All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Holidays’

Netflix Outage Sparks Commitment To Improvement By Company

On Christmas Eve, Netflix experienced a widespread outage of its streaming services due to issues with Amazon Web Services. If you tried using Netflix that day, you may have noticed, though not everyone was affected (trust me, I did plenty of Netflix watching over my holiday break). If you were online at all that day, chances are you probably at …

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Die Hard, the Best Xmas Movie Ever, Finally Gets a Song Expressing That Undeniable Fact

The best Christmas movie is Die Hard. This is not debatable. Oh, Die Hard‘s not a real Christmas movie? Shut up and look closer, smart guy. It has everything a great Christmas movie needs, in that it’s set during Christmas. And there’s a tree. Anyway, don’t give me any of that It’s a Wonderful Life crap. It’s not. It’s a …

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Google Isn’t Letting Bing Have Santa All To Itself

NORAD may have went the Bing/Windows route this year with its Santa Tracker, but Google isn’t going to let Microsoft have all of the fun. “While we’ve been tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, this year a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers built a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve,” says …

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Google Launches Special Holiday Hangout Features

Google is encouraging people to use Google+ Hangouts during the holidays, and has partnered with the creators of Wallace and Gromit to offer special invitations builders and a holiday effects app. If you go here, you can schedule a holiday hangout, and Google will send invitations out with a Wallace and Gromit video. “Since hangouts let up to 10 people …

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Google Has Decorations For Real Holidays

Last week, Google’s Festivus search results easter egg was revealed. If you type in “festivus,” Google will display the famous Festivus Pole, as described in a classic episode of Seinfeld. Now, Google has decorations for actual holidays like Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. Some associated terms will also bring up similar results. Here’s “Christmas”: Here’s “Kwanzaa”: Here’s “Hanukkah”: [via Search Engine …

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How to Send a Christmas Gift via Facebook

After months in beta Facebook’s new ecommerce platform, Facebook Gifts, finally launched to all U.S. users this week. Facebook Gifts has a familiar ring to it – as a now-defunct program of the same name allowed users to send and receive virtual items on the site. But this time, Facebook has partnered with over 100 retail outlets to bring you …

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Check Out Google’s Pole. It’s A Festivus Miracle.

If you weren’t a fan of the show Seinfeld, chances are this will mean nothing to you. Otherwise, you may enjoy that Google is showing the sitcom some love on its search results page for “Festivus”. The left-hand side of the page is graced by the beloved Festivus Pole: Here, Jerry Seinfeld and Frank Costanza explain: Google has actually been …

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Online Holiday Spending Surpasses $21 Billion So Far In The U.S.

We knew that it’s been a ridiculously good holiday season for online retail sales, but comScore has provided a new update today about the first 32 days of the November-December season, and the amount of money being spent online in the U.S. is up 14% year-over-year, according to the firm. For the time period, sales have hit $21.4 billion. The …

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Gangnam Style Gets a Christmas Light Show

It’s that time of the year again. The holiday season is in full swing, and you know what that means: themed Christmas light shows. For a few years now, people have decked out their homes and created magnificent light shows set to popular songs from yesterday and today. Many of these videos strike viral gold on YouTube because, well, because …

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Amazon Offers $3 Credit to Patient Prime Members

If you’re an Amazon Prime member and plan on doing a lot of holiday shopping on the site this year, you may want to get started early. That way, you can benefit from the expanded “No-Rush Delivery” option that Amazon is attaching to eligible items. As you know, Amazon Prime members pay $79 a year to receive free two-day shipping …

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Black Friday Breaks Record: E-commerce Spending Surpasses $1 Billion For First Time

Today may be Cyber Monday, but U.S. consumers were not waiting to start their online holiday shopping. Black Friday, which is known as the biggest shopping day of the year for brick and mortars, saw e-commerce spending surpass $1 billion for the first time, reaching $1.042 billion in online sales. This is the heaviest online spending day to date, according …

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The Science Behind a Fifth of Bourbon’s Effect on Your Ability to Not Act Like a Jackass

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how your excessive drinking allows you to think more clearly about absolutely nothing, AsapSCIENCE has an animation for you. As a bonus, it’s here just in time for the holidays. If you want to see alcohol’s effects on a neurological level, explained in a way even a drunk person could understand, check this out: “Feel …

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