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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

The iPad Mini introduced this week

Apple's iPad Mini fails to impress Wall Street

Apple introduced a shrunken version of its popular iPad yesterday as it faces increasing pressure from Amazon and other companies that have been winning customers with smaller tablets.

Jon Ronson, Author and film-maker

One minute with... Jon Ronson, Author and film-maker

Where are you now and what can you see?

Ryder Cup Diary: Support from the sky fails to spur on Team Europe

Another great sporting event, and another shrewd piece of marketing by bookmakers Paddy Power, after the infamous "pantsgate" at the European Championships, when Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner showed his rather garish green Paddy Power boxer shorts to the world in celebration after he scored against Portugal. This time, the bookmakers have taken to the skies with a plan to give Team Europe some away support at the Medinah course, and attempt to silence those vociferous, red-blooded Americans.

Growing number of primary school children 'too violent and disruptive to be in school'

A growing number of primary school children are too violent and disruptive to be in school, the Government’s behaviour tsar said today.

Tom Winsor promises 'fearless independence' as he aims to shine a light into 'darkest corners' of policing

The expected new regulator of policing put the Home Secretary on notice today that he would take on the Government as he promised to shine a light into the “darkest corners” of law and order in Britain.

Harriet Bridgeman: The first lady of fine art

She owns more than 300,000 works by great artists from Da Vinci to Monet – or, at least, she retains the rights to reproduce their images. As Harriet Bridgeman's incredible art library celebrates 40 years, John Walsh meets its charismatic chief curator. Plus, she picks her favourite 'acquisitions'.

A short video on the site shows a ‘Project Glass’ user’s perspective as they explore New York, speaking commands, taking pictures, getting directions and receiving messages from a friend

Google Goggles: 'Terminator' style glasses that could allow you to browse the internet

Latest development to emerge from the 'Google X' laboratory

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Last Night's Viewing: London's Burning Chanel 4<br />Lorraine's Last Minute Christmas BBC2

What with it being nearly New Year and all, we're almost at the stage where we can safely start assessing the highs and lows of the Year That Was. We are approaching the end of the risky pre-emptive period, where the combination of major world events and celebrity deaths threaten, perilously, to render us redundant. Soon, tantalisingly soon, we will be able to write our Hundred Best lists with confidence.

Howard Jacobson: King Lear went mad for less than this hell

"Anything else?" How many more otiosities am I to be subjected to? Only yesterday I was in an airport queueing to buy a newspaper. All that was necessary was for me to hand over the money.

Science Museum to display legendary Oramics Machine

Fans of primitive electronica are licking their lips at the chance to view a unique instrument that has acquired near legendary status. The Oramics Machine was invented in the 1960s by Daphne Oram, the first director of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It has been largely unseen for 20 years.

Letter from the editor: Blame and responsibility

My thought for today is about blame and responsibility. Every day, when I complete this column, I ask one or two of my most trusted lieutenants to read it through, and to point out any mistakes I may have made (I know, it’s a fanciful idea, but just roll with it).

Letter from the editor: Interesting insights

Of all the instructions I’ve been given in my career, this was the most peculiar, not to mention demanding.

John Walsh: The keyboard can never match the pen

Today is World Book Day in the UK and Ireland, a "worldwide celebration of books and reading" which, in the UK anyway, is "a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties, who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all." All, that is, except those who wish the future of books wasn't so alarmingly rocky.

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