Shopping season is in full swing, and while we're pumping out the gift guides for all kinds of geeks, we couldn't help but get some input from some of our favorite tech celebs. You'll recognize Morgan Webb as the sexy video game vixen from G4TV's X-Play, but she's got more than just games on the brain this year. Check out what she's lusting after this holiday season, and shop her picks for your own geeky giftees.
The survey shows that a smaller portion of teens — two and a half percent — have sent nude or nearly nude pics, which is in striking contrast to a previous study from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy that claimed 20 percent of teens have sent explicit images. The parameters for "nearly nude" pictures included teens in bathing suits or underwear in suggestive poses. Along with the raw data, the newer study bears an important distinction, adult teens — those 18 and 19 — were specifically not included in the study since their use of sexting provocative pictures is not considered a crime of child pornography.
The university hopes to make their data figures widely known to show that despite what may appear in the media, sexting is not the norm for minor teens. Spreading the word that most of their peers do not send racy photos of themselves may prevent teens from the potential embarrassment and emotional pain that 21 percent of teens are said to have felt after sexting.
Do you agree with this new study that teen sexting is not as popular as it's been depicted in the past?
Of course you shower mom with love everyday of the year, but show some extra heart for the holidays by giving moms of every tech level a gift with a digital nod. Help her bring old family photos back to life, prep for an overseas trip, or watch favorite shows on the go.
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
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These days, more and more photography enthusiasts are ditching their digital cameras in favor of their camera-equipped cell phone. Heck, even photography legend Annie Leibovitz calls the iPhone the "snapshot camera of today." If someone you love uses their smartphone for photography, consider these five gifts that will enhance their everyday shots.
This Tuesday a major change (for the better) takes place on Xbox Live. With a revamp of the dashboard and the addition of media content partners, Microsoft hopes to turn the Xbox into the living room's primary entertainment hub. The free upgrade will push to all Xbox Live accounts Dec. 6, opening the gate to a larger world of media applications to be released in waves.
The initial media partners released alongside the software updates are Today from MSNBC, Epix, and changes to the Netflix and Hulu Plus dashboards. Look for other well-known partners and apps including TMZ, Verizon FiOS TV, Vevo, Vudu, and YouTube (finally!) to hit Xbox Live later this month. As with Hulu Plus and Netflix, many of these programming options will require a paid subscription.
The addition of a smartphone remote and voice-controlled Bing search bring an extra dash of competitive technology to Xbox. The Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone syncs to the larger onscreen console display and searches across the program partners for content, updates social statuses, and does something as basic as fast-forwarding through a movie. Kinect owners can also choose to speak their search queries and navigate the entire dashboard through voice.
Check out a gallery of images highlighting Xbox Live's new features and sleek dashboard here.
A group of style bloggers handpicked their favorite Steve Madden styles to help you celebrate in glamour this holiday season for the STEVE BRINGS IT campaign — check out Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific, who restyled the urban chic of Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Lindsey Calla of Saucy Glossie, who reinterpreted the glamour of the Met Gala. Whether you're off to holiday brunch or a festive night out, be inspired by these key looks for you and enter the Win 12 in '12 sweepstakes.