Bought My Mother's Day Flowers With Affirm, And Here's What It Was Like
My parents have yet to receive their Christmas gift. Because they are avid skiers, I bought them gift cards to Heavenly Mountain last December, and because of some issue with either the ZIP code or security code on my credit card, my charge keeps getting rejected. I have tried five different cards. I have called AmEx. I'm about to call them again since I just got a new card, and sit there and go through the transaction step by step with them to make sure there's not some sort of security thing on my card's side preventing the transaction from going through. I'm going to do that once I finish this post. Why won't you let me give you my money, AmEx?
Trying to Tame the Tablet
Like many folks, I received a shiny new Nexus 7 tablet for Christmas. This brought me great joy and excitement as I began to plot my future paperless life. For most of the evening and an hour or so the next day, I was sure the new Android tablet would change my life forever. Sadly, it wasn't that easy.
This Is Not A Smartwatch
Confession: I have a few storage boxes in the loft containing old but barely used gadgets. Stowed away, still in their boxes, as if waiting for the right time to be brought out like unloved Christmas decorations. Among this collection there is even a smartwatch. Or rather a Bluetooth watch, to give it its correct title. The smartwatch of its day, if you will.
Outlaw Fleet Scoops Squid From Argentine Waters
It was a rare victory in the squid wars: Argentina's coast guard cutter Thompson fired warning shots at two Chinese trawlers, blocking their escape into international waters. Ten tons of squid were found in the holds of the Lu Rong Yu 6177 and 6178 after they were hauled into port on Christmas Day.
Matt Smith 'quitting Doctor Who at Christmas'
The BBC has played down a report that Matt Smith, star of their flagship science-fiction drama series Doctor Who, will be quitting the show at the end of its 50th-anniversary year.