Like a drug, the machine is useful, dangerous and habit-forming. The oftener one surrenders to it the tighter its grip becomes. – George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier.

Kuma a Shiba Inu (R) looks at AIBO playing after a funeral for 19 'dead' pet robot AIBOs at the Kofuku-ji temple in Isumi, Chiba prefecture. (AFP)
Kuma a Shiba Inu (R) looks at AIBO playing after a funeral for 19 ‘dead’ pet robot AIBOs at the Kofuku-ji temple in Isumi, Chiba prefecture. (AFP)
A man smokes a cigar during a contest to keep the longest cigar ash, as part of the 27th edition of the Cigar Festival in Havana, Cuba. (Alejandro Ernesto / EPA)
A man smokes a cigar during a contest to keep the longest cigar ash, as part of the 27th edition of the Cigar Festival in Havana, Cuba. (Alejandro Ernesto / EPA)
This giant catfish, which weighed 20 stone (127kg) was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in the Po River of northern Italy. Believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever caught. The nine foot-long creature, a wels catfish, has been dubbed "the monster of the Po" by the Italian media. (Sportex Italia)
This giant catfish, which weighed 20 stone (127kg) was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in the Po River of northern Italy. Believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever caught. The nine foot-long creature, a wels catfish, has been dubbed “the monster of the Po” by the Italian media. (Sportex Italia)
What colour is this dress? It’s a question hundreds of thousands of social media users have been asking after a picture of it was posted online. Some say it is white and gold, while others are adamant it is blue and black. (Tumblr)
What colour is this dress? It’s a question hundreds of thousands of social media users have been asking after a picture of it was posted online. Some say it is white and gold, while others are adamant it is blue and black. (Tumblr)
Men daubed in paint sing songs as they celebrate 'Lathmar Holi' at Nandgaon in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. (Ahmad Masood / REUTERS)
Men daubed in paint sing songs as they celebrate ‘Lathmar Holi’ at Nandgaon in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. (Ahmad Masood / REUTERS)
Snow and ice float in the Hudson river, with the Statue of Liberty in the background, New York, US. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
Snow and ice float in the Hudson river, with the Statue of Liberty in the background, New York, US. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
New Delhi, IndiaPassengers stand on and hang on to a train as it leaves a station ahead of railways minister Suresh Prabhu’s budget presentation to parliament tomorrow. (Money Sharma / AFP - Getty Images)
New Delhi, India Passengers stand on and hang on to a train as it leaves a station ahead of railways minister Suresh Prabhu’s budget presentation to parliament tomorrow. (Money Sharma / AFP – Getty Images)
Charlie Hebdo’s second edition since the terrorist attack on the magazine in January is prepared at a press distribution centre in Paris, France. A total of 2.5m copies of the controversial satirical magazine have been printed and will go on sale on Wednesday. (Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images)
Charlie Hebdo’s second edition since the terrorist attack on the magazine in January is prepared at a press distribution centre in Paris, France. A total of 2.5m copies of the controversial satirical magazine have been printed and will go on sale on Wednesday. (Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images)
People release lanterns into the sky ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Believers gathered to release lanterns as a form of prayer for good luck and blessings. (Pichi Chuang / Reuters(
People release lanterns into the sky ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Believers gathered to release lanterns as a form of prayer for good luck and blessings. (Pichi Chuang / Reuters)
A mural of a playful-looking kitten, presumably painted by British street graffiti artist Banksy, is seen on a wall damaged in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip. In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to sneak into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt. (Adel Hana / AP)
A mural of a playful-looking kitten, presumably painted by British street graffiti artist Banksy, is seen on a wall damaged in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip. In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to sneak into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt. (Adel Hana / AP)
Filipino workers destroy counterfeit and pirated shoes inside a warehouse in Manila, Philippines. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) destroyed over 150,000 pairs of smuggled counterfeit footwear products worth over one million US dollars, according to the Customs Commisioner. (Francis R Malasig / EPA)
Filipino workers destroy counterfeit and pirated shoes inside a warehouse in Manila, Philippines. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) destroyed over 150,000 pairs of smuggled counterfeit footwear products worth over one million US dollars, according to the Customs Commisioner. (Francis R Malasig / EPA)
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