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Week in Tech
Your next mobile OS

Windows Phone got a massive update, DIY phones took a step closer to reality, LG’s G3 leaked all over the shop and Microsoft Office appeared in the form of apps for Google Chrome. There was even an opportunity for people with too much money to get Google Glass without having to enter a competition or mug someone in San Francisco. Here’s the tech news you need to know this week.

Fun with 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is here, and it’s pretty great. The new Cortana voice search is “superb,” the Action Center is “an overdue improvement” and overall it “brings Microsoft’s mobile platform to the modern age.”

Does the iPhone have 6 appeal?

The next iPhone could be the most important phone since Apple’s original: with the iPhone 5S and 5C relatively minor updates, there’s a lot of expectation hanging over the iPhone 6. Inevitably there are also a growing number of leaks, rumours and speculation. A bigger screen is likely - or possibly two. Analysts predict a 4.7-inch one and a 5.5-inch one - and it’ll be running iOS 8.

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In this week
Week in Tech: Your next mobile OS
Talking points: M8 disappointment, LG G3 leak, iOS 8 anticipation, broken Bitcoin
Competition: WIN! A Nikon Coolpix P7800 compact camera worth £499.99
The week's best buys: Chromecast, GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition, Nikon D3200
Top 10: Tablets
Talking points
Why I sold my HTC One M8 after the first day
How long does it take to fall out of love? About 90 minutes in my experience.  That's because this week, I became smitten with the HTC One M8. And yet, before it had even finished its first charge, I was already plotting how to sell it.  All because of one simple let down: the camera. Read more
LG G3 monster specs revealed thanks to leaky US carrier website
Much to the chagrin of wireless carriers, a tiny fragment of XML text can often reveal plenty about upcoming smartphones, and now a new leak for LG's next flagship appears to have broken cover on its way to the US's third-place network. Read more
You're going to want an iPhone 6 if this is what iOS 8 is like
We've already put together a pretty substantial wishlist of features we'd like to see in iOS 8, and with June's WWDC on the approach we're beginning to get a better idea of what to expect from Apple's next OS update. Read more
Beyond broken Bitcoin: 7 technologies that are doomed to failure
The cracks are starting to appear in the Bitcoin façade - from audacious multi-billion pound heists, to increasing government intervention, and the ever-present danger of it being a currency more volatile than one of Walter White's chemistry experiments. The Bitcoin crypto-currency dream doesn't seem to be all it was cracked up to be. Read more
WIN! A Nikon Coolpix P7800 compact camera worth £499.99
TechRadar has teamed up with Nikon to give you the chance to win the great Coolpix P7800 premium compact camera. The compact sits at the top of Nikon's Coolpix line-up. It's good enough to be your only camera, or it would make the perfect go-anywhere sidekick for a DSLR owner. For a chance to win, just answer one simple question.
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WIN! A Sony Xperia Z
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Last chance: WIN! An Xbox One and BT home entertainment package worth over £1,000
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The week's best buys

Chromecast is a cheap and easy way to get video from iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube onto your TV. Limited apps but still great value.
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It might not have the good looks of some of its competitors, but the GoPro is simple to use, offers a huge array of mounting options, most importantly, enables you to capture some incredible footage.
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Nikon has delivered an excellent camera in the Nikon D3200. Its Guide Mode is especially good and very useful for novice photographers.
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Do you want a bigger iPhone?
@stevenhaskayne Yes if it's comfortable for one-handed use.
@wintkat 4.7 just won't cut it. I'll be switching to Samsung from the looks of it.
@OleIChristensen I'll never have a iPhone, no matter the size of it!
Top  10  tablets 
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