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The Vita has been dogged by slow sales and a crumbling market. The rebooted version might tie in with the PS4, but can it convince consumers?

Alan McGee now leads a secluded and sober lifestyle

Alan McGee: What’s the story? Glory years of big record labels are over says the man who discovered Oasis

McGee tells Paul Bignell about ‘semi-rehab’ and his return to music

PS4 or Xbox One: Sony and Microsoft go head-to-head at E3 - so which will you buy?

Both firms have unveiled their latest consoles, but what can we learn from a direct comparison?

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The diagnostic doctor?

James Moore: Sony makes early gains in war with Microsoft

Outlook One of the better shoot-'em-ups in the gaming world will soon be with us. Console Wars: XStation Battle features Microsoft's new XBox vs the Playstation 4.

A still from 'Forza Motorsport 5' one of the first games to be announced for the new Xbox One console

E3 expo 2013: Microsoft boosts Xbox One with new titles, surprise reboots, and 'end of AI' as console war with PS4 dominates

E3 press conference reveals more details hoping to lift the spirits of Microsoft's beleaguered console

E3 expo 2013: Sony reveals PS4 will cost $399 - $100 cheaper than the Xbox One and with fewer restrictions

New console will not require internet connection or authentication and will play secondhand software

The 'B' button on the Xbox One controller is show during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Microsoft's Xbox One edges out Sony's PS4 in Amazon pre-orders

New Microsoft console has just 2.3 per cent more sales than rival Sony

Diablo III set a new record for the fastest-selling PC game ever, clearing 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours of release

Diablo III confirmed for Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3

New versions to be released on September 3rd, RRP of £49.99

The new Pro models come in both silver and black

Sony's new VAIO Pro models challenge Apple for Ultrabook supremacy

11-inch and 13-inch models are lighter than the MacBook Air, but build quality suffers

The S4 active will be available from summer this year

Samsung's new phone - the waterproof Galaxy S4 active

New high-end handset aimed at the "active user", dustproof and waterproof

Will Smith stars in Columbia Pictures'

After Earth 'is worst movie of 2013': Is Will Smith's reign over the summer box office over?

With rotten reviews for father-son sci-fi adventure,  After Earth, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's decades-long run of good luck seems to be over

Price of Xbox One may be less than 360 say insiders

The Xbox One may cost less than the launch price of the Xbox 360, it is believed.

Xbox One is shown on display during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Is the reaction to Microsoft's Xbox One any different to Xbox 360? The more things change...

Reactions so far to last night’s unveiling of the new Xbox One have been tepid to say the least. Industry commentators and internet commenters alike have accused Microsoft of straying from their brief: failing to put gaming at the heart of their new console and concentrating too much on integrating TV.

Sony mull entertainment spin-off

Sony admitted today it could bow to pressure for a break-up of the Japanese electronics giant.

The new Xbox One entertainment console

Xbox ONE: 'The ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system': Microsoft finally unveils its latest console

System will be able to switch instantaneously between games, films, television and the web

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us