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App maker Rovio's website hacked after documents released by Edward Snowden suggested spy services had targeted game's users to extract data

Hands-on with Sony's Xperia Z1: 'Sony is throwing everything at this phone'

Sony are hoping their new flagship smartphone will be the best Android device out there, David Phelan gets a hands-on with the handset to find out if it's got a chance.

Google launches Android KitKat with Nestlé collaboration and spoof Apple ad

Launch of the latest version of Google's mobile OS has been light on technical details, heavy on the jokes

Has Sony's 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra crossed a line in screen size?

<i>The Independent</i> was the first to see Sony’s new is-it-a-phone-is-it-a-tablet hybrid for review. <b>David Phelan</b> reports

HTC reveals new mid-range phones (and accessories) to recapture the middle ground

Taiwanese phone maker HTC reveals its autumn handsets this morning. <b>David Phelan</b> had extensive hands-on time with the phones

Windows Phone's market share finally on the rise as Android's lead lessens

European markets backing Microsoft's mobile OS most strongly, but Android remains the dominant global force.

LG's G Pad set to compete with the Nexus 7 and iPad mini

8.3-inch screen offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, but it's the ability to sync with your Android smartphone that might be the real temptation.

Who just poached top Google talent? What you need to know about Xiaomi

The Chinese smartphone maker are often called the 'Apple of the East' but that comparison is misleading.

Love triangle? Just Google it. Silicon Valley’s golden couple Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki announce separation

Then there’s the awkward matter of the $10m the search giant put into 23andMe

Android devices attract 79% of malware attacks; iOS gets just 0.7%

A memo from the US to security personnel warns that Android's "market share and open source architecture" make it specially vulnerable.

HTC building mobile OS for Chinese market as US slips in importance

New mobile operating system would be met favourably by Chinese government who resent the dominance of Google's Android OS.

Google cuts price of Nexus 4 smartphone to just £159 as it launches Nexus 7

New price likely to clear inventory before an updated handset is released

Google's new Nexus 7 tablet launches in UK at £199 for 16GB model

Only the Wi-Fi version is currently available at the moment, with either 16GB or 32GB of onboard memory

Samsung to launch child-friendly tablet: the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

Rubberised casing and advanced Parental Controls will help keep both children and the tablet safe,

Ubuntu Edge fails to raise $32m but remains a record-breaking project

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth says the attention was a "huge boost" to Ubuntu phones in general

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It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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