The week in gadgets


14 Mar 2011

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A look at gadget, game and geek happenings in the week ahead.

Apple senior vice-president: white iPhone coming ‘in spring’

Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller has revealed the white iPhone will be arriving sometime this spring.

Responding to another user on Twitter, Schiller revealed that the long-awaited white iPhone will be coming soon, claiming “it is a beauty.”

Schiller did not specify whether the white iPhone would be an iPhone 4 model or an iPhone 5. However, the iPhone 5 may see a release in mid-summer, so it’s likely that, if Schiller’s tweet is true, the first white iPhone will be the iPhone 4.

The white iPhone has been long delayed by Apple and is in huge demand from iPhone fans.

Google Chrome OS laptops to arrive mid-2011?

Google has said it has run out of laptops for its Chrome OS pilot program and that it would be commercially releasing partner devices for it in the middle of the year.

The CR-48 was sent out to people to test Google’s upcoming web browser-like operating system.

However, according to reports from PC World, Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management at Google, said these units are gone “for now” and new partner models will be made commercially available in mid-2011.

It is unknown if this is an indication of a US release date or a global one.

Partner devices will come from Acer or Samsung powered with Intel chips. Google said other OEMs will follow.

UK’s first video games visitor centre for disabled gamers opens

A UK-based video games charity, SpecialEffect, has opened a fully accessible Video Game Visitor Centre, aiming to become a central hub for the charity to help develop gaming tech for people with disabilities.

The centre, located in Witney, West Oxfordshire, lets visitors with handicaps try out new games, software and hardware.

“The SpecialEffect Charity already helps a wide range of people with disabilities to discover how to use specialist technology through its website, roadshows, working with hospitals and home visits,” said SpecialEffect’s director, Dr Mick Donegan.

“The only thing missing was a central hub for people to visit.”