Not even the opening of the 2012 Olympics could persuade many viewers to watch the BBC’s 3D broadcast

Security experts reveal cyber attack threat to Olympics

'Credible attack' aimed at disrupting the lighting of the opening ceremony

Neymar lines up the trophies after Brazil defeated Spain to win the Confederations Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil striker Neymar must match web hype with world-class wizardry at Barcelona

Word of his prowess grew on the web, where football fantasies are fed

A prototype unmanned combat aircraft, called Taranis is unveiled by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). It will test the possibility of developing an autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that could strike targets at long range, and be under the control of military crews on the ground. REUTERS/BAE Systems/MoD/Crown Copyright/ Handout

New alliance between MoD, arms manufacturers and telecoms aims to bolster UK cyber security

The Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP) includes BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard

Microsoft have shown off a new touchscreen that mimics how physical objects feel by offering ‘tactile feedback’ to users

Microsoft shows off 3D touchscreen that 'touches' back

Microsoft have shown off a new touchscreen that mimics how physical objects feel by offering ‘tactile feedback’ to users.

The size of the Territorial Force is to rise to 30,000

Army reserves to become cyber security and intelligence specialists - and receive more benefits

As Territorial Army numbers double, force will counter new threats posed by insurgency

First-person shooter 'Quake III Arena', released in 1999

Did AI robots from Quake III Arena video game bring about world peace?

Guns, so one line of thinking goes, do not kill people. Death usually comes when the trigger is pulled by a living being so people, therefore, kill people. It may be an over-simplified way of thinking (and one that the National Rifle Association seems to love) but could the same argument be put forward for video games? Are certain games inherently violent or do they only become bloodbaths once humans get hold of the controller?

Mobile by Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's launches mobile network in partnership with Vodafone

Supermarket chain will target older end of the mobile market with simple deals and Nectar points

Open office: More room, less privacy

Open-plan offices affect employees' ability to concentrate, new study finds

Workers who spend a lot of time on tasks requiring focus find them difficult to complete when too close to colleagues

A patient watches a relaxing virtual-reality scene while receiving pioneering pain-relief treatment

Virtual reality strolls through Devon countryside tested as pain relief on soldiers with worst injuries

Doctors hope simulated country walks can help pain relief for burns victims

Chinese state media warns against extradition of Edward Snowden

One of China’s leading newspapers has called for Beijing not to return US whistleblower Edward Snowden to America, saying that to take such action would be a “disappointment for expectations around the world.”

Exuberant personality: Malorie Blackman

Review: Noble Conflict, By Malorie Blackman

The new Children's Laureate begins her tenure with a timely futuristic tale of war and resistance

Russell Brand gives his best Doctor Who impression in a scarf and dark glasses at a recent film premiere.

Scarf at the ready? Russell Brand says he'd love to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who

Comedian Russell Brand has revealed that he would love to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who.

Tom Hodgkinson: 'The sensible option would be to operate from a warehouse in Swindon'

What is the future for bookshops? And indeed for books? This is a commonly asked question – and a particularly relevant one for me, since I own a bookshop and I write books. I ask it again this week because I have just read that Stephen King, an ebook pioneer 10 years ago, has released his new novel in physical format only, because he wants to get people back into bookstores rather than online.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel uses security conference to warn China on cyber attacks

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged message to Beijing — holding out hope for a slowly improving military relationship with the Asian giant while issuing a stern warning on cyber attacks coming from that country. But he was met with immediate scepticism from the Chinese delegation in the audience, who questioned America's role in the Pacific.

Andrew Walker tests out the Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift review: It felt like ski goggles with a smartphone glued to the glass

Andrew Walker asks if the new Oculus Rift can give virtual reality the consumer success that eluded it in the past

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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