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The Z1 Compact offers identical hardware to the S1, but shrinks the screen from 5 inches to 4.3 - David Phelan gives us the first full UK review

Market Report: Santa Rally shows no signs of slowing

The Santa Rally shows no signs of slowing, with the top-flight index closing on its sixth day of gains, its best run since October.

Dogs recognise their owners' faces - but prefer looking at other dogs

Dogs may have a similar facial recognition skills to those of humans

Tablets, smartphones, cameras and more: we pick the only gadgets you need from 2013

From Apple's latest shiny playthings to the best smartphones from Google, we pick our favourite gadgets of 2013

The best tablets of 2013: the Apple iPad Air, the Lumia 2520 and the Tesco Hudl

Our round up of the best technology of 2013 continues with the best tablets...

YotaPhone review: the dual-screen smartphone is coming to the UK

It's got and LCD screen on the front and an E Ink display (above) on the back - but does it make any sense when you're using it?

YotaPhone: Dual-screen 'always on' smartphone launches for €499 - featuring E Ink on the back, LCD on the front

New design aims to solve the problem of constant notifications by using low power E Ink rear screen to show incoming messages and more

Kano: a Raspberry Pi computer that snaps together like Lego in 107 seconds

New development kit for the credit-card sized computer aims to open up basic computer coding to younger students

Apple's iPad mini with Retina display on sale from £319

7.9-inch device features an updated processor and sharper screen

A rival to Samsung's Galaxy Round? Images of LG's curved G Flex smartphone are leaked

Flexible OLEDs are a minor trend for smartphone makers, but it's only speculation that they'll even be wanted by customers

Apple rumoured to introduce two new iPads October 22nd

New tablets will likely include updated processors and slimmer designs

LG announces it will launch curved smartphone next month

Innovation war in high-end smartphones continues with both LG and Samsung showing interest in curved or flexible displays

With the Garmin HUD, there's no getting mired in the multicoloured madness of a traditional sat-nav map

A week with: Garmin HUD - a simpler, smarter sat-nav

Price: £129 for the unit (garmin.co.uk); the Western European App £59.99 (iTunes/Googleplay/Windows)
Features: Bluetooth connectivity; integrated USB port on the power cable for phone charging

Ability to count just like ‘basic senses’, brain research reveals

Scientists have discovered the part of the brain responsible for assessing numbers and found that it is laid out topographically so that its nerve cells have the shortest routes to communicate with one another.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 creates new mobile elite

64GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, 1.9GHz quad-core processor... The Note III is more computer than smartphone.

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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

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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
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

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20 best days out for the summer holidays

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All the wood’s a stage

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