Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Video games are always a hot item, with kids and adults alike wanting to get in on the action. We've put together eith different video game-related gifts that you pick pick up for your loved ones this holiday season, and we did our best to find something for everybody, starting with the Xbox 360 4GB Kinect holiday bundle. If you know someone who doesn't yet have an Xbox 360, then this is the one to get. They get the Kinect accessory included in the box, along with Disneyland Adventures and Kinect Adventures, two fun games. You can pick this one up for $249.99. Read on for the rest of our list!
Sure and begorra! If you are looking for a place to hang out to get your green brew today, go over to Google Maps and get a pleasant surprise. To get into the St. Paddy’s spirit, Google has brought in a leprechaun as a traveling companion. Move him around and he leaves a rainbow trail. We don’t know if he will lead you to that pot o’ gold, but he will help you to find some places to celebrate the holiday. It sure beats MSN’s green home page although Yahoo’s header is a decent effort.
(Have a great holiday, folks!)
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This appears to be the year of the Gift Card. If you received some that you don’t particularly want, you can always re-gift them or toss them in a drawer like an estimated 10 billion do. Or you can take them to Swapagift, an ingenious site where you can sell, trade, pay your bills, or donate them to your favorite charity. Registration is free and for $1.99 you can list each card with the monetary value or equal card you wish to receive. If you want to sell them outright to the site, you can receive up to 70% of their minimum balance to pay that overdue electric bill. Our kudos to a site that finally found a use for Vegans who ended up with a $100.00 credit for Outback Steakhouse.
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There are lots of last minute ways to send e-greetings on line, making the necessity for actual cards and gifts unnecessary in this electronic age. We wonder if this will replace tips and bonuses for your mail carrier, FedEx deliverer, and the guy who sells you roach coach sandwiches. We found these cards created by someone who apparently gets as moody as we do around this time of year. For those of you who want to send anti-cards, the comments may not be explicit in the translation, but we figure you will catch the drift. By the way, ho-ho-ho from us to you. Have a great Holiday and thanks for reading.
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Somewhat similar to ScroogeYourself is Santa Swing. It was created by Oddcast for Everyclick to draw attention to its search engine that helps more than 170,000 charities each time it’s used. Use your own photos or theirs, then upload a message that will be translated to audio or add your own sound files. Pass them on to your blog, Facebook, or friends. Try it yourself and remember to use Everyclick as your new search engine if you can get over Googling.
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Microsoft Mobile is offering free holiday-themed ringtones and wallpaper for smartphones and pocket PCs if you are a part of their Owner’s Circle. There are 9 wallpapers to select from, and in addition to their recently added Halo ringtones, you can choose between Bells, Frosty’s Groove, More Merry, Sleigh Bells, Snowflakes (we had to preview that one,) Below Freezing, Charity ( which sounds like the Salvation Army bell,) Cookies and Milk, and more. If you are not a member, you can sign up for their newsletter to receive the “gifts,” even though it seems that MS is getting the better deal.
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You know we’re a technologically-obsessed society when even holiday greeting cards are getting the USB treatment. Well, sorta. The folks at Walletex—known for their flash drives the size of a credit card—have come out with their Hanukkah and Christmas versions. They’re available in a large variety of designs, from dreidels to Santa, and from 128mb ($27 USD) to a roomy 4GB ($106 USD). You can even have the recipient’s name printed on the card! A very unique gift, and you can make it even more special by loading it with photos and music your intended will love.
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‘Tis the season for a holiday Yule Log and this year you can download 30 minutes worth of a crackling fire with accompanying music for handhelds, PMPs, and MP3 players. Created by GeekBrief TV during a nostalgic moment, a portion of the proceeds from the originators and score composer of the iYule TV go to charitable orginizations. Prices are $5.00 for iPods and $7.00 for Macs, PCs, Apple TVs, or Xbox 360s. Order all three for $7.00 without the music if you are into the natural sounds of fire.
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Aaah, Thanksgiving. Food, friends, family… And making plans for taking advantage of all of the great Black Friday shopping!
Every year it gets easier to make those plans, thanks to a growing number of tipsters running websites dedicated solely to the first huge shopping day of the holiday season. Unreal deals can be found if you know where to look, and these sites are quick on the draw when it comes to publicizing not only the best bargains but even full scans of Black Friday circulars.
Some of these sites are already alive and kicking, posting bargains from Target, Kmart, Costco, and hhgregg, among others. A couple of the tech bargains of note this year include a Kodak 8 megapixel digital camera from Target for $89 and Kmart’s Magellan Maestro 3100 navigation system priced at $129.99.
The Official Black Friday 2007 Website, BlackFriday.info, the Official Black Friday 2007 Website and Black Friday are being updated often and as Black Friday gets closer will have even more bargains to publicize. It’s just one more thing that the price-savvy techster can be thankful for.
Put that pumpkin and carving knife down, my friend. Save yourself the inevitable mess, stress, and frustration of creating something slightly resembling a Jack-O-Lantern—and check out the LEGO 3D Pumpkin Pack instead. There are 174 pieces to put together, and don’t worry, the instructions are available online at lego.com/Halloween (which you can save on your LEGO USB drive, by the way). A unique way to celebrate the holiday, and a fun family activity to boot (ages 4 and up). Available for $18 USD.