Game review: Project Gotham Racing 4

The new Project Gotham Racing title is always big news and PGR4 is no exception, not least because it has broken with tradition and thrown high-performance bikes into the driving mix.

Game review: Race Driver - Create & Race

The DS is the poor relation of the console world when it comes to racing games, but this game works by letting you create your own race tracks.

Gaming: Console yourself

If you’ve played video games all your life, why not turn it into a career by creating them?

Game review: Twisted Metal - Head-on: Extra twisted edition

Originally a PSP title, Twisted Metal: Head-On was one of the handheld console’s best launch titles.

Game review: Nitrobike

The Wii’s controller has brought a great deal more realism to driving in racing games – without gamers having to shell out the money for a steering wheel peripheral.

Game review: Motorhead

A decade on from its release on the PlayStation, Motorhead has been taken out of its box in Sony’s attic, had the dust wiped off and is blinking in the light of day on the PSN download service.

Game review: Burnout Paradise

The fifth Burnout title in the street racing series sees gamers given free rein to roam the street of Paradise City.

Inspect a gadget

Whether you want to watch, listen or have a spring clean, we have the piece of kit to suit you.

Electronic lectures: Download your notes here

More and more podcasts are being used on courses – so is this the end for lectures, asks Andy Sharman

Networking sites: Professors - keep out

Networking sites are popular with students, but a cause of concern to lecturers, says Harriet Swain

What to look for in a laptop

Your laptop will probably be the most important purchase you make at university or college; 20 years ago it was which books you bought that mattered most. Of course, books are still pretty crucial, but the research capabilities of the internet have changed everything. It can also be more practical to have a laptop at university, as it will take up far less space in your room than a computer: screen, hard drive and all. So, you need to pick your new best friend carefully - you're both in this together. Here's a shortlist of the features you must have.

Our guide to the must-have gadgets

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Staying in touch: How to navigate the communications minefield

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