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From your gadget-obsessed sister (who lives for her iPad) to your garden-obsessed uncle (who thinks apple is a fruit) A special report

For all the talk of technology platforms, I tend to find a service that I like and stick with it, rarely branching out to apps built on top of it. (Twitter is my exception that proves the rule.)

But Instagram is different. The popular photo sharing service for the iPhone is so stripped down to its core functionality that you need other apps to extend what it can do for you. Most particularly, I love a sweet service called Postagram that transforms your Instagrams into postcards for 99 cents. Postagram connects the digital and physical realms seamlessly, letting you send yourself postcards of your vacation from your vacation. You reach your hand into the Internet from your phone and pull out this real paper good. It's bizarre and fun in the best way.

The print quality is good and the photo itself comes with perforated edges, so you can pop it out of the postcard easily. The one you see at the top of this post is a favorite of ours that sits on our fridge.

And, vis a vis this gift guide, you can send someone a Postagram this minute, like right now! They won't get it before Christmas, but you can mysteriously send them the image you're sending them with the caption, "Watch out for this!"


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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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