Tech Week: Gran Turismo 5 review and iOS 4.2 launched

Plus: Apple iPad 2 rumours and Call of Duty: Black Ops petition

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

News of the Week
It is here, finally here. Yes, really. After five years of waiting and countless delays and postponements, Gran Turismo 5 has gone on sale and if getting to the grid was hard work for GT5 completing the first lap has been just as difficult. With a patch released ahead of the launch paving the way for trouble online gamers ground to a halt as single player mode was hit by download feed issues. Whilst Sony has sad a second patch is to be released this weekend as a fix, it has failed to acknowledge the issues with Signature Edition copies failing to allow the promised exclusive car downloads. Consider the GT5 bubble popped then.

Apple iOS 4.2 was finally launched this week after much speculation as to when it would arrive. Monday was rumoured to be the day of arrival and this came to pass as iPads were given multitasking capabilities and folder organisation. Despite this recent release, speculation is already running rife about Apple iOS 4.3 landing this December. Likely? Perhaps not but fingers crossed.

Away from Gran Turismo 5 gaming has taken the headline repeatedly this week. Whilst a PSP Phone arrival date has leaked, December 9th in case you wondered. Elsewhere PlayStation touting Call of Duty: Black Ops gamers have hit out at Activision petitioning for a full refund for what they consider an 'inferior' title to that offered to the Xbox contingent. Further irking PS3 owners is the news that Microsoft is to offer free Xbox LIVE Gold access this weekend. What are you waiting for Xbox owners get online now.

Finally, calling all wannabe iPad owners, this week has been riddled with offers for the Apple tablet. Whilst Apple has announced its own UK bound black Friday offers, Orange and T-Mobile declared they will subsidise iPads. This news was shortly followed by a similar deal with Three Mobile and the revelation that Apple has a Twitter page that intends to give 100 iPads away. Lovely.

App of the Week | Google Translate
The Google genii have created a phone tool which makes learning another language that little bit easier
T3 App Chart | Top 10 Android Apps | Google Translate Review

Features of the Week
With the 2010 Ashes tournament kicking off down under earlier this week, what better way to prepare yourself for a winter of cricketing rivalries than filling your handset with the best cricket apps available to download? From the official ECB Cricket app to offerings from Sky and ESPN we have it all covered.

Whilst filling your handset with cricketing goodness, if you have an Android you might want to avert your gaze this way as we have the a whole feature brimming with the best Android games available including the likes of the furiously addictive Doodle Jump and Angry Birds to the classic Tetris via a host of new time consumers.

Believe it or not YouTube is useful for more than laughing at children having their fingers bitten, shocked looking cats and numerous epic fails. In an attempt to prove this seemingly mythical fact to you we have compiled the best YouTube how to guides into one convenient feature. Well aren't we lovely.

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 BlackBerry Bold 9780
T3 Podcast episode 158

Reviews of the Week

The Apple iPad is already a market leading, envy inducing, salvation producing gadget that is no doubt atop many a Christmas wish list this year but according to the T3 team it has just got even better thanks to a new operating system update. Check out the T3 Apple iPad with iOS 4.2 full review to find out why this 9.7-inch beaut is now more joyous to use.

In an attempt to curb the market share held by rivals Flip, Sony has updated its micro-pocket camcorder to sport a tasty 3-inch touchscreen. Our review of the cleverly named Sony Bloggie Touch looks at the device's new touchscreen controls and high-end image quality with a rather impressive four-star result.

Acer revealed a range of new tablet devices this week at a conference in New York, the strangest looking among the bunch, the Acer Iconia made a trip via T3 Towers for a hands-on with the 10.1-inch dual-screen tablet device. Running Windows 7 Home Premium, the Iconia allows users to transform either screen into a full QWERTY touchscreen keyboard.

T3 Game of the Week | Gran Turismo 5

Five years of waiting was brought to an end this week as GT5 was released but was the wait really worth it?
Gran Turismo 5 review | Win T3's Game of the Week | Buy Gran Turismo 5 at ShopTo.Net

Other stories from the week's News@8pm:
Monday 22nd November: News@8pm: iPad 2 release pre-Christmas and iOS 4.2 out
Tuesday 23rd November: News@8pm: £200 iPad and Gran Turismo 5 for 99p
Wednesday 24th November: News@8pm: Gran Turismo 5 review and free Apple iPads
Thursday 25th November: News@8pm: Gran Turismo 5 patch and PSP phone leaks
Friday 26th November: News@8pm: More iPad deals and free Xbox LIVE

Coming next week: T3 Appvent Calendar | iPad 2 incoming? | Stocking fillers Gift Guide

Competitions of the Week | Win a Sony PS3 and all 25 of T3's best games for Christmas
Win a bumper gaming giveaway of 25 titles and a 3D gaming ready, Blu-ray hosting PlayStation
Plus: Win a Panasonic 3D TV worth £2,000 | Win a tech bundle worth £600 | Win an Xbox with Kinect