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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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Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent