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News@10: Win Phone 7 To Be Fastest Growing OS In 2011, Record Breaking Christmas For BBC iPlayer & Apple

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 is set to become the fastest growing platform in the smartphone market, analyst outfit Ovum has predicted. According to Ovum analyst Tony Cripps, it’s thanks to the operating system’s "unique and very desirable take on the smartphone user interface" that it will be able to compete with market giants RIM, Apple and Google during 2011, V3 reports.

BBC iPlayer clocked up over 145 million programme requests during December 2010, the corporation has announced. Counting the combined figures for both TV and radio in December, the BBC recorded a month-on-month increase of 3 per cent for the service, topping November's 141 million, as well as a 27 per cent rise on December 2009’s total.

Apple has filed a number of patents related to glassless 3D displays over the past few years, not unlike the Sharp Electronics model that will equip the Nintendo 3DS. This has led the authors of Japanese blog Macotakara to suggest that Apple could be planning to add 3D features into the iPod Touch to fend off the Nintendo 3DS.

A man has become the first person in the UK to be fined for riding his Segway electric scooter on a pavement. Phil Coates, who bought the Segway on a holiday in Florida, was fined £75 and was ordered to pay £250 in costs after he was seen riding the scooter on a pavement in Barnsley.

Valve’s follow up to the much-loved physics puzzler Portal, is to offer users the chance to play online with users on other consoles. With Valve’s online gaming platform Steam coming soon to the PlayStation 3 via PSN, the company has said that users will be able to combine their PSN and Steam accounts.