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Did you wake up to a Fire under your Christmas tree?
Well, if you did -- and it was the Amazon Kindle Fire, and not, you know, a fire-fire -- then congratulations! You've got yourself Amazon's much-improved, crisp-diplayed tablet of the season.
We know you're raring to Fire up your tablet...er, ready to start the Fire...er, excited to begin. So, read on below to learn how to get up and running with your hot new gadget.
Email, calendar and contacts
Amazon has made it fairly simple to add all of the above, improving on a notoriously difficult first try.
Books, Videos and Apps
All you really need to know here is how to get to Amazon’s digital content store.
As far as what to download to get you started, we suggest these goodies:
Google's wearable Glass device already had apps for the New York Times, Evernote, and Tumblr. Now, it also has one for farts.
The newest app for Google Glass turns your $1,500, ground-breaking piece of wearable tech into a whoopie cushion, all by uttering the command “Ok glass, fart.”
Created by developer Hung Truong, and first spotted by The Next Web, GlassFart makes a fart noise in the wearer’s ear when he or she speaks the command above. It’s as simple and delightful as that. In a video demonstrating the app, Truong explained that he got his Glass mere days ago and had been thinking of what to build for the “well-designed” device with such “raw computing power.”
He came up with GlassFart. And though flatulence apps are a popular category Apple's App Store and Android's Play Store, GlassFart is surely the first farting app for Google Glass.
Give me an “N!” Give me an “E!” No, really, I need them. They fell off my Nexus 5.
Some owners of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet devices arecomplaining of losing the shiny plastic NEXUS letters from the backs of their phones and tablets (like the two Nexus 5s shown below),according to tech sites andforum posts from around the Web. In most of these instances, the glue that holds the letters in place has seemingly given out.
One Nexus 7 owner from themobile device forum XDA actually claimed to have seen the glue begin to seep out from around the letters, so the user removed all of the glue and plastic (shown below). Though the device cleaned up nicely, we assume most would rather hang on to their fairly elegant looking Nexus logo.
Via Gizmodo, this iPad “painting” of the man who’s played everything from Miss Daisy's driver to God is so photo-realistic looking that you’ll probably have to watch the video of how it was created (posted below) to believe it’s not fake.
Kyle Lambert, the artist that first amazed us with this 2010 Beyonce iPad painting, knocked this Morgan Freeman portrait out in a mere 200 hours using only 285,000 brush - err...finger - strokes on an iPad Air, according to a post on IceFlowStudios. That’s right, no stylus.
For context, Lambert’s 2010 Beyonce portrait, created in a program called Brushes, took him about 8 hours to complete, according to his website.
We've seen some good ideas pop up on Kickstarter; but this one gave us an extra warm and toasty feeling.
It's called the Foaster, and it’s a dual iPhone charger that looks like a toaster. TheFoaster, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, wants to be the iPhone charger that you can keep in your kitchen (It certainly blends in). In a single case, it also circumvents the messy cord clutter that comes from charging more that one phone on your kitchen counter.
What was behind my decision to grab the Nexus 5, Google’s latest phone in its premium, once-a-year Nexus line?
Mostly, I wanted to flex my “off-contract and unlocked” muscle. Google is now selling unlocked phones, no two-year contract required, with pure Android, out of its Google Play Store; that means you’re not locked onto a certain carrier, or into a single smartphone, for 24 months, with huge fees to pay if you dare to upgrade.
Google also sells versions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4, but their respective $599 and $649 price tags make them unrealistic for most shoppers. At $349, the price of the Nexus 5 was just right.
Also: Eschewing the iPhone or a Samsung device and buying into the Nexus program is like voting for a third party candidate. It’s forward thinking, but without the compromises of picking someone like Ralph Nader as your guy.
Cockamamie political analogies aside: How’s the actual phone itself? Well, I’ve been using it for about three weeks now. Here’s the (mostly) great and the (occasional) not-so-great of the Nexus 5 that I’ve encountered over almost a month of ownership.
Mostly, however, the display, the feel and the speed stand out.
Got a selfie-obsessed friend you're shopping for this holiday season? We just might have the perfect gift.
Smartphone accessory maker Gabba Goods has developed a gadget to help iPhone owners take the best solo and group selfies possible, without having to hold onto their phones and awkwardly tap the on-screen shutter button. Called #TheSelfie (hashtag included in product name), the gadget looks like a weapon detonator from a Cold War spy movie, or an old-school remote shutter release. #TheSelfie's cable plugs into the headphone socket on any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch model; a button on top of the detonator takes a photo either in the Apple camera or in several different iOS camera apps, like Instagram or Snapchat.
You can see #TheSelfie in action on the "Today" show right here, at around the 3:30 mark.
2013 should be the best holiday shopping game console slobberknocker in years. Sony had its big PlayStation 4 launch last week, and now this Friday is the Xbox One's big day. With each console launching well over a month before the end of gift-getting (and gift-giving) season, we're sure to be in for the type of craze that will make the whole Tickle Me Elmo thing look like a blip on the map.
But which console should you put under your tree (or, if you have huge feet, shove in your stocking)? In an effort to help pick which console to get that special someone and/or yourself this holiday, we've compiled the best chunks of the reviews for thePlayStation 4 and now the Xbox One. Read on below if you're game. We call it...the LAST WORD Microsoft Xbox One The Xbox One’s revolution nearly failed at the first hurdle. But now it has recovered with fervor and the revolution is underway, albeit imperfectly. Despite its occasionally choppy interface, its unremarkable design and its high price tag, Xbox One is changing the way gamers use their consoles.
Wait 6 seconds: Snapchat is worth how much?
After reports surfaced that Facebook attempted to buy the popular picture and video messaging app Snapchat last week, we all learned that the ephemeral messaging service is apparently worth billions (and at least $3 billion - the amount that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel turned down).
It’s no longer uncommon for tech startups to reach this level of valuation in mere years, and, in some cases, doing so without any real source of revenue. Instagram, the make-your-picture-look-like-a-Polaroid photo sharing service, was purchased last year by Facebook for approximately $1 billion. Instagram has only just begun rolling out its ad revenue program, something the big blue social network, no doubt, had in thought during the time of acquisition. Facebook itself is publicly listed on the Nasdaq trade and is currently valued at $111.5 billion.
Here are some other tech startups that are now worth a shockingly large amount.
Here is a list of tweets featuring people screaming about how frustrated they are with their Candy Crush games.