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London-based company focused on “cutting edge artificial intelligence" could supply the brains for Google's burgeoning robotics division

Square eyes, warped souls: In every sense screens are playing a bigger part in British lives

No other country buys as much online, but does our digital dependency comes at the price of everyday fulfilment?

John Lewis predicts record mega Mondays

Retailer expects to beat £7.4m online sales in last two big days of Christmas

How to do your Christmas shop: go out, buy stuff, go home. Easy

This year, I will mostly be doing my Christmas shopping in shops. This is not because I am a Luddite who has never heard of internet shopping; but because I'm over it. I am living in a post-internet-shopping world. It saves time, stress and energy.

Alec Bell, 66, Philosophy: “There is a gap between the generations now and adult education seems to have ceased to exist. I will be teaching philosophy from January. I will initially offer two-hour introductory lessons related to the basics: how we feel about life, and things like that.”

Meet the Amazings! Keeping knowledge alive

Older people with special skills are teaching the younger generation via an online marketplace

Amazon takes on supermarkets with huge growth in groceries

Amazon has launched an assault on Britain's supermarkets with a sevenfold increase in the groceries it offers online in barely two years.

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Take the stress out of Christmas shopping with their range of perfect stocking fillers and gifts

The 72-year-old Chinese grandfather who models teen-girl clothes

...and, what is more, looks pretty good doing it. Kate Moss, eat your heart out, the world's newest superpower has a new supermodel to match. But Liu Xianping is not your average clothes horse.

Surge in profits pushes Royal Mail towards sell-off

Hitting Britons with stamp price rises of almost 40 per cent helped Royal Mail to post a 12 per cent jump in half-year pre-tax profits to £115m yesterday, marching the postal giant closer to privatisation.

Parcel firm DPD creates 1,500 jobs

Up to 1,500 new UK jobs are set to be created as part of £175 million expansion plans by parcel delivery company DPD.

March of banking technology leaves vulnerable behind

Online accounts, ATMs and internet shopping are excluding pensioners and disabled people

Directors at Asos share windfall of £50m

Five directors at Asos, the online fashion retailer, have shared a windfall of nearly £50m after they cashed in shares under long-term incentive plans.

Directors at Asos share windfall of £50m

Five directors at Asos, the online fashion retailer, have shared a windfall of nearly £50m after they cashed in shares under long-term incentive plans.

Pieces from the Toast autumn 2012 collection

Toast Of The Town: The artisanal lifestyle brand turns 15

As the brand that sold us the artisanal lifestyle celebrates its 15th birthday with a capsule collection, Harriet Walker meets its co-founder Jamie Seaton

<p>1. Kodak Smile Key Chain</p>
<p>£23.64, play.com</p>
<p>Keep your loved ones with you all day long with this tiny digital picture frame. Plug it into your laptop, transfer up to 100 photographs and, hey presto, you've got a miniature photo gallery.</p>

The 10 Best Valentine's gifts

1. Kodak Smile Key Chain

£23.64, play.com

Keep your loved ones with you all day long with this tiny digital picture frame. Plug it into your laptop, transfer up to 100 photographs and, hey presto, you've got a miniature photo gallery.

Bazalgette lured by Llustre

An all woman team has won the backing of business big wigs including the man behind Big Brother - Sir Peter Bazalgette - to launch a homewares and furniture pop up online shop.

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