Next-gen USB standard will boost data transfers to 10GB/second

USB 3.1 will be backwards compatible with both USB 2.0 and 3.0

A week with: The latest hybrid laptops

There are more hybrid laptops on the market than ever before. Here we test four of the latest contenders

Dell ships Project Ophelia: a HDMI plug-in that streams computers from the cloud

The device is being released to beta testers and will be capable of running virtual computers via the cloud

Best of the Steam Summer Sale

From L.A Noire to The Binding of Isaac; the sale took in some great titles this year

The headquarters of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, in Vauxhall, London

MI6 and MI5 'refuse to use Lenovo computers' over claims Chinese company makes them vulnerable to hacking

Lenovo - the largest PC producer in the world - is indirectly backed by the Chinese state

A USB 'dongle'

Er, What is a dongle? A brief guide to the latest techno-lingo

If you know already, well done. If not, read on to find out about the gizmo with the silly name

The lab fighting cybercrime: Russia's weapon in the war against hi-tech gangs

Russia is the main breeding ground for hi-tech crime gangs but its security experts are linking with Interpol to combat the threat. Oscar Williams-Grut reports from Moscow

Blue plaque to honour Welsh computing pioneer Donald Davies

His invention forms basis of how information is shared online today

The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured 16 others

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence

The energy services firm agrees to pay fine and $55m donation to wildlife charity

Wearable computing is here already: How hi-tech got under our skin

George Osborne is a recent convert. Next, like retina displays, it will soon be implanted into our bodies

The AIREAL device emits a ring of air called a vortex towards a user’s hand. The vortex can impart a force on the user’s hand, enabling a range of dynamic free air sensations.

Gallery: Disney's 'Aireal' system uses air vortexes to mimic touch feedback for computers

New system could be used for video-gaming or to enhance gesture-based interfaces

Sales staff demonstrate the Microsoft Surface during the opening of Microsoft's retail store in New York's Times Square October 25, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Shock reverse as Microsoft and Google fail to hit sales targets

Revenue for both companies grew but fell short of projected earnings

Trevor Pearce, the Serious Organised Crime Agency's Director-general

Soca chief to be quizzed over hacking failings

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has been asked to clarify whether it failed to prevent corrupt private investigators from hacking the computer of a former British Army intelligence officer.

Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse before a court martial hearing

Judge refuses motion to drop Bradley Manning 'aiding enemy' charges

US government says they have evidence Osama bin Laden obtained leaked documents

Word games: experts say phonics tests can create problems for children and hold them back

Are you smarter than a supercomputer? 4-year-olds are

New research from the University of Illinois pitted an advance AI against children's IQ test

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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Magnetic north

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Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
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Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
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Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
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From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
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Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

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As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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