“The best Black Friday deals you can get at Target” by Alice Newcome-Beill

Child sitting on bed playing video game on large TV screen.
Right now, you can save on Vizio’s M6-Series QLED and other cool tech as part of Target’s ongoing Black Friday sale. | Image: Vizio

The holiday shopping season has begun and several retailers, including Target, are offering some spectacular Black Friday deals for this annual shopping event. Some of the best discounts we’re currently seeing extend to wireless earbuds like the Beats Studio Buds ($89.99), as well as TVs like Vizio’s 50-inch M6-Series QLED (now $399.99). And if you’ve been putting off buying up until now, this may be the day to do it: many of the deals that Target is offering have been dropped still lower for Black Friday itself.

Here, we’ve collected some of the best discounts you can find at Target, many of which will be available through Thanksgiving weekend and price matched elsewhere. Target has been rolling out new deals every Sunday so we’ll be updating this page on a weekly basis as new deals and discounts become available. As usual, we’ll make sure to give you a heads-up as to which deals are online exclusives, which is something Target promises for the 2022 holiday shopping season.

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The best Black Friday deals at Target

The best Black Friday Apple deals

The best Black Friday earbud and Bluetooth speaker deals

  • The Beats Studio Buds are currently on sale at Target for $89.99 — an all-time low — instead of their usual $149.99. While the Beats Fit Pros are going to be the first option for anyone shopping for Beats earbuds, the Studio Buds still offer solid sound quality at an attractive price point. Read our review.

The best Black Friday streaming device deals

  • The Roku Streambar consolidates the Roku OS with a compact soundbar that supports 4K HDR playback. The Roku Streambar was initially $129.99, but is currently on sale at Target for $79.99 — its lowest price ever. While not as powerful as the Streambar Pro, the standard, 14-inch Streambar shares the same OS and connectivity options as the larger model, and is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa via the included remote. You can also pair the Streambar with Roku’s wireless satellite speakers and subwoofers (sold separately) if you need to make more noise.

The best Black Friday TV deals

The best Black Friday deals on Amazon devices

The best Black Friday deals on Google devices

  • Google’s Nest Mini is discounted to just $19.99 at Target, or about $30 off the usual price of the lozenge-shaped home assistant. The Nest Mini can double as a compact speaker but serves primarily as an access point for Google Assistant, allowing you to control your other smart devices from any room in your home. Google Assistant doesn’t offer quite as much functionality as Amazon’s Alexa, but it’s great for handling simple home automation, and it won’t follow up every request with an unrelated “by the way” chat. Read our review.

The best Black Friday gaming deals

  • Target is currently discounting the Xbox Wireless Controller in its standard and pastel colorways, dropping the price of select models to $39.99 from $59.99. The no-frills accessory is powered by a pair of AA batteries and can last for up to 40 hours, but can also be used with a wired USB-C connection. While Xbox Wireless Controllers are naturally compatible with Xbox consoles, you can also use them with PCs and mobile devices thanks to their Bluetooth connectivity.
  • At first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking HyperX’s Cloud Core Wireless — which is currently on sale for $59.99 ($50 off) at Target — for its more expensive cousin, the Cloud II Wireless. Both feature virtually the same design, with a padded leatherette band and removable earcups, as well as the ability to pair with devices via 2.4Ghz wireless. It also features a detachable, noise-canceling microphone and the same 53mm drivers, which manage to deliver punchy, balanced sound when we tested them in the Cloud II Wireless. Both feature support for DTS:X virtual surround sound as well, allowing for more precise directional audio while gaming.

The best Black Friday smart home deals

  • The days are only getting colder, so having some fine control over the heating in your home can pay some real dividends. Thankfully, one of our favorite smart thermostats, the third-gen Google Nest Learning Thermostat, is discounted at Target to $179 ($70 off), matching its lowest price to date. The handy smart thermostat allows you to schedule and control the temperature of your house, whether you’re at home or away, through voice assistants or the Nest app. It can even learn your preferences over time and keep tabs on the local forecast to fine-tune the temperature for you.

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“The best Black Friday deals you can get at Walmart ” by Sheena Vasani

The last-gen AirPods Pro sitting on a desk near an iPhone and a MacBook.
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Black Friday has arrived, and while Walmart dropped many of its Black Friday deals ahead of the main event as part of its Deals for Days event earlier this month, it is now featuring a load of excellent deals. In fact, some items, such as the latest Beats earbuds, have been dropped an extra few dollars since we last checked. We’re seeing some steep discounts on a range of popular products, including the first-gen AirPods Pro.

For your convenience, we’ve curated some of the best tech deals at Walmart for you to check out here. If you’re looking for even more deals, be sure to check out our roundup of the best Black Friday deals available at all retailers. We’ve also put together retailer-specific roundups for Target, Amazon, and Best Buy, just in case Walmart doesn’t have the item you’ve been eyeing.

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The best Black Friday deals you can get at Walmart

The best Black Friday earbud and headphone deals

The best Black Friday smartwatch and fitness tracker deals

  • If you love the rotating bezel, the 42mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic with Bluetooth is $149 at Walmart — that’s $200 off! There isn’t much difference between the Watch 4 lineup and the vanilla Watch 5, so this is practically a steal.
  • The Fitbit Inspire 3 is $30 off, making it $69.95 at Walmart. It’s got an upgraded OLED display and 10 days of battery life. It’s also the most affordable way to get excellent sleep tracking on Fitbit’s platform. While Fitbit’s latest smartwatches were a bit of a miss, the Inspire 3 is exactly what you’d want from a basic tracker but in a more modern package.
  • The Fitbit Charge 5 is $99.95 (33 percent off) at Walmart. If you want a fitness band with more oomph than the Inspire 3, the Charge 5 is a great choice. It’s got built-in GPS, EKG compatibility, a bright OLED screen, NFC payments, and long battery life.

The best Black Friday smart display and speaker deals

  • The second-gen Nest Hub is on sale for around $50 ($50 off) at Walmart. Its bigger brother, the Nest Hub Max, is also on sale for $163.99 ($66 off) from and Walmart. Both of these devices will be Matter controllers and Thread border routers. Read our Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max reviews.
  • Google’s second-generation Nest Mini is on sale for $18 instead of $49. The tiny smart speaker can fit just about anywhere — even on the wall — but sounds good despite its small stature. It also comes with support for Google Assistant. Read our review.
  • You can buy JBL’s Flip 4 speaker (in-person only) for $59 instead of $99. The portable speaker is IPX7 waterproof, so you don’t need to worry about getting it wet, and comes with Bluetooth support.

The best Black Friday streaming device deals

The best Black Friday gaming deals

  • The 128GB Meta Quest 2 VR headset is on sale for $349.99 instead of $399.99 at Walmart with two of its best games (Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4).
  • The holidays are the perfect opportunity to teach your nieces and nephews about the great equalizer that is the blue shell. Walmart is currently discounting a Nintendo Switch bundle that includes the standard Switch, a download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a three-month individual subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. Normally, this bundle retails for $399.99, but it’s currently on sale for just $299. A Nintendo Switch Online membership allows you to compete against other players online and provides access to a library of classic NES and SNES titles, not to mention cloud storage options.
  • The Logitech G502 Hero is a long-standing icon of gaming mice. Normally $49.99, you can currently find the G502 on sale at Walmart for $34.99. The claw-shaped design houses a 25,600 DPI optical sensor and 11 programmable buttons that can be remapped using Logitech’s G software suite. It also weighs 121 grams out of the box and even comes with additional weights that can be added to the base for greater control.
  • Normally $159.99, Logitech’s G Pro Starlight is currently on sale for just $109.99 at Walmart. Weighing in at just 63 grams, the G Pro X Superlight represents Logitech’s lightest mouse to date and is equipped with five programmable buttons and a 25,600 DPI optical sensor. It’s capable of up to 70 hours of playtime on a single charge, too, and can be topped off via USB-C or Logitech’s wireless PowerPlay charging system.
  • If you’re looking for a comfortable, lightweight gaming headset, the Cloud II Wireless is on sale for $119.99 at Walmart, $40 off its usual list price of $149.99. The Cloud II offers up to 30 hours of battery life and is easy to replenish thanks to its convenient USB-C port. It offers balanced sound with good voice quality, too, along with a 7.1 virtual surround sound mode. Read our review.

Miscellaneous deals

  • If you’re looking to pick up a budget-friendly Android tablet, Samsung’s Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab A8 tablet features Dolby Atmos speakers, good build quality, and excellent battery life. Right now, you can buy it with 32GB of storage for $139 instead of $199.
  • Samsung’s massive 49-inch Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is discounted to $999.99 at Walmart, down from its usual price of $1,499.99. Featuring a maximum resolution of 5120 x 1440 and a 240Hz refresh rate, the G9 is still the single largest and arguably best gaming panel you can currently get. It doesn’t support HDMI 2.1, but if you stick to DisplayPort inputs, you’ll be fine. Read our review.

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“The best Black Friday deals you can already get at Walmart” by Sheena Vasani

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Walmart is selling the first-gen AirPods Pro for just $159, which is a $90 discount. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Just like Best Buy and Target, Walmart has some terrific Black Friday deals available. We’re seeing some steep discounts on a range of popular products, including the first-gen AirPods Pro. For your convenience, we’ve curated some of the best tech deals at Walmart for you to check out here. If you’re looking for even more deals, be sure to check out our roundup of the best Black Friday deals available at all retailers. We’ve also put together retailer-specific roundups for Target, Amazon, and Best Buy, just in case Walmart doesn’t have the item you’ve been eyeing.

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The best Black Friday deals you can already get at Walmart

The best Black Friday earbud and headphone deals

The best Black Friday smartwatch and fitness tracker deals

  • Apple’s latest smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 8, is $50 off in the 41mm, GPS-enabled configuration, dropping the price to just $349.99 at Walmart. The terrific wearable is similar to the last-gen Series 7 but sports a couple of new features, including temperature sensors and crash detection. Read our review.
  • If you’re shopping for a more affordable version of Apple’s wearable, both the 40mm and 44mm configurations of the first-gen Apple Watch SE are discounted at Walmart. Normally $279, the 40mm model is on sale for $149, while the 44mm version is down to $179 (normally $309). The first-gen SE is slower than more recent Apple Watch models and lacks many of the more granular improvements we’ve seen, but it still manages to provide a great smartwatch experience without making too many compromises. Read our review.
  • If you love the rotating bezel, the 42mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic with Bluetooth is $149 at Walmart — that’s $200 off! There isn’t much difference between the Watch 4 lineup and the vanilla Watch 5, so this is practically a steal.
  • The Fitbit Inspire 3 is $30 off, making it $69.95 at Walmart. It’s got an upgraded OLED display and 10 days of battery life. It’s also the most affordable way to get excellent sleep tracking on Fitbit’s platform. While Fitbit’s latest smartwatches were a bit of a miss, the Inspire 3 is exactly what you’d want from a basic tracker but in a more modern package.
  • The Fitbit Charge 5 is $99.95 (33 percent off) at Walmart. If you want a fitness band with more oomph than the Inspire 3, the Charge 5 is a great choice. It’s got built-in GPS, EKG compatibility, a bright OLED screen, NFC payments, and long battery life.

The best Black Friday smart display and smart speaker deals

  • The second-gen Nest Hub is on sale for around $50 ($50 off) at Walmart. Its bigger brother, the Nest Hub Max, is also on sale for $163.99 ($66 off) from and Walmart. Both of these devices will be Matter controllers and Thread border routers. Read our Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max reviews.
  • Google’s second-generation Nest Mini is on sale for $18 instead of $49. The tiny smart speaker can fit just about anywhere — even on the wall — but sounds good despite its small stature. It also comes with support for Google Assistant. Read our review.

The best Black Friday streaming device deals

  • Walmart is selling Google’s new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) streaming device for $18 instead of $29.99. This entry-level model doesn’t have 4K streaming capabilities or support for Dolby Atmos, but it can play HDR videos and has a Google Assistant-compatible remote. Read our review.
  • Roku’s Streaming Stick 4K is available for $24.98, which is a 50 percent discount. This is the device to buy if you want one that’s simple to use and also compatible with Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. Read our review.

The best Black Friday gaming deals

  • The 128GB Meta Quest 2 VR headset is on sale for $349.99 instead of $399.99 at Walmart with two of its best games (Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4).
  • The holidays are the perfect opportunity to teach your nieces and nephews about the great equalizer that is the blue shell. Walmart is currently discounting a Nintendo Switch bundle that includes the standard Switch, a download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a three-month individual subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. Normally, this bundle retails for $399.99, but it’s currently on sale for just $299. A Nintendo Switch Online membership allows you to compete against other players online and provides access to a library of classic NES and SNES titles, not to mention cloud storage options.
  • The Logitech G502 Hero is a long-standing icon of gaming mice. Normally $49.99, you can currently find the G502 on sale at Walmart for $34.99. The claw-shaped design houses a 25,600 DPI optical sensor and 11 programmable buttons that can be remapped using Logitech’s G software suite. It also weighs 121 grams out of the box and even comes with additional weights that can be added to the base for greater control.
  • Normally $159.99, Logitech’s G Pro Starlight is currently on sale for just $109.99 at Walmart. Weighing in at just 63 grams, the G Pro X Superlight represents Logitech’s lightest mouse to date and is equipped with five programmable buttons and a 25,600 DPI optical sensor. It’s capable of up to 70 hours of playtime on a single charge, too, and can be topped off via USB-C or Logitech’s wireless PowerPlay charging system.
  • If you’re looking for a comfortable, lightweight gaming headset, the Cloud II Wireless is on sale for $119.99 at Walmart, $40 off its usual list price of $149.99. The Cloud II offers up to 30 hours of battery life and is easy to replenish thanks to its convenient USB-C port. It offers balanced sound with good voice quality, too, along with a 7.1 virtual surround sound mode. Read our review.

Miscellaneous deals

  • You can buy JBL’s Flip 4 speaker for $59 instead of $99. The portable speaker is IPX7 waterproof, so you don’t need to worry about getting it wet, and comes with Bluetooth support.
  • There are very few situations that can’t be improved by the presence of an instant camera. Thankfully, Walmart has discounted the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 Plus bundle — which includes the instant camera and a pack of 10 exposures —to $49 (normally $78). Part novelty, part keepsake, there’s still something oddly magical about taking a picture and having a handheld camera spit out a physical photo a second later.
  • If you’re looking to pick up a budget-friendly Android tablet, Samsung’s Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab A8 tablet features Dolby Atmos speakers, good build quality, and excellent battery life. Right now, you can buy it with 32GB of storage for $139 instead of $199.
  • Samsung’s massive 49-inch Odyssey G9 gaming monitor is discounted to $999.99 at Walmart, down from its usual price of $1,499.99. Featuring a maximum resolution of 5120 x 1440 and a 240Hz refresh rate, the G9 is still the single largest and arguably best gaming panel you can currently get. It doesn’t support HDMI 2.1, but if you stick to DisplayPort inputs, you’ll be fine. Read our review.

source https://www.theverge.com/23440480/walmart-black-friday-2022-best-tech-deals-cyber-monday

“The Verge Holiday Gift Guide 2022” by Verge Staff

Photography by Joel Goldberg for The Verge

Check out our top gift ideas for the tech-savvy and non-techies alike.

Do you stress yourself out looking for the perfect gift? Are any loved ones in your life hard to shop for because you have no idea what they’re into? Or worse, you know the geeky things they’re into, but you have no idea where to start? While you could just pluck something off their Amazon wish list — we’ve all been there — it’s much more fun to pick something out for them. Luckily, you’ve got backup in the form of The Verge.

Our editorial team has compiled an extensive list of techie, nerdy, clever, and even refined gift ideas for you to peruse. Some of them are the go-to devices that are popular every year with the gadget-obsessed, while others are quirky offbeat wonders that we’d wager you’d never think of. We’ve leaned on our expertise in the worlds of tech and culture to gather unique gifts for just about anyone — including creators, gamers, travelers, kids, moms, dads, and more — with a variety of budgets and price points in mind.

We’ve got a little bit of something for everyone, and we’re here to help you find the gifts that impress all your loved ones. If you can’t buy love, you can at least buy some cool stuff that people will love you for.


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Prop Stylist: Maeve Sheridan
Food Stylist: Jesse Szewczyk
Photographer: Joel Goldberg
Photo Editor: Amelia Holowaty Krales

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“The best Black Friday deals under $50” by Alice Newcome-Beill

Black Friday has plenty of worthy deals that don’t cost a grip. | Photo by Antonio G. Di Benedetto / The Verge

With all the deals, discounts, and promotions running around, it can be awfully tempting to spend a mint over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But for those trying to stay thrifty and keep their spending in check, we’ve gathered some of the Best Black Friday deals you can currently find for less than $50. There are plenty of worthwhile deals on wireless earbuds, smart home devices, and Bluetooth speakers that fall below the $50 mark, many of which we’d normally recommend picking up at full price.

If you’re planning to do some spending on bigger ticket items, we’ve also rounded up all the noteworthy discounts that are currently live at retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy, as well as the best Black Friday deals overall.

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The best Black Friday streaming device deals

  • Last year’s Roku Streaming Stick 4K is down to $24.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target (normally $49.99). The standard Streaming Stick 4K gets access to most major streaming services but only offers private listening through the Roku app, not the remote itself, unlike the more expensive 4K Plus Streaming Stick.
  • Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max streaming stick is available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target for $34.99 ($20 off). This device offers better performance than its predecessor and a large selection of streaming apps to choose from as well as Wi-Fi 6 support.
  • Alternatively, if you don’t need Wi-Fi 6 support, you can buy Amazon’s latest Fire TV Stick 4K on sale for $24.99 ($25 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. While an older model, it still comes with an Alexa-equipped remote and offers support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, HDR, and HDR10 Plus.
  • The Google Chromecast with Google TV (4K) is normally priced at $49.99 but is currently on sale at Target, Amazon, and Best Buy for $39.99. Google’s streaming device shares many of the same features seen with other models from Amazon and Roku, including 4K playback, but it also allows you to directly cast content from other devices to your TV if it isn’t natively supported. It also features more intuitive access to live TV, allowing you to add all of your favorite channels easily.

The best Black Friday earbud deals

  • The Jabra Elite 3 earbuds are usually $79.99 but are currently discounted to $49.99 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. The Elite 3 earbuds offer consistent and reliable performance at a remarkably low price. While they don’t have exciting features like multipoint Bluetooth support or noise cancellation, the lightweight earbuds still provide great sound at a low price.
  • We haven’t had a chance to try out Skullcandy’s Dime XT 2 earbuds, but we feel pretty confident in saying that you’ll have a tough time finding a better pair of earbuds for $19, given their feature set. Normally $29.88, Walmart has knocked about $10 off the wireless pair, which feature Tile integration as well as IPX4 sweat and water resistance.

The best Black Friday gaming deals

  • Sony’s excellent DualSense Wireless Controller is currently on sale for just $49 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $69). It can last for up to 12 hours on a single charge, features great haptic feedback and rear triggers with variable tension, and can be topped off using USB-C. Unfortunately, it’s only compatible with the PlayStation 5.

The Xbox Wireless Controller runs on a pair of AA batteries and can last for up to 40 hours but can also be used with a wired USB-C connection. As you might expect, the wireless controllers are compatible with Xbox consoles but can also be used with PCs and mobile devices thanks to their Bluetooth connectivity.

  • The white or blue colorways of the Logitech G435 Lightspeed are available at Amazon and Walmart for $29.99, the lowest price yet for what is normally a $79.99 gaming headset. The G435 Lightspeed is compatible with PCs, PlayStation, and the Nintendo Switch, thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, and can still be used with Xbox by using its 3.5mm audio jack.
  • The Logitech G502 Hero is a long-standing icon of gaming mice. Normally $49.99, you can currently find the G502 on sale at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy for $34.99. The claw-shaped design houses a 25,600 DPI optical sensor and 11 programmable buttons that can be remapped using Logitech’s G software suite. It also weighs 121 grams out of the box and even comes with additional weights that can be added to the base for greater control.
  • The Razer Orochi V2 is a gaming mouse that’s surprisingly portable, one that weighs in at less than 60 grams. Normally $69.99, you can currently find the V2 discounted to in select colors to $34.99 at Amazon and Walmart. You can pair the Orochi with devices using Bluetooth or 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity, and you can power it using either a AA or AAA battery, depending on how much weight you want. It’s also equipped with an 18K DPI optical sensor.

The best Black Friday Bluetooth speaker deals

  • The JBL Go 3 is usually $49.99 but is on sale for $24.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. The JBL Go 3 is small enough to fit in your back pocket and even comes with a handy loop to attach it to the outside of a bag if you run out of space. It can last for up to 10 hours on a single charge as well and gets topped off via USB-C. The slightly larger JBL Clip 4 is also on sale for $44.95 at Amazon and Target (normally $79.99). It’s another waterproof Bluetooth speaker from JBL but comes with an integrated carabiner to clip it onto your bag.
  • Tribit StormBox Micro, another solid Bluetooth speaker, is currently discounted to just $35.99 at Amazon, down from its usual price of $49.99. The Micro is a surprisingly loud speaker with an IP67 weatherproof rating that can last for up to eight hours on a single charge. You can also attach the tiny speaker to a belt loop, the handlebars on your bike, or whatever you’d like using the integrated elastic strap.

The best Black Friday deals on Amazon devices

You can buy Amazon’s fifth-gen Echo Dot for $24.99 from Amazon and Target instead of $49.99, and with a clock display for $39.99 ($20 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. The latest Echo Dot boasts a new temperature sensor, faster performance than the prior model, and all the same Alexa functionality as before, but you can also use it as an Eero Wi-Fi system extender. As an added bonus, Amazon is also offering a two-pack of white Philips Hue smart bulbs with each purchase.

  • The third-gen Echo Dot offers the essential Alexa experience and is on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target for just $14.99 (normally $39.99). It isn’t as versatile as its screen-based siblings or newer Echo Dot models, but the 2018 smart speaker still puts outs decent sound for its size and is compatible with all your favorite Alexa skills despite its age.
  • You can also find the kid-friendly version of the second-gen Echo Show 5, which comes with parental controls and a splash of color, on sale for $39.99 at Amazon and Best Buy instead of $94.99.
  • The 2022 version of the Amazon Fire 7 tablet is discounted to just $39.99 ($20 off) in its ad-supported configuration. The ad-free model is also on sale but comes in at $54.99 ($20 off). The 16GB tablet can have its storage expanded by up to 1TB with microSD cards; however, its 2GB of RAM limits the capabilities of the Fire 7 to streaming media and light gaming.

The best Black Friday smart home deals

  • Google’s Nest Mini is currently discounted to just $18 at Walmart, or about $31 off the usual price. The Nest Mini can double as a compact speaker but serves primarily as an access point for Google Assistant, allowing you to control your other smart devices from any room in your home.
  • If you like the Google Nest experience but want a more powerful speaker, the Google Nest Audio is currently available at Target, Best Buy, and Walmart for $49.99 instead of the usual $99.99. The Nest Audio provides the same skills and other handy features included with the Google Nest Mini but with a far more powerful speaker that can be paired in tandem with another Nest Audio to provide stereo sound.

Miscellaneous deals

  • The new Halo MA40 Nerf blaster is on sale at Amazon, where you can pick it up for $31.99 for a limited time. The Nerf blaster is a replica of the Halo: Infinite weapon of the same name, one that has a 10-dart capacity and includes a download code to unlock some in-game cosmetic items in Infinite.
  • Two excellent titles, Everything Everywhere All At Once and Knives Out, are on sale at Amazon for less than $10 right now after you clip the on-page coupon. Note that this is for the 4K UHD Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital sets.
  • You can also find singles of the Apple AirTag at Amazon and Walmart for just $24.98 (normally $29). The waterproof, coin-sized tracker uses Apple’s “Find My” network to help you pinpoint your lost valuables. Unlike the Bluetooth-based Tile trackers, however, you can see the whereabouts of your AirTag as long as it’s in relative proximity to an iPhone.

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“The Internet Archive just put 565 Palm Pilot apps in your web browser” by Sean Hollister

Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

Yes, I am playing Dope Wars on a Palm Pilot inside my iPhone. It’s thanks to The Internet Archive, which is once again launching a giant collection of software you can instantly play on any web browser, up to and including your touchscreen-equipped phone. There are currently 565 classic Palm apps in all, including games, widgets, and even free trials from both the greyscale and color eras.

And it’s more than just the individual apps, too: the entire Palm OS is loaded with each launch, including its full selection of default apps (like the calculator and memo pad) and a working Graffiti touchscreen writing system. I cannot emphasize this enough: you can reach out and touch a 1996 pocket computer with your 2022 pocket computer and it works like a charm. It’s a tiny interactive window into the pre-iPhone era, and what lived in the proto-App Store.

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For me personally, it’s like taking a trip back in time to high school, when I read cached copies of Slashdot, played Space Trader and Flappy Bird predecessor SFCave during passing periods, showed off my tricorder to anyone who’d bite, and occasionally even took valuable class notes with a stylus. Other generations can now see what those were like with a single tap.

Archivist and historian Jason Scott tells The Verge that it only took six months for the existing CloudPilot emulator to be ready to embed, and credits both its developer Christian Speckner and the POSE emulator that came before. (I’m reading that even POSE was based on an earlier project, Copilot, so quite a few people deserve thanks for the result.)

Scott says his own favorite Palm software was a GPS app he used on his Palm III — but I don’t want to spoil why. You’ll understand immediately when you try it for yourself.


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An early productivity app around fuel economy.

You may also find some comedy gold in his dedicated collection of Palm Pilot trialware, back when developers were trying to figure out what would make people pay for an app. A calculator where “you can’t do any math calculations with the number 7” seems like it belongs in a certain circle of hell.

Scott says he’s soft-launching the Palm Pilot emulator collection because he’s “kind of tired of people finding that I missed a spot,” and it genuinely still needs some work — mostly pulling out metadata like the names of each app’s creator. He also hopes to add the instructions for each app.

If there’s a particular game or app that got you through school or work and it’s mysteriously missing, reply to me in the comments or shoot me an email? Scott says he’s still adding a few, and I’ll happily pass along requests.

source https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/25/23478396/internet-archive-palm-pilot-emulation-games-apps-dope-wars

“Sony’s noise-canceling WF-1000XM4 earbuds are on sale for $100 off ” by Sheena Vasani

Sony’s WF-1000XM4 are still on sale for $178 instead of $279.99, which is an all-time low. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Whether you’re on the hunt for an excellent pair of noise-canceling earbuds to tune out fellow passengers while traveling or simply a good gift, you can’t go wrong with Sony’s WF-1000XM4 earbuds. The XM4s remain our favorite pair of noise-canceling wireless earbuds — even when pitted against standouts like Bose’s excellent QuietComfort Earbuds II — and are a particularly good buy today given they’re currently on sale for around $178 instead of $279.99 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. This Black Friday price isn’t unheard of, however, it does bring the wireless earbuds back down to their lowest price to date.

In terms of specs, the XM4s balance superb noise cancellation capabilities with excellent sound quality and long battery life. In fact, you can listen to them for eight hours with noise cancellation turned on before you’ll need to recharge them, making them perfect for long flights or road trips. They also carry an IPX4 rating for sweat and water resistance, so you don’t have to worry about them if they get a little wet.

Their drawbacks are few and far between. Their mic performance leaves something to be desired and they currently lack multipoint connectivity; however, they are set to receive the latter feature at some point this fall, meaning you’ll soon be able to pair them with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. And if you can live without all the bells and whistles found on Apple-centric earbuds like the AirPods Pro, well, it’s hard to go wrong with the XM4s at this price. Read our review.

source https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/25/23478281/sony-wf-1000xm4-black-friday-noise-canceling-earbuds-deal-cyber-monday-sale

“iRobot’s terrific Roomba i3 Plus EVO is on sale for $200 off for Black Friday” by Sheena Vasani

The iRobot Roomba i3 Plus EVO robot vacuum lying on a wooden floor.
The iRobot Roomba i3 Plus EVO is on sale for just $349 right now. | Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

Cleaning is probably one of the most tedious tasks for many people, which is why the right robot vacuum can make for a fantastic gift (and cat Uber, of course). And while there are plenty of heavily-discounted robovacs available right now for Black Friday — including the top-of-the-line Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra and Roomba j7 Plus — the iRobot Roomba i3 Plus EVO offers great bang for your buck, especially since it’s currently available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target promotion for around $350 ($201 off), matching its best price to date.

In addition to doing a terrific job of cleaning your house, the i3 Plus Evo comes with a few perks that just make life easier. Its advanced mapping features, for instance, mean you can program it to clean up select rooms at certain times. Meanwhile, its support for virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant means you can control it with just your voice (or using the accompanying app, if you prefer). This particular model even features the same suction level and similar battery life as the Roomba j7, though, it’s still prone to getting stuck on cables, toys, and other items strewn about your home.

Best of all, it comes with iRobot’s Clean Base auto-empty dock, helping cement it as our favorite auto-emptying robot vacuum. True, it doesn’t have the AI obstacle avoidance or keep-out zones our favorite robot vacuum, the j7, offers. Yet if you don’t need those features, the i3 Plus Evo is still an excellent robot vacuum that’s significantly cheaper today.

source https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/25/23478206/irobot-roomba-i3-plus-evo-robot-vaccum-black-friday-deal-cyber-monday-sale

“The FCC just banned these Chinese cameras and telecom hardware from reaching the US” by Sean Hollister

An illustration of a large eye surrounded by other eyes
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Huawei, ZTE, Hikvision, Hytera, and Dahua all sell telecommunications equipment and video surveillance technology into the United States, but many of their future security cams and radio hardware will no longer be welcome. The Federal Communications Commission has just announced it’ll no longer authorize some of their equipment — which is a big deal, because companies can’t legally import or sell anything with a radio in the US without that authorization.

But as I’ll explain, it’s not a blanket ban, either. Clearly-marked consumer products are likely going to be exempt.

Weren’t these companies already banned? Not exactly. You’re probably remembering how the Trump administration didn’t make Chinese telecom companies feel particularly welcome, accusing firms like Huawei, ZTE and DJI of being national security threats and adding them to the Commerce Department’s “Entity List.” But while that had repercussions, it didn’t actually keep their products out of the United States. You’ve had no trouble buying a DJI drone, for instance.

What the Entity List does is keep US companies from exporting technology to those Chinese companies, not the other way around. It could have impacted the availability of Android updates on Huawei phones, for example, because Android provider Google is a US company. And, other government groups can take their cues from the Entity List as well. Government agencies have had a way harder time spending federal dollars to buy Chinese equipment for a while now.

“[O]nce we have determined that equipment from certain manufacturers poses an unacceptable national security risk, it makes no sense to allow that exact same equipment to be purchased and inserted into our communications networks as long as federal dollars are not involved,” reads part of a statement from FCC commissioner Brendan Carr.

And while the FCC has its own “Covered List” of companies that it considers a national security threat — and ordered network operators to rip out and replace all their Huawei and ZTE equipment at a likely cost of billions — the agency hadn’t yet kept companies from importing or selling those products into the United States.

When Best Buy and Home Depot stopped selling Dahua and Hikvision security cameras, it wasn’t because the government ordered them to stop. Those stores simply didn’t want to be associated with reported human rights violations. You can still find both brands on Amazon.

But even Amazon won’t be able to legally sell newer products if the FCC doesn’t grant its authorization. Every radio-frequency product imported for sale in the United States goes into the FCC OET database (which is one of the reasons that eagle-eyed gadget-lovers are able to use it to reveal unannounced new products). If you’re not in that database, you can’t import mass quantities of a product for sale.

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Some Hikvision security cameras.

Yet, when it comes to Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua security cameras, they may just need to brand their products more carefully to escape a ban. Technically, the FCC is only denying authorization to equipment designed “for the purpose of public safety, security of government facilities, physical security surveillance of critical infrastructure, and other national security purposes.”

“For these three companies, we will require them to document what safeguards they will put in place on marketing or sale for these purposes,” reads part of a statement from FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel. “[W]e are putting in place a freeze on all of their telecommunications and video surveillance equipment authorization applications until that work is done.”

So if they agree to market the cams to consumers, or small businesses, they can probably be imported and sold just fine. Also, it’s not like the FCC is revoking authorizations for existing products.

The FCC isn’t closing this loophole all by itself; it was ordered to do so by the Secure Equipment Act of 2021, which basically just says that the FCC won’t review any authorization applications submitted by any company on that Covered List. That means it’ll be a big deal when any new companies arrive on the list, too.

source https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/25/23478132/fcc-china-huawei-zte-hikvision-camera-telecom-authorization-ban

“The God of War Ragnarök PS5 bundle is back in stock at Walmart” by Sheena Vasani

Screenshot from God of War Ragnarök in which Atreus is petting a giant wolf
The excellent bundle isn’t on sale, but it does include one of the best games of the year. | Image: Santa Monica Studio

If you’ve been hunting for a PlayStation 5, Walmart is hosting yet another restock event today for Sony’s next-gen console. For the second time this week, Walmart is selling the disc-based PS5 with a digital copy of God of War Ragnarök. This time, though, the bundle is available to everybody — not just premium Walmart Plus subscribers.

As usual, we recommend logging in to an account you might already have or creating one. It can help to have your billing and shipping info already saved in your account, thus reducing the time it takes for you to check out and minimizing the chance of errors.

If you don’t nab a console today, fear not — we will continue serving you with details when more restocks happen. If you’re looking for more Black Friday deals, be sure to check out our guide to the best Black Friday deals currently available. You can also check out our specific roundup dedicated to gaming deals, some of which we’ve highlighted below.

Accessories to go along with your console

If you do manage to secure a PS5 today, there are a few games and additional accessories we recommend picking up, some of which are even currently on sale for Black Friday.

source https://www.theverge.com/good-deals/2021/11/9/22772583/playstation-5-ps5-console-restock-walmart-time-buy-disc-god-of-war-ragnarok