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Cyber Monday deals under $100: Disney Plus, Bose SoundLink, Kindle Paperwhite and more

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.

Cyber Monday has surfaced new discounts on a range of tech items under $100. In addition to the regular suspects like WalmartCostcoTarget and Best Buy, we’ve got some new entrants from Disney, the toothbrush upstart Quip and loads of gear from Amazon including the Fire HD 10 tablet and Kindle Paperwhite. Check out our top picks in this price range below.

And if the holidays are already starting to feel like they’re a bit much, visit our Holiday Survival Guide for tips on how to get through it all with your wits intact.

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Baby Yoda, anyone? That’s all anyone can talk about, and the only place to see it (er, him? Her?) is on Disney’s new streaming service. (Of course, it’s also home to every other Star Wars property, to say nothing of Marvel, Pixar and so on.)

For Cyber Monday only, customers in the US and Puerto Rico can save $10 on the first year, with an annual subscription that goes for $59.99 rather than $69.99. Next year: Back to the regular price.

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Usually $99, this is the smallest wireless Bose speaker you can buy. It’s water-resistant and sounds great for its size. And with no Alexa or Google Assistant on board, there are no privacy worries, either.

Read our Bose SoundLink Micro review.

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The Instant Pot Smart WiFi 8-in-1 is an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute “pan,” yogurt maker, cake maker and warmer — which means there’s a limitless number of delicious dishes that you can use to make it. The pot also has 13 smart one-touch programs for cooking a variety of foods, such as ribs, soups, beans and rice.

The pot typically goes for $150, but is now $90 — a savings of 40%.

Here are the best instant pots of 2019.

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Amazon’s latest Echo Show smart display is the Goldilocks model in the company’s line, thanks to its 8-inch display. It’s brand-new, but Amazon is already marking it down a whopping $50 from its list price.

Read our Echo Show 8 review.

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to check out the night sky, Celestron’s Portable Refractor Scope is currently on sale for $60 — a 33% savings from its usual $90. It’s easy to transport, too, so you can bring it anywhere you think the viewing will be good.

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Amazon’s top-of-the-line Fire HD 10 usually starts at $150 for the 32GB version. Now that Black Friday pricing has kicked in, it’s on sale for $100. You get a fast processor, a 2-megapixel front camera and — new to this year’s model — USB-C charging.

Read our Fire HD 10 preview.

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The new Echo Show 5 features a 5-inch HD display and, like the Echo Show 8, a privacy shutter that’s designed to cover the camera when it’s not in use.

Read our Echo Show 5 review.

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This 32-inch HD Smart LED TV from Insignia (model NS-32DF310NA19) comes with Amazon Fire TV, which will let you access Disney Plus, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO and more. You can also add the code FTVE19 for a free Echo Dot to be included with the TV. Great for a bedroom.

Tile

I got a couple of Tiles earlier this year and connected them to my kids’ favorite stuffed animals. The frantic prebedtime search party is now a thing of the past. 

For $100, this deal nets you an eight-pack of Stickers — Tile says the batteries last for about three years — and Google’s fantastic Nest Mini smart speaker. This is a surefire way to cut down the amount of time you spend looking for misplaced toys, remote controls, wallets and phones.

Read more about the Tile Sticker.

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Best Buy has the all-black version of the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3150 true wireless earbuds on sale for $50 off. The Fit 3150 earbuds have an open design that lets ambient noise in (a safety feature for runners) while the BackBeat Fit 3200 buds have a noise-isolating design that helps improve sound quality, particularly the bass. That said, the models have the same drivers so they produce the same sound — you just hear it differently thanks to the design of the ear tips. Both are an improvement over the earlier Backbeat 3100 model, which had some connectivity issues.

Like the Powerbeats Pro, these earbuds have one downside: The large charging case isn’t so pocket-friendly.

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We love the UE Boom 2 — a compact, durable wireless Bluetooth speaker that plays loud and sounds good. It’s stain-resistant, shock-resistant and fully waterproof. Battery life is a strong 15 hours, and it can be paired with a second UE speaker for stereo sound.

Read our UE Boom 2 review.

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This compact Wi-Fi speaker plays much bigger than its size would indicate, and offers convenient features such as Bluetooth and shortcut buttons. We previously thought it would be 50% off at Best Buy only on Thanksgiving Day, but that deal appears to be available now as well.

Read our Bose SoundTouch 10 review.

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If you can’t afford premium noise-canceling models from Bose and Sony, the JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones list for $200 and are very good. And this week, you can get them for 50% off.

Read our JBL Live 650BTNC review.

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Amazon is dishing up a $50 discount on this compact, lightweight smartwatch and fitness tracker. The Versa is water-resistant to 50 meters, works with iOS and Android and features a nice variety of apps and watch faces.

Read our Fitbit Versa review.

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My daughter called the Quip the best toothbrush she’s ever used, and she’s been through her share of electric models. The adult plan includes a delivery every three months that includes a new brush head and battery, a large tube of mint toothpaste and a floss refill.

Quip is offering 15% off orders of $55 or more from Nov. 26 through Dec. 2, which brings the price of an annual prepaid plan from $91 down to to $77.

Read our Quip review.

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We’ve seen this discount come and go. Now it’s back. At $100, we’re big fans of the Ninja Coffee Bar, which provides an unequaled list of features and capabilities.

This deal is currently sold out.

Read our Ninja Coffee Bar review.

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With a list price of $140 — and usually hovering around $105 or so — Gloomhaven at $87 is a comparative steal. But I’ll leave it to tabletop gaming addict Andrew Gebhart to explain the game’s appeal: “Gloomhaven is a behemoth of a board game. It’s physically huge, comparatively pricey and mentally taxing. But if you’re willing to invest the money, time and energy, the game will reward you for your efforts many times over. It’s so wonderfully engrossing. Gloomhaven is a cooperative dungeon crawler for one to four players with a great combat system and an interesting story that adapts to your decisions as you play. There’s nothing else like it and while not the same as Dungeons and Dragons, it scratches a similar itch without the need for a dungeon master. You unlock new characters and secrets as you play, but what keeps me coming back is the deceptively simple but challenging gameplay. It flows beautifully once you know what you’re doing. I’ve already invested more than 200 hours over several months and I can still barely wait until my next session.”

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How to change the email address associated with your Steam gaming account

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  • You can change the email that Steam uses for your account, which is useful if you’re changing email accounts.
  • Steam uses emails to send you updates about games on your wishlist, and other announcements. 
  • You can change your Steam email through the Settings or Preferences menu.
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It’s not uncommon to change your primary email account over time. This is especially true if your current email address is about to expire, or if you need to change email providers.

Luckily, Steam allows you to change the email address associated with your account. 

This is ideal for those that don’t have access to the original email associated with their account, or want a different email specifically for Steam. 

Here’s how to change the email on your Steam account. 

Check out the products mentioned in this article:

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How to change your Steam email 

1. Launch the Steam application.

2. In the top left-hand corner of the screen, click “Steam” and wait for the drop-down menu to appear. Then click on “Settings” if you’re on a PC, or “Preferences…” if you’re on a Mac.

3. Once the Settings or Preferences window appears, stay on the “Account” tab and click on “Change contact email address…”

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4. If you have two-factor authentication, enter the code that Steam sends you. 

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5. Once you’re in, enter the new email address you wish to use, then click “Change Email.” You might also need to enter your Steam password.

6. After you enter your new email address, Steam Support will immediately send a confirmation email to the new address. Click the link inside the email to verify your new email address.

7. After you click on the confirmation link, Steam will confirm that your email address has been changed.

8. After the email address change has been confirmed, click “Finish” to complete the process.

 

Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech:

  • How to restart your Steam gaming app in 3 ways, to enable Offline Mode or fix issues

  • How to update your Steam games manually or automatically, or update to a beta version of a game

  • How to delete your Steam account permanently, which will erase all of your games and account information

  • You can refund games you buy on Steam, but there’s a time limit — here’s how to get your money back

  • How to appear offline on Steam in 2 simple steps, so others can’t see that you’re playing online

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The Xbox One Series X: bad name, good design

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Microsoft dropped a surprise last night — we got our first look at the upcoming Xbox and learned its name: Microsoft’s next Xbox is Xbox Series X, coming holiday 2020. I’m not sold on the name, but I think I am sold on the shape: instead of a VCR-like traditional console, it’s a square tower. You can use the new Xbox Series X horizontally, thankfully, so there is a better chance you’ll be able to fit it inside whatever home entertainment console you have.

I like this shape because it has more class than the last few Xboxes. The original Xbox One was a design disaster, and the subsequent iterations got better but still felt off. This design feels more honest to what it really is. It looks like a PC, basically.

I hate the name. “Series X” is meant to denote that there will be more than one (Microsoft isn’t saying so, but my colleague Tom Warren knows another is coming). Just, I dunno, when Microsoft made the call not to go with a simple numbering scheme with the Xbox 360, it put itself into this weird place of having to come up with new weird names.

What is the relation of the Xbox Series X to the Xbox One X? What about to the ARM-powered Surface Pro X tablet? Or Windows 10X? There are just too many Xes in Microsoft’s product lineup.

Name aside, Microsoft is already calling this console the “fastest” and “most powerful,” a shot across the bow at Sony’s upcoming PS5. No idea if it’ll shake out that way, but I will say that I like where Microsoft’s priorities are at. A slimmer, smaller console wouldn’t be able to handle the things Microsoft is promising in terms of performance.

For a little more on what to expect from this console’s performance — and why it is more like a PC than even I am giving it credit for — read my colleague Sam Byford’s story. I’m talking about the looks, but he’s got detail on what it will do.

Microsoft knows what it wants to make: a super powerful gaming console. It needs to legitimately take on Sony’s console and even Google — though Stadia stumbled out of the gate, it may yet recover and make the case that the best console is the one sitting in a server farm.

With this design, Microsoft is willing to sacrifice size in the name of power. It’s unapologetic, not trying to hide its size. I think it’s elegant in its simplicity, too. No weird glossy panels or plasticky, extraneous grills.

There’s no getting around how big it is. It very well might have to sit out in the open next to your TV, so it damn well better look good.

Plus, because it has this big, squarish shape, Microsoft may not have to worry quite so much about making sure you don’t muck up the thermals by setting something on top of the vent.

I’m going to go out on a limb here: the Xbox Series X design is good for some of the same reasons the Tesla Cybertruck design is good. It upends preconceived notions of what it’s supposed to look like, but does so for specific, functional reasons. Also: it’s super not sorry about being huge.

As for specs, we still have pretty vague numbers to work with. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer says it has twice the GPU power of an Xbox One X, which may or may not translate to 12 teraflops. The SSD may matter more to me, as it will speed up load times dramatically.


Alongside the console reveal, we got a look at the new Xbox Series X controller, which has a tweaked design and a Share button:

Microsoft says the controller’s “size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people;” it’s slightly smaller than before. The biggest new feature is a PS4-style dedicated Share button, which should simplify the experience when uploading screenshots and video clips. The D-pad has also been redesigned, moving from a cross shape to a circle style reminiscent of the Elite controller’s.

I understand this is not a popular opinion, but I think that Microsoft has been making the best console controllers for years now. I have a ton of faith that this is going to be another great one.

Of course, it will come down to the games (and the price). It always does! If the Series X hardware is anything to go by, Microsoft is serious about providing enough power for them.

What’s most exciting about the Xbox Series X is that Microsoft clearly feels like the underdog right now and wants to mount a serious comeback. Sony’s going to do its best to keep that from happening and try to put the Xbox away for good.

The console wars are back, and I think they’re going to be a blast.


News from The Verge

+ End of the decade: 32 events that shaped the 2010s

As with our gadget list, this isn’t necessarily a list of the best or most important, but the moments that will help you best understand what the hell just happened to us in the tech world.

+ This decade in Elon

Musk seems unlikely to stop Elonning anytime soon. We do not yet have the technology to predict cyles of Elon activity, thus allowing us to forecast heavy Elon seasons. I sincerely hope someone is working on this, but, until then, I suppose we’d all better keep an eye on his Twitter account: he appears more often there than anywhere else.

+ Apple’s latest startup purchase hints at the next big leap in iPhone photography

Spectral Edge was spun out from research done the University of East Anglia, and it has developed computational photography tech that could blend data from a standard lens and an infrared lens to enhance photo quality.

+ Twitter wants to decentralize, but decentralized social network creators don’t trust it

Good story getting input from all the right people from Adi Robertson. This captures my feelings exactly:

If Twitter wants to create their own protocol instead of using what’s already out there, then it’s a naked power move to get control over an area that they’ve traditionally ignored,” he says. “The other way is to not take this seriously at all, which is what I’m inclined to do.”

+ Multiple brands likely responsible for vaping injuries, CDC says

Patients hospitalized with EVALI reported using 152 different types of THC-containing products. Dank Vapes’ products were used by 56 percent of patients who provided that information. Other brands were more common in different parts of the country: Smart Cart, for example, was reported by 24 percent of people hospitalized in Western states, but only 6 percent of people in the Northeast. The brand TKO was reportedly used by 29 percent of people hospitalized in the West, but only 2 percent in the South. Other common brands included Rove, Kingpen, and Cookie.

+ Microsoft reveals new Windows logo design and 100 modern app icons

+ FTC may block Facebook from integrating messaging apps, per WSJ report

+ This is great, honestly might consider switching: Vudu now lets you undo a movie rental within the first 30 minutes

+ The real problem with robocalls

Remember how lack of real broadband competition has limited the spread of real fiber-based broadband as local monopolies squeeze more money out of existing wire because there’s no pressure to invest in new infrastructure?

Yeah, on top of it making your home internet slow and/or capped, it’s also one of the reasons you get spam calls. Cool cool cool.

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