- 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
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.
- A TARDIS jukebox, essential to any home — Geekosystem
- Man, having a baby really messes with your head — Cracked
- Google Glass plays music . . . just not very well — ReadWrite
- The 8 types of Likes you'll find on Facebook — BuzzFeed FWD
- Is a Sympathize button coming to Facebook? — Newser
- Warning: The Godzilla teaser is here — /Film
- 12 holiday movies to stream on Netflix — POPSUGAR Entertainment
Wrapping presents is half the fun of gift-giving, right? Or, at least that's what we chant midway through a Scotch tape catastrophe. So why not hide gifts in quirky paper that's as much fun as the main attraction? From owl post to a Pac-Man ghost, we've found the geekiest gift wrap to keep the mystery alive until the gift exchange.
- Cookie Monster seeks "Me Precioussss!" — Geekosystem
- Meet the 23 most important people of Vine in 2013 — BuzzFeed
- Nonsense stories that fooled all your Facebook friends this year — Cracked
- How to stay fit with tech during the holidays — ReadWrite
- The Terminator reboot is really happening — /Film
- The NSA targets World of Warcraft — Newser
- RSS feeds come to Google Glass — Mashable
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.
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.
- 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
Wondering what devices to wrap and give this year? Allow tech reporter and host of Spike TV's All Access Katie Linendoll to serve as your iSanta this holiday season. As Katie told us, "While there are the obvious must haves — à la Xbox One and PS4 — I’ve put together a list of some less obvious choices to Tech the Halls. Now pass that eggnog!"
- Twitter finally appoints a woman to its board of directors — ReadWrite
- Laws that only make sense on paper — Cracked
- 18 emojis our text messages desperately need — BuzzFeed FWD
- Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars edition is utterly charming — Geekosystem
- Science is still discovering new body parts — Newser
- Benedict Cumberbatch weighs in on his Star Trek character's fan controversy — /Film
- Meet the buildings changing the face of modern architecture — Mental Floss
Now that we've officially scheduled a viewing of the Doctor Who Christmas episode, "The Time of the Doctor" on Christmas night at 9 p.m., BBC released this week more pictures of the show's annual special. This one, as the poster below forebodingly warns, is extra special — it marks a changing of the Doctors.
New clues to the episode's plot are out too. As BBC America explains:
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
Can you count all the villains? Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and The Silence look to be battling for scariest ghost of Christmas past. The teaser trailer's tagline of "silence will fall" seems more like a reality now. See more question-riddled pictures of Matt Smith in his last episode and Jenna Coleman as Clara after the jump.
Yesterday, millions of social media accounts were compromised. Passwords from Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, and more were stolen by powerful spy malware.
Most affected users have been notified, but you may want to change your password just in case. In this episode of The Sync Up, Veronica Belmont breaks down passwords and how to best keep your data secure. You can never be too careful!
For more security tips, head to our guide on how to protect your especially vulnerable Twitter account.
- Move aside, Glass, now Google's taking on robotics — ReadWrite
- Proof technology hasn't changed who we are — BuzzFeed FWD
- Medical technologies straight out of horror movie nightmares — Cracked
- Scientist-certified protection against cavities — Geekosystem
- A scammer stole big money on Bitcoin — Newser
- Meet the new Wonder Woman — /Film
- Crucial learnings from the first issue of Nintendo Power — Mental Floss
It's time to unlock your Android device's full photographic potential. From pictorial collages to magic retouching tools, we've gathered the photo apps you need on your Google-powered phone or tablet including photographer-favorite VSCO Cam. Many of these apps can be downloaded for less than the price of a pack of gum and will have you feeling like a pro, no expensive camera required.
The season of gifting is upon us, geeks! We've got 300-plus goodies for techie sisters, Star Wars-crazed brothers, Doctor Who sweeties, the resident gamer in your life, Lego lovers, and much more. Take a look our ultimate guide for geeky gifts — you're sure to find something they'll love.
Looking to add to your sci-fi snowflake collection? Get inspired by the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas episode, and bring some snowy Time Lord wonderment to your home.We can't get enough of the TARDIS and Weeping Angels snowflake from the Tumblr My Obsession of the Moment. Though it looks complicated, the "before" folded version gives enough of a basic outline that we'll be practicing our angels all weekend. Once they're hung throughout the house, follow one rule: Don't blink!
What do Thor's mighty hammer, the direwolves of House Stark, and a deliciously addictive mobile game have in common? Each piece of pop culture mania makes for a delicious treat!
Whether you crush candy sequences like a pro or think you can battle through Asgard like a superhero, take a sugary bite of some of our favorite geek delights.
Thor: The Dark World
Salty, sweet, and just plain fun, these hammers take chocolate-dipped pretzels to the next level. For your favorite comic book geeks, make minihammers in honor of his trusty weapon, Mjölnir.
Breaking Bad Rock Candy
The show's over, but the Breaking Bad viewing marathons can still continue. On your next TV binge, serve this completely legal concoction.
Game of Thrones Cake Pops
Winter will be forever on its way, so bide your time crafting direwolf cake pops. Other frosted cake on sticks you've had know nothing about these adorably vicious treats.
Candy Crush Cookie
What's sweeter than making it past level 85? Making (and eating!) Candy Crush-inspired sugar cookies. Oh yes, that is the lucky sprinkle bomb.
What's missing from your Winter home decor? If you've been thinking Darth Vader as a snowflake, have we got a DIY for you!
The Matters of Grey blog has four Imperial Star Wars snowflake diagrams that are basic enough for the most novice of crafters and children. The patterns are even drafted to include the Imperial logo in the center of each snowflake.
Rebel Alliance loyalists, we tracked down a snowflake for you as well.
Those clever executives at Microsoft released the new Xbox One the week before Thanksgiving, ready for our long weekend packed in a room with family looking for a way to get some energy after a haze-inducing turkey meal with all the trimmings. Now that the Xbox One is here, we're adding these fitness games to our living rooms. Refuse to let the postbird coma get you down, and break in the latest gaming device with these sweat-inducing titles.
Kinect Sports Rivals PreseasonThe next generation of Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason, is aptly named as the free launch-day teaser to hold us over until the full version of Kinect Sports Rivals launches in Spring 2014. The new Kinect sensor with its higher sensitivity shows off in this jet ski race, registering a change of a finger motion to have you barreling through water and jumping off barges. Play on your own, or challenge a friend in split-screen mode. In our trial of the game, the POPSUGAR Tech editors ended up getting more of a workout than looks possible when watching as a spectator.
Xbox FitnessFree with an Xbox Live Gold subscription through December 2014, the Xbox Fitness service brings together a catalog of workout videos from top trainers, including Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson, and Tony Horton of P90X. Once users get in the swing of things, Xbox Fitness acts as a personal trainer, creating personalized workout routines of 10-60 minutes based on past workout history and performance as monitored with the Kinect sensor. Xbox claims the sensor will help you keep top form and even read your heart rate.
Zumba Fitness World PartyIf you can't get enough Zumba dancing at the gym, Zumba Fitness World Party ($50) is your chance to have the 1,000-calorie-an-hour-busting fitness routine any time of day at home. Players travel through the world Zumba-style working out to over 40 new songs and following the moves of top well-known instructors, including Zumba founder Beto Perez.
Just Dance 2014The living room has never seen moves like Just Dance 2014 ($50). No more rock, paper, scissor rounds to decide which duo dances next; Just Dance 2014 now accommodates up to six dancers per song, with each dancer getting her own choreography. A Just Sweat mode tracks calories burned while dancing to some of the new songs, which include "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke.
- The biggest password mistakes people make — Cracked
- The strange places you can spend Bitcoins — BuzzFeed
- Smartphones are the world's hottest gadget — ReadWrite
- Um, the NSA could be checking your porn habits — Newser
- Dogs and cats have that whole right- vs. left-handed conundrum, too – Mental Floss
- Would you send a teen to a technology addiction camp? — POPSUGAR Moms