Apple claim that the parental controls in their iOS operating system are strong

Apple will pay parents £20m over in-app purchases

Apple is to refund at least $32.5m (£20m) to customers whose children made in-app purchases without their permission, using the parents' iPhones or iPads. The technology firm reached a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), following an FTC complaint that found many of Apple's child-friendly apps offered virtual goods and other chargeable items within the apps, costing anything from 99c to $99.99.

Why Beyonce went to Walmart to buy her own album

Why Beyonce went shopping in Walmart to buy her own album

What better way to stick two fingers up at those who have snubbed you than with a cosy shopping session with their nearest competitor?

Political Takeout Podcast: Tory modernisation, the Guardian versus the NSA, and Ed Miliband's pub problem

This week we discussed Tory modernisation, asked if the Guardian should face prosecution over the Snowden leaks, and wondered whether it matters if Ed Miliband doesn’t go to the pub. We were joined in the studio by broadcaster Sam Delaney, Ruth Porter of the IEA, and down the line by former MP Louise Mensch, Index on Censorship’s Michael Harris, and Bloomberg’s Rob Hutton.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urged his police chief today to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine

Political Takeout Podcast: Tax, blocking child pornography, and Rob Ford's out-of-office activities

Political Takeout is a funny but informed review of the week’s news and politics

<b>'Crown of Light' - Ross Ashton, Robert Ziegler & John Del'Nero</b>
<p>This large-scale projection featuring illuminated manuscripts from the Lindisfarne gospels and other treasures from the North East returns to transform the exterior of the Cathedral for a final time. The son et lumiere is accompanied by an evocative soundscape.</p>

Gallery: Lumiere festival of light dazzles Durham

The spectacular show promises visitors "pure joyous fun"

Playlister allows listeners to tag tracks played across the BBC

BBC reveals new digital music service Playlister aligned with YouTube, Deezer and Spotify - but service is not competitor to Apple’s iTunes

Service allows listeners to tag tracks played by BBC radio presenters and songs performed on BBC television shows and then export them from their personal playlist to a chosen music streaming service

Simon Read: 'Freemium' games allow unscrupulous firms to fleece kids

Reader Simon Moore gets in touch following a piece I wrote this week about computer games manufacturers "exploiting children" through so-called "freemium" games.

Fifa 14 free to download on iOS and Android devices

Latest version of the football video game franchise is free to download, though in-app purchases can buy you new players and game modes

Free FIFA 14 app released for iOS and Android

This Friday, EA Sports will release their flagship title FIFA 14, ending months of anticipation and excitement amongst a sizeable proportion of the gaming community. Today however, fans have been given the chance to end the wait for a new FIFA a little prematurely – not due to an early release of the console version, but by being able to download a FIFA 14 app for iOS and Android for free.

Este Haim of 'Haim' performs live on the Pyramid Stage at day 2 of the 2013 Glastonbury Festival

Gig review: Haim, Roundhouse, London

Recently I became so sick of seeing LA rock sisters Haim on every website, magazine and spare bit of wall, that I proposed a drinking game: a shot for every glimpse of their faces. I soon realised no one needs to be that drunk.

It's not rock'n'roll for bands to blame the crowd

Arctic Monkeys and Plan B both turned on their fans. Bad move, says Elisa Bray

The Touch ID feature on the iPhone 5S allows users to unlock their phone using their fingerprint

iPhone 5S: Key features on Apple's 'forward-thinking smartphone'

Apple has described the new iPhone 5S as the “most forward-thinking smartphone in the world”.

Acer's Liquid S2 is the first smartphone to record in 4K resolution

But with only 16GB of onboard storage, you won't be able to keep more than a couple minutes of footage.

The cover of Lady Gaga's new single 'Applause'

Lady Gaga's new single 'Applause' nears the Top 10 after only seven hours on sale

The track's rush release doesn't seem to have damaged sales

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

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What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital