The week in gadgets

15 Feb 2010

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 – currently under way in Barcelona – dominates this week’s gadget news with plenty of new mobile handsets and services set to be unleashed on the public.

One of the most anticipated announcements from the MWC 2010 is to be the new Windows Mobile 7 operating system. It is expected that a slew of new handsets will be introduced, plus a possible opening up of the SDK (software developers kit) to third parties to develop Microsoft’s Marketplace app store.

Meanwhile, US comms operator Verizon is doing something big with VoIP player Skype. The company has scheduled a press conference with Skype for tomorrow, indicating the possibility of future handsets from the operator with built-in Skype functionality.

Microsoft’s X10 games event in San Francisco has brought with it some exciting news for Xbox 360 fans: the release dates for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction is 13 April while Crackdown 2 is coming along later this year and the hotly anticipated adventure sequel Fable III will be here in autumn.

Finally, your smart phone and other hand-held devices will soon be carrying a lot more movies, music and photos as Toshiba announced it has developed a 1TB solid state drive (SSD) the size of a postage stamp, much smaller than current hard drives inside netbooks and portable media players, including the iPod.

Photo: Verizon may be working on handsets with built-in Skype functionality