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Tech for the Holidays

Tech for the Holidays

Jewish Techies Launch Hanukkah-Themed Hackathon

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Donny and Oren Kanner had always wanted to go to a hackathon. But since the events tend to fall between sundowns on Fridays and Saturdays, the brothers—both observant Jews who honor Shabbat—were never able to attend.

“As observant Jewish people, we wouldn’t be able to make it until Saturday night,” Donny, an agile project manager at the Hackerati, told Betabeat. “I’ve attended portions of hackathons, but we’ve never really had the opportunity to go to the beginning of one.”

So Donny and his brother Oren, a PhD candidate in robotics at Yale, decided a few months ago to create a hackathon that catered to their religious schedules. Read More

Tech for the Holidays

Hack the Holidays: Mail Startup ‘Shyp’ Will Do All Your Gift Wrapping For You

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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. Read More

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Here Are Some Bizarre Christmas Kickstarters to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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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. Read More

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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

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10 High-Tech Gifts For Your Facebook-Lovin’ Dad This Father’s Day

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For the nostalgic dad who still insists that everything sounds better on vinyl, there's this Bluetooth Gramophone. This gadget maintains the vintage feel of a horn speaker while wirelessly connecting to your modern music devices. (Photo via Cool Material)

Before you go reaching for that computer-themed necktie, we have a collection of high-tech gifts that would make any dad exclaim, “Neat-o!”

They’re unique, useful and even whimsical. Among them are everything from 21st century versions of your dad’s favorite old-time technology to T-shirts for showing off their techie pride.

Because what better way to spend the Read More