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Week in Tech
Full steam ahead for Valve as Microsoft surfaces new tablets

Windows RT hasn't been Microsoft's biggest success, but Microsoft ain't no quitter, and this week it unveiled the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2. The former is a screamer aimed squarely at pros, and the latter is a more powerful version of the Surface RT with a much better screen. It's better, but is it good enough? Our columnist Gary Marshall isn't convinced: with Surface 2, "Microsoft has taken something that was arguably incompetent and refined it until it's reached the heady heights of adequacy."

Elsewhere in tablets, the march of the minis continued with new arrivals from Amazon and Tesco. Amazon has given its Kindle Fire a revamp and added the new Kindle Fire HDX. The screens are Amazon's best yet and the prices are so low Amazon can't possibly be making any money from them - but Amazon doesn't care, because it intends to make its profit from selling content. That's a strategy Tesco appears to be adopting too: Marshall calls the grocery giant's Hudl tablet a “classic loss leader."

Microsoft has always had competitors, but of late it seems that it's fighting a war on multiple fronts - and the latest firm to take on the Windows PC is Valve. This week Valve announced SteamOS, which brings the Steam games platform to anyone who wants it. It's a standalone operating system based on Linux, and Valve says it'll run on "any living room machine," including Valve's own Steam Boxes. Is Microsoft ready?

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Week in Tech: Full steam ahead for Valve as Microsoft surfaces new tablets
Talking points: More iOS 7 tips, Nexus 5 smashes S4 benchmarks, Android in 2020, and Grand Theft Angry
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21 brilliant iOS 7 tips and tricks

We've been living with iOS 7 for over a week now, and we've discovered even more excellent tips for making the most of Apple's new operating system. Find out how to get quicker autofill, tidy away apps, use Siri as a secretary and 18 more cool tricks. Read more

Nexus 5 smashes Galaxy S4 in leaked benchmarks
The Google Nexus 5 has made an appearance on GFXBench, where it's completed two different benchmark tests with very impressive scores. Matching the Sony Xperia Z1, substantially beating the Samsung Galaxy S4, and only falling slightly short of the iPhone 5S, the Nexus 5 looks set to lead the Android pack. Read more
Android in 2020: the future of Google's mobile OS explored

The Android of 2013 is a world away from the 2008 version, but Google is going to have to keep innovating to keep its share of the smartphone market. We've taken a peek into the future to consider what Android might look like in the year 2020. Read more

Grand Theft Auto? Grand Theft Angry more like
It can be a hard life not being a GTA fan. Stick your head out from the cover position and you'll be told there's something wrong with you for not enjoying the series' mixture of glamorised prostitution, swearing and - new for 2013! - interactive torture. We rounded up the angriest GTA apologists for our Inflame column. Read more
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Surface makes you want to pick it up and play, pleases you with the delivery of Windows RT and the live tiles make it feel personal and alive.

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If you need a stunning display, we wholeheartedly recommend this. It's built to be future-proof, and you won't be disappointed with its performance..
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The screen is to die for and the form factor is ideal for media consumption. It's light, it's bright, it's fun and it's thin. Using it, it whizzes along and makes you feel like you're using something that should have cost so much more. What's not to like?

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What do you want Valve to announce?
@DominicNeagle That Atlas and P-Body from Portal are replacing Bert and Ernie.
@karlturner78 Counter Strike for phone, tablets or games console.
@mikejones89 Would love for it to be Half-Life 3 but probably something more related to hardware of the Steam Machine.
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