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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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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?