Dearly Beloved, We’re Gathered Here to Say Goodbye to the Best Apple TV Remote

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Friends, family, past and current Apple TV users, we are gathered here today to mourn the loss of the very best remote for streaming.

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Apple earlier this week unveiled its new Apple TV 4K, the next-generation set-top box that will replace Apple’s previous product of the same name. While this new box will see some exciting upgrades over its predecessor—more power with the A12 Bionic chip, as well as nifty calibration features for adjusting the picture on your TV using an iPhone—I was devastated by the reveal of a new, touchpad-less Siri remote.

Indeed, Apple’s newest remote will likely fix some of the most controversial fixtures of the previous Apple TV remote. For one, it has a larger form factor and thicker, all-aluminum body, which should make it slightly easier to find between the cushions. It also adds a number of buttons and moves the Siri button prompt to the remote’s right side, sort of like on the iPhone. These things are all fine.

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But I am personally wrecked over Apple’s choice to swap the touchpad—the best and most misunderstood fixture of the black Apple TV remote—for a clickpad that supports a circular gesture for jogging through content. It is still touch-enabled, but I cannot imagine it produces the same experience as having the entire top of the remote devoted to touch, a thing I adored about the previous Apple TV remote over any other out-of-the-box streaming wand.

The touchpad made the experience for me, personally. It was perfect for skipping over content, which is a thing I find myself doing often. Other streaming remotes, like that of the Chromecast with Google TV (which I love), often feel cheap and poorly designed by comparison. In the past, I’ve been able to sway some of the Apple TV remote’s harshest critics (my own colleagues), by reminding them that the touchpad speed could be adjusted for greater control.

I am, of course, eager to experience the new Apple TV 4K—aluminum remote and all. But I know that every time I reach for it, I’ll be thinking not of the remote in my hand but of the one that came before it. It provided the perfect streaming experience. Dare I say, it was one of my great gadget loves.

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Pour one out for the Apple TV remote of my dreams. May it rest peacefully and find the appreciation it so deserved in the great gadget afterlife.

Congrats to OnePlus for Making Its Smartwatch Slightly Less Awful

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The OnePlus Watch launch was catastrophic. Never had a flagship smartwatch since Will.i.am’s infamous Puls smartwatch failed in such spectacular fashion. I recently wrote 2,000 words about how it was the worst smartwatch I’ve ever used. Today OnePlus pushed out an over-the-air update that claims to fix some of the watch’s egregious omissions and cock-ups.

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It’s better than nothing, but to be frank, the OnePlus Watch launched with next to nothing working properly so I’m not exactly impressed. According to a post on the OnePlus forum, the update includes:

  • Improved GPS performance
  • Improved accuracy of activity tracking (walking and running)
  • Optimized heart rate monitoring algorithm
  • Enabled notification app icons for the most frequently used apps
  • Improved raise-to-wake function
  • Optimized notification syncing algorithm
  • Fixed some known bugs
  • Improved system stability

Reader, look upon this list and cry-laugh with me. This is a damning list of everything OnePlus fucked up at launch. GPS performance, accurate activity-tracking, heart rate-monitoring, and notifications that sync properly are basic functions that you’d expect to work as advertised out of the box. The “fixed some known bugs” bullet point is also doing a lot of heavy lifting here. The problem is there were so many known bugs that I’m now left guessing which ones were addressed. The vagueness doesn’t instill confidence, but I’ve reached out to OnePlus to see if they’ll clarify what bugs they’re talking about here.

When I initially raised concerns to OnePlus, the company told me—and other reviewers—to expect a mid-April update. A spokesperson told me the mid-April update would finally sync sleep-tracking data and SpO2 history to the OnePlus Health app. That’s huge, because on top of being a marquee feature, sleep-tracking is only useful if you can view your trends over time. So here we are, a week after launch with what I assume is the update OnePlus was referring to.

I’ve updated the app and the OnePlus Watch. My sleep and SpO2 data are nowhere to be found. I’ve synced at least five times. I suppose my sleep history has disappeared into the ether. So either OnePlus told us the wrong thing and this widely reported bug remains unfixed or the watch itself doesn’t store more than a week’s worth of data. Neither option is good. (For the record, my smart scale can store 14 days’ worth of data for 8 different people, so the latter is simply ridiculous.) I’ve asked OnePlus about the sleep-tracking/SpO2 app syncing as well, but haven’t received a response.

Another thing that wasn’t fixed? My arm has been buzzing off and on the entire time I’ve been writing. I have at least 100 notifications for unread emails. But hey, at least my notifications have icons.

Granted, I’ve only had this update for a few hours and need more time to suss whether the really big bugs were fixed properly. But what baffles me is that you still can’t switch to a 12-hour time format from a 24-hour one. This, along with sleep history and SpO2 syncing problems, was a widely reported bug and yet it remains unfixed. OnePlus says that will come in a future update, along with an always-on display, remote camera control for Android smartphones, four new languages, the rest of the 110+ workout modes that were promised, and an AI watch face. Listen, OnePlus, considering how you apparently botched French translations and gave several reviewers (including me) watches that were initially stuck in Hindi, maybe prioritize getting this thing fully working as advertised before you hawk it to other markets.

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In the best case scenario, these updates will fix some of the biggest problems I had with the OnePlus Watch. Which then leads me to ask: Why the hell could this launch not be delayed for one week if a week was all that was needed to fix this shit? Consumers are not beta testers.

Honestly, I’m mostly mad that this means I have to go back and relive the trauma of this testing experience. This fix-it-as-you-go approach is incredibly disrespectful to me, my fellow reviewers, and consumers. But, listen, OnePlus, I’m a professional. You said the running accuracy and GPS were fixed. If I run three miles in good faith and the fitness metrics are still broken, I cannot be held responsible for yeeting this thing into the East River.

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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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Here’s Everything Apple Announced During Today’s Big Spring Loaded Event

iPads, AirTags, new Apple TV, colorful new iMacs!

It’s been a big day for Apple product launches. During its Spring Loaded event today, the company announced a slew of new devices. If you missed the whole thing, let’s dive in.

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M1 iMacs

Brilliant new iMacs will feature Apple’s M1 chip, flaunt a super thin 11.5-millimeter design, and ship in a rainbow of colors, including gray, blue, purple, pink, orange, yellow, and green. The new iMac has a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with 500 nits of peak brightness and 11.3 million pixels. A 1080p HD webcam on the iMac will ensure you look great on your Zoom calls (even if you are wearing sweatpants). Additionally, the iMac will include what the company called “a studio-quality three-microphone array,” so you’ll sound great too. Plus, the iMac’s sound is getting an upgrade with a six-speaker sound system plus two pairs of force-cancelling woofers.

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The company says the 8-core iMac will reach up to 85% faster CPU performance, and up to two times faster GPU performance for specific apps like Photoshop and Affinity Photo. The 7-core GPU iMac model will ship with 8GB of unified memory and a 256GB SSD, plus two Thunderbolt ports. The 8-core GPU model will also have 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD, a pair of Thunderbolt ports, as well as two USB 3 ports and 1Gbps Ethernet port. Both will have a Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard in the box, though the pricier model will come with a Magic Keyboard that also includes Touch ID. (Apple says the 7-core GPU version “can configure” to the fancier keyboard as well.)

The iMac with a 7-core GPU will start at $1,299, while one with an 8-core GPU starts at $1,499. The iMacs are available to preorder April 30 and will start shipping in the second half of May. If it’s color that wows you with the iMac, you may have to pay a little extra. The more affordable of the two iMacs will only be available in green, pink, blue, and silver.

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iPad Pro

As expected, Apple also announced an 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Liquid Retina XDR display. Like the new iMac, the iPad Pro will come equipped with Apple’s powerful M1 chip. Those who use their iPad Pro for creative purposes will be pleased to hear the new Pro will come with up to 2TB of high-speed storage, a four-speaker audio setup, and cameras with a LiDAR scanner. The mini-LED technology found in the 12.9-inch version uses 10,000 LEDs and can reach up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness, plus 1,600 nits of peak brightness. In other words, she gets real bright.

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Plus, the iPad Pro now supports Thunderbolt and USB-C. (The Thunderbolt supports 10Gbps Ethernet.) The new Pro also has a new ultra-wide front camera with support for a new Center Stage feature. Apple describes Center Stage as using “the much larger field of view on the new front camera and the machine learning capabilities of M1 to recognize and keep users centered in the frame. As users move around, Center Stage automatically pans to keep them in the shot.” It will also account for others as they move into the frame. Center Stage will be available in apps like FaceTime, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and others, and can be toggled on on an app-by-app basis.

Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models become available to order on April 30 in either silver or space gray. The smaller model starts at $799, while the monster iPad Pro will start at $1,099. Cellular models available at a premium and will support 5G, include the faster millimeter-wave spectrum that delivers gigabit speeds.

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Apple TV 4K

Apple took the wraps off a much-anticipated next-generation Apple TV 4K, which will be available to order beginning April 30 and will start at $179 for 32GB and $199 for the 64GB box. The new Apple TV will support high frame rate HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision video and be powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, making it far faster and more powerful than its predecessor. This new box will also allow users to adjust the color balance on their screens with an iPhone for better picture quality.

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New Siri Remote

Retailing for $59, Apple TV also unveiled a new Siri remote, replacing one of Apple’s most maligned but misunderstood gadgets. The new Siri remote features a one-piece aluminum body and appears to be slightly larger than previous Apple remotes. With this new design, Apple has also moved the Siri voice control button to the right side, and the touchpad has been replaced by a clickpad with five-way navigation that’s also touch-enabled.

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AirTags

The tech journalism community collectively heaved a massive sigh of relief when Apple finally, at long last, revealed the AirTags it’s been hanging over our heads for what feels like an eternity. AirTags will work with the Find My app to help locate devices and accessories like your keys, your wallet, or pretty much anything else you want to stick it on. What’s neat about AirTags is that besides being cute as hell and IP67 water- and dust-resistant, a Precision Finding feature will show you exactly how far away from your last item is and guide you using your iPhone. It will also play a sound.

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The AirTag will come equipped with Apple’s U1 chip and Precision Finding will be compatible with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, as well as future generations of iPhone. It can also prompt a website with the owner’s contact information if it’s lost and found by someone else so long as they have an NFC-capable device to scan it. Apple accessories for the AirTag include a Polyurethane Loop, a Leather Loop, and a Leather Key Ring. Custom engraving will also be available for AirTags—you can even choose an emoji to mark each one.

AirTags will be available April 23 for $29 a pop or $99 for a four-pack. Buried in the small print on Apple’s website is a note that AirTags will require the forthcoming iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 updates, which it says will be available starting next week.

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Purple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini

Phew. You good? OK, let’s continue. Apple also announced two new versions of its current iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini in a new purple shade. The two will be available for preorder on April 30 for $799 before trade-in and $699 before trade-in, respectively.

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“The incredible iPhone 12 is the most popular smartphone in the world, and the iPhone 12 family has an over 99 percent customer satisfaction rate. The new purple finish, just in time for spring, adds another bright and fun option to the lineup, and we think customers are going to love it,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement. “This gorgeous new color joins the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini family, which is available in five other stunning finishes, and features an advanced dual-camera system, Super Retina XDR display, improved durability, A14 Bionic—the fastest chip ever in a smartphone—great battery life, and the best 5G experience on any smartphone.”

Be sure to check out Gizmodo’s reviews of both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini.

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Apple Card Family

In some exciting personal finance news, Apple introduced a new Apple Card Family plan, which will allow families and partners to build credit together. It will also allow parents to share their card with their kids, for whom parents will be able to control spending limits. Up to five people can be added to an existing user’s Apple Card account. They will, however, have to be part of the same Family Sharing group, and kids younger than 13 will not be eligible to participate. Adult participants who decide to merge their Apple Card accounts can also boost their shared credit limit. Variable APRs can vary from 10.99% to 21.99% with this Goldman Sachs-issued credit card.

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To read our review of the Apple Card, head right here.

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Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

Lastly, it certainly wouldn’t be an Apple event without some mention of its services. Beginning in May, Apple will introduce its Apple Podcasts Subscriptions plan, which is less like the Podcasts+ product many of us likely envisioned and more like a Patreon-like program for podcast creators themselves. Then, they can set their own subscription costs and bill their paying listeners accordingly.

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“Today, Apple Podcasts is the best place for listeners to discover and enjoy millions of great shows, and we are proud to lead the next chapter of podcasting with Apple Podcasts Subscriptions,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said in a statement. “We’re excited to introduce this powerful new platform to creators around the world, and we can’t wait to hear what they make with it.”

The iPhone 12 Now Comes in Purple!

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The iPhone 12 lineup is growing—not with a brand new device, but a fresh shade. Apple announced at its Spring Loaded event today that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini will now come in an extremely pretty purple hue.

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The new shade doesn’t command a premium. The purple iPhone 12 will cost the same as the other iPhone 12 shades in the lineup, and the same for the Mini. The 12 starts at $799, and also comes in white, black, mint green, red, and blue. The Mini starts at $699.

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The iPhone 12 is also the best iPhone for most people. It takes solid photos with wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle camera lenses, has great battery life, a powerful processor, and a beautiful design. It differs from the iPhone 12 Pro with an aluminum body instead of a stainless steel one, and the Pro also doesn’t come in quite as fun colors (though the gold and blue shades are pretty stunning). The purple iPhone 12 appeals to me personally.

The iPhone 12 Mini is also very cute, but reportedly hasn’t sold well, so I’m curious to see if folks will scoop up a purple shade for a teen in their lives.

The purple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini will be available to preorder on April 23 and will go on sale on April 30.

Google Has Canceled the Pixel 5a, Multiple Reports Claim

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It seems another gadget has fallen victim to the global chip crunch: A number of new reports claim that Google has decided to cancel the release of the Pixel 5a.

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Earlier this week Google announced that its annual developers’ conference, Google I/O, would take place starting on May 18, which immediately caused people to start speculating if that meant Google would release a new mid-range Pixel sometime this spring. In 2019, Google announced the Pixel 3a in May at Google I/O, and while the pandemic caused Google to cancel Google I/O 2020, the Pixel 4a was eventually released later, in early August 2020.

But now, according to a tweet from noted leaker Jon Prosser and multiple sources who spoke to Android Central, it seems the ongoing global shortage of chips and processors has caused Google to cancel the Pixel 5a’s release entirely.

Silicon used to make things like automotive chips, game consoles, GPUs, and other processors has been in short supply since late last year. This has recently become a major hindrance for some of the world’s biggest smartphone makers including Xiaomi and Samsung, with Samsung saying the lack of mobile processors may force the company to forgo making a new Galaxy Note phone for 2021.

Assuming the reports are true, Google being forced to cancel the Pixel 5a will be a big blow to budget-conscious phone buyers as the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a were easily some of the best budget/mid-range phones released in recent memory, combining excellent image quality with good battery life and a simple design. But if there really aren’t enough chips to go around, Google may have been forced into making a difficult decision.

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While Google traditionally does not comment on rumors and reports of this nature, we’ve reached out to Google to ask for an official comment on the matter, and we will update the story if we hear back.

Google Has Canceled the Pixel 5a, Multiple Reports Claim [Update: The Pixel 5a Is Still Alive]

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Update: While rumors originally claimed another gadget had fallen victim to the global chip crunch, Google has now officially debunked previous reports that the Pixel 5a had been cancelled.

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Google has now refuted previous reports and has provided an official statement to Gizmodo saying the “Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.”

The original story appears below:

Earlier this week Google announced that its annual developers’ conference, Google I/O, would take place starting on May 18, which immediately caused people to start speculating if that meant Google would release a new mid-range Pixel sometime this spring. In 2019, Google announced the Pixel 3a in May at Google I/O, and while the pandemic caused Google to cancel Google I/O 2020, the Pixel 4a was eventually released later in August 2020.

However, according to a tweet from noted leaker Jon Prosser and multiple sources who spoke to Android Central, it seems the ongoing global shortage of chips and processors had caused Google to consider canceling the Pixel 5a’s release entirely, reports that have now been debunked by Google.

Silicon used to make things like automotive chips, game consoles, GPUs, and other processors have been in short supply since late last year. This has recently become a major hindrance for some of the world’s biggest smartphone makers including Xiaomi and Samsung, with Samsung saying the lack of mobile processors may force the company to forgo making a new Galaxy Note phone for 2021.

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Had Google been forced to cancel the Pixel 5a, that would have been a big blow to budget-conscious phone buyers as the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a were easily some of the best budget/mid-range phones released in recent memory, combining excellent image quality with good battery life and a simple design.

That said, the wording in Google’s comment suggests that the Pixel 5a’s release will not happen this spring like many people had previously predicted, but sometime later this summer in July or August, which would line up better with the August 3 announce date for last year’s Pixel 4a.

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Update 1:45 PM ET: Updated the story with an official statement from Google saying the Pixel 5a 5G has not been canceled and that it will be released later this year.

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 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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This deal was originally published by Quentyn Kennemer. 

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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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This deal was originally published by Sheilah Villari.

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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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This deal was originally published by Giovanni Colantonio.

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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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This deal was originally published by Andrew Hayward.

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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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This deal was originally published by Giovanni Colantonio.

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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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Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel 2 Has 2 Fans, 2 Batteries, and One of the Weirdest Camera Bumps Available Today

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While I can’t confirm it, I suspect someone in Lenovo’s phone department is a big fan of Vin Diesel movies. Why? Well, it seems like Lenovo has just released a gaming phone inspired by 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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Lenovo is doubling down on its follow-up to last year’s Legion Gaming Phone with a ton of different components. The new Legion Phone Duel 2 is getting two USB-C ports, dual batteries, double the triggers, and two cooling fans, while still keeping that same funky side-mounted pop-up selfie cam. If there was ever a phone that embodied the spirit of a tuned and souped-up Nissan Skyline, this is it.

In Europe, the Legion Phone 2 starts at 799 euros (around $950) and comes with a Snapdragon 888 chip, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, though you can upgrade to a bundle with 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and an included charging dock for 999 euros. You also get a massive 6.92-inch, 2460 x 1080 AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and a super-high 720Hz touch sample rate, which should deliver some of the most responsive touch controls currently available. And then there’s the dual-lens camera, with a 64-MP main and 16-MP ultra-wide lens.

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But what impresses me the most is the lengths Lenovo has gone to improve all of the Legion Phone 2’s other gaming features. If you look at the back, you can see that the Legion Phone 2’s camera bump is smack dab in the middle of the phone, instead of closer to the top like you’d get on a regular handset.

This serves a few purposes: Not only does it mean that when held in landscape mode (which is how you’ll almost certainly hold it while gaming) there’s a smaller chance you’re going to gunk up those dual rear cams with fingerprints and Cheeto dust, but that big central camera hump also provides a channel for the phone’s twin turbo fans to more easily push hot air out. And of course, you can’t have cooling fans on a gaming device without RGB lighting, so Lenovo tossed that in too.

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That middle section is also used to house the Legion Phone 2’s 44-MP pop-up selfie cam, which rises out of the side (or the top in landscape mode), so you can more easily take selfies or livestream while gaming. And on the inside, Lenovo uses dual batteries (one on either side) to deliver a combined capacity of 5,500 mAh that’s 10% larger than before. And for those times when you need to recharge quickly, the Legion Phone 2 even features two USB-C ports that can be plugged in at the same time to deliver super fast 90-watt wired charging.

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However, the Legion Phone 2’s real party trick is its support for eight different touch-sensitive buttons: four on the shoulders, two in back, and two in-display “force touchpoints.” Lenovo says these touch keys were placed to naturally match where you fingers rest when holding the phone in landscape, adding extra controls without the need for an add-on gamepad accessory like a Razer Kishi. 

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Recently, we’ve seen a run of gaming phones from companies like Asus, Xiaomi, Nubia, and others, and even so, the Legion Phone 2 might be the most unique handset of them all. It’s really focused on maximizing the potential of a mobile gaming phone. I even like the two paint jobs Lenovo is offering, with the Legion Phone 2 looking especially slick in titanium white.

Unfortunately, Lenovo says U.S. availability for the Legion Phone 2 is still “to be determined,” so if you really want one, you may have to import one from China or Europe, which will get the phone in April and May, respectively.

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Nokia’s Overhauled Budget Phone Lineup Has Something for Everyone

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Sometimes it just makes sense for companies to rethink their entire portfolio instead of churning out another generation of the same old devices, which is exactly what Nokia is doing with its new X, G, and C-series phones.

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By shifting to a new naming scheme that seems loosely inspired by big name German automakers, HMD (who owns the branding rights for Nokia phones) is looking to move away from its previous one, which had become completely opaque with phone names like the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4, and so on.

Nokia’s new C-series handsets are the cheapest of the bunch, and the star of the show is the Nokia C10, which costs as little as 75 euros and comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ display, 1GB or 2GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. There will also be a Nokia C20 that costs 89 euros, which has the same basic design and specs, but comes with front and rear LED flash modules to help you shoot better photos.

Nokia’s new C-Series phones.

Nokia’s new C-Series phones.
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HMD said the C-series will get two years of OS updates and two years of quarterly (not monthly) security patches, with all of Nokia’s new phones slated to run the Android One version of Android 11.

Moving up one tier is the G-series, which consists of the G10 and G20 (see the pattern?), with the latter offering a faster MediaTek G35 chip, 48-MP main cam, 4GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of storage, and a larger 5,050 mAh battery that HMD said lasts up to three days on a charge—all starting for just 159 euros.

The G20 in Night.

The G20 in Night.
Image: Nokia/HMD

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As for updates, the G-series is expected to receive two years of OS updates and three years of security patches.

Finally we have the new X series, which isn’t exactly flagship level, but does include support for sub-6Ghz 5G. The 309 euro Nokia X10 and the 349 euro Nokia X20 follow the same naming pattern—the X20 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor, a 6.67-inch FHD+ screen, a quadruple rear camera module with a 64-MP main cam, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The X20 also has the most RAM and storage of Nokia’s new phones with either 6GB/64GB or 8GB/128GB configs.

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As the most expensive tier of Nokia’s new phones, the X series will get three full years of OS and security updates.

The X20 in Nordic Blue.

The X20 in Nordic Blue.
Image: Nokia/HMD

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Nokia’s new lineup brings solid additions to its portfolio, with its three new tiers offering something at practically every budget price range. On top of that, Nokia is also planning on releasing a new pair of wireless buds called the Nokia Lite Earbuds for 39 euros, and in the U.K., Nokia is even launching new wireless plans under the HMD Mobile name, which is a new MVNO for the European market.

HMD said the real goal is for Nokia to continue pursuing open-channel sales that aren’t reliant on deals and partnerships with big carriers, which seems like a decent strategy, especially for the European market. But I’m not sure that even with the device overhaul, Nokia’s strategy is going to be all that successful in the U.S., where as many as 90% of all smartphones are sold through carrier channels. And unfortunately for right now, Nokia has yet to provide specific info on U.S. pricing or availability for any of its new devices.

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So in the end, it’ll be up to the devices to prove themselves worthy or not, and at least to start, Nokia’s new C, G, and X-series phones definitely seem to deliver on value, which is promising.