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Hot deals in November

Black Friday shoppers rush into Best Buy 2010

The Election is over, and those ads will disappear. They’ll soon be replaced with holiday shopping ads. Soon, they’ll be haters of those too. As everyone voted on Tuesday, eight Black Friday ads were leaked on GottaDeal. While it’s a hot holiday shopping day, there are other deals and steals this month.1. Cookware
Dealnews said last November, the number of Editor’s Choice cookware deals doubled. If you wait until December of January, you still could save in the kitchen.

2. Tools Deals
A good month to save although Dealnews said last year the number of deals were “underwhelming”‘ compared to years past. Still, November is the best month of the year.

3. Coupons for clothing
If you stack these with sales you can really save big bucks compared to the discounts at the end of the season.

4. Bargain on that wedding dress
Not as many people are buying during the holidays, so you might be able to negotiate a better deal if you pay upfront. Try paying cash, and you might reduce your cost even more.

5. Grocery store savings
With the holidays, lots of holiday meal type things will go on sale. It’s a good time to stock up on those and look for coupons to increase your savings.

6. HDTV deep discounts
Dealnews expects HDTVs to hit record lows in November. Many Black Friday deals will be with lesser known names, but there are still deals. If you don’t grab one this year, wait until the Superbowl.

7. Budget laptops cheaper than tablets
Want a laptop rather than a tablet? The price may be right this holiday.

8. Apple deals
About the only time of year you see savings on Apple products. They won’t be deep, but they will be on sale.

Apple iPad 3 and Gmail scam warning

It’s been an exciting few weeks for Apple fans with the iPhone 5 hitting the market and expectations of an iPad Mini by months end. If you’re on the hunt for an Apple product, don’t fall for a free iPad 3 giveaway making the rounds through email. It could cost you money or your identity.


The Better Business Bureau warned about a bogus email that claims to be from a Google Gmail provider.  The email says random Gmail users have been selected to receive a free Apple iPad 3. To claim, you need to clink a link. The link takes you to a survey site that requests personal information.


The BBB said if you complete the survey, you are inviting the scammers to sign you up for SMS services which will lead to more fees on your cell phone bill. The worst case scenario is that your information is used for identity theft.


These scams may be tempting because so many businesses give away iPads in promotions. To win a prize, though, you need to enter. In this case, you didn’t enter anything which should be the red flag. Only do business with legitimate companies to minimize your risk.


List: Black Friday predictions

We’re more than a month away from Black Friday, but dealnews is already predicting what will be a deal and a dud this holiday. The deal site looked deals in previous years and predicted what we retailers will offer this year.

Third tier HDTVs for cheap

  1. 32″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $159
  2. 42″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $189
  3. 47″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $299
  4. 55″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $499
  5. 55″ 1080p 3D LCD HDTV for $789
  6. 60″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $719
  7. 60″ 1080p Plasma HDTV for $569


  1. 17″ desktop replacement with Core i7 & 8GB RAM for $525
  2. Basic 15″ to 16″ Laptop with dual-core processor for $179
  3. Mainstream 15″ to 16″ Laptop with Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU & 4GB RAM for $364
  4. 12″ Ultraportable Laptop with Core i5 CPU for $399

Apple products

  1. Apple new iPad 16GB WiFi Tablet for $449
  2. Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi Tablet for $299

Apple is expected to discount products 5-10% on Black Friday. Other retailers may have better deals. One store may offer a discount on the iPhone 5, but the deal will be short-lived.


  1. Blu-ray player with Netflix for $39
  2. Blu-ray player with 3D for $59
  3. Blu-ray movies from $4


  1. Many will sell for 1-cent or be offered free and may include new models

Tablet & e-readers

  • Apple new iPad 16GB WiFi Tablet for $449
  • Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi Tablet for $299
  • Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G for $85
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLite for $69

Do you plan to shop on Black Friday? Click comment below.


iPhone 4 users can get $15 for antenna issue

Antenna-gate topped the headlines as does any new release or issue with Apple products. Now, consumers can get up to $15 cash as part of a class action settlement over the antenna / reception issue with the iPhone 4. Some people experienced problems with reception when holding the phone a certain way. While the settlement was announced weeks ago, the website to process the claim forms is just now up and running.

To take part in the class action settlement, you need to be the original owner of the iPhone 4 as of February 17, 2012, and experienced antenna or reception issues. If you no longer own the iPhone 4, there are still ways you can take part in the settlement. You can mail the claim form or email it. You have until August 28, 2012 to file your claim.

You’ll have to claim that you had problems despite troubleshooting, you couldn’t return your iPhone 4 without incurring additional costs, and were unwilling to use a case or free bumper.

If you’d rather the free bumper, Apple will continue to offer them until 18 months after it discontinues the iPhone 4. Click here to get a free bumper.

Apple is not admitting any wrongdoing but settling the lawsuit. Court documents say Apple is agreeing to the settlement to avoid costly and burdensome litigation.

A final hearing on this issue will be held in July. It could take up to a year, though, to get your $15.

Android marketplace replaced by Google Play

There’s a shift in how you get apps on Android phones, and it happened rather silently. Recently, I noticed this odd app on the main page of my phone titled “Google Play.” I thought it was spam or something. After a little research I realized it’s the new Android Market and that green icon that indicates the market is now gone from my Android phone. It’s replaced by Google Play. So, what does all this mean?

Google Play is a way to sync all your devices so you can “play anywhere.” It’s also more than just apps. It’s for games, movies, books, and music. Now, all that is accessible on the web or your Android device.

I still have the old marketplace icon on one phone, and Google Play on another. The Google Play icon appears when you open the marketplace. You’re asked to agree to the terms of service for Google Play. I must have done this once, and not realized. Sometimes, I just click out of habit and don’t realizing what I’m clicking until later. Until you do this, the marketplace icon will still exist on your phone. The switch happens when you open the marketplace and agree to the new terms of service.

It’s really all about synergy. As more and more devices are introduced into the marketplace, companies are finding better ways to sync them all. The company says you can buy a song on your laptop and it’s instantly available on your phone, or download something on your phone and pick it up on your e-reader. This all works through what you may have heard referred to as the “cloud.” It’s a way to sync everything together so you can read, listen, or watch whatever you want without cords, software, or wires.

Of course, there is a social media aspect to all of this that makes it easy to share your favorite entertainment with your friends. I understand social media is all about sharing, but it’s getting a little out of hand. Soon, our news feeds will be cluttered with the songs, books, news articles, and music that are friends are reading or listening to. Plus, if retailers have their way it will have the clothing or product you just purchased. How about just comments? That’s enough sharing for me.

There’s a lot of condensing going on at Google. First, their privacy policy and now their marketplaces.  It makes for a smoother user experience, but it also gets you thinking about the next device you need to truly sync everything. If I’m going to read books, I guess I need a tablet or e-reader. Funny how a simple service change can get you thinking about that next device — that you probably really don’t need.

iPhone 5 testers wanted?

For weeks I’ve been getting Facebook messages inviting me to an iPhone 5 testing event. In the message, you’re made host of the event. However, there’s only been speculation and no official announcement from Apple about the iPhone 5. Facebook is deleting the post from your page which is a sure sign it’s spam.

Plus, Apple doesn’t typically ask for testers of products. It’s announcement of the product is a big event and always produces speculation of what’s to come so having testers is simply not how the company works.

You know the saying — if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Naked Security says there’s also a text alert going around that reads “Apple needs iPhone5 testers! The first 1000 users who visit [LINK] and enter code 4444 will get to test & keep the new iPhone5.”

Also, a scam. Naked Security says it’s likely a way to get your personal information.

Do you know what’s on your produce?

When you walk in the grocery store, you are greeted by an array of colors from deep purple eggplant to yellow lemons.  The colors always seem to shine. Have you ever wondered why?

A wax coating is added to the fruit during packaging to maintain the freshness.  The wax holds the moisture inside the apple and keeps it looking shiny and fresh at the grocery store.  It’s to appease consumers who buy with their eyes.

The Food and Drug Administration approves the use of food grade wax, but requires distributors and grocers disclose the wax to you.  The FDA tells consumers to look for signs at the grocery store like the one to the left.  However, we found they’re hard to find.  We only found them at three locations we visited.  Five other grocers, and the West Side Market did not have the signs.

As a result of our investigation, stores are taking action.  Consumers will see signs during their next shopping trip.

In our hidden camera investigation, many grocers told us that organic food was wax free.  However, that’s not the case.  The USDA says certain waxes may be used on organic produce.

To read more on this issue, click here.

Wax put to the test
We visited an apple farm in Northeast Ohio to see how the wax is applied.  Apples naturally have wax on them.  If you pick one from the orchard and rub the dust and debris from the orchard off on your pant leg, you will notice the apple shines.  During production, that natural wax is removed.  The apple is washed and scrubbed to remove the debris from the orchard.  Then, a food grade wax is added to the apple to replace the natural wax that’s lost.

We took three apples from the orchard to see if waxed produce really holds up better. We took a naturally waxed apple, washed apple, and an apple with the food grade wax on it.  We set them up in three locations at NewsChannel 5.  Our promotions team wanted to speed up the decay, and placed lights over the apples. We instantly saw decay, but it was on the washed and waxed apple.  We believe this is because of the direct light. The decay is happening right where the lights shine on the apple.

In our second test, we put three apples in a boiler room. There’s no sunlight, but it’s a little warmer back there with all the old machinery that runs in that room.  About a week into the test, we noticed the washed apple began to decay. The waxed one is holding up great.

In our third test, we put three apples on a window sill.  There is not a noticeable difference between the apples at this point, although the washed one is softer to the touch.

Click here to see the results of our three unscientific tests.

Verizon or AT&T iPhone? Which is better?

The reviews are in on the new Verizon iPhone. Data speed, dropped calls, and talking and browsing the Internet at the same time are all differences that are discussed by those who got a sneak peek.

Here’s the CNN article with the reviews from the likes of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Pre-orders are underway for Verizon customers, and the Verizon iPhone 4 goes on sale to the public on February 9th online at 3:01 A.M. and in stores at 7 A.M. on February 10th.

Are smartphones too smart?

New smartphones are hitting the market constantly, and sometimes it seems smartphones are smarter than what they can handle. For example, Sprint rolled out the Evo when 4G service wasn’t available in most of the country. The phone still works with 3G service, but you pay a premium for 4G service and it’s not an option.

Now, Microsoft is rolling out its Windows 7 smartphone. Apps are the big shortcoming with this phone. It’s estimated there are over a thousand, but there are hundreds of thousands for other smartphones on the market.

I think apps are overrated and just a huge waste of time. I’m not really into them, but I’m noticing a trend. These phones are released before the technology is there to support them or with the iPhone 4’s case, before the technology is perfected. Dare I mention Antennagate?!

If you want to have a piece of the latest technology, it seems there will be a price attached and I’m talking about inconvenience above and beyond the $199 price tag.