In Tumblr’s year-in-review round up, the blogging platform collected some of the most popular posts on the site under several different categories. According to the review, Tumblr calculated popularity by factoring in “total volume of posts and tags (including reblogs) and total traffic.” Tumblr users are passionate about a number of subjects, so it’s no surprise the most popular tech posts highlighted some of the most innovative tech of 2013.
The social media site encourages various types of media, which means that posters don’t need to rely on images alone to show off new and innovative tech that inspires them. Tumblr’s design allows users to view GIFs as part of a whole post seamlessly, like a regular photo. This means users can view the technology in action right on their screens as opposed to loading a video or viewing still shots in succession. Read more…
It’s more rewarding to give than receive (or so they say), and the holidays are no exception.
But if your family and friends are geographically spread out, or too busy with work, present-buying can be a difficult task — especially if you don’t know what the person you’re shopping for really wants.
See also: 15 Holiday Gifts That Give Back
Elfster is an online platform for gift-giving. Launched in 2004, the website serves as a social media network for “Secret Santa” schemes and holiday wish lists. It’s free to use, so long as you have an email account, and it has more than 1.8 million users.
Rachel Cowey calls her illness “Ursula.” It helped to picture an enemy, the witch in The Little Mermaid who manipulates Ariel into giving up her voice
The eating disorder had ravaged her body, leaving her with osteoporosis at 19. Cowey stares into the shaky camera in her bedroom“I am not anorexia. I am Rachel,” she declares, as if staring Ursula square in the eye
She’s broadcasting on the Team Recovery YouTube channel (video below), where Cowey and cofounders Sarah Robertson and Ali McPherson discuss the lows of battling an eating disorder and the highs of recovering from one
The three women conceptualized Team Recovery after confronting the overwhelming mountain of online content that worships extreme thinness Read more…
Santa Claus is a peculiar fellow. Watching millions of kids around the world while they sleep? Making empty promises on elaborate gifts? Breaking into houses, damaging chimney structures and stockpiling half the world’s baked goods?
Ho-ho-hold the damn phone, sir.*
See also: The Holiday 2013 Tablet Gift Guide
Unless you’re an NSA employee or experienced hacker, it’s tough to know — exactly — what ol’ Kris Kringle is really up to during his 11-month off-season in the Great North. Thankfully, for skeptics and fans alike, there’s a sleighful of online tools that track his every move during the on-season, broadcasting his
home invasions gift deliveries IRL. Read more…
There was no shortage of shocking celebrity moments this year, including plenty of nearly-naked selfies and a few “She did WHAT?!” moments, all captured in our favorite filtered photo-sharing app
See also: The Most-Searched Celebrities of 2013
Skim through the gallery for the celebrity Instagrams that had us doing double-takes in 2013WARNING: Some of these selfies are NSFW. Open the gallery at your own risk
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Mobile apps such as Twitter, Vine, Instagram and Snapchat are turning traditional media marketing upside down, challenging brands in increasingly new ways. Human interactions are key to brand loyalty and building a strong consumer base, and these mobile apps allow for two-way conversations.
Snapchat, which launched in the iTunes App Store in September 2011, is popular with a much younger demographic than some marketing execs are used to, but it takes little or no cost to interact with customers by way of snaps. Compare that to other pricey forms of old-school advertising, and that’s a major plus. Read more…
I had been up most of the night driving through snowy, icy Illinois to keep the van warm while my mate slept in the back. We had no sleeping bags, so we were freezing. Finally, exhaustion overcame me and I pulled up into a car park
Suddenly, a terrible bumping and the sound of my friend screaming. I thought we were in an earthquake, or a nightmare.
I had turned the engine off, instantly fallen asleep and kneed the column shift into neutral. The van had self-reversed across the car park! It was only the packed ice around the edges that had stopped us falling 100 meters into an electricity pylon. We got out in a daze, looking at the van as it balanced on the ice. Read more…
Never before in history have new innovations unfolded so quickly, and that pace will only keep accelerating
But we’re not just talking about long-lasting cellphone batteries and self-driving cars. Brilliant minds around the world are using today’s latest technologies to make the world a better place.
See also: 10 Empowering Apps for Social Good
These 10 innovations from 2013 were not only great technological feats, but they also have the potential to improve millions of lives
In the above gallery, you’ll find new solutions that are helping to meet the increasing global demand for food, make the lives of people suffering from diseases and disabilities easier, and protect animals and the environment Read more…
Are you looking for the perfect tech gift for your grandparents? While some grandpas and grandmas are consumer electronics ninjas, others may not be as immersed in digital culture as you are.
We found eight great gifts that will improve your grandparents’ tech lives in various ways, but are crucially easy to use with features to suit any lifestyle
See also: 20 Secret Santa Gifts Under $20
Whether your grandparents might enjoy a new camera, high-tech speakers or a digital weather station, you’ll find something worth giving from our selection in the gallery above.
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Paul Walker, best known for his work in The Fast and the Furious franchise and Flags of Our Fathers, died Saturday in a car accident. Walker was working on currently unfinished Fast and Furious 7, but the production will continue without the star.
In many cases, filmmakers can still incorporate a deceased star into film, thanks to technological advancements and crafty techniques, with varying degrees of success.
With computer-generation imagery, practical effects or a mix of both, stars of the silver and small screens have re-emerged to entertain, even if it’s just for one final movie or episode. Here are 10 stars who made their final appearances after they had passed away. Read more…