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  • Forget Black Friday, Best Buy is about to host a ‘Special Edition’ sale

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us at this point, but the special Christmas sales are just getting started. Best Buy on Friday announced its first "Special Edition Tech collection" sale. Beginning on December 4th, Best Buy will start selling a “one-of-a-kind” collection of products that you might not find anywhere else this holiday season. DON’T MISS: A 75-year-old’s excellent Tweet may be the only good thing in 2016 Best Buy will have the following products in limited quantities, both online and in select stores, “so when they’re gone, they’re gone.” Mind you, the list does not include some of the hottest tech gadgets in town, like the iPhone 7 or the PS4 Pro. But that doesn’t make the sale any less exciting. Here’s what’s included in Best Buy’s first Special Edition Tech collection: Shinola Magnolia Edition Red Belt Runwell Turntable, $2,499.98 Lenovo Yoga 910 Glass-Lid Laptop, $1,299.99 DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter in Black, $1,199.99 The Beatles Collectible 1964 Pro-Ject Turntable, $649.98 GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera plus Best Buy Holiday Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2017 X Games, $399.99 Beats Unity Edition Studio Wireless Headphones: available in USA, Mexico and Canada colors, $379.99 each Harry Potter 8-Film SteelBook Box Set, $99.99 kate spade new york Activity Tracker, $98 TUMI Aston Wrap Folio for Surface Pro, $79.99 South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 Team Liquid Razer Deathadder Chroma Elite Mouse and Goliathus Mouse Mat, $69.99 South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 Finally, you should also know that Best Buy offers you free shipping on select Special Edition products and all other products from now through December 24th. Best Buy Introduces Special Edition Tech Collection for the Holidays New collection features limited-edition tech gifts; most exclusive to Best Buy  MINNEAPOLIS—Friday, Dec. 2, 2016—This year, Best Buy is making it possible for customers to find that unique, one-of-a-kind gift that stands out from the rest. Today, Best Buy announced its first ever Special Edition Tech collection, a set of 11 limited-quantity tech gadgets—most of which are available only at Best Buy. This list of gadgets includes an exclusive Shinola turntable, a Bazooka-pink kate spade new york activity tracker, a Lenovo Yoga laptop individually numbered with a painted depth glass cover and more. These products will be available in select Best Buy stores and most will be available at BestBuy.com starting this Sunday, Dec. 4. Many are available for a limited time only, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Best Buy's Special Edition Tech 2016: · Shinola Magnolia Edition Red Belt Runwell Turntable, $2,499.98 · Lenovo Yoga 910 Glass-Lid Laptop, $1,299.99 · Beats Unity Edition Studio Wireless Headphones: available in USA, Mexico and Canada colors, $379.99 each · kate spade new york Activity Tracker, $98 · DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter in Black, $1,199.99 · TUMI Aston Wrap Folio for Surface Pro, $79.99 · The Beatles Collectible 1964 Pro-Ject Turntable, $649.98 · GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera plus Best Buy Holiday Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2017 X Games, $399.99 · Harry Potter 8-Film SteelBook Box Set, $99.99 · South Park Character Figures 3-Pack, $39.99 · Team Liquid Razer Deathadder Chroma Elite Mouse and Goliathus Mouse Mat, $69.99 This year, customers can take advantage of free shipping on select Special Edition products and all products, with no minimum, on BestBuy.com through Dec. 24. Make the most of your Special Edition tech with help from Best Buy’s Geek Squad® Agents. Agents are available in-store, in-home and online to assist 24/7/365. Visit www.bestbuy.com/geeksquad for details and to schedule an appointment.

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  • Apple Store workers are getting frustrated with the rampant iPhone battery flaw

    A serious bug (or two) is causing iPhone batteries to malfunction, and Apple Stores are inundated...

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  • NES Classic and Hatchimals might actually be in stock at one store this weekend

    You may have missed out on buying an NES Classic Edition last week, but all hope is not lost. Rather than paying a premium price on eBay to get your NES Classic console by Christmas, you should check out a Toys R Us store near you this weekend. On top of that, Toys R Us will also have Hatchimals back in stock and ready for buyers on Sunday. DON’T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone According to BFAds ’ sources , Toys R Us will release Hatchimals inventory this Sunday at 8:00 AM, priced at $59.99 per toy. Hatchimals are pretty much sold out everywhere, so if you want to get one in time for Christmas, this might be your best chance. The NES Classic retails for $59.99, and the system comes packed with 30 classic NES games. The console was one of the hottest items on sale during the Black Friday week, and it’s also sold out everywhere. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo had a tough time dealing with the unexpected demand for the gaming system, and some people are currently paying thousands of dollars on eBay for the retro consoles. A leaked ad showing the Toys R Us ad for December 4th follows below. BFAds notes that employees from a Santa Cruz Toys R Us store posted a video on Instagram seemingly confirming the upcoming availability of the two products, but that video is now unavailable. A comment on product tracking site  Zoolert also mentioned the new Toys R Us ad.

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  • Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject — weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

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  • Airbnb, New York City settle rental law lawsuit

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb had contended that the law's ambiguous wording could allow New York authorities to apply it to online platforms like itself that host third-party listings, creating the risk of significant civil penalties and criminal liability. Under the terms of the settlement, New York City agreed that the law would not be enforced against the company and was instead aimed at individual violators, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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  • How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo

    When giving a demo, make sure you keep the focus on your software, site, and message—not your apps, bookmarks, and extensions.

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  • Here's the climate change podcast you didn't know you were looking for

    Anyway, fast-forward almost 20 years and my obsession with human-made climate change has just gotten worse, as has climate change itself. Keep talking to people who don’t believe climate change is the biggest threat facing our future. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest climate change news and meet the people who are working in the field, doing research and making stuff happen.

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  • Fitbit Caught Between a Pebble and a Hard Place -- The Motley Fool

    The market leader in wearable fitness is reportedly about to acquire a smartwatch pioneer.

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  • Buy It Now: The Best Winter Parkas (11 photos)

    These puffers and parkas will keep you warm and looking stylish while braving the winter storms

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  • How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone

    Emoji are sooooo  last year. It's almost 2017 and it's time to change things up. You've been sending messages packed full of emoji for years now, just like everyone else. In fact, even your parents and grandparents are stringing together all sorts of emoji in their text messages. Do you really want to keep filling your messages with emoji now that they've officially been adopted by the olds ? No, of course you don't — you know it, and we know it. What you might not know, however, is that the answer is already hiding in your iPhone right now... you just have to learn how to uncover it. MUST READ:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 Emoji have gotten pretty boring at this point, which is probably why Apple is rushing to be the first major smartphone maker to support Unicode 9.0. With the upcoming release of iOS 10.2, Apple will add more than 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads around the world. Included among them are some hotly anticipated additions such as the face palm, shrug, selfie, lying face, clown, dancing man and plenty more. You can see all of the new emoji coming in iOS 10.2 right here in this post . But that's only a temporary fix. The new emoji coming in Apple's next big software update will only make things interesting again for a few days at most. The fun will definitely be over once you're mom starts sending you face palms every five minutes. iMessage's new stickers are a nice alternative, but there's also a secret keyboard that's already hiding inside your iPhone, and it lets you send all sorts of fun text-based emoticons. You know the ones — they're often referred to as kaomoji. Or maybe you've never heard of them  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Enabling the hidden kaomoji keyboard in your iPhone really couldn't be easier. In fact, you already went through all the steps the first time you enabled the emoji keyboard all those years ago. Here's how it works: Open the Settings app Tap General Scroll down and tap Keyboard Tap Keyboards at the top of the screen Now select Add New Keyboard... From the list of languages, choose Japanese and then Kana That's it. Now you can access the new emoticon keyboard the same way you switch from Apple's standard text keyboard to the emoji keyboard. Just select the Kana keyboard and press the ^_^ button in the bottom row to access all the kaomoji. Below, you'll find two screenshots that show you what your new emoticon keyboard will look like.

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  • See if Your iPhone 6s is Eligible for Battery Replacement (Update)

    Editors' Note: This story was updated on Dec. 2 with news of Apple's tool for eligibility. As we reported last month, Apple is starting a battery replacement program to fix a bug that's causing certain iPhone 6s models to randomly shutdown due to faulty batteries. Now, we've learned that you can check whether or not your iPhone qualifies for this new battery program, using a new tool made available from Apple itself.

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  • Looking for great talent? This untapped workforce could be a major powerhouse

    People with disabilities have proved to be loyal employees prepared to go the extra mile. Unfortunately, they are an untapped workforce.

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  • Why Amazon Will Thrive in 2017 Despite Donald Trump

    Amazon.com has struggled since Trump's election, but will be a big winner in 2017, said Daniel Skelly, head of equity model portfolio solutions at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

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  • Obama bars China's Fujian from buying Aixtron's U.S. business

    By Matthias Inverardi and Diane Bartz FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama blocked a Chinese investment fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron because the deal posed a risk to American national security, the Treasury Department said on Friday. Obama's executive order barring China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) from completing the acquisition of a German company with American assets was one of few such instances in which a U.S. president has blocked a transaction due to national security concerns.

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  • 86 Super Simple Last-Minute Appetizers (175 photos)

    Procrastination happens to the best of us—but these easy apps got your back. From Delish

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  • 1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.

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  • Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack

    Hackers stole more than 2 billion roubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe. Central bank official Artyom Sychyov discussed the losses at a briefing, saying that the hackers had attempted to steal about 5 billion roubles. Sychyov was commenting on a central bank report released earlier in the day, that told about hackers breaking into accounts there by faking a client's credentials.

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  • Watch Link complete a quest and beat a boss in new ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ video

    Nintendo hasn't been shy about showing off footage from the early stages of  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , but last night during The Game Awards 2016, we got our first look at a random quest that seemed to be from later in the game. SEE ALSO:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 As was previously announced, Nintendo appeared at The Game Awards on Thursday night (via pre-recorded video) to show off new footage from Breath of the Wild on Wii U. In the video, we see Link (in some fancy red armor) accept a quest from a mysterious character we've never seen before named Kass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na1cIOmfBlU Kass doesn't actually tell Link where to find the shrine, but instead gives him hints about where it might be based on landmarks in the area. So once Link accepts the quest, he has to find the head of a stone serpent and travel in the direction that its head is facing. For those of you who prefer exploration to following waypoints on a minimap, it looks like the new  Zelda might be a perfect match. On the way to the shrine, we see Link battle with ranged and melee weapons, pick up weapons from enemies he's felled, eat food to restore his health and even fail his quest after being struck by a shock arrow, resulting in a game over screen. But eventually, Link makes it to the shrine, wards off two camouflaged lizard warriors and beats the intimidating miniboss. Unfortunately, Nintendo wouldn't let us see what Link's reward was for completing the quest. Zelda: Breath of the Wild hits Wii U and Switch in 2017.

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  • Qualcomm to Help Drone Industry Grow (QCOM)

    Qualcomm thinks it has a way to move the drone market beyond the line of site requirement using cellphone networks.

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  • Apple is offering refunds for one very specific Mac repair issue

    Apple's track record when it comes to admitting to faulty design is somewhat spotty, but customers can put another notch in the win column thanks to a new refund program that addresses an iMac part failure. According to a report by MacRumors , the company has distributed an internal update regarding an issue with the display hinge on iMacs sold between December of 2012 and July of 2014, noting that the Apple will now absorb the cost of repairs and refund past repairs that were paid for out of pocket. MUST SEE:  Apple may soon be sending drones to map your neighborhood Reports on Apple's support forums show that many, many iMac owners have ran into trouble with the iMac's screen hinge losing its ability to hold the display at any given angle. The faulty hinge makes it so the screen tilts forward immediately, rather than holding itself at the desired level. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYxuZlEQRWo Apparently a plastic washer is to blame for the hinge losing its integrity, and while the part that causes the issue is tiny, the repair costs for replacing the hinge can be significant. In some cases, the final bill totals over $100, which is a pretty hefty dent. If you're an iMac owner with a busted hinge, the repair will now be covered in its entirety, provided you take it to an Apple authorized repair center and your computer falls within the timeframe that the guidelines dictate. If you already had the hinge repaired, and paid for it yourself, you can contact Apple in order to begin the refund process and get your repair cost back.

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