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12th Dec 2009 | 09:00
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This week saw confusion over Freeview HD boxes, Google launching its Goggles visual search for mobiles, and Tesco announcing availability of the iPhone in its stores.
We also brought you a rundown of the 12 games you must play with Christmas, as well as a wealth of gift ideas, including where to get the cheapest consoles in time for Christmas.
If you're stuck for gift ideas then make sure you check out our Christmas gift ideas page. http://www.techradar.com/news/hottopic/tech-for-xmas-656830
In reviews, it seems everyone is after a Nokia handset this Christmas, with the HTC Hero the only non-Nokia phone in the top five.
Read on for this week's most popular stories on TechRadar…
Top five news stories
The technical launch of Freeview HD has raised what could be a major problem in the coming months, with retailers labelling some boxes as 'HD' despite the fact that they will not be compatible with the new service.
Google has confirmed that its impressive visual search tool Google Goggles will be available on iPhone and other platforms soon, after its trial spell on the Android handset.
Tesco Mobile has announced that it will be stocking the iPhone 3GS from next week, from the 14 December. It's a slightly different price structure to the normal iPhone deals handed out by O2 and Orange.
Anyone who's a regular Google search user will know that the only way to avoid the company tracking your online activities is to log out of Gmail or whatever Google account you use. Not any more. As of last Friday, even searchers who aren't logged into Google in any way have their data tracked in the name of providing a 'better service'.
HTC's latest and greatest (unconfirmed) handset - the Bravo - has been shown off in more complete pictures, and given a UK release date. The phone, which has been dubbed the Passion in the US, was outed as part of the leaked roadmap yesterday, and has now taken another step closer to reality.
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Top five in-depth articles
The amazing thing about Christmas is that you finally get some time to play those games you have been reading all about throughout the year nearly over. And 2009 has been a belter for gaming. So here are our essential twelve games you really must put some time aside to play this Yule.
Within the 32-inch division, there's plenty of choice. A basic HD-ready set can be found for less than £300 if you search hard, though it's just as easy to spend over £2,000. There's only one certainty at this size, though – your new telly will be an LCD TV.
Looking to switch to digital TV? Don't want to pay a monthly subscription? You've got several free-to-air options. Freeview provides free digital TV through a traditional aerial. Freesat, as its name suggests, delivers a similar digital TV service but via satellite. Finally, BSkyB operates a little-known, subscription-free digital TV service of its own called Freesat From Sky.
If you're the type of person who likes the strict rules of markup design that runs everything carefully through a validator then you'll be over the moon to know two things: Firstly, HTML5 supports all the lowercase, self-closing tags, double quoted attributes – the works. And if you don't like these things, it supports that too! Secondly, if you absolutely have to have XHTML in your bag of tricks, XHTML5 will satisfy your thirst. XHTML5 is quite simply HTML5 + XML, ie all the normal rules of XHTML, like no document. write allowed.
The PlayStation 3 might be the most expensive of the three major consoles, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up a bargain. Stores are desperate to make the PS3 an attractive offer this Christmas, and they've succeeded. There's a heap of great bundles available complimented by Sony's new high capacity 120GB and 250GB PS3 Slim.
Top five reviews
The latest addition to the Nokia family is the first device running Maemo 5, a new OS that takes the best of Nokia's internet tablet range and stuffs it into a phone-sized chassis. Featuring a huge 3.5-inch screen and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, it's also packing a seriously strong engine under the hood to power things along. Will the N900 shed the ageing image of Symbian and bring Nokia to the next level to match the likes of the iPhone?
The HTC Hero (advertised as the HTC Hero Graphite by Orange and G2 Touch by T-Mobile) has emerged blinking into the light, complete with the new Sense UI, to unleash a smackdown on the iPhone 3GS and the Palm Pre. Android upgraded, this is the most powerful Google OS phone yet.
The budget 5530 XpressMusic is a phone not too dissimilar to the 5800 XpressMusic in shape, albeit slightly smaller with a 2.9-inch screen. It feels lightweight and the screen is noticeably smaller than other touchscreen offerings, but it doesn't feel too tiny for a touchscreen, although it's probably on the edge of what's acceptable.
Nokia's powerhouse N97 touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard-packing smartphone may have arrived to mixed reviews, but its new, rescaled Nokia N97 Mini stablemate offers a refreshed take on the device.
The Nokia X6 looks like a traditional slider phone - at 13.8mm thick it certainly looks like it could accommodate a physical keyboard. However, there are hardly any buttons to be found as the 3.2-inch touchscreen is capacitive, theoretically making a physical keyboard redundant.
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