Apple releases iTunes Match with iTunes 10.5.1

Following several quick-fire beta releases in the past few days, Apple has now released iTunes 10.5.1 final to the public, bringing along iTunes Match as well for the Americans. With iTunes Match, users can now sync their music from their iTunes libraries to iCloud for $24.99 a year. Apple has explicitly said only songs that are available on iTunes can be synced and no songs from outside will be allowed. There’s no limit to your uploads so get downloading iTunes 10.5.1 from Apple’s site here, or from your iDevice’s Software Update option, and begin making your illegal music legal.

P.S. Despite the public launch, Apple is still labeling iTunes Match as a beta product. Developers who have tested iTunes Match will continue receiving a free three months with their yearly subscription.

Download Mozilla Firefox 6 Final Version Now!

Mozilla’s Firefox browser has been updated to version 6, and though it only shows ‘beta’ for now with the final version expected to be rolled out through the browser’s automatic updating feature starting next week, the final version is already available as a manual download from the Mozilla servers. This new release includes several minor improvements that might not be noticeable to the naked eye: no major UI changes or a revamped feature set — yet, after using the browser for a few minutes, you might immediately notice speed improvements of about 20% according to Mozilla itself, as well as significantly reduced memory consumption.

You can download Mozilla Firefox 6 from here:

  • Mac version: here.
  • Windows version: here.
  • Linux version: here.

UEFA Champions League Quarter Final draw announced: Chelsea to meet Man United, Spurs face Madrid

Manchester United and Chelsea will face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals after being drawn in a rematch of their 2008 European final.

Premier League leaders United, who beat the Blues on penalties in Moscow three years ago, will enjoy home advantage in the second leg against the defending English league champions.

Tottenham were handed a glamorous but daunting clash against Real Madrid. However, they will take on the Spanish giants at White Hart Lane in the second match.

Favourites Barcelona, who conquered Arsenal in the last round, were handed one of the two supposedly easier draws and will take on Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk while defending champions Inter Milan will face German side Schalke 04.

The semi-finals were also drawn today and the winner of the Chelsea-United clash will meet Inter or Schalke in the last four, with the winning English side at home second.

Should Spurs come through against Madrid, they will be at home first against Barca or Shakhtar.

While Chelsea are reigning champions in England, rivals United currently lead them by nine points in the Barclays Premier League and have history on their side in the competition.

The Blues have never won the Champions League, despite owner Roman Abramovich’s best efforts. The closest they came was in Russia in 2008 when United edged them over 120 minutes and penalties, having drawn 1-1 in normal time at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Spurs, winners against AC Milan in the last 16, face a tough task on paper against the record nine-time winners Real Madrid.

However, Jose Mourinho’s Spanish aristocrats have not picked up the trophy since 2002 and are regarded as some way short of their rivals Barca on current form.

The quarter-final first legs will be played on April 5 and 6 and the return matches the following week on April 12 and 13.

The semi-final first legs take place on April 26 and 27 with the second legs on May 3 and 4, with the final at Wembley on Saturday, May 28.

Should they beat Schalke, Inter would represent a tough test in the last four for Chelsea or United. While they are without Mourinho, who led them to glory in the tournament last season, they are back in form since Leonardo replaced Rafael Benitez recently.

Schalke this week sacked Felix Magath despite his significant achievement in guiding them to this stage, appointing former Hoffenheim boss Ralf Rangnick as his successor.

Shakhtar are perennial Champions League stalwarts and are not to be taken lightly, especially as favourites Barca have injury problems as well as a Spanish league title race and domestic cup final to contend with.

Former Inter, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Portugal star Luis Figo, now retired and an ambassador for Inter, was pleased to see the Italians paired with Schalke.

“It’s a good draw for us,” he told Eurosport. “We’re going to be playing Schalke, who are obviously going through a difficult time at the moment.

“But of course, all the teams in the quarter-finals are good teams and Schalke will be no different. But overall we’ve got to be happy and in terms of styles of play,.their game will suit us.

“We respect them of course, but we believe if we play to the best of our ability, we will win.”

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals Draw

  • Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Chelsea vs Manchester United
  • Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Inter Milan vs Schalke

Quarter-final fixture dates

  • First leg: 5/6 April 2011
  • Second Leg: 12/13 April 2011

Semi-finals Draw

  • Real Madrid/Tottenham Hotspur VS Barcelona/Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Chelsea/Manchester United VS Inter Milan/Schalke

Semi-final fixture dates

  • First leg: 26/27 April 2011
  • Second leg: 3/4 May 2011

UEFA Champions League Final date

  • 28 May 2011

FA Cup Semi Final Draw Announced: Potential Manchester Derby, Bolton-Stoke clashes awaiting us

The draw for the semi finals of the FA Cup has been announced. Here are fixtures, scheduled to be played in Mid-April:

  • Manchester City or Reading v Manchester United
  • Bolton Wanderers v Stoke City

Dates to note:

  • Semi Final: Saturday 16th April and Sunday 17th April 2011
  • Final: Saturday 14th May 2011
Semi-Final Ticket Details

The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Semi-Finals will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April, kick off times to be confirmed.

Tickets will be priced at £60, £50, £40 & £30. These prices remain the same as last year.

Team ends at Wembley will be decided after Sunday’s draw, subject to potential replays.

Log on to TheFA.com for all the latest updates from The FA Cup.

FA Cup Quarter Final Draw announced: Manchester United vs Arsenal at hand

The draw for the quarter final of the FA Cup has just been announced. Here are the ties that will take place in March:

  • Stoke City vs West Ham United or Burnley
  • Manchester City or Aston Villa vs Everton or Reading
  • Birmingham City vs Fulham or Bolton Wanderers
  • Manchester United vs Leyton Orient or Arsenal

The matches are scheduled to be played during the weekend of March 12 and 13.

Sixth Round Proper Saturday 12 March 2011
Semi-Final Saturday 16 April & Sunday 17 April 2011
Final Saturday 14 May 2011

Arsenal’s 5th round tie against Leyton Orient is just about to start, and if they overcome that obstacle then we have a mouth watering clash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford awaiting us. Ye we wanted both of them to meet in the final but still it will be a cracker of a game. Who’s your money on to lift the FA Cup?

Apple Event could see smaller, cheaper MacBook Air

Apple’s October 20 Event could see a new line of smaller, sleeker Mac Book Airs with a reduced price tag. But this one’s a rather obvious bet, considering it’s the oldest unrefreshed device in the fold. But what, apart from that, can we expect from Apple?

From CNET: Everything about the new Air will be smaller, including the price. The exact final price isn’t known right now, but it will be “significantly lower” than the current $1,499 starting price, said a source familiar with the event’s agenda. We’re confident in our information, but the final details of Apple’s announcement could change.

Oh, and by the way, do you know you can install softwares on your Mac Book Air using a CD?

FIFA World Cup 2010: Spain 1-0 Germany (Full highlights)

Bring on the Dutch! That’s what is doing the rounds all over Spain as they made their first ever world cup final in their history. Meanwhile for the Germans, they battled hard, and now they want to swallow Octopus Paul, who correctly predicted that the Germans would fall victims to Spain.

It was a very tight affair with not many eye-catching chances for either team. Spain, though, edged out Germany by a slight margin in the first half.

The second half saw Spain lift up their game and after continuous attacks on the German goal, they were finally rewarded when a brilliant Puyol header found the back of the net.

First half Highlights

Second half Highlights

Be sure to visit Firstain on the 11th and 12th of July, 2010 to catch all the action from the mouth watering final between Netherlands and Spain, and also to see who gets the Bronze – Uruguay or Germany (3rd place playoff).

FIFA World Cup 2010: Uruguay 1 (4P) – 1 (2P) Ghana (Full Highlights)

The second quarter-final saw Uruguay take on the lone African team remaining, Ghana. The winner takes on Netherlands, who beat 5 time champions Brazil earlier in the day.

The match ended 1-1 and Uruguay won 4-2 on penalties.

Ghana took the lead through Suley Muntari in the 45th minute

But Uruguay equalized quickly through Diego Forlan in the 51st minute

Ghana then got a brilliant chance to seal a semi-final spot when they were awarded a penalty. But Gyan, somehow, missed

So after level-pegging, we went to penalty shootouts. Uruguay ran away 4-2 winners.

Full Highlights

FIFA World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-1 Brazil (Full Highlights)

What a first quarter-final we’ve had. The no.1 ranked team in the world as per FIFA rankings, Brazil were eliminated from the World Cup by a resilient Dutch side which came back from a goal down to beat the 5 time champions 2-1, who were later reduced to 10 men.

Brazil opened the scoring early on but the goal was rightly ruled offside.

But Brazil did manage to score the opener when a wonderful through ball from Gilberto caught the Dutch defense unawares and found Robinho, who coolly placed the ball into the back of the net.

It looked like the South Americans would run away with the game and reach yet another semi-final. But, the Dutch had other ideas. Firstly, an own goal from Felipe Melo helped them get back on level terms.

Then a Wesley Sneijder goal put Holland ahead.

The Brazilians couldn’t believe what had struck them and they started to get frustrated with every passing minute. The frustration eventually came out which led to them being down to 10 men. Felipe Melo the culprit again.

Full Highlights

Egypt African Champions Again!

Egypt have won the Africa Cup of Nations for the 3rd year in a row as they beat Ghana 1-0.

They certainly have been the best team of the tournament and were deserved winners. Ghana, however, were probably the better team in the final, but never made the most of their possession and paid the price when Gedo came off the bench with 20 minutes to go and scored the only goal of the match.

Ghana at least have a consolation that they have a World Cup to look forward to and, with this young team plus the likes of Michael Essien, they have reason to be optimistic about their chances of getting out of their group in South Africa. Egypt get to keep the trophy as it’s their third successive victory.