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Bill Hates, Half-Life 3 and a whole lotta tablets

Poor Bill Gates: three of Microsoft's key investors reckon that Microsoft would be better off without him. Gary Marshall isn't so sure. "You could argue that what Microsoft really needs is more Bill, not less."

One of Microsoft's biggest customers has traditionally been Dell. These days Dell isn't tied to one OS, however, and this week it unveiled a mix of Windows and Android tablets. The Windows tablets are called the Venue Pro 8 and - you're ahead of us here - the Venue Pro 11, and they're really rather nice. Meanwhile, the the Venue 7 and Venue 8 run Android 4.2.2 and will come in both Wi-Fi and 4G flavours, and they're priced to sell.

If you watched the finale of Breaking Bad this week you weren't just benefiting from a whole bunch of technological advances: you were watching the actor we really, really, really want to see playing Half-Life's Gordon Freeman in a film. Check the picture on the linked article and the one on our story about Valve filing a trademark for Half-Life 3 and tell us Heisenberg isn't Freeman. He is! HE IS! But will Half-Life 3 be any good if it does come out? Hugh Langley says to prepare yourself for crushing disappointment: "this could be Valve's Chinese Democracy."

What's small, rectangular and makes a pleasant noise? No, not Kylie Minogue in a box: the LG G2, which came agonisingly close to topping our Best Mobile Phones chart. But whether your smartphone is a few years old or brand new, you'll want to get the most out of your battery - so hurrah for James Rogerson, who not only explains what the problem is but tells you hows to solve it too. Here's a hint: get away from that radiator!

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Nexus 5 will ship at the end of October with same specs as iPhone 5S

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Nexus 5 spotted again, doesn't overly impress
A MacRumors forum member snapped a picture of the Nexus 5 and shared some thoughts on the handset: apparently it feels good in the hand, its screen is simply ok, the bezel is tiny and it seems smaller than the LG G2. Read more
Steam Controller revealed, Valve's kind of crazy Steam gamepad

Valve's week of announcements came to a close with the unveiling of the Steam Controller, a hackable, haptic-laden gamepad featuring an army of input options. Valve calls it "A new way to play your entire Steam library from the sofa." Read more

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