Tech Week: Xoom price cut and Apple patent bonanza

Plus: Xperia Play games review and best BBQs to buy

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

News of the Week
Motorola's Xoom tablet has been hit with issues and price cuts this week ahead of the Android 3.0 device's official UK launch. Starting off with PC World lowing the Xoom's price, the Motorola tablet then unofficially went on sale via online retailer simply electronics before having a further price cut courtesy of Carphone Warehouse. Between all this it emerged the iPad challenger has shifted just 100,000 units since hitting the US in February.

Apple's patent department has been working overtime recently with the Cupertino firm churning out weird and wonderful patent possibilities this week. Starting us off with a new dock conector come USB 3.0, Apple moved on an iPhone 5 smart bezel feature that could see the device move touch controls to the handset-s frame, later revealing plans for a hybrid e-ink-LCD display for future tablets. Around these the company was on the winning end of a $625 million patent court review.

Samsung's Galaxy smartphones were making headlines this week after it emerged the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II will sport a 1.2GHz dual-core processor as opposed to the 1GHz offering touted at its unveiling. This was later officially confirmed by Samsung UK much to the delight of wannabe owners. Elsewhere on the Galaxy S front, the original Galaxy S is to get Android's 2.3 gingerbread update within a matter of weeks.

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Features of the Week
Our top features this week are all about making your weekend as plesent as possible. With this glorious spell of weather we are having up is that time of year where us optimistic Brits dust of the barbeque and brave the fleeting sun. If your BBQ didn't fair well through the winter months left out in the rain here is our guide to the best barbeques to buy.

With a high octane weekend of sport ahead of us with the Grand National and the Masters golf we have tackled both events in a techy manner. Kicking off with the National we bring you a guide to the best iPhone betting apps so you can make a cheeky flutter on the nation's favourite betting event. On to the Masters and again we are tackling it with apps, this time the best golf apps to help your swing, green technique and find where you should be swinging those irons.

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The T3 tech team discuss the weeks top news and their gadget of the week, Chrome OS Cr-48 netbook
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Reviews of the Week
Following the offical, albeit slightly hairy UK launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play last week we have checked out the launch titles for the gaming centric phone. In our review of the Xperia Play launch games we tackle FIFA 10, crash through Crash Bandicoot and give a thorough nod to the rest.

Keeping with phones but moving away from gaming and into the social sector we bring you our full review of the INQ Cloud Touch handset, a device created with Facebook at the forefront. Going social and adopting Facebook we gave the Cloud Touch a three star verdict, read on to find out why.

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