Don't-Miss Holiday season Stories


Amazon offers gift cards, shipping refunds for late deliveries

The company blames delivery companies for the delays

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How to track Santa's Christmas Eve journey online, on Android, and on Facebook or Twitter

Thanks to an abundance of social, mobile, and web-wide options, keeping tabs on the Jolly Old Elf has never been easier.

Judging a smartphone by its camera

Here's what to keep in mind if mobile photography is at the top of your smartphone wish list.

Video: Apple's year in review

IDG News Service looks back at a year of highs and lows for Apple.


17 best apps to download for your new Windows 8 tablet

Don't waste the first enthusiastic minutes with your new Windows 8 tablet slogging through the Windows Store, searching for a star. We've already found the best Windows 8 starter apps.

Track Santa Claus online on Christmas Eve 2012: A guide

From the military to Bing to Google Earth, a variety of tools track Santa's journey around the planet. Here's a selection of ways to follow along.

Google revamps Santa Tracker after NORAD teams with Bing

Google and NORAD had teamed up for years before parting ways this Christmas

9 multiplayer PC games that redefine 'holiday family time'

Forget about caroling, board games, and awkward conversations with relatives who might as well be from another planet. These 9 multiplayer games are so addictive, you might even invite your family to join in.

Best high-tech holiday light shows of 2012

From extreme dubstep opuses built from 35,000-plus lights to an interactive electric maze game to an eye-popping, solar-powered display (for charity no less!), these are the best holiday light displays of 2012.


The best MFPs you can buy today

Multifunction printers come in every shape, size, and price point for home or student users to busy workgroups. Check out the best models reviewed this year.

14 stocking stuffers for Windows 8 newbies

Windows 8's radical changes may be hard to get used to at first, but all the new features and hardware makes shopping for early adoptees a breeze.

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Free holiday shipping specials end Monday: Watch out for the gotchas!

According to promoters of so-called Free Shipping Day, 1600 online retailers will offer free shipping on select electronics, clothes, and toys.


The 5 best Windows 8 tablets and laptops you can buy today

We've seen the future, and the future isn't boring clamshell laptops. Windows 8 is forcing PC makers to make refreshing changes to the old laptop paradigm.

The best photo printers you can buy today

Print vivid images on photo-friendly models for home, office, or enthusiast users.