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Today's Tech: Three eyes early 4G rollout, Jelly Bean 4.2 impresses, Kickstarter hits the UK

Reports today suggest that Three could be the next network to launch a 4G data service, months ahead of rivals like O2 and Vodafone (opens in new tab). As part of a deal with Ofcom when T-Mobile and Orange merged, EE had to sell part of its 4G 1800MHz spectrum to rival Three. The numerically-named firm will nevertheless have to ask EE before it can go ahead with a 4G rollout, meaning permission could be withheld until other rivals have finished bidding on the Ofcom 4G auction due to take place in January. Only time will tell who will be the first to follow in EE’s 4G footsteps…

Microsoft recently unveiled its latest mobile operating system, with ITProPortal bringing you the latest Windows Phone 8 news every step of the way - from the original announcement back in June 2012, to Monday's exclusive launch event, we've had it covered down to the last tweet. Now that the Redmond-based firm and its manufacturing partners have officially lit their jack-o'-lanterns, it's time to get down to some serious analysis, and today we featured an in-depth Windows Phone 8 handset round-up, featuring heavy hitters like the Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X, and Samsung Ativ S, as well as more cost-conscious options like the HTC 8S and Lumia 820 (opens in new tab). Want to take a closer look at the vehicles responsible for driving Microsoft's new mobile OS forward? Then put down that candy corn and follow the link.

From one new OS to another – and while those of us expecting Google to release a completely revamped version of its Android mobile operating system this week were underwhelmed when the search giant released 4.2 - what appears to be a slightly tweaked version of its the existing Jelly Bean - alongside the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet. But despite appearances, it turns out the version number increase adds some substantial upgrades to the OS. "Google has worked to make Android 4.2 more user friendly, faster, and even more feature-complete than 4.1 was," finds Ryan Whitwam, who took a closer look at the software (opens in new tab). Among a handful of other improvements, Jelly Bean 4.2 brings new photo and video features, an impressive gesture-based typing function, and multi-user support. Follow the link for more details about the upgrade, though, in typical Android style, it could be a while before it comes your way.

Elsewhere, Crowd-sourced funding website Kickstarter has brought its services to the UK (opens in new tab). Until now, businesses or individuals wishing to use the website had to use American addresses and bank accounts. The service enables entrepreneurs to gain funding for a range of creative projects from fellow Internet users, in exchange for a range of perks, such as early access to products. The US version has catered to over 70,000 separate projects so far, achieving a success rate of around 40 per cent. In order to successfully submit a project on the site, one must own photos and videos of the envisioned final product and a working prototype of the invention in question.

Over at Microsoft's developer conference, BUILD 2012, CEO Steve Balmer announced the initial sales figures of the company's brand new operating system. The Windows 8 OS has recorded 4 million upgrades within three days of its release (opens in new tab), a decent start which the software juggernaut will hope to inspire momentum for greater sales in the future. Microsoft also announced an upcoming surge of apps to the Windows Store from the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Disney.

Will began working life as a technology journalist at ITProPortal as Senior Staff Writer. He's worked as a Copywriter, then Creative Lead across video, social, email, web and print. He is currently a Senior Content Strategist at Zone.