Christmas

  • As “Paying The Writer” Gets Easier, Whither Bookstores?

    As “Paying The Writer” Gets Easier, Whither Bookstores?

    There has been a bit of fussiness in publishing over the past few weeks regarding the rise of used bookstores as cultural centers/ways to screw writers. While many are coming down on the side of “any exposure, even through piracy” is good, many more writers are taking the “pay the writer” tack. The good news is that they’re both right. First, let’s look at… Read More

  • These Robots Wish You A Holly, Jolly Period Of Cold Weather Between The End Of December And The Beginning Of January

    These Robots Wish You A Holly, Jolly Period Of Cold Weather Between The End Of December And The Beginning Of January

    The robots at RE^2 robotics are tricksy devils. In this video a pair of robot manipulators carefully cut out a snowflake-shaped piece of paper with a pair of regular scissors – a feat that, if truly assessed in the context of future technology, should give us pause. Sure this robot is wishing us a happy winter solstice with its jolly decoration but what happens when these arms become… Read More

  • Much Ado About Peeple

    Much Ado About Peeple

    “Imagine every positive and ugly opinion about you— from your mother to that awkward co-worker you rejected at the company Christmas party— centrally located on one online profile. Sound scary? It is.” That’s the way people are characterizing Peeple, a year-and-a-half-year-old, Calgary-based company whose app is currently being beta tested by 35,000… Read More

  • This Guy Remade Super Mario 64’s Most Iconic Level In HD And Playable In Your Browser

    This Guy Remade Super Mario 64’s Most Iconic Level In HD And Playable In Your Browser

    On Christmas morning of 1996, the first level of Super Mario 64 was blowing the minds of millions of kids around the world simultaneously. It looks a bit rough around the edges nearly 20 years later — but it’s still truly excellent. And now it’s been remade in glorious HD. Read More

  • Nintendo Halves Its Annual Profit Estimate Despite A Solid Christmas Period

    Nintendo Halves Its Annual Profit Estimate Despite A Solid Christmas Period

    Nintendo is moving towards a slim profit for its current financial year. The Japanese games giant just went public with its Q3 2014 numbers: total revenue came in at ¥271,521 billion ($2.3 billion), of which ¥45.2 billion ($383 million) was net profit. Read More

  • Flurry Finds That Apple Devices And Phablets Scored Big On Christmas

    Flurry Finds That Apple Devices And Phablets Scored Big On Christmas

    Flurry has released its annual Christmas report. Each year, the holiday sees the highest number of device activations and app installations as people open presents, and last week was no exception. What is interesting is that 51.3 percent of new devices activated were made by Apple, compared to 17.7 percent for Samsung, and 5.8 percent for Nokia. Read More

  • Happy Holidays From All Of Us At TechCrunch

    Happy Holidays From All Of Us At TechCrunch

    As we approach Christmas, it’s time for good startup boys and girls to slack off and, most importantly, record bad lip dubs of Mariah Carey songs. Lip dubs, it seems, is the reason for the season. To that end I called upon the startup community to send me some Holiday videos and they complied. Read More

  • Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune

    This holiday season it’s important to remember the true meaning of Christmas: the slow encroachment of robots upon human existence and the expectation of the enslavement of Homo sapiens by 2050. To that end we present a pair of jolly robotic hands that pick up candy and place it into a stocking – a feat that was all but impossible a few years ago. These dextrous hands come from… Read More

  • What The Data Says About How We Spent Christmas Morning

    What The Data Says About How We Spent Christmas Morning

    The kids woke up, the parents got called out of bed and for a few hours, shockingly, it looks like the family put down their mobiles on Christmas morning, according to data from Mixpanel, a mobile and web analytics company. Welcome to the data driven Christmas. A day that can be tracked in detail by mining the data on our phone and tablets. As proven by Mixpanel, data analytics can now tell… Read More

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