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Week in Tech
Beats, Glass and space on your face

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Who could have predicted that Dr Dre would end up working for Apple, that someone would use virtual reality on a rollercoaster or that Samsung would have lots of ideas that sounded awfully like other firms' ideas? OK, last one aside, it's been quite a weird week in tech.

HTC's mini marvel

What's small and has a stupid name? It's the HTC One Mini 2, which can sound even sillier if you get the One Mini 2 on Three 4G (you can blame Twitter wags for that one). The good news is the handset is much more sensible than the name: according to John McCann, "it gives the iPhone 5S a run for its money," because it's really just a shrunken version of the HTC One M8.

Moto's budget blower is E-ely good

It's time to say hello to the latest addition to the Motorola family: the Moto E, which might be short for "Eeeeees really cheap." At just £89 SIM-free (around $150, AU$160) it's incredibly cheap, but that doesn't mean it's incredibly nasty: our Mr McCann says it's "a desirable smartphone with an impressively low price tag and a decent set of specs… you won't find a better offering at this price".

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In this week
Week in Tech: Beats, Glass and space on your face
Talking points: One without Kinect, Apple and Beats, Google Glass, iOS 8 split-screen
Competition: WIN! The ultimate Humax TV package worth £600
The week's best buys: iPad Air, Tesco Hudl, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
Top 10: Tablets
Talking points
You'll soon be able to buy a cheaper Xbox One without Kinect
Confirming previous rumours, Microsoft has announced that it'll be releasing an Xbox One without Kinect on June 9. Many gamers have been calling out for the option to buy the console without Microsoft's new Kinect sensor. Read more
Apple and Beats: it ain't about the headphones
When I first read about the Apple/Beats Audio rumour, I was as flabbergasted as everybody else: such a deal is very un-Apple, and acquiring Beats seems to make as much sense as, say, putting a guy from Dixons in charge of Apple retail. So what's Apple up to? Read more
You're on the invite list! Google Glass now on sale to everyone in the US
Google Glass just became a little less exclusive today, as the search engine giant declared that its wearable computer is now on sale to everyone in the US: "Starting today, we're allowing anyone to purchase Glass on the Glass retail site." Read more
iOS 8 may split-screen iPad apps, just like the Microsoft Surface
There's no logical reason why the iPad shouldn't be able to do split-screen multitasking as well as the tablet, and with iOS 8 the feature might actually arrive. Read more
WIN! The ultimate Humax TV package worth £600

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The week's best buys

Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air. It's got a stunning design, powerful innards and a superb suite of apps. It's as near to tablet perfection as you're going to get.
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You'll get some surprisingly accomplished components for your money, but the Tesco Hudl fails to really wow in any department apart from the price. If your budget can't stretch any further you won't be disappointed.
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This is our favourite member of the Tab 3 family, with thin sleek lines punctuated by an attractive aluminium rim. We love the fact it can be held in one hand yet still packs an extra inch of screen real estate.
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Will you use Twitter's mute function?
@Laezur If unfollowing someone on Twitter causes real-life tension, you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
@KevMcCash Better to just unfollow someone than ignore them = rude! :P
@elecxonica I’ve found that muting on tweetbot at least is useful for hiding people I’m not following and don’t care for.
Top  10  tablets
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