Amazon ordered to rerun contentious Alabama union election

Amazon will have to redo the union election held at its Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center back in April. According to Politico, Lisa Henderson, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 10 Director, has ordered the e-commerce giant to hold another vote mostly due to the fact that Amazon installed a US Postal Service mailbox in front of the warehouse to collect ballots. 

The election results were 1,798 to 738, with workers voting against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). After those results came out, the RWDSU filed 23 objections, accusing the company of interfering with the elections. One of those complaints pointed out that Amazon installed the ballot box without approval from the NLRB and in view of security cameras that made workers feel they were under surveillance. The labor relations board sided with the union and found that Amazon interfered with the election by installing the mailbox and offering employees anti-union badges and signs. 

Henderson wrote in the documents ordering a new election:

“By causing the Postal Service to install a cluster mailbox unit, communicating and encouraging employees to cast their ballots using the mailbox, wrapping the mailbox with its slogan, and placing the mailbox at a location where employees could reasonably believe they were being surveilled, the Employer engaged in objectionable conduct that warrants setting aside the election.

The Employer’s flagrant disregard for the Board’s typical mail-ballot procedure compromised the authority of the Board and made a free and fair election impossible.”

Amazon, of course, criticized the NLRB’s decision. In a statement sent to The Washington Post, spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement:

“Our employees have always had the choice of whether or not to join a union, and they overwhelmingly chose not to join the RWDSU earlier this year. It’s disappointing that the NLRB has now decided that those votes shouldn’t count.”



Source: Engadget – Amazon ordered to rerun contentious Alabama union election

'Cyberpunk 2077' next-gen upgrade will be free for PS4 and Xbox One owners

CD Projekt Red is “on track” to release the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Cyberpunk 2077 in the first quarter of 2022, the studio’s parent company announced on Monday. CDPR had initially planned to release the update in late 2021 until it announced a delay to early 2022 in October. 

CD Projekt also confirmed anyone who purchased the game on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will receive the next-gen update for free. Since the game is currently playable on the current generation systems through backward compatibility, everyone who owns the game on a console will get the upgrade for free. If you don’t already have Cyberpunk 2077, you can buy it while it’s currently 50 percent off on the PlayStation and Microsoft Stores and get the game at a discount before the updated version comes out next year.



Source: Engadget – ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ next-gen upgrade will be free for PS4 and Xbox One owners

Miami votes to bring back electric scooters rentals for five weeks

On November 18th, Miami voted to end a multi-year pilot that had allowed companies like Bird and Lime to operate electric scooter rentals within the city’s downtown core. The practical result of the decision was that scooters weren’t allowed in the city. Less than two weeks later, Miami commissioners have now voted to launch a new temporary program that will allow six companies to rent out the vehicles in the city’s Edgewater, Brickell and Coconut Grove neighborhoods until January 5th, 2022.

“This news comes as a relief to Miami residents who’ve long relied on e-scooters as a safe, affordable and sustainable way to get around. We look forward to working closely with the commissioners and Mayor Suarez to develop a permanent program that prioritizes safety for riders and non-riders alike,” said Bruno Lopes, senior manager for government relations at Lime. “We specifically hope the city will continue to invest the millions of dollars in e-scooter fees Lime and other operators pay into protected bike lanes, the most proven way to ensure the safety of all road users.”

Under the new program, riders will need to wear helmets when they travel on a scooter. Additionally, the city will enforce a stricter parking limit to reduce sidewalk clutter. Commissioners voted three to one in favor of implementing a new rental program after they voted four to one to scrap the previous one 11 days ago. Both votes were led by Commissioner Alex Díaz de la Portilla. The short duration of this latest pilot is due to a local city law that limits the length of temporary programs. It’s possible Miami could once again outlaw scooters while the city conducts a public bid to select three companies that will operate under a permanent program.



Source: Engadget – Miami votes to bring back electric scooters rentals for five weeks

Sonos may be working on a mini subwoofer

Sonos may have an intriguing new addition planned for its product lineup. In a Reddit post spotted by Android Police, a Sonos user recently noticed the S2 app mentions a “Sub Mini” speaker if you tap the “More information” prompt when adding a second Sub to an existing home theatre setup. 

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Sonos does not sell a product called the Sub Mini currently. In the screenshot that was shared online, the company describes the speaker as a “smaller, cylindrical subwoofer” that can’t be paired with a third-generation Sub for a dual subwoofer setup. All of that suggests the Sub Mini will cost less than the pricey $749 Sub (Gen 3). Unfortunately, the screenshot doesn’t offer definitive details on pricing and release date. Still, the idea of Sonos offering a more affordable subwoofer, even if it has some limitations, is one that will be attractive to fans. 

Sonos didn’t have much to say about the screenshot when Engadget reached out to the company. “We’re always working on ways to create an even better listening experience for customers, but we don’t have anything to share on our future product roadmap,” a Sonos spokesperson said. Take that as you will.  

Update 3:52PM ET: Added comment from Sonos. 



Source: Engadget – Sonos may be working on a mini subwoofer

FIFA will test limb-tracking offside tech at the Arab Cup

FIFA is building on the video assistant referee (VAR) technology that’s playing an increasingly important role in soccer. At this year’s edition of the Arab Cup, which starts on Tuesday, the organisation will test tech designed to help officials assess whether players are offside, marking the most important trial of the system to date.

The offside rule is supposed to prevent players from lingering too close to the opponent’s goal. In a nutshell, if an attacking team plays the ball forward when a teammate is ahead of both the ball and the second-to-last defender (including the goalkeeper), that’s a foul. In the 2020-21 English Premier League season, 32 goals were ruled out for offside after VAR review.

The semi-automated offside system collects up to 29 data points 50 times per second for each player, according to the BBC. Between 10 and 12 cameras will be installed under the roof of each stadium. The system will use limb-tracking data to calculate the offside line at the moment the ball is played (i.e. the “kick point”). If it detects an offside offence, it will alert a replay operator, who can review the incident almost in real-time.

“The replay operator then has the opportunity to show it immediately to the VAR,” Johannes Holzmüller, FIFA’s football technology and innovation director, said. “At the FIFA Arab Cup, the Assistant VAR, at a dedicated offside station, can immediately validate and confirm the information.” The VAR can then tell the match referee about the decision.

The system could catch offside fouls faster than the current VAR setup, helping games to flow more smoothly. All going well, the tech could be used at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The system has been trialed in England, Spain and Germany. There were plans to test it more broadly last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted those.

“Technology is very important and useful in both the pre-match preparation and the decision-making process during matches,” FIFA’s chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina said. “In an offside incident, the decision is made after having analysed not only the players’ position but also, their involvement in the move. Technology – today or tomorrow – can draw a line but the assessment of an interference with play or with an opponent remains in the referee’s hands.”



Source: Engadget – FIFA will test limb-tracking offside tech at the Arab Cup

The UK's antitrust regulator is reportedly set to block Meta's purchase of Giphy

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is expected to reverse Facebook parent company Meta’s purchase of Giphy in the coming days, according to the Financial Times. If so, it would mark the first time that the country’s competition regulator has unwound a major tech acquisition.

Meta (or Facebook, at the time) announced in May 2020 that it bought the GIF platform with the goal of rolling it into Instagram. Reports pegged the price of the deal at $400 million.

The CMA raised concerns about the acquisition, however. It opened an investigation into the deal the following month. The regulator ruled in August that the deal could prevent rivals such as TikTok and Snapchat from accessing Giphy’s library of GIFs. It also said the deal could remove a potential competitor to Meta in the UK advertising sector. Meta ended Giphy’s paid ad partnerships, which the CMA said halted the company’s ad expansion, including to other countries.

The watchdog suggested Meta could be forced to sell the service. A CMA spokesperson told Engadget that it hasn’t published it’s final decision, but it has until December 1st to do so.

Meta has previously argued that because Giphy doesn’t have any operations in the UK, the CMA has no jurisdiction in this case. In addition, it claimed Giphy’s paid services couldn’t be classed as display advertising according to the CMA’s market definition.

The issue between Meta and the CMA grew more contentious in October, when the authority fined the company almost $70 million for breaking rules related to the deal. The CMA said it was the first time it determined a company breached one of its orders by “consciously refusing to report all the required information.”



Source: Engadget – The UK’s antitrust regulator is reportedly set to block Meta’s purchase of Giphy

Congress will hold a hearing on potential Section 230 reforms this week

Whistleblower Frances Haugen will once again appear before Congress. On Wednesday, December 1st, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology will hold a hearing dedicated to discussing potential “targeted reforms” to Section 230 of The Communications Decency Act.

Haugen is among a handful of witnesses House Democrats have called to testify. She’ll be joined by Rashad Robinson, the president of Color of Change, as well as James Steye of Common Sense Media. The subcommittee’s Republicans will also call forward a witness. A second panel later in the day will feature additional testimony from organizations like Free Press Action.

The last time Haugen testified before Congress was in October when she appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee. In her opening statement, Haugen urged lawmakers to impose new regulations on her former employer. “The choices being made inside of Facebook are disastrous for our children, our public safety, our privacy and for our democracy,” she said at the time. Haugen’s second testimony will come just days before Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, will take part in a series of Senate hearings dedicated to online protections for kids.



Source: Engadget – Congress will hold a hearing on potential Section 230 reforms this week

The best Cyber Monday tech deals you can get for under $50

Maybe you’ve crossed all of the big items off your gift list for the year, but you’re still on the lookout for stocking stuffers that aren’t the typical picks. There are plenty of options in the tech space that are both small and affordable, and Cyber Monday deals have made a good number of them even more budget-friendly. Everything from microSD cards to streaming sticks to wireless earbuds are cheaper than ever, so we gathered the best tech deals under $50 here so you don’t have to go searching for them.

Samsung EVO Select microSD

Samsung EVO Select microSD card 256GB
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Samsung’s EVO Select microSDXC card in 256GB is down to $25, or 38 percent off its normal price. This is the latest model and while you can find microSD cards for less, EVO is a reliable brand and you’re getting a full-sized adapter with this one.

Buy EVO Select microSD (256GB) at Amazon – $25

SanDisk Ultra microSD card

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A number of SanDisk memory cards are on sale for Cyber Monday, including this Ultra microSD card in 128GB for $16. While not all items are under $50, most are and any of the microSD cards on sale would make a good option for extra smartphone or Nintendo Switch storage.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
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Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller is $20 off for Cyber Monday, bringing it down to a record low fo $50. It’s a good choice for anyone who wants more control than Joy-Cons can provide, and we like that it preserves features like an infrared sensor and vibration that are often lost on third-party controllers.

Buy Switch Pro Controller at Amazon – $50

Belkin AirTag accessories

Apple AirTag with Belkin Secure Holder and Strap
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A bunch of Belkin accessories have been discounted for Cyber Monday, including most of the company’s AirTag cases, which are down to $10 each. The Secure Holder keeps Apple’s Bluetooth trackers secure and protected, and we like the strap it comes with, which makes it easier to hook the AirTag to a water bottle, luggage handle and other things.

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Razer Kishi

Razer’s Kishi mobile controller is 44 percent off, bringing it down to $45. Touchscreens are fine for casual games, but when you’re tackling something a little more hardcore like Fortnite the Kishi is just the thing you need. It adds d-pads and shoulder buttons to your gaming experience, and folds up nicely when not in use. Since it connects to your device directly via Lightning port or USB-C, not via Bluetooth, you don’t have to worry about keeping it charged — though you do need to make sure you buy the right one for your device.

Buy Razer Kishi at Amazon – $45

SteelSeries Arctis 3

SteelSeries Arctis 3
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SteelSeries’ Arctis 3 headset for consoles is 51 percent off right now, bringing it down to $34. These wired cans have balanced audio, a clear cast mic and an attractive design.

Buy Arctis 3 at Amazon – $34

Anker PowerCore Essential 20,000

Anker PowerCore Essential 20,000
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Anker’s portable battery pack in 20,000mAh is on sale for $37, or 15 percent off its regular rate. This brick can charge two devices at once thanks to its multiple ports and its trickle-charging mode provides optimal charging to low-power devices like wireless earbuds,

Buy Anker PowerCore Essential at Amazon – $37

Fire TV Stick 4K Max

The new Fire TV Stick 4K Max has dropped to $35. This has all of the features of the standard Fire TV Stick 4K plus support for WiFi 6 and picture-in-picture live view.

Buy Fire TV Stick 4K Max at Amazon – $35

Chromecast with Google TV

The Chromecast with Google TV has dropped to $40, which is $10 cheaper than usual. We gave the device a score of 86 for its 4K HDR streaming capabilities, Dolby Vision and Atmos support plus its much needed and very handy new remote.

Buy Chromecast with Google TV at Best Buy – $40

Echo Dot

The tiny Echo Dot has dropped to $30, and you can grab the Echo Dot with Clock for only $35. We gave it a score of 88 for its good audio quality for the price, compact design and tap-to-snooze feature.

Buy Echo Dot at Amazon – $30Buy Echo Dot with Clock at Amazon – $35

Google Nest Mini

The Nest Mini is down to $25. It’s the affordable speaker to get if you want to put the Google Assistant in your home without dropping too much money, or taking up too much space.

Buy Nest Mini at Best Buy – $25

Anker PowerWave Stand

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Anker’s wireless charging stand is on sale for $15 right now, or 22 percent off its normal price. It’s a handy accessory to have next to your computer or on your nightstand since it can change your smartphone either in landscape or portrait mode, and it’s compatible with cases up to 5mm thick.

Buy PowerWave stand at Amazon – $15

JLab Go Air Pop

JLab’s already affordable Go Air Pop earbuds are down to only $13 right now. These colorful true wireless buds sport an eight-hour battery life, a small and comfortable design and touch controls.

Buy Go Air Pop at Best Buy – $13

Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2

Anker’s impressive Soundcore Spirit Dot 2 earbuds have been discounted to $40. We consider them to be the best budget buds out there right now thanks in part to their punchy base, IPX7-rated design and affordable price.

Buy Spirit Dot 2 at Amazon – $40

Wacom Intuos drawing tablet

Wacom’s compact Intuos drawing tablet is down to a new all-time low of $50, which is $30 off its normal price. Artists and doodlers are typically drawn to Wacom’s tablets, but those who just want a bit more control over their computer may also like them. It comes with a 4k pressure-sensitive pen that’s battery free, and the tablet itself has a few customizable shortcut keys. And since it plugs into your machine via a USB-A port, it will work with almost any computer, including Chromebooks.

Buy Intuos drawing tablet at Amazon – $50

Echo Show 5

The Echo Show 5 has dropped to $45, or $40 off its normal price. This is the best Echo smart display if you want one as a smart alarm clock. We like its ambient light sensor, smart home controls and tap-to-snooze feature.

Buy Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) at Amazon – $45

Kindle

Amazon’s standard Kindle has been discounted to $50, which is its best price yet. We gave this e-reader a score of 91 for its improved contrast display, extra front lights and sleeker design.

Buy Kindle at Amazon – $50

Fire 7 tablet

The Fire 7 tablet is on sale for $35. If you’re looking for a cheap tablet to be a couch device, or to give your kid without worry, this is a good option. While it doesn’t have the Google Play Store, you can still use it to check email, watch videos, play music and more.

Buy Fire 7 at Amazon – $35

Fire HD 8

The Fire HD 8 tablet is on sale for $45, or half off its normal price. We gave it a score of 79 for its decent performance, good battery life, wireless charging capabilities and USB-C port.

Buy Fire HD 8 at Amazon – $45

Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for $25 right now. It’s one of the easiest ways to get 4K streaming TV into your TV, plus it supports Dolby Audio and Alexa voice commands.

Buy Fire TV Stick 4K at Amazon – $25

Fire TV Stick Lite

The Fire TV Stick Lite has dropped to $18. It provides 1080p streaming, access to services like Netflix and Prime Video and can stream music from services like Spotify and Pandora.

Buy Fire TV Stick Lite at Amazon – $18

Roku Streaming Stick 4K

The new Roku Streaming Stick 4K is on sale for $30, or $20 off its normal price. It builds upon the technology in the Streaming Stick+, supporting 4K HDR10+ content, Dolby Vision, long-range WiFi, voice search and TV controls with the included remote.

Buy Roku Streaming Stick 4K at Amazon – $30

Blink security cameras

The Blink Indoor one-camera kit is on sale for $50 and the cam itself is totally wireless, so you can place them almost anywhere. It supports 1080p recording, motion alerts, two-way audio and temperature monitoring. The Blink Mini wired camera is also on sale for only $20.

Buy Blink Indoor at Amazon – $50Buy Blink Mini at Amazon – $20

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The 14-inch MacBook Pro is $200 off right now

If you’ve been patiently waiting for Apple’s new MacBook Pros to go on sale, Cyber Monday has delivered. Adorama and B&H have discounted the base 14-inch model by $200. That’s a 10 percent discount off its usual $1,999 starting price. We’ve seen price reductions on the new MacBook a handful of times since launch — most notably when Amazon discounted both the 14- and 16-inch variants by $50 the week they came out. However, $200 off is an all-time low for a computer that only went on sale at the end of October

Buy MacBook Pro at Adorama – $1,799Buy MacBook Pro at B&H – $1,799

We’ll note here only the Space Gray model is part of today’s promotion. If you want the computer in Silver, it’s $1,999. You also can’t upgrade any of the components without paying the full price of the computer. Thankfully, the base model is plenty powerful with its 8-core M1 Pro processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

We gave the new MacBook Pros a score of 92. Apple addressed a lot of the issues that made the previous generation so divisive. To start, unlike its predecessor, the 14-inch model comes with almost all the ports you could want. It features three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI connection, a MagSafe power port, a headphone jack and an SD card slot. Another standout feature of the 2021 MacBook Pro is its Liquid Retina XDR display. The one on the 14-inch model features a resolution of 3,024 x 1,964 and is capable of reaching 1,600 nits of brightness. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate, which makes using the computer feel smoother. The only downside of the display is that unsightly notch. But if you don’t mind it, there’s a lot to like about the 2021 MacBook Pro.

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The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller drops to $50 for Cyber Monday

While the Switch’s Joy-Cons are perfectly suitable for casual gaming, those who want a bit more control and comfort should consider springing for the Switch Pro Controller or something similar to it. Naturally, being an official accessory from Nintendo, the Pro Controller comes in at a steep $70 — but now it’s on sale for $50 at Amazon, which is $20 off and an all-time low.

Buy Switch Pro Controller at Amazon – $50

The design of the Pro Controller will be familiar to most gamers, and immediately recognizable as more comfortable than Joy-Cons with its side grips and left-side D-pad. It pairs wirelessly with the Switch and it comes with its own charging cable, too. Plus, since it’s a first-party accessory, features like an infrared sensor and vibration aren’t lost like they often are with third-party controllers.

The Pro Controller’s $70 price tag is its biggest downside, which is why we recommend waiting for a sale like this one to grab the accessory. And if you’re not on the market for a new controller for yourself, it also makes a good gift for the Switch fan in your life. Those looking to spend a bit less should check out 8BitDo’s Pro 2 controller, which is on sale for $45 right now.

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The best laptop and tablet deals you can get for Cyber Monday

If you’re still on the hunt for the best laptop to replace your aging machine, or to gift to a loved one, Cyber Monday has brought a bunch of options for you. Laptops and tablets from the likes of HP, Apple, Samsung and others are on sale today, and there are a number of discounts from Black Friday still lingering across the interwebs. As usual, we recommend going directly to manufacturers like Dell, HP, Microsoft and Razer if you’re looking for a machine with a specific amount of RAM or storage. However, it can be simpler to go to retailers like Amazon and Best Buy and pick from the pre-configured models they have in stock. 

HP Spectre x360 13

HP’s Spectre x360 13 is on sale for $840. This particular model has an 11th-gen Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and 13.3-inch FHD touchscreen. It earned a score of 94 from us for its gorgeous design, thin-bezeled screen, powerful performance and comfortable keyboard and trackpad.

Buy Spectre x360 13 at HP – $840

Razer Book

Razer’s mainstream notebook, the Razer Book, has fallen to $1,500. The model on sale is specced out: it runs on an 11th-gen Core i7 processor, Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and a 13.4-inch UHD+ touchscreen. This laptop includes a generous array of ports, eGPU compatibility and Chroma keyboard lighting.

Buy Razer Book at Amazon – $1,500

Dell XPS 13

Starting at 1pm ET today, you can get the Dell XPS 13 with an 11th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and a 13.4-inch 4K touchscreen for $1,200. Amazon has a slightly different model with a FHD+ touchscreen for $1,440 today only as well. We gave the 2020 model a score of 94 for its attractive design, powerful performance and thin-bezeled screen.

Buy XPS 13 at Dell – $1,200Buy XPS 13 at Amazon – $1,440

ASUS ZenBook Flip 13

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ASUS’ ZenBook 13 convertible laptop is on sale for $1,010, or 16 percent off its normal price. This model has an 11th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and a 13.3-inch FHD OLED display.

Buy ZenBook 13 at Amazon – $1,010

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo Chromebook Duet
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Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet is on sale for $230, or $70 off its normal price. A couple of models are on sale, but the base version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage would make a good secondary device for most people. We gave the Duet a score of 79 for its good performance, solid battery life and included detachable keyboard.

Buy Chromebook Duet at Lenovo – $230

Apple MacBook Pro

The latest MacBook Pro laptops are $200 cheaper than usual at Adorama and B&H Photo. We gave them a score of 92 for their powerful performance, lovely Liquid Retina XDR displays and new bevy of ports.

Buy 14-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama – $1,800Buy 14-inch MacBook Pro at B&H – $1,800

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7+

Both the Galaxy S7 and S7+ tablets are still on sale for Cyber Monday, down to $499 and $699, respectively. Either would be good options for Android lovers looking for a new tablet — we were impressed by their beautiful build, vibrant 120Hz displays, long battery lives and S Pen support.

Buy Tab S7 at Amazon – $499Buy Tab S7+ at Amazon – $699

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

The Surface Laptop Go has dropped to $550, or $150 cheaper than usual. It earned a score of 81 from us for its attractive design, speedy CPU and excellent keyboard and trackpad.

Buy Surface Laptop Go at Best Buy – $550

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 is on sale for $900. We gave it a score of 87 for its fast performance, great keyboard and excellent battery life.

Buy Surface Laptop 4 at Best Buy – $900

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 is $500 off right now, bringing it down to $900. We gave it a score of 82 for its thin and light design, colorful display and included S Pen.

Buy Galaxy Book Pro 360 at Best Buy – $900

Google Pixelbook Go

Google’s Pixelbook Go is on sale for $599, or $50 off its normal price. It earned a score of 84 from us for its excellent keyboard, thin and light design, good performance and solid battery life.

Buy Pixelbook Go at Amazon – $599Buy Pixelbook Go at Best Buy – $599

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 is down to $399, or $50 off its normal price. We gave the Chrome OS machine a score of 82 for its impressive screen, powerful performance, surprisingly loud speakers and eye-catching design.

Buy Galaxy Chromebook 2 at Samsung – $399

ASUS Chromebook Flip C436

ASUS’s capable Chromebook Flip C436 is on sale for $650 today only, which is $150 off its normal price. That gets you a 10th-gen Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 14-inch FHD touchscreen and a convertible design. With those specs, this Chromebook could easily be a daily driver for Chrome OS diehards.

Buy Chromebook Flip C436 at Amazon – $650

Amazon Fire 7 tablet

The Fire 7 tablet is on sale for $35. If you’re looking for a cheap tablet to be a couch device, or to give your kid without worry, this is a good option. While it doesn’t have the Google Play Store, you can still use it to check email, watch videos, play music and more.

Buy Fire 7 at Amazon – $35

Amazon Fire HD 8

The Fire HD 8 tablet is on sale for $45, or half off its normal price. We gave it a score of 79 for its decent performance, good battery life, wireless charging capabilities and USB-C port.

Buy Fire HD 8 at Amazon – $45

Amazon Fire HD 10

The biggest of Amazon’s tablets, the Fire HD 10, is half off right now, bringing it down to $75. It’s the best Fire tablet to get if you care at all about performance. We like its 1080p display, 12-hour battery life and its Show Mode feature.

Buy Fire HD 10 at Amazon – $75

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro

The 8-inch version of Amazon’s kids tablet is half off and down to $70. This comes with a protective case, a two-year warranty and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+.

Bu Fire HD 8 Kids Pro at Amazon – $70

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro

The Fire HD 10 Kids Pro is 40 percent off, knocking it down to $120. You’re getting the same thing in this bundle — a protective case, a two-year warranty and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ — along with a larger tablet.

Buy Fire HD 10 Kids Pro at Amazon – $120

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping down

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has resigned from the company and CTO Parag Agrawal has replaced him as chief executive effective immediately. CNBC first reported on Dorsey’s departure.

Over the last six years, Dorsey had been in the unusual situation of running two notable tech companies: Twitter and Square. His first stint as Twitter CEO, which he co-founded, ended in 2008 when he was pushed out, but he was still on the board. He returned as CEO in 2015 when Dick Costolo departed.

Last year, activist investment firm Elliott Management called for Dorsey to leave his position at Twitter. The firm’s founder, Paul Singer, suggested Dorsey’s dual CEO role meant he wasn’t able to focus enough on the social media platform. Twitter reached a deal with Elliott Management, which included a $2 billion stock buyback, to keep Dorsey in place, despite a shaky outlook for the company when the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to take hold.

Twitter missed Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings per share last quarter. The main engagement metric, monetizable daily active users (mDAU), rose by 13 percent year-over-year to 211 million. However, average US mDAUs remained at 37 million for the second quarter running. In September, the company agreed to pay $809.5 million to settle a class-action suit, in which investors accused the company of providing misleading numbers about engagement. 

Advertising is still by far the biggest driver of Twitter revenue ($1.14 billion of the $1.28 billion it generated last quarter), but the company has been exploring other ways of making money over the last couple of years. Twitter bought newsletter service Revue in January and integrated it into the core Twitter platform. Users can charge readers to read newsletters and Twitter takes a five percent cut.

More recently, the company rolled out Twitter Blue, a $3/month service geared toward power users that adds features such as an undo button, bookmark folders and a way to make threads more readable. 

Update 11/29 10:45AM ET: Updated with confirmation.



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Apple's second-gen AirPods are on sale for $100 right now

If you’re an iPhone, Mac, iPad and/or Apple Watch user who’s on the hunt for new earphones this Cyber Monday it’s worth checking out deals on AirPods. The second-generation AirPods are currently on sale for $100 on Amazon, a saving of $59. The price is $115 on the product page, but a $15 coupon is applied at checkout.

Buy Apple AirPods (2nd-gen) at Amazon – $100

We gave the second-gen AirPods a score of 84 in our review, giving them props for maintaining the same solid battery life as the first version and offering better wireless performance.

Elsewhere, you can also save on the most recent model. The third-gen Apple AirPods are currently $150 on Amazon, after a $20 coupon is applied. In total, Amazon has reduced the price by $29. We gave the third-gen AirPods a score of 88 in our review, in part due to the more comfortable design. The latest version offers better audio quality and a longer battery life.

Buy Apple AirPods (3rd-gen) at Amazon – $150

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The Roomba j7+ vacuum hits new all-time low in iRobot's Cyber Monday sale

The holiday shopping season is one of the best times of year to look for a new vacuum — robotic or not. We’ve seen numerous models go on sale before and during Black Friday, and now a new Cyber Monday sale has knocked iRobot devices down to new record lows. Key among them are the new poop-detecting j7 duo of robot vacuums, both of which are $200 off. The Roomba j7 has dropped to $449 while the j7+, which comes with a clean base, is down to $649. Those prices are being matched at Best Buy and Wellbots, too.

Buy Roomba j7 at Amazon – $449Buy Roomba j7+ at Amazon – $649Shop Roomba Cyber Monday sale at Amazon

Poop-detecting” might sound gimmicky, but these robot vacuums have new AI-driven computer vision technology that helps them detect obstacles as they clean so they can move around them. That means, instead of bumping into chair legs and tables, these machines will do a better job of cleaning around those permanent fixtures in your home — and they’ll more easily avoid surprise hazards like pet poop. And if your new robo-vac doesn’t avoid your pet’s latest mess, iRobot’s Pet Owner Official Promise (yes, P.O.O.P.) ensures that you’ll get a new vacuum if such a disaster happens within your first year of ownership.

Otherwise, the j7 devices are higher-end Roombas, so they have features like dual multi-surface rubber brushes and Imprint Smart Mapping, which lets you control which rooms the robot cleans. The biggest difference between the j7 and the j7+ is the inclusion of the clean base on the latter. When it returns home to charge, the j7+ will automatically empty its bin into the clean base and you’ll only have to empty the base about once every two months.

A number of more affordable Roombas are included in the sale, too, like the Roomba 694, which remains on sale for $179. This is one of our favorite budget robot vacuums thanks to its good cleaning abilities and easy to use mobile app. You can also get the top-of-the-line Roomba, the s9+, with the Braava Jet mopping robot for over $450 off, bringing it down to $1,299.

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Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 and wireless charger drop to $200 for Cyber Monday

If you’re still on the hunt for a good gift for the Android fan in your life, one of Samsung’s latest smartwatches is a solid option. The Galaxy Watch 4 is our favorite smartwatch for Android users, and Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale bundles the wearable with a speedy wireless charger while also knocking the price down to a record low. You can get the Galaxy Watch 4 with the charger for as low as $200, which is $110 off its normal price and the lowest we’ve seen it. The price will vary a bit depending on the specific size and model you choose, but overall, this one-day-only sale presents a good opportunity to pick up a new smartwatch and a key accessory for less.

Buy Galaxy Watch 4 bundle at Amazon – $200Shop Samsung Cyber Monday deals at Amazon

We gave the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic a score of 85 when we reviewed them thanks in part to their attractive designs, bright screens and comprehensive health tracking. These devices are the first to run Wear OS with the new One UI, and thankfully those who liked Samsung’s Tizen operating system will find that not much has changed here. But since it now has more Google support, you’ll be able to do things like download apps directly from the Play Store and the watch has better third-party app support in general. And for those who want a wearable primarily for health tracking, you’re getting the best Samsung has to offer here with a new 3-in-1 biometric sensor that enables bioelectrical impedance analysis, all-day heart rate monitoring, features like snore detection and more.

The biggest difference between the Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic is the rotating bezel on the latter and its stainless steel frame, making it a better option for those who want a more classic-timepiece look in their wearable. The bundled wireless charger can not only power up the watch, but it can also charge a smartphone or a pair of wireless earbuds at the same time thanks to its second, larger charging pad.

The Galaxy Watch discounts are part of a larger Cyber Monday Samsung sale on Amazon, which includes deals on wireless earbuds, too. The Galaxy Buds Pro are 33 percent off today only, bringing them down to $135, and the Galaxy Buds 2 with a Samsung SmartTag are 38 percent off, knocking the bundle down to $110.

Buy Galaxy Buds Pro at Amazon – $135Buy Galaxy Buds 2 bundle at Amazon – $110

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The British Fashion Council gave an award for the best Roblox design

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has handed out an award in a brand new category called Metaverse Design created in collaboration with Roblox. Five Roblox creators were nominated, with the in-app clothing store cSapphire coming out the winner. 

The presentation of the award will play out inside a Roblox experience (from November 29th until December 7th 2021), with a virtual representation of Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele (above) doing the honors. If you’re interested in watching, you’ll be able to do so inside a virtual Roblox recreation of Albert Hall — and even roleplay as a high-profile red carpet guest. 

Companies like Roblox have been doing a metaverse long before Facebook decided to jump in. With the award, the BFC has acknowledged that virtual spaces can be a fun way for both consumers and designers to explore fashion ideas. Roblox previously worked with Gucci on a collection, and we’ve seen labels like Moncler Louis Vuitton inside Fortnite and other games. 

It’s a fun addition to the show, but the BFC is taking it fairly seriously. The Metaverse judging panel includes some high-profile folks, including fashion model Karlie Kloss along with editors from fashion sites and magazines like W and Highsnobiety.

“By awarding the platform’s creators, we are recognizing the powerful global impact of digital fashion on communities around the world, its ability to create new trends in fashion, as well as the incredible opportunities it provides for talented young creators,” said BFC chief executive Caroline Rush in a statement. 



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Sony's impressive WF-1000XM4 earbuds fall to a new all-time low of $218

Sony’s excellent WF-1000XM4 wireless ANC earphones came out just this summer, so we’ve only seen mild discounts so far — even during Black Friday. For Cyber Monday, however, Amazon has reduced them to just $218, for a savings of $62 or 22 percent — a great price for some of the highest-rated wireless earbuds available.

Buy Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earphones at Amazon – $218

The WF-1000XM4s are a sequel to the much-lauded WF-1000XM3 model, and improve on them in nearly every way, as we detailed in our Engadget review. They deliver balanced sound quality across lows, mids and highs, with no heavy-handed bass or overly shrill treble. Active noise cancellation (ANC) is also improved, blocking more noise across all frequencies while using less power, to boot. 

As a result, battery life is up to eight hours with the ANC turned on, or 12 hours with it disabled — up about 25 percent over the previous model. Other nice features include Qi-certified wireless charging (with a quick-charge feature that gives you an hour of use in five minutes), customizable sound controls, Sony’s “precise voice pickup” tech to improve call quality, and 360 and high-res audio support. 

The biggest downside is the comfort and fit, as Sony’s foam (rather than silicone) tips might not work for all ears. That’s a small complaint considering that the WF-1000XM4s top a lot of lists for the best wireless ANC earphones, including our own. You’re not likely to find them at a better price anytime soon, so if you’ve been eyeing a pair, now’s the time to act. 

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The Morning After: Was Black Friday 2021 quieter than usual?

As you might have suspected this Cyber Monday morning, the big stories on Engadget involve good deals or even an all-time low price on gadgets, accessories for said gadgets or services to run on them. (We’ve linked to the best deals we’ve found down below, but stock and prices may have changed since the time of writing.)

That said, according to early figures, it might have been a more muted Black Friday online than in previous years. Adobe estimates its combined Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day internet sales were less than last year, for the first time ever — even if it was only a mere dip from $9 billion in 2020 to $8.9 billion last week.

Adobe thinks the dip reflected the multitude of internet deals out there that began ahead of Black Friday — some as early as October.

— Mat Smith

Scientists used Mars’ ambient noise to map just underneath the planet’s surface

They analyzed the data collected by the seismometer installed by NASA’s InSight lander.

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A team of scientists have created the first detailed image of what lies right underneath the planet’s surface, showing three billion years of its history, by listening to Martian winds.

More precisely, they analyzed the ambient noise (in the absence of marsquakes) collected by the seismometer that was installed by the InSight lander. On Earth, that kind of ambient seismic noise is generated by the ocean, human activity and winds, but only the last one is present on Mars.

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Spider-Man’ advance ticket buyers will be rewarded with NFTs

Is that better than a giant plastic soda cup?

AMC is extending its fondness for the blockchain to the freebies you get with ticket pre-orders. The theater chain and Sony Pictures are giving away 86,000 NFTs to Stubs Premiere, A-List and Investor Connect members who buy or reserve tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home showings on December 16th. Redeem a code through a special website and you’ll get one of 100 designs. Will it be worth millions? My limited-edition Jurassic Park cup I got from a movie theater in the ‘90s suggests not.

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Cryptocurrency mining in Kazakhstan is leading to power shortages

China’s crypto mining ban may be partly to blame.

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The Financial Times reports the country’s electrical grid operator KEGOC said it would start rationing electricity for 50 registered miners after their demand reportedly invoked an emergency shutdown mode at three power plants in October. They’ll also be the first users disconnected if there are grid failures. The energy ministry estimated electricity demand has jumped by eight percent so far in 2021 versus the more typical one or two percent. There have been blackouts in six regions since October.

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Tesla Model Y gets an AMD Ryzen chip upgrade in China

There’s no word on a corresponding upgrade elsewhere.

Electrek has learned Tesla is shipping the electric crossover in China with an AMD Ryzen processor running the infotainment system instead of the usual Intel CPU. Performance variant owners have noticed the swap so far, but Tesla has historically used the same computing platform for all trim levels of a given model.

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Amazon cuts up to 30 percent off Star Wars Instant Pots in Cyber Monday deal

Just in time for Cyber Monday, you can pick up Williams Sonoma’s Star Wars-branded Instant Pots at some of the steepest discounts we’ve seen. The 3-quart BB-8 themed version is matching its all-time low price of $60, a 25 percent discount off the regular $80 price. Other Star Wars-branded models are also on sale alongside regular Instant Pots, still discounted from Black Friday.

Buy Star Wars Instant Pots from Amazon – from $60

The other Star Wars-themed Instant Pots available are the 6-quart Baby Yoda (Grogu) model for $70, 6-quart Darth Vader version for $70, 6-quart R2D2 model for $70 and the 6-quart Stormtrooper pot, also at $70. All of those models are discounted $30, or 30 percent off the regular price.  

As before, you’ll also find discounts on non-themed Instant Pots. The Instant Pot Crisp 9-in-1 (with air fryer lid) 6-quart model is available for $100 for a savings of $50 or 33 percent, to start with. You’ll also find the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 8-quart model for $120 (a savings of 40 percent), the Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1 6-quart model at $80 or $50 off and the Instant Pot Pro Crisp 11-in-1 with Air Fryer Combo at $170, for a savings of 32 percent.

Instant Pots are some of the most popular cooking gadgets out there, as they can replace a rice cooker, yogurt maker, slow-cooker and pressure cooker. The latter function lets you cook at an accelerated rate for foods like pulled pork and chicken curry. At the same time, it’s fully automated so you just need to add the ingredients, push a few buttons and walk away.

The Star Wars themed models are identical to the classic Instant Pot models, but add fun branding across Star Wars franchises. Suffice to say, they could make great gifts (including for yourself), but it’s best to act quick, as Cyber Monday sales expire today. 

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The best tech deals we found for Cyber Monday

If you didn’t cross off everything on your gift list on Black Friday, you’re still in luck. Cyber Monday has brought a host of tech deals this year, and some of the best deals from a few days ago are still available. You can still find some of the best headphones, streaming devices, SD cards and other gadgets for less today, but we recommend buying what you need fairly quickly to avoid items selling out as well as excessively delayed shipping times. To make things easier, we gathered the best Cyber Monday tech deals here so you don’t have to go searching for them.

Sony WH-1000XM4

Our favorite pair of Sony headphones, the WH-1000XM4, are down to $248 right now, which is just about $100 off their regular price. We gave these cans a score of 94 for their powerful ANC, immersive sound quality and multi-device connectivity.

Buy WH-1000XM4 at Amazon – $248Buy WH-1000XM4 at Best Buy – $248

AirPods Pro

The updated AirPods Pro with the MagSafe case are on sale for $179 at Amazon. These offer the best sound quality and fit of any of Apple’s earbuds, and now they have a magnetic wireless charging case that’s compatible with MagSafe accessories.

Buy AirPods Pro at Amazon – $179

AirPods (3rd gen)

Apple’s latest AirPods are down to $150, or $30 off their normal price, thanks to a voucher applied at checkout. We gave them a score of 88 for their more comfortable design, much improved audio quality and longer battery life.

Buy AirPods (3rd gen) at Amazon – $150

Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE has been knocked down to $220, or about $60 off its normal price. This is the best Watch for wearable newbies as well as those with tight budgets. We gave it a score of 88 for its responsive performance, comfortable design and solid feature set for the price.

Buy Apple Watch SE at Amazon – $220

iRobot Roomba 694

The Roomba 694 is $95 off, bringing it down to $179. This model came out earlier this year and works well on both hard and carpeted floors, supports WiFi connectivity for Alexa and Google Assistant commands and can be controlled via the iRobot mobile app.

Buy Roomba 694 at Amazon – $179

 

Beats Studio Buds

The Beats Studio Buds have been discounted to $100, but also come with $10 if you use the code BYZPPJADUODB at checkout. These are some of the best Beats buds for most people and we gave them a score of 84 for their balanced sound, hands-free Siri controls and quick pairing with both iOS and Android.

Buy Studio Buds at Amazon – $100

Bose QuietComfort 45

Bose’s new QuietComfort 45 headphones remain on sale for $279 right now, or $50 off their normal price. We gave them a score of 86 for their clear, balanced audio, improved ANC and long battery life.

Buy QuietComfort 45 at Amazon – $279Buy QuietComfort 45 at Best Buy – $279

Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony’s excellent WF-1000XM4 earbuds are down to $218. We gave them a score of 86 for their great sound quality, powerful ANC and improved battery life.

Buy WF-1000XM4 at Amazon – $248

Elgato Streamdeck

Elgato’s Streamdeck is on sale right now for $100, or $50 off its normal price. If you or someone who know wants to break into the game-streaming world, the Streamdeck is one of those gadgets that can make it much easier to do so. It’s a small desktop controller with 15 LCD keys that you can customize to manage programs like OBS, Twitch and others. It makes multitasking while on stream much easier and it’ll make your entire setup feel more professional, too.

Buy Streamdeck at Amazon – $100

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone is on sale for $850 right now, and you can get a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2 when you buy. This was the most impressive Samsung foldable to come out this year and we gave it a score of 82 for its striking, flexible screen, attractive build and water-resistant design.

Buy Galaxy Z Flip 3 at Amazon – $850

Kindle Paperwhite

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The new Kindle Paperwhite is still on sale for $105, or $35 off its normal price. The updated model has 17 front lights, a sleeker design, an adjustable warm light, weeks of battery life and Audible support. You can also still get Amazon’s standard Kindle for $50, or for $40 when you buy two of them.

Buy Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon – $105Buy Kindle at Amazon – $50

Instant Pot

The six-quart Instant Pot Duo Plus remains on sale for $60, which is half off its normal price. This model supports pressure cook, warm, sauté, rice cook, sous vide and more modes, and its mid-size capacity makes it good for preparing food for many people.

Buy Instant Pot Duo Plus at Best Buy – $60

Amazon Echo Show 8

Amazon Echo Show 8
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The Echo Show 8 smart display is on sale for $90. It earned a score of 87 from us for its attractive design, stellar audio quality and improved camera for video calls. Both the first- and second-gen Show 8s have discounted bundles that include a Blink Mini camera for only $5 extra, too.

Buy Echo Show 8 (2nd gen) at Amazon – $90Buy Echo Show 8 (2nd gen) bundle at Amazon – $95Buy Echo Show 8 (1st gen) bundle at Amazon – $65

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+

Both the Galaxy S7 and S7+ tablets have been discounted, down to $499 and $699, respectively. Either would be good options for Android lovers looking for a new tablet — we were impressed by their beautiful build, vibrant 120Hz displays, long battery lives and S Pen support.

Buy Tab S7 at Amazon – $499Buy Tab S7+ at Amazon – $699

Jabra Elite 85t

Jabra’s Elite 85t earbuds are on sale for $150, which is $80 off its normal price. These earbuds impressed us with their strong ANC, comfortable size and wireless charging case.

Buy Elite 85t at Amazon – $150

Fitbit Charge 5

You can pick up the Fitbit Charge 5 for $130, or $50 less than usual. This is Fitbit’s most comprehensive fitness band and it earned a score of 82 from us for its full-color touchscreen, built-in GPS, onboard EDA sensors for stress tracking and multi-day battery life.

Buy Charge 5 at Amazon – $130

Chromecast with Google TV

The Chromecast with Google TV has dropped to $40, which is $10 cheaper than usual. We gave the device a score of 86 for its 4K HDR streaming capabilities, Dolby Vision and Atmos support plus its much needed and very handy new remote.

Buy Chromecast with Google TV at Best Buy – $40

Roku Streambar

The Roku Streambar is down to $80 right now, or $50 off its normal price. It’s a compact soundbar that will upgrade any living room relying on an old TV with weak audio. We gave it a score of 86 for its solid audio quality, Dolby Audio support and built-in 4K streaming technology.

Buy Roku Streambar at Amazon – $80

NVIDIA Shield TV

NVIDIA’s Shield TV has dropped to $129, or $20 cheaper than usual. This is one of the more powerful streaming devices available today thanks to its Tegra X1+ processor, support for Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos, Chromecast 4K and AI-powered 4K upscaling.

Buy NVIDIA Shield TV at Amazon – $129Buy NVIDIA Shield at Best Buy – $130

Samsung T7 SSD

The Samsung T7 SSD in 1TB is down to a record low of $110, which is 35 percent off and the best price we’ve seen. You can also get the 1TB T7 Touch with a built-in fingerprint reader for 21 percent off, or $150. It has reads speeds up to 1,050 MB/s and write speeds up to 1,000 MB/s, plus it has a shock-resistant unibody and support for Dynamic Thermal Guard to control heat levels.

Buy Samsung T7 (1TB) at Amazon – $110Buy Samsung T7 Touch (1TB) at Amazon – $150

Crucial MX500 internal SSD

The compact Crucial MX500 internal drive in 1TB is down to $85, which is just a couple of dollars shy of its all-time-low price. We like its sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 510 MB/s, along with its standard 2.5-inch design and integrated power loss immunity feature.

Buy Crucial MX500 (1TB) at Amazon – $85

55-inch Vizio OLED 4K TV

Vizio’s 55-inch H1 OLED TV is $300 off right now, bringing it down to $1,000. This is a solid price for a mid-sized OLED set that supports Dolby Vision HDR, Vizio’s IQ Ultra processor, 120Hz gaming with VRR and built-in AirPlay and Chromecast technology.

Buy 55-inch Vizio OLED at Best Buy – $1,000

Philips Hue White and Color smart bulbs (3 pack)

A three-pack of Philips Hue White and Color smart lights is on sale for $100, or about $30 off its normal price. While not a record low, it’s a good sale price on smart bulbs that rarely see deep discounts. These can be controlled via the Philips Hue app and almost any voice assistant including Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, and they support thousands of colors as well as 50,000 shares of warm and cool white light.

Buy Philips Hue smart lights at Amazon – $100Buy Philips Hue smart lights at Best Buy – $100

Adobe All Apps Plan

First-time subscribers to Adobe CC can get the All Apps plan for 40 percent off right now, bringing the monthly charge down to $30. If you’re a student, it’s even cheaper — just $16 per month for first-time customers. These programs are considered standard in most creative fields, so it’s worth grabbing this deal if you know you’ll be using things like Photoshop or Illustrator in the future.

Subscribe to All Apps plan at Adobe – $30/month

Headspace

The meditation app Headspace is down to $5 per month for new and returning customers. That’s 60 percent off the normal price, and those who want to pay for a year upfront will get 50 percent off and pay only $35 for the year. Headspace has a bunch of guided meditation sessions along with sleep stories, calming ambient music, guided yoga sessions for stress management and more.

Subscribe to Headspace starting at $5/month

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