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Week in Tech
Bye-bye Ballmer, hello high-speed data

If you had to describe monkey-dancing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a single word it wouldn't be "retiring" - but he is, in news that we suspect surprised him as much as it surprised the rest of us. Ballmer will step down within the next 12 months

The other big news this week was that O2 and Vodafone have finally joined the 4G party. As John McCann reports, the rollout is still limited and it might be worth waiting for Three's service to launch before signing up. To find out which 4G network is best, check out our updated guide.

You can't use the new Nexus 7 on 4G yet - it's only shipping in 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi versions for the time being, although an LTE version is coming - but that's unlikely to stop it from selling squillions. As Phil Lavelle reports in his review, "this is one beautiful piece of equipment... Google has taken what made the original such a belter, corrected almost every niggle… if you're looking for a 7-inch tablet... there is no better alternative on the market right now."

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In this week
Week in Tech: Bye-bye Ballmer, hello high-speed data
Talking points: Amazing smartphone uses, the gamers' verdict on Gamescom, iPhone 5S and the case against curves
Competition: WIN! A G-Technology G-RAID hard drive worth £299
The week's best buys: Nikon 1 V1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Archos 80 Titanium
Top 10: The world's top 10 tablets
Talking points
10 amazing things you never knew a smartphone could do
Smartphones are blank canvases that we can transform into musical instruments or games consoles, business machines or cat video players. But who knew that they make pretty good satellites too?  Read more
Why the PS4 is for stupid people and the Xbox One loves the NSA
Last week saw Gamescom in Germany [writes Gary Cutlack], where both PS4 and Xbox One attempted to win favour with gamers ahead of launch. But what did the trench-dwelling hardcore internet warriors with avatars drawn on their helmets, make of the game giants' showings?  Read more
Apple A7 chipset to make iPhone 5S 31% faster than iPhone 5?
A Fox News anchor claims that the A7 chipset inside the upcoming iPhone 5S will offer a 31% speed boost over the current iPhone 5. But given the A6 doubled the performance of the previous chipset, a 31% boost is not quite as big a step up. Read more
Why curved OLED TVs are a bad idea
The advent of 4K Ultra HD has sparked plenty of debate of late, but the arrival of curved OLED TVs is likely to prompt even more consternation [writes Steve May]. Yep, for the first time since the advent of widescreen, TVs are changing shape. Marketeers are cockahoop, but buyers should be more circumspect. Read more
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The week's best buys

The higher resolution screen, EVF, hotshoe and choice of shutter types mean that the Nikon V1 is likely to attract the attention of the enthusiast. Image quality is good and noise is nicely controlled. The sensor is small enough to allow a small camera body, but large enough to enable control over depth of field.
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As far as mid-range Android tablets go, this hits the nail on the head. It's pleasing to see Ice Cream Sandwich making it onto devices out of the box these days, and though the Tab 2 10.1 doesn't offer any great surprises, everything it does, it does well - and at a good price.
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In many areas, this out-performs its heftily-priced rival to the extent that anyone thinking of purchasing a small tablet should seriously consider whether spending more than this is really necessary. Bravo to Archos and its great-looking, awesome value 8-inch Titanium tablet.
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Should Windows 8 have been touch only?
@SenseiRemo Should've stayed on tablets and phones only.
@Jaredlancaster Rubbish... It's fine with a mouse. And I own a Surface Pro.
@bob_moss Would've put quite a premium on hardware price.
Top  10  tablets in the world
Just a few years ago, tablets were an unknown for many people, but nowadays you've got more choice than you can shake a mildly agitated badger at. Luckily we've made the choice easy for you with our list of the top 10 tablets available in the UK.
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64GB Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft has taken another £80 off the price of the 64GB Surface Pro. Giving it 4.5 stars out of 5 in our review, we said it was a "great machine" that combined the best of a hybrid PC and a tablet in a single device: lightweight, long lasting and with all the flexibility that Windows users expect.

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This month, T3 features 101 gadgets you can't live without. Plus a look at Sony's new 65-inch next-gen TV and the super-sharp Nokia Lumia 1020.

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