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Google’s Assistant will help ‘sync’ your smart home devices

Smart homes can be tricky to manage, especially if you've invested in a bunch of different brands. If you have a Google Home, good news: You can now use the Google Assistant to clean up and "sync" any misbehaving devices. Let's say you have some Philips Hue lights in your living room — you set them up and everything works great. A few months later, you buy some extra bulbs for the kitchen, but your Home doesn't seem to recognise them. You could, of course, start poking around the appropriate apps, but now there's a voice command that will do it for you: Sync My Lights.

You can swap "lights" for another device type and it'll work just as well. Or mutter "sync my devices" for a full spring clean. In short, the command forces Google to check all of your Home-linked apps and services for new hardware. It's a small, but useful update if you're frequently adding or adjusting devices that haven't been built by Google or Nest. One day, every smart home will be smart enough to keep track of these things — until then, you can fix the occasional mistake by yelling at Google's Assistant.

Via: Android Police

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Google re-enables touch controls for audio playback on the Home Mini

There's an update on the way for those of you with a Home Mini speaker. Google is rolling out a new feature that lets you use the sides of the device to play or pause whatever you're listening to, be it music, news or if you want to end a call you're on. Right now, the touch-friendly side area of the Home Mini only works to control the volume, but now with a long press of the unmarked spots you can have some extra functionality.

Back in October, Google had to disable the Home Mini's top button, after it was reported that the budget speaker was recording basically any and every sound. Thankfully, the search giant took care of that issue rather quickly -- but those are just the risks you take when you want the lavish life of a smart home.

Just Eat made a ‘magic wand’ for ordering food.

Just Eat, we need to talk. Your latest invention, a food-ordering "magic wand," is ridiculous. I get that you want to have some fun over the Christmas period — and somewhere, your marketing department is having a good chuckle — but you've gone too far. Enough is enough. First of all, is it meant for the kitchen or the bedroom? Actually, don't answer that. Then there's the operation. You have to download a separate app (ugh), login and make an order the old-fashioned way. Only then can you repeat this order — and nothing else — by waving the wand around like Merlin.

Did I mention that it only works with Android? Oh, and the app has to be open for the wand to work, otherwise your phone can't hear the "sonic barcode" being emitted from the tip. *Sigh* Okay, so thankfully this is a prototype. And obviously it's a joke. (I doubt Just Eat plans to actually sell any of these.) Even so, the number of hours that must have been required to design and manufacture the wand is, frankly, embarrassing. So please Just Eat, no more. You're a solid takeout website that competes just fine with Deliveroo. You don't have to copy Pizza Hut and KFC's viral silliness.

iOS HomeKit bug exposed smart locks to unauthorized access

Apple has another security issue to deal with. As 9to5Mac reports today, Apple's HomeKit framework has a vulnerability that allows unauthorized access to connected smart devices like locks and garage door openers. Apple has already put in a server-side fix that rectifies the issue, but the fix also disables remote access to shared users. Apple says that the reduced functionality will be restored with an iOS 11.2 update next week.

While 9to5Mac didn't share the details of the vulnerability, it also reportedly opened up smart lights, thermostats and plugs to unauthorized control. This issue follows a High Sierra bug discovered last month that allowed users to gain admin access without a password.

Because the server-side fix has already been implemented, users do not need to take any additional steps to secure their smart products. Just be sure to install the iOS update when it's released in order to regain the reduced functionality.

Source: 9to5Mac

Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $65 on an iPad mini 4

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iPad mini 4 128GB

Street price: $340; deal price: $275

At $275, this price matches the low we saw for the iPad mini 4 128GB during Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. It's an excellent deal and as low as we've seen for this small tablet. Gold, Silver, and Space Gray are all available at the sale price.

The iPad Mini 4 is our pick if you absolutely need something smaller in our iPad guide. Dan Frakes and Nick Guy wrote, "The main advantage of the iPad mini is that it has a better screen than the standard iPad: As with the screen on the iPad Pro models, the mini's screen has no air gap between the display panel and front glass, which means you get better clarity and less intra-display reflection. The mini's screen also has a higher pixel density. The result is that the iPad mini 4's screen, which also has an antireflective coating, is easier to use in bright light or sunlight and displays slightly sharper images than the screen on the standard iPad. The other advantage is the mini's smaller size and lighter weight, which make it a bit easier to hold, especially in one hand."

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush

Street price: $40; deal price: $20 w/ clipped on-page coupon

Back again after the price jumped back up for a short time, this deal matches the lowest price we've seen on our top electric toothbrush. We briefly saw it at this price during Black Friday, but that deal didn't stick around for long, and like the last, this one isn't likely stay long either. Make sure to clip the $10 off coupon in order to get the deal price of $20. Only the white color is available for the deal price.

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is our top pick in our guide to the best electric toothbrush. Casey Johnston, Tracy Vence, and Shannon Palus wrote, "The Pro 1000 is among Oral-B's least expensive models, but it comes with all the features most of our experts recommended, for the lowest price—a two-minute timer (with a nice-to-have quadrant alert) and a wide selection of compatible and affordable brush heads. And recently the Pro 1000 was among the first five electric toothbrushes to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The Pro 1000 has comfortable-feeling oscillating bristles, a simple one-button interface, and a battery that lasted 11½ days with twice-daily use in our tests. The body survived drop tests on the floor and into water. Best of all, you're not getting overcharged for features like digital monitors, travel cases, or inductive chargers—none of which will actually get your teeth any cleaner than the Pro 1000 can."

Steelcase Gesture Office Chair

Street price: $1000; deal price: $900

This is a great deal and the lowest we've seen on our top pick office chair. If you're looking to add it to your desk at work, the light white color is probably your best bet. If you're outfitting your home office or don't mind a bit of added flair, the tangerine orange, wasabi green, and concord purple are also available for $900, with the blue jay blue color coming in just under the others at $877. Stock is low, but Amazon indicates more are on the way.

The Steelcase Gesture is our top pick in our guide to the best office chairs. Kyle VanHermert and Michael Zhao wrote, "We like the Steelcase Gesture for most people because it is highly adjustable if you need that but still solid if you don't. It's designed to accommodate a modern workflow, where people aren't expected to sit still in front of a keyboard and monitor all day. Lean back to check your phone, and the chair leans with you—keeping your body supported all the while. If you need to make room for a tablet on your lap, the armrests rotate outward to accommodate that, and downward to support your lowered elbows. While everybody knows not to cross one's legs or slouch while sitting, the Gesture won't punish you for doing so; flexible and padded edges keep the cushioning comfortable regardless of your body positioning. And if you do want to sit up straight all day, the Gesture is just as comfortable as the best task chairs currently available."

Acer Chromebook 11 C771T

Street price: $340; deal price: $315

If you're looking for a small Chromebook for yourself or a young one but still want a quality option, the Acer Chromebook 11 C771T is a nice pickup. At $314, it's only $25 less than usual, but this is an item that rarely ever sees discounts, even during previous holiday sales. We may see it go lower, but this is the first notable drop on it.

The Acer Chromebook 11 C771T is our budget pick in our guide to the best Chromebook. Kimber Streams wrote, "The best cheap Chromebook right now is the Acer Chromebook 11 C771T because it's powerful enough for everyday work and most Android apps, plus it has a decent (though small) touchscreen, all-day battery life, and solid build quality. It's ruggedized and has a spill-proof keyboard, and has a wider selection of older ports, so it's a good choice for students (for whom it's designed). The C771T's keyboard and trackpad aren't exceptional, but they work. And though we wish the C771T had a 360-degree hinge for using Android apps in tablet mode, it's not a crucial feature."

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Engadget UK giveaway: Win a smart heating system courtesy of Tado

There's nothing like cosying up in front of a roaring fire during the Christmas holidays, but you can't exactly stoke the embers from your smartphone on the way home from work. Turning your central heating up to tropical temperatures from afar is something you can do with Tado's smart heating system, though. This week, we're giving away one of Tado's connected thermostat starter kits, two smart radiator valves for creating specific heating zones, and free installation for the lot. The smart thermostat also works with Alexa, Siri and Google's Assistant, so there are plenty of ways to fiddle with the dial without taking your hands out of those toasty pockets. Go ahead and get your entries in via the Rafflecopter widget below, but make sure to familiarise yourself with the giveaway rules first.

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Which gaming console is right for you?

There are three main contenders in the video game console market, and each one has unique advantages and drawbacks. The PlayStation 4, for example, is easy to use: Sony has made a powerful console designed to appeal to as many players as possible, and its gamble has largely paid off. While Microsoft clearly wants just as many people playing Xbox One, it's tackling the market via its ecosystem, which is more open than any of the other consoles. The Xbox One supports cross-play with Windows 10, and its built-in livestreaming architecture, Mixer, is an impressive tool. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch is a strange treasure, packing less power than the other two systems but making up for this technical loss with an innovative hybrid design.

Here we break down the best and worst bits of the PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, Xbox One X and the Switch for anyone looking to buy into the video game universe this fall.

PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 is arguably the most popular console of the current generation, with Sony repeatedly outselling Microsoft's Xbox One, since both systems debuted in 2013. The PS4 hit the market at $400, featuring an advanced AMD GPU, 4K video (not games, mind) and the promise of eventual HDR support -- though this base model essentially doesn't exist anymore. Three years after the PS4's launch, Sony introduced two upgraded systems, commonly referred to as the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro.

The Slim lives up to its name: It's a sleeker version of the base model, shaving about two pounds off the console's frame while keeping the 1.84-teraflop AMD processing unit. It comes in 500GB and 1TB sizes and supports Blu-ray and DVD, just like the launch console. The Slim, however, starts at $300.

The Pro is Sony's true mid-generation upgrade. It costs $400 and is heftier than the Slim by about three pounds. Its most notable feature is the ability to play games in 4K via an upscaling process called checkerboard rendering. This isn't true 4K, but it's damn close; it's near impossible to spot any difference between checkerboard rendering and actual 4K gaming. The Pro doesn't feature any beefy upgrades to the PS4's CPU or memory (that's what keeps it from representing a new console generation, according to its architect, Mark Cerny), though it includes a 4.20-teraflop AMD processor.

But what good is a 4K console if games don't support anything higher than 1080p? Luckily, there's a sizable lineup of titles optimized for the PS4 Pro, utilizing checkerboard rendering or other upscaling techniques to hit resolutions above 1080p. These games include indie darlings like Abzu, Outlast 2, No Man's Sky, Resogun, Rez Infinite, Rocket League, Nex Machina and The Witness, plus AAA titles including Destiny 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Fallout 4, Overwatch, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Horizon Zero Dawn and Battlefield 1.

Superhot VR is one of the many virtual reality games available for the PSVR.

Over the past few years, Sony has effectively cornered the market on indie games, showcasing small studios during major press conferences and packing its digital store with irreverent, creative and massively popular independent projects. However, the company has seemingly shifted its focus recently, paying less attention to indie games to instead dive headfirst into virtual reality.

Compared with the Xbox One S, Xbox One X or the Switch, the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro have one clear advantage: VR. PlayStation VR is an impressive introduction to the possibilities of virtual reality, presented in a plug-and-play package. It's only been around for a year, but there are more than 100 PSVR experiences in the PlayStation Store, with 60 more due out by early 2018. And the PSVR hardware itself is only going to get better: An updated version of the headset is already on sale in Japan.

What the PS4 Slim does well
  • Virtual reality
  • 4K video
  • Blu-ray
  • Indie games
  • AAA games (exclusives include Uncharted, The Last Guardian, Persona 5, Bloodborne and Nier: Automata)
What it's bad at
  • No 4K gaming
  • No UHD Blu-ray
  • Dualshock 4 controllers have pretty terrible battery life

What the PS4 Pro does well
  • Everything on the PS4 Slim list
  • 4K gaming via checkerboard rendering
  • Even smoother PSVR experiences
What it's bad at
  • No UHD Blu-ray
  • Not particularly portable
  • Dualshock 4 controllers have pretty terrible battery life


Xbox One

If any company is going to bridge the gap between gaming consoles and PCs, it'll be Microsoft. The Xbox ecosystem plays nice with Windows 10 via the Play Anywhere program: Participating titles support cross-play between Xbox and Windows 10, allowing console fans to boot up games with their PC buddies or simply play a title seamlessly across both systems. Plus, buying a Play Anywhere game for Xbox One automatically makes it available at no additional cost on Windows 10, and vice versa.

After Microsoft announced Play Anywhere at E3 2016, it had to clarify which games would actually support the new feature, changing it from "every new title published from Microsoft Studios" to "every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year." Fans were wary of the change, though today a handful of high-profile games are on the Play Anywhere list, including Cuphead, Tacoma, Forza Motorsport 7, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Gears of War 4, Thimbleweed Park, Ruiner and We Happy Few.

This messaging problem has dogged Microsoft since the debut of the Xbox One. In the lead-up to the current console generation, Microsoft presented the Xbox One as an "always-on" system that would be constantly online, enabling easier updates, developer input and new types of connected gaming experiences. Customers were not impressed, arguing an always-on ecosystem would unfairly bar too many people from actually using the Xbox One, given the general unreliability of internet networks across the globe. In a series of confusing updates, Microsoft eventually reversed its decision to ship an always-on console. The company then had to play catch-up as the Xbox One's release date -- and the PS4's -- rapidly approached.

Today, there are two Xbox One models on the market: the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. While it's easy to argue all consoles nowadays require a consistent internet connection to properly function, neither of these systems is always on. However, they take advantage of modern network capabilities to enable built-in livestreaming and cross-play capabilities.

The Xbox One S is the "slim" version of the original Xbox One. It's 40 percent smaller than the base model, plus it has a UHD Blu-ray player and support for HDR gaming and video. The Xbox One X, meanwhile, is Microsoft's main event. It's the most powerful console on the market today (or ever, really), packing in a 6-teraflop GPU and 12GB GDDR5 RAM, compared with the PS4 Pro's 8GB. Most notably, the Xbox One X supports true 4K gaming and video, and it has a UHD Blu-ray drive. Of course, players have to pay for this kind of power: The Xbox One X starts at $500. The One S comes in at $300.

The PS4 Pro, keep in mind, costs $400, and it supports VR. Though Microsoft is supremely interested in the future of augmented reality, the company currently doesn't have an answer to PSVR.

Buying an Xbox One means buying into Microsoft's ecosystem, which isn't a terrible thing by any stretch of the imagination. Microsoft enables cross-play between Xbox and Windows 10, and its in-house streaming service, Mixer, makes it incredibly easy to go live on Twitch and other platforms -- in 4K UHD, no less. Plus, the One S and One X can access a robust library of classic Xbox and Xbox 360 games via backward compatibility. That's not to mention the upgraded, Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One gamepad, which has emerged as the gold standard of controllers.

What the Xbox One S does well
  • Livestreaming via Mixer
  • UHD Blu-ray
  • 4K video
  • Fantastic Bluetooth gamepad
  • Backward compatibility
  • Play Anywhere enables cross-play and seamless gaming with Windows 10
What it's bad at
  • No VR
  • Less graphically powerful than the PS4 Slim
  • No 4K

What the Xbox One X does well
  • Everything on the Xbox One S list
  • 4K gaming
What it's bad at
  • Most expensive console on the market
  • Not particularly portable
  • No VR



The Switch is, in a word, wonderful. It's not the most powerful gaming console available today -- that's the Xbox One X -- nor does it support 4K, the most apps or the widest variety of games. Still, the Switch is everything Nintendo promised it would be, and then some: It's a hybrid console, capable of playing titles up to 1080p on a television or up to 720p on its portable, 6.2-inch display.

The Switch exclusively features some of the best games of the year (and it was a good year for games, indeed), including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. And then there are all the indie offerings -- this is a new space for Nintendo, but so far, developers have largely been happy with the company's approach to publishing. The Switch has signed on games like Shovel Knight, TumbleSeed, Stardew Valley, Rime, TowerFall, Travis Strikes Again, Floor Kids, Golf Story, Super Meat Boy Forever and Kentucky Route Zero.

The Switch comes with two tiny Joy-Con controllers, which function just fine as full gamepads, complete with Nintendo's new HD Rumble technology. However, there's no getting around the fact that these are super-small controllers, not ideal for large hands or extended play sessions. The Switch ships with a Joy-Con Grip in the box, allowing players to create their own full-size Frankenstein gamepad, though it's worth noting the controllers don't charge when hooked up to the connector. Here's where Nintendo's real hustle comes in: selling accessories. A full-size Switch Pro Controller costs $70, while the Charge Grip accessory, which allows the Joy-Cons to refuel while connected, costs $30. And then there are all of those adorable Amiibo figurines, which sell for about $15 a pop: The Switch has a built-in NFC reader just for them. The console itself costs $300.

It wouldn't be a Nintendo system if there weren't some strange form of digital-rights management built into it, and the Switch doesn't disappoint on this front. The Switch is technically adequate for the current console generation -- Zelda is beautiful on the built-in display, even at 720p -- and Nintendo finally figured out that people like to watch Hulu through their gaming consoles, but there's one glaring omission in the system's feature set: no backup option for save files. The Switch has a slot for a microSD card, though it doesn't allow players to save game data to external storage and the company itself doesn't offer any online backup services, as the PS4 and Xbox One ecosystems do. This means if your save data is accidentally deleted or your console is stolen, lost or damaged, all the hours you spent soaring around Hyrule simply disappear.

The Switch doesn't support VR or 4K, though the hardware itself remains an achievement. Nintendo attempted to make hybrid gaming happen with the Wii U, and its efforts failed spectacularly. The Switch, meanwhile, is truly comfortable as both a portable system and an at-home console. It's the only current-generation console that makes sense to take out of the house. It's perfect for plane, train, bus or car rides, bringing the living room gaming experience on the road in a real way.

What the Switch does well
  • Portable and living room gaming
  • Local multiplayer experiences
  • Strong lineup of exclusive games
  • Indie games
What it's bad at
  • Gamepads are expensive
  • No backup save data
  • Few media apps for now
  • No 4K
  • No VR

So, which console is for you?

There is no "best" console, at least not on a large scale. Each system excels and fails in its own special ways. The only determining factor is what you, as an individual, want to get out of a gaming system. Do you want the most games and players in an easy-to-use package? That's the PS4 Slim -- but go Pro if you want to show off your 4K TV. However, if your main goal is to run your 4K TV, UHD Blu-ray collection and homemade gaming PC through their paces, an Xbox One X might be worth the extra cash. For world travelers, daily commuters and party fiends, the Switch makes a ton of sense. Plus, it has a surprisingly rich library of high-quality games, everything from AAA to indie.

With three solid console lines, a flourishing PC scene, booming esports market and more titles than ever before, it's a good time to be a video game fan -- regardless of which system you choose.

Engadget giveaway: Win a DiskStation DS418 courtesy of Synology!

After a quick setup and you could be running your own private cloud server with one of Synology's NAS drives like the DiskStation DS418. This device can handle a variety of tasks while providing more storage space at an ultimately more affordable price than third-party online services. You can schedule backups of your personal computer and mobile data, synchronize data across all your devices and access files from anywhere with either a mobile device or PC. If you're into 4K movies, the DS418 provides online transcoding via Video Station and DS video allowing high-res content to playback on devices that don't even support UHD. With Surveillance Station software installed, you can also record and monitor video from connected security cameras. This week, Synology has provided us with one of its DiskStation DS418 4-bay models so that one lucky reader can expand their world of storage, streaming and capture. Just head to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this NAS from Synology.

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Amazon’s AI camera helps developers harness image recognition

Far from the stuff of science fiction, artificial intelligence is becoming just another tool for developers to build the next big thing. It's built in to Photoshop to help you knock out backgrounds, Google is using AI to figure out if you have a person peeping on your phone and Microsoft uses the technology to teach you Chinese. As Amazon's Jeff Barr says, "I think it is safe to say, with the number of practical applications for machine learning, including computer vision and deep learning, that we've turned the corner" towards practical applications for AI. To that end, Amazon has announced AWS DeepLens, a new video camera that runs deep learning models right on the device.

The DeepLens has a 4 megapixel camera that can capture 1080P video, along with a 2D microphone array. It's powered by an Intel Atom Processor with more than 100 gigaflops of power, which means it can process tens of frames of video through the deep-learning AI systems per second. The DeepLens camera has WiFi, USB and micro HDMI ports, and 8 gigabytes of memory to run all that code on, too. It runs Ubuntu 16.04, and can connect to Amazon Web Serivces, too.

While primarily for developers right now, it's not hard to see possible cool consumer applications down the line. Amazon has already put together some templates for devs to practice with, letting them use the DeepLens camera to detect things like faces, dogs and cats, hot dogs (or not) and a variety of household items, along with various motions and actions. Imagine showing DeepLens a bottle of shampoo, which then is recognized and relayed to Amazon to order you another bottle, or an attached device that can recognize your pets and feed them appropriately.

Barr notes that many future projects will likely run both onboard the device and in the cloud. "With eyes, ears, and a fairly powerful brain that are all located out in the field and close to the action, it can run incoming video and audio through on-board deep learning models quickly and with low latency, making use of the cloud for more compute-intensive higher-level processing. For example, you can do face detection on the DeepLens and then let Amazon Rekognition take care of the face recognition."

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The best Black Friday deals 2017

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Amazon Echo 2nd Generation

Street Price: $100; Deal Price: $80

The first sale we've seen on the upgraded model of the Echo.The 2nd Generation Amazon Echo is our pick in our guide to the best Alexa-compatible smart-home devices for Amazon Echo. We wrote, "An Amazon Echo offers a convenient interface for your smart home and provides functionality that an app on your phone can't. If you already have some Alexa-compatible devices or one of the three major smart-home hubs (SmartThings, Wink, or Insteon), adding an Echo can make accessing those devices more interesting and convenient."

Playstation VR Skyrim Bundle

Street Price: $450; Deal Price: $335

This bundle was $450 until recently, game still goes for $60 & while street price of VR gear is falling, street is no lower than $400.

The Playstation VR is an "also great" pick in our guide to the best VR headsets for PC and PS4. We wrote, "Sony's PlayStation VR headset can't track you quite as well as the competition can, but it's good enough to provide a fun, solid virtual reality gaming experience."

TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450

Street Price: $90; Deal Price: $60

A big $30 drop and the best price we've seen all year.

The TP-Link RE450 is the top pick in our wi-fi range extender guide. We wrote, "On our two long-range wireless tests (one line-of-sight, and one with walls and other objects between the extender and our test laptop), it gave us excellent performance. And because it's an AC1750 extender, it supports the fastest wireless speeds of our favorite router and any device you're likely to own."

Anker PowerCore 20100

Street Price: $40; Deal Price: $32

The best price we've seen on a charger that can charge multiple phones at once.

The Anker PowerCore 20100 is our pick for more power in our best USB battery packs and power banks guide. We wrote, "With 74 Wh (20,000 mAh) of capacity, this Anker pack can charge your smartphone every day for a weeklong work trip or keep two devices charged for a long weekend away."

iPad Pro 10.5-Inch (64GB)

Street Price: $650; Deal Price: $525

Matches low we've seen on this tablet pick in the 64GB size.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is our upgrade pick in our guide to the best tablet. We wrote, "Only slightly bigger than the standard iPad but considerably faster, the Pro has a larger, better screen, better cameras, and support for Apple's Pencil. It's better than the standard model for creating, multitasking, and gaming."

Samsung Gear VR with Controller

Street Price: $130; Deal Price: $90

The updated, Note 8 friendly version of one of our picks, with its first discount.

The Samsung Gear VR is the runner-up pick in our phone VR headsets guide. We wrote, "The Gear VR has both the most and the most mature apps in the category. It also has better specs, meaning more-serious gamers should consider this headset."

Motorola Moto G5 Plus 32GB

Street Price: $220; Deal Price: $170

A new low on our favorite cheap Android phone.

The G5 Plus is the top pick in our guide to the best budget Android phones. We wrote, "Excellent performance and build quality compared with other budget phones. Its interface is clean with no bloatware, and it works on all major US carriers."

Corsair K70 LUX RGB w/ red switches

Street Price: $150; Deal Price: $110

The lowest price we've seen on a mechanical keyboard we like.

The Corsair K70 LUX RGB is our full-size gaming pick in our review of our favorite mechanical keyboards. We wrote, "If you want a full-size gaming keyboard with media keys and Cherry switches, the best option is the Corsair K70 LUX RGB Mechanical Gaming keyboard. It's available with Cherry MX Brown, MX Blue, MX Red, and MX Speed switches. Though the K70 LUX was one of the more expensive full-size gaming boards we tested, it was still the favorite of our panel testers because of its superior build quality and handy media keys."

Philips Hue Single A19 Bulbs

Street Price: $50; Deal Price: $32

By far the best price we've seen on individual bulbs from the Hue line. These hit a new low of $40 a few days ago, and today, they're down even further.

The Philips Hue A19 bulbs are our pick for the best smart LED light bulbs. We wrote, "The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 – Gen 3 are the best all-around smart bulbs you can buy. The Hue bulbs do everything their competitors do, but their wider product and app ecosystem allows for more flexibility and creativity than any other smart bulb."

Sonos Playbar

Street Price: $700; Deal Price: $600

A new low on our top pick for best soundbar. We wrote, "The Playbar sounds fantastic and is easier to set up and operate than any other soundbar we've tested."

Sonos Play:1 Speaker

Street Price: $200; Deal Price: $150

This matches the lowest price we've seen on our top multiroom wireless speaker system. We wrote, "The Play:1 sounds great on its own and is an affordable entry point to the Sonos system. A pair in stereo mode sounds even better."

Garmin Vívosport Smart Activity Tracker

Street Price: $200; Deal Price: $150

A new low for our top activity tracker pick.

The Vívosport is our pick for the best fitness tracker. We wrote, "The Garmin Vívosport nails all the capabilities of a well-rounded fitness tracker by combining an always-visible color display, responsive auto-activity detection with GPS, up-to-seven-day battery life, and accurate continuous heart-rate readings in a wrist-worn band that's waterproof for swimming."

Roku Streaming Stick+

Street Price: $70; Deal Price: $48

A new low on our upcoming top media streamer pick. We wrote, "The Roku Streaming Stick+ costs more than the similar Streaming Stick, but it's worth the slight premium because it's more future proof. It supports the latest 4K, HDR10, WCG video formats and Dolby Atmos for audio. Its redesigned antenna also improves its Wi-Fi reception. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same as the cheaper model, which is a good thing."

Google Home Speaker

Street Price: $120; Deal Price: $80

A good price on a smart speaker for those committed to the Google ecosystem, usually over $120. We wrote, "Google's wireless speaker, digital assistant, and smart-home controller looks better than its biggest competition, reliably responds to most voice queries, offers solid multiroom audio, and sounds pretty good."

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable + Mackie CR3

Street Price: $330; Deal Price: $244 with code DIGTURKEY5

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The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is our pick in our guide to the best turntable for casual listening. We wrote, "The Audio-Technica is highly adjustable, has a built-in phono preamp for hassle-free setup, sounds great out of the box, offers above-average adjustment flexibility, and has a built-in USB port that makes it easy to digitize your LP collection." The Mackie CR3 speakers are our top pick computer speakers. We wrote, "There are better-sounding speakers that cost more, and cheaper speakers that sound decent, but these have the right blend of sound quality and user-friendliness."

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS Headphones

Street Price: $70; Deal Price: $39

A big drop on these noise-canceling earbuds.

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS are the budget pick in our guide to the best noise-cancelling earbuds. We wrote, "If the Bose QuietControl 30 is out of your price range but you still want Bluetooth, the Phiaton BT 100 NC is a solid alternative. This pair doesn't offer as much noise cancelling as the QC30, but it still provides a reasonable amount while costing around 30 percent of the price of the Bose model. This model can also connect via analog, so if the battery dies you can still listen to music."

Denon AVRS730H Receiver

Street Price: $450; Deal Price: $350

The first big drop we've seen on our new receiver pick.

The Denon AVRS730H is our pick in our guide to the best receiver. We wrote, "The Denon AVR-S730H offers easy setup, good room correction, and supports streaming from a wide number of online music services."

Samsung Gear IconX Earbuds

Street Price: $200; Deal Price: $150

The first discount we've seen on this pair of earbuds.

The Samsung Gear IconX earbuds are the Android/Samsung pick in our true wireless guide. We wrote, "Offers decent sound, probably on a par with that of $70 corded in-ear headphones. The fit is comfortable and secure for most ear types. Touch-sensitive volume, track, and voice-command controls mean you don't have to press the earbud uncomfortably and awkwardly into your ear as you make adjustments."

Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope

Street Price: $700; Deal Price: $600

A nice deal matching the previous low on our best telescope pick. We wrote, "It has a primary 5-inch mirror, which is big enough for a light-gathering capacity that yields crisp images of some of the best objects in our solar system, from Saturn's rings to Jupiter's cloud bands, and provides sufficient power to introduce you to objects in the deep sky."

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