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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Although not a Black Friday deal per se, the unofficial launch of the upper mid-range Xperia C5 Ultra stateside is definitely worth the attention of Android-loving bargain hunters. Unavailable from Sony or American mobile carriers, the 6-incher is up for grabs through a third-party Amazon merchant called DeltaMobiles at just $330. Massive yet surprisingly stylish, the C5 Ultra is so much more than a selfie-centric phone, even if it sports an arguably amazing 13MP autofocus and LED Flash front-facing camera. Around the back, you get a similarly well-equipped snapper, the IPS LCD panel touts ...

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    Today is clearly a great day for shopping all things Google. Actually, it’s a good day for discounted shopping period, but Android purists in particular seem to be treated to some phenomenal Black Friday deals by the search giant itself, as well as Amazon and trusted eBay seller qualitycellz. Sad to see Nexus 6P’s price immovable, at $499 and $579 with 32 and 64GB internal storage space respectively? Let’s face it, it was highly unlikely the stock Marshmallow phablet would drop so soon after its commercial debut, given its apparent popularity and/or mass-production difficulties. The ...

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    What’s the best unlocked phone two Benjamins can buy nowadays stateside? The third-generation Motorola Moto G? Probably. The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser? It might be. The recently discounted Huawei P8 lite? Unlikely, but that’s also a solid contender. Speaking of budget champion title challengers, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua costs $199.99 on Amazon with a valid US warranty, 16GB internal storage space, and LTE connectivity for free use on carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, and so on and so forth. Prior to this deal that’s by the way not advertised as a time-limited ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    With this year's iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Apple introduced a new mechanic for how users interact with apps, giving the phones force-sensitive “3D Touch” input. Of course, for an app to actually take advantage of that kind of input, a developer's going to have to go back and intentionally build support for such interactions. But will they actually take the time to do so, especially with only the newest iPhones supporting it? We've heard some nay-saying reports, sure, but devs looking to stay ahead of the curve have been wasting no time updating their apps for 3D Touch, and today we ...

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    Our coverage of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is ongoing with what the heck a 4K display really means and, of course, "dat unboxing." Really, the box wasn't anything special. But the device sure is. North American consumers have been looking longingly at this thing and wondering when they'll be able to pay up to $1,000 to get it. Fear not, those who don't have that kind of money to chuck! It's now available in single and dual-SIM unlocked formats on Amazon and Expansys. Both sites are pricing both types at just under $800, about a $150 premium (ha) over the Xperia Z5. Beware of long waits ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    The cross platform-supporting, sensor-packed but cumbersome and now outdated first-generation Microsoft Band has been a deal darling lately, dropping to $100 before the sequel went on sale stateside, and then $80 as the Black Friday – Cyber Monday frenzy approached. These days, it’s back to $100 for one of the world’s most meticulous activity trackers on American shores, while Redmond’s UK branch charges £70, VAT included, which converts to around $107. But for 24 hours only (16 left and counting at the time of this writing), the British Amazon cuts the OG Microsoft Band’s ...

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    On the first day of Amazon’s Black Friday blowout my true love sent to me: a $35 Fire 7 tablet. Okay, so it doesn’t rhyme, and it may not have the same ring to it as the classical Christmas song, but it’s just one of the many dozens of discount examples unveiled by the American e-commerce giant two days before the deals will start pouring in. Wait, but isn’t Thanksgiving next Thursday, and Black Friday the day after, i.e. November 27? Technically, yes, only retailers have been trying for a while now to expand the traditionally busiest shopping day of the year to cover as much of ...

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    If you've got a smartphone these days, the odds are high that you've had the chance to interact with one voice-powered virtual assistant or another. Whether through Siri, Cortana, or Google Now, you may have asked your smartphone to play you some music, look up the capital of Argentina, or figure out how many ounces are in three tablespoons. With last year's Echo appliance, Amazon brought this kind of interaction to its shoppers' living rooms. At first Echo sales were invite-only, reserved for Prime members, before Amazon opened availability to shoppers at large this past summer. If you've ...

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    The holiday season should help tablet demand surge sequentially after a dreadful few quarters, but year-over-year, things will continue to look gloomy for iPads, Microsoft Surfaces, and large-screen Androids alike from a global perspective. That’s the trend both Digitimes Research and TrendForce forecast for Q4 2015, when shipments in the plunging market segment are to reportedly total 58.7 million units. A decent escalation from the sub-par 48.7M result posted between July and September, but only a fraction of the 76.1 mil tally in the October – December 2014 timeframe. Like last ...

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    Amazon's last move regarding anything Google was a pretty mean one. Not only would it not support sending music from its app over to Chromecast, but it took Chromecast off of its marketplace. But it seems as though while that bad blood is sticking around, the Android ecosystem still needs that Amazon Music support. The big updates in version 4.6.6? Android Wear playback control support. Finally, you can pause, play, and skip between tracks from your Android smartwatch! Interface-wise, we have a couple of new tabs: "New to Prime" and "Popular." Also, artist profile pages are now up. The UK ...

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    Besides candy, you’re probably not used to getting Halloween gifts or freebies, but Amazon wants to hook up Android device owners stateside with a robust collection of marked down apps through 11:59 PM on October 31 this year. Although the e-commerce giant has a stake in the hardware-manufacturing business, the Amazon Appstore isn’t restricted to the Fire Phone and Fire tablets, so whether you’re a Samsung, Huawei, LG, HTC, Sony or Google fan, you can install Runtastic Pro, the AVG AntiVirus Pro security bundle, Photo Lab Pro or Bloons TD5 free of charge. All 33 apps and games on ...

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    Beyond sales numbers, profit margins and net revenue, Apple has always prided itself on the user experience offered by iPhones, iPads, Macs and now Apple Watches, which is constantly billed as vastly superior to the competition. A recent iPhone commercial even went so far as to claim 99 percent of the owner base “loves” the iOS handhelds, which seemed impossible to verify. But there’s actually a California-based market research firm that evaluates just that, offering up monthly “Battle of the Brands” reports. In them, Argus Insights compares consumer delight for various hardware ...

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    Like most self-respecting device manufacturers, Amazon will typically cover defects of Kindle e-readers, Fire Phones or tablets stateside for a year after your original purchase. Fire Kids Editions used to be the only notable exception to that rule, as you got 24-month worry-free guarantees against all sorts of incidents, including electrical and mechanical breakdowns. But now the ultra-low-cost new Fire 7 also strays from the beaten 12-month path, and not to offer any more incentives for you to buy the thing in a six-pack. Quite on the contrary, and you’d better think twice before ...

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    Amazon has spent the last few years competing with everyone in almost everything, and in this process it has succeeded in a few things, and lost terribly in others. The cool thing is that even with Amazon being a competitor, the company didn’t lose focus on serving as many products as you could eat on its online store, which still remains Amazon’s core business. Today we learn that things are about to change, and the reasons are rather odd. Amazon has just confirmed that it’ll stop selling the Apple TV and Chromecast on its online store starting October 29. The reason doesn’t ...

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    Google may have serious trouble getting anyone the least bit caught up with the news interested in its “big” September 29 Nexus introductory event, as everything from market names to designs, storage options, paint jobs, general specifications, and release dates has come to light of late via various rock-solid inside sources. We even know a wholly redesigned Chromecast will probably join the LG N5X and Huawei N6P on the San Francisco stage, and a second-gen Nexus Player might be on the menu also. But in case you’re not yet convinced the smaller of the two new vanilla Android phones ...

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    Amazon's efforts to get people using its own smartphone have spectacularly fizzled, and that's not just a problem for the company's hardware division: those phones were supposed to get even more people using Amazon's services, including its shopping app. And while Amazon does have a bunch of new tablets, it's still looking for ways to convert more smartphone users to those who do mobile shopping through the company's app. Well, there are few better ways to motivate shoppers than with cold, hard cash, and to that end Amazon has a new promotion going, handing out five-dollar coupons to users ...

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    Update: Now with more silicon than ever. Hey, do me a favor? Next time you go on down to the Piggly Wiggly, see if they've got them there tablet six packs? I won't have 'em all, I promise; I just want a couple for the road. Yep, things got a little craaaaaazy in mobile technology this week. In the midst of our comprehensive Moto X Pure Edition review and a boatload of hands-ons from CTIA in Las Vegas, we've seen Nextbit announce a cloud-based smartphone, Apple allow an ad blocker into the App Store, and Amazon release, yes, tablet six-packs. And on top of all that, we've got some ...

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    Amazon's new fall hardware lineup has just made its debut, and we've already taken a look at the new Fire tablets that will bring, including the Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, Fire Kids Edition, and the crazy budget-priced $50 Fire tablet. That all adds up to a great start, but we're not done quite yet: Amazon's also got some new devices for your living room, and today also reveals the new Fire TV, Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote, and Fire TV Gaming Edition. The new Fire TV moves from its old Snapdragon 600 to a 2GHz MediaTek SoC, and picks up 4K support in the process. Like the first-gen device, ...

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    Tomorrow marks one year since Amazon's last launch of new Fire tablets, so it's only fitting that today we're seeing the retailer follow those up with a fresh crop of new models. We just checked in with the imminently affordable $50 seven-inch Fire tablet, but that's far from the only new addition to the Fire series of devices. In addition to that model, Amazon's introducing the new Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, and Fire Kids Edition. As the benchmarks we looked at suggested, none of these new models are particular spec monsters, but instead Amazon's conservative hardware choices allow it to keep ...

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    For the past couple weeks now, we've been seeing rumors really start heating up about Amazon's next tablets, as sources attempted to identify not just some annual refreshes to the usual selection of Fire models, but also the introduction of a more-affordable-than-ever model in the form of a tablet slated to sell for a mere $50. Overnight we checked out some rumored specs for this whole group, but still didn't have a great sense for when Amazon might hope to make these models official. It turns out we didn't have very long to wait at all, and today Amazon announces the newest members of the ...

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    Released to the public a little prematurely, even for a work in progress, aka Explorer Edition, Google Glass encountered a number of bumps in the road to mainstream popularity, and as such, was predictably halted early this year. But the ingenious headset’s creators insisted the end of the first Google Glass iteration wouldn’t be the death of the entire futuristic wearable enterprise, and as it turns out, that wasn’t just empty propaganda meant to ease the pain of early adopters, testers and enthusiasts untroubled by controversy. Granted, a refined, hopefully more pragmatic, cheaper ...

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    Given the Fire HD 6, HD 7 and 2014 HDX 8.9 are already a year old, and the Fire Phone’s struggles provoked turmoil in Amazon’s hardware-developing division, you probably weren’t expecting a lot of movement on the forked Android tablet front this fall. Yet just last week, news broke the Seattle-based e-tailer was determined to give it another go, and aim for an even lower price tag with a humbler than humble 6-incher. Then, less than 24 hours ago, a high-quality press render of an unannounced 10-inch Fire slate emerged, exhibiting a revised external appearance and, most importantly, ...

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