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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.

ANA discovers Dreamliner wiring problem

Japan's Transport Ministry said that an investigation into the overheating of a lithium ion battery in an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787 discovered it had been improperly wired.

As both a motivational tool and a gadget, the FuelBand is a success

A Week With: The Nike+ Fuelband

Can the sportswear giant gamify your daily exercise routine?

Sony is skilled with cameraphone technology and the results here are strong.

Sony Xperia Z review: 'Waterproof and preposterously high-resolution - it's a classy phone for big hands'

On the buttons: When it comes to this stylish smartphone, size really does matter

Airbus switches battery after Boeing's troubles

It has already cost Airbus some £10bn to develop the A350

Airbus ditches lithium battery after Boeing’s Dreamliner fiasco

Airbus today said it had changed its mind about using lithium batteries in its new A350 plane, after rival Boeing was forced to ground its Dreamliner 787 jet over problems with the technology.

Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicombe: The Further Adventures of...,Soho Theatre, London

Rosy-cheeked Devonian Josh Widdicombe is a young man in the pink. The 29-year-old is currently enjoying exposure on Channel 4 in The Last Leg with Adam Hills and his stand up continues to go from strength to strength.

Boeing faces vast bill over Dreamliner delivery delay

Boeing’s Dreamliner nightmare deepened today when the planemaker told one of its biggest European customers it could miss deliveries of its flagship new jet piling tens of millions of dollars onto compensation claims as customers rent alternative jets.

New blow for Boeing as airlines seek compensation over Dreamliner

Boeing’s nightmare over its new Dreamliner jet grew today as airlines began clamouring for compensation that is likely to hit millions of dollars.

Introduction to iGraduate

You’ve finished the final term of your degree. Three (or more) years of hard study, sweat and beers are consigned to the waste bin of history. So now what do you do? It’s a question that countless graduates mull over as their final days of student life drift away and the big wide world stretches out in front of them. And it’s one you shouldn’t be afraid to ask yourself either.

Review - The Cave: The strangeness of Ron Gilbert's latest platform game draws you in like like filings to a magnet

Don't let this platform adventure's simple mission; to get in and out the cave, fool you into thinking it'll be easy. With Monkey Island-style crazy puzzles and a Platonic allegory woven in, you'll gladly waste many days of your life playing it.

Losing it in Laos: An adventure in Vang Vieng that almost went down the tubes

It's tough to recall after almost 10 years what posed the greatest risk in the flooded cave in which I'd become hopelessly lost: the darkness or the snake that patrolled black pools of frigid water. I was in Laos and a place I would later regret visiting. Vang Vieng used to be a sleepy river village in country known for its calm and natural beauty. Then came tubing. Every day, scores of feckless backpackers in bikinis and boardshorts float down the Nam Song on tractor inner tubes, turning pink as they guzzle cheap beer and leap off rocks. As the activity boomed, so did the number of 'happy' pizzas and vomiting teenagers, helping to turn the town into an ugly scar on the southeast Asia traveller trail.

Dreamliner fault tests focus on damaged battery

Engineers and aviation officials from the US and Japan are to subject a damaged lithium-ion battery from an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787 jet to detailed tests.

Japan's major airlines grounded their Boeing 787 planes for safety checks today

Boeing’s wings are clipped as US grounds new planes

Fifty of the world’s most advanced and expensive flying machines are standing idle after America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an order grounding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

François Gabart maintains lead in final miles of Vendée Globe race

François Gabart is maintaining a 200-plus lead ahead of Armel le Cléac’h as the pair approach what looks likely to be a relatively easy northward passage through the Doldrums into the final miles of the Vendée Globe singlehanded round the world race to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne.

Cracks and leaks turn Dreamliner to a nightmare

Five incidents in five days prompts inquiry into plane previously approved for take off

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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