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A new column designed to deliver the latest technology news in bite-sized chunks.

In today’s Tech News Digest, we find out how good the new Nexus 5 really is, watch a new episode of the BlackBerry soap opera unfold, discover that Windows Phone isn’t dead after all, see the Steam Machine put through its paces, hear about Coursera’s real-world teaching plans, read about Edward Snowden’s tweets, and see why Amazon boss Jeff Bezos really loves his wife.

The Big Story Of The Day

The Verdict Is In On The Nexus 5

The New Nexus 5 from Google and LG It's Official: Nexus 5 And Android 4.4 KitKat Are Here It's Official: Nexus 5 And Android 4.4 KitKat Are Here The Nexus 5 is now on sale in the Google Play Store and it's running the brand new Android 4.4 KitKat, which will also be rolling out to other devices "in the coming weeks." Read More has been reviewed by most of the big technology blogs by now, so we can officially declare that the verdict is in. Here are a selection of those reviews with choice quotes added so you know whether it’s worth clicking through and reading the whole thing…

The Verge declares that the “Nexus 5 is an excellent phone in many ways,” but unfortunately let down by its camera.
CNET suggests that while the Nexus 5 “isn’t perfect” it still “extends the allure of the Nexus brand to anyone simply looking for an excellent yet inexpensive handset.
Gizmodo declares the Nexus 5 to be “one of the best phones you can buy, even if it doesn’t quite meet its inflated expectations.
Forbes refuses to wax lyrical, instead merely stating that the Nexus 5 is “a solid phone at a good price,” and (elsewhere in the review) “a very nice phone at an excellent price.
Pocket-Lint thinks the Nexus 5 is “arguably the best Android handset on the market – and we think it should should see Google making inroads into the high-end smartphone market, where it has traditionally struggled against Apple.

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All Change At BlackBerry

It’s fair to say that the last few years have been a tricky time for BlackBerry Ltd., previously known as Research in Motion. And there has now been another twist to the tale, with a planned buyout falling through and the investors instead pumping $1 billion of cash into the company. As part of the deal, CEO Thorsten Heins departs the company to be replaced by former Sybase CEO John Chen. The price of BlackBerry stock immediately plummeted, but the long-term result of this move could be positive. Possibly, but probably not.

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Windows Phone Makes Gains In Europe

From one failing smartphone operating system to another, or perhaps not. Windows Phone, which has failed to draw much attention away from the iOS vs. Android battle raging in the U.S., is, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, making gains in Europe. Android is still on top everywhere, but in countries including Italy and France Windows Phone adoption is catching up with iOS. Microsoft beating Apple? Is it the 1990s all over again?

Steam Machine Put Through Its Paces

While many of us are excitedly waiting the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, respectively, Valve is laying plans to disrupt the whole industry by launching Steam Machines. These are, as we have previously discussed Valve's 3 Big Announcements: Everything You Need To Know Valve's 3 Big Announcements: Everything You Need To Know Valve has announced its own OS, a new line of Steam Machines, and a controller. What does it mean for gaming? Read More , essentially PCs designed to stream games to the TV in your living room. This could be a game-changer, quite literally, and those lucky bods at The Verge were invited to take a look at the prototype hardware.

Coursera Launches Learning Hubs

Since late 2012 Coursera has been offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) to students, but the company has now unveiled plans Coursera Launches Real World Classes With Learning Hubs Across The World Coursera Launches Real World Classes With Learning Hubs Across The World The MOOC learning provider Coursera has launched Coursera Learning Hubs that seek to facilitate learning in Internet-enabled physical locations around the world. The U.S. State Department is one of its learning partners. Read More to create learning hubs all around the world. This brings virtual teaching to physical locations, but a solid Internet connection is still essential.

Edward Snowden Tweets… Or Not

Notorious secret leaker Edward Snowden supposedly joined Twitter recently. It now seems clear that @OfficialSnowden actually is not the real Edward Snowden. Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first leaked the stories about the NSA (National Security Agency) spying on us all, has unequivocally stated that this isn’t the real Snowden, and Twitter hasn’t given the account its tick of approval. Whether the original tweets were from Snowden or not remains unclear, as they have been deleted and it looks as if the account has now been hijacked.

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And Finally…

Jeff Bezos’ Wife Reviews Amazon Book… On Amazon

There’s a new book about Amazon available to buy on Amazon (and elsewhere). The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone, tells the story of how Amazon was founded and came to be the business behemoth it is today. Most reviewers have given the book a positive rating, but one review, by someone called MacKenzie Bezos, gave it one star out of five and criticised it rather heavily. MacKenzie is, as the surname may have revealed, the wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Biased? Never!

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  1. Kannon Y
    November 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Super awesome Dave! I particularly like the roundup of Nexus 5 reviews. Thanks for putting this together.

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