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LG's big phone return sees us focusing on its rear

This week LG reckons it's reinvented the smartphone by sticking a few buttons on the back of its new flagship handset, the LG G2.

Yep, that's about the size of the 'paradigm shift' that LG has been bandying about. Rather more worrying is that the device ships with an out-of-date version of Android and looks, well, kind of boring. 

But phone-ninja Gareth Beavis says there's more to the G2 than meets the eye - the phone is "insanely powerful", the screen is "huge" and the 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor "makes the phone tick along quite nicely" while delivering all day battery life.

While the phone world alternately frowned and fawned over the G2, the issue of online bullying reached crisis point in the UK. As news of yet another teenager taking their own life because of sustained anonymous bullying campaigns over social networks and prominent women received myriad threats over Twitter, there were calls by everyone from family members to the PM to ban certain sites.

We're not convinced that's the answer - is bullying a technological problem? No, it's a cultural one. 

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In this week
Week in Tech: LG's G2 - and how do you solve a problem like cyberbullying?
Talking points: 4G's boring, Google's playing favourites and Apple's saving lives
Competition: Win! A Medion ERAZER laptop worth £999
The week's best buys: Panasonic Lumix TZ40, Google Nexus 10, Finlux 32F8030-T
Top 10: The world's top 10 tablets
Talking points
Why is 4G so uninspiring?
Vodafone announced that it's bringing 4G to the Big Red party on the same day that O2's network launches, prompting shouts of "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!" from all corners of the tech sphere. But Ofcom says that 22% of us have no intention of upgrading to the faster data networks, seeming happy to stick with the slower-but-cheaper 3G. Is that because good enough is good enough? asks Gary Marshall. Or do we just prefer having more money to having more speed? Read more
Hey Google! There is a world outside the US, you know
Google must hate the UK, writes Phil Lavelle. Why? Because it's constantly depriving us and making us wait for its cutting edge Nexus devices, and the new Nexus 7 is no different. Although we finally have a release date for when the new slate will hit our shores (August 28, tablet fans - mark your calendars), it's still left us rankled that we have to wait over a month longer than our American compadres. Maybe Google should concentrate as hard on not being a moron as it does on not being evil. Read more
Apple leads the charge against dodgy USB power adapters
Apple launched a trade-in program for counterfeit third party USB power adapters after a woman was allegedly killed by an electric shock when answering a call on her iPhone 5. The trade-in scheme will let you buy a new charger for a reduced-price if you bring in your third-party one in exchange. It all kicks off in the US first but comes to the UK later on this month. Read more
BBM for Android inches ever closer
BlackBerry's instant messaging app, so beloved of teenagers the world over, has just hit Android in beta form. You'll have to work at BlackBerry (or be really good friends with someone who does) to get your mitts on one of the beta invites though - and don't expect to see the app hit Google Play until September at the earliest. Read more
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The week's best buys

The Panasonic TZ40 is an excellent camera, an ideal travel compact that offers all the standard options and more. It’s a jazzier version of the Panasonic TZ35, with very similar image quality but the addition of some valuable extras like a touchscreen.

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The Google Nexus 10 is clearly a brilliant tablet. It has high-end specs at a mid-range price, and that alone makes it deserving of attention. Add to that a generally stunning screen and near faultless performance and it really does start to look like an iPad beater.
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The Finlux 32F8030-T has to be one of the best value TVs we've ever tested. There are a few clues here and there that's it's built around last year's tech, and it's not always a joy to use, but as a step-up TV for the living room it barely puts a foot wrong.

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Would you buy a smartwatch?
@TheGeekyBoss I would, if it was useful. I love wearable tech.
@SDEdwards06 not into wearables.
@theglenkelly why is there a need for such device when we have smartphones? To tell the time? Time is around us on other devices. #wasteofcash
Top  10  tablets in the world
There's more choice in the tablet arena than ever before and with more choice comes tougher decisions. We can't tell you which tablet to buy, but we've rounded up the cream of the crop: now you just have to choose one.
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- new issue is out now
We put the first pair of Google Glasses in the UK through their paces in our extensive review. It's also our first annual T3 Brit List, with Sir Jonathan Ive's iOS 7 leading the way.

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