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Weird Wide Web: Virtual girlfriends, searching for Miley and did you turn off the cooker?

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Unlock it with your face feature of the week

iPhones and iPads of the future may use facial recognition technology to unlock the device when it recognises a user or block out information when it does not, The Telegraph reports.

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(Image: Steve Lyon/Flickr)

Yearly review of the week

Yahoo has compiled all of the top search trends for 2013. Guess who was the most searched person on Yahoo this year…

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Amazon delivery idea of the week

Amazon is experimenting with the idea of having drones deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order, it was revealed this week. Soon the skies could be full of these little guys:

(Video: Amazon/YouTube)

Sleep mask

With the busy lives we all live, we’re all looking to fit more sleep into the day and the creators of this contraption claim it allows you to sleep less but feel as refreshed as if you slept for eight hours or more…

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(Image: Neuroon/Kickstarter)

Vital app of the week

Did you remember to switch the cooker off before you left this morning? And plug out the TV? These questions will cease to haunt you if you invest in this new app. It tells users if they’ve left an appliance on and you won’t even have to go back to turn it off because it also allows you to do that remotely through your phone, Daily Mail reports.

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Virtual dating site of the week

A Nintendo game called ‘Love Plus’ that allows you to date a virtual girlfriend is gaining popularity with men in Japan. One of Business Insider’s female writers decided to try out a phone app with a similar idea and though she noted the general whiff of sexism off it, she saw some value in it as well.

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(Image: My Virtual Girlfriend)

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