On Tuesday it was revealed that Sky had become the first major internet service provider (ISP) to start automatically blocking pornographic websites by default

Freedom of speech campaigners claim automatic porn blocking 'censorship by default'

Sky's decision to automatically block pornography has been condemned as a danger to freedom of expression by campaigners

Windows 10 free: Why is Microsoft giving away its new operating system? And who’s losing out?

Hardware manufacturers could be hurt by the decision, but software developers for Windows could be saved by it

Nokia Lumia 735 review: last phone means Nokia goes out with a bang

The Nokia name is being retired as it becomes Microsoft Devices. But the Lumia 735 is a fitting last release from a much-loved brand, says David Phelan

Meth-laden drone crash lands near US-Mexico border as drug smugglers take to the skies

Drug traffickers are using drones to smuggle drugs, and have also tried catapulting them over the border

Spotify launches live previews and swiping to save music

Feature is on iOS app from today, and other platforms ‘soon’

Twitter launches ‘while you were away’ recaps on iOS app

Recap feature is the latest to launch on the service — with videos and instant timelines for new users expected to come soon

Minecraft has inspired the creativity of gamers and developers alike

Minecraft passwords leaked, Microsoft works to secure accounts

Servers of developer Mojang are still secure, owner Microsoft claims, and leak probably came from another kind of cyberattack

Windows 10 release date: Microsoft’s new operating system coming later this year, but previews already open

Microsoft hasn’t said exactly when the new OS will arrive, but it’ll probably be some time around April

Microsoft exec Terry Myerson launches Windows 10

HoloLens: Real life holograms unveiled as part of Microsoft's Windows 10

Holograms will use a wraparound headset to project images

WhatsApp is now available on web browsers

WhatsApp web: messaging client finally available on internet browsers

Popular smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has been made available on web browsers for the first time.

The Solar Impulse glides over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Solar Impulse 2: Solar-powered plane to fly around the world

The 12-stop world tour will begin in February or March

Christopher Poole created the site aged 15 as a place for manga fans

4chan founder ‘Moot’ quits controversial site after 12 years

Christopher Poole has run the site since he was 15, but is ‘retiring’ and handing on responsibilities to a new team

The iPhone 6 on the edge of space

Watch an iPhone 6 get launched into space

It turns out that an iPhone can survive almost anything

Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, who falls in love with a computer, in ‘Her’

App helps create fake girlfriends and boyfriends by sending bogus messages and selfies

Team behind the app claim that it is intended to keep invasive families quiet

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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