Totally by accident, today has turned into yet another five-deal Friday. Seems like as we get closer to the holidays, the deals pile up faster and, um, furiously-er than ever. What's a cheapskate to do? I gotta share.
Some really interesting stuff today, too: two pretty excellent freebies, two slam-dunk gift items, and one of the best laptop deals I've seen, like, ever. Onward!1. A free year of Amazon Prime*
You knew there had to be an asterisk next to that, right? Amazon Prime is Amazon's eclectic but essential service offering unlimited Netflix-style movie and TV … Read more
Target shoppers who buy any model iPad can score a $100 gift card come Black Friday.
The offer is good for all models and variations of the iPad, including the new Air and the iPad 2. Buyers of any iPad Mini will receive a $75 Target gift card.
Other Target Black Friday deals that may interest tech buyers include a Samsung Galaxy S4 for $40 (regularly $200) with the usual two-year agreement, a Nintendo 3DS XL game console for $150 (regularly $200), a Sony Wi-Fi Blu-ray player for $55 (regularly $105), a pair of Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones … Read more
Want to get rid of that iPhone you dropped in the bathtub? Apple may now give you something for it.
Apple's Reuse and Recycling Program promises you an Apple Store gift card in exchange for your used iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or Mac desktop. You can then use that gift card toward a new Apple device or accessory.
Until Monday, water-damaged devices weren't accepted as trade-ins. But the Reuse and Recycling Program site now asks if the device you wish to send in has been damaged by water. How can you tell?
Most iPhones and iPads have a liquid … Read more
You know how mystery writers often come up with the ending first and then write the rest of the story? Sometimes I pick my bonus deal first, then keep looking until I find the main event.
Today, however, I just kept finding bonus deals. One after the other, to the point where I found myself staring at another glorious five-deal Friday. So without further throat-clearing, I hereby give you these -- no extra charge for the alliteration.Brookstone bucks
If your holiday shopping includes a trip to gadget emporium Brookstone, here's a deal you can't pass up: LivingSocial … Read more
Very few nonaudiophiles have hi-fis anymore, but if you would like to listen to music at home over something better than iffy computer speakers without breaking open your piggy bank, Sony's nifty little CMT-MX500i might be worth checking out.
The three-piece system comes with a pair of two-way bookshelf speakers mated to an attractively styled combo CD player/iPod dock/FM tuner/stereo amplifier. The speakers measure a tidy 5.5x9.4x7.9 inches, and the amp is 12x11x5 inches. The wood cabinet's speaker wire is permanently attached, and uses a proprietary plug that goes into the amp. … Read more
Working at CNET means working with people who know how to answer the question, "Most awesome Thor-related gift, any suggestions?"
I was looking for something to entertain my convalescing aunt, who's a big Thor fan from the Jack Kirby days. She's embraced the current Avengers series, including the Hemsworth movie despite its lack of Donald Blake, and has been counting down the days until the sequel.
During her recent hospital stay she even convinced someone to change the wording of the regular lucidity check she was being given from, "Do you know who the president … Read more
It may well be that they're fleeing Facebook for sexier climes.
But please don't think that today's American teens are talking about a revolution. Unless you have in mind a magical one.
For a survey of their deepest holiday season needs reveals a certain stasis in their hearts.
Performed on behalf of online cash-back shopping site Ebates, the survey probed deeply into the desires of 12- to 17-year-olds.
88 percent of them said they most wanted to get some sort of gadget, come family gifting time. The most desired item among them was the iPhone.
You might … Read more
A new beta program from Starbucks allows any Twitter user to send a $5 gift card to a friend in need using only a tweet, as described by Mashable. The service, called Tweet-a-Coffee, only requires a few steps on your part to get it all set up.
You'll need to visit the Tweet-a-Coffee sign up page to link your Starbucks account to your Twitter account. The process is a simple as clicking few buttons, entering your login info and clicking a few more buttons.
Once you've got the two accounts talking to each other, you can send your … Read more