Tech for the Holidays

Confuse Your Grandma This Christmas By Giving Her One of These Internet Meme Gifts

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Back Friday, Cyber Monday and the entire month of December are right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to exhaust both your energy and your expendable income buying gifts.

Rather than choosing generic holiday presents like scarves, bathrobes and chocolate this holiday season, consider something a little more viral — we’re talking about memes. Read More

Wedding Season

Zola’s New App is Basically Tinder For Wedding Gifts

No, that pot's not going to send you a creepy "hey ;)" message. (Zola)

In the old days — before weddings were all about #tech — you had to go to an actual, physical store to compile the items on your wedding registry. Now, it’s as easy as swiping left or right on an app.

Zola is a service that lets couples create customized online wedding registries. Within one registry, users can ask their guests to buy them items from any number of stores (including Zola’s own collections), as well as intangible gifts like “couple’s massage” or “honeymoon fund.”

They can further customize the registry by adding personalized photos and notes to their guests about why they chose particular gifts. Once the gifts are purchased, couples can even decide exactly when they want the gifts to be delivered. Read More

Antisocial Media

New Gift-Giving App Will Help Remove Stress (and Personality) From Your Holiday Season

Just your average gold porcelain duckie for $85 (Photo: bondgifts.com)

Gifts are a great way to show people you care–if you have time to find, buy, wrap and send or give one. Now, a new app is streamlining the gift-giving process so that we can show people we give a shit when in reality, ehhhh we don’t really give a shit.

The app, Bond, enables its users to swipe through a bevy of gifts arranged by price–under $50, under $100, under $250 and “Splurge,” because spending $50+ on a gift for someone when you can’t even be arsed to go to the store for them isn’t enough of a splurge. Read More

Frankenstorm

Hurricane Sandy Ruined Every New York Tech Party

Cheryl Mills (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

A lot of startups are letting their employees work from home for the next few days because of hurricane Sandy. That’s all swell news, but those members of New York’s tech scene who were supposed to go out and party or sit through conferences are screwed. Tech events are getting cancelled left and right, though some scene luminaries don’t seem to mind.

AllThingsD’s “D: Dive Into Mobile” conference has been postponed until a later date that will be announced as soon as possible. The event had originally been set for tomorrow and Tuesday in New York City. If you booked a room at the Ritz Carlton (looking at you, VC’s), the hotel is apparently giving full refunds and waiving cancellation fees. Speakers like Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy and Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, will just have to wait until another day to make their speeches. Read More