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Candle Claims To Offer That New Mac Smell Without The New Mac Price

If you’re the kind of person who takes long, deep whiffs when you unbox a new Mac computer, one company says it has just the product to fill your nostrils — without the hefty price tag. [More]

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Best Buy Closing 160 Samsung Mini-Stores, Expanding 250 Others

In recent years, Best Buy has taken to carving up some of its stores’ square footage and turning those areas into stores-within-a-store, including a slew of Samsung Experience Shops. Three years into the project, it seems the retailer is changing a few things up. [More]

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Best Buy Defies Everyone’s Expectations, Is Mysteriously Not Dead

Over the last few years, Best Buy has taken the internet’s snide jokes about using its stores as an Amazon showroom, listened to them, and then stubbornly refused to go out of business. Best Buy calls its results this quarter “better than expected,” which is true, but their continuing existence is also “better than expected.” It’s the last national big-box electronics retailer standing, with $39.5 billion in revenue during the fiscal year that ended in January 2016 and growing online sales. [More]

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Circuit City Is Returning From The Dead: Yes, Again

Back in 2009, the medium-box consumer electronics chain Circuit City closed. Systemax, the owner of TigerDirect, acquired the brand’s website and customer list, and kept it going until 2012. Late last year, Systemax decided to shut down its technology business, and that included selling the twice-defunct Circuit City brand. Now yet another company has acquired the brand and wants to make a go of it as physical retail stores. [More]

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Diet App Claims To Help You Watch Your Weight By Scanning The Molecules In Your Food

It’s a new year, and you know what that means: new diet plans — or at least, you might be promising yourself to stick to a new diet plan. But it isn’t easy, which you know if you’ve ever sat staring longingly at the last piece of cheese on the plate, wondering whether it will totally screw up your resolution to finally lose just five more pounds. A new app and its connected smart device claims it can do just that, scan your food and let you know whether or not it’ll lead you from your chosen diet path. [More]

9-Year-Old Opens PS4 Box On Christmas Morning, Finds Block Of Wood

9-Year-Old Opens PS4 Box On Christmas Morning, Finds Block Of Wood

Christmas morning is a time for family togetherness, enjoying the delighted faces of children, and surprising loved ones with thoughtful gifts. Unfortunately, wrapping gifts and putting them under the tree until the recipient opens the box means risking a retail hazard: boxes of expensive electronics that contain notepads, bricks, picture frames, or mirrors. This is disturbingly common, and happened to a family in Massachusetts this Christmas. [More]

VTech Hack Exposed Tens Of Thousands Of Photos & Chat Logs Of Parents, Kids

VTech Hack Exposed Tens Of Thousands Of Photos & Chat Logs Of Parents, Kids

The recent breach of popular children’s electric toy maker VTech compromised the personal information of nearly five million parents and children, but a new report claims the hack exposed even more sensitive information: photos and chat logs between children and their parents.  [More]

Hack Of Toy Maker VTech Exposes Data For Millions Of Parents, Kids

Hack Of Toy Maker VTech Exposes Data For Millions Of Parents, Kids

Let’s kick off the holiday shopping season with news of a data breach that may involve some toys you’ll be wrapping in the coming weeks. Popular children’s electric toy maker VTech has announced that customer information fell into the wrong hands earlier this month.  [More]

Amazon To Make Echo Available At Home Depot, Radio Shack, Other Retailers

Amazon To Make Echo Available At Home Depot, Radio Shack, Other Retailers

Three months after Amazon announced it would allow Staples to offer its high-tech, sort-of assistant speaker online, the company says it will allow retailers to sell the Echo at thousands of locations across the U.S.  [More]

Best Buy Adds Same-Day Delivery Test In San Francisco

Best Buy Adds Same-Day Delivery Test In San Francisco

Last-minute holiday shopping just got a bit easier for some Californians who simply forget to grab a gift for your electronics-loving family and friends: Best Buy is testing same-day delivery.  [More]

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Sharp Will Stop Selling TVs In The Americas, Licenses Name To Hisense

Sharp was an early player in the flat panel screen market, but the Japanese company has decided to leave behind their TV business in the Americas, agreeing to license their name to a Chinese company, Hisense. Sharp sold its factory in Mexico to Hisense, which will presumably supply TVs to customers in North and South America alike. [More]

Posting Pics Of Frayed Apple Cords Won’t Do Anything, But This Might

Posting Pics Of Frayed Apple Cords Won’t Do Anything, But This Might

People all over the world adore Apple’s phones, tablets, and computers, but they quite emphatically do not like the charging cords for those devices. People discuss the failings of these peripherals everywhere online, from product review pages to support forums to dedicated blogs full of frayed-cord gore. Yet there are avenues to complain about products that are obviously defective that could trigger a recall or other action. [More]

Now Your Kid Can Enjoy A Disney-Licensed MP3 Player That’s Older Than She Is

Now Your Kid Can Enjoy A Disney-Licensed MP3 Player That’s Older Than She Is

The first film in the live-action Disney franchise High School Musical was released in 2006. Like all Disney properties, it came with a significant amount of licensed merchandise, since that’s how Disney keeps Mickey Mouse in cheddar. So this movie-branded MP3/WMA player found on a shelf at Walmart wouldn’t really have attracted our attention…if it were still 2007. [More]

This 9-Year-Old MP3 Player Is Ready For The Latest Tunes, Costs $300

This 9-Year-Old MP3 Player Is Ready For The Latest Tunes, Costs $300

If you weren’t all that familiar with technology, this “portable media center” that reader S. found in the clearance section at Walmart might seem like a reasonable enough purchase. What isn’t obvious until you look more closely is that the $300 price tag has been on the box since 2011. What isn’t obvious until you perform a quick Google search is that the PMC7230 has been on the market since 2006, which would explain why it’s still languishing on the shelf. [More]

A recently awarded Google patent includes depictions of a new hand-triggered camera function that could be included in  future versions of Google Glass.

New Google Glass Could Reportedly Have Larger Display, Hand-Triggered Photo Capabilities

Citing the need for a redesign – and slow sales for its Explorers program – Google stopped selling the most recent version of its Google Glass back in January. While the company declined to provide any specifics on its next version of the device at the time, a newly awarded patent – and sources close to the device’s creation – give a few hints of what might be in store for the high-tech gadget. [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Can’t Find Their Way Back From 2007

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Can’t Find Their Way Back From 2007

Members of the Raiders of the Lost Walmart, our brave band of retail archaeologists, need a GPS unit to help them find their way from one big-box store to the next. However, the savvy big-box store explorers know that while this rare and ancient Garmin unit is a special find, they shouldn’t purchase it. Because it’s old and overpriced. [More]

Google opened its first branded retail store in London today.

Google’s First Branded Retail Store Opens In London

Move over Apple and Microsoft, there’s another tech company taking its products to the retail floor with its own branded store: Google. [More]

Never throw away the box if you have a cat. (Jan Giesen)

Should You Keep The Box For Your New Gadget? Maybe

We’ve already established today that when you buy a new gadget at a brick-and-mortar store, you should tear open the box before leaving to ensure that it contains the thing that you paid for. Once you get your new toy and its box home, though, how long should you keep it? That depends on a few factors. [More]