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Save over $100 on HYPERs 96W 11-port Thunderbolt 4 Dock down at $245 today

The official HYPER Amazon store is now offering its HyperDrive Thunderbolt 4 Dock down at $244.99 shipped . Be sure to clip the on-page coupon . Regularly $350 and still fetching as much via HYPERs official site , youre looking at a solid 30% price drop and the lowest price we can find. Todays $105 discount undercuts the previous offer at $310 and marks one of the best prices we have tracked on Amazon it dropped to $210 and $228 during Black Friday last year. Designed for enterprise businesses, PC gamers, and video editors, it expands your setups connectivity options significantly with a pair of Thunderbolt 4 downstream ports capable of 40Gb/s data transfers alongside a Thunderbolt 4 upstream port that provides up to 96W Power Delivery charging for your MacBook (or other host device). Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 2:46 am

iOS 17.4 beta includes new CarPlay and Apple Maps instrument cluster experience

Macworld Apple on Tuesday released beta 4 of the iOS 17.4 update and it has a new feature to try out if you have the proper car. According to the developer release notes , CarPlay with Apple Maps support has been updated: In iOS 17.4, with supported CarPlay vehicles, Apple Maps will present a new instrument cluster experience with information about upcoming maneuvers. Users will be able to swap the desired display typebetween the main and instrument cluster screenby tapping the map configuration button on the upper right of the Maps main screen. Since this feature works between the main and instrument cluster screen, it appears that its for CarPlay implementations that use two screens. Most cars use only the main screen located in the center of the car console for CarPlay. Apple added the ability for CarPlay to work on the instrument cluster screen and display maneuver cards in iOS 13. At WWDC in 2022, Apple previewed the next generation of CarPlay, a yet-to-be-released version of CarPlay that completely takes over the dashboard. Porsche has previewed next-gen CarPlay , and the first cars with the software are supposed to ship this year, but no formal announcements have been made. The new CarPlay feature in the iOS 17.4 beta 4 is separate from next-gen CarPlay. You can learn more about the in-auto experience in our CarPlay FAQ . And learn more about the iOS 17.4 beta , which also includes new options for distributing iOS apps from alternative app marketplaces in the EU. Cars, iOS

Macworld 21 Feb 2024 2:25 am

KeySmarts Find My SmartCard tracker with wireless charging drops to $34 (Today only)

Today only, as part of its Lightning deals, the official KeySmart Amazon storefront is now offering its SmartCard Apple Find My tracker down at $33.99 shipped . This is a limited time offer that will be live for this afternoon/evening only or until discounted stock runs out. Regularly $40, this is 15% off the going rate and among the lowest we have tracked. Todays deal is matching our limited offer from last month and a great chance to land the smart card tracker at a discount. It launched for the first time back in late September as one of the only devices quite like it. There are other wallet card trackers out there, but this is one of the only options youll find with wireless charging. In fact, KeySmart says its the only one of its kind you can recharge without plugging in. Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 2:14 am

Apples official black Magic Keyboard with Touch ID hits $170, plus Magic Trackpad at $139

Amazon is now offering the official Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID for $170.05 shipped. This Space Black keyboard normally fetches $199, and is now clocking in at the second-best price to date. We last saw it on sale for the holidays last year at this same price. It hasnt sold for less since back in August, either. Apples Magic Keyboard elevates your desktop workstation with a metal build that complements the rest of your devices. This model, in particular, sports black keys to pair with the brands latest scissor key switches underneath. Perfect for pairing with a Mac or iPad, theres the Lightning port on the front to top off the rechargeable battery thatrounds out the packagealongside a built-in Touch ID sensor. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 2:11 am

Apple releases fourth macOS 14.4 beta

Macworld Apple on Tuesday released the fourth macOS Sonoma 14.4 beta to developers. This release follows the iOS 17.4 beta release on January 25, and the official Sonoma 14.3 release on January 22 . This beta release is for developers only, with a public beta coming in the next few days. macOS Sonoma 14.4: New features While iOS 17.4 brought major changes to the iPhone and iOS App Store, it is not clear yet as to the contents of macOS 14.4. The release notes do not list the contents, and Apple has yet to post the developer release notes as of this writing. It contains a handful of new emoji like the iOS 17.4 update, but its unclear if any other features are coming to macOS 14.4. macOS Sonoma 14.4 beta: Release notes Below are the developer release notes. This is different from the release notes that accompany the official release to the general public. These notes contain details that developers need to be aware of. Overview The macOS 14.4 SDK provides support to develop apps for Mac computers running Sonoma 14.4 beta. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 15.3, available from the Mac App Store. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 15.3, see Xcode 15.3 Release Notes . CreateML Resolved Issues Fixed: When using the transfer learning algorithm option, the CreateML app and framework object detection template might fail to converge and cause poor model quality and produce more than expected false positives. (114480994) Finder Resolved Issues Fixed: Resolves an issue where tiling a window causes the desktop picture to turn black. (118044617) Messages Known Issues Memoji and 3rd party Stickers do not display in the tray. (120994483) Software Updates Known Issues Updates to macOS 14.4 starting from macOS 11.012.3.1 will not work. (120548971) Workaround: Update to macOS 12.4 or later, and then update to macOS 14.4. StoreKit New Features You can use the product Description Hidden(_:) API to configure the visibility of product descriptions in Product View , Store View and Subscription Store View instances within a view hierarchy. When building with Xcode 15.3, you can use this view modifier even if your app is running on iOS 17.0, iPadOS 17.0, macOS 14.0, tvOS 17.0, watchOS 10.0, visionOS 1.0, or later.If you implement your own product view style, you can support this new view modifier by checking the description Visibility property on the configuration value. (110414819) (FB12261973) You can use Subscription Store View to present promotional offers by adding the subscription Promotional Offer(offer: signature:) modifier.If youre already using in App Purchase Options(_:) modifier to support promotional offers for StoreKit views, you should adopt the new API instead when your app is running on iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, macOS 14.4, tvOS 17.4, watchOS 10.4, visionOS 1.1 or later. Do not use both APIs to apply a promotional offer for the same view. (115358806) Resolved Issues Fixed: The is Eligible For Intro Offer property and is Eligible For Intro Offer(for:) method now reflect ineligibility in cases where a customer would otherwise be eligible for the offer if they werent actively subscribed. This means a customer which is not currently eligible for an introductory offer may become eligible in the future.Customers who redeem an introductory offer for a given subscription group will continue to never be eligible for another introductory offer in that subscription group. You can detect this case this by checking if any one transaction with a matching subscription Group ID has the type property on offer set to introductory . (103604770) (FB11889732) SwiftUI New Features Table now supports dynamic numbers of columns with the new Table Column For Each . (79492167) (FB9189673) Resolved Issues Fixed: DatePicker in macOS reset focus to the first date component when its bound date changes and time Zone is overriden in the environment. (97376561) Weather Known Issues Weather might crash on launch on Intel macOS hardware. (121294923) macOS Sonoma 14.4: How to install Developer betas are available to anyone who has enrolled in Apples Developer Program. Apple usually issues a public beta a day or two after the developer beta has been released. We have a complete guide to downloading and installing the Sonoma betas if you are interested. To access the public beta, go toSystem Settings> General > Software Update , then in the Beta Updates section, click the Info button (the I icon), click the pop-up menu for Beta Updates , and select macOS Sonoma Public Beta . You may need to restart the Mac. While betas give early access to fixes and features to the operating system, they are issued with the idea that users will test the software and check for bugs. This means that the betas have some instability to them and may cause issues with your Mac. If you cant afford to take the risk of a possible crash or a disruption of usability, you should not run the beta and wait for the release to the general public. MacOS

Macworld 21 Feb 2024 1:58 am

Just $150 scores you a 43-inch 4K smart TV with AirPlay and HDMI 2.1 (Save $120)

Today only, as part of its Deals of the Day , Best Buy is offering the Pioneer 43-inch Class LED 4K UHD Smart TV for just $149.99 shipped . Regularly $270, this is a solid $120 price drop and the lowest we can find. It also a particularly low price to land a modestly-sized 43-inch TV with 4K resolutions. For comparison, this entry-level TCL 43-inch smart TV has never dropped below $199 at Amazon and this comparable Roku 43-inch model has never sold for less than $229. Even Amazons 40-inch 2-Seriesmodel has never seen prices under $180, and thats a 1080p model. Head below for more details om the Pioneer featured above. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:41 am

Android game and app deals: Game of Life 1 and 2, KNIGHTS, Boxing Gym Story, more

The Tuesday afternoon collection of todays best Android game and app deals is now ready to go. Just be sure to scope out the deals we are tracking on Samsungs latest Galaxy Chromebook 2 , the official Galaxy Z Flip 5 official cases , and Samsungs Galaxy Z Flip 5 folding smartphone itself. As for the apps, highlights include titles like The Game of Life 1 and 2, The Black Dungeon, KNIGHTS, Boxing Gym Story, and more. Head below for a complete look at todays best Android game and app deals. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:22 am

Get Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro for $80 (Reg. $420), this week only

If youre a PC user, you want to make sure youre running the most up-to-date programs. That includes your operating system. If youve been resisting making the upgrade to Windows 11 Pro because you felt it was too expensive, then take a look at The All-in-One Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for Windows: Lifetime License + Windows 11 Pro Bundle . This week only, you can get lifetime licenses to both Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for an extra $20 off our already discounted price at just $79.97 . more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:20 am

Save 50% on Samsungs latest Galaxy Chromebook 2 at new all-time low of $349

Best Buy now offers the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 for $349 shipped . This is 50% off the usual $699 price tag and marking a new all-time low. Its $50 under what youd pay with Amazons competing sale price on the 128GB/8GB model and is the first discount since back on Black Friday when it hit $449. You can get a closer look in our launch coverage . more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:13 am

Baseus 140W 6-port 48,000mAh portable laptop power bank station now $96 off at new $74 low

Update: The official Baseus Amazon storefront has dropped the price down to $79.99 $73.99 shipped, after clipping the on-page $30 off coupon and using the promo code L77LSJCJ at checkout for an additional 20% off. The official Baseus Amazon storefront is offering its 140W 6-port Portable Laptop Power Bank Station for $89.99 shipped , after clipping the on-page $60 off coupon . Down from its $170 price tag, this device started off at a $220 MSRP upon its release in August, with three discounts in 2023 that ultimately brought its list price down to the current $150. Todays deal comes in as a 40% markdown off this new rate, giving you $130 off its original MSRP and marking a new all-time low. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 12:15 am

Electric Bike Co.s Model J e-bike offers 60-mile range with $268 in free gear for $1,299 low

Electric Bike Co. is offering its Model J e-bike for $1,299 shipped in four colorways ( Army Green , Ocean Breeze , Living Coral or Black ) or you can fully customize your own. Down from $1,499, this deal is a $200 markdown off the going rate, which is the usual discounted rate that this particular model often drops to, returning costs to the all-time lowest we have tracked. There are also two other options for this e-bike with the Niagara colorway for $1,399 and the accessory-loaded Desert Rover for $1,799 . There is also an exclusive offer on all e-bike models that gives you a complimentary Boost 5A Super Charger worth $229, as well as a free upgraded tool kit worth $39 that includes self-sealing puncture gel, a mini hand pump, and a CO2 canister just mention Spring in the notes during checkout. You can learn more about this e-bike by heading below or reading through our hands-on review at Electrek . more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 11:59 pm

Linkind brings Matter to its 4-pack of Edison smart bulbs down at $51 ($12.50 ea.)

The official Linkind Amazon storefront is now offering its 4-pack of ST58 Matter-enabled Smart Edison Bulbs for $50.99 shipped after clipping the on-page coupon . Regularly between $60 and as much as $75 over the last few months, this is the lowest we can find and matching our previous mention. At just over $12.50 per bulb, these are both some of the only Edison-style bulbs out there with Matter and the best price we can track down from a brand we are familiar with. You can certainly find some typical multi-color Matter bulbs for less, like this 4-pack from Govee at $26 , but youre not going to get the Edison vibes with those.Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 11:47 pm

WORX Nitro 40V 20-inch cordless electric snow blower with two 4.0Ah batteries hits $320

WORX is offering its Nitro 40V 20-inch Cordless Electric Snow Blower with two 4.0Ah batteries for $319.99 shipped . Down from its usual $400 price tag, this snow blower saw some massive discounts over 2023. While previous years saw prices only drop to $331 at the lowest, in 2023 we saw three major discounts that dropped costs to ridiculous lows of $269, $246, and $155 in the middle of June on Amazon. After summers end we saw prices quickly rise back up to their usual ranges, keeping above $300. Todays deal comes in as a 20% markdown off the going rate and lands among the lowest prices weve seen in eight months. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 11:17 pm

Sperrys Cold Bay Rubber Chelsea boots keep you dry through spring showers at $70 (Save 30%)

There is a Sperrys Sale Event going on right now just in time for a refresh on spring wardrobes, and the Sperry Mens Cold Bay Rubber Chelsea Boots are now 30% off, coming in at $70 . Grab yourself a pair of these boots before the deal expires. A great boot for any season, the Cold Bay Rubber Chelsea Boots are available in three colorways Brown, Black, and Gray and feature a classic slip-on style, making them easy to take on and off. Free standard shipping applies. Head below to learn more about the Sperry Mens Cold Bay Rubber Chelsea Boots . more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 11:09 pm

UGREENs 10,000mAh MagSafe Power Bank for iPhone 15 has never sold for less at $45.50

UGREENs official Amazon storefront now offers its 10,000mAh MagSafe Power Bank for $45.50 shipped after youve clipped the on-page coupon . Youd normally pay $70, with todays offer clocking in at 35% off. Its a new all-time low at an extra $4 below our previous mention from over a month ago, too. We further explore what you get in the box in our launch coverage , or just below the fold. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:50 pm

Z Grills 450B PID wood pellet grill and smoker offers 8-in-1 functionality at new $429 low

The official Z GRILLS Amazon storefront is offering its PIONEER 450B Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker for $429 shipped. Down from its $519 price tag, it only saw five discounts over 2023, with the biggest among them dropping costs down to a $430 low. Todays deal comes in as a $90 markdown off the going rate, landing it by $1 at a new all-time low. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:40 pm

Gigantic: Rampage Edition gives a failed live-service game a second chance

Gigantic failed when it launched in 2016, but Gearbox Entertainment is giving the MOBA a second chance at success this April.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 10:30 pm

Amazon PowerA Pokmon sale from $13: Slim Switch cases and controllers up to 30% off

Just after the brands new Fortnite Peely Switch controller and case went up for pre-order with the bonus in-game Prickly Axe item, Amazon has now launched a sale event featuring a host of PowerA Pokmon Switch gear. The deals start from $13 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $25 and include both a series of Switch carry cases as well as the brands Enhanced Wired Controllers in various designs. These are fun officially licensed accessories that wont break the bank that also make for great Pokmon collectibles, all of which are now on sale by up to 30%. Youll find all of the deals right here alongside some top picks below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:28 pm

OnePlus rejoins the smartwatch scene with the promise of a 100-hour battery life

After months of rumors, OnePlus has announced its second smartwatch . It will formally debut the OnePlus Watch 2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The company is notorious for drip feeding details about its products and while it has yet to reveal some key information about the wearable, OnePlus has offered up a few juicy morsels. For one thing, the company has made the lofty claim that the OnePlus Watch 2 will run for up to 100 hours on a single charge. Thats with full Smart Mode enabled rather than a battery saver mode, according to OnePlus. Obviously, well need to see how well the OnePlus Watch 2 actually fares in the wild, but that purported battery life far exceeds that of most mainstream smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch Series 9 (18 hours) and Pixel Watch 2 (24 hours with always-on display enabled). OnePlus president Kinder Liu says the company's goal for the device is to win the title of the Best Flagship Smartwatch of the year with its market-beating battery life. Radiant Steel Black Steel Introducing our flagship #OnePlusWatch2 , built with stainless steel and sapphire crystal for rugged elegance OnePlus (@oneplus) February 20, 2024 The wearable apes the design language of the OnePlus 12 series, according to the company. It has a stainless steel chassis and a sapphire crystal watch face. The OnePlus Watch 2 will be available in two colorways, Black Steel and Radiant Steel. OnePlus promises unparalleled reliability for everyday use and meticulous health monitoring too, but it's keeping other key details under wraps for now, including pricing and the release date. One other factor the company hasn't confirmed is what operating system the OnePlus Watch 2 will use. Reports have suggested that it will run on Wear OS, which will hopefully help the smartwatch fare much better than its poorly received predecessor . Liu indicated the company was aware of the tepid response to the OnePlus Watch, noting that it took a three-year hiatus and a reflective pause between wearables. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/oneplus-rejoins-the-smartwatch-scene-with-the-promise-of-a-100-hour-battery-life-165620187.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 10:26 pm

Apple Music may allow you to import libraries and playlists from Spotify and other services

Macworld Apple is testing a new feature with the Apple Music Android app that allows users to transfer a library and playlists from other music services to Apple Music. The initial report of this feature was made on Reddit by _22cm_ and has been confirmed by MacRumors . Screenshots provided by_22cm_show the overall user interface in Italian, but the transfer feature appears in English in the apps Library and Settings sections. However, the feature doesnt work yet; _22cm_ said it hangs when attempting to select a service. Reddit/_22cm_ Other users responded to the Reddit post, stating that they dont see the transfer feature in the betas they are using. This could indicate that Apple is performing A/B testing to gauge performance and usability, where some beta users see the feature and others dont. Apple could be testing on the Android app to help limit the number of users in the beta test. Apple has not commented on the feature, and there is no word on whether this feature will become available in the iOS Apple Music app. The feature seems to be done in partnership with SongShift . The SongShift app is available for iOS to transfer playlists to and from Apple Music to other services, including Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, and YouTube. SongShift is free and it seems likely that the Apple Music implementation will be the basic playlist transfer support thats in the free app. A Pro version of SongShift is available as a paid subscription service with features such as playlist sharing between services, improved performance, custom themes, and more. Android, iOS, Streaming Media

Macworld 20 Feb 2024 10:24 pm

Pelotons Presidents Day Sale takes up to $600 off at-home workout gear, guides, more

The Peloton Presidents Day Sale is live through February 29 and has a variety of savings across the board, from Peloton Bike and Bike+ equipment packages to individual bikes and Peloton Guides. The Peloton Bike+ Ultimate Package is now available for $2,390 , marked down from $2,990. The Peloton Bike+ Ultimate Package has everything you need for an elite exercise experience, including the Peloton Bike+, cycling shoes, light weights, a water bottle, a Bike mat, a reversible workout mat, and three sets of dumbbells. Shipping is free, and Bike+ setup is included. Head below to learn more about Pelotons Presidents Day Sale . more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:21 pm

Tinder is bringing its advanced ID verification system to the US and UK

Tinder has announced its bringing an advanced ID verification system to the US, UK, Brazil and Mexico. This is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of catfish swimming around the old dating pool. The new system requires that users take a video selfie and upload a valid drivers license or passport. Tinder has long required users to take photos or video selfies as part of its verification process, which would provide a blue checkmark to illustrate authenticity. So the passport and drivers license stuff is new. Once you upload the ID, Tinder will check to see if it lines up with your video selfie and the photos on your profile. Itll also look at the date of birth on the license or passport to confirm your age. If the idea of uploading your ID to a dating app gives you an icky feeling, you can still get verified with just a video selfie. However, your profile will get a blue camera icon badge, and not a blue checkmark. Tinder started testing this system last year in New Zealand and Australia, and it must have worked out just fine, given the broader roll-out. The updated verification tool is coming to the UK and Brazil by spring and the US and Mexico by summer. In other words, catfish only have a few more months left to do their thing. That includes you, AI catfish. This shouldnt be confused with Tinders recently-abandoned background check feature, which was powered by the non-profit Garbo. Tinder and Garbo paired up to provide a robust background check tool on the app in 2019, to check users for histories of violence. Garbo ended up breaking it off with Tinders parent company, Match Group, after disagreements over payments and how to best use the tool. Garbos CEO said shed rather leave the partnership instead of allowing the vision of Garbo to be compromised and relegated to a piece of big corporations marketing goals. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/tinder-is-bringing-its-advanced-id-verification-system-to-the-us-and-uk-164353306.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 10:13 pm

9to5Toys Daily: February 20, 2024 iPhone and Apple Watch sale, Z Flip 5 $150 off, more

Listen to a recap of the best deals and news from 9to5Toys each day at noon. 9to5Toys Daily is available on iTunes and Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed. New episodes of 9to5Toys Daily are recorded every weekday. Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes/Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they are available. Woot discounts iPhone 13 Pro to $490 and Apple Watch Series 7 to $200 in refurb sale, more Samsungs Galaxy Z Flip 5 folding smartphone comes with a $150 Amazon credit at $1,003 Save $400 on Dells XPS 13 Plus Laptop at $1,099 before new models begin shipping more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:00 pm

Land this 4-pack of Linkind Matter smart plugs at the $33 Amazon low (Reg. $70, $8/plug)

The official Linkind Amazon store is now offering its best price yet on the 4-pack of its Matter Smart Plugs at $32.98 shipped. Be sure to clip the on-page coupon . Regularly $70, this is nearly 53% off and the lowest we can find. There are some Matter plugs out there in the $13 range or so, but todays deal brings the per plug price down to just over $8 for one of the lowest we have tracked todays deal is also $8 under our previous mention on the 4-pack. Designed to function alongside other Apple Home, Google Home, and Alexa gear that support the Matter standard, they present a more organized and convenient control experience for folks mixing and matching smart home platforms. They provide voice- and app-control to just about anything plugged in, alongside scheduling and timer options to manage power usage and keep spending down. Head below for more. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 9:47 pm

The best vlogging cameras for 2024

If youre a content creator or YouTuber, camera companies increasingly want your business. Last year was no exception, with several new vlogging-specific models released by Canon, Sony, DJI and others. That means there are now over a dozen on sale, alongside regular mirrorless cameras that also do the job well. Models specifically designed for vlogging include Sonys new ZV-E1 full-frame mirrorless that launched last year, DJIs Osmo Pocket 3 or Canons compact PowerShot V10. Others, like the new Panasonic G9 II and last years Canon EOS R6 II are hybrid mirrorless cameras that offer vlogging as part of a larger toolset. All of them have certain things in common, like flip-around screens, face- and/or eye-detect autofocus and stabilization. Prices, features and quality can vary widely, though. To that end, weve updated our guide with all the latest vlogging cameras designed for novice to professional creators, in all price ranges. Engadget has tested all of these to give you the best possible recommendations. Factors to consider before buying a vlogging camera Vlogging cameras are designed for filmmakers who often work alone and either use a tripod, gimbal, vehicle mount or just their hands to hold a camera. It must be good for filming yourself as well as other B-roll footage that helps tell your story. The biggest requirement is a flip-around screen so you can see yourself while filming. Those can rotate up, down or to the side, but flipping out to the side is preferable so a tripod or microphone wont block it. Continuous autofocus (AF) for video with face and eye detection is also a must. It becomes your camera assistant, keeping things in focus while you concentrate on your content. Most cameras can do that nowadays, but some (notably Canon and Sony) do it better than others. If you move around or walk a lot, you should look for a camera with built-in optical stabilization. Electronic stabilization is another option as long as youre aware of its limitations. Youll also need a camera with a fast sensor that limits rolling shutter, which can create a distracting jello wobble with quick camera movements. Steve Dent/Engadget 4K recording is another key feature. All cameras nowadays can shoot 4K up to at least 24 fps, but if possible, its better to have 4K at 60 or even 120 fps. If you shoot sports or other things involving fast movement, look for a model with at least 1080p at 120 fps for slow-motion recording. Video quality is another important consideration, especially for skin tones. Good light sensitivity helps for night shooting, concerts and so on, and a log profile helps improve dynamic range in very bright or dark shooting conditions. If you want the best possible image quality and can afford it, get a camera that can record 4K with 10-bits (billions) of colors. That will give you more options when its time to edit the footage. Dont neglect audio either if the quality is bad, your audience will disengage. Look for a camera with a microphone port so you can plug in a shotgun or lapel mic for interviews, or at least one with a good-quality built-in microphone. Its also nice to have a headphone port to monitor sound so you can avoid nasty surprises after youve finished shooting. Youll also want good battery life and, if possible, dual memory card slots for a backup. Finally, dont forget about your cameras size and weight. If youre constantly carrying one while shooting, especially at the end of a gimbal or gorillapod, it might actually be the most important factor. Thats why tiny GoPro cameras are so popular for sports, despite offering lower image quality and fewer pro features. The best action and portable cameras If youre just starting out in vlogging or need a small, rugged camera, an action cam might be your best bet. In general, theyre easy to use as you dont have to worry about things like exposure or focus. Recent models also offer good electronic stabilization and sharp, colorful video at up to 4K and 60 fps. The downsides are a lack of control; image quality thats not on par with larger cameras; and no zooming or option to change lenses. The best compact vlogging cameras Compact cameras are a step up from smartphones or action cameras, with larger sensors and much better image quality. At the same time, theyre not quite as versatile as mirrorless or DSLR cameras (and not necessarily cheaper) and they lack advanced options like 10-bit video. For folks who want the best possible quality without needing to think too much about their camera, however, theyre the best option. The best mirrorless/DSLR vlogging cameras This is the class that has changed the most over the past couple of years, particularly in the more affordable price categories. Interchangeable lens cameras give you the most options for vlogging, offering larger sensors than compact cameras with better low-light sensitivity and shallower depth of field to isolate you or your subject. They also offer better control of your image with manual controls, log recording, 10-bit video and more. The drawbacks are extra weight compared to action or compact cameras, more complexity and higher prices. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/best-vlogging-camera-151603452.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 9:31 pm

Dr. Garmin will see you now

Theres a reason smartwatches havent replaced clinically-validated gear when you visit the hospital accuracy and reliability are paramount when the data informs medical procedures. Even so, researchers are looking for ways in which these devices can be meaningfully used in a clinical setting. One project in the UK has explored if a Garmin Venu 2 and dedicated companion app could be used to free up doctors and nurses, six minutes at a time. The Six Minute Walk Test (6MWT) is used to diagnose and monitor a number of cardiovascular maladies. This includes conditions like Pulmonary Hypertension that, if left untreated, are eventually fatal. [The test has been] a cornerstone of hospital practice and clinical trials for decades all around the world as [...] a marker of how well the heart and lungs are working, explained project leader Dr. Joseph Newman. While a change in a blood test marker might be clinically relevant, Newman said its probably more important to someone that they can walk to the shop and back. The test requires a patient walk on a flat, hard surface for six minutes straight, which stresses the heart enough to measure its capacity. A professional tests the patients heart rate and blood oxygen levels at the start and end, and while its simple and reliable, its not perfect, according to Newman. This is why weve looked to change it in two important ways, he said, can we make it shorter [...] and digitize it for remote use? After all, six minutes is a lifetime in a clinical setting, and patients dislike having to schlep all the way to their hospital just to walk up and down a corridor. Its why Newman and Lucy Robertson both researchers at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge began looking for ways to revolutionize the test. They wanted to see if the test could be shortened to a single minute, and also if it could be carried out by a patient at home using a Venu 2. The watch was connected to a secure and dedicated clinical trial platform built by Aparito a Wrexham-based developer for testing. This was then sent out to patients who were instructed to wear the watch and walk outdoors to complete their own tests. Theyre asked to walk on flat, even, dry, relatively straight roads rather than in laps or circuits, said Dr. Newman, with patients walking at their own natural pace. We carried out a product appraisal early on in the research process and were open-minded as to the brand or model, said Newman. Garmin came out on top for a few reasons; we can access raw data as well as Garmins algorithmically-derived variables, he said. Because the research was being funded by a charity, the British Heart Foundation, the watch had to offer good value for money. It helped that Garmin, because of its existing health research division, gave the team confidence in the accuracy of the sensors, not to mention the fact that Aparito feels that the Garmin SDK is relatively easy to work with, he said. But while Garmin is in use right now, theres no reason this setup couldnt eventually work with a number of other brands. As long as the technology works, its accurate, reliable and patients accept it, then were not tied to any brand. There are several benefits in giving patients the ability to run the tests at home: its more representative of the demands of their actual life, and patients can retake the test at regular intervals, making it easier to track that persons health over time. We can see real value in providing patients with pulmonary hypertension with an app and smartwatch to monitor their progress,said Dr. Newman. Its unlikely to ever fully replace the need for in-person hospital reviews, but it will likely reduce their frequency. The results of the study right now suggest cutting the test to one minute has no detrimental effect on its outcome or accuracy,and that patients are far more likely to run the test regularly if theyre able to do so at home. Its likely that the upfront costs of wearables [to a hospital] may be offset by the longer term reduction in hospital visits, said Newman. If that turns out to be right, then it means clinicians can better focus their time and efforts where their expertise is more valuable. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/dr-garmin-will-see-you-now-160013340.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 9:30 pm

GoTrax Z4 Pro foldable e-bike carries you 50 miles and saves space after arrival for $1,000

Best Buy is offering the GoTrax Z4 Pro Foldable e-bike for $999.99 shipped . Only down from its $1,100 price tag by $100, we have seen this particular model go as low as $860, with todays deal coming in as the best price in the last few months and landing at the second-lowest price we have tracked. You wont be able to find this model on GoTraxs website either Best Buy seems to be the main outside retailer who primarily sells it (but dont worry, it still seems to be a popular model so replacement parts arent hard to come by). more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 9:22 pm

Xbox Game Pass gets one of 2021s best games today

One of 2021's best RPGs was just added to Xbox Game Pass, and more games are on the way this month.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 9:20 pm

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 official cases now start from just $21 at Amazon (Reg. $40+)

Amazon is following up this mornings Z Flip 5 promotion with a collection of official case discounts. Falling to new all-time lows across the board, youll be able to save on four different designs to protect your new foldable. A favorite has theSamsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Flap Eco Leatherat $53.02 shipped after clipping the on-page coupon . This is down from $90 and marking a new all-time low at $5 under our previous mention. This in-house case from Samsung covers your Z Flip 5 in a premium eco leather material that on top of just looking far more stylish, also protects your handset. Theres a soft lining on the inside, too, as well as a flap that helps safeguard the hinge. Head below for more official case discounts from $21 . more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 9:19 pm

Fujifilms new X100VI refreshes its viral fixed-lens camera with a 40MP sensor

If youve spent any time on the photography side of TikTok, youll likely know about the famous Fujifilm X100V. The camera became so popular over the past few years that it sold out and practically remained out of stock since. Now, Fujifilm is meeting all of that demand and fanfare with the new X100VI camera. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 9:16 pm

Google engineers modded a PlayStation Portal to emulate PSP games

The PlayStation Portal has turned out to be a bit of a surprise hit for Sony. The portable peripheral is often out of stock and hard to come by, even though it does just one thing: stream games from your own PlayStation 5 . The device does not run games locally unless you find a way to modify it to do so. Two Google engineers claim to have done just that by getting PPSSPP, a PlayStation Portable emulator, to work natively on the Portal. A photo shows Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories running on the system . Andy Nguyen, one of the engineers, says that no hardware modifications were required to make the emulator run and that the project took more than a month of hard work to see through. After more than a month of hard work, PPSSPP is running natively on PlayStation Portal. Yes, we hacked it. With help from xyz and @ZetaTwo pic.twitter.com/AXuRROo6Ip Andy Nguyen (@theflow0) February 19, 2024 Nguyen has discovered PS4 and PS5 exploits in the past, as The Verge notes. Its not yet clear whether Nguyen will detail how to get PPSSPP working or release a jailbreak so that other folks can install the emulator on the Portal with relative ease. Theres no release planned in the near future, and theres much more work to be done, Nguyen wrote on X . However, Nguyen hinted at posting some videos this weekend to show the emulator in action. The Portal is clearly popular and its evident that players yearn to be able to do more with the system. As things stand, they can't even stream games from Sony's cloud gaming service. Perhaps these factors might be enough to convince Sony to give many fans what they truly want: a proper handheld successor to the PSP and the Vita . This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/google-engineers-modded-a-playstation-portal-to-emulate-psp-games-152256608.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 8:52 pm

Todays best iOS app deals: Boxville, Rotaeno, Fait The Machine, and more

Tuesdays collection of the best iOS game and app deals is now ready and waiting down below. Alongside the App Store offers, we are also tracking deals on Apples 20W USB-C charger as well as these refurbished offers on iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 , but for now its on to the apps. Highlights include Boxville, Rotaeno, Fait The Machine, FILCA SLR Film Camera, and more. Hit the jump for a closer look at all of todays best iOS game and app deals. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:35 pm

Princess Peach: Showtime! already has a superfan in Brie Larson

Nintendo superfan Brie Larson tells us why she's excited about Princess Peach: Showtime! and offers up her take on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 8:30 pm

Princess Peach: Showtime! gives an icon the spotlight she deserves

We've played an hour of Princess Peach: Showtime! and have a much better sense of how the leading lady's unique solo adventure works.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 8:30 pm

I played through five levels of Princess Peach: Showtime, and here are my first impressions

Princess Peach: Showtime isnt slated to land on Nintendo Switch until next month, but ahead of time, I got to play it. Last week, I spent an afternoon exploring the companys latest first-party title and Peachs big break as she finally stares in your own game. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:30 pm

Oppo Find X7 Ultra Review: Magnificent Camera

Oppos flagship Find X7 Ultra has an amazing, versatile quad-lens main camera. Too bad you cant buy it anywhere but China.

Wired 20 Feb 2024 8:30 pm

Greenworks 80V 21-inch electric lawn mower with 5Ah battery hits $429 (New low, Save $121)

Amazon is offering the Greenworks 80V 21-inch Cordless Electric Lawn Mower with 5.0Ah battery for $428.99 shipped. Down from a $550 price tag, this mower only received two previous discounts this year to $465 and a $430 low. Todays deal falls further, amounting to a 22% markdown off the going rate, beating our previous mention by $1 and landing as a new all-time low for this particular model. It even beats Greenworks website where it is listed at a higher discounted rate of $479. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:25 pm

Members of ransomware gang Lockbit arrested by law enforcement

International law enforcement, led by the UKs National Crime Agency, disrupted ransomware gang Lockbit's operation. The group behind notable hacks against aircraft manufacturer Boeing , chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company , sandwich chain Subway and thousands more had its site taken offline on Monday while authorities arrested major players behind the gang. This site if now under the control of law enforcement, the website reads. According to malware repository Vx-underground , law enforcement took down at least 22 Lockbit-affiliated Tor sites. Through our close collaboration, we have hacked the hackers; taken control of their infrastructure, seized their source code, and obtained keys that will help victims decrypt their systems, National Crime Agency Director General, Graeme Biggar, said in a statement . As of today, LockBit are locked out. We have damaged the capability and most notably, the credibility of a group that depended on secrecy and anonymity. Lockbit admitted defeat, too. In a statement to Vx-underground , the group said FBI pwned me. Operation Cronos, the name law enforcement used for their efforts, also resulted in the seizure of source code and other useful data related to Lockbit's operations. At the same time, authorities in Poland, Ukraine and the US arrested key members of the ransomware operation. There are sanctions out for two more Lockbit affiliates in Russia. There's more good news for Lockbit victims, too: the operation obtained keys from Lockbit to create a decryption tool for victims to get their data back, according to US Attorney General Merrick Garland. The free decryptors can be found via the No More Ransom project . Since 2019 when Lockbit first entered the scene, it's squeezed victims for more than $120 million in ransomware payments, according to acting assistant AG Nicole Argentieri . This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/members-of-ransomware-gang-lockbit-arrested-by-law-enforcement-144245076.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 8:12 pm

Sharges new 170W power bank with triangular transparent design hits $149 (New low, $50 off)

Sharge just launched its newest transparent charger last week, and now its on sale. Direct from the companys own storefront, the Sharge 170 Power Bank sells for $149 shipped . This is down from its usual $199 price tag and marks a $50 discount. Its an extra $11 under the launch sale we saw at Amazon and is a new all-time low. Todays sale is only the second chance to save on this all-new release, too. You can get the full scoop in our launch coverage , too. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:09 pm

Todays best game deals: Metal Gear Solid Collection all platforms $35, Metroid Dread $40, more

As part of its latest game sale , Woot is now offering the Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol.1 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 down at $34.99 . Shipping is free for Prime members with a $6 delivery charge otherwise. Regularly $60, this is 42% off and the lowest price we can find. Currently starting at $38 and up from there at Amazon, todays deal is a couple bucks under the previous Amazon all-time low. While Kojima has moved on to Death Stranding 2 and a mysterious new action espionage IP , this collection brings his classic MGS series to current-generation consoles in one package. It contains Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear (NES/FC version), and Snakes Revenge alongside digital books, bonus graphic novels, and a digital soundtracks.The rest of todays console game deals are waiting down below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:05 pm

Sennheiser begins shipping its new ACCENTUM Plus ANC headphones at $230

The new Sennheiser ACCENTUM Plus headphones are shipping today . These new over-ear cans were first revealed back at CES 2024 in January amongst two pairs of earbuds. Now, theyre the first of the new unveils to begin shipping out to shoppers. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 7:48 pm

Boses originally $899 AirPlay 2 Smart Soundbar 900 is now down at $650

Best Buy is now offering the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 at $649.99 shipped . This model originally carried a regular price at $899 and currently fetches a going rate at $750. Todays $100 price drop undercuts our mention from last summer by $50 and comes in at $20 under the refurbished price youll find directly from Bose right now for the best we can find. This model is currently out of stock at Amazon. While, in some ways, Bose has replaced the Smart Soundbar 900 with the new Ultramodel that fetches $899, the 900 still delivers on a flagship worthy experience with a very similar design outside of the new AI dialogue enhancement features on the Ultra. Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 7:39 pm

How to score 50% off The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a must-have title for the Nintendo Switch, and you can get the open-world adventure for up to 50% off from Best Buy.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

Apple Music debuts a monthly version of its annual Replay feature

Apple Music is building on its annual Replay feature by offering a monthly version. The annual Replay playlist will still be available, but the monthly option should offer a more granular look at your listening history. Simply visit replay.music.apple.com and sign in with the same Apple ID you use for Apple Music. You'll be able to view your top songs, albums and artists, as well as your personal milestones for each month. Apple will archive these stats as well, so you can revisit them later. I don't exactly need Apple to tell me that I spent much of the last few weeks listening to Deacon Blue , Charlotte Cardin and Gang of Youths' blistering cover of LCD Soundsystem's All My Friends on repeat. Still, being able to revisit my February 2024 replay years from now should provide a nice little reminder as to what I was absorbing in this period of my life. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/apple-music-debuts-a-monthly-version-of-its-annual-replay-feature-140042667.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

Baseus 100W 7-port AC charging station with surge protection now 30% off at $50, more from $14

The official Baseus Amazon storefront is now offering some notable deals on a range of its now even more affordable charging gear. First up, we have the Baseus 100W 7-Port Charging Station in black or white down at $49.99 shipped. Be sure to clip the on-page coupon . Regularly $70, this is a solid $20 or 30% off the going rate for the lowest we can find. Todays deal lands at $6 under the previous deal price and among the lowest we have tracked since it hit Amazon back in August. This model sports a maximum output of 100W spread across three AC outlets, a pair of USB-C ports, and two USB-A options. alongside the 5-foot extension cable to power the unit, it also packs in 1200J surge protection to safeguard your gear in case of electrical spikes during storms or otherwise. Head below for more details and additional deals. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 7:21 pm

Apples 20W USB-C charger is perfect for iPhone 15, on sale at Amazon for $14 (Reg. $19)

Amazon is now offering the official Apple 20W USB-C Charger for $13.99 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $25. Todays offer is down from the usual $19 price tag and comes within $1 of the best discount we have ever tracked. Its the lowest Amazon has ever offered it and is the lowest price since October. All of that makes it the second-best price yet and a well-timed discount for pairing with your recent iPhone 15. If nothing but one of Apples in-house solutions will do the trick, this wall charger sports a 20W output with a single USB-C port for topping off your new smartphone, USB-C AirPods Pro 2, and other gadgets. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 7:07 pm

NYT Connections today: answers and hints for Tuesday, February 20

Connectionsis the new puzzle game from the New York Times, and it can be quite difficult. If you need a hand with solving today's puzzle, we're here to help.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 7:00 pm

Keep an eye on things with Rings smart Spotlight Cam Plus down at $120 (30% off)

Joining a series of doorbell and complete security system deals from the brand, Amazon is now offering Ring Spotlight Cam Plus in both the wired or battery-powered configuration at $119.99 shipped one of the requires an outlet to function and the other has a quick-release battery pack you recharge. Regularly $170, this is nearly 30% in savings and the lowest we can find. Todays $50 deal is on par with last years Black Friday price as well. While you can leverage the ongoing subscription for bonus features (more details on this below), these cams work without it to deliver live 1080p video feeds to your smartphone of choice alongside wide-angle color night vision. They also sport a pair of motion-activated LED spotlights that turn on when they detect motion and can even sound the built-in security siren with just a few taps. Users can set customizable motion zones to focus on certain areas of their property as well as leverage two-way talk to speak with visitors and the like. More deals and details below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 6:58 pm

Samsungs Galaxy Z Flip 5 folding smartphone comes with a $150 Amazon credit at $1,003

Amazon is currently offering the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 for $1,003.30 shipped with a bundled $150 Amazon credit. Todays offer scores you the unlocked foldable for just about its MSRP, with an added $150 in cash back to spend on your future Amazon purchase. We last saw the smartphone at $100 off, and now todays offer arrives with an extra $50 in savings and enough value to be the second-best price cut to date. We break down the experience in our hands-on review , as well. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 6:40 pm

Walmart is buying smart TV maker Vizio for $2.3 billion

Walmart is buying Smart TV manufacturer Vizio for $2.3 billion, the US retail giant announced as part of its latest earnings report. While Walmart has long been one of the major sellers of Vizio TVs, the company says the acquisition enables a profitable advertising business that is rapidly scaling via the company's SmartCast OS. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval. Vizio sells solid mid-range TVs, most equipped with its SmartCast operating system that supports free ad-supported content. The company recently refreshed its lineup with a more intuitive user interface and faster startups and app switching . Walmart, meanwhile, prominently features the brand on its shelves (along with TCL), as anyone who has gone there lately has probably noticed. The retailer already has its own TV house brand, ONN, but those sets are very much on the low end, usually selling for under $500. More importantly, the companies plan to combine their respective ad businesses. Walmart already has a $2.7 billion ad business, but Vizio would increase its access to key consumer info like viewership data. It would also effectively give Walmart more eyeballs for its ads for instance, companies that sell goods at Walmart could also run ads on Vizio TVs, all of which could be tracked by the retailer. We believe the combination of these two businesses would be impactful as we redefine the intersection of retail and entertainment, said Walmart VP Seth Dallaire. Our technology will help bring a scaled, connected TV advertising platform to Walmart Connect, added Vizio CEO William Wang. The acquisition may also be a counter to Amazon's in-house Fire TV business, both in terms of television retailing and advertising, as The Wall Street Journal reported last week. Amazon has one of the largest ad businesses in the US behind Alphabet and Meta, and smart TVs help it gather personalized consumer data for targeted advertising. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/walmart-is-buying-smart-tv-maker-vizio-for-23-billion-130725953.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 6:37 pm

The worlds fastest 1.5TB UHS-I microSD card from SanDisk now back at the $120 Amazon low

Today, Amazon is bringing back its Lightning Deal we tracked earlier this month on the new SanDisk 1.5TB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card at $119.99 shipped. This one launched in October at $150 as the worlds fastest 1.5TB UHS-I microSD card, and it is now at the best price we can find. Todays offer marks the third deal we have tracked, landing on par with the2023 Black Friday offer and the discount we spotted a couple weeks ago. This one is marketed as one of the only cards from a big-time brand that comes with this kind of storage capacity. Its not quite as fast as something like the Samsung PRO Ultimate models at 150MB/s, but it is among the fastest out there with 1.5TB of space. SanDisk says it is ideal Android smartphones and tablets, Chromebooks, Windows laptops, and more, while also shipping with the full-size SD card adapter. Get a closer look from our launch coverage and more details below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 6:31 pm

The best Apple AirTag accessories for 2024

AirTags are a great way to use Apple's Find My network to keep track of your things. But, like it or not, most AirTag owners will need a holder or case for their Bluetooth tracker . Unlike similar devices from Chipolo and Tile, Apples trackers dont have built-in keyring holes with which to attach them to your keys or other objects. That means youll have to secure them to your stuff in a different way. Thankfully, theres a plethora of AirTag cases out there and most of the best ones cost less than a single tracker itself. After testing numerous accessories, these are our top picks for the best AirTag holders. Best AirTag holders This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/best-apple-airtag-cases-holders-accessories-123036404.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 6:30 pm

Nintendo Switch OLED console deals: New with $75 gift card or refurb for $315 (Up to $75 off)

After seeing a $50 gift card promotion earlier this year, Dell is now offering the Nintendo Switch OLED in black/white with a $75 gift card at $349.99 shipped . The OLED Switch regularly goes for $350 atAmazonand Best Buy . With the added value of todays gift card offer, youre looking at the lowest price we can find with an effective $75 in savings you can use the Dell gift card towards everything the retailer sells from PC gear to Switch games and more.Todays $75 gift card offer is on par with the deal we featured from Dell just ahead of Black Friday last year and marks the best value we have tracked in 2024. However, if you dont mind going with a Geek Squad refurbished unit , Best Buy is offering them down at $314.99 shipped right now. Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 6:18 pm

Woot discounts iPhone 13 Pro to $490 and Apple Watch Series 7 to $200 in refurb sale, more

Woot today is launching one of its signature refurbished Apple sales . Youll be able to save on a collection of previous-generation iPhones and Apple Watches starting at $129.99 Prime shipped . Delivery will run you an extra $6 otherwise. Todays deals apply to some of the more recent releases from Apple, like the iPhone 13 series as well as Apple Watch Series 7. Everything is backed by a 1-year warranty and comes in refurbished condition to save you even more cash. Shop everything right here or check out our top picks below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 6:14 pm

Ugreen Revodok Max 213 Thunderbolt Dock review: Mightier than the average hub

Macworld At a glance Pros 13 top-end ports Thunderbolt 4 2.5Gb Ethernet Dedicated DisplayPort 1.4 port 90W PD on 180W power supply Cons Only one USB-C port Expensive Our Verdict The solid, compact 13-in-1 Ugreen Revodok Max 213 docking station looks great and offers all the ports most people will needat a high price. Price When Reviewed $399.99 Best Prices Today: Ugreen Revodok Max 213 Thunderbolt 13-in-1 Docking Station Retailer Price $319.99 View Deal Ugreen $399.99 View Deal Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide Product Price Price comparison from Backmarket Looking like an integral part of a Stealth Bomber, Ugreens gunmetal gray Revodok Max 213 Thunderbolt Dock is a mean-looking desktop accessory. Built for a vertical orientation, it resembles the mighty CalDigit TS4 Docking Station and is priced accordingly. Well compare the two docks, plus a third contender, later in this review. The Revodok Max 213 has an impressive range of high-end ports, starting with its Thunderbolt 4 connection to your MacBook, two more TB4 ports and a dedicated DisplayPort 1.4 port to connect your main monitor. It can support two 4K displays at 60Hz, and boasts super-fast 2.5Gb Ethernet. Specs and features The Ugreen Revodok Max 213 Thunderbolt Dock has 13 top-end ports. One upstream Thunderbolt 4 port (40Gbps, 90W PD) Two downstream Thunderbolt 4 ports (40Gbps, 15W) One DisplayPort 1.4 video port (2x 4K at 60Hz) Two USB-A ports (10Gbps, 7.5W) Two USB-A ports (5Gbps, 7.5W) One USB-C port (10Gbps, 20W) 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet UHS-II SD card reader (312MBps) UHS-II MicroSD card reader (312MBps) 3.5mm combo audio jack (front) 180W power supply While the Revodok Max 213 has a strong range of ports, you can find docking stations with more: the Sonnet Echo 20 SuperDock has 19, including an internal SSD slot. The CalDigit TS4 Dock has 18. Most of those extra ports on the Echo and TS4 are spare USB and multiple audio ports; the Revodok 213 is a little sparse on USB-C, with just a single portalthough that one can charge a connected device at 20W, matching the TS4s front-mounted USB-C and beating the Echos 7.5W USB-C ports. In comparison, the TS4 has three 10Gbps USB-C ports (one at 20W). The Echo has four, although all at 7.5W. Ugreen has more USB-A ports: two at 10Gbps and two at 5Gbps. Of course, all three docks also provide two downstream Type-C-compatible 40Gbps Thunderbolt 4 ports; each at 15W charging potential. The Revodoks 180W power supply is superior to the Echos 150W but no match for the TS4s 230W supply. We applaud Ugreen for keeping its power brick to a very compact size. Foundry The Revodok Max 213 can charge a laptop at up to 90W, a little weaker than the Echo (100W) or TS4 (98W). It lets you daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices via the two downstream Thunderbolt 4 portsnote that these connected devices will share the 40Gbps bandwidth upstream to the laptop. You can add affordable portable storage via both the SD and MicroSD 4.0 card readers, both of which are at speedy 312Mbps UHS-II. You can usually buy a quality 512GB card for around $30 / 40 , although storage prices can be volatile so may change. If youre lucky enough to be connected to a super-fast wired network, the 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port puts most other docks to shame. It is backward compatible with other speeds of Ethernet, so itll work with a standard Gigabit Ethernet network. You can connect wired headphones or a microphone via the front-mounted 3.5mm audio jack. If you have legacy A/V equipment with RCA jacks, you should consider the Echo 20s two back-positioned right and left channel line out RCA jacks. The TS4 has 3.5mm jacks both front and back, so speaker cables would be tidier if connected to the back port. Display support Rather than host the possible three downstream TB4 ports, each dock compared here swaps one for a dedicated video port: the Revodok and TS4 go DisplayPort 1.4, while the Echo has an HDMI 2.1 port. These video options are close in capabilities, but if your monitor requires HDMI, youll need a DisplayPort to HDMI cable with the Ugreen or TS4 docks. The real potential of that DisplayPort port is Windows support for a single 8K monitor at 30Hz, but sadly Apple display limitations mean the highest Revodok-linked display resolution possible is 4K at 60Hz. In comparison, the TS4 and an M-Series Mac can support a single 6K display at 60Hz or 4K at 144Hz but its also restricted to 4K at 60Hz when connecting dual displays. You can connect another screen via one of the Thunderbolt ports, or two via both the downstream Thunderbolt portsalthough utilizing that DisplayPort makes more sense for one screen. Using Thunderbolt, youll need either a USB-C monitor or an adapter cable. Docks compared: CalDigit TS4 (left) vs Ugreen Revodok Max 213. Foundry Design This Ugreen Revodok Max 213 docking station looks a lot like the CalDigit TS4.Both can lie horizontally or stand vertical to save on desk space. There are small rubber feet on one side and the vertical bottom. Full marks to Ugreen for positioning the upstream Thunderbolt 4 port at the back, unlike many docks that place it messily at the front. To be fair to its closest rivals, both the Echo 20 and TS4 also put the host connector at the back. One thing I like to see on a dock is a power button, so I can quickly stop the constant battery charging when Im away from the laptop overnight. Neither the TS4 nor Echo 20 has an On/Off button. If color means a lot to you, the three docks weve compared here offer you choices: the Ugreen in a cool-looking Gunmetal Gray, Sonnet in Black, and CalDigit in Aluminum. The sturdy looks are augmented with military-style side venting to keep the dock cool. Foundry Price The Ugreen Revodok Max 213 docking station costs a rather steep $400 / 400 , which matches the CalDigit TS4s price and other Thunderbolt 4 docks such as Kensingtons SD5700T ($370). The Sonnet Echo 20 Thunderbolt 4 SuperDock is $100 less at $300. (In the U.K. prices are consistent at the high end, so U.S. customers can pick up a bargain with the Echo 20.) For the extra $100, we do prefer the Ugreen and CalDigit docks for looks over the Sonnet but remember that the Echo 20 also offers a built-in NVMe SSD slot so you can add storage right within the dock, although the SSD card itself isnt included in that price. Verdict The solid, compact 13-in-1 Ugreen Revodok Max 213 docking station looks great and offers all the ports most people will need. Its up against some serious competition, however, and its price is therefore under the microscope when comparing it to rivals such as the CalDigit TS4 and Sonnet Echo 20. Read our roundup of the best docking stations for Mac for further buying advice. If you want to connect to a single 6K display, the TS4 offers that higher resolution, and also a single 4K at 144Hz refresh rate. Both are matched when it comes to a two external displays setup. If you can afford it, the Revodok Max 213 is a great and able dock that youll be proud to have on your desk. Docks and Hubs, Laptop Accessories

Macworld 20 Feb 2024 5:45 pm

Even when Apple gives in, it refuses to do the right thing

Macworld Welcome to our weekly Apple Breakfast column, which includes all the Apple news you missed last week in a handy bite-sized roundup. We call it Apple Breakfast because we think it goes great with a cup of coffee or tea, but its cool if you want to give it a read during lunch or dinner hours too. It wasnt me We all know that Apple doesnt like being told what to do. The companys first instinct, when accused of misbehavior, is to deny (Youre holding it wrong), lobby , or simply ignore the problem and hope it goes away. In this respect, perhaps, it isnt that different from the average multinational company. Where Apple truly excels, however, is in the art of tactical surrender. The company will fight tooth and nail for years against PR pressure or regulatory oversight, but when it finally gives in you can be sure it will do so at a time and on terms cunningly calculated to yield maximum advantage at minimum cost. Last week, for example, we got the news that the EU wont force Apple to open up iMessage to Android users a decision which coincidentally follows the companys tactful announcement in November that it would voluntarily do approximately the same thing, in its own good time, by supporting the cross-platform RCS standard . Similarly, the company headed off pressure from the Right To Repair movement a couple of years ago by setting up a self-repair program so unappealing that it seemed designed to fail . Apple is very good at pretending to lose. But sometimes the most effective tactic is a little less subtle and more openly hostile . Thats when we get into the realms of malicious compliance , where a regulatory body rules against you so you follow the letter of their ruling in the most unhelpful way possible. Under that category comes last weeks news that Apple is going to disable home screen web apps in iOS 17.4, but only in the EU. The reason for this backward step? The EU told Apple it had to allow third-party browsers and app stores under the Digital Markets Act, and this created alleged security headaches for web apps that would require an enormous amount of engineering to solve. Sorry guys, wed love you to keep enjoying this feature but those killjoy bureaucrats at the EU have forced us to get rid of it. Its important to recognise here that Apple is making a choice, while pretending that it isnt. The company wants to convince users that its the EUs fault that web apps are getting killed off, but the EU has simply made a rule; its up to Apple to comply with that. Sure, there may be complications, but its not like Apple will struggle to find a software engineer in the building. This is one of the most well-resourced companies in the world, and if it wants to sort something out, it will. Its just that in this case, sacrificing a relatively minor feature in one territory is worth it to paint the EU as the villain of the piece, to whip up public opinion against the idea of opening up iOSs walled garden, and to further push the idea that sideloading is fundamentally insecure. (Its probably worth mentioning that weve been here before: last summer Apple responded to proposed security-related legislation in the U.K. by threatening to shutter its FaceTime and iMessage services in that country. But Apple appears to have honed the tactic since then; removing one feature is more realistic than taking down two massively popular messaging services.) Whether users will buy all this remains to be seen. A lone X/Twitter user responding to The Verges coverage of the story dutifully argued that European lawmakers had got what they wished for, but most of the rest seemed unimpressed by Apples play, suggesting that the EU should get tougher or (as usual) that users should switch to Android. The Cupertino focus on security is in many ways admirable, but theres a scaremongering aspect that isnt helpful, and may no longer be as effective at achieving the companys aims: each dire invocation of cackling cybercriminals , if unaccompanied by actual cybercrime, waters down the message that little bit more. Nor, for that matter, does it seem wise to provoke the EU by treating it like an annoying schoolteacher with an inconvenient new rule. But with the walled garden crumbling and the digital vultures circling, Apple may be growing desperate. Exercising full control of its platforms has been extraordinarily lucrative, and the company wont let go without a fighteven if officially, that fight is already over. Foundry Trending: Top stories If the Mac can handle the risk of alternative app stores , why cant the iPhone? Vision Pro is Apples weirdest and riskiest product in yearsand it shouldnt stop there . Podcast of the week In this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we continue our discussion of the Apple Vision Pro whether its worth your money and its place in Apples ecosystem. You can catch every episode of the Macworld Podcast on Spotify , Soundcloud , the Podcasts app , or our own site . Reviews corner Apple Vision Pro review : Incredible unrealized potential. 14-inch M3 Pro MacBook Pro review : The sweet spot for price and performance . Belkin BoostCharge Pro review : A quick charge in your pocket. The rumor mill tvOS 17.4 beta reveals Apple is close to releasing a HomePod with a screen . Report: Apples upcoming A18 and M4 chips to get boosted AI capabilities . Apple buys iWork.ai domain as evidence of a big AI push mounts. iOS 18 to mimic Vision Pros visionOS interface, sketchy report claims . Software updates, bugs, and problems Ghost touch display problem afflicting some latest-gen Apple Watches . 10-year old bug still causing headaches for Mac audiophiles . Apple releases visionOS 1.0.3 with option to reset your Vision Pro . iOS 17.4 beta 2 is now available . And with that, were done for this weeks Apple Breakfast. If youd like to get regular roundups, sign up for our newsletters . You can also follow uson Facebook , Threads , or Twitter for discussion of breaking Apple news stories. See you next Monday, and stay Appley. Apple Inc

Macworld 20 Feb 2024 5:42 pm

Anker battery packs and charging accessories are up to 44 percent off

Anker has an ongoing sale for Presidents' Day at Amazon , and you can grab a bunch of charging accessories you may need at a discount. If you want a 20,000mAh portable charger that's noticeably smaller, slimmer and easier to carry than its peers with the same capacity, there's the Anker Power Bank Battery Pack with a built-in USB-C cord that doubles as a carrying strap. The power bank measures 4.5 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches and isn't only available in black and white, but also in green, pink and purple. It has a 22.5W output, can charge a phone three to four times or charge up to three devices at once and even has an integrated phone stand for when you want to watch videos while charging. The model originally sells for $45, but you can get it for $33.74 from this sale. Need a wall charger that's fast and compact? You can get the Anker Prime 100W GaN Wall Charger for only $68 instead of $87. It has two USB-C ports and one USB-A port, and you can use up to two of them with a max output of 100 watts. The model is less than half the size of a MacBook charger, making it easier to pack and carry for your laptop, though you can also use it to charge your phones and tablets. If you don't need a GaN charger with a 100W output, you can get the Anker Nano 65W GaN II Charger instead. It has a smaller output and only one USB-port, but it's also much cheaper: You can get it from the sale for $28, down 44 percent from its $50 retail price. Like the Prime 100W, you can use the Nano 65W for your laptops, tablets and phones. Anker also has a 100W MacBook charger on sale. It works even with a 16-inch MacBook Pro, but you can also use it to power various devices. While it's built like a typical MacBook charger, it's smaller, has a foldable plug and comes with a 5-foot USB-C-to-USB-C cable. This model typically sells for $38, but you can grab one from the sale for only $25.49. If what you need is a charger with multiple ports, though, you may want to take a look at Anker's 240W 4-Port GaN Charger . It has three USB-C ports and one USB-A port, so you can plug in multiple devices at once. One of those USB-C ports can provide an output of 140W, while the other three ports share a 100W output. While Anker's 4-Port GaN charger typically costs $200, you can get it right now for only $130. And in case all you need is a new iPhone charging cable, you can take this chance to grab a two-pack at a discount. Anker is selling its two-pack six-foot USB-A-to-Lightning cables that use premium nylon material for only $17.09 instead of $20. Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribe to the Engadget Deals newsletter for the latest tech deals and buying advice. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/anker-battery-packs-and-charging-accessories-are-up-to-44-percent-off-113301650.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 5:03 pm

Apple Vision Pro is doomedno really, its true

Macworld Once upon a time, it seemed like headlines were supposed to sum up a story. Before the Vision Pro was even released, we were treated to this headline in The Washington Post. Apples new Vision Pro is a privacy mess waiting to happen Before we get into the details, does that sound like any Apple product to you? you might want to know this device collects more data than any other personal device Ive ever seen. Collects it? Maybe. But you could say Face ID collects your face and Touch ID collects your fingerprint. The point is what it does with it after that . [Google] Glass was so reviled that the nickname for people wearing them was Glassholes. Now we have to brace for, perhaps, the Vision Bros. Okay, the Macalope actually likes that one. Most of my Vision Pro concerns are, at this point, speculative. Welp, better get them into the pages of a prominent national periodical with a salacious headline, then! Times a-wastin! Who gets to access the maps these devices build of our homes and data about how we move our bodies? Oh, the Macalope knows this one. Because he watched Apples Vision Pro keynote and then read the companys PDF on Vision Pro privacy . visionOS also maps your surroundings on-device That means it doesnt send it to apps. In addition to offering the existing data privacy permissions from our other platforms, visionOS includes control over sharing hand movement and surroundings data with apps. Turns out the company that uses privacy as a marketing tool is also actually pretty concerned about privacy, if only because it uses it as a marketing tool. Thats not the only Vision Pro headline that goes a bit off the deep end. Apple fans are starting to return their Vision Pros Now, that may be true. The two-week return window was up last Friday for those who bought their Vision Pros on day one, so if Apple fans werent sure it was worth the relatively high price, late last week was the time to call it. But if youre going to write that headline, you should back it up better than The Verge did. Because if we take a look at the Apple fans they list, it doesnt seem likely that youd reach any of them via the email address jobzrulz@mac.com. Running down the list we have The Verges own product manager, the CEO of an AI company, an engineer working in crytpo currency, a random Reddit user (probably the most Apple fan-y of the lot), a Google employee , and a tech influencer whose pinned tweet shows him sitting in a Tesla holding a Samsung foldable and says Hard to deny Samsung is winning right now. The dont make Apple fans the way they used to. Now, maybe some of these people would surprise us with their fervor for Apple products, but lets just say this group would make a really weird MUG . IDG Still, many of their concerns seem completely valid. If the horny one had shelled out $3,500 for a device and found it was making him nauseated and giving him red eyes and headaches, hed return it, too. And, as the piece notes, these are not uncommon complaints about VR headsets in general and the Macalope has seen them noted elsewhere as side-effects of using the Vision Pro. It seems likely Apple has made a better VR headset than was previously available, probably one with fewer side effects even. But it still has side effects for some users and at such a high price, why would anyone suffering from them keep it? Still, it would be nice if the things said in the headline had a more solid basis in fact. Maybe on the next internet. Virtual Reality, Wearables

Macworld 20 Feb 2024 5:00 pm

Is the Apple Watch suffering an existential crisis?

Macworld In recent years, Apple has become quite secretive about the success of the Apple Watch. If its supplying figures for that product, theyre more likely to be processor specs or serial numbers than unit sales, or vague proclamations, like a record number of new users bought one during the recent quarter. Instead, we have had to fall back on third-party sources of data. Back in 2016, it was claimed that the Apple Watch had leapfrogged Rolex as the most popular watch, backed up by an analysis of social mentions ; this was later confirmed by official figures from the Swiss watch industry . However, this feat was less impressive than you might think. According to data from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, the country as a whole exported between seven and eight million mechanical watches per year leading up to the pandemic years; since 2021, this figure has leveled off at just over six million units . These are small numbers in comparison to what would be expected from a major Apple product line. The tricky thing, when were trying to establish the Apple Watchs level of success, is Apples policy of combining all wearables, home and accessories products into one category, then providing sales figures for that category as a whole. However, the figures in Apples quarterly reports since mid-2017 suggest that the Apple Watch most likely accounts for the majority of its wearables sales. The Apple Watch is expensive and seemingly popular enough to easily dominate the category. HomePods are a niche product, as are the AirPods Max. AirPods and AirPods Pro cant be called cheap, but compared to the Apple Watch, they have to sell significantly more units to be relevant at all. And if you look at Apples sales figures for wearables, you will notice a pattern: they rise rapidly in the first quarter of the year, just at the time when the first three months of a new Apple Watch model are in the books. In other words, we can say with reasonable confidence that the fortunes of the wearables/home category closely mirror the success of the Apple Watch itself. What has been noticeable about wearables sales for the past two years is that they still spike in the December quarter, but nowhere near as high as in 2021 and, in some cases, 2020. This is all the more surprising when you consider that Apple introduced the higher-priced Apple Watch Ultra a year ago, which was supposed to improve this sales picture. Instead, we see the opposite trend. Wearables sales in the most recent December quarter were 11 percent down on the same period in the previous year, which was itself 8 percent down on the year before that. Whats going on with the Apple Watch? The Apple Watch is far from doomed, and theres a lot of fluctuations going on. But there are definitely some worries for Tim Cook. Two factors have probably come together to cause the decline. In 2020 and 2021, health concerns during the Covid-19 pandemic probably helped the Apple Watch to increase sales figures. Automatic hand-wash detection nagged you to scrub for a full 20 seconds. The blood-oxygen sensor introduced in 2020 just before the pandemic engulfed the world was able to detect a rapid drop in blood-oxygen levels, one of the main indicators for the disease.) But Covid restrictions have been largely lifted for two years now, and the disease has disappeared from the front pages of newspapers. Which means a run of success has ended for the Apple Watch. And now new watches dont even have the blood-oxygen sensor enabled , which will only further hurt sales. The innovations in the most recent two generations of Apple Watch are not earth-shattering , either: crash detection, a newer chip, and double tap . All nice things to have, but not enough to push happy owners of older models to upgrade. So where does that leave the Apple Watch? Another health crisis isnt likely to come anytime soon, and the pattern of iteration rather than innovation suggests thats not going to change anytime soon. This article originally appeared on Macwelt and was translated and edited by David Price. Apple Watch

Macworld 20 Feb 2024 4:00 pm

Fujifilm's X100VI is a big step forward for the TikTok-famous compact camera

Fujifilm's X100V was the toy to have over the last couple of years ( thanks, TikTok ) and the company has now released its successor, the 40.2-megapixel X100 VI , with large improvements across the board. While keeping the same retro form, it offers much faster shooting speeds, in-body stabilization, 6.2K 30p video and more. The X100VI looks identical to the previous model, with the same styling and control positions. The series was conceived as a street photography camera, borrowing a lot of styling cues from Leica's famous rangefinder cameras. As such, it doesn't have the world's great ergonomics, but is light at 521 grams, discreet for shooting and can slide into a jacket pocket. Fujifilm Fujifilm elected to go with the same 40.2-megapixel (MP) APS-C sensor as the much bigger X-H2 , significantly boosting resolution over the X100V. I think that's a wise choice as it gives the camera which has a wide-angle fixed 23mmm f/2.0 lens (35mm full-frame equivalent) more cropping options. The price for that is likely a small drop in low-light sensitivity. Another big new feature on the X100VI is built-in 5-axis stabilization with up to 6 stops of shake reduction. Given the X100VI's small body, it's an unexpected but welcome feature, and will be a big help to street photographers taking candid shots on the fly. The X100V keeps the same 3.69-million dot hybrid optical viewfinder and 1.62-million dot LCD display, but the latter now tilts downward an extra 15 degrees to make shooting from above easier. It retains the same battery as before (CIPA rated for 300 shots), and unfortunately, the same slow UHS-I card slot. Fujifilm The X100VI still shoots at 11fps with the mechanical shutter and 20fps in electronic mode, but autofocus is quicker and more capable, according to Fujifilm. It now offers the company's latest tracking and face/eye detection, along with animal/vehicle and other types of subject detection. Image quality should be improved as well with the extra resolution and a lower native 125 ISO. And since a lot of the newfound social media popularity of this camera is based on the film simulation modes, the camera comes with 20 built-in, including a new one called Reala Ace, designed to offer faithful color reproduction and contrast tonality. Fujifilm Finally, one usually doesn't think of video when it comes to this series, but the X100VI is surprisingly capable for a tiny compact. It can shoot 6.2K video at up to 30fps, 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240fps. You also get 10-bit F-log and F-Log2 recording, shockingly good for a small, photo-centric camera with a fixed lens. The only downside is relatively low data rates (200Mbps max) due to the slow cards, but you can capture ProRes to an external recorder. Fujifilm's X100VI is now on pre-order for $1,600 in silver or black, with shipping slated for early March 2024. The company is also offering a special edition version engraved with the corporate brand logo from Fujifilm's founding in 1934 for $2,000. It has vowed to reduce the long lead times of the previous model by manufacturing it in China like other recent models. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/fujifilms-x100vi-is-a-big-step-forward-for-the-tiktok-famous-compact-camera-100918040.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 3:39 pm

How to gameshare on a Nintendo Switch and Switch OLED

Gamesharing on Nintendo Switch is possible, and in this robust guide, we'll show you exactly how it works.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 2:55 pm

How to get Fortnite on your Android phone or tablet

Fortnite may not be on the Google Play Store, but it's still available through Epic. Here's how to sideload the official app and jump back in.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 2:53 pm

Wordle Today: Wordle answer and hints for February 20

Trying to solve the Wordle today? If you're stuck, we've got a few hints that will help you keep your Wordle streak alive.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 10:30 am

Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase: how to watch and what to expect

Nintendo is dropping a Partner Showcase this week, one that may reveal which Xbox games are coming to Switch. Here's when you can catch it.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 4:15 am

Enjoy regional favorites in Cuisinarts indoor pizza oven with stone, pan, and peel for $283 ($117 off)

Amazon is offering the Cuisinart Indoor Pizza Oven for $282.59 shipped in the black colorway. Down from its $400 price tag, it only saw a small handful of discounts since its release back over the summer, with Black Friday and Christmas sales bringing costs down to its $223 low. Todays deal comes in as a 29% markdown off the going rate and lands as the third-lowest price we have tracked. The silver model can also be found discounted to $300, which is only beaten out by a drop to $280 and $223 over the previous year. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 4:04 am

Nintendo announces first Direct game showcase of 2024 for later this week!

Well, both Xbox and Sony have broadcasted their first game showcases of the year, and you know what that means Nintendo is next. Rumors of the next Direct showcase had surfaced just before Microsofts Phil Spencer confirmed select Xbox exclusive titles were indeed coming to PlayStation 5 and Switch, but Nintendo has now officially confirmed the first Direct showcase of the year. After the launch of Mario vs. Donkey Kong and just ahead of Princess Peach Showtime! making its worldwide debut on March 22, Nintendo and its development partners will take the stage in two days time. Head below for the details. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 3:52 am

Wednesday's Nintendo Direct will focus on upcoming third-party releases

The next Nintendo Direct is scheduled for this Wednesday, the company just announced. It's being billed as a partner showcase, with Nintendo saying it'll show off Switch games coming in the first half of this year from our publishing and development partners. It'll kick off on February 21, bright and early at 9AM ET. While Nintendo holds these showcases on a regular basis, this one is potentially more significant than usual. Last week, Microsoft made an expected but still surprising announcement that it would begin bringing some of its titles to other consoles, a phrase that's hard not to interpret as games coming to the Switch (and Sony's PlayStation 5 as well). Nintendo says it'll be a 25-minute presentation, so there's a chance we'll hear about some games from other developers, as well. But we're all expecting to see some news about what games Microsoft is going to bring over to the Switch. Microsoft only said that it would be bringing four games to other platforms but didn't name them; the latest rumors cite Hi-Fi Rush , Sea of Thieves , Halo and Gears of War as likely options to make the move. This comes at a time when Nintendo doesn't have a lot of its own first-party games scheduled for the platform (that we know of, anyway). There's also the looming specter of a Switch 2 console; reports just said that the hardware is getting pushed back to 2025 after an expected launch at some point this year. A #NintendoDirect : Partner Showcase is coming! Watch on-demand via YouTube on 2/21 at 6am PT for around 25 mins of info focused on #NintendoSwitch games coming in the first half of 2024 from our publishing and development partners. Stay tuned here: https://t.co/ZIAs64iWbK pic.twitter.com/CTrAC02G4d Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 19, 2024 This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/wednesdays-nintendo-direct-will-focus-on-upcoming-third-party-releases-221910223.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 3:49 am

Ankers Life Q30 Bluetooth headphones offer 3-mode ANC and up to 60-hour battery for $64

Anker is offering its Soundcore Life Q30 Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones for $63.99 shipped , after using the on-page promo code WSCP0XUGSF at checkout for 20% off. Down from its usual $80 price tag, it saw many minor discounts and a few spaced out major discounts over 2023, with todays deal coming in as the third-lowest price we have tracked behind November and Decembers $60 and $56 lows. It also matches Amazons current price as well. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 3:19 am

Give your Series X|S a 2024 boost: Limited deal on WD_BLACK 1TB Expansion card at $127.50

Today only, as part of its Lightning Deals, Amazon is now offering the WD_BLACK 1TB C50 Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S on sale for $127.49 shipped for the next hour or so. Regularly $150, this is nearly 20% off the going rate andthe lowest price we can find. It has only gone on sale a handful of times since release, with todays offer landing within $7.50 of the all-time low. If youre looking to give your Xbox Series X|S console a boost for 2024 and to handle any upcoming new releases, this is great chance to do so with one of the only officially licensed solutions.More details below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 2:50 am

Lenovos Legion Go portable battlestation handheld gaming PC starts at $650 ($50 off)

Newegg is now offering some solid price drops on the Lenovo Legion Go portable handheld gaming systems . Youll find the 512GB model on sale for $649.99 shipped as well as the upgraded 1TB version for $699.99 shipped . Todays deals come by way of trusted seller AntOnline and the official Lenovo store at Newegg. Regularly $700 and $750 respectively, youre looking at a solid $50 in savings on both to deliver the lowest prices we can find. Outside of limitedopen-box listings and the like previously, todays deals are matching the lowest we can find and our last mention. Both models are still at full price via Amazon. The Lenovo Legion Go is one of the latest portable handheld systems on the market alongside the new MSI Claw starting at $699 from MSI and the ASUS Reg Ally before that. Head below for a closer look. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 2:41 am

How to fix login limit reached error in Helldivers 2

How can there be too many soldiers in Helldivers 2? That's what the login limit reached error suggests, but you might be able to get around it with some tips.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 2:31 am

LGs Cinebeam UHD 4K Smart Projector casts 140-inch screen for $997 (Amazon low, $503 off)

Amazon is offering the LG CineBeam UHD 4K Smart Home Theater Projector for $996.99 shipped. Down from its usual $1,500 price tag, this projectors prices fluctuated for most of 2023 between its MSRP and $1,200. As fall rolled around costs began dropping further on occasion with Black Friday sales bringing it down to its $997 low. Todays deal comes in as a repeat 34% markdown off the going rate, beating our previous mention by $103 and returning it to the all-time low from Novembers sales. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 2:18 am

Tested: Journeys Apple Find My Passport wallet keeps travel documents secured [Deal]

Today we are going hands-on with the new Journey Apple Find My Passport Wallet. The brand has found itself bringing its design approach and penchant for creating accessories for all of your Apple gear to the Find My-equipped space with its latest LOC8 lineup . Today we are taking a look at the passport wallet holder, but the family of gear also features a MagSafe wallet and item trackers , all of which with hidden internal batteries and mini speakers to support Apples location-tracking Find My network. Head below to dive into our impressions of the Find My passport wallet and for a notable 20% discount on it. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 2:11 am

Skull and Bones: Ubisofts pirate adventure is more red flag than Black Flag

Skull and Bones features some thrilling naval battles, but everything around them isn't quite as exciting.

Digital Trends 20 Feb 2024 2:06 am

Hoka Mens Bondi 8 Running Shoes are now 20% off at $132

As a part of a Dicks Sporting Goods sale, you can now snag a pair of the Hoka Mens Bondi 8 Running Shoes for $30 off its original price, coming in at $132 . Available in two colorways Outerspace/All Aboard and Puffins Bill/Amber Yellow the Bondi 8 Cushioned Running Shoes are an everyday running shoe that feature an engineered mesh construction, a partially gusseted tongue, and a heel pull tab, making it easy to take the shoes both on and off coming in at $132 shipped . Head below to learn more about the Mens Bondi 8 Running Shoes from Hoka. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 1:55 am

Official Apple Watch Sport Bands start from just $10 on Amazon (Reg. $49)

Amazon is now marking down an assortment ofofficial Apple Watch Sport Bands to some of the best prices we have ever seen. Centered around the latest styles for 45mm and 41mm smartwatches, all of the deals start from as low as $9.99 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $25. Youd more regularly pay $49 across the lot, with todays offers either marking new all-time lows or delivering the very first chances to save period. We break down which styles are getting in on the savings below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 1:32 am

Android game and app deals: ScourgeBringer, Sigma Theory, Ailment, Fran Bow, more

This afternoons collection of the best Android game and app deals is now ready and waiting down below courtesy of Google Play. Just be sure to also scope out the deals we are tracking on Googles OG Pixel Stand as well as Lenovos Tab Extreme and Samsungs Galaxy A54 5G , but for now we are focused on the apps. Highlights of todays collections include titles like ScourgeBringer, Sigma Theory, Ailment, Fran Bow, and more. Head below for a complete look at all of todays best Android game and app deals. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 1:20 am

Tested: Twelve South ButterFly charger, the perfect MagSafe Duo replacement

With Apple not revealing its plans for a MagSafe Duo successor, I couldnt help but wonder what my next 2-in-1 charger would be. Then, when The post Tested: Twelve South ButterFly charger, the perfect MagSafe Duo replacement appeared first on BGR .

BGR 20 Feb 2024 1:17 am

Save $400 on Dells XPS 13 Plus Laptop at $1,099 before new models begin shipping

Dell is currently offering its XPS 13 Plus Laptop for $1,099 shipped . This marks down the 13th Gen i7 model with 16GB of memory and a 512GB NVMe SSD from its usual $1,499 price tag. There are other configurations available, but this is the most affordable. Youre looking at $400 in savings alongside the best price weve seen to date. Dell did just announce a new version earlier in the year that comes with a dedicated Copilot key, but otherwise, the previous-generation XPS 13 Plus offers much of the same premium build and high-end software experience. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 12:10 am

New low knocks 50% off Yummlys elegant magnetic meat thermometer at $50 (Today only)

Today only, as part of its Deals of the Day , Best Buy is now offering the latest Yummly Smart Meat Thermometer for $49.99 shipped . Regularly $100, this is a straight up 50% price drop and the lowest price we can find. currently $84 on Amazon where it has never dropped below $65, todays deal is also the lowest price we have tracked yet. Made to deliver the perfect cook whether youre using your oven, stovetop, grill, or smoker, this is an elegant thermometer solution with a leave-in steel probe that delivers cooking data wirelessly to your smartphone. The three onboard sensors transmit to the app from 150 feet away to tell you the temperature, when to flip, how long to let it rest, and when dinner is ready to eat. It also ships with a magnetic charging and storage case. Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 12:05 am

Baseus 140W 6-port 48,000mAh portable laptop power bank station now $90 off at new $80 low

Update: The official Baseus Amazon storefront has dropped the price down to $79.99 shipped, after clipping the on-page $50 off coupon. The official Baseus Amazon storefront is offering its 140W 6-port Portable Laptop Power Bank Station for $89.99 shipped , after clipping the on-page $60 off coupon . Down from its $170 price tag, this device started off at a $220 MSRP upon its release in August, with three discounts in 2023 that ultimately brought its list price down to the current $150. Todays deal comes in as a 40% markdown off this new rate, giving you $130 off its original MSRP and marking a new all-time low. more

9To5Toys 19 Feb 2024 11:57 pm

How to fix servers at capacity error in Helldivers 2

What can you do if you want to jump into Helldivers 2 and get the servers are at capacity error? Unfortunately, there are not a lot of options available now.

Digital Trends 19 Feb 2024 11:52 pm

Sous Vide like a pro with Anovas upgraded precision cooker 3.0 for $149 (Reg. $199)

Amazon is offering the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker 3.0 for $149 shipped. Down from its $199 price tag, it saw seven major discounts over 2023, with the biggest of them dropping costs to a short-lived $133 low. Todays deal comes in as a 25% markdown off the going rate and matches the second-lowest price we have tracked since its launch last spring. It also currently matches the discounted price on Anovas website as well. more

9To5Toys 19 Feb 2024 11:37 pm

Hoka drops new Kawana 2 transitional trainer running shoe ahead of spring

Hoka, the popular training and running shoe company, has just added its newest shoe to the lineup, the Kawana 2 . Made for men and women , this shoe is designed to be worn while on the go or while you are out and about in between training sessions. Its a lifestyle shoe that features a single-layer mesh upper, an internal bootie, a rubber outsole for stability, and a pull tab at the heel its now available for $140 , and shipping is free. Keep reading below to learn more about the Hoka Kawana 2 . more

9To5Toys 19 Feb 2024 11:29 pm

Razers ultra-slim DeathStalker V2 Pro clicky wireless keyboard sees rare deal at $212.50

Today only, as part of its Lightning Deals, Amazon is offering the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Keyboard with clicky optical switches for $212.50 shipped. Regularly $250, this model rarely sees any notable deals on Amazon with todays 15% markdown landing at the best price we can find. This is also only the second time we have tracked this model down this low. It sports low-profile clicky optical switches rated for a 70-million keystroke lifespan set within an ultra-slim casing and a durable aluminum top plate. Laser-etched keycaps and Hyperguard coating protect against wear and tear while the internal battery supports up to 200 hours of gameplay. RGB Chroma lighting, the multifunction roller, and onboard media button round out the feature set. More deals and details below. more

9To5Toys 19 Feb 2024 11:18 pm

LEGO teases Dungeons and Dragons collab as upcoming $360 set is slated for spring release

The LEGO Group today is taking to its official social media in order to tease its upcoming collaboration with Dungeons and Dragons. Weve been reporting on the upcoming creation for years now, and it doesnt look like theres too much longer left to wait. more

9To5Toys 19 Feb 2024 10:58 pm

GlobalFoundries secures $1.5 billion in CHIPS Act funding for US expansion

The Biden administration is granting $1.5 billion in funding to GlobalFoundries to bolster semiconductor production under the CHIPS Act . The company, which spun out from AMD in 2009 and also has access to $1.6 billion in loans from the CHIPS Program Office, will split the cash between three projects. First, GlobalFoundries will build a new fabrication facility in Malta, New York, where it aims to produce high value technologies not currently available in the US, the Department of Commerce said in a statement. GlobalFoundries says it will use the facility to build chips for a range of industries and applications, including the automotive, aerospace, defense and AI spaces. Construction is expected to start in 2025. Secondly, GlobalFoundries plans to expand its existing facility in Malta by incorporating tech from its Singapore and Germany plants with the aim of making more semiconductors for use in cars and trucks. This expansion, combined with the new fab, will enable GlobalFoundries to triple the capacity of its Malta campus over the next decade or so. Once all phases of both projects are complete, GlobalFoundries expects to increase wafer production to 1 million per year across the plants. Last but not least, the remaining funding will go toward modernizing an existing fab in Burlington, Vermont. The aim is to build the first US plant capable of high-volume manufacturing of next-generation gallium nitride on silicon semiconductors for electric vehicles, smartphones, the power grid and other key technologies. The plant will use entirely carbon-free energy, while an on-site solar system will provide up to nine percent of annual power needs. Through public-private partnerships, GlobalFoundries plans to invest more than $12 billion into the sites over the next 10-plus years. New York is also supporting the Malta projects with $575 million in performance-based Green CHIPS tax credits, while the New York Power Authority is investing at least $30 million. The Department of Commerce says the three projects are expected to create 1,500 manufacturing positions and around 9,000 construction jobs over the next 10 years. The positions are slated to pay fair wages and offer benefits including childcare. Aligned with the broader aims of the CHIPS Act, the investment is designed to improve domestic semiconductor supply chains. GlobalFoundries says that there are only four companies that can deliver current and mature foundry capabilities at its scale outside of China, and it's the only one of those based in the US. Last year, the company reached a direct supply agreement with GM to provide the automaker with US-built processors and help it avoid the kinds of chip shortages that caused a significant slowdown in car manufacturing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalFoundries agreed to create an exclusive capacity corridor for GM chips. GlobalFoundries struck a chip deal with Ford in 2021 as well. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/globalfoundries-secures-15-billion-in-chips-act-funding-for-us-expansion-172754429.html?src=rss

Engadget 19 Feb 2024 10:57 pm

Bosch Tronic 6100 electric tankless water heater covers sinks and appliances for new $520 low

Amazon is offering the Bosch Tronic 6100 Electric Tankless Water Heater for $520.03 shipped, after clipping the on-page 15% off coupon . Down from a $749 price tag, it saw a fair share of discounts over 2023, bouncing between its MSRP and a $656 low. Todays deal comes in as a combined 31% markdown off the going rate and lands as a new all-time low. This 27kW under-sink tankless water heater is designed to provide an endless supply of instantaneous hot water to one or more sinks, or to appliances like washing machines. It can be installed in a 360 degree orientation, with its 13-inch by 8.5-inch by 4.5-inch size making it easy to fit in tight under-counter spaces, and its low 0.55 GPM activation flow rate, even works perfectly for commercial low-flow faucets. It boasts a 96% thermal efficiency rate with no standby heat loss, saving you time, water, and money. more

9To5Toys 19 Feb 2024 10:56 pm

Govees RGBIC Smart String Downlight sets deliver the vibes from $55 (Reg. up to $120)

The official Govee Amazon storefront is now offering its latest 16.4-foot run of smart RGBIC String Downlights set for $89.99 shipped after you clip the on-page coupon . Regularly $120, this new release hit Amazon back in October and is now seeing a solid $30 price drop. This is within $5 of the lowest we have tracked and joining the shorter 6.7-foot run at $54.99 shipped , down from the regular $70. Be sure to clip the on-page coupons to redeem the deal price on both models. These downlights separate themselves from traditional strip lights by way of the sort of small pot light-style design that offers a string of individually-addressable lights. They do, however, deliver on the usual customizable multi-color action with over 16 million options, one-touch switching to find the most suitable lighting mode, music syncing options, and more. Once linked up with the companion app, users can also adjust the experience further with tunable brightness, a series of preset scenes, and more alongside integration with Alexa gear for voice command support. Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 19 Feb 2024 10:49 pm

Hasbro Force FX Lightsabers on sale from $119: Luke, Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, more (Reg. $279)

Amazon is now marking down a collection of Hasbros Force FX Lightsabers to some of the best prices weve seen. Shipping is free across the board, and a new all-time low on the Luke Skywalker Force FX Elite Lightsaber is headlining the savings. It now drops down to $179.99 at the retailer from its usual $279 price tag. Todays offer is matching our previous holiday mention and is the third-best discount to date. Much like the rest of the lineup, its also still one of the first chances to save period. Head below for more. more

9To5Toys 19 Feb 2024 10:44 pm