David Crookes

David Crookes is a journalist, author, exhibition curator and communications manager.

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Hang up: phone blockers and taking more care over online boxes may reduce the number of spam calls you receive

How to stop nuisance calls, spam texts and endless messages about mis-sold PPI

The number of spam messages and nuisance calls the average phone owner receives is enough to drive anyone to distraction. Other than hanging up for good, what can be done? David Crookes explains how to dial down the handset harassment

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare PS4 review - a shooter like no other

£34.99; PS3, PS4; PopCap

Games developers Jason Falcus and David Darling to reunite at Kwalee

The two began working together at Codemasters

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale

eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

The site has fought off competition from Amazon and a host of other online auction sites

Couldn't make Gamescom? Here are some UK alternatives

The UK is Europe's largest videogame market and the third largest in the world

The Swapper review: not only a game of great depth, but your jaw will drop at its sheer beauty

£11.59; PS3, PS4, Vita; Facepalm Games

Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson voice the show’s heroes

The Last of Us Remastered: Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices

The Last of Us: Ashley Johnson says she would play Ellie in a sequel

The game was praised for its realistic feel, which involved actors physically acting out their difficult scenes

Skype me up, Scotty: Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy use their universal translators in ‘Star Trek’

Skype Translator vows to translate multilingual voice calls - but is it any good?

David Crookes finds out how fluent the new service is - and whether it has the potential to revolutionise the way we communicate

Labour pledges additional funds for mesothelioma research

Labour has pledged to plough more money into mesothelioma research if the party is elected into power next year.

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New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits