Revolutionary handheld scanner will make 3D printing a piece of cake

Revolutionary handheld scanner will make 3D printing a piece of cake
Ooznest PRUSA i3The world of 3D printing is a fast developing one, and increasingly more affordable (with options like the sub-£500 Ooznest PRUSA i3, pictured above), but it's still far from novice-friendly – although new innovations are set to help on that front, with one notable device being a handheld 3D scanner.
This hardware was showed off over at the K-ICT 3D Printing Conference in South Korea, ZDNet reports, and is the brainchild of ETRI (the South Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute – the global ICT research organisation founded back in 1976).
How does it work? You simply use the scanner to scan an object, and it relays the data for the dimensions and form of that object to a computer, where it can be adjusted via a simple user interface before being printed by your 3D printer.
The 3D scanner and easy to use software will avoid any tricky messing with models, and will make 3D printing far more accessible, and indeed something that members of the general public will be able to enjoy (or that's the theory anyway).
The GUI employed uses basic functions everyone will be familiar with, and modifying a scanned design can be achieved through, for example, simple taps on scrollbars.
The 3D scanner employs multiple cameras and line lasers to do its scanning stuff, and offers a real-time preview, as well as checking elements such as an object's durability before you print the thing.

Smartphone scanning

There's also talk of a mini version of the scanner designed for use with a smartphone, which is essentially a budget-friendly way of turning your handset into a 3D scanner – an exciting prospect indeed.
ETRI has four research locations across South Korea, and an international presence across 22 countries.
The future of 3D printing certainly holds much promise, and could even be a literal lifesaver for some folks, with recent news about how medical researchers are looking into printing synthetic organs as an alternative to waiting for a donor.
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have already used a modded 3D printer to fashion models of hearts, bones and the like from actual biological material.

The best Black Friday deals 2015: all the best UK deals listed

Welcome Black Friday deals homepage, your resource for all the best Black Friday deals! It's day five and we've now removed expired deals and updated with new ones!
Throughout November we'll be bringing you the best pre-Black Friday deals from all the major and trustworthy UK retailers so you can make sure you always get the best prices this silly season! We've laid them out according to category so you can find the ones you're looking for as easily as possible. So to see the current best deals, check out the sections below. And to read more about Black Friday, check out the explainer towards the bottom of the page!
Why the whole of November and not just on Black Friday, which is on November 27? Because we're expecting retailers to spread the deals out over a wider period this year as the battle for our cash gets ever more fierce!
Check back every day in November because we'll be bringing you the best deals on all the best products. If you see a great deal out there, send me a tweet @Rungsberry and I'll check it out.
And of course, you can follow @TRDeals to hear about all the best deals first!
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TV & video deals

Cheap TV deals are what many people are looking for from Black Friday so we'll be scanning all of the best sites - Amazon, Currys, Argos, eBay and more, every day, to make sure we put our favourite TV deals in this section. There are likely to be some stunning TV deals on Black Friday itself but there'll be some very attractive deals throughout November too, and many of these will expire before the big day itself.
Sony 4K: Grab this 49-inch Sony 4K TV and a FREE soundbar for just £749 at Currys
Cheap Sony TV: Save over £300 on this 48-inch Sony HD TV, now just £399 at Argos
Cheap TV: Get this 32-inch Samsung telly for just £199 at Rakuten
Now TV: Get Sky's Now TV box with a 6-month entertainment pass for just £25 at Tesco direct
65-inch TV: Want a kick-ass home cinema screen without paying top-end prices? Check out this full HD TV for £999 at Currys
Samsung Curved TV: Fancy one of those fancy curved TV's but don't want to pay thousands? Check out the Samsung UE48J6300 for £499 at RGBdirect
Philips 4K TV: Pick up this 40-inch 4K TV with Freeview HD and Android TV for £449 at Argos
Cheap 32-inch TV: Ideal as a second screen, this 32-incher from JVC is just £149 at Currys
LG 43-inch TV: This 43-inch smart HD TV from LG is down to £349 at Argos
Cheap 32-inch TV: Another bargainous 32-incher, this time from Samsung's 2015 range is now £199 at
Samsung 4K TV: Looking for an affordable bigscreen 4K TV? This 50-incher from Samsung is now £749 at Currys

Gaming deals

We already known from all your tweets that PS4 deals are what you really want this Black Friday. There are already some good deals out there so we'll be documenting all the best ones throughout November.
Fallout 4: Get 2015's most hotly anticipated game on PC for just £33.99 on the new Golden Joystick Store.
PS4: Get the 500GB console with COD II, Drive Club and NOW TV Movies 2 month pass for £299 at Game
PS4: Grab the Sony PS4 with a copy of Star Wars: Battlefront for £299.99 at
PS4 1TB: Pick up a 1TB PS4 with Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Journey and two Dualshock 4 pads for £369.99 at Game
PS4: Get the 500GB console with Destiny: The Taken King for £289 at Tesco direct
PS4: Get the console with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Watch Dogs and the Uncharted Collection for just £299 at Game
Xbox One: Get the Xbox One with FIFA 16, Halo 5 and COD Ghosts for just £299.99 at Game
Xbox One: Get the Gamer Bundle - the Xbox One with 1 month of EA Access, one free game of your choice, up to two discounted games, accessories of up to £25, 3 months of Xbox Live Gold and £10 Xbox Digital Gift Card all for just £304.99 at Microsoft
Xbox One: Get the console with 1TB storage, FIFA 16, Halo 5 and COD Ghosts for £319.99 at Game
Xbox One Wireless Controller: Get one of the new Xbox One pads for £35.86 at shopto
Xbox One: Pick up the console with FIFA 16 and one other game for £289 at Tesco direct
Xbox One 1TB: Grab Microsoft's 1TB console with AAA game Rise of the Tomb Raider for £299.99 at Smyths Toys
Xbox One: Pick up the Xbox One with FIFA 16 and Halo 5: Guardians for just £279.99 at Xtra-Vision
Nintendo 2DS: Get Nintendo's handheld console with Mario Kart 7 for £49 at Tesco
Wii U: Get Nintendo's home console with Splatoon, Inkling Boy Amiibo and Super Smash Bros for £224.99 at Nintendo
Wii U: Get Nintendo's home console with Mario Kart for £229 at Tesco direct

Headphone & audio deals

Headphones have become one of the most popular tech categories so rest assured we'll be bringing you the best headphone deals out there. Black Friday last year yielded some truly brilliant headphone deals so we're expecting lots of bargains again this year.
Soundbar: Get this soundbar with subwoofer and Bluetooth for wireless music for just £59 at Tesco direct
Bluetooth speaker: Get the Jam Rewind portable speaker for £19.99 at Argos while stocks last
Sony headphones: The Sony MDR-ZX610 noise cancelling headphones are now just £38.90 at
Ultimate Ears: Get this awesome waterproof speaker for £155.63 at
Wireless speaker: This portable speaker from Gogroove is now down to just £38.90 at
AKG headphones: Get these portable, foldable on-ear AKG headphones from for £20.07
AKG headphones: Another pair of headphones from AKG - these ones are more premium - down to £37.85 at

iPad & tablet deals

the tablet market has crashed of late - no one is buying tablets anymore it seems. That means manufacturers and retailers are very keen to shift stock, so you can expect some very aggressive Black Friday iPad and tablet deals both on the big day and beforehand.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: Get Samsung's best ever 8-inch tablet now for only £234.99 at
LG tablet: Pick up the LG G Pad 8 V80 Android tablet for £89.99 at
iPad Air 2: Get the top-end iPad for just £326.39 at
iPad mini 2: Get the an iPad mini 2 with retina display for £219 at Currys
iPad mini 2: Another deal on the iPad mini 2 with retina display - this one's going for £196.50 at
Asus ZenPad Z300C: This Android 5.0 (lollipop) tablet has a £20 saving at Currys, making the price £129.99
Amazon Fire: Get Amazon's 7-inch budget tablet for just £49.99 at Currys
Lenovo Tab 2: Another great option for a cheapo Android tablet - this one's going for £89.99 at Argos
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2: Samsung's latest and greatest tablet with 32GB is now £399.99 at Currys

Smartphone deals

Here we'll bring you what we think are the best SIM-only handset deals - you can already get a Samsung Galaxy S6 for under £335. We've got some really tasty exclusive smartphone deals lined up with retailers just for techradar readers to stay tuned for those!
Samsung Galaxy S6: Ebuyer is doing a smartphone sale - get the 128GB version of the world's best smartphone for £499.95
LG G4: Get the 32GB version of LG's best ever phone for £309.99 at Ebuyer
Samsung Galaxy: Get the Galaxy S4 smartphone for just £159.95 at
Samsung Galaxy S6: Pick up the world's best smartphone for just £334.99 at
Google Nexus 6: Pick up Google's 6-inch phablet for £274.99 at expansys
Moto G: Get the world's most famous budget smartphone for just £169.99 at
LG G4: LG's best ever smartphone is currently going for £299.99 at
LG G3: LG's best phone from last year is £100 cheaper than the G4, now £249.95 at Argos

Camera & accessories deals

Expect some sweet camera deals as we get closer to Black Friday. We're keeping our eyes open so you can expect this section to grow significantly as we go.
Canon Powershot: Get the Canon G7 compact camera, now reduced to £286.99 at eGlobal Central
Canon SX530: Another PowerShot compact camera from Canon, this one down to just £204 at
Micro 4/3: Get the Panasonic Lumix LX100 camera for £491, saving over £100 at
Nikon D3300: Pick up this DSLR Camera with 18-55mm & 55-200mm Lens + Nikon System Bag all for only £429.99 at Argos
Tripod: Davis & Sanford ATTARASB11 63 inch DSLR Tripod with B11 Ball Head - down to £35.60 at
Joby GorillaPod: SLR-Zoom Tripod for SLR Cameras - now only £19.89 at Amazon
Compact camera: Canon's excellent SX60 HS PowerShot Digital Camera has been reduced to £295 at
GoPro: Get the magnificent Hero4 Black Edition, the world's best action camea for only £314.99 at Wiggle
Sony action camera: Can't afford the GoPro? Check out the Sony HDR-AZ1VR Mini Action Camera with Live View Remote Wrist Strap - reduced down to £208.40 at Amazon

Laptop & Macbook deals

As we reprted at the end of October, Black Friday laptop deals are going to be amazing this year. So rest assured we'll be keeping on top of this category above all others to make sure you can easily find the best laptop deals.
Apple: Apple Macs and Macbooks at John Lewis now come with a 3 year guarantee, making it the place to buy!
Lenovo: Pick up this handy Lenovo laptop which is down to just £168.98 at Ebuyer
4K laptop: Want a laptop with a 4K screen? Check out the Lenovo Y50-70, now going for £799.97 at Save on Laptops
Convertible: Get this Asus touchscreen laptop/tablet for just £349 at Ebuyer
Mac mini: Get the Apple Mac mini for £349 when you use the code 50MAC at Currys
Dell XPS 13 (2015): Pick up this super-popular Dell ultrabook laptop for £849 at
Asus Zenbook UX305: Another excellent ultrabook here, currently down to £499.97 while stocks last at Currys
Acer Aspire: Get this solid 15.6-inch laptop in red for only £279.99 at Currys
Apple MacBook Air: Get the 11.6-inch MacBook Air for only £749 at Currys
Chromebook: Check out the Toshiba CB30-B-104 13-Inch Chromebook which is reduced to £239.99 at

Computing deals

Check out this section if you're after gaming peripherals, storage or any other computing gear!
16GB DDDR: Get this 16GB RAM kit from Corsair for just £64.98 at
128GB USB stick: Get this USB stick with 128GB capacity for just £16.99 at 7 Day Shop
Printer: Pick up this Canon all-in-one printer for just £59.99 at
2TB HDD: Get this Toshiba 2TB hard drive for just £49 at Tesco direct
Gaming keyboard: Razer BlackWidow 2014 Tournament Edition Essential Mechanical USB Keyboard - reduced to £59.95 at
USB HDD: Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive - now for £89.99 at Argos
USB 3.0 HDD: Samsung M3 500GB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black - down to £34.49 at Amazon
SSD: Crucial BX100 500GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - now for £124.99 at
USB HDD: Verbatim 53023 1TB Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive - Black - down to £48.62 at

Wearables deals

If you're after a smartwatch, a smart band, fitness tracker or any other wearable gadget this Black Friday, check back daily to this section as we'll be listing them all before lunchtime every day.
Garmin Forerunner: Get this GPS running watch, now reduced to £54.10 at
Microsoft Band: Pick up this fitness tracker for just £69.99 at Zavvi
GPS Watch: Get the Garmin Forerunner 620 watch with GPS, heart rate monitor and more, now down to £214.99 at
Fitbit: Get the Fitbit Surge super watch for fitness, now down to £136 at
GPS watch: Get this GPS watch from TomTom which is now down to just £97.95 at
Acer Liquid Leap Smart Band: Now only £43.48 at
Garmin Approach S2 GPS Golf Watch: Reduced down to £99.99 at
Sony LiveView Touch Generation 2 SmartWatch: Android smartphone accessory for £50.80 at
Apple Watch: with 38mm Sports Band in Space Grey & Black - now £299 at Currys

DVD & Blu-ray deals

Boxsets are still some of the best and most popular Christmas present categories so to help you out we'll be listing as many pre-Black Friday deals on DVD and Blu-ray.
The X-Files: Complete boxset now just £39.99 at Zavvi
Boardwalk Empire: Get the full boxset of this amazing series for £27.99 at
Toy Story: Get the Toy Story Trilogy on DVD for just £9 at Rakuten
James Bond: You can now grab the first 23 Bond movies on one boxset for £39.90 at
DVD: The Mentalist - Season 1-7 [DVD] [2015] - now £39.99 at
Blu-ray: Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection (Box Set) [Blu-ray] - Now only £20 at Zoom
Blu-ray: Fear The Walking Dead - Season 1 [Blu-ray] - now only £20 on
DVD: The Sopranos - The Complete Series [DVD] [2007] - Grab for just £40.99 at
Blu-ray: The Hobbit Trilogy [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free] - Now for £20.99 at

Gadgets & other deals

Looking for anything else? If it doesn't fit into the above categories but still counts as a Black Friday deal, this is the section you'll find it in!
Dyson: Get the new Dyson Cinetic DC54 Animal for just £249.99 at Ebay
Sat nav: Get the Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT 5-inch sat nav with UK and EU maps for £119.99 at
FM transmitter: Listen to music from your phone in your car using this FM transmitter for £29.99 when you use the code FLEXDEAL at
HDMI cable: Pick up a spare HDMI cable for just £1.19 at CPC
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Receiver Adapter: Turn your old speakers into wireless speakers for only £29.98 at
Sat nav: TomTom GO 5000 5-inch Sat Nav with European Maps and Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates - down to £159.99 at Amazon
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What is Black Friday?

If you don't know what we're talking about, Black Friday is a huge American shopping event offering huge savings on electricals and more, and in 2014 it exploded across the rest of the world in unprecedented fashion. In short, the UK went deals mad for 24 hours.
Forget Prime Day. On Black Friday last year, websites crashed, sales records were smashed and shoppers ravenously scooped up deals on tech, games and clothing in what was in many countries the biggest weekend of online shopping in history.
Adobe crunched the numbers and reported that on Black Friday in the US last year consumers spent a record-breaking $2.4 billion - up an extraordinary 24% on the previous year.
In the UK, where shoppers spent £810m ($1.2 billion) last year, John Lewis celebrated its biggest sales week of all time, shifting one Nutribullet food processor every 30 seconds.
Walmart-owned ASDA stores moved 8,000 TVs before breakfast and made 130 sales every second throughout the day, while GAME's website was selling PS4 and Xbox One consoles to British gamers at a rate of 3,600 per hour.
It was an international spending frenzy the like of which the internet had never seen before.
So what's in store for Black Friday 2015? Well despite MPs having urged UK retailers to boycott Black Friday this year, the likelihood is that Black Friday will be even bigger and even better than it was last. So where should you go to get the best deals on the day?
Retailers and analysts are already predicting that Black Friday 2015 will see the UK's first ever £1 billion shopping day - over £200m more than we spent last year.
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What happened on Black Friday last year?

The numbers on Black Friday in 2014 were so big that websites fell over like Victorian ladies on a hot day, with HP, Best Buy, Currys, Tesco, Argos, Boots and Game's websites all requiring smelling salts.
The Currys website in the UK crashed despite the company having implemented a system where users had to queue to use it, a queue that was still over an hour long by lunchtime.
The chaos isn't over, either. Black Friday 2015 is now just six months away and it promises to dwarf last year's stats in almost every way. Online retailers are already planning for it.

You're much safer online...

Of course, Black Friday is not by any means a phenomenon that's confined to the virtual realm.
It was conceived originally as a unit mover for high street retailers, a way for stores to shift a lot of stock at a time when most people in the US have time off work for Thanksgiving.
And while Black Friday chaos online led to websites crashing, bedlam on the highstreet tends to be a lot more troublesome.
Last year, fighting broke out in many stores in the UK, with Police being called to supermarkets including a number of Tesco stores which were heavily criticised afterwards by police. In Scotland, one supermarket had to be closed due to the excessive number of people trying to push their way inside.
While in the US, it's not unheard of for bargain hunters to pepper spray each other in an attempt to get the best deals...
Clearly - it's much safer to stay at home and pick up your deals on the internet, and that's what the majority of people did on Black Friday 2014.
To give you an idea of just how busy the sites were, John Lewis and Currys - two of the UK's biggest retail websites - both saw their web traffic triple compared to Black Friday 2013. Meanwhile, TechRadar's own Black Friday pages attracted more than 1.6 million page views.
So it's no exaggeration to say that the pre-Christmas retail landscape was changed forever on November 28 last year. Retailers knew Black Friday 2014 was going to be big, but it actually ended up being far bigger than they ever imagined.
So what lessons have they learnt, and what can we as consumers expect from Black Friday 2015?

Lessons from the past

Some stores were like ducks on Black Friday - they may've appeared calm, but under the water their little legs were going like crazy
Some retailers were like ducks on Black Friday last year: they may have appeared calm, but under the water their little legs were going like crazy.
Some stores totally panicked, as Patrick O'Brien of retail analysts Verdict Retail told TechRadar:
"Some retailers like Amazon planned promotions well in advance, but others were sucked in when they saw the scale of Black Friday and realised that without promotions, they would lose out on footfall or website hits in a key spending weekend."
The upshot? Those retailers cut prices even though they hadn't originally planned to.
"Those retailers ended up losing margin as they typically went for a percentage cut across numerous or even all lines, rather than having planned promotions that they could have organised with the help of their suppliers," O'Brien says.
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There was chaos in many stores on Black Friday 2014

Winners and losers of Black Friday 2014

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Not everybody was hurt, though. Some firms used Black Friday as cover. "The weather meant that clothing retailers had a lot of stock left to shift, so they used the cover of Black Friday to mark down stock."
And others had deals in place with their suppliers to deliver apparent bargains, with stock bought in especially for Black Friday.
You can see the Black Friday winners and losers in ComScore's UK figures for November 2014. The big winners were mainly large electrical, digital and entertainment retailers, with Amazon, Argos and Tesco at numbers 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
In America, meanwhile, we're seeing an interesting shift: the Black Friday money is moving to Thanksgiving instead.
According to IBM, Black Friday sales were 63.5% higher than Thanksgiving Day sales - but last year they were 70%. For US consumers, Black Friday is increasingly becoming a shopping weekend that starts on Thanksgiving and ends on Cyber Monday
Indeed, Cyber Monday is bigger than them all for US customers - last year's Cyber Monday was the US's biggest online shopping day ever.

Where does all the money come from?

One of the most interesting questions about Black Friday is whether it created new demand or just brought forward people's Christmas shopping by a few weeks.
The answer appears to be the latter - Verdict Retail found "no evidence that it stimulated demand" - and some retailers' panicky discounting was tantamount to shooting themselves in the foot.
Essentially, the Black Friday frenzy moved a lot of stock, but that stock was less profitable than usual. founder and chief executive John Roberts used the firm's annual report to note that Black Friday "did not produce incremental sales, but condensed sales into a shorter time period", while GAME issued a profits warning because its heavy discounting on games and consoles had a negative effect on its bottom line.
In the US, IBM reported that while overall sales were up, the average order value was down across both Black Friday and Thanksgiving.
That might explain why John Lewis boss Andy Street has poured cold water on the idea of Black Friday, telling the BBC that "We've got to ask if it's right to concentrate trade so much in that one period… I don't think we can put the genie back in the bottle but do we need to stoke that fire any more? I personally hope not."
Street predicts that Black Friday 2015 will still see lots of deals around electronics and computing, but says he hopes that fashion brands and other kinds of retail would be "more confident holding their price."
As Patrick O'Brien points out, though, John Lewis's "never knowingly undersold" guarantee means that if rivals go crazy on Black Friday 2015, "it cannot opt out!"

Rubbish for retailers, excellent for everyone else

If you take a step back, Black Friday should really be called Foolish Friday. Slashing profit margins during the busiest shopping period of the year for no good reason doesn't make much sense, not least because it gives retailers less room to manoeuvre if sales closer to Christmas need some extra oomph.
But as John Lewis's Andy Street said, the genie's out of the bottle - so if retailers don't take part, they'll see their rivals get all the business.
GAME issued a profit warning because its heavily discounted games and consoles had negative effects on its bottom line
And that's why Black Friday 2015 is likely to be another step up in terms hype and excitement.
Expect even more commercials leading up to Black Friday, bigger headline promotions and even more chaos.
"Black Friday is here to stay," Patrick O'Brien says, "but it will be a lot different in 2015. Retailers are planning for it."
You can be sure that retailers are already talking to their suppliers about the kinds of promotions they can support, and that the deals we see this year will be what Verdict describes as "geared toward gaining footfall and upsetting to full price goods rather than across the board percentage discounts."
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What deals can we expect for Black Friday 2015?

It's impossible to know for sure which products will receive the biggest discounts this year, but we can certainly make some predictions based on what we saw in 2014.
One of the hottest products on Black Friday last year was the iPad mini and that will likely be the case again in 2015. In fact we'll likely see some highly attractive deals on many Apple products, partly because they're so popular but also because there is room for manoeuvre in their prices.
Last year in the US we saw the Macbook Pro and 21.5-inch iMacs selling for $900 a pop, with Macbook Airs available for $780. In the UK the iPad mini was going for under £150 practically everywhere.
Expect bargainous Black Friday deals on iPads, consoles, 4K TVs, laptops, headphones, video games and cameras
It's worth retailers offering us these headline products with big discounts because they expect that we'll buy more than one item once we're on their site.
It's a safe bet also that Black Friday 2015 will see the cheapest-ever PS4 and Xbox One deals as well as some irresistible bundles. If you fancy buying your kids a console this Christmas, wait until November 27.
We saw many amazing deals on TVs last year so if you're interested in buying a 4K TV in time for Christmas, again you'd be wise to wait for the Black Friday deals madness to begin.
Last year in the we also saw amazing soundbar deals, DualShock 4 game controllers for under half price, Google Chromecasts for under $23/£18, huge savings on iPhones, amazing deals on cameras of all shapes and sizes from all the biggest brands, headphones, fitness bands, speakers.
You get the picture. Expect more of the same...

Where to find the best Black Friday deals in 2015:

Here's our rundown of where you will find the best Black Friday deals throughout November this year and specifically on Friday 27th November itself.
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Last year, over a million people visited TechRadar's Black Friday deals page where we rounded up all of the best deals from all of the most trusted retailers in the UK. This year, you'll be pleased to hear, we're doing it all over again! Throughout November we'll bring you a constantly updated page with all of the hottest tech and games deals on the internet, from super cheap PS4 bargains to laptops, TVs, Chromecasts, iPads and anything else we can find. If it's an amazing Black Friday deal, we'll have it on!
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In 2014, Black Friday was Amazon UK's busiest day ever with about 64 products being sold every single second and you can count on the online retail supergiant being right in the thick of it in 2015 as well. Expect enticing sales discounts in practically every area, from tech and games to kitchenware, white goods, furniture, clothing and everything else.
If this year's Prime Day is anything to go by, there will be more emphasis on lightning deals this year - deals which last just one day or even just a matter of hours before they either sell out or time out. That would mean that you'd need to be more on the ball to get the best deals out of Amazon this Black Friday, but while Prime Day was almost entirely lightning deals, Black Friday and indeed 'Black November' will certainly offer a lot more across the board. Last year's best deals on Black Friday included PS4 and Xbox one bundles for up to £100 off5.1 home cinema systems for £105 and Kindle tablets for crazy cheap prices.
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John Lewis:

John Lewis' managing director spoke out in January, warning against heavy discounting on Black Friday. His argument is sound, that retailers are shooting themselves in their collective feet by all heavily discounting. The flip side to that, though, is that if everyone else is doing it, John Lewis will be forced to follow suit. So you can expect John Lewis to offer similar deals to last year. The best Black Friday deals from John Lewis in 2014 included iPad mini deals for £150, good discounts on Apple Macbooks and a powerful price match scheme to outfox its competitors.
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In 2014, Currys introduced a controversial queuing system that had online visitors waiting up to 30 minutes to even access its site. Was this an attempt to drum up interest or was it simply to try and avoid the site crashing? Cynics be damned - we think it was a genuine attempt to stop the damaging impact of website crashes, and that's supported by the fact that most of the major retail sites in the UK did indeed go down for prolonged periods in 2014. Expect Black Friday deals from Currys on all things - computing, gadgets and mobile. Last year there were deals on Beats by Dre headphones, Apple iPad Air 2's were going for £209 and there were good discounts on Nikon DSLRs and lost more - in 2015 we'd expect laptops, iPads and tablets, peripherals, kitchen goods and everything in between.
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If Black Friday 2015 is anything like last year, many of the best deals will be found at Argos. However, this is another retailer that warned against the sales frenzy of Black Friday in January - its excellent Black Friday deals in November ended up negatively impacting its sales over Christmas which might point to a more reserved offering in 2015. However, with a whole year to plan the word is that Argos will still be offering up a whole range of Black Friday deals in all its areas - last year we have amazing deals on TVs, great PS4 bundle deals and everything else from electric toothbrushes to Dyson vacuum cleaners at £149.99and lots more.

GAME is definitely a hot retailer to keep an eye on during Black Friday 2015. Last year's best deals included PS4 DualShock 4 controllers for under £30, PS4 bundles such as the console PLUS Grand Theft Auto V AND The Last of Us Remastered AND Destiny + Vanguard AND a 12 month subscription to PlayStation Plus... all for just £399.99. The Black Friday deals were so attractive thatGAME was one of the sites that crashed for long periods last yearso expect more of the same, but hopefully less crashes!
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Specialising in movies, games and tech, Zavvi went aggressive on Black Friday last year and we have it on good authority that they'll be delivering some truly exciting deals on Black Friday 2015. Expect some best-ever PS4 and Xbox One deals as well as some sweet savings on DVD and Blu-ray boxsets, console games and assorted tech items like iPads and laptops. We'll be listing the site's best deals on this page, so you can either come to us for our selection of the best ones or go straight to Zavvi's Black Friday page.

Ebuyer is a trusted retailer of computing goods such as laptops, hard drives, memory cards, components, software, TV and office supplies. The site has, in the last couple of years, offered up to 50% on products in all of its various categories. So if you're looking for a new USB hard drive, a computer monitor or a laptop, will certainly be worth checking out!
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This year, Boots is promising "more unmissable Boots Black Friday offers, both online and in store". In 2014, the deals from Boots were quite varied but included items such as wearables, electric toothbrushes, hairdryers etc. Expect more of the same this year - if there's an item you've got your eye on at Boots, it's probably worth waiting for Black Friday just to see if it goes into the sale.
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ASDA is traditionally one of the shops that makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Black Friday. The stores will always have crazy-cheap flatscreen TVs to draw customers into the stores and onto its website which inevitably results in compelling TV news footage. Luckily, most if not all of the deals are also available online so there's little to be gained from fighting your way through the crowds at 6am on the day. Expect a raft of cheap tech deals on items like TVs, Blu-ray players, Android tablets as well as toys and gadgets.
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Tesco Direct:

Tesco Direct is building itself a good reputation as a destination for good prices on tech items online, although last year it, like ASDA, hit the news for the wrong reasons. Many of the best PS4 deals on Black Friday last year were available from this site so it's almost a given that we'll see the same again this year. Expect also excellent deals on ipads and tablets, Xbox Ones, HD TVs, 4K TVs, Blu-ray players, Google Chromecasts and plenty more including videogames, DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
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Apple's form on Black Friday has been inconsistent on Black Friday. The Apple Store will likely offer some discounts on iPads and Macbooks, but as per last year you'll probably find better deals on offer elsewhere from sites like John Lewis, Currys and Amazon.
Quick link: Apple UK homepage
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Sainsbury's has, for the last few years, created a special section in its stores for Black Friday deals and has also started offering more bargains online. It has less form than ASDA and Tesco among its supermarket rivals but the Sainsbury's website is becoming more of a force in 2015 so it's certainly one to keep an eye on. Last year's in-store bargains included super cheap TVs, projectors, Dyson vacuum cleaners and Amazon Kindles.
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Marks & Spencer:

Last year was the first time M&S participated in the Black Friday deals frenzyand while it didn't go crazy like some of its competitors, it will have seen how much money was spent on the day last year and want to get in on the action a bit more in 2015. M&S now has a growing electronics arm so be prepared for TVs, hi-fi, Blu-ray deals as well as iPads and the rest. Marks & Spencer won't be the place for the most Black Friday bargains, but it might surprise with one or two stand-out offers.

Debenhams has been in touch to let us know that it, too, will be banging the Black Friday drum on November 27th. It's not much of a tech retailer, though it does sell tablet, laptops, TVs and home cinema systems. Expect to see some excellent discounts across its vast range of items including clothes, shoes, kids toys, white goods and other electricals as well as home and kitchenware!
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Carphone Warehouse

Many of the very best and most popular deals during Black Friday last year came courtesy of Carphone Warehouse. The contract reseller was responsible for discounts of up to £200 on new iPhones throughout the weekend and will likely get in on the action again this year as it seeks to capitalise on the increased spending during the period. It won't just be iPhones either.
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Mobile Phones Direct:

Of course, Carphone Warehouse might be the most familiar phone deal reseller in the UK but there are others and Mobile Phones Direct has become a big name in the last couple of years. The site was offering some compelling Black Friday deals in 2014 and will be doing so again. Expect Black Friday 2015 deals on iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones and plenty more.
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Like the sites above, is taking advantage of the growing trend to buy and upgrade phone contracts online rather than on the highstreet. The site will be featuring many attractive Black Friday deals as it attempts to compete with Carphone Warehouse and Mobile Phones Direct as well as the networks themselves. If you're due for a new phone come November time, be sure to check out these three sites before you choose a deal.

This year Black Friday falls on November 27th

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Cheat sheet: What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving, and it represents a perfect storm for retailers: many people in the US have the day off, and as a result it's been the busiest shopping day of the year for nearly a decade.
To make things even busier, many retailers now offer some of their best sale bargains on Black Friday. Even Apple joins in.

When is Black Friday?

That depends on when you're reading this. If it's 2014, Black Friday is Friday 28 November. If it's 2015, it's Friday 27 November. And if it's 2013, you've been asleep for a year. The things you've missed!

How did Black Friday get its name?

Take your pick: some say it's the day that retailers' profits finally move into the black, although Wikipedia reckons that the true origin of the term comes from Philadelphia where it referred to the disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that occurred during the holiday.

Is Black Friday as big a deal as it seems?

Yes it is. Every year there are reports of fisticuffs as bargain-crazed shoppers beat each other up, partly because of the practice of using "doorbusters" - amazing and excruciatingly limited deals to attract as many customers as possible. US-based retailers such as Amazon are now keen to make it a tradition here in the UK.

Is Black Friday connected to Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the Monday immediately after Black Friday, and it was invented in 2005 in an attempt to create an online equivalent of Black Friday. What this has resulted in now, is an entire 4-day weekend of hot deals both in store and online.

What's TechRadar doing for Black Friday?

No one likes a tech bargain more than TechRadar! And we don't want to keep them all to ourselves.
So we'll be beavering away tirelessly all weekend to constantly bring you the hottest deals as they go live online. You'll need to keep your wits about you though, because many deals only last for an hour or until stocks run out. So you need to be quick off the mark - and we'll be on hand to make it as easy for you as possible.
Tune in to TechRadar on November 28th, 29th, 30th and December 1st to get at the hot deals first!

Where do retailers put their best Black Friday deals?

Don't you know that patience is a virtue?! It's not Black Friday yet, but okay - we've put together a list of retailer's Black Friday pages so that you can take a look now and see what it's all about. We'll be adding more soon, and of course, this page on TechRadar will be the place to be with a curated list of all the best deals!