News Investors had hoped that Apple’s contract with China Mobile would have led to more optimistic forecasts

Its shares fell despite reporting revenues of $57bn. The pressure is on for the technology giant to find its next big thing

Google Doodle celebrates ZX Spectrum and St George’s Day

Google today marked St George’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the release of the ZX Spectrum home computer by adorning its home page with an 8-bit style graphic of St George slaying a dragon.

Heatwave and iPads fuel surprise jump in sales

Hopes of a spring high street revival were boosted yesterday by a surprise jump in spending fuelled by warm weather, the launch of the iPad3 and panic-buying of petrol.

Samsung updates Galaxy tablets

Samsung, Apple's biggest competitor in the market for iPad-sized tablet computers, is updating its line to include a feature that lets a tablet act as a universal remote control for an entertainment centre.

Staff at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the US started weekly sessions with their orangutans and iPad

From funny to fact: April Fool's japes that turned into predictions

For any hoax to work, it needs a hint of credibility. But those responsible for making them up were surely astonished when they actually came true

Apple's latest iPad tablet

Not so fast: Apple offers iPad refunds over data-speed claim

Apple has offered to refund Australian buyers of its newest iPad after the country's consumer watchdog accused the US computer giant of making misleading claims about the best-selling tablet.

Apple looks likely to become most valuable company ever

Apple shares touched $600 (£380) apiece yesterday, a mere five weeks after they first topped $500, and analysts predicted the iPhone maker would soon become the most valuable company of all time.

People queue for the new iPad in New York

Traders bulk buy iPads to feed global appetite for Apple

As the gadget hits 10 countries, dealers target Indian market – and even pay shoppers to

Apple on courseto become most valuable firm ever

Apple shares touched $600 (£380) apiece yesterday, a mere five weeks after they first topped $500, and analysts predicted the iPhone maker will soon become the most valuable company of all time.

Out goes the stepladder, in comes teen fiction

What do the Twilight novels, a pineapple and an iPad have in common? The answer, from the price-watchers at the Office for National Statistics, is that they have all found their way into the nation's average "shopping basket", joining the sponge cake and the rotisserie chicken on the index of 700 items used to calculate inflation rates.

Left, tablet computers are included only a year after the smartphone first made the list. Right, Kristen Stewart, silver screen star of the Twilight saga

New entries to official 'shopping basket' of items that helps measure inflation revealed

Out goes the stepladder, in comes the iPad, Kristen Stewart and pineapples

Sir Jonathan Ive: Born and bred in Chingford, living in working in California

Sir Jonathan Ive says he is humbled by his knighthood for services to design

Sir Jonathan Ive, "Jony" to his friends, is arguably one of the world's most influential designers. The 45-year-old was born in Chingford, East London, and went to the same school as David Beckham. He met his wife, Heather Pegg, while in secondary school. They married in 1987, have twin sons and now live in San Francisco.

Sir Jonathan Ive: Born and bred in Chingford, living in working in California

Sir Jonathan Ive: Knighted for services to ideas and innovation

Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple designer, has been the driving force behind some of the best-loved gadgets of our age. Mark Prigg asked him about his methods and motives

Apple factory awaits moment of truth on TV

The publicity surrounding the assembly lines in China where Apple devices are constructed by workers paid so little they do not get deducted tax has been described as the computer world's "Nike moment".

iPads seized in copyright row

More Chinese cities have seized iPads from retailers in a dispute between Apple and a local company over ownership of the tablet's name.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee