Dogs may be silver screen stars, but on the Internet, cats reign supreme. Nowhere is this so evident as on Instagram where #catsofinstagram photos outweigh #dogsofinstagram snaps nearly two to one. But while I can zone out all day scrolling through cute cat pics, a few Instacats in particular have made it on my daily must-follow list. Whether via Hefe or Earlybird, these felines sure let their photogenic personalities filter through!
On Saturday, Nov. 23, Doctor Who celebrated a half-century of Time Lords with their biggest special yet. The 50th anniversary episode, titled "The Day of the Doctor," was simulcast through time and space on TVs and cinema screens around the world. If you've been frantically dodging spoilers all weekend (more tips on how to avoid plot-ruining details here) then wait no more, because "The Day of the Doctor" is ready to be streamed at your convenience.
In the US, the special is available as part of the Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection, which also includes the mini-episode prequel, the Adventure in Space and Time docudrama and more, and as a standalone episode.
Get your mobile devices ready for some Doctor Who geekery by downloading "The Day of the Doctor" from one of these online video services:
- Apple iTunes — High definition ($30 for full collection, $8 for anniversary special) or standard edition ($20 for full collection, $6 for anniversary special)
- Amazon Instant Video — High definition ($8 for anniversary special) or standard definition ($7 for anniversary special)
- Google Play — High definition ($30 for full collection, $8 for anniversary special) or standard definition ($20 for standard definition $6 for anniversary special)
- VUDU — High definition ($30 for full collection, $7 for anniversary special) or standard definition ($20 for full collection, $5 for anniversary special)
Don't miss the 50th anniversary preshow and "The Day of the Doctor" deleted scene after the break!
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Impassioned artwork can stop you in your tracks, and every page of Beautiful Lego ($30) will leave you in awe. Let's just say if classical sculptors like Michelangelo had used the toy bricks as their medium, the results would be found within these pages.
Lego artist Mike Doyle highlights his own work and that of 77 other artists from around the globe in Beautiful Lego, an anthology of everyday objects and fantastical sci-fi wonders reimagined with the Lego brick. Here, our favorite geek (of course!) picks from the book that will be at the top of your coffee table's holiday wish list.
Paris is illuminated by twinkling lights during the holiday season in a photo submitted with the #coolcapture hashtag by Instagram user laurentrekk.
Have you been testing out your photography skills and snapped a shot you want to share? Submit your pics to our Cool Capture group or to Instagram with the #coolcapture hashtag, and your pic might be featured on the POPSUGAR Tech homepage! And don't forget to follow popsugartech on Instagram!
Secret Santa is arguably one of the best holiday traditions, but if your friends aren't meeting in advance to pick a name out of a hat, get help from a tool that promises to keep the names a secret.
- Elfster will organize your party and gift exchange. As the organizer you set up the exchange, input money limits, sign up and exchange dates, and create an invite to send to guests. Once they accept and all guests are accounted for, Elfster "draws" names and then emails your guests letting them know who they need to shop for.
- Secret Santa Random Name Generator selects names for a Secret Santa group and automatically sends participants an email. All you need to share are email addresses, the number of presents for each participant, and names of the participants.
- Sneaky Santa delivers more than a cute name. The site lets you virtually draw names for your group, set up gift rules, and send an anonymous message to the participants. The design is a little old school, but you can customize your site with a picture, which means you have an excuse to Elf Yourself or Scrooge Yourself again!
- Draw Names saves group information, so you can draw from the same group of people again and again. There is also an option to input your wish list and view the wish list of the person you've selected.
- Secret Santa Generator lets you add rules (like person A can't pick person B), which is useful when two people live in the same household or your group doesn't want to pick the same people as last year.
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- Jennifer Lopez's wildest looks
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- Vote on your pick for best dressed
- The best beauty looks from every angle
- Rihanna's pinned-up look
- Taylor Swift's bed-head hairstyle
- Who wore what on the red carpet
- Miley's totally weird performance
- Was Justin Timberlake completely bored in the audience?
- Nelly's throwback performance
- Ke$ha goes country
- The boys of One Direction will make you swoon
The list of all the winners and more fun at the AMAs:
Ready to put a little rocket fuel in your work flow? Our friends at ReadWrite have tried and tested apps for Mac OS X that you won't believe you lived without.
By Taylor Hatmaker
If you feel like your daily computer grind could use a little oomph, we've got some. A handful of these add-ons can make tasks that were previously awkward at best a breeze. Most of these tools for OS X are free, and the rest are cheap — and all of them are essentials in our book.
1. JumpcutWe’re used to copying and pasting one item at a time — that’s just the way it works. But imagine if your computer’s capacity for recall worked a little more like your brain’s working memory, scrolling through recently relevant items and surfacing the one you need.
That’s exactly what Jumpcut does. There are a few apps out there that expand your Mac’s inherent copy/paste skills, but Jumpcut is elegant, simple, and so well executed that your fingers will rely on its custom shortcuts within minutes. Conjure up Jumpcut’s menu, a transparent overlay triggered by a keyboard command (in my case, Command + S), and you’ll be able to scroll through a hundred items, like handy URLs, email addresses, and passwords that you might need, at your fingertips.
More of a platform than a single purpose add-on, Growl enables customized notifications for everything from Messages to Spotify. If you’re not content with OS X’s built-in notifications sidebar — and why should you be? — power up Growl and decide exactly how you want to be notified of the endless cascade of potential social and app data that streams your way.
Decide how each pop-up will act, where it will appear, what sounds it will make, and what exactly those should look like. If you’re a multitasker, especially on a notebook, this one is indispensable.
More must-have Mac OS X tools after the break!
Now that the 50th anniversary special has aired, we only have one more episode with the 11th Time Lord, Matt Smith, who will hang up his bow tie after regenerating in the annual Christmas episode.
In a statement issued in June, Matt looked back on his four years playing the Doctor: "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls."
After finishing the seventh season of Doctor Who, Matt's currently filming How to Catch a Monster in the US, a movie written and directed by Ryan Gosling. With Hollywood's eye on him, expect to see more Matt Smith well after the Doctor.
Before bidding him farewell, we found it a fitting time for a Whovian retrospective (and to also take a moment to discover a bit more about the actor). The only way to fully experience the extent of the Doctor's wild and eccentric ways is, of course, to see it — in action — for yourselves. So in what follows, we, as members of The Matt Smith Appreciation Society, proudly present 11 of the Eleventh Doctor's best moments.