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Most of the best Black Friday deals from Dell aren't even Dell products. Not PCs, anyway. Yes, the company is offering extremely inexpensive Windows laptops, desktops, and Android tablets, but they're not really devices that we'd be able to solidly recommend. The 27-inch monitor may be worth a look if you don't plan on gaming with it, and the 24-inch 1080p monitor is probably worth staying up late for at a price of just $99.99.

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Beyoncé's big boxset is only a few days away of release, but why wait? There are only two new tracks featured in Beyoncé Platinum Edition, and you can listen to them now for free. Look, I'm a huge fan of Beyoncé, but in comparison to her latest album, it doesn't quite hit the same highs.

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After already kicking off a huge pre-Black Friday sale and revealing its full Black Friday 2014 deals, Walmart on Friday announced details for its Cyber Monday 2014 sales event. The huge sale will include plenty of interesting tech deals, though not nearly as many as Walmart’s Black Friday doorbusters. FROM EARLIER: Walmart’s pre-Black Friday sale kicks off with huge savings The retailer will start its Cyber Monday shopping event on Saturday, November 29th, right after Black Friday is over. Walmart says it’ll have more than twice the number of cyber deals it offered last year, with savings up to 50% on certain devices, including HDTVs, tablets, and others. “Every day through Friday, December 5th, Walmart.com will offer 500 of the season’s hottest electronics, toys, apparel,

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On Thursday, Amnesty International released a new tool called Detekt to tell if there's government spyware on your computer. It's basically an anti-virus scan, but the bugs it's looking for are really nasty. They're advanced bugs, designed to hijack your accounts and eavesdrop on your Skype calls, typically used by countries like Bahrain, Egypt and Vietnam to crack down on people they don't like.

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We all want to know what it’s like to be a genius. That seems to be the big appeal of going to see a movie about one, and there happens to be two this month alone — both focusing on hugely important British scientists. The latest is about Alan Turing, a mathematician who was among the early pioneers of computer science. That might not sound all that glamorous, but his life was actually quite dramatic: he’s one of the most important World War II codebreakers and was later persecuted for his sexuality to a tragic end.

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The Detekt tool was developed by Berlin-based security researcher Claudio Guarnieri and supported by several human-rights groups. If Detekt does detect spyware, the researchers recommend users disconnect that computer from the Internet and stop using it immediately. Lists of experts who may be able to help, along with their PGP keys for sending encrypted emails, are available from Detekt's website.

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Coin is not the future. This is important to make clear right off the bat. The future of payments will look much more like Apple Pay than it does Coin. In the digital age, there is no reason we should still have to carry paper money or plastic credit cards in the United States. We do it because we have to; the government is behind the times and banks are behind the times. Paper money and plastic credit cards will not exist in the future. Sadly, it maybe be decades before that future is truly realized. In the meantime, smartphone and wearable-based payment solutions like Apple Pay are in their infancy in America. They’re wonderful and secure options at the small number of

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Know what's even better than Black Friday deals? A blank check from massive online retailer Rakuten.com to give you a kick-start on all the bargains.>

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Let's crowd-source an answer to this important question, with a special eye toward families with multiple users.>

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Email. Is there anything in our lives that is more necessary and more burdensome? It seems like everyone hates email and no one can live without it, so the obvious next step is to fix it. Of course, in the context of email, the question becomes: What does “fix” even mean and who will finally pull it off? There are dozens of companies that have taken a crack at “fixing” email, and some have done a better job than others. None have managed to solve all of our email woes, of course, but there are a handful of companies that have actually managed to launch fairly revolutionary email solutions. And if you haven’t yet tried them out, you really should.

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(Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc will release a new ad-supported video streaming service early next year, the New York Post reported, citing sources. The service will be separate from the company's $99-a-year Prime membership, which includes a video service, the Post reported. The Post did not say if the new service would be free or chargeable. Amazon's Prime service costs $99 a year. Amazon was not immediately available for comment. The new service will compete directly with Hulu and Netflix Inc, whose charges start at $7.99 a month for customers in the United States. ...

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Search giant Google just launched a subscription service called Contributor, which gives internet users the option to pay a small monthly fee for ad-free access to select websites. Google announced that Imgur, Mashable, Science Daily, The Onion, Urban Dictionary and WikiHow are among the program's partners, presumably with more to be announced soon. You currently need to join a wait list before you can use Contributor, and it appears that once you sign up and pay your dues, the program will work across desktop and mobile devices.

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If the blockbuster action and Kevin Spacey-ness of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn't enough to scratch your militaristic itch, there's now yet another way to take your Call of Duty addiction on the go. Taking some major design cues from hit mobile strategy game Clash of Clans, Call of Duty: Heroes has you attack and defend military bases using characters and weapons from Activision's popular first-person shooter franchise. As with Clash of Clans, Call of Duty: Heroes' core gameplay cycle consists of using resources to fortify your base, training fighters for battle and attacking enemy strongholds.

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Why not let a drone pressure you into kissing the person sitting next to you at a chain restaurant? Better skip the garlic fries.>

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This is it, holiday shoppers. There is now exactly one week left until Black Friday 2014 is officially upon us. Of course, the deals have already begun at most retailers, which are now in full-on sale mode as they look to capitalize on the biggest shopping event of the year. We have shared thousands of deals with you so far from the nation’s biggest retailers including Best Buy, GameStop, Staples, RadioShack, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale and many more. Of course, if you don’t feel like sifting through all of those sales, we also have some Black Friday suggestions for you that might help narrow things down. FROM EARLIER: The 10 best TV deals for Black Friday 2014 Our Black Friday 2014 hub is packed full

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Intel's data center unit remains strong due to custom chips for cloud deployments, build-outs and networking functions virtualization.

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It’s time to finish the week strong with one last batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. Yesterday’s post brought you seven paid apps regularly worth more than $60 that were all on sale for free — and some of them can still be downloaded for free if you hurry. Today, we have eight new apps for you and there are some great ones to choose from. DON’T MISS: Black Friday 2014 hub These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could

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We spent a weekend on the most futuristic cruise ship out there, Quantum of the Seas. There are robot bartenders, a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, trapezes, an ice skating rink, and the North Star, which lifts you 300 feet above sea level to give you a view of the sea and the ship you've never seen before.

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The two robots are perfectly efficient, fast bartenders. They always select the perfect amounts of Bulleit borboun, ice, and lime, and shake it just so before dumping it carefully into my plastic cup. They move in fluid, full gestures, almost as if they're human. (Their programmers studied an Italian dancer, strapping sensors to him as he moved and using his movements to teach the robots how to operate.) They pick from 127 bottles arrayed above them, and at one point, they stop pouring drinks and they dance.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome.

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This is kind of a huge week for movies by the power of The Hunger Games alone. Even though Mockingjay Part 1 may not be the series' strongest film, there's little chance that fans aren't going to storm theaters now that it's out. Today also marks the release of the Alan Turing biopic, which is a pretty cool thriller about one of Britain's most important mathematicians.

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