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BT internet package to boost business Wi-Fi hotspots

Communications giant BT today launched an internet package that will boost the number of Wi-Fi hot spots in small to medium businesses.

Chic on the cheap: Top five budget Parisian hotels

Fancy a budget break in the French capital? Check out these stylish hotels.

Mayor proposes London-wide wifi access

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has backed plans to create a wireless network stretching over the capital, allowing Londoners to use the internet via wifi for free.

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The fairly useless gadget show

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The Ten Best Wi-Fi Radios

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Hotel of the week: Chill out in this grown-up clubbers' haven

As the party season officially begins in Ibiza today, get away from the hordes in this stylish retreat in a sleepy village

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Monaco, Seattle, USA

Can there be a better way to arrive at a hotel late on a hot afternoon than for someone to welcome you with a cold beer? After a trip through the mountains of Washington state, and a couple of hours' tangling with Seattle's rush-hour traffic, I turned up in the chic, conspiratorial foyer at 5.40pm.

Hotel Of The Week: Le Couvent d'Hérépian, Hérépian

Get thee to a cool, calm nunnery

Qualcomm wins licence in latest auction of radio spectrum

Qualcomm, the US wireless research group, is paying £8.5m to license a band of UK radio spectrum in the first of three major auctions that are expected to raise billions of pounds and pave the way for a range of next-generation mobile services.

Heads On Beds: Hotel Unique, Sao Paulo

Check into an architectural gem

Paperback: The Keep, by Jennifer Egan

Danny is a damaged 36-year-old New Yorker, who doesn't like to go anywhere that isn't Wi-Fi compatible. Against his better judgement, he finds himself travelling to "Austria, Germany or the Czech Republic" to help his enigmatic cousin, Howard, turn a medieval castle into a speciality hotel. Having set the stage, Egan unleashes a complex and deeply creepy series of events that tip Danny into a paranoiac funk. While some threads of this sophisticated work verge on the fantastical, others are grounded in a recognisable reality. A novel boobytrapped with metafictional tricks and trap doors, it makes traditional gothic tales look positively homely in comparison. H

Motorola to consider selling handsets unit

Motorola last night caved in to a shareholder rebellion and promised that it would consider selling its famous mobile handsets division.

Diary of a Primary School Mum: 'The school has hardly any blackboards, let alone chalk'

The classroom is hot and sticky and windowless. There's neither air-conditioning nor a fan in sight. I thought regulations were in place for this sort of thing – room temperature should be 18C. Judging from the pool of sweat settling at my feet though (I'm doing nothing more aerobic than sitting) it must be at least 35C. Should a complaint be lodged with the local council or my MP? No, because the classroom I'm in is thousands of miles from the one I'm accustomed to. I'm not at home, but in Kerala, southern India, visiting a little girl called Retty, the child I've been sponsoring with charity World Vision for five years.

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