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The record-breaking connection was established between BT Tower (above) and an internet research campus in Suffolk

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

Network Rail to hand out £35m expenses to staff in travel expenses

Commuters struggle with above-inflation hikes while state-backed staff claim train tickets
Three of the seven are new entrants seeking to snap up some of the 4G airwaves

Chancellor's 4G cash prospects improve as seven bidders sign up

George Osborne's hopes of raising at least £3.5bn from the auction of super-fast 4G mobile spectrum got a big boost yesterday when seven telecoms companies were approved as potential bidders by the regulator Ofcom.

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Maria Miller is to have her expenses investigated by the Parliamentary sleaze watchdog

Maria Miller expenses inquiry launched by watchdog

Probe follows complaint that Culture Secretary had claimed more than £90,000 in second home allowances towards the cost of a house where her parents lived

Alisher Usmanov holds almost 56 per cent of MegaFon and has a 29 per cent stake in Arsenal Football Club

MegaFon's not so mega start

Gideon Spanier on a rocky debut for Arsenal-loving oligarch's telecoms giant

Questions of Cash: Left hanging on the line for an international calls refund

Q. I was a subscriber to First Telecom's top-up service for cheaper international calls – a prefix number had to be dialled to get access. I last topped up the minimum allowed, £20 plus VAT, in mid-July.

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If you’re looking for cool, Seventies retro, earpads as comfy as old cushions or cans that keep your music private, this selection has it all...

'I was a tiny part of something that really mattered'

As a political anorak, I've always been fascinated by the American electoral system and, since I had to visit Los Angeles anyway, I thought I'd book my trip to coincide with the most important election in the world.

You may as well forget 4G until reception on the trains is up to speed

Why switch to 4G now? Despite the hype, it won’t initially be able to deliver much

Olympic athletes help Virgin strike gold at the Games

Virgin Media got a double boost from record TV viewing during the Olympics and the decision to recruit top athletes such as Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, pictured, in its advertising.

3G security flaw leaves smartphone users at risk of hackers

People using smartphones and other mobile internet devices can be tracked by hackers exploiting a flaw in their 3G connections, security experts have said.

A War of Choice, By Jack Fairweather

Gripping, shocking, admirably terse, this is the story of the bloody mess after the fast 2003 victory in Iraq.

Hair today... Joe Marler had to tone down his haircuts to avoid the attention of referees; now it's all on the barber's floor

Joe Marler: Proving a cut above the rest

Harlequins prop has shaved off his Mohawk to get ahead in the England set-up

Observations: How to drive a Dalek

Barnaby Edwards is the closest you’ll ever get to meeting a Dalek. A principal operator since 2005, he’s the guy sitting inside the Dalek – bringing the Doctor’s most feared opponents to life.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

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Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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The joys of 'thinkering'

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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