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Google+ gets full-size photo uploads, low-bandwidth Hangouts and more

Google hasn't forgotten about Google+, its fledgling social network. In a big year-end update, the search giant has added several new features, including a way to automatically upload full-size photos from an Android phone.

Avoid gift card gotchas this holiday season

If your holiday shopping list includes gift cards for electronic retailers and other stores, here are some simple tips to make sure you're giving -- and receiving -- the most value.


One OS, three installation options: What's the best way to install Windows 8?

You can run Windows 8 in a virtual machine, dual-boot it with your current OS, or install it outright. We explore the pros and cons of each option.

Online charitable giving for the holidays

Make sure that your charitable donations reach their intended recipients and aren’t intercepted by conscienceless fraudsters.

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Privacy leaks are still rampant in kids’ apps, FTC reports

An FTC evaluation of 400 apps aimed at children finds that most do not apply the restrictions of disseminating personal information required by law.

AT&T introduces personalized 'video bills'

AT&T’s wireless subscribers will soon see their monthly bills as videos with detailed explanations for all charges.



Power laptops, some HDTVs are best buys for December

The bargains didn't end with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Deal-hunter sites point to the best prices for the coming weeks, as well as trends and habits of technology shoppers.

Netflix rival Redbox Instant will cost $6 at debut next month

Verizon and Redbox have teamed to challenge Netflix, and their Redbox Instant is being tested and should be available soon.


Are sub-$200 laptops too basic to be useful?

Holiday sales are seeing some laptops priced less than $200 from major U.S. retailers. But what do you get in such inexpensive machines?

The best Black Friday tech deals for PC gear

Make the most out of your Black Friday with these great deals on electronics from laptops, to tablets, to HDTVs.

Apps to map your Black Friday buying strategy

Ease your stress on one of the biggest buying days of the year with apps to find deals, compare prices, and navigate stores.


How to spot bogus Black Friday deals

Black Friday just isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be and if you are not careful you could be wasting your time and money on what you think are unbelievable deals that are actually duds.

10 fantastic Black Friday digital camera deals

You’ll find smart bundles on higher-end cameras and plenty of inexpensive point-and-shoot models this year.


10 great Black Friday HDTV deals

10 great Black Friday HDTV deals


10 best Black Friday desktop deals

10 best Black Friday 2012 desktop deals