It's not so easy to shop for "tech toys" anymore--not in the age of the iPhone and iPad, where convergence devices fill multiple needs and 99-cent apps substitute for impulse purchases. Still, there are a handful of amusing--and, in some cases, quite useful--ideas for the shopper who's stumped. … Read more
The TGI Black Friday app doesn't just provide you with a comprehensive listing of Black Friday deals, it also gives you some nifty tools to make sure your shopping experience goes smoothly.
The most important part of the TGI Black Friday app is, of course, the coupons. The app, along with its sister site tgiblackfriday.com, aggregates an enormous number of Black Friday advertisements, many of which are leaked up to a month ahead of time. The coupons from these ads are then listed in the app, and can be browsed by date added, store name, or category. Don'… Read more
No more trips to the post office or appointments with expensive photographers for holiday cards. This year, you can use a new app brought to us by the same people who made Postagram, and send out holiday cards directly from your smartphone.
One thing not mentioned in the video is the ability to enter your address book into your account online, saving you from having to … Read more
If you're in the New York area and you are a gadget-loving human, clear your calendar for CNET Gotham.
A parade of CNET editors is coming to town this week, and we're bringing with us all the gear you've been wanting to see but can't get your hands on yet. We're setting up shop in the Openhouse gallery space in Nolita, re-creating real-life experiences with home theater setups, in-car technology, and mobile devices you've only heard about so far. … Read more
As the holiday shopping season rears its (insert your adjective of choice here) head, a just-released study from IBM shows that mobile devices are continuing their push toward making it a post-PC world.
According to the latest IBM Coremetrics Benchmark numbers, traffic to retailer Web sites from mobile devices will more than double this November, with 15 percent of people who log on to such sites doing so with a mobile gadget.
October numbers from IBM show that year over year the amount of people who used a mobile gadget to touch down on a retailer's site jumped from 4.2 percent to 11 percent. In the same period, total mobile sales shot up to 9.6 percent from last year's 3.4 percent
iPad users will no doubt be welcomed by online retailers in the next couple of months: IBM says site visitors on that device will make more actual purchases than visitors using other mobile gizmos. That prediction is based on the fact that conversion rates for last month were 6.8 percent on the iPad versus 3.6 percent on other mobile gadgets.… Read more
Keepsy has been offering Instagram users the ability to create a true photo album using their favorite Instagram photos for some time now.
Recently, Keepsy rolled out the ability for users to create a photo album using their friends' Instagram feed, instead of their own. Right on the heels of that, Keepsy also rolled out a new product; a calendar.… Read more
Fab's holiday gift shops join the original membership-based Fab site, which launched in June. Think of Fab as daily deals structured around small designers with unique vintage collections or newly designed products. Products range from furniture to wall decor to kids' toys to jewelry to unique kitchen appliances. Rarely will you find something you need, but you will … Read more
Halloween is just around the corner and adding a little festive flavor to your Android can be fun.
A spooky wallpaper, some ghostly ringtones or background noises, and even some scary games are easy to get and use on Android. Here's how to add all these things to your device for free this weekend:Live wallpaper
First you'll want to set the scene. What better to use for this than a live wallpaper that has a Halloween theme?
Among the announcements when Apple released iOS 5, a couple of downloadable apps became available at the iTunes App Store. One of them, Cards (free), lets you create fold-in-the-middle greeting cards on your iPhone, then Apple sends them on real paper via snail mail.
While other services have greeting and post cards in the past, Apple's method is very intuitive and convenient with several designs to choose from, and the cost is about what it would be to go buy a greeting card in a store.
Immediately upon launch, you're given an intuitive interface for selecting the exterior … Read more
AT&T is looking forward to an "unbelievably" happy holiday.
The company expects its best smartphone sales ever in the fourth quarter, according to Ralph de la Vega, head of the consumer and wireless businesses.
"We expect blockbuster smartphone sales in the fourth quarter," de la Vega said today during a conference call following its third-quarter report, further fueling the expectations by saying the results would be "unbelievable."
Smartphone adoption has long been the key to AT&T's ability to keep its revenue growth humming. A customer who signs a two-year … Read more