The week in gadgets


7 Nov 2011

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A look at gadget happenings, as GameStop will sell a white PS3 from tonight, YouTube and Disney may enter a video content deal and HTC reveals the first devices to get Android 4.0

GameStop to sell white PS3s from midnight tonight

Video game retailer GameStop will sell limited-edition classic white PS3 consoles from midnight tonight.

It will sell it as a bundle which will include the 320GB console, two white dual shock controllers, a PSN card worth €20 and any single PS3 game.

The console will go on sale tonight in 55 GameStop stores across Ireland, coinciding with the midnight launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

The white PS3 console bundle will cost €349.99.

YouTube and Disney to announce video deal?

Disney will reportedly produce original short videos on YouTube, uploading them to a channel co-branded by both Disney and YouTube.

The New York Times reports that both Disney and YouTube will spend between US$10m and US$15m on the series of videos, with Disney bringing on YouTube’s strength in online video to attract more viewers.

YouTube, in turn, reportedly wants to work with Disney’s brand to gain the trust of parents who are uncomfortable with letting their children roam the video site in case they find unsuitable content. It also wants to boost its library of professional videos.

This deal would follow Disney’s previous announcement to create dozens of YouTube channels with comedians, sports stars and musicians.

Ice Cream Sandwich coming to some HTC phones on early 2012

HTC has given details on which of its smartphones will get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich first.

According to HTC, the Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation XE and EVO 3D will get Android 4.0 in early 2012.

US HTC smartphones, such as the EVO Design 4G, the Amaze 4G and the Rezound, will also get updated early next year.

HTC said it would assess its product portfolio and may announce further device upgrades at a later stage.

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