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The 11 best smartphones you should seriously consider buying this holiday season

The holidays are one of the best times to buy a new smartphone because deals are coming left and right. In fact, this weekend (until Sunday, December 20th), you can actually buy a new iPhone 6S for just $1.

But you don't want to buy just any smartphone that's on sale — you want the best one for your price range. We have assembled a list of the 11 phones you should be on the lookout for (along with a few alternates).

From giant powerhouses to beautiful budget options, these are the best smartphones of the season.

(Note: All prices below indicate how much each phone typically costs without a carrier contract. Prices may vary depending on the retailer.)

11. The BlackBerry Priv is perfect for Android fans who miss their old BlackBerry.

Here's what Microsoft has planned for Windows in 2016 (MSFT)

Windows is still Microsoft's most important product. After a tough year, the company has managed to fix many of the issues that bugged users, businesses, and anyone else who came across Windows 10. 

Microsoft is busy working on the update to Windows 10 — internally codenamed "Redstone" — that will refine many of the features and improvements that were introduced in 2015. 

Here's everything you need to know. 

Release date:


The 10 best business schools in the Northeast
Posted December 19, 2015 0:20 AM
The 10 best business schools in the Northeast

Business Insider recently released its sixth annual list of the best business schools in the world, ranking the top schools from California to Hong Kong. 

American schools dominated the ranking, with 10 schools from the Northeast alone, so we decided to narrow in on the region for a separate ranking. 

To determine our overall ranking, we looked at 60 perennially top-rated institutions that offer MBA programs and evaluated them based on the most recent data available on five metrics: reputation (determined through our annual reader survey); average starting salary after graduation; job-placement rate (the percentage of graduates employed within three months of graduation); average GMAT score; and tuition and fees. You can read a breakdown of the methodology


13 cool things you didn't know Siri could do (AAPL)
Posted December 19, 2015 0:20 AM
13 cool things you didn't know Siri could do (AAPL)

You might know the basics of Apple's voice assistant Siri, but she's actually more capable than you think.

Thanks to Siri, you can check how many calories are in the soda you're drinking and even see how many planes are flying miles above you in the sky.

From productivity life hacks to hidden Easter eggs, we've collected 13 of the most interesting things Siri can do for you. 

Since Siri can tap into information from Wolfram Alpha, say "Wolfram planes overhead" to see what's flying above you Look up how many calories are in what you're eating by asking, "Siri, how many calories are in a _____?"

[via TUAW]

Need a better password? Siri will give you a secure 8-character password in an instant if you say, "Wolfram, password."

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Tim Cook says charges of Apple tax avoidance are 'total political crap' (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook is not happy about people calling him a "tax avoider," and thinks the current US tax code on foreign income is broken.

During an interview with "60 Minutes," Cook got uncharacteristically rattled by questions accusing Apple of hoarding billions of dollars overseas in order to allegedly dodge higher corporate tax rates in the U.S.

"We pay more taxes in this country than anyone," Cook said, while acknowledging that that should be the case since Apple is the most profitable company in the US.

Cook said he'd love to bring back some of the cash to the U.S., but it wouldn't make sense under the current tax code. "It would cost me 40% [taxes] to bring it home. And I don’t think that’s a reasonable thing to do," he said.


The FBI is investigating Juniper's big, embarrassing security hole

Things have gone from bad to worse over a big security hack that put "unauthorized code" inside security equipment sold by Juniper Networks.

On Thursday, Juniper disclosed the problem, which affected its NetScreen firewalls. Firewalls are security devices that are supposed to help protect networks from being hacked.

Now the FBI is investigating the breach to see if it let hackers working for foreign governments spy on the US government and private companies for up to three years, CNN Reports.


5 reasons cable companies can survive the age of cord cutting

Don't start writing the eulogy for cable companies just yet.

There have been


The 7 best new songs you can stream right now
Posted December 18, 2015 4:27 PM
The 7 best new songs you can stream right now

Now that music comes out on Fridays, and superstar artists are increasingly keeping their work off Spotify, it can be hard to know where to find the next great song. So Business Insider is helping you with this rundown of the best of what's new in the music world that you can listen to right now.

All songs available to stream on Spotify.

David Bowie - "Lazarus"

David Bowie's return after 2013's revitalizing "The Next Day" would be on this list even if it weren't for Bowie's haunting vocals or the beautiful gusts of sax and guitar riffs that make it all go down easy. This is easily one of his most remarkable songs in years, even decades.

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Chris Brown - "Anyway" (feat. Tayla Parx)

I got a haircut from the elite New York City barber who cuts Jack Dorsey's hair — and it was incredible

Dzenad Bicic — better known as Geno — is one of New York's most talented and respected barbers. But if you talk to him, you might think he's also an amateur philosopher or village elder, dispensing hard-earned wisdom with the greatest of ease.

He has cut the hair of everyone from Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey to actor Daniel Day-Lewis, but if you ask him how he became so successful, he'll respond with just one piece of advice.

"If you're patient, everything will come," Geno tells me as we sit in his barbershop on Greenwich Avenue in New York City's West Village. Looking around at everything he's built for himself, it's hard not to believe him.

We spoke with the Montenegrin owner, operator, and (still) full-time barber of


You can buy an iPhone 6S for just $1 this weekend — here's how (AAPL)

This weekend you'll be able to buy an iPhone 6S — the latest model iPhone — for just one dollar. Fortune points out that's a discount of around $200 on what you would normally pay (with the required two-year contract).

Here are the caveats:

You have to get it from Best Buy (but it can be in stores or online) It has to be the 16GB version (which can be a problem in terms of storage if you download a lot of apps or have a bunch of photos) It has to come with a two-year plan from Verizon or Sprint It is only available through Sunday, December 20th

But if none of these is a deal breaker for you,


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