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