Every month, NBC gives everyone a few more reasons to think about subscribing to Peacock. For example, in August 2021, all three John Wick movies will be joining the Peacock streaming library. The service is also getting a bunch of A Nightmare on Elm Street movies, all three Fifty Shades movies, all eight seasons of Weeds, and a new season of Departure.
The iPhone 13 will be the first iPhone to feature a smaller notch than that of the iPhone X. At least, that will be the case if leakers have been getting accurate information. The infamous iPhone notch will remain in place for at least another year. Apple ultimately wants to eliminate it, but that doesn’t mean it’s willing to sacrifice the technology inside the notch. Face ID remains a unique iPhone advantage that Apple will not dump anytime soon. 3D face recognition is more sophisticated and secure than Touch ID.
Some speculate that every iPhone, iPad, and Mac will support Face ID down the road. But Touch ID isn’t going away either, and Apple might support both biometric authentication methods in future iPhone models. A week ago, we saw a patent that revealed Apple is researching displays with built-in Face ID and Touch ID sensors. A second document was just found as well, suggesting Apple wants to “kill” the notch by placing the sensors under the screen.
The iPhone was barely a few years in 2010, and President Obama was only halfway through his first term of office. It would be another decade before most of us paid any attention to what a coronavirus is. And at least a half dozen streaming services weren't even a twinkle in a studio executive's eye yet, at that point. Meanwhile, this was also the year that Warner Bros. released an action thriller starring three Marvel actors that ended up being more enjoyable, to a degree, than the reviews gave it credit for. But you can be the judge yourself. Because next week, The Losers is being added to the pile of Netflix movies that you can stream on the world's most popular streaming service.
Earnings season is upon us and, per usual, all eyes in the tech world are laser-focused on Apple's Q3 earnings report. A short while ago, Apple posted its earnings results for the June quarter and delivered $81.43 billion in revenue and EPS of $1.3. Of that figure, Apple posted a profit of $21.7 billion for the quarter. Notably, analysts were anticipating revenue in the $72.9 billion range for the quarter. As a point of reference, Apple during the June quarter of 2020 posted revenue of $59.7 billion, a quarterly profit of $11.25 billion, and split-adjusted EPS of $2.58.
Impressively, and somewhat surprisingly, Apple's bottom line wasn't impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in a meaningful way. If anything, Apple saw its revenue skyrocket over the past 12-15 months. This can be attributed to a strong product lineup along with remote workers purchasing new iPad and Macs en masse.
Apple officially announced iOS 15 at WWDC back in June. It's not quite as significant as iOS 14 was, but iOS 15 is packed with new features and improvements. One of those improvements is the redesign of the Maps app. Apple's first-party navigation app has needed a refresh for quite some time. It's mostly caught up with Google Maps in recent years, but it's still not quite there. Thankfully, the new design looks to be a significant upgrade over the old look. Plus, Maps apparently has a few secret new features that Apple has yet to formally unveil.
We’re well into the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we’ve hardly reached its end. If there ever is an end, that is. Marvel has plenty of movies and TV shows left to make, so it’s not pressured to make any new announcements about upcoming attractions. Not to mention that Marvel postponed all of its releases from last year. That’s why the 2021 online-only edition of Comic-Con San Diego did not bring any MCU reveals. But Marvel isn’t the only company making movies based on Marvel characters. A new report says another iconic Marvel superhero might finally get her own movie.
We had no idea how excited people out there get about power cable management solutions. Seriously, it's pretty crazy. We recently told our readers about an awesome device called the Sleek Socket, and they totally flipped out. As a matter of fact, thousands of BGR Deals readers swarmed Amazon to get their hands on this brilliant device. The Sleek Socket plugs into any standard wall outlet. Then, a single cable runs down to a power strip with four or more outlets. This way, you can eliminate all those cumbersome cables sticking out of your wall and hide them behind a piece of furniture. you can also do the same thing on your kitchen counter and hide the cable behind an appliance.
The Sleek Socket is awesome, but it's not always perfect for every situation. The good news is that we managed to dig up another great solution called theOUTlet, and BGR Deals readers are definitely going to want to check it out.
This cool little gizmo comes in two different models that are both very affordable. TheOUTlet Basic includes four three-prong power outlets and as the name suggests, theOUTlet USB adds two USB power ports to the four standard three-prong power outlets on the base model. This way, you can charge your smartphones, tablets, eBook readers, and other gadgets.
Both models have the same brilliant design that you'll wish you had in your home the whole time.
When it's closed, theOUTlet has two power outlets. It looks just like any other three-prong outlet, but the plugs are turned sideways. Then, with a quick press of one button, the outlets pop open to expose another pair of plugs. That means you can plug in four different devices without a surge protector. And you can do it in the same space as a regular outlet that can only power two things. Or, in the case of theOUTlet USB, you'll get six power connections in the space of two.
Installing theOUTlet is just as easy as installing any other duplex wall box. In fact, if you're like me, the most difficult and time-consuming part might be finding the proper fuse to switch off before you start your installation. After that, it's just a matter of disconnecting the old outlet and connecting theOUTlet in its place. That's it!
Definitely check it out while both versions are $10 off at Amazon.
By the time we get to the end of this year, the federal government will have sent millions of Americans a bonus, of sorts, this year that totals almost $3,500. That's according to a new stimulus update from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which has calculated that a mix of new stimulus checks and tax credits is having a big impact. To the tune, in fact, of an average of $3,450 for Americans making $65,000 or less annually.
These figures focus on the third stimulus checks that millions of Americans have already started to receive. As well as the expansion of two tax credits -- the child tax credit, as well as the earned income tax credit. They stem from the stimulus legislation that President Biden signed in March. But, remember, that bill was also chock-a-block with other benefits for Americans, including an increased health care subsidy and an extra $300/week to help jobless workers.
Have you ever heard of a brand of tools called Nanch? It's obviously not as big as companies like Craftsman and Black & Decker. But over the years, BGR Deals readers have grown to love this specialized tool maker. As a matter of fact, it's not just our readers who have made Nanch a top screwdriver brand on Amazon.
Nanch has essentially become synonymous with high-quality multi-piece tool sets. They feature surprisingly good construction at prices that are so low, they often seem like mistakes. This company's screwdriver sets have helped to unclutter thousands upon thousands of our readers' toolboxes over the years. And Nanch's best-sellers are getting more and more popular by the day. Each and every new product that the company releases ends up finding new ways to improve upon earlier models, which is impressive since those earlier models are already so great. And there's no question that's the case with the new Nanch H8 22-in-1 precision screwdriver set. The previous model is still among the best screwdriver sets we've ever tested. But the updated version is somehow even better — and it's on sale right now for just $17.99 at Amazon!
Nanch's H8 22-in-1 precision screwdriver set features an even better design than the model it replaces, and the construction is still just as solid as it was before. This set uses S2 steel bits with a hardness rating of HRC 58-62. Plus, they have a special treatment that prevents rusting. Also of note, these bits are all magnetized. That way, you won't lose anything when you're working with tiny screws.
This new H8 model is so impressive that it already has over 2,600 5-star ratings on Amazon. Despite the fact that it's just a few months old. The refreshed handle design fits comfortably in your palm and the end swivels smoothly for effortless turning. For working on anything that has small screws like smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, this set is perfect.
The Nanch H8 22-in-1 precision screwdriver set is already a bargain at its full retail price of $28. As a matter of fact, there might not be a better value on Amazon in the tool section. Today, however, a deep discount slashes the price to $17.99.
Precisely two weeks after the last beta release, Apple began seeding iOS 15 beta 4 and iPadOS 15 beta 4 on Tuesday. There were eight beta releases before iOS 14 launched to the public in 2020. If Apple is following the same pattern in 2021, we're halfway through the betas.
First of all, we should point out that all of the devices that were supported by iOS 14 will be supported by iOS 15 as well, so if you were able to update to iOS 14, you’re in the clear for at least one more year, even if you’re still using an iPhone 6s Plus, an iPad Air 2, or an iPad mini 4.
As for the new features, iOS 15 is upgrading FaceTime with spatial audio, a grid view, Portrait Mode, and SharePlay to share music, movies, and more during video calls. The new Focus feature lets you make custom modes to decide which notifications you see depending on what time it is and where you are, Live Text can recognize text and make it selectable, and a few apps are getting significant redesigns, including Maps and Weather. All in all, it’s a pretty substantial update.
Comic book movies have been dominating the box office for over a decade now. Since Iron Man hit theaters in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made well over $22 billion worldwide. DC attempted to follow suit with its own cinematic universe in starting 2013 with the release of Man of Steel. Over the past eight years, the DC Extended Universe has made millions of fans of its own, but it hasn't been nearly as cohesive or consistent as the MCU. There have been just nine DCEU movies to date, and they have grossed $5.6 billion at the global box office. So why has Marvel had so much more success than DC? One of the DCEU's top screenwriters might have the answer.
It's pretty crazy that Prime Day 2021 has been over for several weeks now. Why? Because so many of Prime Day's best deals are still available right now. One great example is the Echo Auto, which adds hands-free Alexa to any car. It retails for $50 but you can snag one for only $19.99 if you pick up a refurb before they sell out. That deal is wild! You can also score huge discounts on every AirPods model, or a $600 YABER Pro V7 home theater projector for just $229.99. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
No one would ever question how good those deals are, and every single Prime member out there should take advantage. As a matter of fact, you should take advantage even if you're not a Prime member. Now that Prime Day is long gone, most of those deals are available to everyone. But on top of all that, so many exciting new deals have hit Amazon's site since Prime Day ended. One of the biggest sales you'll find right now happens to be on a slew of products from a top name in the smart home market.
As we said, there are tons of fantastic lingering Prime Day deals out there already right now, and we've been covering them ever since Amazon wrapped up its big Prime Day sales event. Many of Amazon's leftover Prime Day deals will pop up on this page, and new ones will be added constantly. But there are also thousands upon thousands of deals on Amazon right now that are available to everyone, not just Amazon Prime subscribers!
There's one insanely popular brand that decided to put pretty much all of its most popular products on sale following Prime Day 2021 though, and we definitely needed to draw attention to it. Our readers go nuts over TP-Link's Kasa lineup of smart home gadgets and gizmos. And right now you can save big on pretty much every single one of the company's hottest devices. From smart plugs and smart light switches to smart LED light bulbs and more, you'll find all of TP-Link's hottest Kasa deals down below.
Why are Chromebooks so popular? It really doesn't take a genius to figure it out. Sure, Google's computer platform is fast and easy to use. But do you really think it would've made a dent in Microsoft's Windows market share if there wasn't more to it. That's right, Google and its Chromebook partners found success by focusing on value. Chromebooks are typically remarkably cheap, with entry-level models often costing around $100 or $120. Even solid mid-range offerings are surprisingly affordable. For example, the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4 is down to just $199.99 right now at Amazon.
Chromebooks are great and all, but the platform itself is still no match for Windows. So what happens when you can pick up a variety of best-selling Windows 10 laptops for around the same price as Chromebooks?
There are so many fantastic deals available right now at Amazon. Are you looking for some examples? How about the #1 best-selling myQ smart garage door opener on sale with a deep discount (plus get a $40 credit with the Amazon Key promo)?! Also of note, the white-hot Roku Express 4K+ on sale for just $29 today. That's the cheapest 4K streamer anywhere! You'll also find huge discounts up to $100 on the Apple Watch Series 6. Or how about the Echo Auto, which adds hands-free Alexa to any car? It retails for $50 but you can snag one for only $19.99 if you pick up a refurb before they sell out.
But what about laptops and tablets?
Apple's newest iPad Air is $100 off today, which is a terrific deal. In fact, that's the best price of the year! Want to spend even less? You can pick up the current-generation 10.2-inch iPad starting at just $299. Those are both excellent values. That said, why bother with a tablet when you can get a laptop for so much less? No, we're not talking about a Mac, though the MacBook Air is on sale right now for just $899. We're talking about a few incredible Windows 10 laptop deals you need to see to believe.
Hyundai is obviously a massive brand. But it's certainly not the first name you think of when you think about Windows 10 laptops. That's about to change, however, because there's an unbelievable deal on Amazon right now that carried over from Prime Day.
During Prime Day, Amazon had a deal that slashed the Hyundai Thinnote-A Laptop & 128GB MicroSD Card Bundle to an all-time low. You could get an actual Windows 10 Pro laptop with a 14.1-inch display, Intel HD Graphics 500, an Intel Celeron processor, 64GB of storage plus an expandable 2.5" SATA HDD slot, and a bundled 128GB microSDXC card... all for just $219.99!
That deal is back now, which is crazy! It sold out pretty quickly last time though, so you might want to hurry.
We’re about two weeks away from Samsung’s summertime Unpacked event. That's where it’ll unveil its new flagship phones for the second half of 2021. Anyone following Samsung news knows exactly what’s coming on August 11th, however. There are precious few Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 surprises left, if any. The design and durability improvements, the high-end specs, and the brand new features have all already leaked. The leaks aren't done yet though, as the Fold 3 and Flip 3 specs appeared online again.
Since everyone knows practically everything about the phones anyway, Samsung pretty much decided to give up. The company has gone ahead and confirmed some of the Fold 3 and Flip 3’s best features already, OnePlus-style.
Did you think smart home gadgets were going to be another fly-by-night trend when they first started to emerge? Don't worry, there were plenty of other people who thought the same thing. Hey, we all make mistakes. We can still remember all the "hot takes" when smart home devices first started picking up steam. Who wants a connected coffee maker? Why would anyone need to turn off a lamp with a phone? Well, at this point we can safely say that smart home gadgets are clearly not a fad. In fact, the exact opposite is most definitely the case. You can find pretty much anything and everything with built-in connectivity these days. And smart gadgets aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
Are you new to the smart home gadget space? Or is your home already littered with connected devices? In either case, there are always cool new things being released all the time. On top of that, long-time best-sellers are constantly being discounted over at Amazon. That means something you passed up before might be a steal right now while it's on sale. In this post, we've rounded up 10 different smart home devices Amazon shoppers can't get enough of right now.
The TP-Link Kasa Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plugs everyone loves so much are the new version of the model that has been a best-seller for as long as we can remember. They're more compact than ever before and they retail for $27 per 4-pack. That is already about as much for a 4-pack as you'll pay for one rival smart plug. In fact, Amazon's own smart plugs retail for $25 each! As good as TP-Link's price is, however, you can save even more if you buy a set right now. Thanks to a limited-time sale, your cost per smart plug is only $6!
Oh, and what about the insanely popular MyQ smart garage door opener? It's selling for $23.99 right now on Amazon instead of its original $40 retail price. On top of that, there's a hidden deal that basically gets you one for free. Just take advantage of Amazon's Key promotion and you'll get a $40 Amazon credit. Forget free, you'll pretty much end up getting paid $10 to get one!
Apple will unveil several new products in the second half of the year, including the iPad mini 6. Rumors claim Apple’s smallest tablet will receive a major design makeover this year, and high-end hardware. The newest development comes from a well-known display insider who has often provided display details about unreleased devices. Ross Young is the display analyst in question, and he offered the exact display size for the iPad mini 6.
Everyone out there deserves to have some fun this summer. That's especially true after everything we've all been through over the past year-and-a-half. It goes without saying that we all still need to remain vigilant and be responsible. Even as vaccine numbers continue to climb, the Delta variant is causing numbers to climb again. There's no question that things are continuing to move in the right direction. But despite the public sentiment in many areas right now, we're nowhere close to putting the pandemic behind us.
Thankfully, this time of year makes it so much easier to be extra safe during the pandemic.
The beauty of summertime weather is that it means we get to spend way more time outdoors. Needless to say, countless experts say that airborne viruses don't spread as efficiently outside as they do inside. That means the more time you spend outside and socially distanced, the safer you're going to be this summer. In other words... it's time to head to the beach! We found something awesome on Amazon that you definitely need to check out before you head to the beach again. Once you've tried the ISOPHO Waterproof and Sandproof Beach Blanket, you'll never want to go to the beach again without one.
This blanket recently went mega-viral on TikTok and people are still flipping out about it. Now, thanks to a discount at Amazon, it's time to see what all the fuss is about.
Think of the three things you hate most about blankets and towels that you use at the beach, in a park, on a picnic, or anywhere else. What comes to mind? First of all, water always soaks them. Second, they get hot. And third, they inevitably get covered with sand or dirt and you end up making a mess of your car and home or hotel.
ISOPHO's invention is an awesome beach blanket that isn't made of towel material or any other cotton. Instead, the material feels like a parachute. But don't worry because it's not uncomfortable at all to sit or lay on. In fact, it resists heat so it's actually more comfortable to lay on than many regular towels! It's also waterproof so it doesn't soak up moisture like a beach towel.
Oh, and the best part is the fact that it's sand-proof! That means you can stop bringing the beach home with you and getting sand all over your car and floors. One quick brush or shake of this awesome beach blanket and you won't find a single grain of sand left!
Late last week, HBO finally axed the HBO channel via Apple TV Channels. As it stands now, any HBO subscribers who previously accessed the service via Apple TV Channels now have no access to any HBO content. Naturally, some existing HBO subscribers are a bit miffed.
The good news, though, is that Apple is taking measures to placate HBO subscribers in the form of refunds and discounts on an HBO Max subscription.
We always do our best to round up the hottest daily deals online each and every day. Some days, however, there are particularly impressive deals so our job is easy. Today happens to be one of those days. Just wait until you see the deep discounts you can score right now! Here are some highlights:
Amazon's Echo Auto, which adds hands-free Alexa to any car, for $19.99 instead of $50 if you pick up a refurb (hurry, before they sell out!)
It's tough to find great true wireless headphones for sports. Most true wireless headphones fit fine for day-to-day use, but quickly fall out when you start actually moving. The reason I love the Beats PowerBeats Pro headphones is that they fit my ears well, and offer a hook over your ears to better stay in place. Now, however, Master & Dynamic thinks it has the solution to the problem of a lack of true wireless headphones for sports, in the Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport headphones.
Master & Dynamic has a history of building awesome headphones. The standard MW08 headphones offer excellent audio quality, a solid fit, and a nice design. But simply adding the word "sport" to the name doesn't necessarily make them great sports headphones. Do the Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport headphones offer everything you need for your next workout? I've been using the headphones for a while now to find out.
If you've seen other Master & Dynamic true wireless headphones before, you'll immediately recognize these. The actual buds look very similar to the MW07 headphones. They offer a kind of squared-off face, with an arm that extends out into your ears. It's not a bad look, and it's a little different than other true wireless headphones, which is nice to see.
On the top edge of the right earbud, you'll find a single button, which is used to control playback. On the left earbud, there are two buttons, to control volume. Holding both volume buttons controls noise-cancellation modes, and it's a little tricky to use. The buttons are easy to press on their own, but they're pretty small, and close together, so it's quite difficult to press them both at the same time.
The headphones are available in a few different colors. We're reviewing the black model, and they look great. All models come with a Kevlar fiber case, which also looks awesome.
The case offers three LED lights to indicate battery status, along with a USB-C port on the right side. Also in the box is a USB-C cable, a USB-C to USB-A adapter, and a series of ear tips. There's an excellent selection of ear tips here, including a hefty six pairs of silicone tips, and two pairs of foam tips. Basically, there are no missing accessories here, but we would expect nothing less from Master & Dynamic.
Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport features and battery
These aren't Apple-built headphones, so they don't have features like Spatial Audio and Automatic Switching. But we wouldn't expect that. Apart from that, they offer more or less all the features you would want in a pair of earbuds.
Notably, the headphones connect to an accompanying app, which allows you to control most aspects of them. You can switch between noise-canceling modes, check the battery level of the headphones, and more. The app is generally well-designed, and while it's not as feature-packed as some other options, it's a good start.
The biggest feature missing is an EQ of some kind. Thankfully, the headphones sound pretty good out of the box, but different people have different tastes when it comes to audio. I really would have liked to be able to tweak the frequency response.
The battery life on these headphones is excellent. You'll get a massive 12 hours of non-noise-canceling battery life out of the buds themselves, with an additional 30 hours from the charging case. As if that wasn't good enough, the headphones also support wireless charging, and Master & Dynamic sells its own wireless charger in the MC100 charging pad. Thankfully, you can use any Qi wireless charger with these headphones.
Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport comfort
Of course, perhaps the most important thing to consider on sports headphones is the fit. The headphones offer a comfortable fit, with a slate of ear tips to help. We recommend experimenting with the different ear tips to find the pair that are right for your needs.
But do they stay in your ears well enough for sports? Well, yeah. Or at least, it depends. With really heavy movement, like running, you will likely find yourself having to adjust the buds every now and then to make sure they're properly seated in your ears. But that's true far less than with other true wireless headphones. And, the foam tips absolutely help.
I wouldn't expect the perfect sports earbuds here. But in the absence of things like an ear hook, these get pretty close in terms of fit. Again, it's worth experimenting with the ear tips. But if you can find tips that fit well, you'll really appreciate how well these headphones fit.
Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport sound
While comfort and fit will be most important for some, for others it will be how the headphones sound. Thankfully, in classic Master & Dynamic fashion, the MW08 Sport headphones sound great. In fact, they may well be the best-sounding true wireless headphones out there.
The bass response on the headphones is solid and tight. The bass isn't over the top or too boosted, so if you do want extra bass you'll need to look elsewhere. That said, kick drums easily hit through a mix, while bass guitars sounded smooth and heavy.
The mids are well-tuned too, offering a relatively warm response in the low mids. The high mids offer plenty of presence, which helps things like vocals and guitars cut through the mix. Thankfully, that high response isn't over the top. High frequencies are generally well-defined, and while things like cymbals and other percussion instruments can sometimes feel a little tucked away, that's truly nit-picking -- generally the high-end sounds great.
Noise cancelation on the headphones is only fine. The noise cancelation on offer by the likes of the AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4 headphones is quite a bit better and can cut out more noise from your environment. There are two noise cancelation modes on offer by these headphones -- "Max ANC," and "All Day ANC." As you might expect, Max ANC is better, but at the cost of battery life.
Master & Dynamic has once again built a great product in the MW08 Sport true wireless headphones. The headphones offer a solid design, excellent battery life, and they sound great.
Unfortunately, they face very stiff competition. The AirPods Pro offer features like Spatial Audio and Automatic Switching, but only for those that stick within Apple's ecosystem. If that's you, then the AirPods Pro are still probably the way to go. Then there are the Sony WF-1000XM4 headphones, which are still our favorite pick for non-Apple true wireless headphones, thanks to the fact that they offer an EQ and better noise cancelation.
Should I buy the Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport headphones?
Yes, but only if sound quality is your ultimate goal. Otherwise, you should go for the Sony WF-1000XM4 headphones, or AirPods Pro if you exist in Apple's ecosystem.
There’s little denying it — the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch out there. Not only is the Apple Watch sleek and stylish, but it’s also an excellent fitness tracker, and works excellently with your Apple products. The latest Apple Watch is the Apple Watch Series 6 — and it builds on an already excellent Series 5, and offers a number of refinements.
The Apple Watch Series 6 was released back in September, and is likely to be superseded by the Apple Watch Series 7 in September 2021. But until then, it’s the best smartwatch around.
Curious to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about Apple's latest watch. Alternatively, if you're looking for Apple's next device, check out our guide on the Apple Watch Series 7.
Apple Watch Series 6 design
The Apple Watch Series 6 looks pretty much the same as the Series 5. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The device is sleek and stylish, offer a square shape with nicely rounded corners and edges. On the right of the device, you’ll get the Digital Crown and the side button, like on previous-generation models.
The watch is available in two sizes — 40mm, and 44mm. There are no consequences to going with one size over the other. So, you can base your decision solely on the size that looks best on your wrists.
The device is available in a number of colors and build materials, like the Apple Watch Series 5 before it. Here’s a quick rundown.
Aluminum: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, (Product)Red, Blue
Stainless Steel: Silver, Graphite, Gold
Of course, the other decision to make is whether you want a cellular model or not. Stainless steel models only come in cellular — but you don’t have to actually activate the cellular connectivity if you don’t want to.
Apple Watch Series 6 display
The display on the Apple Watch Series 6 is pretty much the same as the Series 5 too — but again, that’s not a bad thing. With the Series 5, Apple brought an always-on display experience to the Apple Watch, and that remains here. That means that you can glance at your wrist to see the time, without having to turn your arm and wake the screen.
The device also offers Apple’s variable refresh rate. That means that it can vary its refresh rate between 1Hz and 60Hz, helping save on battery.
Apple Watch Series 6 health tracking
The latest Watch keeps all of the awesome fitness-tracking features on offer by previous-generation devices, and adds a few of its own. You’ll still get heart rate tracking, step-tracking, and the EKG sensor — plus, the Apple Watch can now track blood oxygen levels, both in the background, and on-demand. It’s not aimed at being a medical device, but like the EKG, it could be helpful for some.
The device offers other new tracking features as well. For example, it has an always-on altimeter, which can track your elevation at all times. That’s handy for hikers, but considering it’s always on, it could help with other things too.
Apple Watch Series 6 specs
As is tradition, the watch gets a minor spec bump. Now, raw processing power usually isn’t a huge deal for the Apple Watch, since you won’t be using it for things like gaming. But more powerful chipsets can ensure that the device performs smoothly for years to come, even after years of software updates.
The watch comes with the Apple S6 chipset, which is a dual-core processor.
Apple Watch Series 6 price and availability
The Apple Watch Series 6 was announced in September, and as such is now widely available to the public. The watch starts at $399 for the 40mm model, and $429 for the 44mm model.
For a cheaper Apple Watch experience, it’s worth checking out the Apple Watch SE, which starts at $279.
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 3 on August 11th during the company’s latest Unpacked event. But the new member of the Fold family is hardly a well-kept secret. We already think we know everything about the flagship foldable. From the looks of it, the Fold 3 will be the most exciting foldable phone Samsung has ever made. There might not be that many major Fold 3 secrets left, but a brand new leak just answered one of our biggest questions about the Fold 3's S Pen functionality.
Tesla's attitude toward the press has always seemed to me to be a little like the relationship that a Democratic White House expects to have with the news media. As a rule, of course, things are always a bit rough-and-tumble between the press and a Republican presidential administration. But as soon as a Democrat moves into the Oval Office? They've been known to bristle and completely lose their you-know-what when a journalist doesn't take this or that pronouncement at face value. As if the officials want to scream: We're the ones finally following the science! How dare you question us, you pain in the neck! Elon Musk's electric car darling can be a little like that. Unless you're a late-night variety show that'll let him have some fun in a Mario costume, or you're a controversial podcast host who'll let him say whatever thought comes into his head on your show that lasts for 1,000 hours, Tesla doesn't want anything to do with you. Which brings me to the mystery of a new Tesla dealership that may or may not be coming here, to my city of Memphis.
A few months ago, this neighborhood watch-style crime alert app made headlines for a test it was running. It involved sending its own on-demand private security vehicles to "patrol" various neighborhoods. Sort of an extension of the local police department, if you will. That news, however, coupled with the sometimes racist NextDoor-style crime reporting instantly made people much more wary of the app. The latest news: That Citizen has reportedly been recruiting on journalism job sites, looking for "field team members."
We are less than two months away from the reveal of the iPhone 13. All signs point to the iPhone 13 launching on time after the pandemic forced Apple to delay the iPhone 12. One thing that the pandemic was not able to stop was the rumor mill. There isn't much that we do not know about the iPhone 13 series at this point. Based on the many leaks, we know the notches will be smaller, the batteries will be bigger, and the camera bumps will be wider. In fact, with so few iPhone 13 secrets left to spoil, sources have begun to leak iPhone 14 details.
We obviously can't make the definitive claim that Disney+ is the best streaming service out there right now. It's way too subjective. What we can state fairly conclusively, however, is that Disney+ has the highest volume of good content. Think about how many times Netflix misses for each show that hits. And think about how many awful movies and shows Hulu released before we got to Nomadland.
Meanwhile, look at all the amazing content you can find on Disney+. You've got decades of brilliant Disney movies. You've got incredible Pixar films with quality that is unrivaled. You'll find all the Star Wars movies you want and countless hours of National Geographic content. And let's not forget the fact that Disney+ is home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We can't even imagine being without all those epic Avengers movies. On top of that, you're really missing out if you didn't catch Loki. It was so good!
We're not suggesting that you should cancel all your other streaming services and jump ship to Disney+. Not even close. What we are saying, however, is that Disney+ has quickly become a must-have streaming service. And you're really missing out if you don't have a Disney+ account. Now, however, there's a way you can try Disney+ without paying a penny for it. No, we're not talking about a free 7-day trial or anything as simple as that. Instead, there's a hidden deal on Amazon that gets you a whopping 6 months of Disney+ for free!
How amazing is that?!
I am seriously obsessed with Loki right now. Tom Hiddleston is epic in his Loki role, of course, but it's so much more than that. Loki is helping to lay the groundwork for the next several years of MCU movies and series. We're learning all about how time works in the MCU, and we're really starting to dive into the multiverse. If you don't watch this great series, there's no way you'll be able to keep up when Marvel's next few movies are released.
Head over to Amazon right now and you'll find a phenomenal deal that everyone should take advantage of. Well, everyone who is eligible to take advantage of it, that is.
As long as you're not a current Disney+ subscriber, Amazon's new Disney+ promotion gets you either 3 free months or 6 free months when you try a month of Amazon Music Unlimited. AMU is Amazon's streaming music service, of course, and it's just like Spotify or Apple Music.
All you need to do is sign up for 1 month of Amazon Music Unlimited using this great promo. It'll cost you $7.99 if you're a Prime member or $9.99 if you're not. If you've never tried Amazon Music Unlimited before, you'll get 6 free months of Disney+ for signing up. If you're a current or former AMU subscriber, you'll still get 3 months of Disney+ for free.
Of note, the only people who aren't eligible for this awesome Amazon promo are current Disney+ subscribers. This is truly a fantastic promotion, so don't miss out!
Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 a few weeks ago, causing an unexpected controversy right after the announcement. It turned out that not all computers that can run Windows 10 will support Windows 11. Microsoft has precise hardware requirements in place. A software tool will tell you whether your PC can handle the upgrade to Windows 11.
The move surprised users, especially those with newer machines that found out the Windows 11 upgrade isn’t possible. Since then, we found out exactly why even some newer PCs might tell you initially that they can’t run Windows 11 and how to fix the problem. But older devices will stay on Windows 10. Microsoft just made it clear that it won’t allow Windows 11 installations on devices that don’t pass the hardware requirements checks.
In 2015, the music industry decided that Friday would be the new Global Release Day. Virtually every artist's new album or single now drops at 12:01 AM on Friday. If you're anything like me, the first thing that you do on Friday morning is scan through the new releases. Personally, I use Spotify, and the service does a great job of highlighting the new music every Friday. The one problem is that it does not do as good a job pointing me to the latest releases from my favorite artists. That's why the What's New feature that Spotify announced on Monday is so exciting.
Netflix keeps adding to the bumper crop of new horror movies that have been piling up on the streamer this year. From the Fear Street Netflix original movie trilogy, based on the book series by R.L. Stine, to other terrifying feature films like A Classic Horror Story and Seventh Day. The latter stars Guy Pearce and tells the story of an inexperienced priest who teams up with an exorcist. While the former is an Italian-language horror title that puts five carpoolers through a mounting series of terrors and calamity. And the new horror films keep coming, with Blood Red Sky among the latest examples of the genre that Netflix subscribers in the US can now enjoy.
In fact, a phone with a traditional form factor was the first with an under-display camera — ZTE launched it last fall. A leaker familiar with these exciting developments indicates that the perfect design we’ve been craving isn’t going to be without problems. Apparently, handset vendors still have to choose between form and function. And so will you.
Netflix has turned a number of huge properties into successful series and movies. The Witcher, Bridgerton, and A Series of Unfortunate Events were all popular books before they became our favorite original shows. But Netflix might be preparing to take on its greatest challenge yet. Sources tell Variety that a live-action Pokemon series is in early development at Netflix.
According to the report, Netflix tapped Lucifer's co-showrunner Joe Henderson to write and executive produce its Pokemon show. The sources say that the show would be akin to Detective Pikachu. The 2019 movie featured real actors alongside CGI Pokemon and starred Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu. It's unclear how Netflix's live-action show would connect to the rest of the franchise, or if it would at all. Neither Netflix nor Henderson responded to Variety's requests for comment.
One of many extraordinary steps the federal government took to combat the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to approving billions of dollars in direct cash payments to Americans, was a temporary ban on the eviction of renters. Additionally, more than one emergency coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress included billions in stimulus rental assistance. Unfortunately, though, there's evidence that enough Americans still don't seem to be aware of that fact.
For example, both the stimulus bill that President Biden signed in March and the one President Trump signed in December set aside a total of $46.6 billion in emergency rental assistance stimulus aid. However, a mere $1.5 billion of that was reportedly paid out in June. The stimulus checks certainly have sky-high awareness among members of the public. But let's take a closer look at this effort which too few people still seem to know about.
Do you want a professional-grade quadcopter drone from a big-name brand? Sadly, it can easily set you back $1,000 or even more. At best, you're going to spend $800 if you want decent features and a 3-axis gimbal. That's one of several reasons why we're such big fans of the Potensic Dreamer Pro. It's a relatively new model from a popular brand with a 4K camera and a 3-axis gimbal. Plus, it can easily go toe-to-toe with drones in the $800-$1,000+ range. But instead of having to pay $1,000 or more, this quadcopter retails for a fraction of that sky-high price.
That's especially true right now, thanks to a surprisingly good deal you can take advantage of for a limited time. Amazon has a coupon you can clip today that will slash the Dreamer Pro from $460 to $429.99. That's about half what you'll pay for a comparable drone from the top brand in the quadcopter market. How awesome is that?!
Anyone who knows anything at all about drones can probably name the go-to pro-grade quadcopter drone for amateurs and professionals on a budget. You also know that it costs $800 minimum. It's a high-quality quadcopter with pretty much all the key features you need. That includes a 4K camera that captures stunning video. Plus, you get a 3-axis gimbal that stabilizes video and still images captured during flight. On top of that, intelligent software and flight features round out the experience.
It should go without saying that not everyone has an extra $800 lying around. Especially not that they're willing to spend on a drone, no matter how great it is. If you're looking for a terrific alternative that checks all the same main boxes for much less money, you've definitely come to the right place.
Potensic's Dreamer Pro offers professional-grade quality and features at a fraction of what you'd pay for a comparable model from other companies. You get 28 minutes of flight time per charge, plus a stunning 4K camera with a high-quality Sony sensor. Additionally, you'll get a 3-axis gimbal for outstanding video and image stabilization. On top of all that, the Dreamer Pro is packed full of smart features that will help with any content you might be shooting. One example is a "follow me" mode that tracks moving objects and people. There's also a circle mode that flies in a perfect circle around any center point. Path mode lets you draw out a flight pattern the drone will fly on its own. Also, this drone has an impressive 2-kilometer transmission range and so much more.
This excellent Potensic drone is absolutely on par with the market leader and other quadcopters that fall into the $800 - $1,200 price range, yet the Potensic Dreamer Pro 4K camera drone with 3-axis gimbal retails for just $460. That's about half the price of comparable models from leading brands. Head over to Amazon and pick one up now, however, and you can save an extra $30 thanks to the clippable coupon. You definitely don't want to miss out on this great deal.
Apple rolled out iOS 14.7.1 to the public on Monday -- exactly one week after iOS 14.7 debuted. This is a minor update that addresses a bug that was introduced in iOS 14.7. As Apple noted, iOS 14.7 "affects the ability of iPhone models with Touch ID to unlock Apple Watch." Once the update has been applied, this issue should be resolved, and everything should unlock correctly.
The iPhone 13 isn’t here yet, but we’re already looking ahead to the iPhone 14. Why? There have been plenty of rumors about the upcoming device, what it will look like, and what features will be on offer. In other words, while the phone could certainly surprise us, we may have a good idea of what the device will end up looking like.
If you bought an iPhone 12, you may not even care about what the iPhone 13 will offer. Instead, if you upgrade your phone every few years, the iPhone 14 may be more important to you. We’ll be updating this article as we hear more about the upcoming phone. Here’s everything you need to know.
iPhone 14 design
The iPhone received a major redesign for the iPhone 12, and we’re not expecting another redesign until 2023, which is when we expect the iPhone 15. It’s common for Apple to give the iPhone a major design refresh every three years. We don’t expect that to change any time soon.
But that doesn’t mean that Apple won’t tweak the iPhone’s design. We know that Apple has been working on ways to shrink the notch down a little so that it’s a little less intrusive. We’re expecting the iPhone 13 to have a smaller notch. But, it’s possible that the 2022 iPhone will get an even smaller one. Some rumors and reports, including a report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, suggest that Apple may finally do away with the notch altogether for the iPhone 14, at least for the higher-end Pro models. Instead, those devices may have a punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera.
Other small tweaks may show up too. Apple has been experimenting more with colors for the iPhone, and the iPhone 14 may have a unique color or two. And, the camera layout may change — it’s expected to change for the iPhone 13, and it could change again in 2022.
Apple may change the lineup of the iPhone a little too. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple will do away with the “Mini” model, and only offer two sizes — 6.1 inches, and 6.7 inches. That may still allow the company to offer four iPhones. So, for example, there could be an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Lastly, it’s possible that the 2022 iPhone will be Apple’s first truly portless iPhone. The introduction of MagSafe charging was a big step towards making that a reality. However we don’t expect Apple to make the jump to a portless device with the iPhone 13. Instead, it will likely give customers a little more time to get used to the concept of not using the Lightning port for charging.
iPhone 14 display
The biggest change to the iPhone’s display in years will likely show up in the iPhone 13, with the addition of ProMotion, or a 120Hz refresh rate, to the iPhone 13 Pro models. But the iPhone 14 could change that. In other words, it’s possible that it could come to lower-end models. A report from The Elec notes that both Samsung and LG may supply displays for the iPhone 14 series.
Apple could also start improving on the iPhone’s display resolution. Most phone manufacturers include at least 1,440p displays in their high-end phones, but the iPhone 12 still has a 1,170p display.
The 2022 iPhone may represent a comeback for Touch ID on the iPhone too. Reports indicate that Apple is planning on bringing in-display fingerprint sensors to the iPhone series. Early reports suggested that the tech might come to the iPhone 13. However, recent rumors note that it will likely come to the iPhone 14 instead.
iPhone 14 specs
The device will likely represent a spec bump over the iPhone 13. While the iPhone 13 is expected to offer an Apple-built A15 chip, the iPhone 14 will get an A16.
The A16 may possibly be built on a 3nm process, which is smaller than the 5nm process that’s expected from the A16 chip. This will allow Apple to fit more transistors on a similar-sized chip, ultimately making for a much more powerful processor.
It’s also possible that the phone will get a little more RAM. Apple doesn’t really publish how much RAM it includes in its iPhones. Extra RAM, however, would allow the phone to remain good at multitasking, and better support larger apps and games.
iPhone 14 camera
The camera on the iPhone 14 will also likely get a few tweaks. For the iPhone 13 series, Apple is expected to bring the larger sensor on offer by the iPhone 12 Pro Max to lower-end models. So what could Apple do in 2022? Well, we’re not quite sure yet.
It’s entirely possible that Apple could bring more cameras to the iPhone 14 series. Some smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung, have brought quad camera systems to their high-end phones. We could see Apple do the same. Perhaps it will bring a third camera to the lower-end iPhone 14 devices, and a fourth to the Pro model.
iPhone 14 pricing and release date
We don’t even have an iPhone 13, so it will likely be over a year before we see the iPhone 14. Apple usually unveils new iPhone models around September, and we don’t expect that to change any time soon. So, the series could be released in September 2022.
But what about pricing? Well, if Apple does do away with the “Mini” device, and keeps the pricing of the standard phone, then we could have an iPhone for every $100 increment from $800 to $1,100. In other words, the iPhone 14 could cost $800, the iPhone 14 Max $900, the iPhone 14 Pro $1,000, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max $1,100. We’ll have to see if that ends up being the case though — these prices are based solely on speculation.
It’s not a good idea to fast-forward through the Marvel intro sequence, especially when it comes to the MCU TV shows available on Disney+. You never know what Marvel will do with it since the intro can be a great place for sneaky Easter eggs. The Loki finale intro is the best example of that. If Loki represents your introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then the intro is just an old song with a bunch of nonsensical dialogue on top of it. But if you’re a Marvel fan who has seen all the movies and shows, then you’ll recognize the song and all the lines that are spoken.
Someone went ahead and synced the Loki finale intro with the scenes from the Marvel movies where those iconic Avengers lines first appeared. And the result is glorious.
Amazon's big Prime Day sale was unbelievable last month. The retailer offered more than 2 million different deals available to Prime members around the world. And shockingly, several of the most popular products we covered are still discounted right now. That's pretty surprising considering Prime Day 2021 was over a month ago.
Prime Day 2021 was obviously huge for Amazon device deals so far. Nearly every single popular Amazon-branded hardware product was on sale with a deep discount. Needless to say, all of the company's hottest Fire TV devices were discounted as well. Unfortunately, all of those great deals disappeared when Prime Day came to an end. That means you missed out if you didn't take advantage earlier this week.
Thankfully, we have some great news if you missed out. A surprise sale popped up on the #1 best-selling item from Prime Day 2021, according to Amazon.
The $50 Fire TV Stick 4K is available right now for $39.99. That means Amazon's most powerful streaming media dongle ever is on sale for the same price as the cheaper Fire TV Stick. You would have to be nuts to buy the FHD model when you can get 4K and HDR for the same price. The discount isn't quite as deep as the one we saw during Prime Day, but it's probably the best price we're going to see for quite a while. If you're looking to add streaming apps to a "dumb" TV or you're sick and tired of the terrible proprietary interface that's built into your smart TV, this is an awesome way to save some money on one of the best streaming devices out there right now.
The Echo Show line of smart displays is perfect for those who want a little more from Alexa. Now in its second generation, the Echo Show 8 sits in between the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 10 in terms of both size and price. It offers the same overall design and features as the Echo Show 5 but with a bit more screen real-estate -- so there's more room for activities.
At $130, the device is quite a bit more expensive than the Echo Show 5. But that extra screen can seriously come in handy. Should you buy the new Amazon Echo Show 8, or save your cash? I've been using the Echo Show 8 for a while now to find out.
The Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 offer a similar design, and it's distinctly different than that of the Echo Show 10. It's generally wedge-shaped, with a fabric covering on the back of the device, and an 8-inch display on the front.
The device in general measures 7.9 inches wide, 5.4 inches tall, and 3.9 inches deep. Despite being larger than the Echo Show 5, it's still compact enough to reside on most desks or tables without being too intrusive.
On the top of the Echo Show 8 is where you'll get the controls for it. There are two buttons for volume, and a microphone mute button. There's also a slider to physically cover the camera, in case you're worried about privacy. It's a nice touch.
The device is available in two colors -- "Charcoal," and "Glacier White." We're reviewing the Charocal model, which I like better than the Glacier White option.
Generally speaking, the device isn't the most exciting tech product out there, but it should look fine in any home. It doesn't draw too much attention to itself, and some may find it a little boring, but it still looks fine.
Amazon Echo Show 8 display
The display on the Echo Show 5 did the job but generally left a little to be desired. So how does the Echo Show 8 stack up? Well, it's more of the same. The display has a higher resolution, but given the larger size, the actual pixel density is lower. Generally, I found that it looked about as crisp as that on the Echo Show 5.
What is nice, however, is the fact that it's larger. The Echo Show 5's display was a little too compact for me, and I find that the extra space on the Echo Show 8 is really handy for things like video calls and watching videos. If you don't plan on using your Echo Show to do those things, then the smaller display will be fine for you.
Amazon Echo Show 8 audio and camera
The Echo Show 8 offers both larger speakers and a higher-resolution camera -- so theoretically, it should deliver both better audio and better video. Thankfully, it does. In fact, the overall listening experience on this speaker is actually pretty great.
The speaker generally offers good bass response, with more than enough oomph for kick drums and bass guitars. It's definitely a bass-heavy sound, but I found that most of the time it didn't go over the top. Detail is fine for a speaker in this price range, but again, don't expect audiophile-level audio. You can also adjust the EQ in the Alexa app, if you so choose, which is a nice touch.
The camera quality is much better on the Echo Show 8 than both the previous-gen model, and the Echo Show 5. The device has a 13-megapixel camera that can be used for video calling or to see a view of the room it's in. Details are decently crisp, and the camera also has a wider angle, so you can see more. It's no 4K camera, but it definitely does the trick -- and relatively well.
Amazon Echo Show 8 smart features and interface
The Amazon Echo Show 8 offers a number of smart features that make it a good addition to any Alexa-powered smart home.
Chief among those, of course, is Alexa. As usual, you can use Alexa here to find out information from the web, control your smart home devices, and so. With the display, you'll get even more info. Ask about the weather, and you can see a forecast for the week. Ask to see feeds from your cameras, and they'll show up on the display. And so on.
The interface allows for other controls too. With a swipe, you can see and control your smart home devices without having to say a word. And, when you're not doing anything, you'll get a nice look at your photos and the time.
You can also use your smart display to watch movies and TV shows. The display supports Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu, but many others aren't supported. YouTube videos open up in a browser, so you can at least watch them even if there isn't a native app.
The interface in general is pretty easy to navigate. Amazon updated the software on Echo Show devices earlier this year. You can swipe down from the top of the interface to control brightness and access settings. Or, swipe from the right to access other controls, like smart home controls, videos, alarms, and more. You'll get used to it pretty much immediately.
Amazon Echo Show 8 performance
One of the Echo Show 5's weak points is the fact that it responds relatively slowly to input. The Echo Show 8 has a slightly better processor, but I still found that it was a little slow to react. It's a little frustrating, but you'll get used to it -- it never froze or stopped reacting altogether.
The Amazon Echo Show 8 is an excellent compromise between the too-small Echo Show 5, and the too-expensive Echo Show 10. It's not a groundbreaking device, but it doesn't need to be. If your smart home is in Amazon's ecosystem, then the device is well-worth buying.
The main competition to the Echo Show 8 comes from Amazon itself. If you are on a budget and don't anticipate using your device for watching videos or video chatting, then the Echo Show 5 may still do the trick. Alternatively, if you want all the bells and whistles, the Echo Show 10 is worth considering. I think the Echo Show 8 offers better value-for-money though.
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency interest has been at an all-time high this year. Bitcoin reached a record of over $64,000 a few months ago before plunging more than 50%. The world’s most popular coin has recovered to just under $40,000 in the early hours of Monday, after a massive overnight rally. Bitcoin hasn’t just caught the interest of more retail investors this year. Corporations are paying attention to bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency space. Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX own bitcoin. PayPal supports several digital tokens and lets people pay for goods online with their crypto balances. That’s why it’s not surprising to hear that the world’s largest retailer has been working on bringing bitcoin payments to its platform. Amazon reportedly plans to support bitcoin by the end of the year. And it could turn out to be a big Black Friday surprise for Amazon shoppers.
If you're bummed out that the weekend is over, we've got just the thing to cheer you up. The start of a new week also means plenty of awesome new daily deals to check out! We've got so many spectacular deals to cover in Monday's roundup, so let's get right to it. Here are some highlights we want to showcase:
The Echo Auto, which adds hands-free Alexa to any car, for $19.99 instead of $50 if you pick up a refurb before they sell out
The newest smart lock lineup from Anker's smart home brand eufy is called the eufy Security Smart Lock Touch. This awesome model is easily the most stylish option that we have come across in years of testing smart locks. Just take one look and you'll agree. Equally as important, however, is the fact that Anker's eufy brand values function just as much as form. This lock also happens to be among the most feature-rich models we've ever tested. It offers four different unlock methods including our favorite: Fingerprint unlock. That's right, you can unlock your front door in an instant. That's because it uses the same tech you use to unlock your smartphone!
We're all big fans of this smart lock here at BGR Deals. But there was always one problem that kept the original model from being perfect. The good news is that eufy has solved that problem and created a lock that is as close to perfect as we've ever seen. Also, it's on sale right now with a discount!
As we mentioned, we seriously love the eufy Security Smart Lock Touch. It retails for $200 (though it's on sale right now at Amazon for just $154.99) and it is awesome. It has a gorgeous design and sturdy construction. Plus, this smart lock by Anker's smart home brand eufy is one of the most feature-rich models out there. With eufy's Smart Lock Touch, you can unlock your door in four different ways. Our favorite one by far allows you to unlock your door with a quick fingerprint scan. It works so quickly and it lets you unlock your door in the most natural way possible. You don't have to mess with keys or even your smartphone.
How cool is that?!
Nearly everything about the Smart Lock Touch is great. But there was one problem we have with it. Locking and unlocking it remotely requires a separate Wi-Fi bridge. Now, however, eufy has released a brand new model that finally solves this problem.
The newer version of this awesome smart lock is called the eufy Security Smart Lock Touch & Wi-Fi. As the name suggests, this new model is exactly like the earlier version that we love so much in terms of both design and functionality. The only difference, of course, is that Wi-Fi is now built right into the lock itself so you don't have to worry about buying another piece of hardware.
We have no doubt whatsoever that this lock is as close to perfection as you'll find. It's currently back in stock after having sold out recently — and it's on sale with a discount. Don't miss out!
The wide selection of available smartphone accessories out there is a mixed bag. All those options for high-quality accessories are great, of course. But there are so many different choices out there that people often have trouble making decisions. Needless to say, we're here to help you narrow things down to the very best products.
People often choose pricey gadgets thinking that the high cost equates to quality. But that's definitely not always the case. Here, we've rounded up five extremely popular smartphone accessories that everyone should have. Best of all, each one costs just $20 or less!
The BGR Deals team dug through the deepest depths of Amazon. In doing so, we came up with five great smartphone accessories that everyone out there should have. Don't worry about breaking the bank, however. Every single one of the must-have accessories here is shockingly affordable. Examples include the lightning-fast Yootech 10W fast wireless charging pad that's only $11.87 despite having 80,000 5-star ratings. You should also pick up this $11 dual-port car charger that's one of the most compact options we've ever seen.
Every smartphone user obviously needs a good pair of Bluetooth headphones. But you don't need to spend hundreds on Bose or Apple headphones to get a pair with great sound and impressive battery life. Check out the iJoy Matte Finish Premium Wireless Headphones while they're discounted at Amazon. They have almost 30,000 5-star ratings, yet they're on sale for just $16.99! You should also definitely pick up an Amazon Basics dual-port USB charger for just $13.35.
Then, last but certainly not least, we have the best-selling Echo Auto. It connects to your smartphone and adds hands-free Alexa to just about any car. It retails for $50, but Amazon has refurbs on sale right now for just $19.99!
Check out all five of these must-have smartphone accessories down below.
Amazon Echo Auto (Certified Refurbished)
Amazon's Echo Auto gives you access to all the great Alexa skills you love and use in your home, and it's all hands-free
You can also take advantage of Alexa skills that are perfect for when you're driving, like playing music, listening to an Audible book, checking your calendar, finding a nearby restaurant or other business, and making calls.
Echo Auto has 8 different microphones to ensure that your voice commands are heard over road noise and your radio.
Works through your car speakers and connects to your smartphone for data, so you don't need to pay for a wireless plan.
Echo Auto connects to the Alexa app on your smartphone and can connect to your car speakers using an auxiliary input or your phone's Bluetooth connection.
Head over to Amazon right now and you won't find very many Instant Pot deals to speak of. That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise since Prime Day 2021 is long gone. The Instant Pot deals that are available right now are pretty impressive, however. One of our favorite bargains you can currently find at Amazon is a sale that gets you the #1 best-selling Instant Pot Duo Mini for under $64, which is a solid value. You can also save $30 on the Instant Pot Duo Plus, which is a perennial top-seller. And the Instant Pot Max has a $31 discount. This high-end model has built-in sous vide cooking and even a canning function. How awesome is that?!
Are you among the many millions of people out there who already have an Instant Pot? You might not plan on upgrading anytime soon, which makes sense since Instant Pots last forever. But there's still a terrific deal that you should check out right now at Amazon. The popular Mibote 93-Piece Accessory Set for Instant Pots adds all sorts of awesome new functionality to your Instant Pot. And you can pick one up today for just $26.99.
There are always big sales around this time of year at Amazon. And it goes without saying that they often include Instant Pot deals. That means tons of people out there probably now have new Instant Pots they've been enjoying. After all, Prime Day had some of the best Instant Pot deals we've ever seen.
It doesn't matter whether you're about to score a new Instant Pot or you have one you've been using for years. There's an awesome accessory kit you should check out that will completely transform your Instant Pot experience.
Instant Pots are awesome because of how incredibly versatile they are. With one device, you can cook so many different meals that span every type of cuisine. What you might now realize, however, is that there's a whole world of additional features you can add to any Instant Pot by purchasing something like the Mibote 93-Piece Accessory Set for Instant Pots.
With a whopping 3,200 5-star ratings on Amazon, Mibote's kit is among the highest-rated options we've come across. It packs a whopping 93 different pieces including racks, pans, baskets, molds, utensils, oven mitts, and more. This kit even comes with magnetic cheat sheets that you can stick to your refrigerator. That way, you can stop Googling the same things over and over again when you use your Instant Pot.
It doesn't matter if you're an Instant Pot newbie or a long-time Instant Pot owner looking to mix things up a bit. In either case, this accessory set will be the best $33 you spend all year. Well, unless you get one now that the retail price has dropped to $26.99. In that case, it'll be the best $27 you spend all year!
Apple hasn’t added Face ID to any MacBook or Mac model, despite launching its 3D face recognition system nearly four years ago. Face ID is a unique authentication solution in the industry, with only a handful of companies having tried to replicate it. Most Android vendors have focused on placing a fingerprint sensor under the display, a technology more readily available and easier to implement than 3D face recognition. Even Google abandoned its Face ID alternative after just a year of use. An insider says Apple will eventually add Face ID to all iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The upgrade could happen within the next two years.
Apple's new iPhone 12 lineup is officially the best-selling smartphone lineup on the planet, and that really shouldn't surprise anyone out there. These new iPhone models mark Apple's first big smartphone redesign since 2017 when the iPhone X first debuted. Not only do Apple's latest iPhones sport a new look, but it's also actually a fairly substantial redesign. With that in mind, it's not exactly a mystery why there's so much pent-up demand for the iPhone 12. Three years of nearly identical iPhones will have that effect. Now, iPhone 13 rumors say Apple's design will feature a few more differences.
The reception to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro so far has been superb. Apple fans routinely call them the best iPhones Apple has ever made. Every new iPhone is the best iPhone though, so that shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The big news is that Apple's iPhone 12 has tons of great new features in addition to a redesign. Of course, there's still one feature of the new iPhone's design that has been carried over from other recent iPhones. And some Apple fans aren't very happy about it.
During its latest quarterly earnings call, Netflix officially confirmed plans to bring video games to its service. Rumors about Netflix making games started spreading earlier this month after Bloomberg reported the company hired former EA and Facebook executive Mike Verdu to be the vice president of game development. Netflix eventually confirmed that report, and then revealed that it would soon start developing mobile games for subscribers. It's not really clear what Netflix's long-term plans are, but a new leak suggests it might involve teaming up with PlayStation.
Wireless speakers are all the rage. These days, there are dozens of AirPlay-enabled speakers out there that allow you to listen to music, podcasts, and more, straight from your iPhone. But they're not all created equal. Some offer an inexpensive, portable experience. Others sit firmly in the midrange. Others still offer a more premium feel -- like the Naim Mu-so Qb, which is now in its second generation.
Naim Audio may not be as much of a household name as the likes of Sonos, but that has more to do with price-point than quality. The second-generation Mu-so Qb starts at $700 -- which isn't cheap.
But is it worth it? Yeah. The Naim Mu-so Qb is a thing of luxury.
The Naim Mu-so Qb is a thing of luxury -- and part of that is also being a thing of beauty. It looks unlike most wireless speakers these days. I've actually been pleasantly surprised by speaker designs lately. There was once a time when they were pretty much all black or gray cylindars. These days, however, we have globe-shaped speakers, puck-shaped speakers, and in the case of the Mu-so Qb, cube-shaped speakers.
But the device isn't a boring cube. What boring cube do you know of that has a glass base? It's more of a...beautiful cube. It has a nice gray fabric covering around its front and sides, with a panel for connections on the back. On the top is where you'll get all the controls, which we'll get into in the next section. Speaking of connections, there are more than enough for most here. You'll get a USB port for audio playback, an ethernet port, an aux port, and an optical port.
There are also a few lights around the speaker that help make it a little more premium. There's a ring of lights in the volume right, and a light on the bottom of the speaker for the Naim logo. It's a good look.
Setting the speaker up is mostly easy. You'll download and open the Naim app, and follow the on-screen instructions to set the device up. Some of the setup process does seem a little strange -- like the fact that the speaker installed a firmware update halfway through the process and required you to start again after it was installed. But barring things like that, it's a pretty intuitive process.
Naim Mu-so Qb features
The Naim Mu-so Qb speaker integrates into a range of different setups.
Let's start with the controls on the speaker -- they're awesome. The control panel on the top of the device is basically a touch screen with white controls. It works excellently. Often, speakers like this aren't super responsive, but the Naim Mu-so Qb's controls light up when you approach, and immediately react when you do something. Around the touch surface is a ring that you can turn to control volume. Again, it's extremely intuitive and works very well.
Even better than the actual controls is the fact that you can use so many services with the speaker. It supports both Google Cast and Apple's AirPlay 2, but it also supports Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, and Tidal. That's not even to mention the physical ports on the device.
The only missing feature compared to, say, a Sonos speaker is the inclusion of an actual on-device assistant. Sonos allows you to use either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa on your Sonos speaker, and that can come in handy for those who don't want to have to stream from their phone all the time.
The Naim app is a little hit-and-miss, though that won't really matter for those who plan on using AirPlay or Google Cast anyway. It's a little buggy, but it isn't badly designed. You can use the app to control your locally stored music, but you can also use it to control internet radio stations, connect Spotify, and more.
Main Mu-so Qb sound
Perhaps more important than anything we've talked about so far is how the Naim Mu-so Qb sounds. Thankfully, it sounds awesome. It's relatively neutral, with excellent instrument separation and tons of detail in the high-end. Basically, it sounds as good as it looks.
The bass, for starters, offers plenty of oomph. The doesn't go over the top in bass response, making for plenty of punch without muddying the sound at all. The bass is definitely very rich, especially for a speaker in this price range. Tracks like AC/DC's Back in Black get plenty more kick than they do naturally, which again, I quite like for casual listening.
The mid-range frequencies are very well-tuned, giving things like vocals and guitars plenty of oomph. Sometimes, speakers like this can offer a more scooped sound, but the Naim Mu-so Qb avoids that.
One of the best things about the speaker is how great it sounds in the high-end. As mentioned, there's tons of detail. Instrument clarity is very well-handled, helping ensure that you can easily hear everything that's going on in a track. It's really quite a remarkable experience for a speaker in this price range.
I wasn't surprised that the second-gen Naim Mu-so Qb offered excellent audio quality, but I'm glad it's this good. If you can afford a speaker in this price range and want a great listening experience, this is the way to go.
I'll say it again: The Naim Mu-so Qb is a thing of luxury. Do you need it? No -- and if you're strapped for cash, there are other speakers to buy instead. But if you can afford a $700 speaker and want something that looks and feels premium, this speaker is the way to go.
Most of the competition to the Naim Mu-So Qb 2nd generation comes in the form of either cheaper or more expensive speakers. The most obvious is the Sonos Five, which is relatively large, but quite as well-designed, and doesn't sound quite as detailed. Alternatively, you could go for something from Bowers & Wilkins, which also offers AirPlay-compatible speakers. If, however, you have $900 or so to spend on a speaker, the Naim Mu-So Qb second-generation is the speaker for you.
The next generation of Windows is coming. After leaks and rumors, Microsoft finally announced Windows 11 at a dedicated event in June, following a full leak of a developer build. The new operating system boasts a number of design changes, things like support for Android apps, and more.
Currently, the operating system is only available as part of a Preview, which is targeted at developers. You can download the Windows 11 Preview by signing up to Microsoft’s Windows Insider program, but generally, most should just wait for the consumer release.
Of course, you might be curious as to when you can get your hands on Windows 11 for yourself. Or, exactly what’s new in the operating system. Here’s everything you need to know about Microsoft’s next operating system.
The best new features in Windows 11
Windows 11 offers a ton of great new features that could completely change your Windows experience. Here are some of our favorite features on offer.
Before you dive into any technical features, you’re likely to notice visual changes to the operating system. Perhaps the most immediately obvious is the fact that the Start Menu and Task Bar are now in the middle of the display — meaning that they’ll be easier to access, particularly on ultrawide displays. If you don’t like the change, you can move the Star Menu and Task Bar back to the left of display.
The change brings Windows a little more in line with macOS and ChromeOS.
There are other visual changes to the operating system too. For example, Microsoft is making translucent windows fashionable again, and it’s rounding window corners.
Android app support
Apple allowed iOS apps to work on macOS, and now Microsoft is making a similar change — by bringing Android apps to Windows 11. But the way Microsoft is doing this is a little strange — it has partnered with Amazon to bring the Amazon Appstore inside the newly revamped Microsoft Store. In other words, you’ll be limited in the Android apps that you can actually install on your computer. Thankfully, Windows 11 does allow sideloading Android apps.
The Microsoft Store
Speaking of apps, the way you can get Windows apps is changing too — with the new Microsoft Store. The Microsoft Store offers an all-new design, plus it will allow all developers to upload win32 versions of their apps. Developers will also have the option to choose their own payment system — so they won’t be locked into Microsoft’s, from which Microsoft naturally takes a cut.
Widgets kind of failed on Windows Vista, but Microsoft thinks it has cracked the code — and is reintroducing them in Windows 11. The operating system offers a new widget panel with options for a to-do life, weather, calendar, and others. It’s pretty similar to how widgets work on macOS.
Windows has always made organizing app windows pretty easy, but Windows 11 will make it even easier. In Windows 11, you’ll be able to snap windows in all kinds of arrangements, and even create your own custom arrangements. You’ll do this by hovering over the Maximize button.
Larger touch targets
Apple refuses to support touch on macOS, but Microsoft is adopting touch with open arms. Windows 11 will offer larger touch targets that make it easier to resize windows. And, there’s a smaller keyboard built specifically for touch that can sit in the corner of your screen. We’ll have to wait and see if this change truly makes Windows 11 a touch-friendly operating system.
The PC has always been a dominant gaming platform, and Microsoft is using its experience with Xbox to make PC gaming even better. The company is bringing the DirectStorage API to the PC, allowing your computer to load game data right into your GPU’s memory. Another new feature is Auto HDR, which allows games created with DirectX 11 or later to automatically upgrade using SDR to a much more vibrant HDR standard. Games that do this probably won’t quite looks as spectacular as those built with HDR in mind, but it will certainly make for a more vibrant experience.
Last but not least, the Xbox app will come pre-installed in Windows 11. This will allow you to access your Xbox library on your PC, and play games with your Game Pass subscription.
Should I install Windows 11?
As mentioned, Windows 11 isn’t yet ready for a consumer release. Instead, it’s currently going through a beta, called Windows 11 Preview. Anyone that’s part of the Windows Insider program, with a compatible PC, can download the software — however not anyone should. You should only install a Preview on your computer if you’re tech-savvy, and preferably a developer. That’s because a beta build could cause your computer to act in unexpected ways — and it could even render your PC useless.
Once the operating system releases to the public, it’s well worth installing, as long as you have a compatible computer.
Which computers support Windows 11?
There’s no official list of computers that support Windows 11 — given the fact that there are tons of PC models that support it, and you may have built your own PC. But there are ways to check if your PC is compatible. Microsoft has provided a free PC Health Check app that can check if your computer is compatible with Windows 11. To download it, head to Microsoft’s Windows 11 page. Once it’s installed, hit the “Check Now” button to see if your computer can run Windows 11.
For reference, the minimum requirements for the update can be found below.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
Display: Greater than 9 inches with HD Resolution (720p).
Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup of Windows 11 Home.
When will Windows 11 be released?
The Windows 11 Preview is now available to developers, meaning that we’re well and truly moving towards a consumer release. Officially, all we know is that the update will be released later this year — but Microsoft promotional material notes that the new operating system may be released in October. According to a report from The Verge, during the Windows 11 release event, a Microsoft Teams message read “excited to turn it up to 11…can’t wait for October!” Not only that but many of Microsoft’s press images for the operating system show the date October 20.
We’ll have to wait and see if October 20 ends up being the official Windows 11 release date.
How to install Windows 11
As mentioned, the update is currently only available in beta form, meaning that installing it isn’t as easy as just checking for an update. To install the Windows 11 Preview, follow the instructions below.
Check that your computer is compatible with Windows 11. Remember that you will need a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 chip — so simply owning a powerful PC isn’t necessarily enough. To check, download the PC Health Check app.
Install the Windows Insider Program by heading to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. You’ll need to choose a channel if this is your first time — and to try Windows 11, you’ll need to choose the “Dev Channel” option. When the Beta Channel offers Windows 11, it will be more stable.
That’s it! Your computer will download and install Windows 11.
Microsoft surprised fans a few weeks ago with the Windows version we thought we’d never get. After several years of Windows 10, we’re finally moving up a digit to Windows 11. The new operating system isn’t just a cosmetic upgrade that brings over a new paint job. Microsoft has developed several new features for the latest release that make it a notable upgrade.
Windows 11 is available right away in beta form. You can download and install it on a supported machine after signing up for the Insider program that Microsoft runs. Getting Windows 11 in any other way is ill-advised though, because unofficial Windows 11 installers available for download on the internet can contain dangerous malware.
The final week of the month is a pretty big one for Netflix. For the week of July 25th, Netflix is adding new seasons of original shows Glow Up, Outer Banks, and Too Hot to Handle. We're also getting Transformers: War for Cybertron: Kingdom, which is the final entry in the film trilogy. For licensed content, The Walking Dead season 10 and The Flash season 7 are joining the library.
We sincerely hope that you have a nice, relaxing Sunday planned today. We also hope that you take advantage of these 10 incredible deals before you get to all that rest and relaxation. Here are our favorite bargains on Sunday:
The Echo Auto that adds hands-free Alexa to your car for $19.99 instead of $50 when you get a refurb
Apple's insanely popular AirPods Pro for $189.99, Amazon's lowest price of 2021
Amazon's AirPods Pro rival Echo Buds with Alexa on sale for just $89.99 — $100 less than discounted AirPods Pro!
Writer Miles Klee made me laugh on Friday, when he lamented in an exasperated tweet how he wished he could open Twitter without seeing “(expletive) Ted Lasso propaganda” every two minutes. You can’t really blame him, though. Friday was the release day for Ted Lasso Season 2. That shamelessly feel-good, heart-on-its-sleeve Apple TV+ show, the one that scored an impossibly long series of awards and an Emmy record for the most nominated freshman comedy ever. The series that also happens to be the best thing, bar none, on Apple’s Netflix-like streaming service. It’s now returned, to a flood of fawning publicity, with one new episode a week for the next 11 weeks. To make grumps or believers out of us all.
We’re still reeling from Loki, trying to figure out where we stand in the MCU now that we’re on a short break. Loki laid the ground rules for the multiverse, a concept that Marvel will explore thoroughly in at least three upcoming titles. That’s the What If…? animated TV series, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But as we’ve been discussing the massive Loki revelations and what they mean for the MCU and films like Avengers: Endgame, other exciting Marvel rumors have appeared. Several sources claim that a beloved Marvel villain is about to debut/return to the MCU this year in Hawkeye. Before you read any further, note that big spoilers follow below.
The Mother of Dragons has a major new project lined up. Emilia Clarke, who of course rocketed to fame as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's Game of Thrones, has confirmed she's set to star in Marvel's upcoming Secret Invasion series, which will air on Disney+.
Beyond that, though, don't ask her too many other questions about what her role or the new show will entail. She is ... let's just say, a little nervous about the attendant secrecy that comes with taking on a Marvel project. In fact, she joked with Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on his show that she thinks Marvel has someone parked outside her house. This is presumably so she doesn't engage in the kind of secret-spilling tomfoolery that a Marvel star like Tom Holland is known for.
The summer is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, but that’s not entirely good news. We’ve witnessed unusual weather phenomenons around the world in the past few weeks that reinforce the obvious. Climate change is real. As a result, weather apps are more critical than ever. You should check the ones you’ve got installed on your iPhone or Android for guidance regularly before going outside. Unlike some of its competitors, the award-winning weather app Carrot Weather has a somewhat scary new feature. The app will tell you if the heat outside will kill you via the brand new wet bulb readings.
When Apple announced the Foundation TV show for Apple TV+ a few years ago, it was clear that it would be the company’s most ambitious original series for streaming. Done right, the sci-fi story based on Isaac Asimov’s novels could become an amazing show. It could rival fantasy shows like Game of Thrones. But Foundation isn’t easy to adapt for the big or little screen. Addressing the new Apple TV+ show, Foundation head writer and showrunner David Goyer explained how he’s making it work. He also revealed the one-sentence pitch that helped him sell Foundation to Apple.
The Apple Watch has completely changed the wearable world. Sure, there were smartwatches before the Apple Watch, but none as impactful, influential, and well-implemented. The Apple Watch Series 6 was Apple’s best effort yet. Rumors indicate that Apple will take things to the next level with the Apple Watch Series 7.
Traditionally, Apple launched a redesign for its iPhone and Apple Watch every three years. For the Apple Watch, this is the year. As a result, we’re expecting the Apple Watch Series 7 to bring a number of changes.
Excited for the Apple Watch Series 7? Or just want to learn more about the upcoming smartwatch? Here’s everything we know about Apple's next smartwatch so far.
Apple Watch Series 7 design
As mentioned, Apple brings a redesign to its mobile devices every three years — and this is the year for the Apple Watch. Rumors indicate that the device will get a flat-edged design that brings it more in line with the iPhone, higher-end iPad, and iMac.
This has been corroborated by serial leaker Jon Prosser. Prosser claims to have seen renders of the upcoming device, and has created his own images based on those renders. Prosser also says that the device will come in a series of colors and that there may be smaller bezels around the display than previous-generation Apple Watches.
Bloomberg’s Mark German agrees with this speculation, saying that the Apple Watch Series 7 will sport thinner bezels and that Apple has been testing a new “lamination technique” that will bring the display closer to the top cover of the Apple Watch. Gurman’s sources also note that the watch may be “slightly thicker,” but that it won’t be a noticeable difference. If it means a larger battery, we’re completely fine with that trade-off.
Apple Watch Series 7 health tracking
Apple has emphasized health tracking on the Apple Watch since its release, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon. The device will sport the same fitness-tracking features as on the Series 6, but it may add some new ones too. Chief among those could be blood glucose monitoring.
Rumors about blood glucose monitoring on the Apple Watch have been swirling for a few years now. It’s clear that Apple is working on bringing that tech to the Watch. But there are conflicting rumors as to whether it will be on the Series 7. A report from ETNews notes that blood glucose monitoring will be a standout feature of the Apple Watch Series 7, however, a newer report from Bloomberg instead suggests that the tech may not be ready for the Series 7.
Some rumors have been hinting at the idea that Apple might be working on blood pressure monitoring as well. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has a sensor for blood pressure monitoring, so it wouldn’t be that surprising to see it — especially given the fact that we’ve seen related patents from Apple.
Apple Watch Series 7 specs
The Apple Watch is already an incredibly functional smartwatch, and it takes years for the device to slow down and not be able to handle new software updates. Like in previous years, the Apple Watch Series 7 will likely get a spec-bump that makes it even more capable, and able to keep up with watchOS 8 and other related features from Apple.
Some rumors, like a report from DigiTimes, suggest that the new S7 chip will support a new double-sided System in Package (or SiP), which could give the device a serious battery life boost. We don’t really expect the battery to be larger, though.
Apple Watch Series 7 price and availability
The device is expected to be released at around the same time as previous Apple Watch models. That’s to say, Apple will likely announce the device sometime around mid-September. Usually, Apple’s keynotes are on a Tuesday.
When it comes to pricing, the device will probably be a similar price as previous-generation models. In other words, it will start at around $399 for the entry-level 40mm model, or $429 for the 44mm model.
Bad actors on the internet are constantly finding new ways to send us spam. The emails, the phone calls, the texts -- it's impossible to avoid spam. If it can be used to communicate with others, someone will use it to spam you. One of the most obscure methods of spam is Google Drive spam, and although it isn't quite as irritating as many other forms of spam, it has been enough of a problem that Google felt the need to address it back in 2019.
Thankfully, at long last, Google has a solution. On Google's Workspace blog this week, the company revealed that a tool to combat Drive spam is currently rolling out. Announced back in May, Google is giving Drive users the ability to block other users.
There are so many fantastic deals on Amazon this weekend. We sifted through them all to find the very best ones. After all, you should be relaxing this weekend, not digging for discounts! Here are the 10 best deals we can find right now:
The Echo Auto that adds hands-free Alexa to your car for $19.99 instead of $50 when you get a refurb
Most people rely on their smartphones for photos and videos. Thanks to the various advancements from smartphone vendors each year, there’s almost no point in getting a point-and-shoot camera. But smartphone cameras have become increasingly large and more prone to accidental damage. The smartphones that deliver excellent photo quality have more than one camera on the back. Those phones also have significant camera protrusions (or "bumps"). That’s the compromise smartphone vendors have to make to improve camera performance. These developments can increase the risk of damage. That’s why Corning made its new Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ lens covers.
After several false starts, it seems like we finally have a firm grasp on when we can expect to see the AirPods 3 release. While reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said we can expect to see new AirPods during the first half of 2021, it appears that the release date has been pushed back ever so slightly. According to supply chain sources cited by Digitimes, Apple will release its next-gen pair of AirPods this coming September. Putting two and two together, AirPods 3 will likely be introduced alongside Apple's iPhone 13.
It's worth noting that Digitimes doesn't always have a solid track record with respect to these types of Apple rumors. Still, the report aligns nicely with similar rumblings we've seen in recent weeks. What's more, with WWDC now behind us, it only makes sense for Apple to release new AirPods at a special media event as opposed to announcing them via a press release with little to no fanfare.
We thought we knew everything there was to know about the iPhone 13, but a new leak suggests otherwise. A report out of China (via MacRumors) claims that the iPhone 13 will support charging speeds of up to 25W. The iPhone 12 only supports 20W charging, so this would be a marked upgrade. Apple's website says that the iPhone 12 models are fast-charge capable "with 20W adapter or higher," but you won't actually get faster speeds from anything over 20W.
It should really go without saying that smart plugs are essential tech in any smart home. They also happen to provide what is by far the easiest way to add smart features to any dumb device. It couldn't be any easier to set up a smart plug. Once you do, you can control so many different "dumb" devices with your iPhone, Android. You can even your voice thanks to integration with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.
We should note that our readers' #1 favorite smart plugs happen to be on sale right now at the lowest price of all time. With that in mind, it's the perfect time to see what all the fuss is about. Are you new to the smart home space? This is the best way to start your smart home journey. Head over to Amazon and you'll find TP-Link Kasa mini Wi-Fi smart plugs for just $6 each when you buy a 4-pack. These Kasa smart plugs typically retail for $12-$15 apiece, so this is a fantastic value!
TP-Link's deep discount is a deal you definitely don't want to miss. But there's one common scenario that these smart plugs actually aren't that great for. What happens if you want to control two or three different devices that are all in the same area of a room? That's where something like the TP-Link Kasa KP303 Smart Plug Power Strip comes in, and it's down to $22.79 right now thanks to a discount at Amazon.
This Kasa surge protector has not one, not two, but three different smart outlets that are all built into one sleek and compact power strip. Control each outlet independently with the free Kasa smartphone app on your iPhone or Android. This power strip also supports voice commands with either Alexa or Google Assistant. The setup is quick and easy, and everyone knows TP-Link makes high-quality products. That's why more than 3,400 Amazon shoppers have already given this awesome surge protector a 5-star rating.
There's another great feature on this model as well, and it's the fact that the Kasa KP303 has two USB power ports in addition to the four standard AC electrical outlets. That means you can charge another two smartphones, tablets, eBook readers, and plenty more without having to unplug anything. You cannot control the USB power ports with a smartphone or your voice like the regular power outlets. But there isn't much use for smart USB power ports anyway. Why would you want to stop charging your cell phone with a voice command?
Valve announced its own Switch-like console last week. Preorders for Valve's Steam Deck officially opened last Friday. The device appears to be a big hit for Valve, as the console is sold out well into the second half of 2022. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Valve isn’t charging buyers full price for the Steam Deck they’ve registered for. You only have to pay $5 to reserve your spot in line for one of the three Steam Deck models. You can change your mind at any time and get a refund. But there’s a new surprise development concerning Steam Deck hardware. You might be able to replace the SSD yourself.
Countless people out there have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night. There are a million different possibilities for the root cause, but the issue might be your mattress. That said, there's a very good chance that you won't need to spend $1,000+ on a fancy new mattress. There are easier, less expensive ways to address the problem. You should definitely consider trying to revitalize your current mattress first because you can do it for next to nothing.
There's a great sale right now at Amazon on the top-rated Oaskys Plush Mattress Topper with Down Alternative Fill. This best-selling pillow top mattress cover has nearly 35,000 5-star ratings. Plus, it checks every box you could possibly want to check. It's hypoallergenic, it's incredibly comfy, it's easy to wash, and it takes just seconds to put it on any mattress. This perennial best-seller happens to be on sale right now for as little as $33.95 instead of the regular price. Full retail ranges from $60 to $90 depending on which size you need.
This is a fantastic deal, but it might not be around for much longer.
There are numerous studies out there that have found that millions of Americans suffer from some type of sleep problem. And it's all too easy to turn to sleeping pills as a solution. That's obviously not ideal. As a matter of fact, many doctors say sleeping pills or even Benedryl can still become a problem. We recently read several expert opinions stating that using antihistamines like Benadryl as a sleep aid is actually just for you as bad as not getting enough sleep to begin with.
Quality sleep is believed to be crucial for your health and energy levels, and some situations really do warrant medication. But more often than you might think, environmental issues are to blame when you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. That could mean noises in or around the home are the problem and good earplugs are all you need. Other times, however, it's your worn-out old mattress that's the culprit.
Want to give yourself the best shot at getting a good night's sleep? You should start with a mattress that's both supportive and comfortable. You also need a sleep surface that doesn't retain too much heat. Temperature issues can definitely wake you up at night. But before you run out and spend a ton of cash replacing your current mattress, you might be excited to learn that there's an inexpensive way to get several more years of life out of it.
This beloved pillow-top is wonderfully plush and comfortable, yet it doesn't sleep too warm like many similar mattress covers. And if you don't want to take our word for it, how about the word of 31,000 Amazon reviewers who gave this mattress topper 5 stars?
It's a wonderfully comfortable pillow topper that fits any mattress like a glove and will make your old mattress so much more comfortable. Definitely check it out while it's on sale with deep discounts. The Queen size is down to $33.95 from its old retail price of $60. Then, the King is on sale for just $50.91 instead of $90!
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 gigabits of RAM. All you need is a new Apple notebook with Apple's incredible M-series chip. And prices actually start much lower than you might think!
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 $100.
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 brand new Apple M1 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 all-time low prices on both the 256GB model and the 512GB version, with discounts up to a whopping $200!
Searching for the fastest and most powerful Apple computers ever made? You now have 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 finally been released. These computers are all insanely powerful, and they're all very new to Apple's lineup. Despite how new they are though, Amazon already has some remarkably deep discounts.
Apple's new Mac mini is the only M1-powered desktop, and you'll be shocked at how affordable it is 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 new 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 ahead of the holidays last year. 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 $150 off. And if you want to bump your storage space up to 512GB you'll still save a whopping $199.01 thanks to a $150 discount and an extra $49.01 that's chopped off at checkout!
Both of those deals are new all-time low prices for Apple's new M1 MacBook Pro models. 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
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
An increasing number of reports claim that Apple is readying a massive iPad mini 6 launch this year. The smallest iPad in the company’s lineup will get the expected hardware refresh and a significant redesign. Rumors say the iPad Mini 6 will dump the home button just like the 2020 iPad Air. The device will feature a significantly larger display with a uniform bezel. The Touch ID sensor will be moved to the top button, also like last year’s Air. But a brand new report from Asia says the next-gen iPad mini will also deliver a massive display upgrade, the kind of screen only the most expensive iPad Pro has right now.
Amazon's tremendous online marketplace and its inconceivable nationwide distribution network are obviously both impressive. But it's possible that neither one is Amazon's crowning achievement at this point. Instead, it might actually be Alexa, which has become absolutely essential to countless millions of people out there. Everyone loves having Alexa in their homes. That's because there are endless "skills" that Amazon's virtual personal assistant can take care of for you. The problem for so many people, however, is what happens when they leave the house. They lose access to all their Echo speakers since Amazon doesn't make any portable Echo speakers anymore.
It should go without saying that Amazon is well aware of this limitation. That's exactly why the company created products like Echo Buds that give you access to Alexa on the go. Then there's the Echo Auto, which gives you hands-free access to Alexa in your car while you drive. And right now, Echo Auto is on sale with a massive discount if you pick up a certified refurb!
Alexa is no longer merely a luxury for so many people out there. Instead, Amazon's virtual personal assistant is a necessity these days. I can't even remember what life was like before I had Alexa doing my bidding. Alexa turns the lights on and off for me. It shows me who's at my front door thanks to a Ring Video Doorbell and an Echo Show. Plus, it makes my coffee in the morning and arms my alarm system at night. I'm so used to having the ability to speak commands to Alexa that I have definitely caught myself doing it once or twice when I wasn't even near an Echo speaker. Oops!
I really only have one problem with all this reliance on Alexa. It's the fact that Alexa isn't readily available once I leave my house. Or at least, that used to be the case. Thanks to one of Amazon's best Alexa smart devices, I don't have to worry anymore. It's called the Echo Auto, and it's basically an Echo Dot for your car. It gives you hands-free access to all the Alexa skills you love. Plus, it plays Alexa's voice or streaming music through my car's speakers.
This is a must-have for anyone who uses Alexa. And right now, it's on sale right now for just $19.99 instead of $50 if you get a refurbished model. That's a gigantic 60% discount and it's the lowest price we've seen in a long time. Don't miss out on this deal!
Amazon's Echo Auto gives you access to all the great Alexa skills you love and use in your home, and it's all hands-free
You can also take advantage of Alexa skills that are perfect for when you're driving, like playing music, listening to an Audible book, checking your calendar, finding a nearby restaurant or other business, and making calls.
Echo Auto has 8 different microphones to ensure that your voice commands are heard over road noise and your radio.
Works through your car speakers and connects to your smartphone for data, so you don't need to pay for a wireless plan.
Echo Auto connects to the Alexa app on your smartphone and can connect to your car speakers using an auxiliary input or your phone's Bluetooth connection.
A new stimulus check as part of a fourth wave of direct payments won't be coming from the federal government anytime soon. The kickoff of the federal child tax credit payments, which will deliver six monthly stimulus checks to Americans through December, pretty much ensures that. It's no doubt a tough political challenge to make a case for new stimulus checks when the country is already in the midst of... well, distributing checks, and will be doing so for several more months.
What's being sent out now is the result of chopping up the expanded federal child tax credit into six pieces -- this is what's coming as six separate checks. The slim-to-none chance of a fourth stimulus payment, though? That's just at the federal level. Check out what some states have taken it upon themselves to do in the meantime.
The home is getting smarter. Gone are the days when you had to “get up” and walk over to a “light switch” to turn on the lights. These days, with the right gear, you can simply use your voice or your phone to control your lights, and all kinds of other smart home devices. But it can be hard to find the best smart home devices, given how many products there are out there.
There are a number of things to consider before you buy a smart home product. For starters, you’ll want to make sure that whatever device you buy will fit within your smart home ecosystem — whether that be Apple’s HomeKit, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa. These days many products integrate with all three of those ecosystems.
Other things to consider depend on the kind of product you’re buying. Some products, like smart doorbells, are available in wired or battery-powered models. Others, like smart light bulbs, come in white or color models. And so on.
We’ve tested hundreds of smart home devices, across all kinds of categories, so that you don’t have to. Here are the best smart home devices out there right now.
Best smart light bulbs: Philips Hue
Pros: Works with huge range of ecosystems, responsive, easy to use
Cons: Higher upfront cost
Light bulbs are perhaps one of the most common smart products, and for good reason. They’re easy to install, and lighting is a big part of our day-to-day life. If you’re looking for the best smart lighting system, then you can’t beat Philips Hue.
When you first set up a Philips Hue system, you’ll need to get a Hue Bridge, which is a kind of hub that connects to all your Hue-compatible bulbs. This means there’s a slightly higher upfront cost, but that your lights will react to your instruction faster. Individual bulbs are often a little cheaper too.
Philips Hue lights work with HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant, plus there’s a super well-designed standalone app.
There are tons of light bulbs that work in the Philips Hue ecosystem. You'll find basic white light bulbs, color bulbs, light strips, outdoor lights, and more. There are even some switches that work with Hue. Just getting started? We recommend checking out the Philips Hue WhiteSmart Bulb Starter Kit, which comes with four white bulbs and a Hue hub.
Pros: Works with lots of smart home ecosystems, easy to use, works with old locks
Cons: A little bulky, expensive
Want to get a smart lock without having to replace all your keys? The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is the lock for you. This lock basically replaces the interior part of your existing lock. That means that you can keep using the keys you already have. The device works with HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant — plus there’s an app to make it super easy to lock and unlock.
The lock is a little chunky inside your home, but August has actually worked on that a lot. This model is 45% smaller than the previous generation one. And, it offers some great smart features as well, such as the ability to see a full history of locks and unlocks, create automations based on things like your location, and more. It’s available in Silver and Matte Black colors.
The Nest is the original smart thermostat, and it’s still the best option for most. As a result, it's easy to recommend as one of the best smart home devices. The device is now in its third generation and offers a sleek and stylish design, and the ability to learn your habits and automatically adjust accordingly.
One of the best things about the Nest Learning Thermostat is how simple it is to use. Its turn dial design basically allows you to control everything about the device, including the temperature in your home, and the thermostat’s settings. The device even works flawlessly in the Google Home app, and with Google Assistant. You can also integrate the device with Alexa, however there’s no HomeKit support.
The Nest Learning Thermostat also looks pretty great, and thanks to the fact that it’s available in a range of colors, it should fit right at home. The device is a little expensive, at $200, but if you want the best smart thermostat out there, it’s the way to go.
Ring pioneered the concept of the smart doorbell, and Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 proves why. The device not only looks great, but it also offers an excellent image quality, and a range of awesome features that should make the overall experience of using the device better.
The Video Doorbell Pro 2 is relatively small and compact, meaning that it should fit on most door frames. On the front, there’s an obvious button, and a camera to keep an eye on what’s happening outside your door.
The device offers some awesome smart features too. There’s motion detection, the ability to set motion zones, and support for two-way audio. That’s not to mention the integration with Alexa. Unfortunately there’s no integration with Google Assistant or Apple’s HomeKit here — so if your home is built on those ecosystems, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Looking for a solid, reliable security camera that you can use in your home? The Arlo Ultra 2 is probably the way to go. This camera is expensive, but with its 4K resolution, it should be able to capture an incredibly detailed image.
One of the best things about the Arlo Ultra 2 is the fact that it works with a range of smart home ecosystems. That includes Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s HomeKit — though you won’t get support for HomeKit Secure Video, and HomeKit only supports footage up to 1,080p.
It’s important to note that to use the Arlo Ultra 2, you will need an Arlo Smart Hub — unlike some of Arlo’s other cameras. That raises the upfront cost, but you can connect multiple cameras to the Smart Hub for an all-in-one security system. Arlo also offers en excellent app, and a range of smart features to make the overall experience even better.
Pros: Compact, easy to use, works with range of ecosystems
Cons: No energy monitoring
Belkin’s WeMo brand has been making great switches for a while now, and the newer Belkin Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a perfect example of why the WeMo range constantly makes lists of the best smart home devices. The plug is compact, well-designed, and works with all the major smart home ecosystems, including Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit.
For the uninitiated, smart switches basically plug into a power outlet, and allow users to control the power sent through them with their phone. That means that you can make certain old, dumb device, smart. The Wemo Smart Plug plugs into your power outlet, but there are some smart outlets that can be permanently installed instead.
One of the best things about the Wemo Smart Plug is just how compact it is. The device is small enough to still allow you to use a second outlet in a two-gang array, and it easily blends into the background.
Best smart power outlet: iDevices Smart Wall Outlet
Pros: Well-designed, looks like any other power outlet, works with range of ecosystems
A smart power outlet replaces your traditional outlet and gives it smarter control, making it blend in much better with its environment — just make sure to turn the power off when you install it, or better yet, get a professional to help you. The iDevices Smart Wall Outlet integrates with HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant, plus it has buttons on its face to control the power manually, and it looks great.
iDevices has done a great job at refining its app. At this point, it allows you to monitor exactly how much energy your plugged-in devices are using. As mentioned, it also works with whatever smart home ecosystem you choose. That means that you can control it with your voice, and in your preferred apps.
The downside to the iDevices Smart Wall Outlet? It’s a little expensive. The device comes at a pricey $89.95 from iDevices’ website, or up to $100 from other retailers.
Best smart light switch: TP-Link Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch
Pros: Easy to use, supports dimming, inexpensive
Cons: No HomeKit support
Smart light switches are a little more versatile than smart bulbs, and have long been included on lists of the best smart home devices. That’s because of the fact that with bulbs, if you or someone else turns them off at the switch, they’re rendered useless. That doesn’t happen with smart switches though. If you’re ready to replace your light switches, then we recommend the TP-Link Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch.
There are a few things that make this switch so versatile. For starters, it’s designed in a way that makes it easy to use. That’s to say, the face of it is a simple button, with smaller buttons at the top to control dimming.
The TP-Link Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch integrates with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but it doesn’t support HomeKit.
A smart smoke detector will alert you when things like smoke and carbon monoxide levels start rising, ensuring that you have an idea of what’s happening as soon as possible — even when you’re on holiday. The Google Nest Protect is the best of these right now, integrating into the Google Home app, and offering a design that should look great in your home.
At its core, the Nest Protect works like a normal smoke detector. It will sound a loud alarm if it detects smoke or carbon monoxide. That means that it can work with or without an internet connection. But when it’s connected, it can also send notifications to your phone. And, in the app, you can see a history of events.
It’s important to note that the Nest Protect doesn’t alert the fire department of any smoke it detects. You’ll still have to call them yourself. But the extra few seconds that the Protect does buy you may make a huge difference.
You won't even believe how many amazing deals can be found right now on Amazon. Among our readers, the best-seller this week has been Gosund's best-selling Wi-Fi smart plugs. They work with Alexa and Google Assistant as well as with an app on your phone. While other smart plugs cost up to $25 each, these are just $3.75 apiece with coupon code LJFPY4K4. That's nuts!
Those deals are all fantastic. You really can't go wrong with any or all of them. But as good as they are, they'll only appeal to certain people who are looking for those particular types of products. There's one special deal that will appeal to everyone though, and you'd have to be crazy to pass it up. That's right, folks — Amazon is giving away free money again!
From time to time, Amazon runs deals that offer free Amazon credit under certain circumstances. Most of the time, you get free credit for buying an Amazon gift card or reloading your balance. Every once in a while, however, Amazon's offers aren't tied to gift cards. Such is the case right now, with a special new offer for Prime members.
As you know, there are a bunch of different benefits tied to Amazon Prime. It's good for more than just fast shipping and streaming movies, after all. Among the many Prime benefits is Amazon Photos, a service that lets you back up full-resolution photos. Since Google canceled its unlimited photo storage offering tied to Google Photos, this is a particularly great alternative.
Thinking about giving Amazon Photos a shot? Well, now is the perfect time because Amazon will give you a free $15 Amazon credit just for trying it out!
If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber who has never tried Amazon Photos before, you're eligible for the deal. All you need to do is install the Amazon Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. When you upload your first photo from your mobile device, you'll get a free $15 Amazon credit. Amazon will send you an email within seven days confirming that you've received the credit. Then, you'll have until the end of the day on August 15 to spend the credit on eligible purchases of $30 or more from Amazon.com.
As for which purchases are eligible, it's an extremely long list with millions of products on it. Anything sold by Amazon.com or Amazon Digital Services LLC is eligible except for gift cards. As long as you see "sold by Amazon.com" or "sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC" on a product page, you're good to go.
This excellent Amazon offer is available until the end of the day on July 31. You'll find all the terms and conditions right here on Amazon's site. Long story short, however, you've got nothing to lose. Install an app, upload a photo, and you get a free $15 Amazon credit!
You've managed to make it through another long week. And your reward is the most impressive collection of daily deals we've seen in a long, long time. There are so many popular products on sale right now that we almost don't know where to start. Sit down, strap in, and check out the highlights below.
The action starts immediately on Sunday, August 1st when Netflix plans to release a whopping 26 different movies. And that's just one day! There's plenty more to come next month, and we're going to cover it all right here.
There are definitely some gems coming in that big movie dump on August first. Inception, Pineapple Express, Catch Me If You Can, and My Girl are just just a few examples. And let's not forget Ferris Bueller's Day Off! All those movies have one thing in common, however. They're older movies from third-party studios. Netflix is saving all of its new original movies and documentaries for later in the month. And trust us when we tell you that there are some hotly anticipated releases in store.
Scroll down for the full calendar of Netflix movie releases in August 2021.
Borescopes are constantly best-sellers among BGR Deals readers pretty much every single time they go on sale with any discounts. But unless you're a BGR Deals reader, you've probably never even heard of Depstech's wireless borescope cameras before now. Don't feel bad though, because most people out there probably have no idea what they are. Rest assured, however, that once you try out one of these awesome little gadgets, you'll love it and you'll be so mad that you're only learning about it now.
These brilliant devices basically let your smartphone see inside of almost anything. On top of that, Depstech's borescopes really couldn't be any easier to use. This week, several different wildly popular models are on sale at prices that match all-time lows! But the bad news is that these deals are all coming to an end either today or over the weekend. That means it's your last chance to score one with a deep discount!
Depstech's borescope cameras offer great features and nifty add-ons. Additionally, you can snake them inside practically anything to see where no other camera can. Right now, Amazon is offering fantastic deals on four different models. They have all been quite popular with our readers in the past so you should definitely check them out.
Wondering how good this week's deals are? Well, prices start at just $28.85 for the #1 best-selling Depstech WF010 Borescope. That matches this listing's all-time low price, so it's definitely a deal you won't want to miss!
The Depstech WF010 Borescope is a wildly popular "snake camera". It connects to your iPhone or Android handset so it can see inside just about anything. It also connects wirelessly, so you don't have to worry about any cables or physical connectors. Simply snake the semi-rigid tube into any tight space and the WF010 beams video back to your phone. You can record that video feed or capture photos if you want. Also, you can use attachments like a little hook to help fish jewelry or keys out of tight spaces.
This is definitely an awesome accessory to have on hand. It's also a best-seller among our readers anytime it gets a discount. That includes right now! You can get this perennial best-selling model today for the same price it was on Prime Day. On top of that, there are also a few other Depstech borescope deals that are available right now at Amazon.
The first deal we'll mention is on a different type of setup. Instead of connecting wirelessly to your smartphone, this model has its own displays built right in. The $80 Depstech DS300 Borescope is down to just $61.59 when you clip the coupon on the Amazon page, and it's the most popular model among our readers who choose a borescope with an integrated display instead of one that connects wirelessly to your smartphone. On top of that, the new flagship Depstech DS500 Borescope with professional-grade features and construction is on sale for $99.99. That might seem like a lot, but this fantastic model retails for $160 so it's a terrific deal!
Last but not least, if you still want to use your phone instead of an integrated display but you also want a big upgrade from the entry-level WF010 model, the Depstech WF028 Borescope that normally sells for $70 is down to $55.99 right now. These deals will only be around until the end of the week though, so get in on the action while you still can.
When you hunt for deals on Amazon, you're probably often looking for popular products like Apple AirPods and Instant Pots. Yes, it's great to save some money on best-sellers like those, but you're not going to wow anyone with them.
There are tons of items on Amazon that have the potential to be a total game-changer for you. But you'll never even come across them if you don't know where to look. For example, have you seen this awesome galaxy star projector that just went mega-viral on TikTok and is selling like crazy? Kids love it so much, and so do adults even if they won't admit it. Now, it's down to the lowest price in a while thanks to a discount on Amazon. Or how about this awesome 22-in-1 screwdriver set that retails for $30 but is down to just $19.99 on Amazon right now?
Some of the most useful things you've ever bought didn't necessarily cost a lot of money. And now, we're about to add a bunch of new entries to that list. We've rounded up 10 different gadgets and gizmos on Amazon that are all super useful and yet shockingly affordable. These popular products are already priced so low that they don't need extra savings to make them appealing — though many of them actually do have added discounts right now from Amazon or from third-party sellers. When you finally get your hands on any of these awesome Amazon finds, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them!
Check out our roundup below to see 10 different devices you'll wish you had all along. Some are novel gadgets that you've probably never heard of and others are key essentials that cost way less than popular rivals. In either case, you should definitely take advantage of these excellent Amazon finds.
myQ Chamberlain Smart Garage Door Opener
Open and close your garage door from inside your home, from the backyard, from down the block, or 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 thanks to compatibility with 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 $40 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
The high-end noise-canceling headphones world is getting more competitive. There was a time when Sony and Bose were the only real competitors, but then Apple entered the game with its ultra-expensive AirPods Max. Now, JBL is entering the market, with the new JBL Tour One headphones. Unlike Apple, which went on the more expensive end, JBL undercuts the competition a little, with the headphones coming in at $300.
But $300 still isn't cheap. Should you buy the JBL Tour One noise-canceling headphones, or save up a little more for the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones? We put the JBL Tour One headphones to the test to find out.
The first thing to notice about these headphones is their design, and they look pretty nice. The JBL Tour One headphones aren't the most unique headphones out there, but they're still lightweight, offer a relatively premium build, and so on.
The headphones are built almost entirely from plastic, except for the metal frame. It does mean that they can feel a little cheap at times -- but the trade-off is that unlike the metal AirPods Max, the Tour Pro headphones are quite light. That plays into comfort down the line.
The left earcup offers a button to control the noise cancelation modes, and can cycle between ambient mode, off, and noise cancelation. It also offers the USB-C port for charging. The right earcup is where the rest of the controls are. You'll get volume controls, a power switch that doubles as a pairing control, and an aux port. It's pretty much everything you'll need on a pair of wireless headphones, and the controls are intuitive too.
In the box, apart from the headphones themselves, you'll get plenty of accessories. There's a nice, high-quality case, along with a USB-A to USB-C cable, an aux cable, and a plane adapter. Again, it's everything you'll need.
JBL Tour One features and battery
These aren't Apple-built headphones -- so you won't get things like Spatial Audio or Automatic Switching. But the headphones still offer some great features, all of which are controllable through the JBL Headphones app.
First among those is support for your preferred digital assistant -- Google Assistant or Alexa. You'll need the accompanying app downloaded on your phone, and you'll be prompted to download it if you don't already have it.
The app is relatively well-designed and easy to use. I definitely prefer the design of this app over Sony's Headphones Connect app. Everything is just a little cleaner and easier to take in. Through the app you can control noise cancelation, and switch modes. There are two modes -- "Everyday mode," which simply has ANC turned on, and "True Adaptive NC," which is supposed to compensate noise cancelation in real-time. I found this to be distracting and simply stuck with Everyday mode.
The app also allows you to see the battery life of your headphones, and even optimize your Bluetooth connection for different scenarios, though I found little difference in the modes. There's also an EQ, which is always helpful, and the ability to change the function button.
Last but not least is Ambient mode, which can be enabled in the app. There are two ambient modes on offer here. There's one that's simply built to help you be more aware of your surroundings, and one for conversation. This mode basically turns whatever you're listening to right down and seriously amplifies outside voices. It works well, though it's easier to simply take your headphones off for a few seconds than reach for the app to enable to TalkThru toggle.
JBL Tour One comfort
The JBL Tour One headphones offer plenty of padding in both the earcups and under the headband and are pretty lightweight. The result? They're comfortable. Easily comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time.
The lightweight build really does help here. Apple has had to seriously flex its design chops in the headband of the AirPods Max to get around how heavy they are. It helps, but on a pair of headphones that's trying to undercut the competition, it makes more sense to just...make them light. Some will argue that they feel cheap as a result, but the same argument could be made for the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones.
JBL Tour One sound
JBL is a long-time audio company, and as a result, you would expect these headphones to sound good. Thankfully, they sound great.
The bass response on the headphones is powerful and deep. The headphones definitely offer a slight bass boost out of the box, but the EQ can fix that if you don't like it. Usually weak kick drums in AC/DC's Back in Black got a little more oomph, while bass guitars sounded smooth.
The mids are well-tuned too. There did seem to be a little extra meat in the low mids, which made for a warmer sound overall -- but again, you can tweak that in the EQ if you so choose. High mids were definitely still present enough to deliver a good bite in guitars and synth tracks.
The highs offered good detail and clarity, though perhaps not quite as much as the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones or much-more-expensive AirPods Max. Detail is still very good here, so don't expect cheap-sounding headphones. This means that you'll get an exciting sound overall, with plenty of cut in the vocals and percussion. That's always helpful.
Noise cancelation on the Tour One headphones is very good. It'll easily cut through the majority of outside noise, and some will love the Adaptive noise-canceling mode. Generally, the noise cancelation isn't quite as impressive as some slightly more expensive headphones, but it's still great.
The JBL Tour One headphones have a lot going for them. They're highly comfortable, sound great, and offer good noise cancelation. I'm glad to see JBL taking on the Sonys and Boses of the world -- even if these headphones aren't quite up to the same level. If $300 is your budget cap, then I absolutely recommend buying the JBL Tour One headphones.
Of course, if $300 isn't your budget cap, there are other headphones to buy. The JBL Tour One headphones put up a good fight, but if you can stretch your budget an extra $50, it's worth going for the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones instead. They're a little bit more comfortable, offer better noise cancelation, and sound just a bit better. If you're an Apple fan and you don't have a budget cap, you could go for the $550 AirPods Max headphones, which sound excellent and offer awesome features like Spatial Audio and Automatic Switching.
Should I buy the JBL Tour One headphones?
Yes. If your budget cap is $300, or you find them on special, the JBL Tour One headphones are worth buying. If you can stretch your budget to $350, you should get the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones instead.
Apple will launch the first MacBook Pro models with mini-LED displays later this year, several rumors claim. The new devices might launch as soon as September, bringing over a significant redesign. Screen upgrades aside, the new Pros will bring back MagSafe charging and some of the old ports. The MacBook Air will receive its own massive redesign, and we already saw what the new portable laptop might look like. But an insider says that the redesigned MacBook Air is only launching in 2022. The good news is the upcoming MacBook Air version will get a mini-LED screen of its own.
Even though, okay, it's certainly accurate to point out that the first episode of Ted Lasso Season 2 debuts on Friday, it somehow feels woefully inadequate to lead with that fact about the hit Apple TV+ series. For one thing, you've got to add in there somewhere that Ted Lasso also happens to be one of the finest TV shows -- across any broadcast or streaming platform, bar none. Which is a claim that might sound impossibly lofty. But once you start reviewing the show's long, long list of awards and industry recognition it’s already garnered -- including the fact that Ted Lasso made Emmy history as the most nominated freshman comedy series ever -- it should make the point for you.
The highly-anticipated Loki finale last week brought us the conclusion to this first season and what a ride it has been. We got a great Loki story and a fantastic primer on the multiverse rules. We still have many questions about the multiverse, but Marvel has finally given it prime placement into its stories. The Loki finale also brought us the big bad villain of the season. It was a strange reveal, as it came in the final episode of the show. And it contradicted Marvel’s playbook. We didn’t expect a big MCU villain reveal on Disney+, but that’s what episode 6 delivered. You probably know by now that Kang appears in the Loki finale. But the actor just teased in Disney’s new Assembled installment that we haven’t even seen the big Marvel villain — beware, other major Loki spoilers follow below.
If you had to identify one of the most inhospitable places in the world to a free press, where committing acts of journalism can mean that your life is the price of a good story, Mexico would surely be somewhere near the top of the list. In fact, data from the Committee to Project Journalists shows that Mexico was the deadliest country in the world for reporters last year, accounting for some 30% of journalists killed in 2020. Last year saw nine journalists killed there. That number included three reporters shot dead within 10 days in the closing months of the year. Lest you think this is a new phenomenon, though, a new Netflix documentary -- Private Network: Who Killed Manuel Buendia? -- will encourage you to reconsider that notion.
According to the CPJ data, at least 120 reporters have been killed in Mexico since 2000. Going back farther than that, though, takes you to Buendia. By all accounts, he was a dogged, fearless chronicler of corruption who worked for the daily news Excélsior -- one of the most read in Mexico City. The Netflix documentary released earlier this month tracks the circumstances surrounding him being shot to death outside his office in 1984. And why this tragedy still matters, almost 40 years later.
Where is The Mandalorian season 3? While Marvel has been dominating the airwaves with new movies and shows, another massive franchise owned by Disney has been rather quiet. Two years ago, The Mandalorian helped put Disney+ on the map. Of course, Disney+ would have been a hit regardless, but having a live-action Star Wars show on day one didn't hurt.
We know that there's plenty more Star Wars on the way from some of the most exciting creators in the industry, but compared to three Marvel shows that have streamed on Disney+ already this year, we've only gotten one animated Star Wars show in The Bad Batch. Thankfully, we just got a big hint that The Mandalorian season 3 could be arriving sooner than expected.
Having finally gotten around to watching the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series earlier this year, I couldn't be more excited for all four "sequel" movies to hit Amazon Prime Video in August 2021. If anime isn't your thing, there are plenty of other exciting additions coming next month, including Jaws, Moneyball, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and Predator. Also, if you missed it, don't forget to check out everything that Amazon added to Prime Video back in July.
The most exciting Galaxy Z Fold 3 feature this year might be something we’ve been waiting for Samsung to “fix” since the original Fold. The 2021 foldable phones might have better build quality and significantly improved durability. With less than a month until the Fold 3 and Flip 3 are revealed, we think we know everything there is to know about the handsets. Many rumors claimed that the handsets would be less fragile than their predecessors. The latest one further reinforces that idea. The Fold 3 and Flip 3 might get amazing water resistance ratings.
If you need to order new contact lenses or a pair of glasses, many places won't let you do so unless you take an eye test first. And seeing as how a trip to the optometrist can set you back as much as $200, many people put off getting their vision checked even when they should.
There is, however, an interesting alternative to popping into stores LensCrafters. Warby Parker recently issued an update to their Virtual Vision Test app for the iPhone. Now, users can take an eye test from the comfort of their own homes at a fraction of the cost of a traditional eye exam.
As more people continue to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, some aspects of pre-pandemic life are starting to return. Such as an uptick in leisure travel, with planes that are more full these days and travel destinations around the country seeing an increase in visitors -- eager to finally break out of their 18-month-long coronavirus bubble. Of course, the prevalence of the Delta COVID variant may put the brakes on this for a little while longer. At least, for some would-be travelers. For those of you who feel like you can safely venture out of town now, though? Well, now might actually be the time that some of you are on the hunt for solid travel deals.
So how's this for a great offer? One company is promising to pay two people it chooses a combined $10,000 to stay in multi-million dollar homes over the course of a 10-day trip.
Apple TV+ costs just $4.99 per month after the free trial expires. It’s also available bundled with other Apple services for an even better deal. Ted Lasso, season 2 of which is about to be released on Apple’s streaming service, is an excellent reason to try Apple TV+ or start paying the subscription. Apple has other exciting shows on the platform that also make the subscription worthwhile. A slew of Emmy nominations proves that. But if you’re still not convinced about Apple TV+ and you happen to own a PS5, then you’re in luck. Apple and Sony partnered to offer all PlayStation 5 owners six months of free Apple TV+ access.
Did someone forget to tell Amazon that Prime Day 2021 is over? It certainly seems like that might be the case. Just take a look at the incredible headphones deals on the retailer's site right now.
Best-selling AirPods Pro and AirPods 2 are among the two most popular options for headphones among our readers. That likely won't come as much of a surprise though. They're among the most popular headphones in the world right now, after all. Another contributing factor is that they're both currently discounted to the lowest prices of 2021 at Amazon, with AirPods Pro getting an extra tiny discount this morning that drops them to Amazon's lowest price of 2021. But if you want over-ear headphones, Apple's only option is the new AirPods Max and they're far too expensive for many shoppers out there. That's true even now while they're on Amazon at the lowest price ever.
It really doesn't matter if you're an audiophile or just a regular user looking for a different option for over-ear ANC headphones that don't cost $400 or $500+. In either case, Amazon has an incredible sale going on right now that you need to know about. Long story short, Prime Day 2021 is basically back for Sony's globally beloved headphones. Prices start at just $98 for the Sony WHCH710N wireless noise cancelling headphones that normally sell for $200!
By now it should definitely go without saying that Sony is king when it comes to mind-blowing wireless noise cancelling headphones. We really don't see that changing anytime soon. Most reviewers seem to agree that other companies have come close. But Sony is still widely believed to offer the most impressive mix of sound quality and noise cancellation technology.
Right now, Amazon is running a fantastic blowout sale on Sony ANC headphones that you definitely need to check out.
This big sales event starts with $200 Sony WHCH710N wireless noise cancelling headphones that are Sony's entry-level option. It might seem odd to think of $200 headphones as "entry-level," but they actually provide incredible value compared to Sony's more expensive models. Anyone who has tried them would likely agree that they're a bargain at $200, but you won't pay anywhere near that much right now. Head over to Amazon and you can pick up a pair for just $98. That matches the lowest price ever from Black Friday!
You'll also find all-time low prices on Sony's higher-end headphones right now. The $250 Sony WHXB900N wireless noise cancelling headphones pack a number of upgrades compared to the WHCH710N. Examples include touch controls and voice assistant support, and they're on sale today for $198. The company's beloved WH1000XM3 ANC headphones are also down to $249.99 instead of $350.
We have absolutely no idea how long these deals will stick around. You should definitely get in on the action soon before it's too late!
Remember when quadcopter drones got so popular so quickly, and then people said they were over once some of the hype inevitably calmed down? Well, there is a serious resurgence happening at the moment in the quadcopter drone market.
Drones were so, so popular for a few years when they first burst onto the scene. But then consumer interest died down since it all happened so fast. Now, however, it seems like everyone wants a new drone. That's especially true now that warm summer weather is here. If you're looking for something fun to keep you or your kids occupied outdoors this summer, it doesn't get much better than a camera drone. And if you head over to Amazon right now, you'll find a nice little discount on the already-affordable Holyton HS140 Pro Foldable Camera Drone with awesome features including voice control and gesture selfies!
It's obviously pretty important to spend time outside every summer. But it's particularly crucial this year. After all, we're still living with a global pandemic driven by an airborne disease. As we've been told time and time again by health experts, it spreads mainly indoors.
There are countless activities you and your kids can do outdoors. That being said, few are as fun as piloting an awesome camera drone. Now, you've got a great opportunity to save a few extra bucks on a model that our readers love.
The Holyton HS140 Pro Foldable Camera Drone has all the main features you would expect from a recreational quadcopter. It also has a great 110° wide-angle camera that beams nice clear 1080p video back to your smartphone as you fly. On top of all that though, there are a few additional features that you don't often find on affordable drones like this one. For example, you can snap selfies with a simple gesture so the controller doesn't have to be in the photo.
We love that feature, but there's another one that's even better. This drone's coolest feature might be support for voice control, which lets you do things like take off and land using nothing but your voice. You can even pilot it with your voice by saying things like "forward" or "left." How cool is that?!
When BGR Deals covered this popular drone a little over a month ago, it sold out after a couple of days because our readers pounced on it. Now, a new lower retail price and an extra 15% discount combine to cut the price down to only $59.49!
iPhone storage is an important detail to buyers every year, and that’s because Apple is behind Android when it comes to bumping up internal storage. The iPhone 12 Pros were the first iPhones to ship with 128GB of base memory, double the storage of the entry-level iPhone 12 and 12 mini. But the iPhone Pros are more expensive. Most Android vendors offer 128GB of storage on their basic flagship phones. It’s unclear at this time whether Apple will make any notable to iPhone 13 storage. But there’s one rumor that keeps coming back: The first 1TB iPhone is happening this year.
Boy oh boy, has Netflix stepped it up recently or what? The streamer's subscriber numbers from the last quarter weren't very impressive. We have a feeling that's due in no small part to the lack of compelling Netflix originals earlier this year. Long story short, Netflix's movies and shows were beyond weak for the first few months of 2021. Now, however, things are really starting to pick up again. This past month alone, there were so many high-profile Netflix releases. You can see the full Netflix July releases list here. Highlights include Gunpowder Milkshake with Karen Gillan, the fantastic final season of Atypical, Virgin River season 3, and the Fear Street trilogy that horror fans loved. Now, however, it's time to turn our attention to all the Netflix original releases in August 2021.
Wondering what Netflix subscribers have to look forward to next month? We'll run down the full slate of new original releases right here.
Netflix just announced all of its upcoming movie and series releases for August 2021. There are plenty of gems in there from third-party studios, but people are far more interested in original content. Netflix has been steadily raising its subscription fees every month, after all. Each time, it says the increase will help pay for new original content. With that in mind, subscribers want to know that they're getting their money's worth.
In August, Netflix has 56 new original movies, shows, and specials on tap. That's down sharply from the 69 new originals spread out over July. Of course, quality is far more important than quantity. With that in mind, it's time to see what kind of quality Netflix has in store.
Scroll down to check out the entire release calendar of Netflix originals in August. We've also included links to the relevant Netflix pages wherever possible. This way, you can set a reminder to be alerted when a title is released next month.
Halfway through July, this has already been one of the busiest years in the history of Marvel Studios. That makes it all the more incredible that we have seen less than half of the content that the studio has planned for 2021. In addition to the three new movies Marvel is releasing in the second half of the year, we also have confirmation that at least three new shows are coming to Disney+. After What If...? drops in August, Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye are still to come.
A few million more stimulus checks are now on their way to US taxpayers. This, granted, is a development that we've been reporting for a couple of months now. But this is a stimulus check update that, like the payments themselves, will be recurring, at least through the end of this year.
The IRS on Thursday caught everyone up to speed on the status of its distribution of this latest tranche of stimulus cash. This is something the IRS says it's doing on a weekly basis. And it stems from the money made available by the $1.9 trillion stimulus legislation from March. Since the agency's last update, through July 21 it's now distributed more than 2.2 million additional checks with a collective value topping $4 billion. Here's what else you need to know about this latest update, especially if you're waiting on one of these checks. These checks, by the way, being the third stimulus payment for generally $1,400 that the stimulus law made possible.
In what is becoming an alarmingly common occurrence, some of the internet's biggest websites, apps, and services have gone offline. At around 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, outages for dozens of popular services were reported on DownDetector. Everything from PlayStation Network to FedEx to Airbnb to the McDonalds app was affected.
Some of the affected websites and services are back online as of 12:28 p.m. ET, but many others are not. At the moment, I am unable to load PlayStation.com, Delta.com, FedEx.com, and Dominos.com. According to multiple reports, more than 29,000 websites are offline.
Is anyone out there somehow still wondering why millions of people these days are cutting the cord by ditching pay TV? The answer couldn't be any simpler. In fact, it really all boils down to one word: money. People are so sick and tired of how much cable companies have been charging for pay TV all these years. That's especially true when a huge chunk of that monthly expense shouldn't be your responsibility in the first place. That's right, you're forced to pay for dozens or even hundreds of channels that you never watch and never will. Imagine half your monthly cell phone bill was due to the high cost of calls to Papua New Guinea. And you have to pay despite the fact that you don't make any calls to Papua New Guinea yourself. Would that be fair?
It goes without saying that cable companies are missing out on so much money due to cord-cutting. So the last thing they want is for us to reveal an easy way to save more on your bill. That's not going to stop us though, so get ready to start saving some cash every single year thanks to one simple $59 purchase at Amazon.
Are you using a cable modem that you got from your internet service provider? If so, you're probably paying a monthly rental fee for that modem.
You might not even realize it, but take a look at your most recent bill. When you do, you'll probably see an $8 or $10 charge on there for the modem. That monthly fee adds up to either $96 or $120 each year that you're spending unnecessarily. Why? Because cable companies are now required to let you use your own cable modem. And once you get your own modem, that monthly rental fee will disappear from your bill as soon as you send your old modem back to your cable company.
As far as which modem you should choose, there are a bunch of popular options out there that work with every single major cable internet provider like Comcast/Xfinity, Charter/Time Warner Cable/Spectrum, Optimum/Altice, RCN, Cox, CenturyLink, and more. People who are looking to spend as little as possible should check out the Motorola MB7420 cable modem. It's a best-seller that's down to just $56.04 right now at Amazon thanks to a discount and a clippable coupon. It supports data speeds up to 686Mbps and is recommended for people with data speed tiers up to 300Mbps.
Anyone out there who wants something faster will find the 2Gbps ARRIS SURFboard SB8200 on sale for under $150. Then there's the Motorola MG7700 cable modem & Wi-Fi router with gigabit internet support, which is perfect for anyone looking for a model that has built-in Wi-Fi as well. This way, you won't need to use a separate wireless router if you don't want to. Motorola's MG770 retails for $200. But it's on sale right now for $160.99 thanks to a discount and a coupon you can clip.
Each and every one of these cable modems will eventually pay for itself since you'll eliminate that monthly modem rental fee on your bill. With that in mind... why on Earth wouldn't you get one?!
We're going to warn you right from the start that today's hottest deal is going to sell out momentarily. Now that we've let the cat out of the bag, there's no way the MyQ smart garage door opener will stay in stock at $19.43 instead of $30. It opens and closes your garage door with your smartphone from anywhere. Or, you can even use Alexa voice commands. As we said, it's bound to sell out soon at this price. The good news is that there are other sellers who have it in stock with deep discounts too!
A great pair of headphones can completely change your music listening experience, but there are so many models out there, that it can be very difficult to find the best headphones for your needs.
For starters, you’ll have to figure out what headphone form-factor you want — from in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear headphones. Then, you’ll have to think about the features that you want. For example, you might want noise-canceling headphones, or wireless headphones, or headphones that have a transparency mode.
Lastly, of course, you’ll want to consider your budget. There are great headphones across all price ranges, but there’s little point in thinking about headphones that you can’t afford.
No matter what you’re looking for, however, there should be something on this list for your needs. Here are the best headphones out there.
Best headphones overall: Apple AirPods Max
Pros: Excellent audio quality, class-leading noise-cancellation and transparency mode, great integration with Apple devices
Cons: Very expensive, don’t work great with non-Apple products
Let’s get one thing out of the way right now — these are better than the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, but only if you exclusively use Apple devices. If you want a pair of headphones to connect to your Windows computer or Android phone, then keep looking — these aren’t for you.
But if you do use Apple devices, you’ll absolutely love what the AirPods Max have to offer. For starters, they have a unique, kind of retro design, and while they’re a bit heavy, the headband design ensures that they don’t feel too heavy.
The AirPods Max also sound awesome, with excellent detail in the high-end and plenty of bass. They also offer the best noise-cancellation tech that we’ve ever heard, and they have an awesome transparency mode thanks to all their microphones. Of course, the AirPods Max also work very well with all of your Apple products, and support things like automatic switching, Spatial Audio, and more.
The trade-off to all of those advantages? You’ll pay for them. Like a lot. At $550, these are the most expensive headphones on this list. If that’s a bit too much cash for you, we recommend the next option.
Pros: Excellent noise-cancellation, very comfortable, excellent sound quality
Cons: Still a little expensive, touch controls don’t always work
The AirPods Max may be awesome, but they’re not for everyone. The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, however, may well be for everyone that can afford them. They’ll connect to all your devices through Bluetooth, and they can actually connect to two devices at once — making it easy to move from a computer to a smartphone without having to disconnect and reconnect all the time.
Even better than that is how great these headphones sound. They offer an excellent frequency response, and the associated app allows you to tweak the EQ to your needs. And, the noise-cancellation on these headphones is absolutely awesome, beating out almost all the competition.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are also very comfortable. They’re extremely lightweight, meaning that it’s easy to wear them for hours on end without any issues. And, they offer some cool extra features — like the ability to cover one ear to temporarily enter transparency mode.
Pros: Great design, excellent audio quality, good microphone
Cons: Controls are a bit tricky
On-ear headphones are the perfect blend of portability and quality, and there are some great options out there. Chief among those is the Jabra Elite 45h, which offers a stylish design, great sound quality, and more.
These headphones offer some great features too. They work with Alexa and Google Assistant, and they have an accompanying app that has a built-in EQ.
Despite the fact that these headphones offer an on-ear form factor, they also have plenty of padding and a relatively lightweight design, which helps them remain comfortable during listening. And, more importantly, they sound great, boasting plenty of bass, excellent mid-range, and a good amount of detail.
Best in-ear headphones: 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones
Pros: Great sound quality, good fit, solid build
Cons: A bit harsh at times, cable isn’t the strongest
Not everyone wants wireless headphones, despite the fact that they’re getting better and cheaper. Some will still prefer a pair of solid wired earbuds — and if that’s you, we recommend considering the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones.
There are a number of things that make these great headphones. For starters, as you might note by their name, they’re triple driver headphones, which basically means that instead of offering one driver that handles the full frequency range, these headphones have three specialized drivers for different areas of the frequency range. All that to say, they sound great, although they can have slightly harsh high frequencies at times.
There are other great features on offer too. The cable is relatively strong, and they fit well, so they should remain in your ears easily.
Best true wireless headphones for Apple users: AirPods Pro
Pros: Excellent Apple integration, good noise-cancellation, great audio quality
Cons: A little expensive, don’t work great with non-Apple products
True wireless headphones are all the range these days, and if you’re an Apple user, then the AirPods Pro can’t be beat. The AirPods Pro offer an excellent fit, a solid audio quality, good noise-cancellation, and perfect integration with all your Apple devices.
The stem on the AirPods Pro may not be everyone’s favorite look, but it actually serves a great purpose on the AirPods Pro. To control the earbuds, all you have to do is squeeze the stem on either side. It works great, and far better than controls on most true wireless headphones.
Like other AirPods, the AirPods Pro offer some awesome Apple-focused features. They’ll automatically switch between all your Apple devices, and they support things like Spatial Audio and Siri. That’s not to mention the fact that they sound pretty great, and even support noise cancellation.
Pros: Excellent fit, great audio quality, industry-leading battery life
AirPods are great, but if you don’t have Apple products, then they’re not necessarily for you. Instead, you should go for the Sony WF-1000XM4 headphones, which are essentially the true wireless sibling to the previously-listed WH-1000XM4.
There are plenty of things that make these great headphones. For starters, they sound great. The headphones boast deep, detailed bass performance, decent midrange, and excellent high-end response. And, you’ll be able to enjoy this great audio quality for long periods of time, thanks to the awesome 8-hour battery life.
The headphones are built for comfort. They have a shape that should nicely fit into your outer ear, and they come with foam tips to help make for a nice seal. That helps make sure that the noise cancellation tech works well too.
So what’s the catch? Well, the main thing is that the headphones are a little expensive. If you can afford it, however, they’re well worth the cost.
Pros: Excellent fit, solid audio quality, good battery life
Cons: Expensive, bulky case
Looking for a pair of earbuds that will stay firmly in your ears while you run? The Beats PowerBeats Pro are absolutely the way to go. These headphones offer an ear-hook design that ensures they’ll stay in your ears when you’re running, working out, or anything else.
The headphones offer solid Apple integration too. They come with Apple’s H1 chip, so they can switch between Apple devices seamlessly, and they support the Beats app for Android for things like firmware updating and pairing. So, while they’re definitely better used with Apple products, they still work with others.
The audio quality on offer by the PowerBeats Pro is pretty good. The headphones have a solid bass response, with decent mids and highs. But they’re not perfect — considering the fact that they’re a bit pricey, and the case is pretty huge.
Best budget headphones: Plantronics BackBeat Go 600
Pros: Very inexpensive, comfortable, wired or wireless listening
Cons: Not the most durable, bass isn’t the deepest out there
Want to spend as little as possible but still get a good listening experience? The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 headphones are worth considering. These headphones offer an over-ear form-factor that ensures they remain comfortable, plus they sound pretty great for the price. Sure, you’re not going to get the same punch that you would on much more expensive headphones, but they can still help make your music sound awesome.
So what are the trade-offs to spending less? Well, the headphones don’t offer all that many extra features, and you won’t get noise cancellation. While they sound good for the price, they’re not the most detailed headphones out there.
But those things don’t mean they’re not worth buying — and in fact, if you don’t want to spend more than $50 or so, you’ll absolutely love what’s on offer here.
Best budget true wireless headphones: Skullcandy Dime
Pros: Cheap, solid audio for the price
Cons: Low battery life, cheap build
True wireless headphones have been around long enough to where there are now some excellent true wireless options. Like, for example, the Skullcandy Dime earbuds, which offer a generally solid audio quality, with enough bass response and high-end clarity for most.
As you would expect, there are some downsides to buying budget true wireless headphones. For example, they have a bit of a cheap build, and the battery life comes in at only four hours, which is on the low end. But if you don’t plan on listening for more than a few hours at a time anyway, that may not really matter to you.
The best thing about these headphones is that they’re incredibly inexpensive, coming in at less than $30.
If you’re a company that makes wireless earphones these days, you have two options. And it all boils down to one type of functionality. First, there are AirPods alternatives that do not support noise cancellation. Then there are AirPods Pro and similar devices from Apple rivals that have active noise cancelation. OnePlus released its best answer to Apple’s AirPods last year, and now it has an answer to the AirPods Pro. OnePlus on Thursday unveiled the new OnePlus Buds Pro alongside the brand new OnePlus Nord 2 smartphone.
AirPods are wildly popular even when they're available at Apple's full retail prices. So you can imagine how fast they flew off the shelves on Prime Day last month. Amazon was offering the deepest discounts of the year, so several AirPods versions sold out. The first model that sold out was Apple's AirPods 2 with Wired Charging Case, but they're now back in stock and back on sale with a nice big $40 discount that slashes them to just $119. The other model that sold out should be beyond obvious since it sells out all the time. It's Apple's beloved AirPods Pro, which are the #1 best-selling headphones among our readers. They also happen to be among the best-selling earphones on the planet.
Today, we have some fantastic news. Apple's beloved AirPods models are back in stock after having sold out. Better yet, they're also back on sale at Amazon's lowest price of 2021! Before you buy any of those headphones, however, there's another deal you need to know about. Believe it or not, Apple's insanely hot AirPods Max, which almost never go on sale with any discount, are down to a new all-time low price too!
AirPods Pro will cost you $249 if you buy a pair at an Apple store or if you order them online from Apple's website. And of course, that's true whether you get them right now or during a huge sales event. Apple doesn't do discounts, as most people know quite well.
It should go without saying that AirPods Pro are worth every penny at full retail. But why pay so much when Amazon always has them on sale at a discount?
Amazon shoppers can often find AirPods Pro on sale for $219, which is a solid $30 in savings. Then, on rare occasions like Prime Day and Black Friday, you might find an even bigger discount. With Mother's Day 2021 right around the corner,AirPods Pro are finally back in stock at Amazon — and they're now on sale for just $189.99. That means you'll save almost $60 compared to buying them from Apple. It's also Amazon's lowest price of the year, matching the deal from Prime Day 2021!
Every other AirPods model is also discounted at the moment on Amazon, including one discount that just got even deeper. As we mentioned earlier, AirPods 2 with Wired Charging Case are down to $119 right now, which is the lowest price we've seen so far this year for the general public. And on top of all that, there's one last thing you might want to note.
Apple's hot new AirPods Max are still sometimes hard to find in stock in stores in certain colors, but they're available at Amazon in every colorway. It's great that they are in stock and available to ship out right away. But they're also actually on sale at a new all-time low price. We can't believe it! AirPods Max almost never go on sale with any meaningful discount. But Amazon is offering a massive $70 price cut! They're still pricey, but you're not going to find a deeper discount anytime soon. In fact, we've never seen a lower price anywhere.
Apple's AirPods Pro feature active noise cancellation as well as a new "Transparency mode" that amplifies all the sounds around you, which is great for conversations without having to remove your earbuds
The custom tapered silicone tips come in three different sizes to ensure the perfect fit
AirPods Pro are sweat-resistant and water-resistant. That way, you can wear them during intense workouts or even in the rain without having to worry
On the heels of introducing a new way to communicate inside the Facebook Messenger app last week (in the form of so-called Soundmojis), the social network has unveiled yet another update for its chat app that includes fun new features. As well as overall improvements and refinements to the user experience.
Let's start with the enhancements first. There's now an emoji search bar inside the app. That should make sending one of the quick reaction images in response to a message much easier. Now, you can easily search for the one you want instead of annoyingly scrolling for it. Sort of along these same lines, Facebook Messenger is also adding a "recent reactions" section to the app. So that, this way, your most recently used emoji will be found at the top of the reaction picker. Again, saving you time in lieu of hunting down the one you want.