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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?

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925: The rival handsets

Nokia today launched the latest handset in its Lumia collection as it battled to regain ground lost to its competitors. Here is a look at some of the 925's major rivals in the smartphone market.

Sony weaves its way back into the black for first time in five years thanks to weaker yen

Struggling electronics giant Sony yesterday announced it had made a profit for the first time in five years.

Funeral music: Ring-ding ding ding, Ted Heath is dead?

Tomorrow, the music played at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral will be Elgar’s “Nimrod” and “I Vow To Thee My Country”. Given this week’s chart, er, ding-dong it was always unlikely that a tune from the Top 10 would soundtrack proceedings (Maggie never took to Duke Dumont). But what other inappropriate chart offerings have there been in the week of a former PM’s death?

Knobfeel screenshots; “reviews based purely on the feel of a knob”

Everybody loves a good turn on: Website reviews how your knob feels

Everyone loves a knob, right?  Especially the feel. So the website knobfeel.co.uk, the only one promising “reviews based purely on the feel of a knob”, must be racking up quite a number of hits. Started anonymously this year, our intrepid knob-feeler likes to try out various knobs on stereos (yes, stereos; what did you think I was talking about?) and report back on their smoothness, sensation and texture.

Ryan Ackroyd admitted using the persona of a 16-year-old girl to hack Sony and 20th Century Fox

Lulzsec members admit cyber attacks on CIA and Serious Organised Crime Agency

Jake Davis and Mustafa Al-Bassam also pleaded guilty to blocking access to Sony, News International and the Westboro Baptist Church

Laura Robson

Laura Robson set to replace Heather Watson as British number one

Robson beat Estrella Cabeza Candela at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston

Review: Sony Xperia Z Android smartphone

This is a splendid phone, if you've got a strong forearm

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 13 March 2013

Smart TV turns on Imagination Tech

Smart TV boosts Imagination

Demand for smart TV sets is helping to keep profits on track at Imagination Technologies, the British company which designs graphic processors for smartphones and tablets including the iPhone and iPad.

Review: This Tomb Raider reboot shows a new side to Lara Croft - but the bloodlust is still palpable

Michael Plant reviews the latest game in the Tomb Raider series

Nikhil Kumar: Sony playing the wrong game with this Playstation 4 'launch'

Sony’s planners did a brilliant job of generating hype: the event was invitation-only

PlayStation 4 will please hardcore gamers - but is that enough?

New console may struggle in a changing market

Sony risks PS4 backlash as gamers say: where's the box - and how much will it cost?

Sony say new console will be a  'supercharged PC' but fail to reveal the box itself...or the price

PS4 is powerful, always-connected and ready for the online world

The new PS4 hardware was launched last night in New York and has, in concept at least, answered questions about its relevancy to the modern consumer

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'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

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Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor