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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

Etta Mae Lopez, 31, is kicking her habit by slapping a Sacramento Sheriff’s deputy

Californian finds a slap-up way to quit smoking

Most people would just buy nicotine patches or maybe a Paul McKenna tape, but one California woman took a more dramatic approach to quit smoking.

Jason Leech, one of the contestants in this year's BBC programme, The Apprentice.

Sir Alan Sugar's new Apprentices suffer 'cat castrophe' in first episode

The business brains in this year's series of The Apprentice had a cat-astrophe when they tried to sell some some Chinese lucky charms in the first episode.

The 10 Best garden power tools

The sun is out, the grass is dry. Here’s all you need to plug in and make your garden picture-perfect for summer

The 10 Best lawnmowers

The sun is finally out, so there’s no excuse not to tidy up that lawn. Here’s our pick of the finest grass trimmers in town

Dreamliner almost clear for take-off as Boeing apologises

Boeing's Dreamliner could be back in the skies before the end of the month – despite a top boss admitting it has not worked out what caused the on-board fires that grounded the plane for three months.

787 Dreamliner battery approved by aircraft regulators

US aircraft regulators have approved a revamped battery design for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, prompting the possibility of the ill-feted fleet returning to the skies after months of being grounded.

It was all quiet on the Grand Canal today after Venice ordered its first ban on the motorboats that threaten the crumbling city's future

Motorboats banned from Venice canals

It was all quiet on the Grand Canal today after Venice ordered its first ban on the motorboats that threaten the crumbling city's future.

Album: Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Je voy le bon tens venir (Alpha)

Early woodwind virtuoso François Lazarevitch, Les Musiciens and the earthy-toned singers Simone Sorini, Enea Sorini and Marc Busnel take us back to the time when street parties lasted a week or more.

Stunning footage captures Boeing 787 Dreamliner performing frighteningly steep take-off and acrobatic manoeuvres, as it passes final safety test that should allow it back in the skies

Video shows a Qatar Airways Dreamliner, apparently piloted by an F-18 pilot, being put through its paces

Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati charged after allegedly punching her ex-boyfriend Ivan Brannan

Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati has been charged after police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day while he was working out at a gym.

'There can be no device since the blackboard for which an instruction manual is so redundant': the Google Chromebook Pixel

A Week With: Google Chromebook Pixel

This is the future of laptops… once you can get iTunes

Thomson in Dreamliner refund offer

Thomson Airways became the first carrier to offer refunds to passengers who had hoped to travel on the grounded Dreamliner.

Sales of Airbus push EADS to £1.1bn

EADS drew a line under its failed merger with BAE Systems as Airbus aircraft maker reported a 19 per cent jump in full-year profits.

Nokia 105: Finnish company launches new £13 mobile phone with a battery that lasts 35 DAYS on a single charge

Nokia 105 aimed at the mobile market in the developing world, but is likely to be a success in the west too as a back-up for smart phones

Boeing’s Dreamliner nightmare gets worse as Japan reveals more on faults

Boeing’s headache over its Dreamliner jets worsened today, as Japan’s transport ministry revealed more damning details of its investigation into faults with the model and United Airlines extended its grounding of the jets.

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