Samsung is developing a smart watch in a bid to expand into new markets and match its rival Apple

Samsung reveals it is working on an Apple iWatch rival

Samsung is developing a smart watch in a bid to expand into new markets and match its rival Apple, the company's mobile technology vice president said today.

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A Colorado judge has given permission for James Holmes, the suspected Aurora shooter, to be interviewed using intravenous injections of so-called "truth serum" if the defendant pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Ammonds (centre) on set with Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe

John Ammonds: Producer behind Morecambe and Wise

Across nearly 50 years working with top entertainers, from Tommy Handley to Mike Yarwood, John Ammonds is best known for producing the BBC TV Morecambe and Wise shows from 1968 to 1974. He knew that Eric and Ernie, with Eddie Braben's scripts, were the main reasons the show's guest-stars volunteered in droves, but recalled Morecambe acknowledging his charm and contacts: "There was a Parkinson when they were interviewed and Eric said, 'It's Johnny Ammonds. He gets them. Him and his moustache'."

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Former workhouse residents Marina Gumbold, left, and Mary Smyth speak of their ordeals at a press conference in Dublin yesterday

Ireland issues apology to the 'fallen women' it sent to Catholic workhouses

A harrowing picture of humiliation and exploitation suffered by Irishwomen and girls in workhouses known as the Magdalene laundries has been laid out in an official report which characterised them as “lonely and frightening places.”

Swatch sees good times going on as it clocks up £1bn profit

Things are ticking along nicely for Swiss watchmaker Swatch, as the company today announced a profits rise of 26% and predicted more good news in 2013.

London Underground to run extended Tube services until 2am on Friday and Saturday evenings from 2015

TfL has reportedly fast-tracked proposals following the success of the Olympics timetable

Diamonds: No longer a girl's best friend

Women's penchant for colourful, more costly gems is changing the market, writes Laura Chesters

Swatch in £620m swoop on Harry Diamond jewels arm

The jewellery arm of the Canadian diamond company made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” has been acquired by Swatch for $1bn (£620m).

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