Less than 3 years after its celebrated opening, despite pointed punditry and challenging growing pains, Apple's App Store is about to claim 10 billion App downloads. To celebrate, as they did when iTunes reached 10 billion downloads, Apple is giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the person that purchases the 10 billionth download."As of today, nearly 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 10 billionth app, and you could win a $10,000 … Read more
Amazon might have a simple solution in store for those who get disappointed every holiday season by undesirable gifts.
The company has been awarded a patent that allows gift recipients to automatically exchange items before they receive them. The solution would offer those ungrateful recipients the opportunity to choose something else or get a gift card without necessarily indicating to the sender that it wasn't accepted.
"As in other gift-giving situations, it sometimes occurs that gifts purchased online do not meet the needs or tastes of the gift recipient," Amazon wrote in the patent, which was first … Read more
I complain about bad recordings all the time, but there's lots of great-sounding music coming out. Here's a short list of the highlights from the past 12 months.
"Treme: Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 1"
Most soundtrack music is either old tunes or recorded in studios, but "Treme," HBO's series about New Orleans just a few months after Katrina, uses lots of live music recorded on the streets and in the city's clubs. The brass bands swing like crazy, and the funk grooves aren't too shabby. The sound feels … Read more
Buckyballs aren't a traditional tech item, but they are magnetic, meaning there's science behind how they work. And because science and technology go hand in hand, voila: there's my justification for today's slightly unusual deal.
Today only, and while supplies last (which may not be very long), Sellout.woot has two sets of Buckyballs for $29.99, plus $5 for two-day shipping (which should get them in your hands just in time to stuff them into some stockings).
Update: Sorry, everyone, but the Buckyballs are sold out. Same goes for the monitor deal below. But the … Read more
Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:
The FCC approves Net neutrality rules
eBay launches Gifts Nearby to help you shop offline
Microsoft wants to enable the Kinect to recognize finger gestures
The new FourSquare iPhone app lets you comment on your friends' location choices
The state of Oregon will now allow spell check on state exams
And that's all folks! Loaded is on hiatus through the end of the year. We will see you at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for new tech galore! Have happy and healthy holidays!
It's the final new show of 2010, and we use it to host a relaxed roundtable discussion about last-minute holiday shopping; check out some holiday cards sent by video game companies; and tune into the perfect iPad app for cats.
It's also a perfect time for an end-of-year office clean out, so there are tons of video game goodies to give away. Leave a comment on our Facebook page and we'll randomly pick some stocking-stuffer recipients this week.
Bonus: You can download the show's theme song as a free MP3 here for a limited time!
Though the iPad certainly trumps a sweater as a gift, its utility can get lost on some people.
Why? Apple's tablet doesn't fall neatly into the well-worn parameters of personal computers of the past. So, here are five things to consider when giving and receiving the cool, new device.
iPad gift-giving--a few things to keep in mind:Stump the user: I was pretty clueless when I first started using the iPad. I was convinced it was a solution seeking a problem. That changed, but it took time. Don't expect to find the iPad as an eminently useful … Read more
This is the time of year when you try to calculate how little time you can spend buying things for people who are trying to spend as little time as possible buying things for you.
Online shopping has helped hugely in this regard. You can show your closest friends and family how much you love them without leaving your bed.
However, there are so many choices that one can become addled.
So let me lift your burden and toss it into space. For the perfect Xmas gift is here. Yes, Computer Engineer Barbie.
Perhaps you had assumed Barbie was, at … Read more
If you're looking for a last-minute holiday gift, consider something that never goes out of style. It's called money.
Of course you could just write a check or hand over a wad of bills but, aside from some people considering that tacky, chances are that it will be used right away and long forgotten.
With Goalmine, you go to the site, select "Buy a GoalPack," pick a … Read more
My undying thanks to everyone who wrote and commented with such kind words yesterday. I was really flabbergasted by the show of support, and I appreciate the reminder that Cheapskate readers are the coolest, kindest folks on the planet.
This is an update of a post I did last year around this time.
Well, here we are, just one week to go until the ho-ho-holiday. If you're a procrastinator like me, you might be scrambling to find a last-minute gift for, say, your trusty mail carrier, the kids' schoolteacher, or the office Secret Santa party.
No problem: all you … Read more