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Starring: Aaron Johnson, Imogen Poots, Matthew Beard

Recorders: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Manchester Art Gallery

At first, the large, low-lit gallery space looks rather unprepossessing: a circle of vintage microphones, all spot-lit, stand at its centre, as if waiting for a 1960s variety show to start. But where are the contestants? In the room's far corner, there's a long table that resembles an airport scanner (its surface, brilliantly lit with white light, is moving and moving). What else? Not much. A wall-hung mirror waits patiently for a human stare. When you look into it, with the usual degree of curiosity mingled with apprehension, you see the predictable sadness of yourself. But you see something else too: a word has been blazoned in light across your forehead: autopoiesis (auto-creation). How has that happened? Elsewhere, a series of tiny green computer screens, also wall-hung, are connected to each other by a tangled skein of wiring. Each screen has a bizarre question. Otherwise, nothing is happening. The room is utterly soundless. Is this all there is?

Shoe fans aTwitter in dash for Jimmy Choos

Shoe lovers in London have been glued to their mobile devices and computer screens in a race to win a pair of free Jimmy Choos.

Apple 'may charge $1 million to display mobile ads'

Apple may charge about $1 million (£657 million) for displaying advertisements on its mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal said, citing advertisement executives.

Final Demands, By Frederic Raphael

So we come to the end of the glittering prize-giving. Frederic Raphael's waspish hero has gone from 17 to 70 as the trilogy which began with The Glittering Prizes comes to its sparkling end. There is no Cambridge equivalent of Oxford's Brideshead Revisited. Perhaps we didn't have enough lords. Like My Friend Judas, Andrew Sinclair's roman à clef also set on the banks of the Cam, The Glittering Prizes was our downmarket equivalent to what a Raphael character refers to as "Weeviling Waugh".

2010 to be the year of flashy 3D TVs

It may have taken decades for HD television to finally take hold, but after what seems like the blink of an eye, 3D is about to move from the realm of novelty into the mainstream as US pay TV provider, Direct TV, kicks off a dedicated 3D HDTV channel for 2010.

Wallpaper designed to light up any room wins funding

Wallpaper which emits light could replace traditional light bulbs and cut carbon emissions within a few years, it was claimed today.

Icap's $25m settlement ends four-year investigation

Icap last night announced a $25m (£15.5m) settlement with America’s Securities & Exchange Commission to see off charges that it displayed fake trades to encourage activity by customers.

Derek Pain: Paper deserves its share of the market

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Fans' chief outraged by internet deal

England supporters' spokesman Mark Perryman has blasted the decision to screen England's forthcoming World Cup qualifier in Ukraine on the internet.

Tom Sutcliffe: A poor use of space on issues of astronomy

We've all grown used to the spiralling inflation of the press release but even so I was a little startled when I encountered in concrete fact a new exhibition at the Science Museum which the institution's press release had described on paper as "major".

Battle of the browsers - which is master of the web?

Like cars and football teams, debates around which web browser is best are usually passionate, frequent and usually intense.

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