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

A cheap and easy drive

hardware review; A user's guide to joining the world of the CD-Rom

A HUNDRED MILES ON THE TROT

Dylan Winter has travelled the length and breadth of Britain with his mare, Molly. Now, at 17, she is getting old. This year's sentimental journey along the Ridgeway footpath may have been their last together

SPORT ON TELEVISION

ON YOUR MARKS... WIN A PANASONIC TV FOR THE OLYMPICS

... and in the People's Republic, bag your cement

Popularity of draw prompts instant experiment

Small businesses less confident

Small businesses less confident

Take a right, said the dashboard

One day, your car will tell you the way to the nearest pub.

TRIED & TESTED: SOUND THE ALARM

The clock radio is one of the great gadgets of our time. But how to pick a good one? Our panel sampled five

IN BRIEF: Lloyd's post goes to Powell

Lloyd's post goes to Powell

And the best of British to you, too

Her mission: to boost the economy by buying British. Her problem: what's British? By Serena Mackesy

R E V I E W

One of Europe's largest computer companies has launched an IT package designed to transform the lives of panicky technophobes.

Crossed lines in the single market

Despite DTI attempts to simplify standards on phones, faxes and modems, confusion reigns, says Stephen Pritchard

OFT launches inquiry into electrical goods

BY NIGEL COPE

GA chief's pay rises by a third

GA chief's pay rises by a third

Travelling light with a notebook and CD-rom

The age of the multimedia portable computer is here. The latest breed of notebook computers come with built-in speakers, microphone and stereo sound capabilities - and many offer add-on CD-rom drives as an option.

Update: All the fax on demand

Taking a leaf out of Intuit's book, the fax software house Delrina is trying to make money not just from programs, but also from value-added services. The firm has launched an information service for users of Winfax Pro 4.0. For the price of a pre mium-rate phone call, customers can receive news, weather reports, sports results, crosswords and prices of second-hand cars from Exchange and Mart. Existing customers can download the software from 0181-207 1301; the company's phone number is 0181-207 3
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?