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Nokia Announces Lumia 800, Lumia 710

Nokia have just announced the latest smartphone in their stable, the Nokia Lumia 800. The phone is a variant of the incredibly popular but ultimately doomed N9, combining the excellent hardware of that phone with a properly supported operating system: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

The phone is the same size as the N9, at 116 x 61 x 12 mm and a weight of 142g. That’s a bit thick and heavy compared to other flagship phones (the Galaxy S2 is 8.5mm thick and weighs 116g, while the iPhone 4S is 9.3mm and weighs 140g), although the phone reportedly sits quite nicely in the hand, thanks to its curved edges. Like the earlier N9, the phone will also come in pink, blue and black.

The phone is expected to be released in Western Europe in early November, with a marketing budget three times bigger than any other Nokia launch. The phone is expected to be released at €420. This is going to be a very busy period for smartphone releases, with big new Android phones including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola RAZR already confirmed for an November launch.

Nokia are releasing two other Windows phones too, the Lumia 710 and Lumia 900. The 710 is a smaller, not-N9 version of the Lumia 800, with a smaller 8 GB of internal memory and a slightly worse camera  but also a lower price tag at €270. Of the two, I expect the 800 to win out as its N9 design is the most unique — the 710 is decidedly more average looking.

What do you think of the new phones? Let me know via the comments below, or via Twitter at @wsjudd.

This post was sponsored by Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of the Kindle cover and sim free Xperia Play.

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BlackBerry 9900 Spotted in White, Coming Soon to AT&T

The immensely popular business phone made by BlackBerry, the Bold 9900, has been in the news quite a lot this morning.

The first bit of news comes out of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where a white version of the phone was spotted at a technology expo. The phone reportedly has the same internals as the black version, so it’ll include the 1.2GHz single core processor, capacious battery and excellent (for a BlackBerry) 2.8″ touch screen. The phone will also sport the same 5 megapixel camera, HD video recording and support for Near Field Communication (NFC).

The phone was later spotted in a Vodafone UK advert, where I must admit the combination of a white chassis and aluminium outer loop did look quite good. This is sure to be a favourite of celebrities and the fashion conscious everywhere.

Fresher news this morning will come as a relief to BlackBerry fans on AT&T’s network in the US — according to the AT&T deals Twitter account, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will soon be available to users of the network. While it hasn’t been revealed if this includes the white and black versions, given the recent release of information regarding the white version it would suggest that AT&T would offer the phone. This might offset some of the sales they’ve lost from not stocking the phone sooner.

So all in all, if you’re a fan of the top of the line sim free BlackBerry 9900, then it’s a good day indeed.

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Mini Bluetooth Keyboard Review

I’ve been looking for a way of connecting a keyboard to my Galaxy S2 as of late. Most have revolved around the Galaxy S2’s willingness to accept USB OTG (on-the-go) connections; the basic idea is that you plug in a micro USB to USB adapter and connect your USB keyboard directly. The keyboards at work are perfectly suited for this, allowing me to type away on my phone quite happily. All of the keyboards at my house, however, do not work at all in this manner. Some fail due to excess power requirements, and others simply don’t work even though they appear to connect successfully (‘USB device connected!’ the Galaxy S2 shouts, but to no avail).

For this reason, I’ve decided to settle on a Bluetooth keyboard (alternate solution: buy a cheap USB keyboard off eBay of the kind found in the office). As we had a sample lying around, I thought I’d use it for a while and give it a review. The keyboard is called the Mini Bluetooth Keyboard, and sports a full QWERTY array as well as a few function keys. The keyboard is quite slim, as you can see, and runs for days once fully charged.Continue reading

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What I’m Up To These Days

If you’ve wondered why this site’s gone quiet recently, it’s because I’ve gotten a job (yay). I’m now self-employed as a copywriter, and I’m currently contracted full-time to contributing copy for the leading phone accessories site in the UK, Mobile Fun. I’m responsible for most of the blog posts on that website, as well as some social media stuff on the side. The address of the blog is quite simply http://mobilefun.co.uk/blog/, so check it out if you’d like to see what I’m up to.

I’m also still writing for the good people of XSR, at XSReviews.co.uk, primarily specialising in reviews of computer peripherals (although I’m doing a PC case review soon).

I’ll certainly be continuing to write more in the future, but I’ll have a little less time now that I’ve writing for these two fine organisations. Anyway, better get back to work!

All the best,

Will.

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Leopold FC200RT Tenkeyless Linear (Black) Review

While Leopold keyboards have quickly gained their fans in the international community, they’re still relative newcomers to the mechanical keyboard scene, having been founded in Korea in 2005. They now have an English language website thanks to their Japanese division, and have started distributing their keyboards internationally, directly from their Japanese branch and from the US through EliteKeyboards.

Their latest releases are two mechanical keyboards featuring Cherry MX switches, the full size FC500RR/EB and the smaller FC200RT. These keyboards are similar to Filco’s Majestouch series and were developed by the same designer, but have been re-made from the ground up to include oft-requested customer features like a removable USB cable and more durable keycaps.

Last week I covered the FC500RR/EB, so this week I’ll be looking at the smaller version, the FC200RT.

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Leopold FC500R Linear (Red) Review

While Leopold keyboards have quickly gained their fans in the international community, they’re still relative newcomers to the mechanical keyboard scene, having been founded in Korea in 2005. They now have an English language website thanks to their Japanese division, and have started distributing their keyboards internationally, directly from their Japanese branch and from the US through EliteKeyboards.

Their latest releases are two mechanical keyboards featuring Cherry MX switches, the full size FC500RR/EB and the smaller FC200RT. These keyboards are similar to Filco’s Majestouch series and were developed by the same designer, but have been re-made from the ground up to include oft-requested customer features like a removable USB cable and more durable keycaps.

Today I’ll be looking at the FC500RR/EB, which features rather uncommon Cherry MX Red switches.

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Popular Protoss Build Orders

These are a selection of the most popular Protoss Build Orders, taken from a Reddit thread of the same name. A redditor named Skyda provided many great build orders, but the formatting made them difficult to read and some were incomplete. I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing these build orders into a much more readable format.

Edit: I’ve added Tyler’s 2 Gate Robo and CecilSunkure’s 2 Gate Rush (Fake 4 Gate). Also, here’s a PDF for printing (generated for now, will do a custom one later).

These builds are for maps with ramps that can be blocked with one forcefield, e.g. Xel’Naga, Backwater, Delta, Metal, Shakuras and Temple. For maps with wider ramps, use 4Gate (PvP), 3 Gate Robo (PvT) and Forge Fast Expand (PvZ).

Protoss vs Protoss (PvP)

3 Gate Blink Stalkers

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 12 Gate
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Core
  • ASAP Warpgate research (2 Chronos)
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 19 Stalker
  • 23 Pylon
  • 23 Sentry
  • 26 Gateway x2
  • 26 Sentry
  • 27 Stop Probe production (23 probes)
  • 29 Twilight Council
  • 29 Pylon
  • ASAP Research Blink, chrono constantly.
  • 80% Blink Move out with 8 units & probe.

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Transitions

You want to contain your opponent as long as possible, sitting at the bottom of his ramp with a Sentry and your Stalkers.

DT Rush (you see many Zealots, few Stalkers/Sentries): Immediately build a Forge at home and proceed with the attack until DTs are out.

Robo: You have two options:

  1. Remote Nexus: Take advantage of their immobility by taking a Nexus far (but not too far) from your base. If you do this, you’ll be playing for a base trade; use your faster Blink Stalkers to move around the map.
  2. Chargelots / Archon: Build a Forge and Templar Archives and start getting Archons. Dump minerals into Zealots after expanding. Rush to +1. Use your first 350 gas for Charge and a Templar Archives.

Stargate: He’s dead.

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oGsMC vs ST_Ace

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2 Warpgate Rush (Fake 4 Gate)

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 10 Gateway, Chronoboost Probes
  • 12 Assimilator, send scouting Probe
  • 15 Cybernetics Core
  • 16 Zealot (Attack with it)
  • 22 Gateway
  • ASAP Warpgate Research and Stalker, Chrono constantly
  • ASAP 2nd Stalker
  • 26 Proxy Pylon
  • 100% Warpgate Warp in Stalkers
  • After two Warpins Get tech (e.g. Robotics)

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Notes

Use your initial Zealot and Stalker to secure the proxy Pylon. Start being aggressive once the 2nd Stalker arrives. Once you have your first warp in, go to town on their Probes. Your advantage tends to wane after two warp-ins, so begin tech (e.g. Colossus, DT, Blink) at that time.

You’ll have slightly less probes than a standard opening, but you will have those initial units much faster. This will allow you to gain an economic and tech edge over your opponent if your micro is good.

If your opponent goes for a three Stalker rush, be careful with your proxy pylons. You can still win the initial battle, but if they get a sentry before you get up the ramp it’s best to just go home.

Followups

Actually 4 Gate: If you cause good damage, follow up with two more Gates and more pressure.

Fake 4 Gate: Wait at the bottom of the ramp, and tech or expand.

Source

CecilSunkure on TeamLiquid

MVP_Tails vs HongUnPrime.WE

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2 Gate Robo (Day9 / Tyler Version)

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Build Order

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  • 10 Pylon
  • 10 Gateway
  • 11 Assimilator
  • 12 Chrono probes
  • 15 Cybernetics Core
  • 16 Pylon
  • ~18 Warpgate Research and Stalker, Chrono
  • 20 Assimilator
  • 22 Chrono Warpgate
  • 22 Robotics Facility
  • 22 Zealot
  • 24 Pylon
  • 24 Chrono Warpgate
  • 24 Warpgate
  • 24 Immortal, Chrono Boost
  • 28 Sentry
  • 30 Immortal
  • 34 Sentry

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Timings

Stalker/Warpgate Research: 3:22

Robo: 3:55

24 Pylon: 4:20

24 Gate: 4:33

Warpgate Finishes: 5:30

Immortal Pops: 5:45

Source

Spammish on Reddit

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1 Gas, 2 Gate Robo

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 13 Assimilator
  • 15 Pylon
  • 17 Cybernetics Core
  • 18 Zealot
  • 22 Warpgate Research and Stalker
  • 25 Robo
  • 25 Zealot
  • 28 Gateway
  • 29 Pylon
  • 30 Immortal
  • 35 Zealot
  • 36 Immortal, 2x Zealot

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Transitions

Lots of Stalkers (e.g Blink): Expand after 2nd Immortal.

Sentries: Expand faster.

Gateway Units (e.g. 4gate): Don’t expand.

1 Base: Stay on Immortals + Gateways, get warp prism to drop on Colossi.

Source

kcdc on TeamLiquid

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Dark Templar (DT) Rush

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 10 Gateway
  • 12 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Cybernetics Core
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 18 Zealot
  • 21 Stalker
  • 25 Sentry
  • ASAP Twilight Council
  • ASAP Dark Shrine

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Transitions

Robo Build: Crap…

Not-Robo Build: Attack with DTs!

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oGsMC vs digitasNaniwa

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Protoss vs Terran (PvT)

2 Gate Robo

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 15 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 18 Cybernetics Core
  • 18 Zealot
  • 22 Warpgate Research and Stalker
  • 24 Pylon
  • 26 Sentry
  • 28 Robotics Facility
  • 28 Gateway
  • ASAP Observer

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Transitions

1-Base: Build another Gateway.

2-Base: Expand, build 2 Forges after a warp cycle, then another Gateway.

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3 Gate Contain

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Cybernetics Core (Chrono non-stop)
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 19 Warpgate Research and Stalker
  • 23 Sentry
  • 23 Pylon
  • 26 Gateway x2
  • 27 Stalker
  • After warp cycle Expand

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Strengths/Weaknesses

Early Gas (e.g. Banshee): This is a risky build even if you gas steal.

Fast Expand (e.g. 1/2 Barracks Pressure): Strong, gives you time to get an expansion up. Don’t get too greedy about containing the Terran, as Dropships can mess you up.

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HuK’s 20 Food Expand

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 15 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Cybernetics Core, mine only 100 gas
  • 20 Warpgate research
  • 20 Nexus, cut probes and resume gas
  • 20 Stalker
  • 22 Stalker
  • 23 Gateway x2
  • 25 Stalker
  • 25 Pylon
  • 100% Warpgate 3 Stalkers

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Transitions

Wall, Bunker and Marines (e.g. 1/1/1 all in): Build a Robotics Facility and a Forge, placing one cannon in each mineral line. Get observers, and Immortals if Siege Tanks are seen. If Terran is going all in, cut probes and mass Zealots.

No Bunker, Marines and Marauders (2 Barracks Expand): Warp in three zealots and attack up the ramp. If you can’t, add two more gates and keep up the pressure, eventually teching to Charge and Colossi.

Marines, Low-ground Bunker (e.g. Gasless Expand): Try to kill the SCV building the bunker. If you can’t, add two more gates or take additional gases and tech quickly.

Source

Alejandrisha at TeamLiquid

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Protoss vs Zerg (PvZ)

Forge Fast Expand (FFE)

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 12 Forge at natural choke
  • 14 Nexus
  • 14 Photon Cannon behind Forge
  • 16 Gateway at natural choke

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Transitions

5/6 Gate All-in: Get a lot of Gateways, hiding some units in your base. If the Zerg doesn’t realise, you can hit him much harder than he is expecting.

Stargate: Build a Void Ray and follow-up with 3/4 Phoenix. Try to deny the Zerg 3rd and harass wherever possible, taking advantage of poor Creep spread if it exists.

Colossus: Rush for Colossus with three or four Gateways. Attack with 1 or 2 Colossus and Thermal Lance.

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1 Gate Stargate

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Core
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 18 Zealot
  • 22 Stalker
  • ASAP Stargate

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2 Gate Stargate Expand

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Core
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 18 Zealot
  • 22 Stalker
  • ASAP Stargate
  • 24 Pylon
  • 26 Gateway
  • ~30 Nexus
  • ~35 Forge
  • ASAP Cannon

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3 Gate Stargate (Fake Expo)

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 15 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 18 Core
  • 19 Assimilator
  • 22 Zealot
  • 23 Pylon
  • 24 Warp Gate Research
  • 24 Stalker
  • 28 Stargate
  • 29 Sentry
  • 31 Gateway x 2
  • 31 Pylon
  • 34 Void Ray
  • ~40 Nexus
  • ~45 Cancel Nexus, attack!

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Source/VOD

Force SC2 Strategy on YouTube

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3 Gate Expand

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Build Order

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  • 9 Pylon
  • 13 Gateway
  • 14 Assimilator
  • 16 Pylon
  • 17 Core
  • 18 Assimilator
  • 18 Zealot
  • 21 Sentry
  • 21 Warp Gate Research
  • 23 Pylon
  • 27 Gateway
  • 28 Gateway
  • 32 Pylon, low ground
  • 34 Nexus

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Transitions

Roach Warren: Produce only Stalkers.

Many Zerglings: Produce Zealot / Sentry.

Third Base: Build 4th Gateway, attack after two warp rounds.

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Cheers to Skyda on Reddit who posted (most of) these builds in the thread Current Most Popular Protoss Builds as well as the other sources acknowledged. If there are any mistakes or improvements to be made, feel free to let me know :)

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Filco Majestouch-2 Tenkeyless Review

Filco’s mechanical keyboards are legendary, renowned in gaming circles for their performance and longevity. Their flagship keyboard, the Majestouch, has received an upgrade this year and become the Majestouch-2. It’s available with the standard array of Cherry switches: Blues, Blacks, and Browns.

This particular review sample uses Cherry MX Browns, a ‘tactile action’ mechanical switch. This means that you can feel a small feedback bump as you press down each key, letting you know that the keypress has registered. These switches are also fairly quiet, lacking the distinctive clicky sound of the similar Cherry Blues. Finally, these switches are the lightest Cherry switch, requiring only 45g of force to actuate. For these reasons, Browns are viewed as a middle-of-the-road option, offering both good gaming and typing performance, particularly for long sessions.

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