Tech Week: Call of Duty: Black Ops and Kinect released

Plus: Gran Turismo 5 release date and Samsung Continuum

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

News of the Week
In a week of big releases, one has stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Call of Duty: Black Ops released on Tuesday quickly secured opening day sales records in the UK, sales records in the US and more than 1 million online users by 1am of launch day. All this hype followed the revelation that Asda would offer the game for £4.97 and Blockbuster just 99p. All was not smooth for the CoD arrival, however, as many gamers have reported glitches in their Black Ops copies.

Following its arrival stateside last week, Microsoft Kinect launched in the UK this week. The UK arrival of Kinect came after the controller-less gaming gadget had its on-board cameras hacked in the US sparking a flurry of privacy concerns. Despite this one US retailer was willing to boldly declare that the Microsoft add-on will outsell Move, the PlayStation motion offering this festive period. Elsewhere in the gaming world, the long awaited and repeatedly delayed Gran Turismo 5 has been given an official launch date of November 24th.

With the tablet wars set to hot up in the new year with a brace of new competitors to the market leading Apple iPad, RIM took the time this week to release some key, and exciting, information about its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. As well as getting info on a possible February 2011 arrival, RIM’s CEO declared that the PlayBook will land in the US for under $500. Interested yet?

Samsung officially unveiled the Samsung Continuum Android 2.1 powered handset this week with leaks coming later on of other new Sammy devices, an Android 2.3 running number and the Samsung Nexus S. Elsewhere in the mobile world in the past seven days, creators of the Flash enabling iPhone app SkyFire have netted a cool $1 million and the Apple iPhone is set to add 3D capabilities in the near future.

App of the Week | Boggle
Hasbro’s family-friendly boardgame Boggle makes the transition to iPad thanks to EA landing with style
T3 App Chart | Top 10 iPad Apps | Boggle Review

Features of the Week
Hitting UK shelves this week was Kinect, the Xbox 360 compatible motion controlled gaming peripheral from Microsoft that does away with controllers. To make sure your knowledge of the hands-free add-on is up to scratch check out T3’s ultimate guide to the must-have Christmas gadget.

Joining Kinect in UK stores this week is the latest edition of T3 magazine bringing with it a feast of Christmas desired tech. With five reasons to buy the printed edition and the mag once again landing on the iPad, we thought a look at the T3 Christmas Gift Guide would be a nice teaser in to this month’s bumper edition.

A bit of spare time and an Android smartphone on your hands this weekend? Then take a look at what we at T3 consider the 50 best Android games available. From the firm favourites and dominant forces of the market to the relative unknowns all is accounted for.

T3 Podcast - The web's biggest audio gadget show
The T3 tech team discuss the weeks top news and their gadget of the week, the Samsung Continuum
T3 Podcast episode 156

Reviews of the Week
As Kinect hit UK stores this week, many gaming fans and parents looking for the ultimate Christmas gift for their children were left asking “which is better, Kinect or Move?” Well that is what good ol’ Uncle T3 is here for bring you our Move vs. Kinect review with…, well read on and see for yourself the winner.

The Palm Pre failed to take the world by storm when it launched and this week its follow-up has emerged. We got hands-on with the Palm Pre 2 to bring you the first look of the HP webOS 2.0 powered pocket rocket. Enjoy.

It may feature as the T3 Game of the Week (below) but we just couldn’t let the release and review of Call of Duty: Black Ops pass without a big of fanfare. Officially the biggest game not only of the year but of all time, Black Ops really is deserving of its 5-star verdict.

T3 Game of the Week | Call of Duty: Black Ops
Black Ops' single-player campaign blows away Modern Warfare 2 as CoD comes back bigger and better
Call of Duty: Black Ops review | Win T3's Game of the Week | Buy CoD: Black Ops at ShopTo.Net

Other stories from the week's News@8pm:
Monday 8th November: News@8pm: CoD: Black Ops for 99p and iPad 2 adverts
Tuesday 9th November: News@8pm: Call of Duty: Black Ops release, iPhone 3D
Wednesday 10th November: News@8pm: CoD: Black Ops glitches and Kinect launch
Thursday 11th November: News@8pm: Black Ops sets records and iPhone gets Flash
Friday 12th November: News@8pm: Gran Turismo 5 release dare and iOS 4.2

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