Geneva Motor Show 2011

This week one of the most important motor shows opened its doors to the public previewing one off concepts as well as production ready cars. Some beautiful, others slightly odd.

One of the most interesting cars on show came from Alfa Romeo, where the Italian firm showed off its 4c sports car that we will see entering production at some point next year. This car uses the 1.7litre petrol engine from the Giulietta Cloverleaf, producing over 200bhp, although the exact amount has not been confirmed by Alfa Romeo. It should accelerate to 62mph in less than 5 seconds and reach a top speed of over 155mph.

Aston Martin showed off its gorgeous Virage, a car that is supposed to sit right in between the DB9 and the DBS in terms of price. The design incorporates the basic DB9 shape, with the  headlights from the Rapide saloon. The result is a car that, in my opinion at least looks fantastic! The care will be offered in either coupe or with a retractable soft-top, as well as having a 2 or 2+2 seating arrangement. Power is derived from a 6.0l V12, producing 490bhp. Top speed is 186mph. This car should reach should be on sale very soon.

Ferrari showed off its FF, a four seat, four-wheel-drive GT car. The most interesting aspect about this car is the four-wheel-drive system, which is a first for production Ferraris. I say production Ferrari because in the 1980s, Ferrari had a prototype of a four-wheel-drive supercar which was later scrapped. Anyway this car has a 6.2l V12 engine producing 650bhp via a seven speed dual clutch gearbox.

Another definite show stopper was the Lamborghini Aventador, a car that will continue on where the Mercielago left off. The new car produces 691bhp from its 6.5l V12 engine. While the outside seems typically Lambo, inside is definitely much improved from the Mercielago, especially with the ejecter-seat styled housing for the Starter button, which looks just fantastic,the sort of thing you would expect from a hypercar.

It wasn’t all V12  monsters at the Geneva Motor Show. Mini revealed the closest modern recreation of the original Mini, the Rocketman. Despite such a ridiculous name, the car as yet hasn’t been given the production green light yet, but the market for such a car is there, currently occupied by the Smart Fortwo and the Toyota IQ.

We also see the new Lancia Ypsilon, a car that is important to the Fiat Group, as it marks Lancia’s re-entry into the British market , even if it will be re-badged as a Chrysler. Many have questioned Fiat’s decision to rebadge Chryslers as Lancias and Lancias as Chryslers. Time will tell how this will work for Fiat.

Lastly the iconic Italian car manufacturer De Tomaso is back after going bankrupt seven years ago. They revealed the SLS (Sport Luxury Sedan) a car that is meant to rival the BMW 5-Series GT. This car will be offered with a petrol v8, petrol v6 or a diesel v6.

Those were the show stoppers of the Geneva Motor Show.  Despite the increasing awareness of pollution, the car firms have showed us that they haven’t entirely lost their imagination and can still produce some rather exciting cars for people like us to drool over!

Mini Rocketman

Lancia Ypsilon

Lamborghini Aventador

Ferrari FF

De Tomaso SLS

Alfa Romeo 4C

Aston Martin Virage

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Apple iPad 2: The Summary of a Legend-In-The-Making

There has been a lot of excitement going round about Apple’s special event: their announcement of a successor to the legend that was the original iPad, the iPad 2. To our great surprise Steve himself hosted the event even though he was on medical leave (I simply can’t imagine apple without Steve).
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We’re going to Liveblog on Apple’s iPad 2 event!

We may not be there, but we’re going to be liveblogging and publishing iPad news as it happens, in realtime.  Check out our Apple iPad 2 even page under the Events tab in our menu, we’ll be posting a link soon!

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Little Big Planet 2

Little Big Planet 2 or also referred to as LBP2  is what i hope to be on my plate tomorrow, i will post a review of the game also giving points on these Criteria : Control, Design, Story, Gameplay, Custom Content and if it holds up to the sequel of the already AMAZING game Little Big Planet (Well Duh it wouldn’t be a sequel to the game called: Sackboy World now would it … ? )
Also as an added bonus i will be putting up (hopefully) a Video Which is where i boot up the for the first time and how it immediately feels …. right before i go Deep into its levels and CRUSH IT FORM THE INSIDE >:) … okay maybe im already pre-judging the game, more on this tomorrow.

Ill see you next time!
Steve C.L

Please Note : Due to being in a country with very little accesibility to new games, Little Big Planet 2 will be bought on 08/03/2011 and a review later in the week, thanks for your co-operation 🙂

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HTC announces that the Incredible S, Wildfire S, Desire S, Desire HD, Desire Z and yes, the original Desire will be running Gingerbread by June

HTC are keeping up their routine of keeping their devices up to date after announcing that the majority of their current line up will be getting the latest iteration of Android for smartphones, Gingerbread.  This mysteriously ties in with a comment Google’s Eric Schmidt made about a 6 month upgrade cycle, but anyways.

The Incredible S is shipping in the UK now, but running Froyo.  That should change by end of June, while the Desire S and Wildfire S will be launching with Gingerbread pre-installed.  This means that these two hotly anticipated devices will be launching somewhere around that time.  But HTC isn’t leaving it’s older devices in the mud.  The Desire Z and Desire HD – both launched in September last year – will be getting Gingerbread.  And HTC are even reaching down to the original Desire, making Gingerbread the 2nd major update the legendary smatphone’s seen.

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Metro UI coming to Android in the form of WP7Android Project

Anyone remotely aware of the goings on in the tech world has undoubtedly heard of Microsoft’s venerable mobile operating system, Windows Mobile, being put to rest.

Also, this person would have undoubtedly head of Microsoft’s replacement, Windows Phone. A complete rebuild, Windows Phone brings a fresh perspective to the smartphone world. Whilst it has all the functionality of Windows Mobile, Windows Phone features a brilliant new UI, the Metro UI first seen on Microsoft’s music devices, the Zune line up.

Now, a group of developers with TheRedDrake (or 00GHz as he is also known) at the helm are working to bring this user interface to Android. This tremendous undertaking started in October 2010, and after some hard work they have pushed out Alpha and Beta versions of the Contacts app, albeit on an invitation basis. Read on after the break for screen shots and videos of these apps in use.

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Motorola Xoom hacked less than 24 hours after launch

Yep, that’s right.  Someone’s managed to root the device, install ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager, and give ROM Manager Superuser access.  So I’m guessing that we’re going to see custom Honeycomb builds very, very soon.

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