Week in Tech: Nintend-woes, marvellous Morpheus and Apple's unknown foes

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Week in Tech
Nintend-woes, marvellous Morpheus and Apple's unknown foes

As Mad Men's Joan put it: "one minute you're on top of the world, the next minute some secretary's running you over with a lawn mower." This week the mower seemed to be heading straight for Mario, but Nintendo isn't the only tech giant hitting hard times: as we discovered, the Chinese are coming and smartphone firms should be scared. Boo!

Wii U fails to woo

Nintendo's latest financial results are out, and they're even worse than we feared: it sold just 310,000 consoles in the last quarter, propelling losses to a staggering $456 million for the year. Nintendo's answer? Skylanders-style NFC figures and new consoles for developing countries.

That's Huawei to do it

The rumours were true: Huawei's going after high-end Android handsets with the Ascend P7, which was officially launched this week in Paris. It's good, says John McCann, but it's not quite good enough: while it isn't exactly poorly equipped, "it's not in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 or Sony Xperia Z2."

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In this week
Week in Tech: Nintend-woes, marvellous Morpheus and Apple's unknown foes
Talking points: LG G3 in disguise, Surface Mini, Project Morpheus was always in PS4, Facebook's Occulus masterplan
Competition: Win! The ultimate Humax TV package worth £600
The week's best buys: YouView from BT, Google Nexus 7, Olympus OM-D E-M10
Top 10: Phones
Talking points
Has LG just released the LG G3 in disguise?
Last year LG released a phone in Japan called the LG Isai which ended up having almost identical specs to the LG G2, including the same screen, processor, RAM and camera. Now the company has unveiled the LG Isai FL - and there's a good chance that it's giving us a look at what to expect from the LG G3. Read more
Surface Mini preparing to land on May 20?
Microsoft has sent out invitations to a "small gathering" on May 20, suggesting that the company is gearing up to show off the long-rumoured Surface Mini for the first time. It should lay to rest speculation around what could be Microsoft's first pint-sized Surface, which is expected to be a note-taking device with a 7 or 8-inch display. Read more
Project Morpheus was built into PS4 from the start - we just didn't know it
Now we know why the PS4 controller has an always-on lightbar: because of Project Morpheus. Sony's virtual reality superteam ensured the tracking light was put into the controller - though everyone had to keep quiet about its purpose. Read more
Oculus and Facebook have a billion-person MMO masterplan
Fancy playing a massively multiplayer online game with a billion other people? That could be what we ultimately see as a result of Facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR. Read more
WIN! The ultimate Humax TV package worth £600
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The week's best buys

Makes complete sense if you're already with BT, but if you're not it might be more practical to use catch-up elsewhere.
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If you're looking for a 7-inch tablet, we'll put it like this: there is no better alternative on the market. If you don't fancy iOS this is the tablet you want.
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An excellent camera that feels good in the hand and has a control layout that's easy to get to grips with. It also has a healthy customization options and produces high quality images.
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Do you want a QHD screen on your next smartphone?
@Kolin_Quark Absolutely no point, battery life is the issue.
@bunjiweb Only if it doesn't have a negative impact on battery life. Sure they'll look nice, but is there anything 'wrong' with FHD?
@Isky11 QHD screen? Why yes, along with woofers, tweeters and the obligatory paper bag on my head.
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