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Amazon

Amazon is offering Black Friday discounts on some of its own branded tech devices. Those include:

Amazon Fire HD 6 for $79 (a $20 discount). Runs Thursday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 29.

Amazon Fire HD 7 for $109 (a $30 discount). Runs Thursday, Nov. 27 through Cyber Monday, Dec. 1.

Amazon Kindle for $49 (a $30 discount). Runs Thursday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 29.

Kindle Paperwhite for $99 ($20 off). Runs Thursday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 29.

Kindle bundles: These pair either a Kindle or a Kindle Paperwhite with 6 months of Kindle Unlimited service for a discount. The Kindle bundle will cost $79 and the Paperwhite bundle will cost $129.

Amazon Fire Phone will come unlocked with no contract for $199. This deal is on now and will last through Cyber Monday, Dec. 1.

Fire TV Stick is available at Best Buy and Staples for $24.99 (a $15 discount). This deal is on now and will last through Saturday, Nov. 29.

Buy a Sonos Play:1, Play:3, Play:5 or PlayBar and get an Amazon gift card worth $20-$50 depending on your purchase.

Best Buy (see the complete circular)

The Acer Chromebook 11 will cost $149 (a $50 savings).

All iPad Air 2 models will be $100 off.

Beats Solo headphone will sell for $80, a savings of $90 off the usual price.

The Dropcam HD price will drop $49 to $100. Note that this is the older-model Dropcam, which isn't quiet as high-res as the Dropcam Pro.

The GoPro Hero 3+ Silver action camera will be available at $249.99, a $50 savings.

Nest's smart thermostat will be $199.99, also a $50 savings.

The Panasonic 50-inch LED 1080p HDTV will cost $200.

Buy the Philips Hue Starter Kit (which includes three bulbs and a hub) for $200 and you can get a Philips Hue Bloom Accent light (normally $80) for free.

The Samsung 55-inch LED Ultra HD Smart TV will be on sale for $900.

Now through Saturday, Nov. 29, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available at Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com for $1, with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

Some Xbox One and PS4 games will be half off.


Gamestop

PlayStation 4 with copies of Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us for $400.

Xbox One with Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for $330.

You can also get an older-model Xbox 360, which comes with Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, for $200.

Of course, Gamestop will have loads of sales on video games as well. Check our sister site Gamespot for more details.

Google (see Google's promotions for Nov. 28 to Dec. 1)

LG G Watch: $99 (a $130 discount) plus $50 credit for content at Google Play.

Chromecast: $25 (a $10 discount).

Nest Learning Thermostat: $199 (a $50 discount) on Nest's site.

Dropcam: $120 (a $30 discount) on Nests's site.

Nexus 9 tablet: $50 credit for content at Google Play.

Sony Smartwatch 3: $50 credit for content at Google Play.

Samsung Gear Live: $50 credit for content at Google Play.

LG G Watch R: $50 credit for content at Google Play.

Asus ZenWatch: $50 credit for content at Google Play.

Staples (see the complete circular)

$49 Kindle (save $30), in-store only, valid Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

$74 Amazon Fire TV (save $25), in-store and online, valid Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Apple TV for $79, in store and online, valid Black Friday.

$79.99 Beats Solo Drenched headphones (save $90), in-store with coupon, instant online, Valid Nov. 23- Nov. 25.

Get 20 percent off everything you can fit in the bag, in-store only. Exclusions apply. Valid Nov. 23- Nov. 25.

Get 25 percent off of one full priced item, in-store only. Valid only on Nov. 26.

$100 off select tablets $399 and above, in-store with coupon and instant online. Nov. 23 - Nov. 26.

$100 off select PC's $499.99 and above, in store with coupon and instant online. Nov. 23 - Nov. 26.

Target (see more of Target's Black Friday deals here)

Looking to compete with Amazon in the online space, Target is offering free shipping for online orders, no matter how much money you spend. The deal runs through December 20. We have more details here.

Buy either the 16GB, 64GB or 128GB version of Apple's iPad Mini 3 and get a $100 Target gift card for free.

Buy the 16GB or 32GB version of the iPad Air and get a $100 Target gift card for free.

Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones are $97 (a $73 discount).

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera Black costs $169.99 (an $80 discount). Plus you'll get a $15 Target gift card for free.

Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum for $349.99 (a $150 discount).

LG 65-inch Class 1080p 600Hz LED TV for $1,299.99 (an $800 discount).

Xbox One 500GB Console Bundle with Assassin's Creed Unity and Black Flag for $349, plus you can save $20 on Xbox Live and $10 on a controller.

Nikon Coolpix S32 13.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom is $99.99 (an $80 discount).

The Panasonic Lumix FZ70K 16.1MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Zoom costs $239.99 (a $160 discount). Plus you'll get a $15 Target gift card for free.

Buy a Sonos Play:1, Play:3, Play:5 or PlayBar and get an iTunes gift card worth $20-$50 depending on your purchase.

The Nikon Coolpix L330 20.2MP Digital Camera with 26X Optical Zoom can be had for $99, a $131 reduction from its regular price.

The 39-inch Vizio D390-B0 TV for $219.

Select video games are 50 percent off.

Toys R Us (see the complete, leaked circular)

The majority of Toys R Us' deals, of course, are on analog toys. But they do carry video games and consoles, tablets designed specifically for kids, as well as some lower-end electronics that are kid-appropriate in price and performance.

Video games for the current consoles are buy 1, get 1 for 40% off (excluding starter packs). Some games for the Nintendo Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 are buy 1, get one for $2.

Anki Drive, a driving game that mashes up robotics and consumer-grade artificial intelligence.

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Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet for $79.99 (a $20 savings).

Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet for $109.99 (a $30 savings).

Anki Drive Starter Kit for $99.99 (a $50 savings).

Apple's fifth-generation iPod Touch will cost $149.99 (a $50 savings).

Kurio 7S Android Family Tablet for $49.99 (a $50 savings).

Microsoft Xbox One with Kinect costs $429.99 (a $70 savings). Alternatively, you can choose to get the Xbox One bundled with Assassin's Creed Unity for $329.99 (also a $70 savings).

Nabi 2 Tablet, a 7" Android 4.0 tablet, for $119.99 (a $60 savings).

Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Gaming System - Mario Party Island Tour Edition for $179.99 (a $20 savings).

A 9" dual-core Polaroid tablet will be on sale for $59.99 (a $40 savings). There's also a 7" model going for $39.99 (a $40 savings).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, a 7" tablet with Enhanced Kids Mode will run $129.99 (a $100 savings).

Samsung 7" Galaxy Tab 4 for $149.99 (a $50 savings).

Samsung 8" Galaxy Tab 4 for $199.99 (a $70 savings).

Samsung 10" Galaxy Tab 4 for $249.99 (a $100 savings).

The Sony PlayStation 4 costs $399.99 and comes bundled with Grand Theft Auto V and Last of Us, OR LEGO Batman 3 and Little Big Planet 3.


Verizon Wireless (see Connection Day site)

Verizon has dubbed the day before Thanksgiving "Connection Day" and will offer lots of little freebies that day. They include free movie and book downloads; free music streaming; in-flight Wi-Fi service; data boosts; and magazine subscriptions. We have more details here.

Walmart (see the complete circular)

Walmart has already announced upcoming discounts on a wide range of gadgets. You can get more details here. But here's a sampling of what they include:

The 16GB iPad Mini for $199, and you'll get a $30 gift card to boot.

The 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for $397, with a $100 gift card kicked in.

An RCA Google Play Android tablet for $29.

Walmart is also selling a $99 Windows 8.1 tablet, and you don't even have to wait till Thanksgiving to buy it (though it costs more in advance). The Cheapskate has more details about the Nextbook tablet here.

The Neato XV-21 robot vacuum will be $269 (normally $430).

Get the Microsoft Xbox One for $329, and Walmart will throw in Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a $30 gift card for free.

Get Sony's PlayStation 4 at its usual price of $399 and you'll get Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us. Alternatively, you can opt for the PS4 at that price and get a $50 Walmart gift card.

Walmart will offer two Motorola Wi-Fi HD Home Monitoring Cameras for $99 total (regularly $149.99 each).


Manufacturers' deals

Apple: The company is giving iTunes gift cards to those who purchase some hardware products on Nov. 28. Customers get a $100 gift card if they buy an iMac, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro; a $50 gift card if they buy an iPad or iPhone; and a $25 gift card if they buy an iPod Touch or iPod Nano.

Blizzard: Several Blizzard games are on sale now, including World of Warcraft for $4.99, Diablo 3 for $19.99, StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty for $9.99 and Heart of the Swarm for $9.99.

Canon: Through December 1, all sorts of rebates and gift-card cashbacks on cameras and lenses; see the entire list here, and see which Canon deals we like best. The Rebel T5i dual-lens kit for $700 is a good buy from a few retailers, including Walmart; the T3i dual-lens kit for $300 from Best Buy and Amazon (and likely elsewhere); and the T5 kit for $400 at hhgregg and elsewhere.

Channel Master: Get a Channel Master antenna DVR for $175 (regular price $249). Note: This deal is valid on Black Friday from 6-11 a.m. PT and again on Cyber Monday from 6-11 a.m. PT.

Dell: Dell will offer limited quantities of tablets starting at $99.99, laptops at $189.99, desktops at $199.99, 2-in-1s at $349.99 and Alienware gaming PCs starting at $549.00. It will also give customers $50 off on all orders $699.99 and up with a coupon code. See its press release for more details.

Feedly: The RSS reader site is offering a one-year pro subscription for $35 (a $10 discount).

Freeway app: The Freeway App will give away $100,000 in tech products and gadgets during a 3-hour event this Black Friday.

HTC: Get a Re Camera for only $99 (50 percent off) Order a RE online or purchase it through Verizon, AT&T, Best Buy and T-Mobile's websites, or through The Underground on T-Mobile. Offer also available in-store at Verizon, AT&T and Best Buy. While supplies last. This promotion begins on Thanksgiving at 9 p.m. PT and ends on Cyber Monday at 9 p.m. PT, or when inventory runs out.

Lensbaby: The Special Edition Spark, a selective-focus SLR lens operated by flexing the rim with your fingers, is $30 off, down to $100.

LIFX: The Wi-Fi smartbulb company is offering 20 percent off its entire range of products in its online store, as well as free worldwide shipping.

Microsoft: Microsoft is offering $100 off its Surface Pro 3 i5, and $150 off either the Surface Pro 3 i7 or Surface 2: Available through Microsoft retail stores, Microsoftstore.com, Best Buy and some retailers. While supplies last, customers who purchase a Lumia 830 will receive a free Fitbit Flex ($99.99 value): Available from AT&T retail stores and online, at MicrosoftStore.com and Microsoft Store retail stores. And of course, many retailers out there are offering the Xbox One for $349. And the Acer Aspire E5-571P-59QA, a 15.6" Windows 8.1 touch-screen laptop, will be available for $399.99 (a $200 savings) through Microsoft stores.

Mio: The Mio Link, will be available for $79 (a $20 discount). This deal begins the day before Thanksgiving (November 26) and runs through Cyber Monday (December 1). Details here.

Monoprice: Monoprice has posted deals on everything from 3D printers to HDMI cables. Some discounts are minimal, but we saw some significant savings on a Bluetooth speaker for $89.99 (normally $129), a 5.1-channel home theater system with subwoofer for $179.99 (regular price $229) and a 3D printer for $999.99 ($200 off). You can also get a few bucks off all manner of cables, adapters and other accessories. These deals run now through November 30.

Nikon: Looking for a complete list of Black Friday Nikon deals? Look no further than Nikon's site. Some good deals to look for are the Nikon D3200 dual-lens kit for $500 at several major retailers including Walmart, Target and Best Buy; the L830 for $170 from Best Buy and Sears; and a D7000 kit for $800 at Best Buy.

Panasonic: Panasonic is running a "you pay what we pay" deal on most products on its site. Some of the best deals include the Lumix FZ200 camera for $299.99 (a $300 discount) and the AS530 series 50-inch TV for $499 (a saving of $100).

ScanCafe: The company discounting its service for digitizing prints, slides, and film negatives on Nov. 28. The 500-image kit costs $115 (a $30 discount); the 2,000-image kit is $220 (a $50 discount); and the 5,000-image kit is $900 (a $200 discount).

Sigma: Sigma has put lots of its lenses on sale for the holidays, and you don't even have to wait until Black Friday to score some of these deals. You can see the whole list here. But our camera expert especially likes this one: Get the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM for $400. This is an older full-frame model, but it is still a fine choice for Nikon or Canon dSLR full-frame or APS-C shooters. From November 27 through December 2, Sigma has these lenses on sale: 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM for $379 ($100 off); 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM for $469 ($200 off); 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM for $1,099 ($300 off); and 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM for $769 ($300 off).

Sonos: Buy a Play:1, Play:3, Play:5 or PlayBar from Sonos.com and get a Sonos gift card worth $20-$50 depending on your purchase.

Sony: Several Sony cameras can be had for less at Sony Direct, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy and all other authorized dealers. These include the Sony a5000 kit w/ 16-50mm lens = $299.99 ($200 savings); Sony a5000 Two Lens Bundle (16-50mm +55-210mm) = $449.98 ($400 total savings); Sony a6000 kit w/ 16-50mm lens = $599.99 ($200 savings); Sony a6000 Two lens Bundle (16-50mm + 55-210mm) = $749.98 ($400 total savings); Sony a7 kit w/ 28-70mm lens = $1599.99 ($400 savings); Sony a7 body = $1299.99 ($400 savings); Sony RX100 = $449.99 ($50 savings); Sony Action Cam AS20 = $99.99 ($100 savings).

Zazzle: The company is offering discounted prices on its custom-printed items for customers who use the code"ZAZBLACKDEAL." Posters, calendars, business cards and canvas prints are 65 percent off; cards, invitations and tablecloths are 50 percent off; phone cases, shirts and watches are 30 percent off.

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What is Apple Pay and Will It Succeed?

The Apple Store describes what Apple Pay is and how it is secure and easy it is to use:

“Paying in stores or within apps has never been easier. Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. Now payments happen with a single touch. Apple Pay will change how you pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into the devices you have with you every day. So you can use your iPhone to pay in a simple, secure, and private way.

One touch to pay with Touch ID. Now paying in stores happens in one natural motion — there’s no need to open an app or even wake your display thanks to the innovative Near Field Communication antenna in iPhone 6. To pay, just hold your iPhone near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID. You don’t even have to look at the screen to know your payment information was successfully sent. A subtle vibration and beep let you know.

Convenient checkout. On iPhone, you can also use Apple Pay to pay with a single touch within apps. Checking out is as easy as selecting Apple Pay and placing your finger on Touch ID.

Setup is simple. Passbook already stores your boarding passes, tickets, coupons, and more. Now it can store your credit and debit cards, too. To get started, you can add the credit or debit card from your iTunes account to Passbook by simply entering the card security code.

To add a new card on iPhone, use your iSight camera to enter your card information. Or simply type it in manually. The first card you add automatically becomes your default payment card, but you can go to Passbook anytime to pay with a different card or select a new default in Settings.

More secure payments.

Every time you hand over your credit or debit card to pay, your card number and identity are visible. With Apple Pay, instead of using your actual credit and debit card numbers when you add your card to Passbook, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored in the Secure Element, a dedicated chip in iPhone. These numbers are never stored on Apple servers. And when you make a purchase, the Device Account Number, along with a transaction-specific dynamic security code, is used to process your payment. So your actual credit or debit card numbers are never shared by Apple with merchants or transmitted with payment.

Protect your accounts. Even if you lose your device. If your iPhone is ever lost or stolen, you can use Find My iPhone to quickly put your device in Lost Mode to suspend Apple Pay, or you can wipe your iPhone clean completely.

Keep your purchases private.

Apple doesn’t save your transaction information. With Apple Pay, your payments are private. Apple Pay doesn’t store the details of your transactions so they can’t be tied back to you. Your most recent purchases are kept in Passbook for your convenience, but that’s as far as it goes.

Keep your cards in your wallet. Since you never have to show your credit or debit card, you never reveal your name, card number, or security code to the cashier when you pay in a store. This additional layer of privacy helps ensure that your information stays where it belongs. With you.”

The question now is will Apple Pay succeed? Most reviews say that the company has come through with another innovation that will change how we shop. There are already a few companies that are willing to take on Apple Pay with their own version. Companies such as CVS and Rite Aid have blocked Apple Pay after a few days in order to start their own version of Apple Pay called CurrentC.

In a statement to Business Insider, an Apple spokesperson responded to the brewing battle:

“The feedback we are getting from customers and retailers about Apple Pay is overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. We are working to get as many merchants as possible to support this convenient, secure and private payment option for consumers. Many retailers have already seen the benefits and are delighting their customers at over 220,000 locations.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/

The fact that Apple already has competition out the door is a great indication that Apple Pay is a success. Compared to CurrentC, Apple Pay is far more secure because it does not use QR codes. CurrentC uses scanned QR codes at registers to make payments. QR codes are not secure at all because they can be copied to another device pretty easily. Apple Pay uses a fingerprint and is much more difficult to copy.

In addition, CurrentC can track purchase history and spending habits, which can offer advantages and disadvantages. CurrentC can become familiar with how you spend your money but this information can be used for malicious activities, which is why it is important that Apple Pay cannot track this information. Lastly, CurrentC can only be used with checking accounts in only a few locations while Apple Pay can be used like a credit card in many locations.

 
 
Are you a gamer? Then you must know that the video gaming industry is starting to turn towards a virtual reality system as the next platform, which was started with the Oculus Rift. Apple has made many innovative products but what is next? The company is looking into the “next generation” computing with their Oculus Rift style headset. Recently they have increased interest in the virtual reality market.

Apple has patented an Oculus Rift 3D style headset, which as a goggle like appearance. They have also have an interesting feature for people with eyesight problems. Instead of wearing glasses underneath the headset, Apple will incorporate a feature that will alter the image so that it will be clearer to the viewer. Apple has started to become more serious about this virtual reality headset.

This is more than just another patent. Apple is looking for a software engineer "to develop a user interface and applications to create software experiences," says a recent job listing spotted by 9to5Mac. The description states: “"This engineer will create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing." Hopefully this new direction that Apple is heading in will push their innovation forward.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Many users were surprised to find that Sunday evening when they visited the Craigslist website they were redirected to a site hosted at the domain DigitalGangster(dot)Com, as a result of a DNS hijack. According to securityweek.com, the attackers redirected requests to the New York Times website then back to the DigitalGangster(dot)Com (registered to “steven wynhoff @LulzClerk”.On Monday morning Craigslist is now back online and Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster released this statement:

"At approximately 5pm PST Sunday evening the craigslist domain name service (DNS) records maintained at one of our domain registrars were compromised, diverting users to various non-craigslist sites.


This issue has been corrected at the source, but many internet service providers (ISPs) cached the false DNS information for several hours, and some may still have incorrect information.

If you are unable to reach the craigslist site, please ask your network provider or tech staff to flush all *.craigslist.org and *.craigslist.com entries (A,CNAME,SOA) from their DNS servers."

 
 
It is that time of year again when many gamers participate in the annual Fall Steam Sale. This year it starts November 26th right before Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
Valve has not announced this officially but PayPal has leaked these dates (November 26- December 1st) for the Steam Fall Sale 2014.

There will be many discounts on games for Mac, PC, and even Linux operating systems. The Steam Store will have even more discounts on Black Friday November 28 so PREPARE YOUR WALLETS!

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Far Cry 4 PC Requirements

MINIMUM

  • Supported OS
  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
    Processor
  • Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
    Memory
  • 4GB
    Video Card
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD5850 (1GB VRAM)
    Direct X
  • Version 11
    Hard Drive
  • 30 GB available space
    Sound Card
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
OPTIMAL

  • Supported OS
  • MS Windows 7 SP1, MS Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
    Processor
  • Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
    Memory
  • 8GB
    Video Card
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon R9 290X or better (2GB VRAM)
    Direct X
  • Version 11
    Hard Drive
  • 30 GB available space
    Sound Card
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers


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