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Video Games and Gaming Bundles Get Attractive Discounts

Thinking what’s a great deal around Black Friday and what should be left alone? Then you are just one of many, as most people try to figure out the answer to this question while they are deluged with deals online or in stores. There is however, little to worry about when it comes to solving this particular riddle as the best black Friday products and deals are frequently sifted through by experts, and we have brought together all the important information below to help you make the right choice, this year and in the years to come.

Buy Smartphones and Mobile Devices

Buy Smartphones and Mobile Devices

Some of the hottest devices are those from Apple and around the black Friday period there are big discounts provided on iPhones and iPads released in the previous year. There are also a number of stellar offerings on the Apple devices released this year, as a result you can pick up an Apple iPad 9.7″ after taking advantage of $30 discount.

Samsung the other major flagship smartphone manufacturer, often mentioned in the same breath as Apple, is also featured in Black Friday discounts. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 which released this year is expected to be offered with a $300 gift card and the same goes for the Google Pixel 3 XL, and these can be availed of with activation on specified carriers such as Verizon.

Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches to Stake your Money On

Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches to Stake your Money On

Increasing competition between fitness trackers and smartwatches in the market means that interested buyers can choose from several that are discounted each year around Black Friday.The Apple Watch Series 3, which was the latest smartwatch from the company until September is a popular choice this year with a discount bringing its price down to about $199.99. While the newest Fitbit Charge 3 which was released recently will be available for a reduced price of $119.95.

Do not Ignore Doorbusters for TVs and Electronics

Do not Ignore Doorbusters for TVs and Electronics

With people looking to upgrade their TVs and other electronic appliances come black Friday major stores like Target have doorbuster deals that are centered on them and these fall in the “must buy” segment. Some of the biggest deals for electronics are available in store and this year advertisements showcasing them have already arrived. Taking advantage of these “doorbusters” you can buy top of the line electronics, and one such deal this year allows you to buy a 55-inch 4K UHD TV for as low as $199.99. Importantly the pricing that Target has announced in its advertisements this year, are expected to be matched by other big-box retailers such as Walmart, and in some instances they will even be lower.

Video Games and Gaming Bundles Get Attractive Discounts

Video Games and Gaming Bundles Get Attractive Discounts

Video games which are long standing favorites among school and college students are some of the best offers available on Black Friday. This year too major retailers are getting into the action and offering several discounts on games and bundles. Games are priced anywhere from $15 upwards and if you want to buy AAA titles for various gaming consoles you can take advantage of steep discounts to stock up.  GameStop and other retailers usually offer the best discounts and often these extend to gaming bundles which include consoles, such as an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 which are combined with specific games. This year retailers like Target are offering the hugely popular Spider-Man game along with a bundled 1 TB PlayStation 4, both of which come with a price tag of $199.99.

 

Hunt for Big and Small Home appliances

Hunt for Big and Small Home appliances

Retailers provide massive discounts that extend up to 40%, on big appliances for the home and kitchen and so it is a good idea to buy that new refrigerator or dryer that you want. Coffee makers, slow cookers and waffle makers also see discounts and often their prices fall to around $10-20 each.

Hold off on Buying Christmas Decorations

Hold off on Buying Christmas Decorations

Loading up on Christmas decorations when hunting for Black Friday deals might seem an attractive option, but stop before you put money on wrapping paper or an artificial Christmas tree. In fact the time around Black Friday do not see the best discounts on decorations and baubles as they are usually cheaper nearer to Christmas day.

Move Away from Bedding and Outdoor Items

Move Away from Bedding and Outdoor Items

Planning to upgrade your patio and install new furniture or thinking of investing in a grill? All of this can be kept on hold during Black Friday, as these items do not come with the best discounts. Instead buying outdoor furniture should be reserved for the period after the end of summer. As the weather grows colder upgrading bedding with new coverlets, bedspreads, comforters and duvets can be on your mind. However, if you are looking for discounted items to ensure that you do not overshoot your budget then do not shop during Black Friday. Bedding generally is priced the lowest during the month of January and big discounts results in you being able to get up to 70 percent off.

Avoid Winter Attire and Toys

Avoid Winter Attire and Toys

Clothing for the winter, toys and rebates that have to be mailed in should also not be on your list of things to buy during black Friday. Winter clothing gets the biggest discounts before spring, while toys are cheapest just before Christmas. As for mail in rebates they are just too troublesome, often forgotten and should be avoided.

Also ensure you check out doorbusters that pop up on online, and are available until Cyber Monday. Finally if you are online or in a store take advantage of deals around airfare and hotel stays to get the most out your holiday budget.

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Facebook ‘refriends’ Australia after changes to media laws

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By Byron Kaye and Colin Packham

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Facebook will restore Australian news pages, ending an unprecedented week-long blackout after wringing concessions from the government over a proposed law that will require tech giants to pay traditional media companies for their content.

Both sides claimed victory in the clash, which has drawn global attention as countries including Canada and Britain consider similar steps to rein in the dominant tech platforms and preserve media diversity.

While some analysts said Facebook had defended its lucrative model of collecting ad money for clicks on news it shows, others said the compromise – which includes a deal on how to resolve disputes – could pay off for the media industry, or at least for publishers with reach and political clout.

“Facebook has scored a big win,” said independent British technology analyst Richard Windsor, adding the concessions it made “virtually guarantee that it will be business as usual from here on.”

Australia and the social media group had been locked in a standoff after the government introduced legislation that challenged Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google’s dominance in the news content market.

Facebook blocked Australian users on Feb. 17 from sharing and viewing news content on its popular social media platform, drawing criticism from publishers and the government.

But after talks between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a concession deal was struck, with Australian news expected to return to the social media site in coming days.

“Facebook has refriended Australia, and Australian news will be restored to the Facebook platform,” Frydenberg told reporters in Canberra.

Frydenberg said Australia had been a “proxy battle for the world” as other jurisdictions engage with tech companies over a range of issues around news and content.

Australia will offer four amendments, which include a change to the proposed mandatory arbitration mechanism used when the tech giants cannot reach a deal with publishers over fair payment for displaying news content.

‘UNTESTED’

Facebook said it was satisfied with the revisions, which will need to be implemented in legislation currently before the parliament.

“Going forward, the government has clarified we will retain the ability to decide if news appears on Facebook so that we won’t automatically be subject to a forced negotiation,” Facebook Vice President of Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown said in a statement online.

The company would continue to invest in news globally but also “resist efforts by media conglomerates to advance regulatory frameworks that do not take account of the true value exchange between publishers and platforms like Facebook.”

Analysts said while the concessions marked some progress for tech platforms, the government and the media, there remained many uncertainties about how the law would work.

“Retaining unilateral control over which publishers they do cash deals with as well as control over if and how news appears on Facebook surely looks more attractive to Menlo Park than the alternative,” said Rasmus Nielsen, head of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, referring to Facebook headquarters.

Any deals that Facebook strikes are likely to benefit the bottom line of News Corp and a few other big Australian publishers, added Nielsen, but whether smaller outlets win such deals remains to be seen.

Tama Leaver, professor of internet studies at Australia’s Curtin University, said Facebook’s negotiating tactics had dented its reputation, although it was too early to say how the proposed law would work.

“It’s like a gun that sits in the Treasurer’s desk that hasn’t been used or tested,” said Leaver.

COOLING-OFF PERIOD

The amendments include an additional two-month mediation period before the government-appointed arbitrator intervenes, giving the parties more time to reach a private deal.

It also inserts a rule that an internet company’s existing media deals be taken into account before the rules take effect, a measure that Frydenberg said would encourage internet companies to strike deals with smaller outlets.

The so-called Media Bargaining Code has been designed by the government and competition regulator to address a power imbalance between the social media giants and publishers when negotiating payment for news content used on the tech firms’ sites.

Media companies have argued that they should be compensated for the links that drive audiences, and advertising dollars, to the internet companies’ platforms.

A spokesman for Australian publisher and broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co Ltd welcomed the government’s compromise, which it said moved “Facebook back into the negotiations with Australian media organisations.”

Major television broadcaster and newspaper publisher Seven West Media Ltd said it had signed a letter of intent to strike a content supply deal with Facebook within 60 days.

A representative of News Corp, which has a major presence in Australia’s news industry and last week announced a global licensing deal with Google, was not immediately available for comment.

Frydenberg said Google had welcomed the changes. A Google spokesman declined to comment.

Google also previously threatened to withdraw its search engine from Australia but later struck a series of deals with publishers.

The government will introduce the amendments to Australia’s parliament on Tuesday, Frydenberg said. The country’s two houses of parliament will need to approve the amended proposal before it becomes law.

(Reporting by Colin Packham and Byron Kaye; additional reporting by Renju Jose, Kate Holton and Douglas Busvine; Writing by Jonathan Barrett; Editing by Sam Holmes and Mark Potter)

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Oil rises on positive forecasts, slow U.S. output restart

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By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Tuesday, underpinned by the likely easing of COVID-19 lockdowns around the world, positive economic forecasts and lower output as U.S. supplies were slow to return after a deep freeze in Texas shut down crude production.

Brent crude was up 36 cents, or 0.5%, at $65.60 a barrel by 1212 GMT, and U.S. crude rose 39 cents, or 0.6%, to $62.09 a barrel.

Both contracts rose more than $1 earlier in the session.

“Vaccine news is helping oil, as the likely removal of mobility restrictions over the coming months on the back of vaccine rollouts should further boost the oil demand and price recovery,” said UBS oil analyst Giovanni Staunovo.

Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg said optimistic oil price forecasts issued by leading U.S. brokers had also contributed to the latest upswing in prices.

Goldman Sachs expects Brent prices to reach $70 per barrel in the second quarter from the $60 it predicted previously, and $75 in the third quarter from $65 forecast earlier.

Morgan Stanley expects Brent crude to climb to $70 in the third quarter.

“New COVID-19 cases are falling fast globally, mobility statistics are bottoming out and are starting to improve, and in non-OECD countries, refineries are already running as hard as before COVID-19,” Morgan Stanley said in a note.

Bank of America said Brent prices could temporarily spike to $70 per barrel in the second quarter.

Disruptions in Texas caused by last week’s winter storm also supported oil prices. Some U.S. shale producers forecast lower oil output in the first quarter.

Stockpiles of U.S. crude oil and refined products likely declined last week, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday.

A weaker dollar also provided some support to oil as crude prices tend to move inversely to the U.S. currency.

(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin in London, additional reporting by Jessica Jaganathan in Singapore; editing by David Evans and John Stonestreet)

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UK-Japan trade deal settled nerves for Japanese firms, Honda executive says

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s trade deal with Japan settled the nerves of a lot of Japanese businesses in the United Kingdom and gives them confidence about their future prospects there, a senior Honda executive said on Tuesday.

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, has since the 1980s made the United Kingdom its favoured European destination for investment, with the likes of Nissan, Toyota and Honda using the country as a launchpad into Europe.

But Britain’s shock 2016 decision to leave the European Union had prompted Japan to express unusually strong public concerns. Their companies and investors warned that a disorderly exit from the EU would force them to rethink their four-decade bet on Britain.

“We welcome very much the Japanese trade agreement which as a Japanese businesses was very welcomed,” Ian Howells, senior vice president at Honda Motor Europe, told a parliamentary committee.

“On the point around confidence, that certainly amongst my peers in Japanese companies was very much welcomed, and probably settled a lot of nerves in terms of their trading prospects in the UK going forward.”

Britain and Japan formally signed a trade agreement in October, marking Britain’s first big post-Brexit deal on trade. It has also made a formal request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), of which Japan is also a member.

(Reporting by Kate Holton)

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