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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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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform