News@8pm: HP TouchPad release and Nintendo stocks

Plus: 3DS makeover and ChaCha on Vodafone

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

HP's TouchPad will launch in the UK this July, and will be available from £399 it was revealed today. Featuring a 9.7-inch display and a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, HP will hope the tablet can compete strongly with Apple's iPad and iPad 2. Ubisoft confirmed Assassins Creed Revelations will hit UK stores on November 15th, throwing it into Christmas competition with Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3.

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Nintendo's share prices have slumped to a five-year low, despite the unveiling of its new console the Wii U earlier this week. Nintendo did confirm today though that it is preparing to refresh its hand-held 3DS range with a Red Flare colour schemeto go alongside the current black and blue offerings.

Vodafone is now offering the HTC ChaCha free on a two-year contract, with a fee of £26 per month getting you the Facebook integrated phone, 300 minutes, unlimited texts and a 750MB data allowance. Apple has relaxed its in-app subscription rules, allowing content providers to charge what they want for the applications they provide. It is thought they have made this move to keep publishers using App Store, rather than enhanced websites.

Google has honoured music legend Les Paulwithits latest homepage doodle, a playable guitar which allows you to create and record your own riffs. Finally, always found your hotel experiences lacked a certain something? Well, according to Travelodge and futurologist Ian Pearson, by 2030 hotels will be offering virtual sex experiences and a range of other services as standard.

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