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

A new keyboard that lets the user adopt a more natural posture could help to beat RSI, says Stephen Pritchard

People who buy computers agonise long and hard over memory, monitors and processors. But when it comes to the keyboard, most of us simply accept what we are given. That may be changing. In September, Microsoft, the software giant, launched its Natural Keyboard as an alternative to the straight-from-the-box offerings of most PC builders. According to the company, sales are running well ahead of expectations.

Warning over student fraud

Universities were warned yesterday to set up new checks on fraudulent students who are cheating taxpayers of millions of pounds.

LETTERS: Why common sense and Qwerty prevail

From Mr John Faulls Sir: Christopher Latham Sholes did not design the Qwerty keyboard on the first Remington typewriter simply to slow the typist down ("Mavis just didn't have the touch", 16 January). He designed it so that the typebars carrying letters used in commonly used words would not lie alongside one another.

Letter:We roadies are a sober, sensible lot

From Mr G. H. Williams Sir: I have been involved within the touring industry since 1983 and have seen a continuing increase in technical skills and the standards of personal behaviour. A touring artist or band, sometimes using highly complicated electronic and computer equipment to present a show, does not seek to employ those who are either unprofessional or irresponsible. A high level of commitment is demanded at all times, and any problem arising has to be solved quickly, efficiently and safely. Times have changed, even in the entertainment industry. Far be it from me to deny the excitement and the aura of the rock'n'roll business, but very little is left to improvisation. An employee guilty of wilfully damaging a hotel room nowadays would not be considered a hero, but would receive his marching orders and a bill for the damage in the post.

Chance to bid

Key auction dates this month for those willing to pit themselves against the developers all fall in the week beginning 24 October. Allsop and Barnard Marcus are holding two sales each - Allsop (071-494 3686) on Monday and Thursday, Barnard Marcus (081-741 9990) on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Viennese help for nursery

Vienna is donating pounds 200,000 towards a new nursery in London to mark the 50 years since its liberation by the Allies in 1945, writes Lynn Eaton.

Computer firms issue keyboard 'warnings': Move follows growth of RSI claims

TWO OF the world's largest computer companies are to label their keyboards with a warning on the risks of developing hand and wrist injuries, and how to avoid them.

Innovation: Pick a keyboard

The UK company Computers for Linguistics has released a computer programme that allows users to choose from 24 keyboard layouts. The programme, which displays the layouts on the screen, works in 12 European languages.

Hedgehogs in pain banned from travelling by train

SICK hedgehogs will no longer be able to let the train take the strain, a rail parcel firm has decided.

Repetitive strain injuries rise to 'epidemic' levels: TUC aims to raises awareness of illness which affects keyboard users. Barrie Clement reports

Injuries caused by repetitive work are now of 'epidemic' proportions causing 200,000 people a year to take time off work, according to leading experts in ergonomics.

Innovation: Monitoring costs

Most PC users leave their computers on all day even when they are not using them, generating heat and glare and wasting electricity. Nighthawk Electronics has developed a monitor that turns the screen off when it is not in use, typically saving about pounds 50 a year in electricity. The monitor switches off the screen when the keyboard has been inactive for a pre-set period. As soon as the keyboard is touched, the screen comes on again.

BOOKS / Tale of a Genital Giant: Nicholson Baker is a writer obsessed with small detail. In his latest novel most of that detail concerns male sexual fantasy. Many readers, especially women readers, are going to be offended. What does he think he's up to?

THE NOVELIST Nicholson Baker rents porn films from a place called Videots, which is near the house in Berkeley where he lives with his wife Margaret, and his children, Alice and Elias - named as if obeying a Californian ordinance on the equal phonetic rights of siblings. Videots is on College Avenue, a laid- back, low-rise street with boutiques and book shops and cafes where students go from lunch to class without moving an inch: professors come to the cafes - kind of drop in - and students kind of gather round, amid much happy ordering of espressos and ciabatta bread sandwiches. Outside, on a still afternoon in January, it's about 70 degrees.

'Violent' Sega game taken out of shops

A COMPUTER GAME, described as a cross between Dr Who and Baywatch, was yesterday deemed politically incorrect and violent by one of the United States' largest toy retailers.

Debtline gains extra funding

National Debtline, the independent telephone helpline that has recently been overwhelmed by the number of debt inquiries, has secured funding to extend its service.

Computers: Feedback: Screen gem

David Hewson writes: Unaccustomed as I am to passing on good news about the computer business to readers, I can report a happy outcome to the problem with my fuzzy Philips monitor (5 November).
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