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Why nerds are inheriting the earth

The best-selling books, hottest cinema tickets and most desirable gadgets have one thing in common – they have a high nerd count. Alice-Azania Jarvis offers a spotter's guide to the geeky species that is inheriting the earth.

Tablet wars spark online rumours over release of 'iPad 2'

Barely six months after the iPad was launched, Apple-watchers yesterday had something new to talk about: a successor to its first tablet computer.

Business diary: Hunger striker disdains pub grub

Good to see Tim Martin, the chairman of Wetherspoon, sticking to his guns in the latest issue of Wetherspoon News (we're big fans of the pub group's magazine here). Mr Martin answers readers' letters personally and is delighted with the support he is receiving from Mrs Maggs, a Hampshire resident, who complains about opposition to a new Wetherspoon pub in genteel Lymington. "People are often afraid of change," he says. "For example, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a hunger striker set up stall outside our prospective pub." That particular hostelry won design awards and is still going strong, but sadly Mr Martin offers no news of the hunger striker's fate.

Long term review: the new MacBook Air

Size isn’t everything, we know. But size and style combined? Well, maybe.

Facebook: With friends like these

Facebook is poised to launch its own email system - another step in its bid to control our internet experience. There's also the little matter of beating Google, too. It's war on the web, says Stephen Foley

For sale: gadget that was the making of a geek called Steve Jobs

It has no keyboard, no monitor and comes with just 8 kilobytes of memory – enough to hold about a 225th of a single song track – and is worth more than its weight in gold.

Barack Obama meets with Apple CEO Steve Jobs

President Barack Obama met on Thursday afternoon in San Francisco with Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Dylan Jones: 'Today’s young consumers of recorded music are the most churlish generation in history'

Books read on holiday often have a greater resonance than those we snatch at when we're busy working. This summer, my favourite book was Fortune's Fool by Fred Goodman, and it tells the story of how Edgar Bronfman, Jr, bought Warner Music and tried – so far, rather successfully – to turn it around.

Nokia fires boss as it battles to turn around its fortunes

Microsoft's Stephen Elop to be phone group's first non-Finnish chief executive

Is Apple losing its touch?

Crunch time for technology giant as public love affair with brand turns sour

David Prosser: The iPhone row that threatens to take a bite out of Apple

Outlook The test of a company can often be how it responds in the face of adversity, so it will be fascinating to watch Apple over the coming days and weeks. It is so used to being feted for its technological wizardry that the complaints it is getting about the iPhone 4 must have come as something of an unpleasant shock.

Revealed: What Apple really thinks about its customers

Fury at firm's secret memo to staff over problems with new Phone

Business diary: Russia makes mischief at BP

Confusion over comments from Russian officials who were briefing anyone who would listen yesterday that BP had told them Tony Hayward was about to quit – and that it was about to introduce them to its new chief executive. The oil major flatly denied the story, so one wonders whether the Russians had misunderstood Hayward's decision to stand down from running the oil spill disaster response team in the US. Still, as Bob Dudley – who left Russia after the TNK-BP furore – has taken over that role, one doesn't imagine any introductions are necessary.

Apple's slimmer, smarter iPhone. (It also makes calls, by the way)

Apple has launched a new sleeker version of the iPhone as the battle to make the world’s best-selling smartphone intensifies.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2010/06/08/notebook/hands-on-with-the-iphone-4/">David Phelan: Hands on with the latest iPhone</a>

David Phelan gets an exclusive hands-on with the device Steve Jobs described as "the most precise, beautiful thing we’ve ever designed"

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital