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Temple Run 2, Snapchat, BBC iPlayer and WhatsApp messenger among the most popular apps in the UK

The 10 Best smart watches

Connect to your smartphone, access apps and even navigate with these miraculous machines that simply strap to your wrist

Watch every iPhone speed-tested at the same time

Simultaneous boots show that iOS 7 might not be best for every iPhone out there

Google reveals new Hummingbird search algorithm to better handle natural speech

News was announced at a press conference in the garage where Sergei Brin and Larry Page first launched the search engine

Facebook shares break $50 on the back of mobile ads success

Facebook's shares closed above the $50 mark yesterday, continuing their onward march as the social media giant's success in making money from mobile ads lures investors back into a stock that, when it floated last year, swiftly plunged below its offer price on worries about being overvalued.

Children are an easy target for aggressive commercial practices

Games firms that exploit children will be punished

Computer games manufacturers are exploiting children through so-called “freemium” games, the consumer watchdog has warned. It has told games firms to fall into line with a new set of fair principles, published today, or face fines.

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch in UK for £599 and £299

Phablet-smartwatch combination offers incredible functionality at a steep price

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 and also announces plans for smartphone with 'curved display'

New device would be part of Samsung's continued push to out-innovate competitors in the smartphone market

Blackberry was once valued at more than $80bn (£50bn)

Blackberry deal: $4.7bn sale to Fairfax-led consortium sees $75bn wiped from firm's value in five years

Once-great mobiles firm was worth $80bn five years ago, now going for a song as sales vanish

Norman Hicks, left, and Jess Green, aged 15, the first two customers at the front of the queue, pose for photographers with boxed iPhone 5s handsets as they leave the Apple Store in Covent Garden, London

Apple announces record-breaking weekend sales: 9m iPhones 5s and 5c sold since launch

Sales breakdowns of the 5s vs the 5c have not been released, but the 5s is expected to have comfortably outsold the plastic-backed 5c

BlackBerry in jet row as it faces a $1bn loss

Smartphone maker BlackBerry was today facing major embarrassment as it emerged the company bought a corporate private jet in July, even as it was running up a quarterly loss of almost $1 billion (£628 million).

Video: Apple's new iPhones 'more breakable' than previous generation (but still tougher than the Samsung Galaxy)

The iPhone 5s and 5c were found to be less resistant to drops and spills than previous generations according to warranty provider SquareTrade

BlackBerry leak pulls the plug on messenger roll-out on iOS and Android

The Canadian smartphone maker has also announced 4,500 job losses mainly due to poor sales of its latest device, the Z10.

Blackberry has announced it is planning to cut 4,500 jobs, or 40% of its worldwide workforce

BlackBerry to cut 4,500 jobs after losing nearly $1bn in wake of poor sales of its Z10 smartphone

Smartphone maker BlackBerry has said it plans to cut 4,500 jobs after losing nearly $1bn (£620m) in the third quarter of this year.

Fairphone, the world's first 'ethical smartphone', launches in London

Customers ordering the €325 phone can visit the maker's website to see exactly where their money is going

iPhone 5s: Apple fanboys get their mitts on the latest models...or do they?

After BBC anchor Simon McCoy picked up a pack of printer paper instead of his iPad, hordes of eager Apple fans fell into the same trap! D'oh!

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

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
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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
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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?

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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

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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

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Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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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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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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