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You Suck at Gift-Giving: Your Valentine's Day Gift-Buying Survival Guide

Listen. If you're looking for Valentine's Day gift ideas for your significant other on this site, you're certifiably effing clueless. We're a tech blog! But we know it's hard to find Google, so get comfy and stay a while. Let us tell you exactly what not to get that girl or guy you managed to drag home without the help of Rohypnol, and perhaps you'll even cement yourself as their last-ditch...

E-Books Outsell Printed Ones, To Nobody's Great Surprise

Ah, what unsurprising news a year can bring! Just as everyone predicted, e-books continued to nibble at the ankles of their printed forebears this holiday season, with between three and five million e-readers activated in the week after Christmas. Barnes and Noble claimed that it sold a million e-books on December 25th alone, while Amazon's been outselling print bestsellers with digital ones since...

Conan Gets In the Holiday Spirit With Godzilla and a Microwaved Santa

Conan may have lost 'The Tonight Show,' but that's fine with us. His NBC superiors probably wouldn't have green-lit the host's new Christmas set, which features Godzilla holding a candy cane, a robo-rabbi and Mr. and Mrs. SanMagnatron Claus, all of which come courtesy of microwave artist Kenny Irwin. (Yes, that's a thing.) Check out the set in action and Conan's interview with the creator after...

Quadrocopter Doles Out Tunes Instead of Death for the Holidays

Even a machine created to dole out destruction can't help but get in the holiday spirit. Finding the first use of a quadrocopter that doesn't have us shaking in fear, the crew at the Flying Machine Arena have trained one of these four-rotor beasts to peck out 'Jingle Bells' on a keyboard. We assume that this signals a temporary truce. (But, once 2011 hits, all bets are off.)...

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...

70 Design-Happy, Geek-Friendly Gifts For Under $70

As writers and editors, we've got to be honest: Gift guides are one of our favorite things to do. We get to scan the Net, call in our contacts, dig through press releases, and do the shopping we've always wanted to do. However, as readers, we feel exactly the opposite. Suddenly every site is bombarding us with THE PERFECT GIFT GUIDE, 7 billion things that WE NEED TO BUY NOW, and they're...

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...

Make Hearts Flutter With Twitter as 'Tweet Me' Added to V-Day Sweets

With Valentine's Day approaching, starry-eyed romantics of all ages will soon be biting their nails in anticipation as they struggle to come up with the perfect way to tell that special someone just how special they are. Luckily, though, a Valentine's Day stalwart is adding a special social media twist to its amorous artillery this year, so you can tell your crush that yeah, you're sweet and you...

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,...

Drunk Driving Suspects to Be Outed on Twitter in Texas

Despite the rare case to the contrary, drinking and driving ain't no joke. And during the holidays, when champagne and merriment flow freely, sound judgment tends to blur, and inebriated drivers hit the road in droves. This year, one county in Texas is attempting to stem the DUI tide well before any key meets ignition. The weapon of choice? Twitter. The district attorney office in Montgomery...

Tweeting 'Home Alone' With a Full Cast as It Happened

23 Twitter accounts are working in unison for a modern retelling of 1990's 'Home Alone.' The Home Alone Project, created by design studio Nation, tells "the narrative of John Hughes' classic Christmas movie through the medium of Twitter as if it's happening in real time." It's probably the best use of Twitter lists we've seen yet; by watching the /homealone list, you can see every line and scene...

Tesla 'Tree' Lights Up With 500,000 Volts of Technicolor

When Christmas comes around, most people pick up a fir tree, add a few choice ornaments, top it off with a string of lights, and call it a day. But Peter Terrent clearly isn't most people. The 53-year-old Bunbury, Australia native and father of three has experimented with electricity, or what he calls "electrickery," for more than a decade. By sending around 500,000 volts of electricity through...

Switched's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide: All You Need, Probably Ever

With the advent of the easily accessible and readily changing blog-o-sphere, the holidays aren't just about trapping the elusive perfect gift, but being bombarded by endless gift guides proclaiming to find "the right thing" for an assortment of relations. Yet, at Switched, we are going to be totally honest with you: Ours is the best. Seriously. We've scoured press releases and databases, inboxes...

Holiday Shipping Deadlines Make Sure You Don't Ruin the Holidays

The holiday season has officially started, and if you're anything like us you do the vast majority of your shopping online these days. You get a broader selection, often better prices, and, most importantly, you avoid the crowds. The only problem is knowing when to order if you want to make sure your gifts show up on time for dispersal. That's where this handy cheat sheet from Dealnews comes...

Send a Free Snail Mail Card, Courtesy of the All-Mighty Google

Even though Google is supplying airports with free Wi-Fi, the Big G has one more trick up its all-encompassing sleeve. Despite being the e-mail program of plenty of Americans, Gmail acknowledges that, while an e-card is easy, nothing is more charming than a snail-mail greeting. So, if you and a beloved other share a love for that simple red Gmail "M", head on over and create a free card to be...