Best Buy Clearance – Better Deals than Black Friday?
Yes, there are some AMAZING Black Friday deals that have already started. But often, clearance prices can beat even the best of deals. You may want to check out Best Buy’s clearance site if you don’t have a specific TV, Tablet, or Computer in mind, but just need something new and cheap. Good luck hunting!
Microsoft has… Black Wednesday?
The shopping just keeps starting earlier! Microsoft started early with their Black Friday Deals. These are some of the Microsoft Black Friday deals that were available as of Wednesday, with new deals coming out as the weekend progresses:
- Dell Inspiron 15z, now $399 ($450 savings)
- Asus Transformer T100 price drops to $299
- Dell XPS 18 AIO price drops to $999 ($300 savings)
- Gateway NV570 15.6″ price drops to $399
- Surface 32GB, now $199
- Surface RT 64GB V1, now $379.00 (December 1st)
- Save 10% on Beats Headphones
- Take $50 off beats Pill
- Xbox 360 Stingray 250GB Console $199.99
- Xbox 360 Trinity 4GB Kinect Console $179.99
- Xbox 360 250GB Refurb, now $179.99
- Xbox 360 4GB Reburb, now $129.99
- $20 off Streets & Trips (50% discount)
- $10 off Streets & Trips with GPS
- $20 off AutoRoute (50% off)
- Get $100 off Mobile phone w/ 2 yr contract
- BF $50 off the AT&T Nokia Lumia 520 No Contract Windows Phone
- BF $20 off the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 No Contract Windows Phone
Get a week of deals at Amazon Black Friday
Amazon is kicking off their week 2013 Black Friday deals again on Saturday, November 23rd. In addition to their daily deals, you can start looking through all of the Amazon Black Friday deals here. There are electronics and movie deals going from 20% to 50% off! I’m looking forward to seeing what 3D BluRays show up on super sale so I can finally try out the 3D features on my fancy new TV.
Here at All That Nerdy Stuff and our sister site, All That Gaming Stuff, we’ll be posting all the Nerdy and Gaming Black Friday deals we can find over the next eight days. Keep checking in for great Black Friday deals!
Surface Pro Battery Doesn’t Have to End at 4 Hours
Updated 10/21/2013: I’ve been using Surface Pro as my primary PC for several months now, and have made these settings changes even more aggressive for my use case scenario. That is to say, most of what I do day to day is take notes and write, so I don’t need the full grunt of the i5 working at full bore. As a result, I’ve been able to get a consistent 6-7 hours out of Surface Pro, with an occasional 8 hours, depending on my workload and brightness (since some of my note taking is done in a darkened theater, I can use minimum brightness fairly often). If I can get this battery life on an Ivy Bridge Surface Pro, you should easily be able to get 8-10 hours, consistently, on a Surface Pro 2 with similar usage scenarios. Read on for the revised settings!
from one of our contributing bloggers:
Better graphics need better sound. DTS sound.
DTS Headphone:X. Interestingly, just a few weeks back I was writing here about this very idea that I had experienced back in the 1990’s at Siggraph. The technology has now been resized from what it was then (maybe six huge racks of tech) down to software and tiny hardware, promising a full blown surround DTS sound experience with standard headphones.
Now, I am not positive this is the same tech I heard in the 90’s, but if it is, it’s “blowing your socks off” time. That was MORE than surround sound. It was sound the way you actually hear sound. Close when it is close, distant when it is distant. It’s not just around you, “surrounding you with full sound.” It is like reality, where the bird flies by and you can grasp direction and distance with your eyes closed. It was so close to reality it was creepy…but, it is the way sound is meant to be heard.
NSA Opt Out for AT&T Customers!
AT&T is “anonymously” collecting your data. While there haven’t been reports that this data is going to the NSA, why not choose to opt out and try and keep your data private?
Don’t Just Toss That Old Phone, Murder It! (Or not)
By Ashley Davies
Cell phones. Why is it the second you buy one, the latest and greatest version comes out THE NEXT DAY. Well, that’s what it feels like anyway. The iPhone 5 came out in September 2012, and the updated iPhone 5S will hit stores in time for Christmas shopping. But there’s already talks of the iPhone 6 coming out in 2014! Just when you think you have the best Apple device, the an arguably better phone comes to the light and takes over. The perfect example can be seen in the Samsung Galaxy vs. iPhone vs. the Window’s phone vs. the new Blackberry, and so on and so on. It just seems like you can’t win.
And when you do get a phone, you’re stuck with it until that one, two, or eight year contract is over. You’re fully committed to the phone you signed up with (unless you’re totally OK with paying retail price for a new phone, which is just absurd). But that’s how companies get you.
So when the longest two years of your life is over and you finally get to update your outdated, piece of junk cellphone, what should you do with it? Donate it to a great cause? Smash it with your car? Keep it in your junk drawer just in case the phone you just got sucks worse than your previous one? Here are some fantastic ideas. Head on past the break for a full load of fantasy cell phone destruction!
Superman, the Man of Steel, Last Son of Krypton, Could Have Been Amazing
I’m going to give you fair warning: After the break, there will be spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie yet or don’t want it spoiled, don’t go past the break until you’ve seen it.
But before I go into spoiler territory, let me give you a spoiler-free rundown of what I thought of the film, in brief. First, it’s worth your time to see. It tells a story worth telling. It does take liberties with the classic Superman origin, but most of these are done in a meaningful way. Second, there is something wrong with the movie, and it’s twofold: it is impatient, revealed in the poor timing of the editing, and it puts far too much emphasis on the action, to the point where it’s exhausting. Third, the actors are all excellent, but are unfortunately given far too little time to shine. You may safely expect that once a scene of great character development begins, it will end abruptly, in favor of yet another action sequence, especially in the last 1/3rd of the film. SFX are mostly great, though some are a bit silly (more robotic tentacles? Really?), and Cavill really handles the Superman role with aplomb–much better than his immediate predecessor, though arguably not as well as Christopher Reeve. Still, this is a more modern Man of Steel, and some changes are to be expected.
Now, onward to the spoiler-filled review. You have been forewarned.
Reboots Abound, and Buffy + Tomb Raider = Awesome
There’s a certain part of me that’s disgusted by the number of reboots we see these days. On the other hand, there’s another part of me that’s happy about the phenomenon when it’s done well. A case in point are the first two Christopher Nolan Batman movies. I’m told, but haven’t seen myself, that Ms. Noxon’s reboot of Fright Night was also exceptionally well done. On the point of Noxon’s previous work, I’ve long found her to be an exceptionally talented writer, and always looked out for her episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I eventually watched that show on DVD. So I, for one, am on the verge of overjoyed that she’ll be penning the script for the next incarnation of Tomb Raider on the big screen, as reported by Variety. More details and thoughts after the break. Let me know what you think in the comments!