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Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha, one of the company’s most impressive smartphones to date, is coming to AT&T this week. It’ll be available starting Friday, September 26th both online and in-store for $ 199.99 with a two-year contract. If you prefer AT&T’s monthly installment plans, the Galaxy Alpha costs $ 30.65 per month through Next12 and $ 25.55 monthly with Next18. Unsubsidized and contract-free, it’s priced at $ 612.99. The Galaxy Alpha features a 4.7-inch display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 32GB of storage, and a 12-megapixel camera.
But the story here is really the handset’s design, which stands apart from previous Samsung phones thanks to its metal frame and slim, light build. The Galaxy Alpha and upcoming Galaxy Note 4 represent a new,…
If you’ve been mulling the latest Apple gizmo but wince at the prices, today could be the day to act. That’s because Cupertino’s offering UK discounts of up to £81 on the latest and greatest iMac or MacBook models and £31 off of the iPad Air. Other iPad models are discounted too, and you can score a deal on the iPod Touch or accessories like the Parrot AR drone. As for the US and Canada, gift cards are being handed out in lieu of cash off, including $ 75 offerings on the iPad Air, $ 150 for iMacs and MacBooks and $ 50 for an iPod Touch. As for the rest of the EU, other countries like France and Germany are seeing similar cash discounts to their UK counterparts on the same products. All the deals only apply to certain models, as the brand new iPad Mini Retina is still on at full price, for instance. Still, if your iProduct trigger finger’s been feeling itchy lately, hit the source.
It’s Thanksgiving in the States and tomorrow is the biggest shopping day of the year. In fact stores will be open tonight so you can elbow your way into a scrum of bargain hunters and frotteurists. I’m here to tell you it’s a sucker’s game, at least when it comes to consumer electronics and computer hardware.
This is not to say you shouldn’t go out tomorrow. Are you looking for toys, scarves, and underwear for the family? By all means hit the malls. Those “soft goods” are so cheap wholesale that stores can afford to discount them drastically in hopes that you’ll make up for loss in profit with sheer volume. See a Lego door buster you’ve got to have? You better get in there.
But computer hardware is a far different matter. Consumer electronics margins are so low right now that manufacturers make pennies per device. Deep discounts usually happen to items that are on their way out anyway. I checked out Best Buy’s Black Friday page. The iPad 2 is on sale there for $ 299 – it’s normally $ 399 – but it’s the Wi-Fi only 16GB model, pretty much the entriest of the entry level. You can grab a 64GB model refurbished for $ 469 on Apple’s website. “But this is for mom,” you say. “She wants to read and maybe Skype us.” Get her the Kindle Fire HDX for fifty less, no mall visit needed.
What about those $ 300 laptops (BB has a Toshiba model)? Well, the laptops on sale aren’t going to be on the market for much longer and Black Friday is a great way to clear out old stock. CES is right around the corner and we can expect Intel’s Broadwell chip to launch in a quarter or so. Therefore you’re buying obsolescence on sale.
Don’t expect to get a deal on an Xbox One or PS4, either. You won’t even see one in stores, let alone get a discount on one.
Going for the TVs? BB is selling their Insignia brand 39-inched for $ 169. This is an in-store deal which means you probably won’t get one. Do you want one? Eh, sure, if you’re looking for a 39-inch monitor without many frills. Is it worth stabbing a grandmother over in order to score the last box? No.
In the end Black Friday is an exercise in pure commerce. Stores want you to come in because it means they can clear out all their stock in a few short hours. It gives them a cushion for the slow post-holiday season and it makes shopping look like an event. While I’m all for expansion of the commercial spirit, I think Black Friday is such a cynical and scammy experience that it’s hardly worth rolling off the couch to partake in. Make some real nerds happy – hit the small guys online, pick up some ThinkGeek stuff or some cool board games or Estes rockets from a smaller hobby shop and let somebody else fight over a $ 12 Blu-Ray player.
Don’t think that the Black Friday shopping rush this year is all about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We’ve rounded up a smorgasbord of Thanksgiving week deals that should appeal to tech-savvy shoppers of all stripes, whether they’re looking for entry-level smartphones or giant 4K TVs. Hop past the break and you’ll find bargains that could please the gadget lovers in your life — and just might spare you from battling the crowds at the mall.
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Target is always a popular destination for Black Friday shoppers, and this year should be no different. In fact, the retailer is opening its doors earlier than ever before. Stores will begin letting in customers at 8PM Thanksgiving night and remain open until 11PM Friday. If you’re willing to cut your holiday dinner short, Target will be offering some decent deals in TVs, gaming, cameras, and smartphones. The company’s full Black Friday ad is now available, and we’ve picked out some of the better values below.
- Samsung 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $ 697.99 (regularly $ 899.99)
- Samsung 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV for $ 597.99 (regularly $ 749.99)
- Vizio 47-inch 1080p LED HDTV for $ 379.99 (regularly $ 519.99)
- Samsung 40-inch 1080p…
Kickstarter success and Australian hardware startup LIFX is finally shipping its Wi-Fi connected smart lightbulbs this Friday. That’s a little later than originally promised in its Kickstarter campaign. LIFX had promised to deliver by March, so they’re officially quite late to the party, but they’ve also managed to secure some major retail partners for a consumer launch late this year and early next.
LIFX bulbs will go on sale at Best Buy online January 19, 2014 in the U.S., and some global retail partners including John Lews in the UK, DickSmith in Australia, Digitech in the EU, MediaMarket in Scandinavia and Virgin Megastores in the Gulf Region, are launching it even earlier in December of this year. That’s all above and beyond the existing $ 10 million in pre-sales LIFX has done via Kickstarter and its own site, and the $ 4.6 million it has raised from private investors.
Co-founder and Director Andrew Birt says that they acknowledge that they’re behind schedule, but that they smart bulb race “hasn’t been won yet,” referring to the head start by legacy lighting industry giant Philips has with its Hue series. Philips introduced two new types of Hue bulbs and starter kits earlier this week, effectively tripling its product lineup in a single blow. LIFX will offer screw, bayonet and downlight models from the get-go, however, and unlike the Philips Hue, they don’t require a base to connect to Wi-Fi to talk to each other and to your iOS or Android device.
The LIFX team has been working hard to fix production issues and start sending devices out to pre-order customers, Birt says, but they’ve also been working in the background on other efforts while that’s been going on.
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Next month, Reddit is bringing a taste of Black Friday madness online with its very first livestreaming event, called Redditgifts Shopping Network. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the Nov. 29th event will be 12 hours of product demos, comedy, AMAs, and PSAs from nonprofit organizations, not to mention performances from actors, musicians, and “maybe even former heads of state.”
The event is taking place on Reddit’s YouTube channel, home of its original Explain Like I’m Five web series, although the content is expected to be syndicated elsewhere as well. As for why the company’s motivation, Reddit says that it’s attempting to give spectators a way to “experience the holiday chaos” without actually having to brave the carnage at…
How do you make a splash in the heavily entrenched U.S. and U.K. mobile markets, which are dominated by Android and iOS? Release a Firefox OS-based device for just $ 79.99 off-contract and unlocked, that’s how. Want to raise even more eyebrows? Offer it exclusively via eBay. That’s exactly what ZTE is doing with the Firefox mobile platform-powered Open “soon,” with orders apparently opening Friday.
ZTE announced the news via a press release on their official site today, saying the Open, which launched in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia earlier this year, will come to the U.S. and the U.K. via their eBay stores in both those countries in a unique Orange colorway later this year for just $ 79.99 (£59.99 in the U.K.), and will be “unlocked to allow use on all mobile networks.” The eBay sites both carry banners saying “bidding” will open Friday for the device.
The ZTE Open, for those who are unaware, supports 3G connectivity, has a 480 by 320 3.5-inch display, offers expandable memory via a microSD slot, packs a 3.15-megapixel rear camera and is powered by a 1.0 GHz Cortex-A5 processor. With those specs, it’s possible that we could be talking about a three-year old device, but the ZTE Open isn’t designed to blow away the competition in a specs race – it’s made to show what a phone can do with an OS based on open web standards while staying cheaper unlocked than most modern smartphones are on-contract.
Firefox OS and devices like the ZTE One and Alcatel One Touch Fire are designed to offer a lot of value to emerging markets, where traditional smartphones are priced too high to be attainable for many consumers. But the launch of the ZTE Open in U.S. and U.K. markets will show what kind of potential such devices have in established markets, where there’s bound to be some kind of need for a phone that won’t break the bank but that focuses especially on providing a solid mobile web browsing experience.
And at this price, I suspect a lot of American and British tech heads and early adopters will be picking them up too, if only for curiosity’s sake. Not to mention the orangeness of it all.
Fancy yourself a balloon maven? Well, tomorrow, Maker Camp’s Field Trip Friday event is going to Google X for a Project Loon launch. Don’t worry, you’re invited too. Starting at 2PM ET, Make is interviewing those who’ve made stratospheric internet-distribution possible, via a Hangout on the magazine’s Google+ page and its YouTube channel. What’s more, the girl who floated Hello Kitty into space, Lauren Rojas, joins Maker Camp’s festivities on Friday. To kill time between now and then, we suggest contemplating the whole “cloud in actual clouds” thing, it’s kept us busy for a while.
Source: Maker Camp (Google+)
Julius Genachowski, the man atop the Federal Communications Commission who has actually overseen AT&T’s attempted buyout of T-Mobile USA and an explosive development in cordless service over the past a number of years, will announce he is stepping down tomorrow, the Wall Street Journal reports.
A spokesman for Genachowski decreased remark.