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

Apple tablet 'ready for release'

Speculation that Apple will soon unveil a tablet-style gadget for consuming music, movies, books and other media is intensifying.

Stephen Foley: Bookshops face bonfire

US Outlook: Long queues at the checkout in a Borders store in Manhattan last weekend, but instead of being a good sign for the ailing bookseller, I watched a business model crumbling in front of my eyes.

Audible menus will unlock Kindle for the blind

Amazon.com will add two features to the Kindle e-book reader to make the gadget more accessible to blind and vision-impaired users.

Cambridge professors to launch revolutionary e-reader in Vegas

As light as a magazine, robust and plastic. The Que pro-Reader could help save the press industry

Apple's Tablet: Just what the doctor ordered?

More responsive than a netbook and with better web-surfing than an iPhone, Apple's so-called 'Tablet' is billed as the future of computing. Except that it doesn't exist – yet. Tim Walker reports

New Nintendo DS launched as Wii sales tumble

The newest version of Nintendo's popular handhold game console, with its large screen that's easier on the eyes and bigger stylus similar to an ordinary pen, has led some to assume it is intended to lure older gamers.

Flying cars and heated pants: Shouldn't we be able to buy this stuff by now?

Jet packs! Motors that run for ever! Centrally heated pants! We've been promised these wonders, and many more, for ages. So what's the hold-up?

Barnes & Noble's 'nook' e-book reader takes on Kindle

Barnes & Noble has unveiled a new electronic-book reader that will compete with Amazon.com's Kindle in a still-small arena where some see bookselling's future.

Boyd Tonkin: Kindling our debts to the digital elite

The Week In Books

iFixit: A million little pieces

Ever wondered what's inside the latest hot gadget but were too afraid to wield a screwdriver youself? iFixit has done it for you – and its experts are evangelists for DIY repairs. Rob Sharp is in bits

Amazon takes the Kindle global as e-readers soar

Device goes on sale in UK for first time but downloads to cost more than in US

Remembrance of Times past

At The Sunday Times Sir Harold Evans presided over a golden age of investigative reporting. Now, as he embraces new technology, how does he see the future of the press?

Amazon settles Kindle scrap with student

Amazon.com has agreed that it won't remove e-books from US users' Kindle electronic readers without their permission, as part of a proposed settlement of a lawsuit over the online retailer's deletion of a George Orwell novel from a high school student's e-reader.

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