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Week in Tech
From Windows 1 to Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox One drops today, and it's more expensive that its Sony rival. Is the Xbox One worth the extra cash? As Alex Roth points out, it hasn’t had the most spectacular start, but "thanks to a strong launch line-up and more than a bit of damage control, the Xbox One is repairing its reputation."

Microsoft's ambitions are as massive as the console. The Xbox One wants to be your home entertainment hub, your social networking hub and your one-stop shop for every conceivable kind of media. So which should you buy, the Xbox One or the PS4? Matt Swider’s done the comparison, but the smart buying advice might be simply to wait.

How things have changed for Microsoft: back in 1985, Windows 1.0 was cutting-edge technology. But however many amazing things Microsoft has made, it wasn't cool in 1985 and it isn't any cooler now - and stunts like its horribly unfunny anti-Google mugs don't help. The Keep Calm parody ("Keep Calm While We Steal Your Data") has been widely mocked online, and deservedly so - but are we mocking the messenger instead of paying attention to the message?

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In this week
Week in Tech: From Windows 1 to Xbox One
Talking points: Skype improves, Linux desktops, YouTube flame wars, Samsung pulls Android update
Competition: Win! A pair of Scandyna SmallPod speakers worth £599
The week's best buys: HTC One, Canon EOS 70D, Apple iPad mini 2
Top 10: The world's top 10 tablets
Talking points
5 ways Skype is about to get a whole lot better
Microsoft has been working hard to integrate Skype and Lync over the past few months, yet there are still a number of advantages that Lync continues to hold over the big blue cloud. The good news is that Skype told us that it's busy working on a number of these projects, and we could see them transported to Skype in the near future. Here are five ways that it might be about to get a whole lot better. Read more
Best Linux desktop: which is ideal for you?
Linux is about choice, or so the popular mantra goes, and nothing represents this more than the plethora of desktop environments on offer. We look at some of the most popular (and some of the more esoteric) desktop choices to find out which one you should be using. Read more
YouTubers bring out the big guns in response to Google+ madness
You'd think that after years of the YouTube comment section being home to the worst people in the world, YouTubers might like the fact that Google's trying to clean up the bottom half of the video site. But no. Something even worse and more unwelcome than YouTube commenters has moved in: Google+. Read more
Samsung pulls Android 4.3 for UK Galaxy S3, S4 update withdrawn stateside
Samsung has temporarily withdrawn the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for its Galaxy S3 handset in the UK following complaints. Read more
WIN! A pair of Scandyna SmallPod speakers worth £599
We've teamed up with Danish audio and design specialist Scandyna to give away a pair of its wireless SmallPod speakers, which come in both aptX Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay editions.
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The week's best buys



This is the best HTC phone ever. But we'll go one better: it's the best phone on the market full stop. For sheer level of functionality, innovation and just overall effect it has in the hand, we can't help but recommend the HTC One to anyone looking to buy a new smartphone.

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Canon has produced a very well rounded camera for enthusiast photographers. It has all the specifications that we expect, along with a few modern niceties in a body that feels well made and comfortable in the hand. A very desirable camera capable of producing superb results.

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The iPad mini 2 is almost flawless in so many ways. The rich App catalog mean it's a device that will grow with you, and the 64-bit A7 chip and Retina display are certainly future-proofing users from an outdated device. The design is still the best in the tablet category, and iOS 7 is a step forward.

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Would you want a bigger iPad?
@sisiliaalin Nope.
@Deanouk73 Wouldn't be a bad thing for watching Movies, TV or sports. I would be interested in a 12.9-inch iPad.
@CruizingComet Yes please... As long as it's as thin and as light as the iPad Air.
Top  10  tablets in the world
With choice comes decisions - difficult decisions. We've put the new iPad mini 2 with Retina Display and LG G Pad 8.3 through our in-depth review process, so check our rankings to see where they land in the list.
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 Christmas gift guide
From consoles and phones to kitchen and garden gadgets, here's our bumper selection of gift ideas for tech lovers. Whoever you're buying for, we've got you covered.

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