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  • Roughly one-third of all holiday shopping is now done online – and that raises a whole new set of questions: What’s the best way to check that all your gifts will arrive on time? What if the price drops – can you get a refund? And if it needs to be returned, where – in your month’s worth of junk email – is the receipt?! Good news: There’s one great tool that tracks all your purchases for you – automatically.

    The Runners-Up

    I’ve tried a number of web services that aggregate purchases and track shipments, regardless of vendor or shipper. Sites like Fara, Boxoh, and PackageTrackr all track your packages, but most don’t do a whole lot more than you could do for yourself. With Fara, for example, you need to start by forwarding them your purchase confirmation emails. But if you need to take that extra step, you might as well just put your confirmations in their own little folder yourself. What I want is for everything to be automatic.

    Best Tool: Slice

    With Slice, you sign up and link the email

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  • Black Friday has really changed. I’ve been covering it IN DEPTH for the last eight years, and each year, this cat-and-mouse game between retailers and consumers has a different winner. This year, retailers have the upper hand because of something called “deal-staggering.” I’ll get to that in a second. But if you know the tricks, you can still land great deals – even on rarely-discounted Apple products. 

    The Best Apple Deals Are Not Always At The Apple Store

    Apple has its one sale of the year on Black Friday, but you won’t find the best deals at the Apple Store. They’re in the big-box retailers:

    · iPad Mini $299 at Walmart – How is this a deal? Because they give you a $100 gift card when you buy the device.
    · iPad Air $479 at Target – same story: the savings come when they hand you a $100 gift card with the purchase.
    · iPhone 5C $45 at Walmart – plus, they give you a $75 gift card. You actually make money on the deal!
    · iTunes Gift Cards – Get a card valued at $100 for just $85 at Best Buy.
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  • Black Friday has really changed. I’ve been covering it IN DEPTH for the last eight years, and each year, this cat-and-mouse game between retailers and consumers has a different winner. This year, retailers have the upper hand because of something called “deal-staggering.” I’ll get to that in a second. But if you know the tricks, you can still land great deals – even on rarely-discounted Apple products. 

    The Best Apple Deals Are Not Always At The Apple Store

    Apple has its one sale of the year on Black Friday, but you won’t find the best deals at the Apple Store. They’re in the big-box retailers:

    · iPad Mini $299 at Walmart – How is this a deal? Because they give you a $100 gift card when you buy the device.
    · iPad Air $479 at Target – same story: the savings come when they hand you a $100 gift card with the purchase.
    · iPhone 5C $45 at Walmart – plus, they give you a $75 gift card. You actually make money on the deal!
    · iTunes Gift Cards – Get a card valued at $100 for just $85 at Best Buy.
    ·

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    Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Mystery Deepens: Cops Don't Know Who Did It

    NYPD Looking for Help Figuring Out Who Bleached the American Flags

  • Costa Concordia wreck leaves Giglio on final voyage
    Costa Concordia wreck leaves Giglio on final voyage

    Italy's doomed cruise ship Costa Concordia left its wreckage site Wednesday in one of the largest-ever maritime salvage operations, two and a half years after the disaster left 32 people dead. The ship, which capsized two and a half years ago off the Tuscan island of Giglio, is progressing at close to two knots (3.7 kilometres, 2.3 miles per hour), engineer Sergio Girotto, one of the heads of the operation, told Italian television.

  • Social Media Posts Show Last Moments of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Victims
    Social Media Posts Show Last Moments of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Victims

    These snapshots might have been their last. Cellphones and the Web have been tracking the lives of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in eastern Ukraine last week:

  • US: No evidence of direct Russian link to plane
    US: No evidence of direct Russian link to plane

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia
    Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia

    France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe's strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum
    End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.

  • Turkish PM says he, Obama no longer talk directly

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds "direct" telephone conversations with U.S. President Barak Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.

  • Yum, McDonald's apologize as new China food scandal hits
    Yum, McDonald's apologize as new China food scandal hits

    By Adam Jourdan and Lisa Baertlein SHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc and McDonald's Corp are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast-food companies' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald's and KFC parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The companies said they immediately stopped using the supplier, Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of Aurora, Illinois-based OSI Group, and had switched to alternatives. They added that the factory served restaurants in the Shanghai area.

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