Black Friday deals are back at Amazon, Best Buy

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GoPro’s Hero5 Black just got a big price cut.


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Breaking news: Christmas Eve is just two weeks from today. And while some of you are in the home stretch of your holiday shopping, I’ll bet that there’s a good number of you who haven’t even started.

Thankfully, megaretailers Best Buy and Amazon are here to help. As of today, we’re seeing the return of some great pricing that we haven’t seen since the Black Friday/Cyber Monday week — including some of the best prices ever on some products. And if they’re still in stock, you should still be in good shape for “in time for Christmas” free shipping offers, too.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the best offers we’re seeing as of today (Dec. 10):

Amazon

Nearly all of Amazon’s Echo, Kindle and Fire devices are back on sale as of today. Most of them are at or even below their Black Friday prices. That includes:

Today only, Amazon also has 15 to 85 percent off on a good chunk of “Star Wars” merchandise, including a lot of Lego sets. The sale earlier today included the amazing Sphero R2-D2 robot for almost half off at $91 — an incredible deal that was too good to last. See all the Amazon Star Wars deals here.

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The Fitbit Ionic gets a small discount.


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Other solid Amazon deals we’re noting today:

  • Fitbit Ionic for $270 ($30 off): This is the first discount we’ve noted on Fitbit’s new smartwatch. It’s notable because the device’s recent new app store update makes it a significantly better, more enjoyable wearable by adding a lot of the fun and personality of the Pebble smartwatches. (Most other Fitbits are also being discounted today, but they’re not quite as low as the excellent Black Friday prices.)
  • Nebula Mars projector for $450 ($150 off): This battery-powered projector from the accessory mavens at Anker is a solid combination of big-picture fun and portability, but it felt a bit too expensive at $600. With $150 knocked off that price, however, it’s a much more enticing deal.

Best Buy

We’re halfway through Best Buy’s 20 days of Doorbusters promotionwhich rotates in a new set of deals throughout the bulk of December. Today is all about Samsung, and there are some great bargains to be had, including: 

  • Galaxy S8S8 Plus for $350 off with Sprint or Verizon activation: These are some of the best phones of the year, now available for under $500 each. That’s about $20 a month (or less) on a 24-month payment plan.
  • Galaxy Note 8 for $300 off with Sprint or Verizon activation: With stylus support and dual rear cameras, the Note 8 is Samsung’s best phone of the year — now available at the best price we’ve seen.
  • IconX 2018 for $140 ($60 off): Samsung’s answer to the AirPods are fully wireless headphones that can also track your heart-rate. They also pack other cool tricks, like standalone music playback (thanks to 4GB of on-board storage) and — with compatible Galaxy phones — workout coaching and Bixby assistant access. They’re normally $200, but Best Buy has them today for just $140.  
  • See all Dec. 10 Samsung “doorbuster” deals at Best Buy 


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GoPro

The action cam maker is locking into discounts on two of its “older but still great” cameras. So far as we can tell, these prices will be in effect throughout the end of the year, if not longer:

  • GoPro Hero5 Session bundle for $200 ($100 off  — best price ever): GoPro’s 4K-capable mini-camera is now only $50 more than its 1080p-only little brother — including a bundled head mount and SD card.
  • GoPro Hero5 Black for $300 ($100 off — best price ever): This 2016 model offers many of the same features and full 4K video capture of the 2017 Hero6 model, now at its best price ever.

That’s it for now. We’ll update if we spot more deals throughout the day.

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This week’s top stories: Zero-day HomeKit vulnerability, iOS 12 wishlist, Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, more

In this week’s top stories: Jony Ive returns to his post at the top of design management, Apple Pay Cash begins to rollout, a zero-day HomeKit vulnerability, an iOS 12 wishlist imagines what next year’s update could look like, and more.

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We reported this week on a critical zero-day HomeKit vulnerability that allowed unauthorized remote access to smart accessories, including smart locks. Apple said that it has fixed the issue with the temporary removal of support for remote access to shared users. Another update will come next week to bring that feature back.

Also this week, Apple officially released Apple Pay Cash to the public. While the feature had been in beta testing, everyone with iOS 11.2 can now take advantage of it through the Messages app.

Elsewhere, Amazon Prime Video finally launched for Apple TV. The app was originally teased all the way back at WWDC, but you can now get it for yourself via the tvOS App Store.

While iOS 11 was only recently released to the public, some are already looking ahead to what next year has to offer. A new mockup and wishlist this week imagined some new features and design changes. Check it out here.

Lastly, it was reported yesterday that Jony Ive is returning to his management role within Apple’s design group. Ive had handed off managerial duties in 2015, but Apple says he’s returning to that role following the completion of Apple Park:

“With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” Amy Bessette, a company spokeswoman, said Friday in a statement.

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The week’s best tech deals include Amazon Echo, iPhone X, and DJI spark discounts

We’re nine days into December and there’s still Black Friday deals that you can find online, including the new Amazon Echo, Google Home and Xbox One S console. Tomorrow, Amazon is expected to launch discounts on several more of its devices — matching most of its Cyber Monday pricing.

As reported on earlier this week, Best Buy is running a three-day Apple sale (ending tonight, Saturday, December 9th) which offers discounts on the new iPhones and iPad Pro. There’s also quite a few headphone, computer, and more deals to check out this weekend.

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We’ll be updating this post tomorrow when more Amazon devices deals are live.

More Smart Home deals

  • Google Home for $79 (usually $129) at Best Buy, B&H, Walmart, Home Depot, Target, and the Google Store.
  • Google Home Mini (customers can get $25 off an order when they link the device to their Walmart account) for $29 (usually $49). B&H, Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, and the Google Store also have it for $29.
  • Samsung 58-inch Class 4K (2160P) Smart LED TV (UN58MU6070) for $548 (usually $799) at Walmart. This was previously priced at $598 last week.
  • Roku Streaming Stick (2017 model) for $39.99 (usually $49.99) at Amazon.
  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Equivalent Smart Bulb Starter Kit for $139.99 (usually $199.99) at Amazon.
  • Sony LSPX-P1 HD SXRD Portable Home Theater Projector for $798 (usually $998) at Amazon and B&H.
  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 LED Starter Kit & Google Home Bundle for $198.99 (usually $328.99) at Best Buy.
  • Samsung POWERbot R9000 Robot Vacuum for $249 (usually $499) with code PLWW79KYS. Note this is a deal of the day, part of Samsung’s 12 Days of Joy.

Phone & Computer deals

  • Trade in your iPhone for up to an iPhone X in store and get a Best Buy $250 gift card. Note that only select iPhone devices apply, and you can check your trade-in value here. Also note this deal ends at the end of day today (Saturday, December 9th).
  • Up to $200 off the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus if you activate a monthly installment plan. Note this deal ends at the end of day today (Saturday, December 9th).
  • Surface Pro (newest version) Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $799 (usually $999) at the Microsoft Store.
  • Huawei Matebook Signature Edition 2-in-1 PC Intel Core m5, 128 GB SSD for $499 (usually $849) at the Microsoft Store.
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro (latest model) for $849.99 (usually $999.99) at Best Buy. Note this deal ends at the end of day today (Saturday, December 9th).
  • iPad mini 4 for $274.99 (usually $399.99) at Best Buy. Note this deal ends at the end of day today (Saturday, December 9th).
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (latest model) for $2,599.99 (usually $2,799.99) at Best Buy. Note this deal ends at the end of day today (Saturday, December 9th).
  • 13.3-inch MacBook Air (latest model) for $874.99 (usually $999.99) at Best Buy. Note this deal ends at the end of day today (Saturday, December 9th).
  • 27-inch iMac (latest model) for $2,099.99 (usually $2,299.99) at Best Buy. Note this deal ends at the end of day today (Saturday, December 9th).
  • Samsung Gear 360 for $199.99 (usually $229.99) at Samsung.

Miscellaneous: Headphones, Gaming & Drones

Looking for more gaming deals? Check out Polygon’s gaming deals roundup here.

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9 tips on scoring the best Amazon Black Friday deals

Black Friday is continually one of the biggest retail shopping days of the year. And retailers everywhere are playing a game of leapfrog to see who can milk the sales event earlier, longer and better to edge out the competition.

Amazon is easily one of the most committed players. Its deals start sooner and last longer. Best of all, you don’t even have to worry about getting off the couch or leaving your Thanksgiving dinner early to get the best deals. No waiting in lines. You just have to be quick, know what you’re looking for and know how to score the best deals.

Here are nine ways you can make the most of this year’s Amazon Black Friday deals.

Now is the time to sign up for Prime

If you’re not already an Amazon Prime membernow is the time to sign up for a membership, even if you don’t plan to keep it.

You don’t need a Prime account to get free shipping through Amazon — you just have to meet a certain price threshold, which varies depending on what you buy. Even with free shipping, however, you’re looking at a delivery window of five to eight business days, and with the holidays approaching fast, free two-day shipping makes a big difference. Certain locations even have access to free 90-minute, two-hour or same-day delivery.

Even if you don’t think you’ll need free two-day shipping, many of the best deals are reserved for Prime members.

Users who have never signed up for Prime before can get a free 30-day trial. So if you sign up and get all your online holiday shopping done in the next 30 days, you won’t have to spend a penny for free two-day shipping. And even if you need to extend it another month, it will cost just $10.99 for all the Prime benefits through the remainder of the year.

You don’t have to wait for some deals

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Forget waiting in lines or even waiting until Thanksgiving day for Black Friday deals. Amazon has what it calls Black Friday Deals Week, which started Nov. 17 and runs through Nov. 24. While some of the best deals will be reserved for Black Friday itself, there are plenty of great deals to be had now.

For instance, the Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition is $70 today, down from the usual $100 and $5 cheaper than Black Friday last year. You can currently get $30 off both the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite. Many other Amazon devices are already on sale, too. Don’t overlook the Deals of the Day either.

Don’t overpay for Amazon devices

Don’t be fooled, however. Not all the early deals are the best deals. Some aren’t even deals at all.

Amazon is rightfully pushing its own devices, such as Echo speakers, Fire TV Sticks and Kindles. But some of them aren’t on sale yet. For instance, the Fire TV Stick is front and center on Amazon.com today for $39.99 (its standard price) but will drop to $24.99 for Black Friday.

This isn’t necessarily misleading, but it’s not unreasonable to think people might mistake the pricing for a deal and miss out on better savings once Black Friday does finally roll around.

To make sure you’re getting the best deal on Amazon devices this Black Friday, here’s what you should be spending on Amazon’s devices this week:

Miss a deal on an Amazon device? Try Whole Foods

Earlier this year, Amazon bought Whole Foods and immediately started selling its own devices in the grocery chain. The same Amazon devices that are on sale on the site are also discounted at Whole Foods this week. If you miss a deal online or they sell out too fast, check your local Whole Foods.

Let us find the best deals for you

You can find info about some of Amazon’s best deals — including several non-Amazon devices — here in CNET’s own Amazon Black Friday gallery.

Alexa users get access to early deals

Some Black Friday deals on Amazon will be exclusive to Prime members. What’s more — and it’s something we’ve seen on Prime Day and during last year’s Black Friday sales — there will early access to deals for users of the Alexa voice assistant.

Buyers who have an Alexa speaker will have access to Black Friday deals as early as 5:00 p.m. PT on Nov. 22. After that time, just say, “Alexa, tell me about your deals.”

Just remember, this doesn’t work with Alexa within the Amazon shopping app. You’ll need an Amazon-brand speaker with Alexa to take advantage of the early deals access.

Earn Amazon credit with Alexa

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If Amazon hadn’t already made it abundantly clear it wants you to become accustomed to shopping with your voice, it’s come up with a few incentives to get you to shop with Alexa this holiday season. There are currently two ways to earn Amazon credit by shopping with Alexa:

Follow upcoming deals

Amazon isn’t shy about deals that are just around the corner. In fact, you can view upcoming deals on amazon.com and in the Amazon app on Android and iOS.

While you browse this section, you can click Watch this deal on deals that haven’t started yet to get a push notification on your phone just before they go live. This is the best way to ensure you’re among the first to take advantage of all the deals you want.

Check price history first

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Just because an item on Amazon shows a slashed price doesn’t mean you’re getting the best deal possible. But there is a very easy way to find out: Camelcamelcamel. It’s an Amazon price tracker that will show you the price history of any item and send you an alert if an item drops below a certain price threshold.

However, there’s an even easier way to double-check price history before you buy. Install a plug-in called The Camelizer on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Click the plug-in icon right from the product page and you can see how its current price compares with the highest and lowest prices.

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