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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

Has Sony's 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra crossed a line in screen size?

<i>The Independent</i> was the first to see Sony’s new is-it-a-phone-is-it-a-tablet hybrid for review. <b>David Phelan</b> reports

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Can’t make it to work? Skype could soon beam in your 3D body-double

Web telephone service developing new technology

Hp SLatebook x2, £379.99

A week with: The HP Slatebook X2

* Price: £379.99
* 2-in-1 design offers both a tablet and notebook experience
* 10.1-inch screen with 1080p display
* 32GB onboard storage with two SD card slots; HDMI, USB inputs
* Latest 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor from Nvidia for gaming and video playback

Modern man: Lab Series

iStyle: Fancy facial

Pots and potions to perfect your skin aren’t just for ladies. There’s an array of solutions for men too, says Lee Holmes

The 10 Best bathroom scales

Measure everything from weight to body fat and water percentages with devices that even send results to your smartphone

Google's new Nexus 7 tablet: yours for £199.99

Three versions of the tablet have been launched (16GB and 32GB on wifi and a 32GB LTE model), though the tablet may not come to the UK till Christmas

BestBuy leaks pre-order prices of Google Nexus 7 tablet

Middle-child of the Nexus range will sell for approximately £150 for 16GB, £170 for 32GB

Cara Delevingne's new colouring book, 'Colour Me Good'

Any colour you like as long as it’s Cara: Ms Delevingne gets her own colouring book

Blimey o’eyebrows, it seems that everywhere I look there’s a picture of model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne.

Sharp have unveiled the largest LED TV ever to go on sale in Europe: the 90-inch Aquos LC-90LE757.

Europe's largest TV now on sale - a 90-inch, £12,000 giant from Sharp

Size of screen means viewers have to sit at least 11.5 feet away to fully 'appreciate' the picture

Review: Italian Ways - On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo, By Tim Parks

But did the trains ever run on time?

One Minute With: Lisa O'Donnell, Novelist

One Minute With: Lisa O'Donnell, Novelist

'I admire Angelina Jolie. She's been brave and honest about her body'

The Vodafone Smart 3

Hands on review: Vodafone Smart 3

This is not a premium smartphone but it is certainly a good-looking, capable and highly affordable alternative, says David Phelan

BBC forced to remove 'misleading' clock from its homepage

Site simply replicates time from the user's own computer

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

Nokia Lumia 925 hands-on: A slimmer update with a beautiful new screen

You’ve seen the reports of Nokia’s new flagship phone. But how does it feel in the flesh? David Phelan goes hands-on…

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam