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Today's Tech: Samsung Galaxy S4 reviewed, Nick Clegg shuts down 'web snooping' bill, Microsoft confirms Xbox 720 launch date

The dawn of Samsung’s latest handset is finally upon us. If history - and our review of the Galaxy S4 - is anything to go by, the device is likely to be yet another blockbuster smartphone from the south Korean mobile powerhouse. After giving it a spin, Sascha Segan awarded the S4 an impressive score of 9 out of 10, earning it ITProPortal’s coveted ‘Best Buy’ honour. Among other things, Sascha lauded its wealth of features, incredible speed and appealing size-to-display ratio. Read on for a more in-depth look at the Galaxy S4, which goes on sale this week.

In more mobile news, the week has been flush with details about Apple’s Q1 performance and plans going forward. Among the most interesting comments in Apple's quarterly earnings call earlier this week was when CEO Tim Cook said that Apple has great products coming this autumn and into 2014. After all, this was the first March in more than a decade when Apple didn't have a major new product release, and although iPhone and iPad sales are up year over year, profits are declining. But that doesn’t mean Apple will be resting on its laurels until the autumn. In fact, we suspect that Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this June will remind us what gadget freaks like to forget: Apple is a company that’s all about platforms, not about products. Follow the link to find out how and why.

After years of anticipation, Microsoft has finally confirmed that its next-generation Xbox gaming console will launch on 21 May at its US headquarters in Redmond, Washington. "Tune in for the live reveal, May 21 at 10 AM PDT on, @Xbox Live, and Spike TV. #XboxReveal," the @Xbox account tweeted. Microsoft also invited reporters to attend the launch event. That invite tips "A New Generation Revealed," and promises a presentation from Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, and the Xbox team. Here’s to hoping the announcement will prove more detailed than Sony’s PS4 event earlier this year, which left us with more questions than answers about the next-gen console.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has put the kibosh on the Home Office’s controversial plan to hang on to details of Britons’ web activity, saying the bill will not be passed under the Liberal Democrats’ watch. "What people have dubbed the snooper's charter - I have to be clear with you, that's not going to happen,” Clegg said during his weekly LBC radio appearance, to the delight of civil liberties groups and citizens concerned about their privacy. The bill was tabbed to store details of every website visited, email sent, and social media communiqué dispatched by Britons, under the auspices of protecting citizens from terrorists, paedophiles and perpetrators of fraud. However, it was followed by sweeping objections from various groups. Click on for more on Clegg’s announcement.