From PiPO boxes and Xbox updates, to Google-as-a-carrier, Microsoft money, OnePlus invites, Windows flagships and what happens when fanboys fight, it's our regular roundup of the week's top tech news.
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Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, revealed that Office has been downloaded more than 100 million times on iOS and Android, and reiterated plans to ensure that its products reach "every mobile device."
Google and Apple aren't exactly the best of friends, but a discovery on Google Maps - showing the Android mascot emptying its bladder onto the Apple logo - has still managed to raise a few eyebrows.
As part of Google's latest quarterly report, the company's chief financial officer revealed that a portion of its earnings were impacted by a "decline" in revenues from its Nexus range.
Over a year after Windows Phone 8.1 introduced the ability to set a background image to be visible 'through' the tiles on your Start screen, Microsoft has now updated OneDrive with a transparent tile.
The Lumia 640 is now listed on the Microsoft Store as 'coming soon', priced at just $89 - a remarkably low price for a handset with a 5" 720p display, Snapdragon 400, 4G LTE, 1GB RAM and 8MP camera.
Acer's new gaming monitor is the world's first curved display to feature NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, along with Quad HD resolution, a sleek aluminum stand, narrow bezels and 'ambient lighting options'.
The Lumia 640 was one of the many handsets that Microsoft added to its latest Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones - but the company now says that some 640s won't be able to install it after all.
Sony has released its Android 5.0 update for two more handsets in its range, and promises that it will roll out the Lollipop update to four of its Xperia Z-Series devices "in the next few weeks".
For the second time in under a month, Microsoft is offering discounts on its Surface Pro 3. Are such regular deals the right approach, or is it time for Microsoft to simply cut its prices permanently?
Dixons Carphone will launch its new mobile network 'iD' in May, promising free data roaming in the USA and 21 other countries, along with 12-month contracts and "the best value 4G on the UK market".
After announcing the launch of its first international flagship store in Sydney this week, new images apparently reveal that Microsoft is also planning a new store launch in São Paolo, Brazil.
Google has released the first factory image of its latest OS update, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and the first device to get it isn't one of its phones or tablets, but the Nexus Player Android TV box.
Microsoft has rolled out the latest update to its Xbox Music app on Windows Phone 8.1, adding a couple of (fairly minor) new features, which the company says "addresses some top feedback" from users.
More set-top box than tablet, the X8 is an unusual Windows 8.1 device that connects to your TV, and is expected to cost under $100 - and a version that dual-boots Windows and Android is on the way.