It’s that time of year again, when everyone is scrambling to fill their gift giving list for the holidays, and for those that have tech geeks in their family or other circles, it is getting more and more difficult to find that perfect gift. Thankfully it is also the time when every magazine and blog is posting their holiday gift guides, and the PowerPage is no exception. So here then are 10 or so items that aren’t crazy expensive, culled from other gift guides or my own product wish list, that offer a nice range of items and that I wouldn’t mind seeing under the tree (if I didn’t have it already).
This is nothing new to European and Canadian iThing customers, but Apple has released the 12 Days app which offers 12 days of free downloads, including music, apps, books, movies, and more. The free items are only valid for 24 hours and some content may not be available in all areas. The promotion starts on Dec. 26th and runs until Jan. 6th and is the first time Apple has offered it to US customers. For the past three years (introduced in Dec 2010) that the holiday promotion has been going, the goodies have only been available in Europe and Canada, although it was only available in the UK the first year, adding eligible locations in Europe and Canada in 2011. According to a MacNN article from 2011, there is a history behind the 12 Days giveaway.
“[...] the countdown has its roots in Eastern Christianity, which traditionally holds the Feast of Epiphany on Jan. 6 to celebrate Jesus’ baptism.”
“Many countries outside the United States mark at least the first of the twelve nights, often called Boxing Day or St. Stephens Day. The twelfth night is also seen as the traditional day to remove the last vestiges of Christmas decorations and celebratory foods.”
There is also that 12 Days of Christmas song. This holiday promotion is the second offering from Apple this year. A few days ago we reported on the Holiday Playlist music giveaway which offered 8 free holiday songs from the iTunes Music Store. There’s no calling Apple the Grinch this year.
I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st (seriously, I usually can’t remember what month it is), but apparently Jeff Bezos has every intention of delivering packages using autonomous helicopter drones flown straight to your doorstep, or personal heli-pad, in 30 minutes or less. He does admit that it is a few years off, but Amazon engineers are hard at work perfecting the technology. In a detailed article, Bloomberg recounts the Amazon CEO’s plan which was unveiled on CBS’s “60 Minutes” news program. In it, Bezos shows interviewer Charlie Rose the flying machines, called octocopters, that can serve as delivery vehicles carrying as much as 5 pounds within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon fulfillment center.
Here’s one for the gamers out there, especially the one that bought a Windows box just to play Star Trek Online (STO). Earlier this week, following the Official Star Trek Convention in San Francisco (which was actually held in Burlingame), Cryptic Studios finally released their long awaited client for the Mac. Currently, the client is in open beta status and works with the normal game environment;
“Players who utilize the Mac client will be playing on Holodeck, the same server that our PC players play on, allowing them to team up with their friends and fleetmates to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Ladies and gentlemen, Apple’s Q2 2013 results will be released starting at 2PM EST today.
Stay tuned to the PowerPage for updated coverage of the press event.
In the meantime, prior to worrying about finances, your portfolio and what bills may happen to be due, relax and remember that the Martians from “Sesame Street” were awesome on every conceivable level.
Which, of course, means that it’s up to you to vote for the best possible Space Overlord for your country.
Personally, I have chosen Zorgoth the Mighty, who has all the qualifications to make both a terrific AND cruel Space Overlord (unlike his opponents, many of whom lay slain at Zorgoth’s MIGHTY hands throughout the galaxy).
The other functional candidate for Space Overlord, Zantor (I scoff at his FEEBLE name) allowed nine star systems to be lost to the puny rebels in the last fortnight alone. Only ZORGOTH will crush those rebels, much less bargain SPACE TECHNOLOGY with them.
As such, you should vote ZORGOTH to his rightful position, as he has promised me no less than four space harems for my support and may extend his generosity to you as well as NOT CONQUER your planet.
But seriously, get on out and vote today if you can.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Friday, and we must treat it as such:
The only question is if someone will readily donate a Retina Display MacBook Pro to the alpaca? And they should as alpacas love their iPhoto collections and a higher resolution is awesome for any species.
It’s hard to say if this was on your bucket list, but perhaps it’s worth looking into.
Per Macworld UK, A unique fragrance – the scent of a newly purchased Apple product being opened for the first time – has been created for an upcoming art exhibition by Melbourne artists Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer and Simon McGlinn.
The scent created with Air Aroma for Greatest Hits encompasses the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, the printed ink on the cardboard, the smell of paper and plastic components within the box and, of course, the aluminum notebook which has come straight from the factory in China.
The creation process included suppliers in the South of France sending over samples of fragrances with the aromas of glue, plastic, rubber and paper. The samples were then used as ingredients by Air Aroma fragrance designers to create a range of signature blend fragrances.
To complete the fragrance they observed the unboxing of a new Apple computer to source fragrance samples. On completion the laptop was sent back to Australia, together with the scent of an Apple Macbook Pro.
The fragrance will feature at an exhibition at West Space, in Melbourne, entitled ‘De facto Standard’ between April 20th and May 12th.