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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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  • Midday Glance: Specialty Retail companies

    Shares of some top specialty retail companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Autozone Inc. fell $.47 or .1 percent, to $525.78. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. fell $.09 or .1 percent, to $62.83. Best Buy rose $.17 or .7 ...

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: MicroStrategy Inc. rose 18.2 percent to $126.75. Elizabeth Arden Inc. rose 13.1 percent to $36.00. Vasco Data Security International ...

  • Driver allegedly tells boy suffering from seizure to get off school bus
    Driver allegedly tells boy suffering from seizure to get off school bus

    A Broward County, Florida school bus driver is under investigation after allegations that he failed to help a student experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency.

  • Amazon Prime wins deal with HBO
    Amazon Prime wins deal with HBO

    Amazon scored a deal Wednesday to distribute old shows from premium cable TV channel HBO to its monthly Prime subscribers, landing a blow on rival Netflix in the streaming video battle. Amazon said the multi-year deal would allow it to stream top HBO shows from past years like "The Sopranos", "The Wire" and others to Prime Instant Video service customers, who pay a monthly fee for unlimited viewing. Until now HBO had distributed its shows via streaming to customers of its own HBO GO service. The shows could also be watched on a pay-per-view basis via Amazon and other redistributors.

  • Jon Stewart Skewers Sean Hannity: "You're the Arby's of News"
    Jon Stewart Skewers Sean Hannity: "You're the Arby's of News"

    Jon Stewart's love of Sean Hannity is well documented. The two have a long, storied past together, but sometimes Hannity simply goes too far. "There is not much that I truly love in this world: my family, my country, my priceless collection of antique ceramic cats ... but above, all my heart belongs to my beloved," Stewart began the show, meaning, of course, Sean Hannity. But how does Stewart respond when Hannity calls him a "comedic hack" and one of the "chief apologists for the Obama administration"? 

  • Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'
    Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches. You know all of this started during the dawn of the Internet as a special project of the CIA. And it keeps on developing," Putin said in televised comments. He also made ominous comments on Russia's most popular search engine Yandex, suggesting it could become more tightly controlled.

  • Severe storms loom across central US this weekend

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters are predicting a significant chance of strong tornadoes this weekend across a large part of the nation's mid-section, an outbreak that could stretch from the Great Plains to the Midwest and South.

  • Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions
    Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

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