Appleâs brand-new computers based on its own custom M1 chip have both been getting sterling reviews due to their great performance and better life. (Well, almost sterling reviews; The Vergeâs Nilay Patel is not a fan of the Touch Bar that still adorns the MacBook Pro, and according to reviewer Chris Welch, the Mac mini has a truly awful speaker. But aside from that…)
Normally, brand-new Apple computers would not be on sale, even during Black Friday. But the M1-powered MacBook Pro 13 has already had a $50-off sale at Amazon, and today Adorama and B&H are discounting the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with M1 chips.
For the MacBook Air, both B&H and Adorama are taking $100 off of both the base configuration and the upgraded model…
Black Friday is here. You know the deal: itâs the biggest shopping day of the year, followed closely by Cyber Monday, which is happening first thing next week. As youâre expecting, there are some great deals on tech, including TVs, laptops, gadgets, video games, and much more â we have it all below. Unlike most years, the ongoing pandemic saw retailers releasing some of their best Black Friday deals earlier than ever, giving shoppers more opportunities to snag gifts. With that, a few deals might look a little familiar, but weâve aimed to put in just as many brand-new deals that are hitting for the first time.
Weâll be doing our best to keep this post updated during Black Friday, and through the weekend so that you can be certain that…
Ikea has rolled out scene support in the latest Home Smart software update. Owners of Ikea Tradfri Gateways running the new 1.12.31 firmware can now configure scenes to control several Home Smart products at once, like Ikea smart lights, Sonos-compatible Symfonisk speakers, or Fyrtur blinds. The update also supports Ikeaâs new Shortcut Buttons that can be dedicated to executing individual scenes, and should be available to buy shortly for less than $10 / â¬10.
Once updated, scenes will appear in a dedicated section at the top of the Ikea Home Smart app. One scene suggested by the app is âAll off,â which can be configured to turn off every Ikea light in the home while silencing every Sonos-compatible speaker. In the future, such a scene…
Xiaomiâs budget sub-brand Redmi has never released a smartwatch before, and its first entry turns out to be what youâd expect: a pretty uninspiring design at a pretty attractive price. The Redmi Watch just launched in China for 299 yuan, or about $45.
The watch has a 1.4-inch rectangular display with curved glass, and it comes in black, white, and blue color variants. The silicone strap is available in black, white, blue, green, and pink. Thereâs a single button on the side of the watch, with everything else being handled by the touchscreen or the Mi Fit app on a paired smartphone.
Other specs include NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, a heart rate monitor, and waterproofing up to 50m. Xiaomi claims that battery life will be good for up…
Years ago, [Leo Neumann]’s girlfriend gave him a 1970s chess computer game that was missing almost everything but the super cool clicky keyboard. Noting the similarity of chess move labeling to chord notation, [Leo] decided to turn it into something even nerdier — a jazz chord game where you jam …read more
Oculus is hosting a big sale on games and experiences for Black Friday, with more discounts coming on Cyber Monday. There are plenty of standalone deals, but Oculus has also curated several bundles, each one on a different theme. And you can gift titles to other people from the Oculus store, too. Youâll just need their e-mail address when checking out.
According to Oculus, all of the games in the bundles below will work with Quest standalone headsets. Be aware, though, that only some of them support cross-buy, meaning one purchase will work both as a standalone app on Quest and when wired to your PC via Oculus Link. All others are exclusive to either Rift or Quest. To avoid confusion, Iâve labeled which support cross-buy. Make sure you…
Buying tools is all well and good, but it doesn’t suit the ethos of Youtube channel [Workshop From Scratch]. Building what you need is much more the go, and that’s demonstrated ably with this home-built electric workshop crane.
The crane is put together in a straightforward manner using basic steelworking …read more
Black Friday approaches! In a year where asking Alexa what day today is feels totally normal, this Black Friday seems like it came out of nowhere. As we say pretty much every year, a lot of Black Friday deals are… not that good. While there are certainly deals to be found, there’s also a lot […]
On older vehicles, if you noticed that the lights had gone out behind one of your gauges, you knew it was time to snake your hand back there and replace the little incandescent bulb that had given up the ghost. But what are you supposed to do if you’re seeing …read more
If you need to move a lot of data, and fast, Gigabit Ethernet is a great way to do it. However, most network hardware outside of datacenters is fairly space inefficient, a headache if you’re building a robot or drone. Enter the Gigablox, a super-compact Gigabit router for just these …read more
Microsoftâs next Surface Pro 8 tablet and its upcoming Surface Laptop 4 have appeared in leaked images online. Twitter user cozyplanes discovered the images at what appears to be an FCC-like filing, noting that the Surface Pro 8 may ship with LTE support. Both devices will likely launch early next year, and donât appear to feature any major updates to their design.
Windows Central reports that the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4 could launch as early as mid-January, with 11th Gen Intel processors and Intelâs Xe graphics support. The Surface Laptop 4 is also rumored to include AMD processor options, which will likely be a custom Microsoft chip based on AMDâs Ryzen 4000 series.
How do you instantly make any game better? By lighting it up and playing at night. We would normally say ‘drinking’, but we’re pretty sure that drinking is already a prerequisite for cornhole — that’s the game where you toss bean bags at holes in angled boards.
Best Buy is offering a pair of great deals on Appleâs recently-released 10.2-inch iPad, with offers of up to $70 off. The retailer has knocked $50 off the price of the base 32GB model, which is now $280 compared to its usual asking price of $330. Meanwhile the 128GB model, which is the model we recommended most people should buy, is $70 less than its usual price of $430 at $360. Itâs the lowest price weâve seen the 128GB model sell for since its launch.
Appleâs 10.2-inch iPad sits at the bottom of its tablet lineup, but itâs still very good at doing the kinds of things iPads have always done well. This yearâs model comes with a faster A12 Bionic processor that means the tablet still feels fast and sprightly to use, even if its outward…
Electric bikes have increased in popularity dramatically over the past few years, and while you can easily buy one from a reputable bicycle manufacturer, most of us around here might be inclined to at least buy a kit and strap it to a bike we already have. There aren’t kits …read more
Luxury fashion company Balenciaga will debut its next clothing collection in a video game on December 6th, according to WWD. Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow is an âallegorical adventureâ set in the year 2031, in which âa hero avatar advances throughout distinct zones, motivated by tasks and interactions.â As game descriptions go itâs not the most detailed â it could apply to every video game from Super Mario through to Wolfenstein â but obviously the focus here is the companyâs fall 2021 collection. Input reports that the Afterworld will be playable through browsers.
Like many other industries, the world of fashion has had to reckon with how to drum up excitement in a year where big in-person launches are impossible. Approaches have…
For the past few years, we’ve all seen it. Drones are a hot item. The allure of launching one of these crafts into the air and running it through its aerial paces is visceral. And, they’re a whole lot of fun. — Read the rest