News@8:New MacBook Air spotted and Gran Turismo in 3D at our VIP reader event

Plus:HTC Gratia and Nokia C7 available to pre-order.

Welcome to your nightly roundup of the days news, reviews and goings on courtesy of T3.com

Gran Turismo in 3D at our VIP reader event

This Thursday at 6pm, T3 and Selfridges will be hosting a VIPs readers event at the London store on Oxford Street. At T3 we are inviting you to join us as we take in everything that the comprehensive technology floor has to offer as well as some exclusive product demonstrations and talks from some of the technology world's leading brands. One of those demonstrations will be from the creators of Gran Turismo and as we are told, VIP readers will get a chance to play Gran Turismo 5 exclusivly in amazing 3D.

There are two ways to make sure you are with us at this event. You can email: t3@futurenet.com with “Selfridges VIP” as the subject line telling us what you'd spend your 10 per cent Selfridges discount on and you can also head to Twitter and tweet #t3vipnight @t3dotcom telling us in 140 characters or less how you would spend that 10 per cent Selfridges discount.

The first 300 responses will be allocated entry to this one off in-store event. We wish you the best of luck.

New MacBook Air spotted and Apple iPad to have second 30-pin dock

Earlier today, Engadget managed to get a scoop on the new MacBook Air and also managed to gather photos of the laptop aswell. Having looked at these snaps, it seems certain to us, Apple will be keeping the same 13.3-inch size as the current model, but take on the same unibody frame as its Apple laptop stablemates. More interestigly though, it appears the connectivity has been given a much-needed boost. The solo USB has been upgraded with two USB ports and an SD card reader. Many Apple watchers have held a close eye on the device and its been suggested that Cupertino will go with an old-school Intel Core 2 Duo chip rather than the latest Core offerings.

Whilst Apple are working hard ahead of their “Back to the Mac” launch this Wednesday, more rumours have surfaced regarding the second generation iPad. It is said the device will be equipped with a second 30-pin connector dock on the longer side of the body after a trademark submission emerged from the Cupertino company to the European Trademarks and Designs Registration Office. The trademark, reportedly signed by both Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the mastermind behind some of the company's biggest successes, Jonathan Ives, would allow users to dock their tablet devices in a horizontal and more traditional workstation position as opposed to the current vertical only offering of the first generation iPad.

Speaking of the iPad, we are very proud to announce that the first ever T3 iPad app edition, packed with the latest and greatest gadgets and consumer technology is now available for download. On top of your usual T3 goodness, the app is stuffed with loads of extra content including exclusive video and a whole host of extra, interactive content. Before you head over to the Apple App Store, spare us a minute and watch our 60 second walkthrough video.

HTC Gratia announced and Nokia C7 available to pre-order

Smartphone leader HTC has today announced the imminent European launch of the HTC Gratia, an Android 2.2 powered handset sleekly finished with a seamless wrap-around soft cover. The soft finished Gratia will host a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and HTC's much acclaimed HTC Sense user interface skin. It is said to hit the European shelves in November and then the UK market during the first quarter of 2011. HTC are offering the handset in a variety of colours; Charcoal Black, Forest Green and Pearl White.

Whilst it reamins to be seen the actual date of the HTC Gratia's release, the Nokia C7 is set to hit networks on the 1st November. The sleek and rather sexy Nokia C7 is available to pre-order from the Nokia Online Shop from today with the mid-range SIM-free pocket blower set to cost wannabe owners £389. Packing a 3.5-inch, 640x360p resolution AMOLED touchscreen display and 8GB of internal storage, the Nokia C7 is a tantalising 10.5mm thick and runs the latest edition of Nokia's operating system Symbian 3 with three customisable homescreens.


Android 4.0 dubbed ice-cream

Android 3.0 Gingerbread isn't set to be fully detailed until the end of 2010, with its successor, Android 3.5 Honeycomb, not expected to break cover until well into 2011 but already news of Android 4.0 is starting to slip out. ARM president Tudor Brown has told Forbes that the fourth edition of Google's awesome OS will be called Ice Cream. This would make sense seeing as it follows the alphabetical pattern the Big has taken until now. That and it's the name of a dessert, just like all the others.

Angry Birds for Android passes one million and Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer videos revealed

Angry Birds has already proven to be more than a tad popular on the iPhone. But the maker's of the awesome and addictive game, Rovio Mobile, have said that the Android version has already passed the one million mark.

After the official Call of Duty: Black Ops gameplay trailer surfaced last week, two new unofficial videos showing off multiplayer and single player action has now appeared on YouTube. Initial gameplay footage had appeared earlier in the weekend on the video-sharing site before being swiftly taken down. The videos have since re-emerged and we've managed to get the videos for you guys to have a look.

Guitar Hero suffers slump

Figures nabbed by our pals down at CVG show that the latest in Activision's music franchise shifted only a mere 86,000 units on all formats in its first week on sale. Comparing that to its predecessors; Guitar Hero World Tour's 500,000 in its first week and Guitar Hero 3's epic 1.4 million in five days, it goes to show just how the series is in seemingly terminal decline.

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