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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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Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
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The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
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Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style