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How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Real Christmas trees are beautiful. They smell good. They look classy as hell. They are not made of plastic and imported from China like most of the fake trees you can buy. They are not fake, which means they are easily assumed to possess that most coveted trait of all, authenticity.

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Kate Knibbs

January 1st

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Apple again controls holiday sales, accounting for 49% of activations as phablets dominate

Apple Christmas Ad 2015

Every year during the holiday season Apple products top the wish lists of many consumers and end up being one of the top gifted items when it’s all said and done. Now, Yahoo-run¬†analytics firm¬†Flurry Insights has shared the gift giving trends for this holiday season, again showing that Apple devices were among the most popular items received this year.

Of all new devices activated during Christmas week Apple accounted for 49.1 percent of them. That’s down slightly from the 51.3 percent it was responsible for last year. Samsung devices accounted for 19.8 percent of new device activations, up from 17.7 percent in 2014. Samsung’s rise in sales, Flurry says, was driven by the Galaxy Grand Prime, Core Prime, and S6.

As far as device trends in general, phablets saw a huge surge in popularity this year. In 2014, phablets accounted for just 13 percent of Christmas week activations. This year, they accounted for 27 percent of activations, representing a 2x increase in sales. Small phones, with a screen size of 3.5-inches or less, accounted for just 1 percent of activations. Small tablets, such as the iPad mini, accounted for 9 percent of activations, down from 11 percent in 2014, showing that many are opting for phablets over small tablets. iPad Pro accounted for less than 1 percent of device activations.

Christmas Day was also a huge day for app downloads. Flurry says that compared to the average daily installs for the first three weeks of December, Christmas Day saw a 2.2x increase in app downloads across the board. When you consider all the new devices activated, it makes sense for there to be such a huge increase in app sales that day as well.

Apple always sees a surge in sales during the holiday season and this year appears to be no different, even with it being an iterative year in terms of iPhone upgrades for the company with the launch of the 6s and 6s Plus. Likewise, these trends also show how Apple somewhat cannibalizes sales of its own products, like the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus taking some sales of the iPad mini.

Let us know in the comments if you were gifted any Apple products this year!

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Chance Miller

December 28th

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Hoverboards Are Ruining Christmas 

Plenty of people opened up a gift to find a hoverboard this year. A hearty chunk of that group has already crashed them. Combining an already combustible gimmick-toy with a day filled with alcoholic beverages and familial angst is a recipe for wiping out.

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Kate Knibbs

December 26th

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You can control this family’s Christmas lights over the Internet

Internet Controlled Christmas Lights

Genius idea ahead of its time? Horrible disaster waiting to happen? You be the judge.

You've never met Ken or Rebecca-Ellen and you probably never will. But you can control their Christmas lights from afar using a fun little website the couple created and have operated for the past few years. The couple hail from Fairbanks, Alaska, whether their Christmas will be slightly more frigid than the balmy 65-degree weather we're expecting in New York City today.

But there's something else that's far more unique about Ken and Rebecca-Ellen's Christmas than the weather: They have an interactive Christmas lighting display that anyone can control from anywhere in the world.

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Zach Epstein

December 25th

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A Brief Pictorial Account of What Children Got for Christmas Decades Ago

Christmas is the most anticipated festive season for children in our culture, and it is easy to find out why: presents. Finding long-desired toys under the dressed-up Christmas tree is one of the best moments of the year, and this was the case dozens or even a hundred years ago, too. Here are some nostalgic photos of those long gone moments of joy.

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Attila Nagy

December 25th

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A Brief Pictorial Account of What Children Got for Christmas Decades Ago

Christmas is the most anticipated festive season for children in our culture, and it is easy to find out why: presents. Finding long-desired toys under the dressed-up Christmas tree is one of the best moments of the year, and this was the case dozens or even a hundred years ago, too. Here are some nostalgic photos of those long gone moments of joy.

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Attila Nagy

December 25th

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NASA Catches a Glimpse of the Christmas Eve Asteroid

‚ÄėTis the night before Christmas, and Asteroid 2003 SD220 is making its closest approach to Earth. NASA managed to snap a few pics of this pickle-shaped asteroid, which the space agency says poses no threat to our planet whatsoever.

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George Dvorsky

December 24th

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The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 101 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man‚Äôs-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here‚Äôs what happened on that historic day ‚ÄĒ and why it marked the end of an era.

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George Dvorsky

December 24th

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9to5Toys Christmas bailout: last-minute deals on Apple products and email gift cards (in time to get under the tree)

Amazon Gift Card in a Plaid Gift Box

You blew it. It’s Christmas Eve and you didn’t get your friend/colleague/ loved one a present. Don’t worry, the 9to5Toys team has put together some last second options which will get you some great gifts and still save you some money. In fact, if you play your cards right you might still save a lot of money.

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Still get delivery
If you live in ¬†16 metro areas in the US, Amazon will deliver a million items in about an hour. It is like Pizza, except for Christmas presents. Categories include: Health & Personal Care, Books, Electronics, Home, Beauty, Office Products, Kitchen and Toys¬†so there’s probably a gift for everyone in there. Of course, we’d recommend the Apple at Amazon Store within a Store.¬†

Brick and Mortar:
If you are like me and don’t live in one of these locations, you can always do the cave man¬†option and head to a store. Most are open at least part of the day. Target has a Retina iPad Mini 2 for $194, the lowest price we’ve ever seen and $5 less than Walmart’s previous record low on an Apple tablet. If you are looking for a new Apple TV and Radio Shack still exists in your area, you can pick one up for $120 and it includes an HDMI cable, one of the best deals we’ve seen this year. And Best Buy is still discounting nearly every Apple product by at least $100. If you live in New York (or can trade tax for being a few days late), B&H still has the best deals on Apple Watches

Gift Cards by Brand

Gift Cards!
Your best option at this late hour is usually a gift card, though we’ve found some ways to save even at this late date. Amazon is always the place to go and this year is no exception. The Online retail giant is discounting a bunch of email gift cards for restaurants¬†and apparel retailers by 20% including Steak ‘n Shake, Aerie, Hooters, and others. Just use the specific coupon code¬†from this deal page to save. Example: Get $5 off a $25 Famous Footwear¬†gift card with coupon code¬†SNSHAKE5 at checkout.

You can also save on email gift cards from¬†PayPal’s eBay store. Top picks include a $100 Toys R Us for $90, $50 Skype for $35, $50 Lord & Taylor for $40, $25 iHop for $20, $50¬†Sephora for $45, and more. PayPal usually sends these gift cards within a few hours. Best Buy will give you a $10 savings code with the purchase of a $150 gift card.

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And the fail-safe: Everyone loves to receive Amazon gift cards. Send one instantly via email or Print one out.

apple-itunes-gift-card-9to5macFor Apple folks, you never go wrong with iTunes gift cards. Get some delivered in minutes from eBay using Paypal or Credit Card in $25, $50 or $100 denominations. Apple will also email you iTunes cards in any denomination.


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December 24th

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9to5Toys Christmas bailout: last-minute deals on Apple products and email gift cards (in time to get under the tree)

Amazon Gift Card in a Plaid Gift Box

You blew it. It’s Christmas Eve and you didn’t get your friend/colleague/ loved one a present. Don’t worry, the 9to5Toys team has put together some last second options which will get you some great gifts and still save you some money. In fact, if you play your cards right you might still save a lot of money.

Screenshot 2015-12-24 09.38.02

Still get delivery
If you live in ¬†16 metro areas in the US, Amazon will deliver a million items in about an hour. It is like Pizza, except for Christmas presents. Categories include: Health & Personal Care, Books, Electronics, Home, Beauty, Office Products, Kitchen and Toys¬†so there’s probably a gift for everyone in there. Of course, we’d recommend the Apple at Amazon Store within a Store.¬†

Brick and Mortar:
If you are like me and don’t live in one of these locations, you can always do the cave man¬†option and head to a store. Most are open at least part of the day. Target has a Retina iPad Mini 2 for $194, the lowest price we’ve ever seen and $5 less than Walmart’s previous record low on an Apple tablet. If you are looking for a new Apple TV and Radio Shack still exists in your area, you can pick one up for $120 and it includes an HDMI cable, one of the best deals we’ve seen this year. And Best Buy is still discounting nearly every Apple product by at least $100. If you live in New York (or can trade tax for being a few days late), B&H still has the best deals on Apple Watches

Gift Cards by Brand

Gift Cards!
Your best option at this late hour is usually a gift card, though we’ve found some ways to save even at this late date. Amazon is always the place to go and this year is no exception. The Online retail giant is discounting a bunch of email gift cards for restaurants¬†and apparel retailers by 20% including Steak ‘n Shake, Aerie, Hooters, and others. Just use the specific coupon code¬†from this deal page to save. Example: Get $5 off a $25 Famous Footwear¬†gift card with coupon code¬†SNSHAKE5 at checkout.

You can also save on email gift cards from¬†PayPal’s eBay store. Top picks include a $100 Toys R Us for $90, $50 Skype for $35, $50 Lord & Taylor for $40, $25 iHop for $20, $50¬†Sephora for $45, and more. PayPal usually sends these gift cards within a few hours. Best Buy will give you a $10 savings code with the purchase of a $150 gift card.

Screenshot 2015-12-24 10.58.45

And the fail-safe: Everyone loves to receive Amazon gift cards. Send one instantly via email or Print one out.

apple-itunes-gift-card-9to5macFor Apple folks, you never go wrong with iTunes gift cards. Get some delivered in minutes from eBay using Paypal or Credit Card in $25, $50 or $100 denominations. Apple will also email you iTunes cards in any denomination.


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Seth Weintraub

December 24th

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