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Today's Tech: Mobiles' place at CES analysed, Samsung reportedly making even bigger "phablet", tensions rise as WCIT hits climax

Samsung is already working on a 6.3in follow-up to the critically acclaimed Samsung Galaxy Note 2, The Korea Times has reported. After the recent success of its pioneering "phablet" category, it seems that Samsung is following the old adage that bigger is better, but can we pause for a moment – and just imagine just how ridiculous it will look to hold a 6.3in handset against your ear...

Ainderby Steeple, in North Yorkshire, has become the first community to benefit from a government-backed rural superfast broadband scheme. 90 homes in the village now have access to broadband capable of achieving download speeds of 80Mbps, following today's switch-on. Superfast North Yorkshire, a partnership between North Yorkshire County Council and BT, is delivering the service having received £17.8 million from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), £10 million from BT and £8.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund in financial backing. The government has earmarked £530 million for the installation of rural broadband, as well as another £150 million for equivalent urban rollouts, as it aims to make the UK the best-connected European country by 2015.

The Consumer Electronics Show, commonly known as CES, is right around the corner, and we can't help but wonder what kind of new devices we'll see when we land in Las Vegas to cover the event. Sascha Segan had the same thought and came to the conclusion that mobile will play less of a prominent role at CES 2013. According to Segan, CES may be 'over' for consumer smartphones and tablets. Instead, as manufacturers consolidate and original equipment manufacturers funnel into a smaller number of front-line retail brands, we may be in store for more component and accessory announcements than ever before. Guess we'll just have to wait and see! In the meantime, stay tuned to ITProPortal, as we'll be bringing you all the important stories leading up to CES.

Elsewhere, attendees at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT 12) in Dubai, played witness to some "shenanigans" last night, as the UN received a majority ruling stipulating that it should take an active part in the web regulations process. However certain nations were not aware that they were taking part in a binding vote, which was held at 01:30 in the morning, with one delegation complaining that they had been deceived outright.

This provides the latest twist in a turbulent week in Dubai. A group of nations led by China and Russia initially issued proposals for a segmented system of networks which grant governments greater control over the net, only for it to be dropped days later, seemingly putting the US and its allies on course for a favourable outcome at the conference. But the pendulum now seems to have swung away again as the event nears its conclusion. Analysing the key areas of contention and revealing first-hand insight from an attendee, is this analysis, so follow the link to get to grips with what's been happening at WCIT.