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Electricity prices are set to fall

Ofgem to crackdown on Big Six energy suppliers in bid to cut electricity prices

Electricity prices are set to fall after the energy regulator pledged to “break the stranglehold” of the Big Six energy suppliers.

'The Call Centre', starring Neville Wilshire, the owner of a Swansea-based business

Time for the Government to step in? The dark side of The Call Centre

The BBC’s fly-on-the-wall documentary has made a star of Neville Wilshire. But what about the people at the receiving end of his firm’s unsolicited calls

The design for The Buccaneer 3D printer, an affordable model built for domestic use

Affordable 3D printer The Buccaneer hits $100,000 Kickstarter goal in ten minutes

New 3D printer ‘The Buccaneer’ has raised its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 in just ten minutes.

The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed

Microsoft defends 'holistic' design of Xbox One: Is it sneaking a PC into the living room?

Although most of the anger directed at the new Xbox One has focused on Microsoft’s policies regarding second-hand games, the actual look of the new console has also been met with confusion.

B&Q owner Kingfisher backs DIY to rally despite a plummet in profits

The chief executive of B&Q owner Kingfisher has dismissed the view that the UK DIY market is in long-term decline, as the wet spring weather wiped nearly a third off the chain’s profits.

Tread carefully when you buy on the internet - but protection is there if things go wrong

Savvy Money: Know your rights when you go shopping online

The law is on your side if a retailer fails to deliver – even if you never went into a store

Lower print costs aid Telegraph climb

The owner of the Daily Telegraph saw pre-tax profits climb 5 per cent to £57.2m last year as falling newsprint costs offset a decline in turnover.

The Price Drop TV station today: The company behind is found to have consistently made misleading price claims and product descriptions

Company behind Bid and Price Drop shopping channels found to have made misleading price claims and product descriptions

Sit-Up could have its broadcast licence revoked after Advertising Standards Authority asks broadcasting regulator Ofcom to consider sanctions

Cement firms face action over 'failure to compete' on pricing

Britain's major cement firms were today facing "hard-hitting" action after a regulator accused them of failing to compete on pricing.

The European Union is mulling over phasing out one and two cent coins after it emerged that they cost more than their face value to mint

Keep the change, say Germans alarmed by European plan to scrap copper coins

Desperate to save pennies as the economic crisis continues to bite, the European Union is mulling over phasing out one and two cent coins after it emerged that they cost more than their face value to mint.

Hamish McRae: Should Italy push for more fiscal prudence in this age of austerity?

It is a funny time in Italy. On paper the country's economy has now shrunk for seven consecutive quarters, making it the longest recession since the Second World War, and leaving it some 8 per cent below the peak reached in 2007.

Sun-starved Brits keep Tui free of the gloom

Britain’s dismal weather is cheering for at least one industry: the travel sector. Tui Travel, the giant behind Thomson Holidays, said bookings are up as Brits look to escape the gloom.

Simon Read: It's about time we had simpler consumer rights

In the Queen's Speech the Government announced it will establish "a simple set of consumer rights to promote competitive markets and growth."

You can stuff your exclusive 'thin' and 'beautiful' club, Abercrombie and Fitch - I don't want to join

I find your garments Sloaney, uninspiring, overpriced and generally far, FAR too beige

Standard Chartered blames QE as it signals profits fall

Emerging-markets bank Standard Chartered shocked investors today with news that profits for the first three months of the year were "slightly down" on a year ago.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas