3 Tech Deals To Look For This Black Friday

Every year Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year that every bargain shopper eagerly anticipates. This year Black Friday falls on the second-latest possible date, November 28th. This will give retailers a shorter than average period between Black Friday and Christmas, the most important stretch of the year for them, which should mean more deals after Black Friday as well.

 

We’ve come up with 3 tech deals you should look for this upcoming Black Friday 2014.

 

1. Larger-Sized TV Deals – Go Big or Go Home!

TV’s are usually one of the biggest seller’s at most top retailers each Black Friday, and for good reason. Each year, as the sizes that are up for sale tend to grow, discounts do too. So it is realistic to assume that the same should be expected this year.

 

New this year, we can expect to see several models of Ultra HD models, as well as a curved screen model or two, to appear in Black Friday ads.  You can also expect deals in Black Friday ads for under $250 on a lower-quality model.

At Best Buy, these TV door buster deals will be available in limited quantity.

  • A 55-inch Samsung UHD TV, model UN55HU6830FXZA, a 120Hz smart TV that will be available for $899.99
  • The 55-inch LG 55LB5900, priced at $479.99, a 1080p 120Hz set that doesn’t have many other features
  • A 50-inch Vizio M502I-B1, a 240Hz smart TV set in the company’s step-up M series, for $499.99

Ultra HD 4K

  • Samsung UN55HU7250FXZA, a curved UHD TV, for $1,299.99
  • LG 55UB8200 for $1,300
  • Sony XBR55X850B, in its entry-level 4K series, for $1,499.99
  • Vizio P552UI-B2, a P-series model, priced at $1,299.99

Large 1080p

  • Samsung’s 60-inch 120Hz 1080p LED/LCD smart TV, model UN60H6203AFXZ for $799
  • LG’s 65-inch 1080p LED/LCD (65LB5200) for $799
  • Sharp’s 60-inch Aquos 1080p LED/LCD smart TV (model LC-60LE644) for $699
  • a 60-inch Sony 120Hz smart LED/LCD TV, model KDL-60R510A for $799
  • Sharp’s 70-inch LC-70TQ15U, a 240Hz 1080p smart LED/LCD TV for $1,799

 

2. Apple Products Galore – iPhones, iPads, & More!

Apple products are among the first items that shoppers look for deals on during the Black Friday event.

Walmart will be selling the new Apple iPhone 6 at a $20 discount and giving buyers a $75 gift card on top of that. Target is offering a similar deal except the $75 gift card will be only $30.  Don’t be cheap Target!

 

Staples will be offering the Apple iPad Mini 2 for $239.  Target will offer a $140 store gift card with the purchase of a 16GB iPad Air 2 (which lists for $499), a $100 card with a 16GB iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air ($399 each), and an $80 card with a 16GB non-Retina iPad Mini ($249).

 

For Apple Macbooks at Best Buy, shoppers will be able to save $150 off of the larger 13.3-inch MacBook Air and $120 off of the smaller 11.6-inch MacBook Air. With respect to the MacBook Pro, the 13.3-inch model with Retina display will come with $150 worth of savings while the non-Retina model will come with $200 worth of dicsounts.
The final price tag will appear like this:

  • MacBook Air 13.3-inch – $1049.99
  • MacBook Air 11.6-inch – $779.99
  • MacBook Pro Retina Display – $1349.99
  • MacBook Pro non-Retina – $899.99

 

3. Laptops – Yes these still exist!

One of the most popular Black Friday ad items traditionally has been the ultra-cheap laptop. Models with upgraded components should also be very good deals this year. Back-to-school sales were down and that factor, combined with lower prices for the individual components should lead to great bargains this year.

Best Buy is dishing out the Acer Chromebook 11.6-inch for $149.99 (regular price $199.99). Staples is selling a super cheap Asus laptop for $99.99, giving shoppers a $150 discount.

 

Looking for a laptop/tablet combo? Wal-mart is offering a Toshiba 2in1 Touchscreen laptop for $299. That’s a sweet deal for a laptop/tablet combo that usually goes for $500.

 

Remember, to get a jump on great Black Friday deals, start planning now, research your purchases and above all else spread good cheer. If previous years’ Black Fridays are any indication, pretty much everything will be on sale. If you haven’t already started budgeting for this usually big expense, now would be a good time to start!

 


 

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New Insider Club – Special Deals & Promotions Available

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insider-clubProtect Your Bubble has just launched our new Insider Club that gives you access to exclusive promotions, discounts, and coupons! Currently we are offering a special 15% off discount on Identity Theft Protection to Insiders.

 

The Insider Club also allows you access to save quotes and access them at a later date – talk about super convenient. Click here now to sign up for special offers on already affordable protection plans.

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Carving Time! 3 Best Turkey Carving Knives

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The 4th Thursday in November looms large in our minds as it’s that time of the year to dazzle your extended family, with tasty turkey, out-of-this-world sides, and perfectly cooked pies. This holiday always mean family and FOOD! It is tradition that the head of household carve the turkey as family members watch the ritual intently.

 

Here are the 3 best turkey carving knives that won’t blow your wallet wide open.

 

Victorinox 12-inch Granton Edge Slicing Knife with Fibrox Handle

victorinox slicing knife

This NSF approved, 12-inch granton edge slicing knife was expertly made in Switzerland, it features a safe, rounded tip; gives long, straight edge to maximize cutting surface. Its blade is made up of high-carbon stainless-steel, conical ground for a wider break point, and is ice tempered to sustain sharpness. The blade is stamped from cold-rolled steel; it has a bolsterless edge for use of entire blade and ease of sharpening. The patented fibrox handle is textured, slip resistant, and ergonomically designed for balance and comfort. This carving knife also has a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.

 

J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Classic 8-inch Carving Knife

ja henckels carving knife

J.A. Henckels International Classic series features a heavy weight, forged blade and a classic 3 rivet handle design. The result is a knife of truly professional caliber knife at a great value. This professional kitchen utensil is made of stain-resistant carbon steel that’s hot drop forged for durability. The hand honed blade guarantees a precision cutting edge that will stay sharper longer. The triple riveted, classic design handles are comfortable, durable, and more importantly, unbreakable. The full bolster also provides added weight and ensures safety. This 8-inch carving knife is perfect for slicing your turkey while providing thin consistent slices every time.

 

Zyliss Stainless Steel 7.5-Inch Carving Knife

Zyliss Carving Knife

Zyliss is a Swiss company that is internationally known for their exceptionally crafted hand-held kitchen tools and has been around for over 50 years. Recognized for their legendary durability quality and engineering, Zyliss tools have been a favorite in the US for over 4 decades. Their 7.5 inch stainless steel knife blade stays sharp for long lasting use and the ergonomic handle with rubber grip reduces hand fatigue and allows for precision and control. Perfect for carving turkeys, the Zyliss Carving Knife is a home cook’s essential tool.

 

A good knife won’t tear any meat fibers. For best results, choose a carving knife that is long enough to cut through a large roast turkey in a single stroke. You should also know that carving knives aren’t very expensive. Of course, the better the carving knife, the higher the price, but a higher price also brings along more safety and better results, so check out your kitchen and see what it is missing.

 


 

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National iPod Day: Ode to the Original MP3 Player

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Today, October 23rd is National iPod Day. In late 2001, the very first iPod was made public. Apple cleverly spotted the rise of digital music and the lack of a suitable piece of hardware. For this reason alone, they developed a hard drive based MP3 player. As with their recent computer models, Apple was strategic in the way they designed and marketed their product. From the very start, the iPod was given a sleek, sexy look and its target market was the young, style continuous, and music enthusiasts. Apple created a superb brand with an all-white look, with the white earphones being featured prominently in advertisements.

 

The real outbreak for the iPod happened when Apple launched the 3rd generation iPod in 2003. These units came bundled with Apple’s own iTunes software that was compatible on both Macs and Windows PCs. This opened up a whole new market as they could now tap into the Windows users. To this day, Apple has a an impressive 90% market share of the hard drive based Mp3 player market, and 70% share of the MP3 player market as a whole.

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Apple has managed to keep their grip on the mp3 player market by releasing various versions of the iPod. The main iPod is now in its 5th generation and although the design is quite similar to the original, it has been made more compact and available with much larger storage capacities. The latest models can display color photos, even movies.

 

iPod Mini

ipod mini

Apple’s first iPod spin off was the iPod mini. This mp3 player was fairly similar to the original although smaller in size. It was the first iPod to be available in different colors and was designed to target a slightly different market.

 

iPod Nano

ipod nano

Apple decided to discontinue the mini in 2005, to replace it with the ultra-small iPod nano. These units are 62% smaller than the mini players and feature colored screens.

 

iPod Shuffle

ipod shuffle

This is another ultra-small iPod and was the first flash drive based iPod. They only have a limited capacity of 512MB or 1GB and do not have a display screen. Users can either listen to the songs on the player in a random order or set a playlist in iTunes.

 

iPod Touch

ipod touch

Apple unveiled the fifth generation on September 12, 2012. Improvements include a IPS display, 4-inch screen similar to the iPhone 5, Apple’s A5 chip, support for recording 1080p video and panoramic still photos via the rear camera, an LED flash, and support for Apple’s Siri since the iPhone 4S. Unlike older models though, this generation does not have an ambient light sensor.

 

The dominance of the iPod in the mp3 player market can be seen in other industries. In fact, cars are now being designed with docking ports to make it easier to integrate iPods to the in car system. Even clothes manufacturers are designing clothes with special pockets just to hold iPods. All manner of other iPod accessories are being created by various electronics companies.

 

So for National iPod day, let’s also take a moment to remember Steve Jobs, co–founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Thanks to him, we have our favorite tunes at the touch of our fingers right in our pocket.

 


 

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Technology Time Machine [Infographic]

 

Ever wonder what life was like before the advent of modern communications and consumer technology?  So have we.  We put together an infographic of all the popular devices that have advanced modern technology from 1876 to today.

 

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