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Laptops, TVs will be big on Black Friday

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| Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00 p.m

Question: This Black Friday, I’m hitting the stores. Do you have any insider knowledge about what’s going to be on sale?

Answer: This year, laptops and TVs are going to be the hottest big-ticket items. Be sure to look for bundles that include store gift cards. Watch the terms of the gift cards closely. Some have expiration dates or other limitations. Some stores will be open Thanksgiving Day. And there are also online-only deals. Every year, companies create Black Friday ads listing their big deals. Although these are supposed to go out on Thanksgiving, they usually leak in advance.

Get best prices on Amazon.com

Q: I’m starting to make Christmas shopping lists and I’ve noticed that prices for items on Amazon.com go up and down. How can make sure I get the lowest price?

A: CamelCamelCamel.com is a site that tracks Amazon prices with an interesting twist. You can add items to your shopping list and the site will notify you when the price drops. You can see a price trend graph that shows the general price range of the item over time. But did you know you can also get availability alerts, text shipment alerts, and share your Prime account with family members so they get free shipping?

Spotty Wi-Fi fixes

Q: I can stream Netflix to my laptop no problem in my living room. But in my bedroom on the other side of the house, it slows to a crawl. What’s going on?

A: It’s likely that your router isn’t strong enough to send a good signal to your bedroom. In that case, get a Wi-Fi extender and put it in the middle of your home. You might have a neighbor near that side of the house whose Wi-Fi network is conflicting with yours. To easily find out, grab a free program like Vistumbler. It gives you full details on every Wi-Fi network in range.

Email Kim Komando at techcomments@usatoday.com.

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