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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?

PlayStation 4 launch: Your questions answered

Hype has turned to reflection for gamers who followed last night's PlayStation 4 launch in New York, an event which stopped disappointingly short of unveiling the next-generation console itself. Some questions of how the machine will work have been answered, though, and here's a quick FAQ...

Video game designer Mark Cerny talks about the new controler Bioshock 4 as Sony introduces the PlayStation 4

PS4: Sony previews powerful Playstation 4

System has greater online and social media connectivity to compete with Xbox and Nintendo's market-leading Wii

Excitement grows before Playstation launch

As rumours of Playstation4 being unveiled tonight are circulating, excitement is building for console fans.

Sony is skilled with cameraphone technology and the results here are strong.

Sony Xperia Z review: 'Waterproof and preposterously high-resolution - it's a classy phone for big hands'

On the buttons: When it comes to this stylish smartphone, size really does matter

US TV show Community has had a complicated production history

Fans wail as US cult show Community loses its 'mad scientist of sitcoms' in hostile takeover

The notion of a cult US TV show that has garnered more column inches than viewers – think Arrested Development or Joss Whedon's Firefly – is nothing new.

Grand Theft Auto V pushed back to September 2013

Rockstar end GTA V release specualtion, but fans face a longer wait than they'd thought.

Best of British gets set to dazzle tinseltown

A UK delegation including the chief executive of London's Tech City business hub, Joanna Shields, and the co-founder of Lastminute.com and the Founders Forum, Brent Hoberman, are in Los Angeles this week for the first Innovation Forum to promote media and technology entrepreneurs.

Sony Playstation meeting sparks rumours of 20 February PS4 unveiling

Sony Corp will this month host its first major Playstation meeting in two years, sparking a flare-up in online speculation the Japanese consumer electronics giant is preparing to unveil the successor to its 70 million-selling PS3 games console.

Nintendo and Sony shares surge at rumours of China console ban reversal

The official China Daily newspaper quotes an unnamed source from the Ministry of Culture as saying 'We are reviewing the policy...'

Philips moves from audio to physio

Philips Electronics was once one of the world’s largest manufacturers of television sets and video gadgets but today it all but admitted defeat, selling a key business and vowing to focus on healthcare and wellbeing.

PlayStation data hack: Sony fined £250,000 for 'preventable' breach

Gaming giant Sony has been fined £250,000 by the data watchdog for a breach that compromised the personal information of millions of PlayStation users.

'The screen makes you feel you’re simply looking through a window': the Sony X9000A 4K TV

Introducing the Sony X9000A 4K 65in TV

David Phelan goggles at Sony’s new box

The Sony X9000A 4K TV

Sony X9000A 4K TV: a more home-sized Ultra High Definition TV

David Phelan goggles at Sony's box

Technology: Foolproof phones are making a splash

I am a phone loser. I have said it loud and not-so-proud on these pages before. Seven handsets have slipped through my fingers – I swear they're like eels – this past two years alone. Lost, smashed, stolen, left unattended on an bus... the list goes on.

Sony Xperia Z: The waterproof smartphone that takes the peril out of texting in the bath

David Phelan manages – just – to get his hands on Sony’s flagship mobile at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
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Vietnam
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there