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A bunch of Amazon Fire TV devices are back down to Black Friday pricing
We have to go back!Black Friday has come and gone, but Amazon wants to give you another shot at scoring its best pricing of the year on select Fire TV devices. These discounts are only around for a limited time, and there's no telling when the prices will be back again once they expire.The most-purchased item of 2018 was the Fire TV Stick, according to the Best of Prime list and right now you can get it for only $24.99. Or, add two to your cart and you'll get them for $40. This price is $15 off the normal cost.Alternatively, if you're rocking 4K, opt for the upgraded Fire TV Stick 4K for $34.99. That's also a $15 discount. Purchasing two of the Fire TV 4K devices will wind up being $60 in your cart, which is an even better deal. If you don't need two TV sticks, you could bundle one with a third-generation Echo Dot for $64.98, which is only $5 more than we saw it on Black Friday. Note that there's currently a slight shipping delay on that bundle, but it is well worth it since yo...
White noise machines, Kindle Paperwhite, and more are all discounted today
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.There's never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through all of them can be difficult at times. We've handpicked all the best tech, and everyday essentials discounts that you can take advantage of right now and brought them to one central location. From white noise to mechanical keyboards, these are today's best discounts!Tech DealsEveryday EssentialsIf you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!...
The newest Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer is here with its greatest hits
Want to know what's going on with Kingdom Hearts 3? Here's everything we know so farIn the early years of gaming, there were quite a few swings taken at the creation of a game utilizing Disney properties. Most of those games ranged anywhere from unplayable to mediocre as far as quality goes. Then in 2002, Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts onto the PlayStation 2.Disney fans and gamers rejoiced as they finally had a significant video game with Disney characters. Thus far, there have been a total of nine Kingdom Hearts games, and here in 2018, Square Enix stands poised to release a new entry to the gaming public.We have been hearing rumblings about Kingdom Hearts 3 for years now, but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for fans of the series. As it stands now, we should see a release toward the end of 2018. However, what do we know about Kingdom Hearts 3 right now? Let's take a look.What's new with Kingdom Hearts 3?December 9 — New trailer shows off scenes ...
The $139 Kindle Paperwhite bundle comes with headphones and Audible
If you're looking to get me a Christmas present...Grab the newest generation Kindle Paperwhite, some over-ear Bluetooth headphones, and a three-month free trial to Audible in a bundle for $139 on Amazon. This is a brand new bundle that has never been on sale before. It's priced at $210 normally and will probably return to that price soon. Considering the brand-new Paperwhite was $130 when it released in mid-October and is still $100 right now, you're getting a lot of extras for less than $40 more.Audible's normal subscription includes 30 days free and $14.95 a month after that, so three months three is saving you $30. Right now there's a special standalone promotion with three months for $7.95, so this deal is still $21 in savings for Audible alone. The Audible membership includes free audiobooks, free returns, exclusive sales up to 30% off, a free app, and automatic bookmarking, The one thing the Paperwhite doesn't support is Immersion Reading, which highlights the text as the au...
Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL give us a twirl in new video
Here's what we know about the mysterious mid-range Pixel phone.Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones are two of the very best Android devices you can buy — if you have at least $800.We've heard talk of a mid-range Pixel phone for a while now, and in either late 2018 or early 2019, it looks it could become a reality in the form of the Pixel 3 Lite.Here's everything we know so far about Google's third entry in the Pixel 3 series!The latest Pixel 3 Lite newsDecember 9, 2018 — Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL compared to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in new renders, 360-degree videoWe've seen an increasing amount of chatter and renders, and the latest batch of high-quality renders have appeared in a collaboration by 91mobiles and OnLeaks that features the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL — am I the only one that still thinks the name order there is a little weird? — spinning like a turntable to show off its size and ports, including a 3.5mm headphone jack sit...
What is Chromium and why is Microsoft using it for Edge?
Chromium isn't just another Google product — it can be anything you want it to be thanks to its open-source license.Microsoft's announcement that it will rebuild its Edge browser using Chromium was a bit of a shocker. It almost sounds like Microsoft has decided to let Google build the web browser of choice for Windows computers, and that's a change that would affect a couple billion people, most of which wouldn't even know, as long as they see the familiar icon in the Start menu. It would also be a change that gives Google a billion more users by default and heads down a path where there is only one company and one choice if you want to use the web. Nobody wants that. Thankfully, that's not the case. And Chromium is very different than Chrome.While Chromium is a project started by Google, it's really not what you might think it is. And that's because of its open-source nature, which allows it to be anything.Related: Everything you need to know about Microsoft Edge, Chromi...
The best cases for the Pixel 2 XL!
The Google Pixel 2 XL is a beautifully designed phone, and with the Pixel 3 now stealing the spotlight it means that many people might be upgrading to last year's Google flagship. Google always makes some really interesting cases including the customizable Live Cases or stylish Fabric cases, but if you're looking to save some money and pocket space, the Spigen Thin Fit is a great option. We've rounded all those and more great options for the Pixel 2 XL.Make your ownGoogle Live CasesGoogle has curated a great selection of cases that feature artwork, photos from space, and naturally beautiful images that are really quite stunning. Prices start around $35 depending on whether you choose a minimalist shell or spend $50 for a more rugged dual-layer case. Create and customize your own case via the Google Store.$35 - $50 at Google StorePremium PickGoogle Fabric CasesDesigned in-house by Google, this case features great build quality and is a perfect fit for your Pixel 2 XL...
Health and beauty products all on sale with Amazon's 12 Days of Deals promo
Top products for your teeth, skin, and more personal care discounted today only!Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, the holiday shopping season is still very much in full swing. Amazon has just kicked off its '12 Days of Deals' promotion, which will bring along with it a variety of discounts each day in a particular product category. Whether you need to whiten your teeth or massage your back, today has deals covering all sorts of personal care. Schick, Mynt, Rugged & Dapper, and several other brands all have a bunch of great discounts to take advantage of.Here's our favorite deals from today:Smile like you mean itAuraGlow Teeth Whitening KitsKeep your hand over your mouth during pictures? Need to feel better about those pearly whites? The AuraGlow whitening pen is down to $13.48 from a street price closer to $22. You'll save some money and feel better about yourself.From $13.48 at AmazonBuzzy Buzz BuzzAdaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan Wh...
These are the Honor phones you need to know about
If there's one area where Honor phones stood out in 2018, it's the design. The company introduced an Aurora Glass design with 15 layers of nano coating on the Honor 10, and it was an instant hit in the mid-range segment. The more recent Honor 8X has a two-tone finish that looks just as good, and the rest of the phone isn't all that bad either.Exquisite designHonor 8XThe Honor 8X combines a large 6.5-inch FHD+ display with HiSilicon's mid-range Kirin 710 chipset and GPU Turbo enabled out of the box. There's a two-tone finish at the back that gives the phone an added bit of flair, you get dual 20MP + 2MP cameras at the back with lighting effects for portrait mode, AI-assisted scene recognition and night mode, and a 3750mAh battery. There's 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, a 16MP front camera, NFC, and face unlock.£209 at Amazon UKAll-rounderHonor 10Even though it's over six months old, the Honor 10 continues to be an excellent mid-range device. The psychedelic gradient...
Google Store holiday deals include $150 off Pixel 3 XL, $20 off Home Hub
These long-running deals will get you into Google's latest gear for less for the holidays.We've barely recovered from the swell of deals on Cyber Monday, and Google is rolling out sweeping deals in the Google Store on phones, smart home gear and more. These deals kick off immediately and run all the way to December 22, and in some cases December 24, so you have plenty of time to think about your purchases and line up the perfect gift for yourself or someone else. Here's the breakdown:Google Pixel 3 for $699 (was $799)Google Pixel 3 XL for $749 (was $899)Google Home for $99 (was $129)Google Home Max for $349 (was $399)Google Home Hub for $129 (was $149)Chromecast Ultra for $59 (was $69)Google's also giving $100 discounts across the board on smart home bundles with the Home Hub. If you buy a Home Hub along with any Nest product — like the Outdoor Cam, Thermostat or Hello doorbell — you'll receive $100 off the set. These are great deals on all of Google's...
Keep an eye on your home with the $20 Wyze Cam 1080p Wireless Smart Camera
Don't miss your shot at this one-day offer!The Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera is down to $19.54 at Amazon today only. This one-day deal saving you $6 off its normal price is part of Amazon's 12 Days of Deals promotion. Today is centered all around cameras, pet and baby essentials.This compact wireless indoor camera records in 1080p HD and allows you to view its livestream video feed using your smartphone. It offers night vision too and is compatible with Amazon Alexa so you can voice control it with a device like the Echo Dot. It includes sound and motion detectors and comes with a magnetic base and an adhesive metal plate which make it easy to install just about anywhere in your home.See at Amazon...
Some 2016 Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones get Call Screening
One of the most tantalizing — and potentially industry-changing — features of the Google Pixel 3 is coming to Google's original Pixel phones.There's a lot to like with the Google Pixel 3, but of all the features to whet this nerd's appetite, the ability to screen calls — and to read transcripts of the often awkward exchange — was the one that instantly made my mouth water in anticipation. The concept of being able to ward off telemarketers and solicitors without missing important phone calls is a tempting one, and even if the feature is quite obviously still rough around the edges, it's a feature that the owners of previous Pixel models have been anxiously awaiting. Call screening came to Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL almost a month ago, and now, it seems that original Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners are getting their Christmas present early.Some Pixel owners have reported Call Screening's appearing in their Phone app's settings, but it's been sporadic...
Wyze cameras, Yuneec drones, and more are all discounted today
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.There's never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through all of them can be difficult at times. We've handpicked all the best tech, and everyday essentials discounts that you can take advantage of right now and brought them to one central location. From security cameras to drones, these are today's best discounts!Tech DealsEveryday EssentialsIf you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!...
These discounted Anker accessories are great gifts for just about anyone
Save on Anker power banks, wireless chargers, Bluetooth headphones and speakers, and much more this month!Popular accessory manufacturer Anker just unveiled a whole host of new deals with prices starting at just $10 today at Amazon. This promotion includes a variety of products from Anker and its sub-brands Eufy, Soundcore, Nebula and Roav, with everything from portable chargers to truly wireless earphones, and more reduced in price for a limited time.Truly wirelessSoundcore Liberty Lite EarbudsTruly wireless headphones are taking over, and if you're not interested in spending a ton of money to try a pair out, these are the ones to get. Anker normally sells these for over $60, and this is one of the best direct price drops we've ever seen on them.$44.99 at AmazonNoise-cancellingSoundcore Life 2 Christmas Gift SetThis is a new bundle that Anker's put together for the holidays, and it includes the Soundcore Life 2 over-ear headphones, a PowerCore 5000 portable batte...
Record the roads ahead with the $40 Yi Smart Dash Camera
Capture all the action.Yi has its Full HD Smart Dash Camera available for just $39.99 via Amazon when you clip its on-page coupon to save 20%. That'll save you $10 off its regular price of $50. In the past, we've seen it drop as low as $36.This 1080p dash cam records at 60fps. With its emergency recording feature, it ensures that footage before, during and after a collision is saved automatically. It has a 2.7-inch LCD widescreen and a 165-degree wide-angle glass lens which can capture three lanes of traffic at once, and it includes night vision too.Using the Yi Dash Cam App, you can connect to the dash cam wirelessly and begin viewing or sharing footage, as the camera also features built-in Wi-Fi. At Amazon, over 2,800 customers left a review for this camera resulting in a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.See at Amazon...
Curl up with a good book this winter with $5 off $20 or more on Amazon
Real books. Real savings.Did you know Amazon actually sells books that aren't made with E Ink? Crazy right? Used to be pretty big into books, too, if I recall. Well, now you can save on some print books by using the code GIFTBOOK18 to take $5 off when you spend $20 or more. As far as I can tell, this works on just about any print book you can find. Use it to save on holiday gifts or next semester's textbooks. Paperback or hardcover doesn't seem to matter, as long as it's a print book and the total is more than $20.If you're looking for some good ideas, I've been reading Kelly Link's short story collections recently. You can get Magic for Beginners or the Pulitzer Prize Finalist Get in Trouble with this deal. The stories are surreal, sometimes even creepy, and make for the sort of read you can't put down until its done.My wife bought several of Michelle Obama's new book Becoming for her book club. Probably should've waited and saved with this deal, huh? That book is definitely to...
Best Heavy Duty Cases for Google Pixel 3 XL
The Pixel 3 XL is the slightly larger, slightly more expensive, and slightly cooler Google phone — I suppose you could say it's a notch above the competition. All jokes aside, with a quality phone like the Pixel 3 XL, you're going to want to protect it with a heavy duty case to make sure it stays beautiful and intact for years to come. We've rounded up the best can, from budget-friendly cases to more premium offerings.Armored protectionSupcase Unicorn Beetle ProSupcase's Unicorn Beetle Pro is exactly what you want in a heavy-duty case. This dual-layer case with hard, dense plastic for an outer shell and a flexible inner shell that offers shock absorption. The front has a built-in screen protector, and it even comes with a belt clip.$25 at AmazonHeavy duty & crystal clearPoetic Guardian Rugged Clear HybridThis clear case is no dainty flower. With vivid color accents, a built-in screen protector, and a rubberized flap to cover your USB-C port and keep out de...
Pilot and record flights in 4K UHD with the $100 Yuneec Breeze Drone
Take to the skies.The Yuneec 4K UHD Breeze Drone is down to $99.99 at Woot today. This one-day offer saves you around $50 off its price at Walmart, which is as inexpensive as you'd be able to find elsewhere. At other retailers, like Amazon, it's selling for closer to $180. Shipping at Woot is free for Amazon Prime members and $5 for everyone else.The Breeze drone records in 4K Ultra HD and takes 13MP stills. It offers five automated flight modes which are extremely useful when it comes to taking specific aerial footage; you can choose from Selfie, Pilot, Orbit, Journey, and Follow Me. There's even a built-in Indoor Positioning System which helps the drone remain steady indoors and outdoors, unlike some other products which aren't as safe to use inside. Using the Breeze Cam app, you can control the drone, edit footage, and share to your social media accounts. A Bluetooth controller is included as well for an additional way to pilot the drone.Though Woot generally offers just a 9...
Treat your home to a TCL 4K UHD Smart TV for as low as $260 today only
It's time for an upgrade.Select TCL 4K UHD Smart TVs are on sale today only at Best Buy as part of its 20 Days of Doorbusters event, with prices starting at just $134.99. Today's sale is the perfect opportunity to fill your home with Smart TVs at a discount with savings up to $60 off. Shipping is free.One of the options in today's sale is the 43-inch LED 4K UHD Roku Smart TV for $259.99. These TVs are already affordably priced, so while you may only be saving $20 off its regular price, you're getting a great TV at a great price. Plus, you won't need to purchase a separate streaming device like the Amazon Fire TV Stick since your TV will have most of that functionality built into it.Today's sale ranges from 55-inch 4K UHD options to 32-inch 720p options, and all of them offer smart functionality. That means you'll be able to find something of quality for both your room and the kids' room or guest room. Just be sure to check out the models at Best Buy and make your decision befor...
Cameras and pet products hit new lows with Amazon's 12 Days of Deals promo
Top products for the home, pets and babies are discounted today only!Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, the holiday shopping season is still very much in full swing. Amazon has just kicked off its '12 Days of Deals' promotion, which will bring along with it a variety of discounts each day in a particular product category. Today's deals are a bit varied, spanning from pet products to baby essentials to well-reviewed cameras. From brands like Polaroid, Bissel, Fujifilm, Safety 1st, there are a bunch of great discounts to take advantage of.Here's our favorite deals from today:Shake It, Shake Shake ItPolaroid Instant Print CamerasBlast from the past, right? Not exactly. The Polaroid cameras of today feature touchscreen displays and can connect to your phone via Bluetooth to edit your photos and more. There's even a 20MP option for $150, saving you $50 off its regular price.From $134.99 at AmazonClose To YouLÍLLÉbaby 3 in 1 CarryOn Tod...
You need these premium Android games in your life
Put your credit card away and just play.There's something refreshing and low-stress about playing a mobile game without in-app purchases. Knowing that you're spending a couple of dollars to get an entire game that you can actually finish from beginning to end without being hounded to buy coins or gems, or open crates or card packs or whatever — it genuinely makes the experience better.Here are the best Android games without those pesky IAPs!HoledownDownwellReigns: Her MajestyThe Room seriesSuzy CubeGrand Theft Auto: San AndreasMachinariumMini MetroRoller Coaster Tycoon ClassicEvoland 1 and 2JYDGETeslagradHoledownIt's hard to find a fun puzzle game that doesn't try to sell you on power-ups or extra lives or something.That's just one of the reasons why Holedown is a standout game in 2018. Holedown will have you strategically blasting through to the core of celestial bodies — starting with asteroids and working your way up to the Sun — using t...
The Pixel 3 is Verizon's best phone
Your phone is only as good as the network it's on, and Verizon's network is consistently rated the best in the U.S. That means you'll rarely ever be without coverage, and with Verizon's impressive lineup, you get a wide variety of smartphone options to choose from. We like the Pixel 3 best, but it's far from your only choice. Here are some other great options.Best overallGoogle Pixel 3/3 XLThe Pixel 3 isn't just a great phone; it's Google's vision of what an Android phone should be. If you value a clean software experience over all else, there's no better choice than a Pixel. Of course, that's not all the Pixel 3 offers — it takes absolutely incredibly photos, particularly in low light, and offers unlimited storage for full-resolution uploads in Google Photos. You also get great front-firing speakers as an added bonus.$799 at VerizonBest for productivitySamsung Galaxy Note 9The Galaxy Note 9 is the ultimate mobile workhorse, cramming all of today's most powerf...
Amazon Fire TV Recast Review
Amazon makes watching and recording over-the-air easy — so long as you've got a Fire TV device.It used to be that getting rid of cable and switching to an all-streaming solution meant you probably would be giving up your local channels. And it almost certainly meant that you'd lose the ability to record them, at least easily.That's changed a good bit in 2018. Many streaming services now include the major local broadcast channels. And products like Tablo (and to a different extent, HDHomerun) have made watching over-the-air TV throughout your home a relatively simple endeavor.Now it's Amazon's turn with a combination over-the-air TV tuner/digital record — the Amazon Fire TV Recast.More: The best over-the-air antennasOTA TV/DVRAmazon Fire TV Recast An excellent, if expensive, addition.A way to watch and ...
Best PlayStation 4 Decal Kits
Let's face it, when you look at a standard PlayStation 4 it can be kind of boring. It's like a leaning DVR, a mostly bland-looking box sitting in front of your television. There's no harm in making it look a little nicer, especially if you weren't able to score a limited edition version of this console. A customized gaming console can be a great symbol of individuality and belief in personal freedom. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to commit to an intricate and time-consuming paint job. If you're one of those people, but you still want a customized PS4, a decal kit is a great way to go. The options are nearly endless and if you ever change your mind you can always peel it off and you're right back where you started.Sora and palsKingdom HeartsIf you're a big fan of Kingdom Hearts then you're already probably pretty excited for the forthcoming release of the newest game in the series. If you want to rep your excitement a little harder, then you can't do much better than th...
ARCore now supports 250 million devices as new version rolls out
Google's augmented reality platform hits a new milestone.ARCore made its debut earlier this year, and Google is announcing that the augmented reality platform supports 250 million devices. The full list of ARCore devices include the Pixels, most of Samsung's portfolio, and recent phones from the likes of LG, Huawei, Nokia, Motorola, OnePlus, and Xiaomi.Google is also introducing ARCore 1.6 with improved lighting and camera features. Google is making key changes to its Sceneform rendering library, which will now optimize ambient light to neutral and white, as opposed to yellow. Google says the change "aligns more closely to the way light appears in the real world, making digital objects look more natural." The switch to neutral tones also allows digital objects to appear more natural: This change will also make objects rendered with Sceneform look as if they're affected more naturally by color and lighting in the surrounding environment. For example, if you're viewing an AR ob...
Japanese government is the latest to ban Huawei network equipment
Japan follows the U.S., Australia and New Zealand in banning Huawei network equipment.The hits just keep on coming for Huawei: earlier this week, BT announced that it would be removing Huawei equipment from "key areas" of its 4G network. A week before that, New Zealand blocked the sale of Huawei equipment to regional carrier Spark, saying it identified a "significant network security risk." New Zealand also said it will not use Huawei equipment for its 5G network, a statement echoed by Australia.It now looks like the Japanese government is also set to halt government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters says the decision was motivated by a need to beef up the country's defences against "intelligence leaks and cyber attacks."The Japanese government is expected to formally introduce the new policy on Monday, with chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga stating that cybersecurity is a key issue for the country: Cybersecurity is becoming...
Xiaomi will launch a 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 powered by Snapdragon 855
Xiaomi will bring its 5G variant of the Mi Mix 3 to Europe in 2019.Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix 3 back in October, and at the time the company said that it will roll out a 5G-enabled variant of the device. We now have more details on the device thanks to a recent Xiaomi showcase at the China Mobile Global Partner Conference. The 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 855 and X50 5G modem, and Xiaomi says it will be able to deliver download speeds of up to 2Gbps.As a refresher, the Mi Mix 3 features a slider design with six cameras in total — three at the back and three up front. The phone also has 10GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 93.4% screen-to-body ratio, and a 3200mAh battery.Xiaomi says it will participate in China Mobile's 5G "pre-commercial field test" in the first quarter of 2019, followed by a launch of the 5G Mi Mix 3 in Europe later in the year. The company says it will launch "commercial" phones that work on China Mobile's 5G network from the third...
Essential acquires CloudMagic, the company behind Newton Mail
Newton Mail gets a fresh start under Essential.Newton Mail was a popular third-party alternative to Gmail, and even though the service had over 40,000 paying customers, it was shut down back in December. Interestingly, the app has continued to work since then, and we now know the reason why: Essential has acquired CloudMagic — the company behind Newton Mail — for an undisclosed fee, with the email service likely ending up as an exclusive offering on Essential's devices.In a statement to TechCrunch, an Essential spokesperson said: We are always on the lookout for companies with great technology and talent to help accelerate our product roadmap.Essential itself isn't having a great year. The company reportedly shelved plans for a successor to the Essential Phone, and a report from October suggested the company laid off nearly 30% of its workforce. Founder Andy Rubin was said to be mulling an outright sale earlier this year, but that doesn't look to be the case an...
Metro by T-Mobile reverses $15 SIM swap fee after backlash
Metro by T-Mobile isn't going to charge a fee whenever you switch your SIM card between phones.Update: Metro by T-Mobile is reversing its decision to charge a $15 fee whenever you put your SIM card in a new phone. In a statement, the carrier has confirmed that all Metro customers will be able to carry out a device change free of charge by calling the customer care or using Metro's automated system: All current Metro customers can now complete a device (IMEI) change free of charge by calling 611, *228 or 888-8metro8 and using our automated system.Original story follows:T-Mobile refreshed its MetroPCS sub-brand earlier this year, changing its name to Metro by T-Mobile and introducing new plans. The carrier continued to offer the base 2GB data plan for $30, while rolling out more enticing options in the form of a $60 plan that offered unlimited LTE data, 100GB of Google One storage, and a free subscription to Amazon Prime.However, it now looks like Metro by T-Mobile is char...
Work out more efficiently with the $160 Nokia Steel HR Sport Smartwatch
Strap on the Nokia Steel HR Sport and start your reps.For the first time ever, Nokia's newest Steel HR Sport smartwatch is discounted at Amazon by $40. This hybrid smartwatch was designed with athletes in mind, and it's built to stand up to weather, water, and more. Right now, you can get your hands on one in either white or black for $159.95. Before today, neither model had ever sold for less than its regular price of $200, partially because they're still pretty new having just been released this past September.This smartwatch combines a heart rate tracker with Connected GPS so you can get the most out of your workouts while mapping your pace and distance. It's water-resistant up to 50 meters and can last for almost a month on a single charge of its battery. There's a sleep tracker too, which also offers a few features to help you make the most of your time asleep. Smart notifications are enabled as well, so you can receive alerts regarding calls, texts, events. and messages fro...
Fill up your $129 Galaxy Tab E tablet using the free $25 Google Play credit
Budget tablet with some free credit. Easy.The Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6-inch 16GB tablet is down to $129 with a $25 Google Play credit at Walmart. Walmart's tablet here is slightly different from the regular Tab E, but it doesn't seem to matter much in terms of performance.A very similar Tab E goes for $200 at Best Buy and doesn't even come with any extra credit. How dare they.It has a 9.6-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that can expand your new device's storage up to 128GB. There is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 7300mAh battery. It has two cameras with a 5MP version on the back and a 2MP camera on the front for those selfies or video conference calls.Use the $25 Google Play credit at the Google Play Store to rent movies, download new apps, and more. That $25 can go a long way.See at Walmart...
OnePlus 6T vs. OnePlus 5: Should you upgrade?
Not everyone wants to spend $1000 on a phone, nor do they upgrade with every single phone release. That's why we take a look at phones in all price brackets, and evaluate whether it's really worth upgrading after 18 months.OnePlus 6TSimple upgrade$549 at OnePlusProsLarge high-quality screen128GB storage baseLonger battery lifeImproved rear camerasConsNo headphone jackIn-screen fingerprint can be slowThe OnePlus 6T takes everything the 5 has (except a headphone jack) and updates it for late 2018. The screen, camera and battery are the notable improvements, but you still get the same great OnePlus software experience and features you're used to today.OnePlus 5Still good$409 at AmazonProsSmaller and lighter than the 6THeadphone jackFast fingerprint sensorGreat performance stillConsPie update hasn't arrived yetSmaller screenSecondary camera hardly usefulThe OnePlus 5 isn't that old, and it performs almost identically to the OnePlus 6T. The screen ...
Create your own media server with Netgear's $160 ReadyNAS 2-bay device
You'll need one of these for all your data.Amazon has the Netgear ReadyNAS RN212 2-bay diskless Personal Cloud NAS for $159.99, which is a price drop around $200. The $200 price had been the lowest ever for this NAS, so we're looking at an all new low here.A network-attached storage device is like a computer that only connects to your network and is always online. You don't use a keyboard and mouse to browse it, just a folder on a different computer. With several hard drives, up to two in this case, and the minimum amount of power necessary to run it, you can keep all your movies, music, and files (including backups of laptops and other computers) safe and highly accessible.The Netgear RN212 has a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, supports both 2.5 and 3.5 inch storage drives, and supports 1080p streaming and transcoding. It has dual Gigabit Ethernet and an advanced file system for complete data protection. The UI can store your data in the cloud, and apps avail...
The LG V40 is the best phone for shooting video
Cameras in smartphones are getting better than ever, and that applies just as much to videography as it does to photography. Some phones have great specialized video features, while others simply take great point-and-shoot footage. The V40 is the most powerful video creation tool, but if you don't see yourself using it to its full potential, there are simpler options out there.Best overallLG V40 ThinQEquipped with a total of five cameras (two up front, three on the back), the V40 is one of the most versatile smartphones around when it comes to shooting video. The standard and telephoto rear cameras both have OIS, while the ultra-wide lens lets you fit all of your surrounding environment into the shot. The V40 also has Cine Video shooting mode, which lets you apply LUTs to change up the color profile of your videos, and the far-field microphones can hear from up to 17 feet away.$950 at AmazonRunner-upSamsung Galaxy Note 9The Galaxy Note 9 takes fantastic photos, and ...
This 32GB Nintendo Switch was discounted just in time for the holidays
Score the Nintendo Switch for $30 off its regular price right now.Newegg's official eBay store is selling the Nintendo Switch console with Neon Red and Blue Joy-Con controllers for $269.99 today only when you enter promo code PHLDAYTEN during checkout. Finding a decent deal on this handheld console can be pretty rough, and many of them only occur when you have a coupon handy. Today's offer saves you $30 off the console's regular price of $300, one that you won't want to miss if you're planning on getting one of these for your home during this holiday season. Shipping is free, and you can save even further by ordering a refurbished console directly from Nintendo; using the code will take its price down to $248. Newegg features 97.4% positive feedback based on over 861,000 reviews at eBay.If you've decided to purchase one today, you may want to order some games for it as well. Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are must-plays, of course, but the console...
Blink security systems, smart remotes, and more are all discounted today
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.There's never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through all of them can be difficult at times. We've handpicked all the best tech, and everyday essentials discounts that you can take advantage of right now and brought them to one central location. From remote controls to fashion choices, these are today's best discounts!Tech DealsEveryday EssentialsIf you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!...
Record every moment on-the-go with the $30 Polaroid Cube Act II Action Cam
Get the shot at a new low price.Update: The black action camera is no longer available to ship with Prime shipping, meaning there is a shipping fee attached to it currently. You can still snag the blue version with Prime shipping at the deal price of $30 though, or pay the shipping fee as well if you'd rather have the black versionPolaroid's Cube Act II HD Action Camera is a tiny video camera that's built for travel and capturing on-the-go footage. Though it has an average price a bit higher than $70, today it's available for just $29.99 at Amazon in both black and blue editions. That's an unbelievable low price for it considering it had never dropped below $60 until now; even that was a deal for it at the time.The Cube ACT II is equipped with a 124-degree wide-angle lens along with a 6MP CMOS sensor and the ability to switch between recording in 720p and 1080p. It's been upgraded from its previous model too, specifically when it comes to its image stabilization, low light capa...
J.Crew Mercantile is being discontinued, but you can save 50% on it today
Alexa, play "Another One Bites the Dust."It's been a rough couple of years for retail brands. From Toys R Us folding to Sears' bankruptcy, and thousands of others in between, it's not surprising to hear about additional brands being added to the list of companies that aren't quite cutting it. A few days ago, Vox reported that J.Crew will be shutting down its Mercantile and Nevereven brands. The latter launched only a couple of weeks ago, and J.Crew had just entered a partnership with Amazon to sell its Mercantile line back in September.If you've been eying the Mercantile collection, don't fret. While the line may be going away for good, today Amazon is offering 50% off almost 200 Mercantile items. The line is meant to make J.Crew quality affordable, since the store isn't exactly known for having bottom-line prices. Today's sale gets you the best of both worlds.Here are some highlights from the massive selection:Perfect for layeringSupersoft Wool Blend Crewneck SweaterTh...
SCUF Vantage vs. Razer Raiju Ultimate: Which PS4 controller should you buy?
We're a bunch of nerds and avid PlayStation lovers. A good controller can make or break your gaming experience, and we've tested out some of the very best.Razer Raiju UltimateFamiliar territory€200 at RazerProsQuick control panelApp supportChroma lighting strip500 customized profiles saved in the CloudConsNo faceplate customization HeavierIf you prefer ease-of-use combined with app control, the Razer Raiju is for you.SCUF Vantage (wireless)Xbox experience on PS4$200 at SCUF GamingProsInterchangeable faceplate customization More remappable buttons/paddlesAudio touch bar ConsNo app supportCannot adjust vibration modules to different levelsThe SCUF Vantage caters to those who want a fully customizable experience, right down to the controller's looks.Which model is for you?For the purpose of this article, I'll be comparing the higher-end models of the Razer Raiju and SCUF Vantage controllers. Both companies do offer cheaper models which c...
Best leather cases for the Google Pixel 3 XL
Even if you've made peace with the notch, adding another dash of sophistication and elegance to your Google Pixel 3 XL may make you forget about it altogether. Plus, the added protection a leather case means your phone may last until Google decides to release a notchless XL model again. These are the best leather cases for the Pixel 3 XL.Elegant and affordableMaxboost Folio-Style Wallet CaseThis wallet case has bright white stitching, which is a great contrast against the black faux-leather. It also features a triangular magnetic closer, and the cover folds back into a steady kickstand. There's space for three cards, as well as a cash pocket inside.$10 at AmazonLuxuriously thinBellroy Leather Pixel CaseBellroy's leather back cover is slim and made from genuine leather. It has a microfiber lining so as not to scratch your Pixel 3XL, as well as precise cutouts for the fingerprint sensor, camera, and charging port. You have five colors to choose from.$49 at Bellroy...
How to use split screen multitasking on the Pixel 3
Phone screens just keep getting bigger and bigger, and thanks to the trend of elongated aspect ratios, they're getting taller now, too. You can bemoan huge phones all you want, but that's actually perfect for one thing in particular: split screen multitasking. With Android 9 Pie on the Pixel 3, running two apps at once is as simple as it is powerful.Products used in this guideGoogle Store: Pixel 3 ($799)How to activate split screen multitaskingSwipe up on the home button to view your recent apps.Tap the app icon at the top of one of the apps you want to run.Choose the Split screen option.You'll see the app shrink up to the top of the screen, while the other apps in your recent apps carousel shrink down to a shorter preview. If you change your mind and would rather use the app you just selected on its own, you can pull down on the white tab of the shrunken window to fill the entire screen.Tap the second app you'd like to run in split screen.Both apps will occupy a re...
Add voice control using a free Echo Dot with these Blink security systems
Upgrade your home security.Whether you go for the white Blink indoor security cameras or the weather-resistant black Blink XT outdoor cameras, today you can get a free Echo Dot on any available bundle. The Echo Dot is currently $29.99 by itself. All you have to do is add it to your cart along with the Blink system you want and you'll see the $29.99 taken off automatically when checking out.The other nice thing about these deals is the Blink cameras are all down to some of their best prices ever. Some of the bundles are even better than what we saw over Black Friday. The deal only applies to systems. The add-on cameras won't work.Blink's indoor line of cameras offer motion detection, instant 720p HD recording and notifications straight to your smartphone. You can also check in on your home in real time from anywhere in the world via the Blink app. They are super simple to set up and run wirelessly for two years on AA batteries. Grab a single-camera system for $66.99 or the five-c...
The best screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
We live and breathe Android phones, and we want to make sure our phones stay as beautiful as the day they come out of the box. Therefore, screen protectors are something we buy with every phone we use.The Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector will perfectly protect your phone, and it's well worth the steep price.Our pickWhitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector$60 from AmazonThe absolute perfect fit for your Note 9Most screen protectors don't cover 100% of the Note 9's screen because of the curved design. This one does, so your phone is totally protected.Who should buy this screen protectorIf you have a Note 9, this is the screen protector for you. It's tempered glass, so it will feel just as smooth as the glass on your phone. Its slim enough to fit under cases, so you can protect the rest of your phone as well. It includes an oleophobic coating to keep fingerprints and smudges at bay, and best of all, it covers 100% of the glass.Other screen protectors stop before t...
Tear down your opponent's towers in RIVAL: Crimson x Chaos!
RIVAL: Crimson x ChaosThe PvP arena strategy genre is exploding on mobile gaming, and RIVAL: Crimson x Chaos is the latest entry that aims to bring premium graphics to the table. If you were a fan of Clash Royale but want a similar style with a more serious tone, this game is worth checkout out.For those who might not be entirely familiar with the genre, these arena strategy games are a hybrid of tower defense and card casting games played against a live opponent in timed matches. You're able to cast cards based on their mana cost, with a wide range of troops available each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Your goal is to destroy your opponent's towers while simultaneously defending your own.In RIVAL, the gameplay goes left to right in landscape orientation, and the gameplay seems to be nice and balanced. The tutorial stages are great for introducing you to the basic gameplay and strategy, and the process for unlocking new cards and upgrading the ones involve...
Treat yourself today with 10% off almost everything at eBay
Want a new computer, console or smartphone? This discount will take up to $100 off the items of your choice.For a limited time today, eBay is running a site-wide sale that saves you 10% on your purchase when you use the coupon code PHLDAYTEN during checkout. There's no minimum spend but the coupon can only be used once per account and has a maximum saving of $100.It's not limited to specific sellers like other coupons are, but there are a few exceptions on product categories, including Coins & Paper Money, Gift Cards & Coupons, and Real Estate. If there are a few things that you've been eyeing at eBay, this is your chance to pick them up for less.Here's a few other items you might look at:Philips Hue Starter Kit - $89.99 (Was $100)Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive - $124.24 (Was $138)Ring Video Doorbell Pro - $224.99 (Was $250)Nintendo Switch console - $247.50 (Was $275)Dysone V7 Animal Pro cordless vacuum - $251.99 (Was $280)Bose QuietComfo...
You need to download this photo editor if you use a Chromebook
Polarr Photo Editor is the best way to edit pictures on your Chromebook.One of the most often asked questions about Chromebooks we get is how to edit photos. You see the same questions in the comments of Chromebook posts and in forums and everywhere else. It's a valid question.One of the biggest holes in the Chromebook toolbox has always been content creation apps and utilities. If you need to edit video or audio or do more than some quick touch up work on photos, you likely looked towards a Windows or Mac laptop instead of a Chromebook because the tools were few and far between and many of the available ones were little more than a link to an online utility.That's starting to change. The old adage of "if you build it they will come" rings a little true. Chromebooks are selling well even with a down market for traditional computers, and more and more schools are giving students a Chromebook to help them with their schoolwork and get them ready for the "outside world." This puts...
The end is coming early — Avengers 4: Endgame is coming out April 26, 2019!
Well, it's been a long few months since the heart-wrenching ending of Avengers: Infinity War, and just as soon as we got over the trauma, we now have news about the sequel — and final entry in the storied franchise.Avengers 4 will be called Endgame, and will be released on April 26, 2019. You can watch the awesome first trailer below.The trailer gives us a few fleeting glimpses into characters that we got to know better in Avengers, and a couple that were completely absent — notably Scott Lang, AKA Ant-Man, and Hawkeye. Given that we know Avengers 4 is the last in this particular sequence, and the final Marvel film for many of the actors involved in the series for a decade now, we're likely to get a pretty incredible and climactic showdown with Thanos.What's your take on the trailer?...
How to pre-install a pre-ordered PlayStation 4 game
Get ready to play on Day One.Downloading games can take hours, especially if you have a slow internet connection. This isn't ideal when the future is increasingly becoming digital and we want to jump into our games as quickly as possible. Luckily, we can pre-install games that we have pre-ordered on PlayStation 4 so we can start playing as soon as the game unlocks after its release. Here's how to do just that.Our top picksKingdom Hearts 3 ($60)Resident Evil 2 Remake ($60) Anthem ($60)The GuideFirst, scroll to your Library from the home screen.Navigate to the Purchased section.Select the pre-ordered game that you want to pre-install.At this point, you'll see a page with a countdown timer. If the game supports pre-installation, it should automatically do so within about 48 hours before the game is set to launch.How to enable automatic downloadsFrom the home screen, go to Settings.Scroll down to System.Select Automatic Downloads.Make sure that Applicatio...
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review, 3 months later: The uncompromising flagship
Three months on, the Galaxy Note 9 is still the most feature-packed phone in the market.When you sell over 20 million units of something, you don't change the formula. You instead try to make it better by tweaking a few elements. That's Samsung's strategy in a nutshell with the Galaxy Note 9.The phone retains the same basic design aesthetic as the Note 8, with Samsung instead focused on polishing the overall experience, leading to a more vibrant display and finely-optimized software. But this being Samsung, we still got to see cool new features in the form of a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen and a new imaging module with variable aperture.While we've written about the Note 9 extensively over the last three months, it makes sense to revisit the phone in a full review to see how it has weathered its first quarter. Without further ado, here's how the Note 9 is doing three months after its launch.Still going strongSamsung Galaxy Note 9 ...
4K and HDR TVs have never been cheaper
4K is the way of the future. Despite its slow consumer-level growth over the last five or so years, we're starting to see more and more 4K HDR content, and therefore, more and more consoles, platforms, and services are showing support. When 4K TVs hit the market, they were well over $2,500 apiece, but now you can get a 4K TV quite inexpensively. These are the best cheap 4K HDR TVs you can buy.Top dogLG UK6300PUE (43", 49", 55", 65")Our pickIn terms of best bang for your buck, this LG model is without a doubt our top pick. LG makes some of the best TVs money can buy, and this one matches up well to even other more expensive sets. You can get a 49-inch for under $400, featuring LG's fantastic Web OS smart interface, a stunning IPS panel, and, of course, HDR10 support.$397 for 49" at AmazonCheapest optionToshiba LF621U19 (43", 50", 55")For only $400, you can get this TV in 55 inches. It features Amazon's Fire TV platform built right in, and it supports 4K HDR content...
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