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Unique gift ideas for every kind of mom

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No matter the gifting occasion, you want to wow your mom. She spent years of her life providing for you, and now you're in a place where you can *kind of* return the favor.

While she probably won't say no to a new high-tech vacuum or kitchen appliance (you'll find a couple on this list), make sure not to pigeonhole your mother by looking only at "standard mom gifts." Instead, consider gifts that are actually for her and don’t just have to do with stereotypical mom pursuits, an all-too-common issue we've seen on other gift guides aimed at moms.

SEE ALSO: Best gifts for parents: Great gift ideas for moms, dads, and guardians

Your mom should revel in her own glory with gifts that make her feel smart, sophisticated, and valued. Consider what she does when she has no one putting demands on her time — then shop for those moments. Here are over 40 ideas to get you started.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 5:48 pm

Best Instant Pot deals, including an Instant Pot Pro for $99.95

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Short on time? Consider adding an Instant Pot to your kitchen arsenal. As of Dec. 2, here are our picks for the best Instant Pot deals: 


Instant Pot revolutionized the pressure cooker. With an Instant Pot, you can make everything from yogurt to soups to a whole roasted chicken with the click of a button. 

This little gadget is a game-changer, especially when cooking for multiple people. (Think: Superbowl get-togethers, ugly sweater parties, New Year's bashes, you name it!) Plus, it makes heating up leftovers easier than ever. 

Ready to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon? As of Dec. 2, you can snag this cult favorite for up to $100 off. 

Best Instant Pot deal

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Our pick: Instant Pot Pro (opens in a new tab)
$99.95 at Amazon (save $70.04)
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Why we like it 

The Instant Pot Pro is a 10-in-1, multi-functional cooker. Use it as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, sous vide, sauté pan, rice, sterilizer, yogurt maker, food warmer, cake baker, or steamer. Bonus: this model is the only multi-cooker with a premium cookware-grade inner pot with stay-cool silicone handles so you can quickly transfer it from your Instant Pot to your stovetop.  

Runner-up Instant Pot deal

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Our pick: Instant Pot Ultra (opens in a new tab)
$101.95 at Amazon (save $38.04)
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Why we like it 

The Instant Pot Ultra features overheat protection, a safe-locking lid, and an upgraded steam release switch equipped with a diffusing cover to prevent potential spillage. This model includes a steam rack, recipe booklet, serving spoon, and soup spoon. Need more? Download the Instant Pot app for instant access to new recipes and tips. 


Best Dutch oven deal 

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Our pick: Instant Dutch Oven (opens in a new tab)
$149.95 at Amazon (save $100.04)
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Why we like it 

Finishing the day with a gourmet meal is always a nice treat, and thanks to the Instant Dutch Oven, you can do just that at home. This electric Dutch oven can braise, slow cook, sear, and sauté. It also features a removable heavy-duty enameled cast-iron cooking pot that’s oven- and stovetop-safe.   

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 5:40 pm

Wake up, honey, a bunch of Breville espresso machines are on sale

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SAVE UP TO 20%: As of Dec. 2, Amazon has marked down the prices on a bunch of Breville espresso makers, from top tier to more budget-friendly models.


Picture this: it's a cold winter morning, and your alarm clock went off a little earlier than you'd like — but you're able to get yourself out of bed thanks to the promise of a homemade latte made with your shining stainless steel espresso machine. Sounds dreamy, right?

Now you can make those dreams a reality. As of Dec. 2, seven different Breville espresso machines are on sale for up to $220 off at Amazon and on Breville's website. Though they're still a decent upfront investment, there are both higher and lower-end Breville machines available, meaning you won't have to shell out $800 to score an espresso maker that's built to last (milk frother included).

SEE ALSO: Best Buy is getting a head start on the holidays with 20 days of 24-hour deals

With so many options, it can be hard to narrow down which machine might be best for you. We've pulled a top pick (and a couple tips on what other machines you might want to go for), but thanks to this sale, you'll score a pretty good deal no matter which machine you choose.

OUR TOP PICK: Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine$399.95 (save $100)

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$399.95 at Amazon (save $100)
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Why we like it

Espresso machines, especially for beginners, can be a little on the intimidating side. The Bambino Plus takes much of the guesswork out of making a pro barista-worthy beverage. The ThermoJet heating system gets your machine ready to pour shots three seconds afters it's turned on, and a nine bar extraction process gets you espresso that tastes great. A simple press of a button will prepare you one or two shots, and you won't have to refill the machine each time thanks to its water reservoir.

For those who enjoy lattes or other milky beverages, you can set the stream to one of several automatic settings, so you get perfectly velvety milk every time. (You lose this feature on the slightly more budget-friendly Bambino). If you're looking for a similar experience plus a built-in grinder, the Express might be the way to go for you. And if you want the most hands-off experience, the Touch Espresso machine could be your pick — though you'll pay a premium for it.

More Breville espresso machine deals:

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 5:21 pm

Dance competitions get a motion capture makeover in bizarre trailer for Netflix's 'Dance Monsters'

A row of people in motion capture suits face a row of CGI monsters.

At first, Netflix's Dance Monsters may seem like your average dance competition. Dancers compete in front of a panel of judges in order to win a $250,000 prize. However, there's one monster-sized catch: The dancers are wearing motion capture suits that disguise them to look like animated creatures.

It's a lot to wrap your head around, and that's before you watch a one-eyed alien spinning and leaping around the stage in the trailer. The future is here... and it looks like a dancing marshmallow woman.

Dance Monsters hits Netflix Dec. 16.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 5:12 pm

Grab the Instant Stand Mixer Pro for its lowest price ever

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SAVE $90: The Instant Stand Mixer Pro is on sale at Amazon for its lowest price ever at $209.95 as of Dec. 2. That's a savings of 30%.


Instant Pot fans know the score. Having one of the best slow cookers (and rice cooker, and yogurt maker, and everything else) just makes putting a home-cooked meal on the table so much easier. That's part of why the Instant Pot name has become such a beloved brand over the years. But did you know the company also sells a stand mixer, too?

If you want to see how an Instant Home-branded mixer could help speed things up in the kitchen, now's a great time to give one a try. Amazon has the Instant Stand Mixer Pro on sale for $209.95, its lowest price ever, as of Dec. 2. That's $90 off its usual price of $299.99, and a savings of 30%.

SEE ALSO: The best Black Friday kitchen deals include air fryers, a bunch of Le Creuset, and Ninja Foodis galore

Just like its Instant Pot brethren, the Instant Stand Mixer Pro handles multiple duties, like mixing cookie dough in its 7.4-qt stainless steel mixing bowl, or making a batch of bread with its dough hook. Its 600-watt motor should be able to handle any mixing job you throw at it. It also comes with a mixing paddle, whisk and removable pouring shield, 10 speed settings, and a digital timer so you can set it and (mostly) forget it. (Don't actually forget that it's mixing, though.)

The mixer itself is pretty lightweight as well, so you can pick it up and move it around as you see fit. And when you're done cooking, you can throw your mixing bowl, paddle, dough hook, and whisk right into the dishwasher for easy cleanup. It doesn't come in the variety of colors KitchenAid mixers do, but it's a nice-looking piece of equipment. And with its sale price, it's a great time to see if this is the stand mixer you've been waiting for.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 5:06 pm

Save 75% during NordVPN's extra-early Christmas sale, plus more VPN deals as of Dec. 2

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UPDATE: Dec. 2, 2022, 11:35 a.m. EST This story has been updated.

Using a virtual private network (VPN) is one of the best ways to protect your online data and stay anonymous on the web, whether you're trying to stream movies abroad, torrent, bypass geo-restrictions, or just plain browse. Most providers' plans cost anywhere from $2 to $12 per month, though many lure customers in with discounted introductory rates that skyrocket after your initial term. To help you lock in a plan that'll fit your budget in the short and long run, we're compiling a weekly roundup of the best deals on all the VPNs we've personally tested. Below, you can check out our top picks as of Dec. 2.

ExpressVPN — save 49% on a 15-month plan

Read our full review of ExpressVPN.

A reliable server network, a user-friendly app, a strong commitment to data protection, and a headquarters in the privacy-forward British Virgin Islands make ExpressVPN our favorite full-featured VPN on the market. It also happens to be one of the most expensive VPNs out there, which is why we highly recommend taking advantage of an ongoing deal on its 15-month plan: You can sign up for just $6.67/month, which is 49% off its standard $12.95/month rate. (Bonus: Your purchase is covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee.) You'll switch to an $8.32/month annual plan after the first term is up.

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ExpressVPN (1 year + 3 months) (opens in a new tab)
$6.67 per month (save $6.28 per month)
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NordVPN — save 75% on a 27-month Standard plan

Read our full review of NordVPN.

Power users shouldn't think twice about signing up for NordVPN, another industry giant based in the British Virgin Islands that packs robust security features like double encryption, obfuscated servers, dark web monitoring, malware protection, ad and tracker blockers, and Onion Over VPN, a tool that combines your VPN connection with the Tor network for an extra layer of privacy. Its Christmas sale presents a rare opportunity to snag a 27-month Standard plan for just $2.99/month, which is 75% off its usual $11.99/month pricing (protected by a 30-day money-back guarantee). Note that you may have to pull up its website in an incognito window in order to see the discount reflected.

Optional upgrades include:

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NordVPN Standard (2 years + 3 months) (opens in a new tab)
$2.99 per month (save $9 per month)
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Proton VPN — save 60% on a 30-month Plus plan

Read our full review of ProtonVPN.

The Swiss-based Proton VPN is another great pick for privacy wonks, with open-source apps and critical infrastructure that's stored inside a data center requiring biometric access. We recommend its Plus plan, which gets you full access to its server network, streaming service and P2P support, ad/tracker/malware protection, and a Tor over VPN tool that lets you direct traffic through the Tor network with a single click. Monthly subscriptions go for $9.99, but you'll save 60% and pay just $3.99/month if you commit to a 30-month plan during its still-live Black Friday sale. (A 30-day money-back guarantee applies here, too.)

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CyberGhost VPN — save 84% on a 28-month plan

Read our full review of CyberGhost VPN.

This Romania-based provider lays claim to the biggest, most globally diverse network we've seen, with special servers optimized for streaming, gaming, and P2P to maintain consistent connections. New customers can sign up for a 28-month plan at just $2.03/month during its prolonged Cyber Monday sale, which trims 84% off its standard monthly fee of $12.99. (Your subscription will renew as a $4.75/month annual plan after the initial term is up, which still isn't terrible.) Like all of CyberGhost's multi-year plans, it comes with a 45-day money-back guarantee and free access to its ID Guard and Privacy Guard tools.

Optional add-ons include:

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CyberGhost VPN (2 years + 4 months) (opens in a new tab)
$2.03 per month (save $10.96 per month)
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TunnelBear — save 67% on a 1-year Unlimited plan

Read our full review of TunnelBear.

Our go-to recommendation for anyone who's never used the technology before, TunnelBear is a simple, lightweight VPN with an intuitive (and adorable) interface. Though it's incapable of unblocking streaming sites and is based in Canada, a Five Eyes country, it should serve you well if you're just surfing the web. We recommend its Unlimited plan over the free version for unlimited browsing and priority customer service, which goes for just $3.33/month when you enroll for a year during the TunnelBear Winter Sale — that's 67% off its usual $9.99/month rate. (You'll pay $4.99/month after your first term ends.) There's no money-back guarantee, unfortunately, but refunds are offered on a case-by-case basis. Note that you may have to click through to its homepage in order to see the offer.

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Private Internet Access (PIA) — save 83% on a 28-month plan

Read our full review of PIA.

It's nothing particularly special (and its U.S. headquarters location isn't ideal), but for users in search of a basic VPN with open-source apps, built-in ad blocking, and a free email breach monitor, PIA is worth a look. Its lingering Cyber Monday offer nabs you 28 months of coverage for only $2.03/month, shaving 83% off its regular rate of $11.99/month. (That also includes a 30-day money-back guarantee.) You'll switch to an annual plan at $4.75/month after the initial term is over.

Optional add-ons include:

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Private Internet Access (2 years + 4 months) (opens in a new tab)
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IPVanish — save 71% on a 15-month plan

Read our full review of IPVanish.

Another middle-of-the-road pick with a U.S. headquarters (boo), IPVanish makes up for a lack of advanced security features with a minimalist, straightforward app and support for unlimited simultaneous connections. You can get your first 15 months of service for just $3.19/month as part of its extended Black Friday sale (with a 30-day money-back guarantee), which takes 71% off its standard monthly rate of $10.99. After that term is up, you'll get bumped to $7.50/month on an annual plan.

Editor’s Note: IPVanish and Vipre are owned by Ziff Davis, Mashable's publisher. Any IPVanish or Vipre products or services featured on Mashable are covered independently by our team.

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PureVPN — save 88% on a 5-year plan

Read our full review of PureVPN.

We don't have a ton of nice things to say about PureVPN — our review turned up slow download speeds, buggy apps, iffy Netflix support, and a questionable privacy policy — but hey, it's cheap! Enroll in a 5-year plan during its holiday sale and enter the promo code CYBER at checkout to pay just $1.27/month, which is an 88% discount on its normal monthly rate of $10.95. (Don't be afraid to take advantage of its 31-day money-back guarantee if necessary.)

Optional add-ons include:

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PureVPN (5 years) (opens in a new tab)
$1.27 per month with promo code CYBER (save $9.68 per month)
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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 5:05 pm

England vs Senegal livestream options for 2022 FIFA World Cup

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England will take on Senegal in a Round of 16 FIFA World Cup clash at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Both the Three Lions and the Lions of Teranga will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals with a win at the 60,000-seat venue in Al Khor.

England reached the knockout stages by securing the most points in Group B, which also included USA, Wales, and Iran.

Meanwhile, Senegal go into this game as runners-up of Group A after facing competition from Ecuador, Netherlands, and Qatar.

England vs Senegal kickoff time

Kickoff time for the England vs. Senegal match is set for 2 p.m. ET on December 4 at the 60,000-seat venue in Al Khor.

How to watch England vs Senegal on streaming or free TV

World Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament.

You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States.

The England vs. Senegal match will be shown on FS1, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game.

Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV.

Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly.

When are the other Round of 16 games?

Teams will need to win in their Round of 16 game in order to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:58 pm

All the best gaming deals as of Dec. 2: Get a Meta Quest 2 at its Black Friday price

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UPDATE: Dec. 2, 2022, 11:00 a.m. EST This list has been updated to reflect pricing and availability as of Dec. 2.

Grab these gaming products on discount for holiday gifting, or to check games off your 2022 to-play list.


Gaming is a hard hobby to keep up with. Not only do a staggering number of must-play titles release each year, but they're also expensive (yes, games cost $70 now). That's why each week we bring you the best gaming deals we can find, so you can stay in the know about the hottest new games without stressing over video game-induced debt. Whether you're looking to catch up on your backlog with discounted titles or hoping to freshen up your setup with some new hardware, we've got you covered.

SEE ALSO: 'God of War Ragnarok' sticks to a winning formula and that's OK

PlayStation deals

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Our pick: 'The Last of Us Part I' for PlayStation 5 (opens in a new tab)
$49.99 at Amazon (Save $20)
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Why we like it

The Last of Us Part I didn't necessarily need to happen, but we're happy it did. The original game is a critically acclaimed masterpiece — and is still arguably in great shape for how long ago it was released — but who are we to say "no" to a ground-up remake of one of the all-time greats specifically for the PlayStation 5? If you haven't already played The Last of Us, this is unquestionably the best way to experience it for the first time.

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Xbox deals

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Our pick: 'Elden Ring' for Xbox Series X/S (opens in a new tab)
$39 at Amazon (Save $20.99)
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Why we like it

If you've ever enjoyed a FromSoftware game (Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Sekiro), Elden Ring is probably going to be your new favorite. Explore The Lands Between as your created character (called a "Tarnished"), discovering hidden areas, battling dangerous creatures, and working toward the ultimate goal of repairing the shattered Elden Ring and becoming the new Elden Lord. It's a grand adventure, and one you shouldn't miss out on in 2022.

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Nintendo deals

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Our pick: 'Splatoon 3' for Nintendo Switch (opens in a new tab)
$51.90 at Amazon (save $8.09)
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Why we like it

Fans of multiplayer and party games should have Splatoon 3 in their library. This four-on-four unconventional shooter pits two teams against each other (the Inklings and Octolings) and tasks them with covering the map in as much paint as possible before the timer runs out. In the end, whichever team has painted the most turf will emerge victorious.

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Hardware and accessories

PC gaming deals

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Our pick: Samsung Odyssey 32-inch G5 gaming monitor (opens in a new tab)
$299.99 at Amazon (Save $80)
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Why we like it

Curved gaming monitors may not seem like game-changers right away, but they certainly can be. Samsung's curved 100R panel attempts to replicate the curvature of the human eye to cut down on strain and increase immersion, which just makes playing feel better. The monitor also features a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response times, AMD FreeSync Premium support, WQHD resolution, and HDR10 compatibility.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:55 pm

France vs Poland livestream options for 2022 FIFA World Cup

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France will take on Poland in a Round of 16 FIFA World Cup clash at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Both the reigning champions and the Poles will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals with a win at the 40,000-seat venue in Doha.

France reached the knockout stages by securing the most points in Group D, which also included Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia.

Meanwhile, Poland go into this game as runners-up of Group C after facing competition from Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Argentina.

France vs Poland kickoff time

Kickoff time for the France vs. Poland match is set for 10 a.m. ET on December 4 at the 40,000-seat venue in Doha.

How to watch France vs Poland on streaming or free TV

World Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament.

You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States.

The France vs. Poland match will be shown on FS1, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game.

Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV.

Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly.

When are the other Round of 16 games?

Teams will need to win in their Round of 16 game in order to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:55 pm

Argentina vs Australia livestream options for 2022 FIFA World Cup

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Argentina will take on Australia in a Round of 16 FIFA World Cup clash at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

Both the 2021 Copa América champions and the Australians will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals with a win at the 44,000-seat venue in Al Rayyan.

Argentina reached the knockout stages by securing the most points in Group C, which also included Mexico, Poland, and Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Australia go into this game as runners-up of Group D after facing competition from Tunisia, Denmark, and France.

Argentina vs Australia kickoff time

Kickoff time for the Argentina vs. Australia match is set for 2 p.m. ET on December 3 at the 44,000-seat venue in Al Rayyan.

How to watch Argentina vs Australia on streaming or free TV

World Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament.

You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States.

The Argentina vs. Australia match will be shown on FOX, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game.

Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV.

Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly.

When are the other Round of 16 games?

Teams will need to win in their Round of 16 game in order to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals


Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:51 pm

Netherlands vs USA livestream options for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Soccer ball in a goal.

Netherlands will take on USA in a Round of 16 FIFA World Cup clash at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Both the Dutch and the US will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals with a win at the 45,000-seat venue in Doha.

Netherlands reached the knockout stages by securing the most points in Group A, which also included Qatar, Senegal, and Ecuador.

Meanwhile, USA go into this game as runners-up of Group B after facing competition from Iran, Wales, and England.

Netherlands vs USA kickoff time

Kickoff time for the Netherlands vs. USA match is set for 10 a.m. ET on December 3 at the 45,000-seat venue in Doha.

How to watch Netherlands vs USA on streaming or free TV

World Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament.

You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States.

The Netherlands vs. USA match will be shown on FOX, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game.

Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV.

Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly.

When are the other Round of 16 games?

Teams will need to win in their Round of 16 game in order to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:46 pm

Best Buy is getting a head start on the holidays with 20 days of 24-hour deals

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UPDATE: Dec. 2, 2022, 11:05 a.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest Deals of the Day and 12 Days of Gaming picks at Best Buy. Here's a quick look:


Best Buy is counting down to the holidays with a series of gifts, only it's swapping the lords a-leaping and partridge-laden pear trees for one-off tech discounts.

Through Sunday, Dec. 18, the electronics store is hosting a 20 Days of Deals event comprised of a series of short sales on featured products across all departments. Offers go live around 1:01 a.m. ET every day and will remain available for 24 hours or until they sell out — whichever comes first — with a limit of one per customer and no rainchecks.

SEE ALSO: Best gifts under $50: 50+ ideas for absolutely everyone

These main Deals of the Day will be joined by Bonus Deals of the Day, as well as quick 4-Hour Deals staggered throughout each day at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m. ET. As if that weren't enough, this is all happening alongside a 12 Days of Gaming sale at Best Buy that brings one-day discounts on select Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch gear through Dec. 10. (And you thought Cyber Weekend was chaotic.)

We'll be keeping track of all the Deals of the Day and 12 Days of Gaming offers here for easy referencing, keeping a close eye out for any discounts that stay live (or get even cheaper) beyond their scheduled windows. Below, you'll find Best Buy's picks for Friday, Dec. 2.

20 Days of Deals

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Dec. 2 Deal of the Day: Keurig K-Café (opens in a new tab)
$99.99 at Best Buy (save $90)
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Why we like it

Keurig's K-Café model features a removable 60-ounce water reservoir, four cup size settings, a strong brew mode, and a built-in milk frother. It's a step up over the brand's standard single-serve coffee machines for when you're craving a fancy latte or cappuccino, but don't feel like leaving your house for a Starbucks run.

Like the Keurig K-Duo before it, the K-Café is marked down to $99.99 (normally $189.99) as a Best Buy Deal of the Day. That's a 47% savings and $70 cheaper than its sale price on the Keurig website at the time of writing. (It was sold out on Amazon and $162.99 at Target when we last checked, for the record.)

Dec. 2 Bonus Deals of the Day

Previous Deals of the Day

Note: Anything marked with a strikeout was sold out or unavailable at its DoTD price at the time of writing. Any deals with a 🔥 are now cheaper than they were as DoTDs.

12 Days of Gaming

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Dec. 2 deal: "Deathloop" (PlayStation 5) (opens in a new tab)
$9.99 at Best Buy (save $50)
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Why we like it

"Want to visit an escape room without actually visiting an escape room? Play Deathloop," wrote Mashable's former senior gamers reporter Adam Rosenberg. Arkane Studios' bloody and retro-futuristic first-person shooter/time-looper/puzzle box wound up nabbing a spot on our list of 2021's best video games.

Best Buy has the PlayStation 5 version marked down to just $9.99 today, which is a massive 83% off its suggested retail price of $59.99 (and $10 better than its all-time-low on Amazon).

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Note: Anything marked with a strikeout was sold out or unavailable at its DoG price at the time of writing.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:37 pm

Get Amazon Fire tablets for under $100 each

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Black Friday may be over, but these Amazon Fire tablets are still available at their lowest-ever prices.


Tablets offer a rare versatility that make them useful to all kinds of people (and kids). But pricey tablet models can end up having a hefty price tag, especially if you want to buy more than one. That's why we're psyched that two Amazon Fire tablets are on sale today for under $100.

The Amazon Fire 8 HD and Fire 8 HD Plus tablets are available at their lowest-ever prices at the retailer on Dec. 2, deals that are lingering even after Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone.

These deals may run out any time, so check them out while you still can.

Best Overall Deal

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Why we like it

The Fire 8 HD Plus tablet, which was released in 2022, is a definite upgrade over its base version. Its 3GB RAM is a 50% increase over its predecessor, which makes it easier to simultaneously use multiple applications. Its included 9W fast charger helps it to reach full capacity within 4 hours, while the wireless charging capability ensures that you don't run around the room searching for a spare socket. (Note: The wireless charging dock is sold separately).

With Game Mode switched on, you can stall notifications from intruding on your playtime, which makes for a smoother gameplay experience. Although the 2MP front and rear cameras are not the best in the market by any means, you would be hard-pressed to find a better tablet at this price. You can also opt for the 64GB version of this tablet, which is also at an all-time-low price.

Best Budget Deal

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While the Fire HD 8 Plus is the best tablet on this list, its low space can prove to be a hindrance. Its discounted 64GB version arrives at a shade under $85, and in case that still doesn't feel worth the bargain, then you can go with the Fire HD 8 tablet at $10 less. This model has the same camera resolution and battery life as its Plus version, although a full charge takes a bit longer, at around 5 hours. It also has a decent 2GB RAM which can be useful while conducting simpler tasks such as creating documents and playing low-end games. The tablet is light enough to carry and comes in four radiant colors.

This device is a great budget pick for your children who need an easy-to-use, portable device that can assist them with their homework. And with expandable storage up to 1TB, memories built in their formative years will always stay safe.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:33 pm

Get your groove on with a pair of Sennheiser Momentum 4 headphones at their lowest price ever

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SAVE $74: The Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Headphones are on sale at Amazon for their lowest price ever at $275.34 as of Dec. 2. That's a savings of 21%.


If you're ready to ring in the new year with the best headphones possible, you have your work cut out for you. There are tons to choose from, with options for every budget. From Sony to Sennheiser, you can bring home some excellent picks without breaking the bank.

Amazon has the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Headphones on sale for $274.34, their lowest price ever, as of Dec. 2. That's $74 off their usual price of $349.95, and a savings of 21%.

They come in black or white, and feature oval-shaped earcups that fit securely over your ears. Their 42mm dynamic drivers deliver fantastic sound, and their capacitive touch controls are nicely responsive. You can expect lengthy battery life as well: Sennheiser estimates up to 60 hours with ANC, or active noise cancellation, with around two hours' charging time.

These noise-canceling headphones offer a balanced sound signature that's pleasantly heavy on the bass. They aren't top of the class when it comes to ANC, like one of our favorite headphone picks, the Sennheiser PXC 550-IIs. But they're still very much up to the task, with the granular control their companion app and customizable EQ section offers.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 3:59 pm

'Lady Chatterley's Lover' review: A steamy affair that makes room to examine class

Two people in a wood look at each other curiously and flirtatiously.

"This is a love story." These are the words uttered by Mrs Bolton (Joely Richardson) in the final moments of Netflix's Lady Chatterley's Lover to a group of women gossiping about the events we've just watched unfold. As nurse to Lord Clifford Chatterley (Matthew Duckett), Mrs Bolton has had a front row seat for the spectacle of Lady Constance Chatterley's (The Crown star Emma Corrin) affair with the estate's gamekeeper Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell).

But this film is much more than a love story.

You've probably heard of Lady Chatterley's Lover, the steamy D.H. Lawrence novel, which was the subject of a controversial trial in the UK in 1960. The novel was banned for obscenity in the U.S., Canada, Australia, India, and Japan. Nevertheless, the book sold millions of copies, while also inviting mass shock and consternation for its explicit sexual descriptions and repeated use of the F-word and C-word. What's not to like?

SEE ALSO: Cunnilingus on camera is changing. So are attitudes towards women's pleasure.

What's Lady Chatterley's Lover about?

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Emma Corrin as Lady Constance, Matthew Duckett as Clifford. Credit: Seamus Ryan / Netflix

Lady Chatterley's Lover tells the story of Constance "Connie" Reid, a wealthy daughter of an artist who marries Sir Clifford Chatterley shortly before he travels back to The Front during the First World War. Directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre with a screenplay by David Magee, the film opens with scenes of the pair's wedding day, during which Clifford's father, Sir Geoffrey Chatterley (Alistair Findlay), gives a toast which sums up exactly what's expected of his son's new bride.

"So, here's to Clifford and Connie, our new hope for an heir to Ragby," says Sir Geoffrey.

"Oh father, you know that's not just why we married," says Clifford.

"Why else would a baronet get married?" Sir Geoffrey replies.

Despite the newlyweds' public insistence on the marriage as purely a love match, the veil slips later in the film, when Clifford returns from war and makes it clear that an heir to Ragby is expected. "It means a lot to the people here," Clifford tells his wife. However, Clifford is paralysed from the waist down after being injured during the First World War and in the aftermath of Clifford's injury, Connie and Clifford no longer share a sexual relationship.

With the pressure still on, Clifford makes it clear to Connie that he wants her to sleep with another man in order to produce an heir, though explicitly sets rules inhibiting her from "yielding herself completely to him," and instructing her to "govern your emotions accordingly" in the process. "The mechanical act of sex is nothing when compared to a life lived together," he says. Being a wealthy aristocrat, he also clarifies that Connie should avoid "the wrong sort of fellow" and only consider upper class men as candidates for siring an heir.

This moment is a turning point in the film. We see Corrin's Connie barely containing her rage and nausea at the suggestion, though her husband barely notices (he never really does). We see Connie coming to terms with the dawning realisation that she really is just a vessel for an heir. As Connie seeks solace in a small hut on the estate, searching for an escape and freedom from the expectations that are beginning to close in on her, Corrin paints a portrait of a character in deep turmoil and it is affecting to watch.

And "governing one's emotions" isn't exactly what fate has in store for Connie...

Lady Chatterley's Lover is a romance, but also a story about class.

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While Mrs Bolton's words are very true of Netflix's adaptation of the novel, the film is also a story about class. During her solitude, Connie begins spending time with Mellors, the estate's gamekeeper, and it's here she finds tenderness, care, passion, and yes, love — the elements that have been wanting in her own marriage. But, in Clifford's eyes, this working class man is exactly the "wrong sort of fellow" he pompously declared earlier as unsuitable.

This particular adaptation feels more infused with commentary on class than previous versions — Jed Mercurio's 2015 film with Holiday Grainger and Richard Madden, Pascale Ferran's 2006 film, and the 1993 BBC television serial starring none other than Richardson with Sean Bean — which, though it's set over 100 years ago, feels relevant amid the cost of living crisis of today, which is already causing tension in people's relationships.

SEE ALSO: Why affairs are on the rise in the cost of living crisis

Corrin and O'Connell have intense on-screen chemistry and you cannot help but be pulled into their convincingly passionate love affair. O'Connell delivers a beguiling and complex Mellors, who is treated poorly and imperiously by his aristocratic employer Clifford, and is acutely aware of the vulnerability of his position in this love triangle.

Lady Chatterley's Lover is, of course, overtly steamy.

As their tryst develops, so too do the sex scenes, which are infused with freedom by director De Clermont-Tonnerre. It's clear that this relationship is being presented as a liberation from the emotionless and rigid aristocracy and the oppressive class structures that rule society. We see Corrin and O'Connell running naked through fields, making love in nature — they inhabit the wilderness and their love is presented as untamed.

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During their second encounter together, De Clermont-Tonnerre includes a cunnilingus scene which zooms in on Corrin's face, capturing their facial expression. There is a prioritisation of Connie's pleasure in this scene; when she comes, she gets up and walks out.

But beyond their obviously strong physical connection, Connie's own story is about questioning and ultimately rejecting the unpalatable privilege that surrounds her. She rejects the societal obligation to keep up appearances and provide an heir at her husband's request (who, naturally, doesn't even ask her what she would like to do).

"You and your ruling class!" Connie yells at Clifford, making plain her true feelings.

Connie and Mellors, both bound by different struggles from the same power structure that oppresses them both, ultimately find agency by rejecting society's rules and expectations. In the end, they choose love.

Lady Chatterley's Lover is now streaming on Netflix.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 1:00 pm

Tesla delivers first Semi electric truck to Pepsi

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Elon Musk unveiled it in 2017 and said it was coming in 2019. Three more years later, it's finally here: the first production Tesla Semi electric truck.

Tesla highlighted the milestone with a Semi Delivery Event on Thursday, held at the company's Gigafactory in Nevada, where the first Semi was officially delivered to PepsiCo.

The Semi is a class 8 electric truck powered by three motors on rear axles, with a 300- or 500 mile-range (depending on the configuration), load capacity of 82,000 pounds, and a 0–60mph time of 20 seconds. "This thing has crazy power compared to a diesel truck," Musk said during the event.

Like other Teslas, the Semi charges fast: Tesla specs say you can get a 70 percent charge in 30 minutes, thanks to Tesla's one-megawatt, liquid cooled charging tech (the same tech will be used for Tesla's upcoming Cybertruck, too). And it brings a ton of Tesla tech over from other cars, including the infotainment system, drive units, and the heat pump system. "It looks sick," said Musk. "That thing looks like it came from the future. It's like driving...a Tesla, literally."

SEE ALSO: Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' beta is now available to everyone in the U.S.

To prove that the Semi really has a 500-mile range, Tesla recorded a recent trip where a fully loaded Semi covered the 500-mile trip from Fremont to San Diego. The company released a timelapse video of the feat; check it out below.

Prospective buyers, however, will primarily be interested in total cost of ownership. The Semi is pricy – $150,000 for the 300-mile version, and $180,000 for the 500-mile version — but the savings come in energy costs (the Semi consumes less than two kWh per mile), with the Semi saving up to $250,000 over a million miles according to Musk.

During the event, Musk reiterated Tesla's mission statement, which he says is accelerating the advent towards sustainable energy. This, he claims, is why the company hasn't stuck to only building passenger cars, but has also expanded to trucks and pickups, with the aim to "cover major forms of terrestrial transport." On a slide shown during the presentation, the categories of vehicles pictured were luxury (Model S and Model X), midsize (Model 3 and Model Y), commercial (Semi), pickup (Cybertruck), and a shrouded category called "robotaxi." Musk has spoken of these autonomous cabs several times before; in April, he said the company aims to produce self-driving robotaxis by 2024.


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As for the Tesla Semi, Musk compared it mainly to diesel trucks, but other companies, including Volvo and Daimler, have already brought, or are bringing electric trucks to the road. Musk didn't say how many Semis Tesla plans to produce and sell, but given the competition, it'll be an interesting race.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 12:03 pm

The best cheap VPNs in December 2022

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This might be surprising, but the best VPNs aren't necessarily the most expensive. Some of the best VPNs are actually really affordable, which is great news for anyone looking to secure cheap online security and data protection.

You have come to the right place if you're looking for a premium VPN with advanced features, without the big price tag. We've lined up some great value options for absolutely everyone, and there is no need to compromise on security, connection speed, customer support, or anything else.

But first, there are a few things we need to cover.

What is a VPN?

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) provide valuable protection for your data and identity when you're navigating the online world. How do they do this? VPNs offer online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network that hides your real IP address and makes all of your information unreadable.

All of your activity is untraceable and secure, because your online traffic passes through an encrypted tunnel. Everything inside the tunnel is protected against online threats like viruses, hackers, and malware. VPNs are primarily designed to provide online security, but there is another reason that millions of people use these services.

VPNs can also be used to stream movies and shows from around the world, and the process is actually really simple. We've already mentioned how VPNs provide anonymity by hiding your real IP address. Well, this technique can also be used to manipulate the streaming market. By hiding your real IP address and connecting you to a server in another location, you can trick your favourite streaming sites into thinking that you are based in a different country. This provides access to all the extra content that would normally be restricted in your location.

Do you need to pay for the best VPNs?

The question that everyone wants an answer to is whether you really need to pay for a VPN. There are plenty of free VPNs out there, but do these offer the features you need to browse, shop, and stream securely? Unfortunately, there is usually some sort of catch with free versions (usually in the form of a limitation on your data usage or connection speed).

Occasional users will probably be satisfied with a free VPN, but if you're going to be streaming or downloading on a regular basis, you should look elsewhere. The only exception to this rule is a free trial. These come without limitations, but obviously don't tend to last for a long time. PureVPN offers one of the best free trials, but this isn't a long-term solution. 

The conclusion is that the best option for securing your data and streaming more content from around the world is with a paid subscription. The sad fact is that you'll have to pay to gain access to advanced security features without limitations on your usage. It's not all bad news though, because there are plenty of cheap plans out there, especially if you're willing to commit to a lengthy contract.

What should you consider before subscribing to a VPN?

The process of actually selecting a VPN can be seriously tricky, especially if you don't know what to consider. Most of the best VPNs offer many of the same features with similar packages, so it's important to know what matters.

To make your life a little bit easier, we have shortlisted a few things to consider before making any sort of decision:

Network size and location — The best VPNs offer a large network of geographically diverse servers. The more servers (and server locations) offered by a VPN, the more likely you are to find a reliable and fast connection. This is also particularly important for streaming, as you should always be able to connect to a server in the country with the content you want to watch.

Trustworthiness — We recommend finding an experienced provider with a strong track record and a clear privacy policy. It's important that your VPN of choice guarantees your data won't be logged or collected. If it isn't obvious what happens to your data, you should steer clear.

Jurisdiction — It's a good idea to look for VPNs based in the British Virgin Islands, Panama, Switzerland, and other privacy-friendly countries. VPNs based in countries that fall under the jurisdiction of the intelligence-sharing alliances should be avoided: the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Spain. VPNs in these countries can be forced by authorities to collect and hand over user data.

Customer support — VPNs can be difficult to understand if you're not an experienced user, and even if you are, problems can occur. Whether you're a total beginner or not, customer support is key for dealing with any potential issues that might arise. You should also consider whether customer support is offered by phone, email, or web chat.

Make sure you consider these features before deciding on the VPN that suits you and your lifestyle. Once you have narrowed down your options, you can begin the process of finding the best deal.

What is the best VPN?

We're sorry to burst your bubble, but there isn't one VPN that beats all the rest. The best VPN for you really comes down to your own set of personal preferences. Once you find a few options that tick your boxes, you need to consider the best deals.

We have reached out to partners in order to provide you with market-leading prices on VPN subscriptions, with performance and security in mind. All of these VPN services have been handpicked not only because of the prices and deals on offer, but because they all offer the most important features to protect your online data and identity.

There are also plenty of services to consider on this list if your priority is unlocking streaming sites like Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+. Online security should always be the priority, but we know that many subscribers use these services to unlock more content from around the world. We get it, and we're here to help.

These are the best deals on cheap VPNs in 2022.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 11:37 am

How to watch U.S. Netflix in the UK

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Lining up all your favourite snacks and drinks, surrounding yourself with cushions and blankets, and then spending hours in front of a screen can be a truly therapeutic experience, but there is one big problem with this hobby: There is a limited amount of content out there to keep you entertained.

Regular streamers can quickly get to a point when it feels like there's nothing left to watch, and what are you supposed to do then? Don't panic, because there is a simple solution to this frustrating issue.

If you've reached this point of saturation, you should consider investing in a VPN.

What is a VPN?

VPNs are security tools that provide protection for your information by creating a private network that hides your real IP address. All of your activity is untraceable and secure, because all of your online traffic passes through an encrypted tunnel. Nobody can see into the tunnel, and everything inside the tunnel is protected against online threats like hackers, viruses, and malware.

The act of hiding your real IP address is what can trick leading streaming sites into thinking you are based in another country.

Why do you need a VPN?

VPNs are used to provide protection for your sensitive information, which is obviously super important. This isn't the only reason VPNs are so popular though, because these tools can be also be used to watch content that is normally blocked in your location.

By hiding your real IP address and connecting you to a server in another country, you can watch all your favourite content from that location. For example, you could watch all the extra films and shows on American Netflix that are not usually accessible outside of the U.S. There is so much content out there that can be accessed with the help of a VPN.

Everyone is in need of something that can bypass geo-restrictions to access all of this blocked entertainment, and that something is a VPN. These services are keys to the online world, granting you access to more of the shows and films you love.

How do you unblock and watch U.S. Netflix with a VPN?

If you think accessing American Netflix is going to be tricky with a VPN, think again. It's actually a really simple process that absolutely everyone can understand.

All you need to do is open up your preferred VPN, select an American server in order to spoof your IP to a U.S. address, and then head to Netflix. This quick and easy action makes Netflix think you're in the U.S. when you're actually in the UK, so you can watch all that great content that is normally unavailable. Not too complicated, right?

If you're worried that this whole thing sounds a bit illegal, then maybe we can reassure you. It's currently legal to watch Netflix while using a VPN, although we should point out that Netflix states in its terms of service that it may restrict your account without compensation or notice if you are engaged in "improper" use. We're not entirely sure what that means, but consider yourself warned.

We should make it very clear that you still need to be subscribed to Netflix for this trick to work. A VPN is not going to grant access to the streaming site for free. A VPN provides access to more libraries from around the world, once you're subscribed.

What is the best free VPN?

There are plenty of free versions and free trials of VPNs, so why would you ever consider paying for a service? As with most things in life, you get what you pay for with VPNs.

There is always a catch with free versions, and it's normally in the form of limited data usage. These plans will be just fine if you're just an occasional user, but if you're going to be streaming or downloading anything, this isn't going to work. Free trials are different as come with everything you get in a paid plan, but obviously they don't tend to last very long. Trials are great for testing out a service before committing, but this isn't a long-term solution.

To gain access to advanced security features without limitations on usage, you generally need to pay up. That being said, services like ProtonVPN offer an impressive set of features for free. However, you might have trouble streaming Netflix with this free version.

What is the best VPN for Netflix?

There are a lot of VPN services out there that can effectively unblock American Netflix, but which is the best? There are plenty of strong options for you to consider, but we wouldn't want you wasting your time checking everything out. To save you time, we've handpicked your best options. Each service has a different set of features that will suit some users better than others, and it's all about finding something that works for you.

It's tough to pick the best VPN for accessing American Netflix, but ExpressVPN does stand out from the competition for a number of reasons. It has a streaming-friendly interface, security focused features, and strong connection speeds. All of this provides users with a straightforward and speedy streaming experience. Speed is probably the most important feature to consider when it comes to picking a VPN for streaming. Using a VPN to connect to another country often affects your download speed, which can be devastating when you are trying to binge on your favourite show. We found that using ExpressVPN consistently results in the lowest buffering time when streaming Netflix in 4K. It is however a little pricey.

ExpressVPN is at the top of this list because it combines essential features with impressive results, but it isn’t the only option available to you. We have lined up all the best VPNs for unblocking Netflix, with something for everyone on this list. We've highlighted the best deals on the likes of Surfshark, PureVPN, CyberGhost VPN, NordVPN, and ZenMateVPN.

These are the best VPNs for Netflix in 2022.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 11:36 am

The best VPN deals in December 2022

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The online world can be a dangerous place, with hackers, viruses, and surveillance software absolutely everywhere. We're not trying to scare you, but have you ever considered just how much of your personal data is exposed to this sort of thing whilst you're browsing? If not, you probably should. You might be surprised by the results.

Your personal data is seriously valuable stuff these days, and everyone is looking to get their hands on it. Once you come to understand that the internet is insecure, it's perfectly normal to feel a little concerned about how much of your data is up for grabs. There's no need to panic though, because there is a simple and effective way that you can stay protected.

To stay safe online, and keep all of your data and personal information secure, you should invest in a VPN.

What is a VPN?

VPNs provide protection for your data and identity by creating a private network that hides your real IP address. All of your activity is untraceable and secure because everything passes through an encrypted tunnel. Nobody can see into the tunnel, and everything inside is protected against online threats. This means that hackers, governments, and your internet service provider will be unable to access any of your information.

What are the benefits of using a VPN?

Investing in a VPN is one of the best ways to ensure your safety and anonymity online. VPNs are vital tools in the fight against scammers and cybercriminals, but there's another reason you might consider these security services. And it has nothing to do with security.

VPNs can be used to unlock streaming services from around the world, including the likes of Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+. How do they do this? It's actually a really simple process, and it can significantly boost your content options. All you need to do is open up your preferred VPN, connect to a server from another country in order to spoof your IP to another address, and then head to your preferred streaming site. This process tricks the site into thinking you are based in another country, meaning you can watch all that great content that is normally blocked.

So VPNs are really useful for cybersecurity and streaming, which means they should be a worthwhile investment for just about everyone.

What should you consider before investing in a VPN?

Selecting a VPN that is right for you is not easy, because there are a lot of options all offering similar packages. To make the decision a little simpler, we have highlighted a selection of the most important things to consider before making any sort of purchase:

Connection speed: This is absolutely vital whether you're looking to use a VPN for online security or streaming. It's normal for a VPN to result in a drop in your connection speed, but you shouldn't accept anything significant.

Encryption: We know that a lot of people will be using VPNs for streaming, but these services are primarily designed to provide cybersecurity, so encryption is important. The best VPNs will offer powerful protection for your data, meaning that everything is unreadable and untraceable.

Number of connections: You should seek out a VPN that offers multiple simultaneous connections, so you can stay protected on all your devices at the same time. This is also beneficial for large families or households with multiple people likely to be online at the same time.

Privacy policy: The best VPNs should be very clear about how they handle, store, and use your data. These practices should be laid out in a privacy policy, and if they aren't super clear, you should look elsewhere.

Server network: The best VPNs provide access to thousands of servers located all around the world. This is useful as you should always be able to find a stable and speedy connection for streaming, shopping, or browsing.

There are plenty of other things that are worth considering, like bandwidth, apps for certain operating systems, and customer support, but these are probably the most important features to keep in mind.

Do you need to pay for VPNs?

There are plenty of free versions of popular VPNs, plus free trials of VPNs with full access to everything you get with a premium plan. So why would you ever pay for a VPN? As with most things in life, you get what you pay for with VPNs.

There tends to always be a catch with free versions, and it's normally in the form of limited data usage. If you're just an occasional user, these plans will work fine. But if you're going to be streaming or downloading, this isn't going to work. Free trials are a little bit different: they come with everything you get in a paid plan, but obviously they don't tend to last very long. Trials are great for testing out a service before committing, but this isn't a long-term solution.

To gain access to advanced security features without limitations on usage, you need to pay up. The best VPNs are generally the most expensive, but there are plenty of cheap plans out there, especially if you're willing to commit to a lengthy contract.

What is the best VPN?

There are a lot of VPNs out there, and we recommend taking some time to carefully access all your options. Once you have established exactly what you need, you can turn your attention to finding the best deals on all the top VPNs.

We have reached out to partners in order to line up a list of the best deals on the most popular providers, to help you save big. You can find all the best deals on the likes of ExpressVPN, NordVPN, PureVPN, and more.

These are the best VPN deals in 2022.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 11:33 am

The best VPNs in December 2022

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Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of VPNs. These popular security tools protect your identity and data, bypass online restrictions to access content, and much more. If this is all very new to you, you've probably got a lot of questions. Don't worry, because we can help.

We've done all the hard work for you and researched these services to provide the information that matters. We're nice like that. Here's everything you need to know about VPNs.

What is a VPN?

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) provide important protection for your data and identity when you're online. They offer this online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network that hides your real IP address. This means that all of your activity is untraceable and secure.

Basically, you can think about VPNs as encrypted tunnels through which all of your online traffic passes through. Nobody can see into the tunnel, and everything inside the tunnel is protected against online threats like viruses, hackers, and malware.

What does a VPN actually do?

Any sort of activity on an unsecured WiFi network leaves your private information and browsing habits exposed to the world, unless you're using a VPN. There's no need to panic, because whether you're sending important emails, doing some online shopping, or paying essential bills, VPNs make sure that everything remains private and anonymous.

First and foremost, VPNs are designed to provide online security, but there is another reason that millions of people use these services: streaming more content from around the world. By hiding your real IP address and connecting you to a server in another location, you can trick your favourite streaming services into thinking that you are based in a different country. This means that you can watch all of the shows and films from global libraries, like all the extra content on American Netflix. This is the quickest and easiest way of boosting your content options, without the need to rely on a dodgy stream.

What should you consider before subscribing to a VPN?

There are plenty of things that you should consider when it comes to VPNs, but we don't have all day. Instead of listing off every feature offered by the best VPNs, we have highlighted a selection of the most important things to think about.

Before you make any sort of decision, you should look out for connection speed, server network, number of logins, and more important features:

Connection speed: Using a VPN is going to produce a drop in your connection speed, but you shouldn't accept a significant drop that is going to result in buffering. Be sure to select a VPN that doesn't negatively impact your connection speed to the point that you can't watch a film or download a file without frustration.

Number of connections: Some VPNs let you connect an unlimited number of devices with the same account. Others limit you to just a single device. You should look out for a service that offers multiple simultaneous connections, so you can stay protected on all your devices at the same time.

Server network: The very best VPNs provide access to literally thousands of geographically diverse servers. It's useful if a VPN has a lot of servers in key locations, because you should always be able to find a stable and speedy connection for streaming, shopping, or browsing anonymously. It's not a straightforward case of more is better, but it's always good to have options.

Privacy policy: It's worth paying special attention to the data-handling, storage, and usage practices of the VPN you are planning on using. These practices should be laid out in a privacy policy, and if they aren't clear, it's best to avoid. Most VPNs require access to your IP address, online transactions, and browsing history, plus your personal details when you sign up. If privacy is the objective, it's absolutely essential that your VPN is not going to store these details. If it does, the whole thing is kind of pointless.

Encryption: There are different levels of encryption, and whilst it's important to take note of the grade provided by your VPN, the best options will all offer powerful protection for your data. You are likely to come across terms like "military-grade" and "enterprise-grade," which just means that you can rely on it to do its job.

Bandwidth: There are some VPNs out there that place monthly caps on network bandwidth, meaning you can only download a certain amount of data. You should avoid these services, unless you're on a free trial. If you're paying for a VPN, you should be able to download and upload as much as you want.

There are other things to consider, like price and subscription plans, but these features are a good place to start.

Do you need to pay for the best VPNs?

The good news is that there are plenty of free versions of popular VPNs, plus free trials of VPNs with full access to everything you get with a premium plan. Alternatively, you can pay for a VPN. So which option is best for you and your lifestyle?

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for with VPNs. There tends to always be a catch with free versions, and it's normally in the form of limited data usage. If you're just an occasional user, these plans will work fine. But if you're going to be streaming or downloading, this isn't going to work. Free trials are a little bit different: they come with everything you get in a paid plan, but obviously they don't tend to last very long. Trials are great for testing out a service before committing, but this isn't a long-term solution.

What we're saying is that the best option for streaming securely and accessing the online world without restrictions is with a paid subscription to a VPN. To gain access to advanced security features without limitations on usage, you need to pay up. The best VPNs are generally the most expensive, but there are plenty of cheap plans out there, especially if you're willing to commit to a lengthy contract.

What is the best VPN?

There are a lot of VPN providers out there all offering different sets of features, with different pricing structures. We recommend taking some time to carefully access your options, and decide on what you really need from a VPN. Once you have established your priorities, you can check out this definitive list of the best VPNs this month.

We have tracked down everything on offer and lined up a selection of the very best VPNs for streaming, shopping, and everything else. We have tried to find something for everyone and every budget, and you can find popular services like ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and CyberGhost VPN in this list. All you need to do is weigh up these options against your own set of priorities, and then pick a favourite from the bunch.

These are the best VPNs in 2022.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 11:30 am

The best dating sites to help you find a connection this weekend

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This content originally appeared on Mashable for a US audience and has been adapted for the UK audience.

If you've dated in the past 20 years, it's likely that you've encountered a dating site or app. You might have even encountered a few of them (no judgement here). As our lives have moved online in recent years, digital dating has allowed us more freedom to meet others how we choose.

The only real issue with online dating is that there are a lot of sites and apps out there to consider. With so many options, it can be really tricky knowing where to find the best crop of potential partners. Each of the dating apps on offer has a selection of features that will matter differently to you depending on your lifestyle, what you want, and what's most important to you. It's simply a case of finding something that works for you.

What should your dating profile say about you?

In many cases, the amount of information you can get from detailed profiles is more than what would be covered in the "traditional" period of getting to know someone. The whole "do you want to have babies" thing is a huge piece of information that could decide your future with someone, but it's very possible that such a weighty subject won't be brought up until you've caught feelings or met their parents.

However, many dating sites ask about kids — whether you want them or already have them — during the sign-up process (as well as other potentially-awkward questions), and probably won't match you with someone who has different goals than you do. Similarly, some of OkCupid's matching is rooted in political and social justice views. Will you find out if someone opposes vaccinations on the first date? Probably not, but OkCupid won't send you to get a beer with someone you'd start a fight with on Facebook.

Plus, it's always nice when your current booty call doesn't suck as a person. Even if you're just in it for something frisky and fleeting, the personality you can gather from a simple bio might let you know who's worthy of your time — even if that time is strictly within "You up?" hours.

Julie Spira, dating expert and CEO of cyberdatingexpert.com, says it wasn't always so easy to meet people online. She would know — she's been helping clients find love online since 1994.

"People didn’t have mobile phones and laptops, and the process was people would go home, log on slowly, see who had written to them and write back," she says. "The courtship process was a lot slower, so it took quite a while to get from the first interaction to actually going on a date. Plus in those days, there was a stigma associated with online dating. You did not tell people you met your spouse, or partner, or even a date online."

The rhetoric has clearly come a long way since then, and the digital dating landscape has evolved with people's changing needs. OkCupid realised that the way a potential match votes matters romantically to a lot of people. Women were tired of men blowing up their messages with creepy first-liners, so Bumble came along. "Tindering" is now a verb, but it's far from your only option.

What are the benefits of using dating sites?

If you're lucky, you'll find a perfect match right away, but that's not usually how it works out. While you do know more about online matches than you would a stranger you met in person, there's only so much a quick dating profile can tell you.

Dating sites and apps can make finding a compatible potential partner easier, but it's still dating. Not everyone is going to be a gem. While apps like Bumble let you display what kind of relationship you're looking for, others don't, so you might end up going out with someone only to realise you're not looking for the same thing.

That said, there will be people on dating sites who are looking for the same thing as you. And using a dating app to find them is a hell of a lot easier than going up to strangers on the street or in bars and asking if they're looking for a relationship. Apps and dating websites expand your dating pool and allow you to meet people with similar interests you might not run into naturally in your everyday life. You just might need a little patience to find The One.

We haven't reached full AI-based or gene matchmaking just yet, but many modern features facilitating more meaningful matches (or quicker, safer hookups) have sprung up even in the past five years.

What is the best dating site?

Whether you're looking for something specific or a site that ticks every box, we have produced a handy guide that gives you all of the essential details. To ensure that you find a date in time for the weekend, we have tracked down a selection of the best dating sites for everyone, including popular sites like Match, eharmony, and EliteSingles.

All you need to do is check out these dating apps and pick a favourite from the bunch. Once you've made your decision, you just need to get out there and actually date someone. Good luck out there.

These are the best dating sites for finding a connection in 2022.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 11:27 am

How Drew Barrymore’s griddle jazzed up my family brunch

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My partner and I are both crazy busy during the week and by the time Sunday morning rolls around, all we want to do is laze around in bed in our pajamas sipping coffee while the rain falls outside our Portland, Oregon home. I’ll leisurely peruse the news while my girlfriend catches up on social media and, once our stomachs start rumbling, I’ll peel one of the dogs off my lap and wander into the kitchen to get started on my famous Sunday breakfast.

Sunday breakfast has become somewhat of a weekend tradition in our household. I love cooking big meals, but to be perfectly honest, the cleanup has always been a pain. My partner and I eat different types of foods, so I usually have to use one pan for her sunny-side-up eggs and sausage patties, and second and third pans for my scrambled egg whites and veggie links. Plus, I can only make two pancakes at a time in one pan. By the time I make a stack that’s tall enough to feed both of us, the cakes at the bottom of the stack are clammy.  

It was my partner who suggested we try the extra-large electric griddle from Drew Barrymore’s Beautiful collection, which is exclusive to Walmart. I’m so glad she did because it’s been a game-changer for my big Sunday breakfasts — and every big meal I could ever want to cook.

A beautiful design, literally

I was in love with the Beautiful grill right out of the box. It’s classic-looking and matches our modern kitchen appliances perfectly. I love the gold accents and the cursive “B” monogram, and even the removable stainless backsplash that keeps grease splatters off our countertop is shiny and pretty. But perhaps the one design element that really checks the box for me is how storable it is. We don’t have tons of counter space and I don’t like clutter, but this grill slips right into the cabinet we use for cookie sheets and pizza pans. It’s that thin and light. 

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Perfect design, right out of the box. Credit: Michelle Kehm

Sprawl out on the grill

Let me just say the Beautiful grill is big. It’s 12 x 22 inches — that’s almost 2 feet of grilling space. I managed to cook four saucer-sized pancakes on the Beautiful grill, plus two eggs, an egg-white scramble, two sausage patties, and four links all at the same time. Even with all that food on there, I still had room for pupcakes, which our two dogs were pretty stoked about.

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The entire surface of the grill also heated up quickly and cooked evenly. My eggs turned out perfect, and did I mention how easy it was to flip them on the nonstick surface? No broken yolks, amazing.

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Credit: Michelle Kehm

The easiest cleanup ever

After my enormous breakfast was grilled and plated, I was pretty psyched that the entire greasy, batter-splattered mess was contained on just one cooking surface. I waited for the grill to cool off a bit and then I wiped it all down with a wet sponge. Everything came right off the PFOA-free surface in one easy swipe. I tossed the removable drip tray and backsplash into the dishwasher and clean up was officially done. No more piles of dirty pans to scrub every Sunday! Now I can make a huge breakfast and still have time to crawl back into bed and sleep off my pancake coma with the pups­­­. I can’t wait to use the Beautiful grill for grilled cheese sandwiches and all the fixins’ for fajita night.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

'Spoiler Alert' review: Say hello to your new favorite 10-hankie tearjerker

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Let me start at the beginning, which I have heard is a very good place to start. It's just that it gets a little bit complicated with Spoiler Alert, the tearjerkingly effective new romantic dramedy from The Big Sick director Michael Showalter, as the beginning turns out to be the ending only to ouroboros itself back to its start. 

Starring Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Ben Aldridge (Fleabag) as Michael and Kit (yes, Knight Rider jokes happen), a couple whose life together gets upended by the latter's cancer diagnosis, you could say that Spoiler Alert doesn't play it straight… but that might be one gay pun too far. Let's just say I was happily impressed (when I wasn't bawling my eyes out) by the meta touches and offbeat moves this movie decides to make when it could've easily been far lazier in its choices. 

What's Spoiler Alert about? 

Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge in "Spoiler Alert."
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Based on Michael Ausiello's memoir, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, the film follows uptight workaholic Michael, who finds love when a coworker drags him reluctantly to jock night at the bar. Once there, Michael immediately locks eyes with the dreamy Kit (Aldridge), who's confidently dancing with his bestie Nina (Nikki M. James). Conversation quickly loosens them up (Kit laughs in all the right places), and before you know it, there's romance. And it's not just a jock-bar house beat throbbing in the air. 

The boys take it pretty slow all things considered, which is to say that Kit and Michael go their separate ways that first night of meeting cute, and then take their time getting to know each other. But the movie skips confidently forward in time to display their walls coming down. Michael's feelings of inadequacy and Kit's troubles with commitment both seem to dissolve in one another's presence, and there's a genuine sweetness in watching them discover the best parts of themselves through one another's eyes. Kit even manages to finally come out to his parents (played by Sally Field and Bill Irwin) thanks to Michael's steadying presence. And before you know it, closets are being cleared, years are passing, eyes are wandering and tempers flaring…

SEE ALSO: 'Spoiler Alert's trailer is here and you're going to need all the tissues

But let us, like the film, step back a moment. Because before a single iota of Michael and Kit's romance has been delivered unto us, before the jock parties and coming-outs, and before the heady stuff of a long life lived together coming undone, the film has already flash-forwarded to its unhappy diagnosis denouement. Right up front, Spoiler Alert blankets its banter and antics with the ghoulish specter of grief perched ahead, an unwelcome ghost of Christmases Future. (Sidenote: This is 100% a Christmas movie.) From one angle, this entire movie could be framed as a death dream, a paroxysm of a brain as it blinks out — the gay (well gayer) All That Jazz

That’s perhaps a lot of Brechtian existentialism to pin on this big-hearted, old-fashioned, and sometimes too-sitcommy-for-its-own-good little drama. But all of that is what the film’s title itself refers to: the “Spoiler" being the oncoming sickness. It’s a film that steps outside of itself to comment on itself on more than one occasion. So why not? It is, after all, strained of me to criticize a movie for being “too sitcommy for its own good” when it uses an actual sitcom within its narrative as a storytelling device. Screenwriters David Marshall Grant and Dan Savage (yes, that Dan Savage) haven’t gone quite so far as to craft the self-referential equivalent of what Scream did for slasher movies, but Spoiler Alert is acutely aware of other tearjerkers, both in form and content. See the Terms of Endearment reenactment that’s featured prominently in the film’s trailer, or the casting of Steel Magnolia's Field as another bereft mother. 

Spoiler Alert's circular structure gives this love story its oomph.

Sally Field, Bill Irwin, Jim Parsons, and Ben Aldridge in "Spoiler Alert."
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Spoiler Alert might tell us its ending up front, but it does so in the same way a magician uses a waving hand, directing our attention one way so it can sneak into our hearts around the back side. You might even say — if you were speaking to your film studies professor, anyway — that there’s a queering of the heteronormative structure happening here, with the surface layer of the story we’ve seen a million times gaining new meaning through a freshly flipped perspective. And given the fact that this is a mainstream gay romance between two men, it’s safe to say some “queering” was called for.

Still, Spoiler Alert could’ve just taken the easier route, plunking two dudes down into the straightforward story we’ve seen Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott play out for us before, and probably been just fine for it. But it would have ended up being a little less weird, less surprising, and ultimately less moving without the little risks it does take, so I give props to Spoiler Alert for not just being that. 

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I haven’t read his memoir, but the fact that Michael Ausiello is a real-world, internet-famous writer who got his start recapping television shows — the modern equivalent of every rom-com heroine working at a fashion magazine, for sure — seems to have given this story its meta-fictional out. Our narrator being a person who made his name deconstructing the ways storytellers have previously told stories makes Spoiler Alert’s playful form make sense. This is Ausiello recapping his love story, with the benefit of hindsight and the curlicues of creative touches.

If all of that sounds distracting, I promise you the film itself goes down smooth and straightforward enough in practice. If you’re just looking for a good tearjerker, Spoiler Alert will jerk your tears but good. There was a quiet moment late in the film where the communal sound of the sniffling, sobbing audience surrounding me reminded me why we should still have access to movies that aren’t about superheroes at the multiplex. Let us get our cry on together, studios! 

Setting up its destination at the front allows the film the freedom to take its time making us first fall for Michael, Kit, and Michael and Kit together, before we get where we know we’re going. And that tension at the back of our minds is enough to lend the familiar romantic fumblings real weight beyond broad (if true to life!) gags about a bedroom full of Smurf toys killing the mood.

Spoiler Alert is a romance topped by two fine performances from Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge.

Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge in "Spoiler Alert"
Credit: Focus Features


As Michael, Parsons is softer, sweeter, and more endearingly goofy than I’ve seen him before. He grows on us pretty fiercely as this love affair opens him up. But Aldridge steals the whole film. His Kit is impossibly easy to fall for with all that charm and a big smile, while still being full of contradictions and difficulties that make themselves known as the first blushes of affection deepen and we watch the two men navigate the path of life lived together. Spoiler Alert sees the short and the long-term with equal clarity, sussing out the transition from one to the other that can sometimes happen without us even noticing. Plus, the film understands how we feel once we realize we crossed that threshold three weeks back. And then what the hell do we do with all of this now that it’s here?

Of course, all of that’s wiped away once mortality smashes itself through the door. Time upended, fractured start to finish. What’s best about Spoiler Alert are the moments when it pauses to take stock of necessary silences, which I was thankful Showalter is smart enough to do on multiple occasions. 

In particular, there’s a scene played without words at a transformational moment in the story, where Michael and Kit react to real bad news by taking photographs of one another as their stiff lips crumble. That says enough about genuine intimacy for a dozen films: the deep comfort between these two people; their ability to speak encyclopedias of emotion without saying a word. The movie nails it. And as we look at the news and see LGBTQ+ people being gunned down for simply loving in public spaces, perhaps we could all use our own transformational moments of silence — and love stories like Spoiler Alert that keep telling us to keep loving until somebody sees us, and somebody listens.

Spoiler Alert opens in select theaters Dec. 2, expanding nationwide Dec. 16.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

Kids everywhere are ruining their parents' Spotify Wrapped

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Being a parent is rewarding, I'm sure. But it's also tough. You shuttle your kid around endlessly, you worry constantly, and at the end of the day — perhaps when you want to relax and listen to some music — your Spotify is ruined.

Spotify Wrapped dropped Wednesday, the annual campaign in which the platform gives its users a compilation of data about their listening habits. When you're a parent, however, nothing is really your own. Your kid gets dibs on everything, Spotify account included. Countless parents posted laments of having their Spotify Wrapped hijacked by their kids' favorite artists. The Encanto soundtrack, Cocomelon, and Toy Story took over the top spots of grown adults.

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Spotify Wrapped is always a huge deal online, and this year was no exception. People love to post their music taste — to be clear, I am not above this vanity — and Spotify seems to revel in the virality. This year, for instance, lots of people seemed to have their mood described as Goblincore. For those not perpetually online, Goblincore is an aesthetic focused on comfort, nature, and the occult, but it left lots of people wondering what the hell was going on.

SEE ALSO: Dear Spotify Wrapped, what the f*ck is Goblincore?

It's always fun to see what Spotify Wrapped produces for folks, whether that's a goblin mood or a playlist completely overrun by a kid. Having a child, I'm sure, is full of sacrifices far greater than Spotify Wrapped. But it does kind of stink to not see your own preferences. To all the parents out there, maybe it's time to give your kid their own account.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

Add this 1974 horror movie into the holiday genre canon, ASAP

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It’s officially December! If you've assimilated with the rest of the population, your holiday spirit has been alive and well since the clock struck 12 on Thanksgiving night. But, if you're anything like me, clinging onto any leftover glimpses of autumn and the wondrous 'spooky season' that comes and goes with it, you've been slyly putting the holidays off for as long as you can.

At this point, department stores and homes have been neatly adorned with holiday decorations, festive songs are everywhere, and Starbucks employees are being annihilated by the steady rush of angrily screamed Peppermint Mocha requests. Putting off the holidays this late in the game will guarantee your role as the winter's Scrooge without a doubt, but what if I told you I knew the perfect loophole to simultaneously assuage the convivial convoy and feed your autumnal appetite? Situated in the perfect niche between holiday adventure and dark, violent mystery, 1974's Black Christmas is the kind of film you can logically watch in multiple seasons.

Fret not, this is no 'Santa consumes too many candy canes and plunges into a sugar-rush induced murder spree’ movie — though we're not averse to the Santa Slasher genre. This '70s gem has everything you could possibly desire in a horror and holiday film combined, making it a perfect and completely appropriate hodgepodge of Christmas-slasher excellence — so much so it was remade twice.

SEE ALSO: 13 of the best Christmas horror movies to haunt your holiday

In this twisted psychological thriller, a sorority house is haunted by disturbing phone calls during winter break. The anonymous but audibly male caller rants and moans incomprehensibly in different voices, leaving the residents in various states of apprehension and paranoia. When Clare (Lynn Griffin), a younger student in the house, retreats to her bedroom, the caller attacks and suffocates her, leaving her body on a rocking chair in the attic of the sorority house — it's the truly shocking image used in most of the Black Christmas marketing. From here, the search for Clare and other missing girls commences as the killer carries on his Christmas rampage.

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Clark uses shots from the caller's point of view that suffocate viewers while they helplessly watch his victims do his bidding. Watching the camera swiftly switching from the caller to the joyous sorority girls unwrapping gifts will leave you not knowing whether to snuggle in or be totally creeped out. Between the eerie phone calls and students dropping one by one, Black Christmas will have you stirring in suspense while being simultaneously mesmerized by the low hum of Christmas carols and cozy holiday decorations strung along the houses.

Unlike many mindless slasher films that would follow in the decades to come, Black Christmas director Bob Clark hinges Black Christmas on conversations around serious topics like the oversight of women's voices and abortion rights (the film premiered a year after the landmark Roe V. Wade ruling). The horrific implications of these unfortunately still relevant themes on top of such a unique combination of genres means the holiday-slasher jackpot film feels way ahead of its time — it was released four years before John Carpenter's Halloween.

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Keir Dullea as Jess' truly awful boyfriend Peter. Credit: Moviestore/Shutterstock

The Black Christmas cast is an easy ensemble to love, including Jess (Oliva Hussey), Barb (Superman's Margot Kidder), and Phyl (Andrea Martin), all gathering around the phone to listen intently to "The Moaner" as he taunts and teases them from his strategically safe hiding place. You’re automatically drawn into the clique as you hang on every syllable. Jess acts as the house's reasonable worry-wart, terrified of what might be happening to the missing women in tandem to dealing with her creepy boyfriend, Peter (Keir Dullea), whose views on pregnancy and abortion make for unsettling viewing. While enduring Peter's verbally abusive, belittling, and emotionally manipulative behaviour, Jess is forced to reckon with the mysterious man targeting women close to her. 


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In the midst of these barbaric attacks, Clark develops psychological horror themes with the realism of careless national and local authority oversight when women express safety concerns, as well as in the feelings of isolation in the face of unwanted pregnancies. This uneasy realism betwixt the dichotomy of what should be a season filled with joy and cheer makes this one of the most unsettling and mind-boggling horror films for decades to come, as it has proved (double whammy!).

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Margot Kidder as Barb. Credit: Moviestore/Shutterstock

Amidst the snowfall, Christmas carolers, and holiday themed parties, the crossover between the festive spirit and the unholy bludgeonings will be more excitement than the spiked eggnog you’ve convinced yourself as enough of an adrenaline rush to get you through the demanding — and quite costly — holiday season. And while many films have attempted to recreate a perfect genre blend, there truly is no other satisfying mixture than that of horror tropes like a faceless slasher and a Final Girl with comforting and decorative lights with thoughtful gift unveilings.

To be clear, I’m not here to tell you when exactly this movie should be viewed by the masses. Christmas, Halloween, or Thanksgiving, take your pick! Just remember to thank me later when you’ve successfully convinced your friend group to take a break from the kitschy hallmark holiday rom-coms in your annual 'December joy-binge' for a real toe-curler that’ll have you all closer than ever. 

Treat yourself with a dreadfully delightful gift from '70s cinema this week. Who said slashers could only be enjoyed in October anyways? 

Black Christmas is now streaming on Peacock.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

This $270 near–mint condition refurbished HP laptop is a great way to avoid inflated tech prices

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TL;DR: As of Dec. 2, you can get the Refurbished HP EliteBook 840 for just $269.99 instead of $320 — that's a 15% discount.


You don't have to overspend on a new laptop when you could get a refurbished computer in near–mint condition for a fraction of the price. Whether you’re using it to work from home or finish your homework, this refurbished HP EliteBook could get the job done, and it’s only $269.99 (reg. $320). 

Refurbished doesn’t mean settling for less 

The only signs that this laptop isn’t brand new are the box and the price. Other than that, you’re still getting a computer packed with an Intel Core 95-6300U processor and a roomy 14-inch HD display. Stream, work, or just browse the web on this versatile machine that could be great for a lightweight work-from-home setup or a traveling workstation. Just plug in another monitor to turn your laptop into the center of your own productivity hub, or pop it in a bag and hit the road. 

This computer may have been originally manufactured a few years ago, but it has a 256GB SSD. Solid State technology is great for helping your machines last longer both on a single charge and in the long run. Plus, it's much quieter than a hard drive because there aren’t any moving parts. Most SSDs are very unlikely to overheat, so your computer fan shouldn’t have to work quite so hard. 

Whether you want to multitask or stay fixated on a few apps, 16GB RAM should give you plenty of room to use your computer however you want without worrying about lag time. Windows 10 Pro comes pre-installed, but it’s free to upgrade to Windows 11 for compatible devices. 

A useful gift for a loved one or yourself 

Avoid inflated laptop prices and get an excellent device for a refurbished price. For a limited time, get this quality HP Elitebook 840 on sale for just $269.99 (reg. $320). 

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

9 burning questions for 'Wednesday' Season 2, because we can't wait

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If anything is more torturous than suffering through adolescence while a colossal monster is slashing its way through your classmates, it's that Wednesday Season 1 is over. 

Tim Burton's spooky take on the teen TV series and its eponymous goth teen protagonist spun viewers into a whodunnit frenzy over eight episodes, provoking us into yarn-walled Sherlockery quicker than an Addams double snap. And it wasn't just us. Netflix broke a record with Wednesday, with 341.23 million hours viewed in its first week, beating Stranger Things for the most hours viewed in a week for any English-language TV series.

Though Netflix hasn't officially renewed the series for Season 2, the showrunners and cast are reportedly on board. And those viewership numbers don't lie.

Sure, Season 1's monster mystery was solved. But the final moments of the season finale left us with major questions. Who is Wednesday's stalker? Are those sparks between Wednesday and Enid igniting something more? Who will be Nevermore's new principal? What's going on with Bianca and her mother's scam cult? Where the hell is Cousin Itt in all this?

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We (hello, Mashable's Yasmeen Hamadeh and Shannon Connellan here!) teamed up to tear apart the loose threads of Wednesday and hypothesize over the burning questions we have for Season 2. 

Who is Wednesday's stalker? 

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While Wednesday’s monster mystery hunt may have been solved, things aren't exactly sunshine and rainbows for Nevermore Academy’s top detective. (Are they ever?) The season finale ends with a cliffhanger, revealing that Wednesday's being stalked by a mysterious third party. Of course, she takes it as an opportunity to tease us about the killing suspense, but we might have a clue about who the stalker could be. 

So far, all signs are pointing to the stalker being someone from Nevermore, either another student or a teacher. You can read our theories on the stalker's identity. But what we can rule out for sure is that whoever the stalker is, they were probably helping Season 1's big bad wolves, Ms. Thornhill (Christina Ricci) and Tyler (Hunter Doohan). Wednesday's second season could be concerned with cracking down on their whereabouts and potentially putting an end to the normie vs. outcast debate once and for all. And we know our gothic Nancy Drew will surely see it done. —Yasmeen Hamadeh, Entertainment Intern

Who will be Nevermore's new principal?

A woman dressed elegantly sits behind a laptop at her impressive principal desk.
Weems! We hardly knew ye. Credit: Vlad Cioplea / Netflix

In one of the most shocking twists of the finale, Principal Weems (Gwendoline Christie) was fatally poisoned by Ms. Thornhill (Christina Ricci), even after that shapeshifting double-cross. This leaves Nevermore without its formidable leader, so they're going to have to do some serious hiring over the holidays.

Who will be the new principal of Nevermore Academy? Chances are it'll be a character we haven't met yet. The show didn't exactly hint at who would step into the role, but likely they'll be an outcast of some sort, possibly with powers.

I'd suggest Weems's old roommate Morticia Addams (Catherine Zeta-Jones) for the job, but Wednesday might have me hung, drawn, and quartered for such a suggestion. If the new principal is a normie, with the intention of continuing Weems's quest for unity between Nevermore and Jericho, they'll have a hell of a time convincing everyone. Or perhaps, a certain siren's mother might "persuade" her way into the job... — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor

Will Tyler come back? 

A teen in a polo shirt and barista apron looks menacing.
While it makes sense to have Tyler around in Season 2, he might not be its main villain. Credit: Netflix

Considering that his last scene was him turning into a hyde while strapped down in a monitored vehicle, odds are we're not done with Tyler yet. His hyde transformations are evidently still triggered by his anger, and boy, do we know he's angry after that colossal defeat. But will he be a central character next season?

While it makes sense to have Tyler around in Season 2, he might not be its main villain. We know we have the stalker to deal with, and we know Wednesday has a bunch of unanswered loose ends. Tyler could play an integral role in answering them, but he might not be the central puppet master behind them.  

A new season means a whole bunch of new characters to deal with, and we're hoping Wednesday goes down an unexpected route with new plot twists and players to match. Tyler's defeat is necessary in ensuring that no more monster attacks plague Nevermore and Jericho, but with his dad being the town's sheriff, the details surrounding his confinement are as foggy as ever. Who knows? Maybe Tyler will have a redemption arc, make more than a few apologies, and learn to accept his outcast side. Or maybe he'll still be a menace that Wednesday has to put a permanent stop to. There are endless possibilities with endless outcomes, but we know he'll most likely be returning next season. — Y.H.

What's going to happen with Bianca and the Morning Song cult?

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We haven't seen the last of Morning Song. Credit: Vlad Cioplea / Netflix

Bianca Barclay (Joy Sunday) began the series as Nevermore's Queen Bee and Wednesday's schoolyard enemy, but this siren ended up being the ultimate hero of the whole damn thing. Still, she has some demons to confront, namely the family she fled and her former identity as Brandy Jane Barclay.

Bianca's controlling siren mother Gabrielle (Gracy Goldman) made only a brief appearance in Season 1, but she scared her daughter (and us) to the core. 

During the Parents' Day episode, Bianca's mother revealed her birth name and the fact that she used her siren song to manipulate her way into Nevermore Academy. We know Bianca grew up in and escaped a "personal development movement" (*cough* cult) known as Morning Song, which was led by Gabrielle and a man named Gideon who Gabrielle has since married — making him Bianca's stepfather.

Gabrielle threatened to reveal Bianca's secrets unless she returned to Morning Song, claiming her siren power was dwindling, recruitment was down, and questions were being asked of the cult. Morning Song's low-key infiltration of Jericho was apparent as soon as Bianca had to convince Lucas Walker (Iman Marson) to delete its self-help app, which he'd downloaded after he briefly met Gabrielle.

We've yet to see what happens with Bianca's tempestuous relationship with her mother. But could Gideon, Gabrielle, and Morning Song potentially be next season's villains? Could Gideon or Gabrielle be the next principal of Nevermore and use this position of power to manipulate Nevermore's students and steal the school's wealth? Or more likely, perhaps they'll begin with the easier target of Jericho, where normie brains are ready for the washing. — S.C.

Will Wednesday have a girlfriend next season? 

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Wednesday + Enid 4eva Credit: Netflix

"Wednesday Addams, I know what you are." Sure, our macabre protagonist and her new bestie Enid (Emma Myers) spent this season crushing over guys who didn't deserve it, but that doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. We all saw their chemistry. We all watched Enid's notable efforts to shake Wednesday out of her gloom, and we witnessed Wednesday try her best to hold back the tears when Enid roomed with someone else. And we all squealed when they finally hugged after their final battles with Tyler and Crackstone. (Wednesday’s first-ever hug, may we remind you.) They're a match made in opposites-attract heaven, and I can't think of a better black-meets-pink couple than them. But will Netflix actually give us what we want? 

While we can't answer that for sure, the fact that Netflix's Twitter account has been hiding replies suggesting Wednesday is gay hints that this 'ship may stay strictly platonic. A wrong decision? Absolutely. Wednesday being queer makes sense for her character, and it doesn't detract from or contradict existing canon. In fact, it would emphasize the Addams Family's reputation for being notoriously more progressive than their neighbors and community. 


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Wednesday and Enid as a romantic couple would mean putting a sapphic relationship at the forefront of a Netflix show, which would be a nice change of pace for the streamer. And you already know that diehard romantics Gomez and Morticia (Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones) would be thrilled for Wednesday to fall in love. So here's to a Season 2 that's hopefully a lot gayer than this one; we sure know it’s needed. —Y.H.

What's going to happen to Xavier? 

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Xavier and Wednesday have probably been texting all summer. Credit: Netflix

He's Nevermore’s heartthrob and the president of Wednesday's fan club, but where is Xavier's (Percy Hynes White) character arc headed?

Now we know that Xavier was wrongfully accused, but we still have unanswered questions. Why was Xavier having such visceral visions of the monster? What's up with those meticulously detailed drawings? And will his visions be further explored in Season 2 — possibly with the introduction of his famous seer father?

Xavier's bizarre ability to bring his drawings to life is definitely a less-than-ideal obstacle Wednesday might have to deal with. After all, he has an entire studio filled with hyde paintings, and that can't be a good sign. We know he’s Team Wednesday, but his lifelike drawings gone wrong could become a fruitful narrative twist in Wednesday's next season. 

Apart from his questionable powers and the role they might play, Xavier is still a giant question mark in Wednesday's love life. While some are shipping Wednesday with Enid (the right choice), others are rooting for Xavier. Maybe they'll spend the rest of their semester with Xavier offering Wednesday unsolicited lessons in appropriate GIF and cute emoji usage. But if Netflix knows what's up, they'll give us some Wednesday and Enid content next season. Xavier can totally sit this one out. (We still love him though.) — Y.H.

Will we get to see more of the vampires and gorgons?

A group of teens stand together.
More Fangs and Stoners, please! Credit: Vlad Cioplea/Netflix

While we were privy to the vocal power of the sirens and Enid's long-awaited full wolf-out in the season finale, Wednesday didn't offer much in the way of vampire and gorgon action. Yes, Enid talked about that incident of pre-Poe Cup sabotage with the garlic bread in the cafeteria, but we didn't really get to see the vampire students do anything but...look cool. It's possible that Burton wants to avoid getting lumped in with the glut of vampire shows and movies out there, but perhaps the vamps will get their big bloodsucking moment in Season 2. 

SEE ALSO: 'Interview with the Vampire' is a brilliant gay fever dream

On the other head, er, hand — gorgons! There are hardly any shows featuring gorgons, and we want to see more, please.

Charmed actually addressed the often-overlooked sexual assault in the story of Medusa in a one-off episode, and Netflix's pre-Wednesday witchy series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina included the gorgon character Nagaina (Vanessa Rubio) doing all kinds of cool gorgon-y shit. All we saw of the Stoners was Ajax (Georgie Farmer) accidentally turning himself into stone by looking in his bathroom mirror and standing up Enid in the process — and not even apologizing for it? Like, it's one text, dude.

Where were the gorgons during the final battle in Season 1? If every gorgon at Nevermore united, they could have frozen zombie Joseph Crackstone and Tyler "Hyde" Galpin in an instant, but they did nothing. Nothing! Enid fought that dude single-pawedly! According to Greek mythology, gorgons were also not only able to turn anyone to stone with a look, they had wings! Let's see Ajax fly, huh? — S.C.

Are we going to see more of Nevermore itself? 

Teens in an opulent hall partake in fencing.
What else can you study at Nevermore? Credit: Vlad Cioplea / Netflix

Nevermore is fertile ground for wonderful world-building, and we're hoping that we get to see more of its day-to-day life next season. We know the academy offers fencing and herbology classes, but what about drama, literature, or even P.E.? With Edgar Allan Poe being the school's most notorious alumnus, we know that an English class at Nevermore would be an exceptional mess of gothic texts and poignant prose. Wednesday also wants to be a published writer — despite what those tasteless editors say. So, seeing her fulfill that fateful bond we all have with our English teachers in high school would be absolutely incredible (and incredibly necessary). 

Realistic schedules aside, how wild do Nevermore classes actually get? One can only dream that our favorite Hogwarts-gone-goth prep school includes lessons in the macabre, potions for when you're in a pickle, fortune telling, the arts of witchcraft, and so much more. Nevermore is a treasure chest of mystical education opportunities, and we hope that Season 2 would take full advantage of it. — Y.H.

Where the hell is Cousin Itt?

A wedding scene from the movie "Addams Family Values" with the characters Uncle Fester, Debbie, and Cousin Itt.
Itt, casually interrupting Uncle Fester's wedding in "Addams Family Values." Credit: Moviestore / Shutterstock

The hairiest Addams of them all, Cousin Itt was only mentioned once, by Fester (Fred Armisen) in Season 1. Itt didn't physically appear in the series — the only core Addams Family member not to. Yes, Lurch had but three characteristically silent scenes or so, but Itt wasn't even present. In episode 7, while Wednesday and Fester are searching the Nightshade Library for the diary of society founder Nathaniel Faulkner, they come across a portrait of one Iggy Itt, though it's ambiguous as to whether or not this is an Addams relative. But with that full body head of hair, it's definitely an Itt. 

Cousin Itt is typically portrayed as a living hairball; in the '60s TV series, Itt wore a bowler hat and sunglasses — so you would know where their face is, I guess? And in Addams Family Values, Itt has a baby, and, well, it's adorable. If Season 2 makes room for an Itt adventure as they did for Uncle Fester, I will take my bowler hat off to them. Even just one glorious brushing scene, please. — S.C.

Wednesday is now streaming on Netflix. 

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

Turn cans to cups with this party tool that's 46% off

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TL;DR: As of Dec. 2, you can get the New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener for just $15.99 instead of $29.99 — that's a 46% discount.


Enjoy a holiday shandy without dirtying a glass, and all you need is a special kitchen tool that could be a hit at your next party. With the New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener, beer cans are just cups waiting to happen. This compact tool can take the top off almost any can, and it’s only $15.99 (reg. $29). 

Cut down on plastic and cut into aluminum

Skip the plastic cups at your next party. Any six-pack of beer has potential to be a six-pack of reusable drink cups. Whether you're enjoying canned wine or want to add some festive spirits to your soda, this handheld tool can safely remove the top from most eight to 16 oz aluminum cans. It also works for some 19 oz cans with standard tops, and there are no sharp edges left after. 

Comfortably twist the lid off your drink with the new pressure regulated handle. This model has an extra textured grip to make it a little easier to use. Once you’re done, just pop the Draft Top back onto the fridge or hang it from your pocket. It has a magnetic back and lanyard for easy transport. 

It may seem like a novelty, but the Draft Top is a great way to cut down on party costs. The price of those disposable cups adds up, and aluminum is one of the only infinitely recyclable materials. Your can’s first chance to be recycled will be you repurposing it as your cocktail glass for the night. 

A can is just a cup with a twist 

Save money and plastic with this fun party tool. For a limited time, get the New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener on sale for just $15.99 (reg $19.99). That’s 46% off, and it could be a hit at your holiday or New Years party. 

Prices subject to change.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

Get this like-new Shark Steam Mop for just $115 with free shipping included

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TL;DR: Through Dec. 8, you can get the Refurbished Shark S7000AMZ Steam Mop for just $114.99 instead of $149.99 — that's a 23% discount.


A clean home can be its own reward, but sometimes it might take a special gift to get there. If you know someone who cherishes a nice, clean space, you could give them a handy tool to make it happen. This refurbished Sharp S7000AMZ Steam Mop scrubs and sanitizes, and it’s only $114.99. You don’t even have to pay for shipping, but you may want to hurry. December 8 is the last day to order and make sure it arrives in time for the holidays. 

A like-new steam mop at a low price

Get your floor looking spick and span with this lightweight streamer scrubber. Wipe away caked-on grime, grease, dust, and residue with a combination of steam and rotating pads that could have your hard floor shining. Traditional mops have their place, and that place is in a bucket. The Shark S7000 has two steam modes for light cleanups and regular use. The maneuverable shape even makes it easy to clean up those dark, hard-to-reach spots

Give your hardwood, marble, tile, or stone a thorough scrubbing with rotating scrubber pads that spin 150 times per minute According to the manufacturer, the Shark S7000 could remove up to 99% of bacteria, and it does it all with a chemical-free clean. How’s that for cleaning up the kitchen after a holiday mess? That’s especially good news if you have pets considering many household cleaners can be dangerous to keep around them. Plus, you don’t have to worry about harmful chemical waste from toxic cleaning materials. 

Refurbished doesn’t mean settling for less than the best. This steam cleaner is factory-refurbished, so it’s in like-new working condition. It may show minor signs of use, but it should work like it just came out of the box.

A great gift for pet owners

Make it easier for your loved one to keep their home clean all year 'round. Get the Shark S7000AMZ Steam Mop for $114.99 (reg. $149) by December 8 to get free shipping and to make sure it arrives in time for the holidays.

Prices subject to change.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

Digitize old vinyl records or simply enjoy them with 38% off this Bluetooth turntable

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TL;DR: Through Dec. 8, you can get the mbeat® PT-18K Bluetooth Vinyl Player for just $224 instead of $363 — that's a 38% discount.


Vinyl has been getting pretty popular in the last few years, but they still require a high-quality turntable to enjoy them. If you're gift shopping for a music lover, this discounted mbeat PT-18K, a Bluetooth vinyl player, may make them pull out their first pressings, and it's not too late to get it in time to wrap. Plus, if you order this Bluetooth turntable by December 8, you can place it under your Christmas tree just in time for the holidays. You don't even have to pay for shipping. 

A great gift for generations of music lovers 

This turntable unites modern and retro technology for an excellent listening experience. The full-sized 295mm alloy platter offers high-fidelity playback, while the adjustable counterweight lets you reduce distortion from your records, allowing you to enjoy old and new vinyl with minimal vibrations and signal disturbance. You don't even have to go through the precise work of aligning your cartridge; the PT-18K comes pre-fitted and aligned out of the box.

The PT-18K allows you to play music on your favorite wired speakers like a traditional record player, but its transmitter will enable you to stream audio directly to Bluetooth devices. You can also record to a connected computer. Vinyl is a great way of preserving music, but it isn't the sturdiest medium. The turntable can help preserve your music collection by converting it to digital. You'll still be able to enjoy your vinyl, but a digital backup means one unfortunate drop won't cost you a favorite album. If you know someone with an old collection of records, this could be a great gift that lets them preserve their music for their family to enjoy. 

Preserve your music while you listen to it 

Whether you're starting your vinyl collection or shopping for someone who practically owns a library, this turntable is an affordable and fun gift option. Get the mbeat PT-18K on sale for just $224 (reg. $363). 

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 10:00 am

Zoe Saldana destroys spicy wings on 'Hot Ones', stays impressively calm

A woman sits at a table with a row of hot sauces in front of her.

Given that she's used to filming in a giant water tank while holding her breath, it's no big surprise that Zoe Saldana is good under pressure.

In the latest episode of First We Feast's Hot Ones, the Avatar: The Way of Water star tackles increasingly spicy wings while answering questions about her ballet background, her ability to constantly pick massive blockbusters, and her thoughts on what science fiction is able to teach us.

And Saldana does it all with only some very minor eye-watering.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 9:54 am

How to watch USA vs the Netherlands for free with a VPN

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SAVE 49%: ExpressVPN can reliably unblock BBC iPlayer from the U.S. A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £85.45 and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time.


U.S. fans can watch every game from this year's World Cup on the FOX Sports family of networks. Live streaming is also available on FuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. That's good news, but all of those options do require payment. If you're looking for a way to watch the World Cup for free, you'll need to use a VPN.

With a VPN, you can connect to a server in the UK to stream all the action for free on BBC iPlayer and ITVX.

When is USA vs the Netherlands?

USA and the Netherlands will battle it out for a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday, Dec. 3:

USA vs the Netherlands — 10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

The game will be shown live on BBC One in the UK. You can also live stream the fixture on BBC iPlayer.

Can you watch the World Cup for free in the U.S.?

You can stream every game from this year's World Cup for free on BBC iPlayer and ITVX. Once you have signed up to your favourite VPN and downloaded the app, you can hide your real IP address and connect to a secure server in the UK. This quick and easy process tricks sites like BBC iPlayer into thinking you are based in the UK, meaning you can watch online for free.

Yes, you will have to pay something to subscribe to a VPN, but you can recover this cost by using money-back guarantees. You can sign up to unblock streaming sites for the duration of the World Cup, and then recoup your investment once you've watched all the action. This is super sneaky, but those money-back guarantees are there to be used.

What is the best VPN for unblocking and watching BBC iPlayer?

There is plenty of competition when it comes to being the best VPN for streaming, ExpressVPN remains on top. This high-speed service provides powerful levels of encryption, apps for all operating systems, up to five multi-logins, and reliable unblocking of leading streaming sites like BBC iPlayer and Netflix.

A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £87.08 and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time. This discounted plan also includes a year of free unlimited cloud backup and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Don't forget that you can sign up to watch the World Cup and then recoup your investment using that generous money-back guarantee.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 9:33 am

Serbia vs Switzerland livestream options for 2022 FIFA World Cup

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Serbia will take on Switzerland in a group-stage FIFA World Cup clash at the Stadium 974.

The Eagles will be hoping to secure three points after a clash with Cameroon on Nov. 28.

Meanwhile, the Swiss will be coming from a match with Brazil.

Serbia vs Switzerland kickoff time

Kickoff time for the Serbia vs. Switzerland match is set for 2 p.m. ET on December 2 at the 40,000-seat venue in Doha.

How to watch Serbia vs Switzerland on streaming or free TV

World Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament.

You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States.

The Serbia vs. Switzerland match will be shown on FS1, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game.

Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV.

Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly.

When are the other Group G games?

Teams will be hoping to get enough points in their three group-stage games to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

SEE ALSO: FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule including how to watch

The winner of Group G will play the runners-up in Group H, whereas the team that comes second place will play its winners.

Group H contains South Korea, Ghana, Uruguay and Portugal.

Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 9:15 am

Cameroon vs Brazil livestream options for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Soccer ball in a goal.

Cameroon will take on Brazil in a group-stage FIFA World Cup clash at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

The Indomitable Lions will be hoping to secure three points after a clash with Serbia on Nov. 28.

Meanwhile, the 2002 champions will be coming from a match with Switzerland.

Cameroon vs Brazil kickoff time

Kickoff time for the Cameroon vs. Brazil match is set for 2 p.m. ET on December 2 at the 80,000-seat venue in Lusial.

How to watch Cameroon vs Brazil on streaming or free TV

World Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament.

You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States.

The Cameroon vs. Brazil match will be shown on FOX, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game.

Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV.

Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly.

When are the other Group G games?

Teams will be hoping to get enough points in their three group-stage games to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

SEE ALSO: FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule including how to watch

The winner of Group G will play the runners-up in Group H, whereas the team that comes second place will play its winners.

Group H contains South Korea, Ghana, Uruguay and Portugal.

Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 9:14 am

South Korea vs Portugal livestream options for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Soccer ball in a goal.

South Korea will take on Portugal in a group-stage FIFA World Cup clash at the Education City Stadium.

The Taegeuk Warriors will be hoping to secure three points after a clash with Ghana on Nov. 28.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese will be coming from a match with Uruguay.

South Korea vs Portugal kickoff time

Kickoff time for the South Korea vs. Portugal match is set for 10 a.m. ET on December 2 at the 40,000-seat venue in Doha.

How to watch South Korea vs Portugal on streaming or free TV

World Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament.

You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States.

The South Korea vs. Portugal match will be shown on FOX, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game.

Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV.

Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly.

When are the other Group H games?

Teams will be hoping to get enough points in their three group-stage games to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

SEE ALSO: FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule including how to watch

The winner of Group H will play the runners-up in Group G, whereas the team that comes second place will play its winners.

Group G contains Cameroon, Serbia, Switzerland and Brazil.

Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 9:14 am

Ghana vs Uruguay livestream options for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Soccer ball in goal.

Ghana will take on Uruguay in a group-stage FIFA World Cup clash at the Al Janoub Stadium.

The Ghanaians will be hoping to secure three points after a clash with South Korea on Nov. 28.

Meanwhile, the Uruguayans will be coming from a match with Portugal.

Ghana vs Uruguay kickoff time

Kickoff time for the Ghana vs. Uruguay match is set for 10a.m. ET on December 2 at the 40,000-seat venue in Al Wakrah.

How to watch Ghana vs Uruguay on streaming or free TV

World Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament.

You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States.

The Ghana vs. Uruguay match will be shown on FS1, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game.

Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV.

Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly.

When are the other Group H games?

Teams will be hoping to get enough points in their three group-stage games to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

SEE ALSO: FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule including how to watch

The winner of Group H will play the runners-up in Group G, whereas the team that comes second place will play its winners.

Group G contains Cameroon, Serbia, Switzerland and Brazil.

Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 9:14 am

Elon Musk suspends Kanye West's Twitter account

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Ye's account on Twitter has been suspended.

The news was shared by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who said that Ye, formerly Kanye West, "again" violated Twitter's rule against incitement to violence.

The (latest) offending tweet from Ye contained an image of a Nazi swastika blended with the Star of David.

After finding out he'd be banned for it, Ye tweeted an unflattering photo of Elon Musk showering on a yacht with the caption "Let's always remember this as my final tweet," to which Musk replied "This is fine." You can see the short exchange, together with the (now invisible) tweet from Ye, in the image below.

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Musk later clarified that Ye's account has been suspended for incitement to violence, not for posting the image of Musk. "Just clarifying that his account is being suspended for incitement to violence, not an unflattering pic of me being hosed by Ari. Frankly, I found those pics to be helpful motivation to lose weight," he tweeted.

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Twitter's rule against incitement to violence is precisely what got former President Donald Trump suspended from Twitter, following his tweets which seemingly encouraged the mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January 2021.

SEE ALSO: Twitter has released a bunch of spin about its ongoing Elon Musk-led garbage fire

Ye's suspension follows a wave of reinstatements of previously banned accounts, including that of Donald Trump, Kathy Griffin, Jordan Peterson, Babylon Bee, and Ye himself, who was banned before for posting antisemitic tweets. Musk originally said no account reinstatements will happen before a "content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints" is formed, but then went ahead and reinstated Trump's account following a Twitter poll.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 8:16 am

Stephen Colbert explains free speech as simply as possible for Twitter CEO Elon Musk

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Late Show host Stephen Colbert has poked fun at Elon Musk in his Thursday night monologue, ragging on his impressive mishandling of Twitter, surprisingly poor understanding of business, and foul bachelor bedside table loaded with caffeine-free diet Coke and guns.

Musk recently mused whether Apple "hate[s] free speech" after the company reportedly suspended the majority of its advertising on Twitter. (It was far from the only advertiser to do so.) Though he and Apple CEO Tim Cook have since patched up their relationship, Musk's insinuation still speaks volumes about his failure to comprehend both free speech and business.

"Elon, Elon, Elon," tutted Colbert. "Free speech means the government can't tell you what to say. It doesn't mean people have to give you money no matter what you say. I know you're mad at them, but they don't hate free speech. They're mad at you because you freed hate speech."

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 6:44 am

'Quordle' today: Here are the answers and hints for December 2

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If Quordle is a little too challenging today, you've come to the right place for hints. There aren't just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need.

What is Quordle?

Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.

Is Quordle harder than Wordle?

Yes, though not diabolically so.

Where did Quordle come from?

Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30. Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. 

How is Quordle pronounced?

“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.”

Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?

Yes and no.

Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you.

After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle.

What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?

Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. 

Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset.

Is there a way to get the answer faster?

In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses:

Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.”

Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses.

If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints:

Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?

One word has two different pairs of twice-occurring letters — in other words, it only has three unique letters.

Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?

No.

What do today’s Quordle words start with?

A, P, S, and H.

What are the answers for today’s Quordle?

Are you sure you want to know?

There’s still time to turn back.

OK, you asked for it. The answers are:

  1. ALOFT

  2. PRICE

  3. SLYLY

  4. HITCH

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 6:00 am

Get lifetime access to 10TB of cloud storage for under £100

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All it takes is one cup of spilled drink to lose your phone and everything stored on it. If you’re planning on snapping photos of this year’s precious Christmas memories, you may want to make sure you can keep them forever by uploading your photos to a secure cloud backup. Degoo Premium has a 10TB lifetime backup plan that'll help you keep your important photos and files safe.

Whether you’re snapping a photo of your child’s first snow or recording a video of them playing on the bike they just unwrapped, Christmas memories are precious. And those precious memories also take up a lot of local storage space. With Degoo’s 10TB plan, you get a massive amount of online storage so you can keep recording those memories without deleting apps to make room for more. Each file is replicated as you upload it, so a copy will be safe online even if the one on your phone has to go. 

And if your extended family wants to see your sister's kid pedal boldly ahead on their new bike, you can send photos from the cloud using your email, a link, or a messaging app. You can also connect multiple devices to your cloud storage. Save the photos from your phone, videos from your tablet, and why not even upload that holiday shopping list from your laptop for the digital scrapbook. Degoo gives you more storage space than Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive combined, so you have room to breathe. 

Degoo lets you upload almost any file type, but it does limit you to 1GB for each file. The Android app can also automatically detect changes to files and will upload the most recent versions. 

Help keep your cherished memories safe from a digital disaster. Get a Degoo Premium Lifetime 10TB Backup Plan on sale for £84.06. 

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 5:00 am

Wordle today: Here's the answer, hints for December 2

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It's Friday! You made it! Celebrate with a fresh Wordle. A friendly reminder, in case you missed the recent rule change: The New York Times has added a new word list and updated the rules, so now plurals ending in S or ES will never be the solution.

If you'd rather have the answer to today's Wordle delivered straight, skip to the end of this article for December 2's solution revealed. Alternatively, if you prefer to do the work yourself, keep scrolling for tips, clues, and strategies to offer you a helping hand.

SEE ALSO: Best 'Wordle' starting word? Step up your game today.

Where did Wordle come from?

Wordle was originally created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, but soon spread internationally. Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternate Wordle versions inspired by the original. This includes battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once

In fact, the word puzzle game has proved so popular that the New York Times eventually bought it, and TikTok creators livestream themselves playing.

What's the best Wordle starting word?

Unlike a maths equation, there is no single correct answer to what the best Wordle starting word is. However, there are more strategic options, and we have plenty of ideas that can help you choose. For example, try picking a word that includes at least two different vowels, as well as some common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.

What happened to the Wordle archive?

The entire archive of past Wordle puzzles used to be available for anyone to enjoy when they had some spare time and no pressing responsibilities. Unfortunately it has since been taken down, which was done at the request of the New York Times according to the website's creator.

SEE ALSO: Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL.

Is Wordle getting harder?

If you've been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn't getting harder

Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?

Usually, Wordle solutions are like Highlander: There can be only one. However occasionally the puzzle game has accepted two different correct solutions on the same day, in apparent defiance of Wordle law. This aberration is due to changes the New York Times made after it acquired Wordle.

The Times has since added its own updated word list, so this should happen even less frequently than before. To avoid any confusion, it's a good idea to refresh your browser before getting stuck into a new puzzle.


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Here's a subtle hint for today's Wordle answer:

Ouch.

Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?

Not today!

Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...

Today's Wordle starts with the letter C.

What's the answer to Wordle today?

It's your last chance to guess today's Wordle! We're finally about to reveal the solution.

Are you ready?

The answer to Wordle #531 is...

CHAFE.

Don't feel down if you didn't get it this time! There's always another day, and with it another Wordle. Come back tomorrow for more helpful clues and hints!

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:58 am

How to unblock BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world

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Watching BBC iPlayer in the UK is straightforward. Visit the site and you'll get immediate access to a wide range of top shows and movies without delay. Outside the UK? It's not so easy.

Whenever you try to access BBC iPlayer outside the UK, you'll be quickly blocked. This is frustrating, but you can get around this geo-restriction with a VPN. You might expect the process to be complicated, but it's really quite easy.

The first step is to invest in a streaming-friendly VPN. Once you've picked something, you simply need to download the app and connect to a secure server in the UK. This quick process hides your real IP address, so BBC iPlayer thinks you're in the UK when you attempt to sign in. That means you can watch all those popular shows and movies from anywhere in the world. You can also watch the World Cup for free.

There are plenty of VPNs out there that can do this job, but ExpressVPN is probably the most reliable. It's not exactly cheap, but users get an intuitive app and interface, strong connection speeds and up to five simultaneous connections. All subscribers also get access to a large and diverse network of servers, which really helps when you're streaming content from around the world.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:55 am

Got your Spotify Wrapped? Treat it like a shopping list.

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Every year, Spotify presents its hundreds of millions of users with a cute little gift: their own listening data, neatly packaged up with bright graphics and increasingly cringe all-purpose text pretending to be personalised. It’s wildly shareable, inevitably memed, and usually a reliable mix of accurate and hilariously off-base. (Petition to have all playlists just named “Sleep” excluded from now on.)

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The ugly truth, of course, is that all those numbers — streams and minutes listened and different fake-sounding sub-sub-genres of pop — conceal the only one that really matters. Now that streaming has largely replaced purchasing as the dominant model for music consumption, the vast majority of artists need you to actually buy things from them in order to make a living.

Spotify infamously pays artists fractions of a cent per stream.

The actual amount of money that makes it back to the artists varies, depending on how much of a cut labels and distributors take. But most sources agree that Spotify pays between $0.003 and $0.005 per stream, and that’s before the money is divvied up according to whatever terms are set out in distribution contracts.

SEE ALSO: Spotify Wrapped is here to analyze your Listening Personality

Money isn't taken directly out of your Premium monthly fee (or revenue paid from ads you listen to, if you're on the Free tier) and paid to the artists you personally listen to. Instead it all goes into one big pot, which is then divided between artists (and labels) according to how many of their songs helped make up Spotify's billions of streams each month.

Safe to say that Taylor Swift and Lil Nas X are securing the bag in other ways, on top of having some of the most popular songs in the world. But for smaller artists — even acts with hundreds of thousands of listeners — it’s brutal out here.

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Peter Hollo is a Sydney musician and radio host who plays in post-rock/electronic/jazz four-piece Tangents. The group put out a double album this year through a U.S. based label.

"We managed 170.7K streams and 71.9K listeners," he told Mashable via email. "Sounds impressive, but this has resulted in at best triple figures in our pockets."

Artists are beginning to fight back, with a new union protesting at Spotify's offices last year and campaigning consistently since for a fairer model, including a pay out of one cent per stream. Some people have made a point of ditching Spotify in protest at this imbalance of power — either in favour of other platforms that pay out (fractionally) more, or to return to buying music solely the old-fashioned way, in album and single form.

But it’s still a useful, and fairly comprehensive, platform for both music discovery and access. There’s no shame, really, in continuing to fork out your hard-earned cash for that pleasure and privilege, any more than there is in holding onto your Instagram or Amazon account because it’s convenient for looking at photos of your nieces or getting things delivered in a hurry. (Yes, your ethical mileage may vary, but it’s your call.)

What you can also do, however, is make a point of supporting the artists who make the music that you love. 

SEE ALSO: 13 best websites to analyze your Spotify data

Making music is expensive. Even at the most grassroots level, artists need to pay for gear (whether it’s a single laptop or multiple pricey instruments), insurance, paying their managers and crew, accommodation and travel for touring, studio time, paying for mixing and/or mastering, and the costs associated with putting music out physically — not to mention the countless hours of training, rehearsal, and actually writing and composing leading up to recording a single song.

All of that has to happen, over and over again, in order for you to throw on something to dance or run or cook or sob to. And working musicians have had the roughest couple of years in living memory, with COVID-19 essentially shutting down live music for all but the most irresponsible acts and venues across 2020 and 2021.

So this year, treat your Spotify Wrapped like a shopping list. 

Look at your top artists, and go and buy something from them — whatever you can afford. Buy a digital or physical album from their official website or your local record store. Buy a ticket to their live shows, not just festivals, if you’re vaccinated and feel comfortable doing so — they’ve missed seeing your faces! And pick up a shirt or other gear from the merch table while you’re there, if you can afford it. Shows are usually the best place to buy merch, because generally more of what you pay will make it to the artist’s pocket with fewer middlemen and overhead costs like postage and ecommerce, but online works too. 

For digital music, Hype Machine's Merch Table tool helps you see if you can buy your favourite songs or albums on Bandcamp — a platform that takes just 10 to 15 percent of the sale price (and also gives you the option to pay more than the minimum if you want), and also does Bandcamp Fridays, a monthly 24-hour period where the platform takes no cut at all. Even if you can only afford a single song, for the price of a cup of coffee, it will mean something to that artist that you made the effort and spared the change.

"For digital [Bandcamp is] really the best, but any digital purchases are good," Hollo explained. "It takes a ridiculously low number of digital sales to eclipse all streaming royalties."

And try to spend your money where it will make the most difference. Yes, you mostly listened to Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift all year like so many other people, and money spent on music is never wasted. But the $30 you could drop on a shitty sour bucket hat is almost definitely better spent on a shirt or two whole digital albums by that outlier indie artist you had on repeat all through spring then forgot about until your Wrapped reminded you.

Even if it feels like a token move to go pay a few bucks on Bandcamp for a song you loved this year, even if you never listen to that copy and keep playing it on Spotify, it’s a practical and meaningful way to help out the musicians who got you through this year, so they can get you through whatever the next year brings.

The story was originally published in November 2021, and has been updated.

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 4:09 am

How to watch England vs Senegal from abroad

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England and Senegal will face off in a bid to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup. You can relax if you're based in the UK, because you can watch every minute of the action without hassle. If you're abroad for this fixture, you need to take some steps to ensure you don't miss out.

When is England vs Senegal?

England and Senegal will come face-to-face on Sunday, Dec. 4:

England vs Senegal (ITV) — 7 p.m. GMT

The game will be shown live on ITV One. Alternatively, you can live stream on ITVX.

Can you watch England vs Senegal from abroad?

You'll get blocked if you try and stream the match on ITVX from abroad. The only way to get around this frustrating blockade is with a VPN. By using a streaming-friendly service like CyberGhost VPN or ExpressVPN, you can hide your real IP address and connect to a secure server in the UK. This tricks sites like ITVX into thinking you are back home, meaning you can watch the World Cup from anywhere in the world without needing to rely on a dodgy stream.

Once you've signed up to your favourite VPN, you simply need to download the app for your preferred operating system, connect to a server in the UK, and then head over to ITVX. The whole process takes just a few clicks.

What is the best VPN for unblocking and watching ITVX?

ExpressVPN has a reputation as the best service for streaming, but it's also one of the most expensive options. Fortunately there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there that can do the job, including CyberGhost VPN. Subscribers to CyberGhost VPN get apps for every leading operating system, access to over 9,000 geographically diverse secure servers, and up to seven multi-logins. It's also on sale for a limited time.

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Posted on 2 December 2022 | 3:00 am

Parler wants you to know its deal with Kanye West is off

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The right-wing social media platform Parler says that controversial rapper Kanye West is no longer buying the company.

On Thursday, West appeared on InfoWars, the program hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as part of a media tour pertaining to West's claim that he is running for president in 2024. (Jones, as you might recall, has recently been in the news for losing a series of lawsuits from Sandy Hook family members over his claims that the school shooting was fake.) West appeared on the show masked alongside Holocaust denier and white nationalist Nick Fuentes, whom West has been traveling with.

During the interview, West proclaimed his "love" for Nazis and Hitler.

Just hours later, Parler reached out to Mashable and other news outlets to share that the acquisition agreement it had made in October with Kanye West had been quietly terminated last month.

"Parlement Technologies [Parler's parent company] has confirmed that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler," the statement read. "This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November. Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community."

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Mashable has reached out to Parler for more information and will update this piece if we hear back.

Parler had initially agreed to the acquisition deal after West had already been suspended from social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram for making antisemitic remarks. Shortly before the deal's announcement, West appeared with conservative commentator Candace Owens at Paris Fashion Week with the two sporting "White Lives Matter" t-shirts. Owens is married to Parler CEO George Farmer.

"In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves," said West in the official Parler acquisition statement in October.

"This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech," Farmer said at the time.

Back in 2021, Parler's app was removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play due to violations of both platform's content moderation policies related to violent rhetoric. Parler was eventually allowed back on both platforms with a more stringent policy surrounding content on its app.

While it's unclear what exactly caused the two parties to walk away from the deal last month, it does appear like West's interview on InfoWars spurred the hasty statement from Parler.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 11:07 pm

Black Friday's best drone deals include a new record-low price for a 4K DJI bundle

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UPDATE: Nov. 22, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST This post has been updated with the best Black Friday drone deals of 2022. Here's a brief overview:


Anyone who's shopped for a consumer-friendly drone before knows that DJI is the market's uncontested leader. They also know that it's oddly hard to find DJI drones on sale. (And if/when it happens, they still tend to skew expensive.) Even ahead of Black Friday 2022, we're only seeing one DJI model enjoying a discount across major retailers.

SEE ALSO: It's playtime: LEGO sets, Magic Mixies, and more big 2022 toys are already at Black Friday prices

If you're trying to score a good deal on a drone this holiday season (without completely blowing your budget), we recommend expanding your search to other brands like Contixo, Holy Stone, and Autel Robotics. Below, you'll find a running list of the best Black Friday deals on drones, from fancy 4K cameras suited for aerial photography to cheap kid-friendly RCs.

Note: Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing.

4K drone deals

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Why we like it

If you've got some wiggle room in your budget, the DJI FPV is a really cool drone for advanced users. It can shoot 4K/60fps video with a 150-degree FOV at up to 120 Mbps and reach a max speed of about 87 miles per hour, with up to 20 minutes of runtime and safety features like obstacle sensing that keep it safe during adventurous flights. It comes with goggles for a first-person flight experience (as opposed to just watching its footage from your phone), and can be paired with multiple goggles to share the flight with your friends in real-time.

The DJI FPV Combo (with the drone itself, goggles, a remote controller, batteries, a power adapter, and other accessories) retailed for $999 on Amazon last Black Friday, but this year it's on sale for only $899. That's 31% off its $1,299 MSRP and its lowest price to date. (If it sells out there, check Best Buy: They had it in stock for $899.99 at the time of writing.)

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Budget drone deals

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Why we like it

Featuring a foldable design, voice/gesture control support, and an adjustable 1080P HD camera with a 112-degree wide-angle lens, the Holy Stone HS440 is an entry-level quadcopter that's suitable for users of all experience levels. It comes with two batteries for up to 40 minutes of flight time and a convenient carrying case.

It's also sitting at a new record-low price ahead of Black Friday: Amazon has it on sale for just $74.99, which is 32% off its suggested retail price of $109.99. (Note the $15 extra savings coupon for Prime members on its product page.)

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Kid-friendly drone deals

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Why we like it

This cute little foldable RC drone for kids and toddlers (another Holy Stone creation) has a huge fanbase on Amazon, racking up a 4.2/5-star overall rating with more than 10,000 reviews. Highlights include one-key takeoffs and landings, an Altitude Hold mode that keeps it hovering in place when the user's hands are off the controls, and a High Speed Rotation function that makes it capable of doing 360-degree flips.

The Holy Stone HS190 typically retails for $32.99 on the brand's website, but Amazon will give it to you for just $23.93 with another Prime-exclusive coupon — that's a 27% savings. (It rarely ever dips below $24.)

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:51 pm

These Black Friday sex toy deals will have you buzzing with excitement

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UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2022, 6:20 p.m. EST This post has been updated with the latest Black Friday 2022 promotions.


What would you prefer, a device that can help you read your emails or a device that helps you orgasm?

Sex toys may not be the first product that comes to mind when the holiday shopping season rolls around, but Black Friday is the best time of year to grab some new tech on sale — and that includes sex tech.

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are already starting and these ones are the best

Sure, you may not be able to find that new rabbit vibe at your local Best Buy or Walmart (though sex toys are more widely available in non-sex dominant shops than ever), but plenty of online retailers offer stellar deals on sex tech, encompassing everything from vibrators to sex pillows.

Since it's not quite as easy as checking out the sale section of classic big box retailers, we've rounded up all the deals at all the online sex shops worth knowing about for Black Friday. And if you want to spend less time looking for your new sex tech and more time actually using it, we've included our favorite deals, category by category, to streamline your search.

Check it out below, and be sure to return to this page often, as we'll be updating this post constantly with the latest sex tech prices and deals.

Where to find Black Friday deals on sex toys

Babeland: Though no Black Friday sale has officially started yet, you can score 20% off penis toys with the code BDE20 or 10% off any item (with some exclusions) with the code HEYBABE.

Dame: Dame hasn't announced their Black Friday deals yet, but they did offer 20% off sitewide last year, so we expect to see a similar sale. As of Nov. 23, most of their catalog is in the 10 to 15% off range. For the days leading up to Black Friday, you'll also receive a free Kip vibrator (a $75 value) with any purchase over $100.

Ella Paradis: This sex toy retailer is not shy about offering huge sitewide discounts. We're still waiting on a Black Friday rollout, but you can score 20% off sitewide when you use the code FALL at checkout.

Fun Factory: From Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, save up to 60% on vibrators, couples toys, and more.

Lelo: Lelo has decided to celebrate Black Friday all month long, offering up to 60% off on everything including clit suction toys, prostate stimulators, and couples vibes.

Lioness: The Lioness smart vibrator is once again $30 off for Black Friday, putting it back down to $199 on Black Friday. Plus, a fun bonus: the first 20 customers to shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday will get a free Questions with Benefits card game (a $25 value).

Lovehoney: Save up to 60% on select items from Lovehoney.

Lovers: From Nov. 23 to Nov. 25, get 20% off select toys from We-Vibe, Womanizer and more with the code OHWOW. During the same time period, you can also save 25% on Fun Factory toys. On the actual day of Black Friday on Nov. 25, save 20% sitewide and take an extra 20% off clearance items with the code BF20. Then, from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, take an extra 25% off all clearance items with the code EXTRA25.

Maude: Ahead of Black Friday, save 20% on any orders over $80.

MysteryVibe: Save up to 30% on select products like the Crescendo 2 and Tenuto 2 for their Black Friday sale.

The Pleasure Chest: Take 20% off sitewide starting on Nov. 23.

Unbound: Enjoy 20% off on all Unbound products during their Insider Sale. All discounts will be applied as items are added to your cart.

Womanizer: Save up to 50% off from the brand that has basically perfect the clit suction toy.

Note: Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:49 pm

Amazon's best Black Friday laptop deals (so far) include a bunch of MacBooks and Samsung Galaxy Books

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UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2022, 1:00 p.m. EST This story has been updated with Amazon's latest and greatest laptop deals of Black Friday 2022. Here's a quick overview:


Amazon can't compete with Walmart on the extremely cheap (sub-$100) Chromebook front, but it's still one of the absolute best places to find a laptop deal this holiday season.

The retail giant is already rolling out all-time-high discounts on higher-end Samsung Galaxy Books and Apple MacBooks (including Pro and Air configurations from earlier this year). Shoppers in search of a basic Chromebook for kids or school can find plenty of options in the $100 to $300 range, including a couple of ASUS machines that come with free Office 265 or Microsoft 365 subscriptions.

Gaming laptop deals from brands like MSI and Razer are just starting to hit their stride on Amazon, and we'll be keeping a close eye out for new gaming laptop deals being added.

SEE ALSO: Cheap Chromebooks and gaming laptops are staples of Walmart's Black Friday sale

One important thing to keep in mind as you peruse Amazon's listings is that it loves to mess with laptops' MSRPs (by either inflating or deflating them), often obscuring whether deals are actually good or not. You'll want to cross-check any Amazon laptop deals with MSRPs on retailer sites.

If that all sounds like a lot of work, fret not: We're going through all of Amazon's early Black Friday laptop deals and picking out everything that's actually worth buying based on true MSRPs and historical data from camelcamelcamel, a price-tracking site we rely on for fact-checking these kinds of things. Check out the running list of contenders below. (Note: Laptops that have hit a record-low price have been marked with a 🔥.)

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:45 pm

Walmart's Black Friday sale is bringing cheap Chromebooks and gaming laptops galore

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UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2022, 2:00 p.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest stock and pricing info from Walmart's Black Friday sale

Looking for a cheap laptop this Black Friday? Here are our top picks as of Nov. 24:


Let's just get this out of the way: You won't find very many MacBooks on sale during Walmart's ongoing Black Friday sale — that's Best Buy and Amazon's territory. But what the big-box store lacks in Apple deals, it more than makes up for with dirt-cheap Chromebooks and heavily discounted gaming laptops.

Case in point: The clear winners for Walmart so far include a $79 HP Chromebook deal that has since sold out, a $99 Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Chromebook, this year's ASUS ROG Strix G15, and the 2022 Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. You'll find those markdowns and more in our running list of the best Black Friday laptop deals at Walmart (below).

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:44 pm

The best Black Friday TV deals at Walmart, including a 65-inch QLED display for under $400

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 9:10 a.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest and greatest TV deals from Walmart's ongoing Black Friday sale. Here's a brief overview:


Walmart is forever one of the best places to buy a TV on Black Friday.

In past years, the big-box store tried to set itself apart from competitors like Best Buy by focusing on smaller budget-friendly TVs; pickings were never slim for shoppers trying to snag a 40- or 50-inch 4K model for under $400, or even $300. Cut to the deals Walmart is offering for the 2022 holiday season, which supplement your dirt-cheap regulars with several massive QLED displays from brands like Samsung and onn.

SEE ALSO: Ready to shop? These are the best Walmart Black Friday deals you can buy right now.

Walmart's Black Friday calendar is a little different for 2022, too: Its string of "Deals for Days" events are scheduled for every Monday in November, with early access for Walmart+ members beginning seven hours before sale start times for the general public. We'd be willing to bet that most TV deals will carry over from event to event, but don't count on anything staying in stock for long. (Nope, that 55-inch TCL TV on sale for $188 isn't available anymore. Take that as a warning to hop on the deals below quickly.)

Note: Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:42 pm

Amazon's best Black Friday deals on headphones and earbuds include AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Soundcore, Beats, and more

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 7:45 a.m. EST This story has been updated to include Amazon's latest headphones and earbuds deals for Black Friday 2022.


Black Friday is usually a slam dunk season for those seeking deals on headphones and earbuds — and this year is shaping up to be no exception. The deals at Amazon are here and they are very good.

There are a few standout deals worth noting — like an all-time low price on the Bose SoundLink II Headphones and the first big discount on the second-generation AirPods Pro.

Whether due to supply chain shortages or employee layoffs, Amazon's free two-day shipping seems to be harder and harder to come by these days. Be sure to pay attention to the estimated shipping time before you check out, so there are no surprises later.

Here's a running list of all the headphones and earbuds deals at Amazon worth checking out for Black Friday — we'll be updating it regularly.

Note: All newly added deals are marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or no longer available at their sale price when we last looked. Anything marked with a 🔥 has dropped to an all-time low price.

Best Apple deals

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Our Pick: Apple AirPods Max (opens in a new tab)
$449 at Amazon (save $100)
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Why we like them

We really like the AirPods Max — they've got best-in-class noise cancellation, a transparency mode, and spatial audio — but we like 'em better at a price a little less jaw-dropping. How about a $100 discount? While not the lowest price we've ever seen, Amazon had the space gray, sky blue, and silver ones on sale for just $449 at the time of writing.

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(Yes, Beats has technically been part of Apple for many years now, but we've divided them up to keep things organized.)

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Our pick: Beats Studio Buds (opens in a new tab)
$89.95 at Amazon (save $60)
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Why we like them

With booming bass, spatial audio, and an all-day battery life, these wireless noise-canceling earbuds from June 2021 "put Apple's entry-level AirPods to shame," according to Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry. Amazon has them listed at $99.95 at the time of writing, which is 10 bucks shy of their lowest price ever.

Update: The Beats Studio Buds are back down to their lowest-ever price of $89.99 on Amazon as a part of Black Friday deals.

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Best Bose deals

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Our pick: Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II🔥 (opens in a new tab)
$149 at Amazon (save $80)
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Why we like them

Lightweight, comfy, and long-lasting (up to 15 hours on a single charge), the Bose SoundLink Headphones II make a great companion for everything from commuting to working out to working from home. The microphone system is built to block out wind and noise, so taking a work call at a busy brunch spot shouldn't be an issue — at least noise-wise. If you forget to charge before traveling or working out, it's all good. The quick charge feature gives you an extra two hours of listening from a 15-minute plug-in. At $149, these babies are already sitting at their lowest price ever at Amazon.

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Best Samsung deals

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Our pick: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (opens in a new tab)
$89.99 at Amazon (save $60)
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Why we like them

Not to totally pile on AirPods, but Samsung's newest Galaxy Buds are also way better than Apple's earbuds, Perry said. "Between an attractive egg-like design, excellent noise cancelation, and relatively robust app-based customization (on Android devices)," he wrote, these puppies "largely deliver the goods" at an extremely reasonable price. At $91.97, they're about $4 shy of the lowest price they've ever been, but still offer an eggcellent $58 discount (sorry).

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:40 pm

Amazon's best Black Friday TV deals include Samsung's The Frame and Fire TVs, of course

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 9:05 a.m. EST This story has been updated to reflect the latest Black Friday deals on Amazon. Here's a peek at some highlights:

Amazon isn't exactly known for its Black Friday TV deals in the way that big-box stores like Best Buy and Walmart are. But if you insist on making your TV upgrade through Amazon, there are still some gems scattered across the site this Black Friday despite the retail giant's fluctuating stock and list prices.

As things currently stand, the best discounts there are going to Amazon's own line of Fire TVs (classic), some LG QNED Mini-LED models, and every size of Samsung's The Frame — that would be the TikTok-famous display that doubles as wall art, for the uninitiated. Keep reading to check out our extensive, ever-changing list of the best Black Friday TV deals that Amazon is offering during its 48-hour event.

Note: Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing. Anything marked with a 🔥 has dropped to an all-time low price.

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Our pick: Amazon Fire TV 55-inch 4-Series 4K TV (opens in a new tab)
$299.99 at Amazon (save $220)
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Why we like it

Opting for the 55-inch version of Amazon's 4-Series Fire TV over its 55-inch Omni Fire TV saves you $150 — but we wouldn't call it cutting corners. Compared to the ultra-cheap Fire TVs offered by brands like Insignia and TCL, Amazon's own 4-Series model supports HDR and HDMI 2.1 and achieves decent brightness despite lacking any dedicated dimming zones. It also ships with an Alexa Voice Remote, which lets you control it hands free.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:38 pm

The best Black Friday DNA test kit deals for humans *and* pets

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 9:00 a.m. EST This list has been updated to reflect pricing and availability as of Nov. 17.

Looking for a DNA kit this Black Friday? These are the best deals live as of Nov. 25:


DNA tests are a great way to connect with your family's past. Whether you're looking to dig deep into your roots or simply want to learn something about yourself, a DNA test can help you get the information you want. Plus, they make great gifts.

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are already starting and these ones are the best

If you want to treat yourself to some self-discovery, there are plenty of Black Friday DNA test deals to choose from that are already live. And for all the pet parents out there, you can learn more about your furry friend's genetic makeup and potential health issues with DNA tests designed specifically for pets. (Please note that any kind of at-home testing kit should never take the place of seeing a qualified medical professional.)

Read on for the best Black Friday DNA kit deals you can get right now.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a . Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Best DNA test kit deals (for humans)

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Our pick: AncestryDNA Genetic Ethnicity Test (opens in a new tab)
$59 on Amazon (save $40)
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Why we like it

With just a quick saliva sample, AncestryDNA can find specific regions your family is from and even connect you with living relatives. An Ancestry subscription lets you access billions of family trees and records for more insight into your background. Also, AncestryDNA employs great security standards to keep your samples, results, and personal information private, so you can rest easy knowing that strangers aren't poking around in your genetic business.

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Best DNA test kit deals (for pets)

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Our pick: Embark Dog DNA Test Kit (opens in a new tab)
$134 on Amazon (save $65)
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Why we like it

Ever wondered what your mutt actually is? The Embark Dog DNA kit helps you find out your dog's breed, type, and variety. Perhaps most valuable of all, you can learn about potential health risks that your dog's breed is prone to, and use those insights to take preventative measures with the assistance of your vet. The test also lets you find and connect with other dogs that share DNA with yours. Did someone say family reunion?

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:37 pm

Shop the best Black Friday deals on headphones

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UPDATE: Nov. 22, 2022, 5:30 p.m. EST This story has been updated to include the latest Black Friday pricing and deals from Apple, Beats, Bose, and more. Check out our top picks.


Black Friday is here and so are major deals on headphones and earbuds. While we might still see prices drop even further in the days ahead, the majority of Black Friday deals are already live. In other words, if you've had your eye on a pair of fancy headphones or earbuds, you should grab them before they're gone.

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are already starting and these ones are the best

Stand-out deals include Bose headphones with $80 markdowns, Beats at well over $100 off, and AirPods hitting (and maybe even besting) previous record lows. You'll notice that most major retailers are matching each other's prices (with very few exceptions), which is great; if something sells out on Amazon, for example, you'll usually be able to find it at Best Buy or Walmart.

Here's a running list of all the best headphones and earbuds deals for Black Friday — we'll be updating it regularly.

Note: All newly added deals are marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or no longer available at their sale price when we last looked. Anything marked with a 🔥 has dropped to an all-time low price.

Best headphones deal

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Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones (opens in a new tab)
$79 at Amazon (save $120.95)✨🔥
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Why we like it

They may not be the newest in the Beats lineup, but the Beats Solo3 are still a solid pair of on-ear headphones — and at just $79, they're also some of the most affordable. They don't offer active noise cancellation, but they do pack some things worth mentioning: Apple's W1 chip for enhanced iOS performance, support for spatial audio, impressive bass-heavy audio, exceptional comfort (according to our friends at PCMag, which is owned by Mashable's publisher, Ziff Davis), and an unbeatable 40-hour battery life. This is the lowest price we've seen this season on these on-ear headphones, and Amazon and Walmart are both offering the deal.

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AirPods Pro (first gen) (opens in a new tab)
$159 at Walmart (save $90.99)
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Why we like it

What can we say about the AirPod Pros that you probably haven't already heard? Apple's first earbuds with active noise cancellation may not be the newest out there, but damn if they still don't get the job done. You can use them sans ANC, in transparency mode for hearing your surroundings, or block out the world around you with the ANC. Maybe they don't have some improvements to the new second-generation AirPod Pros, but $159 matches the best price we've ever seen them at (which they reached last Black Friday).

The biggest downside of these buds is their battery life, but at this price, it's not that much different than most earbuds with ANC. Plus, they're a far cry cheaper than the second-gen Pros, which also have a record-low discount at $199.99.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:36 pm

From Ninja to Vitamix, these are the best Black Friday deals on blenders and food processors

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 8:00 a.m. EST This story has been updated to include new deals and pricing information.


Have you blown up a blender or two? No judgment here. If you're an avid smoothie lover or soup savant, you know that a high-quality blender is essential for silky smooth blending.

If your old cheap blender isn't cutting it anymore (or isn't cutting through your frozen fruit anymore) it's probably time for an upgrade. This Black Friday, we are seeing tons of deals on blenders, with options ranging from single-serve models to hefty, professional blenders.

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are here and they're really good

Here are all the best Black Friday deals on blenders, food processors, and juicers.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a . Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Blender deals

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Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System (opens in a new tab)
$199.99 at Best Buy (save $40)
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Why we like it

This Ninja blender bundle is made for versatility and is great for those who prefer "all-in-one" appliances to save time and space. You'll of course get the main blender with a max power of 1600 watts, which can handle anything from chopping and slicing fruits and veggies to crushing ice with ease. You'll also get a smoothie bowl attachment, a personal-size blender cup, and a set of automatic programs for creating specific results (including doughs!).

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Vitamix blender deals

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Vitamix ONE (opens in a new tab)
Save $39.94 at Amazon
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Why we like it

This compact Vitamix makes smoothies, protein shakes, and frozen treats. Versatile is its middle name. To better help you push frozen ingredients closer to the blade, this Vitamix includes a tamper so you can safely enjoy your culinary creations. With its 32 oz. capacity, this blender will help you with your meal prep or please any guest.

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Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor (opens in a new tab)
$199.95 at Amazon (save $50)
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Why we like it

This large-capacity food processor can hold up to 14 cups of ingredients at a time and is great for making party-sized dips, purees, soups, and more. Its detachable disc stem makes for easy cleanup, and it has extremely simple controls for a no-fuss experience.

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Breville Juice Fountain Elite Juicer (opens in a new tab)
$299.99 at Amazon (save $150.01)
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Why we like it

This Breville juicer is no joke. It has a 1,000-watt motor that spins up to 13,000 RPM, helping you get more juice than you would with a smaller model. You don't need to pre-cut veggies and fruits, too, thanks to its extra-wide chute. And to top it all off, its parts are dishwasher safe.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:35 pm

Apple's brand new AirPods and AirPods Pro are chilling at record-low prices ahead of Black Friday

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In a sea of brands that were willing to unleash Black Friday discounts in early October, Apple is a stickler. If the tech giant offers any holiday deals, they usually happen on actual Black Friday — and they're almost always gift card promos instead of straight-up discounts.

This is all to say that if you're hunting for a pair of AirPods on sale this season, don't do your shopping at the Apple Store: The deals are much better (and more plentiful) elsewhere. This applies to old and new models alike, from the second-generation AirPods Pro to the due-for-an-update AirPods Max. Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart even offer refurbished models at a discount if you're really trying to save.

We'll be keeping a running list of early Black Friday deals on AirPods as the holiday sales progress. Below, you'll find our top picks as of Nov. 11.

Apple AirPods with MagSafe Charging Case (3rd Generation) — save $55 at Walmart

We saw the second-generation AirPods fall to a record-low of $79 during Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale in October, and we'd be willing to bet on that pricing's reprisal sometime later this season. But if you don't feel like waiting (or if you'd prefer earbuds with MagSafe wireless charging), this year's third-generation AirPods are enjoying an all-time-low of their own at Walmart right now. Though not a massive upgrade over their predecessors, their nice redesign, "typically excellent sound quality," and spatial audio support make them "tough to dismiss," as Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry wrote in his review.

You can order a pair for just $124, or 31% off their suggested retail price of $179. (Note: This deal seems to only be available in select locations — it was showing up for me in normal and incognito Chrome windows, but a Colorado-based colleague saw a price of $169.)

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$124 at Walmart (save $55)
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Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) — save $49 at Amazon, Walmart, and Target

Don't bother upgrading to the newest AirPods Pro if you already own the first-generation version. But if your life is lacking a solid pair of wireless, long-lasting earbuds, these come highly recommended from Mashable senior editor Stan Schroeder: "They sound wonderful and have almost uncanny active noise cancelation. [...] For a first-time buyer who can afford the $250 price tag, they're a no-brainer," he wrote in his review.

Disregard that $249 price tag for the time being: Amazon, Walmart, and Target all have them on sale for $199.99 ahead of Black Friday. That's nearly 20% off their $249 MSRP and their best deal to date.

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$199.99 (save up to $49.01) at Amazon, Walmart, and Target
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Apple AirPods Max — save $100 at Amazon and Walmart

Apple's first non-Beats-branded, over-ear headphones made quite the splash when they debuted in late 2020, but never mind the memes. "When it comes down to it, the AirPods Max check off almost all the boxes for what makes an excellent pair of headphones: great sound quality, ideal battery life, easy controls, and a stylish design (sans SmartCase)," wrote former Mashable tech reporter Brenda Stolyar. Note that they tend to skew uncomfortable for those of us with small heads and eyeglasses, so keep your receipt just in case.

There's a good chance their all-time-low of $429 will return sometime in the near future, but in the meantime, you can grab a pair on sale at Amazon or Walmart (the latter offers this deal for the silver and sky blue colors) for $449 — that shaves 18% off their usual retail price of $549.

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Our pick: Apple AirPods Max (opens in a new tab)
$449 (save $100) at Amazon and Walmart
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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:33 pm

Star Lord and co. face the music in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3' trailer

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After a stint traveling with the God of Thunder himself, the Guardians of the Galaxy are back on their usual beat: saving the galaxy, their way.

This time, though, the team — Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) — seems to be reckoning with more angst than usual. In the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, we see flashes of tragic backstories, including Rocket's, setting us up for what will surely be an emotional ride.

We also get a glimpse of Will Poulter as villain Adam Warlock, and it looks like Gamora's (Zoe Saldaña) back too! We can't wait to see how this plays out — and what bangers will be on the film's soundtrack.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 is in theaters May 3, 2023.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:32 pm

Hulu is now just $1.99 per month for a whole year thanks to this Black Friday deal

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UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2022, 9:45 a.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest early Black Friday streaming deals. Here's a brief overview:


Nobody is safe from inflation this holiday season — not even Hulu. After dropping the price of its ad-supported tier down to 99 cents per month last Black Friday, the streaming service is bumping the deal back to $1.99 a month this time around (same as 2020 and 2019).

Anyone who was hoping to lock in a year's worth of movie- and TV-watching for a mere $12 might feel disappointed (and rightfully so, especially after Hulu joined many of its peers in a subscription price hike). But even at double the all-time-low rate it once offered, Hulu is still leading the pack in Black Friday 2022 streaming deals. If you need something new to watch or listen to this winter, keep reading to find out which services and devices are cheaper than usual right now.

Note: Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing.

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Our pick: Hulu (With Ads) (opens in a new tab)
$1.99/month for your first 12 months (save $72)
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Why we like it

Hulu maintains a massive library of hit movies, next-day TV episodes, and high-quality originals (think Only Murders in the Building and The Handmaid's Tale), earning it a top spot on Mashable's list of favorite streamers.

Some fine print on its 2022 Black Friday deal: The $1.99 offer is live from 12 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Nov. 23 until 11:59 p.m. PT on Monday, Nov. 28, and eligibility is limited to new and returning subscribers. Your Hulu (With Ads) plan will convert to its standard $7.99 monthly rate as soon as the 12-month promotional term ends unless you cancel it beforehand.

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Streaming device deals

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Our pick: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (opens in a new tab)
$24.99 at Best Buy (save $25) + free 4-month Amazon Music Unlimited, 3-month Apple TV+, 30-day Showtime, and 30-day fuboTV Pro subscriptions
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Why we like it

Named "the best media streamer you can buy for under $50" by our pals at PCMag (which is owned by Mashable's publisher, Ziff Davis), Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K features Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+ support and includes an Alexa Voice Remote for hands-free control. In a bold move, Best Buy is matching Amazon's 50% discount on it and throwing in free trials of Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple TV+, Showtime, and fuboTV Pro ahead of Black Friday. You love to see it.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:27 pm

Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are all selling $79 Chromebooks this Black Friday

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 10:25 a.m. EST This story has been updated to include the latest Black Friday deals on Chromebooks across Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. Here are some highlights:

Now's a great time to grab a Chromebook for under $100, plus more Chromebook deals at several stores on Black Friday.


Many everyday tasks (and hobbies) these days require access to a laptop for one reason or another. What isn't a necessity, though, is paying MacBook-esque prices for one — especially during Black Friday season.

When 1TB of storage, a desktop-level processor, and a zippy gaming-specific graphics card simply aren't specs you'd take advantage of daily, you should definitely look into Chromebooks. Even the cheapest ones typically have sufficient specs for simple multitasking (think web-browsing and word processing), while higher-range models introduce fancier features like Intel CPUs, touchscreens, and 360-degree hinges.

SEE ALSO: The best Chromebooks for kids, from grade school to college

The really great thing about using a Chromebook is that almost everything you do is automatically backed up on Google Drive, so you won't lose your files if your machine breaks — a nice cushion for elementary and middle-school students who aren't yet in the habit of hitting "save." This failsafe, as well as the fact that ChromeOS is less frequently targeted by malware than Apple or PC devices, makes this breed of laptop the perfect device for paranoid internet users of any age.

Keep reading to check out the best Chromebook deals of Black Friday 2022. Note: Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:17 pm

Shop the best tech deals from Black Friday sales, including 4K TVs and smart home speakers

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UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2022, 11:20 a.m. EST This story has been updated to include the best of the best Black Friday deals for the 2022 shopping season.


It's Black Friday season, which means it's the perfect time to finally make those big tech purchases.

Technically, the actual shopping holiday doesn't fall until Nov. 25, but in a return to last year's form, most big-box retailers have started their Black Friday sales way ahead of time. Target kicked things off the first week of October (we know) with their Deal Days event to beat Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale on Oct. 13, which was the earliest Amazon had ever started their holiday deals. Naturally, Walmart and Best Buy also joined in on the fun.

With all this competitive spirit in the air, we've seen plenty of pretty impressive price cuts already.

SEE ALSO: Black Friday deals are here and they're the best we've seen all year

Some of the very best deals are likely to come during the big day itself, but you can already find great sales on everything from 4K TVs to Apple devices, plus laptops, tablets, and headphones (some already at their confirmed Black Friday prices). Scoring savings is great any time, but going into shopping season in a year defined by inflation, snagging deals where you can feels especially worth the effort.

Below, we've rounded up the best Black Friday deals on our top tech picks across several retailers.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a . Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

4K TV deals

Laptop deals

Note: For MacBook deals, scroll to Apple deals section.

Gaming laptop deals

SEE ALSO: Read PCMag's coverage of the best monitor deals

Tablet deals

Note: For Fire tablets and iPads, scroll to the "Amazon device" or "Apple" deals sections.

Chromebook deals

Smartwatch and fitness tracker deals

Note: For Apple Watch deals, scroll to the Apple deals section.

Headphone deals

Apple deals

AirPods

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SEE ALSO: See PCMag's coverage of the best MacBook deals

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:13 pm

Finding a gift that kids actually like is tricky. This guide will make it easier.

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The "It's an avocado! Thanks!" kid might make it look easy, but finding the perfect gift for a kid requires attention to detail — and an ear for their reactions to various toy commercials.

Kids can be particular. The things kids like change not just with age, but also with evolving trends from TV shows and new technology... and TikTok. If parents are lucky enough, their kid will provide a long list of the precise items they'd like as gifts — but sometimes, it can be as much of a crapshoot as gifting to someone else's kid.

Instead of buying yet another gift card or random stuffed animal, here are some tips on how to gift to children of all ages.

What to get for a toddler

Everyone is familiar with the "terrible twos" rep that the not-a-baby-but-not-yet-an-independent-kid stage of development gets. At this age, kids are bouncing constantly between the desire to explore on their own and the reliance on parents for most basic needs like eating, getting dressed, or going to the bathroom. That's a lot of frustrating emotions to go through in a day. Kitchen play sets, toys that involve different motor skills, and anything with music are gifts that aren't just distractions, but gifts that let the toddler feel in charge without too much assistance from a parent.

What to get for elementary and middle school kids

Potentially a more daunting phase than the terrible twos: the one where the pressure to be cool is relentless. This is that age. Though "cool" can lend itself to multiple interpretations, gifts that contribute to a kid's evolving critical thinking skills and sense of independence, responsibility, and style are all smart ideas. These could be anything from STEM toys to beginner's makeup tools to a fitness tracker or a pretend pet that encourages routine-making. Anything that involves an app or a tablet is also a guaranteed win.

What to get for teenagers

Finding a gift that a teenager will think is cool (and that will be on-trend for longer than a few months) might be some of the trickiest shopping you'll do all year. They'll probably offer up a few big softball suggestions, but if you're going the surprise route, remember that they care about brands. Thanks to social media influencers promoting products directly to teens on Instagram, Gen Z kids are loyal to very specific brands of tech, accessories, and even water bottles.

Here are the best gifts for kids of all ages:

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:10 pm

Harrison Ford dons his fedora once more in 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny' trailer

A man in a fedora.

It's been over a decade since Harrison Ford's last outing as Indiana Jones, but in 2023, the legendary archaeologist returns.

The trailer for the fifth installment in the action-adventure series, titled Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, is full of classic Indy hijinks. Car chases, booby traps, and ancient tombs play out alongside flashbacks to a de-aged Harrison Ford on what must be a prior Indy expedition. There are also some new characters along for the ride, including villains played by Mads Mikkelsen and Boyd Holbrook, and Indy's god-daughter, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. ("He's mildly related," she quips when asked about their relationship.)

SEE ALSO: Autobots and Maximals team up in 'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' trailer

Naturally, this quick teaser doesn't give us much to go in terms of plot, but it seems like Indy is taking up his fedora again for one more — potentially magical? — adventure. And as soon as that classic John Williams theme kicks in, we're ready to join him for the ride.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is in theaters June 30.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 9:32 pm

10 gifts for people who are obsessed with their iPhone

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We gathered some of our favorite iPhone accessories below – for both the new iPhone 14 and older generations – that are sure to put a smile on any Apple fanatic's face.


1. Apple MagSafe iPhone Wallet

The first-generation Apple iPhone wallet debuted with the iPhone 12. It attached to the iPhone with MagSafe, Apple's magnetic tech for securing chargers and accessories to the phone's back. The latest iteration boasts new colors and Find My compatibility. If the wallet detaches from your phone for more than one minute, you get a push notification marking its last connected location, which should hopefully aid you in finding it.

Apple MagSafe Phone Wallet, $59

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The new wallet doesn't look too different, but packs a great new feature. Credit: Apple

2. A Polaroid camera with smartphone controls

This isn't technically an iPhone accessory, but the latest Polaroid camera pairs with an iPhone app. The Now+ camera and app lets users play with more advanced settings, like double exposure, self-timer mode, aperture priority, and more. You can even make light painting photos that look super artsy and the camera comes with lens filters for even more effects.

Polaroid Now+ Camera, $149

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The latest instant camera is tons of fun. Credit: polaroid

Bonus: A great deal on a new iPhone [Sponsored]

For folks who spend a ton of time on their phone, what better gift than… a new phone? Elevate your giftee’s smartphone experience with the iPhone 14. Features like 5G connectivity and all-day battery life are a must have for heavy users, and this latest model comes in some mouth-watering new colors, like midnight, starlight, red, purple, and blue. With T-Mobile you can give the gift of a good deal and a new iPhone 14! Sponsored by T-Mobile.

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3. A 3-in-1 gimbal for TikTok pros

If you have an aspiring TikTok star in your life, or someone who's always on the go and trying to capture their adventures, this 3-in-1 gimbal, wireless charger, and tripod makes the perfect gift.

The PowerVision S1 holds smartphones via a magnetic phone case or attachment, which is sold with the device and doesn't require MagSafe. Once attached, the gimbal can stabilize your camera — which eliminates shaky video footage, even if you're moving while capturing it — and be propped up on a tiny tripod. Its body can also wirelessly charge your phone.

The whole thing connects to an app that allows the device to use artificial intelligence to track people and objects to keep them in frame, and allows for gesture control to capture photos and videos.

PowerVision S1 Explorer Kit, $229

PowerVision S1 Explorer Kit next to its product box
This tiny little gadget can do a ton. Credit: Mashable/Jennimai Nguyen

4. Volonic Valet 3 charging pad

This is a wireless charger you get someone who is truly elite. The Volonic Valet 3 is a customizable wireless charging pad that's made of luxurious materials. You can choose between fashion-grade alcantara or the same kind of leather used in Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches.

The whole thing can be personally designed, from color and material to cord length and logo style.

It uses Aira FreePower technology, which allows up to three devices to be charged in any position on the charger. This is the charger for the bougie, but perhaps also the charger for those who haven't upgraded to a phone with MagSafe. Just know you'll be spending big bucks on it!

Volonic Valet 3, $585-$765

Volonic Valet 3 charging pad
One customization of the Volonic Valet 3. Credit: Mashable/Jennimai Nguyen

5. Moment iPhone car mount

For those who rely on their iPhone's Maps app to get literally anywhere, this car mount makes looking at your phone while driving a lot safer and easier.

It mounts to your car vent, so no adhesive or suction cups necessary. An iPhone 12 or up can attach via MagSafe, which makes the process of clicking your phone in and out of the mount much quicker than traditional car phone mounts. And being attached to the vent means nothing is blocking your windshield. You can still see your iPhone for necessary directions, but it won't be so distracting while on the road.

Moment Car Vent Mount, $39.99

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The mount attaches to a car vent with little effort. Credit: moment

6. A Bluetooth dongle for cordless flights

Ok, this gift is technically more about AirPods, but most iPhone users have those too, so it's a safe bet. AirPods are great and all, but they've made flying a real hassle because most planes only offer audio jacks instead of Bluetooth compatibility. Instead of remembering to bring or buy wired headphones the next time you fly, this nifty little gadget plugs into the audio jack and wirelessly transmits sound to your AirPods. Until planes get the Bluetooth glow-up, this device is a must-have for any frequent flier.

Twelve South AirFly Pro Wireless Transmitter/Receiver, $54.99

Twelve South AirFly transmitter plugged into a headrest TV on a plane
You'll never have to worry about bringing wired headphones again. Credit: Twelve South

7. Razer iPhone gaming controller

When gaming on an iPhone, the touch screen doesn't always cut it. That's why a mobile gaming controller that fits around an iPhone makes the perfect gift for people who take their playtime seriously. This Razer controller fits all iPhone models, connects to the iPhone's Lightning port for low latency, and has passthrough charging so gamers can stay powered up while they play.

Razer Kishi V2 Mobile Gaming Controller for iPhone, $99

Razer Kishi V2 mobile gaming controller with an iPhone
For low latency gaming on the go. Credit: Razer Kishi

8. An attachable lens for amateur photographers

The iPhone 14 lineup got some solid camera upgrades from Apple, but the right attachable lens can take iPhone photos to a whole other level. A wide-angle lens is a good choice for amateur iPhone photogs because it works in a variety of scenarios — from portraits to landscapes — making it extremely versatile and worth the investment. This one from Moment is made from high-quality materials and is lauded for producing images with crispy clarity and low distortion.

Moment Wide 18mm Lens, $99

Moment Wide angle 18 mm lens
An everyday lens for all kinds of photographers. Credit: Moment

9. Fangor WiFi and Bluetooth projector

A projector that wirelessly connects to a smartphone is a perfect gift for someone who already uses their iPhone for everything. Now those folks can project photos, videos, and streaming content from their iPhone from anywhere within WiFi range. This Fangor projector supports 1080p resolution, screen mirroring, and can connect to external speakers via Bluetooth. Users can also plug in the third-party streaming device of their choosing to watch streaming content.

FANGOR F405 Projector with WiFi and Bluetooth, $199.73

Fangor projector with WiFi and Bluetooth
Perfect for movie nights in the backyard. Credit: Fangor

10. A versatile iPhone cleaning kit

Look, it's not the most glamorous gift on the list, but it's definitely the most useful. For the iPhone-obsessed, keeping their device in pristine condition is absolutely critical. This gadget goes beyond just cleaning the screen and has tools for cleaning inside the Lightning port and dusting off the speakers. It can also be used to clean the grime off of AirPods and cables. This way your giftee's iPhone can look brand new... until the next iPhone comes out.

PurePort Multi-Tool iPhone Cleaning Kit, $23.99

PurePort multitool iPhone cleaning tool
An iPhone cleaning multitool is the unsung hero of this list. Credit: PurePort

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 9:28 pm

Check out these thoughtful and unexpected holiday gift picks

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Shop directly from the interactive video above.

What to gift the person who has everything they want? How about something they need! This year, we're saying "so long" to sentimentality and "hello" to unexpected, practical gifts for everyone on your list. Explore Cheerbook by clicking each gift in the video above and gift someone their new go-to gadget.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 9:28 pm

The Black Friday mattress deals are here: Shop Casper, Leesa, and more popular bed-in-a-box brands

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 8:00 a.m. EST This story has been updated to include the latest mattress deals and discounts during Black Friday.


Black Friday may be a seasonal event, but sleep is year-round. Getting quality shut-eye should be a priority for all of us — it contributes to both our mental and physical health. Also, sleeping just rocks. If you haven't allowed yourself to indulge in regular midday naps, we recommend making it a part of your routine.

Because we need to sleep and do it nightly, having a good mattress is a must. It's one of the best investments you can make, so don't be shy about splurging if you're in the position to. Luckily, you might not have to splurge too much, because the Black Friday mattress sales are great this year.

SEE ALSO: The best Black Friday deals, all in one place

We've put together a list of the best live Black Friday mattress deals from Leesa, Casper, and plenty more. (Bonus: plenty of them come with free stuff, like pillows.) We see a good night's sleep in your future.

Black Friday foam mattress deals

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Our pick: Bear Original Mattress (opens in a new tab)
$487 - $1,055 at Bear (save up to $567 with code BF35)
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Why we like it

Bear's Original foam mattress is an affordable option for those getting their first "bed in a box," now under $1,000 for any size (other than the Split King) with Bear's generous 35% off sale. The gel-infused memory foam gently contours to keep your spine in check while drawing away body heat to keep you cool. Your purchase also comes with free sheets, two Cloud pillows, and a mattress protector — a $325 value.

Black Friday hybrid mattress deals

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Our pick: Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress (opens in a new tab)
$1,346.25 - $2,621.25 (save up to $873.75)
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Why we like it

If you've decided that you're down to ball out on a mattress, go with Casper's Wave Hybrid. Casper nailed the balance of firmness and softness with an innovative concoction of memory foam, latex, springs, and gel pods, all strategically layered to create zoned support under your waist and lower back. Mashable reviewer RJ Andersen was sold after one night.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:33 pm

The best Cyber Weekend Apple Watch deals are here — score savings on the Series 8, 7, and SE

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UPDATE: Nov. 26, 2022, 5:40 p.m. EST This story has been updated to reflect the latest Cyber Weekend Apple Watch pricing and availability.


As a gift or as a little treat for yourself, the Apple Watch is a popular wearable for a reason. Though this demand means it can be tricky to snag one for a good discount, there are times when a significant portion of the price gets shaved off, and you can find yourself the proud new owner of a smart watch, for $100 cheaper than its MSRP.

Cyber Weekend is exactly one of those times.

We'd be remiss not to acknowledge that Apple Watches have already seen some pretty hefty discounts this fall shopping season. The Series 8 was on sale for $50 off during the Prime Early Access Sale at Amazon and Walmart, just one month after it was officially released. The Series 7 has taken some deep price dips over the year, too (though it might get harder to find as the Series 8 takes hold as its replacement).

SEE ALSO: 500+ Black Friday deals that are still available

Sales have ramped back up for Black Friday, with plenty of all-time lows found at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. We want you to make the most of these Apple Watch savings, so we'll be keeping this page updated with all the deals worth knowing about.

Note: All newly added deals have been marked with a ✨. Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, and anything marked with a 🔥 has dropped to an all-time low price. Be sure to check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Apple Watch Series 8 deals

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Our pick: Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm, GPS) (opens in a new tab)
$349 at Amazon (save $10)
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Why we like it

The Series 8 has returned to its all-time Prime Early Access Sale low for Cyber Weekend. That'll save you $50 on one of Apple's latest smartwatches that comes loaded with a brand new temperature sensor and crash detection (in addition to the ECG sensor, blood oxygen monitor, and always-on display you know and love). If you're interested in having your choice of all available colors, we recommend checking out Target's deal.

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Apple Watch Series 7 deals

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Our pick: Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm, GPS) (opens in a new tab)
$309.99 at Target (save $119.01)
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Why we like it

If you're not dying to have the crash detection or temperature sensors of the Series 8 (we wouldn't blame you in the latter case), the Series 7 offers nearly identical features, with the same battery life, ECG sensors, and blood oxygen monitoring. Though you're slightly limited on color options, that means you can also grab a larger 45mm screen for a much lower price.

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Apple Watch SE deals

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2022 Apple Watch SE (40mm, GPS) (opens in a new tab)
$229 at Amazon (save $20)
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Why we like it

Our former top pick had the 44mm SE at just $240, which made it an even lower price than the 40mm's list price. Unfortunately, it's gone back up to $259 pretty much everywhere — still $20 off and still a pretty decent deal, but not maybe not worth the extra $30 from the 40mm SE's $229 price, which gives you the same experience feature-wise, just on a slightly smaller screen.

In either case, it's worth remembering that as Apple's budget model, the SE provides a pretty basic experience — that means no blood oxygen or ECG sensors. Still, you get the same S8 chip as you would in the Series 8 and 18 hours of battery life, making it a great and affordable pick for the casual smartwatch user.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:28 pm

The best early Black Friday pet deals to help you treat your furry friend

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UPDATE: Nov. 3, 2022, 3:00 p.m. EDT This list has been updated to reflect pricing and availability as of Nov. 3.


Holiday shopping is all about buying gifts for your loved ones, and if your loved ones happen to be cats or dogs, you're in luck. This upcoming Black Friday, we plan on seeing tons of great pet deals, so you'll be able to spoil your furry friend for a bargain this year.

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are already starting and these ones are the best

We've already spotted some solid discounts on smart collars, DNA kits, and more, so expect to see lots more pet tech deals as the Black Friday season ramps up. Find all those deals and more below, and be sure to check back on this page often — we'll be updating it regularly with new discounts.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a . Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Pet tech deals

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Our pick: Whistle Switch (opens in a new tab)
$129.97 at Amazon (save $69.98)
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Why we love it

Whistle's smart collars all pack in a ton of helpful features, and the Switch is no different. You'll get access to Whistle Health, which allows you to track your pet's health stats and behaviors, as well as accurate GPS services with the ability to mark safe zones. Rest easy knowing that your four-legged bestie is in safe hands.

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Pet DNA kit deals

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Our pick: Wisdom Panel Premium (opens in a new tab)
$111.99 at Amazon (save $48)
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Why we love it

If you want to be more connected to your pet, a DNA kit is a great way to do just that. The Wisdom Panel Premium kit will give you accurate breed testing across over 350 breeds, 210 health tests for genetic risks, and can even help you find your pup's biological family.

More pet DNA kits on sale

Pet bed deals

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Our pick: Paw.com Pet Beds (opens in a new tab)
Save up to 50% at paw.com
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Why we love it

Let's say you want your dog to be cozy, but you also want their bed to match your stylish home decor. Checking both boxes might sound like a far-off dream, but Paw.com's rug beds actually fit the bill. With a removable, washable cover, memory foam inner, and a design that's meant to look like a decorative rug, these beds are the all-in-one pet product you've been looking for. You can also score up to 50% off nearly every bed on the site ahead of Black Friday.

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Deals on pet toys and accessories

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Our pick: Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Puzzle Game (opens in a new tab)
$11.17 at Amazon (save $16.32)
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Why we love it

If you have a genius dog on your hands, a puzzle toy is one of the best ways to release some of that mental energy. This well-rated Nina Ottosson toy has multiple compartments that hold treats, and your pup will learn to flip, slide, and lift the pieces to reveal their snacks. It's sure to keep boredom at bay, so you can get some work done while your dog plays.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:27 pm

Contemplating buying a certain Fitbit or Apple Watch? It's probably on sale for Black Friday.

a close-up of a fitbit sense 2 on a person's wrist as they hold a bike's handlebar

UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2022, 5:15 p.m. EST This story has been updated with the best smartwatch and fitness tracker deals at major retailers ahead of Black Friday 2022. Here's a quick overview:


Fitness trackers and smartwatches have always been some of the hottest products during Black Friday, and this year's sales are already no exception. Best Buy, Walmart, and other major retailers have been sporting record-low deals on Fitbits, Apple Watches, Samsung Galaxy Watches, and Garmin wearables in the weeks preceding Black Friday. And as of Nov. 24, we're seeing a new deal we were hoping for: a price slash on the new Google Pixel Watch.

Read on to peruse our running list of the best Black Friday fitness tracker and smartwatch deals you can shop now — and be sure to bookmark this page while you at it, as we'll be updating our picks regularly. Any newly-added deals will be marked with a ✨.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:27 pm

Black Friday fitness deals have officially arrived: Save on Peloton, Fitbit, and more

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UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2022, 11:50 a.m. EST This story has been updated with the best deals on fitness gear for Black Friday 2022, including new Peloton discounts.


Wondering how to shop for fitness gear this Black Friday? We have you covered.

After the great Peloton craze and dumbbell shortage of 2020, we know firsthand that popular fitness gear can go out of stock fast. Considering this year's continuing supply chain backups, buying all your fitness gear early will be the name of the game this holiday season — especially for large exercise machines that require separate delivery and installation. Our advice to you this year (much like last year) is to buy early.

Many brands, including Peloton, Lululemon Studio, Tonal, and Tempo, have their own delivery and installation times that buyers select upon purchase. We expect these delivery times will get more and more booked up as we get closer to the holidays, so buying ASAP and setting a time for your exercise machine or smart home gym to be delivered will ensure you can get it before Christmas, Hanukkah, or the gift-giving holiday of your choice.

SEE ALSO: Black Friday deals continue to be amazing, a whole day before the event even starts

If you want that Echelon treadmill, the Lululemon Studio Mirror, or even a Fitbit, it's best to buy one as early as possible. Over the last few years, fitness brands have had a tendency to run monthlong sales during the shopping holidays, so waiting until Black Friday doesn't necessarily guarantee the best price.

If you didn't buy early though, no worries. Most fitness brands are dropping their prices even further this week, so you'll be able to save a bit more cash. Just add discounted fitness gear to your cart ASAP, before products start to sell out.

If you have a fitness fanatic on your gift list, we've rounded up the best deals on workout mirrors, indoor cycling bikes, treadmills, and fitness trackers. Bookmark this page and check back frequently — it'll be continuously updated with the latest Black Friday fitness sales.

Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing.

Fitness mirror deals

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Our pick: Lululemon Studio Mirror (opens in a new tab)
$795 at Lululemon Studio (save $700 with code LLSTUDIO700)
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Why we like it

Powered by Lululemon, the Lululemon Studio Mirror (formerly known as the Mirror) is a sleek minimal home gym that's ideal for yoga, pilates, stretching, strength training, and more. Aside from looking great in any space, Lululemon's Studio Mirror offers studio-style classes led by pro trainers, real-time optimization based on your workout preferences, custom playlists, and Apple Music integration. This is Lululemon Studio's official Black Friday deal, and the discount beats last year's Black Friday deal by $250.

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Exercise bike deals

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Our pick: SoulCycle At-Home Bike (opens in a new tab)
$1,500 at Equinox Plus (save $1,000)
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Why we like it

This $1,000 discount on the SoulCycle at-home bike beats the discount we saw last Black Friday by a few hundred dollars — and it's available now. If you're into upbeat, positive trainers and heart-pumping cardio, the SoulCycle Bike is for you.

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Treadmill deals

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Our pick: NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill (opens in a new tab)
$2,299 at NordicTrack (save $200)
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Why we like it

With a huge 14-inch touchscreen, a space-saving folding design, and hands-free training via iFit, the NordicTrack 1750 treadmill truly has it all. Score 15% incline, 3% decline, and reach speeds up to 12 mph to get your heart rate going.

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Fitness tracker deals

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Our pick: Fitbit Sense 2 (opens in a new tab)
$199.95 at Amazon (save $100)
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Why we like it

Fitbit started Black Friday early with $100 off its top-tier tracker. The Sense 2 takes all the fitness tracking we love from Fitbit and adds even more features to manage sleep and stress. It also has a sweet six-day battery life — way better than an Apple Watch.

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Massage gun deals

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Our pick: Theragun Pro (opens in a new tab)
$449.99 at Best Buy (save $150)
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Why we like it

For folks who need a strong massage gun, the Theragun Pro comes fully equipped with 60 pounds of force, so you can give yourself some serious deep muscle therapy. It also features Bluetooth connectivity to sync to the Therabody app, so you can follow massage guidance from professionals to speed up your workout recovery and get rid of some of that muscle tension.

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Deals on rowing machines, ellipticals, and more

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Our pick: NordicTrack RW900 Rower (opens in a new tab)
$1,799 at NordicTrack (save $200)
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Why we like it

If you need a lower-impact workout than running on a treadmill, a rowing machine is a good option. This RW900 rower from NordicTrack gives major Peloton vibes with a huge screen, a premium sound system, and smooth, quiet rowing.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:26 pm

The best Black Friday kitchen deals include air fryers, a bunch of Le Creuset, and Ninja Foodis galore

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UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2022, 12:30 p.m. EST This story has been updated to reflect the latest pricing and availability from Black Friday sales.

Don't have time to check out all the best Black Friday kitchen deals? Here are some of our top picks:


Owning kitchen tools that you actually enjoy using can make a big difference in how often you open up food delivery apps.

The upfront cost of upgrading your kitchen arsenal can get lofty pretty quickly. Our advice? Take advantage of Black Friday sales, whether you're getting your first air fryer or springing for a fancy coffee maker.

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are already starting and these ones are the best

We started seeing retailers including Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart roll out early savings on everything from Ninja Foodis to KitchenAid mixers — and they haven't slowed down since.

There are a ton of deals to take advantage of, but to make your life easy, we've selected a few of our absolute favorites. Check them out below, along with more of the best Black Friday kitchen deals worth shopping.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a . Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer$279.95 $349.95 (save $70) ✨

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$279.95 at Amazon (save $70)
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Why we like it

Check out our full review of the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer.

We all know someone who bought an air fryer thinking it would be the last kitchen appliance they'd ever have to buy, then quickly discovered they needed a few more pieces that also took up precious counter space.

If you'd like to avoid that fate, we recommend the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer. It's big enough to fit a small Dutch oven, it's way more stylish than most air fryers on the market, and it has 11 cook functions that make cooking lunch an appealing and realistic possibility. It also comes with an air fry basket, a broiling rack, a roasting tray, and a pizza pan, making it a truly versatile cooking tool. That's why Mashable's Deputy Shopping Editor Jae Thomas said in their review, "I'd gladly ditch all my small appliances for the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer." Its usefulness is also why it's usually $350, but right now, you can snag it for its lowest price ever.

NutriBullet Pro$59 $99.99 (save $40.99)

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Our pick: NutriBullet Pro (opens in a new tab)
$59 at Walmart (save $40.99)
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Why we like it

We might be past peak smoothie season, but once warm weather hits again, you won't regret having saved on this tiny blender.

It's nice and compact, so storage isn't an issue, but don't let its size deceive you — this 900-watt personal blender can tackle frozen fruit and ice with no problem. With the 32- or 24-ounce cup, you can make one to two smoothies in one go, and even take it out and about with the convenient to-go lid. For smaller households (or people tight on kitchen space), this is one of the best blenders you can grab. Typically, it's hard to catch it on sale, making this $59 deal an especially great find.

Great Jones Fully Baked bakeware set$135 $275 (save $140)

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Our pick: Great Jones Fully Baked bakeware set (opens in a new tab)
$135 at Great Jones
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Why we like it

BLUE BAKING SHEET! ADORABLE PIE PAN!

That's likely how your brain responds when you see this colorful Great Jones set (not just mine, right?), but these seven pieces of bakeware are more than just good looks — though the importance of potluck table appeal can't be understated.

Just last week this set was going for $215, and even then we thought it was a decent deal, but now it's over half off. Buying seven pieces of quality bakeware separately can put you over $135 easily, but this set not only provides the convenience of a single purchase, but also the versatility to make cookies, muffins, cobblers, pies, bread, cake, and more. It'd be a great gift for someone building out their kitchen, for the baker in your life, or for the person who's been leaning on a $5 warped baking sheet for a little too long.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:25 pm

Black Friday air fryer deals will give you serious options staring as low as $20

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UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2022, 6:00 p.m. EST This story has been updated to reflect air fryer pricing and availability as early Black Friday sales kick off.


Black Friday is no longer a day; it's an entire season. But that doesn't mean the week containing the official shopping holiday is any less intense.

Air fryers are a hot ticket item (just like last year), and we've already seen some hefty discounts on big brands during Amazon's two-day Prime event — including all-time low prices on the Ninja Foodi SP351 Smart Air Fry Oven and the COSORI 12-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven. More Black Friday air fryer deals from popular brands have been trickling in from Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart — and we're expecting many others to drop as we inch closer to Nov. 25.

Keep checking back, as we'll be updating this page regularly with the latest deals on basket-style air fryers, oven-style air fryers, and pressure cooker-slash-air fryer combos.

Note: All newly added deals are marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or no longer available at their sale price when we last looked. Anything marked with a 🔥 has dropped to an all-time low price.

Best basket-style air fryer deal

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Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 2-Basket Air Fryer (8 quart) ✨ (opens in a new tab)
$119.99 at Macy's (save $80.04)
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Why we like it

Air fryers are great for cutting down on cook time, but Ninja's DualZone technology really delivers on that promise. Each section of this two-basket appliance operates independently, meaning you can roast up salmon in one half and veggies in the other, without over- or under-cooking either. Plus, eight quarts provides enough space to make dinner for at least a family of four.

Typically, it's tricky to find these Ninja Foodis at prices lower than the $200-range, but Macy's Early Black Friday deal puts it at the lowest price out there. At the time of writing, this same model is sold out at Amazon and $60 more at Target.

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Best oven-style air fryer deal

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Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer (opens in a new tab)
$279.95 at Best Buy (save $70) ⚡️
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Why we like it

Check out our full review of the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer.

Even on sale, $280-ish may seem pretty steep for a countertop oven — but the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer is so much more than that. In fact, its 11 different cooking functions are capable of making most meals out there — all without the need to light your stove or turn on your oven. Along with the oven, you'll also receive an air fry basket, wire rack, roasting pan, broiling pan, and pizza pan. You may not be able to fit it in the cabinet, but the modern silver-and-digital design gives it plenty of curbside (countertop?) appeal.

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Best multicooker deal

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Our pick: Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer with SmartLid (6.5-quart) (opens in a new tab)
$150 at Amazon (save $129.99)
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Why we like it

The latest version of the original Ninja Foodi is both an aesthetic (goodbye clunky Pokémon design) and ergonomic improvement. The cooker now does all of its pressure cooking, air frying, steaming, and everything else under one roof rather than the inconvenient dual lid design. This OL501 model can also proof dough, make yogurt, and sous vide.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:25 pm

It's playtime: LEGO sets, Magic Mixies, and more big 2022 toys are already at Black Friday prices

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UPDATE: Nov. 22, 2022, 12:00 p.m. EST This post has been updated with the latest toys on sale ahead of Black Friday.


Though toys may be the most classic holiday gift out there, they're simultaneously one of the most overwhelming gifts to shop for. Kids tend to make it very clear when they don't like a gift, and stocks of the season's most popular toys prove to be volatile — so we understand how certain toys can be a make-or-break holiday purchase. Hopefully these deals can help make your life a little easier!

How to shop toy deals this year

As irksome as unabashedly early holiday commercials may be, anyone gifting to a kid can't deny the convenience of having ample time to hunt down what they've been asking for. Retailers are kicking off their Black Friday events earlier than ever in 2022, offering some cushion around any shipping delays or "sold out" notices that could prevent toys from arriving on time.

Here's what you can snag on sale in the days preceding Black Friday:

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a ✨. Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Amazon toy deals

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Our pick: Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball (opens in a new tab)
$64 at Amazon (save $20.99)
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Why we like it

Magic Mixies have topped toy lists for the past few years. 2022's must-have item is the newest toy from the line, the Magical Misting Crystal Ball. Aspiring spell casters can use their interactive wand to kickstart the creation process for their Mixie, from choosing its voice and color to teaching it to tell fortunes. Hint: the plush pet is included with the playset, but won't appear in the mist until the spell is cast.

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Walmart toy deals

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Our pick: LOL Surprise Color Change Mega Pack Exclusive (opens in a new tab)
$49 at Walmart (save $21)
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Why we like it

Any LOL fan on your list will freak over this mega pack. It comes with five collectible dolls, three Lil Sisters, three pets, and a ton of fashion accessories, encased in packaging that doubles as a purse. Two special surprises can be found in the bubbly ball that fizzes and changes colors when put under water.

More toy deals at Walmart:

Target toy deals

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Our pick: Select LEGO sets (opens in a new tab)
Up to 40% off at Target
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Why we like it

The chance of not having a single LEGO lover on your gifting list is slim. Target's massive selection of LEGOs on sale has something for kids and adults alike, including pop culture hits from "Star Wars," "Encanto," and Marvel, plus LEGO Duplo and the popular succulent and orchid sets.

More toy deals at Target:

Best Buy toy deals

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Our pick: Up to 25% off select Mattel toys (opens in a new tab)
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Why we like it

Shopping for multiple kids? You could cross a chunk off your list with Best Buy's huge variety of Mattel toys on sale. From a Hot Wheels "Mario Kart" track to Fisher-Price learning toys to the Barbie Dreamhouse, there's an option for every obsession.

More toy deals at Best Buy:

Macy's toy deals

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Our pick: Up to 40% off Discovery Kids learning toys (opens in a new tab)
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Why we like it

Discovery Kids toys will feel like playtime even while kids are learning. Whether it's science or art that gets them excited, you'll find something they'll be into — from telescopes and globes, to terrariums and chemistry kits, to illuminated tracing tablets and art projectors.

More toy deals at Macy's:

Navigating each store's early Black Friday deals

Amazon: The online behemoth added its early Black Friday deals tab in late October — though that wasn't even its first epic holiday savings event of the fall. Getting right back into things after the Prime Early Access Sales Event, Amazon has been rolling out a ton of early deals (some time sensitive, some not) and countless toy categories are participating.

Walmart: The big-box store is once again resurrecting its Deal for Days event, which still consists of new deal drops every Monday throughout November until Black Friday. But Walmart's going even harder in 2022 with a precursor to its precursor: since late October, the store has been releasing a number of other deals at confirmed Black Friday pricing.

Target: Target beat every other major retailer to the punch this year, holding its Target Deal Days event on Oct. 6 to 8 and following it up with an ongoing official Black Friday event starting Oct. 10. (Both of these events kicked off before Amazon's Early Access Sale, which was ridiculously early to begin with.)

Best Buy: After a quick sneak peak on the official dates of Amazon's second Prime Day, the tech giant unveiled its Black Friday sales tab on Oct. 24, promising to drop new deals "almost every week" leading up to actual Black Friday.

Macy's: The cornerstone of malls everywhere, Macy's was late to the game compared to the aforementioned retailers — but was still early to tease deals. Macy's is now officially referring to deals as early Black Friday specials and marking them as such.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:24 pm

The best Black Friday gaming deals on games, PC accessories, and more

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UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2022, 10:25 a.m. EST This list has been updated to reflect pricing and availability as of Nov. 23.


Black Friday is always good for gaming deals, and this year is already shaping up to be par for the course. (And perhaps even better if we see a lot of restocks on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?)

But even if you end up unable to score a next-gen console this time around due to bots and supply chain scaries, there are still plenty of gaming deals to be excited about.

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are already starting and these ones are the best

Expect to see a lot of sales on individual games, console bundles (there were a bunch of great Nintendo Switch deals in 2021), and accessories for both consoles and PC. As for those next-gen consoles, we'll keep eye out and make sure you have the most updated information on restocks. Best Buy and Amazon have been especially reliable in the restock department recently, so we expect to see an announcement from them at some point. If you're looking to snag a new Switch OLED model during your shopping spree, you may have a bit more luck: GameStop in particular has had the handheld console available pretty regularly.

Check out our favorite Black Friday gaming deals below.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a . Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

PlayStation deals

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Our pick: 'The Last of Us Part I' for PlayStation 5 (opens in a new tab)
$49.99 at Amazon (save $20)
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Why we like it

The Last of Us Part I didn't necessarily need to happen, but we're happy it did. The original game is a critically acclaimed masterpiece — and is still arguably in great shape for how long ago it was released — but who are we to say "no" to a ground-up remake of one of the all-time greats, specifically for the PlayStation 5? If you haven't already played The Last of Us, this is unquestionably the best way to experience it for the first time.

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Xbox deals

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Our pick: 'Elden Ring' for Xbox Series X/S (opens in a new tab)
$39 at Amazon (save $20.99)
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Why we like it

If you've ever enjoyed a FromSoftware game (Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Sekiro), Elden Ring is probably going to be your favorite one. Explore The Lands Between as your created character (called a "Tarnished"), discovering hidden areas, battling dangerous creatures, and working towards the ultimate goal of repairing the shattered Elden Ring and becoming the new Elden Lord. It's a grand adventure, and one you shouldn't miss out on in 2022.

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Hardware and accessories

Nintendo deals

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Our pick: 'Splatoon 3' for Nintendo Switch (opens in a new tab)
$52.80 at Amazon (save $7.19)
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Why we like it

Fans of multiplayer and party games should have Splatoon 3 in their library. This four-on-four unconventional shooter pits two teams against each other (the Inklings and Octolings) and tasks them with covering the map in as much paint as possible before the timer runs out. In the end, whichever team has painted the most turf will emerge victorious.

Games

Hardware and accessories

PC gaming deals

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Our pick: Samsung Odyssey 32-inch G5 gaming monitor (opens in a new tab)
$299.99 at Amazon (save $80)
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Why we like it

Curved gaming monitors may not seem like game-changers right away, but they certainly can be. Samsung's curved 100R panel attempts to replicate the curvature of the human eye to cut down on strain and increase immersion, which just makes playing feel better. The monitor also features a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response times, AMD FreeSync Premium support, WQHD resolution, and HDR10 compatibility.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:09 pm

Food for thought: Walmart has a Ninja Foodi for $150 off, and other multicooker deals

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UPDATE: Nov. 11, 2022, 3:30 p.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest multicooker deals from Instant Brands, Ninja, and more ahead of Black Friday.


Black Friday kitchen deals wouldn't be the same without the Instant Pot and Ninja Foodi duking it out to be the season's most sought-after countertop steal.

The demand for these two gadgets all but guarantees that the big doorbusters from each brand will sell out. (It doesn't mean they won't return later in the season, but no promises.) We've already seen it happen with Walmart's $119 deal on the 13-in-1 Foodi, which is already out of stock after being on sale for a day or two.

SEE ALSO: Which Instant Pot should you buy? Here's a breakdown.

We'll keep you posted on any new price drops and availability changes from early Black Friday events across the internet. We're specifically on the lookout for a discount on the WiFi-enabled Instant Pot Pro Plus, which has only dropped by $50 a few times in the past.

All newly added deals have been marked with a ✨, and any multicookers marked with a ⚡️ are already at their Black Friday price, as confirmed by select retailers' early Black Friday sales. Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price at the time of writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Instant Pot deals

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Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker (6-quart) (opens in a new tab)
$79.95 at Amazon (save $50.04)
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Why we like it

Cooking, steaming, and making yogurt at home all sound great until you realize someone has to clean it up. The Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 includes a sterilization setting to take just one additional step off of your hands. With its 15 customizable smart programs, you can quickly cook your favorites with ease. At $79.95 on Amazon, you'll save $50.04, or 38% off on this handy kitchen staple.

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Ninja deals

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Our pick: Ninja Foodi 14-in-1 Pressure Cooker Steam Fryer with SmartLid (6.5-quart) (opens in a new tab)
$109.99 at Walmart (save $150)✨
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Why we like it

Walmart has silently dropped one of the newest Foodi models, the 6.5-quart OL501, to $109.99 — a genuinely unbelievable $150 off its usual $279.99 and $37 cheaper than the sale price Amazon is offering for the same model. The 6.5-quart Foodi is spacious enough for cooking two layers at once with a separation rack and crisp basket included. A whopping 14 functions in total span techniques from sous vide to yogurt making to dough proofing.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 7:08 pm

The best Black Friday laptop deals include MacBooks, Galaxy Books, and more

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 5:45 p.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest Black Friday laptop deals. Here's a brief overview:


Black Friday season is always a major moment for laptop deals — and 2022 is no different. As early as mid-October, well before the official holiday shopping celebration, retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target started dropping Black Friday deals. And sure enough, laptops were a major part of those deal drops.

While Microsoft and Dell still largely seem to be holding out on us, plenty of other big brands, including Apple, Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo, and Razer, are giving us a head start on holiday savings. Whether you're looking to snag a laptop for someone on your list, or you need to upgrade your own setup, we're compiling a list of the best deals on laptops as we inch closer to Black Friday.

What are the best Black Friday laptop deals (so far)?

That's the million-dollar question, isn't it? As you probably could've guessed, it's panning out to be a huge year for Apple; we found some recent MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models at discounts way beyond the usual $100-off range.

If you're more of a Windows or ChromeOS person, some big lines from each laptop brand are also seeing price cuts — think Lenovo IdeaPad, HP Spectre, and ASUS TUF, as well as Samsung Galaxy Books. There's definitely something for everyone, and chances are you'll be able to save a good amount on whatever laptop you've had your eyes on lately.

SEE ALSO: Check out PCMag's coverage of Black Friday laptop deals

We'll be updating this list regularly through the official Cyber Weekend, so check back often if you don't already see what you're looking for.

Note: All newly added deals are marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or no longer available at their sale price when we last looked. Anything marked with a 🔥 has dropped to an all-time low price.

Best MacBook deals

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Our pick: 2021 Apple MacBook Pro (M1 Pro chip, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) 🔥 (opens in a new tab)
$1,599 at Best Buy (save $400) + 4 months of Apple Music, 3 months of iCloud+, and 3 months of Apple TV+ for free
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Why we like it

Even the base model for the M1 Pro MacBook Pro is, as Mashable's Joseph Volpe put it, "a glorious beast of a machine." The downside? It's crazy expensive, with a starting price of $1,999. While it's primarily a video editing and graphics workstation, this $400 discount at Best Buy makes it more affordable for everyday laptop users. (At the time of writing, it's sitting at $300 more at Amazon.) Released at the end of 2021, the 14-inch MacBook Pro uses the 70 percent faster M1 Pro silicon chip, includes an updated Liquid Retina XDR display, a 1080p FaceTime camera, a MagSafe power cable, more ports, and the return of physical function keys. It's truly a powerhouse of a machine designed for creators.

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Best gaming laptop deals

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Our pick: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (AMD Ryzen 9, AMD Radeon RX 6800S, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) 🔥 (opens in a new tab)
$1,399.99 at Best Buy (save $500) + 6 months of Webroot Internet Security Plus with Antivirus and 1 month of Xbox Game Pass for free
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Why we like it

"The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the best AMD-powered gaming laptops you're going to find, period," Mashable's Dylan Haas noted in the best gaming laptops roundup. Why? Thanks to its powerful AMD Ryzen 9 processor, hefty 1TB SSD, and beautifully vibrant display packed into a compact 14-inch device. It's the definition of "small, but mighty" and with $500 off, this configuration is at its lowest price ever.

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Best Chromebook deals

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Our pick: Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook 3 (Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC) (opens in a new tab)
$79 at Best Buy (save $60) + get 6 months of Webroot Internet Security Plus with Antivirus and 3 months of YouTube Premium for free
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Why we like it

It's not every day you find a Chromebook for $79, but ahead of Black Friday, there are two on our list. This Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook 3 is a compact powerhouse that's secure, fast, and flexible with thousands of built-in apps, virus protection, and cloud backups. It's a solid companion for on-the-go workers, students, and just about everyone else.

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Note: Discounts on Chromebooks that are convertible laptop/tablet hybrids can be found in the "Best 2-in-1 laptop deals" section (below).

Best 2-in-1 laptop deals

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Our pick: ASUS Chromebook Flip C433 (Intel Core M3-8100Y, 8GB RAM, 64GB 3MMC) (opens in a new tab)
$179 at Best Buy (save $200) + get 6 months of Webroot Internet Security Plus with Antivirus and 3 months of YouTube Premium for free
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Why we like it

Less than $200 for a laptop that doubles as a tablet? Sign us up. ASUS' 14-inch Chromebook Flip C433 is already at its Black Friday price at Best Buy, so there's no reason not to snag it now. This model packs an Intel Core M3-8100Y processor, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage, which is pretty powerful for a Chromebook — especially one at this price point. Its 14-inch four-sided NanoEdge display gives you the most screen area in the least physical space, while its two full-function reversible USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports, single USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, and microSD card slot give you plenty of options for connectivity and storage.

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Samsung laptop deals

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Our pick: Samsung 13.3-inch Galaxy Book2 Pro Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) 🔥 (opens in a new tab)
$749.99 at Amazon (save $350)
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Why we like it

It's not all about MacBooks. The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro is a solid alternative to the similarly priced MacBook Pro, with a lightweight design, a speedy 12th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, a 21-hour battery life, USB-A, HDMI, Thunderbolt 4, and USB-C connections. Plus, its battery charges up to 40 percent in 30 minutes. At $749.99, it's down to its lowest price ever at Amazon.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:32 pm

Black Friday's best TV deals include a 75-inch Samsung model for just $560

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 7:40 a.m. EST This story has been updated to reflect the latest Black Friday TV deals at major retailers. Here are some highlights:


When it comes to big-ticket items on sale for Black Friday, TVs are always a given. It's not unrealistic for retailers to devote 10-plus pages to TV deals in their official Black Friday ad scans. (This is a Best Buy subtweet.). But each year, it's becoming less and less necessary to use those ad scans as a means of previewing what you'll actually buy on Black Friday — because those deals have been live for weeks already.

We've seen a few significant price changes across the LG and Amazon Fire lineups now that Black Friday 2022 has officially started (shoutout to the now-defunct LG C1 OLED doorbuster), but the vast majority of deals that have popped up in major retailers' ongoing holiday sales are holding steady. When Best Buy, Walmart, and Target said they were going to be offering Black Friday prices throughout November, they really meant it.

Need help sorting through the cornucopia Black Friday TV deals to see what's actually worth buying? We've pulled everything into one big list, categorized by brand and listed in order of size (smallest to largest) and then by price.

Note: Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing.

Samsung TV deals

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Our pick: Samsung 75-inch TU690T 4K TV (opens in a new tab)
$579.99 at Best Buy (save $270)
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Why we love it

The 2022 version of Samsung's entry-level Crystal UHD series brings crisp color accuracy and HDR. For budget shoppers who want to go big, it's going to be hard for anyone to beat Best Buy's discount on the 75-inch model, which brings it well under the $600 mark.

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LG TV deals

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Our pick: LG 65-inch C2 OLED TV ✨ (opens in a new tab)
$1,599 at Walmart (save $900.99)
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Why we love it

Gamers looking to go all-out on their setup should take advantage of Best Buy's slash on one of LG's latest models, the C2. The successor to the beloved C1 TV might just be the best gaming TV available, providing low-latency gameplay, compatibility with NVIDIA G-SYNC, and four 120Hz HDMI ports. The C2 also welcomes a processor upgrade and brighter Evo OLED panel.

More LG TVs on sale

Sony TV deals

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Our pick: Sony 65-inch BRAVIA XR A95K OLED TV (opens in a new tab)
$2,999.99 at Best Buy (save $1,000)
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Why we love it

One of the heftiest Black Friday discounts we're seeing on a Sony TV is the $1,000 slash on Sony's 2022 flagship, the BRAVIA XR A95K. This splurge-worthy stunner is impressing reviewers across the internet with its HDR brightness and QD-OLED panel, which combines the meticulous viewing angles of OLED and color-boosting quantum dot layer of QLED.

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Other TV deals from Amazon, TCL, Vizio, and more

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Our pick: Amazon Fire TV 55-inch 4-Series 4K TV (opens in a new tab)
$299.99 at Amazon (save $220)
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Why we love it

Before you hit "Buy Now" on Amazon's 55-inch Omni 4K TV, consider the 55-inch model of Amazon's entry level version of the Fire TV instead — it's nearly half the price. For a budget model, the self-titled Amazon Fire TV (technically the 4-Series) has good color and decent viewing angles, plus the iconically easy-to-navigate Fire TV platform housing all of your apps.

More TVs from Amazon, TCL, Vizio, and more on sale

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:29 pm

A huge list of all the Roombas already on sale for Black Friday

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 4:15 p.m. EST This story has been updated to reflect the latest iRobot deals and stock info.


Whether your cleaning woes stem from having to vacuum at all or from babysitting the clumsy robot vac you currently own, Black Friday season is a great time to upgrade to a Roomba.

Rather than waiting to purchase until the end of November, early Black Friday sales mean that you can lock down a few extra weeks of clean floors at a low price. Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target kicked off their big shopping events in October, complete with a "Black Friday price" badge to let you know which deals are already at their best of the season.

While sales on Roombas are a bit more elusive than other brands during the year, early Black Friday sales are seeing no such shortage — a ton of Roombas are heavily discounted, many already at record-low prices.

Still comparing before making your final decision? We also have a pretty big list of live robot vacuum deals from brands like Shark, Roborock, and Ecovacs.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a , and all vacs marked with a ⚡️ are already at their official Black Friday price. Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Best cheap Roomba deal

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Our pick: iRobot Roomba 676 (opens in a new tab)
$174 at Walmart (save $95.99)
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Why we like it

The cheapest (non-discontinued) Roomba we've seen so far during this Black Friday season is the 676. Though it's a less-familiar model, the 676 is essentially a clone of the 692 and 694 models spotlighted last Black Friday. iRobot's entry-level 600 Series offers a standard clean to keep floors tidy on a daily basis. Cleanings can be scheduled in the app based on your needs or custom cleaning suggestions.

Best self-emptying Roomba deal

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Our pick: iRobot Roomba i1+ (opens in a new tab)
$288 at Walmart (save $241.99) ⚡️
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Why we like it

"Roomba" and "budget-friendly self-emptying robot vacuum" typically aren't seen together in the same sentence. But worlds collide with this early Black Friday deal on the Roomba i1+, now $59 cheaper than its sale price during Walmart+ Weekend in June. This mid-range Roomba cleans floors with 10 times the suction power of the 600 Series, then retreats to its dock to self-empty for up to 60 days at a time.

Best Roomba deal with room mapping

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Our pick: iRobot Roomba j7+ (opens in a new tab)
$599 at Amazon (save $200.99)
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Why we like it

Even without the mopping functionality just announced for the Combo version of the j7+, the OG j7+ is still a super solid investment — especially now that it has dropped $20 below its previous all-time-low pricing from Amazon's second Prime Day in October. The j7+ was the first Roomba to introduce Genius Technology and PrecisionVision Navigation to avoid small obstacles that were previously problem-causers, like phone chargers and pet waste. The j7+ also self-empties.

More iRobot deals live before Black Friday

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:28 pm

Autobots and Maximals team up in 'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' trailer

A large ape made of car parts in a jungle.

The Transformers are back — and they've got company.

The trailer for the '90s-set Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is chock-full of metallic mayhem. Yes, we've got our standard conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons, but now we get to see a new breed of Transformer: the Maximals. This includes their leader, Optimus Primal, whose beast mode is a massive gorilla.

Tranformers: Rise of the Beasts serves both as a sequel to 2018's Bumblebee and as a soft reboot of the Transformers franchise. The film stars Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Michelle Yeoh, Pete Davidson, and more.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is in theaters June 9.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:14 pm

The best Roombas and Roborock robot vacs are over $200 off for Black Friday

Roomba j7 robot vacuum cleaning hardwood floor with light to show obstacle camera

UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2022, 6:00 p.m. EST This story has been updated to reflect the current prices and availability of multiple robot vacuums ahead of Black Friday.

We've compiled the best Black Friday robot vacuum deals. Here are the live deals as of Nov. 24:


Move over, pastel appliances and 4K TVs: Robot vacuums are a pillar of Black Friday, too. Deals this good mean that features like specific room mapping and automatic emptying aren't reserved for upper-echelon Roomba budgets anymore.

Despite the official date still being over a week away, the 2022 Black Friday season is already proving to be a great time to buy a new robot vacuum, including new all-time-low prices on flagship best sellers like the Roomba j7+. Retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and Target have been dropping Black Friday deals since mid-October, with many robot vacuum models listed with an official "Black Friday price" stamp.

Any deal with a strikethrough is back to full price or sold out, but could reappear in the upcoming weeks. If that happens, we'll bring it back. Any new deals (including those that have gotten cheaper since our last update) will be marked with a ✨.

Robot vacuums under $200

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Our pick: Shark AI RV 2002 (opens in a new tab)
$169 at Walmart (save $80)
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Why we like it

LiDAR — the laser tech that allows a vacuum to map specific rooms rather than sweeping a generic path between walls — is almost never found in vacs under $200. If you care more about targeted cleaning and app-controlled no-go zones over intense suction on carpets, take advantage of Walmart's discount on this budget Shark model.

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Robot vacuums under $500

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Our pick: Samsung Jet Bot (opens in a new tab)
$249.99 at Samsung (save $350)
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Why we like it

If you have a bumbling robot vac that causes more problems than it's worth, treat yourself to a vac with demonstrated brain power. Samsung's Jet Bot receives pretty outstanding reviews for its accurate laser mapping and — surprise — ability to actually find the room or zone you select. Though some energy is also dedicated to automatically adjusting suction to floor type and debris amount, the Jet Bot can clean for an hour and a half before recharging. The colossal 58% discount can still be found at Samsung after the same deal sold out at Amazon.

More robot vacuums under $500

Robot vacuums under $800

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Our pick: iRobot Roomba j7+ (opens in a new tab)
$599 at Amazon (save $200.99)
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Why we like it

Even without the mopping functionality just announced for the Combo version of the j7+, the OG j7+ is still a super solid investment — especially when almost 30% off. It was the first Roomba to introduce Genius Technology and PrecisionVision Navigation to avoid small obstacles that were previously problem-causers, like phone chargers and pet waste.

More robot vacuums under $500

Robot vacuums under $1,000

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Our pick: iRobot Roomba s9+ (opens in a new tab)
$900.76 at Amazon (save $99.23)
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Why we like it

The s9+ isn't the newest Roomba anymore, but it still stands out for two reasons: It's currently the only Roomba with a flat edge and the only Roomba with deep cleaning function specifically for carpet.The noise it makes is hard to ignore, but is simultaneously evidence of how hard it's working to loosen that stepped-on grime in your flooring.

More robot vacuums under $1,000

Robot vacuum and mop hybrids and dedicated robot mops

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Our pick: Roborock Q7 Max+ (opens in a new tab)
$599.99 at Amazon (save $270)
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Why we like it:

If your home has lots of hard floor, tile, or laminate, consider opting for the Roborock Q7+ Max over the Q5+. It adds mopping to the menu, simultaneously scrubbing and deploying an intense 4,200 Pa in dry suction — except on carpet, where it knows to lift mopping pads and stop releasing water. At under $600, this is its new all-time-low price.

More hybrids and robot mops on sale

Are robot vacuums worth it?

The control of an upright vacuum comes with its own type of satisfaction. But if you're not one to classify cleaning as cathartic, a robot vacuum could erase that agonizing task off of your chore list. (And did we mention the joy of always having just-cleaned floors?)

But whether robot vacuums are worth it or not comes with a caveat: It can't be just any robot vacuum. A cheap robovac that doesn't do the job right — scattering dust, bumping into walls, getting stuck on area rugs — will actually create more work for you.

What to consider when buying a robot vacuum

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:04 pm

Amazon's Black Friday deals are here and they're not to be missed

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 5:15 p.m. EST This post has been updated with new Black Friday deals on Amazon and the latest information about its upcoming Cyber Monday sale. Here's a quick peek at some highlights:


Amazon has been working in overdrive these past few months. Earlier in October, the retail giant's second Prime event (aka the Prime Early Access Sale) brought us record lows — and possibly some of the best deals of the season — on TVs, Pelotons, robot vacuums, MacBooks, and more. It also invited competing sales from Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond, kicking off the holiday shopping season earlier than ever before.

Will the hype translate to especially good Black Friday deals on Amazon? We'll find out very soon. (Update: it has.)

When is Amazon's Black Friday sale?

True to form, Amazon is completely disregarding the calendar with the timing of its Black Friday sale this year. It'll be on for 48 hours, starting at 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day this Thursday, Nov. 24, and running through the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 25. Deals will be available at amazon.com/blackfriday, on the Amazon Shopping app, and through Alexa-enabled smart home devices (ask "Alexa, what are my deals?"), with surprise doorbusters dropping every 30 minutes during select timeframes.

Are Amazon Black Friday deals better than Cyber Monday?

So Black Friday ends on Nov. 25, we have the weekend to rest, and then the Cyber Monday madness begins, right?

Not quite. In line with their the-calendar-by-which-we-all-organize-our-lives-to-have-a-functioning-society-is-but-a-suggestion approach, Amazon's Cyber Monday sale will start on Saturday, Nov. 26, and run through Monday, Nov. 29. Yes, Monday is Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this year — just roll with it, there will be good sales.

SEE ALSO: Black Friday coverage from our sister site PCMag

But the question is whether there will be better sales when we make the switch. While we can't say definitively yet, we can confirm that some last-minute price drops to entice any holdout shoppers wouldn't be out of line with past years. Here's a sneak peek at the kinds of deals you can expect, per an Amazon press release:

We're keeping you updated on Amazon's best Black Friday deals in the meantime, but you bet we'll be on top of its Cyber Weekend offers, too. Keep reading to see a list of everything worth buying across the site, and be sure to check back often — we're updating it constantly.

Note: Any newly added or updated deals have been marked with a ✨, while deals with a strikeout were either sold out or expired at the time of writing. Anything marked with a 🔥 has dropped to an all-time low price.

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For MacBook deals, scroll down to the "Apple" section.

Best wireless headphone and earbud deals

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:04 pm

Walmart's Black Friday sale is live — here are the best deals to snag

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UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2022, 1:00 p.m. EST This post has been updated to include new live deals from Walmart's Black Friday sale.

Here are the best Black Friday deals at Walmart that are currently live as of Nov. 25:


As far as Walmart is concerned, Black Friday started in October.

The mega-retailers "Rollbacks and More" event on Oct. 11 and 12 competed with Amazon's Prime Early Access sale and added even more deals to the earliest shopping season we've ever seen.

But now, Walmart is ready to kick things up a notch with the official start of Black Friday festivities. Nov. 7 marked the first day of their Deals for Days sales event, adding to the existing deals on robot vacuums, laptops, kitchen appliances, and more. According to a press release, "Walmart will spread the excitement of Black Friday savings over three events throughout November and cap off a month of deals with Cyber Monday, delivering customers great prices on the must-have gifts of the season."

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are already starting and these ones are the best

Every Monday, we get new batches of deals starting at 7 p.m. ET, with Walmart+ members getting early access at 12 p.m. ET. When we can, we're providing intel about future deals before they drop. Nov. 27 marks the next deals drop for Cyber Monday (here's a sneak peek at what's coming).

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a ✨. Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Best TV deals at Walmart

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Our pick: 50-inch Vizio V-Series TV (opens in a new tab)
$298 at Walmart (save $60)
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Why we like it

With nearly 10,000 reviews from Walmart customers, this 50-inch Vizio TV is sitting pretty with 4.4 out of 5 stars — and that's no easy feat. You might not expect much from a TV for under $300, but the V-Series offers 4K UHD picture quality, Dolby Vision Bright Mode, HDR10, a full array backlight, and active pixel tuning. Translation: it delivers a clear, sharp, and impressive picture that rivals that of a higher price tag. Plus, it integrates seamlessly with Apple Home and Google Assistant, making it a solid entry-level smart hub.

More smart TV and home theater deals

Best gaming deal at Walmart

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Our pick: HyperX QuadCast Gaming Microphone (opens in a new tab)
$89.99 at Walmart (save $50)
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Why we like it

Contemplating dabbling in streaming on Twitch or hosting a podcast? A reliable microphone is crucial to your starting setup. HyperX's QuadCast is an excellent-sounding USB condensing mic with a built-in pop filter for external muffles and quick adjustment features like tap to mute.

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Best smartwatch deal at Walmart

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Our pick: Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS, 41mm) (opens in a new tab)
$349 at Walmart (save $50)
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Why we like it

Apple's latest smartwatch packs in a truly remarkable number of features, including blood oxygen monitoring, ECG, crash and fall detection, as well as ovulation tracking. If you're at all into wearable smart tech and have the budget to go above the new Apple Watch SE model, the Series 8 is as good as it's going to get right now.

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Best audio deals at Walmart

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Our pick: AirPods Pro (1st Gen) (opens in a new tab)
$159 at Walmart (save $50)
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Why we like them

The AirPods Pro are back down to last year's Black Friday price, three weeks ahead of the holiday. Though they may not have the updated active noise cancellation and improved battery life of the recently released second-gen Pros, they still have brag-worthy ANC, and at $159, are nearly $100 cheaper than the second gens.

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Best laptop and tablet deals at Walmart

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Our pick: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite (opens in a new tab)
$109 at Walmart (save $50)
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Why we like it

If you need a tablet just for the basics (not to replace your laptop), there are worse moves than spending just over $100 for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. With an 8.7-inch screen (that makes up an 80% body-to-screen ratio), it's the perfect little entertainment machine, either for plopping next to you at your desk or for keeping your kids entertained on a long car ride. And at $109, it's back down to its lowest price ever.

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Laptops

Tablets

Best robot vacuum and upright vacuum deals at Walmart

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iRobot Roomba i1+ (opens in a new tab)
$288 at Walmart (save $241.99)
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Why we like it

"Roomba" and "budget-friendly self-emptying robot vacuum" typically aren't seen together in the same sentence. But worlds collide with this early Black Friday deal on the Roomba i1+, now $59 cheaper than its sale price during Walmart+ Weekend in June. This mid-range Roomba cleans floors with 10 times the suction power of the 600 Series, then retreats to its dock to empty what it has collected. You're off the hook from dealing with the dustbin for 60 days at a time.

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Best kitchen and home deals at Walmart

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Our pick: Vitamix 6500 Blender (opens in a new tab)
$399 at Walmart (save $180.95)
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Why we like it

Available to Walmart+ members now and opening to the public at 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 21, the nearly 50% off discount on this premium Vitamix is one you don't see often. The 6500 is a powerhouse wielding a 64-ounce jar and a 2.2 HP motor to cut through tough ingredients like ice and nuts. Pre-programmed settings for smoothies, hot soup, and frozen desserts streamline the process.

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Best toy deal at Walmart

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Our pick: Barbie Extra 5-Doll Set with 6 Pets and 70 styling pieces (opens in a new tab)
$49 at Walmart (save $70.98)
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Any Barbie fan on your list will freak over this mega set. This Barbie Extra box comes with five dolls, six pets, and 70 extra styling pieces. Typically almost $120, the early Black Friday discount of more than 50% on this set technically scores each doll for under $10.

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Best fitness deals at Walmart

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Our pick: Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (opens in a new tab)
$175 at Walmart (save $39.97)
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Why we like it

The Bowflex SelectTech 552 adjustable dumbbells are like having an entire rack of weights in your home without taking up any of the space that they normally would. Usually, these adjustable dumbbells are very hard to find, but they're back in stock and on sale at Walmart.

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Best streaming deals at Walmart

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Our pick: Roku Ultra LT (opens in a new tab)
$39.99 at Walmart (save $23.47)
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Why we like it

This powerful media player can stream in HD, 4K, or HDR picture and includes a free pair of headphones for private listening. More importantly, it actually retails for $79, so this deal is even better than Walmart lets on.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:04 pm

Target's Black Friday sale is live — here's what to grab before it sells out

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UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2022, 6:20 p.m. EST This post has been updated to include the latest deals from Target's Black Friday sale, which has been running since early October.

Here are Target's best early Black Friday deals as of Nov. 24:


The shock of holiday commercials two weeks before Halloween — or Black Friday events two days after Halloween — has worn off. It's what we've learned to expect over the past few years. (PCMag fan? Check out coverage from our sister site.)

What we haven't quite experienced yet is a Black Friday sale starting less than two weeks into October. Target rewrote the rule book this year, cutting the virtual ribbon on its Black Friday sale on Oct. 10 — pulling in front of all major retailers including Amazon, which held its first Prime Early Access Sale (essentially a Black Friday sneak peek event) a few days later.

SEE ALSO: The Black Friday deals are already starting and these ones are the best

But between last year's supply chain holdups and this year's inflation considerations, we've learned that "the sooner, the better" is the approach to take this time of year. Though stock could replenish, a few Big Deals have already sold out during Target's sale. Rather than holding out for a better deal post-Turkey Day, you can stave off potential buyer's remorse by taking advantage of Target's new Holiday Price Match Guarantee.

At the start of Black Friday week, we've seen price drops on items previously on sale and brand-new deals. But if anything you buy there gets cheaper between now and Dec. 24, or if you find a better price at another retailer at some point during the holiday season, you can request a price adjustment to lock in the best deal.

SEE ALSO: Black Friday is already here at Best Buy: Save on Dyson vacuums, an Xbox Series S bundle, and more

Read on for a rundown of our top picks from Target's Black Friday lineup, or head over to Target.com to shop the full sale.

Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a . Anything with a strikeout was either sold out or no longer available at the sale price as of this writing, but check back often — we're updating this page constantly.

Best vacuum deals at Target

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Our pick: Shark EZ Robot Vacuum (opens in a new tab)
$299.99 (save 48%)
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Best kitchen deals at Target

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Our pick: PowerXL Grill Air Fryer Combo (6 quarts) (opens in a new tab)
$89.99 (save 53%)
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Best Apple deals at Target

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Our pick: AirPods Pro (2nd gen) (opens in a new tab)
 $199.99 at Target (save 20%)
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AirPods

iPad

Apple Watch

Best headphone deals at Target

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Our pick: Powerbeats Pro (opens in a new tab)
$149.99 (save 40%)
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Speakers

Smart Speakers

Best TV and home theater deals at Target

Note: Most TVs on sale at Target are currently only available for pickup. If it's available for shipping as of the time of this writing, we'll add a 📦.

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Our pick: LG 55-inch B2 Series OLED TV (opens in a new tab)
$799.99 (save 43%)
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TVs

Soundbars

Best gaming deals at Target

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Our pick: Xbox One X 1TB (manufacturer refurbished) (opens in a new tab)
$429.99 (save 28%)
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Best beauty tech deals at Target

Best toy deals at Target

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Our pick: Save up to 40% on select LEGO sets (opens in a new tab)
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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:03 pm

Need a helping hand? This eufy robot vacuum has dropped to $188.

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SAVE $311: As of Dec. 1, the eufy RobotVac LR20 vacuum is on sale for $188 at Walmart. That's a savings of 62%.


There are multiple reasons why robot vacuums are so popular. They help us save time, take tasks off our hands, and are a wholesome device to brag about. Think of them as a personal assistant at the click of a button. Once an expensive luxury, increased competition and holiday sales mean they've never been more accessible to us regular folks.

If you missed out on Cyber Monday deals, don't worry. As of Dec. 1, the eufy RobotVac LR20 vacuum is on sale for a paltry $188 at Walmart. Like many other retailers around the country, Walmart is continuing to offer online deals as Cyber Monday slowly turns into Cyber Week.

The eufy Home App allows users to control their robot vacuum and create a cleaning routine that meets their daily or weekly needs. Its 3000 Pa suction removes pet hair, crumbs, and other unwanted debris. LiDAR technology allows the eufy RobotVac LR20 to detect changes in surfaces so it can clean both hardwood and carpets with ease. Another plus? This robot vacuum raises itself approximately 0.78 inches in order to accommodate different surface heights.

Some users have found this robot vacuum to be a bit wider than other models, which means owners may have to pay attention to how the eufy RobotVac LR20 behaves around their setup. Otherwise, it's a great robot vacuum for its price.

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eufy RoboVac LR20 Robot Vacuum (opens in a new tab)
Save $311 at Walmart
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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:56 pm

The best laptop deals as of Dec. 1: Save on MacBooks, the Razer Blade 14 gaming laptop, and more

Razer Blade 14 gaming laptops

UPDATE: Dec. 1, 2022, 12:40 p.m. EST This list has been updated to reflect pricing and availability as of Dec. 1.


What's better than a great laptop? A great laptop that's cheap. Nowadays, even budget machines can pack the punch to carry you through whatever's on your to-do list, whether it's work, watching Netflix, or endlessly browsing social media. If you're looking to pick up a new laptop but don't necessarily want to drop your life savings in one go, we'll be compiling a list of the best deals on cheap laptops right here, each and every week.

Best Samsung deal

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Our Pick: Samsung Galaxy Book Pro (opens in a new tab)
$909.99 at Samsung (Save $190)
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Why we like it

We love Apple, but MacBooks aren't the only option out there. The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro is a nice alternative to the similarly priced MacBook Pro, with a stunning display, a speedy 11th-gen Intel Core processor, a 20-hour battery life, WiFi 6E support, and a sleek, ultra-thin design.

Best gaming deal

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Our Pick: Razer Blade 14 (opens in a new tab)
$2099 at Amazon (Save $700)
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Why we like it

The Razer Blade 14 is as high-end as it gets for a gaming laptop, featuring quality components like an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor, a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, and a hefty 1TB HDD for storage. If you want to dip your toes into PC gaming but don't want to build a desktop just yet, this is a great alternative.

Best 2-in-1 deal

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Our Pick: Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (opens in a new tab)
$272.99 at Amazon (Save $232)
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Why we like it

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a fantastic budget 2-in-1 device, with speedy performance, a full HD touchscreen, and components that should be able to handle all of your daily tasks.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:52 pm

Bring the café home with the KitchenAid Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

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SAVE $180: The KitchenAid Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine is on sale at Amazon for its lowest price ever at $219.99 as of Dec. 1. That's a savings of 45%.


Daily coffee runs are an essential part of self-care for some, but they sure can get expensive. What if we told you that you can bring the coffee shop experience home without spending an arm and a leg? Okay, you probably knew that already. But that doesn't change the fact that you can grab a great espresso maker right now for a fantastic price.

Amazon has the KitchenAid Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine on sale for $219.99, its lowest price ever, as of Dec. 1. That's $180 off its normal price of$ $399.99 and a savings of 45%.

This espresso maker comes loaded with features, but most important is the fact that it really only takes a few button presses to make a litany of different coffee beverages. If you're all about some caffeine in the morning, it'll get you going with rich, creamy espressos, delicious macchiatos, and just about everything else under the sun.

This model also comes with an automatic milk frother attachment, so you can whip up lattes, cappuccinos, and more without paying extra for a gadget to do it for you. It'll steam milk to your desired temperature too, for those perfect sips.

It's not going to replace every trip to the coffee shop — it's good to get out of the house once in a while. But it will save you some cash in the long run, so this is a great price to go ahead and invest in an espresso maker.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:43 pm

You can get a TheraGun Elite on Amazon right now for 25% off

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SAVE 25%: As of Thursday, Dec. 1, you can get a TheraGun Elite for $298 on Amazon, which saves you $101 off its original price of $399.


If you work out hard, you have to recover hard, too: After all, there's nothing worse than heading for a quick workout, only to find the muscle cramps in your legs from the day before haven't gone away. But recovery tools can be expensive and time-consuming, so we really can't blame you for wanting to skip it. That is, until now: The TheraGun Elite just happens to be on sale on Amazon for 25% off, saving you a solid $101 off its original price of $399.

This means you pay only $298 for TheraGun's second-best model (the best is the aptly named PRO), but trust us when we say you'll want to get your hands on it ASAP. This brilliant device is basically a deep-tissue massage on-the-go, featuring TheraGun's propriety percussive therapy (which is what helps go deep into your muscles and therefore lets you recover faster), five different attachments and speeds, and even a companion app that lets you choose from a vast library of treatments for different muscle groups, depending on what kind of relief you're looking for.

You can use this device on pretty much any body part, from biceps to hamstrings to back, and it's super easy to handle, too: The device's rotating arm and multi-grip give you the ability to perform each treatment completely by yourself. This ergonomic design makes sure you don't strain yourself when trying to get some relief, and Bluetooth-enabled music really helps you relax into the movement.

There's a reason why so many athletes turn to TheraGun's devices for muscle relief, and honestly, we think you should get in on that percussive magic, too. Saving $100 off basically makes this deal a no-brainer, and, after all, it's definitely cheaper than weekly massages.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:37 pm

The best gifts for your boyfriend

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Getting a gift for your boyfriend is one of the hardest tasks of the gift-giving holidays. Ideally, you want to get him something that demonstrates three things: your love, your appreciation for him, and the fact that you know exactly what he likes. But striking the perfect balance between a thoughtful gift and a gift he'll actually use can be tricky, whether you're a new couple that hasn't discussed gift guidelines yet *or* you're running low on ideas after dating for a while.

Fortunately, you can still get your boyfriend a present he'll love even if you don't pride yourself on your gifting abilities — we're here to make sure of it. First of all, think about the things your BF uses on a daily basis. Does he need a new coffee maker? Maybe his headphones are falling apart? Or perhaps he's long overdue for a fitness tracker upgrade? You can swoop in and take care of that for him.

You could also go the route of getting him something he didn't even know he wanted, like an air fryer or a niche subscription box. The choice is ultimately up to you, but we're here to help make the process a little easier for you by laying out some options. (A blank Amazon search bar can be pretty intimidating if you have no idea where to start.)

So, start here. No matter what your boyfriend is like or what he likes, there's probably something on this gift guide he'll love and cherish. After all, your name will be on the card.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:19 pm

Here's how to watch 'Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again'

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What: Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again

Where to watch: Disney+

Premiere date: December 9, 2022 

Disney+'s Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again is an animated sequel to 2014's Secret of the Tomb.

The original franchise, which was led by Ben Stiller as beleaguered night watchman Larry Daley, finds new footing in a 2D tale all about his adult son Nick and his after-hours adventures with Sacagawea, Octavius, Jedediah, and Teddy Roosevelt, not to mention my personal favorite, Rexy the T-Rex skeleton. So if you're ready to return to the American Museum of Natural History for more mischief, here's everything you need to know. 

Where can I watch Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again

The film is streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting Dec. 9. 

What is Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again about? 

Nick Daley (voiced by Joshua Bassett) is reluctantly spending his summer as the Museum of Natural History's new night guard. Nick grew up with the Museum's ragtag gang, who are all more like friends of the family than pivotal figures from history. Unfortunately, a familiar foe also lurks in the Museum, and he's ready to make Nick's summer gig a nightmare. Kahmunrah, who was foiled in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, has managed to escape — and he's got even bigger plans to take over the world.

It's up to Nick and his ragtag team of cavemen, miniature figurines, and Joan of Arc to save the day. Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again also features voice acting from Joseph Kamal, Jamie Demetriou, Alice Isaaz, Gillian Jacobs, Thomas Lennon, Zachary Levi, Akmal Saleh, Kieran Sequoia, Jack Whitehall, Bowen Yang, and Steve Zahn.

SEE ALSO: Best kids movies on Disney+ that adults will love, too

Subscribe to Disney+ for just $7.99/month to watch Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again and more, by clicking that button below. 

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:17 pm

The FitRx SmartBell can get you back into shape for just $89

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SAVE $110: As of Dec.1, the FitRx SmartBell Quick Select Adjustable Dumbbell is down to just $89 at Walmart. That's a savings of 55%


While you're probably fit enough to climb a flight of stairs without gasping, you may still be lacking adequate muscle mass. If you're repeatedly struggling to open that jar of pickles, or you keep on watching Mr. Olympia videos on a loop, you might be thinking of purchasing some weight training exercise equipment. However, buying multiple weights can set your wallet back. What if there was an all-in-one alternative?

In comes the FitRx SmartBell Quick Select Adjustable Dumbbell, now available at Walmart for $89, $110 below its retail price. At a 55% discount, you can perform an array of exercises with this single instrument without burning a hole in your pocket.

The single-piece dumbbell has 10 plates with 15 different weight combinations, starting from a low of 5 pounds up to 52.5 pounds, making it a product that can be used by your entire family based on each of your current strength levels. With built-in 2.5-pound and 5-pound weight increments, you can gradually build up your strength, without logging into your Amazon or Walmart account every few months to look for a new weight. The ergonomic design makes it easy to lift and rotate, making it possible to perform more complex exercises that go beyond standing dumbbell curls.

The anti-slip handle prevents any workout mishaps, while the safety lock keeps the weight from rolling around by holding it in one place. You can go ahead and grab this weight today, and in case you're looking to perform more lower-body exercises or simply save some time — just grab a pair for $178.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 5:06 pm

Is the true story of 'Cocaine Bear' as wild as it sounds?

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The trailer for Elizabeth Banks's Cocaine Bear is a glorious fever dream that sees a black bear ingest cocaine and set off on a murder rampage. Adding to the insanity is the trailer's reveal that the film is "inspired by true events," which leads to the perfectly logical question, "Wait, so a bear actually did cocaine?"

Yes. Yes, it did. Here's how it happened.

SEE ALSO: 'Cocaine Bear' strikes with a darkly comedic trailer full of coke-fueled rampages

The true story behind Cocaine Bear involves millions of dollars worth of cocaine and a plane crash.

The year: 1985. The place: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia. As the Associated Press reported at the time, investigators were on the hunt for cocaine lost in a smuggling operation when they found the corpse of a 150-pound black bear. Alongside it? 40 shredded bags of cocaine.

Each package held one kilogram of cocaine, making for a total of 88 pounds worth up to $20 million. And according to officials, the bear ate several million dollars worth of it. However, unlike the movie suggests, real-life Cocaine Bear did not go on a killing spree. Instead, it died upon ingesting such a massive amount of drugs.

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"The bear got to it before we could, and he tore the duffel bag open, got him some cocaine and OD’d (overdosed)," Gary Garner, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told the AP. The bear had been dead for about four weeks, investigators believed.

Such a massive amount of cocaine doesn't simply appear out of nowhere. In this case, though, it did fall from the sky.

The bear's cocaine was part of a larger smuggling operation. It was dropped from a Cessna plane by Andrew Thornton, a former Kentucky narcotics investigator. Thornton fell to his death in Knoxville, Tennessee, on September 11, 1985. He had been parachuting while carrying 77 pounds of cocaine on his person, which proved to be too heavy a load. An hour after he fell, an unmanned Cessna crashed in North Carolina. Investigators found a key linked to that Cessna in Thornton's pocket.

The legacy of Cocaine Bear — aka "Pablo Escobear" — endures.

If you're a newfound Cocaine Bear devotee, you might be excited to know that you can visit it in-person. The Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall claims to have the actual taxidermied Cocaine Bear on display. They have dubbed it "Pablo Escobear" after drug lord Pablo Escobar and sell merch declaring it the "ultimate party animal."

The Fun Mall claims that this is the authentic Cocaine Bear, but even if it isn't, the story of how they obtained the alleged Cocaine Bear is wild enough to be its own movie. According to the Fun Mall, the medical examiner who performed the bear's autopsy had the bear stuffed and given to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as a gift. After a stint in storage and a pawn shop, the stuffed bear was sold to country singer Waylon Jennings. Cocaine Bear also traveled to Las Vegas before it was obtained by the Fun Mall, where it has resided since 2015. So, on top of being a true crime superstar and gifting us with the greatest movie title of all time, it turns out that Cocaine Bear is a well-traveled legend. What a life (and death) Cocaine Bear had.

Cocaine Bear hits theaters Feb. 24, 2023.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:59 pm

Tom Hanks makes a cat friend in 'A Man Called Otto's latest trailer

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Tom Hanks with a cat? Sign me up now! 

Finding Neverland director Marc Forster's newest feature has debuted its latest trailer, and the Tom Hanks grandpa-core persists. Based on Fredrik Backman's New York Times best-selling novel A Man Called Ove, A Man Called Otto is a heartwarming tale of a grumpy old Scrooge learning to love life again. 

Despite having a perpetual rain cloud over his head, Otto (Hanks) finds new purpose, friends, and family through his next-door neighbors (and their cat). The film promises to be the perfect, cozy watch for this Christmas.

SEE ALSO: Tom Hanks' reaction to Jeff Bezos' space offer is hilariously blunt

Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo co-star.

A Man Called Otto premieres in select theaters on Dec. 25, with a wide release on Jan 13. 

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:50 pm

Playable Google Doodle celebrates the father of modern gaming Jerry Lawson

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Whether you're an avid PlayStation fan, a 2000s-era Nintendo Wii kid, or any of the millions of other at-home consoles, you should lend your thanks to one man: Gerald "Jerry" Lawson, the mind behind the first home video gaming system with interchangeable game cartridges.

Lawson was born on Dec. 1 in 1940, and to celebrate what would have been his 82nd birthday, Google has created an interactive homepage Doodle (as well as a short documentary) that lets users simultaneously learn and build alongside Lawson's legacy.

The playable Doodle begins with a quick history lesson on Lawson, featuring an 8-bit representation of the electronic engineer moving through a classically retro video game world. Once completing the basics, players get to join in the fun and become gaming engineers themselves. After the tutorial is complete, players unlock a menu featuring five different customizable games — select your favorite and hit "edit" to join in the fun.

The Doodle was designed by guest artists and game designers Davionne Gooden, Lauren Brown, and Momo Pixel.

SEE ALSO: YouTube highlights the top videos of 2022

More than 50 years ago, Lawson changed gaming history. After moving from Brooklyn, New York to California's Silicon Valley, he joined Fairchild Semiconductor, an electronics company manufacturing transistors and integrated circuits. As director of engineering and marketing of the company's video game department, Lawson headed the development of the Fairchild Channel F system. It was the first at-home video game system console, featuring interchangeable game cartridges, an eight-way digital joystick, and a pause menu, as Google explained in its honorary blog post. The advancements of Lawson's team would go on to inform the builds of giants like Atari, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and Dreamcast.


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Lawson wasn't just a pioneering mind behind gaming tech, either, but a trailblazing representative of diversity the gaming industry, starting one of the earliest Black-owned video game development companies in 1980 with VideoSoft. VideoSoft would later build the software for the Atari 2600, popularizing Lawson's cartridge design.

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Lawson's family, who collaborated with Google for this project, wrote that it took years for the gaming legend to receive proper recognition. "As a child in the 1940’s, he was inspired by George Washington Carver. That inspiration provided the spark that ignited his desire to pursue a career in electronics. He loved what he did and did what he loved. Considering the obvious challenges for African-Americans at the time, his professional achievements were quite remarkable," the family said. "Due to a crash in the video game market, our father’s story became a footnote in video-game history."

Fortunately, Lawson's legacy is slowly making its way back into the spotlight. After his death in 2011, Lawson was formally recognized by the International Game Developers Association, entered into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and had several scholarships and funds created in his honor to serve underrepresented groups in gaming and computer science.

Now, on his 82nd birthday, millions of Google users can also search and play in his honor.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:50 pm

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is almost 50% off on Amazon right now

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SAVE $111: As of Thursday, Dec. 1, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is on sale on Amazon for $139, which is 44% off its original price of $139.


With Thanksgiving over, we're headfirst into holiday season, which means friends, family, and, well, gluttony. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, if you're looking to get a head start on your holiday fitness goals, we have just the option to help keep you accountable—and look stylish while you're at it: Presenting the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which just so happens to be nearly 50% off on Amazon right now.

So, why the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4? Well, first off, since its release in April last year, it's the smartwatch that doesn't actually look like a smartwatch. In other words, you can wear it to dinner without feeling like you're the most underdressed one there. With the circular dial and tapered inner ring, it looks just like a traditional wrist watch, but don't let that fool you. This seriously intelligent device is a fitness lover's dream.

First off, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has a standout health sensor that combines heart rate monitoring (PPG), an electrocardiogram reader (ECG), and bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) for a 3-in-1 sensor that sits closer to the skin than the individual health sensors in the previous Galaxy Watch. What this means, basically, is that can read your heart rate in a way that no other smartwatch can, allowing you to hit your target in any workout. It's also got a really cool BMI tracker, which sends a weak electric current through your body to analyze body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), muscle mass, bone mass, body water percentage, and more. This means that you'll really be able to know whether your workouts are helping you get those muscle gainz, or whether you need to switch things up a bit.

And of course, we can't forget sleep: The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 also has some seriously cool sleep tracking features, monitoring both your sleep cycles and oxygen levels with ease. So basically, what we're saying is, don't sleep on this deal: The watch is retailing at only $139 on Amazon right now, which is more than $100 off it's original price of $249.99. A small price to pay for your health.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:48 pm

Keep the winter blues at bay with these mood boosters

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If you find yourself dreading the deep freeze of winter, you’re definitely not alone. It’s hard to keep your usual sunny disposition when the only blue light you’re getting is from your laptop screen, right?

These peppy pick-me-ups from Walmart might be just what you need to power through the winter like a champ. So turn on the happy lights, snuggle up on the sofa, and ready the cocoa and marshmallows. It’ll be spring before you know it and this gear will see you through.

Somewhere over the retro rainbow

Just looking at this 7.5-inch rainbow LED light will put a smile on your face. It emits a calm pink glow, perfect for chilling out at night, and it automatically turns itself off after 6 hours, in case you fall asleep dreaming of unicorns.

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Make it a spa day

This color-changing diffuser not only makes your space smell like a spa, but it also humidifies the air, a bonus if your skin dries out in winter. Add a few drops of the included peppermint oil to stay focused during the day and try the lavender oil to unwind at night.

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Go nuts for coconut

Keep your skin dewy this winter with these travel-size skin treats. Start with the coconut body wash, slather on the coconut body butter, spritz on the adaptogen-packed facial spray, and give your kisser a pass of the lip balm. Mwah

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Snuggle up in warmth

No hibernation station is complete without this heated buffalo-plaid microfiber throw. Choose between three different heat settings at the push of a button and sprawl out on the sofa under 5 feet of fuzzy warmth. 

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Howl at the moon

This light is 3-D printed to look like the real surface of the moon, how cool is that? Put it on your nightstand and switch it up between seven chill colors, or try the strobe setting and have a full-moon party. 

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Morning, sunshine

Prepare to be a morning person, for real. This lamp lulls you to sleep to the sounds of the ocean and birds and gently wakes you up in the morn to an LED sunrise simulation. A USB port also charges your phone as an added perk.

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Sing away the blues

Nothing boosts your mood like an impromptu karaoke night. This portable speaker has a wireless microphone and LED lights so you can belt out your favorite songs at the top of your lungs and live the dream, with your buds or solo. 

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Grab a mug o’ goodness

This 1.7-liter kettle comes in happy colors and boils water for your hot cocoa or chamomile tea in minutes. The auto-shutoff is a perk if you tend to forget you have water boiling and the removable water filter makes for the best-tasting winter bevs ever.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:31 pm

Know and love a birdwatcher? Shop deals on monoculars just for them.

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Birdwatching is all the rage and with deals like this, you can make sure it stays inexpensive. These monocular deals are sure to please enthusiasts or make great gifts for a birdwatcher in your life.


Birdwatching became a popular hobby during COVID lockdowns and it stuck. And why not? It's safe, harmless, and budget-friendly. Taking a walk is a great way to get some exercise, fresh air, and enjoy nature.

But birdwatching can be challenging, too. Some birds love to nestle up high or behind luscious trees and branches. These monoculars are a great way to get a closer look at birds as you get some exercise and fresh air. There are even monoculars that are great for children and their parents' wallets.

We've listed some monocular deals below.

Best monocular deal for kids

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Why we like it

The BiJun 40X60 Monocular Telescope is great for people of all ages. Waterproof, budget-friendly, and lightweight, it's great for children who enjoy birdwatching and camping. Adults are sure to love its low price and additional features, such as one-handed focus, anti-fog coating, BAK-4 prisms. These allow viewers to get a high-contrast look at their subject and make out more details. Its non-slip grip is also handy during particularly hot days.

Best monocular for camping

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The JiaSifu 40x60 High Definition Monocular Telescope delivers crisp images thanks to its wide-angle lens. It includes a smartphone adapter so you can photograph your discoveries along the way and is sturdy enough for use during camping, hiking, traveling, and even getting a close-up during concerts. It also includes accessories such as a hand strap, lens covers, and a small tripod.

Best monocular for stargazing

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A bit more heavy-duty than all of the other options we've shown thus far, the Adasion 12x56 HD Monocular Telescope is compact, yet sturdy enough for challenging hikes, wildlife expeditions, and stargazing. With its 12x56 lens, birdwatchers can expect up to 12 times the magnification up to 325 feet away. Its smartphone adapter also allows you take one-click photos, and it delivers clean images thanks to its BAK-4 18MM prism lenses.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:30 pm

Elon Musk says Neuralink will test chips in human brains soon

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Elon Musk is making promises (he likely can't keep) again.

The billionaire, who claimed Tesla's Cybertruck would begin production this year (spoiler alert: it didn’t) and who also proclaimed he’d make his own smartphone if he had to (spoiler alert: he probably won’t), has now made perhaps his loftiest business claim yet. Neuralink, Musk's biotech company that specializes in making brain chips to restore functionality to disabled bodies, will reportedly begin testing on human subjects soon.

As reported by Bloomberg, Musk made the statement in a nearly three-hour-long Neuralink recruitment event on Wednesday, the entirety of which can be viewed on YouTube. During the event, Musk intimated that human trials could begin in the next six months pending approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the device, which is roughly the size of a small stack of coins and would be implanted into the brain by a surgery-performing robot. 

Once implanted, the device would purportedly allow the brain to wirelessly interface with a computer, though Musk said the company is also working on devices to restore vision to the blind and movement to those with paralysis.

Musk even said he’d get one implanted in himself eventually.

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There are, of course, major concerns to be had about all of this. The New York Times quoted multiple experts who suggested that claims like restoring full vision to blind people are far-fetched given the current state of technology. One expert also took umbrage with the idea of implanting chips in able-bodied people, as the company's stated goal is to theoretically restore functionality to those who have lost it.

SEE ALSO: Twitter has released a bunch of spin about its ongoing Elon Musk-led garbage fire

At least one test monkey has died as a result of Neuralink’s research, as well, so the safety of test subjects is another potential issue to worry about. Bloomberg’s report did indicate that Neuralink has since taken steps to increase the comfort and safety of animal test subjects over time.

As with all things Musk, it’s probably best to take a wait-and-see approach with Neuralink’s promises. After all, he still needs FDA approval to move forward. One must simply look at the fact that SpaceX hasn’t sent anyone to Mars yet and how you can’t even pay for Twitter Blue right now to understand that these "Musk-y things" take time. 

That is, if they happen at all.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:26 pm

Instant Omni vs. Ninja Foodi air fryer oven deals: Both are on sale, but one's more of a steal

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SAVE UP TO 35%: As of Dec. 1, both the Instant Omni 7-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven Combo and Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven are 35% and 30% off at Amazon, respectively.


Pressure cookers aren't the only market where Instant Brands and Ninja have beef.

The two combo gadget experts also make air frying ovens that aim to cover just as many cooking functions as the multi cookers do — just with slightly different menus. Two happen to be on sale days after the end of Cyber Monday (going by the calendar, at least): Save 35% and get the Instant Omni 7-in-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven Combo for $129 or save 30% and get the Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven for $229.99.

The Instant Omni is the better deal based on sheer discount percentage, and it's the only option of the two that's officially at an all-time-low price at Amazon. But does that $100-ish price difference mean much in bang-for-your-buck terms? Let's compare the models.

In title alone, you'll notice that the Instant Omni 7-in-1 covers seven cooking functions while the Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 covers 10. But the difference in capabilities of these two ovens isn't as stark as the titles (or prices) make it seem. Both are air fryers and convection ovens and can also broil, bake, roast, toast, and warm. The Foodi's main advantage is the ability to dehydrate, if you're into jerky or peach rings. Otherwise, its other functions come from separating roasting into "whole roasting" and "air roasting" (a negligible difference in how the hot air is circulated) and specifying a reheat option for pizza.

Size wise, both ovens can fit a 12-inch pizza, six slices of bread, or a whole five-pound chicken. The capacity of both comes in around 18 liters.

We're team Instant Omni on this one, but you can take your pick:

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:20 pm

Find thoughtful, and unexpected, gifts to give this season

4 Pictures of a woman holding a different object in each picture- a printer, airtags, a plant, and coffee frothers. Writing on the left directs the viewer to select a picture to choose a video to watch.

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What to gift the person who has everything they want? How about something they need! This year, we're saying "so long" to sentimentality and "hello" to unexpected, practical gifts for everyone on your list. Explore Cheerbook by clicking each gift in the video above and gift someone their new go-to gadget.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:13 pm

Work or play on the go with a versatile Acer Spin 714 Chromebook

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SAVE $250: The Acer Spin 714 Chromebook is on sale at Best Buy for less than Amazon's lowest price ever at $479 as of Dec. 1. That's a savings of 34%.


Ready to pick up a new Chromebook to fill out your home office? Or perhaps you're looking for a new piece of tech for the kids to prep them for the new school year? If you're in the market for a new laptop, Best Buy has a Chromebook that's perfect for just about anyone in your family to greet 2023 with.

Right now, Best Buy has the Acer Spin 714 Chromebook (Intel Evo Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) on sale for just $479, which is cheaper than Amazon's documented lowest price ever, as of Dec. 1. That's $250 off its usual price of $729, and a savings of 34%.

This 14-inch Chromebook can be used in one of four ways thanks to its 360-degree hinge. It's no slouch under the hood, serving up the Intel Evo Core i5 as well as 8GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD, which means it comes packing plenty of storage for presentations, homework, or photos you choose for safekeeping.

Watch your favorite shows (and get plenty of work done) with its bright 16:10 display. Worry less about charging with its impressive 10+ hour battery. It also comes with a 1080p webcam in case you need something a little sharper for those daily Zoom meetings. It's a powerful pick in terms of Chromebook shopping, and for this price, you'll want to snap one up quickly.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:09 pm

This Meta Quest 2 VR bundle is still sitting at its Black Friday price — get it while you have the chance

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SAVE UP TO $70: As of Dec. 1, you can snag a Meta Quest 2 VR starter bundle at Amazon for its Black Friday price — get up to $70 off depending on your choice of storage option.


As far as gaming tech goes, VR is still in its early stages. That being said, if you're an early-adopter, it's a great time to hop on the VR bandwagon.

Here's your perfect chance to do just that. This Meta Quest 2 VR starter bundle is still sitting at its Black Friday price at Amazon: $50 off the 128GB version, and $70 off the 256GB version. This may be your last chance to pick up this kit at such a deep discount, so make your choice and make it fast.

SEE ALSO: Oculus Quest 2 review: VR finally goes mainstream

The Meta Quest 2 — formerly known as the Oculus Quest 2 — is a fantastic budget option in a world where many VR headsets come close $1,000. The Quest 2 is totally wireless (a diamond in the rough when it comes to VR headsets), freeing you up to enjoy whatever you're playing without the limitations of cords. It comes equipped with a speedy processor and high-res display, as well as 3D positional audio and hand-tracking haptic feedback for added immersion. And to top it all off, as part of the bundle, you'll get copies of both Resident Evil 4 and Beat Saber to get you started on your VR journey.

Grab one while you still can — get the Meta Quest 2 VR starter bundle at Amazon and save up to $70 off the original price, the same discount that we saw on Black Friday.

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Posted on 1 December 2022 | 4:00 pm