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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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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
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Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

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20 best days out for the summer holidays

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All the wood’s a stage

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Self-preservation society

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Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor