The week in gadgets

28 Jun 2010

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

As the big excitement over the launch of the iPhone 4 dies down there were equal amounts of amusement and confusion to be found over how we should be holding the handset after it turned out that there were reception problems if it was held a certain way but Apple has stuck to its guns despite false rumours that a recall would be issued.

In a slightly embarrassing turn of events, British newspaper the Daily Mail reported that Apple CEO Steve Jobs tweeted that there may have to be a recall of the iPhone 4 but it turns out that this came from a fake Steve Jobs Twitter account.

From smartphone to shining smartphone, Sony Ericsson has another new Xperia on the way. Following on from the success of the Android-powered X10 and its little brother the X10 mini, the X8 will be the next Android phone from the company and will have the latest FroYo version of the mobile operating system plus a lower price point than the X10.

The X10, as Sony Ericsson’s flagship smartphone, has been doing well sales-wise in Asia. Hirokazu Ishizuka, corporate vice-president and head of Asia Pacific Region at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, told journalists at a recent expo that it is currently outselling the iPhone in Japan.

Meanwhile, the BBC has been busy working on plans for internet TV. Project Canvas, which is a partnership between the BBC, ITV, Five, Channel 4 and TalkTalk and BT, is a collaborative effort to create an IPTV standard.

Project Canvas will use a set-top box to access internet TV services, like BBC’s iPlayer as well as ITVplayer and will be an alternative to pay TV.