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New software will focus on three main areas: better multitasking, access to apps and quicker set-up for first-time smart TV users

HP to launch music service in Europe

Hewlett-Packard, the world's biggest maker of PCs, will launch a digital music service across key European markets today, hoping to benefit from consumers' rising appetite for new types of music download services.

HP unveils new PCs

Hewlett-Packard is releasing a host of new laptops and netbooks as the technology giant looks to build on its recent momentum in the personal computer market.

The Magnificent Seven for whom life has changed forever

John Walsh couldn’t sleep the night his lottery numbers came up. Having checked them on Teletext at 3am on Sunday he thought it wise to make sure he was not dreaming by waking his family.

IT workers share £45m Euromillions win

A group of IT workers from Liverpool have won a £45.5 million share of the Euromillions jackpot, sources said today.

3D printers: Super models

They can make detailed replicas of anything from your unborn child to an active volcano in moments. So, asks Tim Walker, how long will it be before there's a 3D printer on every desk?

Hewlett-Packard's 850 UK job cuts anger unions

Union leaders accused the Government of failing Britain's manufacturing industry yesterday after Hewlett-Packard announced plans to outsource nearly 850 factory jobs from Scotland to the Czech Republic.

Laptop batteries recalled due to fire hazard

Hewlett-Packard is recalling thousands of rechargeable battery packs sold worldwide and used in laptop computers due to a potential fire hazard .

IBM deal steps up attack on Cisco

Brocade Communications Systems is deepening its ties with a powerful ally, IBM, forging a new distribution deal for internet routers and switches at a time when bigger rival Cisco Systems is straining some of its old relationships.

Consumer Rights: On a wing and a prayer with holiday vouchers

A long wait for reimbursement from Thomas Cook ... A faulty laptop from Currys and the 'red herring' of warranties ... Freeholders fall out over service charges

Cisco takes on IBM and HP with 'blade server' plans

Cisco Systems wants a bigger chunk of the corporate computing market, and plans to start selling servers in competition with old partners like Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

The future's bright, the future's the mobile internet

Orange's top man in the UK talks to Mark Leftly

From geeky to glamorous: Gadgets for her

Designers are tapping into the market for female-friendly gadgets – such as netbooks – that fit in a handbag. Rachel Shields reports

Online theatre: All the web's a stage

Fancy a night in with the games console? Or is seeing a play a more appealing option? Rob Sharp reports on the theatre company that lets you do both – at the same time
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...