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Weekend Roundup: Christmas tech deals abound, world's cheapest tablet launches and Bitcoin plunges in value

What's the deal?

Across the nation, retail bosses have been embarking on night long gallivants through time with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. At least, that's our only explanation for their generosity in the breadth of the incredible deals we've been uncovering in the run up to 25 December.

From discounted iPad Minis to half price antivirus software, free PS4 consoles with smartphone contracts to Samsung tablets under £100, shops are slashing their prices in a pre-Christmas display of charity and goodwill.

We've scouring the web for the best discounts on offer, providing up-to-date coverage in our UK tech deals liveblog and uncovering 12 corkers in our 12 deals of Christmas feature.

Have you found any cracking bargains in your online travels? Or perhaps used one of ours to bag yourself a festive tech treat? Let us know in the comments below or give us a bell at @ITProPortal over on Twitter.

Cheap as tablet chips

Speaking of bargains, a new tablet has muscled its way onto the block, causing a stir not because of a sleek design or revolutionary specs, but its incredibly low price.

The Aakash UbiSlate 7Ci can be yours for the meagre sum of £30, which seriously undercuts other budget models currently on the market. "With recent ONS figures showing that in the UK, 29% of the poorest households have no computer and 36% no internet, we're working to bring affordable technology to the hundreds of thousands of households excluded from the digital revolution", Datawind's chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli told The Guardian.

Initially engineered for an Indian government education scheme, the Ubislate 7Ci comes with a 7in touch screen display with a capacitive resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 4GB of storage space and a microSD slot that allows expansion up to 32GB. It also has a Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1GHz and 512MB of RAM with the tablet running on Google Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and Wi-Fi connectivity coming as part of the package.

Bitcoin crashes

There was much awkward shuffling of feet and covering of red faces this week, as the virtual currency that everyone has been raving about plummeted to less than half of its record high valuation. Following reports that BTC China, the world's biggest Bitcoin exchange, had plans to restrict trade and block yuan-based deposits, the currency's value sank in value to a low of £258.

A mass wave of panic selling as skittish investors rushed to rid themselves of their Bitcoin stock sent the currency crashing.

Embarrassingly, the drop came just days after Cameron Winklevoss, an American rower and entrepeneur, claimed that the virtual currency could be worth over $40,000 (£25,000). He had announced on Sunday 15 December via Reddit that "Bitcoin is a $400 billion dollar market cap, so $40,000 a coin, but I believe it could be much larger. When this will happen, if it happens, it will probably happen much faster than anyone imagines."

When asked by a user how it felt to pour so much money into something so volatile, he replied "Some days I don't even look at the price, I'm in this for the long haul. Spartans hold." We wonder if he still stands by that claim.