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Today's Tech: iPhone 5S could arrive in early 2013, RIM to launch BB10 OS in January, Ofcom confirms 4G auction timetable

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Today's Tech: iPhone 5S could arrive in early 2013, RIM to launch BB10 OS in January, Ofcom confirms 4G auction timetable

Over the past few years, Lenovo has carved out a big slice of PC the market for itself and, accordingly, built its name as a reputable PC manufacturer. After recording a greater market share than HP in this year's third quarter, Lenovo finally became the world's number one PC manufacturer. But just how significant is the market share title? Do higher shipments really make it the king of PCs? Rawiya Kameir explores factors like profit margins, territorial growth, and strategy to determine whether the firm is actually as successful as the numbers suggest.

By May 2013, the second wave of 4G implementation may feel like a case of 'after the Lord Mayor's show' following EE's early explosion onto the high-speed data scene, but the opportunity for rival operators to get in on the act next year is nevertheless highly significant in the telecoms arena. Ofcom today published the all-important 4G timetable for the auctioning and launch of the UK's remaining 4G spectrum bands, which O2, Vodafone et al will be eyeing up with interest. The watchdog has scheduled the bidding war for January and says successful operators should be able to switch on their refarmed networks by May/June next year. But will that be too little too late for the firms trying to wrestle customers away from EE?

Canadian telecoms firm Research In Motion has announced that it will herald the arrival of its new-generation BlackBerry 10 OS with a special launch event on 30 January, 2013. The unveiling - which will be synchronised "in multiple countries around the world," according to the firm - will see the official release of RIM's new mobile platform, as well as introduction of the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones. What might these new BB10 handsets look like? Speculation points to the initial BlackBerry 10 product line being comprised of an L-Series touch-screen mobile – potentially code-named the London for the UK market and the Laguna in the US - and a more traditional N-Series device sporting a QWERTY keyboard. Additional gossip points to a handset code-named the Aristo and featuring a quad-core Qualcomm CPU clocked at 1.5GHZ and 2GB of RAM supporting its 4.65in, 1,280 x 720 pixel display. We'll have to wait and see how things turn out, but it looks like the clouds could finally be clearing over Ontario....

In other news, Kim Dotcom, founder of the now-defunct file-sharing website Megaupload, has revealed what will hopefully be the final domain for his new service, Mega. Dotcom announced the new domain on his Twitter account earlier today, unveiling mega.co.nz as the new home for the Megaupload successor. The speedy assignment of the follow-up domain keeps Mega on course for its planned January launch date.

Lastly, another day, another Apple rumour. The latest doing the rounds is that the tech titan could release an updated version the iPhone 5 dubbed the "5S" in the early part of next year. Citing industry sources, Chinese news site China Times reported that Apple will bring out new versions of the iPhone, iPad and an "iTV" device in the first half of 2013. Apple usually waits a year before releasing a new version of the iPhone, so the quicker than usual update may be due to increased competition from rival Samsung.

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