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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

Skype logo

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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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own