Time to spin off Scotland?

UK’s made the most of these northern assets. We are ready for a management buyout

Paying the price to keep Scotland’s love

Nothing is too radical to offer the Scots to dissuade them from voting for independence

A whole new level of Appliciousness

The iPhone 6 is almost upon us. Only another 48 weeks to wait for the iPhone 7

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Forget iHacks, we’re all exposed online

The hacking of celebrities’ nude photos is a reminder that nothing is private any more

Airlines fight for the right to recline

Passenger row highlights the problems thrown up by aircraft economy measures

When choice isn’t an option

‘To live,’ remarked Kofi Annan, ‘is to choose.’ But apparently some of us are living too well

A feeding frenzy on Facebook

One of the key lessons of recent years is that the power of social media is reduced if everyone is talking and no one is listening

Warning! Mawkish parents ahead

This week marked the last time I shall walk one of my children to school. I envisaged a wistful, maybe even elegiac, affair

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Welcome to the Braveheart Games

The very idea of using the event to further the cause of independence would be plain unsporting

One-way conversations? Blame social media

The rules of reciprocity appear to have been set aside. Today one does not so much converse as take oral selfies

Female bishops and catwalk politicians

The cause of equality has been taken to a higher level in England

The computer will see you now

Doctors are going to have to learn to live with Google

The Brits can teach Brazil about soccer

We have spent decades mastering the art of grace in defeat – it is now a national trait

Why we’re all lab rats now

If Facebook can manipulate your mood (which the tests show it could) then with its huge reach, it has worrying power

London calling – trouble on the line

David Cameron, UK prime minister, has been trying to build bridges with Jean-Claude Juncker

Culinary skills and other burning issues

Just as our ancestors taught us how to make fire, I will teach the spawn my recipe for lamb and apricot burgers

How to annex the spare room, Putin-style

We do not see a military solution but have not ruled out targeted sanctions such as boycotting her school play

‘Shia Panic’: a buddy movie set in Iraq

They were enemies until Isis came along and threatened everything. Then they were friends

Spot the difference

If a computer program has become indistinguishable from a 13-year-old, that may be because many 13-year-olds are now indistinguishable from their computers

Soccer chat cheat sheet

The key to watching England is that, in spite of all the evidence, you secretly believe this is their year

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