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For Tech Deals, Wait 'Till Black Friday

'Tis the season to buy tech products -- almost. If you're looking to upgrade, it's probably best to wait till Black Friday. Computers, high-end smartphones, HDTVs and tablets will see sharp discounts for the holidays.

iPhone Launch Event Preview: 5 Things to Watch

The entire tech world is anxiously awaiting Tuesday's iPhone launch event. The hope: that the iEmpire's holiday lineup impresses enough to reverse a 7% stock slide that began two weeks ago. We'll have to wait until 10 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday to find out exactly what the Mac maker has up its sleeve. In the meantime, here are five things to watch for as the event unfolds.

Read This Before Signing a Cell Phone Contract

When you're buying a new phone, the price can be dramatically affected by your choice of a cellular plan. But what do you really get for your money in this shotgun wedding? Is a two-year contract a fair trade for the discount? Read on for background info on some plans you may be considering.

Will Apple Go Downmarket With Cheaper iPhone?

When Apple rolls out its next-generation, high-end iPhone 5 this fall, one analyst is predicting the company will also shoot for the low-end market by introducing a second, inexpensive iPhone model that's capable of working with prepaid phone plans.

Norton Everywhere May Be Symantec's Mobile Moneymaker

Symantec is the global leader in the security software market, but its share of that market has been declining. Can its Norton Everywhere initiative leverage the companies strength in the PC world into the domain of smartphones and tablets?

Macy's Doubles Down on Its Big E-Commerce Plans

Macy's is bullish on e-commerce. Online sales for the department store chain grew more than 30% in 2010, and it's investing heavily in infrastructure upgrades, such as e-commerce product fulfillment centers, to accelerate its transformation into an "omnichannel" retail company.

What Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Is Obsessing About

Amazon (AMZN) boss Jeff Bezos doesn't take the usual approach to sales, technology or even competition. At this week's ShopSmart summit, he spoke with candor about his idiosyncratic strategies, growth opportunities, and how digital technology is still reshaping retailing.

BlackBerry PlayBook Not Ready for Prime Time?

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer debuts Tuesday, and for the many folks in the corporate world already armed with BlackBerry phones, the addition of a PlayBook may make sense. But there are a host of reasons why the average consumer may find the device not quite ready for the spotlight.

Will Google Turn Android Phones into Credit Cards?

Many major companies are hoping that consumers will use their smartphones as a credit or debit card, and Google may be preparing to join in with its Android phones. But is the trend, which has grown popular in Japan, finally ready to take off in the U.S.?

What Nokia Needs to Make Its Risky Bet Pay Off

From a strategy standpoint, there's some sound reasoning behind CEO Stephen Elop's thinking: Most likely there's room for a third player at Apple and Google's poker table. But Nokia's new deal with Microsoft will be all about how well it's executed.

Want a Verizon iPhone 4? Prepare Now for Next Week's Lines

Verizon sold out of its iPhone 4 pre-order allotment after only 17 hours. But don't despair, they'll be available soon online again and in Verizon, Apple and a few other stores. It's starting to look like it'll be another all-night camp-out for those who want to score day-one phones.

Verizon iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Flow in, With a Minor Glitch

They've waited years for this. Today, Verizon customers were able to pre-order their iPhone 4s. The phones should arrive on or before Feb. 10. So far, the supply is holding up, though some frustrated customers were greeted with an error message.

Android Takes the Lead in Smartphone OS Market Share

Handsets based on Google's Android-based handsets accounted for 32.9% of worldwide smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter, compared with Symbian's 30.6% market share, according to a new report from market researcher Canalys. Apple's iOS was a distant third, with 16%.

Kodak Loses Early Ruling in Patent Dispute with Apple and RIM

Kodak has accused Apple and Research in Motion of infringing on one of its digital-imaging patents with the iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. But the International Trade Commission in Washington has ruled against Kodak in a preliminary decision.

Retailers Look to E-Tailers for Survival Tips

Three years into a recession and a lumpy recovery, consumers aren't getting comfort from retail therapy. They're price-shopping online and jumping in and out of stores. So, bricks-and-motor merchants are looking for ways to make stores more convenient and flexible.

Should Verizon Customers Hold Out for the Apple iPhone 5?

Verizon customers will likely flock to the Apple iPhone 4 when the largest U.S. carrier starts selling it in February. But many industry-watchers expect an iPhone 5 a few months later. And that could create a quandary for folks on the fence about their next smartphone move.

It's Official: Verizon Wireless's iPhone 4 Arrives in February

At last, a Verizon iPhone. Verizon Wireless made its long-awaited announcement Tuesday, ending years of speculation over when it would carry Apple's world-beating smartphone on its CDMA network. Worth noting: It'll come with an unlimited data plan for $29.99 a month.

Motorola Mobility Unveils Much-Anticipated Xoom Android Tablet

Just a day after Motorola split in two, its mobility division has unveiled the much-anticipated Xoom, the first tablet to run on a tablet-specific version of Android version called Honeycomb. Could this tablet be the one to give the Apple iPad a run for its money?

Motorola Splits Into Two Very Different Companies

Now broken up, the Motorolas have distinct corporate personalities: the riskier but higher-growth potential Motorola Mobility, which includes Droid smartphones, and the steadier Motorola Solutions, which makes things like bar-code scanners.

Can Google's Android Undercut iTunes for News?

Google is considering a plan to charge publishers less to sell news to Android users than the 30% fee that Apple typically charges to sell apps on iTunes. Will that be enough to attract news publishers?

2011's Stealth Trend: Wireless Web Remakes the Rural World

If you want to know how the rural developing world could get cheap, easy wireless Internet access, just follow the money: Remittances to those regions total tens of billions each year, and the money flow isn't very efficient. The profits from micro-telcos taking over the business could prime the pump for an information revolution in the hinterlands.