News Overview Updated November 13, 2018

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One of the biggest beauty stores in America, Sephora, has just launched its gift guide with loads of glamorous items for the beauty guru in your life. This gift guide is also a showcase of what is to come for Black Friday 2018. Plus, it also offers loads of ideas with priced under $15. It also has many gift sets from your favorite brands, whether you’re looking for haircare, skincare, or makeup. Head below to find our top picks from Sephora’s Gift Guide.

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It’s hard to be a lover of both antiques and technology these days. This is due in part to the majority of consumers that expect tech companies to ship futuristic looking devices that get thinner and more minimalist in each iteration. While this isn’t likely to bother too many of us, there are still quite a few who truly enjoy retro styling accompanied by the latest and greatest tech.

If having Alexa in an antique phone is something that you’ve always dreamed of, Grain Design may have just what you have been looking for. The company is producing what it calls Alexaphones. These devices are composed of real antique telephones with an Echo Dot connected directly to the receiver. expand full story

Before I get into my Kindle Paperwhite Review, I want to give you some backstory on where my life has been headed over the past few weeks. I’ve been pondering the role technology plays in our lives. It all started when my wife and I spent a weekend away for our anniversary, and I purposely didn’t keep my phone with me for an entire day. I knew she had her cell phone in case of an emergency with our children, so I just left it at the hotel. One of the main reasons I didn’t want it with me is because it was the day of the Georgia vs. LSU college football game, and I didn’t want to know the score until it was over. For the first time in many years, I went 12+ hours without picking up a cell phone to check e-mail, respond to a text message, or visit a website.  expand full story

Ahead of the year’s largest shopping event, Nintendo has officially announced its upcoming Switch and 2DS bundles. Each of the promotions will be the most affordable way to bring home the respective consoles this holiday season. Head below for a closer look at how the Nintendo Black Friday bundles stack up, and of course, how to save some coins before the holidays.

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News Stories November 12

Ok, let’s be real. One of the best (and worst) maps in Call of Duty history is Nuketown. I first got my taste of small maps with Modern Warfare: 2 on Rust, but Nuketown takes the cake in this writer’s opinion. Now, finally, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Nuketown is here.

So far, Nuketown has made appearances in all Call of Duty: Black Ops games, from the original to both II and III. The layout always remains the same, though the aesthetics are generally changed up from game to game. I can’t wait to dive into Nuketown on Black Ops 4, as it has been on my wishlist since our review.

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For quite some time now, companies like Amazon have offered home installation services. These are set out to help folks who do not have the time, know-how, or desire to set up new gadgets themselves. While many of us enjoy doing this ourselves, there are always bound to be areas that we find outside of our comfort zones.

Earlier today, eBay announced that it too will offer professional installation services directly to customers. This move has been made possible by partnering with three companies: Handy, Porch and InstallerNet. expand full story

Buying gifts for the cold weather adventurer in your life can be challenging. However, Mountain Hardwear’s Gift Guide makes it easy to shop for the winter outdoorsman or woman, no matter your budget. With must-have essentials and last-minute grabs, you can even find options for everyone under $100. Whether you’re looking to find a new jacket, pair of snow pants, ski goggles, or a backpack, this guide will help you purchase the perfect gift this holiday season. Head below to find all of our top picks from the Mountain Hardwear Gift Guide.

By the way, sign up to be an Elevated Rewards members (free to join) to receive free standard ground delivery on all orders. You will also be informed of exclusive member deals and advance notice of new products and technologies. 

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News Stories November 9

CORSAIR is primarily recognized for their quality PC gaming peripherals, however, more recently they’ve been known for their components. The computer gaming company makes everything from keyboards and mice, to power supplies and now SSDs. A few years ago, CORSAIR introduced the Bulldog, which was basically a pre-built computer (though it was missing a few parts.) Now, you can get a complete pre-built system from the company, called the CORSAIR VENGEANCE 5180 Gaming PC. expand full story

Kohl’s is known for its generous cardholder discounts, consistent coupon offers, and regular Kohl’s Cash promotions. However, its Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards program is often overlooked, and for good reason: it’s lacking. Kohl’s must have realized this, as back in May it rolled out its All New Kohl’s Rewards program. Head after the jump to find out about this revamp, and which fortunate markets get to take advantage of it first.

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Get your loved ones in the holiday spirit with a new set of festive pajamas before Thanksgiving and Christmas. From the youngest child to the oldest adult, these pajamas will be ready for everyone to stay cozy throughout the holidays. We did the searching for you to find a huge variety of adorable styles to fit with every family’s personal style, and there are even some with options for the dog and cat. Head below to find our top picks.

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Have you heard about 11.11? Maybe you’re asking yourself, “What is 11.11?” Also known as Singles Day, it’s the biggest shopping event in the world that you are maybe just hearing about for the first time. Every November 11th, online e-commerce giant Alibaba puts on a show with some of the best deals you’ll find worldwide. And get this, 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest event ever.

So what is 11.11 and how do you even prepare for your new favorite shopping holiday? Head below for an overview, a few tips to prepare and more.

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The world of virtual reality has been abuzz the past few years. With Oculus’ standalone Go headset, HTC’s Vive Focus, and PlayStation VR, plenty of companies are taking their own stab at making a mass market headset.

Shadow Creator, a Chinese company, is throwing their hat in the ring next week with its own Shadow VR headset. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and offer a resolution of 2560 x 1440.

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While everyone is focused in on its upcoming Black Friday 2018 offers, we now have the Amazon Best Books of 2018 List. Back in June, the major online retailer dropped a a list of the tentative best books of the year(so far), but now we have the official collection of the top reads on Amazon for 2018. expand full story

Amazon has had an interesting history with Apple products. It stopped selling the Apple TV for some time and only started offering it again as the Prime Video tvOS app launched this past December. Now, a new deal between Apple and Amazon will bring its products directly to consumers. expand full story

Update 11/12 @ 9:25 AM: The Super Mario Party bundle is now up for preorder at Best Buy for $99.99 shipped. GCU members will be able to lock it in for $79.99.

Mario Party is just one of those titles that seems like a must-have for the Switch. Nintendo finally realized many fans’ desire to go head-to-head with their friends for a board game-esque showdown. With the series’ latest having been on store shelves for a little over a month, Nintendo has unveiled its newest bundle. Not only will you be able to pick up the hit party game alongside a fresh pair of new Joy-Con colorways, but you’ll also score some savings. Head below for more details on the upcoming Super Mario Party bundle.

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News Stories November 8

It’s 2018, and Apple has finally joined the USB-C train. The latest iPad Pro (our review) started to hit store shelves and customer hands yesterday, and I picked my iPad up today. Apple does include an 18W USB-C fast charger in the box, thankfully. Now you now have a large range of options thanks to Apple moving to a new standard. For most people, 18W is plenty for charging. If you have the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro and are using power-intensive applications, you might want some extra juice. These are our top 5 USB-C fast chargers for iPad Pro.

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Doorbells are one of many types of smart home devices that offer a significant amount of convenience to consumers. They allow us to know if someone is at our home whether we are there or not. If the latter is true, built-in microphones and speakers allow for two-way communication from anywhere.

Well-known connected camera brand Arlo announced in July that it would be releasing its own smart Audio Doorbell and Chime accessory to complement its robust home security lineup. We covered the announcement with the information we knew then, so today’s post is focusing on what potential customers should know before they buy.

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Get in the holiday spirit with Fossil’s Gift Guide, which has ideas for the entire family. Checking off every name on your list can be a daunting task; however, Fossil makes it easy this year with high-end smartwatches, luggage, everyday accessories, and much more. Plus, there is a price point for every budget, and you can add FREE engraving to any gift to for a personalized touch. Head below to find our top picks from Fossil’s Gift Guide.

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