The week in gadgets

19 Apr 2010

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

Do we know what the new iPhone 4G looks like or indeed if it definitely exists? That depends on whether you believe the ‘abandoned iPhone’ story doing the rounds, where a shiny new iPhone 4G was found lying on the floor of a San Jose bar inside an iPhone 3G case. How convenient!

Here’s the goss on what this iPhone 4G/HD is like: apparently, it has a front-facing camera, 80GB of memory and if the photos are anything to go by, this looks nothing like the iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS before it.

Engadget has some good pics of this handset and if it turns out to be the real deal then it’s pretty exciting …

Social networking addicts be prepared for some news on Wednesday: this is when Facebook has its annual F8 developers conference: we already know that Facebook is going to be talking about a new ‘like’ feature but the four main strands it will be focusing on are new tools, open source and industry on techniques. If you want hot Facebook news as it happens, then tune into the live stream at this Wednesday.

Get ready for more 3D home entertainment: following hot on the heels of Samsung, Sony has announced it will be selling its new Bravia HX803 3D television this June.

There is also a 3D Blu-ray player on the way and more 3D models to come later in the year, plus a 3D update to the PlayStation 3 games console  – in fact, this update will be out before the end of May and will make all PS3’s 3D games ready with a Blu-ray update later in the year.

Meanwhile, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz is taking the mobile world by storm: the handset with high-definition video recording capability plus YouTube integration has helped the company turn its first profit (€21m) in six quarters as has the social networking oriented Xperia X10 with an Android OS.

By Marie Boran

Photo: The Sony Ericsson Vivaz