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  1. 12 great tech gadgets that the geek on your list will love


    It can be daunting to sift through the newest technology products to find something worthy of your gadget-obsessed friends and family. Fret not: These are the most useful and entertaining tech gifts of the year.

    An Amazon fulfillment center prepares for Black Friday. [Jeff Spicer | Getty Images]
  2. Apple Pay expands as it vies for broader acceptance


    NEW YORK — Apple's year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries, banks and merchants as it faces growing competition and some challenges before it becomes as commonplace as plastic cards.

  3. 5 things to do under $5 Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Free day at Glazer Museum, photography show, poet laureate story time


    1 Carousel No. 5 with Bill Yates: Inspired by an old-fashioned slide show, Green Bench Brewing Co. hosts the fifth installment of this series that gives photographers a wall and a forum to present their work. Special guest Bill Yates will talk about his series from Tampa's Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, …

    Shown is an image by photographer Bill Yates, dated 1972-73. Yates will be at Green Bench Brewery in St. Petersburg for a discussion on Wednesday.
  4. Here's a list of what stores are open in Tampa Bay area on Thanksgiving and Black Friday


    Are you planning to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Here are opening times for some of the larger stores in the Tampa Bay area.

    Heading out to shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday? Please snap photos of anything interesting or funny and post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #tampabayshops, then follow along at In this photo, a Walmart worker gets ready for holiday shopping. Joe Raedle | Getty Images
  5. From the trenches of Black Friday: Furbies, flat-screens and falling asleep in the car


    I've never been a Black Friday shopper, though I've reaped the benefits of those doorbuster deals for years.

    Some people really enjoy the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. Others, not so much. In this photo from Thanksgiving last year, Kelli Flory, of Clearwater, pulled two carts full of gifts for her three kids at Toys R Us on Tyrone Boulevard on Thanksgiving Day. MONICA HERNDON | TIMES
  6. List of stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday


    NEW YORK — After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day or in the early morning hours of Black Friday. So if you prefer to pick up those discounted TVs, toys …

    Best Buy employees wait in line outside the store at 1725 North Dale Mabry Highway during a simulation drill as part of training for "Black Friday" in Tampa on Saturday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  7. As Thanks­giving and Black Friday draw near, Tampa Bay stores are getting ready



    A sea of blue shirts swarmed inside the Best Buy store on Dale Mabry Highway early Saturday morning as more than 90 sales associates, shelf stockers, managers and Geek Squad agents were drilled in preparation for the store's busiest day of the year: Black Friday.

    Best Buy employees wait in line Saturday outside the store on N Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa during a simulation drill. Workers received Black Friday training, which included studying maps of checkout queues and handling situations.
  8. After early Grinch warnings, holiday shopping forecasts gaining confidence


    Early fall predictions of the holiday shopping season were less than stellar, with respected firms like Morgan Stanley warning that the Grinch "could steal Christmas" this year.

    Sandy Kelly of Port Richey, second from left, fights the crowds at Gulf View Square mall in Port Richey with her daughter Laura, center, a few years back, before e-commerce had made the impact on holiday shopping that it has now and people preferred shopping at brick-and-mortar retailers.
  9. How Amazon's long game yielded a retail juggernaut


    To study the graph of Amazon's stock performance in 2015 is to witness a series of stepwise lurches toward commanding new heights. Overall, the stock market has been flat this year, and technology companies, as a group, haven't fared much better.

    A man delivers parcels in New York. In the flood of rapturous reviews from stock analysts over  Amazon's earnings report in October, several noted that Amazon's enormous investments in infrastructure and logistics have begun to pay off. [Angel Franco | New York Times]
  10. Universal Orlando announces new deal for Florida residents


    Florida residents can save on two- and three-day tickets at Universal Orlando available now and good through the next two months, Universal announced Wednesday.

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