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Can Nokia and Microsoft be the comeback kids?

On Sunday, Andy Murray triumphed at Wimbledon. Last year's underdog was this year's hero, and several tech firms will be hoping to make a very similar journey, including Nokia: the imminent Lumia 1020 with its extraordinary PureView camera. The 1020 "is going to be the device that not only reminds people how good Nokia used to be, but will also herald a real change in the company's fortunes," says Gareth Beavis.

Like Nokia, BlackBerry has been eclipsed by iPhone and Android. Could the BlackBerry 9720 be its comeback? Er, probably not: it'll be running BB7, not BB10, which seems odd. More excitingly, the long-rumoured A10 flagship is imminent. In the meantime there's always the Q5, even if it is "difficult to love".

It feels odd to call Microsoft an underdog, but it certainly is in tablets. Microsoft hopes to change that in the coming months, and it has new versions of both the Surface RT and Surface Pro due within the year. But that's not all the news coming out of Redmond: Microsoft's had a bit of a reshuffle over at HQ. The company wants to give you one big Microsoft experience across all its devices and software, with the plan being to make more of its own-branded phones, tablets and "small wearables". OK, Microsoft. Here we are now. Entertain us.

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EA ups prices on its PS4 and Xbox One games
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