10 unbeatable Black Friday shopping apps

The mall is a combat zone on Black Friday, and you need a strategy for snatching the prime deals and getting out quickly. Put these 10 apps in your arsenal for a fighting chance at getting everything you need at the lowest possible prices. And for the top tech deals, check out CNET's Black Friday guide.

Giftster Wish List Registry ( iOS, Android)

Don't play the guessing game about what friends and family want, or risk your selections ending up in the regifting pile. Instead, share holiday wish lists with Giftster. You can easily mark an item as reserved … Read more

CyberLink PowerDirector Giveaway Weekend

Video editing has made great leaps in recent years, thanks to more powerful personal computers. No longer the domain of studios, professional-quality video creation is now accessible to all.

That is why, for this weekend only, CyberLink is offering free licenses to its widely-praised PowerDirector 11. A robust video and audio editor, PowerDirector offers the tools you need to create professional quality movies in full HD. Get this special free edition of PowerDirector now by signing up on the Giveaway Page with your email, using the code PDR4CNET.

PowerDirector 11 Special Edition's highlights:

Free to use: Completely free video … Read more

How to lock in another year of Amazon Prime at $79

This morning Amazon announced the price for its Prime service is going up $20 per year to $99. The price increase isn't a lot of money, considering what you get with the service, and most people (judging from Twitter, at least) won't take issue with the increase. At the end of the day, Amazon Prime at $99 can still be a tremendous value. Rick Broida has a breakdown of what you're getting for your money in his post, "Amazon Prime: Still a good deal at $99?"

With that said, if there happened to be a … Read more

The 404 1,443: Where we're taking the couch by storm (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Neil Young just destroyed his funding goals for a digital music player on Kickstarter.

- Meet the people making new games for Atari, Super NES, and Virtual Boy.

- Funny or Die was's No. 1 traffic referrer yesterday.

- Bill O'Reilly bites back at Obama's appearance on "Between Two Ferns."… Read more

How to buy PC games on the cheap

PC gaming may be on life support, but it's definitely not dead. Indeed, plenty of the top game releases of 2013 -- BioShock: Infinite, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Saints Row IV, Tomb Raider -- were not merely for consoles.

What's more, if you're looking for good gaming on the cheap, you really have to look to the PC. Although a decent desktop (one with a reasonably powerful discrete graphics card) will probably cost you a bit more than a console, you stand to save a bundle when it comes to stocking it with games. All you have … Read more

How to get unlimited cloud storage for backup and easy access of your files

As a new mom, I am constantly taking photos and videos of my baby. How could you not? Everything she does, or even when she's not doing anything, it's the cutest thing in the whole wide world. So, I upgraded my phone to iPhone 5S 64 GB, but can you believe that I am constantly running out of space? I dread getting that "Cannot Take Photo - There is not enough available storage to take a photo. You can manage your storage in Settings." message.

Because I don't like to delete all of my photos … Read more

Free giveaway for 24 hours only: Soda PDF 6 Convert module

It's no soda pop, but I like that Soda PDF gives me the option to pick and choose only the features I want for my PDF software needs. Not only does this option allows me to install less, but it also saves me money because I can choose to purchase features on an as-needed basis.

Rated 5-stars by the editors, Soda PDF 6 allows you to open and print any PDF document, including comic books with page flipping motion, as well as create PDF from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, image, and 300+ file formats for free. In addition, you also … 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

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

How the Moto X Cyber Monday deal 'do over' will go down

It was an epic Cyber Monday deal that disintegrated into an epic fail. But now Motorola is ready to make amends and offer up twice as many off-contract Moto X units for as little as $349, starting Wednesday at 9 a.m. Pacific time. 

In case you weren't one of the multitudes constantly reloading the Moto Maker site and waiting for word to be passed down via Twitter that the deal was on, here's the quick chronology of what happened to make one of the most anticipated Cyber Monday deals into the only "whoopsie! Wednesday" and "makeup Monday" deals I know of: … Read more