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Black Friday Amazon deals: Price drops for Echos, Kindles and Fire tablets

Thu, 2017-11-23 00:05

When the cheapest Kindle e-reader drops to $50, it’s difficult to resist snagging one on an impulse buy. Appealing to our most reptilian consumer instincts is just how Amazon rolls, and—right on schedule—the retail behemoth-cum-hardware manufacturer is dropping prices across its product lines.

Here are all the Black Friday deals for the Amazon Echo, Kindle, and Fire tablet lines. We’re also including links to our own coverage of the price-dropped devices (many of which are best in their categories, the Amazon pedigree notwithstanding). Amazon says these deals will end at the stroke of midnight on Monday, Nov. 27.

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Amazon Black Friday deals: The best tech at killer prices

Thu, 2017-11-23 00:00

Amazon is ground zero for Black Friday shopping, but not all of its deals are worth your attention. That's where we come in: We've sifted through Amazon's staggering amount of Black Friday deals, and cherry-picked the very best deals in the tech categories you care about most.

A note about Amazon Prime deals: You can sign up for a 30-day Prime membership if you're not already a member. This also gives you earlier access to some of Amazon's limited-time Lightning deals—which we won't be covering in this article. We'll be eating turkey instead.

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The best classic movies to stream for Thanksgiving 2017

Wed, 2017-11-22 17:00
Who needs football? Gather the family around the big screen to watch these 14 films, before and after your feast.

Black Friday 2017: The best tech deals

Wed, 2017-11-22 13:40
Black Friday 2017 has arrived!

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Here we go! The deal madness is upon us, and it’s time to get your shopping game on. Once again we’ve searched high and low to come up with the 10 best Black Friday deals for PC users and all around tech addicts. This year’s selection offers Chromebooks, fitness bands, regular laptops, gaming machines, and other treats to please tech conoisseurs everywhere.

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Black Friday deals: Best smart-home discounts

Wed, 2017-11-22 11:46
Get smart

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The future is now. Just look at all the new and nifty ways our homes can do more for us. From regulating temperatures, to operating our lights, to keeping us secure and responding to a variety of our commands.

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VyprVPN review: A good non-American, American VPN

Wed, 2017-11-22 11:05

VyprVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: Switzerland

Number of servers: 700+

Number of country locations: 64

Monthly cost: $5 billed annually

Golden Frog’s VyprVPN is a well-known and popular name among VPN aficionados. The price is affordable enough with two payment tiers, the speeds are good, and the company says it owns and manages 100 percent of its infrastructure. It’s also got something of a storied history—as far as Internet companies go—as it was founded by two co-founders of Giganews, a popular Usenet provider.

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Pre-Friday Deals: Amazon's Highest Rated Tech Deals Under $25 - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:20

If you need some practice buying stuff before the big day (Black Friday), Amazon has released a boat load of deals in these days leading up to it. What we've done here is simply filtered their list of current deals down to the tech categories we care about, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings.  Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone accessories, BlueTooth speakers, splitters, and other gadgets. Here it is: An impulse shopper's dream/nightmare. Note: Scroll down past the "featured deals" to where the lists really starts. Enjoy!

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Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless noise-cancelling headphones review: They demand a small sacrifice for silence

Wed, 2017-11-22 06:00
B&W’s first noise-cancelling headphones sound so good that you’ll happily to live with their quirks.

Asus VivoBook S510 review: Weak battery life hobbles this capable ultralight

Wed, 2017-11-22 06:00

With its thin-and-light shell, jumbo display, Intel Core i7 processor and mid-range price tag, the Asus VivoBook S510 aims to be a sleek-yet-roomy ultrabook for folks who like to get things done. But while we're impressed by its looks, feel, and agility with day-to-day office tasks, the S510 falls painfully short in a key area: battery life.

Price and specifications

We tested the $799 version (SKU S510UA-DB71) of the VivoBook S510, which measures 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches and weighs just 3.7 pounds (or 4.1 pounds with the compact power brick). That's surprisingly light for an ultrabook with a 15.6-inch display—typically, we’d expect an ultrabook of this size to exceed four pounds.

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Black Friday 2017: The best graphics card deals

Tue, 2017-11-21 16:56

With cryptocurrency miners driving graphics card demand through the roof, you won’t find any jaw-droppingly good graphics card deals this Black Friday. But if you’ve been resenting the idea of overpaying for a GPU, this is the time to buy. During Black Friday 2017 you’ll finally be able to purchase video cards without paying through the nose. If you’re lucky, you might even snag a free game with it.

Look to Radeon for most of the best Black Friday graphics card deals. GeForce discounts are much more rare. Don’t get me wrong, even Radeon prices are still inflated with these “deals”—you won’t find a Radeon RX 570 selling for anywhere near its $170 suggested retail price. But you can find capable 1080p options with 4GB of onboard memory at around $200 for the first time in a long time, among a few other gems.

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Black Friday 2017: The best graphics card deals

Tue, 2017-11-21 16:56

With cryptocurrency miners driving graphics card demand through the roof, you won’t find any jaw-droppingly good graphics card deals this Black Friday. But if you’ve been resenting the idea of overpaying for a GPU, this is the time to buy. During Black Friday 2017 you’ll finally be able to purchase video cards without paying through the nose. If you’re lucky, you might even snag a free game with it.

Look to Radeon for most of the best Black Friday graphics card deals. GeForce discounts are much more rare. Don’t get me wrong, even Radeon prices are still inflated with these “deals”—you won’t find a Radeon RX 570 selling for anywhere near its $170 suggested retail price. But you can find capable 1080p options with 4GB of onboard memory at around $200 for the first time in a long time, among a few other gems.

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Black Friday 2017: The best graphics card deals

Tue, 2017-11-21 16:56

With cryptocurrency miners driving graphics card demand through the roof, you won’t find any jaw-droppingly good graphics card deals this Black Friday. But if you’ve been resenting the idea of overpaying for a GPU, this is the time to buy. During Black Friday 2017 you’ll finally be able to purchase video cards without paying through the nose. If you’re lucky, you might even snag a free game with it.

Look to Radeon for most of the best Black Friday graphics card deals. GeForce discounts are much more rare. Don’t get me wrong, even Radeon prices are still inflated with these “deals”—you won’t find a Radeon RX 570 selling for anywhere near its $170 suggested retail price. But you can find capable 1080p options with 4GB of onboard memory at around $200 for the first time in a long time, among a few other gems.

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Neverwinter Nights is getting an Enhanced Edition compatible with 15 years of mods

Tue, 2017-11-21 15:00

Beamdog’s going to run out of classic RPGs to remaster here soon. Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, Planescape: Torment, and Icewind Dale have all received overhauled Enhanced Editions so far, and today Beamdog announced yet another—Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition.

Neverwinter Nights was an ambitious project for its time. It ditched the Infinity Engine for the Aurora Engine, which in many ways made it age poorer than its predecessors. 2002-era 3D looks quite a bit worse than late-’90s 2.5D.

The official Neverwinter Nights campaign was also just one tiny part of the package (and, most people would probably say, the worst part). Unlike Baldur’s Gate and its ilk, Neverwinter Nights was designed with a pseudo-MMO layer where dozens of players could log into a persistent server to play custom campaigns. Those campaigns aren’t anything to scoff at, either—BioWare released the Aurora toolkit alongside Neverwinter Nights, and there are literally thousands of user-generated campaigns (or “modules”) on the internet, some of them considered true classics.

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Black Friday deals: The cheapest gaming PC you can build

Tue, 2017-11-21 14:07

The one thing we like more than building our own PCs is doing so for very little cash. Now’s the best time for that: Black Friday deals often include amazingly low prices on components, fantastic combo and bundle deals, and extras like a copy of a video game.

Last year, I decided to see just how low you could go using Black Friday deals. I came up with three budget gaming builds, all based around a Micro Center combo deal on AMD’s FX-8350 and a compatible AM3+ motherboard. The cheapest of them was $350, inclusive of the Windows license.

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Master Raspberry Pi Programming With This In-Depth Training Bundle, Now Over 90% Off

Tue, 2017-11-21 10:53

Learning the fundamentals behind computer programming and robotics doesn't have to be a mind-numbing slog through dense lines of code—or at least that's the philosophy behind the Raspberry Pi microcomputer and its suite of educational tools. Whether you're a programming savant or a complete novice, you can master the essentials behind building robust programs and robots with the Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle, and it's on sale for over 90 percent off.

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Pay What You Want For 140+ Hours of In-Depth Coding Training - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-11-21 10:49

The job market is changing, and according to a recent study by Burning Glass and Oracle Academy, more than half of the jobs in the top income percentile (paying more than $57k a year) require some coding knowledge. So, if you want to be included in that bread-winning number, you'll need to get familiar with today's top programming tools, like Python, JavaScript, and PHP. And with the Pay What You Want: Learn to Code 2018 Bundle, you can get started for a price you choose.

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AMD Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs get massive price drops ahead of Black Friday deals

Tue, 2017-11-21 10:18

Black Friday might be a few days away, but you can already find some smoking hot deals on AMD processors. AMD’s mainstream Ryzen and monstrous Threadripper chips dropped to borderline fire sale prices over the weekend. In the case of some of the higher-end chips, the discounts shave hundreds of dollars off suggested retail pricing.

Let’s split this up into separate Ryzen and Threadripper sections. We’re mostly linking to Amazon but similar pricing for AMD’s hardware can be found at many online retailers. Micro Center is offering even better deals on many of AMD’s high-end CPUs, but they’re available for in-store pickup only. Bummer. Micro Center’s deals on Threadripper are downright wild.

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Today, 75% off Lumina 5200 mAh Portable Power Bank Charger - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-11-21 09:28

This powerful full-speed 5200mAh charger from Lumina features huge 2.4A output to keep your devices powered up while you're out, or in an emergency. The charger currently averages 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 380 reviewers (read recent reviews here). This item has been included as one of Amazon's "Prime Week" deals of the day, so right now its typical list price of $49.99 has been cut 75% down to just $12.74. See this deal now on Amazon.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017 review: The ultimate ereader adds audiobooks and a waterproof case

Tue, 2017-11-21 06:30

Amazon’s Kindle Oasis (2017 version) is the ultimate ereader. Two important features debut with this 2017 model: It's waterproof, and it supports audiobooks via Audible.

Make no mistake: Reading on this device is a luxurious pleasure. With a starting price of $270, however, the Oasis floats beyond many budgets. For everyone else, we suggest picking up a Kindle Paperwhite, which can be had for half the cost. 

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Dell XPS 13 (2017) review: Intel's 8th-gen CPU makes a great laptop even greater

Tue, 2017-11-21 06:00

Forgive us if you've heard this one before but Dell's latest XPS 13 is truly the best one yet. Seriously.

Newly upgraded with Intel's 8th-generation CPUs, the XPS 13 offers unheard-of performance in an ultra-portable laptop. By "unheard-of," we mean the XPS 13 offers performance approaching and occasionally surpassing that of much larger and much heavier powerhouse laptops.

Granted, it hasn't changed much on the outside. As we go through the features and specs, though, you'll see the significant changes happening on the inside. 

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