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

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IN BRIEF: Lloyd's post goes to Powell

Lloyd's post goes to Powell

And the best of British to you, too

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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

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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

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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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