Underneath The Pringles Tree

PringlesPringles are running a Pringles Tree competition in December and each day you can open a virtual Pringles can to reveal the prize within. The prizes are inexpensive but there seems to be a good chance of winning as I’ve picked up a Pringles Speaker and a voucher for 7digital already. Other prizes include on-line games and receipes.

The Pringles Speaker arrived yesterday and it’s much better than I expected. The idea is that the speaker is inserted into the top of a Pringles tube once the contents have been munched. Powered by three AAA batteries (supplied), the sound quality and output is surprisingly good. For sure it’s not hifi and the bass isn’t great but for an impromptu party, it’s perfect. Plug in your mp3 player or smartphone and away you go.

Pringles Speaker

There’s 11 days left of Pringles Tree. Get popping, though it looks like this promotion is for UK residents only.

Angry Birds Christmas Goodies

If you can’t get enough of Rovio‘s Angry Birds (or Angly Birds as my daughter says), then you can satisfy your avian needs over at the Angry Birds on-line store. I’ve seen Angry Birds toys gradually appearing in shops, but I’d no idea there was such a wide range of things, from the expected soft toys to children’s costumes.

Angry Birds Fancy Dress Costume

Anyway, as we’re now officially in the run-up to Christmas, the Angry Birds store has a festive selection from Christmas stockings to tree decorations.

Blue Bird Christmas StockingChristmas Tree Decorations

The Bad Piggies Egg Recipes looks like an eggscellent (sorry) stocking-filler with around 40 egg-based recipes from the classics to the more interesting – the table of contents is shown on the website.

Bad Piggies Egg Recipes

There’s plenty of other merchandise to choose from too, including iPhone cases and flip-flops! Prices feel a little high at times for what are novelty items but the shop does appear to ship worldwide.

So You Got An iPad for Christmas…

If you got an iPad for Christmas, here’s what you did with it over the holidays, according to mobile telco Three.

– You had your iPad unwrapped and working by 10am on Christmas Day.

– You downloaded Maps, Skype, Angry Birds, ebay, YouTube and Sky Sports News apps.

– You visited Google search, iTunes and Facebook the most often, followed by ebay.  Were you selling unwanted presents or looking for the gift you didn’t get?

– While you were out and about and using 3G data, you were using GPS navigation, reading news websites and playing games.  You were also dreaming about your next holiday, surfing travel sites.

– But it wasn’t until Boxing Day that you really got to play with your new toy.

I know this isn’t exactly surprising but I think it captures in a snapshot the essence of consumer technology and activity at the end of 2010. Remember the iPad didn’t exist at Christmas 2009, Angry Birds wasn’t yet the phenomenon it was to become and no doubt 2011 will bring its own crazes and defining technology. It will be interesting to look back at this in a year’s time and see what’s changed.

Festive Family Films

As the festive (silly) season gets under way, the folks at Buffalo Technology polled 3,000 people on their favourite Christmas films.  Topping the chart is comedy Home Alone starring Macauley Culkin, followed by Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.  Rounding out the medal positions is the animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman.   Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas complete the top 5.

The full top 20 festive family flicks is:

  1. Home Alone
  2. It’s a Wonderful Life
  3. The Snowman
  4. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
  5. White Christmas
  6. A Christmas Carol
  7. Love Actually
  8. Santa Claus: The Movie
  9. Elf
  10. The Wizard of Oz
  11. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  12. Mary Poppins
  13. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  14. Jack Frost
  15. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  16. The Polar Express
  17. The Muppets Christmas Carol
  18. Bad Santa
  19. Home Alone 2
  20. Back to the Future

Maculey Culkin and Home Alone….what were they thinking!  And where’s The Sound of Music?  It’s a Christmas classic.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?