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Me and technology aren’t the best of friends. We probably the kind of friends that only make small talk. But I was heartbroken to hear about the death of my iPod.

Okay, so you could call me a little dramatic. But there’s a collection of over 4000 songs that has kept me going on those long train rides for years. After the hearing the bad news the Apple Store swiftly lifted my spirits by telling me I can get a new iPod was £30! A shiny new iPod for £30. Where’s the catch I thought. Nikhil asked: “A brand new iPod?” It was too good to be true. The small print arrived. They’ll give me a refurbished iPod, with a 90 days warranty.

Another distressed woman caught me eye. Her iPhone had frozen. After assessing it an Apple technician broke the bad news to her. The hardware had broken inside. He then quickly put a smile on her face by saying: “We will replace your iPhone with a new one.” Nowhere did he mention it would be a refurbished iPhone.

As much as Apple is a very cool brand, shouldn’t they be a little more specific when helping their customers. Giving customers a false sense of hope, is not the way forward.

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Tests have been taken and results are in. The iPhone is the coolest brand in the UK. And it doesn’t stop there for Apple as they secured third and fourth place too.

While Aston Martin slips down to second place it seems that the definition of cool is always changing. Facebook disappeared off the charts while sites such as YouTube and Google entered. BBC iPlayer even made it into the Top 20.

Take a look at the Top 10 and see if you are too cool for school or falling behind.

1. iPhone
2. Aston Martin
3. Apple
4. iPod
5. Nintendo
6. YouTube
7. Blackberry
8. Google
9. Bang & Olufsen
10. Playstation

I have an iPod, you all probably have an iPod, but for some strange reason I can’t seem to imagine the Queen with one.

Over the last week 20 world leaders have gathered in the capital. Aside the protestors many people have been excited by the arrival of Barack Obama, the first black American president.

I suppose we are hoping he will uplift our moods towards the economic crisis.

Along with his famous smile and first lady Michelle Obama they have enjoyed all things British including full English breakfast and an afternoon with the Queen. And bless him; he bought her Majesty an iPod. An interesting gift. Now the Queen already owns an iPod but Obama’s gift was a video iPod. Loaded with photos and videos from the Queen’s 2007 state visit to the States, Obama even uploaded pictures and audio from his inauguration.

And it doesn’t stop there. He went the extra mile when including 40 Great Show Tunes including Oklahoma!, Some Enchanted Evening, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, I Could Have Danced All Night, Maria, The Sound of Music, Hello, Dolly!, Cabaret, Send in the Clowns, If I were a Rich Man and Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.

So she has quite a collection! Now it’s just a case of taking a walk around Buckingham Palace and having a good old sing-a-long!

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