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Geeky gadget gift ideas for Christmas!



Exciting times for the all the “techheads” out there as the silly season approaches, many are embracing the trend of gaming.

The festive season has arrived! And online orders, video games and streaming services continue to thrive in a pandemic world.

With Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X shortages set to continue, there are still plenty of options available. So let’s consider what’s on offer from top tier tech through to those fun little secret Santa gifts.

Content creator and tech reviewer Emily Dalton (1upEmily) jumps in to provide some ideas on ticker gaming this week!


A recent partnership between a couple of toy giants saw the creation of one of this years hottest toys, The Super Mario LEGO collection! A clever take on the adventure game characters merged with the imaginative play that LEGO offers.

The Mario and Luigi starter sets are your first stop. The characters come complete with their iconic sounds and colours in charming LEGO brick bodies.

One of the most impressive things about the series is the integrated lights and sounds that change depending on where the toys are placed and what they jump on.


Working from home gave some the opportunity to understand just how unprepared our home office spaces were for a comfortable and well lit experience.

For gamers, getting the perfect set up is part of the process. Decent lighting and themed backgrounds are a must for streamers and content creators looking to stand out and the Nanoleaf breed of lighting options are as fun as they are stylish!


Most workplaces will try to inject at a bit of festive fun into the team, no matter how many employees actually want to participate there’s usually a kris kringle of some sort.

Rushed and ill-prepared gifts are never fun to receive. But! there are some great little pieces out there that won’t break the bank.

Fun ideas that might help put a smile on that one colleagues face, you know the one who you’ve matched with but have no idea what to get them.


A good game room celebrates the beloved characters and video games that originate from. Posters are quite common but there are some incredibly detailed statues and artwork available.

From big names in anime through to the gaming characters we all know and love. Collectors are always on the lookout for the next limited edition piece to decorate their home and office so keep an eye open if you’re happy to splash out.

Hopefully some ideas have been generated from our geeky gift guide and be sure to tune in and check out more from Ticker gaming and of course be sure to see what Emily Dalton and Team Retro are up to right here!

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Jamaal Bowman: TikTok gives free speech for 150 million people



The Congressman says there is too much hysteria around the social media platform

U.S. Congressman Jamaal Bowman says there’s too much hysteria when it comes to social media platform, TikTok.

The Congressman argues the app has given a voice to millions of people, as well as empowering diverse communities.

“Our first Amendment right allows people to speak freely and communicate freely,” Bowman said outside the steps of Capitol Hill. “TikTok as a platform has created a community for free speech, for over 150 million people.”

TikTok is currently set to be banned on government-owned devices, due to concerns over the data it collects.

There are reported links between the app owner, ByteDance, and the Chinese Communist Party.

But Bowman argues all social media platforms have been ‘dishonest’ with the data of their users.

“Let’s not be dishonest with ourselves,” he continued. “Let’s not be racist and xenophobe towards China when it comes to TikTok.

“American companies have done tremendous harm towards American people.”

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What does the A.I. future look like?



The pandemic has accelerated the need for integrated technology

Pretty soon, you’ll be able to ask a virtual assistant to transcribe meeting notes, summarise long email threads and even turn a Word document into a PowerPoint presentation in seconds.

Technology and the software development that comes along with it have revolutionised our world and daily life.

On top of all of this, the challenges of the global pandemic and its aftermath have accelerated the need for integrated technology solutions at a pace never seen before.

Over the past few weeks alone, a rapidly evolving artificial intelligence landscape has seemed to jump forward at a rate not seen before.

So what does an AI future look like?

Alex Iceman from Genium joined us to discuss.

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Building the framework for Apple’s App Store



Where do you begin to create one of the most used phone programs in the world?

Imagine your boss comes to you with this great idea. A screen that’s a phone, that will change our entire lives.

The way we consume media, the way we connect. To do so, we have these tiny little things called Apps. Millions of them.

But you’re tasked with creating the framework that becomes the App store.

We speak to one of the former Apple employees who helped to build the App store – Phillip Shoemaker.

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