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Temple Run 2, Snapchat, BBC iPlayer and WhatsApp messenger among the most popular apps in the UK

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Why Britain definitely needs a liquorice museum

Pontefract aims to celebrate its most famous export, and lure liquorice-loving tourists to come and part with their pennies

Robbie Williams performing live

Music review: Robbie Williams entertains us at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

There hasn’t been an entrance quite like it since the ‘Queen’ arrived at the Olympics opening ceremony. Robbie Williams dropped in by zip chord from a position at the top of a colossal effigy of his head.

A cute sense of irritation: What's 'wackaging'? It's when food packaging treats consumers like idiots or children

The vogue for cutesy widdle phwases on the back of products, as pioneered by Innocent Smoothies, isn’t going away. It’s known as ‘wackaging’ – and it’s driving Will Coldwell mad

Samsung ACTIV Book Q is the latest beast in the hinged-hybrid zoo

New computer allows for switching between laptop and tablet, Android and Windows

The 10 Best ice-lolly moulds

Whether you’re a rocket man or like your frozen treats in all shapes and sizes, we’ve got the right kit for the job.

Boldy James returns with a hooky new sound

The Playlist: Kanye West / Hunx and his Punx / Washed Out

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Album review: Empire of the Sun, Ice on the Dune (EMI)

I can't help feeling a little let down by this follow-up to 2009's Walking on a Dream, which seems to compress that album's imagination and stylistic variety through a small valve set midway between Daft Punk and The Scissor Sisters.

Canada charges Nestlé and Mars with price-fixing

Two of the world's biggest chocolate companies, Nestlé and Mars, have been charged in Canada with price-fixing.

James Moore: London listing allows Wolseley to ride waves

Outlook Tough times for Wolseley, the multinational plumbers merchant, whose upbeat performance in the UK and the US was tarnished by the continuing struggles of the construction industry in Europe.

Is it a laptop, is it a tablet, or is it a desktop PC? Er, it's all three if it's the Asus Transformer Book Trio

Is it a laptop, is it a tablet, or is it a desktop PC? Er, it's all three if it's the Asus Transformer Book Trio

It also has a split personality on operating systems - running Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean

Pistorius is due to appear in court for a hearing next week in Pretoria

'Distressing' leaked pictures show blood in bathroom where Oscar Pistorius shot his lover Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day

Defence lawyers have described their appearance in the public domain as “distressing”

Leon Osman (l) of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mate Leighton Baines

Leon Osman agrees new Everton contract

The 32-year-old England midfielder is a regular in the side

Sacred music: Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook of
the widely lauded Glasgow band Chvrches

Harvest time for fans of intoxicating indie: The best acts at London's Field Day festival

This weekend's Field Day festival in east London is packed with storming new acts.

Puppy survives after swallowing a four-and-a-half-inch lolly stick

A puppy survived after swallowing a four-and-a-half-inch lolly stick, vets have said.

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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