Decision time: According to a survey of 174 leading organisations carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), many executives will question information that contradicts their intuition

Business executives may be blessed with all kinds of data to keep them in the loop. But when it comes to making important decisions, it seems, most of(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)

 It may surprise, but tech gurus are limiting the amount of screen time their children get. Photograph: Anders Andersson/Getty

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, expla(...)

CEO: Tim Cook launches the Apple Watch. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

It’s early on Tuesday afternoon, and the crowds of guests and journalists who earlier packed the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, in the Californ(...)

 Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Watch. Photograph: EPA/Monica Davey

It’s not often that new eras in technology have definite dates of birth, but there is every chance when the history of wearable computing is written, (...)

Visitors try out a virtual reality suit at the event and entertainment area at the 2014 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big-concept leap in computing. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

You might not have heard of Perlin Noise, but you’ve certainly seen it. The technique for adding textures to computer images to make them appea(...)

 Apple CEO Tim Cook  talks with  Bono  and members  of U2 during Apple’s launch event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Monica Davey/EPA

Back in the 1990s, when the late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs returned to the company he co-founded and once again was making its product keyno(...)

Some crucial information about the Apple watch was missing from yesterday’s product event, including its launch date; how thick the watch is or how much it weighs; and how long the battery will last.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg 3:27

Apple managed to pack a lot into today’s two-hour presentation, but viewers were left with some questions. And that’s not even mentioning the scarf-we(...)

Apple CEO Tim Cook (left) with U2’s Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr during the Apple product launch at the Flint Center in California. Photograph: Getty

It might have been the biggest technology launch event in years, but Bono and U2 were more than just a closing musical act when they took the stage at(...)

What will Apple’s rumoured smartwatch look like? A 1960’s era Dick Tracy wrist radio (top c) is modeled  alongside contemporary smartwatches. Rumors of an Apple smartwatch go back several years, but today may finally be showtime. The watch, which will reportedly have a flexible screen and come in two sizes, will track its wearer’s health and fitness, double as an electronic wallet and of course, display messages. Top row (L-R): A Samsung Gear S smartwatch in Berlin on September 5, 2014, a 1960’s era Dick Tracy wrist radio in District Heights, Maryland on September 8, 2014, and a Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch in Barcelona on February 23, 2014. Bottom row (L-R): A Moto smartwatch in San Francisco, California on June 25, 2014, a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in Berlin on September 4, 2013 and an LG G Watch R smartwatch in Berlin on September 5, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

Apple’s prospects seem a lot brighter than they were the last time Tim Cook introduced an iPhone. When chief executive officer Cook unveiled two new s(...)