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Christmas in the past and in the present in the same picture

Christmas is over, wrapping paper has been destroyed, batteries were scourged up and bellies are bigger than usual but we still have a bit of the holiday season to enjoy. It's always nice to look back at the year that just was but even better to see how far we've come too. These pictures show Christmas now and in… » 12/27/14 1:19am 12/27/14 1:19am

Get a new iPhone? Camera? Tips to Master Your Brand New Gadget

There are a couple things that can go through your head upon unwrapping a shiny new electronic device: hell yesss is closely followed by: uhhh, so how do I use this thing? You could read the instructional manual cover to cover, but c'mon F that. So, we've compiled some tips for how to master your newly gifted… » 12/26/14 3:30pm 12/26/14 3:30pm

The Return Policies at Big Retailers, Just In Case You Were Wondering


      I'm not saying you don't like your gifts. I would never say that. But, hey, maybe that sweater doesn't quite fit. Maybe plaid leg warmers aren't exactly your style anymore. Maybe your sister bought you another friggin' salad spinner, seriously, like it's not an unsubtle hint to diet, could you even be more… » 12/26/14 10:00am 12/26/14 10:00am

      A strange retelling of the birth of Jesus set in the space age

      Here's a strange Christmas film—weird, sad, and hopeful all at the same time. According to its creators, Anomaly is 'a retelling of the traditional Christmas Nativity which explores, through a modern-day lens, the events of two-thousand years ago, set against the space-race canvas of the 1960s.' » 12/25/14 6:49pm 12/25/14 6:49pm

      These Festive Bots Are Just As Excited About the Holidays As You Are

      Every year the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich trots out its weird and wonderful robotic creations adorned with festive garb as one of the more entertaining video holiday cards you'll see every year. At this point it's almost as much a holiday tradition as watching Charlie Brown or the Grinch on TV, and though… » 12/25/14 4:00pm 12/25/14 4:00pm

      6 Good Reasons to Spend Time On Your Phone this Christmas

      In our smartphone-saturated, always-on age, the conventional wisdom is that holidays are a time for unplugging from the web and switching off from the devices that ordinarily dominate our lives. However, you don't have to go with the flow and take a tech break over the holiday—here are six good reasons why you might… » 12/25/14 3:17pm 12/25/14 3:17pm

      What do other countries call Santa Claus?

      Christmas Man. Daddy Christmas. Grandfather Frost. Yule Man. Yule Elder. Yule Gnome. Yule Goat. Father Christmas. Old Man Christmas. Biblical Magi. Christ Child. Christmas Log. All those names are names for Santa Claus in other countries around the world. Calling him just Santa Claus just seems so boring in… » 12/24/14 8:03pm 12/24/14 8:03pm

      Photo Essay: NYC's Incredible Christmas Tree Seller Subculture

      The Friday night after Thanksgiving is when all the little forests pop up around the city. Most Christmas tree outlets—bodegas, parks, supermarkets, and big-box stores—have a team that comes in to set up wooden display racks, while electricians wire up lights to a generator and a truck drops off Fraser Firs to sell… » 12/24/14 5:30pm 12/24/14 5:30pm