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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

"Virat Kohli smashes unbeaten ton as India claim vital bonus point in tri-series"

India were indebted to Virat Kohli as he led his side to a storming seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Hobart on Tuesday, earning the bonus point they needed to stay in the hunt for a place in the tri one-day series finals.

Virat Kohli smashes unbeaten ton as India claim vital bonus point in tri-series
Leading man: Virat Kohli slammed unbeaten 133

The World Cup champions easily chased down Sri Lanka's 320 for four, scoring 321 for three off just 36.4 overs with man-of-the-match Kohli slamming an unbeaten 133 off 86 balls.
The win sees India join Sri Lanka on 15 points in joint-second place in the tri-series table but Sri Lanka can still knock them out of the tournament by winning their last game against
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"Tomb Raider - preview"

Tomb Raider see the rebirth of Lara Croft, gaming's most famous heroine, in a gritty tale of survival, Tom Hoggins gets a first glimpse at the secrets of this brave departure

Tomb Raider preview

Formats: Xbox 360. PS3. PC
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Released: TBA 2012
There's a scene halfway through this Tomb Raider demonstration that's as clear a statement of intent as any. Lara Croft, battered, bloodied and bruised emerges from a hellish cavern into a gorgeous, expansive cove. In many ways it's the mirror of a similar scene in the first Uncharted. Remember it? Hero Nathan Drake clambers up a cliffside, passing under a glittering waterfall to emerge over a submarine moored in the crystal blue water below. The sun is low in the sky, dispersing its golden kiss across the entire vista. It's staggeringly
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"Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hands-on preview"

It's been a long time since the last Counter-Strike, and surprisingly little has changed for this new iteration. But this might well be a good thing, writes Lewis Denby

Formats: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC/Mac
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Valve
Released: "Early 2012"
It's twelve years since Counter-Strike first emerged onto the multiplayer gaming scene. A team-based shooter pitting terrorists against counter-terrorist squads, it was initially a mod for Valve’s Half-Life, but was quickly adopted by masses of first-person shooter fans looking for a smarter, more tactical experience to engage their trigger-fingers. By the time a full retail release arrived a year later, more and more players had made Counter-Strike their
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"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - preview"

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim caused a stir at this year's E3, with many attendees naming Bethesda's fantasy epic as Best in Show, with very good reason, writes Tom Hoggins

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is the northern most country in the world of Tamriel 

Formats: Xbox 360. PS3. PC
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Released: 11 November 2011
If there was a prize for "most gigantic advert" at E3, despite staunch competition from Battlefield 3 and Assassin's Creed Revelations, then Skyrim would have edged it. Just on the periphery of the LA Live complex, no less than three towering buildings were decked head to toe in a growling, Nordic beefcake. His belt buckle measuring roughly twice the size of my entire house.
It wasn't the only thing that fixed Skyrim so permanently to attendees' lips. Anyone who
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"WWE '12 - review"

WWE '12 is extravagant, conflicted and rough around the edges but always compelling, much like the brand of sports entertainment it attempts to mimic.

3.5 out of 5 stars
WWE 12
WWE 12 

Formats: Xbox 360 (tested), PS3
Developer: Yukes
Publisher: THQ
Age rating: PEGI 16
Released: Out now
How do you solve a problem like WWE? The extravagant, vaudevillian pantomime vision of sport, where the appeal lies not only in giant, granite carved blokes in pants smacking each other around, but also in the construct of the deliciously trashy soap-opera storylines that underpin it all.
Yukes and THQ have been trying to reconcile these two disparate elements of the industry
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"Assassin's Creed Revelations - preview"

Assassin's Creed Revelations is shaping up to be another fine entry into Ubisoft's exciting adventure series, Ashton Raze goes hands-on with its newest gameplay additions

A couple of weeks ago, we had the chance to go hands-on with Assassin's Creed: Revelations, taking a look at the single player portion of the game. Our preview began with Ezio, now looking considerably older and more battle-worn, arriving by boat in Constantinople. Here, he met a new major character for the series, Yusuf Tazim, head of the Constantinople Assassins Guild. After a little plot development, Yusuf introduced Ezio to the Hook Blade, a
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"Mass Effect 3 multiplayer hands-on preview"

Mass Effect 3 sees the introduction of a four-player co-op multiplayer mode, a first for the space opera RPG series, Tom Hoggins travels to BioWare's studios in Edmonton to see how it's shaping up.

"We've been interested in doing multiplayer since the beginning." Mass Effect 3 director Casey Hudson is addressing a handful of journalists, gathered at BioWare's modest headquarters in Edmonton, Canada to finally get a glimpse at the oft-rumoured Mass Effect four-player co-op survival mode. "It's just one of those things that makes sense to figure out first. We tried it for Mass Effect 2 and it never worked, because we couldn’t work out how to
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"Grand Slam Tennis 2 - preview"

Grand Slam Tennis 2 sees EA Sports aiming for realism, writes Tom Hoggins.

EA Sports' Grand Slam Tennis 2 is due next year.
EA Sports' Grand Slam Tennis 2 is due next year. 

Formats: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Developer: EA Sports
Publisher: EA Sports
Released: TBC 2012
It's taken quite some time for EA to really flex their sporting muscles with a tennis video game. 2009's Grand Slam Tennis tapped into a Wii market that was on a crest of a wave,
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"Inside Apple: one of the most secretive organisations in the world"

Adam Lashinsky's new book lifts the lid on what it's really like to work for one of the world's most secretive organisations. He talks to Amy Willis

Apple iPhone 4S
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Apple's iPhone 4S was developed under conditions of extraordinary secrecy

A 12,000-person mile-round glass mothership is about to land in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Futuristic, with its own self-contained electricity plant: plans for Apple’s new disc-shaped headquarters encompass the lasting legacy of the lateSteve Jobs – a slick design, with an uber-efficient core.
Over the years dozens of technophiles, seduced by three decades of technological smut, have made
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"MWC 2012: Eric Schmidt's keynote as it happened"

Live coverage as Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, delivers his keynote speech at Mobile Word Congress 2012 in Barcelona.

Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt is delivering a keynote address at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

18.36 General reaction seems to be that Schmidt was good but unspectacular. The main lines from his speech that are being circulated on social media are his predictions that smartphones will be as cheap as feature phones by next year and that search will continue to become more personalised. The line about mobile phones coming with an off-switch has also attracted a lot of attention.
18.23 Matt Warman offers his reaction to Schmidt's keynote:
Schmidt is always a folksy and interesting speaker, and he made a passionate case for the future empowered by technology. But he's not giving anything away - he's outspoken on issues where everyone in the industry agrees.
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"Twitter sells tweet archive to marketers"

Twitter has partnered with Datasift, a UK company, to allow businesses access to every single tweet posted by a user going back two years.

Twitter on an iPod touch
Twitter is now monetising its archive. Photo: PA

From today onwards, businesses around the world can pay a fee to access all of the tweets written on Twitter going back to January 2010.
It is the first time that anyone will be able to access tweets going back more than 30 days. Until now, other companies which Twitter has allowed access to their tweet archive, have only been able to
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"Google users ignore major privacy shakeup"

Only one in ten British Google users have read the firm’s radical new privacy policy despite heavy promotion and controversy over its "invasive" terms, a survey has found.

Google announced its new privacy policy in January 

The new system comes into force on Thursday and will pool personal data from more than 60 Google services into a single file for each of its hundreds of millions of users.
The move has been criticised by privacy campaigners and was described as “troubling for a number of reasons” by a group of state Attorneys General last week, who accused Google of invading consumer privacy. The firm has meanwhile argued it is “making things simpler and we’re trying to be
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