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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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SlashGear’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

SlashGear’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

The holidays are almost here, but picking the perfect tech gift for the important people in your life needn't be difficult. We've dug through all the best devices from 2014 to figure out what you should be wrapping up to put a smile on someone's face, from stocking stuffers through to the flagship gadgets we rate the most. And, since knowing what to ask for can be just as tough as knowing what to buy, we can even help you decide what should be on your own wish-list. Read on for SlashGear's picks for the 2014 holidays!

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Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

Spotify preps playlists for Thanksgiving festivities

The holidays are a lot of things for a lot of people: a time to get together with people you mightn't otherwise see often, to express gratitude, and, on the less serious level, to watch shows and partake in activities reserved specifically for this time of the year. To help you frame your Thanksgiving soundtrack are some curated playlists from Spotify, which intends to entertain you while your bird cooks. To be sure the playlist has enough songs for your time spent waiting, the service asks a few questions about your turkey to get you started.

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Xbox 360 Holiday bundles include blue console

Xbox 360 Holiday bundles include blue console

Microsoft has revealed its Xbox 360 holiday bundles. Starting next month, gamers will be able to get a deep blue special edition console from Walmart, which will be joined by a controller with the same dark blue design and light blue edging. This is joined by some other products that will be arriving in time for the holidays.

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Five ways tech can make this 4th of July easier on you

Five ways tech can make this 4th of July easier on you

The Fourth of July is coming up, and you know what that means. Grilling, relaxing, and trying not to blow digits clean off your hands while lighting off fireworks. Before you head out to a fireworks show run by pros (and thus better than yours), be sure to check out some of our favorite tech, which will make your holiday easy and fun.

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Santa tracking wars: Google vs Microsoft

Santa tracking wars: Google vs Microsoft

It has begun - Santa has officially begun his run around the world in sleigh. Two major trackers have begun the tracking of Santa’s trip, both aiming for real Santa Tracking supremacy. Here we take a (relatively simple) look at the major differences between the tracking of Santa with NORAD and the tracking of Santa with Google.

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Bill Gates Reddit Secret Santa gift brings Cow-joy to one lucky recipient

Bill Gates Reddit Secret Santa gift brings Cow-joy to one lucky recipient

Tis the season for giving, but for the one Reddit user so lucky as to be on the receiving end of a Secret Santa gift exchange with Bill Gates, it's a really, really good year to be getting. This particular gift exchange is one done all around the world, but in this case set inside the United States, with user NY1227 getting another (unknown) person to send a gift to. Lucky her, a 7-pound gift full of packing peanuts was on her way early this week.

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