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Google Doodle celebrates the Year of the Horse

The Gigabyte P2742: a contender for cheapest super-sized gaming rig in town

A Week With: The Gigabyte P2742 laptop

Price: From £929
Operating system: Windows 8
Processor: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
Storage: 8GB SSD or 128GB SSD paired with a 750GB or 1TB hard drive
Screen: 17.3in; full HD 1920x1080

The fourth generation iPad previously stopped at the 64GB version

Apple 'to begin production of fifth-generation iPad this summer'

Apple is to begin production of a fifth-generation iPad in August this year, according to reports by DigiTimes.

HTC profits slump 91% after delay in launching its new smartphone

Further signs that competition in the mobile phone market is brutal emerged today with the latest results from HTC.

New markets save Scotch from impact of austerity

Scotch whisky exports hit a record £4.3bn last year, although sales were up only 1 per cent as widespread austerity took its toll on the bottom line.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 2 April 2013

Off-duty officers earn their stripes

'Facebook is not building its own mobile phone, despite some reports to the contrary' founder Mark Zuckerberg said last year

A Facebook phone? Social media giant set to reveal 'new home on Android'

The internet rumour mill has gone into overdrive ahead of a Facebook event later this week where the social network has promised to reveal its “new home on Android”, with the reference to the mobile operating system reviving speculation that it might launch a Facebook-branded phone.

Chinese luxury shoppers seek home comforts

Wealthy Chinese shoppers are beginning to ditch European shopping trips for Asian spending sprees.

Yohji Yamamoto: 'My desire was to make sportswear chic'

Yohji Yamamoto pioneered designer and sports-label collaborations. As his Y-3 line for Adidas notches up a decade, he talks to Rebecca Gonsalves

So should we be worried that UK universities are slipping down the global rankings?

No, is the short answer. For the long answer, read on...

Page looks abroad to halt profits dip

The recruitment specialist Michael Page is pinning its hopes on emerging markets growth after a fall in profits.

Basketball: NBA comes to Manchester

American pro basketball will be stage in Manchester for the first time as the Philidelphia 76ers play Oklahoma Thunder in a global eight-team NBA pre-season tour.

Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS to be rolled out to non-Google tablet for the first time

Owners of the Asus Transformer Pad should receive the update automatically

Ang Lee accepts his Oscar for best director (Life of Pi)

Oscars 2013: Ang Lee's best director acceptance speech for 'Life of Pi' in full

Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you, movie god. I really need to share this with all 3,000. Everybody who worked with me on Life of Pi. I want to thank you for… I really want to thank you for believing in this story and share this incredible journey with me.

A maths lesson in Shanghai

English pupils 'two years behind' Asian peers in maths

Research shows growing gap between students in the UK and those in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Pollard is interested in how Lance Armstrong's sponsors responded to the Oprah Winfrey interview

Postgraduate diary: 'I was out of my comfort zone'

Ask around undergraduate bars and common rooms and one major complaint about doing a postgraduate course is that it'll increase the size of your overdraft. But with a little bit of ingenuity, it doesn't have to.

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Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

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