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The latest 2020 surprise is an enormous 18-meter tall robot that can sorta move its limbs

The latest 2020 surprise is an enormous 18-meter tall robot that can sorta move its limbs

Back in 2014, construction of a giant Gundam robot began in Yokohoma City, Japan. The robot is based on a character from the 1979 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam. Six years later, the robot can be seen testing out its mobility during a test that went viral online. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 10:04 am

Save over 50% on a pair of wireless Skullcandy earbuds

Save over 50% on a pair of wireless Skullcandy earbuds

TL;DR: Listen on the go with a pair of Skullcandy Indy™ True Wireless earbuds for just $39.99, a 52% savings as of Sept. 25. 


Wireless headphones are only as good as their battery life, which is why we like the Skullcandy Indy Earbuds: You'll get up to 16 hours with its charging case.

These earbuds are water-resistant and come with capacitive touch controls, so you can use them wherever you go. With a quick tap, you can change the song, adjust the volume, or manage calls. 

The sound profile is also designed to eliminate distortion while ensuring crisp highs and warm lows. Who knows, the high-quality sound may almost make you want to go to another virtual happy hour. (Now there's something you don't hear every day.)  Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 9:00 am

Save 83% on a screen mirroring tool for your TV

Save 83% on a screen mirroring tool for your TV

TL;DR: Get a lifetime subscription to AirBeamTV Screen Mirroring for $18.99, an 83% savings as of Sept. 25.


If you have devices from different brands, screen mirroring can be clunky or unnecessarily complicated.  A mirroring tool like AirBeamTV can help.

It's generally easier — and much faster — to use your computer to type than it is to use your smart TV remote. AirBeamTV can help you speed up the process: It allows you to cast your devices' screens to practically any TV brand — Samsung, LG, Roku, Sony, Panasonic, Chromecast, Toshiba, Philips, Amazon Fire, Android, Sharp, TCL, Hisense, or Hitachi — with ease. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 9:00 am

Edit action-packed footage with an easy-to-use video editor

Edit action-packed footage with an easy-to-use video editor

TL;DR: Get a lifetime license for the VSDC Video Editor Pro for $29.99, a 40% savings as of Sept. 25. 


Video editing takes precision, dedication, and a whole lot of patience. And, of course, it takes the right tools. 

Creators on a budget might want to opt for something like VSDC Video Editor Pro. It's affordable, has a small learning curve for beginners, and offers lots of useful features.

VSDC is a non-linear video editor built for Windows and designed with all experience levels in mind. It's equipped with a pro tool set, including blending modes, filters, masking, motion paths, an advanced multi-color chroma key, and adjustable parameter settings. This makes it accessible for beginners, but also allows advanced users to have lots of control when they want it. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 9:00 am

Save $250 and enjoy unlimited streaming with this secure VPN

Save $250 and enjoy unlimited streaming with this secure VPN

SAVE $250: A two-year subscription to VyprVPN is on sale for $2.50 per month as of Sept. 25, saving you 80% on list price.


We know why you're looking for VPN deals, and it has (barely) anything to do with online security and data protection. These are definitely advantages of using a VPN, but most people invest in these services because they want to unlock streaming sites from around the world.

VPNs hide your real IP address, so you can bypass geo-restrictions to unlock more of your favorite content. This means you can watch content from the likes of Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu that would normally be locked in your location. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 9:00 am

Apple fixes iOS 14 bug that resets default browser and mail apps

Apple fixes iOS 14 bug that resets default browser and mail apps

As far as iOS releases go, iOS 14 wasn't particularly buggy, but it wasn't completely issue-free, either. 

Now, Apple has launched an update, bringing the version number to iOS 14.0.1, and fixing a bug that reset the default browser and email apps to Apple's Safari and Mail every time the device was restarted.

In iOS 14, Apple introduced the option to change your default browser and mail apps to something other than Apple's default apps; you can, for example, set your browser to Firefox and your mail app to Gmail. But it wasn't particularly useful with the phone reverting to default settings on restart.  Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 7:15 am

Take your career in a new direction with this graphic design course

Take your career in a new direction with this graphic design course

TL;DR: The Ultimate Graphic Design Bundle is on sale for £22.77 as of Sept. 25, saving you 96% on list price.


There are plenty of other household names out there who have re-evaluated what they wanted to do in life. So the question remains: If you could also career jump, what would you do? 

For those who have recently been eyeing up a gig in graphic design, the good news is that you can learn most of the skills you need while sitting on our couch.

SEE ALSO: Stay in this weekend with this set of online mixology courses

Enter the Ultimate Graphic Design Bundle. This bootcamp features five best-selling courses on graphic design. Coursework focuses on graphic design foundations, such as using crucial software like Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator as well as design theory, to more complicated projects such as designing a secure and visually appealing site on Wordpress. The bundle features more than 18 hours of training, broken down into some 100 individual lessons. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 4:15 am

Make your own video games with this online bundle

Make your own video games with this online bundle

TL;DR: The Build Your Own First-Person Shooter Game Development Bundle is on sale for £31.39 as of Sept. 25, saving you 97% on list price.


You don't need a massive bank account, a giant team, or a million-pound contract with a publishing giant to make a hit video game these days. All you need is an idea, a computer, and a little bit of training. Just look at Minecraft, which started its reign as an indie game over a decade ago and has become one of the best-selling video games of all time.

Even if you have no coding experience, you can try your hand at video game creation. And you might turn out to be really good at it. Are you going to create the next Minecraft overnight? Probably not. But you have to start somewhere, and this Build Your Own First-Person Shooter Game Development Bundle can lead you in the right direction. Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 4:00 am

Amazon quietly announces major expansion to neighborhood surveillance networks

Amazon quietly announces major expansion to neighborhood surveillance networks

Blink and you've missed it. 

Amazon, the powerhouse behind the Ring security camera network, is coming for your community. On Monday, the surveillance juggernaut announced a major expansion to its smart neighborhood effort dubbed Sidewalk. Notably, Amazon failed to highlight one crucial detailed specified in the accompanying white paper: If you already own one of 20 existing Amazon products, you'll automatically be participating unless you actively opt out.

Launching later this year (if all goes according to plan), Sidewalk "[extends] the low-bandwidth working range of [Amazon] devices, and help[s] devices stay online and up-to-date even if they are outside the range of home Wi-Fi." Read more...

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 12:23 am

A Dog's Take: Alexa Guard Plus will NEVER replace dogs

A Dog's Take: Alexa Guard Plus will NEVER replace dogs

A world in which AI-powered surveillance systems appropriate the work of canines is not a world in which I want to live. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a dog.

As a canine member of a loving home, I was stunned by the features Amazon announced that it has afforded its new home security system, Alexa Guard Plus. Building on its previous Alexa Guard system, the "Guard Plus" now offers new features, such as the ability to detect the sound of breaking glass, or to dial a helpline in case of an emergency.

The most egregious feature? Away Mode. As an intruder deterrent, users can tell this "Alexa" to mimic the sounds of our barks. Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 10:27 pm

Everything Amazon announced at its September event

Everything Amazon announced at its September event

Amazon unveiled plenty of new hardware at its fall event on Thursday, including several new Echo speakers and a flying Ring drone. 

Echo ($99.99), Echo Dot ($49.99), and Echo Dot with Clock ($59.99)

Look into my crystal ball... maybe Alexa will tell you your future.

Look into my crystal ball... maybe Alexa will tell you your future.

Image: courtesy of amazon

Amazon’s signature smart speaker now comes in a sleek spherical shape with the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Dot with Clock. With brand-new colors, Amazon’s first-generation AZ1 Neural Edge processor, and a 1.6-inch front-facing speaker for the Dot and Dot with Clock, the company claims the devices will provide faster processing times and crisper sound than their predecessors.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 9:18 pm

Tesla is first car compatible with Amazon's Ring Car Connect

Tesla is first car compatible with Amazon's Ring Car Connect

Tesla owners already have Sentry Mode for car security. But for extra protection, they can buy a $200 device from Amazon's Ring. 

Announced Thursday at an online Amazon event, Ring Car Connect sends car owners alerts about activity near their vehicle. It can also share footage from outside the vehicle, and let car owners know if their doors are locked. 

Ring Car Connect ($199) works with the Tesla Model 3, X, S, and Y, and requires plugging a small device into the car. Other car makers can add Ring Car Connect compatibility in the future. 

Tesla's Sentry Mode already comes in every Tesla vehicle for no additional cost. It can record footage of what's happening outside of the vehicle when it's parked. Sentry Mode also sets off an alarm if someone gets a little too close to the car while it's locked. Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 7:24 pm

Amazon wants to put a Ring drone inside your home and LOL WTF?

Amazon wants to put a Ring drone inside your home and LOL WTF?

Amazon's nightmare surveillance network is going mobile. 

Not merely content to film both the outside and inside of your home from fixed points, the company announced Thursday a Ring drone that will fly around the interior of your home, shooting and livestreaming video in the process. Say hello to the Always Home Cam, a product that's very existence poses the question: What the absolute fuck is Amazon thinking?

According to Amazon, its latest connected monstrosity will cost $249. And don't worry, an Amazon liveblog made clear that this aerial peeping Tom won't violate your privacy — unlike, say, the hacker who watched and yelled slurs at an 8-year-old girl through a Ring camera, or the Ring contractors who reportedly watched customer videos... or the Ring employees who tried to watch customer videos.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 6:48 pm

Amazon takes on Google Stadia with Luna cloud gaming service

Amazon takes on Google Stadia with Luna cloud gaming service

Move over Google Stadia because Amazon is here with a cloud gaming service of its own.

Not content with infecting every other part of our lives, Jeff Bezos has decided to move into video games. Meet Luna, Amazon's new gaming platform that, like Stadia, eschews expensive hardware in favor of streaming games in 1080p directly to smart devices that you probably already own. Amazon didn't give a specific launch date, but Luna will work on Fire TV, Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android at some point down the road. And at least some games will be playable at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.

Amazon is committing to an "early access period" with a starting price of $5.99 per month for Luna+, which grants access to a theoretically expandable library of games. Amazon didn't say anything about Prime subscribers getting access to Luna, unfortunately.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 6:20 pm

Amazon announces a simplified Fire TV experience and all-new Fire TV Sticks

Amazon announces a simplified Fire TV experience and all-new Fire TV Sticks

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 6:15 pm

Amazon's new Echo Show follows your movements

Amazon's new Echo Show follows your movements

The watchful eye of Amazon just got smarter.

At its hardware release event Thursday, Amazon debuted its latest smart assistant with a screen, the Echo Show 10. 

The Alexa device's latest nifty trick? If you move around a room while you're on a video call, the camera will follow you. 

This feature actually is pretty convenient if you're trying to multi-task while on a video call, or if you're doing some sort of presentation that requires you to move around. The camera supposedly "pans and zooms" to keep you centered and in focus.

Amazon calls this feature "intelligent movement." It specifies that "Alexa is not identifying a specific person, just a human shape," and that it makes these identifications entirely on-device, without sending data to the cloud. It also comes with a manual camera shutter you can physically slide to cover the lens, or cover it by saying "Alexa, turn off motion." Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 5:58 pm

Amazon’s new Echo speaker puts Alexa in an orb

Amazon’s new Echo speaker puts Alexa in an orb

At Amazon's virtual hardware event on Thursday, the company announced an all-new Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Dot with clock.

All three devices share a new spherical design that's a lot more compact. The fabric finish comes in three different colors: Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue.

The new Echo features Amazon's AZ1 Neural Edge processor. With hundreds of milliseconds shaved off from the Echo's response time, the company claims it can process commands a lot faster than its predecessors.

The Echo Dot with clock

The Echo Dot with clock

Image: amazon

As for the new Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock, both feature a 1.6-inch front-facing speaker which Amazon says "produces crisp vocals and a balanced base for full sound." As for price and availability, you can pre-order the Echo Dot now for $49.99, but it won't ship until later this year. Meanwhile, the Echo Dot with clock will cost you a little bit more at $59.99. Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 5:43 pm

Get lost in the music with noise-canceling Beats headphones on sale at Best Buy

Get lost in the music with noise-canceling Beats headphones on sale at Best Buy

SAVE $120: Get Beats Studio 3 wireless noise-canceling headphones on sale at Best Buy for $229.99 through Sept. 24.


Everyone needs some time to shut the world off and relax with their favorite music or podcasts. And noise-canceling headphones are the best tools for the job to enjoy the latest episode of "Office Ladies" in peace and quiet. And for a premium noise-canceling experience, it's best to stick with top headphone brands such as Beats, especially when they're on sale.

SEE ALSO: 6 of the best on-ear headphones, according to online reviews

Through the end of Sept. 24, buy a pair of Beats Studio 3 wireless noise-canceling headphones for $229.99 from Best Buy. That's $120 off the original price, but unfortunately you only get the option of the gray headphones. Regardless, this is still the current best price on a new set of Beats Studio 3, unless you feel comfortable with renewed Beats headphones for as low as $182 at Amazon. Even then, these Best Buy throws in four free months of Apple Music and Apple News+ for new subscribers to sweeten this deal.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 4:54 pm

YouTube moves to stop election misinformation. But is it enough?

YouTube moves to stop election misinformation. But is it enough?

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 4:47 pm

Use this plugin to create retro video game sounds — Future Blink

Use this plugin to create retro video game sounds — Future Blink

High Score is a plug-in that creates sounds from 80's video games. It comes with custom features and can be used alongside music production software.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 3:59 pm

Tesla EVs cost too much, so drivers turn to car-sharing

Tesla EVs cost too much, so drivers turn to car-sharing

This week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk berated his own electric vehicle company for offering products that are too expensive. He pledged to offer a Tesla for $25,000 in three years, after his company starts producing its own lower-cost, more efficient battery. For now, the cheapest Tesla is the standard Model 3, with a 250-mile range, for $37,990.

"EV marketshare is growing, but electric vehicles still aren’t accessible to all," Musk said earlier this week at his company event known as Battery Day. "We need to make more affordable cars."

But even if Tesla's higher-range and higher-performance vehicles are inaccessible to many would-be EV owners, the cars are gaining popularity in the car-sharing community. Car-sharing platform Turo has seen Tesla rise on the site, both for hosts offering up their Teslas for short-term rentals and "guests" renting out the Teslas.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 3:35 pm

Get your little one their own Echo Dot for half the price with this sale

Get your little one their own Echo Dot for half the price with this sale

Save $35: The Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Kids Edition is on sale at Amazon for $34.99. 


If you've been quarantined with your little one/s, we commend you. Between trying to help them with virtual classes and getting your own work done, it's no easy task. 

If you're in need of a break and want them to keep themselves busy for a bit, an Echo Dot can do the trick. But don't worry, you don't have to hand yours over and risk the possibility of them drawing on it with marker or somehow dropping it in the toilet. Instead, get them their own. 

The kids edition of the 3rd generation Echo Dot comes equipped with parental controls so you can always be there. Set time limits so you can be assured that they're not spending too much time talking to Alexa while you're trying to meet your deadline or get dinner on the table.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 3:31 pm

Wayfair is having a huge sale on Samsung appliances

Wayfair is having a huge sale on Samsung appliances

The best Way Day Samsung deals:


By now, you're probably aware that Amazon Prime Day dates got leaked and the big shopping event is strongly rumored to kick off Oct. 13. But, while we wait for that day to come, there are other great sales to shop in the meantime.

Wayfair is running an event through Sept. 24 called Way Day (very original, we know) and there are actually some really great discounts. What we're most stoked about is the Samsung section of the sale — some major appliances are seeing big price slashes while others come with generous gift cards, and some even get both treatments. Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 3:15 pm

Warning: The free version of Google Meet will enforce time limits soon

Warning: The free version of Google Meet will enforce time limits soon

The free version of Google Meet has been a godsend for some people during the COVID-19 pandemic, but all that's golden is never real.

Google released a free version of its business-focused video call app earlier this year, which allowed for more people in a call than Hangouts, its other video chat app. 

At the time, Google noted that the free version would carry a 60-minute time limit for calls, but that it wouldn't be enforced until Sept. 30.

Well, it's the end of September, which means we only have a handful of days before free Google Meet users need to start planning for shorter calls. That, or they'll have to get used to ending the call, starting a new one, and sending the link around to everyone again. In fairness to Google, the 60-minute time limit is more generous than Zoom's 40-minute limit on free calls.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 3:03 pm

The Apple Watch Series 6 and SE are already discounted — here's where you can get one on sale

The Apple Watch Series 6 and SE are already discounted — here's where you can get one on sale

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 3:03 pm

A few versions of the 10.2-inch iPad that just came out are already $30 off

A few versions of the 10.2-inch iPad that just came out are already $30 off

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 2:50 pm

Google Maps now shows COVID-19 hot spots

Google Maps now shows COVID-19 hot spots

Google is adding another tool to help us stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On Wednesday, the company announced a new feature in Google Maps: An info layer that shows information on COVID-19 cases in a particular area. 

To check it out, open Google Maps, tap on the layers button in the top right corner (see image below), and tap on COVID-19 info. Note that the feature is rolling out gradually, so it may not be available for you yet. 

Google Maps now shows COVID-19 hot spots

Image: google maps

This data layer will show a seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the area you're looking at, as well as a label indicating whether cases are trending up or down. Areas with a lot of new COVID-19 cases will also appear red compared to neighboring areas.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 1:59 pm

Spotify, Epic, and others join coalition to change Apple's App Store practices

Spotify, Epic, and others join coalition to change Apple's App Store practices

A number of companies have formed a non-profit organization with the goal of forcing Apple to change its App Store practices. 

The founding members include Spotify and Epic Games — both of which have been very vocal about Apple's "unfair" App Store fees and other issues — as well as a number of other companies, including Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, and ProtonMail. 

Called the Coalition for App Fairness, the group argues that Apple's 15-30 percent fee from each App Store purchase is too high, and that its App Store practices are "anti-competitive," and offer "no consumer freedom."

The coalition has 13 founding members.

The coalition has 13 founding members.

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 11:54 am

The new NHS COVID-19 app doesn't work on iPhone 6 or earlier models

The new NHS COVID-19 app doesn't work on iPhone 6 or earlier models

The National Health Service (NHS) has launched its long-awaited COVID-19 app in England and Wales. Problem is, the app doesn't work on iPhone 6 and earlier models of the smartphone. 

So, what does the app do? Firstly, it provides contact tracing using Bluetooth and it also allows you to input your postcode district to check the risk level in your area. The app also has a "QR venue check in" feature, as well as a symptom checker and test booking option. 

The exclusion of Apple's older smartphones from the app rollout could pose accessibility issues for people with low income and the older generation, who might not have the latest model. The app requires handsets to have Android version Marshmallow 6.0 (released in 2015) or iOS 13.5 (released in May 2020) as well as Bluetooth 4.0 or a more recent version.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 10:44 am

He’s just 17, but dedicates his time teaching kids from low-income families to code

He’s just 17, but dedicates his time teaching kids from low-income families to code

Vardhan Agrawal is a self-taught software developer, author, and the founder of TheOpenCode Foundation, which helps disadvantaged students from all over the world learn how to code.  Read more...

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Posted on 24 September 2020 | 10:07 am