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Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large — Mashable

Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, tech expert, social media commentator, amateur cartoonist and robotics fan.

What not to buy this Black Friday — Black Friday, which in this holiday week actually kicks off on Thursday, is stuffed like your roasted bird full of amazing deals. But not all deals are made alike. Some are not as good as you thought, a few are appalling and some simply insult your intelligence.

Social media finally consumes the Thanksgiving Day Parade — Our 21st century Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is stuffed full of commercialism, but at least the floats are cute and they transport us all back to a simpler time when turkeys wore top hats and clowns were considered cute. It's only a matter of time, though, before our current digital obsessions overwhelm even this cherished holiday tradition.

Holiday Shopping Guide: Drones — The rules are changing for personal drone use but owning and flying one is not illegal. You'll just need to use more care on the prosumer models and not fly them by any landmarks, tall buildings or FAA officials.

The new rules for drones: What you need to know — If your drone weighs more than half a pound, get ready to register it. In a move that has garnered both support and strong criticism from people inside and outside the process, the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee (say that five times fast) revealed its final report and essentially boiled down the complex question of which drones need to be registered to weight.

New Matter’s $399 MOD-t 3D printer is disappointing in all dimensions — New Matter's affordable MOD-T 3D printer is a lesson in futility - the futility of form over substance. The $399 printer was designed by Frog Designs, the same company that helped create the iconic look of early Apple iPods and iPhones.

Hoverboard for the holidays? Our guide to gifts that get you going — Walking is so 2010. Just ask the millennials who are increasingly taking to the streets and sidewalks on a variety of personal mobility devices. Though many people call them "hoverboards," none float à la Marty McFly's iconic ride in Back to the Future Part II.

Microsoft reveals $299 Xbox One Black Friday deal — In the battle to rule the holiday console-buying landscape, Microsoft has struck first with a not-too-surprising $50 price drop on its Xbox One console. The deal won't go live until Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and then it only lasts until the end of Cyber Monday on Nov. 30.

ISIS reaches new level of sophistication with tech-support 'help desk' — The Islamic State (ISIS) is now an international organization with many layers of complexity and logistical demands. And like any sprawling organization with a digital presence, it needs tech support. According to an NBC News report, ISIS staffs a "24-hour Jihadi Help Desk" designed to support its myriad activities, including but not limited to carrying out terror plots like Friday's attacks in Paris.

Happy birthday, Amazon Echo, and thanks for being so wonderfully random — Is there anything cuter than a one-year-old digital assistant? No, of course there isn't. Just look at Amazon's Alexa, the artificial intelligence-based assistant buried inside the now 12-month-old Amazon Echo smart-home device. Alexa lacks a face and a body, but she's got personality and has purposely and inadvertently kept my family entertained ever since we adopted...

Should encryption really be enemy No. 1 after the Paris attacks? — In the aftermath of last week's Paris terror attacks, there are questions, some answers and a myriad of unknowns that gnaw, contributing to that feeling that whatever we're doing isn't enough to prevent further violence. The way the terrorists communicated falls largely into that gray area of uncertainty and confusion.
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