Remember when smartwatches first hit the market and everyone said, "Who needs a phone on their wrist?!" Fast forward a few years, and one in six people now owns a smartwatch or a fitness tracker. Innovative products can seem frivolous when they first hit the market, but it doesn't take long for them become an essential part of our culture and lifestyle.
Between Google Home, Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, 2016 has been the year of the voice-activated digital home assistant. They all have their pros and cons, but it's Alexa that's gaining the fastest traction at the moment, driven most effectively by the very low price of the Echo Dot, a mini Bluetooth and WiFi speaker that goes for as little as $39.99, and has been one of this season's top-selling tech devices.
I'll be the first to admit it: the convenience of buying things on Amazon has led me to make some pretty poor financial decisions.
Virtual reality (VR) gaming is trying its hardest to make serious headway this holiday season. Vying for the top spot as a must-have tech gift, our Facebook feeds, TV screens and even mall kiosks have been flooded with a barrage of ads for VR headsets. But this tech is so new, it can be hard to suss out which equipment is actually a good deal, and which is just jumping on the trend bandwagon.
Black Friday smartphone deals are always some of the day's biggest bargains. We've told you time and time again why waiting until Black Friday to upgrade to a new phone is always the frugal choice, and 2016's best BF-week smartphone deals, which include a smattering of gift card bundles, are no exception.
Having a reliable way to access the internet, get work done on the go, and, you know, play the Sims for days on end is kind of a necessity in this day and age. But reliable laptops are pricy, and the cheap ones fall apart so quickly that replacing them becomes an annual expense.
This may surprise you, but Dell, a retailer famous for its popular PCs, is actually one of the best places to find a deal on an HDTV -- no kidding!
I'm a fan of Apple, so I was very excited for the introduction of the new Macbook Pro. It's been a few years since Apple came out with any kind of major design update, and I was ready to see some cool innovation. That much I got, but not all of it was cool. While the new MacBook Pro boasts some interesting new developments, some of them seem very anti-consumer to this tech editor.
If you've been doing a bit of online shopping in preparation for the holidays, getting an order confirmation email from a store like Target, Home Depot, Walmart or Costco probably won't set off any alarm bells for you.
Best Buy is one of the most hotly awaited Black Friday ads of the season, and for good reason. While most retailers offer one or two doorbuster deals on electronics, they're usually no-brand, low-quality items that aren't worth much more than their Black Friday prices. But Best Buy is an outlier. Year after year, the electronics retailer has blown us away with their Black Friday deals, and 2016 is no exception.