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Welcome to The 848 Update! We’re here to give you the need-to-know guide on all that has happened this week in the world of technology. Released every Friday, 848 aims to sum it all up in 500 words or less! Check back every week for more.

Google highlights its top searches for 2015

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With just the last few weeks of 2015 remaining to us, Google have officially released the top searches of the year. Ranking highly as the top-searched term is ‘Lamar Odom’, an American basketball star. The top news story searched was ‘Charlie Hebdo’, after the terrorist event in France that occurred towards the start of this year. Google also has leaderboards for the most-searched films (Jurrasic Park), the most-searched artists (Adele), and many more. We particularly like the tech leader board. You can take a look for yourself here.

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  1. iPhone 6S
  2. Samsung Galaxy S6
  3. Apple Watch
  4. iPad Pro
  5. LG G4

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Social Media to be Subject to Scrutiny

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Image: Alan Levine

Social media is taking up an increasing chunk of our lives. What you say and do online is beginning to affect what happens in both your professional and personal life- a prime example being the man who was caught cheating when the girl he kissed posted photos of the two together online. The U.S Department of Investigations, however, is taking a more sinister turn with their Facebook stalking- they’re intending on looking into the social media background of potential immigrants. This could be anything from the content of their profiles, to the browsing history on their devices. Though this is an attempt to limit potential terrorists from moving to the country, I can’t decide whether it’s a necessary safeguard or an incredibly invasive tactic.

Weirdest tech story of the week:
Microsoft are here to help you track down Santa Claus

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The North American Aerospace Defence Command (or NORAD as it’s more commonly known) has been tracking the whereabouts of Santa for the past 60 years. By going to the official NORAD website you can explore the North Pole, and when the 24th rolls around you can see exactly where Santa and his Reindeers have been, with live coverage. This year, Microsoft has teamed up with the NORAD crew to enhance the Santa experience. The Santa tracker map uses Microsoft’s very own Bing Maps to host the big man’s journey- there are even special games for the kids if you use Microsoft Edge to track him. If you ask Cortana about Santa’s location on Christmas eve, she’ll be able to provide you with live times. Microsoft have even contributed to the development of ‘The NORAD Tracks Santa’ app (enabled on iOS, Android and Windows Phone), so you can play music, games, and watch the map from anywhere. If only this guaranteed us some Microsoft Gadgets in our stocking this Christmas…

That’s the last 848 update of 2015- see you in the new year!

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