This year there were online dating sites and apps aplenty, but did you have any luck with them? My friends seemed to enjoy apps like Tinder for entertainment and Grouper for meeting new people, while tried-and-true sites like OKCupid and Match.com led to the kind of dates with potential. Weigh in on your favorite now, and share your experiences in the comments.
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.
Nothing is truly permanent — especially on the Internet — so Google is working towards allowing users access to e-mails anytime, even long after the company's online services are gone. Starting today, Google is offering a one-click export system to download a copy of your data from Gmail and Google Calendar.
Previously, users had to turn to not-always-effective third party backup or extraction services. Now, Gmailers can download their entire archive of mail or select labels as an MBOX file. MBOX is a common format for storing email messages, with all of the user's email threads stored in a single, long text file. Many clients, such as Entourage, Eudora, and Mozilla Thunderbird, can recognize MBOX files.
To export your personal data, sign into your Google account, click on the profile thumbnail in the top right corner, and select "Account" just beneath your email address. In the navigation menu on the left, click "Download your data" and select "Create an archive" to begin picking and choosing the Google services you'd like to preserve.
Calendar export is available for all users today, and Gmail export is rolling out over the next month.
Don't cry little fella; Tumblr's listed its Most Viral Blogs of 2013 in no particular order, and we're asking for your top Tumblr pick. The blogging platform was acquired by Internet giant Yahoo! earlier this year for a cool billion, but that didn't affect its cult credibility.
Side-splitting hits like Reasons My Son Is Crying ("All the many many completely logical reasons that children cry") and Brides Throwing Cats had us rolling on the floor laughing all year long. Which tumbles gave you uncontrollable giggles? Vote for the best Tumblr blog of 2013 now!
Even though the Winter solstice is still a few weeks away, ol' Jack Frost is already nipping at noses in most parts of the country. And though it might be one season too early for Spring cleaning, I'm taking the proverbial dust rag to my desktop for a wallpaper refresh. Snowflakes, penguins, board games, and crisp Winter nights . . . these desktop backgrounds remind me why I love the chilliest of seasons.
If you fantasized about creating our own video game as a kid, there was probably something stopping you (math homework, Saved By the Bell, dinnertime). But now that fantasy can become reality with the DIY gamer kit ($48) from Technology WIll Save Us.
Here's how it works: using the kit, build your own handheld gaming console in about two hours. (Make sure to read the manual from the website or watch the how-to video to get acquainted with the bolts, nuts, and other components.) Then follow the rest of the online instructions to learn how to use the platform Arduino to code physical objects.
Next, use the custom software library to test out features and create a killer animation. Step four? Well, that's easy. Experiment, invent, and let that imagination run wild!
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.
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!
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.