Try a different kind of gift wrapping this year: music!

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I used to think myself a grinch who hated the very act of gift-giving, but it turns out what’s put me off all this time has been the rote and impersonal way we’ve been doing it. Most people seem to approach the holiday season in a manner that Henry Ford would be proud of: packaging up every gift in the same cheery wrapping paper and accessorizing it with a prewritten greeting card. That’s perfectly fine if the point of the gift is the thing itself, but I already have many things — what I’m missing is the warm feeling of knowing someone far away is thinking of me.

Today I received my first Christmas present of the year, a full month ahead of the designated date, and I thought I’d make the unwrapping more interesting by asking the sender…

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Emojiary Is A Mobile Diary App Where You Visualize Your Feelings With Emoji

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Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 11.45.26 AM Regularly journaling your thoughts and feelings is a good way to “check in with yourself,” raise your self-awareness and connect with your intuition, but it can also be a time-consuming activity that most of us don’t have time for, given our busy lives. A company called All Tomorrows wants to change that, by offering a quick and arguably more fun way to track your feelings… Read More

EU wants its ‘right to be forgotten’ to erase Google search data around the world

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European Union regulators want Google to extend the controversial “right to be forgotten” to searches worldwide, including those made on Google.com, according to The Wall Street Journal. The right to be forgotten was put into place following a court ruling earlier this year and requires Google to remove search results about people in Europe should a person deem those results to be irrelevant, outdated, or inaccurate. Google has begun removing links across European domains, but the EU now wants to see those removals extend to all of its domains so that the block can’t be circumvented.

It’s unclear if Google will have to comply with the regulator’s latest request, but it certainly won’t want to. Google has been opposed to the ruling,…

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The Supreme Court is about to tackle online threats for the first time

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On December 1st, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Elonis v. United States, the first case about online threats to reach the highest level of judicial review. It’s a timely case, coinciding with increased attention around the online harassment of women—from Caroline Criado-Perez to Zoë Quinn and the other women targeted by Gamergate. The case has the potential to broadly change what kind of online speech can be prosecuted.

The case centers on Anthony Elonis, who was convicted after writing graphic, gory fantasies about mutilating and killing his wife and other women and posting them to Facebook. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether “a true threat” requires finding that the threatener subjectively intended to be…

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Canopy Brings A Curated Amazon Shopping Experience To The iPhone

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canopy-ios A company called Canopy launched last year to bring a more curated and community-driven experience to shopping Amazon products, with an organized catalog of recommended items, and a number of tools for finding and saving favorites. Today, Canopy is bringing that same experience to mobile with the launch of the Canopy iOS application. Like its web-based counterpart, the iOS app offers a… Read More

Social Marketing Startup Tiger Pistol Raises $3.1M As It Plans For US Growth

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tiger pistol Tiger Pistol, a startup offering social marketing tools for small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $3.1 million in Series A funding.
The company started in Melbourne, Australia, and I first covered it in 2012, when it left beta testing. Since then, Tiger Pistol (named after the tiger pistol shrimp) has moved its headquarters to Los Angeles, though it retains an office in Melbourne. Read More

iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Are Shifting Reading Away From iPad, Study Finds

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PKTBlog_iPhone6_v2 When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it seemed likely that the larger screens on the devices would naturally lead to them assuming some of the functions of the iPad, giving users fewer reasons to turn to their tablets. Now, data from save-for-later reading and video app Pocket finds that indeed, users of Apple’s newest, larger smartphones do spend more time perusing their… Read More

The 7 games you can play with the whole family this Thanksgiving

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Maybe you’re waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Maybe the meal’s over and you’re all together in the living room staring silently at a wall. Whatever the case, if you’re looking to spend quality time with your friends and family this Thanksgiving and you want to beat them in a friendly competition, here are seven games we’d recommend — no consoles required.

And if you have any recommendations, let us know!

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The best action camera you can buy

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Action cameras are about more than just capturing crazy stunts these days — they’ve become a way to make anything you do look cool. You’ve probably seen people wave a selfie stick around while riding a bike, or strap a camera to their chest at a sporting event. Or maybe they’re even using them to see what their pet sees.

Sure, a lot can be done with your camera’s phone these days, thanks to burst-shooting modes and slow-motion options, but having a camera that’s more durable and more…

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Sony’s new A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera comes to the US on December 9th

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It won’t be long before you’ll be able to get your hands on Sony’s recently-announced A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera: the electronics company announced today that it will arrive in the US on December 9th starting at $1699. That price will get you just the camera body itself, but Sony is also offering a kit with a 28-70 f3.5-5.6 OSS lens for $1999. Sony says that eager customers can place preorders for the new camera starting today, though the orders won’t actually ship until December 9th.

The A7 II improves on its ground-breaking predecessor in a number of ways, even though it still has the same 24-megapixel sensor. Sony has added a 5-axis image stabilization system that works with any lens you mount to the body, including old…

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‘Game of Thrones’ teasers begin with Arya Stark’s darkness

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We’re still months away from the debut of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, but the tantalizing hints about what’s to come have already begun. First up is a brief video snippet featuring Arya Stark. She broods, she stabs, she dashes through the shadows, and she speaks the words, “I see a darkness in you.” It’s all very ominous and as yet indeterminate (at least for those of us who haven’t read the books), though it seems to mark only the start of a series of such snippets, which will be distributed to fans who visit the newly introduced Three Eyed Raven website. Its sole purpose for now is to sign people up to receive updates via Twitter DM or text message. The small print on the SMS signup page requires consent to receive up to 15…

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Netflix’s December line-up comes early this year

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Beginning December 1st, Netflix Instant subscribers will be able to enjoy a fresh crop of movies and television shows. Decider recently published a catalog of the anticipated titles. Two of the most enticing names in this repository of entertainment options are arguably comedy Anchorman 2 and The Wolf of Wall Street, the Academy Award-winning black comedy inspired by debauched stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Social media sweetheart Sharknado 2: The Second One will also be available, along with short-film-turned-feature-length horror film Oculus, which pivots about an antique mirror.

Although most of the titles originate from the 2000s, the list also includes 1999 blockbuster success American Beauty and the 1999 remake of Neil Simon’s The…

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