Trends show that Apple’s iPods are one of the hottest gifts again this Christmas, and new owners are beginning to get their first exposure to the iTunes experience as they open presents Christmas Eve. If you are one of the lucky recipients of an iPod Touch or another iPod model and you don’t have iTunes, go to www.apple.com/ipod/start to download your software.
In order to support new owners, Apple has also created a few iTunes tutorials at www.apple.com/itunes/how-to to walk through everything from downloading iTunes to iPod syncing.
To all of you gearing up for Christmas stockings full of presents, get ready: NORAD will once again track Santa live on Christmas Eve as he makes his journey around the world. Just don’t be confused if you are one of the people that ends up on Norad.com. Although the site has a similar name to the famous Santa Tracker, the official NORAD Santa Tracker site is NORADSanta.org.
History of the Santa Tracker from NORADSanta.org:
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa. The tradition began on Christmas Eve in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store advertisement for children to call Santa on a special “hotline” included an inadvertently misprinted telephone number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup had his staff check radar data for any indication of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Indeed there were signs of Santa and children who called were given an update on Santa’s location. Thus, the tradition was born.
The results of the Nick Kids’ Choice Awards are in and we’re happy with the results (even though only two of our picks won)! It was a great show, with many of our favorites in attendance. Check out this slideshow of the event.
Now, without further delay… (drumroll please) here are the Nick Kids’ Choice Awards 2009 winners (our picks are in bold):
Favorite Reality Show: American Idol
Favorite TV Actor: Dylan Sprouse
Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
Favorite Female Athlete: Candace Parker
Favorite Book: Twilight
Favorite Movie: HS Musical 3: Senior Year
Favorite Movie Actor: Will Smith
Favorite Movie Actress: Vanessa Hudgens
Favorite Animated Movie: Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie: Jack Black (Po, Kung Fu Panda)
Favorite Male Singer: Jesse McCartney
Favorite Female Singer: Miley Cyrus
Favorite Song: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (Beyonce)
Voting is open for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards again in 2009. Nick.com allows you to vote for your favorites in a variety of categories. The awards show will be broadcast on March 28, 2009 and all of the winners will be announced live on tv. Our picks are below:
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards are back for 2008 and Nick.com allows you to vote for your favorites in several different categories. Leading up to the awards show on March 29th, Nick.com will be adding new categories each day. We caught up with the voting today and had these picks, including today’s new category- Favorite TV Actor:
Diamond mining company De Beers, through a pending class-action lawsuit settlement, will pay millions of Americans refunds totaling up to $135 million. The lawsuits accused De Beers of price-fixing in the sales of rough diamonds purchased between 1994 and 2006. To get your refund, you will need a receipt or other proof of purchase for your diamonds.
The proposed class-action settlement must still be approved by a federal judge in New Jersey in April and diamond buyers will have until May 19 to file a claim by going to http://www.diamondsclassaction.com.
High winds of over 70 MPH and dangerous conditions forced the closure of bay area bridges and transit services. In addition to the high winds, as much as 8 inches of rain have fallen in the past 24 hours in some parts of the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service. For those forced to get around the Bay Area during this dangerous storm, 511.org provides the ability to check for updates on road closures and traffic conditions. Aposterisk.com
On Friday, January 4th at 11:40am, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge remains closed in both directions due to high winds. The Golden Gate Bridge is now closed to truck traffic, and has buffer lanes in both directions. Motorists are advised to expect severe delays and to use alternate routes and bridges. There is no estimated time to reopen the roadways.
Tonight marks the most important time in the 2008 Election nomination process for Iowa, and the results will be updated live on Google. Although the map currently shows candidate events, Google plans to provide live updates throughout caucus night. Polls currently show more independent support of Democrats, however Ron Paul’s army of volunteers could make a big difference in independent support of the Republican party.
Who Can Caucus
Anyone who will be 18 years old by the date of the presidential election can caucus. If you are eligible to vote, you are eligible to participate in a caucus. Democrats and Republicans require you to register with their party to participate and vote.
Where To Caucus
There are around 2,000 precincts in Iowa. Meetings are often held in places like schools, churches or homes. To find where your caucus is, call the county audtior’s office at the county courthouse. It will have a list of all the sites in your county.