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2021-10-22 15:00:21| Engadget

This week brought our first official early Black Friday sale, courtesy of Best Buy. While we expect to see even more of these events before we hit Black Friday proper, there are a bunch of gadgets at record-low prices right now that are worth considering. Both Amazon and Best Buy knocked $150 off the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone, and both retailers have some of our favorite Sony headphones and earbuds for less. Plus, the new Galaxy Watch 4 wearables are down to all-time-low prices thanks to a Samsung deals event on Amazon. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.Sony WH-1000XM4EngadgetSony's excellent WH-1000XM4 headphones remain on sale for $248, which is a record low. These are our current favorite pair of ANC headphones and they earned a score of 94 from us for their solid sound quality, powerful ANC and multi-device connectivity.Buy WH-1000XM4 at Amazon - $248Buy WH-1000XM4 at Best Buy - $24812.9-inch iPad ProChris Velazco/EngadgetThe 256GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $200 off, bringing it down to $999. That's the same price as the 128GB version right now, so you're essentially getting double the storage at no extra cost. We gave the tablet a score of 87 for its gorgeous display, impressive performance and handy Center Stage camera.Buy 12.9-inch iPad Pro (256GB) at Amazon - $999Sony WF-1000XM3Billy Steele/EngadgetThe previous-gen Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are down to $128, more than $70 off their normal price. We gave these buds a score of 89 for their excellent sound, great battery life and comprehensive companion app.Buy WF-1000XM3 at Amazon - $128Buy WF-1000XM3 at Best Buy - $128Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3David Imel for EngadgetThe Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldable smartphone is still on sale for $850, or $150 off. This is the most practical version of a Samsung foldable yet, and we gave it a score of 82 for its more durable design, attractive build and new water resistance.Buy Galaxy Z Flip 3 at Amazon - $850Buy Galaxy Z Flip 3 at Best Buy - $850Samsung Galaxy Watch 4David Imel for EngadgetBoth the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are down to record-low prices, $220 and $300, respectively. These remain the best smartwatches for Android users and we gave the Watch 4 a score of 85 for its comprehensive health tracking abilities, lovely screen and better support for third-party apps.Buy Galaxy Watch 4 at Amazon - $220Buy Galaxy Watch 4 Classic at Amazon - $300Roku StreambarValentina Palladino / EngadgetThe Roku Streambar is on sale for $99 right now, or $30 off its normal price. We gave the compact soundbar a score of 86 for its good sound quality, Dolby Audio support, built-in 4K HDR streaming tech and its ability to work as a Bluetooth speaker. Also, the more advanced (and larger) Streambar Pro is down to a record low of $150.Buy Roku Streambar at Amazon - $99Buy Roku Streambar at Best Buy - $99Buy Streambar Pro at Amazon - $150Roku UltraRokuRoku's most powerful streaming device, the Ultra, is on sale for only $69 at the moment. That's $30 off its normal price and a great deal if you want 4K HDR10+ and Dolby Vision content, along with speedy WiFi and the option to hardware the set-top box into your setup via its Ethernet port.Buy Roku Ultra at Best Buy - $69Jabra Elite 75tBilly Steele / EngadgetJabra's Elite 75t earbuds are cheaper than ever at $80, which is nearly half off their normal price. These are some of our favorite true wireless earbuds thanks to their compact, comfortable design, long battery life and new ANC capabilities.Buy Elite 75t at Amazon - $80Buy Elite 75t at Best Buy - $80Samsung Galaxy Buds 2Billy Steele/EngadgetThe new Galaxy Buds 2 are down to $130 right now, or $20 off their normal price. It may be $5 more than their record low, but this is still a good deal to consider if you've been eyeing a pair of the company's true wireless earbuds. We gave the Buds 2 a score of 84 for their comfortable design, improved sound quality and adjustable ambient sound mode.Buy Galaxy Buds 2 at Amazon - $130New tech dealsApple TV 4KThe latest Apple TV 4K is on sale for $130 at Verizon right now. This is the best price we've seen it, and you'll get the model with the latest processor, support for Dolby Vision and Atmos and the much improved new Siri remote.Buy Apple TV 4K at Verizon - $130Crucial MX500 SSD (2TB)The 2TB Crucial MX500 internal SSD is down to an all-time low of $170. This is a good option if you need extra storage in your desktop or laptop, and we like that it has AES 256-bit hardware based encryption and integrated power loss immunity.Buy Crucial MX500 (2TB) at Amazon - $170Rubik's ConnectedThis Bluetooth-connected Rubik's cube is $10 off thanks to a coupon you can apply on the product page, bringing the toy down to roughly $50. Rather than going nuts trying to solve the puzzle on your own, this one has a companion app that actually teaches you how to do so. You can then complete challenges, better your skills and try to get atop the global leaderboard.Buy Rubik's Connected at Amazon - $50NordVPNNordVPN, one of our favorite VPNs, is running a sale on a two-year subscription. You can sign up and pay $99 for two years, plus you'll get an extra three months free. We like NordVPN for its speed, its no-logs policy, the thousands of servers it has to choose from and that one account supports up to six connected devices.Buy NordVPN (2 years) - $99TunnelbearAnother one of our top VPN services, Tunnelbear, is offering a two-year subscription for $100. You'll save 58 percent if you sign up with this deal, and we think Tunnelbear is one of the easiest VPNs to use, especially for those that don't want to go crazy configuring their connections.Buy Tunnelbear (2 years) - $100Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.

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2021-10-22 14:45:07| Engadget

It took only a few hours for pranksters to find and deface a test version of former President Trump's yet-to-launch social media platform called TRUTH Social. According to The Washington Post, someone signed up for an account on the test website, took the username "donaldjtrump" and posted a photo of a defecating pig. Trump and his team recently announced that they're launching TRUTH Social in early 2022 and that beta tests will begin in November. In its announcement, the team said that the platform is part of its efforts to fight against "the Big Tech companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America."The test website has already been pulled down, but not before one of the publication's reporters was able to sign up under the name "mikepence" without encountering any safeguards that would prevent them from doing so. Based on the mock photos on its App Store listing, TRUTH Social looks like a Twitter clone, where users can post "Truths"similar to tweets and repost "Re-Truths," which are basically retweets. It has a news feed called the Truth Feed and a notification system, as well.The website's code shows that it runs on a mostly unmodified version of open source software Mastodon, The Post says. Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko told Vice that the platform might be violating its licensing rules, since it requires developers to share any modification with the public and to give credit by linking to the original source code. The test website didn't just reveal TRUTH Social's code, though, but also its terms of service. A sub-section in the ToS shows that the website hopes to be protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.Part of the ToS reads: "[W]e are not responsible for any Third-Party Websites accessed through the Site or any Third-Party Content posted on, available through, or installed from the Site, including the content, accuracy, offensiveness, opinions, reliability, privacy practices, or other policies of or contained in the Third-Party Websites or the Third-Party Content."Trump has been a very vocal critic of Section 230. In 2020, he signed an executive order meant to limit its scope shortly after Twitter fact-checked a false tweet he made. The order was never meaningfully imposed, but President Biden revoked it completely back in May.

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2021-10-22 14:30:06| Engadget

Techtober continues with a deep dive into Apples latest MacBook Pros, powered by the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Cherlynn and Devindra also chat about whats new with the Pixel 6, and Mr. Mobile himself (Michael Fisher) joins to break down the Surface Duo 2. It turns out Microsoft needed more than a year to fix all of the problems with its dual-screen phone.Listen below, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you've got suggestions or topics you'd like covered on the show, be sure to email us or drop a note in the comments! And be sure to check out our other podcasts, the Morning After and Engadget News!Engadget Apples new MacBook Pros, Pixel 6 and Surface Duo 2 reviewSubscribe!iTunesSpotifyPocket CastsStitcherGoogle PodcastsTopicsApples new MacBooks with M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max 1:37Google finally details Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pros specs 23:22Microsofts Surface Duo 2 is inconsistent and buggy 38:41Facebook may be changing its name 1:04:05Facebook Portal Go Review 1:05:05Finally, you can post to Instagram from desktop 1:06:02Samsung had yet another Unpacked event 1:06:23Also in events: Razer, DJI 1:07:35We have a trailer for the Uncharted movie 1:07:56Mel Brooks is doing History of the World: Part II for Hulu 1:09:19Fisher Price made a version of its toy phone that actually makes calls 1:10:14Working on 1:11:25Pop culture picks 1:12:26Video livestreamCreditsHosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra HardawarGuests: Michael FisherProducer: Ben EllmanLivestream producers: Julio Barrientos,Luke BrooksGraphics artists: Luke Brooks, Kyle MaackMusic: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien

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2021-10-22 13:35:47| Engadget

Lyft has finally published its first safety report (PDF), which sheds light on the rate of sexual assault and abuse cases on the service in the US over the course of three years. From 2017 until 2019, Lyft received a total of 4,158 sexual assault reports. The company's safety team divided all sexual assault and misconduct incidents into 21 categories, but the cases included in this report only include five of the most serious categories of sexual assault.Those categories are non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual/sexual body part, non-consensual touching of a sexual body part, attempted non-consensual sexual penetration and non-consensual sexual penetration. There are lesser categories of sexual assault that weren't included in the total number of cases.Among the five, the most commonly reported incidents fall under the non-consensual touching of a sexual body part category. The team recorded 360 incidents of rape within that period. Lyft said that it included any incident reported over the three-year period regardless of when it actually happened, because sexual assault is chronically underreported. Further, it intentionally used broad definitions for the sub-categories.In addition to sexual assault cases, Lyft has also reported 105 motor vehicle fatalities and 10 fatal physical assaults. The company explained that it doesn't proactively report safety incidents to law enforcement, knowing that it's a deeply personal decision, especially for survivors of sexual assault. "This policy gives survivors as much agency as possible when deciding whether and how to report an incident," it wrote. Lyft has been promising to release a safety report since 2018, and when CNN asked about it earlier this year, the company cited an issue with the California Public Utilities Commission for the delay. According to the news organization, at least 72 individuals are suing the ride-hailing service over alleged sexual assault incidents. Some of those cases accuse Lyft of knowing that its drivers were raping passengers and failing to take steps to protect its customers.Uber, on the other hand, published its first safety report in 2019. The company revealed nearly 6,000 reports of sexual abuse over 2017 and 2018, as well as 19 fatal physical assaults.

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2021-10-22 13:15:19| Engadget

After a long run of teasing the RGB-lit Zephyr mask, Razer is finally ready to sell it to die-hard fans or possibly cosplayers. The Zephyr costs $100 or theres a $150 Starter Pack with three replacement filter kits. Alas, the Starter Pack is already listed as "out of stock," and the mask by itself is still "coming soon."Yes, you can customize the lighting through a companion app, but the highlight is a dual-fan active air filtration system with N95 filters something Id never thought Id be writing about a Razer device. Mat SmithMicrosoft Surface Duo 2 reviewIts second dual-screen hybrid is another letdown.EngadgetMicrosofts dual-screen ambitions continue to struggle. Upgraded hardware and a new Glance Bar dont mean much when the Duo 2 is still plagued with inconsistent, finicky software. The new triple-camera array is held back by an atrocious camera app, and thermal issues cause the device to hang. All of this will cost you $1,500.Continue reading.Uncharted movie trailer plays Nathan Drake's greatest hitsThat cargo plane sequence looks mighty familiar.Sony PicturesYes, Sony is finally releasing an Uncharted movie after trying to make one for over a decade. Sony Pictures included a handy reminder at the end of the trailer about a remastered bundle of Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy that's coming to PlayStation 5 and PC in early 2022.Continue reading.Do you want a Razer gaming chair?Well, its pretty good.RazerGaming chairs have proliferated over the past few years, and until now, theyve tended to be overpriced and visually unappealing. Think: lurid colors, Bond villain lair aesthetics and giant drink holders. As Buyer's Guide Editor Kris Naudus puts it, Razers new Enki chair is still a bit over the top, but at least its a more affordable kind of over the top.Continue reading.NVIDIA's new GeForce Now RTX 3080 service streams games at 1440p and 120 fpsIt costs $100 for six months, double the current premium tier price.NVIDIA has unveiled its next-generation cloud gaming platform called GeForce Now RTX 3080 with "desktop-class latency" and 1440p gaming at up to 120 fps on PC or Mac. The service is powered by a new gaming supercomputer called the GeForce Now SuperPod and, at $200 for a year, costs double the price of the existing Priority tier, which recently doubled to $100.Continue reading.Sony's A7 IV camera has a 33-megapixel sensor and 4K 60p videoIt promises 'flagship-class' image quality and AI-powered AF.SonySony has finally revealed its mainstream $2,500 Alpha A7 IV full-frame mirrorless camera, and it looks to have been worth the wait. Borrowing technology from the recent A1 and A7S III models, it has some substantial improvements over the A7 III introduced well over three years ago. Theres an all-new 33-megapixel sensor, 4K 10-bit 60 fps video, new AI autofocus tricks and a lot more, including some new live streaming and sharing features, though they're not quite up to the level we've seen on other recent cameras. You can do video and audio streaming over USB-C at up to 1080p 60 or 4K 15p if resolution is a priority over smooth video.The A7 IV is clearly a massive leap forward for Sony's "basic" full-frame mirrorless camera series, putting it on par or ahead of most rivals. The only deterrent is the $2,500 price tag ($2,699 with a kit lens), which is $500 more than the A7 III cost at launch.Continue reading.How to buy a monitor in 2021We help you narrow down the multitude of choices available.With the pandemic still upon us and Work From Home directives continuing, a monitor is one of the most important computer buying decisions you can make. Luckily, theres never been more choice, and weve seen vast improvements in color accuracy, size and resolution since our last update. Steve Dent is here to help with your buying decision. Do you need HDR, and if so, how bright should your monitor be? What size do you need? Lets dive in.Continue reading.The biggest news stories you might have missediFixit's Apple Watch Series 7 teardown shows the same display tech as iPhone 13

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