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All the latest tech gossip from around the web.

Wednesday November 14th

BlackBerry 10 handsets will land shortly after the OS launches, the former smartphone leader has confirmed. Having confirmed a January 30 BlackBerry 10 launch date earlier this week, RIM executives have now revealed that the first BB10 devices will hit retailers “not too long after.” RIM COO Kristian Tear stated: “we’re working hard right now to make sure all the bits and pieces and all the details are in place for the date, when the devices will be available for consumers and enterprises.” (Information Week)

An Assassin’s Creed movie is being planned for a 2013 release, latest reports have suggested. Having recently fast tracked the movie rights to the iconic gaming franchise, the eagerly awaited Assassin’s Creed 3 film is to launch at cinemas next year with Michael Fassbender taking the lead. (Escapist)Assassin's Creed 3

EA Gothenburg has rebranded Ghost as the developer reportedly ramps up work on next year’s Need for Speed offering. Having been handed a new name, the newly titled Ghost studio recently listed an ad for developers giving away is latest project. It stated: “Would you like to work on a game in the Need for Speed franchise? We are hiring, and we are hiring a lot.” (CVG)

YouView may face a name change after it loses a trademark breach case with UK courts. Facing a legal battle with existing telecommunication firm YourView, YouView has been found by Mr Justice Floyd to have a “confusingly similar” name to its rival. (Guardian)

Smartphone sales have increased 47 per cent during the year’s third quarter as Apple as Samsung continue to dominate. Despite overall mobile phone sales dropping 3.1 per cent, smartphone sales are on the up with 169.2 million devices shifted during Q3. (Telappliant)

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Tuesday November 13th

Halo 4 has become the year’s largest entertainment release grossing a staggering £138 million within its opening 24 hours on sale. Despite taking the top honour following last week’s November 6 release, it is expected the 343 Industries developed title will be quickly superseded in the wake of today’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release date. (Guardian)

EE is being investigated by Trading Standards following complaints stated its 4G adverts were “grossly misleading.” Issues have arisen after the UK’s first high-speed network placed posters declaring “4G is Here” in a Plymouth store, some 120 miles from the nearest 4G reception area in Bristol. (ITProPortal)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has shipped with Mass Effect 2 code, latest reports have suggested. An unusual error, a number of COD: Black Ops 2 PC gamers have suggested that their new Black Ops games arrived with a second disk hosting a section of Mass Effect 2 aboard. (CVG)

A Google Nexus 4 bumper case has been unveiled as the Android 4.2 handset goes on sale. With the device selling out within 30 minutes, the Google Nexus 4 has added a new accessory to its bag of trips in the form of an iPhone-esque bumper wrap. (GeekyGadgets)

EE has launched a new 4G advert featuring Fenton the dog, bigging up the benefits of a 4G network when attempting to watch YouTube videos on the move. Proclaiming YouTube is more epic on 4G the Fenton remake sees a big money production recreate the much loved YouTube video with cinematic prowess and a T-Rex thrown in for good luck.

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Monday November 12th

Halo 4 has topped the UK All Format Gaming Chart in its debut week despite failing to break the franchise sales records set by the 2010 released Halo Reach. Taking the top honours off of Assassin’s Creed 3, the first Halo title to be made by 343 Industries has stored to the top spot following its November 6 release date and leads a top three that is rounded out by FIFA 13. (GFK)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is to become the highest selling game of the year following this evening’s midnight launch, latest reports have suggested. Tipped to break global sales records, Black Ops 2 is expected to outperform last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 offering Halo 4which took more than $1 billion during its opening 16 days on sale. (Sky News)

Ofcom has revealed its 4G auction plans with the UK’s high-speed spectrum to be auctioned off in May 2013. Following the recent launch of EE, the UK’s first 4G network, regulatory body Ofcom has confirmed that it will offer rival networks the option to snap up the 4G spectrum in a little over six months time. (Daily Mail)

Samsung is to increase its Apple processor prices as the Korean tech giant further stokes the fire between the two gadget rivals. Samsung, which provides the processors for Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, is said to be planning a 20 per cent price hike that will force Apple to dig a little deeper for component costs and potentially pass the price increases on to consumers Apple iPad miniin product RRPs. (PCMag)

Spotify is nearing a $3 billion valuation with a new round of financing set to net the company around $100 million, latest reports have suggested. The widely used music streaming service is said to be on the verge of investment from Goldman Sachs following announcements that it now has more than 4 million paid users. (TechRadar)

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Friday November 9th

A judge has criticised Apple for having a ‘lack of integrity’ over its recent legal dealings with bitter rival Samsung. Making the statement following a hearing at the Court of Appeal, Sir Robin Jacob has suggested Apple published “false and misleading” information in its apology and lambasted the company for claiming it would take two weeks to make “minor changes” to the online retraction. (Independent)

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release date has been broken with online retailer SimplyGames confirming that it will fulfil pre-orders of the upcoming FPS title ahead of its official November 13 launch. With some advanced orders expected to land with eager gamers tomorrow, November 10, SimplyGames has stated that all orders made before 4:30pm today will be delivered ahead of launch. (DigitalSpy)

The Sony Xperia J has gone on sale in the UK with the Android powered handset lining up with a £149.99 price tag. Sporting a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera, the Sony Xperia J is the latest addition to the increasingly crowded lower mid-range market. (TechRadar)

EE has delayed its SIM-only 4G deals, announcing via Twitter that its contract-free service would now launch within the coming weeks. Previously scheduled to be introduced today, November 9, EE last night Tweeted: “Sorry folks - there's Samsung Galaxy Premierbeen a date change for our SIM-only plans. We expect to bring them in the next 2 weeks.” (BCS)

New Sonic games will be released in 2013, published SEGA has announced as the iconic gaming character is confirmed as being on the verge of a high-profile comeback. Revealing new Sonic titles are in the works, SEGA’s Sissel Henno announced “We will have several new digital titles launching as well as a new boxed game.” (CVG)

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Thursday November 8th

Dancing robots are to be introduced to help teach children with autism as a French company Aldebaran develops the two knee high machines dubbed Max and Ben. According to researchers at the University of Birmingham, the dancing robots could help improve communication skills of autistic children when used in a learning environment. (Telegraph)

A Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 live event will allow eager gamers to wrap their gamepads around the upcoming title early, sampling the game this weekend ahead of next Tuesday’s November 13 release. Taking place between Saturday 10 and Monday 12 November, the live event will see publisher Activision offer fans the opportunity to play elements of the game ahead of its global launch. (TechDigest)

A street in Telford offers the UK’s fastest broadband, latest reports have revealed. Willowfield Street in the Shropshire town has been revealed by uSwitch as hosting the fastest average broadband speeds in the country notching up speeds of 70.90 megabits per second. (BCS)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has received the Android 4.1 update, bringing Google’s Jelly Bean OS to its stylus toting tablet. Although Samsung has yet to officially announce the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, Note 10.1 owners have reported they have been prompted to make the jump to the latest Android offering. (TechRadar)

Mastercard has unveiled a credit card with a built in LCD display and keyboard, with the high tech card launched in a bid to improve security. Launched in Singapore, the screen brandishing credit card allows users to create one time passwords for online banking with future iterations being lined up to provide balance details. (BBC)

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Wednesday November 7th

Microsoft Office for iOS and Android has been confirmed with the world’s most popular collection of work tools to go mobile in the new year. Whilst Microsoft has yet to make the announcement official, insider sources have reportedly confirmed that the new smartphone service will land in ‘early 2013’. (Verge)

An Assassin’s Creed Anthology has been leaked by online retailer Amazon with the AC package tipped to be released later this month. Although having yet to be officially unveiled, the Assassin’s Creed Anthology has been listed with a November 26 release date, playing host to all five Assassin’s Creed releases to date. (CVG)

Pixar has named its headquarters after former financer Steve Jobs. With Jobs cited as helping design the new HQ, Pixar has honoured the Apple co-founder and former CEO by naming the building in his memory. (PocketLint)

Foxconn has revealed that it can’t meet iPhone 5 demand with the market leading handset still facing shipping times of 3-4 weeks. “It’s not easy to make the iPhones,” Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou has been quoted as stating. He reportedly added: “We are falling short of meeting the huge demand.” (TechRadar)Assassin's Creed 3

Assassin’s Creed 3 sold 3.5 million copies during its opening week on sale, new figures have revealed. With the latest figures relating to a 100 per cent year-on-year increase for the gaming franchise, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot made the announcement during the company’s half year earnings call, confirming that the milestone number related to actual sales, not merely copies shipped. (MCV)

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Tuesday November 6th

Google’s UK market share has slumped to its lowest point in five years, as it focuses more of its efforts away from its core search engine roots. Latest figures, compiled by Experian Hitwise, have revealed that 89.33 per cent of UK based web searches were made using Google whilst Bing saw its market share jump to 5 per cent. (Telegraph)

PayPal passwords have been leaked by Anonymous, the hacking group has claimed. Targeting the online payment service in a bout of November 5th attacks, Anonymous has suggested it has 28,000 account passwords whilst PayPal has suggested it has found no evidence of an unlawful intrusion. (Sky News)

The 32GB Microsoft Surface has just 16GB of usable storage space, latest reports have suggested. Said to require half of its internal storage to hold the Windows 8 RT operating system, the recently released Surface tablet will take the same considerable chunk across the board with the 64GB option offering users just 46GB of accessible space. (T3)

HTC has seen profits drop in October with the Taiwanese handset manufacturer revealing that profits are down 60 per cent year-on-year. Whilst HTC has failed to confirm the cause for the considerable slump, it has confirmed that monthly revenues have gone from around £938m to £368m in the space of a year. (TechRadar)

A Comet fire sale is on the cards as the retailer calls in the administrators. Confirming that its online outlet is to offer considerable discounts in a bid to clear stocks before closing its virtual doors, a Comet fire sale will take place in the near future although gift cards and vouchers will not be accepted. (PocketLint)

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Monday November 5th

Assassin’s Creed 3 has topped the UK All Format Gaming chart following its opening week on sale, taking the unsurprising victory ahead of an unflappable FIFA 13 in second. With wrestling fans catapulting WWE 13 to third in the UK gaming chart, the week’s second highest new entry, a pair of new arrivals also accounted for spots four and five with Football Manager 2013 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted filling the places respectively. (GFK)

Windows Phone 8 sales will ‘ramp quickly’ according to Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer. Showing his faith in the newly launched Windows Phone 8 platform, Ballmer has suggested that the live tile based OS will quickly surpass RIM’s BlackBerry offering to become the world’s third latest smartphone system behind Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS offering. (Reuters)

The Google Maps iOS app might never be approved by Apple, Google sources have suggested following the integrated service’s recent replacement by the much maligned Apple maps offering. Reportedly in development, insider sources have stated they are "not optimistic" about a dedicated Google Maps app ever being approved by Apple to appear on the iOS App Store. (Guardian)

The BlackBerry PlayBook 3G has launched in the UK to little fanfare as the cellular enabled 7-inch tablet finally makes it to British shores, just in time to duke it out with the newly released Apple iPad mini. Set to go head-to-head with the latest Apple iDevice as well as the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, the £420 BlackBerry PlayBook 3G does not look like a probable winner having failed to capture consumer imaginations in past months and years. (Rethink Wireless)

Android has celebrated its fifth birthday with the Google released mobile operating system now firmly the world’s most popular smartphone OS. With 136 million smartphones running the Google branded software, Android has risen to dominance in the past five year’s eclipsing the likes of Symbian and iOS as the leading smartphone system. (PocketLint)

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Friday November 2nd

An illegal file sharer has been fined $1.5million for pirating gay porn films with the damages believed to be the highest ever awarded for such an offensive. A federal court in Illinois in the US has ruled that Kywan Fisher must pay adult entertainment company Flava Works $1.5million (£925k) after he was found guilty of pirating 10 pornographic flicks made by the company. (DailyMail)

A new Sony Xperia Odin smartphone has leaked with rendered images and specs of the as yet unconfirmed handset appearing online. Tipped to boast a quad-core Qualcomm processor, the Sony Xperia Odin is said to feature 2GB of RAM and an expansive 5-inch display. (GeekyGadgets)

Facebook phone rumours have re-emerged with latest reports suggesting that the social networking giant has joined forces with HTC for a social-centric handset. Said to be coming under the header of the HTC Opera UL, the repeatedly rumoured device has reportedly been ‘made for Facebook’. (SlashGear)

Halo 4 midnight openings are to see 10,000 stores fling open their doors in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to welcome gamers eager to snap up the latest instalment of the iconic franchise. With 350 midnight openings scheduled for the UK, Microsoft has revealed that it will take to London’s river Thames on Monday evening to carry out a high-profile, but currently secret, stunt to launch the title. (CVG)Halo 4

iPad mini drop tests have reportedly seen the 7.9-inch tablet stand up well to being mistreated as the Google Nexus 7 rival goes on sale across the world. Seemingly fairing better than its Google branding rival, the iPad mini sustained its most damage when dropped directly on the screen with the aluminium framed design said to have withstood a number of considerable knocks and drops. (9to5Mac)

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Thursday November 1st

The Windows Phone 8 SDK has been made available for download allowing developers to ready their wares for the revamped smartphone operating system that will officially launch in the UK this weekend. Downloadable from the official Microsoft site, the newly released Windows Phone 8 SDK offers all the tools required to piece together applications for the iOS and Android rival. (PocketLint)

Vodafone has released the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Huawei Ascend G 300, bringing the 4-inch, 1GHz handset more in line with Google’s latest operating system movements. Still flagging behind the latest bread of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices, the latest update sees the Huawei handset make the jump from the now ageing Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Gmail has been crowned the world’s most popular webmail service by a new ComScore report. Notching up a hefty 287.9 million unique visitors during October, latest figures have revealed that Gmail has toppled longstanding rival Hotmail which recording 286.2m unique users. Yahoo mail lined up as the world’s third most popular service with 281.7m users during the same 31 day period. (Ubergizmo)

The iPad mini has undergone an iFixit tear down with the intricate dissection revealing the 7.9-inch tablet features a Samsung display driver. Having seemingly set aside its differences with the Korean company, Apple has incorporated the Samsung manufactured component alongside the recently confirmed stereo Apple iPad minispeaker. (9to5Mac)

Apple has begun accepting Red Cross donations through iTunes to assist in aid for those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A simplified way in which users can send money to the relief schemes, the iTunes donations allow users to spend anywhere from $5 to $200 on helping those in need. (TheVerge)

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Wednesday October 31st

The lack of widespread 4G in the UK could cost the economy more than £120m over the Christmas period, online retailer eBay has suggested. Claiming that slow connection speeds will deter consumers from carrying out Christmas shopping on their mobile devices, eBay has suggested that more readily available 4G networks could help bolster the economy and increase on-the-move spending. (Computing)

The Samsung Galaxy Premier has been officially unveiled with the latest addition to Samsung’s range of Galaxy branded handsets running Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Styled similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S3, the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Premier boast a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720p HD display whilst a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of Samsung Galaxy PremierRAM combine to run the show. Elsewhere, the Samsung Galaxy Premier specs are further bolstered by the inclusion of an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera. (TechRadar).

Halo has transformed Liechtenstein ahead of the upcoming Halo 4 release date as publisher Microsoft conducts a country wide marketing stunt. The 62-square mile Principality has been transformed into a Halo-esque world with a selection of landmarks and castles and countryside converted into a realworld representation of the gaming environment. (TheTelegraph)

Virgin Media has been targeted by the ASA once again with the Advertising Standards Authority this time focussing on the company’s recent fibre-optic campaign. Deemed to be misleading, Virgin Media has had its wrists slapped for suggesting potential customers could gain quick access to its fibre-optic broadband services when in fact coverage was extremely limited. (ITProPortal)Virgin Media Logo

FIFA 13 sales have topped 7.4m units in the game’s opening four weeks on sale publisher EA has revealed. The UK’s biggest launch of the year to date, the lofty FIFA 13 sales figures have seen the latest football sim become "the biggest sports launch of all-time" according to EA. (CVG)

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Tuesday October 30th

Assassin’s Creed 3 prices will start from just 99p when the title goes on sale in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Retailer Blockbuster has revealed that it will see the eagerly awaited Assassin’s Creed 3 for just 99p when customers trade in two recently released games such as FIFA 13, Borderlands 2, Medal of Honor Warfighter and Madden 13. (MCV)

Bill Clinton’s presidential laptop is up for sale just days ahead of the 2012 US Presidential Election. The device used by the former leader to check email on the move has been made available for sale through online auction site eBay with the 1998 Toshiba Pro laptop sporting a hefty Assassin's Creed 3$125,000 price tag. (GeekyGadgets)

Websites have been downed by hurricane Sandy in New York with a selection of high profile news outlets based in the city wiped out. Having been hit by the storm yesterday, a selection of well known sites such as the Huffington Post, Gizmodo and BuzzFeed were effected. (BBC)

Starbucks has debuted in-store wireless charging with a Boston based branch of the coffee seller allowing visitors to juice their handsets without the need for cables. Building Powermat inductive chargers into a selection of table tops, Starbucks will allow customers with compatible smartphones to re-energise their handsets whilst enjoying their beverage. (Ubergizmo)

Netflix has launched an app for UK based Amazon Kindle Fire tablets allowing users of the heavily skinned Android device to watch movies and TV shows on the go. Available now from the Amazon App Store, the latest Netflix app is a largely rehashed rendition of the standard Android offering and goes head-to-head with the existing LoveFilm app for the same devices. (TechRadar)

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Monday October 29th

Grand Theft Auto 5 release date tipped as ‘Spring 2013’ as leaked promotional material for the eagerly awaited game hints at an launch just months away. Whilst developer Rockstar Games has remained tightlipped on the eventual GTA V UK release date, newly photographed promotional material has suggested the Vice City and San Andreas follow-on will touch down next spring with pre-orders to kick off shortly. (GeekyGadgets)

Amazon has attacked Apple and the iPad mini, releasing a selection of Amazon Kindle Fire HD advertisements suggesting the Android device offers ‘much more for much less’ when compared with Apple’s new £269, 7.9-inch tablet. Playing on the Kindle Fire HD’s improved screen resolution over the iPad mini, Amazon has detailed a number of ways in which the iPad mini is inferior to the Fire HD despite its increased price point. (WSJ)

Microsoft has apologised for failed Surface tablet deliveries as the company’s first own-branded Windows 8 tablet fails to fulfil all pre-order placements as promised. Dishing out £50 vouchers in apology for the continued delays, many UK Surface RT pre-orders have yet to be fulfilled despite the iPad rival launching last week. (Register)

Steve Jobs’ yacht has been unveiled for the first time as the boat, designed by the Apple co-founder and CEO prior to his death, takes to the water. Dubbed ‘Venus’, the Jobs designed yacht follows a number of the visionary’s trends with angled metal and expansive areas of glass combining to form the sea-faring monster. (TheVerge)

A new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer has been released starting Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the latest Black Ops 2 video comes just days ahead of the confirmed November 13th Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 UK release date that will see the global dominant FPS release transport gamers into a war hit Los Angeles in the year 2025. (CVG)

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Monday October 22nd

FIFA 13 has topped the UK All Format Gaming Chart for a fourth consecutive week, seeing off stiff competition from the week’s highest new entry, Activision’s Skylanders Giants. Continuing to top the charts almost a month after its launch, FIFA 13 sits atop its lofty perch whilst Dishonored drops to third. The second highest new entry for the week ending October 20th saw Doom 3: BFG Edition line up in fifth. (GFK)

Windows 8 is to receive a midnight launch from a selection of UK retailers with giveaways introduced to tempt customers to brave the cold. With Currys and PC World to fling open the doors of their flagship London Tottenham Court Road store at 00.01am on Friday October 26, the retailers have confirmed that the first 300 people to snap up a discounted Windows 8 HP laptop will receive a free pair of Beats headphones. (TheTelegraph)

Gamestation.co.uk will be closed down next week as parent company GAME continues plans to discontinue the Gamestation brand. With the online retail outlet to cease trading on October 29, those who are registered with the site will have their accounts and details ported across to work with Game.co.uk. (MCV)

Skype for Windows 8 has been unveiled with a selection of new features including the ability to enjoy a video based Skype conversation with someone side-by-side with a selection of other Windows 8 applications. As with the Windows 8 platform, Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, will launch the Skype for Windows 8 service this Friday, October 26.

Google Nexus 7 sales saw the 7-inch Android tablet shift a hefty 1 million units during the last three month quarter, latest reports have suggested. A budget price point and impressive quad-core lead specs have seen the Google Nexus 7 become the highest selling Android tablet to date although the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is expected to face stiff competition in the coming weeks following tomorrows expected unveiling of the 7.85-inch Apple iPad mini. (TechRadar)

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Thursday October 18th

Nokia Lumia sales have been overshadowed by the arrival of the iPhone 5 with latest figures revealing that Nokia shifted less of its flagship Windows Phone handsets in three months than the number of iPhones Apple sold in a single weekend. With Nokia’s third quarter Lumia sales at just 4 million units, Apple’s iPhone 5 launch weekend saw 5 million of the iOS handsets leave shelves. (FinancialTimes)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has been rolled out in the UK by the Three network. Available now as an over the air update, Three customers have become the latest to add the Google Nexus 7 launch Jelly Bean OS to their Samsung branded quad-core smartphones. (GeekyGadgets)

Nintendo Wii U game prices have been increased ahead of the console’s November 30th UK release date. With a little over a month to go until the next-gen console’s UK arrival, pre-orders of Wii U third party titles from Activision, THQ, Ubisoft and EA have all found to be at a significantly higher price point than their Xbox 360 counterparts. (CVG)

The iPad mini will have a 4:3 display aspect ratio similar to that found on the current iPad 3, latest reports have suggested. With Apple’s 7-inch tablet expected to be officially unveiled next Tuesday, October 23rd, latest leaks have claimed the Nexus 7 rival will shun the iPhone 5’s new widescreen form factor. (PocketLint)

Acer is planning an Intel powered smartphone, according to latest rumours. According to recent reports, Acer's vice president Peter Shieh has suggested that an Intel phone could launch later this year. He added: "Intel is a more familiar partner to us because we have been working together in the PC sector for a long time." (TechRadar)

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Wednesday October 17th

An iPad mini UK release date has been tipped as November 2nd with Apple’s eagerly awaited 7.85-inch iOS 6 tablet expected to hit retail outlets less than two weeks after the company’s planned October 23rd iPad mini launch event. (GeekyGadgets)

O2 is to replace its network database after the system caused two service outages in a matter of months. Following the latest service disruption, O2, the UK’s second largest network provider, has announced that it is to spend £10 million revamping its Central User Database in a bid to offer a more stable offering for its 22 million customers. (TheTelegraph)

Criterion plans to release a new Burnout game, the developer’s Creative Director Craig Sullivan has revealed. Speaking ahead of this month’s Need for Speed Most Wanted release date, Sullivan said: "We will make another Burnout game at some point. Obviously, as we're working on NFS we're thinking of really good ideas that aren't right for this series; there are ideas that we're going to explore with Burnout.” (PSU)

iPhone 5 shortages are caused by a ‘complicated design’, a Foxconn head has revealed. With iPhone 5 orders still accompanied by a hefty 3-4 week delivery wait in the UK, an unnamed Foxconn executive has revealed that “The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled.” They added: “To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated. It takes time to learn how to make this new device. Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day.” (9to5Mac)

England footballers are to have restricted access to video games as part of the team’s new code of conduct guidelines. Covering the use of Twitter around international games, the new code of conduct, which will come in to force next month, is said to cover the amount of time players can spend in front of games consoles whilst on international duty. (CVG)

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Tuesday October 16th

Microsoft Surface prices have been confirmed for US market with Microsoft’s first own-branded tablet to set wannabe owners back at least $499 (£310). With the 32GB Microsoft Surface RT tablet handed a $499 price tag, the 64GB option will cost $699. The Surface case with integrated keyboard will be priced at $100 when the device launches later this year. (TheTelegraph)

Facebook has turned off its face recognition features for all European users as privacy campaigners hail the move as a victory. The controversial tagging system, which sees Facebook use biometric software to recommend personal tagging on uploaded pictures, has been removed from European use after having made the service standard for all last June. (DailyMail)

Twitter is used during romantic meals by half of Brits, a new study has suggested. The latest figures, compiled by Currys and PC world have revealed that whilst a third of men and two thirds of women get annoyed by their dates using social sites during dinner, 29 per cent said it helps break the ice. (Metro)

The Starbucks iPhone app has been given Passbook support in the UK and Canada. Previously available to US users, Apple’s slow rollout of UK compatible Passbook apps has seen the ever present coffee shop join the ranks with users able to access their store cards from the app collation system. (TechRadar)

A new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer will be shown tonight with the world exclusive to be held on the UK’s ITV channel. Set to air during the half time interval of this evening’s England vs. Poland World Cup qualifier, the latest Black Ops trailer is set to offer a new insight into the eagerly awaited first-person shooter that is set to hit the UK on November 13th. (MCV)

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Monday October 15th

Felix Baumgartner has broken YouTube streaming records as the Austrian carries out his long awaited Red Bull Stratos mission, jumping from the edge of space and breaking the soundbarrier whilst in freefall. Said to have topped 833mph during his jump, Baumgartner was watched live by more than 8 million people on YouTube when he carried out his daring mission yesterday, October 14. (BBC)

The Google Nexus 7 has become the highest selling Android tablet to date according to UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. Just three months after the 7-inch quad-core Android tablet was released, Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse has said: “It’s impressive that this product is our biggest selling Android tablet, and it will be really interesting to see if other manufacturers will follow suit with smaller tablets over the coming months to spice up the Christmas period.” (TheTelegraph)

FIFA 13 has topped the UK All Format Gaming Chart for a third consecutive week, securing the hat trick ahead of two new entries. Whilst the latest EA football sim has once again taken top honours, Bethesda’s Dishonored become the year’s most successful new IP to date landing in second whilst another new entry, Pokemon Black Version 2, rounded out the podium positions. (GFK)

Microsoft has revealed there will be no Xbox 360 price cut this year as the leading games console enters yet another lucrative Christmas period without any sign of its eagerly awaited Xbox 720 follow-on. Set to go head-to-head with the upcoming Nintendo Wii U, the Xbox 360 is to be on the receiving end of a $50 price cut in the US with the savings not set to be rolled out to UK consumers. (CVG)

New Apple iMac designs have leaked with the next-generation of the Cupertino company’s all-in-one computers tipped to host a new tear-drop design and thinner case. Featuring a curved rear panel with tapered edges, it is expected that the revamped iMac will launch with a new, higher price point in the coming months. (GeekyGadgets)

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Friday October 5th Technobabble

Motorola 1 - Microsoft 3 The latest result in the ongoing patent wars is a victory for Motorola. They won a German patent case agains Microsoft after losing three previous cases involving other patents. The patent, owned by Microsoft, enables applications to work on differing handsets which means less development time is required adapting them. (ZDnet)

rocket 1,000mph Car Rocket Engine Tested An 18-inch hybrid rocket designed to power a British team's bid to smash the land speed record was demonstrated at Newquay. The Bloodhound car will attempt to reach speeds of over 1,000mph. (BBC)

Sony Xperia Tablet Not Waterproof Enough Sony have stopped sales of their new Xperia "splash-proof" tablets after discovering they are not as water resistant as advertised. (NASDAQ)

PlayStation Mobile Available on Android Sony are now offering consumers the ability to play their titles on devices other than their own hardware. This means some games wil be playable on certain Android devices as well as the Playstation Vita. Currently only the HTC One S, V and X, as well as many Sony devices, are supported, however this is set to expand. (Phonesreview)

Thursday October 4th Technobabble

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has sold out with the next batch of stock not expected until November, Retail giant turn tech leader Amazon has confirmed. Selling out within just days of their official release, Amazon is now warning US customers that “Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to ship in four to six weeks. Limited to two per customer.” (PocketLint)Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Google is to cut more jobs at Motorola following its recent takeover of the smartphone firm, the search giant has revealed. Stating that the upcoming layoffs will affect “additional geographic regions outside of the U.S.,” Google has confirmed it will increase the previously announced 4,000 job cuts as the company increases its estimate for severance costs. (WSJ)

A new ‘smart antenna’ could revolutionise mobile devices, new reports have suggested. Following seven years of development, Sofant Technologies has unveiled the “world’s smallest smart antenna” with the device, which could feature in future smartphones capable of searching for signals in all directions before locking on to the strongest signal at any one time. (PluggedIn)

Motorola does not get special treatment from Google despite the Android mastermind’s recent takeover of the smartphone manufacturer, Motorola’s SVP has stated. Whilst it was expected Motorola would get special Android flavoured treatment from Google, Motorola Senior Vice President of Product Management, Rick Osterloh Motorola Razr ihas claimed that Motorola is “operating as an independent OEM, so there’s a firewall between us and the Android team.” (CNET)

FIFA 13 has become the year’s biggest gaming release as EA’s latest football sim racks up 4.5 million sales in its opening five days. Currently the year’s fastest selling game, FIFA 13 is expected to once again top UK gaming charts this week but lose its newly awarded crown in the near future as Assassin’s Creed 3, Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release dates near. (MCV)

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Wednesday October 3rd Technobabble

Apple is to approve all third party iPhone 5 accessories as the company looks to tighten the reigns on the use of its Lightning port dock connector. Send to be changing the policies of its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) guidelines, new reports have suggested Apple is to insist on approving manufacturing facilities of all Lightning port users with this process not set to begin until November. (9to5Mac)

Wonderbra has released a revealing iPhone app in which users are able to undress models until they are down to their undercrakers. Featuring 21-year-old model Adriana Cernanova, the new Wonderbra Decoder Wonderbra Appapp acts as a QR code reader when help up to printed adverts, removing the models clothes on the screen to reveal a racy shot of her in nothing but her briefs. (DailyMail)

There is currently no Borderlands 3 release in development, latest reports have suggested. Hot on the heels of the recent chart topping Borderlands 2 release, Gearbox Software, developer of the Borderlands series, has stated that it has not begun work on the next title suggesting any Borderlands 3 launch is still a number of years away. (GeekyGadgets)

RIM has launched the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 update for its flailing 7-inch tablet. Available for the Wi-Fi only BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the new software update introduces access to BlackBerry Bridge, improved portrait orientation usage and ‘Print to Go’ BlackBerry Playbookfunctionality.

Nokia is looking to sell its Headquarters in its native Finland, latest reports have suggested. Currently based in Espoo, Finland, ailing Nokia is said to be looking to ditch its main offices which are valued at between 200m and 300m euros, £160m to £240m. (AppleInsider)

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Tuesday October 2nd Technobabble

iPad mini cases have been made available for pre-order ahead of the newly rumoured October 17th iPad mini launch event. With an iPad mini release date tipped for Friday November 2nd, accessory manufacturer iGear has become the latest to prematurely unveil its first iPad mini cases set to adorn the 7-inch tablet in a matter of weeks. (GeekyGadgets)Apple iPad mini case

Amazon are to employ 10,000 additional Christmas staff as the online retail giant continues to buck the hard economic times and take yet more trade away from the nation’s high streets. Expecting to hit record figures this festive period, Amazon’s Director of Operations Catherine McDermott stated: “On our busiest shopping day last Christmas, we saw customers order a total of three million items during one 24-hour period at a rate of 35 items every second.” (MCV)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban has been lifted in the US with sales set to resume with immediate effect. Previously banned from sale having been deemed to have encroached on a selection of Apple held patents, US courts have now overruled the decision, allowing Samsung to sell its flagship tablet device Stateside in the lucrative pre-Christmas shopping rush. An official Samsung spokesperson said of the decision: “We are pleased with the court's action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple's design patent and that an injunction was not called for.” (

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