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15 Cyber Monday tech deals that actually make sense

Not every Cyber Monday deal is at hot, hot, hot as advertised. But we managed to find some worthy bargains on HDTVs, smartphones, cameras, tablets and more.

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10 Black Friday HDTV and camera deals not to be missed

Our finds for Black Friday include a 4K HDTV, DSLR camera bargains from major makers, and clutch of HDTVs at great prices.

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10 intriguing Black Friday tablet deals

If you still haven't jumped on the tablet bandwagon, Black Friday might be a good time to do so. Here are the best deals we found for tablets of all sorts and sizes.

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AT&T hikes phone upgrade threshold to 24 months

AT&T is extending the waiting period for phone upgrades from 20 to 24 months, although most current customers can still upgrade this year before the change takes effect.

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15 cool and fun Google Chrome Experiments

Chrome Experiments came to life in 2009 when Google decided to showcase what is possible to do inside a browser. We picked the most fascinating projects to date, including ones that let you control the screen with your phone, take over your webcam, or show stunning visualizations.

Google releases stock Android keyboard as standalone app

If you have a Samsung TouchWiz-skinned phone or a HTC with the Sense UI, you don't need to go to complicated steps to get a simple and functional keyboard -- just download Google's keyboard from Google Play.

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Intel outs speedy Thunderbolt 2 interface with 20-gbps transfer speeds

Thunderbolt's getting a big bandwidth boost ahead of the arrival of 4K video resolutions.

Twitter boosts Lists limit 50-fold, supports more accounts

Like segregating your followees into manageable groups? Now you can't complain about bumping up against Twitter's List limitations.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini versus the world: How does it compare? (Chart)

It might be dubbed the Mini, but this so-called mid-range phones stacks up well with some top tier competitors under the hood.

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Google's new Moto X smartphone will be aware of its environment

The first new phone to come out of Google's acquisition of Motorola will be known as the Moto X. It will be aware of its environment and alter the UI accordingly.

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Google's 'Roll It' transforms your phone and PC into a virtual skee ball game

Google's newest Chrome Experiments highlight what's possible when you think outside the box. And they're fun, too!

Opera browser for PCs reborn as Opera Next

The new Opera Next 15 beta is the re-imagined and slimmed-down version of Opera's desktop browser. Its release comes on the heels of the company's revamp of Opera 14 for Android.

Samsung teases "Premiere 2013" event with new Android and ATIV devices

Samsung is unveiling a few new products of its own, sandwiched between Apple's WWDC and Microsoft's BUILD conference.

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Best free stuff, 2013 edition: Alphabetical list by category

Here's a list of all the best free tools, by category.

Best free stuff, 2013 edition: The media buff

Here are the 13 best free tools for the media buff.

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