Life and Style

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.

The Ten Best Mini-Laptops

Get clicking on the go

Mind games: Harnessing the power of your thoughts

Soon, playing 'Super Mario' will rely on the power of your thoughts, not your thumbs. Simon Usborne explains
Career Services

Day In a Page

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?