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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 

<p>{1} AEG</p>
<p>This machine does everything, it seems. An OptiSense washing system works out how big the load is and adjusts water, energy and so on accordingly. The drum is large (9kg capacity) with a big door for easy access. Excellent.</p>
<p>L98699FL ProTex PLUS, £849, currys.co.uk</p>

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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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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