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Microsoft working on a split controller for tablet gaming?

Getting rid of physical buttons on our gadgets has been a massive advantage for phones and tablets – but for gaming… it makes things more difficult. Luckily though, it appears that Microsoft could be working on an interesting solution. Patently Apple has dug up some diagrams filed by Microsoft with the US patent office that show plans an Xbox-style controller …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft working on a split controller for tablet gaming?
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How brand loyal are users to iPhone and Android?

A new survey has revealed that mobile phone customers are rather brand loyal after all – with customers broadly sticking with the operating system that they are familiar with. Check out this chart from mobiles.co.uk – which surveyed 2,300 smartphone owners: What’s really interesting is how loyal customers are. 81% of iPhone and remarkably, 81% of Android users picked iOS …

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James O'MalleyHow brand loyal are users to iPhone and Android?
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WATCH: Cortana outsmart Siri

There is no love lost between Apple and Microsoft, and in a new TV ad for its Halo-inspired Cortana virtual assistant, Microsoft pokes a bit of fun at Apple’s Siri. Bringing back memories of Apple’s Mac vs PC campaigns, the advert presents a series of commands which Cortana is able to intelligently process, while Siri struggles. Watch the ad below …

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Stuart O'ConnorWATCH: Cortana outsmart Siri
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London will have 5G by 2020, says mayor Boris Johnson

Most of us still struggle to get a decent 3G signal in London, and 4G has barely begun to have an impact (or be affordable). But London mayor Boris Badenov … sorry, Johnson … reckons that London will have a 5G mobile network by 2020. Yes, that’s right, Just six years away. Talk about an optimist. Johnson told The Daily …

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Stuart O'ConnorLondon will have 5G by 2020, says mayor Boris Johnson
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HTC Desire 610 Review: HTC’s attempt at a mid-range pocket-pleaser feels like a throwback

HTC seems to be attempting to cover all bases with its smartphone releases this year, and the Desire 610 is firmly aimed at the middle of the road. At around £240 SIM-free, it’s one of the cheapest smartphones HTC offers, but there’s stiff competition from other manufacturers in this price range, and it just doesn’t match up. The handset – …

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Holly BrockwellHTC Desire 610 Review: HTC’s attempt at a mid-range pocket-pleaser feels like a throwback
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Microsoft announce budget Lumia 530

Microsoft this morning has announced the Lumia 530, a new super-budget handset that it says is the first Lumia for “sub 100 Euros” – so that should be less than about £80. As you might expect, a budget phone isn’t going to set the world on fire spec-wise, but it still appears to be pretty decent for the price. The …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft announce budget Lumia 530
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Red HTC One M8 comes to O2

If you prefer your smartphones brightly coloured, then how about the HTC One M8… but in red? O2 has done the deal with HTC to get exclusive rights to the red version – and it will be available from its stores from the 4th August. It will also be available on O2 Refresh, if you fancy ending your contract early. …

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James O'MalleyRed HTC One M8 comes to O2
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O2 boosts holiday data allowance to 50mb

Good news for travellers this summer as mean old O2 (pictured) has received a visit from the ghost of holidays future, and has kindly relented and opted to give us a more generous data allocation when using our phones abroad. Under the new regime pay monthly customers will now be able pay £1.99 a day when on holiday to get …

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James O'MalleyO2 boosts holiday data allowance to 50mb
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Huawei announce official Arsenal FC phone

No longer is it good enough to buy the season ticket, watch the matches and shout together on public transport when travelling in packs of men – real football fans now must own the official phone of their club. Huawei has announced the Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition, a “limited edition” 64GB variant of its flagship phone that sports the Arsenal …

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James O'MalleyHuawei announce official Arsenal FC phone
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PNY Wireless Media Reader: Carry more video and music with you.

For a few years now the storage capacity in phones hasn’t increased much – once storage topped out at 64GB there hasn’t been any drive by any of the major companies to go bigger. So what are we to do if we want to carry around more music and videos? For Android users, there’s the potentially messy business of swapping …

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James O'MalleyPNY Wireless Media Reader: Carry more video and music with you.