Life and Style Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact takes strong design and makes it smaller

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

TRIED & TESTED: BAKE THAT

The home bread maker has proved its worth in the US. But is it really worth the dough? Our panel finds out

Pilkington strengthens board

PILKINGTON, the world's biggest glassmaker, will strengthen its board this week with the appointment of three heavyweight non-executives.

Super sonics; The perfect chair for all of those who like their music with plenty of bottom notes. Photographs by Sacha Tenlon and William Taylor

With a white cat it could look like something from a James Bond film. In fact the Vibro Chair, by Paul Priestman, is based upon a classic Sixties design by Arne Jacobsen and is designed for the ultimate relaxation experience. But the sculptural lines conceal some remarkable technology - this is not just a funky chair with speakers built into it.

Net user's blues

Is it true that web surfers are prone to `down' time?

pounds 48m train order

NATIONAL EXPRESS unveiled a pounds 48m order for 20 new diesel trains for Central Trains. The rolling stock is due for delivery by June 2000.

Cheaper electrical goods on way

CHEAPER electrical goods could be on the way after the Government yesterday moved to ban recommended retail prices on items such as televisions, hi-fis, video recorders and washing machines.

Liffe members angry about delay in restructuring vote

MEMBERS of Liffe, London's troubled futures and options exchange, yesterday expressed frustration at the decision to delay a key vote on restructuring proposals. David Kyte, a former Liffe board member and a vociferous critic of the exchange, called the board "totally incompetent". Other Liffe members echoed Mr Kyte's impatience.

Bagless wonder taken to cleaners

WHICH? consumer magazine yesterday entered the dust-up between rival vacuum-cleaner makers.

Smaller Companies: Fibernet could be a hi-tech hit

SHARES in Fibernet were last recommended on these pages just under 18 months ago when they stood at 123.5p, writes Richard Phillips. Since then they have reached the giddy heights of 313.5p before settling back to 280p.

Rock: The Butler did it - beautifully

IN the post-Gallagher world, we've learnt to dread that moment when the band head for the wings, leaving us at the tender mercies of one man and his acoustic guitar. It's the songwriter's opportunity, I suppose, to remind us how sensitive he is, and to remind the rest of the band how expendable they are. But surely the whole point of being a rock star is that you don't have to busk for a living any more.

Motoring: Daewoo's time machine: it has nearly caught up with 1997

Once more, without feeling, new Daewoos have arrived. This one is an odd size and seems to have little character. But John Simister sees signs of hope ...

Another delay for DVD

Disputes over formats have again pushed back the launch of digital video disks. Steve Homer reports

TRIED & TESTED: SHOOTING GALLERY

Film buffs may need the latest technology, but what about ordinary camcorder users? Our panel aims and records

New digital disc will make the videotape as outdated as vinyl

It looks like a CD player, it plays discs that look like CDs, but it does far more than just play music. The Christmas present to die for, if you've got as much money as Di or Dodi, is a DVD (Digital Video Disc) player. In a few years, these new hi-fi gadgets could make videotapes as outdated as black vinyl discs.

Digital TV launch faces delays

The consortium formed by British Sky Broadcasting and British Telecom may be forced to postpone next year's launch of a digital satellite television service because of delays in gaining approval from regulators in the UK and Europe.
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project