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Nokia today launched the latest handset in its Lumia collection as it battled to regain ground lost to its competitors. Here is a look at some of the 925's major rivals in the smartphone market.

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The fourth generation iPad previously stopped at the 64GB version

Apple 'to begin production of fifth-generation iPad this summer'

Apple is to begin production of a fifth-generation iPad in August this year, according to reports by DigiTimes.

Cambridge undergrad Octavia Sheepshanks... or is she?

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After one Cambridge student's ruse to escape harsh online criticism backfired, Chloe Hamilton wonders where the line for cruel commentary should be drawn

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - a new tablet with 8in display - is poised to take on the Apple iPad mini.

Brave new world: First look at the Mobile World Congress' new venue

David Phelan explores the biggest mobile phone trade show in the world and checks out Samsung's latest offerings

Ayumu the chimp

Video: Chimpanzees have faster working memory than humans, according to study

Japanese scientist demonstrates the prowess of chimps in remembering in less than half a second the precise position and correct sequence of up to nine numbers on a computer screen

Apple has seen share price tumble by a quarter since September when iPhone5 debuted

Apple ‘cuts order for iPhone5 parts’ after weak sales but Samsung powers on after selling 100m Galaxy S devices

Tech giant has seen share price tumble by a quarter since September when iPhone5 debuted

Simon Kelner: Americans give up their right to bear Piers Morgan

Agood few years ago, when the world was a different place, I was on an aeroplane with Piers Morgan on the way back from a press trip to Morocco. Also in the party was a TV personality who had his own show on Channel 4. Piers had already been defenestrated as editor of the Daily Mirror, and the first edition of his diary, The Insider, had just been published (I know this because Piers had been walking round the hotel carrying a copy to enable anyone to recognise him). Somewhere over the Med, Piers idly wondered what would happen if the plane went down. Not in the sense of the grief that would be left behind, or the tragedy of lives cut short. No, what Piers was musing on was whether it would be him or the TV star who would be the first name mentioned in the news reports. "I'm afraid you'd just be 'also on board'," he told Dom Joly (for it was he), and sat back in his seat, smiling that smug grin.

TV review: Borgen, 89,000 Children

Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main 

The 10 Best kitchen scales

Whether you prefer the latest in digital accuracy or class style (or both), here are the best tools for the trade...

Electronics firms fined £1.1bn for fixing prices of TVs and computers

Companies including Philips, LG Electronics and Panasonic artificially set prices according to the European Commission 

Atos fitness to work tests still need reform according to third independent review

Reform of the “fitness for work” assessment of sick and disabled people has been too slow and the system is still causing “considerable disquiet”, the third independent review of the system has said.

The 10 Best tablets

The new iPad Mini is now on the shelves but the competition in the tablet market is fiercer than ever, as these devices prove.

Microsoft: warned by European Union regulators to modify how it presents Internet Explorer in Windows 8

Microsoft told to amend Windows 8 to avoid new clash with EU

Microsoft was warned by European Union regulators to modify how it presents Internet Explorer in its new Windows 8 operating system to avert another antitrust clash, Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.

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