News@8: T3 Gadget Awards and Windows Phone 7

Plus: CoD: Black Ops record-breaking and LG Optimus 7

Welcome to your nightly round-up of the day's news and goings on courtesy of T3.com.

Tonight marks the end of months of deliberating, three quarters of a million votes and a long gadget thought battle as the grand ceremony for the 2010 T3 Gadget Awards takes place at London's Billingsgate market. To stay totally up to date with all the winners, runners-up and their reactions stay tuned to our T3 Gadget Awards page and follow us on Twitter.

The main focus for today was the launch of the Windows Phone 7 OS and its supporting handsets. HTC were amongst the few manufacturers to have 5 devices un-veiled at the event - The 7 Surround, 7 Trophy, HD7, 7 Mozart and 7 Pro. Dell Venue Pro, Dell WP7, LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7 were also confirmed at the live event. Microsoft officially confirmed that it will be launching 6 handsets in the UK and 9 handsets around the world. The new handsets, although announced today, won't be available in the shops until 21 October.

Earlier this morning mobile network provider 02 already jumped the gun before the launch hosting a 'coming soon' page on its website. A very early leak of the LG Optimus 7 was officially confirmed as the first Windows Phone 7 phone. LG had announced that the Microsoft powered device will be different to the other devices that will launch today by providing a variety of different offerings including Scansearch.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops broke 'all time' records in pre-orders ahead of the games launch in November. It has surpassed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the last game in the cinematic first-person shooter franchise which became the biggest product launch ever and the UK's best-selling game of all time in August last year. Similar success is expected from the new CoD developed by Treyarch On the topic of breaking records, earlier today Virgin Galactic Enterprise ship took a maiden solo flight. The service that is vying to become the world's first commercial space line, has made its first solo test flight under the watchful eyes of Sir Richard Branson whose company is responsible for the groundbreaking craft.

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