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Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Research firm Flurry, the Yahoo-owned entity that tracks mobile analytics for over 600,000 cross-platform apps, has revealed some surprising statistics from the Christmas break. From December 19 through December 25, Flurry tracked new device activations and app downloads, and found that Apple ruled this holiday season. Over half of new device activations were Apple-branded devices, over twice as many as their nearest competitor, Samsung. Flurry VP of Analytics Jarah Euston said “It’s clear that Santa is no longer into cookies — he prefers Apples.”

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Happy Holidays from SlashGear!

Happy Holidays from SlashGear!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or just plain old December 25th, the whole SlashGear team wishes you the very happiest of holidays. We'll be spending the day away from the keyboard (and we hope you can too, unless you got a keyboard as a present), trying to avoid giving out too much unofficial tech support to friends and family.

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Forget something? Here are 5 last minute gift ideas

Forget something? Here are 5 last minute gift ideas

The holidays are a time for giving, spending time with family, and taking a step back to reflect on your year while plotting a course for the one that lies ahea — uh oh, you forgot someone. Sometimes you realize it while typing an opening line for an article, or driving to grandma’s house for dinner. Cousin who-cares is going to be there, and you don’t want to leave them out. What do you do? Don’t worry, even though it’s last minute, you still have options.

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The Kanye Christmas Album that wasn’t

The Kanye Christmas Album that wasn’t

Kanye West has not at this time created a Christmas album, but that doesn't mean you can't listen to what it'd sound like if he had. Summoning an alternate dimension in which Kanye has decided he is Santa Claus and is prepared to unleash his "Yeezus" album all over again, this new edition presents "Kreezus." That's Kris Kringle, if ever there were a way for Kanye to be such a thing. You can listen to the full album right this minute, in all its parody-filled glory.

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Christmas Break: 5 tech-savvy items to bring along for the trip

Christmas Break: 5 tech-savvy items to bring along for the trip

This week SlashGear readers around the world will be packing up and shipping out to homes of relatives for holiday break. What we've got here is a list of five items the average modern smart device-savvy person might well be better with than without. This list pre-supposes that you're not the sort of person that likes to travel without any gadgets at all - if you want to unplug and go the whole week without checking your social networks, that's your prerogative.

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Netflix adds BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

Netflix adds BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

If you are a fan of BoJack Horseman, Netflix has a special holiday treat for you: the BoJack Horseman Christmas Special. The show is up to stream on Netflix as of now, starring the voices of Alison Brie, Will Arnett, and Aaron Paul. Of course, the show is a lot of things -- cynical, witty, and deadpan, according to Netflix -- but it is certainly is not a saccharine sweet holiday show for the kids, which makes it all the more appealing.

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Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps

Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps

Google has been progressing nobly in its effort to bridge the physical world with the digital one, and the end result is the ability to tour all sorts of locations you otherwise never would. The recently added The Colbert Report set is one excellent example, and now in time for the holidays is something similar and entirely more festive: virtual window shopping by looking at actual, decorated store front windows. The company recently announced the new feature for Google Maps.

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Microsoft and NORAD launch 2014 Santa Tracker

Microsoft and NORAD launch 2014 Santa Tracker

Following closely after Google, NORAD's 2014 Santa Tracker website is up and running in partnership with Microsoft. As with past years, kids can keep track of Santa's progress as Christmas nears, and while waiting they can play new games, watch some videos, and more. Microsoft says the latest NORAD Santa Tracker features improved performance over last year, as well as some other particulars we have detailed for you after the jump.

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Google’s Santa Tracker is back to keep us all busy

Google’s Santa Tracker is back to keep us all busy

December is here, and soon Santa will be as well. If your little one is far too excited for Santa, as many are, Google has you covered. As they do every year, Google has rolled out their Santa Tracker feature, meant to keep the kids entertained, if only for a short while. There’s a countdown to Santa’s arrival down your chimney, and special features rolling out daily. There’s even a Santa Tracker app for those times the kids want to keep tabs while on the go themselves.

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Aura Christmas bulbs offer wireless decorative lights

Aura Christmas bulbs offer wireless decorative lights

For some, decorating the Christmas tree means first untangling the mess of last year's light strands. As with many things, however, that will soon be a tradition of the past, and to help usher in our new wireless reality comes Aura, a Christmas tree decoration with an integrated LED light. Unlike similar products, each bulb is wirelessly powered using a ring that wraps around (or beneath) the tree, eliminating the risk of fires, and controlled using a smartphone via a related mobile app.

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