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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 10 best tablets

When Apple launched the iPad it also created an all-new niche for tiny touch-screen computers. Here's our pick of the models on the market.

At the touch of a button: Luxury houses are going hi-tech

Wayne Burgess can control his home's security system, central heating and lighting from anywhere in the world.

Yours for £3,900...the WC that's really a throne

Think of it more as a throne than a lavatory.

Cyberclinic: Forget RSI. 'Gorilla arm' beats it hands down

My posture is so appalling whileI sit for hours at this computer that I'm surprised I don't suffer from deep-vein thrombosis, never mind carpal tunnel syndrome. I've certainly got off lightly compared to friends and colleagues who, despite having orthopaedic chairs, wrist supports, footrests, and posture the envy of a concert pianist, still get shooting pains in their arms whenever they press Ctrl Alt Delete. Modern computers, with their almost brutal efficiency, don't give us the regular, convenient breaks that the old-style office environment did.

Nokia delays N8 launch to October

Nokia's new chief executive suffered a blow on his first day, after it emerged that the mobile phone giant had been forced to delay the release of its flagship N8 smartphone yet again.

India takes on the iPad with £23 touchscreen tablet for students

It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the prototype of a £23 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011.

India develops world's cheapest 'laptop'

India has come up with the world's cheapest "laptop," a touch-screen computing device that costs $35.

It's too soon to write off the paperback

iPads, apps, e-publishing...When did settling down with a good book become such hard work?

Designer store? No, it's a charity shop

Forget rummage boxes and sticky carpets – Britain's charity shops are being given a design makeover to "contemporise" them for modern shoppers who no longer like picking over old shoes, bric-a-brac and incomplete jigsaws in fusty surroundings.

The ten best touch-screen gadgets

Chosen by Alexa Philips

Restaurants of the future: Eat like a geek

Touchscreen menus, interactive tablecloths and robot waiters... they are coming to a city near you. Rhodri Marsden tucks in

Nexus One: Nice phone, but what about the games?

This week at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, Google showed off its official mobile handset, the Nexus One, for the first time.

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