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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Delegates: Can’t Deal With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

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Introduction

There is a famous quote by Jim Henson: “If you can’t beat themJoin them”.

It’s possible to write code for years without deliberately using delegates. I say “deliberately” because we may have used them without realizing it. Knowing what these types represent makes reading code easier. Knowing how to use them adds some useful tools to our developer toolbox. So instead of ignoring them, why not learn them. In this post, I will show you how you can get started with delegates and their use cases, which will encourage you to use them more in your code.

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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Learn how to access funding for your startup at TC Sessions: Space 2020

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Building tech startups takes cash — and lots of it. But when you’re talking space startups, you’re talking galactic-level money. Costs blast right through Earth’s exosphere and become, literally, astronomical. If space is your jam, you’re going to need financial help, and you’ll learn where and how to access it at TC Sessions Space 2020 (December […]

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:

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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.

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Best Black Friday tech deals for students

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If you’re heading off to high school or college next year (or shopping for someone who is), Black Friday is a great time to start looking for the gadgets you’ll need for school. And if you’re a current student who just needs to upgrade their tech, why not take advantage of this week’s deals and sales?

Here are some of the best deals that students should consider for tablets, laptops, speakers, and more. The gadgets listed here are affordable, portable, and powerful enough to help you do your best schoolwork (or relax in your downtime). For more Black Friday tech sales, check out our hubs of laptop deals, phone deals, noise-canceling headphone deals, and wireless earbuds deals.

TABLET DEALS

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Red Dead Online will be a standalone game starting on December 1st

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The multiplayer portion of Red Dead Redemption II will be a standalone game starting next month. Developer Rockstar Games announced that the mode, called Red Dead Online, will be available to purchase separately on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC starting on December 1st. (It’ll be playable on the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility.)

To start, the game will be relatively cheap: Rockstar will be selling RDO at an “introductory” price of $4.99. Starting on February 15th, 2021, that price tag will shoot up to $19.99. You may also need to clear out some hard drive space to fit the game, which will clock in at up to 123GB of space. It will also include the option to purchase the main story campaign.

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Fortnite is getting a monthly $12 subscription for exclusive in-game items

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A new season of Fortnite is almost here, and alongside it, developer Epic is introducing a monthly subscription service called Fortnite Crew. For $11.99 each month Fortnite players will get 1,000 Vbucks (Fortnite’s in-game currency), an exclusive character skin and gear, and access to the current season’s battle pass. You can get a look at the first character offering in the image above.

In essence, the new offering serves as a higher tier for those looking to spend some cash on Fortnite. Previously, this function was served by the battle pass, which costs 950 Vbucks (around $10) but lasts for several months. Fortnite Crew is much more expensive but also offers more — including the enticement of exclusivity. Epic says that the cosmetics…

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The best Black Friday laptop deals

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The new MacBook Air with the M1 chip
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Whether you’re shopping for a student, an older relative, or anyone in between, a laptop can make a great gift. And the internet’s largest retailers are offering all kinds of laptops at discounted prices this Black Friday, whether you’re looking for a convertible, a Chromebook, a gaming rig, or anything else.

Note that for some models, only certain configurations may be on sale. Make sure to double-check the specs of the item you’re buying to make sure they’ll suit your workload (and that you’re actually getting the discount) before you check out.

HP deals

A number of HP laptops are on sale through Best Buy’s online store. One of them is the HP Envy x360 13 2-in-1, a portable convertible laptop that offers exceptional value for its…

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The best Black Friday deals on Google devices

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The Pixel 5 (left) and the Pixel 4A 5G (right)
Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Google’s line of products has expanded quite a bit over the years, and a bunch of them are discounted for Black Friday. You can find discounts on Nest smart speakers and smart displays, mesh Wi-Fi routers, Pixel phones, Stadia gaming setups, and smart thermostats.

Most of the sales are available at a variety of retailers; we’ve linked the most popular ones for each below.

If you’re looking for even more Black Friday deals, be sure to check out our continuously updated list of the best deals.

Google Pixel phone deals

There aren’t a lot of sales on Google’s Pixel phones this year, but if you’ve been eying a Pixel 5 or a 4A 5G, there are a couple of ways to save a few bucks.

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Xbox chief: the best argument against the Xbox Series S was Sony

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Microsoft’s Xbox Series S wasn’t exactly a well kept secret, but the company’s decision to create a second next-gen Xbox to go up against the PS5 wasn’t an easy one. Ultimately, Microsoft’s decision to build two next-gen consoles came down to the company’s desire to reach a broader audience than Sony was targeting.

The Xbox Series S lacks the raw horsepower found in the larger Xbox Series X or the PS5. That’s left many wondering why Microsoft created two very different next-gen Xbox consoles, while Sony has focused on a single powerful PS5. Some Microsoft employees were even questioning the decision, and the company’s Xbox chief has revealed to The Verge that “the best argument against doing [two next-gen consoles] was Sony.”

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