Online deal highlights for November 26, 2015
It's Thanksgiving, which means only one thing: Retailers are jumping the gun on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, by offering early savings on a variety of goods. While you're busy trying to eat the last of the deep-fried turkey, check out our selection of great deals on technology in today's Daily Deals post. Along with some of the still-active deals from earlier this week, today's headline offers include a four-pack of 3TB WD Red NAS hard drives for $360, the Amazon Echo for $124, and a 60-inch Samsung Ultra HD TV for $800.
Lots to give thanks for this year, join us in celebrating the holiday
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Coding courses, photography assistance, TurboFlix on offer from MacNN Deals
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we're listing a few offers that can help you occupy your time over the next few days, if you want to avoid the Thanksgiving festivities, including app development courses, tuition on photography, and some light entertainment.
What to get the person who has everything but doesn't listen to OMT
We've been checking our lists twice, chiefly because of syncing issues, and you know how it is. Christmas expands to fill the space you have and nature abhors a news vacuum so in what continues to be a quiet week, One More Thing decks some halls. Wait, is that Christmas or Thanksgiving? It's some holiday or other and we're after celebrating all of them because it's a Grade A excuse to discuss some of the finest technology around.
CBS to stream Super Bowl, AFC playoffs, two regular-season games free on Apple TV
CBS has revealed that it will stream this year's Super Bowl contest, along with the AFC playoff games and two regular-season football games on a number of "laptops, desktops, and tablets" and other devices, including Apple TV, free of charge without a need for cable account authentication. The two games will be the New York Jets versus the Miami Dolphins in London on October 4 at 9:30AM ET, and a US Thanksgiving Day game between the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys on November 26 at 4:30PM ET.
Targeted emails outpace Google ads or search for merchant results
A new study that monitored US holiday shopping from mobile devices between Thanksgiving through to Cyber Monday showed results exactly in line with similar surveys from last summer, noting that Apple iOS devices accounted for about 78 percent of orders, with Android accounting for only 21.6 percent of online sales from mobile devices. Analytics firm Custora noted the consistency between holiday and non-holiday buying patterns, with iOS and Android showing the same respective percentages last summer as well.
Reduced coverage on US holiday gives us chance to be thankful for our readers
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our US readers from all of us here at MacNN and Electronista! Today and tomorrow are traditionally very slow news days, so there will be reduced coverage through the holiday (except for our Black Friday and other deal-related posts, along with a hearty serving of giveaway goodness, never fear!) so that we can spend time with our families. We want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all of our readers, both long-time and new, for your readership, your comments and suggestions, and your news tips and corrections. We must also thank our sponsors, advertisers and the many developers and companies that help us keep our readers informed on all the latest and greatest in the tech world. We are grateful for your support.
First-gen iPad mini, iPhone 5c also see surges
iPad Air activations grew some 51 percent over the previous weekend during the course of Black Friday and the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, according to new Localytics data. The figure is based on the number of new devices that appeared in Localytics tracking for some 20,000 apps. The iPhone 5c and first-generation iPad mini also did well, each growing by 26 percent.
50 percent sale off sale on variety of Native Instruments' items
Manufacturer of music production software and hardware Native Instruments has announced its major '50 percent off' sale in time for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
The sale encompasses 68 Komplete Instruments and Effects, such as Action Strings, Massive, Kontakt 5, Reaktor 5 and more.
Canadian stores typically opening later than in US
Only some Apple Stores in the US and Canada will be opening early on Black Friday, reports note. In the US a portion, generally ones inside malls, will be open at 6AM. Others will be open at their regular times, and/or between 7 and 9AM. Canadian outlets will be open no earlier than 7AM, but otherwise follow a similar pattern. Apple's retail website provides details for individual store hours.
Best Buy, Walmart to offer Apple product promotions
Black Friday, a major US shopping event, offers consumers major sale prices to kick off the Christmas holiday gift buying season. Several retailers that offer Apple products -- such as Walmart and Best Buy -- have begun advertising upcoming deals for iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros. Best Buy is currently advertising up-front discounts, such as $200 off 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, whereas Walmart is offering gift cards in varying amounts with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad mini and more. Black Friday begins the day after American Thanksgiving, on November 29 this year.
Black Friday puts crush on supplies
US retailer Best Buy has completely exhausted its online stock of the iPad 2, a check shows. All models are now listed as "sold out online," including even top-end 64GB 3G tablets. Stock was available as recently as earlier today.
Native Instrument five-day sale
FiLMiC Pro, a video production tool for iOS devices, is being offered as a free download through the Thanksgiving weekend. The software, which is generally offered as a $3 purchase, allows users to choose between different video resolutions and frame rates. Controls for independently changing the focus and exposure locks are also included, along with framing tools, single/double reticule modes, audio metering options, and more.
Midnight and 4AM openings scheduled
A relative handful of US Apple Stores will be opening up especially early on Black Friday, November 25th, ifoAppleStore notes. Five stores are scheduled to open at midnight: these include the Arden Fair, Galleria at Roseville, Vintage Faire Mall, and Fashion Fair outlets in California, as well as the Orland Square shop in Illinois. A greater group, spread across several states, will open at 4AM: Rockingham, King of Prussia, Southdale, Tacoma Mall, Santa Rosa Plaza, Summit, Stoneridge, Southcenter, Smith Haven Mall, South Hills Village, West Town Mall, Pleasant Lane, University Park Mall, Burlington Mall, Fifth Avenue Mall, Lehigh Valley Mall, Woodfield, and Ala Moana.
Discounts were 'modest' last year
Apple is again planning to hold a Black Friday sale on Nov. 25th as it has in recent years, where buyers can "discover amazing iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone on your list." The promo, which has begun to appear on international online stores, indicates that despite Black Friday being tied to the US holiday of Thanksgiving, Apple is again making the sale a worldwide event. The company's iOS devices were found to be the most-wanted gifts with kids and teens this year.
A selection of Thanksgiving sale items
Happy Thanksgiving from DealNN, and with that said we would like to present our holiday deals collection. OfficeMax.com got a jump start on their Black Friday sales, cutting prices on items like the Hitachi SimpleDrive III 1TB external hard drive from $139.99 to $84.99. The NEXTAR Q4 4.3-inch touchscreen GPS also saw an early price drop and is now just $89.99.
360 sales vs. Sony flak
A considerable number of Xbox 360 consoles were sold during Thanksgiving week, Microsoft has announced. The company says that slightly more than 310,000 360s were bought during the period, which is typically devoted to sales for Christmas and Hanukkah shoppers. While this number is still less than the 350,000 Wiis quoted by Nintendo, it represents an amount greater than what Microsoft might normally sell in a month. Microsoft also says it expects to sell more games this holiday season than the figures for the Wii and PlayStation 3 combined.
Blu-Ray takes Black Friday
Blu-Ray remains the format of choice in the HD world, results from the week of Black Friday show. Data from Nielsen VideoScan reveals that of the HD discs bought during last week, 72.6 percent of them were Blu-Ray titles, leaving HD DVD at 27.4 percent. This is despite a massive influx of HD DVD players from Wal-Mart's $99 sale, and the success of particular titles such as Transformers. Simply by itself, the Blu-Ray version of Live Free or Die Hard sold nearly 100,000 copies, according to one Fox Home Entertainment executive.