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.
He's alive! OK, not exactly a spoiler that our brave detective survived the great Reichenbach Fall, but the new official teaser trailer for Sherlock season three, which began filming this Spring, has certainly piqued our curious minds. Press play to see all the clues the show has given us so far.
BBC One confirmed that Lars Mikkelsen will play villain Charles Augustus Magnussen in the upcoming season. Today's trailer reveals that Watson has moved on with his life, leaving Baker Street. For being "dead" for two years, Sherlock is looking as in good health as ever. In fact, cocreator Mark Gatiss confirmed that Benedict "still looks very trim and gets more handsome with every year" at Sherlock's Comic-Con 2013 panel.
The third season of Sherlock will air New Year's Day 2014 on BBC One in the UK and, for US residents, on Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. on PBS Masterpiece.
- 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
Computer Science Education Week starts today, Dec. 9, and we're kicking things off by shining a spotlight on coding camps empowering women to join tech. Very fittingly, this Monday is also the birthday of Grace Hopper, the subject of today's Google Doodle. Grace, who also served as a US Navy rear admiral, wasn't only one of the first female programmers — she was one of the first programmers in the world, period.
Despite all of Grace's contributions to the field, the number of women in tech still dwindles: just 14 percent of executive positions in tech companies are held by women, and only three percent of tech start-ups are founded by women. Men outnumber women by a huge margin in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, but several female-powered programs are looking to change the ratio and lure more ladies into coding and programming.
Increasing the much-needed presence of women in tech starts with nurturing the next generation, and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles are on it. In partnership with Women in Games International, the Girl Scouts are introducing a new video game designer patch requiring members to program games (unlike the Boy Scout version, which can be earned by just designing).
While the Girl Scouts' video game designer patch is not nationally recognized yet, Women in Games International's CEO Sheri Rubin told NBC that the organization is working to prove the patch is effective for fourth through sixth graders, before expanding to grades seven through 12 across the US.
If you're beyond your scouting years, don't give up just yet. All-female, career-changing coding camps are cropping up all around the country. Join your sisters in software and learn to code at one of these girl-powered programming courses.
Playing Pokémon X and Y is making us all sorts of nostalgic for the ole Nintendo franchise. Be the very best, like no one ever was, with our breakdown of facts you may not have known about your favorite game for the Nintendo 3DS. We join The Sync Up host Veronica Belmont to bring Pokéfans the top things you didn't know about Pokémon — but wish you did.
Instagram user seandiaz used the Rise filter to shoot this underwater scene of two snorkelers and submitted the photo with the the #CoolCapture hashtag.
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!
Now that we're well into the holiday season, it's high time we start thinking about how to ring in the New Year. And since photon torpedo fireworks and Veritaserum Champagne cocktails are still in development, how about a low-tech, but infinitely geeky, wall or desk calendar? Because — face it — even if you receive the time machine on your wish list, you're still going to need to track the passage of time.
Receive a wish list with only the Xbox One on it? Microsoft's new gaming console has sold out just about everywhere online and in brick-and-mortar stores, but some patience might still let you check it off your list this year. Even if you didn't brave the cold and queue up at midnight on launch day, don't fear. This buyer's guide will show you where to buy the Xbox One and what games Xbox-ers can't wait to get for their consoles.
Where to Buy the Console Now
Status: available online, but at a price
Tons of Xbox One consoles are hitting the eBay marketplace. Prices range from $610 to $750. We suggest buying from sellers with original photos only.
How to Check Product Availability
Stock-Informer.com is updating its page of retailers constantly. The page automatically refreshes itself, and you can select alerts or audible alerts when new stock is found.
Nowinstock.net posts where the console is available and, if the console recently went out of stock, the site includes the timestamp of when it last had product availability.
Xbox One Locator publishes a post as soon as the console is available at some retailers.
What Games to Get
- Ryse: Son of Rome ($60) — Step into a world that makes 300 come alive, with the late Roman empire as the dramatic setting. Challenge other gladiators, and command the troops using the new Kinect.
- Forza Motorsport 5 ($60) — Race the car of your dreams in this driving game that takes the race track to a whole other level visually. The new graphics engine is able to articulate the texture of the leather, brushed metal, and a spectacular paint job like never before.
- Halo ($60) — Preorder the much-anticipated Halo: Xbox One now to get it in your hands as soon as its released on Dec. 31.
- Zumba Fitness World Party ($50) — 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.
The first seven days of December had plenty of great geek-stagrams from geeks we love — but our favorites celebrated the holidays and one of the most revered human rights activists of our time. See pictures from NASA, Veronica Belmont, and more in the top five social media snaps of the week!
NASA to Nelson Mandela: We Honor You
Antiapartheid leader Nelson Mandela passed away this week, and the US space agency offered a fitting tribute, with a photo of Cape Town, South Africa, taken from the International Space Station.
"In honor of the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who passed away today at the age of 95, here is an image of Cape Town, South Africa, from space. This photo was taken on May 9, 2013, by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield while living and working aboard the International Space Station. Hadfield tweeted this image and wrote, 'Cape Town, South Africa, and the South Atlantic calling to forever.'"
Welcome to the Selfie Side
The leader of the Dark Side heralded a new age in the Star Wars franchise. The space opera has joined Instagram officially, and its inaugural snap was, of course, of Darth Vader.
"Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom"
"I made a blinky! My soldering could be a little neater, but it worked!"
A Very Merry Cthulhu Christmas
The Star Wars Craft Book author Bonnie Burton is celebrating the holidays with our favorite extraterrestrial shape-shifting octopus.
"HAPPY CTHULHU CHRISTMAS! #vandaleyesFollowing"
Dead Shopping Three
Geek & Sundry's Felicia Day finds, of all things, fashion in Dead Rising 3.
"A shop I found in Dead Rising 3 full of upscale women's clothing. I got excited, like when you find a keychain with your name on it at a tourist trap. #12000zombieskilled"
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.
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.
It's the holiday season, and we're getting in the spirit with our favorite holiday gifts. We've been rounding up our picks for everyone in your life, and now we want to give you something from our amazing giveaways. For day five of our Favorite Holiday Gifts Giveaway, we are giving you the chance to get the latest and greatest tech products with $1,500.
Is there anything better than giving someone a present they truly love? Why yes! Gifting something they love that also contributes to a worthy cause. Ahead, check out six gifts that are practical, stylish, and best of all, charitable.
Double points for LSTN Headphones. Not only are the music accessories made from reclaimed wood, but the company partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to donate a portion of proceeds to helping people hear music for the first time. We especially like the Troubadour collection ($150 each) for their unique shapes.
(PRODUCT)RED by Apple
Buy the PRODUCT(RED) edition of the iPod Shuffle ($49), iPod Nano ($149), iPod Touch ($299), iPad Smart Cover ($39), iPad Smart Case ($79), iPhone 5S Case ($39), or iPhone 4S bumper ($29) and Apple will donate a portion of of the proceeds to the Global Fund, which fights AIDS in Africa. The scarlet-hued PRODUCT(RED) versions do not cost more than the other color options.
Mophie RED iPhone Case
There are so many reasons to love this RED iPhone 5 case ($120) — the ruby color, the fact that it comes with a juice pack air case for when your battery runs low, and most especially, the fact that five percent of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS.
Mend 13-inch Laptop Sleeve
Handmade in Uganda, this laptop sleeve ($59) isn't just gift-worthy for its sleek look. The case was created by the organization Invisible Children to help empower women affected by the Lord's Resistance Movement conflict.
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.
Time to hit the slopes — areas around the country are experiencing Decembrrrr, which means that there is plenty of incoming rain and snow. This morning, some parts of California were colder than Anchorage, AK; and Denver, Great Falls, MT, and Portland, OR, all experienced record lows.
Stay on top of the weather forecast with iOS and Android apps that'll let you know exactly when the Winter weather will hit your neighborhood. Whether you're a daredevil park shredder or a two-planker, turn to these downloads for the latest information on trails, snowfall, and peak conditions.
- All Snow (free for iOS and Android) was built for skiers and snowboarders in search for the best white stuff around the world. The app provides conditions and forecasts for over 2,000 areas worldwide. Purchase in-app upgrades for the ski resort of your choice ($1 each), and get access to trail maps, discounted lift tickets, and see your stats from each run (top speed, vertical drops, and more).
- SkyMotion (free with ads for iOS and Android) is designed for rainy areas, offering detailed information on exactly when and where the wet weather is due to arrive. To ensure the most accurate information possible, the app also integrates ground-level observations and provides a unique forecast for every .6 square miles.
- SnoCountry (free) is our editor's pick for ski report apps because of its clean and simple design. It's only available on iOS, unfortunately. SnoCountry is a great place to research before hitting the trails. It provides trail maps and forecasts for major resorts, and new snowfall, plus base depth, information.
- REI Snow Report (free for iOS and Android) has a great interface for viewing new snowfall, temperatures, and base depths at a glance. You can get push notifications for new snow and when trails open. It also includes some trail maps from major resorts around the world.
- Open Snow is a free website that's worth pinning to your homescreen. The site provides "hand-crafted reports" by real-life local forecasters who offer updates from the ground. There's a fantastic Powder Finder which is an interactive map that shows new snowfall depths all around the country.
- 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
Autumn's vibrant foliage may have fallen by the wayside, but that doesn't mean that your camera should go into hibernation. Thanks to frosted landscapes, holiday cheer, and warm creature comforts, Winter teems with photo ops that ought to keep that shutter snapping from the first snowflake to the first bloom of Spring. So don't get too snug by that toasty fire — take our checklist of must-shoot Winter photos along when you venture out into this chilly season.
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!"
Vibrant sunrise colors illuminated a woman's yoga pose silhouette in a photo submitted with the #CoolCapture hashtag by Instagram user dosomethingcool.
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!
When it comes to shopping for new ear gear, the amount of headphones available on the market is completely overwhelming, so we've put together a guide to choosing the audio wear that's fit for you. There is no "best" headphone, per se, but there is a "right" type of earbud or on-ear option for your budget, preferred music genre, and personal style.
Whether it's head-banging rock anthems or working out at the gym that gets you in the groove, there are headphones for every need in the gallery. From picks for travelers, fitness addicts, fashionistas, bass bumpers, and everything in between, click on to find your new best buds. If you have the luxury of testing the equipment out before purchasing, put them through this audio response test!