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Our technology expert reflects on this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

CES 2014 day one highlights: Michael Bay's meltdown, Panasonic's throwable tablet and 'Heart Rate Earphones' from LG

The annual Consumer Electronics Show has kicked off in Vegas, here's the news you need from day one on the convention floor...

The 10 Best vacuum cleaners

Glamorous it isn't, but we all need to vacuum, so why not invest in the best kit for the job? Here's our pick of the best vacs on the market

The 10 Best bread makers

Fancy baking your own fresh loaf from scratch every day? Then our selection will be like manna from heaven for you

The 10 Best compact cameras - battling back against smartphones

Super-wide zoom, HD movies, Bluethooth and Wi-fi ready

Sharp have unveiled the largest LED TV ever to go on sale in Europe: the 90-inch Aquos LC-90LE757.

Europe's largest TV now on sale - a 90-inch, £12,000 giant from Sharp

Size of screen means viewers have to sit at least 11.5 feet away to fully 'appreciate' the picture

The 10 Best kettles

It's no longer enough to just boil water... The latest kitchen appliances look smart, think smart and even save you money

The 10 Best new Smart TVs

Ready to upgrade to a smart TV? Or move from HD to 3D? Here are the swankiest new sets on the market.

The 10 Best irons

Whether you prefer hi-tech or low-cost, these appliances will keep your shirts sleek and your creases sharp

Google's glasses make sound through skull vibrations

Google Glass could hit the shops in 2014

Electronics firms fined £1.1bn for fixing prices of TVs and computers

Companies including Philips, LG Electronics and Panasonic artificially set prices according to the European Commission 

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The 10 Best washing machines

Whether you need a washer that's compact or capacious, these high-tech options really are the sultans of spin

China's Sun Yang sporting a set of Dr Dre Beats headphones

Headphones: Inside Dre Beats' guerilla marketing headquarters

It was a strange invitation. Dr Dre Beats requested my presence at members club Shoreditch House during the Olympics, where I would be able to "experience the Beats brand in a new way". Intriguing.

The growing tribe of hobbyists and hawkers at London 2012

Jawad Khan and Coca Cola Inc have little in common. The latter is a global corporation which last year had revenues of £29bn, while Mr Khan is an east London market stall holder with a nice line in polyester tracksuits. But what unites them is their fervent desire to benefit from being associated with the Olympic Games.

Coca-Cola have said that they will decline tax exemptions

Sponsors urged to waive Olympic tax breaks worth tens of millions

After McDonald's and Coca-Cola bow to online pressure, campaigners insist others must follow

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home