LAST WEEK was all about Apple and Microsoft as the two firms went head-to-head with the launch of their spanking new PCs.
Apple took the wraps off new MacBook Pros, which come with Retina Touch Bar, Touch ID and USB-C connectivity. Apple has dumped traditional USB in favour of the upgraded standard, meaning you won't be able to hook up your iPhone 7 without first buying a dongle.
This hasn't gone down well with many, including us, nor has Apple's Brexit-fuelled price increases, which have seen 2013's Mac Pro get £500 more expensive.
Microsoft unveiled the Surface Studio (above) last week, an iMac clone that has a folding 28in touchscreen. The desktop PC, aimed at 'creative' types, also features an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, a 4GB Nvidia GPU, 32GB of RAM, a 2TB hybrid hard drive and Microsoft's new Surface Dial accessory.
BlackBerry also muscled in on the launch event action last week with the unveiling of the BlackBerry DTEK60 smartphone, but this didn't receive quite as much fanfare.
We've rounded up the top 10 stories from last week below. µ
Apple launches new MacBook Pros with Retina Touch Bar and USB-C
Dynamic panel offers touch-sensitive emoji. What a time to be alive
Microsoft's Surface Studio is an iMac clone with a 28in touchscreen display
All-in-one desktop offers more pixels than a 4K TV
Google's AI machines are sending encrypted messages to each other and it's creepy
HUMANS COMING... LOOK BUSY... THEN ARM LASER CANNONS...
Samsung teases Galaxy S8 with 'slick' new design and AI smarts
It probably won't explode, either
Dyn DDoS attacker used a huge Mirai botnet of unprotected IoT devices
What is a botnet not? Not a good bot!
Qualcomm buys NXP for £38bn to boost IoT and automotive credentials
Chipmaker sets its sights on Intel and Nvidia
Microsoft's Nadella: 'We've screwed up on phones, we're all about VR now'
So that's probably a no to a Surface Phone tomorrow, then
BlackBerry DTEK60 arrives with 5.5in QHD screen, Snapdragon 820 and USB-C
But screw the specs, it's all about security. Apparently
Cisco develops tech to automatically shut down pirate video streams
Skype no longer works on 85 per cent of Windows Phones
But don't worry, Windows Vista Desktop is still supported
It's a bit bobbins, but it's a good start
Removed job listings suggests Cupertino is after chip talent
But some say the overall effect on privacy is unacceptable
Multi-core performance is just 500 points higher than the Snapdragon 845