The orgy of consumerism and gift-grabbing otherwise known as Christmas is nearly upon us, and it's important to take stock of the little things in life and give thanks for simple, everyday pleasures, just as our US cousins did on Thanksgiving on Thursday.
So in honour of this tradition, V3 thought it right that we take the time to thank the little bits of technology that may not grab the headlines like the iPad or latest smartphone, but nonetheless make our lives easier and more fulfilled.
So, grab a turkey leg and a slice of pumpkin pie and take a moment to consider what your world would be like without these everyday, no-frills technologies.
10. Smartphone screens
For thousands of years once the sun had set humans were forced to wander around in the dark bumping into things, each other and monsters. Then some bright spark discovered fire and all was well with the world.
Fast forward a few millennia and one of the most useful lights we now possess is the one emitted by the super-bright smartphones we carry around night and day.
Struggling to find your front door lock in the dark? Shine your smartphone on the door and all is revealed. Groping your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night and don't want to startle your beloved by turning on the bedroom light? Your phone will lead the way.
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