Generation of parents receive "hand-me-ups" this Christmas: Children pass on unwanted gadgets such as iPads, Kindles and smartphones


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Generation of parents receive 'hand-me-ups' for Christmas: Children pass on outdated gadgets such as smartphones and Kindles Survey of 2,000 finds quarter of people gave old technology to parentsNearly half of people between 18-24 passed on 'hand-me-up' for ChristmasMain reason is that people don't want to own 'outdated' technology | UPDATED: 22:01 GMT, 26 December 2012 It's a festive phenomenon that saves youngsters money and keeps Mum and Dad in the technological loop. This Christmas saw the rise of the ‘hand-me-up’ gift – when children pass on the still-desirable, hi-tech gadgets they don’t want any more to their parents. A survey found over a quarter of us gave second-hand technology to our mothers and fathers

Is it the end of the road for the tax disc? Scrapping paper version would cut costs and streamline services to motorists, say ministers


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Is it the end of the road for the tax disc Scrapping paper version would cut costs and streamline services to motorists, say ministersPolice can tell from access to DVLA computer whether car has been taxedPaper element of driving licence also due to be scrapped by 2015 | UPDATED: 02:25 GMT, 14 December 2012 End of the road: The car tax disc which has been displayed on car windscreens for 90 years could be scrapped The car tax disc which has adorned windscreens for more than 90 years could be due for the axe. Ministers say scrapping the paper discs would cut costs and streamline services to motorists

X-47B "stealth drone" hoped to be first carrier-borne unmanned aircraft


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U.S. Navy 'stealth drone' takes to the sea for tests: The autonomous X-47B is hoped to be first carrier-borne unmanned aircraftThe drone will be the first to be piloted entirely by artificial intelligenceTests hope to prove it can take off and land from an aircraft carrierIt has a claimed range of 2,000 miles and flight time of six hours | UPDATED: 18:50 GMT, 29 November 2012 A stealth drone set to be the world's first unmanned, robot aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence rather than a remote human operator has taken to the sea for tests.