My first cell phone was heavier than my purse, but I carried it like it was the One Ring. Several years earlier, you couldn't part me from my Game Boy, which, at the time, was just slightly cooler than the new cordless phone (with the two-foot-long antenna) my dad excitedly brought home from Circuit City. As the years pass, we all get pretty nostalgic about our tech. So to honor the retrophiles on your gift list, we rounded up a few cases and sleeves that will make them reminisce about their own gadgets of yore.
Our partners at ReadWrite share the best ways to supercharge the Google browser.
By Taylor Hatmaker
There are plenty of reasons Google's Chrome browser has led users to its green pastures in recent years. Chrome is fast and clean and it integrates deeply with Google. Perhaps best of all, Chrome boasts an ever-improving marketplace of lightweight software geared toward hacking your browsing experience into exactly what you’d like it to look and work like.
If you’re new to Chrome, thinking about switching or just looking for a little variety in your workflow, dive into our list of the best extensions for Chrome and start bettering your browser.
This well-loved utility formerly known as “Read It Later” does just that. Pocket for Chrome is a great extension that lets you virtually dogear what you’re reading so that you can circle back to it later. That means you finally don’t have to read those 18 viral bait Buzzfeed lists in the middle of your workday—just save ‘em for later. Productivity win!
Are you a copious "to do" list maker? If you are, Any.Do may just be the extension you've been looking for. Any.Do just keeps getting better. My favorite to do list manager around (I’ve tried a kajillion of them), Any.Do’s Chrome extension syncs your browser with its excellent mobile apps so that you never forget to remember that thing you didn’t want to forget to remember, no matter where you’re working.
Evernote Web Clipper
If you’re an Evernote person, this Chrome extension is a no brainer. Clip any bit of the Web you like, from a Facebook photo to a flight confirmation. Annotate your clip and file it away for later in Evernote by clicking the toolbar logo or right-clicking your mouse in Chrome itself.
Prevent Duplicate Tabs
You've got to like an extension that just tells you what it does without having some fancy name. Prevent Duplicate Tabs does exactly what it says it does: closes old tabs or prevents you from opening new ones so that the damned things stop multiplying like rabbits. If you don’t find your yourself adrift in a sea of too many open browser tabs from time to time, you’re probably lying. Tab addiction is real, and sometimes we don’t even remember what we opened twenty tabs back.
It's the holiday season, and we're getting in the spirit with our favorite holiday gifts. We've been rounding up our picks for everyone in your life, and now we want to give you something from our amazing giveaways. For day five of our Favorite Holiday Gifts Giveaway, we are giving you the chance to get the latest and greatest tech products with $1,500.
Is there anything better than giving someone a present they truly love? Why yes! Gifting something they love that also contributes to a worthy cause. Ahead, check out six gifts that are practical, stylish, and best of all, charitable.
Double points for LSTN Headphones. Not only are the music accessories made from reclaimed wood, but the company partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to donate a portion of proceeds to helping people hear music for the first time. We especially like the Troubadour collection ($150 each) for their unique shapes.
(PRODUCT)RED by Apple
Buy the PRODUCT(RED) edition of the iPod Shuffle ($49), iPod Nano ($149), iPod Touch ($299), iPad Smart Cover ($39), iPad Smart Case ($79), iPhone 5S Case ($39), or iPhone 4S bumper ($29) and Apple will donate a portion of of the proceeds to the Global Fund, which fights AIDS in Africa. The scarlet-hued PRODUCT(RED) versions do not cost more than the other color options.
Mophie RED iPhone Case
There are so many reasons to love this RED iPhone 5 case ($120) — the ruby color, the fact that it comes with a juice pack air case for when your battery runs low, and most especially, the fact that five percent of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS.
Mend 13-inch Laptop Sleeve
Handmade in Uganda, this laptop sleeve ($59) isn't just gift-worthy for its sleek look. The case was created by the organization Invisible Children to help empower women affected by the Lord's Resistance Movement conflict.
It's that time of year again! As usual, we've got you covered with our collection of 2013 gift guides, including incredible ideas on what to pick up for your mom, your beauty-obsessed pal, and the gym-lover in your life.
We'll help you cross off the names on your gift list from now through the end of the year, so make sure to check back for the best picks in tech, fashion, fitness, and more. Also, see all of our holiday planning, tips, tricks, and inspiration as we gear up for the most festive season of the year!
Matt Smith kicked off his first post-Doctor Who role this week, taking to the stage in London as murderous yuppie Patrick Bateman in the American Psycho musical, based on Brett Easton Ellis's satirical, though disturbing, take on '80s consumerism in the book of the same name. Sure, it "sounds like the worst idea for a musical in history," but that's kind of why fans are so curious to see how the dark violence of the 2000 Christian Bale movie translates to something as seemingly happy-go-lucky as a musical. Plus, the character considers himself something of an '80s cheesy music connoisseur, which is given a nod in the songs written by Duncan Sheik.
The show runs through February 2014 and unsurprisingly thanks to its hit star, is totally sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets, or, you know, can't fly to London right now, take a peek at Matt like you've never seen him before in more official production and rehearsal photos. Oh, yes, the infamous business card scene is definitely included. See the photos after the jump.
Time to hit the slopes — areas around the country are experiencing Decembrrrr, which means that there is plenty of incoming rain and snow. This morning, some parts of California were colder than Anchorage, AK; and Denver, Great Falls, MT, and Portland, OR, all experienced record lows.
Stay on top of the weather forecast with iOS and Android apps that'll let you know exactly when the Winter weather will hit your neighborhood. Whether you're a daredevil park shredder or a two-planker, turn to these downloads for the latest information on trails, snowfall, and peak conditions.
- All Snow (free for iOS and Android) was built for skiers and snowboarders in search for the best white stuff around the world. The app provides conditions and forecasts for over 2,000 areas worldwide. Purchase in-app upgrades for the ski resort of your choice ($1 each), and get access to trail maps, discounted lift tickets, and see your stats from each run (top speed, vertical drops, and more).
- SkyMotion (free with ads for iOS and Android) is designed for rainy areas, offering detailed information on exactly when and where the wet weather is due to arrive. To ensure the most accurate information possible, the app also integrates ground-level observations and provides a unique forecast for every .6 square miles.
- SnoCountry (free) is our editor's pick for ski report apps because of its clean and simple design. It's only available on iOS, unfortunately. SnoCountry is a great place to research before hitting the trails. It provides trail maps and forecasts for major resorts, and new snowfall, plus base depth, information.
- REI Snow Report (free for iOS and Android) has a great interface for viewing new snowfall, temperatures, and base depths at a glance. You can get push notifications for new snow and when trails open. It also includes some trail maps from major resorts around the world.
- Open Snow is a free website that's worth pinning to your homescreen. The site provides "hand-crafted reports" by real-life local forecasters who offer updates from the ground. There's a fantastic Powder Finder which is an interactive map that shows new snowfall depths all around the country.
- The fandom moments of the year we wish we could forget — BuzzFeed Geeky
- Insane ways people are spending money on Xbox One — Cracked
- The mobile payments revolution hasn't happened just yet — ReadWrite
- Bill Nye pleads for a bigger planetary science budget — Geekosystem
- Bring Batman to life with Lego Wayne Manor — /Film
- One eradicated disease is making a comeback — Newser
- The secret to picking a perfect smartphone wallpaper — Lifehacker
Autumn's vibrant foliage may have fallen by the wayside, but that doesn't mean that your camera should go into hibernation. Thanks to frosted landscapes, holiday cheer, and warm creature comforts, Winter teems with photo ops that ought to keep that shutter snapping from the first snowflake to the first bloom of Spring. So don't get too snug by that toasty fire — take our checklist of must-shoot Winter photos along when you venture out into this chilly season.
One of a Kind gives one lucky fashion fan the opportunity of a lifetime — the chance to meet their favorite designer and get a custom piece designed just for them! Our winner Ayesha has already met Trina Turk, collaborated on a custom piece, and taken a tour of Trina Turk's gorgeous LA studio, all in preparation for the big moment: the reveal of her one-of-a-kind clothing. Ayesha takes home a lot more than she anticipated . . . watch on to see all of her gorgeous Trina Turk treasures.
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