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iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S vs iPhone original

We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2011, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live this year, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date, as well as the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2012!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:

iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S vs. iPhone original:
iPhone 5 certainly got a lot of attention this year, and our image gallery comparing it to previous iPhone designs served as our most popular post in all of 2012.

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Xbox 360 Sells 750,000 Last Week, more than Wii U and Wii combined

Xbox 360 black Friday sales

If Major Nelson's calculations are correct, the Xbox 360, a seven year-old console, has outsold the Wii U and Wii combined during the week of November 18th. The Wii U sold 400,000 units during its launch week, and the old Wii managed to still sell 300,000. The Xbox 360 sold 750,000. This is a remarkably high number for a console so late in it's life cycle, and it begs the question, do we need new hardware anytime soon?

The number of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions also increased more than 50 percent compared to last year's Black Friday week, with over 14 million people logged into Xbox Live on Sunday alone.

Sony hasn't revealed its numbers yet, but it looks like the Xbox 360 will end up being the best selling console in the US for November. You can pick one up on Amazon.

Read More | Major Nelson via Neowin


iPad mini leads in Black Friday sales

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Hot Deals

Notable Highlights:

  • 15.3% of online sales were mobile.
  • iPad made up 9.8% of purchases made.
  • iPhone made up 8.7% of purchases made.
  • Android devices made up 5.5% purchases made.
  • 20.7% increase of online shopping.
  • 11:45 EST was the peaked shopping time.
  • $181.22 was the average order value spent.
  • Department stores grew 16.8% over Black Friday 2011
  • 58% of consumers used smartphones to shop for deals.
  • 41% of consumers used tablets to shop for deals.

Full breakdown after the jump.

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Google and Developers Discount App Prices through Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Google, Hot Deals, Software

Google Play Store Sale

For techies, the Black Friday deals are just beginning. Google and other app creators are looking to extend the Black Friday madness into the Thanksgiving weekend, with deals on a wide range of apps and media.

Android apps are especially discounted, with apps like SwiftKey 3, Shadowgun, and Documents To Go among the cheapest, but there's no shortage of deals in categories across the board. You'll also find some nice deals on books, movies and music, from Diana Krall to Kendrick Lamar. Head on over to Google Play to check out all the deals on the apps you wish you had.

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MacMall 60-hour Black Friday 2012 sale offers the best Apple deals

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

Apple Mac Sale black Friday

If Apple merchandise is on your holiday buying list this year, you're gonna wanna be sure to check out MacMall's 60-hour Black Friday sale, which features up to $350 off of Mac computers. The sale includes all Macs, so you can even get a nice discount on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for example. They've got other items as well, including discounts on the iPod touch, Apple TV, and major discounts on a bunch of consumer electronics like digital cameras, Blu-ray players, and more. Definitely a sale to check out to get the jump on your shopping--whether it's for someone else, or yourself. Here's the quick list:

MacMall has plenty more where that came from, so head on over and check out their full 60-hour Black Friday 2012 sale for all the deals.

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Black Friday 2012: Target

Target Black Friday 2012

We've been busy posting some of the tech-heavy Black Friday 2012 sales that we're finding, and now we've arrived at Target. Doors at Target will open at 9:00pm on Thanksgiving, but you can get a ton of deals online, which is always our preferred method of beating the crowds. We've got the full list of the more noteworthy items the break, and it's definitely worth taking a look. Can't wait a day or two? Target is also running a Beat the Rush sale right now!

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Black Friday 2012: Best Buy

Best Buy Black Friday 2012 ad

Details of Best Buy's Black Friday 2012 sales have just been released, and we've got a links to all the highlights you can expect to see throughout Thanksgiving weekend. Doors will open right at midnight on November 23rd, and tickets for the doorbusters will be handed out as early as 10:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day. If you'd rather do all your shopping online (which is what we're doing,) here's your guide to all the Best Buy deals, after the break.

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Black Friday 2012: Newegg

Newegg Black Friday 2011

Newegg always has some fantastic deals, and we expect no less for Black Friday 2012. The nice thing about Newegg is that they don't have any physical stores, so you can just enjoy shopping from the comfort of your own home (or the home of your in-laws if you're still there) and get some tremendous deals. They've actually started their Black Friday deals a bit early, so you can get in on them right now! Here are some of the best that we've found:

Here are the different Black Friday 2012 departments on Newegg:

Last, if you're looking for products in a specific price rage:

For even more savings, be sure to use our Newegg promo code thread to add on to your Black Friday deals for even more savings!


Top 10 Gear Live stories of 2011

iPad 2 giveaway

We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2011, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live this year, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date, as well as the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2011!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:

Giveaway: Apple iPad 2 32 GB!:
The iPad 2 certainly got a lot of attention this year, and our iPad 2 giveaway served as our most popular post out of them all for 2011.

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Apple believes Kindle Fire could help iPad sales

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Kindle Fire

Apple is not overly concerned about the impact of the Kindle Fire on the iPad, and says the Amazon tablet might actually help iPad sales in the long run, according to a new report.

Analysts at JP Morgan met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer on Friday to discuss the long-term impact of Apple products, and when it comes to competitors like the Kindle Fire, "we believe that Apple is not too concerned about the low-priced entrants," the firm said in a note to investors.

If anything, the Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other low-priced options might help introduce consumers to the tablet market, prompting them to eventually upgrade to more feature-rich devices like the iPad, the report said.

"In other words, we think Apple is not seeing much pressure from lower-price tablets, yet," JP Morgan wrote.

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