Up in the air: a DJI Phantom drone takes to the sky

Drones are set to take off this Christmas - but there are unexpected dangers in the skies

Now that they have cameras and a vaguely menacing name, remote-control flying gadgets are set to be a very popular present this year - but think before you stick one under the tree, says Seth Stevenson, as he turns test pilot

Orion capsule is headed into deep space – and it takes hopes for commercial space travel and Mars with it

After a private rocket blew up just weeks ago, and as public enthusiasm for space travel surges, the Orion launch could make or break commercial space travel and hopes for exploration of Mars

Art broken: the images that used to appear on DIY posters and leaflets are no longer part of Microsoft Office

Goodbye Clip Art: Vitally important bad design

Microsoft's Clip Art provided simple images for decorating documents with. Now it has been declared obsolete, and DIY leaflets will never be the same, says Rhodri Marsden

Christmas cooking with help from your tablet: how to replace cookbooks with apps

Tablet apps can make a good alternative to cookery books — and can still be operated without hands. David Phelan takes in a cookery school taught using a tablet, and explores the best apps for Christmas chefs

Remember to have a good stretch at your desk

Laptops, tablets and phones don't encourage good posture - let's spare a thought for our bodies

A few months ago, I found myself lying face down on a bench somewhere in London's Square Mile, being viciously pummelled by a South African sports injury specialist who'd just diagnosed me with some kind of acute shoulder blade complaint. It became apparent to her through casual questioning that this injury had not been sustained through vigorous activity. Feeble inactivity was more to blame.

An undated handout photo provided by Google on 19 October 2012 shows hundreds of fans funnelling hot air from the server racks into a cooling unit to be recirculated in the Google data center in Pryor, Oklahoma.

Google: Just what does the search engine know about us?

Even as you search Google, it turns out, Google is also searching you

The inexorable expansion of social media presents the Facebooks and Twitters of this world with a problem: how to prevent us from waking up one morning, looking at our timelines or news feeds and thinking, “Sod this, I’ve got no idea who these people are or what they’re on about. I quit.”

Rhodri Marsden: Why social-media marketing is about to get really sneaky

The inexorable expansion of social media presents the Facebooks and Twitters of this world with a problem: how to prevent us from waking up one morning and thinking, 'Sod this, I quit'

Hello dolly: component parts are assembled

Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

British toy maker Alice Taylor: 'It’s an opportunity to make a doll that isn’t just about tiny waists and legs that go up to here'

Keeping it real: David and Debs Hurst (right) with their children Daniel and Darley

Forget Facebook: One man's quest to see his nearest and dearest in person

The loss of two loved ones convinced David Hurst and family that 'seeing' friends on social media is no substitute for real-life meetings – so they set out on an extraordinary road trip
Sean O'Grady tries out a virtual reality suit at the UCL

Virtual reality self-help: 'Is this my inner child that I see before me, weeping?'

A remarkable experiment aims to help stressed adults develop ‘self-compassion’ via a virtual-reality headset. Sean O’Grady tried it out

Mother and daughter looking at computer screen

With today's children having never known a world with no internet, should their parents be worried?

No study yet knows exactly what this iChildhood will look like when our children are full-grown people

IP Cam Trolling has been going on ever since security cameras had internet access

Home security cameras are anything but secure

I've never felt quite so aware as I do these days. The volume of stuff being slung at us every day seems to push our capacity for awareness to its limits. And thanks to the feverish competition for that awareness, we've become only too aware of the phrase "raising awareness" and the attention-grabbing activities attached to it – the Ice Bucket Challenge being a notable recent example.

Paper dreams: the DodoCase VR

DodoCase VR: How to turn your smartphone into a virtual-reality machine for just £15.50

The viewer may be made of cardboard and look a bit silly, says Will Oremus, but the results are spectacular and herald a new age of VR play
'We don’t love email; we’re just duty bound to deal with it'

We don't love email, despite what Google claims about its new service, Inbox

After spending a day wading through tedious missives, filing electronic receipts and deleting invasive corporate greetings, it's easy to come to the conclusion that the system of email is broken. We know that some emails are significantly less important than others, but they all arrive with equal status, holding their heads high, whether it's a work opportunity, a retweet notification or a confirmation of an order for a takeaway curry.

Britons buy more than 30 million handsets each year, keeping them for an average of 18 months

How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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