David Crookes

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

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Apple CEO Tim Cook shows how it's done

Charity auction winner pays $610,000 for coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook

The winner of a charity auction in which the prize was a coffee date with Apple CEO Tim Cook bid a staggering $610,000.

New 'career-saving' Twitter service corrects inaccurate tweets before they go viral

Twitter users who send inaccurate tweets and then find their lack of wisdom is going viral now have a chance to close the stable door.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiling the Wii U in 2011

Nintendo chief says company must give gamers better value for money

Videogame giant Nintendo says it is becoming more difficult to satisfy consumers willing to spend money on full price games.

Gaming: Let women characters take the lead

Women in games have not always been like Lara Croft, blasting past dinosaurs and through ancient tombs.

You might feel a sense of envy for The Boy Scouts of America, who now get to sit around playing video games rather than getting their hands dirty

Video gaming? There’s a Scouts badge for that

If your scouting days were dominated by burnt baked beans (for the camp cook badge), water-logged eskimo rolls (water activities badge) or making terrible shelves (DIY badge), you might feel a sense of envy for The Boy Scouts of America, who now get to sit around playing video games rather than getting their hands dirty.

MiniDiscs are still used by some radio reporters for news gathering

Their deaths were greatly exaggerated: The decrepit devices with unlikely afterlives

When news broke that Sony is set to cease production of MiniDisc stereo systems, most people's reaction was 'you mean they still made those?' David Crookes looks at other gadgets that refuse to die.

Jonathan Ross says broadcasting executives are failing to understand the potential opportunities offered by the games industry

Jonathan Ross: The game industry seems to be saying to the film industry ‘give us some respect’

Chat show host Jonathan Ross says broadcasting executives are failing to understand the potential opportunities offered by the games industry.

Do the best things really come to those who wait? Not in technology

Google's Nexus 4, Nintendo's Wii U are both set to have delivery delays of up to five weeks, so, in technology, do good things really come to those who wait?

Kazuki Yamamoto works magic on steaming cups of latte

Now that’s a lovely looking latte

The next time your barista tries to show off his leaf-drawing skills on your coffee froth, scoff and point him in the direction of Kazuki Yamamoto.

The Bash Street Kids

What's the best way to get to Bash Street, kids?

Roads are often named after famous residents. Usually it is an honour bestowed on the most distinguished in order to give them immortality, ranging from streets bearing the moniker of Queen Victoria to that paying tribute to Alan Turing.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there