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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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Computerised cooking is coming

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‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

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Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

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Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

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