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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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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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
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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