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TL;DR: You can watch all of your favorite Disney movies for free (for a week, at least) by signing up for the seven-day trial of Disney+. If you don't cancel your plan by the time that trial ends, you'll pay $6.99 a month or $69.99/year for access to the brand new streaming service.


Cinderella once mused that "a dream is a wish your heart makes," and if your own heart has been wishing for a way to watch its favorite Disney movies for free, well, just call us the Fairy Godmother.

As you probably know by now, Disney threw its hat into the streaming ring with Disney+, an all-new on-demand streaming platform that debuted (to much commotion) on Nov. 12. But what you might not know is that Disney+ offers a free seven-day trial that includes access to its entire library of more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes — everything from Disney classics to Marvel movies and The Simpsons. Yes, really. Read more...

More about Streaming Services, Mashable Shopping, Disney Movies, Disney Plus, and Disney
Author: Haley Henschel

Some news websites that should know better spoiled the ending of The Mandalorian's chapter one, released Tuesday on the brand new Disney+ service, in their headlines and lead photos the same day. We are not going to go there. So if you wouldn't like to see a giant spoiler for the ending of the first ever episode of live-action TV Star Wars, look away before the end of the ZOMG.

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The cutest 50-year-old ever. (Sorry, Matthew McConaughey.)

The cutest 50-year-old ever. (Sorry, Matthew McConaughey.)

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This, then, is to be the MacGuffin of The Mandalorian. It's the one thing our stoic helmeted hero gave a crap about all episode, shooting his colleague IG-11 in order to save its life, then reaching out to touch fingers like he hadn't just shot a fellow Bounty Hunter guild member. It's a tiny, unnamed 50-year-old creature with a striking resemblance to a baby version of the galaxy's greatest ghostly guru.  Read more...

More about Yoda, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Baby Yoda, and Entertainment
Author: Chris Taylor

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences came up with a new 3D printing technique that significantly reduces printing speeds. 

Multimaterial Multinozzle 3D (MM3D) printing uses a printhead with multiple nozzles, each of which can switch between up to eight different filaments 50 times per second.  Read more...

More about Mashable Video, 3d Printing, 3d Printer, Harvard, and Soft Robots
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If you’ve ever left your stylist's or barber’s chair with  perfectly coiffed and voluminous hair feeling ready to take on the world, only to have your efforts fall flat when it comes time to recreate the look on your own, we’re going to let you in on a secret: It’s probably your blow dryer’s fault.

Yes, that’s right — the secret to getting shiny, bouncing salon-level hair at home is as easy as adding a great hair dryer to your arsenal to make blowouts at home a breeze. And no matter your hair’s texture, letting strands dry on their own often ends in a whole lot of frizz and the kind of volume you don’t want.  Read more...

More about Tech, Beauty, Hair Dryer, Mashable Shopping, and Consumer Tech
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BEST FOR THE MORNING MULTITASKER

Revlon One-Step hair dryer and styler

Get smooth, frizz-free style in half the time, thanks to Revlon's multitasking One-Step styling tool.

  • Wattage : 1,100
  • Attachments : Built-in hairbrush
  • Heat settings: 2
  • Speeds: 2
$39.99 from Walmart

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BEST OVERALL

Hot Tools Signature Series Turbo Ionic dryer

The same comfortable design and power you'd find in a professional hair dryer — but with an affordable price tag.

  • Wattage: 1,875
  • Attachments: Diffuser and concentrator
  • Heat settings: 3
  • Speeds: 3
$49.99 from Amazon

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BEST FRIZZ-FIGHTER

John Frieda Frizz Ease Full Volume hair dryer

Designed to help you achieve your desired volume sans frizz and flyaways, thanks to an advanced ionic generator.

  • Wattage: 1,875
  • Attachments: 2 concentrators, 1 diffuser
  • Heat settings: 3
  • Speeds: 2
$34.99 from Amazon

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BEST BUDGET OPTION

Revlon compact travel hair dryer

Travel hair dryers aren't just for on the go. With 1,875 watts, this Revlon hair dryer gets the job done quickly.

  • Wattage: 1,875
  • Attachments: None
  • Heat settings: 2
  • Speeds: 2
$10.97 from Walmart

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BEST FOR MINIMAL NOISE

KIPOZI 1875W Professional hair dryer

A quiet option for drying hair in the morning that's still packed with all the powerful wattage of other dryers.

  • Wattage: 1,875
  • Attachments: Concentrator and diffuser
  • Heat settings: 3
  • Speeds : 2
$42.06 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SLEEK STYLES

Revlon Salon 360 Surround hair dryer

Hair goes inside this 360-degree dryer for a smooth and sleek finished style in less time.

  • Wattage: 1,875
  • Attachments: None
  • Heat settings: 3
  • Speeds: 2
$14.99 from Walmart

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BEST AFFORDABLE BABYLISS MODEL

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Bambino compact dryer

This BaByliss hair dryer puts the power of the brand's full-sized dryers into a compact, lightweight size.

  • Wattage: 1,000
  • Attachments: None
  • Heat settings: 3
  • Speeds: 2
$29.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CREATING SHINE

Conair 1875 Watt Ionic Ceramic hair dryer

The Conair Watt Ionic Ceramic hair dryer stacks up specially designed technology to keep hair shiny, healthy, and manageable.

  • Wattage: 1,875
  • Attachments: Diffuser and concentrator
  • Heat settings: 3
  • Speeds: 2
$30.46 from Amazon

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BEST FOR LONGEVITY

Remington Pro hair dryer

Remington's Pearl Ceramic Technology conditions hair while styling for smoother strands with each use.

  • Wattage: 1,875
  • Attachments: Diffuser and concentrator
  • Heat settings : 3
  • Speeds: 2
$24.92 from Walmart

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BEST FOR THE ROSE GOLD FAN

The Infiniti PRO by Conair

The pink and powerful Infiniti PRO delivers customizable styling results with each use and comes with a removable filter for longevity.

  • Wattage : 1,875
  • Attachments: Diffuser and concentrator
  • Heat settings: 3
  • Speeds : 2
$34.75 from Walmart

Author: Jayla Andrulonis

The “smart luggage” trend is growing ever more popular with travelers and you’re looking to hop on the bandwagon — but you don’t know where to start. Well, we think we can help you with that. 

For starters, what is a smart suitcase?

Maybe we should back up. A smart suitcase is any piece of luggage that is embedded with some sort of electronic function that makes your life just a little bit easier. But why do you need smart luggage? Why are tech companies trying to make literally everything “smart” these days? What’s next — a smart toaster? (Actually yes, they already have one of those.) 

SEE ALSO: 9 of the best travel pillows Read more...

More about Travel, Luggage, Portable Chargers, Mashable Shopping, and Consumer Tech
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BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

The Carry-On by Away

This direct-to-consumer brand allows for a high-quality yet affordable suitcase with tons of options for customization -- and they all look great.

  • Dimensions: 21.7” x 13.7” x 9”
  • Weight: 7.6 lbs
  • Capacity : 39.8L
$225 from Away

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BEST ANTI-THEFT OPTION

XD Design Bobby Backpack

If your biggest fear involves being pickpocketed in a foreign land, this anti-theft backpack will keep you protected and quell at least *some* of that anxiety.

  • Dimensions: 11" x 5.1" x 16.9"
  • Weight: 1.76 lbs
  • Capacity: 13L
$95 from Amazon

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BEST ALUMINUM OUTER

Arlo Skye Frame Carry-On: Aluminum Edition

Style meets substance with this durable and sleek smart carry-on from Arlo Skye.

  • Dimensions: 22" x 14" x 9"
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 38L
$550 from Arlo Skye

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BEST MOBILE WORK STATION

Samsara Carry-On Suitcase

The Samsara's flat-top design makes for a perfect mobile work station that'll best suit remote workers and those who send emails from their airport gates.

  • Dimensions: 22" x 13" x 9"
  • Weight: 9 lbs
  • Capacity: 35L
$449 from Samsara

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BEST FOR ROUGH TERRAIN

The G-RO Carry-On Classic

The G-RO Carry-On classic can give you the extra buffer you need to be a little more rough with your stuff.

  • Dimensions: 14” x 22” x 9” (11.5” with expansion zipper open)
  • Weight : 9.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 37L (40L with expansion zipper open)
$449 from Amazon

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BEST FOR DURABILITY

Victorinox Lexicon Hardside Frequent Flyer

This durable yet lightweight rolling suitcase is great for protecting your goods and has a decent amount of storage compartments inside.

  • Dimensions: 13.9" x 9" x 21.6"
  • Weight: 6.83 lbs
  • Capacity: 34L
$460 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BATTERY POWER

Incase ProConnected 4 Wheel Hubless Roller

The Incase ProConnected 4 Wheel Hubless Roller is unmatched in its charging capabilities, with two extra USB ports.

  • Dimensions: 22" x 14" x 9"
  • Weight : 7.9 lbs
  • Capacity : 32L
$399.95 from Incase

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BEST SMART FEATURES

Planet Traveler USA Space Case 1

The Planet Traveler USA Space Case 1 is one of the smartest smart suitcases we've come across.

  • Dimensions: 22" x 14" x 10"
  • Weight : 10.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 34L
$799.99 from Walmart

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BEST FOR STORAGE SPACE

Heys Hardside Spinner

The Heys Hardside Spinner is efficient, smart, simple, and leaves plenty of room for all of your packing needs.

  • Dimensions : 30" x 12" x 20"
  • Weight: 9.8 lbs
  • Capacity : 109L
$239.99 from Macy's

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BEST FOR PORTABILITY

ModernistLook Smart Pro Backpack

Much easier to travel with than your average roller bag, the ModernistLook Smart Pro Backpack is lightweight and perfect for day-trips.

  • Dimensions: 17.7" x 12.9" x 5.9"
  • Weight : 2.31 lbs
  • Capacity: 22L
$89.99 from ModernistLook

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BEST BUDGET OPTION

The Marlon Carry-On

The Marlon's large wheels, expansion options, and organized compartments supply more-than-sufficient space — with USB charging as an added bonus.

  • Dimensions: 22" x 14" x 9" (12" expanded)
  • Weight: 7.2 lbs
  • Capacity: 45L (60L expanded)
$189 from Marlon

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BEST FOR MOBILITY

Modobag

The Modobag is compact, speedy, and an efficient way to get around with your stuff — if you don't mind stares.

  • Dimensions: 22” x 14” x 9”
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Capacity: 45L
$1,495 from Modobag

Author: Dylan Haas

A new app sits atop the App Store throne just a day after its debut.

Disney+ took the No. 1 spot from TikTok on Wednesday to become the top free app in Apple's App Store in the U.S. and Canada. It currently sits at #2 in the Netherlands, where a trial version of the app has been available since late September.

Within just 24 hours, Disney+ amassed 3.2 million total downloads and 1.3 million hours in user views on iOS and Android mobile devices (more hours than Amazon Prime or Roku), according to market research firm Apptopia

The demand for #DisneyPlus has exceeded our highest expectations. We are so pleased you’re excited to watch all your favorites and are working quickly to resolve any current issues. We appreciate your patience.

— Disney+ (@disneyplus) November 12, 2019 Read more...

More about Apple, Streaming Services, App Store, Tik Tok, and Disney Plus
Author: Haidee Chu

TL;DR: You'll be able to binge-watch all eight episodes of The Mandalorian for free if you wait until late December to take advantage of Disney+'s seven-day trial.


Thanks in no part to Disney+'s clumsy launch on Nov. 12, Jon Favreau's new Star Wars show The Mandalorian got pirated like crazy within hours of its release.

If you're a hardcore fan of the intergalactic series, the urge to hunt down torrents is probably strong with this one. But before you join the thousands of other stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherders over on sites like The Pirate Bay, consider this: There's a really easy way to watch The Mandalorian and other Disney+ exclusives for free (and legally), and it's by signing up for the streaming platform's weeklong trial. Read more...

More about Star Wars, Mashable Shopping, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, and Disney
Author: Haley Henschel

Text messages briefly took center stage during the first part of Donald Trump's impeachment hearings, and with them have come one of the worst parts of texting: those three little dots that signify "someone is typing."

On Wednesday, the first two witnesses in the official impeachment probe — American diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent — testified in public hearings on Capitol Hill.

As the two men began answering questions from the Democrats, several text messages between Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, were referenced. For those in the room and the people watching at home, renderings of the text messages were recreated and blown up on a screen. Read more...

More about Texting, Donald Trump, Impeachment, Culture, and Web Culture
Author: Nicole Gallucci

TL;DR: Buy the essential iHome vanity mirror with Bluetooth audio capabilities for $49.88 at Walmart. You save 38% on its regular price, plus you can also find other early Black Friday deals on hair styling tools such as a CHI hair straightener and Revlon volumizer brush


It's time to prepare for all of the social functions on their way this season. From family dinners to office holiday parties, you need the best styling tools to make sure to look your best when you rock that ugly sweater. 

One perfect example is this iHome vanity mirror with Bluetooth audio compatibility for $49.88 at Walmart. That $30 discount makes it a better option than Amazon, and it led us to find some of the other awesome pre-Black Friday deals available on premium hair tools for the ultimate holiday glow up.  Read more...

More about Home, Beauty, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Author: Ryan Lakich

The FBI's most recent Hate Crime Statistics Report, released on Tuesday, recorded 24 hate crime murders committed in 2018, a rise from the year before. 

In total, 7,120 hate crime incidents were reported in 2018, with 8,646 victims. 16,039 law enforcement agencies contribute to the FBI's collection of hate crime data. 

Following three years of increasing hate crime incidents, the number of hate crimes committed in 2018 is slightly down from that in 2017. Still, there was an increase in "crimes against persons," which includes intimidation and assault, in addition to homicide. 

"We're seeing a leaner and meaner type of hate crime going on," Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, said to NPR. "Homicides were up and crimes against persons were up and that's an important thing to look at." Read more...

More about Lgbtq, Fbi, Latinos, Anti Semitism, and Hate Crimes
Author: Natasha Pinon

TL;DR: This oddly-sized three-person sauna will be $800 off at Costco for Black Friday, dropping the price to $1,399.99 for those with a Costco membership. (Not a member? Sign up here.)


Black Friday brings us some pretty great deals, but there are also some that have us saying, "Huh?" Like this three-person sauna that will be on sale at Costco.

We have some questions.

First of all, three people? If you are a couple, who is this third person sitting in a sweat chamber with you? Maybe it's just three pals hanging out and having a good sweat together, but the odd number just feels, well... odd. Read more...

More about Relaxation, Costco, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, and Culture
Author: Miller Kern

YouTube channel Bebop graced the world with this stop motion Lego pizza video, and we may or may not be watching it for the 43rd time.

According to the video's description, the creators used 3,300 photos to make the sequence, which shows the process of making a pizza brick-by-brick. Knives slice through real-life ingredients, which are seemlessly transformed into Lego pieces after every cut.

The pizza goes into the oven to "bake" and comes out looking every bit the part of a real, non-Lego slice. It even has that real pizza flop.  Read more...

More about Video, Stop Motion, Asmr, Lego Pizza, and Culture
Author: Andy Moser

TL;DR: Ninja air frying items are on sale at Walmart ahead of Black Friday. Save $20 on the Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer Oven, $31 on the Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 Grill, and $50 on the Ninja XL air fryer.


Black Friday is when you can get the some of the best deals of the year on big-name kitchen appliances.

The only problem is that Black Friday is... after... Thanksgiving. And for people who find out that they have to bring a dish — or, god forbid, host the family get together — last minute, buying a pressure cooker or a roaster after isn't really helpful.

Walmart's pre-Black Friday deals are here to ensure that you're prepared: The classic Ninja Foodi, Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 Grill, Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Oven, and Ninja XL 5.5-quart Air Fryer are up to $90 off at Walmart, all with free delivery. Some of these will likely be the same as Black Friday prices. Read more...

More about Black Friday, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, Air Fryer, and Ninja Foodi
Author: Leah Stodart

TL;DR: You decide if it's worth it to you, but the AirPods Pro are $14 off (note that they won't ship for 1-3 months).


While the AirPods Pro pretty much just launched, we came across a nice little (seriously, it’s very little) discount for you if you want a pair — that is, if you’re willing to be very patient. 

We’re not sure how long this deal will last, but you can currently get a pair of AirPods Pro on Amazon for $14 off — though, you might want to take note that they won’t ship for 1-3 months, meaning that you shouldn’t bank on being able to gift them to anyone this holiday season. 

More about Apple, Bluetooth Headphones, Airpods, Mashable Shopping, and Airpods Pro
Author: Dylan Haas

TL;DR: Walmart has the Ninja Foodi (6-quart) on sale for $169.99, which is the doorbuster price that Macy's listed in its Black Friday ad


The only thing better than seeing an absolute steal in a Black Friday ad is finding that same price weeks before Black Friday.

The Ninja Foodi will surely be one of the most sought-after kitchen devices this holiday season. Shopping for one in-store is a risky strategy, as stores will likely have a limited stock and you know those babies will fly off the shelves as soon as doors open. Online stock is a safer route, but there's still sell-out potential. This will likely be the situation at Macy's, which is offering a pretty good doorbuster on the pressure cooker that crisps. Read more...

More about Cooking, Black Friday, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, and Ninja Foodi
Author: Leah Stodart

TL;DR: Amazon is having a sale on tons of home decor items, with savings up to 40%.


Confession: I recently moved, and about 90 percent of my brain space has been consumed by home decor. I spend way too much time scrolling through Amazon, IKEA, and World Market imagining how I could decorate my new apartment.

So, I’m very excited to share that Amazon is having a sale on a bunch of its home decor brands. You (and I) can save up to 40% on shelving, frames, mirrors, lamps, planters, and more. Read more...

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More about Home, Storage, Lighting, Mashable Shopping, and Culture
Author: Miller Kern

If the words Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR don't ring any bells, maybe the words "cheese grater" will jog your memory. On Wednesday, Apple finally announced the desktop that looks more at home in the kitchen than in the office, will be available in December.

Apple originally unveiled its Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. While it was confirmed the hardware would be available in the Fall, the company remained tight-lipped on specific dates.

Please don't actually grate cheese on this.

Please don't actually grate cheese on this.

Image: Apple

Starting at $5,999, the Mac Pro packs Intel Xeon processors up to 28 cores and 1.2 terabytes of  RAM. It also comes with eight PCIe expansion slots and two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics cards. The infamous holes on the front are for its internal fans, allowing the tower to stay cool and quiet.  Read more...

More about Apple, Mac, Display, Desktop, and Tech
Author: Brenda Stolyar

TL;DR: Verizon is offering an entire year of Disney+ on the house for eligible users — check to see if you made the cut.


Yesterday was the launch of Disney+, and the hype is still at peak levels. Unless you live under a rock, you probably already know what Disney+ is — but for our fellow rock-dwellers, here’s the gist: It’s a brand-new streaming service that offers basically the entire Disney catalog. Seeing as Disney owns pretty much everything at this point, that means you get on-demand access to all of their content from Disney Channel Original Movies, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to the entirety of Star-Wars-branded films and shows (including the highly anticipated Mandalorian series).  Read more...

More about Verizon, Streaming, Mashable Shopping, Disney, and Entertainment
Author: Dylan Haas

Imagine for a moment you're in a foreign country and tripping over your own tongue to give a cab driver directions they can understand. Sound familiar? Well, Google Maps is ready and willing to help.

Starting Wednesday, a new Google Maps translation feature using tech from the company's own Translate app will begin rolling out. You'll notice a new speaker button next to the place name or address of interest on the Google Maps app. Simply tap it and the app will speak the location out loud. Google Maps does this by automatically detecting if the language you normally use in the app isn't the same as the place you're visiting. Read more...

More about Google Maps, Google Translate, Tech, and Transportation
Author: Sasha Lekach

What do you buy the oligarch who has everything? How about a pair of AirPods Pro covered in real gold. 

Yes, Caviar, the Russian luxury gadget company that brought us the $70,000 diamond-encrusted iPhone 11 Pro, just released a pair of AirPods Pro made of "750-content gold" (which translates to 18-karat gold or 75 percent pure gold). 

Like Steve Jobs would have wanted

Like Steve Jobs would have wanted

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And they're available for the bargain-basement price of $67,790, pure chump change if you're, say, the heir to an oil fortune. That's only $67,540 more than a regular set of AirPods Pro.

But this is Caviar we're talking about, the people who brought you iPhones that allegedly have pieces of the moon in them. They're not going to stop at just coating the earbuds in gold. No, you also get a gold-covered wireless charging case Read more...

More about Russia, Caviar, Airpods Pro, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Author: Marcus Gilmer

It may seem counter-intuitive to gift someone interested in living a zero waste lifestyle more products, but reusable essentials are always worth the investment. 

Achieving zero waste is all about minimizing your carbon footprint by limiting the number of garbage you produce — and believe it or not, you need a few things to help make this possible.

From reusable water bottles, to cloth bags, and jars there are loads of items you can give someone hoping to limit their waster production. 

Here are 17 sustainable products, for the perfect zero waste holiday: Read more...

More about Gifts, Zero Waste, Zero Waste Lifestyle, Gift Guide 2018, and Gift Guide 2019
Author: Amanda Luz Henning Santiago

If you’re searching for a new smart speaker, the market is flooded with options. Whether you’re looking to spend your time listening to music outside, or you’re searching for the perfect indoor music solution, there are hundreds of smart speakers for you to consider.

You can find a wide range of devices from all the biggest audio brands, with impressive products from the likes of Sony, Bose, JBL, and more. You can also get your hands on devices from lesser known names, like Anker and Cambridge SoundWorks. And that's just scratching the surface.

More about Tech, Speakers, Consumer Tech, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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BEST FOR PORTABILITY

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1

Customers ranging from audiophiles to casual listeners say it’s loud when it needs to be and quickly surpassed their expectations.

£230 from Amazon

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BEST FOR THE HOME

Sonos One

You control everything using the Sonos app, which consolidates all of your music libraries and playlists.

£199 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BASS

Sony SRS-XB10

A single driver faces up for 360-degree sound, or you can turn the speaker towards you for more direct listening.

£60 from Amazon

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BEST FOR PARTIES

JBL Pulse 3

If you want to take the party everywhere you go, this speaker with multicoloured light visuals may be the choice for you.

£219.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR DURABILITY

Bose SoundLink

This little speaker offers solid sound for its size, and its durability makes it perfect for trips to the park or the beach.

£129.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR BUDGETS

Anker SoundCore Mini

This super-portable wireless Bluetooth speaker offers excellent stereo sound and enhanced bass.

£24.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR VOLUME

Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ

Thanks to 10 watts of peak output power, you can fill an average size room with high-quality sound.

£24.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR VERSATILITY

Echo Dot

Play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, and control compatible smart home devices with this speaker.

£49.99 from Amazon

Author: Joseph Green

If you want a pro machine, you'll have to pay top dollar for it. 

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro, announced Wednesday on Apple's website, is the most powerful laptop the company has ever built. It starts at $2,399, but that price climbs fast as you start adding more options. 

If you tick all the boxes — which include a 2.4GHz, 8-core, 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor; 64GB of RAM; AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of memory; and 8TB of SSD storage, the price jumps to an eye-watering $6,099. 

Yes, that much.

Yes, that much.

Image: Apple

As is typical for Apple, memory and storage options add the most to the price. 32GB of memory will cost you $400 extra, while 64GB of memory will cost $800 extra. For storage, a 2TB SSD costs $400 on top of the base price, a 4TB SSD costs $1,000, and adding an 8TB SSD will set you back $2,200.  Read more...

More about Apple, Macbook Pro, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Author: Stan Schroeder

TL;DR: The NOW TV Smart Box and NOW TV Pass bundle is on sale for £24.99 on Currys PC World, saving you over £24 on list price.


Do not panic just yet, because Currys PC World hasn't officially launched its Black Friday sale, despite some excitement.

The increased interest in Currys PC World is due to its Black Friday price guarantee, which means the retailer will refund the difference if the price changes during the shopping period. This offer ends on Nov. 21, so you don't have too long to benefit from this promotion. 

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Author: Joseph Green

TL;DR: The Fitbit Inspire HR fitness tracker and Google Nest Mini bundle is on sale for £74.99 on Currys PC World, saving you £64 on list price.


The closer we get to Black Friday, the better the deals seems to get. This might be a result of Black Friday propaganda, but at this point we're in too deep.

The latest deal off the Black Friday conveyer belt is the Fitbit Inspire HR fitness tracker and Google Nest Mini bundle for £74.99 on Curry PC World. This is down by a massive £64 on list price, and falls under the Black Friday price guarantee.

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Author: Joseph Green

TL;DR: A one-year subscription to the Fire for Kids Unlimited family plan is on sale for £47, saving you 41% on list price. (And for Prime members, it's just £29.)


We're not for a second suggesting that your children aren't complete angels, but the Christmas holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, and tensions can sometimes run high. 

There will almost definitely come a point when you need some peace and quiet. OK, there will definitely be many of these points, and a service that can effectively guarantee some peace is worth its weight in gold.

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Author: Joseph Green

One of the worst couples on The Office was, without question, Pam and Roy.

The two characters (played by Jenna Fischer and David Denman) were high school sweethearts, which is cute, but when the series began they'd already been engaged for three painfully long years. They were also horrible communicators, and Roy had clear anger issues, which viewers catch glimpses of as the show progresses.

While Pam's co-worker Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) grew increasingly charming, Roy was consistently shitty, so many fans of the show racked their brains trying to figure out why Pam stayed engaged for that long. Well, more than 15 years after the show first premiered, Fischer is offering a bit of explanation. Read more...

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Author: Nicole Gallucci

As the first new Pokémon games to debut on a home console, Pokémon Sword and Shield are such a wonderful step for the 23-year-old series.

Before we dig in, let's get a couple important details out of the way. I played Pokémon Sword for my review and I chose the starter Grookey, an unspeakably precious little grass-type primate Pokémon who carries a stick. I love him.

I picked Grookey eight months ago, the moment it was revealed in a Nintendo Direct video, but a short cutscene near the beginning of Sword and Shield that introduces the three starters nearly pulled me into another camp, just because they're all so emotive and fun. The little video of the Pokémon all interacting with each other is something that's new to the series, probably thanks to the added technological power of the Switch over Nintendo's handheld consoles. Read more...

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Author: Kellen Beck

Apple released its first 16-inch MacBook Pro on Wednesday. 

Key features include the new 16-inch Retina display with a resolution of 3,072x1,920 and a pixel density of 226 ppi, as well as a Magic Keyboard with a "refined" scissor mechanism offering 1mm of key travel and, hopefully, less issues than the butterfly keyboard on previous MacBook Pro devices. 

Also on board are six speakers which should provide deeper bass and a more natural sound, as well as a new mic array that offers a "40 percent reduction in hiss and an improved signal-to-noise ratio."

Apple's new MacBook Pro has a bigger battery and a new thermal design.

Apple's new MacBook Pro has a bigger battery and a new thermal design.

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Venice has been plunged under water after the lagoon city was hit with the highest tide in over 50 years — and the mayor has directly blamed climate change.

Over 85 percent of the city is flooded, according to authorities, and St Mark's Square — one of the lowest areas in Venice — is one of the worst hit zones. The historic St Mark's basilica is flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, per the BBC citing church records. 

On Tuesday night, the high waters — or aqua alta — reached 1.87 metres, the second highest level since records began in 1923. Only once has the tide reached a high of 1.94 metres in 1966.  Read more...

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Author: Rachel Thompson