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With Mayan-predicted apocalypse just round the corner it's time to get in training with gaming's finest Armageddon simulators.
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The ultimate packing list for tech-loving travellers

What technology should you pack when you travel? First, you need something to put everything in. A case such as the Rimowa Salsa Air (from £353; rimowa.com) is ideal. It's stylish and super-lightweight, with a built-in TSA lock that allows US Customs to open your bag and inspect it without busting it. The case is capacious (35 litres for the cabin size), strong and has quiet, butter-smooth wheels.

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Michael Bublé to create Christmas Magic on 105.4 radio

Canadian crooner Michael Bublé will host a series of festival radios shows on Magic 105.4 from the beginning of December.

Hitman Absolution fails to target Black Ops 2 in games chart

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 still walking tall in all formats sales chart

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale – Review

An unsubtle fighter derived from brute force and blunt objects.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 becomes biggest games launch of 2012

Activision's shooter enjoys fourth biggest games launch of all time.

When Vikings Attack! – Review

Protect Britain's green and pleasant lands from Scandinavian invasion.

Are single-player first-person shooter campaigns a lost cause?

Half-Life 3, if you’re out there, you’ve got a lot of hopes resting on your shoulders.

Skyrim Dragonborn expansion confirmed with debut trailer

You didn't think you were the only Dragonborn did you?

The 10 Best new smartphones

From vast HD screens to free data storage, high-quality cameras to neat functions, these handsets have it all...

Zone of the Enders HD Collection dated

Classic shooters bundled with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo.

Nicholas Lezard: You can't treat Woody Allen like this

Mention certain literary estates to any number of editors, publishers and writers and you will see them shudder. These guardians of dead writers' works can be ferocious protectors of reputations. Stephen Joyce, grandson of James, destroyed more than 1,000 letters written by the writer's disturbed daughter Lucia to her father – as well as some to her from the man she loved, Samuel Beckett. Beckett's own estate gets very exercised when directors play fast and loose with his stage works, and T S Eliot's widow, Valerie, is considered largely responsible for the snail's pace at which her late husband's letters have been published.

Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris pose during the photocall for Skyfall

The car, the watch, the make-up, the beer advert: James Bond - licence to print money

Skyfall is set to break box office records this weekend – but it’s not just tickets that Daniel Craig’s selling. Nick Clark on 007’s killer marketing campaign

Capcom respond to negative Resident Evil 6 fan feedback with free update

'Capcom values user feedback on Resident Evil 6 and is working continuously to improve the experience for players.'

Doom 3 BFG Edition launch trailer released

Bethesda welcomes back an old friend.

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