News An email exchange in April 2011 between Rebekah Brooks and her husband, Charles Brooks, referred to her losing an iPad

One phone on the list may have been a duplicate, another may have belonged to someone else and one iPad may have been lost

Chloride kicks off bid defence with strong full-year results

The back-up power group Chloride yesterday came out fighting following last month's takeover approach from Emerson as it unveiled a strong set of results. This prompted analysts to suggest the US group would have to up its bid by more than 20 per cent.

The ten best webcams

Capture events in style with these top gadgets

Councillor in court over 'coconut' remark

A city councillor appeared in court today following a race row in which she allegedly called an Asian colleague a "coconut".

Expenses watchdog defends £6.6m set-up costs

The new MPs expenses watchdog today defended its £6.6 million set-up costs and insisted the annual bill to taxpayers would be lower in future.

Man held in terror probe

A man was arrested under the Terrorism Act today, police said. The 30-year-old, from the Sparkhill area of Birmingham, was taken into custody early this morning, on suspicion of possessing material likely to be of use to a terrorist and of distributing terrorist publications.

Gadget of the week - USB heating gloves (£14)

Brrrrrr. Chilly mornings and icy evenings play havoc with the frozen fingers of the average computer user. But help is at hand, as it were, with these mittens-meet-fingerless-gloves which plug in to your USB slot. After five minutes, the internal heating pads warm up by 10 degrees, giving a boost to wintry digits. Then, peel back the tips and your newly warmed mitts are free to type, text and game to your heart’s content. Still shivering? Check out the heated mouse pad and knee warmers also available from this website, devoted to all your USB needs. Usbgeek.com

Movies coming to a memory stick near you

If you're not already bamboozled by the sheer number of different ways you can get your hands on movies, hold on tight because yet another means of movie procurement is about to hit the US and the world.

Pupils told to bring own toilet paper to school

Pupils in a Irish school are being asked to bring their own toilet paper to school to help offset funding cutbacks.

Members of paedophile ring found guilty

Eight members of a paedophile ring were found guilty today of a catalogue of child pornography and abuse charges, including the sexual assault of a three-month old baby.

What will Apple kill off next?

Apple is famous for either inventing, or popularising, innovative technology. The mouse, the trackpad, LCD monitors, Firewire, USB, unibody aluminium laptops ... the list is long.

Gadget of the week - Pico-C USB drive, £380

For anyone still feeling flush despite financial failures, busted banks and reams of redundancies, this could be a great way to waste some wedge. It's an 8GB memory stick covered with a 24-carat gold. Tasteful it's not, but if you're still willing to spend the equivalent of £400 on a blinging piece of computer kit, then subtlety and moderation probably aren't your most obvious virtues. Hilariously, it comes with a chain so it can be worn as a necklace and is sold encased in a plush velvet presentation box. A golden USB drive is definitely God's way of telling you that you have too much money... www.supertalent.com

Stick tricks - USB memory magic

If, like a growing number of people, you're in possession of a rarely-used USB memory stick, here's four simple but incredibly useful tips that'll not only give it a whole new lease of life but can also simplify your world.

Diary Of A Supply Teacher: 'I do my best to contain the noise, to no avail'

So far, I have tended to regard a day of maths as about the worst that can happen, but today it's music. It's a popular subject, as it tends to involve practical work, but with a supply teacher this is not possible, and results in a lot of grumbling.

Betting scam linked to killing of Chinese pair

Two Chinese graduates may have been murdered because of their involvement in an internet betting scam and the trading of fraudulent documents, police said last night.

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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
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’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert