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The HTC One has triumphed at tonight’s T3 Gadget Awards, picking up three awards – T3 Design Award, Phone of the Year and the coveted Gadget of the Year.
HTC One beat both the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the Phone of the Year category, breaking up the recent dominance that both tech giants have had in the smartphone market.
Other big winners on the night were Apple for Computer and Tablet of the Year, and Sony for Digital Camera and TV of the Year.
Two of the UK’s most innovative and forward thinking pioneers in technology – Michael Acton Smith, founder and Chief Executive of Mind Candy, and Chris Anderson, curator of TED – received accolades for their contribution to the world of technology.
Michael Acton Smith is one of the foremost drivers of the UK tech industry. He is the creator of Moshi Monsters, which has over 80 million users in 150 countries, giving many children their first experience of using technology and social networking.
TED curator Chris Anderson won the inaugural T3 Tech Legend award, given to those whose impact on the technology world has a significant and positive effect.
Originally a journalist specialising in computing, he established Future – the international media business and owner of T3 – in 1985 with a single magazine (Amstrad Action).
Anderson went on to acquire TED through his non-profit Sapling Foundation. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading.
It brings together the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design and the TED Conferences give the world’s most fascinating thinkers the challenge to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.
Chris Anderson, curator of TED
On receiving the award, Anderson says: ”I’m surprised, delighted and honoured by this news.
“T3 has long been one of my favorite magazines and I’m tickled pink they would do this ? even if the truth is that the award should go to the large numbers of people around the world who have collectively taken TED from being a small conference to a broader celebration of transformative technologies and ideas.”
Kieran Alger, T3 Editor-In-Chief, says: “This year’s Awards have been the hardest fought yet. Every single winning product is truly an outstanding example of innovation and design.
“Alongside the killer products of the past 12 months we’re also thrilled to have honoured two of Britain’s finest tech innovators.
“It’s fantastic to be able to acknowledge the truly staggering success of two visionary entrepreneurs who have influenced the way we work and play on a global scale.
“They’re both hugely deserving recipients of these prestigious T3 Awards and an inspiration to anyone striving in the technology space.”
Winners of the T3 Gadget Awards:Innovation of the Year Google Glass
Computer of the Year Apple Mac Book Air 11 Inch
Digital Camera of the Year Sony Nex-6
Entertainment Gadget of the Year Sky + HD 2TB
Digital Media Service of the Year Netflix
Car of the Year Audi A8
Headphones of the Year Sennheiser CX890i
Fitness Gadget of the Year Nike Plus Training Trainer
Tech Personality of the Year Jason Bradbury
TV of the Yea r Sony Bravia KD-65X9005A
Tablet of the Year Apple iPad Mini
T3 Design Award HTC One
Tech Life Product of the Year Gopro HD Hero 3
App of the Year Xbox Smartglass
Tech Moment of the Year Felix Baumgartner
Phone of the Year HTC One
Outstanding Contribution to Technology Michael Acton Smith
Tech Brand of the Year Samsung
T3 Tech Legend Chris Anderson
Gadget of the Year HTC One