News@8pm: HTC to pass RIM and iPhone 5 in September?

Plus: Sony Tablets imminent and case closed on L.A. Noire?

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Rumours are gaining momentum by the day that Apple plans to release the iPhone 5 in September, and has supposedly ordered 15 million units of the new smartphone from Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron Technologies. The iPhone 5 is expected to be accompanied by the iPad 3, though if this is the case then the latter could face tough competition from Sony as its S1 and S2 tablets are also expected to become available in September. Meanwhile, a leak of HP's product release plans suggests the American firm's intentions to release a 64GB TouchPad in August.


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Vodafone has released an update for Desire S users that should fix a number of problems with the handset's native applications. Rival network Three has confirmed that it will be offering the Nokia X7, as the new symbian handset is to be made available immediately. HTC is set to overtake Blackberry creator RIM in total smartphone sales by next year, thanks to the success of handsets such as the Desire, Wildfire and Sensation.

Toshiba has unveiled the Qosmio F750 3D, which will be the world's first glasses-free 3D laptop when it launches in August of this year. Also arriving soon should be the new MacBook Air, albeit with another new solid state drive even though Apple plumped for high speed Toshiba SSDs less than a year ago.

L.A. Noire became one of the success stories of the year so far when it finally hit the charts after seven years in development. A number of leaked emails appear to suggest that developers Team Bondi will not have the support of Rockstar Games for the eagerly anticipated sequel, a development that could leave L.A. Noire 2 dead in the water.

Finally, Google's Realtime Search will no longer include Twitter updates as the agreement between the two ended on July 2nd. Google instead intends to link in real-time data from Google+ as well as a number of other sources.