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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

A passenger enjoys the in-flight entertainment

BA in-flight entertainment scales new heights

David Phelan takes flight with the latest entertainment on-board BA

A week with: The latest hybrid laptops

There are more hybrid laptops on the market than ever before. Here we test four of the latest contenders

Bill Gates shows off the original Microsoft smart watch - the Fossil SPOT - in 2003. Reuters/Jeff Christensen

Microsoft smart watch to be built by team behind Surface tablet

Development for the upcoming device have been moved to the Surface team responsible for Microsoft's latest tablets

Microsoft have shown off a new touchscreen that mimics how physical objects feel by offering ‘tactile feedback’ to users

Microsoft shows off 3D touchscreen that 'touches' back

Microsoft have shown off a new touchscreen that mimics how physical objects feel by offering ‘tactile feedback’ to users.

BlackBerry shares take a dive after surprise loss

Investors punished BlackBerry yesterday, driving its shares down by about 20 per cent even before the US stock market opened after the company posted a surprise quarterly loss.

Gaming reviews: The Yawhg; XCOM: Enemy Unknown; Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

The Yawhg

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Wyrmling's Workshop

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Blackberry shares tumble 20% after surprise quarterly loss

Canadian company blamed part of losses on Venezuelan currency restrictions

Huawei Ascend P6

A Week With: The Huawei Ascend P6 and Y300 smartphones

A new name it's worth learning to pronounce

Apple patent win over Samsung

Apple has won its latest court battle with Samsung after a Japanese court ruled that the South Korean firm had infringed on its US rival’s patent for a “bounce-back” feature used on tablet and smartphone models.

The 10 Best running watches

These devices won't just give you the time of your jog – but calories burned, your heart rate and the route taken.

Deliriously expensive: the Garmin Edge 810 is aimed at serious road cyclists

A week with: Garmin Edge 810 bike satnav

Price: £379.99
Screen: 2.6-inch touchscreen
Battery life: 17 hours
Maps: Built in mapping and Ordinance Survey compatible
Connectivity: Automatic Bluetooth syncin

The new Pro models come in both silver and black

Sony's new VAIO Pro models challenge Apple for Ultrabook supremacy

11-inch and 13-inch models are lighter than the MacBook Air, but build quality suffers

Let's start a love plane: Virgin gets fruity at flirty thousand feet

The airline is encouraging passengers to send each other drinks and saucy messages in-flight. This is mile-high madness

Lomography smartphone film scanner

Helpful hardware reviews for iPad, iPhone and Android: Logitech keyboard, Alupen stylus, Lomography scanner and Tinké

For many tasks, however obscure, there is, as they say, an app for that. But what of the many hardware additions available for iPhone, iPad and Android handsets? Here's a quick guide to the stand-outs.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
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