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Updated: Black Friday Deals UK: how you can pick up mega deals on tech this month

In the US and Canada, Black Friday needs no introduction: it's a time for big sales, crazy prices and CCTV footage showing shoppers knocking lumps out of each other.

But it's becoming a huge deal in the UK now as well, with some of the biggest retailers like Amazon slashing their prices for one day only.

And the best news? TechRadar will be busy finding all the best deals on phones, headphones, speakers, cameras, games and more, and posting them here so you can find them more easily.

So what is Black Friday - and while we're at it, how is it connected to Cyber Monday?

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 it really 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.

Can I trust the deals I see?

That's a very good question. Some Black Friday deals are as honest as the half-price wines you see in some supermarkets. But there are still plenty of amazing deals too, although don't expect Tim Cook to lop 50% off the price of an iPhone 6.

The good news is that many retailers are quite generous because competition for your money is high, especially between big product shifters such as Amazon. If last year was any guide, you can expect to see large discounts on big TVs, wireless speakers, smartphones, headphones, games and more!

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!

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