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Cyber Monday: The best Cyber Monday deals 2015
Cyber Monday: The best Cyber Monday deals 2015

Cyber Monday deals in the US

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The best Cyber Monday deals for 2015 are still available in the US even though it's past midnight on Tuesday, December 1 in the East Coast. Retailers continue to offer discounts on the PS4, Xbox One, iPad, 4K TVs and everything else you can think of today.
Sales are still available, with stores across America like Amazon, Walmart, GameStop and Best Buy roll back most prices. Now is the moment to shop if you can still find what you want in stock.
The Target website went down for about an hour yesterday due to the overwhelming demand. Sure, Black Friday started things off with a number of exciting bargains, but Cyber Monday deals have been even more popular on November 30.
Walmart launched its lower prices as early as Sunday night, November 29, to get out ahead of Amazon, so we've compiled a list of the best Cyber Monday deals below.

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While all of the Cyber Monday deals are broken down into product categories below, the discounts for top bargains are listed right here. This includes Fitbit, iPads, MacBooks, video games and 4KTVs. There's no shortage of low prices.
Fitbit Charge Cyber Monday deals will get you moving now that the popular fitness tracker is only $89 at Amazon.
The best 4K TV prices are here right now. This 49-Inch Sony 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is 50% off now $798 at Amazon.
LG 65" 4K Ultra HDTV was $1,299, but after a big price reduction is now $799 at Walmart.
Fallout 4 for the PC is at its cheapest rate yet, 15% off for the Steam key at $50.99 at the Golden Joystick Store.
Sony 4K TV - Get this beauty for 32% less today. Now $1,298 at Amazon.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the new tablet-laptop hybrid from the Windows maker and it's over $100 off today using code CYBER15 at Target for $764.
iPad Air 2 64GB adds more storage, making this refurbished model the same price as a new 16GB model at just $499 at Amazon.
iPad Pro, even though it's Apple's new huge tablet, gets the same 15% treatment with promo code CYBER15 for $680 at Target. It's back in stock, so grab it while it lasts.
Apple MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac laptop yet. Its price is reinvented, too, with $150 off now $1149.99 at Best Buy.
Apple Watch Cyber Monday discounts do exist, and it's just in time. The iPhone-compatible smartwatch is now 15% off at Target with promo code CYBER15, but you'll have to move fast.
Apple Watch (42mm) starts at a discounted $349 at B&H Photo, which isn't as good as the Target deal until you factor in the excellent $50 gift card at B&H Photo.
Google Nexus 5X just came out, but this unlocked unlocked 32GB Android phone is $80 off for today, now $349 at Best Buy, though it's currently out of stock.
Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner MM14CCS 14,000 BTU with Remote Control - Cyber Monday is the right time to buy this AC unit originally $599, now $467 at Amazon.
Amazon Fire TV set-top box is $25 cheaper than normal with a new low price of $74.99 at Amazon.
Amazon Echo echos that deal with with a $30.99 savings of its own at a tempting $149 at Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge unlocked for $500 off (no, that's not a typo) is now only $539 at Target. It's currently out of stock but keeping checking for updated availability.
Canon Pixma MX922 inkjet printer saves for $135 off the MSRP, now only $64.99 at Amazon.
Madden NFL 16 Cyber Monday deal means it's not too late to get in on the NFL action on Xbox One for $47 at Target. It is currently out of stock online.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro save $250 dollars on Lenovo's heralded 2-in-1. It's now $749 at Best Buy.
Toshiba C55-C5390 Laptop with Windows 10 is $200 off. That's a big present at a small $249 at Staples.
Guitar Hero 4 bundle, on all systems including PS4, Xbox One and Wii U, comes with the redesigned guitar controller. On PS3 it starts at $69 at Amazon. Hurry as supplies are going fast.
Canon Rebel T5 EF-S 18-55mm IS II & EF 50mm f/1.8 II Kit may be refurbished, but it remains only $199 via Canon. It's out of stock, but keep checking for its return.
Nintendo 2DS is going for a Blue Light Special discount at Walmart for $79, though it's currently sold out.
Wii U 32GB bundle including Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. is at its lowest price ever now $299 at Target and Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, Target remains out of stock, but Wal-Mart has replenished its supply.
The new (smaller) Nintendo 3DS bundled with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is $40 off now $179 at Wal-Mart.
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Gaming deals

PS4 and Xbox One are already the must-have items this Christmas and they're both selling well. Look out for some particularly attractive bundle deals which include consoles and games in one package, as well as some headline-grabbing low prices on standalone consoles.
Leading the Cyber Monday deals charge among video games consoles is the PlayStation 4, with its sales almost doubling that of Microsoft's Xbox One. Don't worry, they're both still at a decent price, closing in on the bargain bottom line of the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.

PS4 Cyber Monday deals

The PS4 500GB Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection bundle is our favorite because it pairs Sony's Indiana Jones-style games trilogy with the console. It costs $346 at Amazon.
PS4 1TB bundle with Call of Duty Black Ops 3 doubles the storage of the gaming system and adds Activision's landmark first-person shooter for a Cyber Monday discount of $429 at Best Buy, though it doesn't seem to be available online currently.
PS4 bundle with Nathan Drake Collection, Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and controller charging station combines the three and adds an accessory extra for $349 at Costco.
PS4 Star Wars: Battlefront bundle includes the new game, plus classics downloads Super Star Wars, Bounty Hunter, Jedi Star Fighter and Racer Revenge, all for $349 at Amazon and $349 at Walmart.
PS4 bundled with The Last of Us Remastered and Call of Duty: Ghosts lets you dual wield with two of last year's top-selling PlayStation 4 games. Right now, it's just $399 at Walmart.
The absolute cheapest PS4 Cyber Monday deal doesn't come with a game and it's used, but the price is right at $299 through Best Buy.
Want it in white? The cheapest white PS4 Cyber Monday deal is also on sale pre-owned, but it'll cost $40 more for $339 at GameStop.
PS Vita Slim save $30 on Sony's portable PlayStation system now $169 at GameStop.

Xbox One Cyber Monday deals

Xbox One 1TB Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition bundle is the best Cyber Monday deal for fans of the Mast Chief franchise, and costs just $449 at Amazon.
Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle brings last year's game and the 500GB console together with the best price being just $299 at GameStop, though it's sold out at the moment.
Want it in white? Xbox One Special Edition White Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle is sold out, but when it is back in stock will cost $349 at GameStop. Until then, it's $399 at Amazon.
Xbox One 500GB Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bundle in black is even cheaper on Cyber Monday, with prices currently at $299 through Amazon.
Want it in white (again)? Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Special Edition White bundle is a exclusive that is actually cheaper. Act fast, because its price is $299 only at Walmart.
Xbox One 1TB Madden NFL 16 bundle brings a bargain to the gridiron. Its best Cyber Monday deal so far make it $349 at Toys 'R' Us.
Xbox One 1TB FIFA 16 Limited Edition bundle combines the other kind of football, soccer, with Microsoft's next-gen console. It's in stock for $349 at Walmart.
Xbox One 1TB Fallout 4 bundle gives you enough internal storage to save and re-save your game that could glitch any moment. Don't worry, the game is buggy, but fantastic, and costs around $349 at Walmart, though it's currently out of stock.
Xbox One The LEGO Movie is the console bundle for the kids and the kids at heart. It's $299 through Walmart.
Xbox One 500GB standalone console does away with the bundles, but clocks in at a cheaper price, one that once matched the name of Halo's developer. It's even cheaper at $339 via Amazon.
Xbox One 1TB console bundle with three games includes Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, and Ori the Blind Forest for $349 at Amazon.
Xbox One 500GB bundle with Assassin's Creed Unity adds the latest game in the Ubisoft franchise and retails for just $369 at Amazon.
Xbox One 1TB Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle is still available, but we could only find it in one store. It's price is $349 at Best Buy.
The Xbox One Elite bundle combines a 1TB console with the pro-level Xbox One Elite controller. It launches on December 1, but you can pre-order now for $499 at Amazon.
The cheapest Xbox One is at GameStop, which isn't always known for the best prices. It's inexpensive because it's pre-owned. It's in black for $299 at GameStop and white at $299 – also at GameStop.
Just in case this hot number sells out before Cyber Monday, there's another deal for a refurbished, black Xbox One on sale for $299 at Amazon.

Wii U Cyber Monday deals

Cyber Monday deals for Nintendo Wii U console bundles are going to be hard to find because they always sell better than expected with families. Here's what we found so far, before mom and dad snap them up.
Wii U Mario Kart 8 bundle packs in the best game for Cyber Monday week for just $249 at Amazon
Wii U Super Mario Maker bundle isn't available to buy at most stores, but it's still $299 at Walmart
Wii U Skylanders Swap Force bundle gets you started with Activision's InerAction Figure game for only $300 at Amazon.
Cheapest Wii U you can buy is a "premium refurbished" 8GB console that costs $229 at GameStop

Nintendo 3DS Cyber Monday deals

Nintendo is venturing into the mobile space, but all of its best portable games remain on the 3DS. It's going to be that way for some time. Here's the best way to save on the still viable handheld system.
The Nintendo New 3DS XL in Red, with the wholly-worth-it C Stick and larger display, is currently slashed to $199 at Amazon.
The Nintendo New 3DS XL in Black is almost as cheap for Cyber Monday week. It costs $199 through Amazon and even better for $179 at Walmart.
The new (smaller) Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle is $40 off now $179 at Wal-Mart.
The same Nintendo New 3DS XL with a choice of game is a good deal if you're getting a game anyway, as it starts at $199 at Walmart.
Save some money with Nintendo 3DS XL in Black or Red without the C stick. It plays all of the same games and costs just $176 on Amazon.
Even cooler is the Nintendo New 3DS XL Hyrule Gold Edition. This exclusive, in stock for now, won't be available for long due to its cheaper price at $199 only at GameStop.
New 3DS XL Hyrule Gold Edition with Zelda Triforce Heroes bundles one of the best games on the Nintendo 3DS. It's $239 only at GameStop.
The cheapest Nintendo 3DS XL is the NES Edition Cyber Monday deal. It's a hidden gem locked away inside of an old Nintendo controller at $159 at GameStop – back in stock!
Slightly cheaper is the same Nintendo 3DS XL NES Edition console at the used price of just $139 pre-owned at GameStop – also back in stock!

Video game Cyber Monday deals

Fallout 4 is back in stock and it's a Game of the Year contender. It's going for $59.99 at Amazon.
Star Wars: Battlefront - Standard Edition is a Cyber Monday force since it's as low as $49 at Walmart.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is available for all systems, but cheaper on older ones starting at $47.98 at Amazon.
Just Dance 2016 can make you a dance machine and the Cyber Monday price starts at $24.99 at Amazon.
Halo 5: Guardians is a video game blockbuster that's exclusive to Xbox One and it now costs $49.88 at Amazon.
FIFA 16 shoots and scores with a discount of its own with a price of $35.99 at Amazon.

TV & video deals

TVs are almost always the most popular Cyber Monday and Christmas items and this year looks set to be no different. As we get closer to the big day we'll update this section each morning with all of the latest TV deals so that you can get the best one for you. We'll pick according to headline prices and big discounts so there should be a good range of "cheap as chips" TVs as well as "great TVs at a great price."
Our pick of the best 4K Ultra HD TV deals this Cyber Monday:
Samsung 60-inch HD TV is for anyone who wants a huge TV, but doesn't want it in 4K yet. It usually costs $999, but now it's only $699 at Best Buy.
Samsung 60-inch SUHD JS7000 4K TV was $2,599 and now costs $1,299 at Samsung.com.
This 49-Inch Sony 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is 50% off now $798 at Amazon.
Samsung 55-inch 4K TV packs a 2160p resolution and 120Hz typically at $1,999, but today's Cyber Monday deal makes it just $797 at Target.
Samsung 60-inch 4K TV is the same Ultra HD TV for only a few dollars. It did cost $1,699, but now it's an easy $897 at Target.
Vizio 55-inch 4K TV gets you an Ultra HD television for the cheap price of $949 even cheaper at $699 at Best Buy.
TCL Roku TV 40-inch is one of our favorites because it has the best smart TV interface that was $419, now costs $299 at Amazon.
LG 55-inch 4K TV will make you think that Life's Good with a price of only $699 at Dell.com.
All LG 4K TVs on sale starting at $547 through Amazon.
This Sony 32" LED HDTV is now $198 at Walmart, down from $247.
And a Samsung 43" LED Smart HDTV gets a whopping reduction from $749.99 to $367.99 right now at Walmart.

iPad & tablet deals

The bottom has fallen out of the tablet market a little bit - there's a reason why Apple is now making the massive iPad Pro - it's already sold an iPad to most people who want one. Expect some aggressive iPad and tablet deals as we get closer to the big day.
iPad Air 2 is on sale for Cyber Monday as refurbished with a $100 discount on the 16GB model, now just $399 at Amazon.
iPad Air 2 64GB adds more storage, making this refurbished model the same price as a new 16GB model at just $499 at Amazon.
All iPads are discounted with the handy promo code CYBER15, which magically makes them 15% off at Target.
iPad mini 2 16GB Wi-Fi is now $199 at Walmart, a savings of $68.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch is our favorite new Android tablet and it's $50 off, now $297 at Amazon US.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch is an Android tablet and it's Cyber Monday deal is even better since it's $100 off at now $339 at Amazon.
Microsoft Surface 3 serves up a killer deal now that it is being featured with a $100 discount, bringing the price to $399 at Best Buy.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is way more powerful, but comes in under the thousand dollar mark during Cyber Monday for $999 at Best Buy. It comes with 256GB of storage space on a 12-inch display.
7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is a red hot deal, and selling out fast. That's because it starts at just $49 through Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 tablet increases the resolution to high definition and costs 30% less than normal at $69 via Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet is new and it adds two inches to the HD display in a durable frame for just $149 at Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 is the biggest Kindle tablet at, you guessed it, 10 inches. Today, it costs $169 at Amazon. But act fast: this is a Cyber Monday Lightning Deal!

Laptop & Macbook deals

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Apple's best overall notebook now available for $150 off now $1,149 at B&H Photo
Apple MacBook Save $150 on Apple's newly reinvented MacBook now $1,149.99 at Best Buy
MacBook Air 13-inch display, Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 256GB of storage now $1,049 at Best Buy.
Save $250 dollars on Lenovo's heralded 2-in-1. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is now $749 at Best Buy.
Dell Inspiron 11.6-inch touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage $165 off, now $384.99 at Best Buy, though it seems the deal is currently in-store only.
Dell 2-in-1 laptops are on sale through Amazon with various, price-slashed configurations starting at $319.
Dell XPS 13 Get a fully loaded Dell Ultrabook now for $949 (normally $1,099)
HP Envy laptop 15.6-inch touchscreen with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive now $679 at Best Buy.
HP Spectre laptop 13.3-inch touchscreen, Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage saves you $200 now $969 at Best Buy.
Asus ZenBook UX305 $100 off now $599 at Microsoft
Alienware 15 R2 $300 off is a sweet bargain for this fully stocked 15-inch gaming laptop now $1,199 at Dell
Alienware 13 R2 It's $50 off the latest now $899 at Dell
HP Omen Save $200 on this 15-inch gaming notebook now $1,399 at Microsoft
Acer Chromebook 15 Get $60 off this school-ready Chromebook now $229.99 at Costco

Smartphone deals

iPhone and Android phone deals are on a lot of wish lists this Cyber Monday, and we're here to help point out the best bargains on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Apple's iPhone 6S on AT&T moves to the US carrier's monthly plan, so you don't have to pay for the phone upfront. It starts at $21.67 a month at Best Buy.
The new iPhone 6S on Verizon is sticking to the usual two-year contract plan through some retailers on Cyber Monday. That means it starts at $199 and up at Best Buy.
iPhone 6S on Sprint uses two-year contracts, though it sometimes offers lower monthly payments (which add up to more money over time). Best bet is to go with the just $99 deal at Best Buy that's expired after Cyber Monday.
The iPhone 6S deals are rare. Even Apple's official store doesn't give Cyber Monday discounts on its smartphone because, really, it doesn't have to. It's usually out of stock come Christmas, anyway.
LG V10 takes wide selfies, has high-end specs and comes in at a low on-contract Verizon price at $49 through Best Buy.
LG G4 is a bit smaller and easier to hold, and we love its curved design. On Cyber Monday, if you buy it with a two-year agreement, it comes with a $100 Best Buy gift card.
Get the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge unlocked for $500 off now only $539 at Target - plus, add Target's special code for another 15% off. It's out of stock now, but check back for availability.
Snag the latest phone from Google and LG, the Nexus 5X, at its lowest price ever. The unlocked 32GB version is $80 off for today, now $349 at Best Buy, though it's currently out of stock.
Moto G (2014) Mototorla's last-generation, mid-range warrior for nearly half price now $99 at Motorola.
Plus, the Moto 360 (2014), one of the best Android Wear smartwatches, is cheaper than ever and is now $149 at Motorola.

Cyber Monday: What is it?

Welcome to TechRadar's Cyber Monday deals homepage! More than just the day to recover from the Thanksgiving hangovers, November 30, 2015 is Cyber Monday, which is America's busiest online shopping day of the year.
Like many dates on the calendar, Cyber Monday is a marketing invention. It was coined in 2005 by Shop.org to encourage more people to shop online. It's safe to say it's done that: last year, US shoppers spent a record $2.68 billion, making Cyber Monday the biggest day in US online shopping history.
Retail consultancy Channel Advisor reports that Google Shopping was up 2.9% year on year, eBay 9.82% and Amazon 30.76%, and clicks on paid search ads jumped by a massive 60.56% compared to 2013.
Marketing experts Monetate, who work with some of the world's top brands, reported that traffic to US online retailers was up 11.8% year on year. Walmart reported that Cyber Monday 2014 was the biggest day for online orders in its entire history, and this year is expected to be bigger still.
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Cyber Monday and Black Friday: what's the difference?

It's not just that they sit on either side of the appallingly named Sofa Sunday. Black Friday is dominated by technology, and by a handful of big-name retailers with deep pockets and big advertising budgets: Target, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and so on.
It's very hard for other retailers to stand out on Black Friday, so many of them don't bother. They offer their deals on Cyber Monday instead. When ecommerce provider EKMPowershop surveyed its small- and medium-sized business users about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it found that those retailers sold 29% more on the Monday than on the Friday.
It isn't just the size of the retailers that's different. It's what they do, too. While Black Friday is dominated by technology products, Cyber Monday is better for fashion, shoes and home electrical appliances.
For example in the last two Cyber Mondays, there were 45% more clothing deals than on Black Friday and 50% more deals on shoes. There are still plenty of tech deals around – firms such as Curry's discounted HDTVs and gadgets for the entire long weekend until stocks ran out – but the freshest deals tend to be in other sectors.
According to figures collated by ecommerce marketing experts Fresh Relevance, beauty sales were up 400%, gifts 300%, holidays 150% and home and garden items 150% on Cyber Monday 2014 compared to a normal Friday.
So if you're looking for a laptop, Black Friday's the day to do it. If you're looking for something from a designer or some great Christmas presents, you should wait until after the weekend.
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The changing face of Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday began as a day when people went back to work, thought "aaagh! It's nearly Christmas!" and immediately started misusing their employers' computers to do online shopping.
Employers have cracked down on that, but it hasn't dented Cyber Monday's popularity. We're just shopping on our smartphones instead.
Last year Adobe reported that 19% of total online sales were made from mobile devices; Monetate's figures suggest that since 2013, smartphone use for Cyber Monday shopping is up 57%.
Even YouTubers like Cyber Monday...
YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NidQxwxHMqM
While this is all great news for us bargain hunters, though, it's not all good news for the retailers, because while the numbers are bigger, the average order value is going down – and it seems that rather than creating new demand, the Cyber Monday weekend is actually an exercise in foot-shooting for many online stores.
When marketing experts Verdict Retail analysed the effect of Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year they found that there was "no evidence that it stimulated demand;" by discounting their products, retailers sold stuff they would have sold anyway, but for less money.
That's led retailers, such as UK shopping giant John Lewis, to say "we've got to ask if it's right to concentrate trade so much in that one period." There will be bargains, but for many retailers they'll be carefully chosen ones - and retailers will use them as bait in the hope they can cross-sell and up-sell too.
There's also the issue of the Enormous Magical Sale That Goes On Forever, or EMSTGOF for short.
Amazon was the most obvious proponent of EMSTGOF, with a week of deals running up to Black Friday and another week – Cyber Week – beginning on Cyber Monday, but you can expect other EMSTGOF from other retailers too – not least because by spreading things out, they're not as prone to the traffic spikes that knocked so many retailers offline last Black Friday.
Walmart was one of several retailers that ran promotions before, during and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday (including a "Cyber Monday Evening Edition" for people coming home from work), and others are likely to follow suit. 

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How to get the best Cyber Monday bargains

Start early and start here. We'll be rounding up the very best Cyber Monday 2015 deals on this very page, and we'll point you to the ones that really do deliver bargains.
It's a good idea to do some homework, too; with some companies discounting almost everything - Brand View reports that Argos had discounted 93.3% of its tablets on Cyber Monday with average discounts of 21.5%, while Currys had 85.5% of its TV range on offer, with discounts averaging 19.8% - it's not a bad idea to study the shelves of your favourite online emporium to draw up a shortlist. There's a very good chance at least some of your shortlist will be offered at a lower price.
It's also worth installing the mobile apps for your chosen retailers. We don't think we'll see quite as many sites going offline due to excessive demand this year, but if you've recently tried to order an Apple Watch or iPhone 6S on launch day you'll already know that apps are often more reliable than the same firms' websites.
More than anything, it's important to set a budget and identify what you really want. There's no point bagging a bargain if the credit card interest is double the discount, or if it ends up gathering dust in a corner. Be careful out there.

Where to find the best Cyber Monday deals in 2015:

Here's TechRadar's rundown of where to find the best Cyber Monday deals on November 30th 2015:
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TechRadar.com:

Last year, over a million people visited TechRadar's Cyber Monday deals page where we rounded up all of the best Cyber Monday deals from all of the most trusted retailers in the US and UK. This year, you'll be pleased to hear, we're doing it all over again just as we are for Black Friday! Tune in to our Black Friday page throughout November to discover what we think are the best deals, and then to our separate Cyber Monday page - that's this one you're reading now - to discover what could be some even better deals. Last year the best deals appeared on Cyber Monday.
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Amazon.com:

Obviously as the world's biggest online retailer, Amazon will be all over Cyber Monday like jam on toast. Expect some of the absolute best Cyber Monday deals to come from Amazon, and check out this page for a round up of them all so you don't miss out!
Quick link: Amazon Cyber Monday homepage
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Walmart:

Walmart is the largest retailer in the US, and therefore it's able to able to offer some of the cheapest Cyber Monday deals over other stores. It's in a tough battle with Amazon and Best buy when it comes to electronics, so look for "blue light specials" all day long on November 30.
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Updated: Buying Guide: 10 best laptops for students 2015
Updated: Buying Guide: 10 best laptops for students 2015

Best laptops for students

Even for those who feel at home with their nose in a textbook, the end of summer break (or Winter recess) is a big bummer. But as much as it's a return to school and schedules, it's an opportunity. This is a fine excuse to invest in some fresh tech to make the coming academia-addled year a little more bearable.
If you're still reliant on a desktop, or if your laptop winces at the sight of a high-definition video lecture, it's time to look into an upgrade. And thankfully if you know where to look, it's possible to get a sleek and impressive notebook without blowing through your savings (or student loans).
We've pored through our archives from the past several months and picked the best laptops for school. Our short list spans a variety of budgets that range from power-sipping Chromebooks to help you with that 1,000 page dissertation to more powerful machines that'll do better at a dorm room lan party.
Update: Rumor has it that Apple may be discontinuing the 11-inch version of its MacBook Air in 2016 in favor of a 15-inch model.
Lenovo ThinkPad E555

1. Asus Zenbook UX305

A most affordable and excellent Ultrabook
CPU: 800MHz Intel Core M 5Y10 (dual-core, 4MB cache, 2GHz with Turbo Boost) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5300 | RAM: 8GB DDR3 | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD 1,920 x 1,080 (matte) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 1.2MP HD | Weight: 2.6 pounds |Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches (W x D x H)
Solid performance
Incredibly thin and light
Wonky video driver
Tinny speakers
Call it a MacBook Air knockoff all you want, the Asus ZenBook UX305 is one of the best and most affordable Ultrabooks available now.
Read the full review: Zenbook UX305
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2. Acer Chromebook 15

Chrome OS comes to the big screen
CPU: 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 3205U (dual core, 2MB cache) | Graphics: Intel HD graphics | RAM: 4GB DDR3 | Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution | Storage: 32GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p HD | Weight: 4.85 pounds | Dimensions: 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95 inches
Absolutely radiant display
All-day battery life
Sudden crashes
Tinny but serviceable speakers
The Acer Chromebook 15 asks if you need a big machine to just run a Chrome browser, and I say 'oh, yes.' The Chromebook 15 takes Chrome OS to new places as it's the first device to arrive with a 15.6-inch display and the first to come with Intel's newest Broadwell processor.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (early 2015)

3. Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch with Retina Display

The fastest small MacBook Pro yet is a force of nature
CPU: 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB L3 cache (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) | Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6100 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch IPS, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels | Storage: 128GB SSD |Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: FaceTime HD | Weight: 3.48lbs (1.58kg) |Dimensions: 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71-inches (W x D x H)
Retina Display
Faster processor
Force Touch underdeveloped
Unchanged design
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is an excellent option for students who may need more power than a Chromebook or a MacBook Air without sacrificing portability thanks to its long battery life, relatively light weight, and high resolution display. Students on a budget will be happy to know that they can get started right away as the MacBook Pro with Retina display ships with free copies of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote out of the box as well as iMovie, Photos, and GarageBand for basic, creative projects.
Read the full review: MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display
Acer Chromebook 15 C910

4. Acer Chromebook 15 C910

The colossus of Chromebooks
CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200 dual-core processor | Graphics: Intel HD 5500 graphics | RAM: 4GB, DDR3L SDRAM | Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution | Storage: 32GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p HD | Weight: 4.85 pounds | Dimensions: 1.0 x 15.1 x 10.1 inches inches
Fast processing speeds
Long battery life
Too heavy
Awkward keyboard
Don't be fooled by this fatso. The Acer Chromebook 15 C910 is a durable workhorse that will reward you for looking past its size in favor of its performance, long battery life and stylish good looks.
Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 15 C910
Best laptops for students

5. Apple MacBook Air 13-inch

Finally, battery life within our grasp
CPU: Dual-core 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 (2.6GHz with Turbo Boost) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 13.3-inch 1440 by 900 | Storage: 128GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: FaceTime HD | Weight: 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg) | Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.94 x 0.68 inches (W x D x H)
Fantastic battery life
Haswell processors
No Retina screen
Not user upgradeable
While it has yet to make the leap into Retina, this is still the laptop that the ultrabook aspires to, thanks to incredible battery life and AC Wi-Fi.
Read the full review: MacBook Air 13-inch
Best laptops for students

6. Asus ROG GL551

The best entry-level gaming laptop available
CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ Processor (quad-core, 6M cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost) | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (2GB GDDR5 RAM); Intel HD Graphics 4600 | RAM: 16GB DDR3L (2x 8GB at 1600MHz) | Screen: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080), matte finish | Storage: 1TB HDD (7,200 rpm) | Connectivity: 802.11g Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 1.2MP, 720p webcam | Weight: 6 pounds | Dimensions: 15.0 x 10 x 1.3 inches (W x D x H)
Impressive performance
Solid build
Finicky screen
Rather thick
With a surprising amount of horsepower under the hood, you couldn't ask for more from the Asus GL551, save for maybe a better screen.
Read the full review: ROG GL551
Best laptops for students

7. Acer Aspire V7

Offering great all-round performance this is ideal for a student
CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.60 GHz with Turbo Boost) | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 750M (4GB DDR3 RAM); Intel HD Graphics 4400 | RAM: 8GB DDR3L RAM | Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 glossy IPS touchscreen | Storage: 500GB (5400 rpm with a 16GB SSD cache) | Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p webcam | Weight: 4.41 pounds | Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches (W x D x H)
Seamless design
Gorgeous screen
Rough trackpad
Short battery life
A short battery life and an obnoxious amount of bloatware hold back this otherwise excellent notebook that tows the line between Ultrabook and gaming laptop.
Read the full review: Aspire V7
Read: Acer Aspire V7 review
Surface 3

8. Microsoft Surface 3

Thinner, lighter, quieter, cheaper
CPU: Quad Core Intel Atom x7-78700 processor (2MB Cache, 1.6GHz turbo boost to 2.4GHz) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.8-inch ClearType Full HD Plus Display (1920 x 1200) | Storage: 128GB | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera; 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus | Weight: 1.37 pounds | Dimensions: 10.52 x 7.36 x 0.34 inches (W x D x H)
Display
Design
Keyboard
Storage
If you want the cheapest and most portable Surface tablet money can buy for lightweight computing tasks, the Surface 3 fits the bill. Power-hungry users should consider the low-end Surface Pro 3 instead.
Read the full review: Surface 3
Best laptops for students

9. Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Thinner, lighter, quieter, cheaper
CPU: 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400 | RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 | Screen: 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 multi-touch (ClearType, 3:2 aspect ratio) | Storage: 256GB | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: Two 5MP webcams (1080p HD video) | Weight: 1.76 pounds | Dimensions: 7.93 x 11.5 x 0.36 inches (W x D x H)
Sharp display and design
Huge Type Cover upgrade
Runs hot at times
Type Cover still optional
Not without its drawbacks, this is the brightest shining example of not only Microsoft's vision of a laptop-free future, but the entire laptop-tablet hybrid category.
Read the full review: Surface Pro 3
Lenovo ThinkPad E555

10. Lenovo ThinkPad E555

A ThinkPad, but without the price tag
CPU: AMD A8-7100 APU | Graphics: Radeon R5 | RAM: 4GB DDR3L 1600Mhz RAM (0.67GB allocated to graphics) | Screen: 15.6-inch AntiGlare display, 1366 x 768 pixel resolution | Storage: 500GB (7200RPM) | Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: HD | Weight: 5.29lbs (2.54kg) | Dimensions: 14.76 x 10.04 x 1-inches (W x D x H)
Great keyboard
Decent performance
Poor battery life
Heavy
Forget Lenovo's Essentials range, the ThinkPad E555, bears all the qualities (well, almost) of the legendary ThinkPad family but without the price tag.
Read the full review: ThinkPad E555
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Updated: Buying Guide: Best workstation: the top enterprise desktops
Updated: Buying Guide: Best workstation: the top enterprise desktops

Desktop Workstations

What comes to mind when we say workstation? If you're thinking some big, spaceship-like contraption, you'd traditionally be right. But these days, workstations are sleek and trendy machines that still provide intelligent performance for most applications. They're useful tools for designers, engineers, financial analysts and researchers running more demanding applications, like rendering complex graphics, financial analysis and computations and digital content creation. There are even a few amazing options that come in laptop form.
But, with so many on the market, what merits do the office "power users" look for when deciding upon which workstation is the best investment for an increase in productivity, limited downtime and improved reliability?
Update: A smartphone can't replace a laptop, let alone a desktop workstation, just yet, but Microsoft's latest Lumias come close. Thanks to a feature called Continuum in the Windows 10 Mobile operating system, the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL allow business users to connect these smartphones to the optional display dock to get a full desktop UI on their monitors. You definitely won't get the power of a desktop, and app support is lacking at this time, but if you work inside Office 365 and live within the Microsoft Edge browser, this could be a lightweight desktop solution for busy business travelers.
Here are a few that we've reviewed that we recommend:
best workstation

1. Dell Precision T7610

Meet the world's most powerful workstation, so says Dell
CPU: Up to two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 processors | Graphics: AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 3TB, 7200RPM | Ports: 9 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0, Serial, RJ45, PS2, SATA, headphone, microphone | Connectivity: Optional | Size: 16.95 x 8.50 x 20.67 inches
Ample expansion
Powerful processor
Bulky and heavy
Limited configuration options
The Dell Precision T7610 is a capable mid-range workstation that is expertly designed, sturdy, powerful and reasonably priced for what it offers.
Read the full review: Precision T7610
Fujitsu Celcius W530

2. Fujitsu Celsius W530

An impressive and compact desktop workstation
CPU: 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4790 | Graphics: AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 256GB SATA III SSD | Ports: 9 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0, VGA, DisplayPort, DVI, Serial, RJ45, PS2, eSATA, headphone, microphone | Connectivity: Optional | Size: 6.9 x 16.5 x 15.6 inches
Fast Haswell-based Xeon processor
Nvidia Quadro K2200 graphics
Single processor socket only
No support for DDR4 memory
The W530 is a solid performer which is more than capable of hosting basic CAD/CAM applications, and it represents good value for money.
Read the full review: Celsius W530
Apexx 2

3. Boxx Apexx 2

A high-end performance machine
CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Up to two x16 NVIDIA GeForce, NVIDIA Quadro, NVIDIA Tesla AMD FirePro Graphics cards | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 4TB HDD, 7200RPM | Ports: 4 USB 2.0, 6 USB 3.0, VGA, audio, optical, Gigabit | Connectivity: Optional | Size: 6.85 x 14.6 x 16.6 inches
Powerful
CPU is water cooled
Pricey
24/7 support for one year
The Boxx Apexx 2 workstation is what any serious CAD, multimedia, and video designer needs to have in their workplace to increase performance and productivity.
Read the full review: Apexx 2
Best workstation

4. Apple Mac Pro

With a unique design and tremendous power, this is the workstation to beat
CPU: 3GHz octa-core Intel Xeon E5 | Graphics: Dual AMD FirePro D500 | RAM: 64GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Ports: 4 USB 3.0, 6 Thunderbolt 2.0, dual Gigabit, HDMI 1.4, audio, headphone | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Size: 6.6 x 6.6 x 9.9 inches
Lots of expansion ports
Incredible performance
Few internal expansion possibilities
No bundled keyboard or mouse
Not everyone needs the workstation-level power and performance offered by the new Mac Pro, but wouldn't you just love one? It's a masterpiece of engineering and suitably expensive.
Read the full review: Mac Pro
RENDA PW-E7F

5. Overclockers RENDA PW-E7F

A pro workstation from British component retailer Overclockers
CPU: Intel Core i7 5820K / 5930K Six Core or 5960X Eight Core Processor with Hyperthreading | Graphics: 3 x Nvidia Quadro Series Professional or AMD Firepro Series Professional Graphics | RAM: 64GB | Storage: 3TB SSD | Ports: 10 USB 3.0, SATA 3, SATA Express, M.2, PCI-Express | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Size: 9.1 x 17.3 x 23.1 inches
Blazing overclocked CPU
AMD FirePro W810
Loud under heavy load
Lacks option for Quadro M6000 currently
Well-built and powerful, if you run any kind of professional software, from video editing tools to CAD or CAM, the PW-E7F will not disappoint.
Read the full review: RENDA PW-E7F
Update: If you need to upgrade to a larger solid state drive for your workstation, Samsung's 850 Pro SSD delivers 2TB of capacity to store your most important files, documents, photos and videos. The 2.5-inch SATA drive delivers fast speeds and a long 10-year warranty.











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If you're holding onto AT&T's legacy unlimited data plan, prepare to pay more
If you're holding onto AT&T's legacy unlimited data plan, prepare to pay more
If you're still clinging to AT&T's legacy unlimited data, you're going to be charged an extra $5 per month starting February 2016.
AT&T confirmed to techradar that customers will see an increase from $30 to $35 per month for those still 'grandfathered' on its unlimited data plan. The increase was first reported by 9to5Mac.
Though AT&T is increasing the price of this plan for the first time in seven years, it's a plan that hasn't been offered to new customers for a few years now.
It's also, however, not the only carrier to increase its unlimited plan this year, as Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile also increased unlimited plans as well.
Carriers have been pulling away from unlimited data plans for a few years now, with T-Mobile and Sprint the only carriers now to offer an unlimited data plan to new customers in the US.
But with these price increases, will you still hold on to your unlimited option, knowing you'll never be able to sign on to it again under AT&T, or will you cave in to the more common tiered data allowance plans the carrier has been pushing?











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Google's self-driving cars might be in for some Tesla magic
Google's self-driving cars might be in for some Tesla magic
While Google has previously said that it doesn't want to be a car maker, it looks like the search giant's self-driving plans are just heating up with its latest hire.
Tesla's former autopilot engineering manager, Robert Rose, now works for Google, according to his LinkedIn page and as spotted by 9to5Google.
According to Rose's LinkedIn, he worked as a software engineer for SpaceX before heading to Tesla, finishing up just after the launch of the company's autopilot and auto-steering features, which went live in October.

(Self-driving) car guy

While Rose's profile says simply that he will be working as a software engineer for Google Robotics, it's not confirmed that he'll be working on Google's self-driving cars.
Still, it's a pretty good bet he'll have his hand on the company's self-driving car, unless, of course, Google plans on building a rocket, which is a little more unlikely - though not impossible.
In any case, poaching talent between car companies building self-driving cars seems to have become common practice, with reports of Apple picking up ex-Tesla employees, and vice versa, and even Google picking up former auto manufacturer employees as well.











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Ash Vs Evil Dead finally gets a groovy UK TV release date
Ash Vs Evil Dead finally gets a groovy UK TV release date
It's taken a while for Ash Vs Evil Dead to reach the UK but Virgin Media has revealed that there's not long to wait: the show will be available from December 1 and the good news is that the series will be available on demand.
Ash vs Evil Dead is one of those TV shows that has cult written all over it. Created by Sam Raimi and starring the ever-brilliant Bruce Campbell, the show is currently halfway through its season in the US and was commissioned for a second before the first episode was even aired.
Virgin Media nabbed the rights to the show back at the beginning of November and has been teasing about the show coming on to its service ever since.
Instead of adding the show to one of its channels, however, it has gone down the on-demand route.

Dead happy

This is something that's increasingly happening with the BBC offering iPlayer-only content, and even Sky offering on-demand-only boxsets.
"We are very excited about bringing Ash vs Evil Dead to the UK, exclusively for Virgin Media customers. This long-awaited and much anticipated series marks a step-change in our TV programming strategy and demonstrates the true potential for video on demand," said David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media.
Ash Vs Evil Dead will be available for free from December 1 for Virgin Media customers with More TV and above and in HD to TV XL subscribers. The first five episodes will be available on demand straight away then, in keeping with the US, episodes will be available weekly.











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Cyber Monday: The best laptop deals for Cyber Monday 2015
Cyber Monday: The best laptop deals for Cyber Monday 2015
Cyber Monday is your last chance to get in the deals mania and there are plenty of deals bubbling up in laptops, and the deals aren't stopping even into the wee hours of November 30.
After a huge year with Microsoft unveiling its latest operating system, Windows 10. A lot of retailers are expected to clear out their existing Windows 8.1 notebook stocks; which can only mean one thing: great laptop deals.
We will be updating this page regularly throughout the day, so do keep coming back as we refresh out offers.
On this page we've listed all of the best laptop deals for Cyber Monday - whether you're after a cheapo Chromebook as a second living room internet browser, an Ultrabook as your main computer or a Macbook to show off in cafes!

Cyber Monday: Quick links

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Best cheap laptops

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA Save $150 on this 11-inch budget notebook now $199 at Microsoft
Dell Inspiron 14 3000 One of the most affordable student laptops you'll find this Cyber Monday now $149 at Dell, though it's currently sold out.

Best MacBook and Ultrabook deals

Asus ZenBook UX305 $100 off now $599 at Microsoft.
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Apple's best overall notebook now available for $150 off now $1,149 at B&H Photo.
Apple MacBook Save $150 on Apple's newly reinvented MacBook, also now $1,149 at Best Buy.
Dell XPS 13 Get a fully loaded Dell Ultrabook for $949 (normally $1,099) now $799 at Dell starting at 8:00pm ET.

Best gaming laptop deals

Alienware 15 R2 $300 off is a sweet bargain for this fully stocked 15-inch gaming laptop now $1199 at Dell.
Alienware 13 R2 It's $50 off the latest now $899 at Dell.
HP Omen Save $200 on this 15-inch gaming notebook now $1399 at Microsoft.

Best Chromebook deals

Acer Chromebook 15 Get $60 off this school-ready Chromebook now $229 at Costco.
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s $50 off makes this Lenovo notebook one of the cheapest Chromebooks available on Cyber Monday now $129 at Staples.

Best 2-in-1 laptop deals

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro comes $350 off on this Cyber Monday now $750 at Microsoft.
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA Save $150 now $199 at Microsoft.
HP Spectre x360 HP's top-shelf 2-in-1 laptop $200 off now $1,099 at Best Buy.











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Oculus Rift release date: will we finally know on Thursday?
Oculus Rift release date: will we finally know on Thursday?
We're in for some Oculus news later this week. Could it be the Oculus Rift release date? Its price? Unfortunately, we'll just have to wait and see.
Geoff Keighley, a video game journalist and presenter, announced via Twitter that a "special announcement" by Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey is going down during The Game Awards, scheduled to air Thursday, December 3 at 9pm ET.
As to what the announcement could be, Luckey tweeted that it won't have to do with opening pre-orders for the long-anticipated Oculus Rift headset.
That said, an official release date for the Rift, which is still scheduled to launch sometime in Q1 2016, could very well be on the table.
Some other possibilities include new titles receiving Rift compatibility, support for the headset on new platforms, or how much one can expect to pay when the headset finally hits shelves.
The Oculus Rift began development in 2012 through Kickstarter, leading to Oculus VR to be purchased by Facebook in 2014. The Samsung Gear VR, an Oculus-powered VR headset that utilizes the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 phones came out earlier this month.
The Game Awards, produced and hosted by Keighley, will have its second-ever show aired live on multiple consoles and streaming services.
On top of the Oculus announcement, new information and footage for Far Cry: Primal, Mortal Kombat X, and Quatum Break are also in store.
  • Here's what we thought of Microsoft's AR viewer, HoloLens











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Cyber Monday: The best TV deals for Cyber Monday 2015
Cyber Monday: The best TV deals for Cyber Monday 2015
TV deals for Cyber Monday, including 4KTV discounts, are becoming reasonable in 2015, as retailers begin driving bargains for thin, ultra high-definition televisions into the wee hours of November 30.
That's why we searched the internet to find HDTV and 4KTV deals throughout online US stores including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and Target, just to name a few.
Samsung, LG, Toshiba, Vizio and TCL are among the top cheap TV brands today. In fact, some TVs on Cyber Monday were down to $150, but only offered in limited quantities, just to entice US buyers into stores for even more deals.
While those particularly inexpensive TVs are out of stock, there are plenty of Cyber Monday TV deals in stock, and we have them right here today.

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Samsung TV deals for Cyber Monday 2015

Let's get started with Samsung TVs, which are usually more expensive than bargain TVs, but end up being way more affordable than any other day in the year.
Samsung 48-inch 4K TV LED bundle includes sound bar, antenna and more now $599 at Amazon, though it's currently sold out.
Samsung 60-inch 4K TV LED has a 2160p resolution, meaning it's a 4K Ultra HD TV normally $1,499.99, now just $799 at Best Buy, though it too is out of stock.
Samsung 60-inch HD TV is for anyone who wants a huge TV, but doesn't want it in 4K yet. It usually costs $999, but now it's only $699 at Best Buy.
Samsung 60-inch SUHD JS7000 4K TV was $2,599 and now costs $1,299 at Samsung.com.
Samsung 48-inch 4K TV packs a 2160p resolution and 120Hz typically at $899, but its Cyber Monday deal makes it just $599 at Target, plus a $100 gift card!
Samsung 60-inch 4K TV is the same Ultra HD TV for only a few dollars. It did cost $1,699, but now it's an easy $897 at Target.

All the best TV deals for Cyber Monday 2015

Vizio 43-inch 4K TV This is what the editors are buying today. Vizio is blowing open the doors on its intro 4K TV set on Amazon for $498.
In a similar price range is the Sony XBR43X830C 43-Inch 4K TV, which is 50% off today making it a wallet-friendly $698 on Amazon.
Vizio 55-inch 4K TV gets you an Ultra HD television for the cheap price of $949 even cheaper at $699 at Best Buy.
TCL Roku TV 40-inch is one of our favorites because it has the best smart TV interface that was $419, now costs $299 at Amazon.
This is a deal. The Hisense 50H7GB2 50-Inch 4K TV is available $100 off on Amazon for $548.
LG 55-inch 4K TV will make you think that Life's Good with a price of only $699 at Dell.com – a $200 savings!
All LG 4K TVs on sale starting at under $600. Check out the LG 43UF6400 43-Inch 4K, on sale for today for $547 on Amazon. That's almost $500 off!
These are the best TV deals you'll find for Cyber Monday, and we'll continue to update this list in case any prices change or the sell out.











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Cyber Monday: The best iPad and tablet deals for Cyber Monday 2015
Cyber Monday: The best iPad and tablet deals for Cyber Monday 2015
iPad deals for Cyber Monday are making Apple's tablet fly off of virtual shelves, with slashed prices for 2015 on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini and more.
We're also seeing some of the best Android tablet prices today, November 30, with Samsung tablets discounted to their lowest levels at Amazon, Best Buy and even Staples.
Yes, Black Friday was a tremendous day for iPad sales across America, but Cyber Monday looks like it'll continue that trend into the wee Monday evening hours.
Here are the best Cyber Monday deals for iPad and Android tablets that we could find.

Cyber Monday: Quick links

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iPad deals for Cyber Monday 2015

iPad Air 2 (refurbished) is on sale for Cyber Monday with a $100 discount on the 16GB model, now just $399 at Amazon.
All iPads are discounted with the handy promo code CYBER15, which magically makes them 15% off at Target.
Yep, even the new iPad Pro, which with the 15% off code, comes to about $680 at Target.

Android, Surface Kindle deals for Cyber Monday

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch is our favorite new Android tablet and it's $50 off, now $349 at Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch is an Android tablet and it's Cyber Monday deal is even better since it's $100 off, now $399 at Amazon with free one-day shipping.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the latest and greatest out of Redmond, and you can save over $100 on it today using code CYBER15 at Target for $764.
Microsoft Surface 3 serves up a killer deal now that it is being featured with a $100 discount, bringing the price to $399 at Best Buy
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is way more powerful, but comes in under the thousand dollar mark during Cyber Monday for $999 at Best Buy. It comes with 256GB of storage space on a 12-inch display.
Dell Venue 8 7000 is the thinnest Android tablet out there, and it can be had for $200 less than its original price today, now $199 at Dell.
7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is a red hot deals, and selling out fast. That's because it starts at just $49 through Amazon
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 tablet increases the resolution to high definition and costs 30% less than normal at $69 via Amazon
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet is new and it adds two inches to the HD display in a durable frame for just $149 at Amazon
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 is the biggest Kindle tablet at, you guessed it, 10 inches. Today, it costs $229 at Amazon











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Cyber Monday: The best Xbox One deals for Cyber Monday 2015
Cyber Monday: The best Xbox One deals for Cyber Monday 2015
Xbox One Cyber Monday deals on console bundles remain in effect today, as November 30 still has some time on the clock and Microsoft's console is still up for grabs.
While Xbox One console sales lag behind Sony's PS4, the system is still popular among its core audience and multimedia media fanbase. Its recent price drop doesn't hurt, either.
With new low prices or games included for free with the video game system, there's never been a better time to buy an Xbox One. The question is: where do you buy it for cheap?
Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and GameStop are all offering Xbox One Cyber Monday deals, so here's of list of the best we have found today.

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Xbox One Cyber Monday deals 2015

Xbox One 1TB Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition bundle is the best Cyber Monday deal for fans of the Master Chief franchise, and costs just $449 at Amazon.
Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle brings last year's game and the 500GB console together with the best price being just $299 at GameStop, though it's currently sold out.
Want it in white? Xbox One Special Edition White Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle is sold out, but when it is back in stock will cost $349 at GameStop. Until then it's $399 at Amazon.
Xbox One 500GB Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bundle in black is even cheaper on Cyber Monday, with prices currently at $299 through Amazon.
Want it in white (again)? Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Special Edition White bundle is a exclusive that is actually cheaper. Act fast, because its price is $299 only at Walmart.
Xbox One 1TB Madden NFL 16 bundle brings a bargain to the gridiron. Its best Cyber Monday deal so far make it $349 at Toys 'R' Us.
Xbox One 1TB FIFA 16 Limited Edition bundle combines the other kind of football, soccer, with Microsoft's next-gen console. It's in stock for $349 at Walmart.
Xbox One 1TB Fallout 4 bundle gives you enough internal storage to save and re-save your game that could glitch any moment. Don't worry, the game is buggy, but fantastic, and costs around $349 at Walmart.
Xbox One The LEGO Movie is the console bundle for the kids and the kids at heart. It's $299 through Walmart, though it's currently out of stock.
Xbox One 500GB standalone console does away with the bundles, but clocks in at a cheaper price, one that once matched the name of Halo's developer. It's a tad pricier now at $348 via Amazon.
Xbox One 1TB console bundle with three games includes Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, and Ori the Blind Forest for $349 at Amazon.
Xbox One 500GB bundle with Assassin's Creed Unity adds last year's game in the Ubisoft franchise and retails for just $369 at Amazon.
Xbox One 1TB Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle is still available, but we could only find it in one store. Its price is $349 at Best Buy.
The Xbox One Elite bundle combines a 1TB console with the pro-level Xbox One Elite controller. It launches on December 1, but you can pre-order now for $499 at Amazon.
The cheapest Xbox One is at GameStop, which isn't always known for the best prices. It's inexpensive because it's pre-owned. It's in black for $299 at GameStop and white at $299 – also at GameStop.
Just in case this hot number sells out before Cyber Monday, there's another deal for a refurbished, black Xbox One on sale for $299 at Amazon.
Check all of the above links for the best Cyber Monday deals, because stores are constantly updating the prices to lure US shoppers into spending their hard earned dollar today.











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Cyber Monday: The best PS4 deals on Cyber Monday 2015
Cyber Monday: The best PS4 deals on Cyber Monday 2015
There are still several PS4 Cyber Monday deals in the US, and they're in stock for a limited amount of time, according to the history of Sony's popular video game console.
PS4 bundles with the best games tend to sell out rather quickly. Stores across America currently offering bargains include Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and GameStop.
Recent PS4 price drops, or rather, free games bundled with the console, make it a great gift for the holiday, and Cyber Monday the best time to considering a purchase.
To help you find all of the PS4 Cyber Monday deals, we've put together this helpful list.

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PS4 Cyber Monday deals 2015

The PS4 500GB Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection bundle is our favorite because it pairs Sony's Indiana Jones-style games trilogy with the console. It costs $346 at Amazon.
PS4 1TB bundle with Call of Duty Black Ops 3 doubles the storage of the gaming system and adds Activision's landmark first-person shooter for a Cyber Monday discount of $429 at Best Buy.
PS4 bundle with Nathan Drake Collection, Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and controller charging station combines the three and adds an accessory extra for $349 at Costco.
PS4 Star Wars: Battlefront bundle includes the new game, plus classics downloads Super Star Wars, Bounty Hunter, Jedi Star Fighter and Racer Revenge, all for $349 at Amazon and $349 at Walmart.
PS4 bundled with The Last of Us Remastered and Call of Duty: Ghosts lets you dual wield with two of last year's top-selling PlayStation 4 games. Right now, it's just $399 at Walmart.
The absolute cheapest PS4 Cyber Monday deal doesn't come with a game and it's used, but the price is right at $299 through Best Buy.
Want it in white? The cheapest white PS4 Cyber Monday deal is also on sale pre-owned, but it'll cost $40 more for $339 at GameStop.











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Presto's Big Bang Theory involves launching an Android TV app
Presto's Big Bang Theory involves launching an Android TV app
Foxtel's streaming service Presto has been a little bit slow on the big screen app service rollout. After launching on Samsung Smart TVs and then expanding to Telstra TV, Presto users have otherwise had to rely on using a
Chromecast or Airplay for big screen enjoyment.
But that's all changed for some people today, as Presto has announced it has launched a native app on the Android TV platform.
Now, anybody with a TV running Android TV 5.0 and above can access the massive collection of Presto Entertainment programming.
Initially, that means Sony's 2015 lineup of Smart TVs, as well as the Google Nexus Player,
The news comes at the same time that Presto has rolled out its December lineup of exclusive content, including the entire back catalogue of The Big Bang Theory.











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Updated: Buying Guide: 10 best monitors and displays on the market 2015
Updated: Buying Guide: 10 best monitors and displays on the market 2015

Introduction

Ten years ago, monitors were nothing more than necessary accessories. Today, they can be luxury items that dramatically improve all aspects of computing and content consumption. There are so many types of monitors that suit so many different needs.
Screen resolution, response time, panel weight: everything should be considered when choosing a personal device or an enterprise fleet. Unfortunately, all of these specs can be confusing. We've compiled this roundup to help you sort through the abundance of options available.
Update: We recently reviewed HP's factory-calibrated Z25n display, which delivers accurate colors in a 25-inch format with slim side bezels, making it virtually seamless for a multi-monitor desktop setup.
LG UltraWide 34UC97

1. LG UltraWide 34UC97

Great for work, games, and movies – but it's costly
Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440x1440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1M:1 (DFC) | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 19.8 pounds
Good speakers with bass
Great contrast and colour reproduction
Expensive
The LG's curved design, high resolution and huge diagonal make it a high quality replacement for single 4K panels or a pair of 1080p screens, and the form factor means it's tempting for work, games and movies.
Read the full review: 34UC97
Best monitor

2. Acer S277HK

A bezel-less beauty
Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 11.9 pounds
Bezel-less design
Refresh rate
No USB ports
Height not adjustable
A gorgeous IPS screen and bezel-free design make the S227HK a stunning display by itself or an even more impressive and immersive member of a multi-monitor setup.
Read the full review: S277HK
ViewSonic VP2772

3. Viewsonic VP2772

What this professional monitor lacks in style it makes up with exceptional picture quality
Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 18.8 pounds
Bezel-less design
Refresh rate
No USB ports
Height not adjustable
A rich set of features, great picture quality out of the box and hassle-free setup make the VP2772 an attractive monitor.
Read the full review: VP2772

Dell Ultrasharp UP2414Q

4. Dell UltraSharp UP2414Q

A superb display, but you're paying through the nose for a mere 24-inches
Screen size: 24-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100%; Adobe RGB 99% | Weight: 10.58 pounds
Super display
Great features
Very expensive
Just 24-inches
A fantastic monitor that's a little ahead of its time in terms of GPU and operating system support.
Read the full review: UltraSharp UP2414Q
LG 34UM95

5. LG 34UM95

The first Thunderbolt 2-equipped 21:9 display is a cinematic sight to behold
Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3440x1440 | Brightness: 320 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 17 pounds
Port selection
Low input lag
No adjustable height
Speakers lack bass
The 34UM95 finally does 21:9 justice, featuring a huge working area free of scaling issues, low input lag and high colour accuracy wrapped up in an attractive design. It's not the cheapest of its kind, but it goes some way to justifying the cost.
Read the full review: 34UM95
BenQ BL2710PT

6. BenQ BL2710PT

Aimed at CAD/CAM professionals, this feature-packed 27-inch monitor delivers
Screen size: 27-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3440x1440 | Brightness: 350 cd/m2 | Response time: 12ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 99% | Weight: 23.8 pounds
Port selection
Flicker-free backlight
Design
Touch controls
A feature-packed and well-connected monitor that offers plenty for the asking price. It may not be exciting to look at and the menu controls suffer from a lack of labeling, but these are minor caveats that don't detract from an overall worthy investment.
Read the full review: BL2710PT

Acer B276HUL

7. Acer B326HUL

Big, bold and accurate colours from a TV-sized monitor
Screen size: 32-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 6ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 15.35 pounds
Colour accuracy
Port selection
No MHL
Viewing angles
Acer's larger-than-life B326HUL comes with great colour accuracy out-of-the-box, easy-to-use menu controls and good build quality, but its above-average response time, lack of MHL and price point may make you want to look elsewhere.
Read the full review: B326HUL
Samsung UD590

8. Samsung UD590

An attractive, gaming-focused 4K monitor that's well-suited for general tasks
Screen size: 28-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 370 cd/m2 | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 12.43 pounds
Easy to setup
Image quality (once calibrated)
No adjustable height
TN panel
A reasonably-priced 4K monitor with an attractive design, fast response time and decent image quality once you've calibrated it or fiddled with the settings.
Read the full review: UD590

Samsung UD970

9. Samsung UD970

Get ready for ultra high-def on your desktop
Screen size: 31.5-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 280 cd/m2 | Response time: 8ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 100% | Weight: 30.14 pounds
Colour accuracy
Landscape/portrait rotation
Hardware button menu navigation
Cost
A 4K display that's factory-calibrated for great colour accuracy and image quality, which makes it ideal for digital designers, CAD/CAM engineers or videographers who aren't put off by the high-price tag.
Read the full review: UD970
Asus PB287

10. Asus PB287Q

Get ready for ultra high-def on your desktop
Screen size: 28-inch | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 170/160 | Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1 | Colour support: SRGB 87% | Weight: 21.1 pounds
Stunning images
Price
Navigation
Blindspots
This machine isn't perfect, but it produces perfect images, especially if you're nowhere near sunlight. Photographers, designers and videographers will love this unit.
Read the full review: PB287Q











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TechRadar Deals: The best HTC One M9 deals in December 2015
TechRadar Deals: The best HTC One M9 deals in December 2015

Best HTC One M9 deals

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The HTC One M9 is, firstly, a beautiful phone. Some say it's not a huge advancement on the HTC One M8 which preceded it but the company has switched the camera to a new, higher resolution version that aims to produce much better pictures than the M8 did.
HTC is a leader in design though, and its handsets are always solid, well-built and reliable - and this is the best ever. And let's be honest, if you're someone that works phones hard during their lifetime then you'll appreciate the tough metal body of the One M9 - and good news if you're after more data: we've got some ace deals for you.
The camera is, as we said, sharper by far than the dual snapper found in the M8. HTC also made the sensible decision to keep the microSD slot, something Samsung has removed from its recent Galaxy S6 phones.
It does have to be said that, while this phone is ideal for most people, you may want to consider the M8 which is now a great deal cheaper and offers a virtually identical design with many of the features that make HTC's handsets so attractive.
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The UK's best HTC One M9 deal:

£249.99 upfront | TalkMobile | 500 minutes | 5000 texts | 1GB data - £10pm
Look, we know it's a lot of money upfront, but then after that - wow. With only a tenner a month for 1GB of data, this is a deal that costs less over the two years than some places are selling this phone for outright. With 500 minutes, you'll need to keep an eye on the allowance, but why you'd ever need more than 5000 texts is beyond us. Total cost over 24 months is £489.99.
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Free phone | Vodafone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 6GB data | £35pmComing with cashback and a juicy 6GB of 4G data is Vodafone, with a lovely two months of unlimited data to start you off, and it still won't cost you a penny up front. We challenge you to break that much data in one month - the 6GB, not the unlimited bit. You still need to eat, goddamn it. Total cost over 24 months is £832.32.
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Free phone | Three | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | unlimited data | £47pm
Get ready for this... get ready... Unlimited data! Seriously. That's a lot. A huge amount if you're someone who is always downloading something and doesn't want to worry about data limits. This isn't all that cheap (although it's a pound cheaper than last month) - but there's no worry you'll go over the limits... Total cost over 24 months is £1128
Now let's break down the best HTC One M9 deals by network…
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vodafone

Best HTC One M9 deals on Vodafone

Vodafone prides itself in coverage and quality - it's often a bit mean with data, but there are extras like Spotify and Sky Sports Mobile thrown in.
£59.99 upfront | unlimited minutes | unlimited texts | 2GB data - £30pm
A middle of the road deal that comes with a fairly decent slug of data, a dollop of unlimited business in the call and text arena and only £59.99 upfront. It's a nifty deal that will also come with 1GB of Wi-Fi hotspot access - for not much cash and a good set of allowances, this a good choice. Total cost over 24 months is £779.99.
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Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 20GB data | £46pmLOOK AT ALL THE DATA. THERE'S SO SO MUCH! And if you're thinking 'well, I'd like to start off with unlimited, actually - well, that's there too, for two whole months. It's not a cheap deal, true, but it's marginally cheaper than three's unlimited choice - plus comes with an automatic £25 cashback. Total cost over 24 months is £1079.
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Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 6GB data | £35pmComing with cashback and a good slab of 4G data is Vodafone, with a lovely two months of unlimited data to start you off, this phone won't cost you a penny up front. We challenge you to break that much data in one month - the 6GB, not the unlimited bit. You still need to eat, goddamn it. Total cost over 24 months is £832.32.
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Best HTC One M9 deals on EE

EE is the network to go to if you want high-speed 4G
£89.99 upfront | unlimited minutes | unlimited texts | 2GB data | £27.49pmEE goes straight in with the 2GB deals - no messing around with the pointless 1GB option. Really this is ideal if you plan to just generally browse the web on your commute and EE's 4G network remains one of the quickest out there. It's all about the gunmetal grey here - the smoothest of all the colour options. Total cost over 24 months is £749.75.
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£9.99 upfront | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 5GB | £32.49pmLet's go all out - this is where you're getting into the bigger leagues in terms of data allowances. On offer here we have 5GB and it's awesome having that much to play with per month - trust us. It's unlimited calls and texts too, with no upfront cost... a really cracking deal when you do the sums. Total cost over 24 months is £789.75
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Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 20GB data | £54.99pm
TWENTY GIGABYTES OF DATA! Seriously, if you're someone who is always downloading something then this tariff is absolutely the best possible for data. Three might offer unlimited data and free 4G but EE has far better speeds and broader coverage. This isn't all that cheap - although a now-dizzying £260 cashback helps... Total cost over 24 months is £1209.75
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Best HTC One M9 deals on O2

O2 is the network with extras, including the popular O2 Priority service
Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 1GB of data | £32.50This deal hasn't really improved since last month. It's a reasonable price though, and was one of the cheaper ways to get hold on the HTC One M9 (although others are doing better now). We do urge caution, as always, on 1GB plans though as modern smartphones can eat a lot more than you think. Total cost over 24 months is £780
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£39.99 upfront | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 3GB data | £31pmThree gigabytes of data is a pretty good compromise, and here it's been dropped in price a fair bit - although you'll need to suck up a little bit up front. Once that's out the way though, you can get on with all the sweet, sweet browsing you'll be able to do, while chatting with whoever you fancy thanks to unlimited calls. Total cost over 24 months: £783.99
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Free phone | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | 10GB data | £44pm
O2 does have some 10GB data deals, and this month the prices are a little lower, making them an excellent choice for data junkies. Everything else is free too, which means you're going straight in for all that sumptuous data - and it comes directly from O2 as well, which should make any contract negotiations easier next time around. Total cost over 24 months is £1056
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Best HTC One M9 deals on Three

Three is one of few providers that offers unlimited data, and Feel at Home is amazing for regular travellers.
Free phone | Three | unlimited calls | unlimited texts | unlimited data | £47pm
You're someone who doesn't want to worry about data limits. This isn't all that cheap - but there's no worry you'll go over the gigabyte barrier with this concoctio... plus you've got so much unlimited entertainment flooding into your phone that you'll be too busy to notice the cost. Total cost over 24 months is £1128
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£59.99 upfront | Unlimited minutes | unlimited texts | 2GB of data | £34pm
2GB is a decent slug of data, although it's quite a pricey deal. We have done some digging and found this deal a lot cheaper this month though, as long as you're willing to pay a little upfront - and it's for the gun metal grey version, which we think is the best because it has some lovely rounded edges. Total cost over 24 months is £875.99
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Free phone | 600 minutes | unlimited texts | 8GB of data | £39pmHere's a decent amount of data for you, and while it comes somewhat at the cost of the included minutes, this is still a great tariff for those who want to watch a lot of YouTube or listen to streaming music - and it's dropped by ANOTHER £1 this month. Not a lot, but that £24 could buy a Lego Star Wars set for someone this Christmas. Total cost over 24 months is £936.











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The NSA is now prohibited from collecting phone data in bulk
The NSA is now prohibited from collecting phone data in bulk
The US National Security Agency (NSA) shut down its bulk phone data collection system yesterday following a deadline set by the passing of the USA Freedom Act.
As it currently stands, carriers such as Verizon and AT&T will still have customer phone metadata on hand, such as numbers and call duration. However, the NSA will no longer have nearly unlimited access to this data without first receiving a court order on a per-case basis, similar to a search warrant.
Although the Freedom Act has been law for six months, the NSA had a deadline of 11:59PM ET on November 28 in order to transition from its past program to a new one.
In addition to requiring permission to access phone data, the NSA must also increase transparency in the form of annual reports detailing how many requests were made.

Past come present

The Freedom Act was originally conceived in 2013 in response to the revelation of NSA programs storing massive amounts of personal data by Edward Snowden in June of that year. A major focus of the act regarded the NSA's phone collection cache program as detailed in Snowden's leaks.
Additionally, the passing of the Freedom Act tied into Section 215 of the Patriot Act, a major provision for warrant-less surveillance initiatives, which expired this past summer. The Freedom Act was not met without difficulties: there was showdown in the US Senate over the bill before it underwent revisions.
It's still unclear how the new legislation will affect government programs outside of the NSA's phone metadata repository. Other forms of wireless communication surveillance may still go relatively unchanged, as had been the case with the NSA shutting down a web surveillance program in 2011 ... because it found a better way to collect data.
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