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Roundup: Tracking Santa, gifting an iOS app, ironed man, more



Track Santa: Children can keep track of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve with a new Windows 8 mobile app from NORAD, called NORAD Tracks Santa. Android and iOS versions are also available. Kids can also go to, call the hotline at 1-877-HI-NORAD, or email on Christmas Eve to get information Santa's whereabouts.  Reuters

Gift an iOS app: Apple has brought back the feature where you can gift an app, but it's not easy to find. Here's how.  Forbes

WP 7.8 for Nokia: The upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 for Nokia phones are up for all eligible Lumias.   Engadget

Luxury gift ideas: Not everyone is looking for a bargain gadget for a gift. If you're in the 1 percent who can splurge on an elaborate gifts, how about an $8 million iPad, or a $25,000 4K TV?   CNBC

Google+ improved: Google has added dozens of new features as it revamps its iphone version of the Google+ social networking app.  Wired

Tutor in the kitchen: From the basics to complex recipes, these culinary apps can help you upgrade your cooking skills.  Los Angeles Times 

Dashboard apps: These apps can make your phone as safe to use while you're driving as your car stereo. CNet

Buy now or wait? How do you know you're getting a good deal on your gadgets? With prices falling, especially on some large-ticket items, you want to make sure you nuy at the right time. Here's a primer to avoid the buyer's remorse.   PCWorld

Google Maps for iOS6: The new Google Maps app for iOS6 is a big improvement from the Apple map, with new and familiar features.   Washington Post

Ironed man: A multitasker in Poland was helping his wife do some ironing when he heard a call on his cell phone. He mistakenly answered ... the iron, resulting in a scorched ear and head.  New York Daily News

[Last modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 3:08pm]


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