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Sound Bang & Olufsen Beolab 17 £2,590 per set Bang & Olufsen have launched their first compact wireless speaker, BeoLab 17. The all-digital, active speaker – the first in the world to utilize the new WiSA standard for high-end wireless – combines stunning acoustic performance, place-anywhere flexibility and innovative design. BeoLab 17 sounds far more refined than speakers twice its size and will look great wherever you put it. Available from your nearest B&O store. Web noradsanta.org NORAD Tracks Santa is a website that you can use to track Father Christmas as he delivers gifts to all the good little boys and girls across the world. Gadget Touchscreen Coffee Table - $7,000 (approx £4,383) This wooden coffee table incorporates a fully functional Windows 8 computer with a 32” touch screen. With a 178° viewing angle, it is ideal for viewing enlarged photos or maps, playing with an interactive Koi pond, or allowing multiple users to comfortably view the same data from the sofa. The table is topped with an anti-glare LCD screen that functions like a tablet computer. The screen’s six touch points allow for easy navigation whilst its 1366 x 768 resolution provides a sharp image in any ambient lighting condition. The tempered-glass surface can take your coffee mug and its IP34 water rating makes it safe for everyday splashes and spills. The tablet has an Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz processor, 6 GB of memory, 500 GB hard drive, and is Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled. It comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse but at this price I would hope so. Available from www.hammacher.com The program began on December 24, 1955, when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Centre. Colonel Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children that called in a “current location” for Santa Claus. This tradition continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958. Today, NORAD relies on volunteers to make the program possible. Each volunteer handles about forty telephone calls per hour, and the team typically handles more than 12,000 e-mails and more than 70,000 telephone calls from more than two hundred countries and territories. Most of these contacts happen during the twenty-four hours from 2 a.m. on December 24. Google Analytics has been in use since December 2007 to analyse traffic at the NORAD Tracks Santa website. As a result of this analysis information, the program can project and scale volunteer staffing, telephone equipment, and computer equipment needs for Christmas Eve. Volunteers still include NORAD military and civilian personnel. The site is great fun and includes CGI videos of Santa as he passes famous landmarks. Festive fun for little kids….. and big ones too. 65