Leaked from today's 404 Podcast episode:Black Friday online shopping actually works, grows 26 percent Best Buy, Verizon, Dell launch Cyber Monday deals. Apple posts Black Friday retail records, despite customers reporting underwhelming discounts. Kindle family soars on Black Friday, but unit sales still elusive.… Read more
It was Barnes & Noble's turn on Black Friday. Now it's Kobo's turn on Cyber Monday.
Last week, Barnes & Noble offered up a limited edition of the Nook Simple Touch for $79. Now Kobo's teamed up with Buy.com to sell the new ad-supported Kobo Touch With Offers for $69.99 in a one-day sale.
Happy Cyber Monday! I've always preferred this "holiday" to Black Friday, as it allows me to shop in my preferred garb: bathrobe and slippers. (Tried that on a Black Friday once; I am no longer welcome in the mall.)
Indeed, this is arguably this biggest shopping day of the year for the ol' Cheapskate, as all the deals are, by definition, online. I'll be discussing some of my favorites live today on CNET's Holiday Help Desk, which airs at 3 p.m. ET, noon PT.
In the meantime, here are some assorted Cyber Monday goodies … Read more
Best Buy, Amazon, Verizon, and Dell launched Cyber Monday deals featuring discounted laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Best Buy is calling its sale "Cyber Week" and puts Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba laptops at the top of the list on its launch page. All three come with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Best Buy laptops listed on Cyber Week page:Lenovo, $299.99: Model: 1450ABU. 15.6-inch LED-backlit display, AMD dual-core E-450 accelerated processor, 4GB memory, 320GB hard disk drive, and optical drive. HP Pavilion, $349.99: Model: g4-1229dx. 14-inch LED-backlit display, Intel dual-core "Sandy Bridge" Pentium B950 processor, 4GB memory, 500GB hard drive, and optical drive. Toshiba - Satellite Laptop, $379.99: Model: C655-S5305. 15.6" LED-backlit display, Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3-2330M processor (2.2GHz), 4GB memory, 320GB hard drive, and optical drive.
I've received so many great-sounding Blu-rays over the past couple of months, I had to put together a Top 10 list.
A lot of them didn't make the cut; just because a Blu-ray has a high-resolution soundtrack doesn't automatically mean it sounds great; the variables of the original recordings and mixing can make or break the sound. For example, Tom Petty's "Mojo" Blu-ray doesn't sound much better than the CD version of the same music, but it does have an uninspired 5.1 surround mix. All of the following discs are distinctly better … Read more
It's that time of year again.
If you're in the market for networking devices to upgrade your home's media-streaming capabilities, Black Friday is a great opportunity to fulfill that desire. As with everything else, not all networking devices are created equal. In fact when it comes to wireless routers, it's actually a better deal to pay the full price for one that works than getting a lemon for cheap.
But we're talking about getting the one that works for cheap here. And while I can't advise you on how great of a deal you'… Read more
The number of cameras available this holiday season is ridiculous.
Even if you have a price point in mind there are probably a dozen or more models to pick from with different features and body sizes. Fortunately for you, we've tested and reviewed many of them, so you don't end up getting a camera that's a poor fit for your gift recipient.
Whether you're shopping for someone's first camera, looking for something for the whole family, or eyeing a model for your favorite creative photographer, we've rounded up your best bets.
If you're … Read more
Gadgets make great gifts--for the recipients, at least. For the gift giver, however, tech products often mean a sizable bite out of the wallet. It's great to get an iPad--it's decidedly less enticing to pay for one.
Thankfully, there are some great tech gifts you can buy at far more reasonable prices--less than $50, to be precise.
We've scoured the Internet to find 10 worthy gifts that will cost you less than a Ulysses S. Grant. The list includes MP3 players, headphones, one great game for each major game console, and--our current favorite video streamer--the Roku LT (pictured above).
Got a favorite bargain gift that we skipped over? Let us know your suggestion in the comments.
It's Black Friday, the busiest day of the shopping year, and Ask Maggie is here to help you with questions about holiday shopping.
In this edition, I offer some advice to one mother considering substituting an Amazon Kindle Fire for an iPad as gift for her son. And I suggest a game console for a gaming newbie, who wants to get the whole family up and moving this Christmas.
Ask Maggie is an advice column that answers readers' wireless and broadband questions. The column now appears twice a week on CNET offering readers a double dosage of Ask Maggie'… Read more
In addition to the usual online scams designed to defraud shoppers during the holiday season, several malls will be tracking people via their cell phones.
Beginning on Black Friday, Promenade Temecula, south of Los Angeles, and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Va., will be monitoring signals from shoppers' cell phones, CNN reports.
Mall officials say they want to be able to see traffic patterns in the various stores. No personal data will be collected and the information will remain anonymous, they said. Shoppers are given notice by small signs around the malls.
"We won't be looking at … Read more