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F1: Hamilton Proves His Mettle

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Lewis Hamilton has been something of an enigma since sealing his world title in 2008. The trappings of success have been very much in evidence and the advice he has been recieving since ditching his father as his manager has been mighty suspect.

His driving talent sometimes transcends those problems though and today in Korea he amply demonstrated that.

Despite a damaged car and resultant damage to his tyres and strategy he managed to drag his stricken Mclaren round to a points finish, even managing to turn it into a street sweeper for the final few laps.Apart from wondering about the relationship between the "clunk" last weekend in Japan and the anti-rollbar failure today; it seems that Hamilton's life long relationship with Mclaren is going to end on a low. His ability to drive the wheels off his car is unquestionable though.

A Case of Addiction

I'm not sure why it should be the case, is not like the iPhone is a particularly ugly phone, yet owners seem to get struck down with an addiction for cases that defies logic.

Its not completely unique to iPhone users, however I know more iPhone users who have epic case collections then don't.

I'm not sure whether this is a function of the enormous after market for iPhone cases or a sign of the mentality of iPhone buyers.

Renault Clio Williams To Make A Comeback

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The three versions of the Clio Williams that lit up 90s hot hatch-ery are to have a modern descendant, with Autocar reporting that Renault has signed off on a new car based around their 220 bhp 1.6 turbocharged four cylinder engine. Should make for an excitable Pup of a car.

Its likely to make its way to market in 2014 by which time the Williams Renault team will have managed to improve their standing in F1 after spending over a decade in the wilderness.

Samsung Releases S3 Mini

The Galaxy Note 2 is a brilliant phone. So is the Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S3 Mini, however, looks to be a bit of a mistake from Samsung.

The specs on the new phone don't suggest a phone that's about to compete at the high end of the market with it siblings. So tagging it with the S3 moniker seriously risks diluting the brand.

Samsung already has a range of mid-market phones. That would be the sensible place to fit is Iatest device in. Unless of course they've managed to fit a quart into a pint pot and build a tip end device from mid-range components.

iPhone 5 Quick Thoughts

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Had the opportunity to spend some time with the iPhone 5 today, with interesting results. Its been a big seller by all accounts, even when compared to previous iPhone launches. So, as a iPhone 4S owner (up until recently, anyway) how does the new 5 shape up?

First things first, the iPhone 5 felt less of a premium device than the 4S. In the hand it's lighter and feels less tactile. The new back and anodised black antenna (which forms the circumference of the device) don't shout quality in the same way that the glass and metal of the 4S did. I suspect most of the weight and thickness savings have come from a thinner glass front and the aluminium back panel, but personally I'd have taken the old design, a bit more weight and fragility to keep that unique feel in the hand.

Other than the larger screen and new profile (both of which feel a lot less different than mere stats would suggest) the iPhone 5 works in the same way as the 4S; the extra row of icons doesn't change t…

Inkling: Paper to Vector Graphics, by Wacom

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Now this looks like another fantastic gadget to add to the collection, trumping other digital pens by creating editable vector graphics from paper sketches. You can even add layers to your images for added awesome.

At £150 this looks too good to pass up on.

Windows 8: Microsoft Needs To Refresh Its Game, Not Its OS

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Windows 8 is just a few days from launch and I imagine that Microsoft and its marketing teams are going to create the biggest splash since the Windows 95 launch. Not least because this is the biggest Windows launch since 1995.

Just as Microsoft were slow in recognising the value of the internet and connected computing, I believe they have missed the boat on cloud computing - even though with Skydrive they were one of the early players. Windows 8 is supposed to be the OS that fixes that but its going to be so challenging for users that I'm struggling to see that really happening.

Don't get me wrong, Windows 8 looks fabulous and, especially if you're a previous Windows Phone user who 'gets' the new interface,  it works well where it works. For others its going to be a complete nightmare.

The problem is that good as Windows 8 looks, it doesn't work anywhere as well as Windows 7 unless you're talking about a touch device use scenario. Plenty of new devices wil…

LG Needs To Make Nexus Phone Count

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LG is one of the world's biggest electronics companies. Its been trying to crack the smartphone market for a while now - with little if any success. Doesn't matter whether its Android or Windows Phone, the first 3D phone or anything else for that matter, LG just can't catch the market's imagination.

This then, represents its big play for credibility, for these blurry shots (and disguised back panel) hide the new LG phone alleged to be the next Nexus device, heralding the arrival of Android 4.2 from Google.

The appeal of a pure Nexus phone is that it represents the fast track to Android system upgrades, as new versions appear. All the same LG are going to have to deliver something special at a time when the smartphone market is weighed down with an embarrassment of riches.