PES 2015 To Have A Higher Resolution On PS4?

Sure to disappoint Xbox One gamers, publishing giants Konami have revealed that the PlayStation 4 version of PES 2015 will render at 1080p. Why is this annoying to the Xbox user you ask? Well that’s because Konami have stated that the One version will only display at 720p.

This information was disclosed on the official webpage of Konami, so seems pretty legit. The information also revealed that both versions of the game will run at sixty frames per second.

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, as Konami associate Hideo Kojima revealed that the PlayStation 4 had better hardware for developers.

“I think, between the home consoles available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best. It’s also excellent for graphics, being able to render 1080p at 60fps with room to spare. Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It’s the closest to the photorealistic quality we are aiming at.”

Xbox One Getting New Features Update?

Microsoft have announce a bunch of new features coming to their console – the Xbox One, within the next few months.

The main updates are;

A new media player app – which allows you to play media files from a USB device or home media server which supports DLNA. The preview version will be USB only, but the DLNA version is coming soon.

Xbox One digital TV tuner – as said in description, a tv tuner for the Xbox, which is scheduled for release this October in Europe.

Boot-to-TV – Xbox One users will now be able to set their system up to boot directly to TV, when coming out of standby mode.

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The Flakiness of 4G

Mobile broadband is crucial in society today, and without it we’re unable to browse the internet, use online apps or read our emails, and 4G promised to be significantly better than 3G, but that’s not quite happened yet.

4G is flaky throughout towns and cities and even when you’re connected you may struggle to see the difference between 4G or 3G, but that said there’s already talk about 5G and 6G. First, it would probably be more apt to improve 4G coverage. When you do hit a good spot and you get the 4G icon appear on your mobile phone or tablet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the fast results, but it’s quite a rare instance.

Many people feel as though 3G is suffering as well as 4G, and it may take time before these are corrected, so for now many mobile users will have to wait for fast speeds across all towns and cities.

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Mobile Banking increase scare

Mobile Banking transactions have doubled in the past year. It seems a mobile banking “revolution” is underway in the UK as 5.7 million transactions are made per day via mobile devices.Mobile banking is a system that allows customers of a bank to conduct a number of financial transactions through a mobile device such as a smart phone. These transactions include: checking your balance, asking for loans and paying the bills. Consequently this “revolution” has led to the closure of some branches as there is now a decline in the use of day-to-day banking.

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But is mobile banking a good thing? Mobile banking is much more flexible than day-to-day banking and you can do it on the move. Mobile banking offers many advantages, such as easy access and plentiful applications for smart phones. It gives you more control over your money. However, since 1989, the UK has lost over 40% of its bank’s branches partly due to the increase of mobile phone banking. Furthermore, hackers mainly focus on stealing money from mobile bankers. Twice as many malicious programs were found to be targeting smartphones and other mobile devices with mobile banking apps installed on them in 2012.

LG 55EA980V review

Anyone who sees an OLED TV inside the flesh is wowed by its technology. It combines the brightness advantages of LED screens with the deep black levels and rich contrast of plasma displays. It then squeezes them into an unbelievably thin panel. The frustrating thing, however, is that OLED panels have proved tricky to fabricate on the larger screen sizes had to create big tellies.

LG’s 55EA980V won’t have a mainstream price — it costs a whopping £5,000 — however it does prove that it’s possible to provide real OLED TVs that may be sold within the shops instead of only one-off prototypes for showing off at tradeshows. So, when it’s actually sitting in an ordinary front room, does it look and perform in addition to we were expecting?

2D picture quality

It’s obvious immediately once you activate the EA980V that it’s something special. Its black levels are only so deep and rich that they surpass anything I’ve seen before on a TV. If you end up watching it with the lights off, the image actually seems to drift in front of you. The dark areas are so perfectly black which you can’t see where the black bars on a Blu-ray movie start and the sides of the screen ends.

It’s actually slightly disconcerting at the start, as even on exceptionally good plasma screens, corresponding to Panasonic’s ZT65, the black areas of the screen glow so that you can quite easily see the perimeters of the display. Here though, they simply blend into the encompassing darkness. The self illuminating nature of OLED screens mean that there is not one of the horrible blotchiness in backlighting you get on LED screens. In this display, each individual pixel is its own light source — there isn’t any backlight — so darker areas of the image really do look properly dark.

Also, since it doesn’t should dim the screen in blocks within the way that LEDs with local dimming do, you’ll have areas of utmost brightness right next to areas of total blackness. This implies it’s going to reproduce pictures with huge levels of contrast, making its images look exceptionally punchy. It was also a good performer in the case of colour, because it delivers an extremely natural colour balance with beautifully vivid hues when called for and more subtle tones where needed.

The 55EA980V produces perfect black levels, but does be afflicted by some motion blur.

The display isn’t totally perfect though, as unfortunately it does be afflicted by motion blur and a few judder. Basically, with all processing turned off it has pretty similar levels of blur to most LED displays. On our video motion blur test it had native motion resolution of 300 to 400 lines. While you activate processing you may improve things substantially to around 600 to 700 lines. Within the real world this reduces the blur on quick movement in video. As an instance, it gives a cleaner looking image on camera pans in footy matches.

Thankfully, it was possible to put off lots of the worst of the blur and judder as a result of less aggressive motion-processing settings. Inside the motion-processing menu, adjusting both the deblur and dejudder settings to one gave the impression to work quite well. Really, though, i assumed these issues were relatively minor in comparison to the total performance of the television.

What’s also interesting about this TV is its curved screen. LG has decided to bend the screen mainly since it can. I wasn’t initially a tremendous fan of the curve, however the arc is extremely gentle and consequently reasonably subtle when you are watching the television. After an afternoon I’d grown quite used to it. My main problem with it was that I just didn’t see much benefit to it. It didn’t make me feel just like the picture was any longer enveloping or engaging, it just makes the set harder to place comfortably in a room if there are various people watching it, or to wall mount it.

But let’s not get hung up at the negatives, because this TV really is incredibly engaging to monitor. Movies just look mind-blowingly good way to its excellent colour and contrast performance. Last year saw the discharge of a few really great plasma screens, reminiscent of Panasonic’s ZT65 and Samsung’s F8500, but I’d take the EA980V over either one of them any day of the week.

3D picture quality

LG invented passive 3D so it’s no surprise that this set uses the passive instead of active system. It comes with two pairs of designer glasses in addition to two pairs of clip-ons should you already wear specs. As with every passive glasses these will not be powered, so they’re very light to wear — just like putting on a couple of sun shades.

The disadvantage to using passive 3D on a 1080p set is that it halves the horizontal resolution of 3D pictures. Still, as a result of way our brains process visual information it looks more just like the image has around two thirds the resolution instead of half. Up close you’ll discover horizontal black lines within the image at the EA980V, but from a regular viewing distance they beautiful much disappear and the one time you may tell the picture isn’t Full HD is on circles or diagonal sharp lines, which may show about a jaggies.

The 55EA980V uses passive 3D technology, so it’s less tiring in your eyes than active systems.

Other than that, the EA980V is a pleasure to look at for 3D viewing. The shortcoming of flicker form the passive glasses makes for a miles less tiring 3D experience and helps the 3D images to feel that bit more solid and real. Plus the panel’s high brightness levels and deep black levels made even Prometheus look pretty special in 3D. i discovered that there has been marginally an excessive amount of judder in 3D with Motion Flow turned off, so it was best to make use of it on its lower settings to smooth a number of this out.

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Samsung UE46F6500 review

Samsung’s UE46F6500 sits in the midst of its mid-range telly line up, slightly above the very similar F6400. The F6500 has a Freesat HD tuner alongside its Freeview HD tuner. It also has Clear Motion Rate (CMR) 400 motion processing in comparison to the F6400’s CMR 200, so theoretically should produce slightly smoother motion. The UE46F6500 can be purchased online for around £649, making it around £110 costlier than the UE46F6400, so is it well worth the extra outlay?

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Voice control

Unlike Samsung’s F7000 and F8000 high-end models, the F6500 doesn’t have a camera built-in to its chassis, so it doesn’t support the motion-control features you get on those TVs. The motion controls don’t work all that well on those models though so it’s not something I missed on this set.

What the F6500 does have is a microphone built-in to its touchpad remote. You can use this to issue commands such as Channel Up or Volume Up, but as you already have the remote in your hand it’s not much of a benefit. Samsung reckons the voice-recognition system is most useful for searching for movies or TV shows to watch in online services.

The fact that it only works with Samsung’s own video on demand service and not others such as Netflix and Lovefilm means that even here it’s not particularly useful. The long and short of it is that you’re likely to try the voice features once or twice, find them frustrating to use and never bother with them again.

 

TV guide

The menu system on this set is excellent. The layout is clean and uncluttered and it feels fast and responsive to use. Along with the standard brightness, contrast and colour controls, you can also easily tweak settings for the motion processing and there’s even a Colour Management System hidden away in the Advanced Settings menu.

The TV guide is excellent and you now also get recommendations via the smart TV system.

Samsung’s EPG is also top-notch. Its colourful presentation makes it look inviting; it’s nippy to browse around, and includes a handy video thumbnail of the channel you’re currently tuned to. The guide also integrates with the smart TV system, so it offers TiVo-style suggestions of upcoming shows you might want to check out.

Design and connections

Apart from the added tuners and faster motion processing, the F6500 looks slightly different to the F6400. It has a thinner bezel around the screen — the bezel on the F6400 isn’t exactly chunky at only 15mm wide, but the F6500’s bezel is narrower still at a mere 10mm. The difference isn’t huge, but it’s enough to make the F6500 look marginally more desirable when you view them next to each other.

The stand is also finished in chrome, which looks better than the plasticky, dull metallic paint job on the F6400’s stand. We’re not huge fans of the crow-feet stand on either model, as it’s slightly showy.

Samsung supplies two remotes with this TV. There’s a standard Infrared zapper that’s small and comfy to use and a secondary touchpad remote that communicates with the TV via Bluetooth. I’m actually quite fond of the touchpad remote and especially like the way it speeds up navigation of the smart TV systems. You can use it to swipe between screens for example, rather than plodding over and back through lists of apps.

The F6500 has a total of four HDMI ports, with three mounted on the side and one found on the rear.

With a total of four HDMI ports and three USB ports, I’ve got no complaints about the connection options on offer here. There’s also a full-sized Scart socket as well as component connectors and an optical digital audio output. The rear is home to an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi is inbuilt. The Wi-Fi chip supports screen mirroring from compatible Android devices too.

Smart TV

If you’re a Netflix or BBC iPlayer addict, the good news is that the F6500 benefits from Samsung’s excellent smart TV system, which is currently the best in the business. It looks great, is divided up into different screens for different categories of content and feels very responsive to use.

The first screen, called ‘On TV’, shows suggestions for upcoming shows and movies you might want to watch. It learns your viewing habits over time, so its suggestions become smarter the more you use the TV.

The F6500 supports a broad range of on demand apps including Netflix, Lovefilm and 4oD.

From here if you move right with the remote, you land on the Film and TV Shows page, which gives you access to the catalogue of movies in Samsung’s own Video On-Demand service. Shift right again and you’ll find yourself at the Photos, Videos and Music screen, which is essentially the TV’s media player.

You’ll either stream files over a network from a PC or NAS drive or play them back locally via the set’s USB ports. Format support is good — it plays MP4, Divx and MKV files, for example — but there are a few annoying quirks, which includes the proven fact that the fast-forward and rewind controls don’t work when you’re streaming MKV files.

Moving right again takes you to the Social page, which is essentially a feed of videos that your friends have shared via Twitter or Facebook. The final screen shows you all the apps that are installed on the TV and also allows you to access Samsung’s Apps Store where you can download lots of extra ones. The range of apps is very good as Samsung’s smart TV system is the only one that supports the entire main terrestrial TV catch up services — iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and insist 5.

Finlux 40F8073-T review

Finlux is the patron brand name for Vestel, Europe’s largest TV manufacturer, which makes a large number of the TVs supermarkets sell under their very own brand names. Finlux’s TVs are just available via the Finluxdirect.com website, because the aim of the corporate is to chop out the middleman so it may sell direct to the general public at more competitive prices. At £350, the 40F8073-T is definitely cheap for a 40-inch set, especially because it includes smart TV features. So is the set worth considering over rivals from bigger brand names?

TV guide

Finlux has kept the menu system nice and basic. Once you hit the menu button it calls up a banner of huge icons around the middle of the screen for stuff like Picture, Sound and Settings and in the event you select this type of you’re dropped right into a more traditional list menu with various buttons and sliders for tweaking settings.

The menus are speedy to navigate around and the gold and black colour scheme is amazingly attractive to the attention. The image controls are relatively basic. There isn’t any colour management system, as an instance, although you will adjust the gain for the red, green and blue colour channels. Naturally there’s also  basic contrast, brightness, sharpness and colour sliders in addition to a dynamic contrast mode that tries to assist the set deliver richer black levels.

One quirk, however, is that once you power at the TV it takes quite a very long time to come back out of standby and there didn’t look any fast starting option inside the menu to assist speed this up.

The EPG doesn’t have a video window and prevents all background audio whenever you open it.

Finlux’s programming guide is quite basic too. It doesn’t include a video thumbnail view of the channel you’re tuned to and should you call it up you furthermore may lose all background audio, so it’s quite intrusive to make use of while you just desire to quickly check what’s arising in a while another channel.

At the plus side, the EPG does use an analogous attractive gold and black colour scheme because the menus and it does no less than scroll backward and forward through programming data at a respectable speed. You can too zoom out and in to regulate what number of upcoming shows it displays per page at anyone time.

Smart TV

Finlux has done some work on its smart TV system and it is all the simpler for it. The large difference is that it now contains a Netflix app, in order to be excellent news in the event you don’t need to take a subscription package from pay TV providers like Sky and Virgin Media, but want more TV shows and films than you get on Freeview.

The iPlayer app has also been improved, so the quick-forward and rewind controls work better than they used to, although they still skip backward and forward in quite large chunks of time. You furthermore may get apps for ITN, YouTube and Facebook, but it’s missing the likes of Lovefilm, 4oD, ITV Player and Demand5, so it is not exactly up there within the premier league of smart TV systems.

There are still a couple of bugs because the Netflix app crashed on me once or twice and that i needed to make multiple attempts to get the (very basic) Facebook app to work. The system feels faster than the likes of Toshiba’s Cloud TV system though, as Finlux has managed to inject a far needed lick of speed into proceedings.

The set’s smart TV system includes support for Netflix.

This model also features a media player that may play files either from drives plugged into one in all its two USB ports, or streamed across a network from a computer or Nas drive. The media player interface is comparatively basic, however the file support is nice. For instance, it played a diffusion of MP4, Xvid and MKV HD files with none problems.

What’s more, the short forward and rewind controls work properly if you find yourself streaming files — something that many giant brands TVs can’t take care of.

The set may also record shows from the Freeview HD tuner to a USB drive and you’ll even schedule recordings via the EPG. It only has a single tuner though, so that you can’t record one channel while watching another.

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