From Windows 9 leaks and the first 'Windows phone', to microwaved iPhones and sabotaged washing machines, we take a look back at highlights from this week's top tech news on Neowin.
Andy WeirSenior News Editor Neowin LLC
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Next month, OnePlus will introduce handset pre-orders, but only for a "limited time window", and users may be expected to pay a deposit. Additionally, the frustrating 'invite' system will live on.
Before voters in Scotland cast their ballots yesterday in a referendum on independence from the UK, Bing predicted that the 'no' vote would win, and the Union would stand - and it was right. Again.
The free wireless bundle offer on the Lumia 930 is returning to the UK after being discontinued in July, and will include the portable wireless speaker and charger, but NOT the £20 app voucher.
Despite announcing in July that mainstream support for Windows Phone 7.8 would end on September 9, Microsoft has quietly extended the cut-off date until mid-October, although it's not yet clear why.
Celkon is the latest addition to the Windows Phone platform, and is preparing to launch its first handset with Microsoft's mobile OS - the Win 400 - which has been revealed in a leaked image.
The company that says you should 'never settle' says you must now settle for a device without changeable covers, due to quality issues, "creaky" fit, and design flaws making them "tricky" to remove.
A darker theme was the most requested feature in Office 2013, and Microsoft will make it a reality in the next version of Office, which is already in the hands of some partners as a Technical Preview.
Microsoft has released the latest update to its Xbox Music app for Windows Phone 8.1, but if you were expecting that it would bring a long list of exciting new features, you'll be disappointed.
As part of its latest Games with Gold promotion, Microsoft is making Halo: Reach on the Xbox 360 free for everyone with an Xbox Live Gold membership, along with two free games for the Xbox One.
Apple is reportedly planning to unveil its next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini at an event on October 21, and is also said to be preparing for the full release of OS X Yosemite on the same day.
Samsung has announced its new curved display - featuring Full HD resolution, 3000:1 contrast and a special 'game mode' - which it says will provide an "unforgettable entertainment experience".
A Foxconn worker has been detained by police, accused of smuggling numerous iPhone 6 handset shells out of a factory in China, and selling them to a third party for around $160 each.
UK retail giant Phones 4u has gone into administration today, but an internal memo seen by Neowin reveals that its largest rival, Dixons Carphone, plans to offer hundreds of jobs to those affected.
The UK's largest 4G network, EE, has relaunched its SIM-only plans, with more affordable options now starting at £9.99 a month, and more data included on each plan, with up to 10GB available.