Black Friday Survival Guide: The tactical gear you’ll need to fight for the best sales

Skipping the craziest shopping day of the year is for cowards. With our handy survivalist guide, you can reap the best deals of the season for everyone on your list while vanquishing your foes (which, in this case, means everyone else).

Buying Guides

Academic paper debunks the physics of Super Mario Galaxy

Physics students at the University of Leicester have written a paper called "It's a-me Density!" that examines the physics behind Nintendo's hit platformer, Super Mario Galaxy.

Gaming

Phones with Ubuntu Mobile installed all set to launch in early 2015

Is the first Ubuntu Mobile phone almost here? A new agreement between Chinese smartphone firm Meizu and Canonical says yes, and if everything goes to plan, it'll be out early next year.

Mobile

Best Buy starts online only “early access” Black Friday deals

Black Friday lets shoppers get in on savings early with online only "early access" deals good just for November 25, 2014. Quantities are limited so get in on these offers quick and save yourself a trip out on Black Friday.

Cool Tech

Doubling down on Nvidia's hottest GPU gives this laptop more grunt than a desktop

Want a gaming laptop, but worried a single GPU just isn't enough for you? Origin's dual-graphics EON17-SLX might look tempting, but its flaws will turn off those who need…

  • Pros: Solid 1080p display , Performance exceeds some desktops…
  • Cons: Boring looks , Touchpad could be better , Mediocre speakers…

Twitter Offers stores coupons on your credit card for in-store purchases

Twitter enters the digital coupon market with Twitter Offer, a feature that allows users to store coupons on debit and credit cards. The cash back deals can then be redeemed in physical stores.

Mobile

BlackBerry celebrates Black Friday by taking $200 off the definitively-square Passport

To celebrate the madness that is Black Friday, BlackBerry took off $200 from its latest flagship, the Passport, through November 30. You can now purchase the handset for $500.

Mobile

Amazon will send an electrician to your door, along with your new appliance purchase

Amazon Local Services launched in several cities, allowing customers to find local service professionals who can help install appliances, build furniture, repair computers, and other tasks.

Home

Competitive cowboy shooter Secret Ponchos comes to PS4 for free in December

Secret Ponchos, a top-down PVP shooter set in the old American west, is coming to PS4 on 12/2, and will be available for free to PlayStation Plus members for the entire month.

Gaming

Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac cast as the big, blue villain of X-Men: Apocalypse

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Oscar Isaac has been cast as the lead villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, the upcoming sequel to X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Movies

10 of the juiciest portable battery chargers money can buy

Battery life still tops the polls for smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Come on in, put your feet up, and allow us to show you round the wonderful world of external chargers.

Mobile

Protect your home from network intrusion with Bitdefender’s Box

Want to protect your network devices from threats before they even arrive? Check out Bitdefender's newly announced Box, a router that actively scans incoming packets for potential threats.

Computing

How The Kinks’ Dave Davies changed the course of rock with a sliced speaker cone

When The Kinks’ guitarist Dave Davies sliced open a speaker cone with a razor blade in 1964, he literally set the tone of rock music for decades to come. And that sound lives on in his latest solo album, Rippin’ Up Time.

Music

Luxury and performance? Mercedes S-Class boss rules out Maybach-AMG crossover

The development director for Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class line has ruled out an AMG Maybach crossover. Both sub-brand’s will remain separate for now, but that doesn’t mean performance and luxury can’t mesh.

Cars

Chromecast diversifies, adding Sesame Street, Comedy Central, and more

Google adds Chromecast support for eight new apps including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon's Nick, Sesame Street Go and others, though many require a cable or satellite subscription.

Home Theater