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Top tech stories this week: HTC Vision, Apple TV on the cheap, iPad gets flash, Microsoft Kinect, PlayStation Move and more

Posted: 10 Jul 2010 01:00 AM PDT

The weekend has arrived! And what a glorious one it is. But don’t head out just yet. There’s been plenty going on in the gadget world, so sit back, grab a nice thirst quencher and catch up on some of the week’s top tech stories.

Among the treasures nestling in our news chest this week is word of new iPod Touch tune players complete with HD video recording and FaceTime, sight of the QWERTY keypad toting HTC Vision, iPhone 4 with flash, hands on with Microsoft Kinect and PlayStation Move, 3D Blu-ray movies on PS3 and more.

HTC Vision: HTC Desire with a keyboard
The was the headline summing up one of our first stories this week. The HTC Vision comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and specs to match the HTC Desire such as its reported Android 2.1 OS, 1GHz processor and 3.7-inch screen.

New cheaper Apple TV on the horizon?
Apparently Apple is pushing to lower the cost of TV show streaming for Apple TV – just as welcome is the possibility that Apple TV could sell its box for cheaper.

Make your iPad’s touchscreen a million times better
By giving it pressure sensitivity for a more natural sketching experience with Ten One’s iPad software. Beware, it uses unofficial APIs, meaning Apple has yet to sanction it for the App Store. It’s worth pointing out that resistive touchscreens, such as that found on the Nokia N900 can already do pressure sensitive drawing, here’s hoping Apple comes around to the idea with this workaround. But until then, we told you nothing!

We play with Microsoft Kinect
Well, our reviews editor Ben Sillis did. It’s looking good so far! Kinect that is.

Hands on with PlayStation Move
Ben also got some flesh time with PlayStation Move. It’s Sony’s answer to the Wii’s Wii Remote controls. It has potential, hopefully we’ll get to see more of it than Ben did. Check out what he thought here.

You can’t catch me, I’m the Android 3.0 Gingerbread man
We got word that Android Gingerbread 3.0 will be arriving with Google Music. The sweet sounding service will no doubt be giving Apple’s iTunes service a few nervous twitches once prospective Android followers take to it. Read more about it here.

Crackdown 2 reviewed!
Your truly headed into the make-believe world of Pacific City to give Crackdown 2 for the Xbox 360 a thorough rummage in our review of the street-hopping sequel. Forget about its repetitive gameplay and there’s a decent game underneath. Hit the link to see my thoughts in full.

iPad working with Flash, iPhone 4 with Flash coming soon?
Some iPad jailbreakers have already got the Apple-repelling software working on an iPad and may soon have it working on the iPhone 4. Hit the link to see Flash games being played on an iPad.

iPhone 4 gets 3G video calls, but not as you know it
Who needs FaceTime? Not Fring users. Fring has updated its iPhone app to let iPhone 4 users make 3G video calls. And not just to other iPhone 4 users, but Nokia, various Android phones and others with front-facing cameras.

New iPod Touch details exposed!
The new iPod Touch will arrive in September sporting a 5 megapixel camera, HD video shooting talents and have FaceTime calling over Wi-Fi. Game fans take note it’ll have a gyroscope too for even more topsy turvy gaming action. That is, according to John Lewis.

PS3 getting 3D Blu-Ray playback!
And we’ve got photographic evidence to prove it, after Sony let loose its plans to bring Blu-Ray films into the third dimension for PS3 owners.

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