Tech for the Holidays
Tech for the Holidays
Gift giving is super fun, but you know what blows? Gift wrapping. Besides pretending to like all your obnoxious family members, it’s the one part of the the holidays that just really isn’t up to par.
For those who tend to find themselves in a terrifying mess of wrapping paper and Scotch tape around this time of year, perhaps this will be of interest: Shyp, the on-demand shipping app that saves you from ever having to visit the post office again, will launch its holiday gift wrapping service tomorrow.
This is Weird
Christmas is creeping closer, and while most of us are shopping and breaking out the spiked cider and ugly sweaters, some entrepreneurs are crowdfunding last minute holiday projects and products.
Of the number of holiday-themed campaigns currently on Kickstarter, a number of them are a little out there. From beard photo Christmas cards to a size XL Christmas cookie, here are some of the most bizarre Christmas-y campaigns seeking your support.
When a study revealed that 47 percent of Brits have never kissed under a mistletoe, it disturbed TGI Fridays’ UK branch so much that they’re taking it upon themselves to change it.
This holiday season, select UK TGI Fridays restaurants will be releasing mistletoe drones in their dining rooms to encourage diners to kiss.
The holidays are upon us! Time to trim the tree and drink some cocoa. For crafty types, though, this is basically the Olympics. This is the main event, the reason they’ve trained so hard for so long. Pinterest is therefore flooded with impossibly intricate, over-the-top DIY projects.
But other than a few twee over-achievers, no one is actually going to try these. You will be too busy drinking eggnog until you fall over and combing Kmart for last-minute gifts.
Google senior vice president Andy Rubin happily tweeted out some holiday cheer this morning: “There were 3.7M Android devices activated on 12/24 and 12/25.” It was an update on another bit of pre-Christmas good news, namely that more than 700,000 Android devices are now activated everyday.
Yesterday, Venturebeat shared statistics from the app analytics company Flurry that activations for Android and iOS devices shot up to 6.8 million on Christmas day. It’s not yet clear whether Apple or Google can claim more activations, but it’s more evidence that of that unflashy eventual market dominance Android fans keep promising will come.