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The Z1 Compact offers identical hardware to the S1, but shrinks the screen from 5 inches to 4.3 - David Phelan gives us the first full UK review

Argos sails into top league

Catalogue retailer has revolutionised the high street, writes Glenda Cooper

US health food giant plans 400 UK stores

GNC, the US giant, is attacking the fusty UK health food market with loyalty cards and touch-screen information as it opens the first of 400 planned stores.

On a PC, on a TV, on a laptop near you

NETWORK The all-singing, all-dancing capabilities of multimedia are tra nsforming everything from education to retailing. George Cole reports on the rise of a multi-billion pound industry

Meet the new sheriff for holiday cowboys...

Timeshare's tarnished image could be helped by a program that lets you see your apartment before you buy it.

Lights, camera, action on crime

CD-Roms are being used to rehabilitate offenders. Charmaine Spencer explains

Watchdog calls for `Net' gains

GLENDA COOPER

Investors play the generation game

IT'S time for the million-plus shareholders in one of the most disappointing privatisation issues to date to cough up again for their shares - or sell them.

Big brewers launch age of the cyberpub

Marketing: the food and drink industry is enlisting the Internet and other new media in the battle for customers

This is a snob-free zone Shopping without snobs

Stewart Hennessey on the open appeal of Argos stores

State of the Ark shopping

In Leicester's pioneering eco-friendly store customers can hug the plan et amid the latest technology. Will the public get the message? Elizabeth Udall reports

A better environment for shoppers

"IT'S WHAT shops will be like in the future," said Jim McCallum of the green charity Environ at the opening last weekend of The Ark, their new retail centre in Leicester.

Waking up with Chrissy Wissy: 'Drugs,' says Tarrant. 'That's how I do it. Write that down.': John Diamond reports from long before breakfast at Capital Radio

It is 7am: Apart from the man himself, there are five variously unlikely extras hanging around the studio as the show starts up: Angie O'Neil, the producer, running her finger down the lists in the Guinness Book of Hit Singles; Titch Hughes, her assistant, filleting the morning papers for wacky stories; Kara Noble, stroking the touch-screen computer to get the traffic news up; Howard Hughes, marking up his rat-a-tat news script; Wheels Marlborough - they're fond of Boy's Own nicknames on this team - the driver, leafing through the cut-up papers on the sofa. They are a team, but only in the way that Nigel Mansell probably refers to his tyre changers and engine tuners as a team: they have no function here without Chris Tarrant.

Innovation: BT unveils data kiosk

SUPERMAN could do more than change his clothes in BT's telephone kiosk of the future, which will begin appearing early in 1995, writes Nuala Moran. The kiosk will offer not only phone calls but information and financial services, a fax machine and foreign-language services.

DESIGN / Suddenly, it all became clear: After years of pandering to the connoisseur, the V&A has unveiled its new glass gallery. Tanya Harrod sees right through their plans

MUSEUMS have a harder job than picture galleries. They have to recreate the social life of things; they have to make objects speak to us. They are mysterious places, and one of the most mysterious is the Victoria & Albert Museum, home to the greatest collection of applied art in the world. Its arcane geography defeats the most logical sign-posting system. The heterogeneous diversity of its holdings is bewildering, ranging from the Raphael Cartoons to netsuke toggles to emblematic Filofaxes.

Computerised crackdown on Underground

LONDON Underground is about to unleash a hi-tech blitz that will leave fare dodgers with no place to hide. From next Sunday anyone caught underpaying or travelling on the Tube without a ticket will be asked to pay a pounds 10 fine on the spot, writes Nuala Moran.
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