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Moto G arrives, Google gasps and gamers greet PS4

This week's news is sponsored by the letter G. First up, the Moto G, which Motorola built to offer iPhone performance and style for a lot less cash. We also got to put the Nexus 5 through its paces, and we reckon it can’t be beaten for the price.

Google+ is still no one’s favourite social network but Google isn’t giving up. The latest front is YouTube, where you now need a Google+ to comment. Co-founder Jawed Karim was one of many users who said very bad words, but as Marc Chacksfield explains, the move might mean fewer very bad words in the future.

The PlayStation 4 hits the US today and the UK in a fortnight. But it hasn’t had a smooth start: in addition to an enormous 300MB day-one update, the PS4 will get another fix soon allowing it to play MP3s and CDs - something that looked awfully like a not-very-subtle attempt to push Sony's own Music Unlimited service.

Sony denies shenanigans. But as Kate Solomon points out, that’s "exactly what somebody who'd masterminded a failed diabolical music streaming plot would say."

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In this week
Week in Tech: Moto G arrives, Google gasps and gamers greet PS4
Talking points: Oculus Rift console diss, FIFA 14, the Kickstarters you want, Apple doesn't just work
Competition: Win! A Nikon J3 worth £579.99
The week's best buys: iPad Air, Google Nexus 5, Panasonic TZ40
Top 20: Smartphones
Talking points
Oculus Rift creator: Xbox One and PS4 are far too limited for what we're planning
We interviewed Palmer Luckey, 21-year-old inventor of the Oculus Rift. And we heard a lot about Pokémon. But he also told us why he thinks the world needs Oculus Rift: "What people have available to them in terms of game consoles and other platforms, I don't think it's exciting to them." Read more
How FIFA 14 for Xbox One and PS4 is embracing next-gen graphics
EA Sports is putting a little more fire behind the next-generation versions of FIFA 14, its 20-year-old football franchise. We went hands on with the souped-up version of this milestone season at Microsoft's Xbox One Games Preview Showcase and discovered first-hand what the Xbox One and PS4 bring to the field. Read more
10 Kickstarter projects you will be buying in 2014
Now the first Class of Kickstarter has graduated thanks to the accumulated pennies and cents of thousands of willing backers, what does 2014 hold? We've scoured Kickstarter for the hottest projects you'll be buying next year. Read more
Apple: it just works (eventually)
Slogans are powerful things, but they can often become sticks to beat their creators with [writes Gary Marshall]. Pretty much everyone on the planet knows Apple's mantra "it just works." The only problem is that Apple's stuff doesn't seem to just work quite the way it used to. Read more
WIN! A Nikon J3 worth £579.99
To celebrate the #HondaPassport competition, we have joined forces with Honda and Nikon to help capture special memories by giving you the chance to win a super-compact Nikon J3.
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WIN! A Motorola RAZR HD
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The week's best buys

iPad Air

This is TechRadar's first five-star tablet. It's a device with almost no flaws - it's not just Apple's best tablet, it's the only tablet you should be considering this Christmas if you're keen on a larger screen.

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Google Nexus 5

Any faults you can find with the Nexus 5 - and there aren't many - can be easily quelled by the knowledge that the device starts at just $350 unlocked. You'd be hard-pressed to find anything that even comes close to that price point with the specs that the Nexus 5 boasts.

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Panasonic TZ40

Overall, this is an excellent camera, which should be one of the highest considerations for those looking for the ideal travel compact that offers more than some of the standard options on the market.

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PlayStation camera vs Kinect
@alotofweather *cancels order for camera*
@strickers66 You make it sound like a bad thing. Gesture control is inefficient and a step back from buttons, once you get over the novelty.
@matthewbowden Haven't you seen Minority Report? Gesture control is the future! ;-)
Top  10   smartphones
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