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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

HP unveils new PCs

Hewlett-Packard is releasing a host of new laptops and netbooks as the technology giant looks to build on its recent momentum in the personal computer market.

Apple tablet 'ready for release'

Speculation that Apple will soon unveil a tablet-style gadget for consuming music, movies, books and other media is intensifying.

New Google search design to be more streamlined, cleaner

Rumours of a new Google design boasting a revamped logo and three-pane search page have proved to be true.

PCs shed weight and optical drives, and gain touch screens

Personal computers are changing - and not just because of the recent launch of Windows 7. Visit an electronics store and you might also find laptops are missing a familiar component. You could experiment with new ways of controlling some computers. And you'll see portable PCs slimming down.

Flying cars and heated pants: Shouldn't we be able to buy this stuff by now?

Jet packs! Motors that run for ever! Centrally heated pants! We've been promised these wonders, and many more, for ages. So what's the hold-up?

The Week In Radio: Comedy gems in a digital wilderness

If there were ever words more prone to raise an involuntary shudder, apart from "And now, You and Yours... ", it is "DAB radio". At least in those listeners concerned that one day their beloved Roberts, or bedside clock radio or kitchen transistor – along with more than 100 million other analogue sets – will become obsolete as the nation's FM and AM stations are shifted onto DAB. Most have no idea when this day will arrive. Some hope it will just go away. Perhaps that secretly goes for the government too, which has yet to endorse the projected 2015 date for switchover set in its own Digital Britain report.

Windows 7 - is it worth the upgrade?

This week, Microsoft is releasing Windows 7, a slick, much improved operating system that should go a long way toward erasing the bad impression left by its previous effort, Vista.

Point-and-click: Reviving a once-forgotten gaming genre

Acclaimed games developer Charles Cecil tells David Crookes why the future of the age-old point-and-click adventure is in our hands

Review: iPod Nano and Microsoft's Zune HD

Back in 2004, when I got my first MP3 player, I never cared that it lacked a camera, web browser and crystal-clear video playback - features that are now common on digital media devices.

Why touch screens push our buttons

Thought flicking through data with your fingertips was the last word in hi-tech? Just wait until you see what's coming next in the digit revolution, says Simon Usborne

Apple event expected soon, but no tablet in sight

Anyone holding their breath for Apple Inc's much-anticipated, but never confirmed, touchscreen tablet device may have to wait a bit longer than they planned.

Laptop + iPhone = Apple Tablet - the world's first touch-screen computer

Back at work after his liver transplant, Steve Jobs is set to pull off another coup

Games Review: Moon

Nintendo DS, £29.99

Jobs is back: with a new iPhone

Gossip that the next-generation iPhone will be unveiled on Monday has the technology industry agog, says Nick Clark

The Insider: Don't be stumped by spin to get a clean wash

The 21st century family uses its washing machine an average of five days a week, so it's essential to choose the right machine – one that suits the type and frequency of your washing and is likely to be reliable. The first thing to consider is where your machine will go. Most people opt for a freestanding, front-loading machine, as they fit easily under a worktop or in a confined space. There are far fewer built-in or integrated models, and they cost up to 50 per cent more than the equivalent freestanding model.

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
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'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

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Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
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Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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