Plot your escape from technology and feel an overall sense of smugness grow as anxiety diminishes. Photograph: Thinkstock

"Levi and Brooke are not Luddites,” reads a small disclaimer at the bottom of the Digital Detox website. “Just concerned and concerted humans who c(...)

Emojis at your fingertips

A whistle-stop tour of Instagram, Snapchat or WhatsApp will reveal that when it comes to conversation, the tools of the trade are equal parts emoji an(...)

Experiences: when you’re biking “you’re really focusing, and that is hugely satisfying”, says James Wallman. Photograph: Daniel Milchev/Stone/Getty

As anyone with a Facebook page knows, as they scroll through other people’s family outings, kitesurfing adventures and faraway sunsets, “experience” i(...)

Tommy Caldwell climbs the final pitch of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park, California.  Photograph: Max Whittaker/The New York Times 2:19

Two Americans have completed what had long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to scale a 3,000ft ((...)

Some of the victims of the Paris attack L-R: French caricaturist Bernard Verlhac aka Tignous, publishing director  ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier,  French cartoonist Georges Wolinski and French caricaturist Jean Cabut, French cartoonist Philippe Honore , French economist, writer and journalist Bernard Maris. French caricaturist Cabut  pictured with Michel Renaud. Photographs: EPA

The 12 people killed in the massacre at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday include eight editorial staff, one worker, (...)

The Nutribullet

The detritus of daily life is recorded for posterity at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. One of the world’s best-known and most highly res(...)

Billionaire Jack Ma,  the 50-year-old founder of China’s biggest e-commerce company Alibaba, saw added $25bn to his fortune.  (Photograph: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg)

The richest people on Earth got richer in 2014, adding $92 billion to their collective fortune in the face of falling energy prices and geopolitical t(...)

L is for la la land: American actor Shia LaBeouf with a paper bag over his head bearing the slogan ‘I am not famous any more’ (somebody should’ve told the photographers)

Alamuddin Successful human-rights barrister Amal Alamuddin married actor George Clooney in Venice. The reception was a right old wheeze. B(...)

Ismaaiyl Brinsley (28) is seen in an undated picture provided by the New York Police Department on December 21, 2014. 1:32

The gunman who murdered two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred of police and the government and an (...)

Is Jamie Oliver the king of Christmas?

By now you’ll have the presents all neatly stacked under the tree, wrapped in neatly ironed Fair Trade paper that you ordered last June and had per(...)