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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

iPhone stamps its authority on portable gaming world

Nintendo has owned the portable video-game market - first with the Game Boy, now with the DS and DSi - for so long that most of us gave up hope of ever seeing a viable competitor.

Microsoft to release version of Windows 7 next week

Microsoft said on Friday a version of its long awaited Windows 7 operating system will be made available from next week.

Playing by numbers: the rise and rise of gaming

Nintendo's DS has just notched up 100 million sales – just one of the statistics that reveal the commercial might of the video games market

Source suggests Apple touchscreen PC on the way

Apple has ordered 10-inch touchscreens for third quarter release

Then and now gadgets: A technological evolution

Gadgets have moved on a lot since the 1990s. We look back over two decades of progress

Game of the week - Osaifu Saver

Japanese games designers have managed to put their own unique spin on the world's economic woes with the Osaifu Wallet Saver. This touch-screen title is a mix between a traditional role-play game, a tamagotchi pocket pet and your bank manager. Simply use the stylus to set a budget, then enter each financial transaction you make – if you stay on track, expect happy characters to appear on screen to keep you entertained, but if you blow the bank, conflict will ensue. Just like real life, in fact...

Gadget of the week - Nokia N97

Nokia's latest offering is set to give Apple's handset a run for its money when it hits the shops early next year. It has a touch screen and a QWERTY keypad to make web browsing and email easy, and it trounces the iPhone when it comes to memory – the N97 has 32GB of on-board memory which can be boosted to 48GB with a microSD card. It also supports the Nokia Music Store and will even show Flash videos.

Tom Sutcliffe: Twittering on is not the way to provide news

Like a lot of people, I expect, I found myself following the attacks in Mumbai last week by means of the BBC's News website – which, from quite early on in the events, added a live update element to its coverage. And in one respect this was an almost Platonic conjunction of message and means.

Gadget of the week - Google phone

Ever since the iPhone raised the bar, mobile phones have struggled to stand out as the next big thing. Step forward the G1, which features not only the touchscreen, 3G and GPS which made its Apple forebear so popular, but also a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, making emailing as easy as on a BlackBerry, as well as the 'Android Market', offering free games and applications. With Google in its corner, few would bet against the G1 to be this Christmas's must-have mobile. www.t-mobile.co.uk

The Insider: It's a buyer's market in mobile sound and vision

Everyone seems to have a digital music player these days. Whether out walking the streets, travelling on public transport, or sitting in the car, the odds are that people will be listening to music on MP3 or MP4 players.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/the-vote-grab-1.html">Peter Tatchell: Voting machines are unreliable and inaccurate</a>

As early voting in the US presidential elections gets underway, ES&S iVotronics touch-screen electronic voting machines have been observed in four separate states flipping the votes – mostly from Barack Obama to John McCain but sometimes to third party candidates too.

Gadget of the week - Nokia 5800:&#163;221

Would-be iPhone killers are being launched left, right and centre by mobile phone rivals jealous of Apple's touch-screen success story. The latest item to be unveiled is Nokia's sleek 5800, which offers a good line in features – it supports Flash, has pleasing haptics and a Carl Zeiss lens – and aims to beat Apple at its own game by luring in music fans with its download service that offers songs for free. Will it succeed in slaying the iPhone? You'll have to wait until Christmas, when the 5800 goes on sale, to find out.

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