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

More than 45,000 people became property millionaires in 2012

Total number in Britain now over the 300,000 mark

The ebook market increasingly runs on a wholesale model

Ebooks for 20p may be a novel idea, but it spells bad news for literature

But reading between the lines, Samuel Muston discovers that it could be bad news for all of us

Shoppers in the UK are set to spend a total of £2.9 billion in the Boxing Day sales

Bargain season begins early for online shoppers

Amazon's UK website said it had seen sales on Christmas Day increase by 263% over the last five years

Paula Byrne heads the centre which develops ideas for the Kindle Fire, above, smart TVs, top left, and owns movie-streaming service LoveFilm

TV streaming: Inside Amazon's new digital development centre

Online giant's global development hub is where it dreams up features for Kindles and tablets

Make a splash: the waterproof Sony DSC-TX20 camera

The ultimate packing list for tech-loving travellers

What technology should you pack when you travel? First, you need something to put everything in. A case such as the Rimowa Salsa Air (from £353; rimowa.com) is ideal. It's stylish and super-lightweight, with a built-in TSA lock that allows US Customs to open your bag and inspect it without busting it. The case is capacious (35 litres for the cabin size), strong and has quiet, butter-smooth wheels.

Amazon’s little helpers: Inside the retail giant's
huge distribution centre ahead of Cyber Monday - the day Britons buy Christmas presents online

James Thompson goes to meet the online giant’s warehouse elves ahead of their busiest day of the year – just don’t mention the tax bill

Benedict Cumberbatch is walking in the air after lending his voice to The Snowman sequel

He hopes the follow-up will become as much of a Christmas tradition as the original was when he was a boy

The Kindle Fire

Apple and Amazon fall short of expectations as Tablet wars heat up

The tablet wars just got more interesting.

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new iPad Mini

Hands on: First review of Apple's 'iPad mini' - can it snatch sales away from Google and Amazon?

Apple unveils the incredible shrinking iPad as it downsizes to meet challengers

The 10 Best back-to-school gadgets

Whether they're heading for the classroom or the lecture hall, these hi-tech study aids will help scholars large and small...

John Lewis to sell Nook readers

John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store group, is to be Barnes & Noble's first partner in the push to sell its Nook electronic book readers in Britain.

Readers are now buying more e-books than printed books

Readers are now buying more e-books than printed books, Britain’s biggest bookseller announced yesterday.

Tom Sutcliffe: It's a mystery how, but even the greatest artists can turn out the occasional dud

I don't know how you would go about quantifying these things, but last week I found myself standing in front of what must certainly be a candidate for the worst painting ever produced by a significant artist.

EL James' Fifty Shades trilogy sets new record

Racy author EL James sold almost a million paperback copies of her Fifty Shades trilogy in only a week, latest figures show.

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Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts

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Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
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Bloom Time: Mira Sorvino
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Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister
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Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested

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George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

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Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'
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Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

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A street vendor in Mexico City sells Dorilocos, which are topped with carrot, jimaca, cucumber, peanuts, pork rinds, spices and hot sauce
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Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past