The 50 Best Christmas gifts for children
From this year’s most-fashionable fad to classics they’ll want to keep forever, Kate Watson-Smyth fills the family stockings with this year’s top toys
Banksy stars in Belfast's stunning street art showcase
A impressive exhibition of street art opens at the Ulster Museum in Belfast today.
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: Edward Snowden is a hero
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has described Edward Snowden as a “hero”, declaring that “history will judge him very favourably.”
Bitcoin (BTC) cryptocurrency value tops $1,000 for first time
The value of a bitcoin (BTC) has risen over $1,000 (£610) for the first time ever, just months after a single unit of the digital currency was priced at around $10.
'SmartWig': Sony files patent for computerised hair piece
Sony has filed a patent for a “SmartWig” device: a false hair piece complete with sensors for “providing data input” and capable of communicating with smartphones and computers.
Top 10 Christmas 2013 gadget gifts from iPad and Xbox to PS4 and Roku
Video: Could this be the bedroom of the future?
A new study released today by The Sleep Council has asked the nation which of the predicted bedroom innovations they most look forward to in the future.
Xtra-vision hits rewind on XBoxOne and PS4 pre-order policy after backlash from angry gamers
Games and video chain store Xtra-vision has backtracked on a policy forcing customers, who had pre-ordered the XBoxOne console, to purchase an additional game before being given their machine.
Claire McCollum loves cooking, so how did she cope when there was no food on the table for 24 hours?
I love food. It's the first thing I think about when I wake up. I've always had a fairly fast metabolism and need to eat little and often. So I've never been keen on diets. My thinking is that if I diet then I will focus more on what I'm not supposed to eat and want it even more! I try to eat the right things most of the time, but I am definitely a big fan of the odd treat, too!
Coca-Cola could change sweetener ingredient as Mexican government places a tax on ‘the real thing’
For several years, discerning American drinkers have consumed not the Coca-Cola produced in their own country, but imported Mexican Coke, known to connoisseurs as “Mexicoke”.
Michelin's magnificent 7... and they're all in Co Down
There must be something in the grub in Down.
10 tips from Northern Ireland's foodies on how we can reduce our domestic food waste mountain
Gok Wan's Chinese takeaway
Dick Strawbridge on how his dad's Ulster fry gave him a taste for cooking
He has one of the most famous faces – and undoubtedly the best known moustache – on British television but Dick Strawbridge, who still considers Co Antrim home, wishes his father could have lived long enough to see him become what he mockingly calls a telly tart.
Mercedes Benz CLA: Follow the three-pointed star
It's all a matter of personal taste of course but while, to my amazement, the guy who services my cars reckons the new Mercedes Benz CLA is one of the ugliest cars on the road, I think is easily the prettiest car to sport the magical three-pointed star in modern times.
Vauxhall’s new Mokka
When are car designers going to wise up to the sample fact that people are now big and getting bigger?
High five to the Mazda MX5
My first acquaintance with Mazda’s pert little MX5 roadster came in the depths of a Californian quarry, back in 1990.
Hydrogen cars 'on sale next year'
Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust-only water vapour are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world's transportation of the future.
Latest generation of Mini unveiled
Car giant BMW has finally taken the wraps off the eagerly-awaited new Mini.
Lives put at risk over 'dodgy' insurance claim car repairs
"Questionable practices" in car repairs arising out of insurance claims are putting lives and jobs at risk, it has been claimed.
West Norfolk: Exploring a rejuvenated King's Lynn
Pre-dating the EU by more than half a millennia, the Hanseatic League was a vibrant North European free trade organisation.
A Scottish highland fling... with haggis to die for
Along a lonely road meandering up a glen, we crunched over a carpet of acorns and beech nuts and wandered deeper into the mountains. As the tarmac gave way to rocky trail, the golden browns, and reds and yellows of the season covered the forested lower valley sides. Russet oak leaves floated to the ground and sycamore pods spun lazily earthwards in the still air.
How to unearth your Scottish roots this St Andrew Day
Are you one of Northern Ireland’s many Andrews?
New scanners installed in airports
The use of special security scanners to detect improvised explosive devices is to be extended to more UK airports as the threat level remains "substantial" with an attack "a strong possibility" .
easyJet plane drama: Are we going to die? Worried thoughts of Belfast-bound fliers caught up in 'emergency incident'
Passengers talked about "whether or not they were going to die" as a jet with a mechanical fault prepared for landing at Belfast International Airport.
Coasting along: The Kent and Sussex renaissance
Either someone has laid their hands on a job lot of pastel shade paint or England’s South Coast really is experiencing a major renaissance.
Tyrone novelist Emma Heatherington on how the loss of her mother spurred her on to a high profile book deal
The best writers of popular fiction -- aka chick lit -- have one thing in common. They can all talk ninety to the dozen. Marian Keyes and the late Maeve Bincy are cases in point, and Tyrone novelist Emma Heatherington is following suit.
Westminster Abbey honours CS Lewis alongside literary elite 50 years after his death
CS Lewis – Belfast's most famous literary son – has been honoured in the hallowed halls of Westminster Abbey, with his heritage shining through at the ceremony.
'The world lost JFK, I lost my stepdad CS Lewis'
Douglas Gresham remembers well the day that JFK was shot.
Mary Beckett: Literary world mourning loss of top woman writer
One of Ireland's finest writers, Belfast-born Mary Beckett, has died aged 87.
Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly cancels Maze Prison book event after outcry
Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has cancelled an event promoting a book on the Maze Prison escape – which was to be held near where two soldiers were gunned down by dissident republicans.
Mark Twain’s ancestor was ‘witchfinder general’ during Islandmagee Witch Trial
Witchcraft ‘detective’ Dr Andrew Sneddon has unearthed evidence that one of Mark Twain’s ancestors was the ‘witchfinder general’ in the infamous 18th century Islandmagee Witch Trial.
The Man Who Is Mrs brown - British soldiers shot my dad
Crace swansong on Booker shortlist
British writer Jim Crace's final novel is up against two potential record-breakers for this year's Man Booker Prize.
'I never get to say just how much I absolutely adore my wife Jools'
No sooner does Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook hit the shops, than the Naked Chef goes and says something which whips up a feeding frenzy.