News This video game image released by Activision shows a scene from 'Call of Duty: Ghosts,'

The suspect asked staff to reserve items such as an X-Box One and Just Dance 2014 before robbing the store at gunpoint

SW19 Diary: 'Funny' Corden trumps the Bard for Murray

This is turning into a summer of firsts for Andy Murray; an eventful and at times baffling maiden trip on the Paris metro has been followed by his first visit to the theatre to take in a play. His choice was One Man, Two Guvnors at the National, starring the ubiquitous James Corden. "Really, really funny," was Murray's judgement and one that was matched by the reviewers. The Independent gave it five stars. "James said I was lucky to have gone to this one first because most plays are not very funny," said Murray. Shakespeare next? "No, I don't understand it," said the Scot. Nobody thought to ask him about Burns.

Hackers hit games firm

Tens of thousands of people have had records of their personal details broken into by hackers who raided computer systems operated by a games developer.

Xbox highlights at E3 - Cowboys, Jedi knights and horse sweat: what’s not to like?

David Phelan reports on highlights for the Xbox from LA’s E3 conference.

Natalie Haynes: When Xboxes are grounds for divorce

The thing is...

Should Microsoft fire its $8bn man?

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has presided over a decade of stagnation, claims a leading shareholder. Stephen Foley reports

David Prosser: Microsoft bets big on a gamble with long odds of coming off

Outlook If one company is thinking about buying another, there are some basic questions to ask before signing on the dotted line. Shareholders in Microsoft will be wondering whether Steve Ballmer, their chief executive, did that before agreeing to pay $8.5m for Skype.

Seeking a new high score: Nintendo vows to fight back

After dominating the games console sector for several years, Nintendo's Wii is running out of steam

Andrew Martin: I am so hip, a burglar took my gadgets

Our writer gets used to his new career as a crime statistic

Fast-mover Kinect breaks record

The Microsoft Kinect has overtaken the iPhone and iPad to become the fastest selling consumer electronics device on record.

View from the ground at Microsoft’s Spring Showcase 2011

Microsoft’s line-up of Xbox 360, Kinect and Windows Mobile games

Worst December on record for shops

The high street suffered its worst December on record last month as retailers battled with Arctic weather conditions and shoppers shunned higher prices.

EA Sports Active 2: Get fit without getting laughed at

In the revelry of Christmas party season, getting fit comes somewhere between buying new sunglasses and cutting the lawn in the list of things furthest from most peoples’ minds. But come New Years resolution time, when the guilt of a thousand roast potatoes begins to set in, the first thing many people think to do is run (well, jog) off and join a gym.This year though, you might be better off just buying an Xbox.

Tesco battles back against the cold to report sales rise

Tesco revealed the unprecedented steps it has taken to combat the recent snow yesterday, as a strong international performance by the grocery giant more than offset subdued sales growth in the UK in its third quarter.

Kinect: Controller freaks

The Kinect is an inspiration to hackers, scientists and animators – as well as being the Christmas must-have for gamers, says Jenna Wortham

Microsoft: Next-gen Xbox 'not imminent'

Microsoft is not considering an imminent launch of a next-generation Xbox, saying Kinect is effectively the company's new console.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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