CNET UK Podcast 265: Mini-Internets and apps within apps

With Spotify becoming a mini-Internet for music and Facebook becoming a front-end for the web, what's the future of mini-Internets and apps within apps?

With the arrival of apps for Spotify, the service has become a kind of mini-Internet for music. Meanwhile Facebook is a kind of layer on top of the web, where you can play games and watch videos as well as poking your friends. Are these portals to online connectedness the future?

As we head into the festive season, the team dons jumpers with reindeer on and rings out the bells ready for the Christmas shopping season. Speaking of which, we discuss Tesco's new free movie cloud storage service, and find out why the government is spending £5bn on a present for broadband users in Britain's cities.

It wouldn't be Christmas without a Scrooge, and this year it's Orange. The citrus-flavoured network is hiking prices -- doesn't it know we've got presents to buy?

Plus we have a quick chat about the most popular story on CNET UK this week: Rich's opinion piece about how Windows Phone has seduced him away from the iPhone.

And we add the top tech of the week to our wish lists, judged in the spirit of the season by guest arbiters Judgement Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Rich can't wait to unwrap the Nokia Lumia 900, Andy leaves out a glass of sherry for the Atomic Floyd SuperDarts, and Drew wishes really hard for a trip to the eBay popup store.

Before going to bed, we check our lists -- we check them twice -- to see if you've been naughty or nice. Your questions include wondering if there are too many Samsung Galaxy phones, what we think of Windows Phone on an iPhone, and what's the best way to learn about photography. Here's our 50 essential photography tips to get you started.

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