UK sales for 2013 surge to $5.6bn, bringing its corporation tax arrangements back into the spotlight

Slow growth rallies stocks


Murdoch's rival in space

As the satellite-phone star wars hot up, Peter Koenig meets the man who's set to play Han Solo to the BSkyB boss's Darth Vader: Profile; Olof Lundberg

Technology '98: The ultimate fashion accessory of the season, Gucci or Motorola?

Smaller, lighter, smarter: according to the mobile phone industry, this is the future of mobile communications.

In the courts: Firm dismayed as jury rejects phone patent lawsuit

A British company is to appeal against the rejection by a US jury of a $180m lawsuit over mobile phone technology. Steve Boggan reports on a case that highlights the vagaries of a legal system.

Help always at handbag: a mobile is a girl's best friend

Stylish, fits in the palm, keeps you in touch with mum - the phone's future is female.

Kill off the clones and go it alone

Steve Jobs has embarked on a high-risk strategy to regain Apple Computer's market share. But by pulling the plug on clone-makers, he could end up alienating the Mac faithful.

`Bank in a phone' 18 months away

Hate queuing at cashpoints? Worried about carrying cash around? Logica, the fast-growing computer services company, thinks it has the answer. Logica is teaming up with Cellnet, the mobile phone operator, and Motorola, which makes handsets and smart card circuits, to develop a "mobile wallet".

Roll out the invention machine

Hugh Aldersey-Williams on a radical approach to innovation, born in a Soviet patent office

Mobile phones go global

You may not have Net access, but speaking to anyone from anywhere on earth will soon be possible, writes Steve Homer

Page me (but you'll pay for it)

The pager industry is booming, but it could do even better if sending a message were not so expensive. The telecoms regulator should be looking at the high hidden costs of the `caller pays' system, writes Steve Homer

Apple's esprit de core

Laying aside their rivalry, Microsoft has taken a bite of Apple. Is the future sweet as pie? asks Cliff Joseph

Investment Column: Market ready to forgive Filtronic

Filtronic Comtek, a maker of hi-tech parts for mobile telephones, well illustrates the dangers of investing in small companies. After a storming first year on the stock market, the company's heavy reliance on one customer, namely Motorola of the US, sent the company and its shares into a flat spin.

Skipper who was just too professional

Andy Rice finds the secret of Group 4's success is as good as Golding

Golf: The Open: Marshals uphold Tiger lore

Paul Trow examines Troon's plans to cope with the wonder boy's fans

Cycling: Joanne's poignant journey

A small party of cyclists will trail up the windswept upper slopes of Mont Ventoux today clad in the coveted yellow jerseys of the leader of the Tour de France. They will be no different from any of the other groups who traditionally pit will and stamina against Provence's most famous mountain except that their mission will have a more poignant purpose.
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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