Wednesday 11 July 2012


Rovio launching Angry Birds across numerous consoles.

   Rovio has today announced that their smash hit series, Angry Birds, will be coming to a PS3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo 3DS in the near future. 

   The three games; Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, will be available to purchase on one single disk. Although, at the moment we don't know anything about Angry Birds Space availability or whether extra levels will be available as updates like they are on Android and iOS.

   Apparently all the games will be revamped for HD screens and everything will be as sharp and crisp as you expect from normal console games. Intriguingly there will be compatibility with Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect.

   At the moment there's no firm release date but it's almost certain that the games will be available for the holiday season!

The ZTE Kis is now available on Virgin for... £49.99.

   ZTE have been low-end champions in recent times and this time they really do seem to have outdone themselves. The new ZTE Kis will be available for the tiny price of £49.99 on pay as you go. This is insanely cheap especially considering what you get! 

   On the surface you get an attractive looking 3.5" screen, which runs at 480x320 pixels. There's also an 800Mhz processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of storage with a microSD card slot, and a 3.2-megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom.

   On the storage front initially it seems to be slightly lacking but there's a 2GB SD included in the box, but there is the opportunity to add up to a 32GB card if you really need it.

   The software is slightly disappointing in that it's Android 2.3, but for £50 what can you really expect? You have a good set of connectivity options; there's Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS, and tri-band 3G. The sizes are quite reasonable at 11.5mm and 120g, and a 1,400mAh battery should keep you going for a full day.

   Virgin have availability from today you should be able to pick on up either on Virgin’s website, or by giving them a call and ordering one directly. Virgin will be throwing in 1GB of data per month over 12 months for free as well, which should come with the mandatory £10 top-up that you purchase with the handset.

In other news:

  • Microsoft has set itself the goal of having 44 retails stores across the USA by this time next year.
  • Apple have withdrawn their EPEAT green membership and have instead gone for their own set of environmentally friendly standards.
  • Starbucks have launched their Android app in both the UK and Canada.
  • Amazon's Kindle Fire has already received its' own Jelly Bean AOSP port.
  • Two of Google's Nexus devices; the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 both received a bump to Android 4.1.1. We think the extra .1 on the end might be a way of getting round Apple's latest round of lawsuits regarding voice searching.
  • Another collective, this time called iSuppli has rated the cost of the Nexus 7. The cost of production they came up with today was $151.75, which again leaves very little margin for Google.
  • HTC has confirmed there will be a follow up to their relatively successful HTC Flyer tablet. Although, there's no time scales or any specs to report just yet.
  • Microsoft has confirmed that Halo 4 will run on their upcoming Windows 8 powered, Surface tablets!
And finally, I have a name for you to keep your eyes on; it's an Android powered games console called Ouya. The company has put their plans up on Kickstarter and they have soared past their $2million target in less than 48 hours. This is a very exciting project and we will keep you up to date with the latest developments as they happen!

The Android powered games console, Ouya!


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