Tech Week: Call of Duty: Black Ops and iPhone gets Flash

Plus: Gran Turismo 5 release date and The Stig talks to T3

Yet another busy week in tech has past us by, here are our highlight from the past seven days, enjoy.

News of the Week

Despite not launching until next week, Call of Duty: Black Ops has been the week's top talking point as the gaming comunity readies itself for the year's biggest arrival and retailers enter into a battle of the prices. Coming out on top of the cut price offerings so far is HMV which has announced it will be offering CoD: Black Ops for just £7.99. A full roundup of prices can be found here. Concerns have also been raised around the game facing the censor's chop ahead of launch with a number of countries enforcing changes on the upcoming title.

Apple's iPhone is an undeniable leader in the smartphone market but has been plagued and ridiculed for its continued lack of Flash compatibility. The issue looks to have been solved, however briefly, as the Skyfire app launched enabling iPhone users to view Flash content on their handset's. The app was quickly removed from the App Store though following a phenominally popular run that crashed its manufacturer's survers. Apple's upgraded iOS for mobile devices is expected to arrive next week although will sadly not be Flash compatible.

Another gaming giant has been making headlines this week as the repeated delays to the arrival of Gran Turismo 5 look set to come to an end. After the game's head announced the upcoming racing sim had finally gone to the printers, Sony announced on one of its official websites that the game would be released later this month on November 30th.

In other news, printer maestros Epson celebrated a major signing by securing a global sponsorship agreement to become official Equipment Partner with Manchester United football club. A 7-1 mauling of Blackburn Rovers was certainly a good way to start the new venture.

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Features of the Week
Bonfire night might technically have now passed but with the Guy Fawkes festivities set to roll right across the weekend, what better time download the best bonfire apps for you mobile handset. We have seven of the top apps to help you enjoy and capture the firework fun whilst remaining safe in the process.

Oh the times there are a changing. Well, the time changed last weekend but like many iPhone users the clock alterations caught us unawares. If you too miss out on the clock switch maybe a new watch is in order. To help you out on your wrist accessory quest, here are T3's guide to the best watches: the top timepieces to buy.

You may know him best as the fearless, faceless white-clad mute from the BBC's Top Gear but the car loving mystery man removed his mask as we sat down with The Stig, aka Ben Collins, to chat all things gadget and gaming. Mistakenly we sat in the passenger seat of a supercar riding shotgun with one of the world's most famous driving characters, watch the video to see the fear.

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Reviews of the Week

We have a trio of HTC handsets reviewed for you this week as the Taiwanese mobile powerhouse continues its strong run form of form.

First up the Windows Phone 7 touting HTC 7 Mozart dubbed a three-star mixed bag of tricks by the T3 reviewers who found themselves impressed by the device's attractive combination of compact form and slick user interface but dissapointed by its shoddy picture quality despite rocking an 8-megapixel snapper with Xenon flash.

Next up Android has its day with one of the follow-ups to the powerhouse that is the Desire, the HTC Desire Z. Touting a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and Android 2.2, FroYo, with the HTC Sense UI, the Desire Z is a slick and impressive device worthy of a four-star review.

Completing the set of HTC handset reviews, a second Windows Phone 7 powered device in the HTC 7 Trophy which was dubbed "an odd sort of phone to review". A more wallet-friendly WP7 HTC offering than the Mozart, the Trophy is a gaming great with issues coming in the form of its lower end build quality.

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Other stories from the week's News@8pm:
Monday 1st November: News@8pm: Galaxy Tab lands and CoD: Black Ops trailer
Tuesday 2nd November: News@8pm: Apple dominates but Android is the future
Wednesday 3rd November: News@8pm: Gran Turismo 5 release and iPhone gets Flash
Thursday 4th November: News@8pm: CoD: Black Ops priced at £7.99 and 3D phones
Friday 5th November: News@8pm: CoD Black Ops cheap prices and Android 2.2

Coming Next Week: Call of Duty: Black Ops release | Microsoft Kinect UK launch | Samsung Android Phone unveiling