David Crookes

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

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New kid on the blocks: SkySaga will be released next year

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that Minecraft, the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner. The latest is SkySaga, a British-made title. David Crookes takes a look and meets its makers
A mobile-connected toothbrush on show in Barcelona

Careers in tech: The Internet of Things

Exciting opportunities await graduates in the world of mass interconnectivity

Pepper, the 3ft 11in shiny box of circuits who can tell jokes and respond to human emotions

Careers in tech: Artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is all around us and now is the time to get involved

Careers in tech: Top 10 tech industry careers

From developing next-gen video games and apps to defending networks from cyber-attack, there has never been a better time to get a job in tech

Careers in tech: Data and knowledge management

A growing number of universities offer courses to remedy a shortage of data scientists and train a present-day Alan Turing for the 21st century's 'sexiest job'

East London’s Tech City has created more than 500 new jobs

Careers in tech: Introducing postgraduate courses in technology and IT

Further study gives graduates the chance to gain an edge in a growing field

Assassin's Creed Unity review: you'll marvel at the graphics

Released at the same time as Assassin's Creed: Rogue, darting up ladders and running across rooftops becomes second nature

Minecraft is now officially owned by Microsoft - just as it's named Game of the Year

The game was bought by Microsoft in a $2.5 billion deal

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare review: it's exactly what the series needed

The Exo Suit extends the range of the player while retaining the pace that Call of Duty has always had - even if there are a few clichéd parts

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: 'Almost every aspect has a new feature'

Bret Robbins, creative director at Sledgehammer Games, speaks about the three year development process, the multiplayer changes, and Kevin Spacey

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game