With a certain amount of fanfare, Canonical announced Ubuntu for smartphones. There was even a shade of Steve Jobs and the iPod in the way that Mark Shuttleworth produced a Google Nexus with Ubuntu from his pocket.
As excited as I am about the possibility of having a phone with Ubuntu, this was no iPhone launch. The iPhone was the first in its class and Canonical is hoping to compete in a very busy market. Sufficiently crowded that even Microsoft is finding it a challenge to make progress.
Berlin's annual IFA consumer electronics show is one of the world's biggest and we've been scouring the show floor for the latest technology and gadgets. Despite the sheer vastness of stuff throbbing for our attention, several clear themes emerged from this year's Teutonic technology trade fair.
Five years ago today the first iPhone launched. Here's our pick of five of the most significant bits of tech during the past half decade.
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