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Tech News Weekly Round-up 2 Aug 2011

White Samsung Galaxy S II out in September

Samsung has just announced that we’ll be able to get our hands on white versions of its Galaxy S II phone on 1st September here in the UK.

The new white-clad addition to the Galaxy clan will be available on all networks and, like the original, will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with an 8 megapixel camera and 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus screen.

Avatar Kinect brings your facial expressions to Xbox Live

Announced by Microsoft at this year’s CES, the addition to Kinect Fun Labs gives Xbox Live users over 15 virtual environments to “hang out” in with up to seven avatar friends.

Kinect will capture your voice as well as smiling, frowning and nodding your head. There’s also a few activities to try out, like recording your movements to make animated videos and trying out a comedy routine in front of your friends on the Performance Stage.

Nintendo 3DS price cut to result in Nintendo losing money on each 3D console sold

With just 710,000 3DS consoles being sold worldwide in the three month period up to June Nintendo announced earlier this week that it is to lower the price of the 3DS in all markets with the UK pricing set to drop by around a third.

Having announced it is to slash the price of the Nintendo 3DS in the wake of poor sales it has been revealed that Nintendo will now make a loss on each of its 3D consoles sold.

Google maps now covers London public transport

Planning a journey from A to B in the capital will now see Maps offering routes for buses, trams, tubes and the Docklands Light Railway, including full breakdowns of which stops to get on and off at, and any line changes required during the journey.

Also included are arrival and departure times for individual buses and trains.