Items tagged with Christmas

There have been two steady constants in the mobile space over the past several years. The first is that Android dominates the competition in terms of overall mobile market share, and the second is that Apple sells more tablets and smartphones than other single manufacturer. Christmas Day didn't change any of that -- Android is still the top dog in mobile, and Apple won the day in terms of the total number of device activations. Yahoo's mobile analytic arm Flurry did what it does every year -- it examined device activations and related data. And just like last year, Santa Claus delivered more Apple... Read more...
The hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season can be overwhelming, especially when there are so many other things on the never-ending to-do list. You know, like shop for an ugly sweater, print up a recipe book for the relatives, prepare the guest room for the holidays, and stock up on booze (you're going to need it). Before you know it, the deadline to shop online has passed, meaning you have to head to a crowded mall and shove your way through rude shoppers. Well, luckily for you, Amazon saw this coming and decided to extend its free shipping cutoff date. Now you have until December... Read more...
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our rather large, extended family here to you and yours.  We hope whatever you had on your wish-list, naughty or nice, that your Yuletide dreams come true.  But most of all, we wish you all, health, happiness and good times with loved ones and friends.    ... Read more...
The good folks at Google have made it easy for you and your kids to track the jolly bearded guy in a red suit as he travels around the world delivering gifts. Google is getting a bit of help from the North Pole air traffic control elves, who are finished making toys for the year and have now turned their attention to relaying Santa's location information to Google. "For the next day, you can visit the Google Santa Tracker to see where Santa’s headed next and keep tabs on how many presents he’s delivered," Google announced in a blog post. "You can also keep up with him on your smartphone... Read more...
It's Christmas. Actually, it's the day before the fake Mayan apocalypse, Winter Solstice Eve, two days before Festivus, and five days before Christmas. Regardless of your chosen holiday, it's the magical time of year when the kinfolk you've spent 51 weeks successfully avoiding manage to squirm their way into your home like particularly determined tapeworms. Having attached themselves to the intestines of your dogged Christmas cheer, they'll regale you with stories of their vacations, promotions, life accomplishments. If they have children, you'll be treated to lengthy treatises on how Spawn Jr... Read more...
If you managed to survive Christmas, give yourself a pat on the back. And if you survived the holiday while spending time with the in-laws, figure out a way to reward yourself. One way you can do that is by grabbing some free tunes and other content from Apple as part of its annual "12 Days of Christmas" promotion, which starts today. From now until January 6, 2012, Apple is giving away free songs, music videos, and eBooks to residents of Canada and parts of Europe. Unfortunately the promotion doesn't apply to U.S. residents (bummer), but for those who live in applicable regions, there's an app... Read more...
Oh, Google. You and your doodles. This holiday season, Google is giving us a noisy, festive, colorful doodle in the form of “Jingle Bells”. If you click each colored square, they make a musical note in turn. Once you’ve clicked them all, the page breaks into song...and dance. When the song is finished, Google automatically searches for “Happy Holidays”. It’s a charming doodle to say the least, and it’s one your kids will get a kick out of when they wake up this Christmas--er, Christmas Eve morn.... Read more...
It's almost Christmas, haven't you heard? And if you aren't quite ready for the holidays, there's really no better way to get there than by picking up a new Kindle Fire and a set of iGloLEDset lights. Basically, these wireless Christmas tree lights can be wirelessly controlled through Amazon's white-hot new e-reader / tablet hybrid, enabling you to pause after Chapter 14 and adjust the tree mood. It's better shown in video, and thankfully, we have one of those just below. The lights are $299, but if that sounds a little pricey, just wait until the 26th to see what happens on the MSRP.... Read more...
A bustling shopping mall in Canada is ending a more than century old tradition of having kids line up for hours to sit on Santa's knee to tell the bearded gift giver what they want for Christmas. This year they'll need to sign up in advance for a one-hour story time session on Saturday morning, in which they'll also have a chance to sit on his knee and have their photo taken; the rest of the time he'll be on Skype. "Santa has gone digital! This year, only at the Toronto Eaton Centre, your child can have a one on one Skype with Santa!," the mall states on its website. Parents can register their... Read more...
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our rather large, extended family here to you and yours.  We hope whatever you had on your wish-list, naughty or nice, that your Yuletide dreams come true.  But most of all, we wish you all, health, happiness and good times with loved ones and friends.     And for our friends that celebrate Chanukah, we give you Adam Sandler in this timeless classic - The Chanukah Song.  Happy Holidays!... Read more...
As you wait in the checkout line just before Christmas, your observation is correct. That other line is moving faster than yours. That's what Bill Hammack (the Engineer Guy), from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois - Urbana "proves" in this YouTube video. The video was released just in time for the final days of the holiday shopping season, as a lesson in queueing theory for the holiday season. Using the work of Agner Erlang, a Danish engineer who helped the Copenhagen Telephone Company determine the best level of service with the minimum... Read more...
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, there’s one question that gets asked rather frequently: Have you been naughty or nice? Of course, we all know that a lot hinges on this seemingly simple question. If you’ve been nice, then perhaps Santa will bring you an awesome gift; that one piece of hardware you've been jonesing for. On the other hand, if you’ve been naughty and have cursed your computer (hey, who hasn’t?) or ignored your significant other because Left 4 Dead 2 or Modern Warfare 2 beckoned, then you’d better shape up before it's too late. Otherwise, the... Read more...
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, there’s one question that gets asked rather frequently: Have you been naughty or nice? Of course, we all know that a lot hinges on this seemingly simple question. If you’ve been nice, then perhaps Santa will bring you an awesome gift; that one piece of hardware you've been jonesing for. On the other hand, if you’ve been naughty and have cursed your computer (hey, who hasn’t?) or ignored your significant other because Left 4 Dead 2 or Modern Warfare 2 beckoned, then you’d better shape up before it's too late. Otherwise, the... Read more...
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our rather large, extended family here to you and yours.  We hope whatever you had on your wish-list, naughty or nice, that your Yuletide dreams come true.  But most of all, we wish you all, health, happiness and good times with loved ones and friends.     And for our friends that celebrate Hanukkah, we give you Adam Sandler in this timeless classic - The Hanukkah Song.  Happy Holidays!... Read more...
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