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Best Buy to give mobile phone buyers a $50 gift card

Best Buy is dangling a new promotion to lure in mobile phone buyers.

From Sunday, February 2, through Saturday, February 15, anyone who signs up to buy a new mobile phone will receive a $50 gift card. The terms seem a bit tricky at first glance, but here's how it all works:

You first register your mobile phone number and e-mail address at Best Buy's Gift Card Offer page. You must register sometime between February 2 and February 15.

You then must buy and activate a new mobile phone from Best Buy via a two year-agreement with AT&… Read more

CNET 100: This month, bargain tech elbows out the rest

Welcome to month two of our tech leaderboard, where we use a unique algorithm to tell you which tech (currently for sale) is getting the most buzz. Consider the CNET 100 a Billboard 100 for gadgets.

Last month, we kicked off with a list that showed the power of Google and the impact that November's big gadget announcements made. This month, we see how the December rush of gift-buying played out. Remember: Even though CES is already behind us, very few 2014 products exist in the wild now. This list gives one last nod to the tech that beat … Read more

Apple 12 Days app offers 'Hugo' or 'Home Alone' for free

iPhone and iPad users able to tap into Apple's 12 Days of Gifts app can score a free film as Monday's treat.

Through the app, Apple has been doling out free downloads since December 26 and will continue playing virtual Santa until January 6. The gifts vary based on your country.

People in the US or Canada can download "Hugo," a 2011 film from renowned director Martin Scorsese. Folks outside the US and Canada instead get "Home Alone," the 1990 Christmas comedy directed by Chris Columbus and starring Macaulay Culkin.

The 12 Days app … Read more

Apple conjures up 'Once Upon a Time' pilot for free

Apple is sprinkling a little fairy dust for the second day of its 12 Days of Gifts app.

The app offers a new free digital gift every day from December 26 to January 6. Launching it today grants you the pilot episode to the ABC show "Once Upon a Time." Just open the app, tap on the button to View Gift, and then select the pilot episode to download it on your iPhone or iPad.

For those of you unfamiliar with the series, "Once Upon a Time," or OUAT as it's known to fans, imagines … 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

Apple's 12 Days of Gifts starts a couple of weeks early

Apple might have promised 12 days of gifts starting the day after Christmas, but that hasn't stopped the company from going for lucky No. 13.

Apple on Monday released a free offer to those who have downloaded its 12 Days of Gifts app, giving consumers a free download of musical artist Lorde's "No Better" single. The offer also includes a music video for her breakout hit "Royals."

The 12 Days of Gifts app launched earlier this month with Apple promising that it'll give away 12 free gifts between December 26 and January 6. … Read more

Buy an iPad Mini at RadioShack, get a $100 gift card

Anyone who picks up last year's iPad Mini at your nearest RadioShack will get a $100 gift card in return.

Available now, the offer applies only to the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini, which sells for $300. You can grab the gift card at any RadioShack store but not online.

How long will the deal last? A RadioShack spokesman told CNET that the end date will depend on how inventory holds up. But he promised the offer would be good at least throughout this week and the coming weekend.

At $300, last year's 16GB iPad Mini is only $100 … 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

The Audiophiliac's totally awesome $100+ holiday gift guide

Audio bling makes terrific presents, here's a nice assortment of goodies. While audiophile gear can be quite expensive, picking out a selection of terrific gift ideas that won't break the bank is still doable. Prices on today's blog start at $100, a couple of days ago I collected a bunch of under $100 gift ideas, many were under $50!

The Audiophiliac's under $100 holiday gift guide

Music and audio bling make terrific presents, so here's a nice assortment of goodies. While audiophile gear can be quite expensive, picking out a selection of terrific gift ideas that won't break the bank is still doable. Prices start at $10 and go up to $100. I'll trot out another list of $100+ gift ideas in a few days.