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Watch the Mostly Terrible Things That Happened in 2016 Morph Into Each Other in This 60-Second Animation

I always enjoy watching Pranay Patwardhan’s short animation summaries of the previous year because I can’t wait to see what event happens to morph into what animation next. It’s not a comprehensive look back at what happened (I mean, it wraps up in under a minute), and let’s move the heck on already, but you definitely get the overall gist of the major events of 2016. And there were a lot. Read More >>

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2016 Really Was The Worst Year For Famous People Dying – Here’s The Data That Proves It

2016 was not a good year to be a celebrity. At points it felt like every day we were losing a beloved famous name, from David Bowie on January 10th all the way through to Carrie Fisher and her mother at the end of December. “Damn you 2016!” became the cry of despair from all of us, as it felt like too many of our heroes were leaving us. Read More >>

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A Look Back at the Films and TV Shows of 2016

Do you want to take a look back at 2016? Yeah, me neither. I’ve blocked out so much of what happened last year that I’m not even sure if it was a memorable year for film and TV shows. If I squeeze my brain really hard to remember: Spider-Man was fun in Captain America: Civil War, the trailer for Arrival looked great (I didn’t watch the actual film yet), Game of Thrones ruled this season, Westworld was a show people like to talk about way too much, and that’s about it. I’ve forgotten everything else. Read More >>

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What 2016 Would Look Like as a Horror Film

This year has been pretty fucking horrifying. Dozens of our favourite celebrities died; a gorilla was shot dead in front of children at the zoo; and a former professional wrestling star was elected president. Read More >>

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List of Dead Famous People is 2016’s Most Edited Wikipedia Page

The Wikimedia Foundation has put together a list feature all about itself, revealing the most heavily edited Wikipedia pages of 2016. Unsurprisingly, the list of the famous dead of 2016 topped the chart, with more than twice as many page edits as the second placed article. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg: A Year in Review

By some metrics, Mark Zuckerberg had an excellent year. Facebook, his supreme breadwinner, made enough money to keep a small country afloat. The platform’s user base kept growing. It became a top destination for news, and its influence over every aspect of our lives further metastasised. He even gave the Pope a model drone! Read More >>

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127 Things That Happened in 2016 Summed Up in One Drawing

I was ready for 2016 to be over as soon as it started so excuse me if I pretend that this last stretch just doesn’t exist so I can jump on the heck over to 2017 already. Artist Niv Bavarsky summarised the best and worst of what happened this past year for Beutler Ink in a re-imagined and updated drawing of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.  Read More >>

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No Prizes For Guessing the UK’s Top Search Terms of the Year

Remember the early bit of 2016 when all we had to worry about was Pokemon Go draining our batteries a bit fast? That's what historians will describe as the key moment of the year, as the mobile game's brief, incendiary spell of popularity made it one of the most popular search terms of 2016. Read More >>

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How Much is Facebook to Blame?

Throughout this year’s presidential campaign, journalists have focused, correctly, on the power of Facebook to shape, distort, and ultimately control the news and information that inform and educate voters. They’ve written dozens of stories about the proliferating number of anonymous, low-rent websites that publish bombastic and clearly inaccurate stories designed to spread throughout Facebook’s platform as quickly as possible. Because so many of those stories were so heavily slanted toward the Republican nominee, some of those very same journalists are now beginning to blame Facebook, rather than actual voters, for yesterday’s earth-shaking election of Donald Trump. Read More >>

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Netflix Claims Customers Freaked Out Over Price Hike

After a decade of explosive expansion, Netflix is experiencing some growing pains. Though Americans are watching more online video than ever, Netflix is facing steeper competition (from rivals like Google, Amazon, Apple, and HBO) in addition to an uncertain future in international markets. Read More >>

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2016 Will Gain an Extra Second on New Year’s Eve

The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS), which sets the time which standardises the world’s clocks, just announced that it is tacking an extra second on to the end of 2016. What will you do with yours? Read More >>

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How Will the UK Tax Changes for 2016/2017 Affect You?

Today's the New Year's Day for people who work in banks, accountant firms and tax offices, as we tick over into the 2017 tax year and loads of new forms have come into being. Some rules have changed too, most notably the loophole that says being on the internet all day counts as a job. Here are the key changes that might make your finances turn out marginally different. Read More >>

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It’s 2016 and Mark Zuckerberg’s Suddenly Become a Personal Trainer

I’m not taking the piss when I say Mark Zuckerberg clearly takes good care of himself. He’s no Cristiano Ronaldo, but he’s in good shape. Last summer, he revealed (while fielding a question from Arnie) that he works out at least three times a week, often with Beast, his dog. Read More >>

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Upgrade Your Tech Habits for 2016

Most resolutions thought up and made at this time of year are rubbish -- no one really wants to spend more time with their kids or eat curry less frequently. But you can enhance your life in some genuine ways through technology, by ditching tired old habits that absorb too much time and make you grumpy on the internet. Read More >>

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The Trouble With Rio: Can the City be Ready by 2016?

With just over two years to go until Rio kicks off the 2016 Olympic Games, Olympic officials are taking stock of how ready Rio really is. The short answer? They're not. But how far behind are its preparations? And can the city possibly catch up in time? Read More >>