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Samsung AKG Y100 Bluetooth earbuds

This deal applies to every available color, including Blue, Green, and Pink. While it isn’t the single lowest price we’ve ever seen, it’s still 15% off and definitely one of the best deals we’ve shared in the last few months.

$84.99 $100 $15 off

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These comfortable wireless earbuds feature Bluetooth 4.2, AAC codec, and are capable of lasting for up to eight hours of playtime. A quick 15-minute charge powers them up for a whole hour of listening time, too. They’re even capable of pairing with two devices simultaneously.

Not in the market for headphones? Don’t worry, we’ve got a lot of other deals today, too:

Stream your audio

Anker Soundsync transmitter and receiver

The 2-in-1 design of the Soundsync lets you add Bluetooth to almost any audio device. In transmitter mode, you can connect two Bluetooth headsets to your TV, or you can stream music to your home stereo system in receiver mode. With Bluetooth 5.0, you’ll be able to transmit data twice as fast and with far more stability than previous generations.

$33.99 at Amazon

Players Gonna Play

Xbox black wireless controller

The Xbox Wireless Controllers utilize Bluetooth technology so you can not only use them to play games on Xbox One consoles but also Windows 10 PCs and tablets. If you haven’t bought one in a while, it might even be past time for an upgrade as the latest models of these controllers offer twice the wireless range than previous versions did.

$37.13 at Amazon

Protect it

Apple Leather Folio for iPhone XS Max

The case is made of specially tanned and finished European leather in the gorgeous (Product) RED color. Thanks to some built-in smarts, you can open it to wake your iPhone and close it to put it back to sleep. Inside, aside from a soft microfiber lining, there’s space to hold a few bills or credit cards.

$89.99 at Amazon

Home Media

Synology DS218play 2-bay network-attached storage

The DS218play is a two-bay entry-level NAS with on-the-fly 4K video transcoding. That means you can store your 4K media on here and watch that media even on devices that don’t support 4K as a format, like your smartphone. These are diskless bays, which means there’s no hard drives inside. You’ll need to fill them yourself with drives like the WD Red 3TB.

$184.99 at Newegg

It’s Nerf or Nothin’

Nerf Rival Hera Mxvii 1200 White Combat Blaster

This motorized Nerf Rival blaster can fire high-impact rounds at 100 feet per second, giving you a leg up on the neighborhood Nerf competition. It features a trigger lock, a tactical rail, and is capable of being powered via C batteries or with the Nerf Rival Rechargeable Battery Pack which is on sale for just $16 today.

$29.99 at Amazon

Is it Serious?

Kinsa QuickCare Smart Digital Thermometer

See this deal price by entering the coupon code 50QUICKCARE during checkout. This highly-rated thermometer eliminates guesswork and helps you track what’s going on without much thought or effort. It links to your smartphone via Bluetooth and provides a fast and accurate readout in less than eight seconds.

$9.99 at Amazon

This is just a small sampling of the deals that the Thrifter team has uncovered today. If you want to keep up with everything that the crew is uncovering, be sure to follow Thrifter on Twitter and sign up for the daily deals newsletter so you never miss out on anything!

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Microsoft may reveal the brand-new generation of its blended truth headset, the HoloLens, at an occasion later on this month.  

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On Monday, Microsoft’s Technical Fellow for AI Perception and Mixed Reality in the Cloud (you got ta love Microsoft’s task titles), Alex Kipman, released a teaser video for the occasion, and it sure makes it appear like HoloLens 2 is coming.  

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SEE ALSO: Microsoft is preparing Windows 10 for collapsible gadgets

The video, entitled “2.24.19 #MWC 19” — — the date and tagline for the occasion held one day prior to the main start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — — is rather strange. Swellings of silicon are become chips, ice melt, optical fiber links — — it’s all great to take a look at however does not truly inform us much about the upcoming gadget.    Read more …

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These bulbs work with Alexa, HomeKit, Google Assistant, and more.

Over at Woot, you can save on a LIFX smart light bulb bundle containing 4 LIFX Mini bulbs and 1 LIFX + bulb. If you were to purchase these items separately, you’d be looking at over $170 on a regular day at Amazon.

Regardless of which smart home ecosystem you’ve already bought into, these bulbs will work great. LIFX smart bulbs can be controlled from an app that’s available on several platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows 10. You’ll be able to access them anywhere, set schedules, change colors, and more. They also work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit without the need for a hub, which makes them simpler to use than other smart home devices.

The LIFX Mini is easy to set up, adjustable, dimmable, has access to more than 16 million colors, and is the equivalent of a 60W incandescent bulb with an A19 fitting. The BR30 LIFX + bulb is equivalent to 75W and has infra-red light support king it easier for your home security cameras to see in the dark.

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**UPDATE 1/25 3:00 PM PT** added note that this is only available in the US region.

We’ve released a new test app to validate the Xbox Live PC sign-in experience. As an Xbox Insider, you can help us by downloading the app from the Store and running it on your Windows 10 PC, which should only take a few minutes.

Your PC needs be enrolled in the Windows Insider Fast ring on build 18317 or better to access the Xbox sign in test app in the Xbox Insider Hub. The Xbox sign in test app is only available in the US region.

Follow the steps below and complete the “PC Sign-In” quest in the Xbox Insider Hub to earn double the XP!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

On your Windows 10 PC, sign in and launch the Xbox Insider Hub app (or install it from the Store first if necessary).
Go to Insider content > Apps and select Xbox Sign-In.
Select Join.
Wait for the registration to complete to be redirected to the Store.
Install the Xbox sign-in test app, launch it, and follow the instructions in the app.
Return to the Xbox Insider Hub and complete the “PC Sign-In” quest to earn double XP (20).

Space is limited and the app will disappear from the Xbox Insider Hub once we reach our participation limit.

Thanks for being an Xbox Insider!

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4A Games has provided a list of minimum and recommended Metro Exodus PC specs along with a performance chart for quick reference.

Along with providing a list of minimum and recommended Metro Exodus PC specs, 4A Games also revealed what you’ll need to run the game in 4K, 60fps with Extreme settings.

You should give the performance chart below the once over too in case bullet lists do your head in. We like bullet list, but we’re also a bit weird like that.

Metro Exodus will also support ray-traced global illumination on Nvidia GeForce RTX series hardware.  RTX-specific performance profiles will released by 4A in the “coming days,” it said. Windows 10 RS5 (Build 1809) or newer and DirectX 12 is required for RTX features.

The game also features a Photo Mode which will work on all PCs, but it can also be used in combination with Nvidia’s Ansel.

Without further ado, let’s get to it.

Metro Exodus PC specs
Minimum

OS: Windows 7 (SP1 or newer) | 8 (9200 or newer) | 8.1 (9600 or newer) | 10
CPU: Intel Core I5-4440 or equivalent
RAM: 8GB
GPU: GeForce GTX 670 | GeForce GTX 1050 | AMD Radeon HD 7870
VRAM: 2 GB
Direct X: 11 |12

Recommended

OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I7-4770K or equivalent
RAM: 8GB
GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 | GeForce RTX 2060 | AMD RX Vega 56
VRAM: 8 GB
Direct X: 12

High

OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I7-8700K or equivalent
RAM: 16GB
GPU: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti | GeForce RTX 2070 | AMD RX Vega 64
VRAM: 8 GB
Direct X: 12

Extreme

OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I9-9900K or equivalent
RAM: 16GB
GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
VRAM: 11 GB
Direct X: 12

Metro Exodus releases February 15 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Need a brand-new iPad? Walmart has numerous offers on iPad and iPad Pro designs. You can conserve as much as $150 on previous generations of Apple’s best mobile tablet. If you’re an innovative who wishes to be at the leading edge of digital art or a newbie tablet user searching for an enjoyable method to invest some free time, then Walmart has an iPad on sale for you.

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Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Wi-Fi 64GB Space Gray — —   $499.99 (sale price $ 649).

Although this is the previous generation, this Apple iPad Pro is among the very best tablets for specialists and creatives alike. With the A10X Fusion processor chip at its core, this gadget provides more power than some Windows 10 laptop computers and even some MacBook Air designs.    Read more …

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What You Need to Know About Kingdom Hearts III on Xbox One
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About twenty minutes into Theme Park Tycoon 2 on Roblox, I had already built what I believed to be the roller coaster to end all roller coasters. It was a contorted skyscraper of a ride, with a death-defying series of expertly crafted loop-de-loops, careening nosedives, and enough stomach-churning twists and turns… Read more

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Realm Royale Enters Free-to-Play Open Beta on Xbox One
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Microsoft’s Bing is down in China, according to users who took to social media beginning Wednesday afternoon to complain and express concerns.

The Seattle-based behemoth has confirmed that its search engine is currently inaccessible in China and is “engaged to determine next steps,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch Thursday morning.

Citing sources, the Financial Times reported (paywalled) on Thursday that China Unicom, a major state-owned telecommunication company, confirmed the government had ordered a block on Bing.

Public reaction

The situation appears to be a DNS (domain name system) corruption, one method for China to block websites through its intricate censoring system called the Great Firewall. When a user enters a domain name associated with a banned IP address, the Firewall will corrupt the connection to stop the page from loading.

Several users told TechCrunch they are still able to access Bing by directly visiting its IP address as of Thursday morning.

UPDATE: it's confirmed to be DNS corruption, the common method of banning websites in China pic.twitter.com/GIlYsCVa1L

— Patrick Wu (@patrick330602) January 23, 2019

Other users writing on social media believe the block is a result of Bing’s server crash after a viral article (link in Chinese) attacking Baidu’s search quality directed traffic to its lesser-known American rival. Many referred to a Chinese report that says high traffic from Baidu had crashed Bing. The article, published by Jiemian, a news site under the state-owned Shanghai United Media Group, now returns a 404 error.

Microsoft has long tried to play by China’s rules by filtering out sensitive results from its search engine. It also modified Windows 10 for China back in 2017 through a collaboration with state-owned China Electronics Technology Group to eliminate Beijing’s fears of possible backdoors in the American software. Former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky lamented Bing’s blockage in China, writing on Twitter that Microsoft had “worked so hard to be successful there.”

Microsoft search engine Bing is blocked in China https://t.co/i4jv3JRPFM // No idea what is going on–based on this I am sad. Since 2003 or so had we worked so hard to be successful there. Even went and lived there, built relationships. China's Pres. visited US and more. 💔

— Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi) January 24, 2019

Tight seal

Bing remained one of the few non-Chinese internet firms that still have their core products up and running in a country where Google and Facebook have long been unavailable. Another rare case is LinkedIn, which runs a filtered version of its social network for professionals and caught flack for bending to local censorship.

Bing also censors its search service for Chinese users, so it would be odd if its inaccessibility proves to be a case of government clampdown. That said, China appears to be further tightening control over the cyberspace. Case in point, LinkedIn recently started to run strict identity checks on its China-based users.

Baidu remains the biggest search engine in China with smaller rival Sogou coming in second. Bing, which some users find is a more pleasant alternative to local options that are usually flooded with ads, is active on 320,000 unique devices monthly, according to third-party research firm iResearch. That’s dwarfed by Baidu’s 466 million and Sogou’s 43 million.

Google told the U.S. Congress in December it had no immediate plans to relaunch its search engine in China but felt “reaching out and giving users more information has a very positive impact.” The Mountain View-based firm shut down its search engine in mainland China back in 2010 under pressure over censorship but also cited cyber attacks as a factor in its decision to leave.

LinkedIn now requires phone number verification for all users in China


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