Woman buys 'new' iPad Air (full of someone else's stuff)

The wise will always tell you that the minute a new car drives off the lot, it's a used car. But that car has probably been driven around a little already during test drives anyway, so why worry about this "new" thing?

Does this apply to, say, a new iPad Air? It comes sealed in a beautifully designed box. So you wouldn't think it would have hundreds of someone else's pictures on it, would you?

Yet Robin Crowley, a policewomen from Cambridge, Ontario, had a surprise when she opened up her brand-new Black Friday bargain iPad Air that she purchased at Target. She said she found contact lists and pictures already on it.

No, it's not that Apple just knew she would choose this particular iPad Air and downloaded her private information from Facebook. These pictures and other information appeared to belong to someone who wasn't her.… Read more

Black Friday iPad buyers to get $100 gift card at Target

Target shoppers who buy any model iPad can score a $100 gift card come Black Friday.

The offer is good for all models and variations of the iPad, including the new Air and the iPad 2. Buyers of any iPad Mini will receive a $75 Target gift card.

Other Target Black Friday deals that may interest tech buyers include a Samsung Galaxy S4 for $40 (regularly $200) with the usual two-year agreement, a Nintendo 3DS XL game console for $150 (regularly $200), a Sony Wi-Fi Blu-ray player for $55 (regularly $105), a pair of Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones … Read more

Target's $479 iPad Air includes $100 gift card for Black Friday

Apparently, it's never too early to tease a Black Friday sale.

Target already is unveiling its promotion for the critical post-Thanksgiving shopping period, offering a $100 store gift card to anyone who purchases the discounted iPad Air at its Brooklyn store.

Target sells the base 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Air for $479, or $20 less than at Apple. The gift card essentially cuts it down by another $100. The gift card also applies to all other iPads, including the iPad 2, which sells for $350.

The original 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini, which sells for $299, will come … Read more

How to opt out of some targeted Google ads

Google might be the king of online ads, but it still gives you a way to limit how some of your data is used to sell you things you don't need.

With its new Shared Endorsements coming on November 11, Google will make the ads you see more personalized by referencing your Google+ username, profile photo, and implied endorsements via comments and +1s.

Short of an ad-blocker, there's not much you can do to avoid ads completely. But Google does provide a few controls for restricting how much of your online behavior shows up in ads.

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Target to trim price of iPhone 5C to $50

Starting Sunday, Target buyers can pick up the iPhone 5C for $50.

The retailer's new 5C price presents a savings of $30 off the former $80 price. The new price is good at Target Mobile centers across more than 1,500 Target stores in the US and requires the usual two-year contract with the carrier of your choice.

Customers equipped with a Target REDcard can reduce the price an additional 5 percent. Target also offers an electronics trade-in program that doles out gift cards in exchange for used phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and other gear.

Consumers will also find … Read more

LG's smartphone throws a curve

CNET Update shows some curves:

In this episode of Update:

- Prepare for upcoming smartphones to come with curved screens, including models from LG and Samsung. Curved displays are also being made for televisions.

- Learn how Samsung is taking on Apple TV and Roku with its HomeSync media box.

- Add Target to the list of prepaid mobile options with its new Brightspot service.

- Listen to streaming music stations for free on Rdio's updated apps.

- Expect to play Google's music app on iOS devices within the next month.


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Target follows Walmart with launch of prepaid mobile service

Target announced Wednesday that it will launch its own brand of prepaid mobile services this weekend, following the lead of rival retailer Walmart.

Beginning Sunday, consumers will be able to sign up for Brightspot, which will offer unlimited talk and texting on T-Mobile's nationwide 4G network for $35 a month, the company said in a company blog post. For another $15 a month, customers can get 1GB of 4G data. A $65 plan offers 4GB of 4G.

Also, for each six months using Target's mobile service, customers will receive a $25 Target gift card.

"Target guests have … Read more

Target joins crowded video-streaming scene

CNET Update is digitizing Post-Its:

In this episode of Update:

- Add another video streaming service to the list with Target Ticket.

- Access Target Ticket and dozens of other video services on the new lower-cost Roku boxes.

- Don't expect T-Mobile stores to carry many BlackBerry phones in stock anymore.

- Get emergency alerts from local, state and national agencies from Twitter Alerts. (See the full list of participating organizations.)

- Download the Evernote app update and have an easier time scanning sticky Post-Its into digital notes.


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Target goes all Netflix, joins streaming-video fray

Can't find anything to watch on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, or any other online-streaming service? Well, now there's one more place to check.

Target on Thursday launched its new digital video service, Target Ticket, which lets people buy or rent movies and television shows. Target said more than 30,000 titles are available for between $1 and $37, including new film releases, next-day TV shows, and exclusive Target content like behind-the-scenes extras.

It's free to sign up for the service and there's no subscription fee. Users can also set up multiple profiles, which means multiple … Read more

Apple's iPhone 5C for $79 preorder at Target, Walmart

Hours before Apple's new iPhone models go on sale in US retail stores, Target has quietly matched Walmart's lower preorder price for the iPhone 5C -- Apple's first low-cost smartphone, which has a plastic body and comes in five bright colors.

Apple and partner retailers will be selling the 5C starting at $99 with a two-year contract, but both Target and Walmart are now offering the 16GB version of the smartphone for $79 on preorder -- a total discount of $20. Target said it will also add an extra 5 percent off for customers who use a … Read more