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.
- All of sci-fi's coolest robots on one poster — BuzzFeed Geeky
- How to create chemistry magic in your microwave (and other places) — Cracked
- Google Chrome extensions that'll keep you organized — ReadWrite
- Merriam-Webster's word of the year is . . . science? — Newser
- How Wolverine becomes a time traveler in X-Men: Days of Future Past — /Film
- 3D printing will change everything — Geekosystem
The lush greenery and snowy textures stole the scene in a photo submitted with the #CoolCapture hashtag by Instagram user ingridibergen.
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You know this frantic feeling all too well: your phone's about to die, and you'd give anything for a spare charger. Thanks to a special holiday creation, that problem can fly straight out the window. We introduce designer USB bracelets you can just slip off your wrist and use to sync your phone to your laptop to give your cell some juice. Made for all iPhone 4 and 5 models and Android phones, the bracelets — designed by names like Mara Hoffman, Milly, and Rachel Zoe — are downright stylish and worthy of arm party status.
Buy them now on eBay for $25 — we say get one for yourself and one (or two) to gift for the holidays.
- The epic loneliness of Legend of Zelda's Link — Buzzfeed
- Video game fashions that should have caught on — Cracked
- How to future-proof your holiday shopping list — ReadWrite
- Robocop: R2-D2's evil twin — Newser
- The longest messages sent into space — Mental Floss
- What drones? Get packages delivered by owl instead — Geekosystem
Department stores won't be the only things draped in glitter and gold this month. December is all about dressing to the nines for back-to-back holiday soirées, so we're making sure that you've got glitzy tech accessories to match. From phone cases that glitter to headphones that shimmer, this month's must haves are where gadgets meet glam.
While you're taking care of that holiday shopping list, don't forget to treat yourself to our picks for the most delectable tech accessories of the year.
For fist-on-table, need-it-now deliveries, Amazon is cooking up a new service straight out of science fiction. If the company gets a thumbs up from the Federal Aviation Administration,
Yes, drones — as in remote-controlled, unmanned airborne vehicles — flying products from the Amazon warehouse straight to your doorstep in about a half hour. It's like receiving a sponsored package as a tribute in The Hunger Games arena but in real life.
Because of FAA rules and regulations, the Amazon program is still a few years away from commercial implementation. This type of delivery system has raised many concerns. What's to stop someone from shooting down a drone and reaping someone else's Amazon deliveries for themselves? What about risk of collision with aircraft, power lines, or even wildlife?
But there are many benefits as well — the obvious one being not having to wait very long for packages. Airborne delivery will also be helpful for relief, in areas with damaged roads and infrastructure.
We want to know what you think: is Amazon Prime Air the future of delivery . . . or is it bound to fail? If it were implemented, would you opt to use delivery by drone?
For a better idea of how Amazon Prime Air works, watch a drone's test flight below.
America's media empress Oprah Winfrey has released her annual gift guide, Oprah's Favorite Things, and we weren't shocked that some choice gadgets made the list. Oprah's favorite electronics are pretty standard (Kindle), but there are some high-tech surprises (Galaxy Gear) on her wishlist. Take a look at Ms. Winfrey's favorite things, and let us know which ones you're coveting for the holidays.
- Mophie Juice Pack Helium ($80) — This case has a built-in 15800 mAh battery that gives your phone an extra 80 percent power. It's available in black, white, purple, green, pink, red, and blue.
- Galaxy Gear ($300) — Samsung unveiled its wearable tech earlier this year. The smartwatch can pair with the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1, and Galaxy S4 and notify its wearers of incoming calls, texts, and emails. You can also make calls from the watch itself, using the built-in microphone.
- Beats Studio Headphones ($300) — The redesigned Beats Studio Headphones come in a new matte black, as well as white, red, and yellow. The audio gear has a 20-hour rechargeable battery and features adaptive noise cancelling, as well as an in-line microphone.
- Qooq Kitchen Tablet ($399) — With tons of recipes, videos, and meal-scheduling apps built-in, this tablet is a techie chef's dream. Most importably, Qooq is spill-, splash-, and smudge-proof.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ($300 with two-year contract) — Samsung's newest phone-tablet hybrid has a new leather-like back and a more responsive stylus. Its screen has also been increased from 5.5 inches to a 5.7-inch super AMOLED 1080p display.
- Kindle Paperwhite ($119) — Amazon's next-generation ereader has higher resolution and better contrast than the previous version. Its processor has also been upgraded, but its most significant improvements can be seen in the software, which now has vocabulary building tools and Goodreads integration.
A bird's-eye view of the speeding rush-hour lights on the Bay Bridge in the San Francisco Bay was shot by Instagram user independentchb, who submitted the photo with the #coolcapture hashtag.
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My first cell phone was heavier than my purse, but I carried it like it was the One Ring. Several years earlier, you couldn't part me from my Game Boy, which, at the time, was just slightly cooler than the new cordless phone (with the two-foot-long antenna) my dad excitedly brought home from Circuit City. As the years pass, we all get pretty nostalgic about our tech. So to honor the retrophiles on your gift list, we rounded up a few cases and sleeves that will make them reminisce about their own gadgets of yore.
We've all got one in our lives: the Lego fan who's unabashed about her love for the classic toy. While she may have every building block collection under the sun, she may not have a Lego camera or Lego headphones — and that's where you step in. This holiday season, give her a special gift you know she'll never want to return. Ready, set . . . click away!
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.
With Thanksgiving past, it's officially time to bring out the tree. No Christmas tree would be complete without a Star Wars, Pac-Man, or Doctor Who ornament. Ahead, we've rounded up the best tree decor you can order now to make the season complete. Go forth and geek out!
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.
Ever wish you could take on Black Friday with a secret weapon? One that would help you brave the crowds and come out victorious? Well we've got, not one, but five of 'em to help you out! After you've stuffed yourself with turkey, load up on these apps that will make your shopping experience not just tolerable but enjoyable. Bring on the challenge!
- ShopSavvy — Scan a bar code to see if the product you're about to buy is actually discounted. ShopSavvy scans available prices for identical products online and in nearby stores so you can see if you're getting the best deal.
- Aisle411 — Android and iPhone users can get custom views of participating stores with Aisle411 to help you find what you're looking for fast. Or at least faster than the folks that don't run to the electronics section. Also included is a list maker so you know what to grab.
- BFAds — Scan the available Black Friday ads, make your shopping lists, and reference items on the go. You can search by item or category, and even compare prices between stores.
- Amazon Price Checker — Even though you won't likely find any Black Friday prices on this app (available for Android and iOS), you will be able to see the regular price of an item, which will tell you if they've actually been discounted, or if you're about to get scammed at the register.
- BuyVia's Black Friday 2013 — BuyVia has a standard, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday app (available for Android and iOS), each of which compares prices at different stores. This one even alerts you to real-time deals on desired products so you're one of the first to know about a discount.
- Shopkick — For all the shopping you're doing, you might as well get some rewards. Shopkick (available for Android and iOS) has partnered with stores like Macy’s, Best Buy, and Target to not only help you discover the best products available but to give you points just for walking into the store or making purchases. You can then redeem points for gift cards. Score!
Work off that scrumptious Thanksgiving meal and get in on the best gadget deals of the year, all in one fell swoop! What better way to kill two birds with one stone than with a Black Friday tech sale extravaganza. Kick off your holiday shopping season with the most discounted Black Friday gadgets — including the iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy S4, Xbox 360, and more — below.
- Element 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV ($229, originally $600, limit one per guest)
- Vizio 47-inch 1080p LED HDTV ($380, originally $580)
- Westinghouse 40-inch 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV ($200, originally $430)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 ($40 with two-year contract, originally $200)
- Samsung Galaxy S3 ($0.01 with two-year contract, originally $100)
- iPad Air 16GB WiFi only Tablet ($479 and receive a free $100 Target gift card)
- Beats by Dre Solo HD Headphones ($119, originally $180, only in light blue, dark blue, purple, and green)
- Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle ($190, originally $300)
- Nikon D3200 with two lens bundle (55-200mm zoom lens, 18-55mm lens, and DSLR camera) ($500, a $800 total value)
- Vizio 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart HDTV ($480, originally $800)
- Samsung 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV ($999, originally $2,650)
- Sony Blu-Ray Disc Player With Wi-Fi ($55, originally $120)
- Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker ($100, originally $150)
- HTC One with a new two-year contract with Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T ($0.01, originally $50)
- Vizio 60-inch 1080p LED Smart TV ($688, originally $998, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only)
- Samsung 46-inch 1080p LED HDTV ($497, originally $648, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- iPad Mini 16GB WiFi only ($299, originally $329 and receive $100 Walmart gift card, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only)
- iPhone 5C ($45 with two-year contract, originally $99, plus receive a free $75 Walmart gift card)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 ($99, originally $189)
- Samsung Galaxy S3 ($0.47, originally $29)
- Beats by Dre Solo Headphones ($115, originally $200, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- Xbox 360 4GB Console ($99, originally $179, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only)
- Nikon D5100 Bundle with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses ($500, Black Friday only)
- Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T3 bundle with two lenses, SD card, bag, and two faux canvas prints ($449, Black Friday only)
Happy Thanksgiving! We're getting into the spirit of stuffing our faces early with some side-splitting memes. What's Thanksgiving without turkey, pumpkin pie, and Grumpy Cat? Before you chow down, let out a laugh (or 12) with memes that tell it like it is. From food coma cats to hipster jokes, your entertainment awaits.
Grumpy Cat Sees Your Thanksgiving and Raises You a Frown
What a brave soul you are for hosting a holiday. It takes a special kind of person to plan the party and take charge of the turkey; but, if you're inclined to actually enjoy the company of friends and family this year, you may want to enlist a little help.
We've gathered eight essential apps that every host needs to plan and prep a successful Thanksgiving dinner. These apps for iOS won't do all the work, but they will take the guesswork out of managing meals and guests. For stress-free holiday hosting, follow our Thanksgiving Day golden rule: give gratitude, delegate tasks, download these dinner-planning mobile apps, and, most importantly, save room for dessert!