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Logitech Keyboard Folio

Logitech Keyboard Folio

Tiger Woods PGA  Tour 14

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14

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Logitech Keyboard Folio

That old canard insisting that tablets are only for consumption, not creation, has long since been put to rest. How else can you explain the multitude of keyboards that have sprung up to serve iPad owners' need to be productive?

The most useful options among the gazillions of choices are the ones in which a keyboard is neatly incorporated into a protective case. Swiss giant Logitech has essayed several variations, with my favourite being the pricey but effective Solar Keyboard Folio.

Now Logitech reckons there's a niche for the clumsiest of iPad user with its €100 Keyboard Folio model. Robustly constructed, it provides a fiercely protective shell around your precious tablet.

The upside of its bulky construction is that it also includes a rigid keyboard with well-spaced keys, something its flimsier rivals struggle to match.

Try typing on your knee and the new Keyboard Folio immediately leagues better, though the key layout is slightly unfamiliar.

There's no denying its chunkiness, though, with the luxuriant padding adding more than double the naked iPad's girth. At least your tablet will safely survive a bashing while swaddled in the Logitech's grip.

www.logitech.ie

If you've put your life in Google's hands via Gmail/Android, etc, you may be pleased to know they've thought about your death – or at least your sudden disappearance.

The Googlers realise that if you suddenly pop your clogs or are, y'know, abducted, no one may be able to gain access to your old emails, pictures, documents, whatever.

Google delicately calls it the Inactive Account Manager but admits it's chiefly for emergencies or to assist relatives when you're gone. After a period of several months' inactivity, Google will (at your choice) inform a nominated person – or even simply delete your account.

The recipient will get access to some or all your data.

Morbid, yes, but sensible too.

Google Inactive Account Manager

 

GAMES

 

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2014

X360/PS3/PC

 ****

Who knew it was 2014 already? Relax, though, it's only the marketing guys at EA trying to set out their stall too early.

This update in the annual refresh to the veteran series is notable mostly for incorporating the four Majors for the first time – has it really taken this long? It's only been going since 1998.

But there's a bunch of tweaks on board that make it a bigger and better game, even if the core gameplay remains largely unchanged.

You may enjoy the extra tournaments, the ladies' tour or the ability to replay old sepia-toned matches from earlier eras of golf, complete with the likes of Nicklaus and Palmer. Tiger 14 still offers the best game of golf around.

Nonetheless, if you've already played PGA Tour 13 (that's last year's, remember?), you may feel free to give this one a miss.

Army of Two: Devil's Cartel

X360/PS3

***

Like a fast-food meal, you barely remember the taste of co-op shooter Devil's Cartel a couple of hours after sampling it.

Quite how the series has made it to this third instalment is a little bit of a mystery.

But also like your typical dirty burgers-and-fries nosh-up, DC isn't entirely without merit – if all you're seeking is some mindless killing by clichéd characters in hockey masks, you're sorted.

Mexican gang members line up to be slaughtered in a shallow "war on drugs" storyline.

Stripped of some of the slightly imaginative co-op options from the previous games, Devil's Cartel ends up a bland helping of run-and-gun that won't leave you wanting more.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

X360/PS3/PC

***

A sequel to the staggeringly average original (not to be confused with Sniper Elite V2, a forensically gruesome Second World War shooter), Ghost Warrior 2 benefits from the beauty of the Crysis game engine.

But it seems to have learned little else about what rooted its predecessor in mediocrity.

Once again, you're a sniper charged with taking out targets at distance.

But the scope for tactics is limited – you're led by a colleague some of the time – and the enemy AI veers from supernaturally aware to clueless.

 

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