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12 Awesome Last Minute Gadget Deals You’ll Still Get by Christmas

Believe it or not, there are still some great last minute gadget deals online that you can score before Christmas. In the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, here are 12 deals on tech that you can put under your tree in time for Christmas morning.

Daily Deal: $20 off GOgroove SonaWAVE3 Portable Stereo Speaker

Perhaps borrowing a little design inspiration from the Companion Cubes in Portal is the GOgroove SonaWAVE3 portable speaker, which is on sale for $25 off the regular price.

iPad Mini Cannibalizing Bigger iPad’s Sales

Well, this really shouldn't come as much of a surprise. When you have customers who are interested in a new iPad and they see one for $329 and another one for $500+, they're probably more inclined to consider the cheaper one.

$40 off Sony MN2SW Android SmartWatch

Some people say that with our increasing reliance on smartphones that we don't really need to have a conventional wristwatch anymore. That doesn't have to be the case, especially when you have a "smart" watch to go with your smartphone.

iPhone 5S Launching in June with Colors, 128GB, IGZO Display?

We've already heard that Apple could be releasing a new iPhone in the spring, returning to its old release schedule, but now we're hearing some more details about the upcoming iPhone 5S.

GOgroove BlueSYNC OR3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker for 44% Off

Who said that speakers had to be cubes or rectangles? Taking a completely different spin on things is the GOgroove BlueSYNC OR3 portable speaker, which is now on sale for 44% off the regular price.

Expansys UK Taking Pre-Orders for HTC Butterfly 1080p Superphone

It then flew across the Pacific, landing at Verizon Wireless and becoming the HTC Droid DNA. And now, it looks like the 1080p superphone is now flying across the Atlantic to the UK, as Expansys is now accepting pre-orders for the HTC Butterfly.

Apple Maps Could Be “Potentially Life Threatening”

People trying to get to Mildura, using Apple Maps, are instead ending up in Murray Sunset National Park and "there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees."

Get $150 Off Dell Inspiron i15R-1633sLV 15.6-Inch Laptop

It may not be the fanciest laptop on the block, but it comes from a highly trusted name and it'll get the job done. It's the Dell Inspiron i15R and it happens to be on sale for $150 off.

Google Apps No Longer Offering Free Option

Do you use Google Apps for your small or medium-sized business? While there won't be any major changes to current users, Google has now announced that it will no longer be offering the free version of Google Apps anymore.

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Kids Tablet Now Just $40

If you've got kids on your Christmas shopping list and you want to treat them to some technology, the LeapFrog Leapster Explorer could be a good choice. And it's on sale for 43% off too.

Video: DoorBot “Smart” Doorbell Streams Video to Your Smartphone

The WiFi-enabled DoorBot is effectively a wireless webcam that replaces your front doorbell, letting you see and talk to the person at the door from the comfort of your smartphone or tablet.

Factory Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Phablet for $350 Off

Yes, I know that you can head on over to your wireless provider of choice and get a new smartphone for a reduced price when you sign on with a contract, but that's just not suitable for some people. Some people prefer to have their phones unsubsidized and out of contractual obligations, so if you want a unlocked Galaxy Note II, this is the deal for you.

Grab A Motorola MOTOACTV GPS Watch for $100 Off

Hey, it may not be quite the same thing as getting a James Bond 007 watch from Q or a technologically-absurd watch like Inspector Gadget, but this could be the next best thing. The Motorola MOTOACTV GPS sports watch and MP3 player is pretty slick and now it happens to be on sale for $102.04 off the regular price.

Self-Driving Mercedes S-Class Boasts a Lot of Fancy Tech

There's so much more to a car than simply getting you from Point A to Point B and the newest version of the Mercedes S-Class is looking to really push the envelope in the tech department. And it starts with more automated driving ability.

Apple Cuts iPad mini Shipping Dates to Just One Week

When the Apple iPad mini first hit the retail channels, it sold out pretty quickly and the shipping dates weren't exactly ideal. However, it seems that Apple has finally gotten its ducks in a row and the supply chain is once again ready to roll, because the shipping dates for the iPad mini have been reduced to one week.

Security Threat: Unencrypted Cookies in Instagram iOS App

If you're using Instagram to share vintage-style pictures of your cat on your iPhone, you may be opening yourself up to hackers. A security hole has been discovered in the Instagram iOS app that can allow bad guys to gain access to your account, giving them the ability to get data and delete photos.

$100 Off Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR with 18-55mm Lens and...

If you're in the market for a good quality entry-level digital SLR, it looks like a pretty good deal has sprung up at Best Buy. You can now save $100 on the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18.0MP digital SLR with the 18-55mm kit lens, bringing your purchase price down to just $599.99.

Unlocked Oppo Find 5 Superphone Coming to USA for $499

The specs are roughly on par with the Droid DNA (HTC J Butterfly), giving you a Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. There's the impressive 5-inch 1080x1920 full HD display (441PPI), 16GB of internal storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a beefy 2500mAh battery for extended life.

Daily Deal: $50 Off Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android Tablet

Do you like the S Pen idea that they have with the Galaxy Note II phablet, but wish you had a bigger canvas to use? Samsung has expanded the Galaxy Note moniker into the true tablet range with the Galaxy Note 10.1 and now you can get it for $50 off.

Nokia Espoo HQ Sold for $222 Million, Nokia Intends to Stay

It's clear that Nokia has seen brigher days, but now it has been confirmed that Nokia is selling its home in Finland.

Daily Deals: 10% Off Bose Headphones

One of the leading names in audio has to be Bose. It's not terribly common to find Bose stuff on sale either, that's why this 10% off deal is something that should grab the attention of any audiophiles in the audience.

Fox Group Getting Split from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp

I always thought that it was a little strange that the very left-leaning Simpsons and Family Guy were effectively owned by the same people who ran the very right-leaning Fox News.

$20 for a Solar Portable Battery Pack with Flashlight

I know. It almost sounds completely counter-intuitive to have a solar powered flashlight, but this handy little gadget from XTG Technology looks like it could be pretty useful. And it's only twenty bucks

Previewing the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Epic Boss Battles

For a lot of people, the Metal Gear Solid franchise just isn't the same without Solid Snake as the protagonist, but this Raiden guy... he's pretty epic. And he's got some seriously epic boss battles ahead of him in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

65% Off Angry Birds in Space Board Game

It's based on the best-selling app, of course, but it has been licensed by Mattel to let you fling real (plastic) birds to destroy the structures erected by real (plastic) pigs. I'm not sure you can replicate the zero gravity environment of space, but you even get a space helmet in the package.

Samsung Galaxy S III 4G for Just $59.99 on Verizon

The Galaxy S3 deal is being offered through Amazon and it's for the Verizon version of the Android smartphone. As a quick reminder, this phone has a 4.8-inch 720p display, Android 4.0 ICS, 8MP camera, 16GB memory, microSD slot, and it's mobile hotspot capable. It also takes advantage of Verizon's 4G LTE network, giving you average data rates in the 5Mbps to 12Mbps range.

BMW i3 Plug-In Electric Concept Car

At the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, the BMW i3 concept coupe was revealed to the public. The plug-in electric car is compact, but it almost has the appearance of a shrunken down crossover.

NASA Proposes New Uranium-Based Engine for Deep Space Exploration

NASA is currently testing the idea of building a nuclear fission engine that could propel their probes into deep space, well beyond Mars and into the outer reaches of our solar system.

Goal Zero Donating Nearly $600k to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Goal Zero, a company that focuses mostly on portable solar power solutions, launched an effort earlier this month to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. And now they've come back saying that Goal Zero Nation generated $594,670 in contributions.

Video: Misfit Shine Wireless Activity Tracker

The Misfit Shine looks like a smoothed-out river rock and it's about the size of a quarter. It's designed to track your activity over the course of the day, making sure that you're being active enough.

Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 Deal for Just $70

Did you miss the Black Friday deal on this phone? No problem, because you can still pick up the awesome Nokia Lumia 920 for just seventy bucks if you pick it up from Amazon right now.

Google Nexus 7 Android 4.2 Lag Caused By Google Currents

If you've upgraded your Nexus 7 to Android 4.2 and are experiencing some crushing lag and sluggishness, it seems that the solution is really simple. Blame Google Currents.

LG Nexus 4 and Optimus G successor in the works, to...

Not satisfied with sitting on its laurels, LG is reportedly already working on a successor to the Optimus G and it will--appropriately enough--be called the Optimus G2. And it could be even more beastly.

Swarm Robots Automatically Play the Piano (Video)

The future isn't about having a massive supercomputer. It's about having a giant swarm of really small robots, as is the case with these music-playing bots from Georgia Tech. Coming from the school's Georgia Robotics and InTelligent Systems (GRITS) Lab, these Khepera robots are instructed to play a certain score, but they're not at all told how to do it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Worldwide Sales Break Five Million Mark

There's a reason why every other cell phone company seems to be jumping onto the 5+ inch bandwagon, because Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy Note II has exceeded five million units in worldwide sales.

Eye Implant Translates Written Words into “Visual” Braille

A modified version of the Argus II vision prosthesis from Second Sight has now been developed that can translate written words into a visual representation of Braille, straight into the person's eyes.

Video: Brain-Controlled RC Helicopter Prepares to Take Off

As great as touchscreen interfaces on smartphones and tablets may be, nothing will quite be as cool as controlling different devices and machines using nothing but your mind. And that's exactly what you get with the Puzzlebox Orbit.

Quad Core Samsung SCH-W2013 Flip Phone Boasts Dual Touchscreens

What do you do when just one touchscreen won't do? You get two, of course, as is the case with the newly announced Samsung SCH-W2013. This is a flip phone with a regular numeric keypad, but it also has a pair of 3.7-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen displays.

eReader Shootout: Amazon Kindles vs. Barnes & Noble Nooks vs. Kobo...

A quick comparison has been put together with some of the heaviest hitters in this space, taking a look at the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle, Kindle Keyboard, Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, Nook Simple Touch, and Kobo Glo

Amazon Lists Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III Mini at $399

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini was announced last month, but Samsung didn't make it clear whether the smaller cousin of the full-size S3 would be made available for the US market. That answer has now been provided courtesy of Amazon

The Future of Foosball is on your iPad

Enter the appropriately named Classic Match Foosball Table. It's a miniature foosball table where you can dock your Apple iPad and really engage in a game with virtual players on those virtual sticks.

Phorce Smart Bag Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

Battery life has become a very important concern with our increasingly digital lifestyles and the world's first "smart bag" addresses that very need. It's called Phorce, and it's a bag with an integrated 54Whr battery pack

The Best Black Friday Gadget Deals

We've gathered up some of the best Black Friday gadget deals in one convenient place for you, so let's get down to it.

Google Nexus 7 vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″

Many people commented that a much better alternative to Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is the Google Nexus 7, so we thought it would be apt to put together that viable comparison too.

Siri and Maps Expected in Mac OS X 10.9

While we're not yet sure which jungle cat they're going to choose next, we're hearing rumblings that Apple is planning to integrate both the Siri voice assistant and Apple Maps into the newest build of Mac OS X. This is based on early test builds of OS X 10.9, the retail version of which should be launching next year.

The Retro iPhone Rotary Smartphone Dock Grandma Will Love

With the move to digital and touchscreens, we've lost that retro appeal in our homes, but that doesn't have to be the case. The Pyle Retro Home Telephone Collection is a unique smartphone dock that reminds us of days gone by.

Video: KOULE Smart Ball with Autism-Specific Applications

The greatest challenge is simply helping these children break out of their shells, so to speak, and the KOULE smart ball comes with autism-specific applications to do exactly that.

What’s Better: Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ or New Apple iPad?

The surprising thing is that even though the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" starts at a full $200 cheaper than the starting price for the Apple iPad ($299 vs. $499), the specs on paper are actually very, very comparable.

Buy a Samsung Galaxy S III, Get a Free $50 Google...

Remember how you could get a free $25 credit toward the Google Play store when you bought a Google Nexus 7 tablet? Now, it's even better if you decided to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, because you'll be getting a free $50 Google Play credit to spend as you see fit.