- Look back at the best home decor Instagrams from 2013 — Home
- Watch Kellan Lutz's abs in the new Hercules pictures — Entertainment
- Bet you've never made Christmas cookies like these before! — Food
- Behold the scientific reasons guys are so attractive — Love & Sex
- Video: Work out on your business trip with this hotel-room ab routine — Fitness
- The 18 most pinned DIYs of 2013 — Smart Living
- How to deck out your teen's hangout spot — Moms
- Put a geeky twist on your ugly Christmas sweater — Tech
- Kate Middleton's hair is having the best year ever — Beauty
- 25 models with unbeatable street style — Fashion
- How Pope Francis surprised us all in the year 2013 — Celebrity & News
- Vintage fitness ads you won't believe existed — Fitness
Keeping gift ideas under wraps is hard enough as it is — then throw social media into the mix, and you've got a potential disaster. Thankfully, Pinterest, the inspiration destination, has secret boards that keep pins private and white elephant ideas away from prying eyes. The company is now allowing six secret boards (instead of three) and launching a new iPad app that's iOS 7-ready.
For now, users can only create up to three secret boards, and existing boards can't be privatized, but users can invite others to view and contribute to secret boards. We also tested whether a repin onto a secret board would show up in the original pin's social stats, and, no, secret repins do not appear anywhere except your secret board (phew). Take secret boards for a spin by going to your Boards page, scrolling down to the bottom (you'll see the secret boards dashboard in gray), and then start secretly pinning!
If you need some holiday pinspiration for secret boards aside from gift planning, think: a wish list between you and your main squeeze, upcoming holiday party outfits, or decoration ideas for the New Year's Eve bash you're hosting.
With so many new technology releases around the holidays, it can be daunting to determine what's awesome and what's just a lot of hype. Luckily, we've done the legwork for you and found all the very best geek-chic gadgets out there this holiday season — find out which items made our list right here on The Sync Up!
Mr. Spotify, tear down this pay wall! Daniel Ek, CEO of the Sweden-based music-streaming service, announced today that the company is offering Spotify for free on phones and tablets for the first time since its launch.
What's the catch? For iOS and Android phones, unlimited free streaming is available when listening to playlists and artists in shuffle mode only. Spotify's mobile experience will now mimic a tailored radio service with advertisements. You won't be able to play a track on demand, and you'll have to listen to a playlist out of order. Off-line access is also not available to non-subscribed mobile users.
For tablets, the limitations are a bit different. As with the Spotify web and desktop player, you can listen to any track, album, or playlist on demand with advertisements. The Premium subscription ($10 per month) will still offer listening to music offline and ad-free streaming.
In other news, the complete Led Zeppelin catalog is now available for streaming exclusively on Spotify!
- Twitter reveals its answer to Snapchat — ReadWrite
- What Freud would have to say about our social media slipups — BuzzFeed FWD
- Insane budgets could lead to the crash of the gaming industry — Cracked
- Day made: Classic video games to play online — Mental Floss
- NASA's Robonaut gets a bit of a makeover — Geekosystem
- Time for a digital bill of rights — Newser
- Did you read the year's best sci-fi and fantasy books? — Bookish
How crucial is good food to the holiday season? Let us count the ways. The revered green bean casserole you bring to Mom's every year. The convenient stockpot meal you can count on after a long day at the mall. The emergency cheese-and-cracker stash you keep for last-minute visitors. And the cookies . . . oh, the cookies . . .
We're not joking when we say that even more important than your wish list for Santa is a well-thought-out grocery list, one that ensures your kitchen can rise to any occasion the season brings. Tell us which essentials you can't live without from Thanksgiving through New Year's — you could win $1,500 courtesy of Del Monte, so you can stock your pantry to the max!
Here's how it works:
- Create a board on Pinterest, and use #HolidayPantryEssentials in the description.
- Pin your must-have holiday recipes, like Del Monte's Classic Green Bean Casserole, to the board using the hashtag #HolidayPantryEssentials in the description.
- Submit your board URL on the entry page here, and you'll be entered for your chance to win!
And don't forget to click on the hashtag to check out your fellow entrants' pins. See how your pantry essentials stack up to others, discover new recipes, and find plenty of delicious inspiration to get through the season.
It's officially official, Whovians. Matt Smith will bid his final adieu to Doctor Who in the US on Dec. 25, Christmas Day, at 9 p.m. on BBC America. The new official trailer for the special, titled "The Time of the Doctor," (watch it below!) previews how the show plans to send off its Eleventh Doctor, who fans have enjoyed on the small screen for the past four years.
The official trailer features what seems to be Clara's voice speaking in riddles, "And now it's time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Eleven's hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve's." A regeneration is clearly upon us.
In the 10-second teaser, we see bits of the Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence, and the Weeping Angels. The BBC has revealed that the Doctor is making some sort of sacrifice to save a town called Christmas. The last episode of season seven was titled "The Name of the Doctor," and the 50th anniversary special was "The Day of the Doctor," so we're intrigued by what "The Time of the Doctor" could mean, as there seems to be a synergy between these three episodes.
The Doctor asks, "This planet . . . what's it called?" in the trailer, to which a female voice (River Song, perhaps?) responds, "Trenzalore." The episode's mysterious tagline is, "Silence will fall."
We're still reeling from the 50th anniversary special, which aired Nov. 23 and is available for streaming now on iTunes, Amazon, and more. But we can't wait to see how the Christmas special (which will hopefully also air Christmas Day for US peeps) will introduce the newest Doctor, Peter Capaldi. See more photos of the Doctor Who Christmas Special!
If our Instagram feed is any indication, weekend nights are all about the ugly sweater parties. We're spinning the time-honored tradition and opting for faux-ugly Christmas sweaters that show off geeky pop-culture taste. From handmade Doctor Who to Pac-Man zipping through an 8-bit tree, find a sweater here that'll be the talk of the eggnog bowl.
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