World War One Centenary Commemorated across the Commonwealth & Europe

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Royals and world leaders have gathered for ceremonies marking 100 years since Britain joined World War One. The Prince of Wales and David Cameron attended a service in Glasgow, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Belgium with many heads of state.

At a ceremony in Liege, Prince William paid tribute to the soldiers who “died to give us our freedom”. The day concludes with a candle-lit vigil at Westminster Abbey and a “lights out” event around the UK. The public can join the switch-off ending at 23:00 – the time Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. About 17 million soldiers and civilians were killed between 1914 and 1918.

I myself visited the Tower of London where hundreds of thousands of poppies have been laid.

    1.  Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the start of Britain’s involvement in World War One
    2.  About 17 million soldiers and civilians worldwide were killed between 1914 and 1918
    3.  Royal family members and world leaders have been attending commemorative events in the UK and elsewhere
    4.  Preparations are under way for an international ceremony of reconciliation, outside the Belgian city of Mons, beginning at 19:30
    5.  The day concludes with a candle-lit vigil at Westminster Abbey and a “lights out” event around the UK



Live Update: Apple iPhone Event | iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, IOS7 & much more


Well the wait is over, it’s time to see if those rumours that have been circling the net for the past 6 months were true. What will the iPhone 5S look like? What new features will it have? Will there be an iPhone 5C? Check out the live updates below!

  • The iPhone 5C is a plastic alternative to  last year’s iPhone 5
  • It comes in five colours including pink,  green, white, blue and yellow
  • It will be shipped running Apple’s latest  iOS 7 software
  • The iPhone 5S comes in three colours  including gold, silver and slate
  • Apple claim the device is twice as fast as  the current handset
  • The fingerprint scanner is built into the  ‘home’ button of the iPhone 5S
  • Called Touch ID, the scanner lets you buy  apps at the touch of a button
  • It can handle multiple fingerprints  securely

In what’s been classed as a ‘make or break’  event for Apple, the tech firm has unveiled a cut-price handset called the  iPhone 5C as well as a high-end model called iPhone 5S. The release of the iPhone 5C marks a step  away from Apple’s luxe image. Many believe the move is a desperate bid to  poach Samsung buyers, as the Korean company and its plastic, cheaper handsets go  from strength to strength.

In what's been classed as a 'make or break' event for Apple, the Californian-based tech firm has unveiled its plastic iPhone 5C that comes in a range of colours and will cost $99.In what’s been classed as a ‘make or break’ event for  Apple, the Californian-based tech firm has unveiled its plastic iPhone 5C that  comes in a range of colours and will cost $99. It has a new HD Facetime camera,  4-inch Retina display and improved battery.

The iPhone 5S is a modified version of the iPhone 5. It comes in three colours - gold, silver and slate - and was Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phill Schiller, pictured, claimed it is twice as fast as the current handsetThe iPhone 5S is a modified version of the iPhone 5. It  comes in three colours – gold, silver and slate – and was Apple’s senior vice  president of worldwide marketing, Phill Schiller, pictured, claimed it is twice  as fast as the current handset


4-inch Retina display with an integrated  touch layer. A6 processor – same as the iPhone  5. The battery is slightly larger than it was on  the iPhone 5. It has the same 8-megapixel rear camera and a  new FaceTime HD cameras. It supports ‘more LTE bands than any other  smartphone in the world.’ Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 The handset will cost $99  for 16GB and $199 for 32GB.

UK pricing is yet to be announced. Speaking at the event, Apple’s Tim Cook  told  a small crowd at the firm’s Cupertino headquarters: I’m  going to talk about iPhone – some of you may have been expecting this,’ said  Cook.

‘Previously we have lowered the price – but  now we are going to replace the iPhone 5 with not one but two new  designs. ‘A year ago we introduced the iPhone 5,  and  it’s been the most successful device we’ve ever done. It took our  iPhone  business to an entirely new level,’ continued Cook. Apple  traditionally releases a brand  new handset one year, before releasing a  follow-up model with  incremental changes the next, for example, the iPhone 4  and the iPhone  4S.

This year, however, was the first time Apple  had been linked to two new handsets at the same event. The new handsets will be shipped with the iOS  7 software, announced in June. Apple recapped the latest version of its  mobile software at the event.

‘iOS 7 is the latest version, and next month  we will ship the 700 millionth iOS device. iOS 7 will quickly become the world’s  most popular mobile operating system. Virtually overnight hundreds of millions of  people will upgrade’ said Craig  Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of  software engineering. The software, overseen by Brit designer Sir  Jonathan Ive, will be made from 18 September for the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S.

The firm added that it will come to older  iPhones ‘later’.

Apple's colourful iPhone 5C is made of plastic, reinforced with steel that works as an antenna. The battery is slightly larger than it was on the iPhone 5 and it has the same 8-megapixel rear camera

Apple’s colourful iPhone 5C is made of plastic and  reinforced with steel that works as an antenna. The battery is slightly larger  than it was on the iPhone 5 and it has the same 8-megapixel rear camera

Apple recently lost smartphone market share  to main rival Samsung, dropping to 14 per cent – its lowest for  three years –  because of ‘lacklustre’ iPhone 5 sales and tougher  competition from  rivals. Experts believe that tonight’s event will be  ‘make or break’ for the Cupertino-based firm.

Apple's iPhone 5C, pictured here being announced by Schiller, is made of 'polycarbonate' but is reinforced with steel that acts as an antenna.

Apple’s iPhone 5C, pictured here being announced by  Schiller, is made of ‘polycarbonate’ but is reinforced with steel that acts as  an antenna. The handset will cost $99 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB. UK pricing is  yet to be announced. ‘Apple seems happy with that, as it makes  more money per phone than its  rivals: it doesn’t need to sell more mobiles than  everyone else to win  the smartphone war.

‘To get round this, Apple has relied until  now on announcing a new model and  simply making the previous year’s cheaper. ‘But at some point that strategy isn’t going to work so well, and it’s  going  to have to release a model that’s specifically designed to tempt  budget  buyers.’ In the year since Apple unveiled its iPhone 5  handset, for example, Samsung has released or announced 16 new models in its  Galaxy range including the popular Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini.

Craig Federighi, pictured, introduces new iOS 7 software for iPhones and iPads. The operating system can update users' apps in the background.

10 Apple Rumors Ahead of Next Week’s iPhone Event | iPhone 5S?

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Rumor 1: The Name

Rumor: The next-generation iPhone will be called the 5S.

Plausibility: If anything is a shoe-in, it’s that the next-generation iPhone will debut. We’ve seen many pictures and videos of the model hit the web, and assuming those are authentic, we already know a good chunk of what to expect. The name itself, though, is still up in the air (it could be called the iPhone 6). Then again, packaging for Apple’s rumored budget iPhone 5C has been spotted, so we’re expecting it to stay in the 5 family for now.

Source: Everyone. Basically.

Rumor 2: Larger Display

Rumor: The iPhone’s 4.8-inch display will grow to 6 inches.

Plausibility: This would make the device noticeably larger, but it’s unlikely a 6-inch display would be unveiled at the event. Leaked photos show that the rumored iPhone 5S’ exterior looks the same as its predecessor. They also show that the speakers, Lightning port and headphone jack are all in the same place.

Source: ZDNet

Rumor 3: Faster Processor

Rumor: The new iPhone’s processor will be more powerful than its predecessor.

Plausibility: Major changes to the iPhone will likely happen under its hood. Apple is rumored to be ramping up the device’s A6X processor, while slimming down its form factor. There are reports that the new iPhone will have an A7 chip that runs 31% faster than the chip in the iPhone 5. This seems likely, especially since the device’s launchboard has been seen moved slightly to the right, which would leave room for an enhanced battery. What’s more, the cutout shape for the dual LED flash looks different in leaked models, which hints at big improvements coming to the camera.

Source: Fox News reporter Clayton Morris

Rumor 4: Gold and Graphite Casing

Gold iPhone

Rumor: The new iPhone will be available in a gold-champagne color. “Graphite” will be another color option.

Plausibility: Very likely. This would be the first true color in the iPhone lineup since previous models were only offered in black and white.

Sources:, Sonny Dickson

Rumor 5: Fingerprint Scanner


Rumor: The iPhone 5S will include a fingerprint scanner.

Plausibility: This is one of the wackier rumors floating around. Leaked photos show internal components with a cushion near the home button for what could be a scanner. It’s noteworthy, however, that Apple patented fingerprint-detection technology last year, and words related to the technology has surfaced in beta code for iOS 7. So perhaps this isn’t as out-there as you’d think.


Rumor 6: The Budget iPhone

Rumor: Apple will launch a low-cost iPhone 5C smartphone alongside the 5S.

Plausibility: Tons of pictures have already leaked for the iPhone 5C. If the smartphone’s rumored budget version debuts on Tuesday with the 5S, it would be the first time Apple has unveiled two separate iPhone devices at once. The low-cost iPhone could help reposition Apple in the smartphone market, as Samsung continues to lead the way with Google’s Android mobile operating system.

Many believe the “C” in iPhone 5C is a nod to China, especially since Apple is holding another event in the world’s most populous country on Tuesday, just hours after the one at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. Naturally, the cheaper device would be targeted at China’s mobile market. The iPhone 5C will reportedly have a plastic backing, which would make it a lot cheaper to manufacture.


Rumor 7: China Mobile Partnership

Rumor: Apple will be shipping its lower-cost iPhone to China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, with more than 700 million subscribers.

Plausibility: Apple has reportedly been in talks with China Mobile for years, with previous reports suggesting that a deal was delayed due to compatibility issues and China Mobile’s demands for a better deal than Apple offers other carrier partners. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said China will become Apple’s largest market, so the move would make strategic sense.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Rumor 8: Colors

Rumor: The iPhone 5C will come in many different colors.

Plausibility: Press invitations that Apple sent out earlier this week include the tagline, “This should brighten your day,” along with colorful dots splashed behind the company’s logo. The invites allude to rumors that the iPhone 5C will come in various colors (we’ve seen leaked images that show the casing in blue, green, yellow, pink and white).

Source: MacRumors

Rumor 9: Apple TV Update

Rumor: Apple TV will get a refresh on Tuesday. A new product related to Apple TV may also launch.

Plausibility: This is a tossup. According to a blog post from trade intelligence platform Panjiva, bills that surfaced indicate a “set top box with communication function” shipped from Apple’s Chinese supplier. The bills were for three separate shipments, dated Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. An Apple TV update will likely be on the horizon, but it’s unclear whether it will take place next week.

Sources: PanjivaGigaom

Rumor 10: Ships With iOS 7

Rumors: The new smartphones will come with Apple’s latest iOS 7 mobile operating system software.

Plausibility: iOS 7, which is currently in beta, will almost certainly ship on the company’s new products.

Source: Everyone.


‘Total War: Rome 2’ London event & gameplay opinion | Best PC game ever?


Although i can’t call myself a ‘hardcore fan’ of the Creative Assembly Total War series (having joined in at the second game Medieval) it has definitely kept my attention throughout. For those of you who don’t know of the Total War games, they are based at key periods in history and although you as a player to command & govern the nation of your choosing around that time period in a sandbox mode. Whilst including historical events, for example the Crusading wars of the medieval era, you ultimately have the control to say whether or not your nation is involved alternatively on a bigger scale you may be playing as the British Empire during the American War of Independence and win the war, claiming all of North America in the name of Queen & Country. The Total War series thus far has covered the following:

  • Shogun: Total War – set in feudal Japan
  • Medieval: Total War – set in medieval Europe
  • Rome: Total War – Set in the roman republic
  • Medieval II: Total War – the sequel to the original set in medieval europe
  • Empire: Total War – set in the 18th century of european empire building
  • Napoleon: Total War – set during the Napoleonic wars in europe
  • Total War: Shogun II – sequel to the original set in 16th century / medieval Japan
  • Total War: Rome II – latest installment returning to the era of the Roman Empire

Rome: Total War was by far the biggest innovation in the series, it took the game from flat characters to 3D ones with a huge system overhaul expanding the game dramatically. Now Creative Assembly have returned to the era of the Roman Empire for a sequel where the graphics and game has once again been completely overhauled. Ranging from the Spanish coast to the exotic kingdoms of the east Rome II allows the player to command various factions such as Rome, Carthage, Macedon, Sparta & many more.

Last wednesday i was fortunate enough to attend a Creative Assembly gathering in Soho, London where i had the opportunity to play the game itself. Firstly it is stunning, the in game graphics have reached a level never before seen in a game of this level, Roman Legions have never looked so awesome. The terrain detail was extremely detailed and the realism of the water, games have just never looked this beautiful. The visual spectacle of hundreds of soldiers clashing on the battlefields of Total War: Rome 2 is certainly a sight to behold. Surveying the battlefield and seeing tiny troops from a distance offers a sense of the huge scale of the battles, while focusing the camera on an individual soldier offers real in depth viewing with amazing animations.


Many fans will welcome the improvements to the AI system in Rome II, it will now take full advantage of terrain during skirmishes, maneuvering to attack you from the side or rear. It’ll also keep reserves during battles in order to reinforce failing lines, during city sieges it even recognises areas of strategic importance and will go out of the way to place units in guarding positions leading up to say markets or forums. The Ai is constantly evaluating the battlefield and reacting to every movement you make which ensures that conflicts are much more than just two sides charging head on at one another.

The campaign map looks superb, much bigger than the previous game and so many additions from city building to even introducing edicts in your regions to please the people and influence politics. The prologue allows you to play through the days of early Rome, before the region of Italy was unified, really taking you down the roots of history.

Total-War-Rome-2-5I am really excited for this game, i am quite literally counting the days down till September 3rd. And may i also say a huge thank you to Creative Assembly, not only for creating this masterpiece but also throwing the event in London last week and allowing us all to meet some of the team behind it. Check out the gallery below.