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This is an entry from our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Xbox One

Don't let the looks of the Microsoft Xbox One, the next entry in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide fool you--it may like more like a modern DVR than traditional game console, but that's by design. It's packing an 8-core processor and upgraded Kinect sensor which makes it more than just a game console--it's also your living room's entertainment hub. They're hard to find, but if you look hard enough, you can get one. Look even harder, and you can get one of the elusive white Xbox One "I Made This" models!

You can pick up the Microsoft Xbox One now from Amazon for $499--but hurry, they'll likely sell out before the end of the day.

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Xbox One 0x8027025a error

A few Xbox One early adopters have been writing in to ask for help with error 0x8027025a, and we're here to help. In case you haven't seen it, the full error reads:

Please try again: For some reason TV took too long to start (0x8027025a)

This occurs when the Xbox One has an issue with the television feed coming through the HDMI In port. It's fairly frustrating, because the term "0x8027025a" really doesn't mean anything to anyone, maybe save for some random Microsoft programmer in Redmond. The Xbox One offers no help in what you might be able to do to fix it either. If you see error 0x8027025a crop up when you try to watch television through your Xbox One, you need to do a hard reset. Fortunately, it's fairly simple:

  1. On the physical Xbox One unit, press and hold your finger on the capacitive power button
  2. Keep holding it until the Xbox One powers off
  3. Once it is fully off (the light turns off and stays off for a few moments,) tap the button again to power the Xbox One back on

This should fix the error, and you should be able to watch television again. The reason that turning the Xbox One off from the controller, or tapping the power button (rather than holding it down) doesn't work, is because those two methods put the Xbox One to sleep in most cases. In this low-power state, settings and your session are saved in order to quickly being you back in to what you were doing. The problem is that the low-power setting simply doesn't clear of the TV error, and a hard reset is the only thing that'll work.

If you find that this doesn't work, or if you find an alternative fix, feel free to leave a comment!

Of course, if you're looking to get one, you can pick up an Xbox One now on Amazon.


This is an entry from our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Neatmo Weather Station

If you want a better handle on the indoor conditions of your home, peep our next 2013 Holiday Gift Guide entry, the Neatmo Urban Weather Station. So, just how much damage did you do to your family's lungs with that batch of really burnt holiday cookies? The Neatmo weather station doesn't just assess the temperature outside your home, it also measures indoor air quality, humidity, and carbon dioxide level. A mobile app lets you monitor your house remotely and get alerts when something is amiss. Knowledge is power.

You can pick up the Neatmo Urban Weather Station now from Amazon for $179.

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PayPal Digital Wallet

PayPal has recently released a slew of updates to its mobile app, bringing with it numerous features aimed at carving out a place in our digital wallets. With more and more people moving their life into the digital realm, companies like Square, Google, and PayPal are moving swiftly to gain the first mover advantage in the financial app market.

Some of the most notable features of PayPal’s latest’s updates include, the ability to find shops around you via GPS, the ability to order products and services before you arrive at said shops, and special promotional discounts and coupons, which apply automatically during your checkout process.

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This is an entry from our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Joseph Joseph Nest 100

We're not leaving the cool kitchen gadgets out of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, and as proof, we present the Joseph Joseph Nest 100. Joseph Joseph's nested set of 9 kitchen tools includes a large stainless steel mixing bowl with non-slip base, a small stainless steel mixing bowl with non-slip base, a fine mesh stainless steel strainer, a stainless steel colander, and a set of 5 black measuring cups--all engineered to fit together as compactly as possible. It's the perfect gift for the Top Chef wannabe in your life.

You can pick up the Joseph Joseph Nest 100 now from Amazon for $299, a savings of 25%.

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This is an entry from our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Pro-Ject Debut III turntabe record player

Up next in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: the Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable. Audiophiles know that vinyl offers up a richer, more nuanced sound than those cold digital tracks (or so they say.) They also know you dont have to shell out audiophile levels of money to get a decent turntable. The Pro-Ject Debut III is outfitted with high-grade components and doesn't make your living room look like a DJ booth. Double win.

You can pick up the Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable now from Amazon for $299, a savings of 25%.

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TiVo Roamio Pro review

What's exciting about the new TiVo Roamio DVR line is that it's been a while since TiVo last released some new hardware. Three and a half years, in fact. That's when the TiVo Premiere debuted, promising an HD interface and dual-core chip that was supposed to bring about speed and efficiency. Well, the Premiere failed to live up to the hype, and TiVo went back to the drawing board and spent a few years building Roamio.

TiVo Roamio is actually a line of three DVRs that range in price from $199 to $599, with four tuners built-in to the standard Roamio, and six tuners in the Roamio Plus and Pro models. The Plus and Pro also have integrated TiVo Stream functionality, too, allowing you to watch TiVo content on your iOS devices wherever you have Wi-Fi. Has TiVo done enough to earn your attention and hard-earned dollar with the Roamio DVR? Join us for our full TiVo Roamio Pro review as we answer just that.

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Cadillac ELR Saks Fifth Avenue

The next big thing from Cadillac will be the release of its ELR, and it looks like Saks Fifth Avenue of all companies gets the first crack at selling a limited edition model of the new electric vehicle. The Saks version of the Cadillac ELR is so limited that there will only be 100 of them made. For the privilege of being 1 of 100, you get the Cadillac ELR in White Diamond with your choice of Light Cashmere or Jet Black interior. You also get a premium 240V charging station and included installation service.

Wanna get your hands on one? You'll have to pick up the phone and dial 855-SAKS-CAD to place a special order. The dedicated order line is open now, and will stay open through January 10th. No word on if the limited model will see a price increase from the standard starting Cadillac ELR MSRP of $75,000. All special edition vehicles will be available for delivery in March 2014. 


This is an entry from our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Kinto Pengy Teapot Mug

It's the holiday season, and we know that sometimes you want to relax with a warm drink. That's why we're adding the Kinto Pengy Teapot Mug to our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. It's a small teapot imported from Japan that is more than meets the eye. You see, the Kinto Pengy doesn't just make tea; you can remove the strainer and then use it as a mug. The lid becomes a handy place to hold your used tea leaves after brewing while you sit back and relax.

You can pick up the Kinto Pengy Teapot Mug now from Amazon for $43.

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This is an entry from our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Strawz NUOP connectible drinking straws

You know how kids love playing with straws, right? Our next 2013 Holiday Gift Guide entry encourages it. The Strawz Constructible Drinking Straw kit takes it to the next level. You'll blow the minds of your kids, as the set lets them drink from multiple glasses at the same time. They're durable too, and can be taken apart and reshaped by your junior scientists again and again.

You can pick up the Strawz Constructible Kit now from Amazon for $11.95.

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