Mobile device mavens, car connoisseurs, and audiophiles are hard to shop for — it seems like they already have it all! We've rounded up some great gadget accessories to gift the techies in your life, and best of all, they're all under $100. It'll be a very merry Christmas indeed with one of these affordable tech treats for gadget geeks.
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Not since Etch-a-Sketch and Pictionary has doodling enjoyed such a fine moment. If you've never laid a finger on Draw Something, a warning: this social mobile drawing game can be highly addictive. Although the popularity of the drawing game has declined in the recent weeks, the caliber of artwork certainly has not. It never fails to amaze me the kind of drawings that players can create with just a finger or a stylus. Here are some of the most incredible drawings submitted by users to Draw Something's Facebook page throughout 2012.
Our favorite geeks on Twitter reached great heights this week. Geek & Sundry's Felicia Day found herself at cruising altitude, Marvel editorial director Ryan Penagos shared a shot of a very wet Wolverine above Tokyo, and Mars Curiosity Rover driver Vandi Tompkins got back behind the wheel. Check out more of the best geeky messages under 140 characters in our top tweets of the week from geeks we love.
An easy way to inspire someone in the kitchen is to give them a cookbook they'll love. If you're a geek, that means cooking up the kinds of things you'd find in sci-fi, comic books, and fantasy novels. Since the holidays are great time to give cookbooks and try new recipes, how about taking one of these geek finds for a test?
In between all the mingling and prep, superheroine hostesses don't have time to tend to party tunes while the actual festivities are going on. So commandeer the entertainment from wherever you are in your home with mobile apps that turn iPhones, iPads, and Android devices into interactive, multitasking remote controls.
- Remote by Apple (free) — Version 3.0 was just released, and the app for iPhone, iPod, and iPad is now optimized to work in sync with the new iTunes 11. Add new songs to the queue on your Mac, PC, or Apple TV. Change songs, choose playlists, or browse your entire library from anywhere in your home.
- Xbox SmartGlass for iOS and Android (free) — The interactive companion app to Xbox helps turn the gaming console into a complete entertainment hub. Phones, tablets, and Windows 8 computers can control media on Xbox 360 by pausing/rewinding movies, surfing the web, or navigating Xbox Music.
- Media Remote by Sony for iPhone and Android (free) — Blu-ray disc players and BRAVIA devices will work seamlessly with this app, which features a simple gesture-controlled remote, a full remote, a qwerty keyboard, and a "now playing" bar.
- Logitech Harmony Link for iPad and Android (free) — Live TV content can be controlled from your tablet, with the same smart activity-based settings as the Harmony remote like "Watch a Movie" or "Listen to Music." It controls up to eight devices from thousands of brands and uses simple gestures for common commands.
- Peel Smart Remote for Galaxy Tab (free) — The Galaxy Tab's infrared capability allows the device, with the Peel app installed, to manage any TV, cable/satellite box, DVD player, Blu-ray player, or AV audio system remotely.
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How can you get enough hobbit after just one (albeit, one three-hour-long) IMAX screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Relive the magic of Middle-earth long after the theater with the following guide to finding more Tolkien entertainment online.
Want a second helping of the characters you already grew to know and love in Peter Jackson's original films on Tolkien's works? Rent or download the movies here:
- iTunes — Download the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, or The Return of the King for $20 or the HD bundle for $45.
- Amazon Instant Video — Rent the trilogy for $1 per movie on Amazon Instant Video, or watch the animated 1978 film ($3) on any device with Amazon Instant Video streaming capabilities, including Xbox, PS3, iPad, and Kindle Fire.
- Google Play — Watch Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring for $2 as a rental on Google Play.
Of course, it was J.R.R Tolkien's carefully crafted books that started Middle-earth mania. Start at the beginning with The Hobbit, and then delve deeper into the languages and cultures of the world with the rest of the series.
- Kindle — Scroll through the many editions and literary criticisms of Tolkien's works in the Kindle ebook store; most titles are priced below $10.
- Nook — For those who prefer the Nook marketplace, the Tolkien books and student study guides range in price from $1 to $15.
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