under the old apartheid regime to the multicultural Rainbow Nation which is now opening its arms to the worlds football fans. We explain too how the 2010 FIFA World Cup is offering a chance for the footballing world to give something back to Africa, with social development projects such as the Football for Hope Festival and 20 Centres for 2010 combining with football development programmes such as Win in Africa with Africa to ensure lasting improvements for the whole of Africa, and long beyond 2010.

By clicking on the links below you can read an online version of the magazine or download it. You will also find links and documents on the right-hand side providing further information on the stories featured in the magazine, an archive section below allowing you to access back issues of the magazine, along with details on how to subscribe to the magazines printed version.

As always, we are keen to hear what you think about the magazine, so please send us your comments via the feedback link.

Whether you are browsing through the pages during the nervous build-up to the tournament, or flicking through the articles during a break in the action, we wish you a happy read and of course a highly enjoyable 2010 FIFA World Cup!

Download Opera 10.60 Alpha 1, Better Performance, New UI

Posted: 31 May 2010 10:17 AM PDT

Download Opera 10.60 Alpha 1, Better Performance, New UIAn early development snapshot of the next version of Opera is now available for download. Opera Software has just launched the first Alpha Build for Opera 10.60, the successor of Opera 10.50, which was finalized and released to testers earlier this year. The promise from the Norway-based browser vendor is that users will be able to take advantage of better performance and an evolved graphical user interface with the advent of Opera 10.60.

We are now preparing for a 10.60 release, which we aim to synchronize across all desktop platforms. This alpha will give you noticeable gains in performance, an improved user interface (UI), and lots of bug fixes, a member of the Opera Desktop team revealed.

Opera Software has tweaked the core of the browser, and promised that it would manage to offer even more horsepower with Opera 10.60. The browsers performance has been optimized, and early adopters will be able to see speed improvements in terms of the JavaScript engine, but also related to DOM and CSS.

In addition to the visual tweaks you have seen already, such as the Speed Dial facelift, we have also been making further UI enhancements. You will notice that the O menu button now says Menu for easy discovery, and instead of hard to read thumbnails for internal tabs, we have replaced them with icons. The tab hover previews have also received a facelift, the Opera Desktop team representative added.

One important change to the Opera 10.60 UI will impact users of Windows 7. Opera Software disabled the taskbar previews in Windows 7 by default with Opera 10.60. According to the browser maker, end users have been complaining about the difficulty to navigate taskbar previews in Windows when a large number of tabs are opened in the browser. However, the feature has only been disabled and not killed off. Users can easily enable Windows 7 Taskbar Previews for Opera 10.60 from the Tabs sections of the Preferences dialog.

Opera 10.60 Alpha 1 for Windows is available for download here. news softpedia

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