Whether you're shopping for a new TV, gaming console, laptop, digital camera, or any other electronic device, make sure you visit these sites first:
SlickDeals lets its users find the best deals from around in Internet, and shares them with rest of us. Each day, you'll find the top discounts on the front page, but more deals exist within the specific product categories across the top. Once you find the deal you want, you'll be redirected to the site on which it is offered. Tips and deals are also posted in the SlickDeals forums.
Like SlickDeals, DealsPlus relies on its users to scour the Internet for the best deals. Users "plus" deals to bring the best discounts and offers from all categories to the front page. Alternatively, you can look at deals by category.
FatWallet is yet another collective bargain-hunting site, where users find the deals. One unique difference between FatWallet and other sites is its cash back program, which gives members money back on their purchases. Retailer ads and other deals are also posted in the FatWallet forums.
With a motto like "Where every day is Black Friday," expect to find excellent deals on electronics and other product categories curated by the DealNews staff.
There's also an accompanying app, which brings you deals while you're on the go, and a Black Friday app for that special time of year. DealNews also offers e-mail alerts to let you know when a product you're looking for goes on sale.
Unlike the previous Web sites, Woot organizes its own deals with manufacturers. This simple site brings you one deal every day, but the picks are usually great. If the daily deal doesn't impress you, check out the community page, where users post deals they find around
Google Wallet launches today, but you probably can't use it yet. The digital wallet is available for the Samsung Nexus S on the Sprint Nextel network. The wallet uses near-field communication to allow you to pay with your mobile phone. "In the future, our goal is to make it possible for you to add all of your payment cards to Google Wallet, so you can say goodbye to even the biggest traditional wallets," said Osama Bedier, vice president of payments at Google
While several other companies, including credit card giants Visa and American Express, as well as mobile wireless carriers, have also announced plans to launch their own digital wallets, Google is the first to take its digital wallet to market.
Google Wallet, which will allow people to tap or swipe their phones to pay for things, officially launches today on its first smartphone, the Samsung Nexus S offered on Sprint Nextel.
Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20108224-266/google-wallet-opens-for-business/
Google wants Android to move into people's homes with the open-source software powering everything from smart light bulbs to sound systems.
More than 5,000 software savants at Google's annual developers conference in San Francisco on Tuesday were shown an "Android@Home" software platform for making dumb devices smart and robots manageable.
Among the innovations on display were light bulbs that can be controlled by Android-powered gadgets and a Tungsten sound system that could be synced to Google's freshly-launched internet "cloud" music storage service.
Android light bulbs are to hit the market by the end of the year and developers were invited to turn them into smartphone-controlled alarm clocks for waking people up in the mornings.
"We are extending the Android platform into the home," said Google senior vice president of mobile Andy Rubin.
"It's a lot of fun," he continued. "The power of Android is that it can be used by a lot of people in a lot of different ways. We are going to see some pretty interesting stuff."
The technology has the potential to turn Android smartphones or tablets into remote controls for lights, appliances, irrigation systems, thermostats and more, according to Google.
"It is basically connecting lots of things together that inherently weren't designed that way," Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney said of Android@Home.
"So many devices are becoming smart and connected, and Android is looking to become the technology to do that."
While Microsoft has talked for decades about software giving brains to dumb devices in homes without bringing the vision to the masses, Google could succeed due to its open-source model, according to the analyst.
Android is free, as compared to proprietary Microsoft software, and developers can customize it to devices as they wish.
The growth of Android@Home could depend on the availability of tiny, low-cost chips so that innovations are practical to make and affordable to buy, according to Dulaney.
"Android is so strong that it could come together," the analyst said.
Android was intended from the outset to go beyond powering smartphones, according to Google product manager Hugo Barra.
A display area at the conference was devoted to robots powered by Android software.
"We think there are a crazy number of new opportunities for developers to create new software," Google engineering director Joe Britt said after demonstrating Android@Home.
"There is a hydroponic grow system being controlled by an Android device," he continued with a chuckle. "We never would have thought of that."