The OnePlus Nord N200 5G Might Be the Budget 5G Phone to Beat

Lead pic of the Nord N200 5G.

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OnePlus has already released a handful of affordable 5G phones, but the $240 Nord N200 5G might be the company’s best low-cost 5G handset yet.

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Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor and featuring a big 6.9-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a huge 5,000 mAh battery, the Nord N200 5G seems to have all of its most important bases covered.

The N200 5G also comes with a healthy 4GB of RAM and 64GB of base storage, a built-in fingerprint reader that doubles as a power button, a headphone jack, and microSD card expandability. It’s no slouch in the camera department, either, with a 16-MP selfie shooter in front and a triple camera module in back headlined by a 13-MP main sensor.

Nord N200 5G lifestyle photo.

Image: OnePlus

Now I know budget 5G phones aren’t typically super exciting (especially when they only support sub-6Gz 5G), but compared to the recently announced $400 Moto G Stylus 5G, the N200 is really killing it in the value department.

Not only do both phones share the same Snapdragon 480 5G chip, but they also have similar-sized displays and rear camera setups. The N200’s display has a higher refresh rate, and it also sports a more attractive design and NFC, which is a critical feature that Moto often doesn’t include on its budget phones. The Stylus 5G lacks that feature. And the N200 5G has a starting price tag that’s $160 less than the Moto G Stylus 5G.

Granted, the Moto G Stylus 5G comes with an included writing utensil the N200 doesn’t get and a bit of extra base storage, but at some point you have to ask yourself if a stylus is really worth it. And even for those who have wiggle room in their budgets, it’s hard to get enthused about a phone that has the same basic specs for almost twice the price of the N200.

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The back of the Nord N200 5G.

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OnePlus is partnering with T-Mobile (and Metro by T-Mobile) at launch, so you’ll be able to get the N200 5G from a major carrier, in addition to third-party retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, B&H, and others.

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I haven’t had a chance to check it out for myself just yet, but if you’re looking for a bargain 5G phone, the N200 5G has suddenly jumped out to the front of the pack.

The Nord N200 5G is slated to go on sale June 25 directly from OnePlus, with other carriers and retailers to follow shortly after that.

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Motorola’s New 5G Phone Is Like a Budget Galaxy Note In All the Right Ways

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Last year, Motorola released its first phone ever with an included stylus. The company says the G Stylus has become so popular that even after refreshing the lineup earlier this year, Moto is giving it some extra special attention with the new Moto G Stylus 5G.

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Starting at $400, the Moto G Stylus 5G—which is admittedly a pretty clunky name—costs slightly more than the standard $280 Moto G Stylus and features the same basic blueprint, but comes with a number of useful improvements in addition to 5G (which supports sub-6Ghz only, not faster mmWave).

The Moto G Stylus 5G features a 6.8-inch FHD+ display, but with an even larger 5,000 mAh battery (up from 4,000 mAh), either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage depending on the config. And because Motorola is one of the few phone makers that still offers wide support for wired audio and expandable storage, you also get a dedicated headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

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Photo: Sam Rutherford

Around back, the Moto G Stylus comes with a quad camera arrangement featuring a 48-MP main cam, an 8-MP ultra-wide cam, a 2-MP depth cam (for portrait mode effects), and a slightly higher-res 5-MP macro cam.

However, the most important improvements on this model have to do with its stylus. Moto says it has elongated the stem on the stylus so it’s easier to remove from its built-in slot, while also shifting to a rounder barrel so the stylus is much easier to stow away—no more flipping it around to make it fit. And while Moto’s stylus doesn’t have any built-in Bluetooth connectivity like you get from Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones, Moto did add a handy feature that records your location (on the device) every time you remove the stylus, so in the event that you lose the stylus, it’s easier to retrace your footsteps to find it.

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Photo: Sam Rutherford

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The Moto G Stylus 5G features an almost stock build of Android 11, along with useful inclusions like support for Moto Action gestures, a dedicated night mode, and new recording mode that can capture video from the phone’s front and rear cams simultaneously. Unfortunately, Moto continues to stick to a rather lackluster software support roadmap, which means that Moto G Stylus is only slated to get one major Android OS update (to Android 12), along with two years of regular security patches.

And while I’d like to see Moto offer at least two major Android updates, it’s hard to be super upset. It’s not quite as fancy or good looking as a Galaxy Note, but I really appreciate how the Moto G Stylus 5G delivers a similar sketching and note-taking experience for less than half the price of Samsung’s super premium stylus phone.

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The stylus is easy to use and relatively accurate, and while its palm rejection isn’t nearly as sophisticated as on a Note, it’s not difficult to adjust your writing style to prevent errant strokes. And because the Moto stylus is entirely passive, you don’t ever have to worry about running out of juice or keeping it charged.

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When you consider that built-in styluses have largely been relegated to high-end phones or pricey tablets over the past few years, it’s nice to see at least one other phone maker try its hand at making a more affordable take on the Galaxy Note.

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The $400 Moto G Stylus 5G (unlocked) is slated to go on sale June 14 direct from Motorola and third-party retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and B&H. Carrier sales are expected to follow sometime after that.

Nanoleaf’s New Smart Lights Are Less Sci-Fi, More HGTV

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With their vibrant hues and designs inspired by science fiction, it’s often hard to make smart lights fit in with more traditional furniture. That’s exactly what Nanoleaf is trying to fix with its new line of Elements smart lights.

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Nanoleaf is expanding upon previous products, like its range of Shapes and Canvas light panels, except instead a design featuring cold whites and grays, every light panel in the Elements line sports a wood grain pattern created to deliver a warmer, more organic look.

While the Elements line was intended to help provide a range of warmer, more natural lighting, it can still produce a full spectrum of RGB light, too.

While the Elements line was intended to help provide a range of warmer, more natural lighting, it can still produce a full spectrum of RGB light, too.
Image: Nanoleaf

As with Nanoleaf’s other light panels, the Elements Wood Look Hexagons can easily be mounted on a wall and daisy-chained together to create custom patterns or designs. Each kit syncs with Nanoleaf’s app, giving you total control over the color of the lights, lighting schedules, and more. The Elements line also comes with support for Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Alexa, and SmartThings integration, so you should be able to easily sync it up with the rest of the smart lights in your home.

For the Elements line, Nanoleaf says users will even be able set a specific color temperature (from 1500 to 4000K) in order to better evoke the warmer tones and mood you tend to get from natural wood. And if that’s not enough, Nanoleaf also added new “Organic” motion scenes that attempt to replicate things like a fireplace or a calming waterfall using colored light, along with built-in tools so you can create your own personalized RGB scenes. And if you can’t think up your own scenes, you can select from thousands of existing scenes using Nanoleaf’s app, which automatically adjusts light colors to better match the Elements line’s darker panels.

Here’s how the faux wood grain finish on the Elements line compares to actual wood.

Here’s how the faux wood grain finish on the Elements line compares to actual wood.
Photo: Sam Rutherford

Now admittedly, replacing white plastic with tan plastic featuring a faux woodgrain finish isn’t exactly a prize-winning idea, given the fact that so many new gadgets—especially smart lights—often seem like they are intended strictly for use in a new Star Trek or Blade Runner movie, it’s nice to see at least one company go the other direction. Nanoleaf is trying to bridge the gap between sleek and futuristic and more popular interior design trends like modern farmhouse and whatever the hell people think “transitional” design is supposed to be.

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The actual engineering of the Elements line is pretty straightforward, too. On the back of each panel, there’s a pre-installed 3M adhesive strip for sticking the lights on your wall, with each side of the hexagon featuring a connector for power or attaching itself to an adjacent panel. The panels are plastic, not genuine wood, with sort of a light oak finish and textured faux wood-grain finish on top.

The design on the back of the Elements Hex panel makes it easy to stick on a wall and connect each panel to an adjacent panel to create custom patterns.

The design on the back of the Elements Hex panel makes it easy to stick on a wall and connect each panel to an adjacent panel to create custom patterns.
Photo: Sam Rutherford

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The one major downside to the Elements line is that, similarly to Nanoleaf’s other light panels, they aren’t exactly cheap. A starter kit with seven panels and a control module costs $300, with additional three-panel expansion packs costing $100 each. Depending on your tastes, that’s a decent chunk of money to drop on something that’s really just a lighting accessory. But then again, for all the people who have been stuck at home for the past year, spending some money to make your home feel a bit more cozy could make a big difference.

Unfortunately, because our review unit just recently arrived, I haven’t had a chance to set up and test out the new Elements line properly, so stay tuned for a full review coming soon.

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Nanoleaf’s new Elements line is available today on Nanoleaf’s website, with wider availability from Best Buy and Apple’s online store to come later this year.

‘Clearview AI’ Hit With Legal Complaints In 5 Countries, Accused of Facial Recognition Abuse

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Clearview AI, the American maker of a controversial facial recognition tool used mostly by police, is facing a downpour of legal complaints across Europe as of Thursday, alleging scopious privacy violations, based on internal documents showing the company’s algorithm at work.

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Complaints filed with privacy watchdogs in five countries—France, Austria, Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom—by a group of privacy and human rights organizations allege systemic illegality at Clearview, a New York City-based startup whose clients have reportedly included some 2,000 U.S. taxpayer-funded agencies.

“European data protection laws are very clear when it comes to the purposes companies can use our data for” said Ioannis Kouvakas, a legal officer at Privacy International, one of four groups behind the complaints. “Extracting our unique facial features or even sharing them with the police and other companies goes far beyond what we could ever expect as online users.”

Clearview, the subject of several damning BuzzFeed News reports—describing encouragement of abuse, widespread unauthorized access by police, and plans to court repressive regimes overseas—was first revealed by the New York Times in January 2020 to have amassed a database of more than three billion images scraped from Facebook and elsewhere without consent. Accessible via mobile app, the massive tranch serves to generate biometric profiles of as many people as possible, ostensibly to put names to the faces of persons wanted by police.

According to BuzzFeed, Clearview’s product has been used or tested at more than 200 companies, including many retail giants such as Best Buy, Home Depot, and Walmart. A months-long investigation by the site this year found, what’s more, that police officers at at least dozens of departments had downloaded and used the app without their department’s knowing.

“Clearview seems to misunderstand the internet as a homogeneous and fully public forum where everything is up for grabs,” said Privacy International’s Lucie Audibert, who views the company’s actions as threatening to the “numerous rights and freedoms” enabled by an open internet.

Thursday’s complaints accuse Clearview of vaccuming up countless photos of individuals inside E.U. countries, contravening a number of privacy protections; particularly those enumerated under the GDRP, Europe’s data privacy law, and its United Kingdom equivelent.

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Privacy International’s complaints in the U.K. and France are joined by simultaneous filings by the Hermes Centre for Transparency and Digital Human Rights in Italy, Homo Digitalis in Greece, and noyb – the European Center for Digital Rights in Austria.

Clearview’s processing of personal data was declared illegal this year by the data protection authority in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. The ruling arose from a complaint filed by Matthias Marx, a German computer scientist and Chaos Computer Club member—photographs of whom Clearview used to generate a biometric profile without his knowledge or consent.

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Marx was able to learn of his biometric profile by sending the company a data subject access request (DSAR), a legal tool in Europe for compelling companies to release copies of stored personal data to their owners. In January, after finding Clearview had violated the law, the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA) ordered the unique mathematical value forming Marx’s biometric identity be deleted.

The DPA dismissed multiple arguments Clearview offered up in its defense. Whereas the GDPR extends to non-European companies so long as they are “monitoring” people inside the E.U., Clearview had rejected the idea Marx had been monitored over any period of time. The company had merely, it said, provided a “snapshot of some photos available on the internet.”

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In a rebuke, the DPA pointed to a photo of Marx scraped by Clearview from a stock image website. It included text not only identified him as a “student” but placed him physically in Hamburg on a particular date. “Accordingly,” the DPA said, Clearview does not merely offer a snapshot “but evidently also archives sources over a period of time.”

Naming specific infractions, the authority stated that a person’s behavior is considered “montored” anytime it’s recorded in a “target[ed] manner and stored in the form of personal data.” “Systematic recording is not necessary,” it added. “The sensitivity of the monitored behaviour is irrelevant. The motive for the monitoring is also irrelevant.”

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But disappointing both Marx and privacy groups long critical Clearview, the DPA’s deletion order was narrowly focused—only he and biometric his profile were covered.

“This surveillance machine is terrifying,” Marx said at the time. “Almost one year after my initial complaint, Clearview AI doesn’t even have to delete the pictures that show me. And even worse, every individual must submit their own complaint. This shows that our data is not yet sufficiently protected and that there is a need for action against biometric surveillance.”

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The new complaints, which regulators have three months to address, cite “various” additional data requests filed by other individuals, Privacy International said. The filers contend the documents exemplify a pattern of unlawful activity by Clearview across the region.

Clearview AI could not be immediately reached for comment.

Last May, Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That told the Wall Street Journal that it deletes data on people in the E.U. upon request. While law enforcement in the E.U. had tested its facial recognition technology, he said at the time, the company had no customers in the Union.

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Nevertheless, marketing materials obtained by BuzzFeed only three months prior show that Clearview had touted plans for “rapid international expansion,” which included nine E.U. countries.

‘Clearview AI’ Hit With Legal Complaints In 5 Countries, Accused of Face Recognition Abuse

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Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev (Getty Images)

Clearview AI, the American maker of a controversial facial recognition tool used mostly by police, is facing a downpour of legal complaints across Europe as of Thursday, alleging scopious privacy violations based on internal documents showing the company’s algorithm at work.

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Complaints filed with privacy watchdogs in five countries—France, Austria, Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom—by a group of privacy and human rights organizations allege systemic illegality at Clearview, a New York City-based startup whose clients have reportedly included some 2,000 U.S. taxpayer-funded agencies.

“European data protection laws are very clear when it comes to the purposes companies can use our data for” said Ioannis Kouvakas, a legal officer at Privacy International, one of four groups behind the complaints. “Extracting our unique facial features or even sharing them with the police and other companies goes far beyond what we could ever expect as online users.”

Clearview, the subject of several damning BuzzFeed News reports—describing encouragement of abuse, widespread unauthorized access by police, and plans to court repressive regimes overseas—was first revealed by the New York Times in January 2020 to have amassed a database of more than three billion images scraped from Facebook and elsewhere without consent. Accessible via mobile app, the massive tranch serves to generate biometric profiles of as many people as possible, ostensibly to put names to the faces of persons wanted by police.

According to BuzzFeed, Clearview’s product has been used or tested at more than 200 companies, including many retail giants such as Best Buy, Home Depot, and Walmart. A months-long investigation by the site this year found, what’s more, that police officers at at least dozens of departments had downloaded and used the app without their department’s knowing.

“Clearview seems to misunderstand the internet as a homogeneous and fully public forum where everything is up for grabs,” said Privacy International’s Lucie Audibert, who views the company’s actions as threatening to the “numerous rights and freedoms” enabled by an open internet.

Thursday’s complaints accuse Clearview of vaccuming up countless photos of individuals inside E.U. countries, contravening a number of privacy protections; particularly those enumerated under the GDPR, Europe’s data privacy law, and its United Kingdom equivelent.

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Privacy International’s complaints in the U.K. and France are joined by simultaneous filings by the Hermes Centre for Transparency and Digital Human Rights in Italy, Homo Digitalis in Greece, and noyb – the European Center for Digital Rights in Austria.

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Clearview’s processing of personal data was declared illegal this year by the data protection authority in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. The ruling arose from a complaint filed by Matthias Marx, a German computer scientist and Chaos Computer Club member—photographs of whom Clearview used to generate a biometric profile without his knowledge or consent.

Marx was able to learn of his biometric profile by sending the company a data subject access request (DSAR), a legal tool in Europe for compelling companies to release copies of stored personal data to their owners. In January, after finding Clearview had violated the law, the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA) ordered the unique mathematical value forming Marx’s biometric identity be deleted—though not the photos in which he is shown.

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The DPA rejected multiple arguments Clearview offered up in its defense. Whereas the GDPR extends to non-European companies so long as they are “monitoring” people inside the E.U., Clearview denied that Marx had been monitored over any length of time. The company had merely, it said, provided a “snapshot of some photos available on the internet.”

In a rebuke, the DPA pointed to a photo of Marx scraped by Clearview from a stock image website. It included text not only identifying him as a “student” but placed him physically in Hamburg on a particular date. “Accordingly,” the DPA said, Clearview does not merely offer a snapshot “but evidently also archives sources over a period of time.”

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Naming specific infractions, the authority stated that a person’s behavior is considered “montored” anytime it’s recorded in a “target[ed] manner and stored in the form of personal data.” “Systematic recording is not necessary,” it added. “The sensitivity of the monitored behaviour is irrelevant. The motive for the monitoring is also irrelevant.”

But disappointing both Marx and privacy groups long critical of Clearview, the DPA’s deletion order was narrowly focused—only he and biometric his profile were covered.

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“This surveillance machine is terrifying,” Marx said at the time. “Almost one year after my initial complaint, Clearview AI doesn’t even have to delete the pictures that show me. And even worse, every individual must submit their own complaint. This shows that our data is not yet sufficiently protected and that there is a need for action against biometric surveillance.”

The new complaints, which regulators have three months to address, cite “various” additional data requests filed by other individuals, Privacy International said. The filers contend the documents exemplify a pattern of unlawful activity by Clearview across the region.

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Clearview AI could not be immediately reached for comment.

Last May, Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That told the Wall Street Journal that it deletes data on people in the E.U. upon request. While law enforcement in the E.U. had tested its facial recognition technology, he said at the time, the company had no customers in the Union.

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Nevertheless, marketing materials obtained by BuzzFeed only three months prior show that Clearview had touted plans for “rapid international expansion,” which included nine E.U. countries.

Samsung’s New Upcycling Program Allows You To Turn an Old Galaxy Phone Into a New IoT Device

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Usually, when a phone gets worn down, you recycle it or trade it in for a new one. But with its new upcycling program, Samsung is trying to help people convert old Galaxy phones into new IoT devices.

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Today, with the expansion of its Galaxy Upcycling at Home service (which is still in beta), users in the U.S., U.K., and South Korea will get access to an experimental feature in the SmartThings app designed to give an old Galaxy handset new life as a useful smart home accessory.

By using the app to reconfigure the device’s battery usage and optimization, Samsung says even older devices will still be able to deliver good longevity, while the phone’s usual assortment of wireless connectivity features makes it easy to pair the phone with other devices in your home.

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In the SmartThings app, Samsung provides a range of functions that an old smartphone can perform, including serving as a light sensor that can automatically turn on your smart lights or even your TV when it gets dark. Alternatively, you can also convert an old Galaxy phone into a sound sensor, with the phone using AI to detect common household noises like a barking dog, crying baby, or a knock on the door.

In this way, you can also repurpose an old Samsung phone as a baby monitor of sorts, which depending on how old the phone really is, might actually save you money compared to trading the phone in straight up and using whatever money you get to buy a brand new baby monitor.

And of course, even without much fiddling, upcycled Samsung phones can also be used as universal remotes, providing an easy way to control your streaming video box, play music on your smart speakers, control your lights, and more.

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Samsung says the goal behind its upcycling program is to give users another way to extend the life of the gadgets they already own, and by extension, help reduce the impact Samsung’s gadgets have on the environment. After all, a device that gets reused or upcycled is potentially one less gadget that’s sitting in a landfill.

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That said, the biggest hurdle for most people is that repurposing an old smartphone generally takes a bit of tinkering and some tolerance for DIY solutions, which may require a bigger commitment than what most people want to do. And that’s before you think about needing to buy extra phone stands or holders so you can position your new IoT device properly.

So in the end, the easiest approach may still be to get rid of your old device (either via trade-in or recycling) before buying something new. But at least you now have the option to reuse or repurpose some of your aging gadgets, and if you’re already invested in Samsung’s SmartThing ecosystem, the Upcycling at Home program could serve as a handy little upgrade.

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Two New Galaxy Book Laptops Get Leaked Ahead of Samsung’s Upcoming Unpacked Event

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The Samsung leaks just keep coming. Following recent rumors about the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, Samsung’s Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 have just been spotted in recently discovered renders.

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In what appears to be leaked press renders posted by Evan Blass, we can see two laptops that will most likely be the headline devices in Samsung’s upcoming Unpacked event on April 28th. Both systems are expected to be available in 13 and 15-inch sizes, with the Galaxy Book Pro offering a traditional clamshell design, and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 getting a 2-in-1 design with a 360-degree hinge and built-in stylus support.

Rumored specs for both systems are also expected to be quite similar, with Samsung offering a range of 11th-gen Intel CPUs with Intel Xe graphics, Thunderbolt 4, optional LTE connectivity, and possibly even Nvidia MX450 GPUs on some configs. Interestingly, it seems Samsung is going with AMOLED displays for the entire line, which should offer significantly richer and more vibrant colors than a typical LCD panel, while still maintaining relatively affordable starting prices of around $1,000.

However, in addition to these Intel-powered laptops, Samsung could also announce a new ARM-based notebook at Unpacked in the Galaxy Book Go, which according to SamMobile will still run Windows 10 but feature one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx processors.

Sporting a 14-inch display, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a full HD display, the Galaxy Book Go looks like it will attempt to deliver even better battery life than the new Galaxy Book Pro laptops with a slim design good for general productivity or entertaining on-the-go.

So, based on recent leaks, it’s looking like Samsung will have at least three new laptops planned for its Unpacked event at the end of the month. That said, it’s a safe bet that Samsung has at least one more unknown device to show off, as the trailer for Samsung’s event teased that Samsung will reveal “the most powerful Galaxy yet,” which doesn’t really describe any of the machines above.

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Currently, my prediction is that Samsung will also reveal a new gaming laptop at the event, but that’s just a hunch based on looking at Samsung’s previous product releases over the past year. Either way, with Samsung’s event less than two weeks away, we should know more real soon.

The 10 Best Deals of April 8, 2021

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It’s April 8, and we at Kinja Deals are here to bring you the top 10 deals of the day. Protect yourself against COVID-19 with a 50-Pack: KN95 Masks. Kiss your old outdated smartphone goodbye with the OnePlus 8T. And get your health together with the Bella Pro Series 2qt Analog Air Fryer.

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If you’re still craving more deals, take a peek at Thursday’s best deals overall.

I’ve got the peanut butter and jelly of deals for you today. We always see low prices on PS Plus subscriptions kicking around, but here’s a truly left-field pairing. You can get a year of PS Plus and a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for $50. That’s a $258 value! PS Plus allows you to play PlayStation games online and grants you access to monthly games that you can download at no additional cost. VPN Unlimited is a security tool that’ll protect your data over Wi-Fi. Let’s call this the “always online” bundle.

This deal was originally published by Giovanni Colantonio. 

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With bars and restaurants snatching up air purifiers to meet the respective state regulations to open, these machines are having a moment. But it’s not just dining establishments that deserve to have crisp cool, and clean air; you can bring all these benefits to your own home. Proscenic’s new A9 Smart Air Purifier is one of the best on the market and is currently $40 less.

Compatible with your Alexa or Google Assistant, you can monitor and control this purifier anywhere with ease through the ProscenicHome app. Schedule when it should run, set speeds, adjust the sleep mode, and more simply from your phone. This is a wonderful invention to help with dander and general canine aromas like I have in my house if you have pets. Combating dust and pollen helps keep any room you put this in most hospitable. I grew up with asthma, so I popped this in my bedroom for a few nights and immediately noticed the difference. It was like an invisible cloud was lifted, and everything seemed lighter are airier. This purifier is CARB Certified, so it can pump through larger rooms or spaces with no problems and circulate that air over three times in one hour. This is state-of-the-art with the latest technology and has four stages of filtration. Multiple tests have been shown to capture up to 99.97% of airborne particles; this is due to the HDOF purifying tech. It was painless to set up and effortless to understand. There is an LED screen that very plainly relays where your room is quality-wise with four different colors. I started at yellow and am now happily back in the very comfortable green zone. Let this mighty machine run in “automatic mode” and monitor your living space in real-time. It will figure out when it needs to be running. That takes a lot of guesswork out and makes it not only more efficient but helps you save on energy. I was pleasantly surprised to see the difference and would absolutely recommend every home have one of these.

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This will ship free for Prime members.

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This deal was originally posted by Sheilah Villari.

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I’m so proud of you for still wearing a mask; it’s super cool of you. But do you need an upgrade or maybe something a little more heavy-duty? Or have you decided to start layering a KN95 under a cloth mask? Or maybe you just want to put your mind at ease with something a smidge more protective? Whatever your reason, you can grab a 50-Pack: KN95 Masks over at MorningDeal for just $15 right now.

These are industry-standard, which means they are supposed to filter 95 percent of particles. That is just about as good as you can get. So the mask obviously doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of catching or spreading something, but if you wear it correctly, it still drastically reduces the likelihood of doing so. These are also great if you’ve got severe allergies or asthma and protect against pollen, dander, and whatnot. The KN95 mask isn’t made for clinical environments (not that you’re planning to perform surgery with these), but they will protect you and others in everyday environments against what is currently out there. Not all heroes wear capes, but they do wear masks. So, thank you for doing your part!

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These masks have the metal bridge for keeping your mask snug, and the masks are wrapped up in eight packets containing five masks each, so you can keep a pack in your car, at your door, in your garage, in your purse— wherever you might need to keep some on hand.

If you’ve read a few of our pieces on MorningSave before and you like what you’ve seen, they offer a $5 monthly fee to get free shipping on all of your orders, no matter how many. That membership also gets you free shipping at Meh, Mediocritee, and SideDeal. Otherwise, shipping is $8 per order.

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This deal was originally published by Sheilah Villari.

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If you’re looking for a premium-quality smartphone right about now and don’t have allegiance to Apple, then you might want to check out this deal from OnePlus. The increasingly popular brand has grown from selling “budget flagships” to offering models that are so close to matching top-end Androids from Samsung and the like.

Right now, Amazon is offering $149 off the list price of last fall’s OnePlus 8T, a sleek 5G smartphone with a banging 6.55” screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, the powerful Snapdragon 865 processor within, a meaty 256GB internal storage cache, incredible 65W charging speeds, and a long-lasting battery. It’s marked down to $600 in either Aquamarine Green or Lunar Silver. Both are unlocked models, although note that it only supports 5G (sub-6GHz) connectivity on T-Mobile and Verizon in the US.

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Speaking from personal experience, the OnePlus 8T is a heck of a phone with one major exception: the cameras aren’t as consistent in low-light and off-peak conditions as a Samsung or Google. But if you’re less fussed about pristine lower-light shots, you can save a fair bit of cash on a sharp phone right now.

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This deal was originally published by Andrew Hayward.

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We love a good gift card magic trick. Today only at Newegg, add $100 to your Xbox account for $90. It’s this simple: Add it to your cart, enter the promo code 93XQT58 at checkout, and buy it for $90. The code will pop up in your email shortly after it. Enter it, and boom: You’ve just saved yourself from paying taxes on your next digital deluxe game. Go treat yourself to some video games, you crafty gamer.

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Taking time for yourself and giving your mind and body time to recharge is important. Many people have found unique and creative ways over the past year to tune out and give themselves a moment for, well themselves. We’ve talked about meditation apps before, like Calm, but what about instead of a monthly subscription you had one for a lifetime? The Relax Melodies Meditation App is here for you and only $80 forever.

It’s not just about relaxation. If you have trouble unwinding to fall asleep, have a touch of anxiety, or even just stress from life, this app can aid in putting you at ease. Serene soundscapes, tranquil bedtime stories, breathing/body-mind exercises are just a few of the offerings. I’m a big fan of campfire storm sounds to ease off into slumberland, and you can even create your own to ensure the perfect night’s sleep. This app has gotten the thumbs up from leading doctors and neuropsychologists as they see its benefits across various ailments. Don’t let nighttime anxieties keep you from getting your eight hours; this app can help. The Relax Melodies Meditation App is compatible with most Apple products and Androids. You get access for a lifetime and can access it on up to five devices, just to make sure to redeem the download code within thirty days of purchase. Sweet Dreams!

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Take your computer out of sleep mode, because it’s time to load that bad boy up with video games. Newegg is currently running a big PC gaming sale, which largely features EA games and a smattering of great indies. The highlights? How about Doom Eternal: Deluxe Edition for $27? There’s also Star Wars Squadrons for $18, which is incredibly low. Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition is a heck of a steal too at $20. I could go on and on, but the point here is that there are some serious deals here if you’re looking to buff up your collection.

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If you own a home, then it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter messes that can’t be easily picked up with a broom, common household vacuum, or even a mass of towels. That’s where a wet-dry shop vac comes in handy, providing one large-capacity, rolling tool that can contend with things like basement flooding, light construction work, garage cleaning, and more.

Right now, Tacklife’s 4-gallon 1200W wet dry shop vac is just $64 at Amazon when you clip the coupon on the page and enter promo code 15KL5TOV at checkout. With a solidly large bin, 16-foot power cord, and 5-foot hose range, you won’t have to stop and start a bunch when tackling big messes. It’s 25% off the list price right now!

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Cyberpunk 2077’s launch has been one of the messiest in recent memory. While some are enjoying CD Projekt Red’s ambitious open world game, others are experiencing a wave of bugs and graphical errors that make immersion next to impossible. The last-gen editions of the game are in especially bad shape, leaving fans to wonder if the studio actively tried to hide the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions ahead of release. The situation is so bad that Sony pulled the game from the PlayStation store entirely, leaving CDPR scrambling for fixes. Oh, and there’s that whole cyberattack drama as well. Even with the game’s recent Patch 1.2, there are still more issues to solve, including some newly introduced ones.

All that said, it’s not really a great time to buy Cyberpunk 2077 if you’re a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One owner. Hell, I played on PC and it still felt like it wasn’t quite ready. So here’s a something to do while you wait for the next big patch: get The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition for $13 on Xbox One instead. Just add it to your cart at Eneba and enter the promo code APRILXBOXSALE at checkout. For those who have yet to play it, it’s a much better introduction to CD Projekt Red and its ability to craft sprawling open world adventures. If you like it, come back to Cyberpunk later this year when the game’s next big patch launches. Or maybe wait until the Complete Edition inevitably drops in a few years.

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Air frying is one of the latest hit kitchen trends, as these handy devices can crisp up your meats and veggies without the excessive grease and fat of traditional frying. We’ve featured a fair number of air fryers here at Kinja Deals over the past several months, but this might be the cheapest one yet.

Right now, Best Buy has a Bella Pro Series analog air fryer for just $18, marked down from $40. Granted, it’s a small one: the 2qt capacity means it won’t handle a huge meal, but it could take the main course of a dinner for two, or maybe a crispy side. In any case, if you want to try out air frying without committing to a larger and pricier model, this $18 device is a good starter pick.

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Thursday’s Best Deals: RAVPower Portable Power Station, VPN Unlimited + PlayStation Plus, LEGO Star Wars X-Wing, Bella Air Fryer, Ella Paradis Spring Cleaning Sale, and More

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Promoted Deal: Ergonomic Chair | $299 | Branch

As torn up as I am that this is my last week at The Inventory, I recently accepted a new job that’ll have me working from home indefinitely … unless I move to LA, which I won’t. So if I didn’t have one already, I would be the perfect candidate for a commercial-grade ergonomic chair.

This one in particular from premium (yet affordable) office supplier Branch costs significantly less than the Herman Miller alternative and offers many of the same perks, including height, tilt, and tension adjustments, as well as an optional lumbar support rest. Its thick cushion can hold weight up to 300 pounds, and a dual-layered mesh back lets your back breathe to prevent it from getting too sweaty, just in time for that scorching summer heat. While by no means essential, you can—if you’re so inclined—tack on an adjustable headrest to match for just $45 more. The seat comes in black, gray, and light blue, though the latter is sold out as of this writing, while the frame can be outfitted in either white or black.

The Branch Ergonomic Chair is $50 off, for a limited time only, bringing its total asking price from $349 down to $299. If you, like me, are going to be spending a lot more time working from home than you were pre-pandemic, your home office chair upgrade is well past due anyway, so you might as well treat yourself while supplies last.

For any happy campers going camping anytime soon, the fancy-pants RAVPower Portable Power Station is currently 32% off from Woot with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers.

With it, you get two 110-volt AC outlets capable of juicing up your laptop, GoPro, car fridge, camping lamp, drone, Nintendo Switch, and more. When using only one, you can harness power up to 300 watts, or a still-impressive 250 watts while taking advantage of both outlets. It also has 60-watt Power Delivery USB-C input and output to fast charge any device that supports it.

But the real killer app is the power station’s versatile rechargeability. Not only can you plug it into a traditional power outlet to ramp it back up to full power, but you can also refill the battery using a car charger or equip it with an 80-watt or higher solar panel such as this foldable model from Jackery. A carry bag is included in the box, for optimal portability.


If you’re looking for a premium-quality smartphone right about now and don’t have allegiance to Apple, then you might want to check out this deal from OnePlus. The increasingly popular brand has grown from selling “budget flagships” to offering models that are so close to matching top-end Androids from Samsung and the like.

Right now, Amazon is offering $149 off the list price of last fall’s OnePlus 8T, a sleek 5G smartphone with a banging 6.55” screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, the powerful Snapdragon 865 processor within, a meaty 256GB internal storage cache, incredible 65W charging speeds, and a long-lasting battery. It’s marked down to $600 in either Aquamarine Green or Lunar Silver. Both are unlocked models, although note that it only supports 5G (sub-6GHz) connectivity on T-Mobile and Verizon in the US.

Speaking from personal experience, the OnePlus 8T is a heck of a phone with one major exception: the cameras aren’t as consistent in low-light and off-peak conditions as a Samsung or Google. But if you’re less fussed about pristine lower-light shots, you can save a fair bit of cash on a sharp phone right now.


Sometimes, a small speaker simply won’t cut it. When you’re ready to turn it up to 11 and get a good jam session going, a larger speaker with good sound quality can give you a little more volume to play with. Marshall’s Acton II Bluetooth speaker, which usually retails for $250, is down to $230 right now at Best Buy and offers good sound quality and volume output without costing too much more than smaller speakers.

In addition to good sound, the Acton II offers up to 30 ft. of distance during playback, bass and treble controls that many wireless speakers lack, and the ability to easily switch between paired devices. Oh, and its charming retro design can help bring a bit of charm to your shelves, too.


You can snag the newest iPad Air (4th Generation) at Amazon right now and save $49 off the 64GB base model in Silver only, as of this writing. The more vibrant color options are a bit pricier. If the $550 price doesn’t pop up when you click the link, look to the right and scroll down a bit and see if Amazon seller Expercom still has it listed at that price. Hopefully you can snag one while supplies last.

Want more storage? Certain color options of the 256GB edition are priced at $699 right now, a savings of $50 off the usual list price.

The new iPad Air hits the sweet spot amongst all of Apple’s big slates. It shares a lot in common now with the bigger, more powerful, much more expensive iPad Pro rather than the basic, entry-level iPad. It’s only missing extra cameras and Face ID (but the fingerprint reader is back to help), plus the display isn’t as bright (600 nits vs 500) or smooth (120Hz vs 60Hz).

But it has the powerful Apple A14 Bionic chipset and picks up Apple Pencil support, making this a much sweeter option for casual artists and multimedia buffs. And it comes in those fun colors, too. Apple’s Magic Keyboard attachment is also $100 off at Amazon right now, in case you want to add physical keys and a trackpad to create a true laptop-like experience.


Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite is a powerful tool set for digital media work and creative expression, but its myriad apps and capabilities can be overwhelming for newcomers. If you’re keen on emerging from this pandemic with new skills, be it for a fresh career, personal project, or a bit of both, then check out this 2021 Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Certification Course Bundle at StackSocial.

Currently selling for $34, a 98% savings from the list price, this bundle includes more than 80 hours of learning content spread across 12 courses, with individual focuses on leading apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro, covering the likes of photo and video editing, logo design, animation, and quite a bit more. If you’ve got the time to dig into it, you’re sure to learn a lot about Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite for just $34.


The Apple Watch Series 6 rolled out last fall with enhancements over the previous edition, including a blood oxygen sensor to join the ECG test and other health smarts. We saw some pretty compelling discounts during the holiday season, but not so much since, sadly.

Luckily, if you’ve been waiting for a bargain on a new Apple Watch and don’t mind a bright red smartwatch, now’s the time to strike. Right now, Amazon has the 40mm Product(RED) model of the base Apple Watch Series 6 for just $320, a savings of $79 off the list price. This is the lowest price we’ve seen to date for the Series 6, but granted, it’s just in one color and the 40mm size option. The full savings show up at checkout.


Every time I see an iPad deal, I’m reminded of this tweet from Washington Post reporter Gene Park. Also the NY Times article he’s referencing, but mostly his tweet. The iPad has supplanted our TVs as the main TV- and movie-watching device of the house.

It’s an all-in-one distraction, and you can pick up the latest base 32GB model for $300 at Best Buy, a savings of $30. Need more storage? The 128GB model sees an even larger $50 savings at a price of $380. All three color options are available at this price for both storage levels. Between its 10.2-inch Retina display, the aging but still pretty fast A12 Bionic processor, Apple Pencil support, and up to 10 hours of battery life, there’s a lot to love about the iPad.

I’ve got the peanut butter and jelly of deals for you today. We always see low prices on PS Plus subscriptions kicking around, but here’s a truly left-field pairing. You can get a year of PS Plus and a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for $50. That’s a $258 value! PS Plus allows you to play PlayStation games online and grants you access to monthly games that you can download at no additional cost. VPN Unlimited is a security tool that’ll protect your data over Wi-Fi. Let’s call this the “always online” bundle.


We love a good gift card magic trick. Today only at Newegg, add $100 to your Xbox account for $90. It’s this simple: Add it to your cart, enter the promo code 93XQT58 at checkout, and buy it for $90. The code will pop up in your email shortly after it. Enter it, and boom: You’ve just saved yourself from paying taxes on your next digital deluxe game. Go treat yourself to some video games, you crafty gamer.


People have very strong and mixed reactions about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, so let’s not get into that. What we can all hopefully agree on is that Poe’s orange-clad X-Wing from the film was pretty sick, and if you want to build the ship out of LEGO bricks and save a little cash in the process, now’s your chance.

Right now, Amazon is taking just under $11 off the list price of the Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter kit, which spans 761 pieces and includes minifigures for Poe, Jannah, R2-D2, and a single Knight of Ren. The ship itself has adjustable wings, spring-loaded blasters, and retractable landing gear, so it’s functional too. Maybe you can use it to create your own version of the film!


Cyberpunk 2077’s launch has been one of the messiest in recent memory. While some are enjoying CD Projekt Red’s ambitious open world game, others are experiencing a wave of bugs and graphical errors that make immersion next to impossible. The last-gen editions of the game are in especially bad shape, leaving fans to wonder if the studio actively tried to hide the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions ahead of release. The situation is so bad that Sony pulled the game from the PlayStation store entirely, leaving CDPR scrambling for fixes. Oh, and there’s that whole cyberattack drama as well. Even with the game’s recent Patch 1.2, there are still more issues to solve, including some newly introduced ones.

All that said, it’s not really a great time to buy Cyberpunk 2077 if you’re a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One owner. Hell, I played on PC and it still felt like it wasn’t quite ready. So here’s a something to do while you wait for the next big patch: get The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition for $13 on Xbox One instead. Just add it to your cart at Eneba and enter the promo code APRILXBOXSALE at checkout. For those who have yet to play it, it’s a much better introduction to CD Projekt Red and its ability to craft sprawling open world adventures. If you like it, come back to Cyberpunk later this year when the game’s next big patch launches. Or maybe wait until the Complete Edition inevitably drops in a few years.


Have you heard of this game Fortnite? I hear it’s all the rage with the kids. It’s got all of these wild characters, like this banana man and the baby Yoda. It also has this green robot named Master Chief, who only exists in Fortnite. Pretty cool looking guy! Anyways, you can buy a figure of this battle royale star on Amazon for $24, which comes with his signature gun car (the Warthog). Honestly, this is a really cool character design and they should really give this guy his own game sometime down the line.


Take your computer out of sleep mode, because it’s time to load that bad boy up with video games. Newegg is currently running a big PC gaming sale, which largely features EA games and a smattering of great indies. The highlights? How about Doom Eternal: Deluxe Edition for $27? There’s also Star Wars Squadrons for $18, which is incredibly low. Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition is a heck of a steal too at $20. I could go on and on, but the point here is that there are some serious deals here if you’re looking to buff up your collection.


Back at the launch of Destiny 2: Beyond Light, I made my not-so triumphant return to the Crucible, the game’s PVP mode. As it turned out, everyone had gotten better at the game, and I’d gotten much worse. If you want to raise your K/D ratio fast, here’s a tip: all you have to do is log into a match that I’m in and wait for me to shoot hand cannon shots 20 feet above your head, giving you ample time to one-shot me with just about any weapon, it seems.

If you’re a PlayStation owner and you want in on this easy target practice, you’ll need to make sure you have PlayStation Plus, which allows you to play games like Destiny 2 online. You can get a full year of Sony’s online service for $27 after service fees from Eneba by using the code DROPDATPS5 at checkout. Make sure to wave emote in my direction before you embarrass me into orbit.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to make video games, but have no idea where to start? StackSocial has you covered. You can currently grab a premium Unity game developer certification bundle for $45. To put things into perspective, this is a $3,400 value. You’re getting it 98% off here, so it’s as close to a steal as you’re going to get. The bundle features 17 courses hat cover everything from an intro to mobile game development to how to make low poly 3D environments. You’ll get access to well over 100 hours of content, including lectures and lessons. This is your chance to make your dream game, so hop on it while you can.


For people of a certain age, these little plastic ovals hung from backpacks and keychains back in the day. If you were really extra, you probably had several; this was me. Let the nostalgia bug bite and return to the fun nightmare of daily care for a digital pet. Of the twenty-nine “egg watches” to pick from, several are on sale, up 24% off actually in every shade and pattern to match your style.

Debuting in 1997, Tamagotchi took the world by storm and even had a bit of a resurgence for the anniversary a few years ago. Whether you want to relive the magic of these or introduce a new generation to them, there are plenty of designs to pick from in this sale. There is something to these, though, as it helps kids manage a daily routine. Raising your Tamagotchi from egg to adult is a bit tougher than you remember. But if you feed it, play with it, clean up after it, give it medicine, your digital pal will flourish. Helping kids understand the responsibility of taking care of a pet without anyone getting hurt can be a valuable lesson, especially if they’ve been asking for a real four-legged friend. Tamagotchi could be the stepping stone to see if your kids are ready for that responsibility.


The 2021 game of the year just got announced: Pac-Man 99. You read that right. Pac-Man is becoming a battle royale game (again), but this time as a free game for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. It’s in the same vein as Tetris 99, AKA the best battle royale game out, so this is no joke. I am going to smoke all of you in it starting tonight. You’re going to need to train if you want to beat me, the absolute king of Pac-Man. Here, I’ll give you a head start. You can buy a mini Ms. Pac Man arcade cabinet for $20. It’s a tiny little thing that fits in the palm of your hand, but it’s fully functional. Toss it on your desk and take a few minutes between work every day to practice. Then when night comes, log into Pac-Man 99 and get absolutely destroyed by me, your boy. Seriously, I am going to ruin your entire life for months. Don’t even bother logging on.


I hope you’re ready for a real left hook right into your nostalgia dome. I want you to think back to the original Xbox right now. Travel back in time with me. Think about playing the first Halo. What were you holding? Was it the fattest controller you’ve ever used in your goddamn life? The original Xbox controller was a true design nightmare and I love it. Here’s some good news for those who want to relive those days. Microsoft is selling the Hyperkin Duke controller, an updated version of the classic big boy, for $50. It features the same hamburger design you remember, but with modern Xbox buttons so you can use it with your latest console. It’s also wired, so you’re really teleporting back in time here. I have some friends who sword by the old Duke back in the day, so it seems like it has some supporters. Give it a nice home, won’t you?

There’s no shame in wanting new things. Since we are still keeping close to home, we might as well make it as cute and cozy as possible. Give your sleep space a little makeover and ensure your slumber is comfy as can be. All the sizes for Charter Club are currently 40% in this 4 piece sheet set deal. This sale will run until April 11.

New sheets are an easy way to refresh your bedroom and even class it up a bit. We may not be traveling to hotels with big beautiful beds and astronomical thread counts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t recreate that at home. This Charter Club set is made of 100% Egyptian hygro cotton, and that count is 400. The chic stripes on this Sleep Cool collection come with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. These are easy to wash in the machine, and fabric softer is not needed as they are lush and plush. There are seven color options in various sizes for your mattress needs. If you think you want these, I’d purchase them quickly. At this price, they will likely sell out.

These will ship for free.


Air frying is one of the latest hit kitchen trends, as these handy devices can crisp up your meats and veggies without the excessive grease and fat of traditional frying. We’ve featured a fair number of air fryers here at Kinja Deals over the past several months, but this might be the cheapest one yet.

Right now, Best Buy has a Bella Pro Series analog air fryer for just $18, marked down from $40. Granted, it’s a small one: the 2qt capacity means it won’t handle a huge meal, but it could take the main course of a dinner for two, or maybe a crispy side. In any case, if you want to try out air frying without committing to a larger and pricier model, this $18 device is a good starter pick.


If you own a home, then it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter messes that can’t be easily picked up with a broom, common household vacuum, or even a mass of towels. That’s where a wet-dry shop vac comes in handy, providing one large-capacity, rolling tool that can contend with things like basement flooding, light construction work, garage cleaning, and more.

Right now, Tacklife’s 4-gallon 1200W wet dry shop vac is just $64 at Amazon when you clip the coupon on the page and enter promo code 15KL5TOV at checkout. With a solidly large bin, 16-foot power cord, and 5-foot hose range, you won’t have to stop and start a bunch when tackling big messes. It’s 25% off the list price right now!


With bars and restaurants snatching up air purifiers to meet the respective state regulations to open, these machines are having a moment. But it’s not just dining establishments that deserve to have crisp cool, and clean air; you can bring all these benefits to your own home. Proscenic’s new A9 Smart Air Purifier is one of the best on the market and is currently $40 less.

Compatible with your Alexa or Google Assistant, you can monitor and control this purifier anywhere with ease through the ProscenicHome app. Schedule when it should run, set speeds, adjust the sleep mode, and more simply from your phone. This is a wonderful invention to help with dander and general canine aromas like I have in my house if you have pets. Combating dust and pollen helps keep any room you put this in most hospitable. I grew up with asthma, so I popped this in my bedroom for a few nights and immediately noticed the difference. It was like an invisible cloud was lifted, and everything seemed lighter are airier. This purifier is CARB Certified, so it can pump through larger rooms or spaces with no problems and circulate that air over three times in one hour. This is state-of-the-art with the latest technology and has four stages of filtration. Multiple tests have been shown to capture up to 99.97% of airborne particles; this is due to the HDOF purifying tech. It was painless to set up and effortless to understand. There is an LED screen that very plainly relays where your room is quality-wise with four different colors. I started at yellow and am now happily back in the very comfortable green zone. Let this mighty machine run in “automatic mode” and monitor your living space in real-time. It will figure out when it needs to be running. That takes a lot of guesswork out and makes it not only more efficient but helps you save on energy. I was pleasantly surprised to see the difference and would absolutely recommend every home have one of these.

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There’s a good chance that your house’s floors have seen a bit more gunk after a year of quarantine. It’s an unfortunate side effect of spending more time walking all over the place, but it’s not entirely hopeless. With the right broom or vacuum, you can get your floors looking spiffy again in no time. They’re not the cheapest option, but robovacs will provide the most low-effort experience if you’re not too keen on spending your Saturdays gathering all the crumbs, or you have other priorities.

Right now, Eufy’s BoostIQ RoboVac 30C is down to $180 at Amazon, no coupon or code required. It can connect to Alexa or Google Assistant, and its battery should last up to 100 minutes according to Eufy. This is $120 off the list price.


If you’ve been looking for a sleek new paring knife to bring into your kitchen, don’t miss this deal on Kyoku’s Daimyo Series paring knife. Built for slicing fruit, dicing herbs, and other such culinary needs, this “ruthlessly sharp” 3.5” blade is made with stainless, 67-layer steel and has a slight curve to aid with slicing and preventing fatigue.

Save 26% off the list price when you clip the coupon on the page and pop in promo code KYOKU4HK at checkout, bringing the price to $37.


Spending so much time at home over the last few months, some of you have emerged better chefs, and some of us are still in the dark. Cuisinart’s 11-Cup Food Processor can help both of those groups. Food processors not only help you become a better at-home chef but a healthier one at that. Today save 57% on this handy kitchen appliance.

Cuisinart has made sturdy and reliable kitchen items over the years, and this food processor is among them. This eleven-cup processor has a state-of-the-art motor with multiple speeds depending on need ensuring all your ingredients are blended impeccably. It actually has “Dough Control” tech (patent-pending) to thoroughly knead bread materials of all kinds. Being a nice circular shape means it’s much easier to clean too. The Supreme Wide Mouth Feed Tube helps with that. The wide mouth allows you to mix whole fruits and vegetables also. The touchpad lets you set your slicing, shredding, and chopping to perfection. You’ll get a spatula to aid in getting all your contents out trouble-free. And if you get stuck, this comes with an instruction/recipe book. If anything really goes wrong, Cuisinart has backed this with a ten-year warranty.

If you’ve read a few of our pieces on MorningSave before and you like what you’ve seen, they offer a $5 monthly fee to get free shipping on all of your orders, no matter how many. Otherwise, it’s a flat rate of $8.


Dry air can be rough on your sinuses, and I can always feel it this time of year when I wake up and realize I didn’t put on the humidifier overnight. If the dry air makes breathing rough for you during the cold months, especially if you’re inside with the heater on the majority of the time, a simple air humidifier can help.

TaoTronics’ 6L Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier is up for the task, holding a sizable amount of water and automatically maintaining a comfortable humidity level, as shown on the LED display. It also has a tray for essential oils, if you please, and promises whisper-quiet operation.

This 6L humidifier can handle larger spaces up to 753 square feet, and is currently discounted to $63 when you clip the coupon on the page and use promo code KJHU0446 at checkout. That’s a $27 total savings.


Smart locks are mighty convenient. Not only will you rid yourselves of incessant key-fumbling, you’ll also be able to set up guest profiles and give everyone their own unique codes. The Eufy Smart Lock Touch & WiFi is one of the most interesting takes on this concept, but before we talk about why, know that you can get one for nearly $30 off the list price at Amazon.

So, this thing uses your fingerprint for entry alongside the traditional numerical code. There’s also Bluetooth and WiFi support, for added security. That’s why it’s the perfect product for security paranoids. It’s also sleek, easy to install, and will withstand the daily elements with an IP65 rating.

Taking time for yourself and giving your mind and body time to recharge is important. Many people have found unique and creative ways over the past year to tune out and give themselves a moment for, well themselves. We’ve talked about meditation apps before, like Calm, but what about instead of a monthly subscription you had one for a lifetime? The Relax Melodies Meditation App is here for you and only $80 forever.

It’s not just about relaxation. If you have trouble unwinding to fall asleep, have a touch of anxiety, or even just stress from life, this app can aid in putting you at ease. Serene soundscapes, tranquil bedtime stories, breathing/body-mind exercises are just a few of the offerings. I’m a big fan of campfire storm sounds to ease off into slumberland, and you can even create your own to ensure the perfect night’s sleep. This app has gotten the thumbs up from leading doctors and neuropsychologists as they see its benefits across various ailments. Don’t let nighttime anxieties keep you from getting your eight hours; this app can help. The Relax Melodies Meditation App is compatible with most Apple products and Androids. You get access for a lifetime and can access it on up to five devices, just to make sure to redeem the download code within thirty days of purchase. Sweet Dreams!


The wonderful folks at Ella Paradis has almost thirty items included in their Spring Cleaning Sale. This is special because they are all already discounted, and you will get an additional 50% off with the code CLEAN50.

One of the best items to gift (even to yourself) is the Horoscope Pleasure Ritual box. I actually was gifted this for my birthday last year and can vouch. Aside from a beautiful gemstone necklace that corresponds to your zodiac sign, you get a clitoral balm that smells amazing and is inspired by whatever element you are. It’s a full experience. Tingling and titillating, it notches everything up. But the real winner is the finger vibe that’s become a travel favorite. You or your partner can use it easily. This bullet ring fits snuggly on the finger to give an extra boost to the zig-zags. There are ten vibe settings, and the silicone is very soft. It comes with batteries, so no worries. But if you need more, the LR44 type is pretty easy to find. You know what else is easy to find with this, your clit. Help a partner out! Everyone is a winner here.

Better Love’s Don’t Text Your Ex vibe is pretty, powerful, and worth every penny, just like you. A best-seller and fan favorite, this heart-shaped vibe is all about self-love. Engage in some good old-fashioned positive vibes with zero regrets. You can’t make calls if your hands are busy, and Better Love is very good at making sure our hands are full. Take the time to make sure your needs are met, and it’s consistent and reliable attention. Expect about an hour of playtime, but it’s easy to charge up and approve watersports. There are ten vibe modes, and it’s user-friendly. Games are played on your terms, you’re totally in control, and you’re never disappointed.

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I’m so proud of you for still wearing a mask; it’s super cool of you. But do you need an upgrade or maybe something a little more heavy-duty? Or have you decided to start layering a KN95 under a cloth mask? Or maybe you just want to put your mind at ease with something a smidge more protective? Whatever your reason, you can grab a 50-Pack: KN95 Masks over at MorningDeal for just $15 right now.

These are industry-standard, which means they are supposed to filter 95 percent of particles. That is just about as good as you can get. So the mask obviously doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of catching or spreading something, but if you wear it correctly, it still drastically reduces the likelihood of doing so. These are also great if you’ve got severe allergies or asthma and protect against pollen, dander, and whatnot. The KN95 mask isn’t made for clinical environments (not that you’re planning to perform surgery with these), but they will protect you and others in everyday environments against what is currently out there. Not all heroes wear capes, but they do wear masks. So, thank you for doing your part!

These masks have the metal bridge for keeping your mask snug, and the masks are wrapped up in eight packets containing five masks each, so you can keep a pack in your car, at your door, in your garage, in your purse— wherever you might need to keep some on hand.

If you’ve read a few of our pieces on MorningSave before and you like what you’ve seen, they offer a $5 monthly fee to get free shipping on all of your orders, no matter how many. That membership also gets you free shipping at Meh, Mediocritee, and SideDeal. Otherwise, shipping is $8 per order.


Having an emergency “get ready” bag has always been important, but I feel like in the new era of surprise zooms, it is a necessity. If you’ve never heard of Kosa, you are in for a treat. Kosa is one of the best clean beauty companies for a reason, every product I’ve tried from them over the years has been quality, and this Clean Start Set has a few of those items. These ‘Everyday MVPs’ are 38% off and your new lifesaver for the unexpected video chats.

A little lip gloss and mascara and revive a face in seconds. Throw your hair in a cute messy bun and get voluminous lashes with the Big Clean Mascara in seconds. Add the Wet Lip Oil in this shiny nude/pink tint and instantly look a little more put together with minimum effort. And if it is a particularly stressful call, slap on the Serene Clean deodorant. Don’t worry because this is formulated without aluminum and baking soda. It’s also 100% stain-free. An ever-present purse product is the LipFuel Lip Balm. It hydrates even the dryest pout instantly and helps it look soft and luscious. Start your day with this set or use it as an afternoon touch-up. No matter when you use these, you will fall in love with Kosa. I guarantee you’ll be purchasing more soon.


If working from home is doing a number on your back—or seating pain is a sadly recurring feature, no matter where you are—then here’s a potential solution that can provide some relief.

ComfiLife’s gel-enhanced seat cushion has been dubbed the “Cadillac of coccyx cushions” by one Amazon reviewer, but it has received glowing endorsements from many more buyers: it has a 4.4-star rating from 49,000+ reviews.

This ergonomically-designed seat cushion is designed to reduce pressure on your tailbone while supporting recovery from various back conditions, plus it’s easily portable and has a non-slip rubber base. Snag the gray version at Amazon right now for 35% off the list price.


While there have been teases of warmer weather, chilly temperatures are still very much here. JACHS is basically giving it all away, so make sure you stay comfortable and stylish while waiting for spring. There are some items up to 90% off in this blowout sale. Use the code CLEANUP at checkout and watch the dollars melt away like the winter snow. This sale will run until March 17. Expect an additional 15% off already discounted pieces.

I love the look of these sherpa-lined jackets ($33). There’s something a little classic, a little vintage but very stylish about them. The stretch corduroy fabric comes in this beautiful charcoal color and will keep you very toasty when temperatures drop.

I’m partial to a henley and think it looks great on everyone. This olive green one is $25 and made of cozy merino wool. The long sleeve makes it ideal for layering, and the traditional waffle stitch pattern gives it a nice texture.

I’m actually a fan of their crewneck sweatshirts and can say they are super comfy. Buying two is a good idea because you might have a significant other who will steal yours. It’s me, and I stole my boyfriend’s. They’re also 67% off, so hard to pass up.

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If your muscles are just as stressed as you are, then grab a TaoTronics massage gun. Down to $70 with a coupon clip, you’ll have six gun attachments and 10 adjustable speed levels to really get into the deep tissue of your legs, shoulders, and wherever else you’ve got a little tension.

All told, it’s $60 off the list price right now when you clip the coupon on the page and use promo code KJCAB003 at checkout. It has a 4.9-star rating from 1,400+ reviews, too, so customers love the relief it brings.


The absolutely gorgeous Morphe X Lisa Frank Collection dropped at Ulta last November, and it sold out quickly. If you’re of a certain age, you definitely rocked these designs at school, so if you didn’t grab anything the first time, now is your chance. Lisa Frank was on everything imaginable in the 90s and even had a bit of a revamp and resurgence in the last few years. Morphe and Ulta saw the gap in the rainbow market as we are totally sentimental for those retro neons. I fully expect these all to sell out again, but you can take $3.50 off the whole order with the code 945671.

This eye-catching compilation has anything you could need: bright beauty blenders, bold brushes, and vivid throwback palettes. There are 3 palette covers to pick from based on Lisa’s most popular designs. The actual colors in the palettes are the same, but you will get to choose from the Tiger (Forrest), Unicorns (Prancing Unis), or Aliens (Zoomer & Zorbit). All have returned to the restock. There are two sets of lip crayons that are new to Ulta this go-round. It’s time for some nostalgia, and who wouldn’t want a little comfort of yesteryear in 2021.

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“Never pre-order games!” Okay wise guys, how about vinyl? Are we cool with that? You can pre-order the Demon’s Souls soundtrack on vinyl for $29 today, which is completely rad. This two record set features 80 minutes of music from the game and a slick case. Get this if you want to sit around your apartment being anxious all day. Throw it on while doing chores to feel like you’re accomplishing a difficult task. Bring a date over and throw it on for ambience to absolutely ruin the mood. Let it run while you sleep and see what kind of messed up dreams you have. The possibilities are endless.


I can’t believe it. Mario has died. After 35 years, the famous Italian no longer exists. How is this possible? How can the universe be so cruel? We knew this day was coming. Nintendo gave us fair warning that our time with the plumber was limited when it unveiled its Mario 35 celebrations. Nintendo made it clear that games like Mario 3D All-Stars would disappear from the eShop that day. We took that time for granted and now Mario is fucking dead. If you’d like to eulogize him, you can grab The Art of Super Mario Odyssey for $20. This 368 page art book features tons of art from one of Mario’s last outings. He looks so happy in it. Feel like shit. Just want him back.

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In the lead-up to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S launches back in November of last year, I couldn’t go on Twitter without seeing mentions of LG’s CX Series TVs from the people I follow. IGN’s Wesley DeBlanc, PCMag and Tom’s Guide writer Tony Polanco, and even Bugsnax co-creator Philip Tibotoski chimed in at one point or another about their latest pickups. Seemingly the de facto TV for next-gen gaming, the LG CX Series has gone on sale countless times during and in the days since Prime Day/Black Friday/Cyber Monday. This time, however, not only is the 77″ model marked down to $3,297, but it also comes with a $400 Visa gift card and a 2-year warranty that includes burn-in coverage out of the box. So you can rest assured your purchase is protected in the years to come.

The LG CX Series is a 4K OLED TV, complete with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG high dynamic range formats as well as a smooth 120Hz native refresh rate. For gamers, it’s got AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-Sync, and a sub-1 millisecond response time, perfect for fast-paced action. For everyone else, you can command the TV using Alexa and/or Google Assistant while Apple users can cast content from their phones using AirPlay 2. Its built-in 2.2-channel speaker system features Dolby Atmos, eliminating the need for a discrete soundbar. Of course, you can always tack one on, or set up a true surround sound home theater system by plugging it into the HDMI 2 eARC port.

This type of bargain doesn’t crop up every day, so if you’re already in the market for a new set, Gizmodo’s Sam Rutherford called this one, “the best home tech upgrade I’ve ever made.” High praise from a trusted source.


Tribit’s Versatile, Long-Lasting New Bluetooth Speaker Has a Weird Flaw

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There’s a lot to like about Tribit’s new flagship Bluetooth speaker. At just 7 inches tall, the StormBox Pro is highly portable. It also sits in that sweet spot between being big enough to have some solidly loud sound, but also small enough that you could definitely fit it in a backpack or tote bag. But for some of its best features, at $120, the Tribit is a little expensive for what it offers. And depending on what you need from your Bluetooth speaker, you might be better off with something else.

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The thing I immediately liked about the StormBox Pro is its clean, minimal lines, and a handle that can flip up for easy carrying. That makes it a decent choice for something that could look nice on a bookshelf, but thanks to its durability features, can also handle outdoor use as well. I think this speaker could be the right choice for the right shopper, but that depends heavily on how you plan to use it.

The good news is that the StormBox Pro has a Bluetooth range of up to 100 feet and can get up to 24 hours of battery life—though that will depend on how you’re listening and will likely be less at top volumes. At just three pounds, it’s also light, and Tribit said the speaker can be paired with a second StormBox Pro. It comes equipped with a single sub and two mid-high frequency drivers. An on-device button labeled XBass will boost the bass (obviously), which I did almost immediately while I was testing. Without it enabled, the sound didn’t quite bump as much as I’ve come to expect from many Bluetooth speakers in this category.

As for durability and portability, Tribit makes a pretty solid case for itself. In addition to its extended battery life, it’s got an IP67 waterproof rating, and based on my testing, it can definitely be dropped—particularly on softer surfaces like grass or indoor flooring—without fear of it suddenly shitting the bed. That’s a bit of a bare minimum win for this speaker, though. Similar speakers in this price category can similarly take tougher handling and produce better sound.

For example, if I had to choose between this speaker and the slightly more expensive Boom 3 (priced at $130 at Best Buy at the time of this writing), I’d without question go for the Boom 3. The Boom 3’s sound blows the StormBox Pro out of the water across the board, particularly for genres like hip hop and electronic.

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I found that at top volumes, the StormBox Pro would sometimes give that absolutely awful popping sound, and that’s frankly unacceptable for a speaker at this price point. You will not have this problem at mid-volumes. But as someone who generally pushes their speakers to the limit, this was a huge issue for me during testing. You will not get the same battery life longevity on the Boom 3, as that speaker gets up to 15 hours depending on your listening habits. The Boom 3 also lacks the handle that I actually quite liked on the StormBox Pro. But the Boom also weighs half as much as the Tribit, so there’s that.

If the Boom 3 exceeds your budget and you’d like to spend a little less than the cost of either of these speakers, then I’d recommend the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 ($70), which will give you as good if not better sound than the StormBox Pro. That speaker has 360-degree sound, absolutely impressive bass for its price and size, has a waterproof rating of IPX7, and can be paired with more than 100 other Flare 2 speakers (just in case you find yourself in this extremely niche situation and decide to, I guess, blast your entire borough). Plus, that speaker has great EQ features and on-unit light show settings. But again, you’re compromising on battery life, as the Flare 2 only gets up to 12 hours of playtime on a single charge, meaning it’s trumped by both the StormBox Pro and the Boom 3.

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Ultimately, I do not think the StormBox Pro is a bad speaker. I think it’s actually a pretty good Bluetooth solution. I just didn’t love the sound handling on this speaker as much as I’ve heard and tested on similarly (or even cheaper) speakers, as was the case with the Anker. But I do think if battery life and portability are important to you—I can’t stress how nice it is to have the option to clip this speaker onto a backpack with a carabiner for, say, camping or hiking—and you’re typically a mid-volume listener, this could be the perfect speaker for you, even if it wasn’t for me.