1. PayPal can now process gift cards
Are you expecting gift cards this holiday season? You can now use them to make purchases through PayPal-friendly sites.
Before, PayPal – known for its easy purchasing system – couldn't accept gift cards due to the lack of billing address associated with the card. Under the new system, that step is skipped.
Read more: PayPal now supports prepaid gift cards for online purchases(Engadget)
2. Xbox Video is up and running – but not in HD
Microsoft's Xbox Video service is finally live, so you can watch movies and television shows directly from video.xbox.com, but there's a catch – it doesn't stream in high definition.
Currently, you can stream in HD using Windows 8.1 and Xbox One versions of the app, but if you want it right from the browser, you're out of luck.
Read more: Microsoft's Xbox Video website is now live, though it doesn't stream in HD(Engadget)
3. Storenvy redesigns site to eliminate cookie-cutter shopping
Social shopping platform Storenvy has undergone a redesign to focus more on the stories behind its brands, rather than what a product looks like or costs. The new look unveiled 100 brand pages built around storytelling, in the hope that social shopping is more enjoyable and easier to browse.
In an interview, CEO Jon Crawford said consumers were tired of the same old shopping experience and that the redesigned layout makes a big difference. Storenvy features more than 60,000 brands and features more than 2 million products.
Read more: Storenvy debuts new-and-improved marketplace for finding cool stuff (VentureBeat)
4. Taking a bubble bath? Turn your tub into a speaker for easy listening
You don't have to worry about dropping your speakers into the bathtub with the Sound Wave from Kaldewei. Why? Your bathtub is literally the speaker system.
With the new sound system, you can control the volume from a Bluetooth-enabled device and feel the vibrations from the music through the water.
Read more: Bluetooth bathtub turns soaping into an immersive concert(PSKF)
5. For $30, you can have a paper airplane that doesn't crash
You can now pilot your own paper airplane with PowerUp 3.0, a Kickstarter project that has already exceeded its target goal. How does it work? You hook a tiny propeller and rudder to your airplane of choice using patented clips, then sync the airplane to an app which controls the flight pattern and speed.
Check out the video at the top of the screen to see it in action.
Read more: App-controlled paper airplane never crashes (video) (PSFK)