Tech Week: T3 Awards reach shortlist and Kinect priced

Plus: Windows Phone 7 hands-on and white iPhone delays

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

News of the Week
The T3 Awards have moved into their second stage this week. After you voted in your droves for the longlist of nominees, we have whittled down the possible winners to an elite shortlist. Don’t rest on your laurels, however, you can continue to vote for your favourite tech in all categories including the new Gadget Personality of the Year for who you think deserves the coveted prizes.

Apple’s iPhone 4 has a canny knack of making headlines continuously. This week the handset has had its ups and downs. Following Steve Jobs’ press conference last week Apple has started to refund customers who had already shelled out for a Bumper case. On the bad side, however, the Cupertino company has once again delayed the arrival of the iPhone 4 white saying nothing more than it will arrive “later this year”.

Microsoft’s Kinect motion control gaming peripheral is set to transform gaming with its controller-less abilities and this week Kinect was priced for the UK. Whilst its £129.99 price mark seemed steep to some, Microsoft came out and defended it. Announced with the Kinect pricing was a new 4GB Xbox 360 console followed later in the week by a Halo Reach Limited Edition Xbox 360 console. Lots of tasty treats for the Xbox inbound then.

Microsoft wasn’t satisfied dominating the gaming news however as it dipped its toes into stealing mobile headlines from Apple with reams of Windows Phone 7 news. After being impressed by a hands-on with Windows Phone 7 (see reviews below) we were informed that all Microsoft employees would be given a Phone 7 handset. This followed news that the OS would exclusively host searches from Bing, well, no surprises there, and the announcement of manufacturers lined-up to create handsets for the new operating system.

App of the Week | Cat Physics
A cracking little game that follows in the slightly bonkers tradition of Doodle Jump and Angry Birds
T3 App Chart | Top 10 iPhone Apps | Cat Physics Review

Features of the Week
T3 took to the skies recently in a high altitude, pant-wettingly intense ride along with the crew of the Red Bull Air Race. This wasn’t just for the adrenaline-fuelled experience, however, we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring you an exclusive behind the scenes look at the technically and physically impressive event.

If you are looking to head up in the air in a more sedate manner, check out our guide to the best business travel gadgets picked to fit your limited hand luggage space on a BA flight. From entertainment tech to simply looking swish, we cover it all.

It has made it to that joyful time of the month when your favourite magazine knuckles down to put a new copy. Yep, you guessed it, the September issue of T3 is now available to buy so why not take a look at five reasons to buy the latest copy for a fix of the best tech around.

T3 Podcast - The web's biggest audio gadget show
Listen to the talkative T3 tech team discuss the weeks top news and their gadget of the week, skateboard
T3 Podcast episode 139

Reviews of the Week
Microsoft is looking to reclaim some of its lost smartphone OS pride later this year as it gets set to launch the Windows Phone 9 operating system. This week we met with some of the Microsoft contingent for an exclusive hands-on preview with Windows Phone 7. Read on and enjoy Microsoft’s return to form.

3D is the future of home entertainment, of that there is little denying. To ensure that you have access to a hearty supply of 3D content, LG has launched its first 3D Blu-ray player the LG BX580. We have tried it out and given it a 3-star level of approval read the review and find out why.

Looking for a plush little snapper to get you in the photographic groove this summer? Fancy yourself a luxury classic Leica? Well in that case, check out our review of the Leica V-Lux 20 to see what we though of the super zooming geotagging compact.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2010 T3 Gadget Awards
The shortlist has landed so get to voting for what you think should be awarded T3's coveted prizes
Computer of the Year | Vote now

Other stories from the week's News@8pm:

Monday: News@8pm: New Milestone 2 pictures and Xbox 360 S
Tuesday: News@8pm: Kinect UK pricing and new Xbox 4GB
Wednesday: News@8pm: Apple's $175m Bumpers bill and FroYo lands
Thursday: News@8pm: Nexus One is no more and Acer Stream
Friday: News@8pm: White iPhone 4 delayed and PS Move 3D