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Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent

Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent

Welcome to dot.Rory - these are my thoughts about how technology is changing the world and shaping our lives

Nokia's brand name merry-go-round

Nokia N1
The Nokia N1 is a new venture into the tablet market

This week one of the best known names in technology launched a new product, the N1 Tablet.

It comes from Nokia, the Finnish company that once had 40% of the mobile phone market.

You can already buy another Nokia tablet, the Lumia 2520, and of course any number of Nokia phones.

But these all come from the US's Microsoft which acquired the Nokia mobile phone business for £4.6bn last year.

Confused? I'm sure you are not alone.

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eBay and an email scam

computer keyboard showing the words "scam"

What's the biggest problem holding back the development of online commerce? Surely it is the fact that fraud continues to undermine confidence.

Online fraud, often conducted via phishing emails, seems to be on the rise - and in the last month or so I've had personal experience of how sophisticated the fraudsters can be.

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Will YouTube Music Key make Spotify sing the blues?

YouTube's subscription service is just the latest entry in what is now a very crowded market.

For music fans these are the best of times, with a wide choice of free advertising-supported services and now an increasing number of paid options.

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Tech Tent pitches up at Ireland's Web Summit

Paddy Cosgrave at Web Summit
Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave

Ireland has been the hottest place in the tech world this week.

In Dublin the three-day Web Summit attracted huge crowds, and today in Cork a collection of top tech entrepreneurs have arrived via steam train for a conference called F.ounders. We are broadcasting our weekly radio programme Tech Tent from a whisky distillery in Cork, where we hope to have some sober reflections on the state of the technology world from some of the pioneers.

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Oxford's robots and the funding of innovation

An iPad display in the self-driving car
The iPad display tells the driver when the car is able to take over

Where does innovation come from - the private or public sector? A question provoked by news of what sounds like an exciting spinoff from Oxford University research, and by a fascinating book.

First, the news. Oxford's Mobile Robotics Group has done some pioneering work on driverless cars, and now the academics who have led that research are starting a company called Oxbotica. The idea is that the firm will manage and market the intellectual property already developed by the group and look to develop more ideas in the field of robotics.

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Fashion challenge for Apple design guru Jony Ive

Jony Ive

He's the world's most influential industrial designer - but now Jony Ive faces a supreme test. Can he turn Apple's smartwatch into another hit product without the backing of his mentor and partner Steve Jobs?

In recent weeks Sir Jonathan Ive - or Jony Ive as he is universally known - has been straying far from his usual habitat.

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A day without data

Every day, anyone who is connected to the internet leaves an ever bigger trail of data behind them. But how aware are we of who is collecting this information and of who benefits from it? I spent a day without data to to explore these questions.

My guide for this no-data diet is Dr George Danezis, an expert on privacy and information security at University College, London. As I sit at the breakfast table, handing over my gadgets he sets out the challenge I face:

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The Queen sends first tweet to launch Science Museum gallery

"It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R."

That was the Queen's first tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum.

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Can a northern tech cluster take off?

Angel of the North

The North of England is about to get a new technology cluster to emulate the success of London's Tech City.

That at least is the claim this morning from the deputy prime minister. Nick Clegg has unveiled plans for something called TechNorth, described as a new technology hub for the region.

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Game on - e-sports takes off in the UK

Studio audience cheers at the League of Legends North American Championship Series in February 2014
Studio audience at the League of Legends North American Championship Series in February 2014

Next weekend, the World Cup Final takes place in Seoul in front of 60,000 spectators and a huge global TV audience. No, I'm not confused and this is not football. The contest in question pits Korea's Samsung White against China's Star Horn Royal Club and what they are playing is a video game called League of Legends.

E-sports, where game play is watched by audiences in stadiums and on TV, have been big business in the Far East for more than a decade. But now, as I found out in a report for Friday's World at One on Radio 4, the phenomenon is really taking off in Britain.

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About Rory

Rory has been watching the technology scene like a hawk for the last 15 years.

From the dotcom bubble of the late 1990s to the rise of Google and Facebook, from the Psion organiser to the iPad, he's covered all the big gadget and business stories, and interviewed just about everyone who's played a part in the story of the web.

Dot.Rory, his previous blog, was named among the Top 100 blogs by the Sunday Times.

He aims to look at the impact of the internet and digital technology on our lives and businesses. Rory has been described as "the non-geek's geek", and freely admits that he came late to technology - but he aims to explain its significance to anyone with an interest in the subject.

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