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Another iPad mini?! When to Get a Deal on Each Generation of the mini

By now, most consumers know that the iPad mini 3 and its predecessor are essentially the same tablet. But many don't know how retailers will react now that there are three generations of iPad mini tablets on the market simultaneously. We've analyzed the iPad mini landscape to let you know which mini tablet you should buy and at what price.

When to Buy Apple's New iPad Air 2 Tablet

It's been less than 24 hours since Apple's iPad announcement, yet we already know of one likely way to save $80 on the new iPad Air 2 — wait for Black Friday. Last year, the now-defunct iPad Air saw incredible deals during Black Friday week with retailers slashing its price to $429, while others bundled it with generous $75 and $100 gift cards. Here's what you can expect in the coming days.

For Most People, the New iPad mini 3 is a Waste of $100

During Apple's event today, Tim Cook and crew barely mentioned the iPad mini 3; in fact, they uttered a few short words about the new device, despite previously spending at least 10 minutes fawning over the updates on the iPad Air 2. Why, exactly, did Apple downplay its own product announcement? Probably because the iPad mini was barely updated at all.

Black Friday Predictions 2014: What to Expect From Black Friday Sales

The best way to make the most of Black Friday is to be prepared, which is why it's never too early for our annual Black Friday deal predictions! If you're wondering what the doorbuster deals will be in TVs this year, or whether or not we could see a slew of iPhone deals, then you've come to the right place. We also have predictions for Android smartphones, tablets, toys, video games, clothing, and more.

'But Wait, There's More!': Reviews of 8 'As Seen on TV' Products

The product choices on late night infomercials are as copious as the number of cable channels these days, whether they claim to keep you warm on the couch or get your shoes on and off with ease. Here we present a roundup of eight products that live up to all the pitched promises — or don't! And if you're moved to buy something yourself, rest assured: satisfaction is guaranteed (so we've been told).

Epic Retail Freakouts: 10 Shoppers Who Just Can't Right Now

People have probably had meltdowns since humans started exchanging goods and services. Today, thanks to security cameras, smartphones, and the Internet, when store customers completely lose it, we can sometimes watch the drama unfold. Here are 10 of the best retail freakouts that can serve as reminders to keep your cool — and maybe to shop online when possible.

VIDEO: Can Ello (or Anything at All) Replace Facebook?

People are saying Ello, a new ad-free social media platform, might be the successor to Facebook! We got our hands on some invites and gave it a whirl; in this video, we discuss if Ello — or anything at all — can replace Facebook.

When to Get the Best Price on a MacBook Air

The MacBook Air has gone from being Apple's priciest notebook to being its cheapest, entry-level machine; just this April, Apple refreshed its 11" MacBook Air for the fourth time and simultaneously lowered the retail price to $899. That cut was unexpected, but appreciated — namely because it has driven deals prices for the MacBook Air to new lows. If you're on the hunt for a MacBook Air deal, when can you expect the best prices?

When to Get the Best Price on an iPhone

Although iPhone deals were initially hard to come by, retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have now changed the deal industry by discounting new iPhones just days after their announcement. So bargain hunters are faced with a new dilemma: When exactly can you get the best deal on the iPhone of your choice? We took a look at our deals from the past three years to find out how discounts roll out during the life cycle of Apple's smartphone.

Fall Airfare is on the Rise: Why You Should Book Thanksgiving Travel Soon

Is it time to start booking your Thanksgiving trip home already? Our deals suggest that it is. And while flexible travelers might be able to wait a while before booking their flights, we recommend that anyone with specific "Thanksgiving dates" take advantage of one of our current airfare sales and book now to lock down a good price.

First-Time Smartwatch Buyers 3 Times More Likely to Get a Non-Apple Watch

Ever since Apple officially announced the Apple Watch last week, we've all been busy discussing the merits of the emerging smartwatch category. But when it comes down to it, do shoppers even want a smartwatch, Apple or otherwise? We polled our readers to see what they make of it, and as it turns out, not everyone is ready to jump aboard the latest trend in tech.

Bigger Isn't Always Better: 10 Products Worth Skimping On

America is a land of bigness: we're the home of the Grand Canyon, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Big Gulp. But there are a few products where you're actually better off "skimping" and getting the smaller, less expensive option. From perishable goods to things that are expensive to maintain or store, bigger isn't always better.

Check Yo' Self: 5 Great Personal Finance Apps, Sites, and Tools

When it comes to managing your money in the digital age, you have a lot of options. Older software mainstays have been joined by web and mobile applications, all promising to be the only tool you need for getting – and keeping – your finances in order. We rounded up the best, most affordable choices for different financial objectives and styles.

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