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The Insider: Rise to the challenge and save a bit of dough on breadmakers

There can be a surprising amount of salt in shop-bought bread: eating just two slices of a normal branded, medium-sliced, white loaf could give you just over 15 per cent of your recommended daily intake. So, whether you're looking to reduce your salt intake, or just want to enjoy the smell and taste of freshly baked bread, you might want to think about baking your own.

The Insider: The camcorders fit for the YouTube generation

If you're looking for a new digital camcorder that won't tire your arm or weigh down your baggage, the latest models are sure to impress with their compact designs. New technologies mean that there are now some remarkably small models to choose from, including pocket camcorders.

Are flatscreens really worth buying?

Demand for the most expensive models is in freefall – but if you go for a ‘bargain’, you may wish you’d saved your cash. So how do you choose the right TV? Jimmy Lee Shreeve finds out

Japan's Panasonic to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide

Panasonic Corp. said today it will slash 15,000 jobs and shut down 27 plants worldwide to cope with plunging demand for its TVs, semiconductors and other electronics products.

Sony to cut 16,000 jobs and shut production sites

Electronics giant hoping to save more than $1bn

The Insider: Small-screen TVs

Once upon a time, the only big decision you needed to make when buying a television was whether to go for a colour or a black-and-white one. Today, however, with so many different factors to consider, the decision is far from simple. Do you go for a plasma or an LCD screen? Is it worth paying extra for a TV that's HD-ready? And just how big should you go – 15 or 50 inches?

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6ft by 150 inches - and that's just the TV

Watching Match of The Day will never be the same again after the unveiling in Las Vegas yesterday of the world's biggest plasma television.

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Deborah Orr: The difference between migrants and Britons is a difference in expectation

A lot of people find it hard that their sense of identity is tied to the night shift at Little Chef

Alonso talks up Liverpool's 'traditions'

Xabi Alonso believes the Dubai consortium planning a Liverpool takeover must protect the traditions and heritage of the five-times European Cup winners.

lnTechnology shares crash to year low after profits warning

Shares in InTechnology, the IT infrastructure provider, bombed to a 12-month low yesterday, after the group warned that a squeeze on margins in the run-up to Christmas was likely to mean its full-year profits would come in below expectations.

Business Essentials: 'Furnace contracts have put our plans in the melting pot'

New orders are pouring in at Omega Foundry Machinery, but should it risk cranking up its resources? asks Kate Hilpern
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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
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Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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