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Today's Tech: iPhone 5 review, government may fail to meet rural broadband deadline, Canon launches bevy of new products

Following its launch last Friday, consumer lust for the iPhone 5 is in full flow - but is Apple's latest handset actually any good? That's precisely the question Sascha Segan sets out to address in his iPhone 5 review, with the mobile expert finding that there's much to like about Apple's latest mobile. The new iPhone also seems to have stood up to its first drop test reasonably well, with the destructive demo instigated by accessory maker Cygnett finding a generally robust device that sustained only small amounts of damage.

One thing that hasn't exactly received glowing reviews, of course, is the Cupertino firm's latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, and specifically its new native Maps application. Apple's competitors are starting to sense blood, it seems, stepping up the attacks on their rival, with Nokia venturing particularly aggressive claims. The Finnish firm is using the opportunity to amp up promotion of its own navigation platform, as evidenced on the forthcoming Lumia 920, claiming that its software is superior not just to that present on the new iPhone, but to the hugely popular Google Maps-powered app found on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

In yet more bad news for Apple, the Cupertino-based company suffered a courtroom defeat after a German court found that Samsung and Motorola did not infringe on one of its multi-touch patents. "We welcome today's ruling, which affirms our position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property," said a Samsung spokesperson. "For decades, we have heavily invested in pioneering the development of technological and design innovations in the mobile industry, which have been constantly reflected in our products”

Meanwhile in the UK, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has said that the government may be unable to meet its 2015 deadline of delivering broadband to all rural communities. The business group, which represents businesses and landowners in England and Wales, has warned that the undue effects of failing to properly achieve full coverage could put some areas at risk of hampered economic development. That fear is supported in a report released last week by the Welsh Affairs Committee, which urged both the governments of the UK and Wales to step up their investments in broadband infrastructure.

Always keen to keep its finger on the printing pulse, ITProPortal was at Canon HQ today to see the launch of its brand new printer line-up, aimed at businesses of all sizes. Accompanying a whopping 20 new MFDs across six different series are a host of software solutions. These include mobile and cloud connectivity features that look set to make printing, scanning and copying easier than ever, whether you're in the office or not. Follow the link for more details about the Canon launch.