Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro models are already shipping to buyers, with some models having sold out during preorders. Shipping times have slipped back to December for online orders, so in-store purchases might be your best bet. As the new laptops reach consumers, we will see more reviews and real-life experiences with the new machines. As a reminder, the new MacBook Pros feature the M1 Pro or M1 Max SoCs. These processors will deliver massive performance gains over the original M1, as seen in the first benchmarks that emerged online. Another essential upgrade concerns the MacBook Pro's most controversial feature, the display notch. And Apple has explained in a new interview the thinking behind the notch upgrade.
The team at Apple Experiments has released a new video. This time the team puts the Apple iPhone 13 Pro to the test, including using the Cinematic Mode to capture some cool space scenes.
On Thursday, Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel. in the video, the team showcases several shots created with the iPhone 13 Pro and practical effects. The video focuses heavily on the camera features that the iPhone 13 Pro brings to the table. These features include its more effective low light capture and Cinematic Mode. Across the various shots, the team attempts to recreate the magic of movies using nothing but the iPhone and several practical effects.
Netflix has an exciting and steadily growing library of Korean-language content on the service that's available for audiences around the world to enjoy. A fact that was true even before Squid Game turned out to have the biggest launch of any Netflix original, ever. One of the newest indications of this being the case can be found on the streamer's Top 10 list for Friday, October 22 -- which puts the newly released and supremely thrilling My Name Korean series at #8 overall on the service.
That list, by the way, includes both TV shows and movies on Netflix. Making this new show's high ranking all the more impressive.
The $399 iPhone SE 2 is a device with no rival in the industry, and that was particularly evident last year. The iPhone SE 2 launched with the same processor as the iPhone 11, which was Apple's newest flagship at the time. And it featured the Touch ID feature that many people craved. More than a year later, there's no iPhone SE 3 update in stores featuring the same chip as the iPhone 12. That's because these special edition iPhones aren't annual releases. But Apple will reportedly launch the iPhone SE 3 next year and fix the worst thing about the iPhone SE 2 in the process.
When people are using their headphones, they don't necessarily want to actually feel the headphones. Whether you're using over-the-ear headphones or earbuds, you want to be able to enjoy your music without actually realizing that you're wearing them. Because if you do notice it, you're probably noticing how uncomfortable they are. We've all had headphones before that don't fit us properly. Trying to wear them, especially for an extended period of time, can seem like a task.
But once you've found headphones that actually fit you, do you want them to be extremely noticeable? Well, if you're using over-the-ear headphones, they pretty much always will be. But earbuds are different. If you're looking for a pair of true wireless earbuds, the Urbanista Lisbon earbuds may be the ones you're looking for. I've been testing them out, as they are the Scandanavian company's more compact earbuds yet. How well do they hold up to everyday use? Read on to find out.
Spider-Man: No Way Home would have easily topped $1 billion at the box office before the pandemic. The total haul might have approached $2 billion, given the massive interest around the Sony-Marvel MCU film. That's all the more impressive when you consider how the studios are marketing the movie. They were late to reveal the title, and the first trailer dropped after being leaked in a pre-VFX form. That's all the marketing we got until now. We don't even have a poster for No Way Home.
A key leak that was repeatedly confirmed this year is what's driving all the excitement. The new Spider-Man will be a multiverse adventure, where Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield will play Spider-Man versions from different realities. They'll face the Sinister Six, all of whom were already shown or teased in the first trailer. As we approach that December 17th release date, we're bound to see a significant increase in No Way Home marketing efforts. The latest example comes in the form of new Spider-Man: No Way Home covers that may very well act as the movie's first posters. Warning: Some spoilers might follow below.
Want to narrow things down to just a few of the best bargains online? We'll show you 10 sales today that you're definitely not going to want to miss.
Sunday's best deals
This weekend's big news is that Apple's newest and most popular products are on sale for the first time ever. That includes Apple's brand new AirPods Pro with MagSafe charging! These $249 top-of-the-line earbuds can be had right now for $219.99 if you pick up a pair at Amazon. On top of that, the Apple Watch Series 7 just got its first-ever discount. It's not a deep discount, but you should still take advantage while you can.
Also of note, want ANC earbuds but don't need MagSafe, you can pick up a pair of AirPods Pro for $197 instead. They're the exact same earphones, only the case is different.
Let's take a look at all 10 of today's best daily deals.
New research from a group of scientists has showcased how a team of researchers came together to create artificial vision for a 58-year-old blind woman, allowing her to see simple shapes. According to the report, the group was able to use penetrating electrodes to create the shapes the woman experienced. In a sense, the brain implant allowed the blind woman to "see" simple shapes.
By placing an array on the visual cortex, scientists say they were able to stimulate the neurons around it to create artificial vision for a blind volunteer. They were then able to record the experience using the array as well as a pair of eyeglasses equipped with a miniature video camera.
Brain implant creates artificial vision for blind woman
Scientists from the University Miguel Hernández in Spain, the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, and the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah carried out the work. According to an article published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Professor Eduardo Fernández, MD, Ph.D., from Miguel Hernández University of Elche, wrote that the penetrating electrodes were created using an intracortical 96-channel microelectrode array situated in the volunteer’s occipital cortex.
The electrodes in the brain implant then stimulated the brain, causing the blind woman to experience artificial vision in the form of white points of light called phosphenes. Those points then created the images the woman experienced.
“These results are very exciting because they demonstrate both safety and efficacy and could help to achieve a long-held dream of many scientists, which is the transfer information from the outside world directly to the visual cortex of blind individuals, thereby restoring a rudimentary form of sight,” Prof. Eduardo Fernández wrote in the article (via Neuroscience).
The reports say the results of this experiment are encouraging. At the moment there do not appear to have been any negative effects on the volunteer’s brain. However, Fernández noted that there are several unanswered questions and problems to solve.
The group plans to conduct further experiments. Professor R.A. Normann, a co-author of the study, noted the overall goal is to give blind people more mobility. According to the reports, scientists plan to use more sophisticated systems next time. This should allow for more complex visual images.
If successful, brain implants like this could allow blind women and men to identify other people, doorways, cars, and more. It would, essentially, help create more independence for the user, as well as increase their safety. This also isn't the only scientific breakthrough surrounding vision for the blind. Five years ago, a bionic eye implant allowed a blind man to see again for the first time in 40 years.
Active noise-cancelling technology is a big selling point for headphones these days. Trying to get rid of the noise around you and achieve audio bliss is something that many users want. It still is something that many manufacturers are trying to find.
If you are someone who travels a lot and hates hearing what people around you are talking about, you need to get rid of the noise. If you have kids and need a brief moment of silence while they are watching a show, you can get rid of that noise (it's not really noise though).
Over-the-ear headphones can handle this technology well. We've seen it in countless headphones and some of them are really great. But wireless earbuds are a different level of convenience. I tested out one of the newer options on the market, the Nokia BH-805 Noise Cancelling Earbuds, to see how the technology holds up. HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, created them to enter the active noise-cancelling realm.
These earbuds come with three different tip size, which should help them fit a wider variety of ears. While they won't fit every set of ears, they will stay in, as long as you identify which one is the correct one for you. I used the large ones for a while before realizing the medium was a better fit. The silicone tips go inside your ear hole to keep the earbud from falling out.
The Nokia Noise Cancelling Earbuds have small stems, which is where touch controls are found. It does take a little while to memorize which controls are which. There are some that control the volume and some that allow you to open up either Siri or Google Assistant. You can also work with the ambient mode and active noise-cancelling mode. While the touch controls are reactive most of the time, you must take your time in pressing or holding them for them to actually respond.
They are IPX4 water-resistant and dust-resistant. I wore these when I went for a run and it was raining that day and between the sweat and rain, there was no problem with them working. They do slide around in your ears, even if you have the proper tips. So you should probably opt for a different pair of sports headphones if you're looking for workout ones. They are offered in two different colors: Charcoal and Polar Sea.
Nokia Noise Cancelling Earbuds features and battery
Connecting your earbuds is very simple. They are built with Bluetooth connectivity and will LED indicator light in the back of each earbud will flash orange and white alternatively when they are ready to pair. After the initial pairing, the earbud announces that it is on by saying "Hello" and then will announce it is connected by saying "Connected". Just by opening the case, your earbuds will pair after the initial time.
As we mentioned, the controls are on the stem of the earbuds. You can toggle between the two modes without much problem. One thing that you may notice is, if you are adjusting the earbuds in your ear, you more or less have to touch the main part of the earbud, rather than the stem. If you touch the stem, you will set off one of the controls. You can play or pause music, lower or raise the volume, and fast forward or rewind. You can also answer and hang up a phone call. Choosing to use the voice assistant is another control.
These true wireless headphones come with a charging case that is larger than an Apple AirPods case. But it is not too big that it is cumbersome to keep in your pocket or purse. It comes with a USB-C charging cord, but you have to have your own charging block. This lasts for up to five hours on a single charge without the charging case.
The case shows you how much battery level is left, as there are lights on the case that gauge the life. If you are using it in full ANC mode, it will last for shorter than that. So for incredibly long flights, the battery won't last as long as you may want it. You'll need to take a break and charge it up. It will go for 20 hours if the charging case is charged up.
Nokia Noise Cancelling Earbuds sound quality
Because the earbuds enter your ear and basically fill up your ear canal, you will get decent sound quality. It isn't the clearest you'll ever hear, but for regular use, it is totally acceptable. The bass is solid but if you are looking for heavy bass, these may not reach the levels you want. You won't be blown away by the sound, but if you're don't consider your ear finely-tuned, these will be just fine.
If you place your finger on one of the stems and hold it for a few seconds, you can toggle between ambient mode and noise-cancelling mode. This makes your ability to switch simple and it takes almost no time. You will actually hear the noise-cancelling mode kick into effect if you're in a room that isn't too noisy, as the sound is sucked out around you.
The noise-cancelling mode eliminates noise up to 25 dB. That is similar to hearing protectors and earplugs. While this won't drown out all of the noise you're hearing, it does do a decent job of giving you more bliss. You do notice a difference when you make the switch from ambient mode to the noise-cancelling mode or "ANC" mode as the earbuds tell you.
The Nokia Noise Cancelling Earbuds will help you get rid of some of the noise around you. While it isn't as effective as putting on over-the-ear headphones, it can drown out some noise to give you some more peace and quiet. The sound quality isn't bad and can deliver easy, day-to-day, listening that you won't complain about. While they aren't the most comfortable, as they are rather invasive in your ears, you do have to make sure they fit in your ears. They are in the middle of the price range of earbuds with noise-cancelling technology at $149.99.
There are a few options at this same price point. You may be able to find better For a similar price point, you can choose the Beats Studio Buds. These will give you better battery life and are less obvious in your ears if that matters to you. You can also take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2.
Should I buy the Nokia Noise Cancelling Earbuds?
Yes. While they aren't the best for sound quality and the controls take some getting used to, you do notice a difference when switching to the noise-cancelling mode. If you're just looking to not overhear someone's conversation on the bus and don't want to pay a ton to do so, these will suit you.
Well, it does! The movie rental company also offers a ton of free movies and shows on demand. Plus, Redbox streams a bunch of free live TV channels.
Redbox is one of many companies that has jumped on the free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) train. And this week, the company announced that it will add more than 20 new FAST channels to its lineup. The additions will include local news, horror movies, kids shows, and more.
The next time you're at your local grocery store or a nearby location of a department store giant, take a close look at the shelves. If you've paid attention at all to news headlines over the past week or so, you'll no doubt have come across coverage of supply chain issues that are manifesting themselves in part in the form of empty store shelves. But it's not just empty store shelves resulting from the US supply chain meltdown that includes clogged ports as well as goods sitting unshipped. Retailers are also getting creative (or desperate, depending on who you ask) -- to the point that some shoppers say they've noticed tactics like stores using single rows of products to fill shelves.
To give the illusion, in other words, of abundance.
If you're looking for the best outdoor TV deals around ahead of Black Friday, look no further than Amazon. You've undoubtedly done your research at this point. So you know that Furrion is one of the best brands out there when it comes to outdoor TVs. Furrion's Aurora lineup is wonderfully bright, and they're of course all weatherproof for outdoor mounting.
Furrion Aurora 4K TVs for full shade or partial sun
It doesn't matter if you check Amazon, other retailers, or dedicated television review sites. When you do, you'll see that Furrion outdoor TV reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Of that, there is no question. But it wasn't until Furrion sent me one that I truly appreciated how impressive these outdoor TVs really are. And now that Amazon is running these great outdoor TV deals, you can appreciate them too.
The company's Aurora televisions are all characterized by a few important things. First and foremost, Furrion outdoor TVs have high-quality display panels with dazzling brightness. An average TV like the one you have in your living room generally has a brightness rating of between 250 and 300 nits.
Meanwhile, Furrion's outdoor televisions are rated at between 350 and 700 nits, depending on the model you choose. Then, on top of that, Furrion Aurora TVs have a special anti-glare coating and automatic brightness control. That way, the screen is clear and bright as lighting conditions change throughout the day.
Long story short, these stunning televisions offer the ideal outdoor viewing experience.
I have a sunroom in the back of my home with big windows that face south. I put a TV back there when I first moved in, but it was impossible to watch during the day. The glare is a nightmare to deal with for pretty much the entire day until the sun sets each evening.
I decided to give up and move that TV to the basement. To be frank, it hadn't even dawned on me to try an outdoor TV until Furrion reached out. Within minutes of setting up the Partial Sun Outdoor TV the company sent, I knew what all the fuss was about. Despite being hit with direct sunlight for much of the day, this TV is clear and bright.
Amazon's best outdoor TV deals
This should go without saying, but Furrion TVs are weatherproof. They are IP54-rated for resistance against rain, snow, UV rays, dirt, humidity, and even salt. I wouldn't recommend mounting one with no covering at all, but you could if you wanted to. Generally, people position these TVs under an awning or roof of some kind. Or, if you have a bright sunroom like I do, Furrion Aurora TVs are perfect. TV deals
For a limited time until August 8th, all of Furrion's hottest models are on sale at Amazon with deep discounts. You'll save a minimum of $100 on the smaller models, which means the entry-level price is now $999. Larger models have deeper discounts, so you can save up to $500!
These Amazon outdoor TV deals are only around for another few days. That means it's your last chance to save, so don't miss out.
Furrion Aurora Full Shade Series Weatherproof 4K Outdoor TV deals
The Aurora series is split up into two different categories, including Full Shade and Partial Sun. If you plan to install your outdoor TV in a spot that never sees any direct sunlight, you want one of the Full Shade models listed here.
During its MacBook event last week, Apple unveiled the AirPods 3, confirming all rumors that said the cheaper AirPods will get a redesign.
The third-gen AirPods looks a lot like the AirPods Pro, although it’s not quite a replica. The AirPods 3 are about as tall as the AirPods Pro, as they have a smaller stem. But the AirPods 3 case isn’t as wide as the AirPods Pro, as they don’t come with user-replaceable tips.
Apple didn’t also unveil the highly anticipated AirPods Pro 2 model at the show, but it gave the more expensive earphones a small upgrade. That’s MagSafe wireless charging, which means the case comes with built-in magnets.
Apple will likely unveil the AirPods Pro 2 earphones in 2022. At least that’s what all rumors have claimed for the better part of the year. The new Pro will also get its own redesign, according to some reports. But a purported AirPods Pro 2 case leak indicates that only minimal design changes might be in order.
While some food recalls are implemented out of an abundance of caution, which is the FDA's way of saying that they're erring on the side of safety, other recalls arise out of a very real danger to the public. A recent food recall involving Costco soup falls into the latter category.
Earlier this week, the FDA announced the recall of thousands of packages of Ivar’s Kettle Classic Clam Chowder With Uncured Bacon. The soup is sold exclusively at Costco. The recall was issued because there's a possibility some packages may contain hard and sharpened pieces of plastic. The only silver lining amidst this bizarre story is that the plastic pieces are opaque, which is to say you'll be able to spot them.
The biggest news on Saturday, however, is one deal in particular. For the first time ever, Apple's brand new AirPods Pro with MagSafe charging have been discounted! These $249 top-of-the-line earbuds can be had right now for $219.99 if you pick up a pair at Amazon. Again, this is the first discount ever on these awesome new ANC earphones.
Or, if you don't care about MagSafe, you can pick up a pair of AirPods Pro for $197 instead. They're the exact same earphones, only the case is different. With that taken care of, let's take a look at all 10 of today's best daily deals.
Apple changed the iPhone notch design for the first time this year on the iPhone 13 series. All four new iPhones feature smaller notches at the top, but it's still quite large. Last month, a leak that preceded the iPhone 13 launch event said that the iPhone 14 will be the first handset to feature a hole-punch display. Other insiders provided similar claims, with a caveat: only the iPhone 14 Pro models will deliver the hole-punch display designs that fans want. Brand new reports out of Asia seem to corroborate those iPhone 14 rumors, albeit indirectly. It appears LG is developing hole-punch displays for mobile devices. And these new displays may be for Apple, allowing the company to finally ditch the notch.
The new M1 Max chip in the 2021 MacBook Pro already wowed fans of the Apple-branded notebooks with impressive CPU benchmarks. Now, a new set of benchmarks from the M1 Max showcase just how powerful the SoC (system-on-a-chip) is.
According to the post on Geekbench, the 2021 MacBook Pro equipped with an M1 Max chip with 64GB of unified memory is capable of clocking a Metal score of 68870. This is roughly three times the score of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip, which pulled in a Metal score of 21800 on Geekbench (via AppleInsider).
There’s no Marvel project that can match the Spider-Man: No Way Home hype right now. The movie’s big multiverse secret leaked months ago, which only increased the No Way Home chatter online. All the rumors that followed reinforced the idea to the point where practically everyone has seen the big spoilers at this point.
Say you’re watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on a mid-September night. All of a sudden, there’s Andrew Garfield barely able to deny rumors that he’ll appear in the next Spider-Man movie. If you’re the kind of Marvel fan looking to avoid No Way Home spoilers, that moment alone is enough to make you realize what Sony and Marvel are probably doing with the next movie.
But Sony and Marvel did not show Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire in the first No Way Home trailer. Word on the street is that Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer 2 will feature all three Spider-Man variants and that it’ll “break the internet.” And while other rumors said the new trailer’s release is scheduled for late October, an insider just said that the trailer isn’t actually coming anytime soon.
Cordless vacuums are much more convenient than plugged-in ones. Not only do they prevent you from having to constantly change the power outlet each time you clean a new room, but they also let you clean your car, easily clean different floors, and more. But there are tons of options out there -- and the result is that it can be hard to find the best cordless vacuums out there.
That's why we've put together this guide.
There are a number of things to consider before you buy a cordless vacuum. Firstly, you'll want to think about the size of your home -- and how long of a battery life you'll need to clean the entire home. Most cordless vacuums have a battery life of at least 45 minutes or so, which should be enough for most. But if you need more time, you'll need to keep that in mind. You'll also want to think about suction power. If you have thick carpet, you may need something with better suction power. If you have thinner carper or plan on using it on hard floors, that may not matter. And, of course, you'll also want to think about the price.
No matter what you're looking for from a cordless vacuum, there should be something on this list for you. Here are the best cordless vacuums in 2021.
Best cordless vacuum overall: Dyson V15 Detect Absolute
Pros: Powerful suction, modern design, easy to use
Cons: Expensive, not the longest battery life
Want the best cordless vacuum you can find, and don't mind spending the cash for it? The Dyson V15 Detect is the way to go. The vacuum isn't cheap, but the trade-off is that it's powerful, well-designed, and works incredibly well.
One of the most interesting things about this vacuum, in particular, is that it has a laser light on the front that illuminates dust that would otherwise remain unseen, allowing you to clean deeper than you would be able to with other vacuums. You'll suck up far more dust than other vacuums too -- this vacuum has a five-stage filtration system that can capture 99.99% of dust particles down to 0.3 microns. Impressive.
The vacuum comes with a range of accessories to help you better clean your home. There's a Laser Slim Fluffy head for hard floors, a High Torque cleaner head for all kinds of floors, a crevice tool, dirt brush, and more. All the basics are there, and much more. And, the vacuum is wall-mountable, meaning that it's easier to store.
So what are the downsides to this vacuum? Well, the biggest one is the price -- it's not cheap. Also, while you'll get up to 60 minutes of usage, reviews indicate that you'll probably get a fair amount less in real-world use.
Pros: Powerful, multiple cleaning modes, good air filtration
Cons: Still a bit pricey, cleaning time can be limited
The Roborock H7 isn't as powerful, nor as high-tech as the Dyson V15 Detect. But for the vast majority of people, it's still more than good enough for the vast majority of users. The vacuum is powerful, has a few different modes for cleaning, and has some great air filtration tech that should ensure your home is cleaner than ever.
The Roborock H7 comes with a range of accessories to make it more versatile for cleaning. You'll get a crevice tool, flex tube, motorized mini brush, multisurface brush, and more. You'll also get a wall mount, and all those extra accessories will attach magnetically to the side of the mount. And, the vacuum has air filtration tech that Roborock says will capture 99.99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. Impressive.
There are a few downsides to consider. Notably, while the vacuum is cheaper than the Dyson V15 Detect, it's still not cheap. And, while the battery should be fine for most, if you regularly use the higher cleaning modes it may not last quite as long.
Cons: A bit loud, not as powerful as some, battery isn't great
Got a budget of under $200 or so? The Moosoo K23 won't get you the same performance or number of features as some of the other options on this list, but you'll still get a solid cordless vacuum experience.
This vacuum comes with a number of accessories to make it better at cleaning. You'll get an LED floor head that helps you see your way around, along with a wall mount to dock the vacuum when you're not using it. The dust bin is also pretty large, and the components are washable, which can come in handy.
The design of the vacuum is solid too. Sure, it's not as sleek and stylish as some of the others on this list, but you'll still enjoy all the benefits of a cordless vacuum. You can use the vacuum to clean your car and your home alike, and while it's a bit heavier than some others, it's still light enough for most use.
So what are the downsides? Well, the battery life isn't great, at only 35 minutes of running time, and the vacuum simply isn't as powerful as the other options on this list. Still, it's a solid option for those on a budget.
Best cordless vacuum for pet hair: Dyson V11 Animal
Pros: Powerful, sleek design, easy to maintain
Cons: Small dust bin, expensive
If you're a pet owner, you probably know the struggle of trying to keep your home hair-free. The Dyson V11 Animal can help with that. This vacuum is designed with animal hair in mind, and as such, it'll easily pick up all that hair you have lying around -- and clean the rest of your home while it's at it.
The Dyson V11 Animal comes with a number of accessories for versatile situations. You'll get a high torque cleaner head, along with a stubborn dirt brush, combination tool, mini motorized tool, and more. Not bad. That's not to mention the excellent performance that ensures the vacuum will suck out all the dust and dirt in your carpets.
The Dyson V11 Animal is a great option, but it's not perfect. As you would expect from a Dyson cordless vacuum, it's a little expensive. Not only that, but the dust bin is a little small -- so you might find yourself having to empty it more often than some other options. Still, it's large enough to fully clean most homes, so if you empty it after each usage, you shouldn't have an issue.
Best cordless vacuum for hard floors: Dyson Omni-glide
Pros: Excellent at cleaning hard floors, powerful, gets under furniture
Cons: Doesn't clean carpet, expensive
Do you have hard floors throughout your home? The Dyson Omni-Glide might be worth considering. This vacuum won't clean the carpet -- at all -- but if you don't have any carpet, that won't matter.
There are a number of things that make the Dyson Omni-Glide so great at cleaning hard floors. The vacuum is super compact and lightweight, but it's still very powerful, and versatile. The device can clean in all different directions, and considering the slightly small head, it can fit into tight spaces. The device has a powerful motor to ensure it picks up all of that dirt and grime.
There are few things to keep in mind with the Dyson Omni-Glide. Notably, this vacuum is only for hard floors -- so don't buy it to clean a carpet too. And, it's still a little expensive, coming in at around $400. But if you can live with those things, it's worth buying.
The Eternals red carpet premiere happened earlier this week, and Marvel's most ambitious MCU movie of the year is off to a great start. The film should beat the opening weekends of Black Widow and Shang-Chi, which did very well despite the pandemic. But Eternals is unlike anything Marvel has done so far in terms of origin stories.
It's a story that's supposed to introduce 10 heroes who have roamed the planet for 7,000 years, mainly staying out of sight. And it's a story that will explain the MCU's Eternals mythology, going back in time far beyond the dawn of the Avengers. Finally, the highly acclaimed director Cholé Zhao, the big winner at this year's Oscars, helms the story. With all that in mind, it's not surprising that we're already seeing talk of an Eternals sequel.
Left 4 Dead has been left for dead by Valve, which led many fans to believe their dreams for four-player co-op zombie-killing campaigns may never shamble into the light of day. Fortunately, Turtle Rock Studios, the developer behind the original L4D, has gone back to that winning formula with Back 4 Blood.
Despite the immediate similarities, Back 4 Blood isn't just a Left 4 Dead clone with some modern sensibilities. Sure, there's the walking dead -- called The Ridden this time around. And you do kill them by the truckload with melee weapons and firearms. However, there are enough changes and new gameplay elements to shake things up.
Okay, there's some sort of story here, I swear. There's this parasite, and it turns those infected by it into the living dead. You play as a group called the Cleaners. This group bands together to fight the zombies and attempt to save the few humans that are still surviving.
Each of the eight playable Cleaners has their own background, and this influences their individual buffs and starting weapons. For example, the appropriately named Doc, can heal each teammate for 25 Health once per level, has +20% healing efficiency, and +25% Team Trauma Resistance.
For the most part, though, this isn't really a game that needs much story. There are cutscenes and all that. But for the most part, people are going to determine their favorite characters from their default buffs and weapons and not their sparkling personality.
Back 4 Blood review: Gameplay
Back 4 Blood's core gameplay, at least at first glance, is the same as that of its spiritual predecessor, Left 4 Dead. In the campaign mode, you and three other survivors (be it humans or bots) make your way through 33 levels killing Ridden and completing objectives. Some of these maps just require you to make it to the safe room. Others have you rescuing survivors, defending a location, carting items, and other goals.
One of the things that keeps Back 4 Blood engaging run after run is the Director. This AI essentially balances the game, increasing the difficulty when a group is doing well or easing it when the going gets rough. Unlike with Left 4 Dead, the Director in Back 4 Blood is more transparent with how it affects the party. The new card system includes Corruption Cards that are drawn at the beginning of each level. These can have minor effects like making everything foggy or more major ones like making more alarm doors appear throughout a level that can alert the horde.
Players also can make decks of cards to use in the campaign. There can be up to 15 cards per deck. Each bestows a certain benefit when drawn at the beginning of the level. This means players can create decks that synergize with a certain weapon type or focus around boosting a particular stat.
However, as of now, there does need to be some balancing with certain cards. For example, the Combat Knife card turns the regular melee into a Knife that can insta-kill a basic Ridden on the base difficulty. Combine that with Battle Lust which makes melee kills heal two health. And you can saw through regular zombies with abandon. This combo is too good to not equip, which means there's less incentive to experiment.
Additionally, I didn't enjoy the new Trama mechanic. As players take regular damage in Back 4 Blood, they also take trauma damage. Trauma damage lowers your max HP, which makes your character increasingly weaker as a campaign continues. You can heal from trauma by finding a first aid cabinet in a level, but regular healing items won't work. Trauma can be overly punishing (especially on higher difficulties), and it's pretty poorly explained in the game.
Back 4 Blood review: Difficulty
On the flip side, difficulty in Back 4 Blood needs to either be balanced or add a fourth.
Survivor, the easiest difficulty plays a lot like "normal." The game is a challenge during your first run. However, a group of seasoned players will quickly master Survivor and be ready to move up and earn more supply points so they can get cards and cosmetic unlocks more quickly.
The next difficulty mode is Veteran, and there is a massive spike here. Veteran is more like "very hard." Even those used to Survivor will find it hard to make it out of a level alive. The tougher mutated Ridden spawn like crazy here. The addition of friendly fire makes it a huge pain to take down hordes.
The highest difficulty, Nightmare, isn't even worth playing. Enemies have more health and can cause more damage, and players only have one life. This mode is only worth playing if you want to experience hulking undead brutes instant transmissioning behind you and hammer fisting your brains in before you can do anything about it.
Ideally, Turtle Rock Studios will update the game to include a difficulty between Survivor and Veteran because the spike between the two is going to be too much for many players to bear.
Back 4 Blood review: PvP
In addition to the co-op campaign, there's a PvP mode called Swarm. In Swarm, two teams of four take turns playing as either Cleaners or the Ridden.
Cleaners have one job here: Survive. On top of the player-controlled mutations, Cleaners have to fight off rounds of hordes. The higher the round, the bigger the horde, and it's inevitable that you'll die.
Meanwhile, it's the Ridden players' job to make sure the Cleaners go down fast. Each of the mutations available to play as will be familiar to Left 4 Dead players:
Spitter > Stinger
Boomer/Tank > Reeker
Charger/Tank > Tallboy
Each of the mutations comes in subvarieties with different abilities that can be further upgraded with Mutation Points obtained during a match. Cleaners also get to bring their cards into Swarm and can make separate decks just for this mode.
The winner of Swarm is determined by which team lasts the longest as the Cleaners. Unfortunately, the mode features a lot of dead air with 45 seconds between rounds. If Turtle Rock can nail the pacing for this mode, it'd be a great partner for the co-op campaign. But the downtime might make some players feel antsy.
Back 4 Blood review: Weapons
One of the most important things to get right for a game like Back 4 Blood is the weapons. Players need to feel powerful but not so strong that the thrill of facing the horde gets diluted. For the most part, Back 4 Blood succeeds in this mission with a few exceptions.
Overall, the firearms are meaty, and even the base pistol will be a trusted companion throughout the campaign. Players get two slots. A primary weapon (like a rifle, submachine gun, LMG, sniper rifle, or shotgun) and a secondary weapon (pistol, sawed-off, melee weapon, or machine pistol) can be equipped. Firearms also have slots for attachments that you can find throughout levels.
The attachment system allows players to customize guns to their liking, but it's also poorly implemented. The biggest issue is that you can't detach attachments once they're equipped. So, you accidentally put an ACOG scope on your shotgun? Too bad, I hope you find another weapon you like soon.
Weapons and attachments also come in rarities that affect their states. Again, this works similarly to other games. All players have to remember is which color is better than the last. It's a stat thing, and their functionality doesn't change between rarities that I've noticed.
A peeve I have with attachments that most players probably won't care about is that some of them don't cause any cosmetic differences when equipped. It's kinda goofy when you throw a stock on a pistol. There are no changes to the model to indicate that.
Back 4 Blood review: Conclusions
Back 4 Blood is a worthy successor to Left 4 Dead's legacy and is sure to elicit smiles from fans of those iconic titles. Of course, it's not perfect. But if Turtle Rock Studios continues to update it, then it has the potential to be remembered just as fondly as its predecessors.
Despite its minor flaws, Back 4 Blood is extremely fun, especially with friends. Those looking for multiplayer fun will find few games that beat this out in 2021.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are both available for preorder from Google, although some variants also happen to be sold out. That’s hardly a surprise because the $599 Pixel 6 is the Android phone to beat right now. Google seems to have finally figured out how to make a great iPhone alternative. And there’s massive interest in the new handsets. Hopefully, Google has also improved its manufacturing efforts and will have enough Pixel 6 units to go around. But if you did get your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro preorder in, you should know that Google has fixed the Pixel 6 preorder deal mistake you might have made during checkout.
That’s to say that yes, you’ll get your free Pixel Buds A-Series with your Pixel 6.
The Biden administration and Congress are still mired in negotiations at the moment over the president's domestic agenda -- including infrastructure and social spending bills that have proven too tough for the Democratic-controlled Congress to pass so far. Which is to say, there's no new stimulus check update for anyone hoping the federal government would approve new stimulus check payments anytime soon. And there very likely won't be an update along those lines for the rest of this year. But are there new state stimulus check options you need to be updated about?
States all around the country have been stepping up in recent months to offer stimulus checks of their own. In the post below, we'll walk through some of these efforts. They vary, of course, based on location and in their goals. Regardless, though, they're a reminder that stimulus checks are continuing to flow at an extraordinary rate around the US.
The new iPhone 13 series is a fantastic upgrade. Of that, there is no question. But not everyone needs or even wants the latest and greatest features. That's especially true when you consider how attractive the iPhone 11 price is, as well as other earlier iPhones.
Apple's latest iPhone models start at $699 for the iPhone mini and $799 for the iPhone 13. If you want a more sophisticated smartphone, the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro Max tops out at a whopping $1,599. You can buy a car for less than that! Sure, there are some iPhone 13 deals like the ones in the big Best Buy early Black Friday sale.
But if you really want to spend as little as possible on your new iPhone, you need to check out the incredible one-day sale on Woot. Prices start at just $99.99 and you can save up to $520 on the iPhone 11 series!
There are a whopping 10 different iPhone models included in Woot's big one-day sale. If you want the most powerful iPhone you can get without spending a fortune, you undoubtedly have your eye on the iPhone 11 series.
Prices start at just $419.99 for the iPhone 11, and that's fully unlocked. As any Apple fans know, all iPhone 11 models feature compatibility with a wide range of wireless carriers. It doesn't matter if you use Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or an MVNO. Whatever the case, these iPhones will work with your carrier of choice.
If you want to upgrade to the iPhone 11 Pro, prices start at $559.99 and go up to $699.99 depending on how much storage you want. The iPhone 11 Pro is a phenomenal smartphone with power and performance you won't believe. As a matter of fact, Apple's iPhone 11 Pro is more powerful than most flagship Android phones from 2021. That's remarkable when you consider the fact that the 11 Pro is more than two years old.
Finally, we have the iPhone 11 Pro Max. This iPhone model features all the power and performance of the iPhone 11 Pro. But it also adds a huge OLED screen that you have to see to believe. Prices start at $649.99 and go up to $729.99 depending on the storage options you choose.
These iPhone 11 price cuts are good until the end of the day on Friday. Or, since these are refurbished iPhone models, there's always a chance that some SKUs will sell out before then.
In addition to Woot's deep discounts of up to $520 off iPhone 11 prices, other iPhone models are on sale as well.
The deals start at just $99.99 for a refurbished iPhone 7. That's a remarkable price! The iPhone 7 has Apple's old iPhone design, and that's appealing to a lot of people. Why? Because it has Touch ID, of course! Woot is also offering deep discounts on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone SE. Again, all of these iPhone models feature Touch ID instead of Face ID.
Several more iPhone prices have been cut as well, including the iPhone XR and iPhone XS. These newer iPhone models feature Apple's current iPhone design with Face ID. Many people are still holding onto the past with Touch ID, and there's nothing wrong with that. If higher prices are the reason you've been considering an older iPhone model though, this might be your chance to get more bang for your buck. For example, the iPhone XR starts at just $304.99, and the iPhone XS starts at $339.99.
As is the case with Woot's iPhone 11 price cuts, these deals are all on refurbished iPhones. Also, the deals are all scheduled to end on Friday night at midnight.
But this season's deals aren't only about spending money. There are also some opportunities to make money! Do you want FREE MONEY to spend now or on Black Friday? There are two Amazon deals you need to know about.
Head to Amazon and you can score up to $22 in free money with two limited-time deals! The first deal gets you a $10 Amazon credit when you buy a $50 gift card with promo code USGIFTCARD21 (send it to yourself so the funds are added to your own account!). The second offer scores you a $12 credit when you add $100 to your Amazon Gift Card balance with Amazon Reload.
There are caveats with both offers, obviously, and you can read about them below. But if you're eligible, you'll end up getting $22 for free!
Spade & Co Health Smartwatch 2
The new Apple Watch Series 7 is sleek, but there's another smartwatch you should consider. It's called the Spade & Co Health Smartwatch 2, and it's so great.
First of all, it works with iPhones AND Android devices. No matter which smartphone you use, this watch will work perfectly with it. But this smartwatch is about way more than just phone notifications. It has incredible features like body temperature monitoring, blood oxygen readings, blood pressure monitoring, sleep tracking, and more.
All that for just $160 is already the bargain of a lifetime. Pick one up today, however, and you'll only pay $59.99!
Potensic Elfin 2K camera drone
Potensic's Elfin Mini is a tiny quadcopter that packs some big performance. Additionally, it checks all the boxes if you're looking to have a blast with a recreational camera drone. It's not a professional-grade quadcopter, but it's also not going to cost you a fortune. Instead, the reasonable $80 retail price gets you a drone that folds up to about the same footprint as a smartphone when it's not in use. How cool is that?!
Plus, despite its diminutive size, it's worth noting that the Elfin Drone still packs a 2K camera and a battery that's big enough for 20 minutes of flight.
$80 is more than fair if you ask us. But you won't pay anywhere near that much if you pick one up today. There's a coupon you can clip on the product page that saves you $10. Then, use the promo code SAVE20ELFIN to drop the price to just $59.99. That matches the all-time lowest price ever on this wildly popular model. Thousands of our readers have bought an Elfin drone, and none of them have paid any less than the current deal price!
Friday's best deals
You need to see the huge one-day Samsung sale on Amazon — you'll find massive discounts on Samsung Galaxy phones, Chromebooks, Windows laptops, 4K TVs, and more!
While most app-related antitrust talks focus on Apple, Google is in the same boat. The two tech giants operate similar digital stores, with similar rules governing them. Also, the taxation system is similar between the App Store and Google Play. That’s why developers like Epic Games are fighting both Apple and Google, looking for meaningful changes in the industry. And that’s why both companies face scrutiny from governments in various countries over their app store practices and fees.
Apple has started making some App Store concessions following the various legal battles it had to face in the US and internationally. But it’s Google with the most significant change so far. The company has just announced a massive update to its Play store fees that concern a type of app content many people pay for: Subscriptions.
Forget Spider-Man: No Way Home. Eternals is Marvel's most ambitious MCU movie of the year. The movie will introduce the oldest superheroes in the MCU: The Eternals. They've been hiding in the shadows, forbidden to intervene unless the Deviants are involved. We know that from the trailers and the various promo clips and featurettes that Marvel has released. And Marvel has been promoting the movie at a rapid pace in recent days. The film's marketing push is in full swing ahead of the November 5th release date, and Marvel wants to audience to start learning about the 10 superheroes that will appear in the film.
Thanks to these videos, we get a hilarious paradox that everyone can enjoy without it spoiling the action in the movie. If, however, you're the kind of Marvel fan who doesn't watch trailers, TV ads, or featurette videos, then you might want to avoid this one too.
One of the most surprising Windows 11 features is its support for Android. But when you realize that Microsoft makes its own Android phone and that Windows 10 already established a link between the PC and your phone, it all makes sense. Why shouldn’t you be able to run the Android apps you love on Windows 11?
The problem with the feature is that it’s kneecapped right out of the box. You’re not getting the full Google Play store experience on Windows 11 because Google won’t just let that happen. Instead, you’re getting the Amazon Appstore experience. That’s still a great app catalog, which probably includes the Android apps you use the most. But Microsoft isn’t quite ready to let anyone run any Amazon Android app on their Windows 11 device just yet.
Android 12’s release is officially here. While it’s been available on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), it’s finally making an official debut on smartphones with the Pixel lineup. The new operating system is a huge upgrade from Android 11, including new customization and privacy options.
As exciting as its release may be, Android 12 is only available on a few select phones right now. More are slated to get the OS update later this year. For now, here’s everything we know about Android 12’s rollout, including which devices it’s available on.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the dazzlingly bright and full moon many of us saw last night -- and which should continue for a few more nights -- is called the Hunter's Moon for an obvious reason. That's because this full moon in October, which also happens to be the first full moon of autumn, marked the start of that time of year when hunters started collecting and storing up food for the winter months.
This phenomenon, however, doesn't just give us a beautiful moon to enjoy. If you're lucky, the illumination might also reveal shooting stars, as well as even a view of Uranus.
Are you looking for the fastest and most responsive experience possible on a laptop computer? You don't need to spend a small fortune on a custom gaming machine with a gazillion gigabytes of RAM. All you need is a new Apple notebook with Apple's incredible M1 chip. And prices actually start much lower than you might think! That's especially true for Apple's Pro-grade M1 laptop. As a matter of fact, Amazon's lowest MacBook Pro price of October 2021 is available right now!
These deals are as good as anything we're expecting on Black Friday, so don't miss out.
The latest-generation M1 MacBook Air is Apple's most affordable laptop you can get with the new M1 chipset. As if you don't already know, Apple's M1 is the SoC that's making all kinds of waves right now. This entry-level Apple laptop is still powerful enough to computer crush rival Windows laptops that cost twice as much. And that's especially true while Amazon is discounting the MacBook Air by up to $120. Then, if you really want to step things up, you can pick up an M1 MacBook Pro instead while Amazon is discounting them by up to $150!
Best MacBook Pro price on Amazon
Apple's new Air laptop is lightning-fast indeed, but there's another M1-powered Apple notebook that's even more powerful. If you want the best of the best, you're likely eying a hot new Apple MacBook Pro instead of the Air. If that's the case, we have some fantastic news: Now is the time to pull the trigger because Amazon is offering deep discounts on both the 256GB model and the 512GB version.
Anyone who wants the fastest and most powerful Apple computers ever made now has four models to choose from. The new Mac mini is one, plus the new MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro. And now, the new M1 iMac has been added to the lineup (plus, it's up to $50 off at Amazon!). These computers are all insanely powerful, and they're all relatively new to Apple's roster. Despite how new they are though, Amazon already has some remarkably deep discounts.
Impressive deals ahead of Black Friday
Apple's new Mac mini is the only M1-powered desktop that isn't an all-in-one model. It's so affordable, especially considering the fact that it crushes Windows PCs that cost twice as much. The same can be said of the MacBook Air, which is also on sale with discounts up to $100. But it should go without saying that the most exciting M1-powered computer is the M1 MacBook Pro. And Amazon just slashed this incredible laptop to its lowest price ever.
The M1 MacBook Pro was between $50 and $60 off a few months ago. Procrastination doesn't often off, but this time around you'll be very glad that you missed those deals. Head over to Amazon today and you'll find that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256GB of SSD storage is up to $130 off. And if you want to bump your storage space up to 512GB you'll still save $150!
This deal is very close to Amazon's lowest MacBook Pro price ever. Or you can get the newest MacBook Air within $30 of Amazon's all-time low. But the bad news is we have no idea how much longer Amazon's awesome sale will last. In other words, hurry up or you could miss out!
M1 MacBook Pro
Amazon's big sales right now slash up to $150 off the price of the MacBook Pro. That's a tremendous deal for one of the most powerful laptops ever made. The only problem is that there's no telling when these great deals will end. That means you might not have much longer to save.
Here are some key details to keep in mind:
Apple's M1 chip is a revolution in the personal computing space, offering unrivaled CPU and GPU performance
Instant wake means no more waiting for your laptop to load
The 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8x faster performance, while the 8-core GPU brings up to 5x faster graphics
The M1 is also Apple's most efficient chipset ever, enabling up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge
The dedicated 16-core Neural Engine enables advanced machine learning capabilities
There has never been anything like this before on comparable notebook computers
The newest-generation MacBook Air is Apple's most affordable M1-powered laptop. And thanks to Amazon's discounts, it's more affordable now than it has been all month long. Hurry and you can save up to $100 depending on which colorway and storage option you want. That's right... you can get an M1 Apple laptop for under $1,000!
Check out some key takeaways:
Powered by Apple's M1 chip, the first M series chip designed entirely by Apple to optimize performance and efficiency
Apple's 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8x faster performance and the 8-core GPU powers up to 5x faster graphics
Up to 18 hours of battery life on a single charge — leave your bulky power supply at home
Instant wake enabled by the M1 means your MacBook is ready to go as soon as you open it
Finding a good set of headphones can be tough, especially when you’re looking for a distinctive style, like on-ear headphones. Sure, you can find different brands and options around every corner of the big electronic stores and even online storefronts, but how do you know which sets are actually worth your time and money? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of the best on-ear headphones available to help you sort through the junk and find a diamond worth taking home.
Of course, there are always some things you can keep an eye out for when looking for the best headphones. First, look for something that will fit you. If you have a smaller or larger head, you’re going to want something adjustable. This will help ensure you can wear the headphones comfortably. You’ll also want to decide whether you want wireless or wired. There are a lot of options for both, but not many pairs allow you to switch between the two options easily.
Some headphones also suffer from audio bleed, which means your audio might leak through, letting others head what you’re listening to. While this can be a concern in quiet environments, louder environments should cover things up pretty well. If you’re in a place that you don’t have to worry about audio bleeding you, it might be worth looking into one of the best Bluetooth speakers out right now, instead.
Best on-ear headphones overall: Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless
Pros: Adjustable sound profiles, touch controls, support for multiple Bluetooth audio codecs
Cons: Expensive, no active noise cancellation
Beyerdynamic has become a well-known name in the headphone market and for good reason. While most of the company’s headphones are designed with monitoring or studio use in mind, they can almost always be used in other settings too. For the Aventho Wireless, though, Beyerdynamic brings its tried and trusted audio quality to a great set of audio cans that you’ll want to keep an eye on.
These aren’t the most affordable wireless headphones available, but you get more than what you pay for. Support for multiple Bluetooth audio codecs means you can use them with just about every audio type you might come across. The ability to use adjustable sound profiles in a secondary app is also handy, though they aren’t necessary to enjoy the delightful sound these cans give off.
Finally, you can expect the usual touch controls seen on these styles of headphones to make a comeback. This makes it easy to move around your playlists without having to pull your phone out. There also isn’t any active noise cancellation here, which is disappointing for the price. However, you can always check out the best noise-canceling headphones for more ideas.
Best on-ear headphones for Gaming: Bowers & Wilkins PX5
Pros: Wear-detection system, low-latency with Qualcomm APTX HD Audio
Cons: Expensive, low battery life
When it comes to wireless headphones, using them for gaming can often be rough. Not only do you have to worry about audio latency, but you also don’t want to have to worry about the battery on your headset going dead halfway through a match. While the Bowers and Wilkins PX5 won’t satiate those looking for long-lasting battery life, it does resolve one part of the equation: latency.
Thanks to the inclusion of Qualcomm’s APTX HD Audio, the Bowers and Wilkins PX5 make for a fantastic set of cans for those looking to do a little gaming on their Bluetooth-enabled devices. The low-latency audio means you’ll hear footsteps and other game noises as quickly as possible, something you just won’t get with a lot of other headsets out there.
The downside, of course, is the expensive price tag that’s associated with this set. Despite that, though, Bowers and Wilkins have delivered a great set of headphones that gamers will be more than happy to make use of when playing their favorite games. Of course, if you want a headset made specifically for gaming, then we suggest heading over to our guide on gaming headsets available right now.
Pros: 40-hour battery life, on-headphone controls, support for Siri and Google Assistant
Cons: No active noise cancellation, may be difficult to connect to PC
JBL is another well-known name in the headphone world. While it has made a name for itself with options like the JBL Tour One, the company is also making strides with its more affordable options like the JBL Tune 510BT. Designed to work with both Android and iOS, this more affordable wireless headphone set comes with 40-hour battery life, on-headphone controls, and support for both Siri and Google Assistant.
By designing the headphones specifically for mobile devices, JBL has made it exceptionally easy to set up and start using. The sound profile onboard here is also great, especially for a set of cans in this price range. Of course, you’re not going to find the more expensive features like active noise cancellation including, but for this price, you really can’t expect it.
While there are no doubt other options within this price range, if you’re looking for a good set of budget-friendly on-ear headphones, JBL’s Tune 510BT delivers exceptional sound quality at a price you can’t beat. As if that wasn’t enough, the 40 hours of battery life is made even better thanks to fast charging technology, which lets you recharge five minutes for up to two additional hours of playtime.
Best on-ear headphones for working out: JBL Live 400BT
Pros: Tighter fit perfect for exercising, alternative wired connection, ambient aware feature
Cons: Might be too tight for some users, cheap look and feel
Another entry on our list from JBL, the Live 400BT brings all the things you could have loved about the JBL Tune 510BT to another set of headphones perfect for those who want to jam out to their favorite songs while working out. Another affordable option on the list, these cans can often be found for under $60, despite the $100 retail price tag they typically carry.
Even at full price, though, that $100 gets you a great-sounding set of headphones, complete with a tight but comfortable fit for those who need something to stay on their head while they go running or exercising. These also ship with support for ambient aware mode, which lets you hear things going on around you, to help ensure you’re safe while out and about.
They don’t have quite the battery life of the cheaper Tune 510BTs, however, with 24 hours of battery life, you aren’t going to run out of juice during your workout. Additionally, you can easily charge things up with a 15-minute jaunt on the charger, which will give you another two hours of battery life. Finally, the built-in mic lets you talk to friends and family on the go, though it isn’t the highest-rated microphone you’ll ever find on a headset like this.
Best wired on-ear headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M60X
Pros: No battery life concerns, premium sound quality, interchangeable cable options
Cons: Cables may be too short for some users, not very portable
If you love on-ear headphones but aren’t really into wireless, then the Audio-Technica ATH-M60X is the perfect set of headphones for you. Without any wireless functionality, you won’t have to fuss over how long the battery lasts, or whether or not you charged it up the night before. Instead, you just plug in your preferred cable option and run with it.
The wired connection also makes this a perfect addition for those who want to use them with their computer, especially if they’re using a system that doesn’t support Bluetooth by default. Of course, price is a bit of a contender here. But Audio-Technica’s past history in the audio industry and the overall quality that these cans offer make them more than worth the price you’ll pay.
The cables might be a bit short for users who need cables that typically run six feet or so, but with three different options to choose from, it’s likely you can find one that works for you. What really makes the M60X shine, though, is how well it delivers the power and quality of more expensive headsets to a pair of cans that only cost $200. That might seem like a lot to pay for headphones, but in a market where you can spend upwards of thousands on high-fidelity options, Audio-Technica continues to deliver great performance and sound at a price that isn’t completely out of reach.
According to the Washington DC Attorney General Karl Racine's office, Marriott International Inc. and its affiliated Marriott hotels have raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in resort fees that guests have been forced to pay over the last decade.
Marriott has strenuously denied that it misleads customers in levying these fees, which are also sometimes known as destination amenity fees. Nevertheless, it's easy to find tons of complaints from customers on social media along these lines. Many of these say the company wasn't upfront about these fees ahead of the booking process. Moreover, as part of a lawsuit that the DC attorney general filed against Marriott over what it alleged are deceptive practices along these lines, newly unsealed documents in that case reveal that Marriott collected more than $220 million in resort fees going back to 2012.
Apple announced a number of new products at its Unleashed event earlier this week. The company debuted two new custom chips, new colors for the HomePod mini, and the third-generation AirPods. But even on the day of a hardware reveal event, Apple couldn't contain leaks about an unannounced device. On Monday, 9to5Mac shared details and images of the Beats Fit Pro. The site says that Apple will announce the new earbuds on the week of November 1st, likely in a press release.
Marvel's The Incredible Hulk is the only standalone Hulk movie in the MCU so far, and that’s because Marvel never had complete control over the character’s rights. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is one of the original six Avengers, and the character has appeared in every Avengers movie since then. He also popped up in Thor: Ragnarok. That’s how Marvel told the Hulk story without actually giving Ruffalo his own standalone film. As a reminder, Edward Norton played Bruce Banner and the Hulk in the first MCU Hulk movie. But that might change soon. An exciting leak says Marvel will start production of the World War Hulk movie next year in preparation for a 2023 or 2024 release.
If that’s accurate, then fans will finally get the film they’ve been asking for. Mind you, some Marvel spoilers might follow below.
The world is going electric. While it's pretty easy to imagine smaller cars and new car lines being electric, if there's a car that would have been difficult to imagine in its electric form a few years ago, it's the Ford Mustang. The iconic car is known for its muscle, its growl, and its...gas consumption. Yet, the Mustang Mach-E is here, and it's making waves as an all-electric sports car that competes directly with the Tesla Model Y.
The 2021 Mach-E takes some of the things that customers know and love about the Mustang, but ultimately, it's an almost completely new direction for the line. The car is, after all, an SUV, not the coupe that you're accustomed to. The interior is redesigned to center around a large display, like a Tesla. And, of course, it makes almost no noise.
The Mach-E benefits from the electrification. It's fast, sporty, and on-par with other EVs in terms of price. Ultimately, it's held back a little by the charging infrastructure. But if you have a charger at your home or workplace, that may not matter.
I've been using the Ford Mustang Mach-E for the past week. Here are my thoughts.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: Exterior
The exterior of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is almost completely different from the Mustang look that you know and love. There are some similarities — like the slated brake lights and, of course, the iconic Mustang logo. But the Mach-E is almost an entirely new pony altogether.
Of course, much of the difference has to do with the sheer size of the car. The Mach-E is an SUV, and doesn't replace the gasoline-powered Mustang coupe and convertible. It's taller than its siblings, but still has sleek curves and a sporty feel.
The roof of the car is pretty high, and higher than it actually looks. Ford has built the Mach-E with a kind of two-tone sloped rear that makes it look like the car is more angled at the back than it actually is. I actually quite like this approach, as it gives the car a sportier look without cutting down on interior space.
The front of the car may not look exactly like the traditional Mustang, but it still has very Mustang-like features. The hood is sculpted, while the headlights are slim and mean-looking. There are fake vents around the Mustang logo on the front, as, of course, electric cars don't need a grille for cooling the engine. There are vents at the bottom of the front for cooling the electric components, however.
Generally, I really like the look of the Mustang Mach-E. It's perhaps not as sporty as other Mustangs, but it's far sportier than your average SUV.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: Interior
The interior of the Mustang Mach-E is stunning. The build is clearly premium, everything feels strong and well-built, and most things are pretty much where you would expect them.
Well, almost. Let’s go through the bad first. There are a few bits and pieces that I don’t love, but the good outweighs the bad. Ford has gone for a weird physical volume knob attached to the infotainment display, and while it’s an interesting idea, the knob feels very cheap and obstructs the view of the display. Ultimately, drivers will likely control the volume on the steering wheel anyway, and for the passenger, normal software controls would have been fine.
I would have preferred a horizontal display instead of a vertically aligned one, however that’s perhaps down to personal preference — and on the Tesla, the horizontal screen does obstruct the vents a little. And, I don’t love that accessing the frunk means opening the hood like you would any other car. It’s clunky, and given the fact that it now offers storage, it should be easier to access.
But that’s about where my issues end, and in truth, they’re relatively minor issues. The inside of the car is very spacious, including in the back seat. There’s great visibility from the driver’s seat with plenty of storage for your belongings. There’s also a wireless charger in the front for the driver, which can be used while your phone is connected to wireless CarPlay or Android Auto. I would have liked a second wireless charger for the passenger. There is a USB-C and USB-A port, so it’s not a big deal.
The interior materials are high-quality and soft-touch. There’s a nice synthetic leather throughout the car, coupled with fabric accents in the front covering the speakers, and a comfortable steering wheel. I have no complaints with the build, except for the volume knob.
The trunk is large enough for most. It’s 29.7 cu-ft with the rear seats in place, or 4.7 cu-ft with them folded down.
Generally, the interior of the car looks and feels great. There are some quirks to get used to — but you will get used to them.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: Infotainment
As mentioned, the Mach-E offers a large 15.5-inch touch display in the front, where you’ll interact with almost every aspect of the car. It’s high-resolution, and bright enough for use, even in the middle of the day. As mentioned, I would have preferred a horizontal orientation. If you’re going to take a page out of Tesla’s book, at least use the more modern Tesla approach.
The infotainment supports both wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, and I really appreciate that. You can use Ford’s own mapping and entertainment, but for most, it’s much easier to just use your phone. I do wish CarPlay could take up more space on the screen though. There’s a “full screen” button, which really just minimizes some of the information cards on the screen, leaving empty space. And, Android Auto seems to integrate a little better, showing directions on the driver display, unlike CarPlay.
Navigating the interface can be a little confusing at times, but you will get used to it. There are tons of controls to sort through, and I recommend spending 15 or 20 minutes when you first get the car and setting them to your preferences. Different key fobs can be linked to different settings for the infotainment, which is very helpful.
The infotainment may be comprehensive, but at times, it can take some time to navigate through all those settings. At times. The system simply felt sluggish. Waiting even a second for climate controls to pop up on the screen when you tap the button can not only be annoying, but also dangerous. Ford should work on ensuring its infotainment has enough processing power to work not just upon release, but for years to come.
Thankfully, climate control settings are always available on the display, meaning that they’re easier to access at any given time.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: FordPass app
The Mustang Mach-E works in tandem with the FordPass app, and Ford is betting that you'll mostly use the app, rather than the key fob. The app is...fine. It's not the best-designed app, and at times it can feel a little confusing, not to mention buggy. But most of the time, it worked the way you would expect.
When you open up the app, you'll get an overview of your car, and the ability to lock, unlock, or start the car, by holding down a button. You can also control the windows and open the trunk. And, you'll get the car's charging status, with an overview of when it's expected to finish charging.
The problem with the app is that it rarely remains updated. I had to force close the appp and re-open it pretty much every time I opened it for it to offer up-to-date information. After charging the car the day before, the app still said that it was charging, and that it would finish charging on "Tuesday at 1:03PM." I'm writing this on Wednesday. It's a shame, because with solid updating and a bit of work on some of the bugs, the app would be a whole lot better.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: Safety and driver assist
As an electric car in 2021 should, the Mach-E comes with a range of driver-assist features. All of them are relatively helpful and worked well during the five days that I had with the car.
The car comes with the ability to maintain a position in a lane, but it also has the Active Drive Assist system, which can keep the lane position, and maintain speed, on a highway. It works pretty well, though at times it seemed to get close to the edge of a lane during turns. It’s not as good as the Tesla Model Y, even without Full Self Driving. But it’s still not bad at all.
Like some electric cars, you can enable single-pedal driving, which basically more intensely engages the regenerative braking when you take your foot off the pedal. It takes a bit of getting used to, but I actually quite like it — and you could easily go entire trips without using the brake pedal.
The car also offers a park assist feature, which basically involves switching to park and then holding down the park assist button. I found that it worked pretty well, though at times it didn't detect an open parking space. When it can detect a space, it parked into it quite well, both when parallel parking and when reversing into a spot.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: Battery and charging
The car is available in a number of variants. You can get a battery pack that's either 68kW or 88kW, and get either rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. All of this will impact your expected range, and many will want to go for the long-range option, which should be able to get you past 300 miles of range. With the lower-range option, you should still beat 200 miles, which will be fine for driving around town. You likely won't quite reach Ford's estimated range, but the car should adjust its estimations as you go.
When you run out of juice, you'll want to charge. The car supports charging speeds of up to 150kW. That should get it from 10% to around 80% in 45 minutes or so.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: Performance
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a ton of fun to drive. It's fast, pretty responsive, and gives you that oomph that you would expect from a modern electric car.
Generally, the Mustang Mach-E drives very well. There are a few quirks to get used to though. The Mach-E is very heavy, and while most of that weight is towards the bottom of the car, making for a lower center of gravity, it still doesn't quite handle as well as cars like the Model Y. And, because the car is so heavy, the suspension is pretty stiff, and that means you can definitely feel many of the bumps and potholes as you go over them.
The car offers three different driving modes -- Whisper, Engaged, and Untamed. The difference between them isn't huge, but you can feel a slight difference in throttle responsiveness. The other difference is that there's more or less fake engine noise. I find that to be a gimmick so I turned it off.
The brake pedal can be a little jarring when you use it. As mentioned, you can use single-pedal driving and never have to use the brake pedal. But once you push down on the pedal, you'll really feel it.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E review: Charging infrastructure
The actual experience of driving the Ford Mustang Mach-E may be great, but ultimately, it won’t matter if you can’t charge it. Therein lies the problem of driving any electric car in 2021. Unfortunately, the charging infrastructure in the U.S. simply isn’t built-out enough to make for a great experience. If you don’t charge at home, you’ll need to find fast charging stations in your area. During testing the Mach-E, that meant buying groceries at a different location than normal, and doing some work in the car while it charged. And, none of the chargers in my area supported the Mach-E maximum speed of 150kW, though many Electrify America stations do support that speed.
If you can charge at home, you may be able to avoid this issue, at least for day-to-day use. You could easily make your way to and from work and charge overnight, as long as your commute isn’t too long. For longer trips, you’ll need to plan charging stops. I hope that the charging infrastructure gets seriously better in the U.S., and quickly.
The Mach-E may be a Mustang, but it's a car that anyone could get use from. It competes directly with the Tesla Model Y, coming in at a similar price, and offering room for families, and modern features. It's stylish, fast, and an option that any new car buyer should consider.
The biggest competition right now comes from the Tesla Model Y, and it's complicated to decide between the two. I actually prefer the overall look of the Mustang Mach-E. And the interior, while not quite as modern, feels a little more premium. But the Tesla will get a longer range at a similar price. Plus, it benefits from the massive and fast Tesla Supercharger network, which beats any other charging network out there.
Of course, at the time of this writing, it's probably worth going for the 2022 model of the Mach-E, if you do decide to get it for yourself.
Should I buy the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?
Yes. If range is your top priority then a Tesla is still the way to go. But if you plan on charging at home or work, and like the Mach-E's style, it's an excellent option.
Even though we've stressed on several occasions now, in multiple posts, that 2021 is very much the year of the stimulus payment, there's also more to the story that must likewise be shared. Because it's not just IRS stimulus checks that are flowing to millions of Americans from the federal government. States and localities are also getting in on the act, crafting their own stimulus-related programs.
In this post, we're going to take a brief look at several different federal programs that are putting money into Americans' hands and bank accounts in a variety of ways. While none of these technically counts as a fourth IRS stimulus check, these programs kind of accomplish the same result, anyway. And they cover everything from rental aid and financial assistance to homeowners, to government checks for parents of eligible children.
Are you a longtime BGR Deals reader? If so, then you definitely know that we've been digging up some seriously awesome gadgets and gizmos on TikTok lately. TikTok is good for more than just watching what all your friends and your favorite creators are up to. It's also home to so many great Amazon finds, like the best alarm clock of 2021. And our readers have been loving them just as much as we have.
Yes, of course, we know what you're thinking... "it's just an alarm clock, so who cares?" Well, not all alarm clocks are created equal.
The nifty little Szelam Mirror LED Alarm Clock pulls triple duty. First, it's obviously an alarm. That means it'll help wake you up in the morning or any other time you need to wake up. It's also portable so you can easily take it with you anywhere. Second, it's a cool-looking clock with a nice big digital display and three levels of brightness so you can set it however you'd like. And third, it's a mirror that comes in handy far more often than you might think.
The Szelam Mirror LED Alarm Clock might just be the best alarm clock we've ever tried. It also has two USB ports on the side so you can charge your gadgets while you sleep and you don't have to worry about eating up more than one power outlet. It retails for just $21 and that's already a steal, but a limited-time coupon on the Amazon page drops the price to $19.76. That's a crazy price for the best alarm clock of 2021!
This awesome little gadget has to be the best alarm clock of 2021. It has all the great alarm features you need, plus so much more! It's an alarm, it's a mirror, it's a phone charger, and so on. Check out these key takeaways:
Szelam's Mirror LED Alarm Clock is an alarm clock, mirror, and smartphone charging station in one
Nice big digits make the time visible from anywhere in the room and three brightness settings let you fine-tune it to the perfect brightness
Configurable snooze from 2 to 60 minutes for heavy sleepers
The reflective mirror surface is perfect for putting in contacts, touching up your makeup, or anything else that requires a mirror
Portable design makes it easy to take anywhere
Dual USB ports let you and your partner recharge your smartphones without taking up any extra wall outlets
Retains settings even after being unplugged so you don't have to reconfigure it when you travel
Are you curious and want to check out other awesome Amazon finds that have gone viral on Amazon? We've got plenty for you to check out.
One of the hottest ones we've come across is the IYUT Galaxy Star Projector. It's a kid's toy that is beloved by children and adults alike. It recently went mega-viral on TikTok, and it's so easy to see why. This little gadget can completely transform any room in seconds. It's so cool! Thousands of our readers have ordered one. It's only $36, so why not check it out?
Another amazing product that went viral on TikTok is the Tineco iFLOOR3 floor cleaner. It's a total game-changer, and it's discounted right now at Amazon. Believe us when we tell you that you'll never want to touch a mop again after you use this bad boy. It cleans up solid and liquid messes in no time at all, and then it has an awesome self-cleaning feature you can use when you're done!
Last but not least, definitely check out the 3M High Strength Small Hole Repair All in One Applicator Tool. TikTokers went nuts when they saw how quickly this brilliant tool can repair small holes in your walls. It literally takes mere seconds! It's discounted right now at Amazon, so definitely check it out.
Chamberlain is one of the leading brands out there when it comes to garage door openers and controllers. The company has a long history in the industry it has been a part of for 67 years now. Unlike other longtime industry leaders, however, Chamberlain has adapted and changed with the times. Now, it has expanded beyond making some of the most popular traditional garage door openers. It's also a leader in this emerging segment of the smart home space. The company's beloved MyQ smart garage door opener has been one of our readers' favorite smart home gadgets for such a long time.
Now, there's a hot new version released late last year that retails for just $40. That's definitely a steal considering the original model cost over twice that much when it first launched. A smart garage door controller is a gadget that's often overlooked by people shopping for smart home devices. But that's a mistake. Once you start using one, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. You have to stand around punching your PIN into a keypad that never seems to work on the first try. Meanwhile, I can open my garage door in an instant with a quick tap on my smartphone!
Want to get in on the action? Right now you can score a MyQ for as little as $23 from Amazon. Plus, there's also a special promo available for a limited time that pays you $30 back!
The MyQ garage door opener cost $100 when it was first released... and it was worth every cent. This awesome device installs in under 20 minutes. Once installed, it lets you open and close your garage door using your smartphone. You can even just use a simple voice command thanks to Alexa support. Whether you never want to wonder again if you remembered to close your garage door as you rushed to work or you're just sick and tired of dealing with that annoying keypad that never seems to work on the first try, the MyQ is an awesome purchase.
It also works with Amazon's Key service for in-garage deliveries, and you can get a $40 Amazon credit if you enter the promo code KEY30 when placing your first Amazon Key order. It's a special promotion Amazon is running right now and you can learn more about it right here on Amazon's site.
Chamberlain's MyQ smart garage door opener is back in stock right now and it's on sale with a discount. Be sure to check Amazon's "other sellers" section for the best price. Then, on top of that, you can also take advantage of that Amazon Key promotion, you'll basically end up getting a free MyQ. In fact, you'll walk away with more money than you started with thanks to that Key credit!
We should also mention that the second-generation MyQ is available for $24.98. It has all the same main features plus Bluetooth connectivity. You can tell the difference between the two units by looking at the color. The first-generation model that everyone is familiar with is black. Then, the new second-generation MyQ model with Bluetooth is white. It's on sale right now for just a few dollars more, so we would definitely recommend going with the newer one. And if you take advantage of the Key promo, you still end up getting paid in the end!
The MyQ garage door opener is such a fantastic device. We really think it should be in everyone's home. Trust us, once you start to open and close your garage with a simple tap or a voice command, you'll never want to go back. Here are some key takeaways:
Open and close your garage door from inside your home, from the backyard, or from down the block
Works from anywhere in the world using a simple app on your smartphone
No more fussing with decade-old keypads that never work on the first try
You can also control your garage door with your voice
Compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands
Wondering if you left your garage door open when you were rushing out of your house in the morning? Now you don't have to guess because MyQ can tell you
Supports Amazon's free in-garage delivery service called Amazon Key, and you can get a $30 credit the first time you use Amazon Key thanks to Amazon's special promotion (learn more at amazon.com/keypromo)
Universal compatibility that works with all major garage door brands and all models manufactured after 1993
Integrates with any smart home platform — and linking your MyQ account to Google Assistant and IFTTT is free right now for a limited time
There are now so many streaming services on the market that you may not even aware of them all. For example, did you know that video rental company Redbox has a streaming service? Well, it does! The movie rental company also offers a ton of free movies and shows on demand. Plus, Redbox streams a bunch of free live TV channels.
Redbox is one of many companies that has jumped on the free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) train. And this week, the company announced that it will add more than 20 new FAST channels to its lineup. The additions will include local news, horror movies, kids shows, and more.
The 2021 MacBook Pro was the most important thing to come out of Apple’s Unleashed event on Monday. Apple stunned the world with the next-gen M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that will power the new machine. But many fans watching live were also waiting for another announcement from Apple.
That's the AirPods 3 refresh that appeared in numerous leaks this year. Apple finally delivered the AirPods 3 announcement, confirming many of the rumors that preceded the event. The new earphones come with a significant redesign that makes them look like the AirPods Pro.
However, they’re not identical copies as the new AirPods 3 don’t feature removable tips like the Pro. Also, the third-gen AirPods do not support active noise cancelation. But the AirPods 3 do have a hidden feature that’s not available on the Pro model. It's a skin sensor that no other wireless earphones in the industry have.
Want FREE MONEY to spend on Black Friday? There are two Amazon deals you need to know about.
Amazon is giving away up to $22 in free money with two limited-time deals! One offer gets you a $10 Amazon credit when you buy a $50 gift card with promo code USGIFTCARD21 (send it to yourself so the funds are added to your own account!). The second deal scores you a $12 credit when you add $100 to your Amazon Gift Card balance with Amazon Reload. There are caveats with both offers, obviously, and you can read about them below. But if you're eligible, you'll end up getting $22 for free!
Tineco iFLOOR3 Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum
This incredible wet and dry vacuum by Tineco combines both washing and vacuuming floors in one easy step. It also leaves your floors instantly streak free and also dry. You can pick up sticky and messy spills, even including pet hair, and it's something you can use on sealed hard floors. Floors like this include hardwood, laminate, marble, linoleum, vinyl, and tile.
The iFLOOR 3 offers a quiet cleaning experience and powerful suction that isn't loud enough to disturb your household members, even pets. The combo vacuum is both lightweight and cordless offering up to 25 minutes of cleaning power for any task you throw at it. What's even cooler is the self-cleaning system that's hands-free. It helps keep the brush and components clean and odor-free.
The AirPods Pro are fantastic true wireless headphones. They sound great, offer solid noise cancellation, and also have a good fit. Then, there’s the Apple magic stuff — like the automatic switching, and even Spatial Audio support. That helps kick the headphones to the next level.
AirPods are all about the complete package, and when you’re buying headphones, the most important thing to consider is audio quality. Amazingly, the AirPods Pro sound super nice. They’re not audiophile-quality headphones, and you shouldn’t expect them to be — but for casual listening, they sound good!
The bass response, to start, is very good. The headphones do have a bit of a bass boost, but it’s not over the top. The bass that is here doesn’t extend super low, but you wouldn’t expect it to. Instead, kick drums nicely cut through a mix and bass guitars sound nice and smooth. Overall, these are the headphones to buy!
The Netflix releases list for November 2021 is now official and subscribers definitely have a busy month in store. A whopping 30 different movies and series are set to be released on November 1st alone. That's crazy! Then, the action continues with dozens of new releases coming every single week for the entire month. We already showed you the full slate of new content coming to Netflix in November, and there's plenty to look forward to. Now, however, it's time to focus specifically on all the new Netflix originals scheduled for release next month.
After all, Netflix's original movies and series are always the most hotly anticipated new releases.
It doesn't matter whether you live in a tiny apartment or a palatial house. In either case, there are some home products that everyone should have. Some of the best home products on Amazon are meant to make your life easier. Others are meant to spruce up your home decor. And some are just must-have items that should be staples in every household. Whatever the case, however, so many home products on Amazon have one thing in common: they go on sale with huge discounts.
Home goods and smart home products are insanely popular among our readers. For that reason, we always keep an eye on one special Amazon page. Want us to let you in on our little secret? It's a hidden Amazon Tools & Home Improvement deals page that almost no one knows about. That makes sense, of course, because you have to navigate through a bunch of twists and turns to find it. Lucky for you, you're a BGR Deals reader. That means you're privy to things that normal bargain hunters will never know. Additionally, you have the BGR Deals team on hand to highlight the hottest deals across every product category. Today, we're going to show you 10 great deals on products everyone should have in their homes.
Head over to the aforementioned Tools & Home Improvement section and you'll find a whopping 3,000+ sales right now. Needless to say, that's a lot of bargains to dig through. We did the heavy lifting for you, though. As a result, we came up with 10 deals that everyone needs to check out. These are essentials that should be in every single home, so definitely get in on the action while they're discounted.
Every house, condo, and apartment should definitely have a smart lock. They're safe, they're convenient, and they're just plain cool. They also make it so easy to give someone temporary access to your home. Whether it's a friend, family member, or contractor, you'll never have to lend out your keys again.
The eufy Security Smart Lock Touch is one of our favorites of all time. In addition to smartphone unlock and PIN unlock, you can also unlock your door with your fingerprint just like a smartphone! This model is worth every last penny at $260. Thanks to a massive $50 Amazon coupon you can clip, it's now down to just $209.99. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. Definitely get one before this deal ends!
SMONET's Smart Lock with Fingerprint Unlock is another great option and it has a massive discount right now. It also has the same great fingerprint unlock feature that we love so much from the eufy model. Seriously, you're going to love it. Once you start unlocking your front door with a quick touch of a finger, you'll never want to use any other method.
One of the best things about a posh hotel room is always the shower. What you might not realize, however, is that you can enjoy the same luxury every single day at home. The GRICH High-Pressure Rainfall Shower Head is a top-rated option that installs in seconds. It's also on sale right now at a great price.
If you still don't have a video doorbell for your home, now is the time to fix that. Check out the deals below on Amazon's hottest Ring Video Doorbell models. These are some of the best Amazon deals on home products that you'll find anywhere right now.
If you'd rather have a new model instead of a refurb, we've got you covered. The newest-generation Ring Video Doorbell Wired has been getting plenty of discounts lately. Plus, you can add an Echo Dot for just $10 more!
Apple’s 2020 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are almost the same computer, something that hasn't happened before. That’s because Apple used virtually the same M1 SoC inside both devices, giving them almost the same performance. A year later, Apple finally gave MacBook Pro buyers the more powerful chips they expected from the Pro laptops. The redesigned MacBook Pro brings tremendous performance, a massive display upgrade, a variety of “old” ports, and MagSafe charging. That makes the 2021 MacBook Pro the most exciting laptop Apple has ever made. But the MacBook Air got left behind. There’s no new model for the fans of the more portable Mac laptop this year.
A series of reports claimed over the summer that the MacBook Air redesign would not come this year, and Apple practically confirmed it. But we already think we know what to expect from the next-gen Air, thanks to a mix of old and new leaks.
Intel accelerated its anti-Apple campaign this fall as we got closer to the MacBook Pro event in mid-October. We explained all year long that the custom M-series SoC is Intel’s biggest nightmare right now. The M1 MacBooks have fantastic performance and battery life, significantly outperforming Intel-based machines. Intel hasn’t caught up to Apple, and it faces the prospect of other big tech giants developing their own SoCs. Google Tensor is just one such example. Then Apple unveiled the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors this week, twisting the knife.
Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max presentation discussed performance at length, comparing the new chips against Intel’s best processors. Apple showed that its chips deliver more power per watt than Intel machines could ever dream of. The first benchmarks that followed show that the 2021 MacBook Pro performance is indeed spectacular. More interestingly, some reports indicate that the highest-end M1 Max MacBook Pro version is more powerful than the PS5. But that’s not necessarily amazing news for gamers.
Now that Apple has brought its custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) to the 2021 MacBook Pro lineup, there’s really only one last holdout when it comes to completely replacing the Intel chips that used to power its Macs. This group includes the 27-inch iMac, as well as the Mac Pro and the higher-tier Mac mini. New leaks look to point towards a big redesign for the 2022 27-inch iMac, including upgrading it to a mini-LED display.
On Wednesday, Ross Young, a noted display analyst, shared a tweet (via 9to5Mac) stating that he expects Apple to launch a new 27-inch iMac in the first quarter of 2022. This new iMac, Young says, will include a mini-LED display with ProMotion and support for up to 120Hz.
Google finally unveiled the Pixel 6 on Tuesday, confirming all of the recent leaks in the process. The cheapest Pixel 6 starts at $599, which is over $200 less than the iPhone 13, its direct rival. That’s a fantastic price for an Android flagship in 2021, and one that other Android vendors can't match. Similarly, the $899 Pixel 6 Pro is cheaper than its direct competitor, the $999 iPhone 13 Pro. While it features a better camera setup than the Pixel 6, the Pro costs $300 more. In other words, the $599 Pixel 6 is the Android phone to buy right now. And we’ll explain why you should be looking for this particular model rather than the slightly more expensive option.
Netflix has set a premiere date for the return of new episodes in what's become one of the most controversial original series this year from the streamer. The new Masters of the Universe series from director Kevin Smith will drop five new episodes, running about half an hour each, in just over a month from now (on November 23).
This is part two of the Revelation series, which Smith took on with a remit of picking up where the 1980s animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe left off. It should have been an easy slam dunk of a project, thanks in part to residual nostalgia for the original. Alas, this series has garnered an abundance of controversy, instead. It got review-bombed over at Rotten Tomatoes (with a 39% audience score, currently), even though critics apparently love it. The series has a 94% critics score at the review site, currently. So, what's going on?
It's now been nearly a year since WarnerMedia announced that it would bring its entire 2021 slate of movies to HBO Max on the same day as their theatrical releases. Several filmmakers were displeased with the experiment, but the hybrid strategy seems to have been a success. Nevertheless, the studio already confirmed that its 2022 releases will have traditional theatrical debuts. But in the meantime, there are still huge movies coming day-and-date to HBO Max this year, like Dune.
We know that Spider-Man: No Way Home will be loaded with cameos from movies outside of the MCU. Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) actually appeared in the first trailer, along with rather clear allusions to characters such as Green Goblin, Electro, The Lizard, and Sandman. But even with all of these old characters joining the MCU, fans still want to know if Daredevil will be in No Way Home.
As the number of coronavirus cases kept increasing over the summer, we heard all sorts of rumblings about potential movie delays. This was the case for various titles, including Marvel's MCU movies. Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of them, although Sony made the movie in partnership with Disney. Rumors said the studios were still assessing the situation, and release date delays were still on the table.
Then the Shang-Chi premiere came, and the movie's opening weekend was quite impressive for the pandemic. Sony decided to push up the Venom 2 release, which also did admirably during its opening weekend. And Disney announced that Eternals will stick with a theatrical-only release on November 5th. We even got the first No Way Home trailer that seemed to suggest that the film will hit theaters on December 17th, as expected. However, with two months to go until the release, there's more talk about a potential Spider-Man 3 delay. Mind you, some spoilers might follow below.
Little did we know that MagSafe 3 would be such a big upgrade for the 2021 MacBook Pro when the first rumors mentioned the magnetic charging port’s return. Apple has indeed brought back MagSafe charging to the MacBook. MagSafe 3 comes in the form of a USB-C-to-MagSafe-3 cable and USB-C power adapter. These ship with every 2021 MacBook Pro, from the cheapest 14-inch version on offer to the most expensive 16-inch version you can configure.
MagSafe 3 doesn’t only bring back the peace of mind when it comes to accidentally tripping on your MacBook Pro cable. It also delivers support for fast charging, which will replenish 50% of battery capacity in 30 minutes. That’s a great feature to have on a laptop that already promises amazing battery life. But not all fast-charging speeds are the same, as USB-C charging continues to be available on the new MacBooks. Yet USB-C charging can only go so far. That’s why you need to understand how the different charging methods work to ensure you get the right USB-C charger for your brand new MacBook Pro.
The next chapter in the ongoing story of 2021 as the year of the stimulus payment is already unfolding. But this one will be a little different than the narrative that the federal government has gotten people acclimated to for more than a year now. Going forward? Location is actually going to be a determinant of the size and frequency of people's next stimulus payment. That's if they even get one at all.
With the federal government's stimulus check efforts arguably starting to wind down, states and even local governments are picking up the baton. The state of California, to cite just one example, has been sending out Golden State Stimulus II checks for $600 to eligible households. There's also a US city considering one of the most radical efforts along these lines we've seen so far. It's a stimulus check program that would offer some families $500 monthly payments -- for the next three years.
Apple finally released a new Apple TV model earlier this year. It's great, but there's really only one new feature that most people care about. That's right, it has a new Siri remote that doesn't stink. But wait, there's even better news. You can get the new Siri remote on its own to use with an Apple TV model you already have!
There's just one problem though, and we're sure you can guess what it is. Yup, the new Siri remote is way too expensive. $59 for a little tiny remote control?! It looks cool and all, but we're going to go ahead and pass.
Are you in the market for a new Apple TV 4K anyway? If that's the case, the new Siri remote is a great perk. The new Apple TV 4K is actually discounted right now at Amazon, so it's a good time to get one. But if you already have an Apple TV, you might not want to buy the new remote.
Spending another $59 just to get rid of Apple's God-awful remote is a pretty big kick in the pants. The good news is that there's an awesome Apple TV remote replacement you can get instead, and it's only $14.99 at Amazon.
Everyone loves Apple's incredible designs. Apple has repeatedly shown that it considers every last detail when designing a new gadget. It goes without saying at this point that Apple sets the bar across the industry for every single one of its product categories, and the company's rivals always copy Apple's work. From smartphones and tablets to desktop computers, laptops, and even the Apple Watch, nearly all of Apple's designs are beloved and shamelessly copied.
That's why it's still so astonishing to Apple fans that the company managed to create the single worst remote control that has ever existed. But today, we have some good news: there's finally an Apple TV remote replacement that doesn't stink and doesn't cost a whopping $59.
Touchpads are awesome. They provide a magnificent way to interface with so many different kinds of devices. The list of products to which that applies is a mile long... but remote controls are not on it. The Apple TV's previous-generation Siri remote is a constant source of frustration for Apple fans all around the world. The touchpad is horrendous, causing people to misclick constantly. Everyone hates it, but Apple has so far refused to budge.
The new AarooGo replacement remote has physical buttons for every Apple TV function except for one, and that's the Siri button. Siri is great on the Apple TV, but we're willing to bet every single Apple TV owner reading this right now will happily ditch Siri to get a remote that isn't a nightmare to use. Plus, you can always use the Remote app on your iPhone if you want Siri.
First of all, the aarooGo remote doesn't have a horrible touchpad. This inexpensive little replacement remote also works with every single Apple TV model. That includes the 1st-generation Apple TV (model number A1218), 2nd-generation Apple TV (A1378), 3rd-generation Apple TV (A1427 or A1469), Apple TV HD 32GB and 64GB (A1625), and Apple TV 4K 32GB and 64GB (A1842). If you have a streaming media player with an Apple logo on it, this remote will work.
When it comes to TV functions like power, volume, and mute, all the major brands are covered. On top of that, the setup is wonderfully simple. The aarooGo Remote Control for Apple TV comes with a chart that lists all major TV brands, and there are two buttons shown next to each one. Find your TV manufacturer and hold down the two corresponding buttons until the LED on the remote turns solid red. If your TV brand isn't on that chart, you can contact the manufacturer for help or just try each of the button pairs until you find the one that works.
It should go without saying that this awesome little replacement remote is a must-have for every single Apple TV owner out there who has the old monstrosity of a remote, and it only costs $14.99 at Amazon.
Other options, including Apple's Siri Voice Remote
Pretty much no one can stand the first-generation Siri Remote. If you're willing to pony up the cash, the 2nd-generation Siri Voice Remote is obviously as good as it gets. It's designed specifically for the Apple TV interface, with all the controls you need. It's also so great to be able to use Siri with the Apple TV.
I have this remote with one of my newer Apple TV boxes and I use Siri all the time. It's great for things like skipping forward and back, finding shows, and countless other functions. The $15 aarooGo Remote Control for Apple TV is a great Apple TV remote replacement. But it's no match for the Siri Voice Remote if you'll okay with spending $59. Actually, Apple's newest Siri remote has a rare discount right now. Hurry and you can actually save a few bucks!
Right on the eve of the Eternals red carpet premiere, we learned that Disney delayed many MCU movies, pushing back releases by several months. The surprise delay impacted all of next year's MCU movies. That includes the highly anticipated Doctor Strange 2 release delay. Kevin Feige explained it during interviews at the premiere, saying it's all because of production issues. He said we'd have to wait a few months longer for the MCU movies to come out, without mentioning distribution changes or the pandemic. Earlier reports did say that Disney won't change the release approach by returning to a day-and-date model that it tried with Black Widow.
But then a rumor surfaced, revealing the potential reason why Marvel found itself having to delay Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and all of next year's MCU stories. If this report is accurate, then Marvel fans should be thrilled about the Doctor Strange 2 delay. Beware, a multiverse of spoilers follows below.
The summer is now over and fall is finally upon us. Many people are sad about that, but it's actually good news where I live in the Northeast. It seems like just last week I was sweating in 95+ degree heat. Now, it's in the 50s or even 40s each morning when I wake up. I'm not prepared at all for cold weather, and it seems like I'm not the only one. But the good news is that mosquitoes are finally gone for the year. They eat me alive every time I go outside in the summer. Thankfully, however, I found a secret weapon that I used to fight back. It's called the Katchy Indoor Fly & Mosquito Trap and it's the best-selling model on Amazon. And best of all, it doubles as an indoor fly trap for fruit flies!
The first thing you need to know about the Katchy Indoor Fly & Mosquito Trap is that it's NOT a bug zapper. This insect trap is mainly for indoor use, and you definitely don't want it popping and sizzling all the time. Instead, there are three main elements that make this bug killer effective.
First, there's a UV light to attract bugs, including mosquitoes. Second, there's a fan that sucks bugs in when they get close to the light. And third, there's a glue board inside the unit that traps all the bugs so they can't pester you anymore.
Place the bug trap near your garbage, near fruit, near plants, or anywhere else with bug problems. If there's a mosquito that's eating you up while you sleep at night, just put one near your bed and be rid of it. And it works even better on fruit flies — just read the reviews to see how much Amazon shoppers love it. As long as they're smart and they follow the instructions, that is.
This bug killer works so well, it's actually the #9 best-selling product right now in Amazon's entire Home & Kitchen section. It's also the #1 best-seller in the "Pest Control Traps" section. That's crazy! It also has almost 30,000 combined 4-star and 5-star reviews on Amazon, which is off the charts. So many people say that this indoor fly trap works better than any other solution they've tried. If you're frustrated by fruit flies in your home, this might be the last solution you ever need.
As the Katchy listing clearly states multiple times, this indoor fly trap is not intended for houseflies. If those big black pests are bothering you in your home, you need a different solution. Lucky for you, we've got just the thing.
Catchmaster Window Fly Traps are brilliant. Instead of hanging an ugly strip of tape in the middle of a room, these traps stick to your window. It makes perfect sense, of course, since that's where flies always end up buzzing around the most. The Catchmaster traps are crystal-clear instead of yellow like those ugly tape strips. They're less visible as a result, so you don't have to be ashamed of your fly problem when visitors come by.
At this point, it should be clear to everyone that Netflix's Korean-language Squid Game series has become a phenomenon, the likes of which the streamer has never seen before. And Netflix just this week put some more numbers to the success of that show, which is about a group of contestants who play a deadly survival game. More than 142 million households, according to Netflix, watched the series in its first four weeks on the platform. Saturday Night Live, meanwhile, produced a pretty memorable sketch about the series this past weekend -- and came up with a super catchy song about it, to boot. Indeed, a music video of that song has been viewed almost 5 million times on YouTube. And as a further indication of just how wildly popular the Netflix series is? Tons of people are apparently going to be donning a Squid Game costume this Halloween.
Robotic vacuums are getting a whole lot better. Roborock has been building them for a while now, and its higher-end options are arguably the best in the business. Recently, we reviewed the Roborock S6 MaxV and loved it. But there's a step up from that model. There's a robotic vacuum that's even more expensive, and even better: The Roborock S7+.
As mentioned, the Roborock S7+ is not cheap. While the non-plus model comes in at an already expensive $650, the S7+ steps up the price to an eye-watering $950. Is the Roborock S7+ worth the cash? Or should you save some money for a more modest robotic vacuum? I've been using the Roborock S7+ to find out.
If you've seen a robotic vacuum before, the overall design of the Roborock S7+ won't surprise you. The vacuum is round and around 13.8 inches wide, and 3.8 inches tall. It's a bit larger than some other robotic vacuums, but still not overly large.
The Roborock S7+ is available in black and white, and both look decent. We're reviewing the white model, which looks fine, however, I would have preferred the black model given it would have looked a little more subtle.
On the top of the device, you'll get three buttons. There's a Dock button, which returns the vacuum to the dock; a power button, which can be pressed once to clean, or held to power the device on or off; and a spot clean button. It's pretty simple, however, generally, I used the controls in the app instead of on the device itself.
Then there's the dock. With the Roborock S7+, you'll get Roborock's Auto Empty Dock. It has a large dust bin and can store much more dust than the vacuum itself. When the vacuum returns to the dock, it'll suck up the dust from inside the vacuum, and collect it until you empty it. During the review period, I didn't have to empty the dock once. Generally, it should last at least a few weeks or more of usage. It's nice to get, but may not be necessary for some, especially given the fact that it adds $300 to the price of the vacuum. It's also pretty large, so you'll have to find a good spot for it in your home.
The vacuum has a few different accessories and components that you'll remove from time to time. Of course, there's the dust bin, which can be found under a hatch on the back of the vacuum and is easy to do so. There's also a water tank for the mopping function, and the mop pad itself. Unlike other robotic vacuums, the Roborock S7 can raise the mop pad as needed, meaning you can keep it attached to the vacuum at all times, if you want.
Roborock S7+ review: Setup and app
Setting up the Roborock S7+ is pretty simple. You'll start by downloading the app and signing in to your account or creating a new one. Then, select the button to add a new device, select the vacuum, and follow the on-screen instructions. During the process, you'll have to connect to your Robot's own Wi-Fi network, which is the only slightly complicated part, as it can fail to work sometimes. I had no issues with it though.
The Roborock app is great. I have two Roborock vacuums -- one of which is at my office. It's easy to switch between the two and add more if needed.
Most will only have one vacuum, and it's easy to tweak the settings, look at the vacuum's map, and more. In the app, you can set the device to quickly clean a small area, in case of a spill. Or, set it to clean a whole room. You can also set where the vacuum should vacuum and mop, and in case you forget, the device has automatic carpet detection.
While the app is well-designed, you may find yourself digging around to find certain settings. That's due to the fact that it's so feature-packed. There are settings to schedule cleaning, remotely control the vacuum, see your cleaning history, and more. And, the app will show you maintenance schedules -- so you can know exactly when you need to replace things like the brushes, filters, and mop.
Roborock S7+ review: Vacuuming
Generally, I found the Roborock S7+ to offer excellent vacuuming performance. The device uses LiDAR for mapping, and it'll map your area during the first clean. After that, it can use the map to determine the best route for cleaning. That usually involves cleaning around the edges of a room, then working in a pattern to clean the inside. Smart.
The vacuum seemed to be careful around obstacles too. It slows down as it approaches an obstacle, then softly touches it and moves back. This means that it won't really move things like stools and other light furniture. That said, if you have something fragile on furniture like an end-table, for example, you should set a "no-go zone" in the app to avoid the vacuum even touching that furniture.
The device was easily able to pick up almost all of a simulated baking disaster, which included flour and sugar all over the floor. A few remnants were left over, but the device picked that up on a second go. Accessories like the brush were also pretty easy to remove to clean hair off, which will wrap around the brush.
Roborock S7+ review: Mopping
The mopping function on the Roborock S7 is far more convenient than other robotic vacuums. On the Roborock S6 MaxV, the mop pad has to be installed or removed depending on whether or not you want to mop. On the S7+, it can raise or lower automatically to mop or not, meaning that you have to interact with it a whole lot less. That's super helpful.
The vacuum is able to mop and vacuum at the same time, and it performed excellently when mopping. In the app, you can choose either Standard Mopping or Deep Mopping, which involves the vacuum moving in a tighter formation, and mopping an area twice. You can't vacuum when in that mode, however.
Roborock says that the device uses Sonic Mopping technology to scrub the floors at between 1,650 and 3,000 times per minute. That's faster than most of the competition, and while it's hard to tell the exact effect of it, the device was indeed excellent at mopping.
Roborock says that you should run the mop pad under water before mopping. That ensures that it's wet when you start cleaning. I wanted to let the device clean on its own while I was working, so I did not do that. I found that the mop wasn't wet at the start of the cleaning process, so it didn't effectively mop a few feet worth of cleaning. After that, however, it had trickled enough water onto the mop pad to clean well. Ultimately, it may clean slightly quicker if you wet the pad, but if you don't, it should still do the job decently well.
Ultimately, I found the Roborock S7+ to be good enough at mopping for day-to-day cleaning. It won't, however, handle super large or very sticky cleans. You should still clean those yourself.
The Roborock S7+ is an excellent robotic vacuum. It's easily powerful enough for the vast majority of basic cleaning tasks. And it's easy to integrate into your cleaning routine, thanks to the scheduling features. Thanks to the raised mop pad, it requires less human interaction than most other robotic vacuums, which is very helpful.
It's worth considering the Roborock S7 instead of the S7+. The S7 comes with a charging dock that doesn't have a dust bin, so you'll have to empty the dust bin in the vacuum itself much more frequently. But the trade-off is that you'll save $300. That said, if you can afford the extra cash, the external dust bin is absolutely convenient.
Ultimately, if you want an all-in-one vacuuming and mopping vacuum, the Roborock S7 and S7+ are the best out there. If you don't need mopping, however, it's worth considering the Roborock S4, which still offers excellent vacuuming functionality.
Should I buy the Roborock S7+?
Yes. If you can afford to spend this much cash on a robotic vacuum, the Roborock S7+ is among the best out there.
As the Biden White House comes under increasing scrutiny about its response to the nettlesome supply chain crisis, the administration is also finding itself having to respond to a growing number of self-inflicted errors.
Essentially, at least three high-profile administration officials, in one way or another, have all in recent days downplayed the supply chain meltdown that's manifested itself in everything from clogged ports to empty store shelves. There was White House chief of staff Ron Klain, for example, who a few days ago retweeted a post decrying the whole supply chain meltdown as a "high-class problem." What does that mean, exactly? Well, the somewhat MIA Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, put it like this in a TV interview: President Biden "successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession." The implication is that we're all now going wild buying so many things with our post-recession money that we're also -- whoops! -- clogging the darn supply chain.
It may come as a surprise to many, but there are several hidden iPhone codes that have been part of the iOS user experience for years now. And though most users might find these secret codes more intriguing than useful, some actually bring some interesting utility to the table.
Again, these secret iPhone codes aren't exclusive to iOS 15. But seeing as how iOS 15 was released just a few weeks ago, we'd be remiss if we didn't briefly highlight some of the cooler iOS 15 features you might not be aware of. Though Apple highlights most of the biggest iOS changes during its WWDC keynote, there are inevitably dozens of new features the company simply doesn't have time to cover.
On top of all that, Amazon is giving away up to $22 in FREE MONEY with two limited-time deals! One offer gets you a $10 Amazon credit when you buy a $50 gift card with promo code USGIFTCARD21 (send it to yourself so the funds are added to your own account!). The second deal scores you a $12 credit when you add $100 to your Amazon Gift Card balance with Amazon Reload. There are caveats with both offers, obviously, and you can read about them below. But if you're eligible, you'll end up getting $22 for free!
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AirPods Pro are down to $175 or less if you get them renewed at Amazon (guaranteed to work and look like new, 90-day refund guarantee)
Samsung is obviously one of the biggest consumer electronics brands on the planet. The company makes best-selling products across every category, from smartphones and laptops to TVs, home appliances, and so much more. One of the only problems with Samsung products might be that the high-end models are often quite expensive. That's especially true with Samsung TVs, though it makes plenty of sense. After all, Samsung TVs are among the best on the planet. And if you're in the market for one, or if you're getting anything else from Samsung this season, we have good news. Early Samsung Black Friday deals just went live at Amazon... and they're incredible!
It doesn't matter if you're in the market for a stunning Samsung 8K QLED TV or a Samsung Chromebook. Whatever you're looking for, it's on sale right now with a deep discount. Seriously, Amazon's early Samsung Black Friday deals are crazy this year!
Looking for a hot new smartphone? The Galaxy Z Flip3 is $150 off right now and the Galaxy S21 Ultra is up to $250 off. Or, if you want great new headphones, the popular Samsung Buds Live with noise cancelling are just $129.99. So many laptops are on sale right now, but our favorite deal is the huge $150 discount on the Chromebook 4 + Chrome OS 15.6". At just $229, that's a truly impressive value.
Now, if you're looking for TVs, you won't believe your eyes. Amazon is offering up to $3,500 off Samsung TVs right now. These prices are just as good as the deals we're expecting on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Like up to $1,700 off class-leading Neo QLED 4K TVs and up to $802 off the Q80A TV lineup.
All of these deals are available from right now through October 31st. Scroll down for all the early Samsung Black Friday deals on Amazon. Believe it or not, there are 62 different deals in total!
The world didn't need a Facebook whistleblower to realize how toxic Facebook is. But that's what Frances Haugen did in the past few weeks. The former Facebook employee leaked internal documents that show Facebook was aware of how unsafe its social products can be, including Facebook and Instagram. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg only reacted publicly to Haugen after she had already testified to Congress, choosing to deny her claims. That's despite the fact they were based on a massive amount of internal Facebook data. Zuckerberg's carefully crafted words can't magically fix Facebook's reputation. Years of scandals around safety and privacy have tarnished the company name. The only way forward for Facebook (the company) is to change the company name under which Facebook (the social network) operates. But that won't fix its toxicity problem.
2021 has been yet another incredibly arduous year. Thankfully, it's nearly over, and we can all naively hope that 2022 will be better. In the meantime, why not spend the rest of the year doing the best you can to enjoy yourself? One great way to pass the time is to take advantage of great deals, and there's one you're definitely not going to want to miss. From now through the end of 2021, Popeyes is giving away free chicken sandwiches every single Sunday through Grubhub.
Disney hosted its big Eternals premiere on Monday, and the first reactions are already flooding the internet, praising Chloé Zhao's entry in the MCU. That means people already know what happens in the movie and after the credits, and they can confirm all of the crazy leaks that have been floating around in recent months. It turns out that the big Eternals cameo that we had heard about in connection to these leaks is real, which further reinforces those leaks. Before we go any further, I'll remind you that massive spoilers follow below. If you want to be surprised come November 5th, it's best to avoid this one.
Apple’s augmented reality headset was reportedly expected to launch in the second quarter of 2022, however, a note to investors from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed an updated prediction for when production on the headset will begin.
According to Kuo’s note, the production of Apple’s augmented reality head mounted display (HMD) will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022. The move is to give Apple time to iron out any kinks when it comes to the device's design. Kuo also noted that Apple is most likely continuing to test various design solutions to help ensure comfort and usability.
“The AR/MR HMD requires much more industrial design requirements than smartphones because the comfort of wearing them involves so many design details. Therefore, we believe Apple continues to test the best industrial design solutions so far,” Kuo wrote in a note to investors seen by AppleInsider.
When it comes to art inspired by World War II, the creative well is apparently never going to run dry. The latest example of this being the case is The Forgotten Battle, a newly released Netflix original movie about a decisive battle in the Netherlands -- one that, nevertheless, has not featured prominently in the panoply of WWII movies and similar art up to this point.
The setting is the flooded island of Walcheren, in the Netherlands province of Zeeland. It's November 1944, and thousands of allies are fighting the German army. In this roughly two-hour movie, three young lives intersect. They include, according to Netflix's synopsis: "A Dutch boy fighting for the Germans, an English glider pilot and a Zeeland girl who reluctantly joined the resistance." All of them "are faced with crucial choices that are not only about their own freedom, but also about the freedom of others."
Comparing DJI drone technology to "Huawei on wings," the senior Republican member on the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday called for a blanket ban on the Chinese company's products. Specifically, the FCC's Brendan Carr is recommending that products from DJI -- the largest maker of drones in the world -- be put on a blacklist, similar to what the US in 2019 did with Huawei. That move, of course, hobbled the latter company's ambition to not only be one of the top global smartphone makers. It also disrupted Huawei's hope to spread its 5G technology far and wide.
The Trump administration, warning that these kinds of products posed a potential national security threat, put a stop to that. And to understand why event the hint of something like this happening to DJI is a big deal, consider the following. Revenue at Huawei, as a result of the US-led blacklisting, has plummeted for three consecutive quarters. Buyers globally are fleeing the company's products. Huawei has also slipped to #9 in smartphone sales. In response? Huawei has doubled down on alternative lines of business, like electric cars.
Comparing DJI drone technology to "Huawei on wings," the senior Republican member on the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday called for a blanket ban on the Chinese company's products. Specifically, the FCC's Brendan Carr is recommending that products from DJI -- the largest maker of drones in the world -- be put on a blacklist, similar to what the US in 2019 did with Huawei. That move, of course, hobbled the latter company's ambition to not only be one of the top global smartphone makers. It also disrupted Huawei's hope to spread its 5G technology far and wide.
The Trump administration, warning that these kinds of products posed a potential national security threat, put a stop to that. And to understand why event the hint of something like this happening to DJI is a big deal, consider the following. Revenue at Huawei, as a result of the US-led blacklisting, has plummeted for three consecutive quarters. Buyers globally are fleeing the company's products. Huawei has also slipped to #9 in smartphone sales. In response? Huawei has doubled down on alternative lines of business, like electric cars.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently issued a pork recall for more than 10,000 pounds of pork pellet products from Evans Food Group. The products in question were brought into the US in mid-September. Much of the pork was processed into snacks like pork rind and chicharrones.
As for the reason behind the recall, well, that's where things get interesting. While most meat-based recalls involve a contamination issue, this one is a bit different. The recall, in this case, stems from the fact that the 10,000 pounds of pork pellets were mistakenly not subject to a thorough inspection upon arriving in the US. So far, no adverse reactions have been reported, but the recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution.
An awesome Google Maps navigation feature that we've been waiting for is finally rolling out on iPhone and Android. That’s the new eco-friendly routes that Google first unveiled in March when it also announced several other environment-related Maps initiatives. Google then re-announced the eco-friendly routes a few weeks ago, and it looks like it’s finally available on mobile devices.
It looks like Apple’s claims about the performance improvements made with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets are coming to fruition. Early MacBook Pro 2021 benchmarks have appeared online, showcasing up to a 60 percent performance gain when comparing the original M1 chip to the M1 Max.
The new benchmarks, as reported by MacRumors, show the MacBook Pro 2021 running an M1 Max chip can obtain a single-core score of 1,749 in Geekbench 5. This is only nominally better than the 1,705 single-core scores of the late 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro running the original M1 processor. The biggest difference between the two benchmarks, however, comes with the multi-core score. The original M1 MacBook Pro scored 7,382 for its multi-core score, however, the new benchmarks show a multi-core score of 11,542 with the MacBook Pro 2021 running an M1 Max.
Government-issued stimulus checks aren't the only source of new money for taxpayers right now, at this point during the coronavirus pandemic. Car insurance providers around the US, for example, have also been offering rebates to customers. The reason? Widespread lockdowns and the shift to work-from-home meant that, naturally, people were no longer on the road as much anymore. So it didn't seem fair to continue charging people the same amount of money according to their pre-COVID risk profile. At least, a temporary adjustment of some kind seemed to be in order.
That's why, in the early months of the pandemic, the insurer Allstate decided to offer partial refunds to customers. Specifically, for their April and May 2020 monthly premiums. What that amounted to was a return of more than $600 million in premiums to customers -- and more is coming elsewhere.
Self-emptying features are as revolutionary for robot vacuums as the invention of the autonomous vacuum itself. But some models with the awesome new self-emptying feature can cost $1,000 or even more. Seriously... there's one high-end robot vacuum out there that costs $1,600! The Shark IQ Self-Emptying XL Robot Vacuum is a very popular model that also touts a self-empty feature, and it retails for $550. Right now during Amazon's early Black Friday sale, however, it's down to just $489.99!
Like so many other robot vacuum owners out there, I have become spoiled. It's not enough anymore that I have an awesome little robot to do all the vacuuming for me. In fact, sometimes I actually get annoyed at the little autonomous device that once brought me so much joy. Why? Because I have a dog that sheds constantly. That means I have to empty my robot vacuum's dirt collection bin every single time after it runs. Oh, the humanity!
No, it's not actually a huge deal — but it's also not a problem I have to deal with anymore. That's because I got myself a new robot vacuum model with a brilliant feature called self-emptying.
As the name of the feature suggests, it's an awesome capability that lets your robot vacuum empty itself when it's done cleaning. It uses a special dock that doubles as a charging base. It sucks all the dust, dirt, and pet hair right out of the robot vacuum. That means instead of having to empty it every time it runs, you only have to empty your robot vacuum about once a month!
Some robot vacuums with the self-emptying feature sell for $1,000 or even more if you want a top-of-the-line model. Ahead of Black Friday 2021, however, you can actually pick up the top-of-the-line $1,300 Roomba i9+ Robot Vacuum for $1,099.00, which is the best we've seen in a while. That's still so much money to part with for a vacuum cleaner, though.
If that's still too pricey for you, don't worry because there's another amazing option that people adore. The Shark IQ Self-Emptying XL Robot Vacuum that typically sells for $550 is down to just $489.99 right now! That's the lowest price we've seen all year, so you definitely don't want to miss out on this killer deal.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has been in the news for weeks now for all the wrong reasons. There were more than 2,000 flight cancellations over a single weekend earlier this month, for example. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association has also gone to court to challenge the Southwest Airlines vaccine mandate. Add in rolling waves of flight delays, and what it all amounts to is the airline known for low-cost fares and the friendliness of its employees is now yet another battlefront in the country's ongoing war against not just the coronavirus. But also against the new rules now in place, because of it.
Earlier this month, Southwest acknowledged that it would comply with a December 8 vaccination deadline set by the Biden administration. Employees have to get a vaccination or an exemption by that date. According to an internal Southwest memo, the plan was going to be that employees have to submit their vaccination status and supporting documentation by November 24 (h/t Reuters). "If you’re not yet fully vaccinated," the memo said, "plan accordingly to meet the deadline."
It's great that robot vacuums have become so popular over the past few years. The skyrocketing demand for autonomous vacuum cleaners means that there is definitely something out there for everyone. So many different brands have entered the space with new offerings. It doesn't matter whether you want to spend as little as possible on something basic or you have a huge budget and you want all the bells and whistles. In either case, there are countless great options out there for you. Of course, iRobot's Roomba brand is still the best in the business. And right now, Roomba vacuum deals on Amazon are down to the lowest prices of the season.
The deals start at just $179.99 for a renewed Roomba 675 robot vacuum with Alexa that has 33,000 5-star Amazon reviews. Or, if you want a brand new model, the deals start at $199 for the best-selling Roomba 614 robot vacuum. High-end models are on sale too, but all these deals have one thing in common. Amazon's discounts are only available for a limited time, so you'll need to hurry or you might miss out.
Roomba vacuum Amazon deals at the season's best prices
One of our favorite deals right now saves you $65 on the high-end Roomba i3+ robot vacuum that does it all. This isn't merely one of the best Roombas you can get right now. It's also one of the best robot vacuums ever made thanks to tons of power and advanced features. The most obvious example is self-emptying, which lets the robot clear out its own dust bin after each cleaning. That way, you can literally set it and forget it for months at a time. Trust us, self-emptying is a total game-changer. And the i3+ is down to $535 instead of $600. That's an incredible value!
Want to step things up even more? Well, the excellent iRobot Roomba i6+ robot vacuum with more complex navigation tech and plenty more power is $50 off at $749.99 right now. And if you want the very best of the best, you'll save even more money if you hurry. The incredible, top-of-the-line Roomba s9+ robot vacuum that retails for $1,300 on Amazon has a massive $201 discount right now. That means if you hurry, you can get yours for just $1,099.99.
Of course, many of you want something in the middle that packs plenty of power without costing a fortune. Don't worry, we've got more great deals to tell you about.
All our readers know that self-emptying is an awesome convenience feature, but it's still not really what you might call a must-have feature for everyone since it adds a hefty premium to your cost. It's great to only have to empty your dust bin once every few weeks instead of doing it after each time your robot vacuum runs. But taking 60 seconds to empty a dust bin a few times each week is still way better than having to vacuum the floors yourself.
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Do you want a powerful Roomba model at a much lower price? You definitely need to check out this killer deal available right now at Amazon. The Roomba 675 robot vacuum with Alexa is among the most popular models ever among our readers, and it's on sale today with a big discount when you buy renewed. That means you can pick up a best-selling Roomba with a whopping 33,000+ 5-star ratings on Amazon for only $199.99. You'll get the power and performance Roombas are known for, plus some great additional features like Alexa support.
Renewed models are guaranteed by Amazon to look and perform like new. Otherwise, you have 90 days to get a full refund. If you insist on buying a new model and still want to spend as little as possible though, there's another good option. The Roomba 694 robot vacuum is down to $249 today. That's only $50 more than the renewed Roomba 675, and it still has great features like Alexa support.
There's no telling how long these Roomba vacuum deals on Amazon will last. That means you should hurry up or you might miss out.
Google hosted an event on Tuesday to formally announce the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Google's latest smartphones are powered by Tensor, which is the company's first custom-built SoC. Starting at $599, Google's Pixel 6 is one of the most affordable flagship phones on the market, and may give Google a fighting chance against Samsung in the months ahead. But alongside its new phone models, Google also announced a brand new subscription service called Pixel Pass.
Google’s Pixel 6 phones are finally official, as the company unveiled the two handsets during its Made by Google event on Tuesday. Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro reveal has been unique in the industry. The company announced the two phones in early August before Samsung and Apple unveiled their flagships. Google did not reveal the full specs, price, or release date at the time. Instead, we got the design and Tensor chip details. Google promoted the Pixel 6 phones heavily in the months that followed, even though buyers could not order them. At the same time, many Pixel 6 leaks filled in the blanks, giving fans all the missing details — including impressively affordable prices.
Fast-forward to October 19th, and Google finally revealed everything about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro during its October 19th event. You'll find everything you need to know below, plus you should read our Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro reviews.
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are finally here, and while Google didn't leave much up to the imagination in the run-up to their release, there were still some surprises. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro represent a new commitment to smartphones from Google -- so much so, that the company even went as far as to build its own chip.
Of course, given their quality, you might be wondering how you can get your hands on the phones for yourself. Here's everything you need to know about buying the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Where to buy the Google Pixel 6 unlocked
As you might expect, Google is offering the phones unlocked, straight from the Google website. Through the website, you can select either phone, and you can choose from a few different storage options. Here's a rundown of pricing from Google.
Google Pixel 6: $599, or $24.96 per month for 24 months
Google Pixel 6 Pro: $899, or $37.46 per month for 24 months
If you pre-order either phone, and a pair of Pixel Buds A-Series, together, Google will knock $99 off the price of the two.
You don't have to buy straight from Google. You can also get the devices from other retailers, like Best Buy.
Where to buy the Google Pixel 6 through your carrier
Prefer to buy straight from your carrier? Doing so could allow you to pay for your device with your phone plan, and get sweet deals from the carriers that want to sell you a phone. Here's how to get the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro straight from your carrier. Note that carriers are selling the phones at different prices than Google.
AT&T Google Pixel 6 sales
AT&T is selling the phones. The devices will be available for pre-order starting on October 29, with full sales to begin on October 28. Here's a rundown of pricing from AT&T. It's important to note that AT&T is selling the phones a hefty $140 more than Google is selling them unlocked.
AT&T is offering some pretty great deals too. Notably, the Pixel 6 Pro is available for up to an impressive $700 off the original price, with an eligible trade-in. Customers who buy either device can also get 50% off Google-branded accessories, starting on October 19.
T-Mobile Google Pixel 6 sales
T-Mobile is selling the new phones too. The devices are now available for pre-order, with full sales to begin on October 28. Pricing for the phones can be found below -- note that T-Mobile is the only major carrier selling both phones at the same price as Google.
T-Mobile is offering a few deals for the phones too. You can get a device for free from the carrier if you trade in an eligible phone on the Magenta Max plan or $450 off on any other plan. Also, customers can get $500 off either phone with 24 monthly bill credits when you add a line.
Verizon Google Pixel 6 sales
Verizon is offering the new phones as well. Through Verizon, pre-orders are now open, with full sales to begin on October 28. Here's the pricing on Verizon. Verizon is selling the Pixel 6 Pro at the same price as Google, however, the standard device is $100 more expensive.
Verizon is offering some deals on Pixel devices. For example, users can get a hefty $700 off of a Pixel phone if they switch to Verizon and trade-in an eligible phone. Existing Verizon customers can also get up to $350 off the Pixel 6 with an eligible trade-in.
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are finally here. The two new phones offer a unique design, Google's self-developed chip, and what may well end up being one of the best cameras in the business.
But it can be a little tricky to tell the differences between the Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. Both devices have a similar design and similar specs. So, which one is right for you? We put together this guide to help you determine which phone is better for your needs.
The overall design of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is similar, and as a result, you don't necessarily need to decide which one to buy based on the way it looks. The Pixel 6 both have a kind of two-tone color-scheme, with the colors separated by a large horizontal camera module that extends across the entire back of the phone.
While the designs of the devices are similar, they're not the same. The standard Pixel 6 has a little less space above the camera module, and it's shorter in general. Not only that, but the standard Pixel 6 has a flat display, instead of the slightly curved one found on the Pro. And, the Pixel 6 has a matte frame, instead of the glossy one found on the Pro.
Generally, both phones offer a pretty unique look, and some might not love it. I don't actually hate it -- it takes some getting used to, but lots of phones have large camera modules these days. I got used to the look and feel within a day of using the phones.
Both devices offer an IP68 water-resistance rating, meaning that they both should survive the accidental dunk.
As you would expect, the standard device is smaller than the Pixel 6 Pro. It has a 6.4-inch display, while the Pixel 6 Pro steps things up to a 6.7-inch display. We'll get into that display quality in the next section.
Speaking of the display, it's another point of difference between the two phones. The standard Pixel 6, as mentioned, has a 6.4-inch display, with a 1,080p resolution. The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, steps up its 6.7-inch display to a 1,440p resolution. That means that text should be a little crisper, while images may be slightly more detailed.
It may not make a huge difference in day-to-day life though. We've seen the same approach from companies like Samsung, which includes the slightly lower resolution on the standard Galaxy S21.
What may make a bigger difference is the refresh rate, which is different between the two phones. The standard Pixel 6 has a refresh rate that can vary between 60Hz and 90Hz, while the Pro steps that up to up to a 120Hz refresh rate. Neither of the two phones support a refresh rate as low as 10Hz, like the iPhone. But being able to scale between 60Hz and 120Hz should still help make for decent battery life.
Both devices have a solid display, however the display on the Pixel 6 Pro is a little better.
Specs and performance
For the first time, a Pixel phone has Google's own processor in the Tensor chip. According to Google, the Tensor chip is built with AI in mind, and its the brains behind many of the new features found on the device.
Coupled with that Tensor chip, the standard deviceoffers 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage, while the Pixel 6 Pro steps that up to 12GB of RAM and either 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage. Both phones should be generally powerful enough for most day-to-day use, so don't buy the Pro just because it has a little more RAM.
We'll have to wait and see just how well the Tensor chip performs, but between the two devices, performance should be generally similar. That said, if you want that extra storage, you may want to go for the higher-end Pro model.
Battery life and charging
Both phones support Qi wireless charging, along with fast charging at up to 30W. That means that you'll get a relatively versatile charging experience -- though faster fast charging might have been helpful.
According to Google, both phones offer "beyond 24-hour" battery life, however, we'll have to wait and see exactly how well they perform. The Pixel 6 Pro has a higher peak refresh rate, which could impact battery life -- but, it also has a larger battery.
The camera is one of the biggest points of difference between these two phones. On the standard device, you'll get a dual camera system, while the Pixel 6 Pro steps that up to a triple camera.
On both devices, you'll get a 50-megapixel Quad Bayer main camera, which has an f/1.85 aperture and supports Super Res Zoom at up to 7x. They also both have a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 114-degree field-of-view, and an f/2.2 aperture.
The Pro adds a third camera sensor, which is a 48-megapixel telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom and up to 20x Super Res Zoom. That's pretty impressive.
Perhaps more interesting than the camera specs are the camera features. Both devices offer some super interesting features, like the Magic Eraser tool, which can remove objects from the background of an image -- including people. We'll have to wait and see just how well this feature actually works.
There's very little difference in software between these two phones. Both come with Android 12, support features like Material You, and more. And, both phones should come with a hefty five years of software updates, though it remains to be seen if those updates are limited to security patches, or include full operating system upgrades. At the very least, we expect the phones to offer three years of operating system updates.
Price and availability
Both phones are now available for pre-order, with full availability on October 28. The Pixel 6 starts at $599, while the Pro starts at $899. Those are very competitive prices for what's on offer here.
There's no denying that the Pixel 6 Pro is a better phone. It has a higher refresh rate display, an extra camera, and slightly better performance. But it's also $300 more expensive, and the standard device still has a solid display and a great camera.
Should I buy the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro?
If you want the best, go for the Pro. The extra camera may seriously come in handy, while the higher refresh rate will make for a smoother experience. If you don't mind sacrificing the extra camera, save your money and go for the standard Pixel 6, which should still perform excellently and offer some super-smart camera features.
After months of rumors and leaks, Google has finally announced the new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The new devices offer a unique design, with a large camera bar across the back of the device. That's coupled with the company's first self-developed chip, the Tensor chip, and a more Google-y software experience than ever.
I've had the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro for a day now, and while I can't yet talk about the specs and software experience of using the device, I can give my first impressions of the design and external hardware.
Generally, the direction Google is taking is promising. The company seems to be finally taking more ownership over the Pixel line of phones, finally. It remains to be seen just how well the phone performs and how solid the camera is, but in the meantime, the phones offer a unique look, with a very Google-y software approach. Here are my impressions so far.
Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro overall design
While the internal hardware is perhaps the most headline-making change to the Pixel 6, the design and build is pretty interesting too. There are things about the new phone that carry over from previous Pixel devices, but in general, the device is unique.
When the design leaks first started appearing, I wasn't sure about the design of the Pixel 6. But since then it has grown on me -- and now, I quite like it. Camera modules are getting bigger and bigger, and the likes of Apple and Samsung haven't really changed the overall look and design of their modules. But Google's approach really puts the camera front and center, making the camera module more of a feature. Hopefully, that will bode well for camera quality.
The standard Pixel 6 may be the smaller of the two phones, but it's by no means small. It's actually around as tall as the iPhone 13 Pro Max -- the largest iPhone size. If you're looking for a small phone, you'll need to keep looking. If you've lived in Android world for a while, you know that big phones are common -- and I don't mind the larger Pixel 6 Pro. Others will want to stick with the standard Pixel 6, which is still relatively large, despite the fact that it has a lower-resolution display.
In the hand, both phones feel premium. I definitely prefer the feel of the glossy frame on the Pixel 6 Pro over the matte frame on the standard Pixel 6, but I generally prefer the flat display on the standard Pixel 6. Both phones have a hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera.
Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro design differences
Google has taken a slightly strange approach to the differences between the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The phones are the same width, meaning that the difference in size comes down to height. In other words, the displays on the phones have a different aspect ratio, and side-by-side, the standard Pixel 6 looks a little squashed. The camera bar is the same distance from the bottom too, so the difference in height is from the top section.
Another interesting difference between the two is the fact that the Pixel 6 has a completely flat display, while the Pixel 6 Pro does have a slight edge to the display. It's pretty subtle, and doesn't look bad -- but the display curve is a little out of fashion these days. On the top of the Pixel 6 Pro, there's also a cutout to the glossy frame. I don't love the look of it, and it's not present on the standard Pixel 6, which does not have a glossy frame. I assume the cutout is there for 5G performance, however, I have yet to confirm that with Google. The Pixel 6 Pro does support Ultra Wideband, unlike the standard Pixel 6. The frame on the standard Pixel 6 is matte black.
The standard Pixel 6 comes in Stormy Black, Kinda Coral, and Sorta Seafoam, while the Pixel 6 Pro comes in Stormy Black, Cloudy White, and Sorta Sunny.
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro both have Google's new Tensor chip, with 8GB of RAM in the Pixel 6 and 12GB of RAM in the Pixel 6 Pro. They both have storage options of 128GB or 256GB, but the Pixel 6 Pro adds a 512GB option too.
The display on the Pixel 6 measures in at 6.4 inches, with a refresh rate of up to 90Hz and a 1,080p resolution. On the Pixel 6 Pro, you'll get a 6.7-inch display, with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a resolution of 1,440p. It's a little weird that the refresh rate is lower on the Pixel 6, but that seems to be one of the ways in which Google has cut costs for the smaller device. Both phones have a fingerprint sensor under the display.
Both devices support wireless charging, and fast charging at up to 30W, with the right charger. Google rates both devices as offering "beyond 24-hour battery life," however we'll have to wait and see if that claim holds.
Then there's the camera. The Pixel 6 offers a dual-camera system with one 50-megapixel Quad Bayer main camera, with support for Super Res Zoom at up to 7x. That's coupled with a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 114-degree field-of-view. Unfortunately, there's no telephoto camera on the Pixel 6. The Pixel 6 Pro does add the telephoto camera though. On the device, you'll get a 48-megapixel telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom, and Super Res Zoom at up to a hefty 20x. On the front, the Pixel 6 has an 8-megapixel camera, while the Pixel 6 Pro has an 11.1-megapixel camera. The camera offers a range of AI-powered features, including the new Magic Eraser tool that can remove people in the background of an image.
Price and availability
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are both available for pre-order right now, with full availability starting on October 28. The Pixel 6 comes at $599, while the Pixel 6 Pro comes at $899. That's a pretty competitive price, though we'll have to wait and see if they can perform competitively. The phones are available straight from the Google Store, or from all major carriers.
Disney shocked fans on the day it hosted the official Eternals premiere with bad news about upcoming MCU releases. Disney pushed back the release dates for several Marvel movies, starting with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel to Doctor Strange is one of the most hotly anticipated MCU Phase 4 titles. But the film will now premiere on May 6th, 2022, instead of March 25th. Several other Marvel movies were delayed as well.
As expected, Marvel boss Kevin Feige had to field questions about the release delays during the Eternals red carpet premiere.
Rumors claimed that every iPhone 13 model would feature a larger battery. The new handsets would be slightly thicker, which would help Apple increase the battery capacity. The rumors turned out to be accurate. From mini to Pro Max, every iPhone 13 model has a larger battery pack than its predecessor. Also, they're all 0.25mm thicker than their iPhone 12 predecessors. The reviews that followed proved all iPhone 13 models feature remarkable battery life, especially the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Real-life tests then told us the iPhone 13 mini outlasts the iPhone 12. More importantly, the iPhone 13 Pro Max set a record in the same test. We now hear that the largest iPhone in Apple's lineup has a secret battery charging feature that Apple doesn't advertise. It can reach even faster speeds than before.
So many people out there are in search of a good Apple CarPlay screen for their car. If you already have CarPlay in your car or truck, you obviously know why it's so desirable. To be frank, the infotainment systems in most cars are terrible. Sure, they've been getting better lately. But not everyone is in the market for a new car. On top of that, why bother with a proprietary infotainment system when you can just access all the great apps on your iPhone? The same is true of Android Auto, of course.
If you don't already have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in your car, we have something you need to see. It's called the Car and Driver INTELLIDASH+. It adds CarPlay or Android Auto to any car in seconds, with no installation required. It's also on sale right now at Amazon at the best price we've seen thanks to a limited-time $50 coupon!
The Car and Driver INTELLIDASH+ is an ideal solution for anyone who doesn't want a complicated installation. Installing a built-in unit with CarPlay is nice, but not everyone wants to deal with the hassle. Plus, it's not even possible in many cars these days. Streamlined interior designs mean traditional aftermarket single DIN and double DIN car stereos don't work in many models.
Car and Driver's awesome solution is here to save the day. In a matter of seconds, you have an Apple CarPlay screen for any car. All of the main features you would enjoy with built-in CarPlay are supported. As a matter of fact, you'll get extra features that aren't even in normal CarPlay-equipped cars. Examples include integrated SiriusXM support, YouTube, special Waze support, and more. Plus, the same can be said if you use Android Auto instead. Unlike similar solutions, this model does include support for Android Auto, not just Apple CarPlay.
INTELLIDASH+ quick review
We've been testing the Car and Driver INTELLIDASH+ and it works quite well. It's not exactly the same as having built-in CarPlay support in your vehicle, but this is as close as it gets. It's also cool to be able to swap the unit from one car to another with ease. Plus, there's another version called the INTELLIDASH Pro that supports wireless CarPlay. Most people probably plug their phones into power anyway. But it's nice to have the option to go wireless if you want to.
The INTELLIDASH+ retails for $350, but there's a $50 coupon right now at Amazon. That means you can get yours for an all-time low of $299.99 if you hurry. The pricier INTELLIDASH Pro retails for $400 and there's currently no discount available.
Another option to add wireless CarPlay to your car
Does your car already have a CarPlay screen? That's great, but most cars with Apple CarPlay require you to plug in your phone. It's simple enough, but it's also annoying when you know there's a better option out there. If you want to add wireless CarPlay to any car that already has CarPlay support, check out the CarlinKit 3.0 Wireless CarPlay Adapter.
The Carlinkit 3.0 Wireless CarPlay Adapter converts any car with wired CarPlay so that it supports wireless CarPlay
Works with Audi, Porsche, Volvo, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Honda, Peugeot, Chevrolet, Ford SYNC 3.4, Mazda, and more
Your car must have a factory wired CarPlay system in order to work with this wireless CarPlay adapter
No more plugging your phone into your car with a Lightning USB cable
Play music, listen to podcasts, navigate with your favorite mapping app, and more — all through CarPlay with now cable needed
Compatible with every iPhone model from iPhone 5 and newer as long as it's running iOS 7.1 or later
Initial connection from your iPhone to the Carlinkit 2.0 Wireless CarPlay Adapter takes between 7 and 14 seconds depending on your car and iPhone model
Comes with a one-year warranty in addition to lifetime technical support
Just one day after Apple announced a series of new products at its Unleashed event, Google will take the stage to reveal its next phone. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have leaked repeatedly in recent weeks, and Google has even done some leaking itself. Much like Apple, Google has built its own custom chip for the Pixel. The phone has also received its most substantial redesign in years. You can see Google pull back the curtain during its Pixel 6 live stream on Monday at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.
The Pixel 6 is probably the most exciting handset Google has ever made, and that includes the Nexus series that preceded Pixel phones. We already know many things about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, as Google unveiled the handsets in early August. But at the time, the company only revealed the design and announced the new Tensor chip. Of course, everything else has leaked since then, just as Google increased its marketing efforts. A few recent leaks said the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro prices will be a lot better than expected. Both phones should be cheaper than the iPhone 13 models they’ll compete against. And now, a last-minute leak reveals the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will get a few fantastic launch deals.
Thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever before now rely on Amazon for their shopping needs. During the June 2021 quarter, Amazon generated more than $113 billion in revenue.
Of this figure, nearly $68 billion was attributable to online sales. With Amazon's user base growing, and with so much money involved, it's no surprise that Amazon users are increasingly being targeted by scammers.
You might recall a recent Amazon scam where a woman was bilked out of $2,000. In that particular scheme, scammers called the woman and said someone was trying to buy an iPhone via her Amazon account.
After revealing sensitive financial information, the scammers were able to steal money from her checking account.
When we tell you that these sales are packed with Black Friday-quality deals, we're not joking. In fact, Best Buy is even guaranteeing Black Friday prices on its hottest deals. If the price drops further between now and Black Friday, Best Buy will refund you the difference. That's amazing!
In addition to all that, Amazon is giving away up to $22 in FREE MONEY with two limited-time deals! One offer gets you a $10 Amazon credit when you buy a $50 gift card with promo code USGIFTCARD21 (send it to yourself so the funds are added to your own account!). The second deal scores you a $12 credit when you add $100 to your Amazon Gift Card balance with Amazon Reload. There are caveats with both offers, obviously, and you can read about them below. But if you're eligible, you'll end up getting $22 for free!
Apple introduced the third-generation AirPods on Monday, the wireless earphones we've been calling AirPods 3 until Apple's event. The new AirPods cost $179, just like their predecessors, which Apple now sells for just $129. The AirPods 3 deliver the AirPods Pro-like redesign, but they're not identical to the Pro model. They have a smaller stem like the Pro, but they lack removable tips and noise cancelation support. The AirPods 3 case also features a new design. It's shorter but wider than the AirPods 2 case. But it's not as wide as the AirPods Pro case. What really matters here is that the AirPods 3 comes with MagSafe charging support. And it turns out Apple quietly updated the AirPods Pro to support its wireless charging standard.
Is the interior of your house or apartment has been looking a bit drab lately? You really shouldn't feel bad because we can guarantee that you're not alone. It's all too easy to ignore the things around your home that make it look less chic than it should. If you're on a budget, the last thing you want to do is spend money on expensive home upgrades. There's something that you probably don't realize, however. It's the simple fact that home upgrades don't have to be expensive to look expensive. That's why you definitely need to check out some of the awesome home decor finds that are available at Amazon. In this roundup, we're going to show you five fantastic home upgrades you can get that each cost $25 or less.
Seriously... do you have any idea how much better your kitchen would look with under-cabinet lighting? And if you think your only option is to have an electrician install expensive light strips, you're way off base. The Bawoo LED Under Cabinet Lights Set includes six battery-powered LED puck lights that you can stick to anything you want in an instant. They're also remote-controlled, so you don't have to worry about wiring. Another inexpensive upgrade that Amazon shoppers have been raving about is Livelynine Brushed Nickel Vinyl Peel and Stick Wallpaper. For as little as $9.99, you can transform your ancient white or black appliances into sleek stainless steel appliances. Look how great that refrigerator looks in the photos down below!
If you have wood furniture around your home that's been there for a while, the odds are pretty good that it's showing all sorts of scratches and scuffs. Replacing it can be expensive and believe it or not, paying someone to refinish it can be almost as pricey. Instead, check out Howard Products Restor-A-Finish, which restores your wood furniture's glistening finish with ease. Amazon shoppers can't stop raving about it!
Last but certainly not least, you should definitely consider giving the exterior of your house an instant upgrade with Ripeng 5 Inch Floating Zinc Alloy House Numbers. These house numbers cost just $8.99 each and they look amazing on any home.
You can learn more about all five of these awesome Amazon home decor finds down below. Plus, we've included some images to give you an idea of what to expect. Oh, and don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom because we've included two bonus items that you're going to love!
An awesome find on Amazon for home decor: Bawoo LED Under Cabinet Lights
Compact puck lights with long battery life that you can stick anywhere in seconds
Included remote control turns the lights on and off, plus you can adjust the brightness of the lights
There are 10 different brightness settings that range from 10% to 100%
Set the mood for any occasion!
Lights can also be turned on and off without the included remote
Special timer feature lets you turn your lights off after 10, 30, 60, or 120 minutes
There's also a memory function that remembers the previous brightness setting each time you turn a light on
We've got two more home upgrades that we definitely wanted to share with our readers even though they didn't make the top-5.
The first one absolutely would've made the list, but it costs more than $25. The Recessed Can Conversion Pendant Kit is worth every penny though, allowing you to convert any recessed light into a stunning modern pendant light in no time at all. Check out the photos on the Amazon listing to see how awesome it looks.
Then there's Folex Carpet Spot Remover, which is a staple that should be in every single apartment, condo, and house in America. You won't believe how quick and easy it is to remove stubborn stains!
It had to happen eventually -- the vise grip that Squid Game has enjoyed for weeks on the #1 spot at Netflix is, finally, no more. Since its release in mid-September, of course, the Korean-language series has truly become a worldwide phenomenon. It's been lampooned by Saturday Night Live, spawned a torrent of memes and social media activity, and is even worth a reported $900 million in impact value to the streamer. However, glance at the titles today on the company's Top 10 movie and TV show list for the US, and you'll see that it's now the super-buzzy You Netflix series that sits at #1.