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This beer tells you how much to drink to boost your creativity — When you've been stuck on a problem or that creative spark just won't come, the chances are you've turned to a cup of coffee to get things moving. A quick java infusion can certainly help, but studies also suggest that alcohol can also have a positive impact on your creative cognition.

Amazon brings 4K streaming to Prime Instant Video in the UK — Even though the majority of Britons don't own an 4K TV, that isn't stopping streaming providers from upgrading their video quality before ultra high-definition (UHD) becomes the next big thing. Netflix began delivering pixel-rich versions of House of Cards and Breaking Bad (charging a little extra for the privilege) earlier this year, but now Amazon is getting in on the act.

'GTA V' is finally getting online heists in early 2015, see them in action here — It's no secret that four-player online heists are coming to Grand Theft Auto Online , but information on what Rockstar's new co-op missions will entail has remained scarce. Well, thanks to an in-depth interview with IGN and a brand new trailer (embedded below), we're finally getting an idea of what we can expect when the company drops the long-awaited DLC early next year.

BT confirms it's in talks to acquire EE for £12.5 billion — After weeks of speculation linking it with the acquisition of one of the UK's two biggest mobile carriers, BT has finally confirmed that EE will be the subject of its affection. The telecoms giant announced today that it has entered "exclusive negotiations" with a view to buy the Orange and Deutsche Telekom joint-venture for £12.5 billion.

How to grab a 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 online in the UK this week — Demand for Sony's 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 has been insane -- online orders in the US sold out in minutes, while some lucky Londoners were treated to super-cheap PS4s at the PlayStation '94 Shop.

Netflix is now much better on Virgin Media TiVo boxes — It's been more than a year since Netflix first came to Virgin Media TiVo boxes, and in that time the experience has remained largely the same. However, with Christmas fast approaching, the quad-play provider has finally decided to take some action.

Apple's online store now accepts PayPal, lets you spread the cost — Apple already provides a variety of ways to pay for Macs and iPhones, but there's certainly nothing wrong with adding another alternative. Perhaps that's why the company has decided to add PayPal to its online store in the US and the UK.

BBC iPlayer for iOS now gives you 30 days to watch downloaded shows — One of iPlayer's great features is the ability to download all of its programmes for offline viewing. The Beeb traditionally let you download and keep shows for up to seven days, allowing you to catch up on the commute to work, but as part of its iPlayer revamp, that period was extended to 30 days.

Fewer Brits are using social media, but those who do can't put down their phone — While you might access your Facebook feed or Twitter timeline numerous times a day, as a general rule, social media use in Britain has actually fallen over the last year. In a new research report, UK regulator Ofcom found that the number of people signing on to their favourite social networking sites each week dropped from 65 percent in September 2013 to 56 percent in October 2014.

Inside Sony's PlayStation '94 Shop, where 20th Anniversary PS4s sell for £19.94 — It's 10:30am on a cold Wednesday morning. A small crowd gathers outside an unassuming grey shop in the middle of Bethnal Green Road, London. Four multi-coloured neon symbols suddenly come into view -- it's 1994 all over again and I'm suddenly feeling nostalgic.
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Dec 22, 2014

@danbarker I do what it takes to ensure my kids have a good Christmas! The truth is I lost some skin attaching the stabilisers.

Dec 22, 2014

The kids' bikes are ready for Christmas, but my knuckles aren't.

Dec 22, 2014

Terrible thing to happen at any time, but even worse so close to Christmas. Thoughts go out to the families of those involved.

Dec 22, 2014

Sky reports two people may have died after a bin lorry lost control on the streets of Glasgow.

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