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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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Happy Thanksgiving 2012 from SlashGear!

Happy Thanksgiving 2012 from SlashGear!

Here at SlashGear we've got a lot to be thankful for, and without a doubt we've got more people to thank for making this all possible than we can possibly list. That said, we're certainly about to try to thank everyone who went above and beyond for us over the past year, starting with you - the readers! We consider you to be not just the people that keep us in a steady job and off the streets with your interest in what we've got to present, but our extended network of friends as well - we're here for you first and foremost, and we want to make sure you understand that you mean a lot to us!

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Google Shopping adds 360-degree view in time for the holidays

Google Shopping adds 360-degree view in time for the holidays

Google is ramping up its online shopping system with the addition of two new features: 360-degree product view and shortlists. Shoppers can now enjoy a more dynamic variety of virtual window shopping, getting a closer peek at products before buying them. The addition of social networking-like tools allows you to share the experience with friends and family, as well.

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Velocity Micro unveils Vector Holiday Edition desktop for $599

Velocity Micro unveils Vector Holiday Edition desktop for $599

Velocity Micro, makers of custom pre-built desktop computers, announced a Vector "Holiday Edition" desktop computer, as well as a VMultra drive external peripheral. The computer isn't dressed up in Christmas colors and strung with bells and ribbons -- it's a different kind of Holiday Edition, meaning the company is making it its main product over the holidays.

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GameMaxx PrankPack comes just in time for the holidays

GameMaxx PrankPack comes just in time for the holidays

The holiday season is here and if your family is anything like mine that means you'll see some of the same boxes used again for gifts this year that you saw last year, I and maybe even the year before. If you want to use an interesting box that will be in the family for years to come, a new PrankPack box is available to wrap your gift in.

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