Some of the biggest stories were also black spots in history, dotted in between human interest and sporting events. February saw 406M+ searches for the 87th Academy Awards, shortly followed by the 11th Cricket World cup (323M+ searches), jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

April saddened us with the Nepal earthquake, which attracted 85M+ searches, many of those from people wanting to help or donate to search and recovery activities. May introduced the new royal baby, Princess Charlotte, bringing 105M+ searches with her.

June brought the Shanghai stock market to its knees, falling 30% and having a negative impact in global markets. Related searches hit 12M+ as we made attempts to understand what was going on with China's economy. Australia's new Prime Minister was announced in September as upheaval in the heart of government had 22M+ searches. September was eventful as the Volkswagen emissions scandal hit with 13M+ searches and Elizabeth II reaches a special milestone as the longest reigning Queen (100M+ searches).

The Rugby World cup reached its conclusion in October, New Zealand winning consecutive tournaments and attracting 246M+ searches. Water was discovered on Mars begging the question of life on the red planet (10M+ searches) and Indian cricket star Sehwag announced his retirement, with fans hitting 9M+ searches.

November was shocking, as Paris was under attack and the heart of Europe going into lockdown. Searches hit 897M+ showing just how hard this tragedy powered our quest for more information. December ending on a more positive note as the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie hit the big screens, as it ended the year with a worldwide box office total of $1.293 billion and 155M+ searches.

Nexus 9 Competition

In stark contrast to search trends, TRACT had a quiet year. We chose to concentrate on improving infrastructure and application support, things that would mostly go unnoticed. It is now time to give back to our valued clients, January will see our first monthly competition take place: one lucky person will win a brand new 16GB Nexus 9 tablet. Entering is simple:

  1. Order (or upgrade) any service with TRACT, using the promo code: jan2016
  2. Tweet or publish a Facebook post with a link to the TRACT website, using the hashtag #tract
  3. Make sure the above post is set to public visibility otherwise we will not be able to validate your entry.

There are a couple of conditions: the winner will be drawn on the 01/03/2016, which means you cannot place an order and cancel it within the 30-day money back guarantee period. Upgrade orders are also counted as an entry but will be be voided if the service is downgraded before the 01/03/2016.

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TRACT wishes you all a safe and exciting start to 2016. This will be a big year for announcements as we release services in more parts of the world and finally implement the last stages of our new and improved client area. On the road to success, the rule is to always to look ahead. May you reach your destination, and may your journey be wonderful. Happy New Year.

Friday, January 1, 2016

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