1. You can now track Santa in 3-D
If you and your kids track Santa using the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, you're in luck. This year you can use multiple devices to track Santa's whereabouts in 3-D with a Claymation view.
Of course, Santa won't be on the move until Christmas eve, so until then you can play games, watch movies and more on the NORAD site.
Read more: Norad Santa-Tracker is now 3-D, touch-enabled and Claymationized, courtesy of Microsoft (AllThingsD)
2. With MyPermissions update, you can protect your Google data
If you're concerned about which of your apps can be tracked by your Google account and data, the newly-launched MyPermissions browser extension can provide you with information to help you understand.
How does it work? Install the MyPermissions extension on Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari, and a list of third-party applications will appear. From there, you can choose which you trust and which you don't.
3. PayPal, Apple team up to open a digital gift store
PayPal has been busy. Just one week after announcing they are going to start accepting gift cards, the online payment service has partnered with Apple to launch a gift store to buy what? Gift cards, of course.
Currently, the only offerings in the gift shop are iTunes vouchers, but PayPal officials say the selection will be expanding soon.
Read more: PayPal launches a digital gift store, featuring Apple as its sole launch partner (TheNextWeb)
4. Amazon expands cloud music service to more vehicles
If you drive a BMW or Mini Cooper, you now have access to your Amazon Cloud music using the Cloud Player iOS app. The service, which is accessible from a car's touchscreen dashboard or steering wheel controls, has been available in select Ford models since last year.
Read more: BMW and Mini connected cars now support Amazon Cloud player(Engadget)
5. Have trouble getting out of bed? This game will help
Winter in Nordic countries can be tough. It's almost always dark and people have a hard time just getting out of bed. Swdish agency Deportivo has come to the rescue with a game called UnSnooze. The game is played via an iOS app that turns waking up into a competition — whoever turns the alarm off first wins.
Read more: Anti-snoozing game turns waking up into a competition(PSFK)