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Pay day: a wedding in Benin City, Nigeria. The groom will have been told how much his bride is ‘worth’

Nigeria's Bride Price app: Cause of controversy, but is it just a sly social commentary on the past?

The concept of bride price is a window to our past, a past which is not always glorious or edifying when viewed through a modern lens, says Bim Adewunmi
Nature calls: half of people aged 18-29 use their phones on the loo

Texting on the toilet may be a good use of time - but it's a sign we're under too much pressure

Loo texter Katherine Mangu-Ward tackles the etiquette of conducting work and social business in the throne room
20 Day Stranger anonymously pairs you up with a stranger at random

Rhodri Marsden: Is Twitter making you miserable? Befriending a stranger might help

I've just been reading about a social-media campaign where a marketing team spent two months planning a tweet about a brand of cheese. When finally unleashed, said tweet disappeared up the timeline virtually unnoticed, burning out immediately like a moth in a flame.

We'd be foolish to think we don't carry our emotions over to the digital world

Defriending someone on Facebook is the 21st-century way of ending a relationship - but is it the coward's way out?

When a virtual pal got too close for comfort, Dana Rossi blocked him on Facebook. Here, she wonders if the site's easy intimacy can make for bad habits

Rhodri Marsden: Believe it or not, the author of Game of Thrones likes to keep it simple

I'm typing this on a blank screen. If we disregard the pigeon outside my window and the movement of my fingers on the keyboard, there are no other visual distractions. No menus, no toolbars, no bouncing alerts, no wavy lines to help with my speling (sic) or opportunities to change the way that the words look. It's got to be that way.

Street view: Simon takes a snap of the Lisbon skyline with a Nexus 5 smartphone

Tourism technology: How to enjoy a roaming holiday

This summer, data charges get cheaper for travellers within the the EU – and that means a chance to discover just how far tourism technology has come. Simon Usborne explores Lisbon with a smartphone as his guide
Celebrities who we'd like to see on Twitter (clockwise from top left): Tina Fey, Roy Hodgson, the Duchess of Cornwall and Jeremy Paxman

Morrissey and Prince Harry have joined Twitter - so which other celebrities should break their silence (and who should hang up their handles)?

A poll of Independent journalists produced an illustrious list of refuseniks, including Alan Bennett, Baroness Trumpington and George Clooney

Rhodri Marsden: With so many big numbers online, something just doesn't add up

'That's one like, but it's pretty big - how do we count that?'

Got it taped: A cassette-sized spool could soon hold more than 500,000 albums

A comeback for the humble cassette?

Show a child an old cassette and you'll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe
Generation selfie - digital narcissists or visual pioneers?

Selfies: pioneers of a visual revolution?

They are not just a narcissistic fad. They're also this generation’s richest form of communication –  or so they tell Lena Corner

The latest Snapchat promotional video tries to distance the service from its 'sexting' stigma
Having to talk someone through operating the universal remote feels a bit embarrassing

Why did Atari bury its E.T. video game?

The discovery of a hidden cache of E.T., the worst game ever made, confirms a 30-year rumour that Atari dumped them in the desert – but the mystery of why remains.

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