The $129 Poco M3 is Xiaomi’s latest budget big battery king

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Xiaomi’s Poco sub-brand has launched its latest entry-level phone, the Poco M3. As with most other Poco phones, the M3 has an strong spec sheet for its comparatively low price.

The Poco M3 has a 6.53-inch 1080p LCD screen with a waterdrop notch for the 8-megapixel selfie camera. The display is pretty basic: the chin at the bottom is quite big, the fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power button on the side rather than the screen, and the panel is only 60Hz, but it’s sharp enough and perfectly serviceable.

The phone’s design certainly stands out from behind, with a large glossy camera bump emblazoned with a bright white “POCO” logo. The main camera is 48 megapixels, but the other two cameras are just 2-megapixel sensors for depth…

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Monster Hunter: The Movie content is coming to Monster Hunter: The Game

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The upcoming Monster Hunter movie doesn’t exactly look like the most faithful adaptation of the games, centering as it does around a gun-toting US Army soldier played by Milla Jovovich, but that’s not stopping Capcom from engaging in some cross-promotion. Downloadable content based on the movie is coming to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne next month.

You’ll be able to embark on a two-part event quest featuring the Black Diablos and Greater Rathalos, two monsters featured in the movie, and special bonus items will be available. There’s also a player skin based on Jovovich’s character Captain Artemis, which you can see in action here:

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The best Black Friday deals on Microsoft products

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Get the Surface Laptop Go at an early Black Friday discount. | Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

Black Friday week has arrived, and that means you can pick up some Microsoft products at their lowest prices of the year. Whether you’re looking for Surface Pro tablets, Xbox accessories, Windows laptops, or PC games, you’ll find discounts left and right at the Microsoft Store and other retailers such as Best Buy.

We’ve collected the best deals you can find on Microsoft products, and they’re all significantly lower-than-usual prices. We’ve also included some deals on Windows computers that are available for a good price. As more deals appear as the big day approaches, we’ll add them to this post.

If you’re looking for even more Black Friday sales, be sure to check out our article rounding up all of the best deals across a variety of…

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Ninja’s newest gamer hoodie features a ‘patent-pending’ headphone-compatible hood

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Popular streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has announced his next piece of branded gear — a custom $60 hoodie with a “patent-pending” system that’s designed to let customers wear a headset over the hood while still enjoying their music or games uninterrupted.

The hoodie works by featuring a “polymesh” ear hole on each side of the hood, allowing for sound from the headset to pass through instead of getting muffled by the (usually) thick material of a sweatshirt hood.

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The best Black Friday tech deals happening at Newegg

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Newegg sells a ton of tech, ranging from computer parts to gaming laptops and even gaming-friendly televisions. We have compiled some of the best deals going on right now at Newegg.

Of course, some of these deals may also be available at other retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, so you should check out our roundups to compare prices before making a buying decision. If you are looking for more general tech deals, we have compiled the best tech deals you can get right now.

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Samsung announces the A12 and A02S, two new entry-level phones for 2021

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Samsung on Tuesday announced the Galaxy A12 and A02S, two new entry-level phones set to launch next year in Europe. Both offer a lower barrier to entry for anyone looking for a modern Android smartphone.

The A12 is designed to be a successor to the A11, sporting a 6.8-inch HD+ display with a notch for the 8-megapixel front-facing camera, an octa-core processor, a fingerprint sensor on the side, and a 5,000mAh battery. Photos are covered by a quad-array of cameras on the back, including a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 5-megapixel ultrawide, and a pair of 2-megapixel sensors to help out with macro and depth shots.

The A02S is slightly less impressive: it has the same display and battery but with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (though you…

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Best Black Friday deals on smart home tech

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Smart homes are no longer just for the rich or digital experimenters. Your speakers, locks, lights, security cameras, and kitchen utensils can now be controlled via your phone or other digital device — and there are a lot of products to choose from. Many of which are going for less during this year’s Black Friday event.

You can start with a simple smart speaker from Google, Amazon, or Apple, and then add some smart bulbs or a security camera. Use a smart display to make controlling your home even easier and to communicate instantly with a friend or relative. And you can make your home internet fast and accessible with a mesh network.

We’ve listed below all of the best deals we could find on home tech, and we’ll keep it updated as the…

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The best Black Friday deals under $50

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Things have been tough this year for many of us, and while everyone loves giving great gifts to friends and family, you also don’t want to spend more than you’ve got. Well, don’t worry — we’ve got your back. There are loads of great gifts being discounted to under $50, and we’re letting you know where you can get them and for how much. We’ll be scouring the sales for games, gadgets, and other tech that can put a smile on your loved ones’ faces and keep your bank balance in a reasonable condition.

Looking for more Black Friday deals? Be sure to check out our continuously updated roundup of all the best sales.

Smart speakers and home tech deals under $50

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The best Black Friday deals on noise-canceling headphones

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Noise-canceling headphones are an important piece of tech if you enjoy having zero distractions or outside noise while you jam to funky tunes or listen to podcasts.

While not as convenient as popping earbuds into your ears, noise-canceling headphones do a better job of erasing sound distractions when stacked up against popular wireless earbuds like Apple’s AirPods Pro or Jabra’s 75t. But if you prefer earbuds over headphones, we have rounded up the best wireless earbud deals this Black Friday.

We are picking out all of the best deals going on right now on several brands that offer noise-canceling headphones. If you want more deals for other tech categories, check out our best Black Friday deals post.

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These are the best Black Friday streaming deals for Hulu, Spotify, Sling TV, and more

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Ready to re-up your Netflix subscription for another year? What about Spotify or Apple Music? Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be the perfect opportunity to lock in your streaming services for less money than they’d usually cost. Whether you’re after music, live TV streaming, or something more niche, there are a host of offers and limited-time deals to choose between.

Once you’re done scoping out the streaming offers, check out our big roundup of the best Black Friday deals you can get right now.

Get Hulu for $1.99 per month for the next year

Hulu’s hard-to-resist Black Friday promotion is back for another year. It lets you subscribe to the standard (with ads) plan for $1.99 monthly instead of the regular $5.99 rate.

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s designers talk about following up Breath of the Wild

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which launched on the Nintendo Switch last week, is a curious thing: a blockbuster release that’s both a sequel and a prequel. It’s a follow-up to 2014’s Hyrule Warriors, a game that mashed together the fantastical realm of Hyrule with the action-heavy gameplay of the Dynasty Warriors series. But it’s also a game that takes place before the pivotal events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, making it a key piece of lore for diehard fans.

To find out a bit more about how the game came about, and how developer Koei Tecmo partnered with the Zelda team at Nintendo, I was able to ask a few questions of Age of Calamity producer Yosuke Hayashi and director Ryouta Matsushita. Here’s what they had to say…

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Black Ops Cold War is a great game trapped inside Call of Duty

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At 17 years old, Call of Duty is not quite America’s longest war, but it’s close. When I went into the single-player story mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, I knew what to expect: a pleasing shooting gallery with familiar narrative twists (there’s always a nuke about to go off) and re-shuffled scenery (this time the walls are plastered in vintage Doritos ads). But the real twist is that I left feeling frustrated about the game it could have been.

Black Ops Cold War is the kernel of a thrilling and intimate spy story that’s tragically strapped on the front of a runaway train. The game begins in a neon-drenched bar in Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve 1980, where your CIA partner beckons you to quickly follow him away from the party….

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Microsoft Flight Simulator gets a big US update just in time for Thanksgiving

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting one of its biggest updates for the US today, adding nearly 50 points of interest. The White House, Fort Knox, Hoover Dam, and the Las Vegas Strip are among many areas across the US that are getting updated with high-resolution points of interest.

A trailer for the update shows just how detailed some of these updated areas are. The Las Vegas Strip now has a night mode, where the entire strip lights up and it looks incredible from the virtual sky above. The nearby Grand Canyon looks like it will be worth touring inside Microsoft Flight Simulator, too. Kennedy Space Center in Florida is also part of the update and looks incredibly intricate.

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The best Black Friday phone deals

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The OnePlus 8 Pro is $200 off during Black Friday week | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Black Friday is a good time of the year to consider upgrading your phone. Whether you’re looking for a deal through a carrier or you’d rather get an unlocked phone, you can save during the holiday season. The best deals on phones for Black Friday are on Android devices, including newer models from Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and more. Predictably, these big price cuts don’t apply to iPhones. Nothing new there, but there is a gift card promo happening if you are interested in picking one up.

Below, you’ll find the best deals we’ve found so far. If you buy an unlocked phone, there won’t be any strings attached to the purchase. If we include a carrier promotion, we’ll be sure to thoroughly list out each requirement necessary to get the deal.

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You can now explore 100 Thieves’ sprawling LA headquarters inside of Fortnite

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100 Thieves has made a virtual version of its sprawling LA headquarters, the Cash App Compound, that you can explore inside of Fortnite’s Creative mode.

The map isn’t just an empty virtual building; there are also hidden Easter eggs and quests that “correspond with” popular 100 Thieves streamers Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag (who is also the founder and CEO of the organization), Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, and Ashley “BrookeAB” Bond. You can see a preview of the map in this video from 100 Thieves.

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The best Black Friday deals on wireless earbuds

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The AirPods Pro are discounted at several retailers this season. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

During Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, you can expect to find many of the best wireless earbuds on sale for their lowest prices yet. Apple’s AirPods Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus, and other popular models from Jabra, Sony, and more companies have never been more affordable. If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a set of truly wireless earbuds that connect via Bluetooth, prepare to never look back to using wired earbuds.

We have collected deals across multiple retailers below, and they’re all significantly lower than their usual asking price. As new deals become available or go out of stock, we’ll update this post.

Apple AirPod deals

Apple’s AirPods Pro, pictured above, are the star of Black Friday — and the best deal we’ve…

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Threaten your friends with outrageously priced, unappetizing Mandalorian cookies

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In a recent episode of The Mandalorian, tiny puppet baby Yoda ate a blue cookie. I don’t watch The Mandalorian, but I am online enough to have seen photos of the tiny puppet baby Yoda eating blue macarons. You can now buy these macarons, called “Nevarro Nummies” from Williams Sonoma. Haha cool! I love macarons hell yeah. Except that they cost $49.95 for a dozen.

io9 kindly did the math for me because I cannot add or divide, and it estimates them to be about $4.17 per cookie. To which I say, you’re out of your goddamn mind. You want 50 bucks for 12 cookies that look like prop food? Eyeball these Hostess rejects and tell me you don’t have concerns:

  • These cookies look like they’ve had their souls sucked out by a cartoon…

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Valorant Champions Tour is a global season-long esports competition for 2021

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The professional Valorant esports scene is about to get a lot more structured. Today, developer Riot Games announced its plans for competitive Valorant in 2021, and it includes a new global tournament series that will see teams play in regional competitions before making their way up to play the best in the world. Riot calls it the Valorant Champions Tour.

While no specific competitions or dates have been announced yet, the competition is divided into three tiers. There are regional “challengers” events, and the best teams from these will move on to three different “masters” competitions, which will serve as the qualifying round for the final global championship event where 16 teams will compete. Riot says tournaments will take place in…

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The Verge’s Guide to Black Friday 2020

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If you’re looking for something to do while recovering from your Thanksgiving meal — whether you’ve enjoyed it with family or ate it while zooming with friends — something to enjoy are this year’s biggest shopping events: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Nearly everything has moved online so that you can do all your holiday shopping and saving from the comfort of your couch.

There are a wide range of retailers participating in the Black Friday / Cyber Monday festivities, including Google, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft. You’re bound to find a discount on most of your wishlist items, including 4K HDR televisions, laptops, video game consoles, headphones, and more.

Many retailers are depending on this week’s sales to push up…

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