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Global Spam Volume on the Decline, Report Shows

Hey, here's some good news: it looks like spam is on the decline. According to Symantec's latest State of Spam and Phishing report, the volume of spam and junk mail in circulation around the world has been decreasing steadily since August, and dropped noticeably around Christmas. No one has a concrete explanation for the drop-off, but Symantec's Eric Park suggests that the demise of major botnets...

It's a Zombie Holiday in 'Infectonator: Christmas Edition'

Ah, Christmas. A time of year to come together, rejoice, and slink away from the family to drown yourself in gaming mania. Why should the holidays put a damper on our playing? If anything, this is the perfect time of year to hunker down with a mug of cocoa, a festive sweater, and our picks of great yuletide-themed games. 'Infectonator: Christmas Edition' pares the original 'Infectonator' down ...

Solid Snake Gets Jolly in 'Metal Gear'-Meets-Santa Series 'Merry Gear Solid'

Ah, Christmas. A time of year to come together, rejoice, and slink away from the family to drown yourself in gaming mania. Why should the holidays put a damper on our playing? If anything, this is the perfect time of year to hunker down with a mug of cocoa, a festive sweater, and our picks of great yuletide-themed games. As you might guess, the 'Merry Gear Solid' series is a fantastically fu...

Take Aim at Santa in 'Mountain Maniac X-Mas'

Ah, Christmas. A time of year to come together, rejoice, and slink away from the family to drown yourself in gaming mania. Why should the holidays put a damper on our playing? If anything, this is the perfect time of year to hunker down with a mug of cocoa, a festive sweater, and our picks of great yuletide-themed games. The 'Mountain Maniac' is at it again, and this time he has Santa in his s...

Slate Thinks Facebook Killed the Christmas Card

Share Once upon a time, long before the age of e-mail, text messaging and fire, early man used to send these things called "Christmas cards." Every winter, just after the last woolly mammoth had been slain and right before the annual yuletide feast, many humans would pull out their "address books," and begin writing a series of seasonal missives to friends and cave people with whom they hadn't sp...

Mario Gets a Holiday Makeover in 'Santastic Santa'

Ah, Christmas. A time of year to come together, rejoice, and slink away from the family to drown yourself in gaming mania. Why should the holidays put a damper on our playing? If anything, this is the perfect time of year to hunker down with a mug of cocoa, a festive sweater, and our picks of great yuletide-themed games. 'Santastic Santa' takes 'Super Mario Bros.,' and adds a healthy dose of ...

Flash Game 'Factory Balls, the Christmas Edition' Is Puzzlingly Ornamental

Ah, Christmas. A time of year to come together, rejoice, and slink away from the family to drown yourself in gaming mania. Why should the holidays put a damper on our playing? If anything, this is the perfect time of year to hunker down with a mug of cocoa, a festive sweater, and our picks of great yuletide-themed games. 'Factory Balls, the Christmas Edition' is a great little puzzler that's ...

Delaware Family's Christmas Decorations Make the Griswolds Look Like Amateurs

Share Clark Griswold's power-sapping, aircraft-guiding Christmas light extravaganza once represented the pinnacle of overzealous Holiday displays. The last few seasons have witnessed an evolution of progressively elaborate home illuminations, though, including one brilliant and blinding arrangement from Delaware's Faucher family. The Fauchers have apparently adhered to a Griswold-style lightin...

Track Jolly Ol' St. Nick With NORAD and Google

It's that time of year again, and that can mean only one thing: that we're about to start tracking Santa like an ICBM, with the help of NORAD and Google. Since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has brought joy to youngsters by using its high-tech satellites and radar to track jolly ol' Saint Nick as he crisscrosses the globe, delivering toys to all the good little boys and girls ...

'Angry Birds Seasons' Brings Destructive Holiday Cheer to Android

Android users, rejoice! 'Angry Birds Seasons' is here! The 45 Halloween-themed levels already available on the iPhone are here, as is a new episode dubbed 'Season's Greetings'. The holiday-themed episode has a total of 25 levels, with a new level unlocked each day as Christmas approaches. It's like an advent calendar of pig smashing! iPhone users, you'll still need to wait for the iOS release....

'Angry Birds Christmas' Coming to iPhones This December

The crew at Rovio better slow down. We know they want to cash in on the runaway success of 'Angry Birds,' but with Halloween done and now a Christmas edition confirmed for December (sorry Android fans, iOS only), it's only a matter of time before the developer is pumping out 'Angry Birds: Arbor Day Edition.' And nobody wants to see that....

Rockets Plus Christmas Tree Equals YouTube Genius

In what may be the single most American Christmas idea in the history of Christmas ideas, some dudes have successfully blasted their Christmas tree into space. Or toward it, at least. By affixing 32 SD D-12-0 class engines (read: "large rockets") wired in parallel to the tree, and hooking up a car battery to supply the power, these guys have created quite the spectacle. "All very simple," accor...

10-Year Old Gets X-Rated PSP Surprise on Christmas

All Kade Goodman wanted for Christmas was a PSP game system. Little did he know, however, that he'd be getting two units under the tree this year. Kade's father, Shon, scoured the Earth for a used PSP, a holiday odyssey that led him to a CD Tradepost in Omaha, where he finally found one at a reasonable price. After opening his golden fleece of a gift, though, 10-year old Kade soon found some, um...

Xbox 360 Kid Gives 'Joy of Christmas' New Meaning

Every year, parents pray that, when it comes time to watch their brood open the Chrismukahh gifts, they'll get the right reaction: that look of joy and wonder as it slowly dawns on the tykes that they've gotten what they pined for all year. When that happens, the result is a Kodak moment. When it happens in the extreme, the result can be a viral video, like those featuring the brother and siste...

Kindle Books Outsell Physical Ones, Printing Presses Weep

Readers, we had our doubts. Sure, we've been covering the Kindle (and its e-reader spawn) ever since it first debuted, but the paper apologists among us didn't foresee the pixel trumping the pulp any time soon. Yet on Christmas Day, it happened: Amazon sold more Kindle books than physical ones. Ring the death knell for the printing press. We can imagine that the majority of these digitally down...