Weekly Rewind: Our Holiday gift guide, how to have sex in space, and iPhone 7 rumors

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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from over the Thanksgiving holiday. Everything from the biggest Cyber Monday deals to lab-engineered shrimp — it’s all here.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Think your friends and family are impossible to shop for? We’ve found tech for everyone on your holiday and Christmas lists. We’ve complied all the best laptops, phones, TVs, home theater devices, wearables, gadgets, and more to help you get the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether your family is full of gadgeteers who always want the latest and greatest tech or not-so-tech-savvy folks who’d rather have the analog version, we’ve got suggestions for you.

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‘You need things like straps’ when it comes to sex in space, says Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson

What requires straps, grim determination, and two consenting individuals? Sex in space, of course, which is a whole lot trickier than you’d think. As we continually make advances in the realm of space travel, we consider how the human race might one day thrive in a zero-gravity environment. Naturally, procreation is a very important consideration; one that has yet to be addressed. But thankfully, celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has lent his expertise to the subject, noting, “You need things like straps” in order to have a successful romp in the hay when you’re away from planet Earth.

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Black Friday: $905 million in sales came from smartphones and tablets, iOS led the way

Amazon Black Friday

When it comes to mobile shopping on Thanksgiving, e-commerce sites probably saw nearly 80 percent of purchases come from iOS devices, according to a report from online retail analytics company Custora. There was also an uptick in e-commerce purchases coming from Android mobile devices this year. Smartphones and tablets accounted for 36.1 percent of e-commerce orders on Black Friday, up from 30.3 percent on Black Friday last year. No matter how you slice it, it seems that mobile shopping is on the rise — especially on Black Friday.

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Grab the gear you’ve been waiting all year for with the best Cyber Monday deals

Best Cyber Monday Deals

While Black Friday continues to creep into Thanksgiving day, with stores opening as early as 3 p.m., Cyber Monday remains a core celebration falling on the Monday after the big shopping weekend. This year, many retailers, even those traditionally brick and mortar, are joining in on the Cyber Monday craze, launching sales that last all week long. Stay tuned here and we’ll keep you updated on new, worthwhile deals as they get announced.

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Jessica Jones is four times more popular on Twitter than The Man in the High Castle

Jessica Jones

On November 20, two titans in on-demand video streaming, Netflix and Amazon, each premiered highly promoted new series on the same day. Netflix’s Jessica Jones, a show based on the superhero comic book series Alias, faced off against Amazon’s drama about a world where the Allies lost World War II, The Man In The High Castle. And, as far as Twitter was concerned, Jessica Jones crushed its opponent.

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Deals

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The best smartphone stocking stuffers for a very techy Christmas

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Business

Chinese court upholds Qualcomm's complaint that Apple infringed on two patents

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Deals

19 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

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G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

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Tune in to the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

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Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

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Computing

Microsoft’s latest patent paves the way for Andromeda dual-screen mobile device

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Need to record calls on an iPhone? Check out our handy guide

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Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

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Mobile

Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

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Outdoors

Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find a Lime bike or scooter

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Quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed

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Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

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