Get a 4-terabyte USB 3.0 hard drive for $72 – CNET

Let’s talk storage. Do you work with video files? Images? Audio? That stuff seems to grow exponentially, probably because it’s so damn easy to create. (I’m looking at you, phones capable of capturing 4K video.

Let’s talk storage. Do you work with video files? Images? Audio? That stuff seems to grow exponentially, probably because it’s so damn easy to create. (I’m looking at you, phones capable of capturing 4K video.)

How about a game console — got one of those? Now you need as much storage as humanly possibly to store your growing game collection, downloadable content and so on.

External drives don’t come much bigger, or cheaper, than this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, GameStop has the Western Digital Elements 4TB desktop USB 3.0 hard drive for $71.97 — the lowest price I’ve seen.

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What more can I say except four terabytes for 72 dollars? OK, I’ll add that it’s a USB 3.0 drive, which it would have to be — a USB 2.0 interface would be cruel and unusual punishment (though it does support that if, for some reason, you have no 3.0 ports).

The drive has a 4.7-star review average from nearly 50 customers, suggesting that if you’re pairing this with a console, you should be more than satisfied with it.

WD doesn’t provide any backup software, and if you want to use the drive with a Mac, you’ll have to reformat it.

Those little wrinkles aside, this is quite a lot of storage for a relative drop in the bucket.

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Bonus deal: If you’ve been scoping out mesh-network systems to improve the Wi-Fi coverage at home (or even at the small office), here’s a deal you’ll want to check out: Ending today, Daily Steals (via Facebook) has the Google Wi-Fi mesh network three-pack for $219.99 shipped. That’s the lowest price anywhere by at least $30.

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What’s meant by “three-pack”? The system includes three nodes to distribute around your home, thus creating a Wi-Fi “blanket” that, hopefully, reaches all corners at full strength.

Read CNET’s Google Wi-Fi review to learn more. TL;DR: This is the best Wi-Fi system you can get.

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Microsoft Surface Go gets LTE Advanced option – CNET

Microsoft’s most diminutive Surface tablet, the Surface Go, follows in the footsteps of its older and since-replaced brother the Surface Pro by getting an option to configure it with LTE Advanced connectivity.

Microsoft’s most diminutive Surface tablet, the Surface Go, follows in the footsteps of its older and since-replaced brother the Surface Pro by getting an option to configure it with LTE Advanced connectivity.

It’s only difference from the current model is the addition of a Nano SIM tray and the relevant antennas, which add about 0.4 oz/10 grams to the weight and seems to shave about 30 minutes off the nine-hour battery life.

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Based off the highest-end Wi-Fi configuration with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, it costs $550 (£510, AU$840). The same consumer configuration with LTE adds $130, or $680 (directly converted, £524 and AU$940). The commercial version is $730 (about £562 and AU$1,010), but that has a 256GB option as well. Preorders start Monday for select markets, and Microsoft expects it to be available in 23 markets by Nov. 22.

Of course, the keyboard and stylus are still extra.

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Best smart home devices 2018: your complete guide to starting a smart home

It took years to finally get here – but, in 2018, it’s safe to say the smart home has finally arrived. These gadgets can turn your dumb home into a smart hub, one that can turn on lights when you enter a room, lock your doors for you, or play music with a simple voice command.

It took years to finally get here – but, in 2018, it’s safe to say the smart home has finally arrived. These gadgets can turn your dumb home into a smart hub, one that can turn on lights when you enter a room, lock your doors for you, or play music with a simple voice command.

Setting up your smart home can be as basic as putting a smart speaker in your living room, or as complex as an intricate network of connected devices. Really, making a smart home is up to you, and you can personalize it to your level of comfort.

But wading the waters of smart home products, which fall into dozens of categories, can be daunting. And because smart homes rely on components being able to communicate with one another, before you stock up your shopping cart with all the latest and greatest smart home gadgets, make sure they’re compatible with any other smart devices you already own including your phone, tablet and any smart speaker you already own.

To help you start your smart home journey, or complete the technology-laden home of your dreams, we’ve curated a list of eight gadgets that we believe are the best smart home products you can buy.

Here are our recommendations for best smart home devices to get your existing house, apartment or other domicile up to speed:

Best smart speaker: Amazon Echo (2nd Gen)Best smart home hub: Wink Hub 2Best smart light bulbs: Philips HueBest smart thermostat: Nest Thermostat EBest smart security camera: NetGear Arlo QBest smart switch: TP-Link HS200 Smart Wi-Fi Light SwitchBest smart plug: Belkin WeMo Insight Smart PlugBest smart lock: August Smart Lock ProBest smart smoke detector: Nest ProtectChoosing the best smart home ecosystem

Before you start assembling your smart home, you’ll want to think about which smart home ecosystem you’ll want to build off of. There are quite a few out there, including Apple HomeKit, Google Home/Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, the Amazon Alexa platform, IFTTT, ZigBee, Z-Wave, and more.

Lots to chose from, right? We’ve put together a guide to help you consider what you need to when putting together your smart home, which you can check out here.

You’ll also want to consider the ecosystem that you’re already plugged into. For example, avid Android owners might have more luck with Google Home than with the Amazon Echo or Apple’s HomePod. On the contrary, those that need quick and easy ways to order things online might prefer the Amazon Echo.

Want to see even more smart home recommendations? Check out our comprehensive guides to different product categories below:

Best smart speakerBest smart lightingBest security camerasBest smart thermostatBest vacuum cleanersBest smart plugs and switchesBest coffee machineBest smart locksBest robot vacuums

Now, let’s get into our list of the best smart home devices, starting with…

The second-generation Amazon Echo speaker is at the top of our list for good reason. Amazon’s original Alexa-powered speaker has become the first smart home product for millions of people around the world. This sequel is even better.

It’s affordable, yet stylish, with new fabric finishes to fit your home. And Amazon is always upgrading Alexa, especially now that the Apple HomePod and Google Home are directly competing with the Echo speaker family.

The Echo integrates with your Amazon account, after which you can ask it to do things like order food, and, of course, control your other smart home devices – making it a super useful addition to your smart home devices list. On top of that, it’s well-designed and should suit any home.

Read the full review: Amazon Echo (2nd gen)

While most smart speakers these days can act as a smart home hub, you might not want to go the smart speaker route – and if not, then a smart home hub can be a seriously helpful way to tie together all your smart home devices. That said, perhaps the best choice of smart home hub is the Wink Hub 2.

The device is great for a number of reasons, namely that it supports a huge range of standards – including Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Kidde, and Lutron Clear Connect. It also works with Amazon’s Alexa, and IFTTT. Perhaps the only downsides are that the device does not have any USB ports or backup battery power, both of which appear on some other hubs.

The Wink Hub 2 is currently unavailable in the UK, but the Google Home Hub is an excellent alternative.

One thing that you might want to do as soon as you decide to make your home a smart home is switch out the light bulbs – something easier said than done considering how many different options out there. Of them all, however, we think the best smart light bulbs are Philips Hue range of smart bulbs.

If you opt for Philips Hue bulbs, you will need to get the Philips Bridge, which is kind of like a hub for your lights. The advantage, however, is reliability, and the fact that the system is compatible with a range of different standards and home control systems including Apple HomeKit, Nest and Samsung SmartThings.

Read the full review: Philips Hue

When you think of the “smart thermostat,” what comes to mind? For most people, it would probably be the Nest Learning Thermostat.

Nest was among the first companies to inject machine learning into heating and cooling your home, and since then has been hailed as the best smart thermostat manufacturer. Now, it’s back with a new, more affordable take on the smart thermostat in the Nest Thermostat E.

The Nest Thermostat E proves that you don’t have to shell out for a smart thermostat. It does away with a few, unnecessary features, but it keeps the majority of the smarts and saves you a whole lot of money.

There are few situations in which the Thermostat E isn’t the best choice for you. For example, if you have a high-end multi-stage heating or cooling system, the Learning Thermostat may be a better choice. Still, if the Nest Thermostat E is compatible with your setup and you don’t care about the lack of Farsight or slightly lower quality display, then it’s an excellent option.

Read the full review: Nest Thermostat E

Home security is an important thing to consider, and there are a ton of connected security cameras out there. One of the best is the NetGear Arlo Q, because of the fact that it has a nice design and reliable motion-detection that starts recording when it detects an object moving about.

If you buy the camera, you’ll also get a free basic 7-day cloud recording service, and you can access that recorded footage through the accompanying app – which is excellently designed. There are a few downsides, however, which include the fact that the device does not store footage offline, and doesn’t have an ethernet port – an annoying caveat if you have a spotty Wi-Fi connection.

Read the full review: NetGear Arlo Q

You may have decked out your home with smart LED bulbs, like the the Philips Hue, but if you have to get up every time to turn them on and off, what’s the point?

Enter smart switches like the TP-Link HS200. This lovely switch may be connected, but it also gives a satisfying click, so you can *pretend* it’s an old-fashioned switch, if you like.

The TP-Link HS200 taps into an app called Kasa, which is equally well-designed. From the app, you can create different scenes that turn on or off certain lights, or set lights to turn on when your home’s motions sensors detect movement, for example.

It connects to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can use your voice to command your lights on and off.

The TP-Link HS200 is only available in the US. If you live elsewhere, we highly recommend the Elgato Eve Energy Smart Switch, which will help you save both time and money.

Read the full review: TP-Link HS200 Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch

The Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Plug is more than just a way to control devices plugged into it. It’s also a way to monitor your energy usage, and get estimates on how much powering certain devices in your home is going to cost.

This is great if you’re trying to save some money and be a bit more energy conscious. While the plug is a bit on the bulky side, you may be able to live with it for all the dollars/pounds you save on your monthly energy bill.

The app could use some work, but all-in-all we have been thoroughly impressed with the Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Plug. It also connects to wide range of smart home platforms, from IFTTT, Alexa, Google Assistant, Works with Nest and (unofficially) Samsung SmartThings.

Read the full review: Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Plug

The smart home is getting smarter, but not everyone wants to completely do away with their old systems. For example, while there are plenty of smart locks out there designed to completely replace your old lock in favor of a keypad or new keyhole, some people want to keep the ability to use their older keys.

That, however, is where August comes in with the August Smart Lock Pro, which fits onto your existing deadbolt and allows you to keep using your old key when you (or your landlord) wants to, while still adding the benefits of a smarter lock.

But while August is hailed by many as the best manufacturer of these retrofit smart locks, the August Smart Lock Pro still isn’t cheap: At $229 (around £179, AU$300) for just the lock, and $279 (around £219, AU$380) for the lock with the “Connect” Wi-Fi adapter, the August Smart Lock Pro is an investment.

Still, for people who are renting, live with someone who prefer using a key, or who simply want a super easy-to-install and relatively well-designed device, the August Smart Lock Pro is a great option, and one that’s easy to recommend.

Read the full review: August Smart Lock Pro

Nest doesn’t just make great smart thermostats: it also offers smoke alarms that can connect to the rest of your smart home. The Nest Protect looks great, and offers great connectivity through Wi-Fi and IFTTT.

The Nest Protect will alert you if there’s a fire, even if you’re on the other side of the world. The accompanying app is well designed and easy to use, too – though hopefully you’ll never need it.

5 tips for free-tier users of Spotify – CNET

There are certainly some good reasons to pay for Spotify Premium other than the obvious one about removing the ads. That’s not to say that the free version of Spotify is an ad-filled, shuffle-only affair.

There are certainly some good reasons to pay for Spotify Premium other than the obvious one about removing the ads. That’s not to say that the free version of Spotify is an ad-filled, shuffle-only affair. Far from it. Here’s a handful of tips on how to get the most out of Spotify for free.

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On-demand playlists

One of the biggest drawbacks to the free version of Spotify is that you don’t have the ability to play any song you want. Instead, you are forced to shuffle any collection of songs you encounter, except for one exception. Well, 15 exceptions. Spotify serves up 15 on-demand playlists that you can listen to in any order you want and skip around to your heart’s content. You’ll find these playlists in the Made for you section on the Home screen. Any playlist that doesn’t have the dreaded blue shuffle icon can be played any which way you want.

Create your own playlists

Playlists aren’t just the playthings of Premium subscribers. Free users can create playlists, too. There are two ways to create a playlist. Just tap the … button next to any song, tap Add to playlist and then choose a playlist to add it to or create a new playlist. You can also tap the heart button on the Now Playing panel to like a song, which adds it to your Favorites playlist. And now for a bit of sobering but hardly surprising news for free users: You can listen to your playlists only in shuffle-only mode.

Like and hide

Unless you stick to the 15 on-demand playlists, free users will be listening to Spotify primarily in shuffle mode. To help Spotify learn which songs you want it to shuffle up for you, you can like and hide songs. Just hit the heart icon to like a song or the circle-with-a-line-through-it icon to hide a song. Theoretically, the more you tell Spotify what you like and don’t like, the better a job it will be able to do of recommending songs for your listening pleasure.

Rock out on Wi-Fi speakers

Listening on a Bluetooth speaker can be an exercise in frustration. With Spotify Connect speakers, you can forgo the potentially fruitless and painful Bluetooth connection process and connect to supported Connect speakers via Wi-Fi. Spotify Connect-iveness used to be the domain on Premium subscribers only, but now free users can connect Spotify to Wi-Fi speakers. Make sure your phone and your speakers are connected to the same network and then tap Devices Available at the bottom of the Now Playing panel on your phone to see your connection options.

Save data with Data Saver

If you find that Spotify is gobbling up too much of your mobile data, then you are a good candidate for Data Saver mode. It switches your streaming quality from Normal to Low when you are on a cellular connection. No one likes to diminish the quality ofastream, but it might be worth using at the end of the month if you are nearing your data cap. Go to Your Library, tap the gear icon to open Settings and then tap Data Saver and toggle it on.


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American Tower and Ruckus Networks Announce First Commercial CBRS Deployment at ISM Raceway

The new technology will debut alongside ISM Raceway’s Opening Weekend on November 9, 10 and 11. The Raceway underwent a two-year, $178 million modernization project to make it one of the premiere motorsports and entertainment destinations.

The new technology will debut alongside ISM Raceway’s Opening Weekend on November 9, 10 and 11. The Raceway underwent a two-year, $178 million modernization project to make it one of the premiere motorsports and entertainment destinations. The weekend will feature multiple races, anchored by the Monster Energy NASCAR® Cup Series Can-Am 500.

“We are excited to work with ISC to bring the next generation of wireless connectivity to their nationally recognized motorsports parks,” said Jake Rasweiler, Senior Vice President, Managed Networks, U.S. Tower, a division of American Tower Corporation. “As a leading provider of in-building and venue-based solutions, we utilize best-in-class products to deliver fully managed, turnkey offerings that allow ISC to deliver exceptional end-user experiences with the required performance and reliability.”

CBRS could be a game changer for wireless connectivity. It provides the opportunity to leverage 3.5 GHz spectrum to enable organizations to establish their own LTE networks. This makes it ideal for in-building and public space applications where cellular signals are weak, or spectrum is limited, but data demand is not. Ruckus® Networks™, an ARRIS company, was the first to secure Federal Communication Commission (FCC) CBRS certification for their indoor and outdoor LTE Access Points (APs). The ISM Raceway solution deployed by American Tower includes the Federated Wireless Spectrum Controller and the Ruckus Q710 and Q910 LTE APs. American Tower also installed the Ruckus T310 series and T610 series outdoor 802.11ac APs.

“ARRIS excels in providing world-class connectivity solutions to large public venues, and we are proud to add ISM Raceway to that list,” said Tim O’Loughlin, President of U.S. Sales, Global Marketing, and Customer Operations, ARRIS. “With our Ruckus products on-site, NASCAR fans will have better connectivity to upload and download content like videos, photos and apps — or engage on social media — allowing them to be just as fast as their favorite driver out on the race track.”

The deployment at ISM Raceway is part of ARRIS’s multi-track agreement with ISC to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to the fans, staff, and crews who support the events. ARRIS previously worked with ISC to install carrier-class Ruckus Wi-Fi products at Daytona International Speedway.

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American Tower, one of the largest global REITs, is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate with a portfolio of over 170,000 communications sites. For more information about American Tower, please visit www.americantower.com.

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Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, is redefining connectivity around the globe. With our partners, we build secure wired and wireless access networks for organizations that place a premium on connectivity experiences for end users as well as simplicity. Follow Ruckus on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and subscribe to our blog.

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Intel Coffee Lake Refresh release date, news and features

When it released its 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors, Intel had everyone guessing. But, we weren’t fooled again when it released the 9th-generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. This time around, Intel is bringing higher core counts and faster core speeds across the board – the 9th generation is here.

When it released its 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors, Intel had everyone guessing. But, we weren’t fooled again when it released the 9th-generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. This time around, Intel is bringing higher core counts and faster core speeds across the board – the 9th generation is here.

Coffee Lake Refresh sees Intel closing the gap between itself and AMD’s Ryzen 2nd generation processors – we’ll see how successful it is with our full reviews. This is mainly achieved through the Intel Core i9-9900K, the manufacturer’s first 8-core 16-thread CPU for consumers – even if it’s way pricier than the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, its direct competitor. With these high core counts and clock speeds, Coffee Lake Refresh is a game changing release.

Now, these are just the highlights of Intel Coffee Lake Refresh, but we have so much more information to dive into, so strap in for the long ride and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Intel’s 9th-generation CPUs.

Cut to the chaseWhat is it? Intel’s 9th Generation mainstream processorsWhen is it out? October 19 What will it cost? From $262 or £349 (about AU$370)

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh release date

At its 2018 Desktop Launch Event, Intel finally revealed when we can get our hands on its 9th-generation desktop lineup. The good news is that all the speculation was pretty much spot on – preorders are live now, and the chips will start shipping out on October 19.

However, we’ve only seen the announcement of there of the Coffee Lake Refresh processors – the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K. We’re sure that the lineup won’t end here, so keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll update it when new processors get announced.

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh price

Now that Intel has announced its new desktop platform, we now know what the pricing is going to look like. For the most part, it falls in line with what Intel charged for Coffee Lake desktop chips, though the Intel Core i9 is much more expensive than the competition, namely the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. The prices are as follows:

Intel Core i5-9600K – $262 or £349 (about AU$370) Intel Core i7-9700K – $374 or £499 (about AU$530) Intel Core i9-9900K – $579 (£599, AU$859)

We’re sure that Intel is going to pad this lineup with other mid-range and entry-level processors over the next year or so to pad out these massive price gaps. Until then, though, we can still expect fantastic multi-core performance at a reasonable price.

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh specs

Now that Intel has shown us what Coffee Lake Refresh is capable of, we have a clear picture of what these new processors look like. And, while only three Coffee Lake Refresh processors have been revealed, we’re sure there’s more to come in the near future.

Core i5-9600K: 6-cores, 6-threads, clocked at 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz Core i7-9700K: 8-cores, 8-threads, clocked at 3.6GHz to 4.9GHz Core i9-9900K: 8-cores, 16-threads, clocked at 3.6GHz to 5.0GHz

This initial lineup is noteworthy, as it marks the first Intel Core i7 chip in a while without hyperthreading – instead it just features eight single-threaded cores. Still, that should be plenty, especially considering the impressive 4.9GHz boost clock. Luckily, there is still a 9th-generation consumer chip that retains hyperthreading in the Intel Core i9-9900K.

These new processors also feature much improved thermal performance, thanks to soldered thermal interface material (STIM). This should help these processors overclock more efficiently without having to resort to exotic cooling solutions to stretch the performance out.

This is big, because Intel has stuck with non-soldered thermal paste to transfer heat between the processor dies and the IHS – much to the chagrin of enthusiasts and overclockers. This new soldered material should be a much more efficient heat transfer medium, which Intel says will lead to easier overclocking.


Intel Coffee Lake Refresh features

Of course, it wouldn’t be a new Intel processor lineup with a new motherboard and chipset platform. Interestingly enough, Intel’s forthcoming Z390 chipset is on the way, and can finally be preordered, after months and months of speculation.

This new platform supports t onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 – both of which are features not found natively supported on the current Z370 chipset. This new chipset now supports up to 40 lanes of PCIe Express 3.0, but is still limited to dual-channel, 2,666MHz memory.

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh performance

We have finally fully reviewed and tested Intel Core i9-9900K and it is, without a doubt, the fastest consumer processor on the market right now. Intel’s high end chip absolutely dominated everything else in both single core and multi core performance, scoring a ridiculous 33,173 multi-core score in GeekBench 4 – compared to the Ryzen 7 2700X’s 26,011 – it even destroys AMD’s HEDT Threadripper chips in many everyday situations.

However, be careful of the inflated price you’re paying for this higher performance. WE haven’t tested either the Intel Core i7-9700K or the i5-9600K yet, but those reviews are on the way. Until then, though, we have some preliminary results from Intel, but take these with a grain of salt.

Back at Intel’s reveal event for Coffee Lake Refresh, we were able to test the new processors in gaming specific workloads, where the Intel Core i7-9700K was able to hit 30,339 points in a World of Tanks benchmark – compared to the Intel Core i9-9900K’s 33,108 in the same test at the same event.

Meanwhile, the Intel Core i7-9700K was able to hit 30,339 points in that same World of Tanks benchmark – which is impressive given that chip doesn’t feature multithreading.

We’ve also seen a hint of what the Intel Core i5-9600K will be capable of. Some leaked benchmarks not only show insane performance out of the mid-range chip, but it will also apparently be capable of a 5.2GHz overclock across all cores, while on air. That’s a crazy number, and certainly a good sign, but we’ll have to wait to see if it holds any water.

Unfortunately, those are the only benchmarks we really had access to. We’ll perform our full suite of benchmarks when we get our hands on the chips for a full review, and we’ll see how they stack up against AMD’s Ryzen 2nd Generation offerings like the Ryzen 7 2700X.

That’s all we know for now. There is surely still a ton of news to come. Per our usual advice, we encourage you return to this page periodically for in-depth coverage of the latest Intel Coffee Lake Refresh news, information and reviews.

Black Friday 2018 kitchen and appliance deals: $40 off Instant Pot, $100 off Dyson products and more – CNET

If you’re in the market for a practical Black Friday splurge, you can find large appliances, vacuums and a wide variety of kitchen gadgets for a sizable chunk off of the sticker price.

If you’re in the market for a practical Black Friday splurge, you can find large appliances, vacuums and a wide variety of kitchen gadgets for a sizable chunk off of the sticker price. You’ll be able to up your cooking game and save money in the process.

We’ll be collecting our favorite deals on large appliances and kitchen gadgets right here. We’ll update the list as new deals are announced and old ones expire. If you’re ready to shop, you’re in luck. Even though Black Friday itself isn’t for a couple of weeks (Nov. 23), some of the holiday deals have already started.

Just keep in mind:

Deal terms vary, so where possible we’ve listed when and where to get the sale price from each retailer.
The deals below are correct as of Nov. 9, and include Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Costco, JCPenney, Lowes, Home Depot and Jet. When more deals come in, we’ll include them too.
CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
We linked to the current listing at the retailer’s website when one was available, but of course sale pricing won’t be available until the sale begins.

Here we go!

Dyson V8 Animal, $300Luke Westaway/CNET

Dyson’s stick vacuums have the power of full uprights with much more maneuverability. Usually, our main qualm with Dyson vacs is the price, which makes this deal particularly appealing. Costco has the latest Dyson stick vacuum for $100 off starting Nov. 22.

Keep in mind with this and any other Costco deal, Costco’s Black Friday promotions are available only to members; annual plans are available for $60 to $120.

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Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Air Purifier, $450

Best Buy will have a few Black Friday discounts on Dyson products as well. Among the bargains, you can get Dyson’s bladeless air purifier for $150 off.

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Instant Pot, $60

Different models of the hit pressure cooker are on sale at Walmart, Target and Costco. On Black Friday itself, Walmart will have the Instant Pot Lux for $60, or $40 off. Target will have the Instant Pot Duo for $70, which is $30 off the normal price.

Costco is offering $35 off the similar Instant Pot Nova starting Nov. 22.

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer, $220

Given that you can pay upwards of $400 for the classic, colorful KitchenAid Stand Mixer, this Best Buy deal looks pretty good. Snag this elegant kitchen staple for $220 and better yet, the deal is on right now.

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Anova Precision Cooker Wi-Fi, $100

One of our favorite immersion sous vide cookers, you’ll be able to snag the Wi-Fi-enabled version of the Anova Precision Cooker for half off on Black Friday from Best Buy.

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40 percent off of large appliances at Home Depot

Home Depot is offering big discounts on many large appliances, with steeper discounts if you bundle more. You’ll get $60 off if you buy two appliances, $150 for a bundle of three and $250 if you bundle four appliances together. The sale is in effect from now through Nov. 29.

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40 percent off of large appliances at Lowe’s

Not to be left behind, Lowe’s is offering a wide variety of large appliance sales as well. These sales are on now and have a similar bonus structure to Home Depot in that you’ll save more by packaging multiple large appliances.

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40 percent off of large appliances at Best Buy

Joining the mix, Best Buy has a similar deal across its appliance line starting today.

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Samsung Family Hub, $3,300Chris Monroe/CNET

Best Buy has a few appliance deals of particular interest, beyond the broad price cut. The Samsung Family Hub is one of the most interesting smart appliances out there, with a full touchscreen display on one of the door panels. The price has gradually dropped on this premium fridge since it launched in 2016 for $6,000. This counter-depth version for $3,300 is still a good deal as it’s $800 off of the current list price. You can get this deal now.

Best Buy also has a simpler Samsung French Door fridge for $1,000.

$3,300.00 at Best BuyCNET Review

LG InstaView Fridge, $3,000

LG’s smart fridge illuminates the interior with a knock. The InstaView is LG’s answer to Samsung’s Family Hub, and the see-through panel is a cool feature. Better yet, you can currently get the fridge at a steep discount from Best Buy. The $3,000 price is $780 off of the normal cost.

$3,000.00 at Best BuyCNET Review

Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Blender, $60Chris Monroe/CNET

A powerful blender with a wide variety of attachments, you can get the Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ for half off from Target on Black Friday. Best Buy will have the blender for the same price.

$60.00 at TargetCNET Review

Ninja Coffee Bar, $100

You can also get the Ninja Coffee Bar at a steep discount from Target on Black Friday. It’s normally $200 and you can get it for $100. As with the Nutri Ninja, Best Buy has the same deal.

$100.00 at TargetCNET Review

Ninja Mega Kitchen System, $100

Best Buy also has a more robust Ninja blender on sale. This deal is available now.

$100.00 at Best Buy

Magic Bullet, $20

If you just want a blender for the sake of smoothies, you can snag the Magic Bullet from Walmart on Black Friday for a steep discount off of its normal $70 price.

$20.00 at Walmart

Tasty Cookware bundle with Google Home Mini, $100

You can get 30 pieces of ceramic cookware and a $50 smart speaker packaged together from Walmart on Black Friday. The bundle normally has a nice price of $230, so getting it for $100 is a steal if you need a bunch of new pots and pans and want a smarter kitchen in the process.

$100.00 at WalmartCNET Review

Bunn 10 Cup Coffeemaker, $75

Bunn makes no-frills coffee machines that still brew up a tasty cup of Joe. Starting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, you can get the Bunn 10 Cup brewer for $75 from Jet, which is roughly $40 off the list price.

$75.00 at Jet

Shark Navigator Powered Lift-Away, $150Tyler Lizenby/CNET

A flexible vacuum with a surprising amount of cleaning power, the Shark Navigator Powered Lift-Away is already affordable for its power. On Black Friday, Target will have it for the extra attractive price of $150.

$150.00 at TargetCNET Review

Hoover WindTunnel 2, $50

Skip the trendy brands like Dyson and Shark for a classic like Hoover and you can get a sturdy vacuum for very little on Black Friday. Walmart has the Hoover WindTunnel 2 for half off at $50.

$50.00 at WalmartCNET Review

LG Counter Depth Fridge, $1,300 off

Costco has a nice deal on an attractive LG fridge with an InstaView Door-in-Door panel. The exact price varies by region, but you should get a large amount off of the sticker cost wherever you live. The discount is available now through Nov. 29.

See at Costco

Whirlpool washer and dryer, $620 off

Costco’s also offering a steep discount on a Whirlpool washer and dryer pair starting Nov. 22.

See at Costco

Cooks Air Fryer, $5

An air fryer is a great way to cook up a quick batch of snack food, and it’s hard to imagine finding one for cheaper than this. Since most air fryers cost $100 or more, snagging one for $5 from JCPenney on Black Friday is a steal, though the price includes a mail in rebate.

$5.00 at JCPenneyCNET Take
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10 Android phone security tips you need to know

Most of us use our phones far more often than our laptops – but where we used to obsess about laptop security, when it comes to our our Android handsets… not so much.

Most of us use our phones far more often than our laptops – but where we used to obsess about laptop security, when it comes to our our Android handsets… not so much.

This is partly because many of the security basics have been patched away and firmed up. However, there are still ways to make sure your phone isn’t compromised, along with all your passwords and sensitive data.

So here are our top 10 security tips that will help you to enjoy a smooth, secure and worry-free experience on your Android phone.

1. Consider using a password manager

Isn’t it strange that a disembodied, almost-conscious voice can control our homes, but we’re still using clunky old passwords to get into our devices? And many of us still use the same handful of simple but easy-to-remember passwords for multiple logins. This is bad.

A password manager like Lastpass is the solution. It ‘hides’ your passwords behind a master password, and this is the only one you actually need to remember.

Password managers can usually also generate ultra-strong passwords, so you don’t have to put the effort in yourself. And once installed, these apps will auto-fill your logins.

Some security experts say you should disable autofill on your phone and laptop, but the less we have to think about and interact with passwords the better, we say.

If you want some more variety in your choice, then apps like Dashlane, 1Password and Enpass are a good alternative.

Check out our list of the best password managers

2. Don’t sideload apps

Flexibility is one of the attractions of Android over iOS. However, this flexibility also gives you the opportunity to do some serious damage to your phone, by way of side-loading.

Android lets you install apps from their raw installer files, just as you might do on a Windows computer – this is side-loading. You can download ‘apk’ app files directly from your browser, or from a third-party app store like Getjar or SlideMe.

This is dead handy for distributing work-in-progress apps, or ones that, for whatever reason, would not be allowed on Google Play. However, there’s no easy way to tell if the files have been infected with malware – so stick to Google Play unless you know the origins of those app files.

3. Don’t use 1234 as your PIN

There are arguments for and against using a fingerprint scanner as your main security measure. It’s not as secure as a strong password or PIN, but you can’t beat the convenience of a fast scanner.

If you do use your phone’s digit scanner, however, it’s important that your back-up PIN isn’t one that’s easy for others to guess – 1111, 0000 or 1234 are not suitable passwords, and if you use them there’s really not much point having any security on your phone at all.

The same is true of ‘pattern’ unlocks: if it’s simple, it’s not good enough. Balancing complexity with ease of typing and memorability is the key here – as you end up using these logins all the time, you should find they work their way into your muscle memory pretty quickly.

4. Don’t send sensitive data over public Wi-Fi

If you live in a city, it’s pretty hard to avoid using public Wi-Fi – these networks are everywhere, and many of them are offered by the same handful of providers. Most security experts advise treating public Wi-Fi with suspicion, if not avoiding it altogether.

Several different kinds of attack can mean that data stored on your phone, and information you type into in, falls into the hands of an opportunist hacker – and you really don’t have to be an IT genius to mount an attack.

The best policy is to only browse sites with an ‘https’ URL, as this means they’re secured. And never input your card details or use online banking while on public Wi-Fi – all bank websites may be secured, but that security will do nothing to prevent a so-called ‘man in the middle’ attack, where the hacker intercepts information being sent from your phone to a banking or other website.

5. Consider using a VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, acts like an extra layer of protection for your browsing, as all your data is passed through an encrypted connection between your phone and the VPN provider’s servers.

It sounds rather technical, but using a VPN is quite simple. Many of the most popular VPN services have Android apps, and you simply run these, choose the location of the server you want and then you’re away – your phone can ‘pretend’ it’s halfway across the world if you like.

Top VPN services include Tunnelbear, NordVPN and ExpressVPN, among many others.

Want to watch your home TV abroad? Stay safer online? Or just enjoy pretending to be in Thailand? Check our TechRadar’s best VPNs

6. Check for security patches

The least fun kind of updates are often the most important. Brand-new features in a fresh version of Android are exciting, but it’s security updates that keep your phone safe.

Google releases these once a month, and they tackle any new threats and vulnerabilities uncovered since the previous update. You can see the last time your phone received a security update by going to Settings > Security & Lock Screen > Security Update.

If the date under this entry is from months ago, or even a year or more, your phone is not particularly safe. Unfortunately there’s no fix for this, as you can’t make your own security updates.

Frequency of security updates should be a consideration when you’re buying a phone. Google Pixel phones such as the Google Pixel 3 get security updates first, and Android One phones guarantee at least three years of security updates.

7. Update your apps

It’s not only your phone’s core software that needs regular updates – apps do as well. Even simple app updates can, on occasion, patch up security problems.

To check for app updates, go to Google Play, select My Apps & Games, and then the Updates tab.

Turn on Auto updates and you can avoid ending up with an old, potentially vulnerable, version of one of your favorite apps. You’ll find the Auto update option in Settings > Auto-update Apps.

8. Turn on 2-step verification

The best way to avoid your Google account being hijacked is to use two-step verification. When you enable this a code will be sent to your phone whenever you try to log in to your Google account on another device.

It may sound like an inconvenience – a pain even – but it dramatically improves your security. Even if your password is compromised, others still can’t get access to your information.

You can sign up for Google’s free two-step verification feature at Google’s dedicated website. Whenever you log in you can choose to be sent an SMS verification code, be called with the code, or use the Google app to confirm the login.

9. Enable remote lock and wipe

It’s important to know where you stand when your phone is lost or stolen. Android actually gives you some fantastic controls if your phone goes missing.

A Find My Phone dashboard enables you to play an alert sound through the phone’s speaker, remotely wipe the entire phone, or sign out of your accounts and lock the handset. This may not help you get your phone back, but it does let you rest easier about the threat of having your identity stolen.

To make sure you can access these controls, turn on Location access on your phone, found in Security & Lock Screen, and enable Find My Phone in the same menu.

10. Be careful about following links in SMS messages

We know many people who are relatively savvy in most areas of life, but who have fallen foul of SMS scams. Classic examples include texts that purport to be from your bank, and ask you to log in to your account, and the WhatsApp scam, which asks you to pay a small sum in order to continue using the service, and then promptly nicks your card details.

The best way to deal with these scams isn’t a security option on your phone or a piece of software – you simply need to use common sense, and be very suspicious of any unsolicited messages you receive.

However, certain security apps will scan your texts for ones that look like phishing scams, including Kaspersky Internet Security.

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Ekinops and Passman Meet Demands of “Bandwidth Hungry” Hospitality Customers

PARIS, November 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Ekinops (Euronext Paris: EKI) (ISIN: FR0011466069), a leading provider of open and fully interoperable Layer 1, 2 and 3 network solutions, and international hospitality digital service specialists, Passman, today announced the availability of true 1Gb services-enabling routers, which will further enhance quality of service (QoS) delivery for Wi-Fi guest access services.

PARIS, November 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Ekinops (Euronext Paris: EKI) (ISIN: FR0011466069), a leading provider of open and fully interoperable Layer 1, 2 and 3 network solutions, and international hospitality digital service specialists, Passman, today announced the availability of true 1Gb services-enabling routers, which will further enhance quality of service (QoS) delivery for Wi-Fi guest access services.

The upgrade marks the next stage in an enduring collaboration between the two companies and will enable Passman to meet the increasing data demands of hospitality customers with smart bandwidth management and higher capacity on-premises equipment.

“Serving a variety of customers from boutique hotels to international chains means we must meet a range of connectivity demands. In an industry where the customer is always first, reliability is key,” comments Frédéric Lévy,Passman Group CEO.”Ekinops’OneAccess brandedsolution enables us to load and manage traffic smartly, ensuring we consistently deliver the highest possible quality of service, prioritizing and re-channelling capacity as needed. Since the beginning, the Ekinops team has been reactive, flexible and an invaluable partner supporting our international expansion.”

Over the past three years, Passman’s connectivity solution for the hospitality industry has benefited from the introduction of Ekinops’ OneAccess product range (ONE540, ONE1540, ONE2510), which will now be joined by the ONE521 and ONE2511 OneOS6-based enterprise routers.

At the occasion of the EquipHotel Conference in Paris, November 11-15, hoteliers and other hospitality stakeholders can learn more about the Ekinops end-to-end solution, which is already field proven with a less than 1% breakdown rate.

“In our time working with Passman, customers’appetites for bandwidth have soared, as guests and consumers spend more time online accessing increasingly data hungry services,”comments Pravin Mirchandani, CMO of EkinopsFrance. “To maintain service control, prioritization and management is key. Our collaborationwith Passman has resulted in increasingly sophisticated, dynamic on-premises solutions that minimize data packet loss and jitter, ensuring high-priority, time-sensitive applications are appropriately supported.We look forward to exhibiting together at next week’s conference to showcase how the solution has been tailored specifically for the complex connectivity needs of the hospitality sector.”

About EKINOPS
Ekinops is a leading provider of open and fully interoperable Layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions to service providers around the world. Our programmable and highly scalable solutions enable the fast, flexible and cost-effective deployment of new services for both high-speed, high-capacity optical transport as well as virtualization-enabled managed enterprise services.

Our product portfolio consists of two highly complementary product sets. One, marketed under the Ekinops 360 brand name, provides a single, fully integrated platform for metro, regional, and long-haul applications. The other, marketed under the OneAccess brand name, provides a wide choice of physical and virtualized deployment options for Layer 2 and Layer 3 network functions.

As service providers embrace SDN and NFV deployment models, Ekinops’ solutions enable them to deploy today in the knowledge that they can seamlessly migrate to an open virtualized delivery model at a time of their choosing.

A global organization, with operations in 4 continents; Ekinops (EKI) – a public company traded on the Euronext Paris exchange – is headquartered in Lannion, France, and Ekinops Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA.

Name : Ekinops
ISIN Code : FR0011466069
Mnemonic code : EKI
Number of shares : 21,242,747

For more information, visit www.ekinops.net

About Passman

Created in 1995 by Frédéric Lévy and his two co-founders, Passman is today the leader in France in Wi-Fi guest-access for the hospitality sector.

Passman offers a complete range of products based on IP: Wi-Fi, IPTV, digital signage, chromecast and VoIP. All its products are internally developed, which enables Passman to provide all-in-one solutions to customers, including equipments, installation, monitoring, technical support and communication tools.

Passman equips more than 5,000 customers in France and worldwide. It is present in 72 countries and is strongly developing its international footprint thanks to both organic and external growth.

For more information, visit www.passman.fr

To schedule a meeting with Ekinops and Passman at EquipHotel, please contact: marketing@ekinops.net or marketing@passman.fr

For further media information, or to schedule an interview with Ekinops please contact:
Beckie Richardson, iseepr
+44(0)113-350-1922
beckie@iseepr.co.uk

SOURCE Ekinops

Aptilo Wins Wi-Fi NOW Award for Zero-Touch IoT Wi-Fi Connectivity

STOCKHOLM, November 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Aptilo Networks has won the Wi-Fi NOW Award for Best Wi-Fi Internet of Things (IoT) Product, for Aptilo’s Zero-Touch Connectivity for Wi-Fi IoT Devices.

STOCKHOLM, November 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Aptilo Networks has won the Wi-Fi NOW Award for Best Wi-Fi Internet of Things (IoT) Product, for Aptilo’s Zero-Touch Connectivity for Wi-Fi IoT Devices.

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Aptilo’s zero-touch IoT connectivity solution, providing automatic and secure onboarding of Wi-Fi IoT devices, will be delivered as a cloud service. The solution has been verified in cooperation with one of the major IoT cloud platforms.

Typically, onboarding of Wi-Fi IoT devices is difficult. Existing solutions such as WPS, Bluetooth pairing and Wi-Fi Alliance’s Easy Connect all require some kind of manual action when the device is switched on for the first time. As a result, cellular connectivity has been used even though Wi-Fi is available everywhere at indoor locations. Furthermore, leading telecom vendors such as Ericsson predict that only 3.5 billion of IoT connections by 2023 will be cellular, while 15.7 billion will use short-range technologies such as Wi-Fi.

Aptilo’s IoT solution, based on the award-winning Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP), leverages Hotspot 2.0 and Passpoint, while also supporting legacy Wi-Fi equipment and devices.

Instead of requiring endless manual labour to onboard every device, Aptilo’s IoT solution uses device identities that already exist in the IoT cloud platform. Aptilo SMP can also verify if the device is active and collect input to form connectivity policies. The enterprise remains in control, but the service is secure and seamless.

For telecom operators and enterprises, Aptilo’s solution simplifies their ability to scale IoT services. It also widens the mass market for device manufacturers and application providers.

“We are thrilled for Aptilo innovation to be recognized by Wi-Fi NOW,” said Jonas Björklund, CTO, Aptilo Networks. “Our team has worked closely with our customers and a major IoT cloud provider to develop this creative solution that takes the mass market for Wi-Fi-based IoT to a new level.”

About Aptilo Networks

Aptilo Networks is a leading provider of carrier-class systems to manage data services with advanced functions for authentication, policy control and charging. Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) has become synonymous with Wi-Fi service management and Wi-Fi offload in large-scale deployments with 100+ operators in more than 75 countries, and is a critical component of Wi-Fi calling and IoT. For more information visit http://www.aptilo.com.

SOURCE Aptilo Networks