Life and Style The Google campus at its headquarters in Mountain View, California

The suprise sale allows Google to drop a struggling part of their business and lets Lenovo leapfrog their way to third place in smartphone sales

Album: Huun Huur Tu, Ancestors Call (World Village)

These global superstars from Tuva open their new album in the most sweetly authentic way: the soloist delivers a simple melody while the rest of the group provides a soft drone – it's a couple of minutes before we get a hint of their trademark throat-singing.

Village People: Coulson legacy of distrust

It did not go unnoticed that on the day that the royal engagement filled the air waves, the Government announced several bits of bad news, including the decision to take David Cameron's court photographer off the Civil Service payroll, which Tory spin doctors have been accused of trying to bury.

Album: Weezer, Hurley, Epitaph

After a decade of albums that tested the faith of the faithful, along comes Hurley, which sounds exactly as a Weezer record should: all crunchy riffs and “humorous” lyrics.

Lego loses trademark battle

The Lego brick, one of the most instantly recognised toys in the world, cannot be trademarked, European judges have ruled.

Album: Solomon Burke, Nothing's Impossible (Ear Music)

What's really scary about this collaboration with Al Green's producer, Willie Mitchell (who died in January), is how much it sounds like Van Morrison: Burke's voice, the arrangements, lyrics, everything, as in the transcendent opener of "Oh What a Feeling", one of three or four total standing ovations here.

Edge is back from
the brink

After a year’s absence, a little game called ‘Edge’ is back on sale and is in the App Store’s Top 10.

Album: Slash, Slash (Roadrunner)

Lead guitarists' solo albums can be risky affairs, often leading to over-indulgent soloing and even, in extreme cases, jazz-rock.

Cunningham exacts revenge for Saints

St Helens 41 Leeds Rhinos 20

Apple sees a 3D future for video-watchers on the move

Plan to produce electronic spectacles, published on 1 April, are genuine

The Life and Times of the Great Composers, By Michael Steen

Does it assist our appreciation of Bruckner's Seventh Symphony to learn that the composer was obsessed with both numbers (he would count "windows, weather cocks, church crosses, buttons") and dead bodies? Does it enhance Mahler's Eighth Symphony when we know that the composer's "idea of a cosy evening" was to get his "highly sexed and active" wife Alma to report on astronomy lectures he had asked her to attend?

Nocturnes, By Kazuo Ishiguro

With their gently melancholy wit and bittersweet harmonies, Ishiguro's five "stories of music and nightfall" feel much like the Broadway standards that inspire them.

Terence Blacker: Will Martin's gang ever grow up?

What a terrible advertisement for the writing life these people are

Adventures in micro-business: 'Where can I get support to expand my business?'

Professor Russell Smith answers your queries

US trade body starts Apple patent probe

The United States International Trade Commission decided yesterday to start an investigation of whether Apple infringes upon Nokia's patents, the trade body's internet page showed.

Microsoft rush to amend Word following sales ban

Microsoft said yesterday it will tweak its Word application to remove a feature judged to be a breach of patent, ensuring that it will be able to continue selling one of its most widely used programs.

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