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Many companies are already taking Black Friday orders online on Thanksgiving Day, and that includes Best Buy. That’s certainly not surprising, considering this year retailers tried to beat competitors by hosting several pre-Black Friday promos well ahead of the huge shopping weekend.
Buyers looking to take advantage of special bargains on huge HDTVs, tablets, smartphones and a plethora of other gadgets have probably studied Best Buy’s full Black Friday deals catalog very carefully (see it at this link) and already know what they’re going to buy.
Luckily, you can already start your shopping spree on BestBuy.com, because Black Friday online sales are already live on the site.
The Amazon Echo is without question one of the coolest “Internet of Things” devices out there, and right now you can enjoy a rare opportunity to purchase one at a discount. Remember what a flop the Amazon Fire Phone was? Think of Amazon Echo as the exact opposite in every possible way. While the Fire Phone piled a confusing interface and a bunch of useless features on top of Android, Echo is an intuitive device that makes finding answers to queries and controlling smart devices in your home an absolute breeze.
$179.99 is a great price for the Amazon Echo but for Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday only, Amazon is knocking $30 off the price of the Echo, so you can get it for $149.99 shipped. And don’t forget that if you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, you can get a free 30-day trial right here. More →
It’s Thanksgiving Day today, which means you’re probably busy with family and friends… and also with shopping. This year, major retailers have kicked off hundreds of special promotions for Black Friday, choosing to extend their sales well beyond the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend.
Walmart is one of them, having offered consistent deals every day leading up to Black Friday for the past few weeks. But the company has now finally kicked off its full Black Friday online sale, meaning that you can already get your shopping sorted out in between meals, parades and football. More →
Last year we learned that Wu-Tang Clan planned to release a secret album called Once Upon a Time in Shaolin whose distribution would only be limited to one copy. Yes, that’s right: There’s a full album of never-heard Wu-Tang music out there and it’s just sold to an unknown buyer. More →
Whenever you hear about third-party Facebook apps making the news in a privacy-related context, it’s usually not good. But that’s not really the case with Facebook’s latest viral app, which has all the elements of a perfect data heist but is surprisingly safe to use.
You’ve probably seen Vonvon’s Most Used Words popup more than once in your Facebook timeline: It’s an app that mines through the stuff you’ve posted on Facebook and then gives you a graphical representation of the words you’ve used most inside Facebook.
To do that, the developer needs access to a bunch of your data – otherwise it can’t return any results. But Vonvon apparently decided to take a lot more than it really needs, even though it’s not doing anything with it for the time being. It’s not even collecting it. More →
Japanese game shows. Dear God. If you’ve never watched one before, you should know that the parody of them featured on The Simpsons was basically spot on. Basically, many these shows are exercises in sadism that are also extremely funny in their own demented way. If you want a prime example, check out this amazing clip in which several guys have to recite a tongue twister without making any mistakes or else get hit in the balls with a mallet. More →
Just days after the hacker group Anonymous pledged to hunt down Islamic State members and launch cyberattacks against their accounts, a separate group of techies claims it has identified a key funding avenue for the terror network – bitcoin accounts.
Ghost Security Group, a collective of computer “hacktivists,” says it has located several bitcoin accounts that ISIS uses to fund operations. One account contained $3 million worth of bitcoin, a GhostSec member told Michael K. Smith II, a co-founder of Kronos Advisory, a national security advisory firm.
GhostSec “wants to make an impact in counterterrorism,” Smith said, adding that the GhostSec member reached out to him because government officials were not paying close attention to the allegations. More →
It would be nice if all Android phones could upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow as soon as new software is released but we know that’s pretty much impossible. However, PhoneArena has posted a really handy guide letting us know when we can expect some top Android phones to get Marshmallow in the near future and it has some very specific intel on Samsung’s popular flagship Galaxy devices. More →
Although Facebook’s new notification system that warns users if their accounts have been compromised by a state-sponsored attack might seem superfluous, it’s already catching attackers in the act.
According to a report from The New York Times, State Department officials only became aware of attacks from Iranian hackers after Facebook notified them that their accounts had been compromised.
Staples already has a lot of great deals lined up for Black Friday 2015 and it’s just announced another round of deals that are coming on Cyber Monday. Starting on November 30th, you’ll be able to take advantage of seven new deals on certain laptops and tablets that aren’t on sale as part of Staples’ Black Friday 2015 sale. More →
No one really expected the Fantastic Four reboot to be great, but I can’t imagine anyone saw it turning out so disastrously either.
In an age where superhero movies are raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in record time, Fantastic Four could barely break even, so even though it potentially killed any hope of another take on Marvel’s first family any time soon, you knew it would at least be great fodder for an Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies.
Sam’s Club is one of several large retailers taking a stand and keeping its stores closed on Thanksgiving Day so its employees can spend time with their families. It’s a nice gesture that we’re sure is appreciated by Sam’s Club staff, and it might even give consumers some extra incentive to shop there this holiday season. The company’s Black Friday sale will begin early in the morning on Black Friday, November 27th, and you can check out all of the key details on Sam’s Club’s big Black Friday 2015 sale in our earlier post.
Of course, the fun doesn’t end there, and Sam’s Club on Wednesday announced details for its big Cyber Monday and Cyber Week sales. More →