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Star Wars R2D2, C3PO star in gadget store TV ad: See the video

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 02:14 PM PDT

As Star Wars tie-ins go, this is a geek’s dream come true: Currys and PC World have secured the services of R2D2 and C3PO to promote their stores. George Lucas’s mechanical cash cows turned shop dummies? You saw it here first. Read on, and see the TV ad in full.

This isn’t a hokey Star Wars knock off either. Voiced by Anthony Daniels, it’s a fully authorised promotion, aired for the first time during tonight’s X Factor, which even squeezes in a plug for Lucas’s new animated series.

What do you reckon? Is this Star Wars Currys and PC World ad a stroke of genius, or an ad man just trying to push our buttons? Shout up in the comments below.

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Tech week in photos: HTC HD7, Samsung Omnia 7, new MacBook Air, HTC Desire HD, Amazon Kindle and more

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 05:00 AM PDT

With recent new phone launches such as the HTC Desire HD, HTC HD7 and, away from handsets, Apple’s much-awaited launch event that brought with it a new MacBook Air, it’s been a busy week. However this week hasn’t been all about HTC and Apple. We got hands-on with plenty more kit. Read on for photos of the gadgets we got close enough to deliver our first impressions and thought of this week.

Among the tech photos this week are that of the new Apple MacBook Air, another wafer thin laptop offering from Cupertino. We’ve also got close-up snaps of the HTC Desire HD for those that haven’t already got it earlier than some, and the Samsung Omnia 7.

Photo fans can peep at the Nikon Coolpix P7000. Also int he gallery is a new iPod dock from Audyessy and a TVonics Freeview HD PVR, not to mention the new Amazon Kindle in our review of it earlier this week. It’s all in the gallery above. Don’t forget to hit the links below for more photos.

See more photos:

New Apple MacBook Air first hands on impressions

HTC Desire HD unboxed

Apple USB sticks caught on camera

HTC HD7 reviewed

Samsung Omnia 7 reviewed

A closer look at the TVonics DTR-HD500 Freeview HD set top box

Nikon Coolpix P7000 reviewed

The Audyssey Audio Dock

Amazon Kindle reviewed

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Top tech stories this week: New MacBook Air, Steve Jobs calls Android a mess, Toshiba Folio 100 tablet, Palm Pre 2, photos, zombies and more

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 01:00 AM PDT

It’s once again time to catch up on all the top tech stories you may have missed this week. With lots of launches and release date announcements for phones, tablets, media streamers and more. Read on to catch up with it all.

From the new MacBook Air, to Apple’s new OS and hands-on photos of the HTC Desire HD, and a new version of Angry Birds, we’ve got it all here. Just hit the links below to read the full story.

HTC Desire HD unboxed
The HTC Desire HD has arrived in the UK. Not got yours yet? Thinking of getting one? Then check it out up close, here.

Steve Jobs rants over Android
The Apple chief called it a “mess” in an intriguing five minute tirade. See the video and some of the key quotes transcribed here.

Call of Duty: Black Ops zombies leaked
Someone managed to record the new Black Ops zombie mode and put it on the internet, before Activision came tearing it down, that is.

Toshiba Folio 100 tablet release date revealed
A Wi-fi version is out in the second week of November for £330. A 3G version will be arriving in Q1 2011 for around £30-£50 more.

FaceTime reaches Mac
After featuring on the iPhone 4 and the new iPod Touch, the free video call service, FaceTime is now available for Macs.

Apple TV sales top quarter of a mill’
Apple has shifted over 250,000 Apple TV units. It didn’t impress us that much in our review.

Palm Pre 2 official photos
The Palm Pre 2 went official this week with a slick new design. Get your first look at the first official photos here.

Boxee Box UK release date is go
The media streaming box has been up for pre-order in the U.S, but if you want to get your hands on it, it’ll be available from November 12th for £199.

New MacBook Air
It’s just as thin as its predecessor and comes in an even smaller 11.6-inch model, as well as a 13.3-inch offering.

Apple launches new Mac OS X Lion: What’s new?
Multi-touch gestures, an App Store for your Mac, App home screens and more will be included.

Angry Birds gets scary
Loved Angry Birds? Then you’ll love this. A new version has released – Angry Birds Halloween. You can download it now for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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