T-Mobile launching free ad-supported mobile games

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Despite my slightly negative perception of mobile games, this seems to be good news. T-Mobile has announced today that its customers will get full, free mobile games, in exchange for watching some adverts.

The first game to be available is Poker Million II, which is playable if customers watch two full-screen ads before and two full-screen ads after the game. The client software automatically detects which games will be compatible for your device, and won’t offer you anything you can’t play.

Nokia N81 8GB music phone ships… for £300

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Nokia has announced that its Nokia N81 8GB mobile is now shipping, alongside the slightly runtier N81 (and really, if you’re going to buy a top-spec music phone, you want the 8GB version…).

The N81 8GB has an unsubsidised price of 430 Euros (about £300). Normally, I’d ignore that, given that operators generally slash a huge chunk of that price for contract users. However, the N81 has been controversially missed out of some operators’ Christmas handset lineups, meaning that for some networks, you’ll have to pay the unsubsidised price to get one.

Guitar Legend: like Guitar Hero but on your mobile phone

guitarlegend.gifGuitar Hero! Rawk! You should see my hot riffs. But surely it’s one console game that’ll never get converted to run on mobile phones…

But no. Mobile games publisher Gameloft hasn’t got the official Guitar Hero licence, but it has released a mobile game called Guitar Legend that uses the same core gameplay. So it’s all about pressing buttons according to notes travelling towards you on a guitar neck.

Today on Tech Digest: Babelgum IPTV, Pay-as-you-go Nokia N95, £149 iPod suit from M&S, and more…

THE BIG THREE
Babelgum IPTV service now open for business – first impressions
Virgin Mobile offers Nokia N95 on PAYG – for a price
Marks & Spencer unveils £149 iPod suit

THE NEXT FIFTEEN
LG unveils super-slim X820 PC
Father’s Day Gadget Gifts: Gaming
Motorola launches Motocast – feed-like content direct to your mobile screen
CB2: the child-robots are coming!
Samsung SPH-W2400: a rotating HSDPA mobile phone
Hate digital music DRM? Buy the t-shirts!
The Trojan virus that pretends to be a YouTube video
Brits can’t live without their broadband
Samsin SBS-6600 wireless rechargeable Bluetooth speakers
50 Cent sets up shop in virtual world Zwinktopia
Make your website work well on the Wii
Digital Cube’s female-focused M43 iStation personal media player
Alcatel launches its first music clamshell handset – the OT-C701
Turn your phone into a 70s crime scene with Kojak Detective Puzzles
IBM releasing disease prediction software

THE SILLY ONE
Colonic irrigation made easy with the self-guiding colonoscope