Technobabble – BB10 handsets coming shortly after OS

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top honour following last week’s November 6 release, it is expected the 343 Industries developed title will be quickly superseded in the wake of today’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release date.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) 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 (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.” (

Friday September 28th

The Samsung Galaxy Note release date has been brought forward
one day as the Korean handset manufacturer reveals those eager to snap
up its second-generation stylus packing handset will be able to do so
from Sunday. Set for a nationwide October 1st UK release date, Samsung
has revealed that the
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
will be available a day earlier, exclusively for those willing to head
to the Samsung brand store in London’s Westfield Stratford shopping

Samsung Galaxy Note 2BlackBerry manufacturer RIM has recorded a $235m loss
for the year’s second financial quarter ending September 1st.  Despite
announcing the £145 quarterly deficit, RIM stocks have risen 18 per cent
in the hours following the announcement as the loss is significantly
less than the figures predicted by industry analysts. (BBC)

Maserati has partnered with Bowers & Wilkins
to offer high-end in-car audio from 2013. The partnership, announced
during the 2012 Paris Motor Show will see future cars from the Italian
sports car manufacturer come boasting the impressive B&W audio
systems currently found in some Jaguar vehicles. (PocketLint)

NFC enabled business cards have been introduced by specialist company Moo. Coming with every order of standardMoo NFC Business Card
business cards, Moo has confirmed that it will now provide a single NFC
enabled card that will allow users to transfer their details simple by
holding the card next to a compatible smartphone device. (Ubergizmo)

One in three US smartphone subscribers own an iPhone,
a new report from the States has suggested. Displaying the dominance of
Apple’s market leading handset, latest figures compiled by comScore
MobiLens have suggested that whilst Android is the lead platform with a
52.2 per cent market share, Apple’s single device accounts for 33.4 per
cent of the US smartphone sector. (AppleInsider)

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Thursday September 27th

The electric car land speed record has been broken by a
modified Lotus Exige dubbed the ‘Nemesis’. The battery powered sports
car, modified by utilities firm Ecotricity, toppled the UK record, with
21-year-old driving Nick Ponting hitting a zippy 151mph at Elvington
airfield in North Yorkshire. (Guardian)

Angry Birds developer Rovio has launched Bad Piggies, the latest app based game that is looking to emulate the success of the bird flinging phenomenon. Available for iOS and Bad Piggies appAndroid
devices from today, Bad Piggies sees the formerly mischievous pigs
forced to create a selection of getaway vehicles to avoid the onslaught
from their miffed, feathered foes. (BBC)

Call of Duty Elite has been revamped
ahead of the upcoming November 13th Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 UK
release date. Offering a more user friendly approach to kill tracking
and weapons monitoring, the new COD Elite page features a new hover-over
top menu for quick access to key sections. (CVG)

Premiership footballers are to help launch FIFA 12 as retailer GAME reveal that a selection of its stores FIFA 13 coverwill
have famous top flight players gracing the premises to help launch EA’s
latest football sim. Whilst Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor will be at the
north east branch, West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is set to appear at
GAME’s new flagship store within the Westfield Stratford complex. (MCV)

Apple has patented a new wireless charging mat
for cable-free charging of your iDevices. Whilst Samsung has already
launched a Galaxy S3 wireless charger and Nokia has detailed a similar
accessory for the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920, the newly unveiled patent
marks the first public acknowledgement Apple is looking at similar tech
for the iPhone and iPad. (AppleInsider)

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Wednesday September 26th

O2 has revealed an upcoming flagship HTC handset with the as
yet unannounced device to land later this year with no charger in the
box. Teasing the previously unconfirmed handset, an O2 spokesperson
said: “It will be a brand new, top of the range handset which will be
announced in October.” They added: “The box price is based on
manufacturer price. We will make nothing extra by not including it (the
charger).” (TechRadar)

Google has added underwater SeaView
to its StreetView Maps service allowing users to discover the depths of
the world’s oceans. Including the likes of the Great Barrier Reed and Google Maps SeaViewMonterey
Bay, the new panoramic underwater shots have been added to the hugely
popular Google Maps service with users able to use their computers to
explore the underwater worlds. (PCMag)

Rural communities are being put ‘at risk’ by slow internet,
the Country Land and Business Association has claimed. Stating that a
fifth of Brits living in rural areas do not have access to satisfactory
broadband connections, the business group has suggested that if improved
services are not introduce, rural communities and businesses could
suffer as a result. (BBC)

Apple is to release a new carbon fibre crafted device,
latest reports have suggested. New Apple rumours have claimed that the
iPhone and iPad manufacturer is currently sourcing carbon fibre samples
from a range of suppliers for use on an as yet unconfirmed device. (AppleInsider)

A new Need for Speed Most Wanted trailer has been released
a little over a month ahead of the game’s official November 2nd UK
release date. Teasing the upcoming driving sim, the new NFS Most Wanted
video features a raft of high-speed in game content as you watch a
police chase through Fairhaven City. (CVG)


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Tuesday September 25th

The FIFA 13 iOS app has been released days ahead of the
console title’s Friday 28th FIFA 13 UK release date. Available for
iPhone and iPad devices, the newly launched FIFA 13 iOS app will set
wannabe owners back £4.99 and introduce football action across 500 fully
licensed teams across 30 global leagues. (GeekyGadgets)

FIFA 13 iOS appiPhone 5 production has resumed
at a Foxconn plant in China after a brawl in the manufacturing
facilities yesterday saw stocks of the recently released handset pushed
further behind growing demand. The fight, which involved 2,000 members
of staff, saw production of Apple’s latest smartphone device stopped
just hours after the Cupertino firm confirmed it was struggling to meet
demands for the device which shifted 5 million units during its opening
three days on sale. (Washington Post)

Brits need more secure PIN numbers,
a new study has suggested after it was revealed one in nine of the
nation’s residents uses 1234 as their bank account access code. The
figures, compiled by research firm Data Genetics, found that 1234 was
the most popular four-digit PIN number ahead of 1111 and 0000. (FinanceMarkets)

Barnes & Noble has announced Nook Video
with the new streaming service to be made available to US and UK users
alike. Hitting the UK before the end of the year, the Nook Video service
is looking to rival the likes of Netflix with a free app ensuring the
service is available on more devices than the range of Nook ereaders and
tablets. (TechRadar)Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies

The first COD: Black Ops 2 zombie screens have been released
ahead of the game’s mid November arrival. Following the recently
released Black Ops 2 teaser trailer, developer Activision has offered a
stills image insight into the title’s eagerly awaited zombie modes with
the living dead screenshots offering a tantalising insight into the
upcoming release. (CVG)

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Monday September 24th

Borderlands 2 has topped the UK All Format Gaming Chart in a
week of big releases, toppling competition from fellow new arrivals, F1
2012 and PES 2013. Taking top honours in the first of a run of busy
weeks in the gaming world in the lead up to Christmas, Borderlands 2 has
dethroned recent chart topper Sleeping Dogs with the Square Enix title
slumping to fourth behind the FPS and two new sporting sims. (GFK)

An iPhone 5 prank
has seen the handset glued to the floor in the Dutch capital,
Amsterdam. Fooling unsuspecting passersby, the iPhone 5 based joke has
sparked a viral video of those caught out by the prank attempting to nab
themselves a free, unguarded iPhone 5. (Telegraph)Apple iPhone 5 Official Picture

The Samsung NaviBot S has been unveiled
as the company’s latest addition to its line of automated cleaning
devices. Available from a selection of UK retailers now, the Samsung
NaviBot S poses the power to empty itself with a 2 litre dust bin
located on the robot’s docking station.

Nintendo Wii U pre-orders have been halted
as allocated stocks of the next-gen gamer run dry. US retailer GameStop
has prematurely ended its Wii U pre-order deals as it struggles to
secure enough units to meet demand of the upcoming Xbox 360 and PS3
rival. (MCV)Nintendo Wii U

The iPhone 5 ReadyCase has been unveiled
with the smartphone accessory lining up as the case equivalent of a
Swiss Army knife. Boasting both landscape and portrait integrated
kickstands, the ReadyCase for iPhone 5 also plays host to an built in
USB flash drive, available in 8GB and 16GB storage options, as well as a
multi-tool including a standard blade, serrated blade and bottle
opener. (GeekyGadgets)

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Friday September 21st

RIM has responded to the latest BlackBerry outage stating
that all issues are now fixed and no data has been lost. Commenting on
the latest round of high-profile BlackBerry outages, RIM CEO Thorsten
Heins has issued a release stating: “I want to apologize to those
BlackBerry customers in Europe and Africa who experienced an impact in
their quality of service earlier this morning.  The BlackBerry service
is now fully restored and I can report that no data or messages were
lost.  Up to 6 percent of our user base may have been impacted. 
Preliminary analysis suggests that those customers may have experienced a
maximum delay of 3 hours in the delivery and reception of their
messages. We are conducting a full technical analysis of this quality of
service issue and will report as soon as it concludes. I again want to
apologize to those customers who were impacted today.”BlackBerry

The iPhone 5 release saw O2 sell the handset from the top of the Millennium Dome.
The re-braded O2 venue saw the network giant erect a pop-up store atop
the iconic building with eager iPhone 5 adopters able to splash the cash
on Apple’s latest handset whilst walking across the dome’s roof. (PocketLint)

$100,000 worth of iPhone 5 handsets have been stolen
in Japan, latest reports have suggested. Whilst the eagerly awaited
device launches in the US and US, Apple has reportedly seen a shipment
of 191 iPhone 5 handsets pilfered before they could make their way to
Japanese retailers. (GeekyGadgets)Apple iPhone 5 5

The Nokia Lumia 920 release has been approved
after the upcoming handset past FCC testing standards. Nokia’s first
Windows Phone 8 device, the Nokia Lumia 920 is scheduled for launch
later this year and will go head-to-head with the HTC 8X, a smartphone
that the Finnish phone manufacturer has accused of being nothing more
than a copycat device. (Ubergizmo)

FIFA 13 will feature Glasgow Rangers as a ‘Rest of the World’ team, developer EA has confirmed. The iconic club will be shoehorned into the upcoming FIFA 13 release after the former champions were demoted to the Scottish third division following bankruptcy. (CVG)

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Thursday September 20th

Nokia has hit out at the newly unveiled HTC 8X Windows Phone 8
handset as the Finnish phone manufacturer suggests the HTC device is a
copy of its upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone. Speaking on the
similarities of the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X, Nokia’s Head of
Marketing Chris Weber said: “While others may choose to tactically
re-brand their HTX 8X Windows Phone 8 handsetproducts,
Nokia is driving an industry-leading smartphone franchise – that we
call Lumia — exclusively around Windows Phone.” Taking to Twitter he
less than subtly added: “It takes more than matching color to match the
innovation of the Lumia 920.” (Telegraph)

A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release date
has been leaked for US customers with retailers suggesting the
second-generation oversized smartphone turn undersized tablet will touch
down in November. Officially unveiled just weeks ago during IFA 2012,
Samsung has yet to officially date the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for launch.

Apple map app for iOS 6 has come in for criticism
as iPhone and iPad owners update their devices to the latest mobile
operating system. Doing away with Google Maps, the new Apple map app has
come under fire for poor coverage and issues in correctly locating
desired destinations. (BBC)

Apple iPhone 5 sales have already begun
in Hong Kong as gray market vendors offer shadily obtained iPhone 5
handsets for $1,100. Set to launch in the UK and US tomorrow, September
21st, the iPhone 5 has prematurely appeared through a collection of
questionable retailers ahead of the official release. (GeekyGadgets)

The eagerly awaited Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro
accessory has been showcased for the first time as the portable console
add-on appears in a selection of press images. Whilst the decision not
to add a second circle pad controller to the oversized 3DS XL raised a
few eyebrows, Nintendo has confirmed that the 3DS available accessory
will be upscaled for the recently enlarged controller. (CVG)

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Wednesday September 19th

Today’s iOS 6 release date will see Apple launch the new
software at 6pm in the UK as existing iPhone and iPad owners get a jump
on the iPhone 5 primed operating system. Bringing more than 200 new
features to existing iDevices, the new iOS 6 update will be the first
major software update for Apple’s smartphones and tablets that will be
available as an over-the-air (OTA) download. (Inquirer)

Two new Sony PS Vita colour schemes have been confirmed
with the Japanese gaming giant’s latest portable console to be made
available in ‘Sapphire Blue’ and ‘Cosmic Red’ in the coming months.
Launch in Sony’s native Japan first, the two newly hued handhelds will
land in mid-November and were officially unveiled alongside the new
skinny Sony PS3 Super Slim. (CVG)

Sapphire Blue Sony PS VitaDeveloper Konami has confirmed a free PES 2013 DLC
release just days ahead of the game’s official September 21st UK
release date. More of a day-one patch than a dedicated DLC offering, the
new content will see three officially licensed stadia added alongside
kits and further updates for an additional 37 licensed teams. (MCV)

The new Apple EarPods are more durable
than their predecessors, gadget strippers iFixIt have suggested as they
pull apart Apple’s latest in-ear buds. Set to come bundled with the new
iPhone 5 and revamped iPod range, the EarPods are said to be more
durable than previous models, fairing better when standing up to water
and sweat. (Ubergizmo)Apple iPhone 5 Official Picture

Apple’s iPhone 5 costs just $207 (£127.70) to build,
latest reports have suggested, despite the entry level 16GB handset
costing a hefty $649 to buy in the US, £529 in the UK. Although this
figure fails to take into account development and marketing costs, Apple
is on track to make a whopping $400 (£246.77) per device. (GeekyGadgets)

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Tuesday September 18th

Samsung Galaxy S4 rumours have been refuted with the Korean
handset manufacturer taking to Twitter to deny reports it is planning to
launch the Samsung Galaxy S3 follow-on in March 2013. Posting on the
company’s official Korean Twitter page a Samsung spokesperson stated:
“Please note that some media reported speculation that the Galaxy S Ⅲ
subsequent models will be released in a simple rumor is not true.” (Ubergizmo)

iPhone 5 pre-order demand has seen Apple share prices top $700
for the first time. With just days to go until the September 21st
iPhone 5 release date, Apple has narrowed in on the unparalleled $700
billion valuation as individual share prices hit a new record high. (LATimes)Apple iPhone 5 Official Picture

LG has revealed that it is still looking at Windows Phone handsets
as Microsoft readies the launch of its upcoming Windows Phone 8
platform. Although the company revealed that it currently has no plans
to step away from its dedicated Android offering, LG’s CEO of Mobile
Communications, Jong-Seok Park has suggested that the company will
continue to monitor the rise of Windows Phone. (TechRadar)

Beats Pill Bluetooth SpeakerA new Beats Pill Bluetooth Speaker has appeared at the FCC
ahead of an upcoming launch. The compact speaker, which takes its name
from its pill shaped form, has yet to be officially unveiled but looks
set to feature the classic Beats red hue. Full specifications for the
Jawbone Jambox rival are still unknown. (GeekyGadgets)

A one off Leica M camera looks set to be designed by Jony Ive,
Apple’s iconic design guru responsible for the iMac and iPhone 5.
Although still a lofty rumour, latest reports have suggested Ive will
put his magic touch to a single Leica M unit that will then be auctioned
for charity. (9to5Mac)

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Monday September 17th

Sleeping Dogs has retained the UK All Format Gaming Chart crown
as it sees off stiff competition from the week’s most high-profile new
entry, Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Whilst the latest Tekken offering
entered the charts in second, the only other new entry to break the top
ten for the week ending September 15th saw EA’s NHL 13 slide into ninth
position. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heros rose two places to round out the
week’s top three. (GFK)

The iPhone 5 release is to be made colourful
as the renowned gadget modders at The Colour Lab reveal a selection of
vibrantly hued Apple iPhone 5 handsets. Allowing you to customise your
iPhone 5 device, Colour Lab will let you style your sixth-gen Apple
handset in a selection of colours asides from Apple’s black and white
offerings, all for a tidy sum. (PocketLint)Pink Apple iPhone 5

Sony is to launch a new PS3 console later this month,
snapped retailer advertisements have suggested. Far from the first time
a new PS3 console has been tipped, whilst the gaming world eagerly
awaits the arrival of the long overdue Sony PS4, it is believed the
Japanese gaming giant will out a refreshed, and slimmed down rendition
of its current console in the coming weeks. (CVG)New Sony PS3

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been replaced
at the top of the Guardian’s annual MediaGuardian 100 list as Google’s
Larry Page takes top honours. Whilst Facebook’s flailing IPO has largely
been pinned on its founder, rival social site Twitter continues to go
from strength to strength with Twitter’s Dick Costolo taking second
place in the influential list. (TechRadar)

Eager fans have started queuing for the iPhone 5
days ahead of the handset’s eagerly awaited September 21st UK release
date. With queues beginning outside Apple’s flagship stores in London
and cities across the US, the iPhone 5 is expected to be Apple’s highest
selling handset to date with 2m units being pre-ordered in the device’s
opening 24 hours on sale. (GeekyGadgets)

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Friday September 14th

iPhone 5 orders will feature a free Lightning port to 30-pin dock adaptor,
the iPad 3 manufacturer has confirmed. Making the new iPhone 5
compatible with existing docks and accessories that utilise the now
obsolete 30-pin dock connector, the new Lightning port adaptor will ship
with iPhone 5 orders with additional units available to buy
individually priced £25. (GeekyGadgets)iPhone 5 adapter

Gamestation has been rebranded under the GAME banner
as the highstreet retailer continues to face financial struggles
following a recent bailout. Ending the firm’s dual-brand identity that
has been in place since GAME acquired the Gamestation brand from
Blockbuster in 2007, both retail outlets will now fall under the GAME
header as the company refines its retail options. (MCV)

The recently launched FIFA 13 demo has been downloaded more than 2 million times,
developer EA has confirmed. With just weeks to go until the February
28th FIFA 13 UK release date, EA has revealed that the Xbox 360, PC and
PS3 compatible demo has topped 2m downloads as pre-orders for the
eagerly awaited football sim hit the 875,000 units milestone. (CVG)FIFA 13 cover

Apple share prices have hit a record high following the iPhone 5 unveiling
as the Cupertino based company verges on an unparalleled $700 billion
valuation. Opening at an all-time high, Apple shares hit markets this
morning 1.65% up on their closing prices wi

Friday August 17th

Apple stock has hit an all-time high with the company once again valued at over $600 billion. Following the company’s first dividend disbursement in 17 years, Apple stocks went up 1.09 per cent further expanding the Cupertino based firm’s standing as the world’s most valuable company. (9to5Mac)

Newly leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 pictures have hit the web with latest rumours suggesting the oversized smartphone will be larger than its predecessor. Tipped to be officially unveiled during Samsung’s next Mobile Unpacked event on to coincide with IFA later this month, the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumours have hinted the device will be available in black Samsung Galaxy Note 2 pictureand white colour forms with an expansive 5.5-inch display. (KnowYourMobile)

The Acer Liquid Gallant smartphone will be officially unveiled at IFA later this month, a leaked PDF has suggested. Tipped to land alongside a raft of new products from the industry’s big players, the Liquid Gallant is tipped to enter the realms of reality with a 4.3-inch display and a 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera wrapped around Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich innards. (T3)

Dyson has unveiled its latest high-end vacuum cleaner with the Dyson DC44 Digital Slim cordless offering being announced ahead of release later this month. With impressive suction power that sees the motor spin at 104,000rpm, five time faster than a Formula 1 racing car, a Dyson DC44 Facebook LikeDigital Slim UK release date has been set for August 30th with wannabe owners needing to part with £279.99 to snap up the design loving appliance. (PocketLint)

British Facebook users care more about looking good than being intelligent, a new study has found. The latest figures, compiled by Intel’s Interaction and Experience Research have found that 56 per cent of 4374 Facebook using Brits questioned said looking good on their profile was their main concern. This contrasts with the rest of Europe and the Middle East where users said they valued appearing intelligent more. (Metro)

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Thursday August 16th

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 UK release date has seen the work-based tablet hit British stores today. Following-on from its oversized smartphone sibling, the Note 10.1 runs Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system whilst playing host to a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Available to buy now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 UK price Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1sees the 16GB Wi-Fi only rendition of the stylus loving Apple iPad rival available for just £399. (ComputerWorld)

BlackBerry 10 features have been bolstered as parent company RIM confirms the first BB10 handsets will feature 720p HD displays. With the first BlackBerry 10 OS packing devices to hit stores in early 2013, the Canadian handset manufacturer has revealed the launch will see its first HD display touting handsets, bringing the flailing smarpthone brand in line with the rising market competition. An official spokesperson said “As everyone knows by now, the screen resolution on the Dev Alpha device is 1280 x 768. Let’s just go on record and confirm that this will be the screen resolution shipped with the first BlackBerry 10 full touch device,” (Inquirer)

The Sony Reader PRS-T2 has been officially unveiled as the company’s latest Amazon Kindle rival with the new eBook Reader to be made available for pre-order tomorrow, August 17th. Pre-installed with a free copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, the Sony Reader PRS-T2 boasts Facebook and Twitter integration whilst 2GB of internal storage and a 1.5 month battery life will keep you in reading for a while to come. (TechRadar)Sony Reader PRS-T2

Samsung Galaxy Note sales have topped 10 million units globally since the plus sized smartphone was officially released last year, the Korean tech giant has revealed. Whilst the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is released in the UK today, the unit’s stylus packing predecessor continues to prove popular hitting the latest sales milestone just five months after recording 5 million unit sales back in March. (KnowYourMobile)

There will be no Sony PS Vita price cut in 2012, the portable gamers’ manufacturer has revealed. Stating it was “too early” to consider slashing the price of the Nintendo 3DS rival that launched earlier this year, an official Sony spokesperson said: “At a certain point in the future we would like to address the pricing issue for some of the people who are waiting. But this year we are trying to add value by creating different types of bundles. We announced we will provide LittleBigPlanet Vita bundle pack. That’s affordable for people who are looking for a good deal.” (CVG)

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Wednesday August 15th

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has been rumoured for release on August 29th. Currently exclusive to the Google Nexus 7 tablet, the latest Android operating system is tipped to make its smartphone debut on Samsung’s latest Apple iPhone 4S rival with the Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update tipped to land later this month. Samsung has yet to offer any details on the update. (CNet)

RIM has confirmed that its first BlackBerry 10 handsets are ready ahead of a planned early 2013 release. Having been hit by a number of delays that pushed the Canadian company’s next-generation operating system back from a planned 2012 launch, the former smartphone giant has stated it is now simply ‘polishing’ the service ahead of an ever nearing rollout. (TechRadar)

An LG Optimus 4X HD UK release date has been set with the quad-core Android smartphone powerhouse to hit British shores later this month. With an August 27th Optimus 4X HD release set, retailer Phones 4U has started to take pre-orders for the device that is attempting to rival the likes of the similarly specced Samsung Galaxy S3. (PocketLint)

The Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit PS Vita release could be free to those who purchase the PS3 edition of the game, publisher EA has suggested. Stating that the move is currently “under consideration,” EA has suggested the Criterion developed title could be its first high-profile release made available on a ‘Cross Buy’ basis. (CVG)

Apple iTV rumours have kicked back into overdrive as a newly unveiled patent application from the iPad and iPhone giant point towards a new TV network navigation system. Reigniting speculation Apple will soon launch its first own-brand television sets, the patent leak suggests any iTV release will be accompanied by a new software offering from the Cupertino giant. (9to5Mac)

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Tuesday August 14th

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 UK release date has been set as August 22nd, retailer Carphone Warehouse has suggested. Available for pre-order now, the smartphone and tablet outlet has suggested the second-generation Android filled iPad rival will hit British shores a week tomorrow. Samsung has yet to offer any Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1official word on a confirmed Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 launch. (Inquirer)

Samsung’s Bada mobile operating system is growing faster than the latest Windows Phone OS, new reports have revealed. Latest figures compiled by analytical firm Gartner’s have shown that whilst Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform grew 1.6 per cent in the past 12 months, the Samsung Bada OS jumped 1.9 per cent in popularity. On the flip side, RIM’s BlackBerry platform dropped 6.5 per cent to just a 5.2 per cent market share. (TechRadar)

Facebook’s $1bn Instagram takeover has been approved by the Office of Fair Trading in the UK. Deciding not to refer the proposed purchase to the Competition Commission, social giant Facebook is now one step closer to the picture sharing behemoth after it original outlined plans for a takeover back in April. (BBC)

A Samsung design executive told the Korean company to “learn through the lessons of the iPhone,” new revelations in the ongoing court proceedings have revealed. With Apple and Samsung continuing to dual it out over multiple patent infringement claims, an internal memo from Samsung designer Sungsik Lee has been revealed in with the Sammy man states: I am not saying to make what is exactly identical to the iPhone, but I am saying to learn the wisdom of the iPhone, and recognize the standard of the industry which was set by them already.” (AppleInsider)

A new FIFA 13 trailer has been released offering gaming fans a new insight into the upcoming addition to the football franchise. Unveiled at the Cologne based gamescom expo, an event tipped to see the Half Life 3 release confirmed, EA’s latest FIFA 13 gameplay video showcases a selection of the title’s new gameplay features ahead of the game’s official September 28th FIFA 13 UK release date. (CVG)


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Monday August 13th

The European Nintendo Wii U release date has been pushed back until December, new reports have suggested. With latest Wii U rumours suggesting the next-gen console will be delayed, it has been reported that “issues in the manufacturing process” are causing Ninty to hold off on confirming when the Wii follow-on will Nintendo Wii Uofficially hit European markets. The 3DS manufacturer previously revealed a Nintendo Wii U UK release date would be held before the end of the year without offering a more specific date. (GeekyGadgets)

EA will not add women’s football to FIFA anytime soon despite the sport’s recent Olympic success. Whilst the female form of the world’s sport continues to grow in popularity and its introduction to the dominate gaming series would undoubtedly open the title to a wider audience, EA’s FIFA Executive Producer David Rutter has revealed there are currently no plans to add the fairer sex. “We get literally thousands upon thousands of suggestions from our fans for new features and we have to evaluate those suggestions, such as the inclusion of female players in the game, against our resources, priorities and overall fan feedback,” he said. “At present, we don’t have plans to include female players in the game.” (CVG)

Panasonic will not bring its Eluga and Eluga Power handsets to the UK after it revealed it was ‘happy with current markets.’ Officially unveiled at MWC 2012 earlier this year, the dust and splash proof Eluga handsets were the Japanese company’s most impressive smartphone offerings to date with a spokesperson for the company stating: “Panasonic markets the Eluga smartphone to consumers in Germany and Italy and does currently not have any plans to change this.” (TheTimes)

Apple offered to license iOS patents to Samsung in 2010 in a deal that would have cost the Korean rival a hearty $40 (£25.48) per table and $30 (£19.11) per smartphone produced. London 2012: The Official Video GameThe proposed deal has come to light as the two tech giants battle it out in court both accusing each other of copying the other one’s patented technologies and designs. (9to5Mac)

London 2012: The Official Video game has retained its gaming crown for a third consecutive week as the expansive track and field title takes a last gasp at hanging on to the Olympic coattails. Having seen off competition from the likes of LEGO Batman 2 to take another gold medal you can check out what we thought of the game in our London 2012: The Official Video Game review. (MCV)

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Friday August 10th

Nasa’s Morpheus lander has crashed during moon mission tests at the Kennedy Space Center, bursting into flames before eventually exploding. Attempting a practice takeoff, Morpheus’ liquid oxygen and methane powered engines ignited shortly before the 794kg vehicle toppled on to its side, crashing into terrafirma and catching fire. Whilst nobody was injured in the unmanned incident, the U.S. space agency has announced an investigation is already underway into the accident. (BBC)

The Assassin’s Creed 3 PC release date has been confirmed as developer Ubisoft confirms the PC offering will hit the UK on November 23rd. Whilst the PS3 and Xbox 360 Google LogoAssassin’s Creed 3 release date will be held on October 31st, PC gamers will have to wait a further three and a half weeks to snap up the latest Assassin’s offering. (CVG)

Google has been hit with a record fine after the search giant was found to have used cookies to monitor the activities of Safari users who had their “do not track” privacy settings enabled. The largest fine ever imposed on a single company by the US Federal Trade Commission, Google has been ordered to pay $22.5 million (£14.4m) having bypassed Safari’s security settings. (ComputerWeekly)Beats by Dr Dre

Beats by Dr Dre headphone sales have increased after Olympic athletes were ordered not to wear the audio enablers at the Games. With Beats accused of guerrilla marketing, bypassing official sponsorship streams and giving free headphones to high-profile Olympic athletes such as Tom Daley, retailer John Lewis has reported sales of the iconic over-ear headphones have increased 116 per cent during the London 2012 period. (PocketLint)

The F1 2012 UK release date has been set for September 21st as the first gameplay footage of the upcoming Formula 1 based racing sim is outed. Launching the same weekend as the Singapore Grand Prix, Codemaster’s latest F1 title will follow on from its award winning predecessors with all the official tracks, teams and drivers from the current 2012 Formula 1 season. (Videogamer)

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Wednesday August 8th

Nintendo Wii U games packaging has leaked ahead of the console’s official launch as Ubisoft accidentally outs the box art for its upcoming Nintendo Wii U Assassin’s Creed 3 title. With the Nintendo Wii U UK release date set to take place later this year, packaging designs for the new console’s games have hit the web with the Wii follow-on to see physical game Nintendo Wii U Assassin's Creedreleases sport a swathe of turquoise branding at the top of each box. (PocketLint)

Second-generation Microsoft Surface tablets are already in the works, the company has revealed through a recent job listing. Whilst the tech world awaits the official Microsoft Surface UK release date, a recent listing on the Microsoft Careers website in reference to the Surface development team has suggested the company is “currently building the next generation device that fully express the Windows vision.” (T3)

Twitter now supports 33 different languages as the micro-blogging site adds Greek, Czech and Basque to its 140 character service. Talking on the latest language supports, a Twitter spokesperson added that “Back in March, Twitter launched in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu, marking the first timeLittle Big Planet Sackboy the micro-blogging service offered right-to-left languages.” (WSJ)

Little Big Planet Karting has been confirmed with the racing release to hit retailers on November 6th. Long rumoured, the Mario Karting-esque Little Big Planet spinoff will see the likes of Sackboy get behind the wheel in another PS3 exclusive. Heading to the US first, the LBP Karting title is tipped to hit the UK later this year. (GeekyGadgets)

Microsoft has backtracked on its recent ‘new Xbox’ comment as the tech giant issues an explanation of General Manager Brian Hall’s words. Whilst it was taken that in referring to the ‘new Xbox’ Hall was referencing the eagerly awaited Xbox 720, Microsoft has suggested he was in fact talking about an upcoming “fall Xbox update which will bring a host of new consumer experiences like Xbox Music, Videos, Games on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass.” (TechRadar)

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Tuesday August 7th

The first real-cash gambling game has hit Facebook with UK users the only ones able to access the bingo based Bingo Friendzy application. Allowing users to win real money, the game, launched by online gambling operator Gamesys is exclusive to over 18s and is set to be followed by a flurry of Facebook based gambling titles from Zynga. (BBC)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has suggested cloud computing could cause “horrible problems” in the future with users handing control of their data over to large companies. Speaking on the rise of remote storage, the Apple II mastermind said: “I really worry about everything going to the cloud. I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think thereO2 Logo are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years.” He added: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away.” (AFP)

O2 has stated an Apple iPhone 5 listed on its site was a ‘mistake’ as the network provider denies all knowledge of the widely rumoured upcoming handset. Shortly after a 32GB Apple iPhone 5 was listed on the retailer’s online store, an O2 spokesperson has come out declaring “the listing on the O2 shop is a genuine mistake and we [are] working on removing it from the website.” (TechRadar)

A Microsoft executive has referenced the “new Xbox” as longstanding Xbox 720 rumours kick into overdrive. Discussing the upcoming cross platform compatibility of Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 800Microsoft’s General Manager Brian Hall teased the upcoming console stating: “We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those and put them together and release it right in time for the new wave of products that we could have coming out with Windows 8, with the new version of Office with the new Windows phone and the new Xbox.” (MCV)

Windows Phone 7 handset sales have risen 277 per cent in the past 12 months despite the Microsoft platform holding just a 4 per cent market share. The latest figures from data analyst firm Canalys have suggested 5.1 million WP handsets were shifted in the year’s second quarter, up from just 1.3 million handsets in the same period of 2011. (PocketLint)

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Monday August 6th

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 UK release date and price has been confirmed as Samsung finally takes one step closer to launching its business minded tablet following an Amazon KindleMWC 2012 unveiling back in February. Set to hit retailers later this month, the Galaxy Note 10.1 launch will reportedly see a £450 price tag handed to the stylus touting Apple iPad rival. (Inquirer)

Amazon is now selling more digital than paper books as the online retailer’s iconic Kindle eReader continues to dominate the market. With 114 digital Kindle titles being sold for every 100 physical paper books shifted through the Amazon store, the European Vice-President of Kindle, Jorrit Van der Meulen has revealed that “Customers in the UK are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books, even as our print business continues to grow.” (BBC)Nokia Lumia X LeakIndependent)

Samsung Omnia M released in the UK
as the Windows Phone contingent continues to grow ahead of the upcoming
Windows Phone 8 release this autumn. Featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED
display and a 1GHz single-core processor, the Omnia M is to be exclusive
to Phones 4U for two months ahead of a more widespread release. (Three)

Now TV launches for iPhone and iPad
just weeks after the Sky controlled movie streaming service was made
available for Android devices. With individual titles able to be rented
for anywhere between 99p and £3.49 apiece, those keen to watch multiple
movies can opt for a £15 per month all inclusive deal. (TechDigest)

A new Sony Xperia tablet has leaked
as images of the sleek looking Android tablet make their way online
ahead of the device’s formal unveiling. Said to be 42 per cent slimmer
that its Tablet S predecessor, the leaked iPad rival is rumoured to be
readying for release later this year with a Tegra 3 quad-core processor,
a 9.4-inch 1280 x 800p display and a new 64GB storage option. (TechRadar)Spotify

Spotify has hit the 15 million subscribers milestone
with 4 million of these users paying to utilise the music streaming
service, the company has revealed. Announced by Spotify’s Chief Content
Officer Ken Parks, the latest figures show a 1 million member increase
in the company’s user base over January of this year. (The Verge)

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Monday July 30

Microsoft’s Xbox 720 developer kits have
gone on sale online with the Durango unit at one point looking set to
fetch $10,000 (£6,372) before being pulled. Although the exact specs are
unclear, the machine is said to feature an Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU and a
hearty 8GB of RAM. If real, the next-gen Xbox looks set to be a belter
of a console. (MCV)

Samsung Windows Phone 8 handsets have leaked
ahead of release thanks to a court document. The 4-inch Marco and the
4.65-inch Odyssey have been mentioned in a trial document from one of
the Korean company’s many ongoing legal disputes with Apple with both
next-gen Windows handsets to hit later this year with AMOLED displays
and LTE 4G network capabilities. (Ubergizmo)

Apple OS X Mountain LionOS X Mountain Lion downloads
have topped the three million users milestone just four days after
launch, setting the latest Mac based operating system out as Apple’s
most successful OS X launch to date. Apple’s Senior Vice President of
Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller, put it thus: “Just a year after
the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have
downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days,
making it our most successful release ever.” (GeekyGadgets)

Apple vs. Samsung patent disputes
are set to be resolved sooner rather than later as the two companies
are to settle their patent disputes via a juried trial. With the two
tech behemoths bickering over supposed patent infringements, the US jury
could decide the fate of billions of dollars and whether or not a
selection of portable devices are banned from sale. (BBC)

London 2012 Samsung Galaxy S3BlackBerry is to launch a 10-inch PlayBook tablet
if latest rumours are to be believed. Building on the company’s
somewhat forgotten entry to the tablet market, new reports, and a couple
of prematurely outed images, have suggested RIM’s second tab could be
making a leap in size to an iPad rivalling 10-inches. (Tinh Te)

London 2012 Samsung Galaxy S3 release
coincides with the opening of the sporting showpiece as the Korean
handset manufacturer, official partner of the Olympics Games, launches
the Team GB clad smartphone. Featuring the same quad-core, Android 4.0,
8-megpiaxel camera specs as the standard model, the London 2012 offers
the choice of two patriotic, Olympic themed rear panels. (T3)

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Monday July 23

Canon unveils EOS M Canon aims to offer DSLR quality in a
compact body with a rival to Sony’s NEX-F3 for £769. The EOS M will
feature a 18MP APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor, full HD video recording and a
3in LCD touchscreen display. (PC Advisor)

Dead Trigger Android game goes free due to piracy
Madfinger Games, the developer of zombie killing game Dead Trigger,
claims it had to make its game free due to the piracy rate being “soooo
(sic) giant”. There is some backlash from customers who paid 69p for the
game before it went free. (Guardian)

Chirp app sends smartphone data via ‘digital birdsong’
Animal Systems have developed an app called Chirp which can transmit
data to other smartphones without being connected by wireless or
bluetooth but instead by using two-second long bird-like noise.
Currently data sent can be pictures, website links or 140 character text
messages and can be sent to multiple devices simultaneously. (BBC)

Skype refuses to confirm or deny eavesdropping rumours
“[Skype] co-operates with law enforcement agencies as much as is
legally and technically possible.” was the statement Skype
represantatives gave when questioned about wiretaps. . This goes against
previous statements by Skype suggesting wire-tapping was technically
impossible. (Wired)

ARM Chases Intel on 3D Transistors With TSMC Deal
ARM is looking to muscle in on Intel’s 3D transistor business by
partnering with Taiwan Semiconducter Manufacturing. They claim the new
chips will be faster and more power-efficient than current chips.(PC World)

and finally

“Big boobs” code forces Microsoft into apologising
Microsoft were left red faced after developers uncovers a piece of
software code which translated into the words “big boobs”. The string
“0xB16B00B5” was found in software that allows Microsoft programs to
work with Linux. (Telegraph)

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Friday July 20

iCloudTunes Cloud Movies come to UK You
can now watch movies bought from iTunes more easily while out and
about. Rather than having to sync them to your phone or tablet, you can
pull them directly from the iTunes cloud. Previously, this service was
only available in the US.

Samsung denied stay on Galaxy Tab 10.1 ruling The
Apple vs Samsung saga continues. Apple has been forced to publically
deny that the Galaxy Tab copies the iPad in the UK, but in the states
Samsung has just been denied a stay on a similar ruling against the tab.
The ruling demands that the tablet be taken off sale, in spite of
Samsung’s appeal against the decision.

Google Nexus 7Asus talks about Nexus 7 lack of camera Asus
says that it was stuck between a rock and a hard place when deciding
whether or not to put a rear camera on the Nexus 7. It could have put a
cheapy one on there and reduced the overall quality of the Nexus 7
experience, or used a good one and watch as the price rose. In the end,
it chose to leave out the camera altogether. A wise move, in our
opinion. (Slashgear)

Google to take on Mexican drug cartels
Google plans to create a new information infrastructure to help the people of Mexico combat the country’s drug cartels. Speaking at the Illicit
Networks: Forces in Opposition Summit, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said,
protect us. Suppliers will learn how to prevent being exploited by
illicit markets, and as the supply goes down those illicit markets
will be diminished.” The project is part of Google Ideas, the think tank
designed to deal with the “toughest human challenges”. (Wired)

Thursday July 19

Apple ordered to apologise to Samsung
In a slightly
amusing twist (to us anyway) to the battle of the tablets a UK judge has
demanded Apple pay for a series of ads which should have the clear
message that Samsung did not copy the iPad design for their tablet. In
addition Apple will be required to post a statment on their UK website
for 6 months. (Computerworld)

Microsoft could be fined up to $7bn If
Microsoft fail to comply with the anti-competitive “critical remedy”
they agreed to implement in 2009 they could be faced with huge fines.
The fines relate to providing users with a screen to enabe them to
choose an internet browser rather than automatically use Internet
Explorer. A service pack update in February 2011 removed this screen and
option. (The Register)

O2 unveil compensation package O2
will be conpensating customers following the serious disruption to
their network last week which saw thousands of subscribers unable to use
their phone for calls or data. A £10 O2 giftcard wil be provided. Pay
monthly customers will also receive 10% off their July bill while Pay as
You go customers will gain 10% extra on their first top up in
September. (3G)

Dell to offer Ubuntu XPS 13 laptops this Autumn
The XPS 13 will be provided with a modified version of Ubuntu Linux
12.04. The laptop will be exactly the same as the one that currently
ships with Windows. The laptop is aimed at developers and should come
ast a reduced price since customers won’t need to pay for Windows
whether they want to use it or not. (The Inquirer)

Nokia: not dead yet
Losses made by Nokia weren’t quite a high as expected. Sales are down
24% and revenue is down 29% – less than was feared, however sales of the
flagship Lumia handsets are still low. Shares rose by 15% following the
news. (Telegraph)

Security researchers take out massive botnet The
botnet known as Grum believed to be responsible for 18 billion spam
emails a day has been dealt a massive blow by security researchers. More
than 80% of the infected computers sending the spam were stopped. (Independent)

and finally…

Google Play’s Nexus 7 shipping errors
After delays and reports of poor communication another error has
surfaced regarding the shipping of Google Nexus 7 tablets purchased via
Google Play. Allegedly the first address line on every package was
replaced with Gordon House leaving many still without their new tablets.
(Channel Register)

unlikely that Google are so happy that their device runs Flash that
this error was intentional and aimed at creating a delicious Flash
Gordon pun. It’s more likely that they cocked up since Gordon House is the name of their offices in Ireland.

Tuesday July 17

Google Nexus 7 sells out in US Most
US retail stores have sold out of the Google Nexus 7 tablet – the first
Google tab to bear the “big G” name, and one of the first under £200
that’s not utterly rubbish. Is it a sign that this could really be a
competitor to the iPad? We’ll be back with the full review soon. Stay

Galaxy S3Samsung Galaxy S3 sales to hit 15m in Q3
We’ve already heard about massive shipments for the Android-powered
Samsung Galaxy S3, but this time the news is about cold, hard sales. The
phone is on track to sell 6.5 million units in Q2, and a whopping 15m
by the end of Q3. This will undoubtedly become one of the best selling
gadgets of the year.

First ever Instagram photo unearthed Instragram
– it may be used by many irritating people who can’t face not being
able to express themselves at every point in the day, but it is pretty
cool. And it is almost two years old. The first ever image taken using
the software was a picture of a doggie, from October 2010. Since then,
Instagram has grown to over 50 million members worldwide, and is in
talks to be bought by Facebook for $1bn.

iPhone 5 to use nano SIM
If iPhone 5 rumours were nutritious, world hunger would have ended
yonks ago. And while you can’t eat this latest one, it is pretty tasty.
Nano-SIM cards are apparently being stockpiled by European telecoms
companies ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5, suggesting the microSIM
format is to be ditched. A nano-SIM is around half the size of a
microSIM. This madness must stop, or we’ll start losing the things under
our fingernails.

AerographWorld’s lightest material created What
do you call a material that’s 99.99 per cent air? Dubbed Aerographite,
the lightest material in the world can hold more than 40,000 times its
own weight, using a complex lattice of hollow carbon tubes that weighs
just 0.2 milligrammes per square cm. That’s even lighter than an Aero

Monday July 16

Nokia slash the price of the Lumia 900 Just three
months ofter it’s launch in the US Nokia have reduced the price of their
flagship Lumia 900 phone by almost $50. This means you can now get it on a two
year contract in the US for $49.99. We have hope the savings will reach the UK
too. (the Guardian)

Nintendo Wii U to trounce PS3 and Xbox 360 Despite
rumours and speculation that the Wii U will be underpowered compared to it’s
console competitors some developers have stated that it will be “definitely more
powerful that Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.”

£90m mobile contract rip-off warning Which?, the
consumer association, has filed an official complaint to Ofcom for hidden price
increases network providers place on mobile contracts which it regards as
unscrupulous, even though it is legal. (Press Association)

RIM told to pay $147 Million in patent lawsuit
More bad news for the makers of BlackBerry as they have been found liable for
infringing patents held by Mformation Technologies in its BlackBerry Enterprise
Server software. (NY Times)

Amazon unsure whether to stock Nexus 7 Amazon are
in talks with Google over stocking the Nexus 7 tablet. Google’s new tablet is in
direct competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire as both are 7 inch tablets aimed at
readers. (Techradar)

Grand Theft Auto V will be biggest yet Those of
you who thought the San Andreas world was big may or may not be glad to hear
that Rockstar are planning to make GTAV’s world even bigger. The larger size
will mean plane’s and helicopters will reappear as user controlled vehicles.

BBC Sport launches Olympics app The BBC’s Olympics
iOS and android app will provide coverage for up to 24 live streams of live
coverage, schedules, results and news stories. The app will also allow live
streaming and catch up services. (BBC)

Tuesday July 10

Blackberry could be sued because of delay
Heaping more
misery on RIM, who posted a $518 million quarter loss last month, is the
potential that shareholders could sue over further delays to the
Blackberry 10. RIM denies it misled investors. (NY Times)

on the other hand…

Blackberry Apps could save RIM More
than 3 billion downloads have been made since Blackberry’s App World
launched. While the number can’t compare to Apple’s 25 billion app
downloads it still shows healthy interest and engagement. (PC Pro)

Facebook App Center to take over the world Facebook’s
App Center will be rolled out globally just a month after launching in
the US. The rollout will start with English speaking countries as the
localised stores are being readied. (The Register)

We were “incompetent”: TalkTalk fesses up TakTalk’s
CEO has admitted that the ISP was “incompenent” two years ago. It’s
admirable that they’re aware and honest about out it but we hope they’ll
stop topping Ofcom’s customer complaint ranking. (The Telegraph)

Raspberry Pi offers cash prize Our
favourite budget computer makers are offering a $1,000 cash prize to
the child and teenager who creates the most impressive bit of software
for the little Pi. We’ve got our hands on our own one and we’ll be
reviewing it soon. (Raspberry Pi)

Rambo C64Rambo: The Video Game to be demoed soon Fans
of the bloodthirsty Sly Stallone movie franchise will get the first
chance to see the PC and console game coming out later this year at
Gamescon. We’re hoping you’ll get the chance to attack a tank on
horseback and that the graphics have moved on since the first Rambo
game. (CCL Online)

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Monday July 9

DNSChanger could stop you getting online
A nasty piece of
malware which started appearing in 2007 could cause up to 300,000
computers to stop connecting to the internet. The FBI will shut down the
hacker’s DNS servers which would mean anyone who’s connecting to them
may need to get ISP help to get back online. (Guardian)

Samsung Galaxy 3 officially not microwave friendly
The wave of negative publicity following pictures of a burned Galaxy S3
has been quelled following the admission that it was actually caused by
a microwave. The genius owner claimed he was trying to dry it after it
got wet. (TrustedReviews)

Social media increases anxiety
A recent poll showed that more than half of those surveyed said
Facebook and Twitter had changed their behavior, half of those for the
worse. A loss in confidence due to feelings of underachievement and
finding it difficult to relax after using the sites were the main
factors. (Telegraph)

Big brother wants to know what you’re thinking
Thousands of civil servants have been tasked with finding out what the
public are thinking using Facebook. The government wants to engage more
people using social media. (Daily Mail)

High tech car thief gets locked up
A gang of thieves used sophisticated devices to jam key locking
signals. They would then enter the unlocked vehicle, hack the car’s
computer, place a GPS device and track it, while a copy of the key was
being created. Once the key was ready they’d simply use the copied key
to open and steal the car. More than 170 cars were stolen in this way
and the ringleader, Alan Watkins, has been jailed. (Infosecurity Magazine)

angry pigsAngry birds struck back
Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds,are planning to turn the tables.
Players will take control of the much maligned pigs and defend stolen
eggs against the birds’ attempts to get them back. (Tech Digest)

Yahoo and Facebook truce
Months of legal wrangling have ended after Yahoo and Facebook decided
to make peace over a patent dispute. They have will now license each
others technologies which will expand their existing partnership. (SMH)

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Friday July 6

Facebook App Center arrives
The Facebook App Center has
finally arrived in the UK. This is the social network hub that offers
all the Facebook apps in one place, arranged so that the ones that
Facebook thinks will appeal to you are up top. One annoyance, though –
why isn’t it called Facebook App Centre, eh? (T3)

Samsung Wins, HTC loses
Samsung has just forecast excellent financials for Q2 2012, but the
news isn’t so good for poor old HTC. Its profits are down 58 per cent
year-on-year. It’s still in the black, with NT$7.4 billion profits, but
perhaps it’s time for HTC to re-think its smartphone strategy. (BGR)

E-cigaretteE-ciggie causes terror alert A
Megabus coach driving along the M6 was evacuated of its ~50 passengers
after it was reported that there was smoke pouring from one of the
passenger’s bags. The 90-min kerfuffle caused huge tailbacks on the
motorway. The smoke? It came from an electronic cigarette with – presumably – no terrorist aspirations. (Guardian)

Firefox OS to bite budget Androids Telefonica CEO Matthew Key has been bigging-up the potential of the upcoming Firefox OS, designed for budget smartphones. He says “we
can produce the same experience on Android cheaper, or a better
experience at the same price.” Big words. The first Firefox OS phones
are expected to arrive in mid-2013.

Man travels through time, talks to 12-year-old self

In a clever video with serious viral potential, a man has spliced
together video of himself now with a tape he made at the age of 12,
which at the time had the aim of talking to his “future self”. Yes, it’s
a joke, but it’s worth a watch.

Thursday July 5

New PS3 model on the way?
Documents submitted to the FCC,
the body that all connected US electronics have to go through, suggest a
new version of the PS3 is on the way. No, we’re not talking a PS4 but
*most likely* a slimmer version of the current PS3. Its model number is
the catchy “CECH-4001x”, and it could be up for launch next month at
Gamescom. (Eurogamer)

Acer budget Android tablet incoming
Also flagged by FCC docs, the Acer Iconia A210 is a budget tablet that
is likely to go on sale soon. It features a 10.1in screen of 1,280 x 800
pixel resolution, a Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream
Sandwich software. With the Google Nexus 7 offering similar specs (with a
smaller screen) for £159, Acer had better be planning to sell these on
the cheap. (Geeky-Gadgets)

Stephen HawkingHiggs Boson leaves Hawking out of pocket
The Higgs Boson particle has (seemingly) been discovered. But it has
cost professor Stephen Hawking dearly. The famous scientist bet Gordon
Kane of Michigan University $100 that the “God particle” would not be
found. We’re still waiting to hear if Hawking has paid up.

Samsung 75ES9000Samsung shows off $18k, 75in TV Samsung has launched a jaw-dropping new TV. The 75in ES9000-series telly has just a 7.8mm bezel, Smart TV functionality and a “Diamond Black” panel. It costs over $17,000 – or around £11,000. Ouch.

39 per cent can’t tell between Blu-ray and DVD
A survey undertaken by MyVoucherCodes (yes, that famous research
institute) suggests that 38 per cent of British people can’t tell
between the picture quality of Blu-ray and DVD. 1,348 people took place
in the survey, although it didn’t ask how many had recently lost their
glasses… (Pocket-lint)

Wednesday July 4

Mini iPad due for Christmas release
Following Google’s Nexus 7 announcement last week, Apple are set to join the 7 inch tablet market war by next Christmas. (Trusted Reviews)

iPhone sales slump Anecdotal evidence from network operators and
the FT suggest sales of the iPhone have dropped due to the launch of the
Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple fans waiting for new iOS and iPhone. (T3)


EU rejects ACTA The controversial anti-piracy agreement aimed at
tackling piracy on the internet was rejected by the European Parliament
mainly due to the threats posed to online freedoms. (Trusted Reviews)

Will it be the Xbox 8? Microsoft have fueled rumours of the name
of their next-gen console by buying a number of domain names including a
number of Xbox8 ones. Speculation that the 8 signifies the word
infinity had led to the opinion that it will be the “Xbox Infinity” rather then
“Xbox 8”. (MSN)

ps vitaPS One on PS Vita An updated firmware package is expected to
allow PS Vita owners to download and play hundreds of PS One games.
Nothing official has been announced yet.

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