Sport http://www.stuff.tv/sport/features en-GB Football fans the winners as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brighton &amp; Hove Albion’s clever signal-sharing app gets Football League backing just in time for the new season </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The home of football. Well, according to Tom Wiggins" alt="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brighton-and-hove-albion.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An app that aims to end the problem of bad phone signal in big stadiums is heading to more football grounds around the country, including Loftus Road, home of newly promoted QPR.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An official tie-in with the Football League also means latest scores from around the grounds are supplied by Opta, plus there&rsquo;s the usual travel info and Twitter feeds.</p> <p>The iOS version of its previous incarnation &ndash; the Brighton-only <a href="http://Links: http://www.stuff.tv/how-brighton-hove-albion-s-digital-stadium-app-solved-problem-bad-signal-big-crowds/feature">Digital Stadium</a> &ndash; used Apple&rsquo;s Game API to communicate between phones, but the new version operates more like its Android sibling: it makes use of the iPhone&rsquo;s Multipeer Connectivity tech to send data over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct (aka AirDrop) or local networks, rather than having to rely on 3G signals or an internet connection, much like FireChat does to exchange messages with other nearby users.</p> <p>The Albion, the Seagulls-specific version of the app, is available now (and will even work at away games), along with Hornets Hive for Watford fans, Blues Hive for Brummies and the less imaginatively titled Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers apps for use at Loftus Road and the Trotters&rsquo; newly renamed Macron Stadium respectively.&nbsp;Middlesbrough&rsquo;s version of the app is scheduled for release later this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fancy checking the apps out in time for the new season? You can download the Android versions <a href="https://play.google.com/store/search?q=tribehive&amp;c=apps&amp;hl=en_GB">here</a> and the iOS versions <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/tribehive/id829576364">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature">The 25 best football video games ever</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The app is packed with options for football fans" alt="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/signal-sharing-apps.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1000" height="900" title="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" alt="Poor old Cardiff" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/signal-sharing-apps-2.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Smartphones Sport Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:09:56 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443745 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike week: Chris Boardman's guide to this weekend's cycling http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-chris-boardmans-guide-weekends-cycling/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cycling legend takes us on a tour of the Tour&#039;s first three days, with a guide to the best bits to ride yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="896" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TourSt1A.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In case you weren&#39;t aware, the Tour de France will be racing through Yorkshire this weekend before sprinting into London on Monday. We asked Chris Boardman, whose cycling CV includes Olympic gold, the yellow jersey and three world records, to talk us through the stages and the best bits to ride from each stage, which you can do using the Ordnance Survey&#39;s new <a href="http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/maps-and-geographic-resources/os-ride.html">OS Ride</a> app.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stage 1, sat 5 july: Leeds – Harrogate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;The Dales is all rolling hills,&nbsp;as the name suggests,&quot; says Chris,&nbsp;&quot;so there&#39;s no specific feature that will define this stage. It will be an attritional day, and they&#39;ll have sore legs by the end of it for sure. I think we can expect to see a sprint finish, with the vast majority of the field coming in together for a huge spectacle. It&#39;s a beautiful part of the world, coming into the finish at Harrogate.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;Leeds &gt; Skipton, 53km</strong> <p>Though many riders extend the route all the way to Liverpool, this mostly traffic-free towpath cycle is a more sedate half-day ride. If you&#39;ve still got energy in the tank, you can always head into the Dales.&nbsp;</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature">Five bikes that won the Tour de France</a>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1196" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TourSt1.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stage 2, Sun 6 July: York – Sheffield (198km) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;This is a much more mountainous stage than stage 1, so it&#39;s a different kind of challenge. This day is going to make the General Classification (GC) riders, the guys going for the overall win in the Tour de France, really nervous. They&#39;re going to use their team to look after them all day to make sure they&#39;re kept out of trouble. The race is really going to kick off at the biggest hill in the peak district Holme Moss in the second half of the race.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;York &gt; Addingham, 65km</strong></p> <p>Take a leisurely tour of York, gawping at Clifford&#39;s Tower and the River Ouse, before heading out into the Yorkshire countryside through to Knaresborough and the superbly-named Blubberhouses.</p> <p>WATCH THESE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-reasons-watch-tour-de-france/feature">Five of the greatest cycling videos (and a couple of crashes, obviously)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TourSt2.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="400" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OSride2.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stage 3, Mon 7 July: Cambridge – London (159km) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;This stage is pretty flat&quot;, says Chris, &quot;and it will almost certainly be a sprint finish. There are a lot of riders who know they can&#39;t win a sprint, though, so there&#39;ll be a lot of attacking at the start to try and get a break away. Then the responsibility will be with the sprint team to try to control the race and bring it back together for the finish in London. Hopefully we&#39;ll see Mark Cavendish taking a win on home soil.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;Chelmsford &gt; London (78km)</strong></p> <p>A &#39;Tour de Essex&#39; might not sound glamorous, but this route heads from Chelmsford&#39;s busy asphalt down into Epping Forest and towards Buckingham Palace, where your imaginary roaring crowd awaits.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature">Our five favourite affordable road bikes</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BphYunoCYAA5Iuj.jpg-large.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="400" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OSride3.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-chris-boardmans-guide-weekends-cycling/feature#comments Bikes Sport Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:54:04 +0000 Will Dunn 1441006 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike week: how to photograph the Tour http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-how-photograph-tour/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re going to be one of the thousands lining the Tour route this weekend, try these cyclo-papping tips from professional snapper Alex P (alexp.com) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2014-06-06-at-15.49.55.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to get some decent snaps any major sporting event faster and livelier than the World Handwriting Championships, you need to prepare in advance. Follow these simple guidelines from Alex P (<a href="http://alexp.com" target="_blank">alexp.com</a>) and you&#39;ll have no trouble getting a couple of memorable shots.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Scout a location </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best spot depends on the story you&#39;re trying to tell. The loneliness of the long distance cyclist or a peloton bunfight? Either way, work out where the bikes will in relation to the camera and background &ndash; ideally between the two.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/one-shutterstock_111934835.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Prepare to burst </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Burst mode, that is. Rapid-fire shots (10-15fps) give you more chance of getting the right shot, but also slow down your auto-focus. Choosing .jpegs as your file format will enable quicker buffering and download speeds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="959" height="880" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Burst1.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Turn to &#039;S&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>...or &#39;T&#39;, on some cameras - the Shutter Priority setting that allows you to pick the speed of your shot. Fast shutter speeds freeze motion and help sharpness, so go for a speed no slower than 1/125 and try something in the 1/400 - 1/800 range. Move the camera with your subject (a technique called &#39;panning&#39;) to provide an added element of speed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen-shot-2014-06-06-at-15.49.55.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. turn around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&#39;t just snap the cyclists. Crowd reactions with the relevant action in frame give great results, as do &#39;behind the scenes&#39; images of rider prep and post-race reactions. In any area of photography, you get the best shots by capturing images that others don&#39;t think of, or can&#39;t get access to.</p> <p>Find more easy advice on how to create amazing photographs in <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/two-shutterstock_33605863.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-how-photograph-tour/feature#comments Bikes Photography 101 Sport Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:08:20 +0000 Will Dunn 1440894 at http://www.stuff.tv Exclusive: Stuff talks to Novak Djokovic about tennis technology http://www.stuff.tv/exclusive-stuff-talks-novak-djokovic-about-tennis-technology/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As he battles for a second Wimbledon title, we caught up with the world number two for some racket chat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Exclusive: Stuff talks to Novak Djokovic about tennis technology" alt="Exclusive: Stuff talks to Novak Djokovic about tennis technology" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/novak-djokovic-1.jpg?1404705921" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal may be out of this year&rsquo;s Wimbledon Championship, but one of the world&rsquo;s top three players remains in the tournament &ndash; in fact he&rsquo;s now favourite to win it.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re talking of course about Novak Djokovic. The 27-year old Serbian already has one Wimbledon singles title under his belt (as well as five other Grand Slam singles titles), and with his greatest rivals fallen by the wayside looks to be on course for a second. We caught up with him in the run-up to Wimbledon to pick his brains about technology.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech makes a racket </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;Technology plays a very important role in our sport &ndash; rackets especially. Rackets today allow the player to have more control on the strokes, more precision, more power, more acceleration.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/43555660@N00/7103136603">Kate on Flickr</a></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ces-2014/hands-video-preview-sonys-tennis-racket-sensor-will-help-you-improve-your-swing/video">Sony&rsquo;s tennis racket sensor will help you improve your swing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="706" height="977" title="Djokovic uses Head rackets with both natural and synthetic strings" alt="Djokovic uses Head rackets with both natural and synthetic strings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7103136603_54be47432f_o.jpg?1404705921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like a lot of tennis pros, Djokovic strings his rackets with a combination of synthetic strings and natural gut (from cows) &ndash; so despite their high tech nature, there&rsquo;s still an element of tradition present.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We ain’t seen nothin’ yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t know how far it can go, and for me that&rsquo;s exciting. A few years ago we didn&rsquo;t have Hawk-Eye, and we thought it couldn&rsquo;t go further than that. And now we have the challenge system and even more advanced rackets. It&rsquo;s really unpredictable but we can definitely expect a lot more changes to come because there are people who are always looking for improvement and progression, and I think that&rsquo;s the right approach for [tennis] and for life in general.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hawk-Eye has been a mainstay of professional tennis for eight years" alt="Hawk-Eye has been a mainstay of professional tennis for eight years" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hawk-eye.jpg?1404705921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hawk-Eye, a British invention now wholly owned by Sony, was first used in 2001 in cricket, progressed to professional tennis in 2006 and was introduced to the English Premier League (for goal-line monitoring) in the 2013/14 season. It uses multiple cameras (usually six or seven, but 10 in tennis) to triangulate the position of a ball to within 5mm.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s more to life than tennis </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;Technology allows us to speak to a person on the opposite side of the world, and to see that person while we&rsquo;re doing it, so it&rsquo;s quite incredible going back 10 or 15 years and then seeing where we are at this moment.&rdquo;</p> <p><em><strong>Credit:</strong> Novak Djokovic is the brand ambassador for Peugeot; </em>Stuff<em> spoke to him at the unveiling of the new Peugeot 508 in London.</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-great-tennis-videogames-get-you-mood-wimbledon/feature">The 10 best tennis video games ever</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Novak Djokovic and the new Peugeot 508" alt="Novak Djokovic and the new Peugeot 508" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/djokovic-with-peugeot-508.jpg?1404705921" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Sport Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:48:28 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1440784 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike Week: five great, affordable road bikes http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tickled by the Tour? Tempted by triathlon? If you fancy getting into road biking, here are five steeds that will make a good starting point </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/opener_1.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you find yourself watching the Tour de France as it whizzes across England this weekend and thinking &#39;I could do that&#39;, then, well, you can&#39;t. Seriously, you can&#39;t. The Tour is over 3000 kilometres, a lot of it very steeply uphill, ridden at an average of around 40km/h. But straddle one of these affordable road machines, all of which have been ridden by Team Stuff, and you&#39;ll get a feeling for what it&#39;s all about, even if the reality is that your longest ride is a five-mile pootle to a country pub.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Boardman Road Sport (£450) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For several years the default answer to the question &ldquo;what&rsquo;s the best affordable road bike?&rdquo; has been &ldquo;probably a Boardman&rdquo;, and the <strong><a href="http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/boardman-road-sport-bike-medium-53cm" target="_blank">Road Sport</a></strong> explains why: an assortment of proper Shimano 2300 and Sora componentry on a surprisingly good 7005 aluminium frame makes this a proper road bike for very little money.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="776" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Boardman_Road_Sport_xl.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Raleigh Airlite 100 (£500) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Raleigh&rsquo;s recent progress in high-end racing bikes for its professional team has developed into a much nicer range of consumer bikes. Like the Boardman is has an aluminium frame that will introduce you to the light, still nature of road bikes, some decent components and some nice finishing touches, including much nicer tyres (Schwalbe Lugano) and saddle (San Marco) than you&rsquo;d expect to see at <strong><a href="http://www.cyclesuk.com/10494440/products/raleigh-airlite-100-se-2014-road-bike-in-black-and-blue.aspx" target="_blank">this price</a></strong>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="828" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/raleigh.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You call that affordable? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Okay, so we couldn&#39;t buy one of these bikes without saving up, but spending any less on a road bike is normally a false economy because you won&#39;t get to experience any of the speedy fun offered by a real racer. One notable exception, however, is the <strong><a href="http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-red-road-bike-id_8274036.html" target="_blank">B&#39;Twin Triban 3</a> (&pound;300)</strong> from French sports megastore Decathlon (you may have seen their shops on trading estates). We haven&#39;t ridden the Triban 3 so we can&#39;t recommend it in this list, but if you&#39;re on a budget it&#39;s definitely one to consider - ride it in the same week as the Boardman and see how it shapes up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Genesis Equilibrium (from £850) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many riders are of the opinion that while aluminium and carbon have their merits, nothing rides like a steel frame, and the <strong><a href="http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/road/sportive/equilibrium-00" target="_blank">Equilibrium</a></strong> is made from Reynolds 520 or 725 - widely regarded as some of the best iron around. Add a carbon fork, a decent set of wheels and well-chosen componentry and you have one of the best all-round bikes on the market. And if you&rsquo;re a fan of retro looks, this British bikemaker&rsquo;s steeds will have you drooling all over your Lycra.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="738" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Genesis.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verenti Insight 0.3 105 (£900) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Offering a very different ride to the Genesis is this <strong><a href="http://www.wiggle.co.uk/verenti-insight-03-105-2014/" target="_blank">full-carbon bargain</a></strong>. Verenti (the own brand of online retailer Wiggle) has managed to add a Shimano 105 gearset and brakeset to the already impressive frame and fork, and while you can see where money has been saved on the wheels and bars, it&rsquo;s a very nice ride &ndash; like most carbon frames it climbs well, but unlike many carbon frames, it&rsquo;s assured, grippy and unrattled by steep descents.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Verenti.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hoy Sa Calobra .003 (£1000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Joining Chris Boardman in the pantheon of riders-turned-bikesmiths is Big Chris, the most successful British Olympian in history. Like Boardman, the Hoy range is backed by a big chain of bike shops and offers excellent components for the money - <strong><a href="http://www.evanscycles.com/products/hoy/sa-calobra-003-2014-road-bike-ec051523" target="_blank">in this case</a></strong> it&#39;s Shimano 105, RS10 wheels and a stiff frame, extensively tested by the mighty legs of Sir Chris himself, that offers great power transfer when you&rsquo;re standing on the pedals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="790" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoy.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thrifty tip: buy last year&#039;s model </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just as with buying a car, the smart money waits until the last few bikes of one model year are left in the shop and snaps one up when they go on sale. The new models arrive in September-October, so search the web for 2014 models from September to November and you could pick up a serious bargain. Alternatively try search for 2013 models now - there are always a few left over (especially in really big or really small sizes) and you&#39;re still getting a brand new bike. If you&#39;re buying your new steed online, it&#39;s still worth taking it in to your local bike shop to get it set up.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature#comments Bikes Sport Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:40 +0000 Will Dunn 1440779 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike Week: 5 bikes that won the Tour de France http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All you need is a huge amount of natural talent, luck, money, decades of training and one of these bikes, and you&#039;re in with a pretty good chance of winning the Tour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202014-06-30%20at%2015.33.13.png?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the Tour began, gears were a pipe dream and your regular amateur bike was two wooden circles and a iron bar. Since then the basic riding position has remained the same, but things have improved somewhat: today&#39;s Tour steeds have to be given a minimum weight allowance (a whispy 6.9kg) or they&#39;ll just start hovering. Here&#39;s five that have helped their riders to wear the yellow jersey.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> La Française, 1903 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The very first bike to win the Tour was ridden by Maurice Garin (aka The Little Chimney Sweep) and its heavy steel frame only had a single gear. It did have toeclips, though &ndash; an invention only a few years old at that time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaFrancaise.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Allegro, 1937 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Roger Lapébie won the Tour on one of the first bikes sporting a Super Champion derailleur, which had only just been allowed under Tour rules and meant that riders no longer had to get off their bike and loosen their back wheel every time they wanted to change gears.&nbsp;<em>(Image credit: theracingbicycle.com)</em></p> <p>INTERVIEW ARCHIVE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tour-de-france-contender-mark-cavendish-talks-bike-tech/feature">Mark Cavendish tells Stuff about his bike tech</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1937%20Allegro%20CREDIT%20THERACINGBICYCLE.COM_.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bottecchia, 1989 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tour-winner Greg Lemond&rsquo;s time trial bike was one of the first to pay close attention to aerodynamics with the addition of Scott aero bars, designed by ski coach Boone Lennon to mimic the position of a downhill skier. His time trial performance won him the 1989 Tour.&nbsp;<em>(Image credit: pedalroom.com)</em> <p><strong>INTERVIEW ARCHIVE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chris-froome-talks-tour-de-france-tech/feature">Chris Froome talks Tour de France tech</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bottecchia-equipe-10662_4.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trek 5500, 1999 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 5500 OCLV (Optimum Compaction, Low Void &ndash; yeah, we don&rsquo;t know either) was the first carbon fibre-framed bike to be ridden from start to finish in the tour, and it took Lance Armstrong to his first tour victory (Armstrong&#39;s title was later stripped, but the bike wasn&#39;t to blame). <em>(Image credit: Rudi Riet)</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-bits-cycling-gear/feature">5 of the best cycling gadgets</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Trek5500_CREDIT%20RUDI%20RIET.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pinarello Dogma 65.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ridden to victory by both Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the Dogma has been the stand-out bike of the last few years. The frame is made from Japanese Torayca carbon, said to be the finest in the world, while the wavy &#39;Onda&#39; fork smooths out the road vibrations that can plague a very stiff road bike. Consumer versions sell for comfortably more than &pound;5,000 but you can personalise it with your own colours, using <a href="http://www.pinarello.com/en/myway-dogma-65.1">Pinarello&#39;s MyWay system</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-cycling-movies-ever/news">The 10 greatest cycling movies</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/D65-799.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature#comments Bikes Sport Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:25:38 +0000 Will Dunn 1440539 at http://www.stuff.tv Top 5 tennis apps for Wimbledon http://www.stuff.tv/node/1440099 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Celebrate the start of Wimbledon with a glass or three of Pimm’s. And these five tennis apps for Android... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stick Tennis" alt="Stick Tennis" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stick-tennis-android.jpg?1403705272" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/node/1440099#comments LG Promotion Sport Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:07:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440099 at http://www.stuff.tv Top five football apps for Android http://www.stuff.tv/node/1439471 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A World Cup tournament used to mean a month camped out on the sofa… but not any more! Thanks to smartphone and tablet technology, you can now keep in touch with what’s happening in Brazil from almost anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stickman Soccer" alt="Stickman Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stickman-soccer.jpg?1403087136" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/node/1439471#comments Android Android apps Android games Apps and Games LG Promotion Sport World Cup 2014 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:25:36 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439471 at http://www.stuff.tv World Cup 2014: all the stories http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/world-cup-2014-all-stories/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s World Cup extravaganza kicks off – we&#039;ve got everything from the best footy games to the tech behind the tournament </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Brazuca football" alt="Brazuca football" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/football.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Cup is underway! Brazil&#39;s stadiums are packed to bursting with footy fanatics &ndash;&nbsp;while Britain&#39;s pubs ring to the whoops and groans of fans.</p> <p>We&#39;ve rounded up the best football stories on Stuff.tv to keep you motivated between matches; much better than a half-time orange.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 25 best football games ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is there a better way to mark the start of the World Cup than with a definitive list of the best soccerball video games of all time? No, there&#39;s not. So here it is.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best football games ever</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="444" title="25 best football games ever" alt="25 best football games ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-football-games-ever_1.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s World Cup training camp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s all kicking off! Literally! The great festival of fancy fitba has come around again, and we&#39;ve rounded up all the films, podcasts and books you need to prepare yourself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/stuffs-world-cup-training-camp/feature" target="_blank">Prepare yourself here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shaolin Soccer" alt="Shaolin Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shaolin-soccer_0.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike Football creates 3D printed World Cup gear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wayne Rooney, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are toting Nike&rsquo;s new shin pads and bags in Brazil. This isn&#39;t any ordinary kit, though; it&#39;s 3D printed, meaning that it&#39;s stronger and more flexible. And coming to a pitch near you. Eventually.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike/nike-football-turns-3d-printing-world-cup-gear/news" target="_blank">Find out about the kit of the future here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Nike Rebaro bag" alt="Nike Rebaro bag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nike-rebaro-bag-main.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adidas Smart Ball hands-on: can it level up English football? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We go for a kickabout with football&#39;s first intelligent ball &ndash; and finally learn how to hit a &#39;knuckle&#39; shot&hellip;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-smart-ball-can-it-level-english-football/news" target="_blank">Stuff gets feet-on here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Adidas Smart Ball" alt="Adidas Smart Ball" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Smartball1.gif?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adidas&#039; crazy knitted football boot/sock hybrid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Adidas brings the fight to Nike with its new footie footwear; part sock, part boot, and part&hellip; insane. But there is method to Adidas&#39; apparent madness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-brings-fight-nike-new-knitted-football-bootsock-hybrid/news" target="_blank">See the new boot here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Adidas Primeknit" alt="Adidas Primeknit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-primeknit-fs.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike unveils knitted Magista football boots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, that&#39;s knitted boots. But these radical new footie shoes could be game-changers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike-unveils-knitted-magista-boots-ahead-world-cup/news" target="_blank">Find out why here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Nike Magista" alt="Nike Magista" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nike-magista-football-boot-011.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How Opta analyses football </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Opta reveals the inner beauty of the beautiful game; find out how a footie match is turned into retweet-ready data &ndash; and how it&#39;s being used to predict who&#39;ll win the World Cup.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/secrets-behind-opta-how-stat-seeking-experts-watch-football/feature" target="_blank">It&#39;s better than a magic octopus</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Opta" alt="Opta" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/opta-main.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The World Cup 2014 football revealed: Stuff looks at five reasons why Brazil 2014&rsquo;s weapon of choice is &ldquo;the most tested football ever&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/it-s-round-it-bounces-it-s-called-brazuca-introducing-new-world-cup-football/feature" target="_blank">They&#39;ve got a robot leg</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca" alt="It’s round, it bounces, it’s called the Brazuca" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adidas-3.jpg?1404870054" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/world-cup-2014-all-stories/feature#comments Sport World Cup 2014 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:22:33 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439052 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's World Cup training camp http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/stuffs-world-cup-training-camp/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s all kicking off! Literally! The great festival of fancy fitba has come around again, and we&#039;ve rounded up all the films, podcasts and books you need to prepare yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Brazilian flag. We predict it will be flying high come final day" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brazil-flag.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2014 football World Cup is finally almost here - and we&#39;re so excited we&#39;re almost hyperventilating.</p> <p>With a total of 64 matches taking place, there won&#39;t be any shortage of action to keep you occupied over the next month. But at the same time, you can&#39;t spend all of your day watching, then re-watching the games. Well you could, but that might be overkill.</p> <p>Instead, why not set aside a few hours each day to do something different. Read a book, for instance, or watch a film or listen to a podcast.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Read these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many words have been penned about the beautiful game, and you can expect to see mountains of verbiage written across the newspapers and blogosphere this summer. But if you want to dig deeper, you can&#39;t beat a book; we&#39;ve picked out five titles that offer in-depth analysis of tactics, player biographies and paens to the spirit of Brazilian football.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we&rsquo;ll soon be tired of hearing this summer, football is pretty important to the Brazilians. Here Alex Bellos (a Rio-based Brit who also ghost-wrote Pele&rsquo;s autobiography) explores the quirky, sometimes seedy underside of that passion, from the cattle-like selling of players to Autoball: soccer played with cars. All football life is here.</p> <p><strong>&pound;7 <a href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Alex_Bellos_Futebol?id=sUpUAwAAQBAJ" target="_blank">Google Play</a>, &pound;7 <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Futebol-Brazilian-Way-Life-Updated-ebook/dp/B00JLEOXMC/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/futebol-1.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And Gazza Misses the Final </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now this is a weird but oddly wonderful approach to revisiting old games. Rob Smyth and Scott Murray&rsquo;s minute-by-minute <em>Guardian</em> match reports have acquired such a cult following that they&rsquo;ve now covered 20 old World Cup games too, including the infamous 1990 England vs Germany semi-final. A novel new way to re-experience the agony.</p> <p><strong>&pound;9 <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gazza-Misses-Final-R-Smyth-ebook/dp/B00GHK77VC/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And Gazza Misses the Final" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/and-gazza-misses-the-final.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Inverting the Pyramid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Jonathan Wilson&rsquo;s entertaining tome is a bible for both tactics geeks and those who only watch big World Cup games but want to chip in with some sensible-sounding soundbites. The newly updated version progresses from the gung-ho 19th-century seven-strikers system to the &lsquo;tiki-taka&rsquo; of Barcelona and Spain, who sometimes use no strikers at all.</p> <p><strong>&pound;7.20, <a href="http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/jonathan+wilson/inverting+the+pyramid/9356669/" target="_blank">waterstones.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Inverting-the-Pyramid.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Messi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An exhaustive but enlightening profile of the Barcelona icon by Guillem Balague, a familiar face from Sky&rsquo;s La Liga coverage. The well-connected journo gained official backing for this biog, and explores the shy superstar&rsquo;s road to glory, while also analysing his relative lack of success with Argentina. Will the real Lionel light up Brazil?</p> <p><strong>&pound;18,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Messi-Guillem-Balague-ebook/dp/B00DS9FU96/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Messi" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/messi.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Story of the World Cup: 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Venerable sports scribe Brian Glanville updates his seminal history of the World Cup, bringing it bang up to date. Each tournament gets a preamble of background info, profiles of the contenders, and reports on the opening games, second round and finals. An excellent primer; it&#39;s particularly entertaining to read about the 1950 Brazil tournament&#39;s difficulties in getting the Maracanà Stadium ready on time. <em>Plus ça change</em>&hellip;</p> <p><strong>&pound;0.99 (Kindle edition), <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-World-Cup-Essential-Companion-ebook/dp/B00H122IM8/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/secrets-behind-opta-how-stat-seeking-experts-watch-football/feature" target="_blank">The inner beauty of the beautiful game: How Opta analyses football</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Story of the World Cup: 2014" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-story-of-the-world-cup.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Football and the silver screen have had their ups and downs (ups: Pele&#39;s bicycle kick in <em>Escape To Victory</em>; downs: everything else in <em>Escape To Victory</em>). But there&#39;s been a rash of excellent footie flicks in recent years, from documentaries to fiction. Fire up the Blu-ray player and pop on one of these.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shaolin Soccer (2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Behold, the masters of kung-football. The admirably barmy <em>Shaolin Soccer</em> follows the exploits of Sing, a martial-arts missionary who brings his message to the masses by forming an ass-kicking football team who must ultimately face &lsquo;team evil&rsquo; (an outfit almost as ruthless as the Mexico &#39;86 Uruguay team). Gravity-defying volleys, mid-air tackles and flaming footballs &ndash; it&rsquo;s the referees we feel sorry for.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://netflix.com" target="_blank">Netflix</a> and &pound;14 (Blu-ray),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shaolin-Soccer-Blu-ray-Stephen-Chow/dp/B002BD9DTS/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shaolin Soccer" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shaolin-soccer.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Class of &#039;92 (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beckham, Giggs, Scholes &ndash; which of Manchester United&rsquo;s gifted early-&#39;90s graduates did Pele pick as his star performer at the 2002 World Cup? The workmanlike midfielder Nicky Butt, of all people. This well-crafted documentary compares the careers of these varied personalities, the most painful bits being England-related: Beckham and Phil Neville were both vilified after tournament exits. It&rsquo;s only a game, people.</p> <p><strong>&pound;15 (Blu-ray), <a href="http://www.tesco.com/direct/the-class-of-92-extended-collectors-edition-blu-ray/625-0294.prd?pageLevel=&amp;skuId=625-0294" target="_blank">tesco.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Class of &#039;92 (2013)" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Class-of-92.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Offside (2006) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unique, insightful and surprisingly accessible, <em>Offside</em> is the story of an unnamed Iranian girl, who dresses as a boy to sneak into the only-males-allowed crowd at a vital World Cup qualifier. It doesn&rsquo;t quite go to plan. Filmed on the hoof at a real qualifier, <em>Offside</em> was banned in Iran and its director eventually imprisoned. A starker side of the global game.</p> <p><strong>&pound;6 (DVD), <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Offside-DVD-Sima-Mobarak-Shahi/dp/B000GQMM22/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Offside" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/offside-1.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One Night in Turin (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that England&rsquo;s best World Cup since 1966 was a pretty awful tournament, overall, and that&rsquo;s not just post-penalties sour grapes. Thankfully this evocative Italia &#39;90 documentary &ndash; based on Pete Davies&rsquo; excellent memoir <em>All Played Out</em> &ndash; omits the hours of tedium and centres on the England campaign that helped make football likeable again. Just don&rsquo;t expect a happy ending.</p> <p><strong>&pound;5, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/one-night-in-turin/id672207667" target="_blank">iTunes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="One Night in Turin" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/one-night-in-turin.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Two Escobars (2010) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 1994 World Cup lacked the usual calamity of an England loss on penalties, but it did have a genuinely tragic moment &ndash; the murder of Columbian defender Andres Escobar after his team&#39;s loss to the USA. This compelling doc weaves together his story with that of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, whose money laundering led to the rise of &#39;narco-soccer&#39; and cast a shadow over his country&#39;s vibrant, idolised football team.</p> <p><strong>&pound;15 (DVD), <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Escobars-DVD-Jeff-Zimbalist/dp/B004CSKD5I/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/adidas/adidas-brings-fight-nike-new-knitted-football-bootsock-hybrid/news" target="_blank">Adidas brings the fight to Nike with a new knitted football boot/sock hybrid</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Two Escobars" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TwoEscobars.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Subscribe to these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Brazil with these excellent podcasts and services. Perfect for the morning commute.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Offside Rule </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Offering a refreshing change from the rule that football chat has to mean blokey &#39;bants&#39; or Partridge-style pundits, this weekly podcast is hosted by three female football reporters from TalkSport, Sky News and Sky Sports News. International reporters also chip in to make it a well-rounded look behind the scenes of tournaments and big broadcasters.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free,&nbsp;<a href="http://offsiderulepodcast.com" target="_blank">offsiderulepodcast.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Offside Rule" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The-Offside-Rule---New-Logo-Tile.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Football Ramble </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like eavesdropping on a pub chat between football geeks who frequently put TV pundits to shame, this weekly pod excelled during the 2010 World Cup with features such as Diego Corner (updates on the life of Maradona) and the Balotelli Basement (discussing the antics of Italy&#39;s bonkers striker).</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free <a href="http://thefootballramble.com" target="_blank">thefootballramble.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Football Ramble " alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ramble-logo-stacked.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Blizzard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Inverting The Pyramid</em> author Jonathan Wilson also founded <em>The Blizzard</em>, a high-quality quarterly that cerebrally ponders global soccer. Recorded live with an audience, the occasional Blizzard podcasts gather a panel of notable contributors and probe them for stories that wouldn&rsquo;t fit into more traditional outlets. Forgotten games, obscure names, discussed by fine brains.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free,&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/blizzard-podcasts" target="_blank">soundcloud.com</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Blizzard" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TheBlizzardt500x500.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Guardian World Cup Football Daily </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Guardian</em>&#39;s Football Weekly is the best soccerball podcast out there: consistently entertaining and informative, with plenty of opinion and an endearingly ramshackle feel. So good news that it&#39;s going daily for the World Cup. Essential if only for host James Richardson&#39;s terrible puns.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/series/footballweekly" target="_blank">theguardian.com</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/world-cup-football-daily/id188674007?mt=2" target="_blank">iTunes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Guardian World Cup Football Daily " alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/guardian-world-cup-football-daily.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky Sports World Cup fixture calendar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not have TV rights for the games, but Sky has chipped in with this handy fixtures calendar for your Google Calendar, Apple&#39;s Calendar and Outlook. Head to the link below for instructions on how to import the 21st Century equivalent of a wall planner.</p> <p><strong>&pound;Free, <a href="http://www1.skysports.com/FIFA-World-Cup-2014/news/15241/9066717/world-cup-calendar" target="_blank">skysports.com</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike/nike-football-turns-3d-printing-world-cup-gear/news" target="_blank">Nike Football turns to 3D printing for World Cup gear</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Sports World Cup fixture calendar" alt="The best football books, films and podcasts to get you in the World Cup mood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Calendar_0.jpg?1402582906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/stuffs-world-cup-training-camp/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/stuffs-world-cup-training-camp/feature#comments Sport World Cup 2014 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:21:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438922 at http://www.stuff.tv Nike Football turns to 3D printing for World Cup gear http://www.stuff.tv/nike/nike-football-turns-3d-printing-world-cup-gear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wayne Rooney, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo will be toting Nike’s new shin pads and bags in Brazil </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike Football Rebento bag with 3D printed base" alt="Nike Football Rebento bag with 3D printed base" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nike-rebaro-bag-main.jpg?1402483703" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I don&#39;t normally care much for bags, but that bag is my kind of bag.</strong><br />Presumably you&#39;re a professional soccer star, then. Nike Football has unveiled two hi-tech pieces of gear that&rsquo;ll be used by a handful of the world&rsquo;s top players in soccer&rsquo;s premier showcase: the Rebento duffle bag and Mercurial FlyLite shin guard.</p> <p><strong>Hi-tech how?</strong><br />Well, for starters both come with 3D printed elements. The bag has a 3D-printed plastic base (with leather forming the bulk of the actual bag) and the shin pad has a webbed shock absorption system that replaces the foam you&rsquo;d usually see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike-unveils-knitted-magista-boots-ahead-world-cup/news">Nike unveils knitted Magista boots ahead of World Cup</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How does that help, though?</strong><br />Well, in the case of the bag the cocoon-like base structure is both lightweight and supportive of whatever a ludicrously rich footballer might want to carry in it. With the shin guards, the structure provides more consistent impact protection than standard foam and flexes more easily, which means it can wrap more tightly around the lower leg. It breathes better than foam too.</p> <p><strong>Can I buy them?</strong><br />Not yet. In fact, there are only three Rebento bags in existence, and they&rsquo;ll be toted by Wayne Rooney, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo (assuming he shakes off his injury) at the World Cup. The Mercurial FlyLite, on the other hand, will be available at nike.com from 1st July (price to be confirmed).</p> <p>Alternatively, if you&rsquo;ve got a 3D printer you can have a go at designing your own &ndash; although we make no guarantee that your homemade shin pads will protect you from a crunching challenge next time you&rsquo;re playing five-a-side.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://nikeinc.com/news/nike-launches-summer-2014-football-equipment-innovations#/inline/29991">Nike</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">MORE HOT STUFF STORIES</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Mercurial FlyLite shin pad features a 3D printed structure" alt="The Mercurial FlyLite shin pad features a 3D printed structure" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nike-flylite-shin-pads.jpg?1402483703" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 3D printed base of the Rebento bag" alt="The 3D printed base of the Rebento bag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nike-rebaro-bag-detail.jpg?1402483703" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> 3D Printing Nike Sport World Cup 2014 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:15:31 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438818 at http://www.stuff.tv Nike+ FuelBand http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/nike-fuelband/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike is an old hand at the fitness tracking game, but has its latest band been overtaken by fresher legs? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand review" alt="Nike+ FuelBand review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NikeFuelBand-main.jpg?1395158363" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apparently inspired by Daft Punk&#39;s robot heads and &quot;Harder, better, faster, stronger&quot; mantra, the Nike+ FuelBand is the most overtly futuristic fitness band ever.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £130.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Future wrist tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The trailblazer in wrist-worn step trackers is engineered to perfection, offering strength, comfort, looks and functionality. Plus its LED display will make you feel as if you&rsquo;re in an &rsquo;80s-imagined future. Yup, it tells the time, too &ndash; who&rsquo;d have thought that could be so handy? A row of coloured lights show your goal while the screen displays calories burned, steps taken and NikeFuel points attained. All this can also be tracked live on your Nike+ mobile app in tasty graph form.<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand app" alt="Nike+ FuelBand app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FuelBandApp-1.jpg?1395158363" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike+ FuelBand Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bluetooth 4.0, iOS app, water resistant, 4-day battery, 27g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Been around the block </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it has been around the longest and the tech isn&rsquo;t new to Nike, it still feels the easiest to fool. And while NikeFuel offers motivation via community competition we found real-world data such as steps and calories more rewarding. Being more active earns you more NikeFuel, for which you&rsquo;ll receive achievements and awards to keep you motivated.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to pull Nike+ Running app data into your profile, though it&rsquo;s not as all-encompassing as the third-party app offerings of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/jawbone/review" target="_blank">Jawbone Up</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review" target="_blank">Fitbit Flex</a>. Bluetooth and live tracking work well but are iOS-only and unless you really want a watch the extra cash just pays for the brand.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand app" alt="Nike+ FuelBand app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FuelBandApp-2.jpg?1395158363" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand web interface" alt="Nike+ FuelBand web interface" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FuelBandWebScreen.jpg?1395158363" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Engineered to perfection and a real looker, if it weren&rsquo;t for the price it&rsquo;d be perfect</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/nike-fuelband/review#comments Health and fitness Multi-Sport Sport Wearable tech Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:05:31 +0000 Tony Horgan 1433891 at http://www.stuff.tv Fitbit Flex http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turning exercise into a game that works around your daily routines, the Flex aims to get you fit without setting foot in a gym </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex review" alt="Fitbit Flex review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FitBitMain.jpg?1395193175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your greatest &quot;achievement&quot; this week was unlocked on your Xbox, the Fitbit Flex could be just the thing to drag you off the sofa and into the land of the healthy. This rubbery band taps into those gaming instincts but makes you work a bit harder for its virtual high fives.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £80.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s inside? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve never seen so much tech crammed into such a small form. The Flex is a 
pill-sized sensor that slips into a comfy, rubberised wrist strap. It packs in &ndash; take a deep breath &ndash; Bluetooth 4.0 to feed your phone live tracking info, NFC to start the mobile app at a touch, an accelerometer, 
a week-long battery, a vibrating motor and a five-light display. Phew.</p> <p>Plus it comes from market-leading step-counter Fitbit, with its ultra-accurate step-tracking algorithm. That&#39;s quite a lot for &pound;80.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FitBit-3.jpg?1395193175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit app" alt="Fitbit app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FitBitScreens-1.jpg?1395193175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Flex Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li>Bluetooth 4.0<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>iOS/Android app<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Water-resistant<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>5-day battery<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>14g</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Live tracking your steps on your mobile as you walk will certainly make you feel good, and whether on your phone or a computer you can set goals for distance, steps or calories. Five white LEDs alert you &ndash; at a tap &ndash; to your progress in 20% increments. The brains of the Flex unit are removable, so you don&rsquo;t have to use the strap. You could even pop it in your sock for cycle tracking.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll track your sleep and silently wake you up, too, although not as intelligently as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/jawbone/review" target="_blank">Jawbone Up</a>. But in view of the price the only real complaint we have is that Android support is so far patchy at best. But it&rsquo;s a cracking iPhone companion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FitBit-2.jpg?1395193175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FitBitFlex-1.jpg?1395193175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit app" alt="Fitbit app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FitBitScreens-2.jpg?1395193175" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fun way to squeeze more physical exercise into your life</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review#comments Health and fitness Multi-Sport Sport Wearable tech Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:02:29 +0000 Tony Horgan 1433881 at http://www.stuff.tv Jawbone Up http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/jawbone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Relax. Have a nap. The Jawbone Up will tell you when it&#039;s time to wake up and start running... WAKE UP! IT&#039;S TIME TO START RUNNING! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jawbone Up review" alt="Jawbone Up review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/JawboneUp-Main.jpg?1395193138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The best athletes know the importance of a good night&#39;s rest, and so does the Jawbone Up. This activity-tracking band helps you rest &ndash; so that it can work you even harder.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £100.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Style and substance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For those who are as interested in fashion as fitness, the Up is the best looking fitness band out there right now. Its intelligent algorithm does 
a good job of tracking your steps and logging runs, and will even measure 
your sleep.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not Bluetooth-equipped; instead it uses an audio jack to plug into your phone for a quick sync, battery check or change of alarm time. You can also use your phone to set up &quot;idle vibration alerts&quot;, which give you a little haptic buzz now and then to encourage you to get up and do something.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jawbone Up app" alt="Jawbone Up app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/JawboneApp-1.jpg?1395193138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jawbone Up Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li>iOS/Android app<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>water resistant<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>10-day battery<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>22g</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power-nap management </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Step and run recording is as accurate as you could hope, but what really sets the Up apart is the depth of its sleep tracking. Not only does it measure your time with the sandman, it also wakes you up intelligently, so you rise more naturally and therefore more refreshed. The Up doesn&rsquo;t just watch from the sidelines &ndash; it also offers helpful advice. 
Not sleeping well? It&rsquo;ll give you tips on diet to help you kip.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the brilliant power-nap mode, which clocks when you nod off, allowing you 45 minutes of shuteye so you awake alert. While connectivity could be better, the lack of Bluetooth does extend battery life to a solid ten days.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jawbone Up app" alt="Jawbone Up app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/JawboneApp-2.jpg?1395193138" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sharp, smart, wrist kit that&rsquo;ll not only keep you active but also help you sleep better</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/jawbone/review#comments Health and fitness Multi-Sport Sport Wearable tech Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:13:33 +0000 Tony Horgan 1433885 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Nike launches new Magista football boots with Andrés Iniesta http://www.stuff.tv/nike/video-nike-magista-nike-s-unveils-radical-new-boot-andres-iniesta/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Football will never be the same again.” That was the bold statement from Nike when it pulled back the curtain on its Flyknit football boots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Nike launches new Magista football boots with Andrés Iniesta" alt="Video: Nike launches new Magista football boots with Andrés Iniesta" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Nike-magista-football-boot-0121.jpg?1394416737" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3316464752001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3316464752001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/nike/video-nike-magista-nike-s-unveils-radical-new-boot-andres-iniesta/video#comments Nike Sport Wearable tech Sun, 09 Mar 2014 14:15:15 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1433494 at http://www.stuff.tv