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Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega/YouTube)

Spider dog: top trending YouTube video of 2014

A video featuring a dog dressed in a spider costume has been named as the top trending video on YouTube this year. Mutant Giant Spider Dog has been viewed more than 114 million times. And bosses at YouTube have named it as their top trending video of the year, based on views, shares, comments, likes and more. Interestingly, the now famous iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test video is in at number 5. It has had more than 59 million views. You can see…

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5 gadgets that could be great Xmas presents from 7dayshop.com

5 gadgets that could make great Christmas presents

Here’s just 5 “buyable” items from 7dayshop.com. They include a smart way to watch TV, extending your Wi-Fi easily, tiny-sized storage for your movies and music, a high-spec great price tablet and how to avoid your phone running out of juice at the worst moment. They could make great Christmas presents for friends and family who love a bit of handy technology or perhaps a gift to yourself. Freeview TV on your phone You can watch Freeview TV on your smartphone,…

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iPhone 6 boosts Apple’s share of smartphone market

Apple reaches its highest share of Britain’s smartphone market thanks to the iPhone 6, says research. It had 39.5% of UK sales for the three months to October 2014, compared to 29.1% in the same period in 2013. The research by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that Android sales are still ahead at 52.3%, although that’s a fall compared to the 54.6% market share for the three months to October 2013. Windows is in third place, but has seen a decline in market share. The most recent…

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Tablets & touchscreens could help boys read, research

Boys reluctant to read could be helped by touchscreen technology, says the National Literacy Trust. The technology can be more effective in engaging children aged 3 to 5 with reading than books – and is particularly beneficial when it comes to helping poor children and boys where literacy is a concern. The findings in the Early Years Literacy Survey have been published by the National Literacy Trust and publisher Pearson. Key findings: Twice as many young children from low-income backgrounds read…

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Battery-powered toys set to dominate Christmas wish lists – stock up on batteries now

 Have enough batteries to avoid toys not working on Christmas Day. Whether it’s a robot dinosaur, a family game or a doll, the  Toy Retailers Association list of what the most popular toys are expected to be this Christmas reveals many in the top 12 use batteries. As youngster draw up Christmas lists, check if toys come with batteries and what type they need – eg alkaline batteries. Have enough batteries in reserve so toys don’t run out of power too soon. And don’t forget adults, their presents may need batteries. Watch:…

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How to bag epic deals on Black Friday

Shoppers get ready for super deals on Black Friday. Black Friday began in the US with shops offering on-the-day big discounts and special prices. The term is thought to have originated in Philadelphia to describe disruptive traffic on the day after Americans’ celebrated Thanksgiving. Then there’s Cyber Monday on 1 December, which could be the busiest online shopping day of the year. Black Friday and other deals at 7dayshop.com Black Friday has now finished for another year, but you can still get great deals at 7dayshop, click…

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Microsoft Windows 1.0 released on 20 November 1985

It was nearly called Interface Manager – but Windows won as it best described the boxes central to the new system Microsoft founder Bill Gates led the development of the graphic operating system, which was first announced in 1983. The Windows operating system went on to dominate the PC market for decades – with several generations growing up with Windows as computers became more and more central to our lives. The big difference to the previous MS-DOS system of tying commands was…

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90% of world’s population over age of 6 “set to have a mobile phone”

Mobile phones will be available to vast majority by 2020, says communications firm Ericsson It forecasts that 90% of the world’s population over 6-years-old will have a mobile phone within 6 years. And smartphones are expected to soar in popularity. There have been 800 million new smartphone subscriptions in 2014 – bringing the total to 2.7 billion globally, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson mobility report, which is a comprehensive update on mobile trends. But this smartphone figure is predicted to…

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Just how cool is this? A real life HOVERBOARD!

Remember Marty McFly’s hoverboard in Back to the Future? You will love this! Check out the video of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk trying out a real-life hoverboard and read more about it here. Video credit: Hendo Hover, YouTube, Sterling Communications The hoverboard is pretty cool – and has foot pads for traction on top and four hover engine housings underneath for lift and stability. There is also 1 inch of ride height for taking on hover-ramps. It’s all to do with what has…

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Vape is “word of the year” 2014

Vape unveiled as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. The verb means to “inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device”. The action and device can also be known as a vape. The word has been chosen because of an explosion in its use, according to a blog post by Oxford Dictionaries. Apparently, you are 30 times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, with usage doubling in…

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