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

Jim Armitage: Watchdog moves so slowly it still isn't wise after the event

Outlook If you thought the wheels of justice grind slowly, wait till you get a load of the Financial Reporting Council.

The capability of computers to recognise emotion is gathering pace

Rhodri Marsden: Do we want our laptops to know when we're in a bad mood?

As an emotionally sensitive man who has formulated a grossly over-inflated estimate of his own emotional sensitivity, I want to assure you that if you're feeling bad, I can tell. It's etched into your face, it's detectable in the tone of your voice, and more than evident by the way you keep shouting "bollocks!" at loud volume.

Compromised: The Surface Pro 2 from Microsoft

A week with: The Surface Pro 2

Microsoft comes so close in the search for a perfect hybrid

YotaPhone review: the dual-screen smartphone is coming to the UK

It's got and LCD screen on the front and an E Ink display (above) on the back - but does it make any sense when you're using it?

Sage hikes dividend as cloud business takes off

Investors cheered software firm Sage after the company announced plans to hiked its dividend and said it was on track to meet growth targets.

The dark net market 'Sheep Marketplace' rose to prominence after the closure of the the illegal Silk Road website by the FBI in October.

'Sheep Marketplace' dark website closes after theft of estimated £60m worth of Bitcoins

The dark net market 'Sheep Marketplace' rose to prominence after the closure of the the illegal Silk Road website

Thanksgiving sees record crowds but spending declines amid heavy discounts

Seasonal bargains enticed a greater number of Americans over the Thanksgiving weekend, with more people shopping compared to last year, but heavy discounting meant that retailers raked in less money over the period.

Cyber Monday: UK braces for what could be busiest online shopping day in history

Metropolitan Police issue checklist of advice for people to stay safe while buying on the internet

The Nokia Lumia 2520

Nokia Lumia 2520 review: Microsoft take note - this is how it's done

This, Microsoft, is how to make a tablet. Nokia’s first entry into the tablet market is a triumph of design and beauty, making Microsoft’s own Surface look clumsy and heavy. It’s a Windows machine, and it makes the new 8.1 software, closely related to Windows Phone with which Nokia has had so much success, look great.

Boris Johnson v Gordon Gekko: Guess who said it

Can you guess who said it, Johnson or Gekko? Take our quiz!

Political Takeout Podcast: Tory modernisation, the Guardian versus the NSA, and Ed Miliband's pub problem

This week we discussed Tory modernisation, asked if the Guardian should face prosecution over the Snowden leaks, and wondered whether it matters if Ed Miliband doesn’t go to the pub. We were joined in the studio by broadcaster Sam Delaney, Ruth Porter of the IEA, and down the line by former MP Louise Mensch, Index on Censorship’s Michael Harris, and Bloomberg’s Rob Hutton.

McAfee claims to have lost the majority of his fortune during the financial crisis

Evicted anti-virus guru John McAfee on the run again

Tycoon leaves US for Canada after building manager says guns and gangs made him fear for his life

The landscapes on ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ shows how far Xbox One’s graphics have improved on Xbox 360

Faulty Xbox One owners offered free game by Microsoft

A malfunctioning disc drive is the main concern among some gamers

The landscapes on ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ shows how far Xbox One’s graphics have improved on Xbox 360

Xbox One: Faulty console owners offered free game by Microsoft

A malfunctioning disc drive is the main concern among some gamers

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick