Google adds 30 new holiday calendars to Gmail’s Calendar

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Google’s Calendar app is pretty fantastic. It integrates cleanly with Gmail, it’s well-designed and organized, and the mobile apps are top-notch. To make it even better, the Gmail team is adding holidays from 30 new countries to their Calendar app, ranging from Australia to Brazil.

Like all Google improvements, this update is going to roll out in phases over the next few days. If you’re itching to put another country’s holidays in your calendar, just hang tight for a few days until you see the update.

source: Gmail Blog

Samsung releases new Galaxy Note 3 video, showcases holiday spirit

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Samsung just released a nice video called “Galaxy Note 3 – Holiday Reflections,” which surprisingly doesn’t call out competitors, tell jokes, showcase major features of the device, or any other conventional marketing tactics Samsung normally uses.

Instead, the video shows Galaxy Note 3′s in a “winter wonderland” of sorts, reflecting familiar holiday images on their screens. The video can also be watched in full HD 3D inside YouTube if you have any 3D devices.

Hit the break to check out the video in action.


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Google adds several products from Play Store to Shopping Express service, guarantees Christmas delivery

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If you’ve accidentally put off your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you’ll be happy to know Google is trying to lend a hand to the late shoppers. Thanks to Google’s Shopping Express service, you’ll be able to get a handful of Google Play products delivered before Christmas. In fact, anything ordered up until 5 PM on Christmas Eve is guaranteed to make it to your home in time for Santa to stop by.

There are a few catches here, obviously. First off, Google only offers the service in a select few areas, namely in the San Francisco and San Jose areas. Anywhere else in the US, and you can’t take advantage of the service. Secondly, Google isn’t offering everything in the Play Store. You’ll be able to pick up a few things like a Chromecast or a Nexus 7 tablet, but selection is pretty limited based on stock availability. Right now, the Chromecast, 16 GB Nexus 7, 32 GB Nexus 10, and white Nexus 7 folio case are available, but that will likely fluctuate a bit until Christmas.

source: Google Commerce Blog

John Legere, dressed as Santa Claus, gives the other carriers coal for Christmas

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To send you off into the final weekend before Christmas, T-Mobile has posted a Vine that shows what AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are going to get for Christmas. One by one, the jolliest man in the world gives the aforementioned group coal! After he finishes dropping the coal into their stockings, he reveals himself. T-Mobile CEO John Legere pulls down his Santa beard and gives not a “ho ho ho,” but an evil “ha ha ha.” Now if only we knew what Uncarrier 4 is all about.

Hit the break for the Vine.
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Watch Will Ferrell’s Elf for free on Google Play in standard definition, $4.99 for HD

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Will Ferrell’s Elf became an instant holiday classic after its release ten years ago (wow, time goes by fast) and Google is celebrating the film and the holiday season this week by offering the standard definition version of the movie for free on Google Play. If you want to get the movie in HD, you’ll have to pay $4.99. Not too bad! Hit the source link to start watching!

Source: Google Play

 

Dead Trigger 2 gets a holiday update with new weapons, environments, and game modes

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Like last year, Madfinger is bringing a holiday update to their popular zombie-killing mobile game, Dead Trigger 2. This year’s update includes a handful of extra content, including four new weapons, a new environment to play around in, new story and challenge missions, and a bunch of Christmas themed elements to get you in the holiday spirit.

Some of the new weapons are melee weapons that include the Big Hammer, Butterfly Sword, and the classic, a Machete. You’ll now be able to fight zombie hordes in China and access a bunch of new challenges and story missions, just in case you were running out. Madfinger is also bringing Google Play Achievements to the title. There are also some Christmas presents strewn throughout the game right now, but Madfinger isn’t saying exactly what they’ll do. If you’re an avid Dead Trigger fan, you may want to stock up on those for when they do get an actual purpose in the game.
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Google+ automatically “Auto Awesome-ing” your holiday photos with falling snow and twinkling lights

Thanks to Google+, you can now “GIF-out” your holiday photos to send some pretty cool e-cards to family and friends.

If you take a photo featuring any kind of Christmas tree or snow, Google will automatically “Auto Awesome” your pictures and add snow or twinkling lights to it, turning them into GIFs.

The idea seems a bit corny, but when actually looking on it, it’s really not all that bad. Try it out for yourself! Let us know how it turns out. Hit the break for an example of a snowy picture.


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Samsung reworks S-Beam commercial with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Samsung has certainly stepped up its advertising budget in the past few years and is ramping things up for the holidays as we’ve already seen. To add to their holiday repertoire, Samsung has redone their humorous, yet slightly suggestive, S-Beam commercial with a cheery Christmas theme. Instead of being sent off by wife and children, Santa Claus S-Beams some videos from his hard-working elves and Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus has the traditional Galaxy S III, but Santa is rocking the brand new Galaxy Note II. Of course, the video he gets from Mrs. Claus comes with a dirty look and the warning “Don’t watch it on the sleigh.” Thanks for tainting my childhood memories of Christmas, Samsung. Hit the break below for the video.
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Holiday themed, Android-choreographed Sphero dance lights up on Union Square

Sphero, our second favorite little robot, is one of the most creative ideas for a smartphone in the past few years. Some really dedicated Android users in Union Square, New York wanted to test out what they could do with the little robot ball by choreographing an entire light and dance show with 28 Sphero balls. It’s impressive, to say the least. If you want to see the coolest light show this year accompanied by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, hit the break below for the video.

source: Phandroid
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