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The annual PornHub year in review tells us what we’re really looking at online

PornHub, a popular site feature people in various stages of undress, saw 33.5 billion visits in 2018. There are currently 7.53 billion people on Earth.

Y’all have been busy.

The company, which owns most of the major porn sites online, produces a yearly report that aggregates user behavior on the site. Of particular interest, aside from the fact that all of us are horndogs, is that the US, Germany, and India are in the top spots for porn browsing and that the company transferred 4,000 petabytes of data or about 500 MB per person on the planet.

We ignore this data at our peril. While it doesn’t seem important at first glance, the fact that these porn sites are doing more traffic than most major news organizations is deeply telling. Further, like the meme worlds of Twitter and Facebook, Stormy Daniels and Fortnite made the top searches which points to the spread of politics and culture into the heart of our desires. TV manufacturers should note that 4K searchers are rising in popularity, which suggests that consumer electronics manufacturers should start getting read for a shift (although it should be noted that there is sadly little free 4K content on these sites, a discovery I just made while researching this brief.)

Need more frightening/enlightening data? Here you go.

Just as ‘1080p’ searches had been a defining term in 2017, now “4k” ultra-hd has seen a significant increase in popularity through-out 2018. The popularity of ‘Romantic’ videos more than doubled, and remained twice as popular with female visitors when compared to men.

Searches referring to the dating app ‘Tinder’ grew by 161% among women, 113% among men and 131% by visitors aged 35 to 44. It was also a top trending term in many countries including the United Kingdom and Australia. The number of Tinder themed fantasy date videos on the site is now more than 3500.

Life imitates art, and eventually porn imitates everything, so perhaps it’s no surprise to see that ‘Bowsette’ also made our list of searches that defined 2018. After the original Nintendo fan-art went viral, searches for Bowsette exceeded 3 million in just one week and resulted in the release of a live-action Bowsette themed porn parody (NSFW) with more than 720,000 views.

Bowsette. Good. Moving on.

The Bible Belt representing well in the showings with Mississippi, South Carolina, and Arkansas spending the most time looking at porn. Kansas spent the least. Phones got the most use as porn distribution devices and iOS and Android nearly tied in terms of platform popularity.

Windows traffic fell considerably this year while Chrome OS became decidedly more popular in 2018. Chrome was popular when it came to browsers used while the Playstation was the biggest deliverer of flicks to the console user.

Porn is a the canary in the tech coal mine and where it goes the rest of tech follows. All of these data points, taken together, paint a fascinating picture of a world on the cusp of a fairly unique shift from desktop to mobile and from HD to 4K video. Further, given that these sites are delivering so much data on a daily basis, it’s clear that all of us are sneaking a peek now and again… even if we refuse to admit it.

This Nintendo Switch ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Ultimate Edition bundle is available for under £300

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A hardware bundle for Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Bros. fans is finally here, and it’s available for just £299.99

The bundle contains a specially designed dock featuring fighters from the original Super Smash Bros. game, a download code for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Smash Bros. themed Joy-Con controllers. So basically, it’s the bundle you need if, like us, you are obsessed with everything Super Smash Bros.

If you order before Jan. 31 you’ll also receive bonus downloadable content. If you grab this bundle now you’ll claim the playable fighter Piranha Plant as a bonus download.

The Nintendo Switch is a breakthrough home video game console that connects to your TV and can also transform into an on-the-go handheld device using its 6.2-inch screen. So you can enjoy the home console experience wherever you are and whenever the feeling takes you. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is already proving to be an incredibly popular game. There’s new fighters, new stages, faster combat, new attacks, new items, and new defensive options. You can hold a four-player free-for-all or kick it up to eight-player battles. Either way, it’s hours of high-intensity fun for the whole family.

Order now and you’ll receive this bundle before Christmas.

Pre-order the latest Nintendo 3DS Family System game and get a free coaster set

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Mario loves bundle deals.
Mario loves bundle deals.

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Everyone loves a bundle deal. Don’t deny it. You are bundle mad just like the rest of us. 

A bundle means you get the product you want, plus some great accessories that you didn’t know you needed, all for a great price. How could you not love that?

The latest bundle offer that is gaining some attention comes from Nintendo, containing Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey plus a branded coaster set. You can pre-order this bundle for £34.99. The game isn’t released until Jan. 25 and you won’t pay until it’s dispatched. There’s no deposit required so you can ensure you are first in line for the new game without any expense, for now.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is a Nintendo DS classic, and it’s back for more adventures in Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey for the Nintendo 3DS Family System. The new title features revamped graphics and refined gameplay, with a new side story for Bowser Jr.

Be first in line for the new Nintendo 3DS Family System game and grab a free coaster set for good measure. 

These old and obsolete tech products actually make great gifts

This holiday season, while everyone else is giving and receiving the year’s hottest new tech items, why not do something a little different?

Give the gift of old and absolutely out-of-date technology to the geek in your life this year! (We’re not kidding.)

iPhones and iPads are more expensive than ever. The latest video game console bundles are already sold out. And the techie who already has all the newest gear is expecting you to give them that annual iTunes gift card. Change it up; surprise your loved one with the gift of retro technology.

Here are a few gift ideas that will have you reminiscing about the good old days and leave your gift recipient’s mouth agape (which could be good or bad, but it’ll certainly be fun!).

The original Talkboy, as seen in "Home Alone 2: Lost In New York"

The original Talkboy, as seen in “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York”

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Who doesn’t love the movie Home Alone? The Christmas film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy accidentally left behind to defend his home from a pair of burglars while his parents go on holiday vacation. It was such a hit, you probably didn’t even need that summary because everyone knows Home Alone. It even brought us the rare good sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. And along with that sequel came the product tie-in known as Talkboy. 

Originally nothing more than a gaudy movie prop, some genius decided to make a working version of the voice-changing tape cassette recording device Kevin uses in the movie. They slapped the recorders with Home Alone branding and sold them in Toys ‘R’ Us stores around the country during the 1992 holiday shopping season.

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With cassette tapes and the Walkman making a big comeback this year, I say it’s time to herald in the return of the Talkboy too. In Home Alone 2, Kevin uses his Talkboy to fool the employees of the Plaza Hotel into believing they’re talking to his dad. I cannot think of a better retro tool to bring back in our current age of fake news and hacking through social engineering. 

Not only is the tech functional, but it would also be the perfect gift for any fan of Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin, or leaving your kid behind while you go on vacation!

Price: Less than $100 on eBay

It was cool enough for Marty McFly in "Back to the Future"!

It was cool enough for Marty McFly in “Back to the Future”!

This year, Apple released the new Apple Watch Series 4 to rave reviews. From making calls and sending texts to monitoring your health, the latest model of the Apple Watch adds even more power to what is essentially a watch-sized computer for your wrist.

The starting price of the Apple Watch Series 4 is $399.

However, for about $380 less, you can get your intended holiday gift recipient a computerized watch and also transport them back to a time when wearing a computer on your wrist made you a huge nerd. 

The Casio calculator watch was actually pretty cool when it first came out in the ’80s, and it’s still pretty cool today. Everyone else may be wearing an expensive Apple Watch, but you can tabulate the restaurant tip on your wrist just like they can — and for under $20.

Price: $17.99 at Target

A classic gift for someone who loves talk-radio

A classic gift for someone who loves talk-radio

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Hi, folks. Alex Jones, here. One of the best ways to listen to InfoWars now that it’s been literally banned from YouTube, iTunes, and nearly every other online platform is the old-fashioned way — terrestrial radio! In the event that society finally collapses, you’ll need a radio that doesn’t depend on the electric grid. That’s where a hand-crank radio comes in! Available now for only $69.95 at InfoWars Shop dot com.

Note: Please don’t actually purchase a hand-crank radio from conspiracy crank Alex Jones. But they do make for a neat retro tech gift! Check out all the cool-looking hand-crank emergency radios here, where the majority are actually much cheaper than $70. 

Price: Most range from $15-$70 on Amazon

Digital antennas make for a fantastic gift. Free TV for cordcutters!

Digital antennas make for a fantastic gift. Free TV for cordcutters!

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If you’re looking for the most practical item on this list, here it is: Before cable television, you needed an antenna to watch TV. Then we all got cable. Now, thanks to services like Netflix and streaming devices like Roku, everyone’s looking to cut the cord — so we’re going to want that antenna back.

A digital antenna isn’t exactly retro in and of itself, but the function it performs can certainly be considered that. Back in the day, your grandparents needed an antenna to watch their favorite soaps. That’s not required to watch shows on-demand through your favorite streaming services, but you can give the gift of old-fashioned, live television programming to anyone for the one-time cost of about $20 now. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and a slew of other networks are absolutely free to watch through the magic of public airwaves.

Price: $19.29 for a top-reviewed digital antenna on Amazon

Just in time for the holidays: Tamagotchi is back!

Just in time for the holidays: Tamagotchi is back!

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The Tamagotchi craze swept the U.S. in 1997. Back then, everyone wanted the little egg-shaped device with a digital pet living within its LCD screen. While the Tamagotchi never really left, the fervor certainly died down over the years.

Then, this year, Bandai re-released the Original Tamagotchi, the same one that propelled itself into pop culture history in the ’90s. While there are some new features and designs, those that mimic the OG Tamagotchi are close enough that one could easily assume Bandai had stumbled upon an old warehouse that had been storing these little eggs for more than a decade.

Price: $19.99 on Amazon

Before there was GameBoy, there was Game & Watch.

Before there was GameBoy, there was Game & Watch.

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While we’re on the subject of handheld gaming and LCD screens, who can forget Game & Watch?

Nintendo’s first foray into handheld gaming back in the ’80s, this slim, rectangular electronic device was the company’s first real success and paved the way for the eventual release of the GameBoy.

There were a number of Game & Watch models in the line, with each device featuring a different game. Mr. Game & Watch, as he later became known, was the large-headed, flat, cartoon-esque silhouette that starred in the majority of the Game & Watch titles. Poor Mr. Game & Watch was largely forgotten to the annals of video game history until his Super Smash Bros. debut in the early 2000s. Unfortunately for Mr. Game & Watch, he recently found himself smack dab in the middle of a controversy involving offensive Native American imagery in the latest Smash Bros. game. So, let’s take him back to the good old Game & Watch days of the early 1980s when he was bouncing people on trampolines in order to save them from a burning building.

Price: Ranges from $30 to $150 on eBay

The Original Nintendo Entertainment System in its original packaging

The Original Nintendo Entertainment System in its original packaging

When Nintendo launched the NES Classic Edition in November 2016, it was an instant success. The miniature NES replica came with 30 classic Nintendo games installed on the system and sold out all 2.3 million devices from the first-run in just a few months. It inspired similar, later releases for the SNES Classic Edition and Sony’s coming Playstation version of Nintendo’s new product line. 

The NES Classic Edition is a great way to experience the old classics for the first time or for a quick trip down memory lane. But once you’re hooked — like all of us were when the NES first launched in the U.S. in the fall of 1985 — you’re going to want to immerse yourself in the Nintendo Entertainment System experience and purchase the real thing.

The NES Classic Edition only comes with those 30 pre-installed games, and there’s no official way to load any other NES games on there. In North America, a total of 679 officially licensed games were released on the NES during the console’s lifespan. Some of those old NES games are actually pretty hard to find, which could translate into a fun hobby for collectors. At the very least, if you’re a video game fan, the NES is a must-own, even if it’s nothing more than a decorative piece.

Plus, you’ll never fully have the gamer experience until you’ve exasperated yourself by blowing every last breathe into a Nintendo game cartridge that won’t play on the console in an attempt to clear out any dust.

Price: Starts at around $50 on eBay

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Pick up ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ and a Nintendo Switch at better than Black Friday prices in the eBay sale

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Congratulations if you held off until now.
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Yes Black Friday has been and gone, but you are mistaken if you thought you had missed out on your chance to pick up a great deal.

eBay has launched a 15% sale until midnight on Nov. 28, with many of the prices topping what we saw during the Black Friday sale. You can use the code PRESENTS at checkout to receive the discount.

Simply make a purchase of £20 or more on eBay.co.uk in one of the eligible categories. You can shop for furniture, video game consoles, laptops and netbooks, clothing, toys, and much more. The maximum discount you can receive is £50 per redemption and you are limited to one redemption.

The pick of the deals is the Nintendo Switch Neon Red/Neon Blue Console for £237.99. That is a better price than we saw during the Black Friday sale.

We know you are still worn out after Black Friday, so we have handpicked some of the best deals from the eBay sale so you don’t have to do any more annoying searching:

Nintendo Switch

Playstation

Xbox

Others

We will keep updating this page with the best deals until the eBay sale closes at midnight on Nov. 28.