The best Black Friday deals 2017 (Updated)

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Amazon Echo 2nd Generation

Street Price: $ 100; Deal Price: $ 80

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

Playstation VR Skyrim Bundle

Street Price: $ 450; Deal Price: $ 335

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

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

TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450

Street Price: $ 90; Deal Price: $ 60

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

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

Anker PowerCore 20100

Street Price: $ 40; Deal Price: $ 32

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

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

iPad Pro 10.5-Inch (64GB)

Street Price: $ 650; Deal Price: $ 525

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

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

Samsung Gear VR with Controller

Street Price: $ 130; Deal Price: $ 90

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

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

Motorola Moto G5 Plus 32GB

Street Price: $ 220; Deal Price: $ 170

A new low on our favorite cheap Android phone.

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

Corsair K70 LUX RGB w/ red switches

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 110

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

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

Philips Hue Single A19 Bulbs

Street Price: $ 50; Deal Price: $ 32

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

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

Sonos Playbar

Street Price: $ 700; Deal Price: $ 600

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

Sonos Play:1 Speaker

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 150

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

Garmin Vívosport Smart Activity Tracker

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 150

A new low for our top activity tracker pick.

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

Roku Streaming Stick+

Street Price: $ 70; Deal Price: $ 48

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

Google Home Speaker

Street Price: $ 120; Deal Price: $ 80

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

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

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

Use code DIGTURKEY5 to get this duo of top picks for a great price.

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

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS Headphones

Street Price: $ 70; Deal Price: $ 39

A big drop on these noise-canceling earbuds.

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

Denon AVRS730H Receiver

Street Price: $ 450; Deal Price: $ 350

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

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

Samsung Gear IconX Earbuds

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 150

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

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

Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope

Street Price: $ 700; Deal Price: $ 600

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

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Grenco Science G Pen Elite Vaporizer

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 85

As long as you don’t mind waiting for this backordered deal, this is the best price we’ve seen on on our pick in our best portable vaporizer guide. Use code BFCM5 for an additional 5% off.

We wrote, “The Elite has features you rarely see in the under-$ 200 price category, like combination convection and conduction heating, a digital display for battery life and precision temperature control.”

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit

Street Price: $ 100; Deal Price: $ 80

Includes dimmer switch, bridge and pico remote, and at $ 80, it’s the best price we’ve seen.

The Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Starter Kit includes our pick in our best in-wall wireless light switch and dimmer guide. We wrote, “The Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer is a reliable smart replacement that provides remote on-off, dimming, and scheduling, similar to its competition. However, the single-pole dimmer offers support for more smart-home platforms, including HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home, than any model we tested.”

Anker 10ft PowerLine Lightning Cable

Street Price: $ 12; Deal Price: $ 10

New low on our longest recommended Anker cable (white model only).

The Anker 10ft PowerLine Lightning Cable is our “also great” pick for longest Anker cable in our best lightning cable guide. We wrote, “Long cables can also be useful, especially when you want to use your iPhone or iPad while it’s charging but the nearest outlet is a good distance away. In our tests, the charging and data-transfer speeds of these longer PowerLines match those of the 3-foot version.”

Garmin Dash Cam 65W

Street Price: $ 250; Deal Price: $ 230

This is the lowest price we’ve seen on our upgrade pick in our best dash cam guide.

We wrote, “It’s the smallest model we tested, so it’s less prominent on the windshield, and it uses a magnetic mount (though it attaches to the windshield via an adhesive pad) that makes it simple to pop on and off. The 65W offers 1080p resolution and a 180-degree field of view that covers a wide area—great for scenic vistas—but makes cars in front look a little farther away.”

ELAC Debut B6 Speakers

Street Price: $ 280; Deal Price: $ 200

A rare drop, we see this discount about once a year.

The ELAC Debut B6 is our runner-up pick in our best bookshelf speakers guide. We wrote, “The value and quality of the ELAC Debut B6 speakers come as no surprise. This set was veteran speaker designer Andrew Jones’s first project since leaving Pioneer for ELAC, and Jones clearly brought along the lessons he learned from making $ 30,000 speakers.”

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Samsung 500 GB T5 Portable SSD

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 170

While not a huge discount, this is the best price we’ve seen on our pick in our best portable SSD guide.

We wrote, “The 500 GB Samsung T5 Portable SSD is the best portable solid-state drive for most people because it’s reliable, fast, reasonably priced—for an external SSD—and compact.”

TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450

Street Price: $ 90; Deal Price: $ 60

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

The TP-Link RE450 Wi-Fi Range Extender is our pick in our best wi-fi range extender guide. We wrote, “The TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450 is the best wireless extender for most people because it offers incredible performance at long range and supports the fastest wireless speeds of most devices you’re likely to own, even if you have a MacBook Pro.”

Refurbished Kindle Voyage

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 120

The best price we’ve seen if you’ve been considering this upgraded Kindle.

The Kindle Voyage is our upgrade pick in our best ebook reader guide. We wrote, “The Kindle Voyage adds features that aim to make it a luxury reading experience, including a side light that adjusts brightness automatically, buttons on the side of the screen that you can squeeze to turn pages, a micro-etched glass front that further reduces reflections, and a smaller, slimmer body.”

Epson 2040 Projector

Street Price: $ 700; Deal Price: $ 550

Lowest price this year at $ 550 but trends show it might drop lower in the coming weeks.

The Epson 2040 Projector is our LCD option in our best $ 1,000 projector guide. We wrote, “The BenQ uses DLP technology, which creates artifacts known as “rainbows.” Most people don’t notice or aren’t bothered by them, but some people do and are. The Epson 2040 is based on LCD technology, so it won’t create rainbows.”

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

Street Price: $ 175; Deal Price: $ 150

A good drop on our top outdoor security camera, available at a number of retailers.

The Nest Cam Outdoor is our pick in our best wireless outdoor home security camera guide. We wrote, “The Nest Cam Outdoor Wi-Fi camera does everything a DIY surveillance camera should, and tops the others we tested in convenience features. The camera provides 1080p video, two-way audio, and a mounting system that gives you the capability to point it in any direction. It also has the only weatherproof cord among the units we tested.”


Street Price: $ 90; Deal Price: $ 59

At $ 59, this marks the best price we’ve seen on our DNA testing kit by $ 20.

AncestryDNA is our pick in our best DNA ancestry testing kit guide. We wrote, “AncestryDNA is our pick for those who want to learn about their relatively recent ethnic roots or are seeking to connect with unknown relatives. Though all of the DNA services we tested provided broadly similar results for the ethnic origins of our panel of testers, AncestryDNA did a better job than its rivals of presenting this data in a clear manner while placing the information in a useful historical context.”

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EcoVacs Deebot N79

Street Price: $ 200; Deal Price: $ 150

A new low on our top pick in our guide to the best robot vacuum. We wrote, “The Deebot N79 is nimble enough to navigate through most homes without getting stuck very often—and that’s what really makes most bot-owners happy. Its battery life is the longest we’ve seen, it runs the quietest, and it has one of the better control schemes we’ve seen for the price—including Wi-Fi and a smartphone app.”

BenQ GW2765HT 27″ Monitor

Street Price: $ 330; Deal Price: $ 220

A new low price on our budget pick 27-inch monitor. We wrote, “If you want a big, beautiful display with a good stand but don’t need USB ports, DisplayPort daisy-chaining, or a thin bezel, we recommend the BenQ GW2765HT. At under $ 350, it’s one of the least expensive 27-inch IPS monitors that still has good display quality and features.”

Sony UBP-X800

Street Price: $ 300; Deal Price: $ 150

Matches a low we saw briefly only once before. This is a huge drop below street price on our top pick 4k Blu-ray player. We wrote, “This Sony plays 4K UHD discs, offers better image quality with Blu-rays and DVDs, and includes good streaming options and excellent speed.”

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 140

With SSD deals as rare as they have been the past year, while not a huge discount, this is one of the better prices in ages. The Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD is the top pick in our guide to the best SSDs. We wrote, “Even after two years as our top pick, the Samsung 850 Evo remains the gold standard for SATA SSDs thanks to its high speed, low price, five-year warranty, and great software.”

Sony XBR-X900E 55-Inch TV

Street Price: $ 1,200; Deal Price: $ 1,000

A substantial $ 200 drop on our improved HDR TV pick. We wrote, “If you want a TV in 49-inch or 75-inch sizes, watch almost exclusively HDR content, or need a 120 Hz panel because you’re sensitive to motion blur, the Sony XBR-X900E is a great buy.”

Vizio SB3821-D6 SmartCast 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System

Street Price: $ 130; Deal Price: $ 90

A big $ 40 drop on this pick, making improved sound a very affordable $ 90. The Vizio SB3821-D6 is the “tighter budget” pick in our budget soundbars guide. We wrote, “This 2.1 soundbar lacks its bigger sibling’s HDMI (ARC) support and rear speakers, but it still delivers better stereo performance than much more expensive rivals and supports Bluetooth and Google Cast.”

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Apple threatened to drop Uber’s app over iPhone tracking (updated)

Uber is no stranger to trouble, but it may have landed in some especially hot water two years ago. New York Times sources claim that Apple CEO Tim Cook held a face-to-face meeting in early 2015 to call out Uber’s Travis Kalanick (and threaten to remove his app from the App Store) after learning that Uber was not only violating iOS app privacy guidelines, but was trying to cover it up. Reportedly, the ridesharing outfit had been “fingerprinting” iPhones with permanent identities so that it could prevent drivers from cheating by creating fake accounts and accepting rides from these bogus customers. The IDs would last even after the app was deleted or the entire phone was wiped. While this helped keep drivers honest, it was clearly a privacy violation — and it was made worse by Uber’s bid to hide the tracking from App Store reviewers.

Reportedly, Kalanick told staff to “obfuscate” the Uber app’s fingerprinting code for anyone operating from Apple’s current headquarters in Cupertino. As far as the people at Infinite Loop could see, it was business as usual. However, the trick didn’t work for long. Apple workers outside of the headquarters eventually spotted the shady behavior, leading to the meeting with Kalanick. The approach isn’t that uncommon for Uber (it recently admitted that it used location-based techniques to fool regulators), but it’s particularly brazen given the risk of being dropped from the App Store and losing millions of customers.

Apple isn’t commenting on the meeting with Cook, and we’ve reached out to Uber for its take on the allegations. However, it’s safe to say that Uber would like to leave an issue like this in the past. The company is trying to turn a corner, and Kalanick himself is looking for a second-in-command to keep his boundary-pushing tendencies in check. This revelation certainly won’t help matters, though. It reinforces the notion that Uber is all too willing to break rules in the name of money, even if it’s motivated by honest concerns like fraud.

Update: Uber has responded to Engadget, and maintains that its staff “absolutely do not” track individual users after they’ve deleted the app. The company adds that fingerprinting is a “typical way” of preventing people from using stolen phones for joyrides, and otherwise thwarting “known bad actors.” You can read the full statement below. It’s good to hear that the company isn’t tracking people, but the heart of the story revolves around hardware fingerprints — those still violated Apple’s privacy guidelines, even if Uber couldn’t definitively associate phones with specific customers.

“We absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they’ve deleted the app. As the New York Times story notes towards the very end, this is a typical way to prevent fraudsters from loading Uber onto a stolen phone, putting in a stolen credit card, taking an expensive ride and then wiping the phone—over and over again. Similar techniques are also used for detecting and blocking suspicious logins to protect our users’ accounts. Being able to recognize known bad actors when they try to get back onto our network is an important security measure for both Uber and our users.”

Source: New York Times

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Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case (updated)

Amazon’s Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. According to The Information, authorities in Bentonville issued a warrant for Amazon to hand over any audio or records from an Echo belonging to James Andrew Bates. Bates is set to go to trial for first-degree murder for the death of Victor Collins next year.

Amazon declined to give police any of the information that the Echo logged on its servers, but it did hand over Bates’ account details and purchases. Police say they were able to pull data off of the speaker, but it’s unclear what info they were able to access. Due to the so-called always on nature of the connected device, the authorities are after any audio the speaker may have picked up that night. Sure, the Echo is activated by certain words, but it’s not uncommon for the IoT gadget to be alerted to listen by accident.

Police say Bates had several other smart home devices, including a water meter. That piece of tech shows that 140 gallons of water were used between 1AM and 3AM the night Collins was found dead in Bates’ hot tub. Investigators allege the water was used to wash away evidence of what happened off of the patio. The examination of the water meter and the request for stored Echo information raises a bigger question about privacy. At a time when we have any number of devices tracking and automating our habits at home, should that information be used against us in criminal cases?

Bates’ attorney argues that it shouldn’t. “You have an expectation of privacy in your home, and I have a big problem that law enforcement can use the technology that advances our quality of life against us,” defense attorney Kimberly Weber said. Of course, there’s also the question of how reliable information is from smart home devices. Accuracy can be an issue for any number of IoT gadgets. However, an audio recording would seemingly be a solid piece of evidence, if released.

Just as we saw with the quest to unlock an iPhone in the San Bernardino case, it will be interesting to see how authorities and the companies who make smart home devices work out the tension between serving customers, maintaining privacy and pursuing justice.

Update: An Amazon spokesperson gave Engadget the following statement on the matter:

“Amazon will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us. Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.”

As a refresher, Echo only captures audio and streams it to the cloud when the device hears the wake word “Alexa.” A ring on the top of the device turns blue to give a visual indication that audio is being recorded. Those clips, or “utterances” as the company calls them, are stored in the cloud until a customer deletes them either individually or all at once. When that’s done, the “utterances” are permanently deleted. What’s more, the microphones on an Echo device can be manually turned off at any time.

Source: The Information

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T-Mobile tells iPhone owners not to install iOS 10 just yet (Updated)

T-Mobile issued a stern warning to its customers against downloading and installing the new iOS 10 update to their existing 6, 6 Plus and SE iPhone models. According to the T-Mobile website, doing so will, cause the handset to “lose connectivity [to the T-Mobile network] in certain circumstances.” Once that happens, the user can only re-establish their network connection by fully powering down the phone and restarting it. That said, the company does expect Apple to push a corrective patch live within the next 48 hours. Update: On Thursday night, T-Mobile announced that Apple had released its patch for the connectivity issue. If you had already downloaded iOS 10 (and were therefore at risk for this issue), go to Settings > General > About, to install the fix. If you hadn’t yet installed the new OS, feel free to do so without fear of having your cell service randomly drop.

Via: Verge

Source: T-Mobile

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iPhone 7 will get a larger camera, according to spy shot (updated)

Another week, another iPhone 7 leak. (Hey, it rhymes!) Following the set of components allegedly showing dual-SIM support, up to 256GB of storage and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone, Chinese repair shop Rock Fix is back with a photo of what it claims to be the 4.7-inch iPhone 7’s rear casing. Most notably, there are fewer plastic antenna bands here, and the main camera is said to feature a larger CMOS sensor — here’s hoping this will offer larger pixel sites to boost light sensitivity. What’s interesting is that contrary to WSJ’s report earlier this week, Rock Fix pointed out that the headphone jack is here to stay on one of the two 4.7-inch variants, which would explain why we’re seeing conflicting rumors about the headphone jack.

Rock Fix added that the cheaper 4.7-inch model — our money’s on the one that’s keeping the headphone jack — will replace the aging iPhone 6 in the new lineup. As for the bigger iPhone 7 Plus, it’ll unlikely have a variant with the headphone jack, but we’re told that it’ll be the only one featuring the special dual-lens camera we saw last time. Both sizes will apparently have dual-SIM slots, which is a common feature in competitive markets like China and India. If true, this move will hopefully give Apple a much needed boost after its recent iPhone sales decline.

Update: We’ve updated our article with new information regarding the special variant that will apparently be keeping the headphone jack, as well as the above image of a purported iPhone 7 chassis without the headphone jack.

Source: Rock Fix (Sina Weibo)

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