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From Apple's latest shiny playthings to the best smartphones from Google, we pick our favourite gadgets of 2013

The ban was driven by concerns that electronic devices could collectively interfere with aircraft systems

Kindles, iPads and laptops can now be used inflight - but only on BA

British Airways passengers will be the first to benefit from relaxed rules on gadgets inflight

The best tablets of 2013: the Apple iPad Air, the Lumia 2520 and the Tesco Hudl

Our round up of the best technology of 2013 continues with the best tablets...

Amazon sets all-time sales record thanks to Cyber Monday

Amazon UK had its busiest day of sales ever as pre-Christmas shoppers hit the internet for Cyber Monday.

Amazon pushes the Kindle Fire HDX with Apple attack ad and price cuts

Amazon's anti-iPad ad joins similar attacks from Nokia and Microsoft

Tesco caught out by huge demand for Hudl tablet

Tesco is struggling to keep up with demand for its new low-cost Hudl tablet and has run out of stock at least twice since launching at the end of September.

GTA: San Andreas arriving for iOS, Android, Windows Phone devices next month

Rockstar have described the title as “best-looking version yet” and will offer full support for recent Apple-approved iOS controllers

Amazon Coins digital currency launched in UK, gives every Kindle Fire owner £4

Amazon Coins will be used to the retailer's app stores and has already boosted sales in the US

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Amazon removes abuse themed e-books from online store

Online retailer Amazon has pulled abuse themed e-books from their Kindle stores, after a report highlighted publications for sale with titles suggesting rape, bestiality and incest.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 26 September 2013

Baby boom helps Cussons profits

Tesco Hudl vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs Google Nexus 7

The battle of the 7-inch Android devices reaches new heights with the introduction of Tesco's budget Hudl

Tesco's £119 Hudl tablet squares up to Amazon and Apple

The Hudl includes a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 16GB of internal memory running Android Jellybean 4.2

BBC updates their iPlayer app for Android: Download now & keep for 30 days

Changes will allow for offline viewing of BBC's audio and video content.

Love triangle? Just Google it. Silicon Valley’s golden couple Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki announce separation

Then there’s the awkward matter of the $10m the search giant put into 23andMe

Book review: Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, By Robin Sloan

A hip meditation on the future of print: Dan Brown in Silicon Valley

The 10 best in-flight essentials

Whether your haul is short or long, these handy aircraft accessories will make sure your holiday gets off to a flying start

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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