News@5: Apple iPads For Sumos, O2 Mobile Eco-Rating Scheme & Kinect Accessories

O2 has launched a new eco-rating scheme for mobiles sold in the UK. The scheme determines the overall ecological impact of the phone over its lifespan, factoring in the materials needed to make it, its energy efficiency and recycling ease.

Apple is said to be holding advanced talks with content providers to offer TV shows for 99 cents on its iTV platform. The company is reportedly trying to strike potential deals with media houses to offer TV shows on all of its devices, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as Apple TV.

The Japan Sumo Association (JSA) has given Apple iPads to Sumo wrestlers. Sumo wrestles have long struggled with typing text and e-mail messages on mobile phones and computers due to the size of their fingers. The JSA believes that Apple's iPad tablet device is perfect for typing with fat fingers, owing to its 10-inch multi-touch screen.

Microsoft has unveiled accessories for its upcoming motion sensing gaming peripheral Kinect. The Redmond-based company has named Performance Designed Products (PDP) as the only official provider of accessories for its forthcoming Xbox 360 games console peripheral.

An advert by telecommunications giant BT that says it is rolling out "up to 20 meg speeds" to give "consistently faster broadband" has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority after it received 17 complaints from viewers.