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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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    Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse's aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York.

  • Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'
    Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'

    Moscow (AFP) - Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly stated his political ambitions on Saturday by announcing he would be ready, if called upon, to lead Russia in times of crisis.

  • Keith Urban Supports Nicole Kidman As Her Father Is Laid To Rest In Sydney
    Keith Urban Supports Nicole Kidman As Her Father Is Laid To Rest In Sydney

    Nicole Kidman laid her father, Antony, to rest at a funeral at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia on Friday. The actress' husband, Keith Urban, was by her side as she said her goodbyes, and also acted as a pallbearer. Nicole delivered an emotional eulogy about her dad, a psychologist, who passed away on September 12 after falling during a trip to Singapore.

  • High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming …
    High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming …

    Unfortunately, sometimes high school looks a lot like a real-life version of the movie "Mean Girls." Case in point, a group of girls at North Texas high school tricked 17-year-old Lillian Skinner into thinking she was nominated for the homecoming court.

  • At a Glance: the business dealings of Jeb Bush
    At a Glance: the business dealings of Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush entered the Florida governor's mansion in 1999 with a net worth of $2 million, a relatively modest fortune compared with others in the Bush family. After eight years, his wealth had dipped to roughly $1.3 million.

  • Blackwater Founder: We Could Stop ISIS
    Blackwater Founder: We Could Stop ISIS

    Erik Prince says his old private army could have dealt with the Islamic State militants on their own—and that Republicans need to start fighting ‘like we pay them to.’

  • White House intruder was armed with knife: officials
    White House intruder was armed with knife: officials

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas man arrested on Friday for charging at the White House was armed with a knife when he climbed a fence and made it into the executive mansion after President Barack Obama had departed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Saturday. Previously, the U.S. Secret Service had said Omar Gonzalez, 42, had been unarmed. Gonzalez was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon," according to an affidavit released by the U.S. Attorney's Office on Saturday. ...

  • Iran can no longer stall in nuclear talks: German foreign minister

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran can no longer "play for time" in nuclear negotiations with six world powers that resumed on Friday, Germany's top diplomat said, two months ahead of a deadline for a deal that would end economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbing its atomic program. "We are entering the crucial phase of the E3+3 (six powers) negotiations with Iran," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in New York. "There is no more room for Iran to play for time," he said. "We are willing to offer Iran a fair deal. ...

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