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Tech News Weekly Round-up 23rd Aug 2011

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman release

Sony Ericsson has officially unveiled a new music-centric Android smartphone with the 3.2-inch Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.

Set to launch later this year running Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile operating system the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will land sporting a 1GHz processor and deep ingrained Facebook integration alongside a 3.2-inch 480 x 320p resolution display.

Boasting a 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is to host a dedicated Walkman button providing instant access to the handset’s Sony xLoud optimised audio experience.

Microsoft Windows 8 App Store

Microsoft has revealed more details of Windows 8, confirming plans to include an app store.
Earlier this year, leaked screenshots suggested Microsoft was working on a Windows app store and after the success that Apple has had with the format, it’s no surprise.

The company confirmed that it has a team working on developing a store, but gave no other detail in a blog post about the new OS.

Skype has introduced ‘pay per minute’ Wi-Fi access

Internet call provider Skype has brought its pay-per-minute WiFi access to iPhones and iPads, which could help cut bills for customers while travelling abroad.

The free Skype WiFi app will allow users to pay for WiFi internet service by the minute, rather than by the hour or day which is the sort of service usually offered at internet cafes or WiFi hotspots worldwide.

What it means in practise is that users no longer need pay exorbitant roaming charges while abroad, paying for an hour’s usage when all they actually want to do is check their email for a few seconds, for instance.

Nintendo WII Gets a Nip and Tuck

Nintendo has just announced a new-look Wii that will go on sale in time for Christmas.
Unlike the original model, the streamlined Wii can only be sat horizontally and not stood vertically. It also only comes in white and no longer supports Gamecube games or controllers.

There’s no word on price yet but the Japanese gaming giant says it’ll come in a bundle that includes a Wii Remote Plus controller, a Nunchuck and two games: Wii Party and Wii Sports.


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