News@8pm: Apple top brand, Modern Warfare 3 release

Plus: Queen requests iPad 2 and Galaxy S II sales

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It was a big day for Samsung as the company revealed that it's Galaxy S II has racked up 3 million global pre-orders. Having launched in the UK this month on May 1st, the handset features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a stunning 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display. The Korean company also officially unveiled a 75-inch D9500 3DTV, knocking LG off the large 3DTV mantle. The monster sized LED Backlit LCD HD TV takes the short lived crown from LG's 72 inch offering. Could we see larger TVs soon?


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It was revealed today in The Sun that the Queen has requested an iPad 2, after she saw her grandsons William and Harry touting their new Apple tablets. The 85-year-old Monarch has received a crash course in the slim lined iPad 2 from the newly wed and his brother after they took their new tablets over to Buckingham Palace. Apple also took a crown from Google today after being proclaimed the world's most valuable brand. Apple is worth £25bn more than it's Android touting rival.

If you love to stay connected with friends over the social networking site Facebook, it might be worth considering putting a preorder in for one of HTC's new Facebook phones. The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are available from June 26th, and feature dedicated Facebook buttons and deep social networking integration. Elsewhere in the world of smartphones, more details were revealed today about the new Mango OS update for Windows 7 phones. So far we know it will bring much-needed multi-tasking to the OS, as well as a Bing Maps feature offering turn-by-turn guidance – currently offered by both iOS and Android. There will also be Shazam-style song tagging via Bing Audio, and scanning of QR codes, barcodes and text, thanks to a new Bing Video feature.

Call of Duty fans are becoming even more excited following the appearance of a teaser in the Official PlayStation Magazine hinting to a release next month of Modern Warfare 3. The magazine's 'Next month' preview page displayed a huge number three followed by the simple tagline “The biggest game in the world returns.” Meanwhile, Sony continues to get to grips with security issues over it's online network. Despite telling gamers it would be up by the weekend, services are still offline while the technology giant wrangles with testing the gaming network. Sony has also revealed that hackers posted user details on a website, but these have now been removed.