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Cyber Monday 2018: The best tech and gadget deals in a simple list

Cyber Monday 2018: The best tech and gadget deals in a simple list

Today we've gone through deals online for electronics and filtered out the duds. The following list is comprised of the deals that make sense. These are the electronics we've found with prices cut from their normal average points to levels that are genuinely good. That is to say their prices are better than normal, if not downright surprisingly low.

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Cyber Monday 2018 Buyers Guide: the best digital deals in town

Cyber Monday 2018 Buyers Guide: the best digital deals in town

Another Thanksgiving, another maddening run to get the best Black Friday sales deals. These days, though, you rarely need to literally run and rampage through stores thanks to online shopping. In fact, some of the deals aren’t even physical things you need to race for to grab before anyone else. So while you recover from the weekend’s festivities and frenzy, why not grab an app or game that’s going to last you more than just one season.

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Gaming Holiday Gift Guide 2018: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Gaming Holiday Gift Guide 2018: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

The holidays are a particularly good time to be a gamer, as many of the year’s biggest games are discounted for what can be the entire month spanning Black Friday to Christmas. As exciting as it may be for someone who actively plays games, it can be a bit more difficult to navigate the sea of deals and hot-ticket items if you’re not quite sure what you should be looking for. There are always too many games to count, and that’s especially true around this time of year when games are flying out of the gate at rapid succession, so this guide should help give you some gift-giving ideas for the gamer in your life.

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The LEGO Movie 2: A guide to all 19x wave-1 building sets

The LEGO Movie 2: A guide to all 19x wave-1 building sets

Today we're taking a peek at all 19 of the first wave of building sets for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part! This is the second of two movies (of what we must assume will be a never-ending collection), coming back to visit with all the biggest names in LEGO voices from the first round. Right about now we're going to look at what that'll all mean for LEGO toys!

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Mobile Holiday Gift Guide: keeping inner geeks happy

Mobile Holiday Gift Guide: keeping inner geeks happy

It’s that time of the year again when companies and retailers are only too happy to free you from the burden of having too much money. It’s also the time when tech lovers of all kinds go crazy trying to decide what tech gift to give their loved ones or even themselves. If you’re the type to go for more the more portable kind of devices, this short list of the what’s what in the mobile market can hopefully help prevent short-circuiting your brain from the nearly endless number of choices available.

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The best gifts for the person who has everything: 2018 Edition

The best gifts for the person who has everything: 2018 Edition

Today we've got a gift guide for the holiday season of the year 2018 packed full of awesome oddities. This gift guide is not relegated to any gender or age group (for the most part), and instead is meant for the person for whom you're never sure what to get. Note that this is not the only gift guide we've got for the season - it is but one of a larger collection.

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iPad Pro buyer’s caution: 5 tips to consider

iPad Pro buyer’s caution: 5 tips to consider

The iPad Pro 2018 in both iterations come with a few idiosyncrasies that might not be obvious to all buyers. Today we're running down a list of 5 things you're going to want to consider before you buy. That is, assuming you've not already purchased your iPad Pro the moment they were made available right out the gate, of course.

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Best flagship Android smartphones of 2018

Best flagship Android smartphones of 2018

It is done. This year’s Android players have now all shown their hand. With the shopping and holiday seasons fast approaching, it’s also time to make a decision on which of these phones to get. If you’re an Apple fan, the choice is almost clear (though you’ll have to decide between three prices). In Android land, however, you might easily be paralyzed by so many choices. To make that decision-making process a bit easier, here are some of this year’s best high-end smartphones, depending on what kind of experience you’re after.

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Evernote open source alternatives Part 3: Joplin

Evernote open source alternatives Part 3: Joplin

It will probably be a long while before Evernote disappears if it does at all. And it will also be some time before any open source software will be able to fill in those extra large shoes. Some alternatives, like Turtl, just stick to the bare minimum while others like Standard Notes try to find sustainability by offering features as part of a paid subscription. Joplin takes a rather different approach. In order to provide a note-taking interface and experience that matches or even surpasses Evernote, it mostly offloads one functionality to others: synchronization.

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Evernote open source alternatives Part 2: Standard Notes [UPDATED]

Evernote open source alternatives Part 2: Standard Notes [UPDATED]

Some people fear that the Evernote ship has too many holes and too few crew members to stay afloat. Others have already started their exodus, looking for comparable services. While there’s no shortage of that, there’s something to be said for open source solutions that have the higher chance of surviving bankruptcy, hacks, and governments. Last time we took a look at Turtl, which turned out to be more of a Google Keep Notes alternative than an Evernote replacement. Now we try Standard Notes for a spin which places an even heavier emphasis on privacy and longevity.

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Evernote open source alternatives Part 1: Turtl

Evernote open source alternatives Part 1: Turtl

Evernote, considered one of Silicon Valley’s unicorns, recently released its first major update in years. While templates have definitely been a much-requested feature, it is one that the community has long found ways around. And before that, Evernote made a big splash about redesigning its logo. These two events have caused many Evernote users to review the company’s recent history, the sustainability of its business, and possible alternatives. Now while there is no shortage of Evernote replacements out there, users may want to consider some from the open source world. In this three part series, we present such options, starting with the simplest one of all: Turtl.

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Best Android apps for writing your next novel

Best Android apps for writing your next novel

It’s that time of year again when people try to dust off their creative brains, put on their imaginative caps, and try to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Some brave souls commit to writing their NaNoWriMo baby by hand. Most try to retain their sanity during an already insane month by tapping away on a laptop or desktop. However, you can never really predict when the Muse will whisper in your ear, on your commute, while waiting in line, or any other place where you might have your Android smartphone in hand. For those unexpected moments of inspiration, or if you really just prefer working on your phone or tablet, you’ll want to keep one or a few of these apps on your home screen.

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