The absolute best gifts to get loved ones for the holidays


These are the gifts you're looking for.
These are the gifts you're looking for.
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Christmas is right around the corner whether you’re ready or not. If you’re anything like us, procrastination is also one of the biggest hallmarks of the holidays. We’re here to with our gift guide liveblog that will be updated from now until Santa starts dropping through chimneys, brining you the best gifts ideas so you can get back to procrastinating on more important things.

Whether you’re looking for something for a friend, spouse, significant other, or just your dog, we’ve got a little something for everyone.

There are our favorite gifts for the holidays:

Samsung’s Gear S2 is coming to tackle the Apple Watch


Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic hope to appeal to traditional watch wearers.
Photo: Samsung

After teasing the new Gear S2 smartwatch during its Galaxy Note 5 unveiling earlier this month, Samsung has confirmed all the juicy details we’ve been waiting for.

The new wearable will be available in two flavors — the Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic — both of which have round faces and are aimed at consumers who “prefer more timeless watch design.” But will the devices be good enough to trip up the Apple Watch?

New iPhones Coming Sept. 10th—Don’t Miss Our Apple Event Predictions On The CultCast



The time ’round on the Cult of Casts: it’s finally confirmed! New iPhones are coming September 10th… we’ll run through our expectations for the big day and offer a bold prediction of a big 5S spec bump. Then, Apple’s about to do something no tech company has ever done, and… seriously Samsung, a smart watch?

And stick around for our new segment, CultCast Second Hour, and catch our conversation with professional video editor and visual effects artist Mike Gaines as we talk the pros and cons Final Cut X; what software the editing pros use; the best cameras for indie projects; and all the Mac gear you need for a solid video product rig; plus so much more.

Have a few laughs and get caught up on all the finest Apple stories in the land. Stream or download new and past episodes of The CultCast now on your Mac or iDevice by subscribing on iTunes, or hit play below and let the unadulterated audio enjoyment begin. Show notes up next.

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Bloomberg: Samsung To Unveil ‘Wristwatch-Like Smartphone’ At Galaxy Note III Event


A Samsung smartwatch mockup.

We first heard that Samsung may be planning to announce its new “Galaxy Gear” smartwatch at its September 4 Galaxy Note III event earlier this month, but the rumor just got even stronger after it was confirmed by Bloomberg’s reliable sources.

They claim that the South Korean electronics giant will unveil a “wristwatch-like smartphone” powered by Android that will go head-to-head with the new Sony SmartWatch 2, and a potentially competing product from Apple, one of Samsung’s biggest rivals.