Crave giveaway: $250 buying spree from Shopping

Congrats to Peter R. of Shoreview, Minn., for winning a Boog brief laptop bag in last week's giveaway.

All our CES 2014 coverage this week probably has you thinking about gadgets, gadgets, and more gadgets -- the ones you want, the ones you don't want, the ones you can afford, the ones you can't afford. What better time, then, to offer a $250 shopping spree at a site that sells pretty much any manner of gear you could covet?

The buy-what-you want fun comes courtesy of online retailer Shopping, formerly The site sells an endless array of products -- clothes, shoes, jewelry, toys, fitness equipment, tablets, televisions, laptops, printers, monitors, hard drives, routers, servers, video games, and a lot more. If you win, you're free to buy anything, but we're betting all those CES gizmos dancing through head will steer you right to the Electronics tab. … Read more

Nintendo takes eShop offline to mend problems

If you can't get on to the Nintendo eShop to download games or updates for your game console, don't panic. Nintendo is taking the store offline to fix connectivity problems that cropped up over the last few days. The eShop will be unavailable from December 27 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT to December 28 at 4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT.

The issues arose on Christmas Day as people with a new Wii U or 3DS systems were setting up their consoles, creating new Nintendo Network IDs, downloading updates, and purchasing games. … Read more

Online holiday spending up, but not as much as expected

Shoppers who made purchases via their desktop computers spent 10 percent more this holiday season than last, according to ComScore, but that was less than the 14 percent increase the market research firm had expected.

ComScore had predicted that US shoppers using desktop computers to make purchases would spend $48.1 billion in e-commerce between November 1 and December 22. Instead, the actual tally for the season came in at $42.8 million.

"Our expectations for the online holiday shopping season anticipated that consumers would spend heavily later into the season out of necessity to make up for the … Read more

Cheap last-minute gifts for your favorite tech nerd

Well, here we are, folks -- the home stretch. You've got less than 48 hours to solve your procrastination woes, to find the ultimate tech gift for that special someone. Have no fear; the Cheapskate is here.

1. A gift subscription to Next Issue

Tablets are great for reading -- not just books, but also magazines. Next Issue is an all-you-can-read digital magazine service that affords unlimited access to around 125 titles -- good, mainstream mags that people actually want to read.

Thus, for as little as $14.99, you can gift a subscription that includes Better Homes and … Read more

11 percent of people shop online naked, survey says

Online shopping is like reading the news on television.

You don't actually have to have your trousers on. There's not even a compunction to wear underclothing.

This is the ultimate in capitalist freedom.

How many people, though, will actually admit not only that they shop online in the nude, but they actually like doing it?

Well, according to a survey commissioned by titillators at PayPal, there are several stages of risque online shopping behavior.… Read more

Christmas 2013 online shopping deadlines

If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, it's time to get a move on. Many online retailers can still ship your last-minute tech gifts to you by Christmas, but the longer you wait, the more it'll cost you in shipping charges. We've put together a list of retailers and their deadlines so you can easily spot who you can order your gifts from.

These deadlines apply to the 48 contiguous US states only and on items that are in stock. Some retailers with physical stores may have last-minute in-store pickup options as well. Check out … Read more

littleBits: A great gift option for young geeks, future engineers

In the world of toys and most-desired stocking stuffers for emerging geeks, there are two pretty distinct categories -- hip reboots of analog classics like today's expanding universe of Lego creations, and digital delights like the coveted LeapPad line of kids' tablets.

This year I took special note of one product that bridges the gap between the old- and new-school style of gifts. littleBits was around for the last holiday season, but this fall expanded its offerings to provide more geek builder power through what it calls "an open-source library of electronics that snap together for prototyping, learning, and fun." … Read more

Save some cash with RetailMeNot's iOS app

There's no shortage of deals and special offers during the holiday season. But what about after the holidays? Of course deals are still out there, they're just a bit harder to find. Turn to RetailMeNot for help.

RetaiMeNot is not a new service by any means. We originally covered its Web service back in 2008, and the Android app in 2012.

With the iOS app, all bases are covered, and shoppers, no matter the platform, are ready to save- money year around.

You can sign into the app, or go it without an account and add stores to … Read more

Apple Stores fire up iBeacon to track you while you shop

Apple's iBeacon will find its way to Apple Store customers on Friday.

Apple will start using the iBeacon feature built into iOS 7 to be a personal shopper for customers on Friday at its 254 stores across the US. As long as you have Apple's official Store app installed and allow the program to track your location, iBeacon can tell you about the products you're near in the store, and provide order updates that can be shared with sales staff on the floor.

One of the more interesting tools Apple has built into iBeacon is the ability … Read more

Manipulative kids now posting holiday wish lists online

Shame is a powerful driving force.

It can lead you to actions you'd never thought possible. It can make you become someone you didn't think you were.

It can even make you buy your entitled, snotty children gifts you know they don't deserve.

This fear is being exacerbated by an apparent new trend in parent-child relations. It seems that kids are now posting their holiday wish lists online, with a view to telling their parents: "Get me all of this. Or feel forever publicly shamed."

In research commissioned by cash-back shopping company Ebates, 26 percent … Read more