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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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Instagram saw busiest day ever on Thanksgiving

Instagram saw busiest day ever on Thanksgiving

Instagram has indicated that this year's Thanksgiving Day was its busiest day ever. More photos and videos were shared on its network on that day than on any other day in its history. However, the company did not release exact figures, possibly indicating its growth may not be as marked as in previous years.

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Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

Halloween has come and gone, and with its passing comes the start of the holiday shopping season. Companies are preparing to launch their latest offerings in time for seasonal gift-giving, and sorting through the endless products, promotions, and special pricing for the perfect gift can be enough to make anyone's head spin. We've got more than a few ideas for you here at SlashGear, and whether you're in the market for something small and solid for coworkers or a big gift to make your significant other's holiday, read on to see our best suggestions.

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Simpsons Halloween Guillermo del Toro intro gets full reference rundown

Simpsons Halloween Guillermo del Toro intro gets full reference rundown

It's that time of the year again - time for the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror - a mini-episode-laden tribute to Halloween that's been going on for 14 straight years. What we've got this time around (for the "Couch Gag" intro to the show, at least) is a massive three-minute-long homage to the horror genre of films as directed by none other than Guillermo del Toro. This beast of sequence has well over 45 references to both the horror genre in general and the films of del Toro himself - and we're going to list them.

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Blackberry plans to roll out high-end smartphone in time for the holidays

Blackberry plans to roll out high-end smartphone in time for the holidays

Blackberry, ever-ambitious and pushing to regain all it has slowly lost, plans to release a flagship handset in time for the holiday season, a phone the company's CEO Thorsten Heins says he is "very excited about." This information comes from an interview the CEO had with the folks over at CNET, and while precious few details were given, it is said to be one of a few the company plans to launch in 2013.

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Google’s St. Patrick’s Day doodle features the Irish stepdance

Google’s St. Patrick’s Day doodle features the Irish stepdance

Google's always ready to celebrate the holidays, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. Google has updated it's search engine page with a new Google Doodle. The Doodle shows six children, each wearing a letter of Google's name on their clothes, performing the traditional Irish stepdance. Google has had St. Patrick's Day Doodles since the year 2000, but this is the first time in its history to have an animated St. Patrick's Day Doodle.

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Smartphone and tablet Christmas day activations break records

Smartphone and tablet Christmas day activations break records

Christmas is always a big day for the smartphone and tablet space, but this year, Christmas was bigger than ever. That's according to analytics firm Flurry, which tracked activation data for the first 20 days in December and then compared it to the data it received for December 25. It probably won't come as a shock to most to hear that the data Flurry has for Christmas Day shows a huge number of activations for both tablets and smartphones.

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AppSales for Android keeps track of all the holiday app deals

AppSales for Android keeps track of all the holiday app deals

Thanks to the holidays, tons of Android apps are going on sale, some of which are already on sale, but you're probably frustrated at how you can't keep up with all of the good deals at once, especially since some deals only last for 24 hours or so. However, a deal-aggregation app called AppSales looks to take the pain out of curating deals.

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OnStar tracks Santa again this Christmas Eve

OnStar tracks Santa again this Christmas Eve

If you own a General Motors vehicle that has OnStar service, you will be able to use the OnStar button to keep track of Santa Claus again this Christmas Eve. OnStar has been tracking Santa during his Christmas Eve flight for the last several years. OnStar is collaborating with NORAD and the annual Track Santa program.

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Google launches Santa Tracker extension for Chrome

Google launches Santa Tracker extension for Chrome

It's that time of year when Santa packs his sleigh full and prepares for the longest all-nighter of the year. Per usual, you and your kids will be able to track Santa's whereabouts at noradsanta.org, keeping an eye on where he's at in the world. To make things easier, however, Google has also launch Santa Tracker, an extension for its Chrome browser that features a countdown timer to Christmas.

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