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    Google seems to preparing a new front in it's battle with Microsoft. Google has bought many people's favourite mobile productivity suite.

    Not a lot is known yet as to what Google plan to do with it, but one would presume that Google Docs and Android could benefit. In Google's Blog, they go on about interoperability between different formats...
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    Some bloke called Rafe Blandford has noticed that there are now 100,000 apps available on Windows Phone Marketplace.

    Microsoft have achieved this feat in surprisingly quick time, given how long it took Android and Blackberry to achieve the same result.

    Even more surprising, is that they were not all fart apps!

    There's a healthy spread of different types of apps, but as iOS and Android owners know, you shouldn't confuse quantity for quality. This does suggest though that Microsoft may be starting to gain the big 'Mo', especially with Windows / WinPhone 8 launches this autumn.
    See the source for a very thorough analysis.

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    Computex is a huge computer exhibition in Taiwan, home to many manufacturers. They're therefore very keen to show off in their own backyard. And they have been busy!

    Hybrid devices seems to be the theme this year. Manufacturers are looking to combine the attraction of tablets, with the practicality of new breed of ultrabooks (think Macbook Airs).
    Here's my pick.
    Asus Taichi
    These resemble Asus' first gen ultrabooks, the Zenbooks, but with a novel twist, shut the cover and it's got another touchscreen on the outside! They come with Ivy Bridge i7 processors and 1080p displays in 11" and 13" flavours. Also really good for games of Battleships...

    Asus 610 and 800
    Think Asus Transformer Prime, but now running Windows 8, and not Android. The 610 runs on an ARM processor, whilst the 800 runs on an Intel Medfield processor. Both are 11.6" hybrids with 1366x768 displays and 2GB memory and all the other usual frippery.
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    NASA scientists have confirmed that our own galaxy, the Milky Way, will crash into the neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy.

    Thankfully, most of us (all of us?) won't be that bothered as it's not likely for about another 4 billion years.
    Stars are likely to start knocking each other out of position, and we might lose our Sun in the process as the two galaxies merge to create a new one.
    You've been warned!
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    The London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been synonymous with the Chelsea Tractor, but now the council there has shown it's own agricultural tendencies for life in the slow lane.

    The Borough Council has rejected 96 of BT's 108 applications to install new cabinets on it's streets as they're too ugly. Granted, they're not designed by Jonathan Ives, but they're no worse than most other street furniture.
    The upshot is that 34,000 households will not be able to get faster fibre optic broadband as a consequence of this aesthetic choice.
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    Gaming conference E3 starts next week and the hype / leak machine is starting to creak into action. It's rumoured that Microsoft will be launching a tablet called Smart Glass there.

    That may not be so interesting in itself, but the rest is!

    Will allow users to control their Xbox 360 remotely. Will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS.
    Applications will be accessible through the tablet. Such as Youtube/Netflix/Vemo ect.
    Live streaming ability through the tablet to the TV, desktop, lap top and other devices.

    Microsoft have tried to steer away from other OS's, so more Xbox control and also available on rival OS's is potentially big news, but could make Xbox's more desirable than other console platforms.
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    Meet the New Sims

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    The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has announced a new nano-SIM format today.

    Looking remarkably like Apple's original proposal for the nano-sim, it is 40% smaller than standard current sims. That valuable few millimeters won, will be used for something else in our shiny new phones.
    There is some confusion still as to the exact design which has finally been approved as a rival sim by Motorola / RIM had identical specifications, but with a knob on top. Either way, these new nano-sims will be becoming more and more prevalent, but will also be backwards compatible.
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