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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

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

Thorsten Heins, CEO of Blackberry-maker Research In Motion, says Apple's iPhone is outdated

Blackberry boss Thorsten Heins takes bite out of 'outdated' Apple iPhone

Lack of innovation has left iPhone user interface outdated, he says

Overly bulky tablet/fiddly laptop: the Sony Vaio Duo

A Week With: Sony Vaio Duo 11 - a hybrid identity crisis

It's either an overly bulky tablet or a fiddly laptop. Neither is ideal

Sony is skilled with cameraphone technology and the results here are strong.

Sony Xperia Z review: 'Waterproof and preposterously high-resolution - it's a classy phone for big hands'

On the buttons: When it comes to this stylish smartphone, size really does matter

The hotel
Hotel Indigo has opened its doors in Barcelona, close to Plaza de Catalunya. Rooms feature murals inspired by city landmarks and there's also a communal pool and bar-restaurant (hotelindigo.com).hotelindigo.com).

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The Console: Scribblenauts Unlimited is an ambitious creation – but it needs a bit of help to become a true classic

Scribblenauts Unlimited, £39.99 Wii U, 3DS, PC Nintendo

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

Channel 4’s Clare Balding talks to trainer Nicky Henderson

Chris McGrath: New C4 team should not shut the stable door on horseplay

View From the Sofa: McCririck has gone, raging impotently against the dimming of the studio light

Nokia’s flagship phone is a big but handsome beast that’s stuffed to bursting with features

Nokia Lumia 920 Review: It's big, it's beautiful and probably the most advanced smartphone on the market

David Phelan reviews the best of the recent crop of mobile phones

Make a splash: the waterproof Sony DSC-TX20 camera

The ultimate packing list for tech-loving travellers

What technology should you pack when you travel? First, you need something to put everything in. A case such as the Rimowa Salsa Air (from £353; rimowa.com) is ideal. It's stylish and super-lightweight, with a built-in TSA lock that allows US Customs to open your bag and inspect it without busting it. The case is capacious (35 litres for the cabin size), strong and has quiet, butter-smooth wheels.

Rupert Murdoch axes digital newspaper The Daily amid revamp

The announcement comes after the news that current NI chief executive Tom Mockridge will step down at the end of the year

The best Christmas gifts for the geek

Main image: 'Pop' handset (for mobiles) by Native Union, £29.99, Selfridges

John King, America's answer to Gary Neville

Best US election TV wizardry: CNN gives good graphics

The Beeb may have had the gravitas of the Dimblebot, Sky News may have had the resources of News International and ITV may have had slightly squiffy Ian Hislop at the US embassy party, but for sheer number-crunching brilliance, yesterday morning's winner was CNN.

Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation story trailer released

Assassin's Creed Cajun style.

FIFA 13 Wii U features detailed

EA confirm Wii U GamePad additional features: aim assistance, touchscreen player selection and more.

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