News@8pm: iPhone 5 release date and BBC iPlayer app

Plus: Angry Birds Valentine's Day special and Xperia Play

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Sony's PSP Phone, now dubbed the Xperia Play, is set to hit the UK this coming April. That is according to Orange which announced today it would be stocking the Xperia Play from April in the UK alongside Everything Everywhere partner T-Mobile. Joining the two brightly coloured networks in offering the upcoming gaming-centric smartphone will be O2 and Three both of which have expressed their intents to host the Android blower.


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Mobile applications dominate our portable tech's interface nowadays with two new additions to the app world today grabbing our attention. With the BBC revealing that a BBC iPlayer app will launch for the iPad on Thursday, it was left to that bastion of mobile application, Angry Birds to steal the show with the arrival of a Valentine's Day themed Angry Birds special for the Seasons application.

Nintendo 3DS release day is fast approaching and today Ninty has whet our glasses-free 3D gaming appetites with the announcement of the full list of launch day titles. With 13 games heading for launch, the 3DS looks in stronger shape than stateside PS3 consoles that are currently being attacked by LG over claimed patent infringements.

Apple leaks return for yet another day but for once they are on the strong side with dates arriving for both the mooted iPhone 5 and expected MacBook Pro refreshes. Whilts the Apple iPhone 5 release date has been pegged June 5th to coincide with WWDC, the MacBook Pro refresh is set to hit the UK on March 11th.