Willian was Chelsea's most expensive signing over the summer

Comment: It might not be what the football fans want, but agents are here to stay

It is understandable, to say the least, why football fans can get so frustrated at the amount of their money that ends up in the hands of football agents. Even in the era of the billionaire foreign benefactor, the theory has always been that the fans’ wages pay the players, through the medium of paying for tickets. For there to be other well-rewarded recipients almost feels like a betrayal of that.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 review: Microsoft take note - this is how it's done

This, Microsoft, is how to make a tablet. Nokia’s first entry into the tablet market is a triumph of design and beauty, making Microsoft’s own Surface look clumsy and heavy. It’s a Windows machine, and it makes the new 8.1 software, closely related to Windows Phone with which Nokia has had so much success, look great.

PS4 review: Sony has got their swagger back with the PlayStation 4

Sony's rival to Microsoft's Xbox One has concentrated fully on the gaming experience - although the launch library is hardly the most impressive to date

PS4 UK launch: fans queueing for the last chance to buy Sony console before Christmas

The PS4 launches tonight for £349 - can it match its US sales records?

PS4 vs Xbox One: Which takes longer to install games?

Gaming blog Kotaku ran tests in which some Xbox One games took longer than 16 minutes

The landscapes on ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ shows how far Xbox One’s graphics have improved on Xbox 360

Faulty Xbox One owners offered free game by Microsoft

A malfunctioning disc drive is the main concern among some gamers

The landscapes on ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ shows how far Xbox One’s graphics have improved on Xbox 360

Xbox One: Faulty console owners offered free game by Microsoft

A malfunctioning disc drive is the main concern among some gamers

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales calls Edward Snowden a 'hero'

Wales praised Snowden for the care he took in the materials he leaked and described the NSA revelations as "incredibly damaging and embarrassing to the US"

Will Microsoft call time on Windows RT?

The three separate strains of Microsoft's latest operating system have confused and angered some consumers

Xbox One matches PS4 with 1 million sales in 24 hours

The rival consoles are neck in neck in everything from sales figures to hardware problems as we approach the PS4's UK launch

80m PS3s have been sold worldwide according to Sony, 3m PS4s will be sold by the end of 2013 and 5m by the end of March according to predictions by Sony

PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 reasons to buy Sony's console over Microsoft's

Sony's latest console launches on the 29th for £349 with the Xbox One already in stores for £429

80m xboxes have been sold worldwide and 38m Xbox Ones will be sold by the end of 2017, according to analysts IHS

Xbox One is released: 10 things you need to know about Microsoft's new console

It’s been eight long years since the Xbox 360 was released, but the wait is finally over for gamers, as today sees the launch of Microsoft’s next gen console, the Xbox One.

Magazines group Future signals 'inflection point' as profits soar on digital revenue

Magazines group Future claimed to have passed a “inflection point” as more than half of its advertising now comes from digital, with growth from new revenue streams offsetting declines in print over the first half.

Xbox One launch day: zombies and legionaries hit London and New York

Reinforcements arrive for Microsoft in the console wars

Xbox One vs PS4: 5 reasons to buy Microsoft's console over Sony's

Microsoft's latest console launches on the 22nd for £429 and the PS4 on the 29th for £349

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