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Best Amazon Ring Cyber Monday deals 2019: Doorbells, smart lighting, and more

Cyber Monday is here, and that means you have little time left to take advantage of the best deals of the season on Ring devices, including doorbells, smart lighting, and more. Through Cyber Monday, Amazon is also bundling its Echo devices with select Ring products to save you even more.
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REI drops prices on camping gear by up to 50% off for Cyber Monday only

REI's has some good deals for Cyber week and its one-day deals for Cyber Monday are pretty great, but you only have 24 hours to claim them. We've spotted deals on clothing, backpacks, camping and hiking accessories, and more.
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Samsung Black Friday home appliance deals: washers, refrigerators, robot vacuums

Buy from Samsung direct this Black Friday and save up to 50% off retail prices. Sales include deals on washers, stoves, and refrigerators. You can also take up to 10% additional off your total when you buy multiple Samsung appliances in the same purchase through December 5.
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Get an Amazon Smart Plug for just $5 by ordering one through your Alexa device

Black Friday has brought some new deals for Alexa device owners when they order by voice. The best is on the Amazon Smart Plug, which you can snag for 80% off through the weekend. You can also get a Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $99, and a Blink XT2 security camera for $50 through Alexa voice ordering.

Black Friday specials get you the two top ancestry DNA testing kits for half off

Looking to answer some questions about your ancestry? These answers could be found in your DNA. Both AncestryDNA and 23andMe are currently on sale for Black Friday for 50% off, their lowest prices all year long. Don't wait -- these deals end soon, and won't be this good again for another year.
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Black Friday only: Save 80% off of Norton 360 Premium at Amazon

Don't surf the web unprotected. Amazon is running a great deal on Norton's bestselling 360 Premium antivirus software which saves you $80 off of the standard subscription price. The best part about it is you can download and activate right now, and shop the rest of Black Friday safely and securely.
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Don’t wait for Cyber Monday: these Amazon August Smart Lock deals will be gone

If you're looking to add a smart lock to your home, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great times to get one. But don't wait until Cyber Monday to buy it: Amazon's deal that saves you 47% off retail is only good through Sunday night.
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7 browser extensions you should install for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

In search of the best deals around this weekend? Before you set out to shop this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we think you should consider installing these browser extensions first. They'll help you find the best deals, save you even more money, and steer clear of bad sites.
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How to Download Wikipedia

Frequent Wikipedia user? You can actually download the entire Wikipedia library to your home computer thanks to its open-source nature and a several free applications that do almost all the heavy lifting for you. Here's how to do it.
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Best Amazon TP-Link Black Friday deals 2019: Smart plugs, routers and more

Amazon's extensive list of Black Friday 2019 deals includes nearly two dozen great buys on various TP-Link branded devices. We've spotted deals on routers, smart devices, and security cameras that will save you up to 50% off the retail price. These deals are good through the end of the year.
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Is Ring headed for a big CES? A new FCC filing suggests it is

While separately Ring's recent required FCC filings just seem like a company looking to deliver some much-needed updates to its aging doorbell lines, taken together it appears that the Amazon-backed company is set to make a big splash for CES 2020 in January.
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Save up to $200 on select Garmin smartwatches at REI’s Gear Up and Get Out Sale

REI's Gear Up and Get Out sale is underway through November 25, and we're spotting some great Garmin Fitness smartwatch deals on some of its most popular models. Save up to $200 on select models from the Instinct, Forerunner, Fenix and Fenix lines, and the Descent diving watch for a limited time.
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Save up to 30% on top outdoor brands with REI’s annual Gear Up And Get Out sale

REI's big pre-holiday sale is back, saving you up to 50% off on popular outdoor brands including Arc'teryx, Garmin, Patagonia, Yakima, and others. Act fast though, these sale prices are only good until November 25, and while supplies last. When it's gone, it's gone.

CDC says it has finally found a cause of the vaping illness that’s killed dozens

For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control says the oil most typically found in topical creams was found in the lung fluids of over two dozen patients stricken with the mystery vaping illness. All told, at least 39 have died and more than 2,000 have fallen ill since earlier this year.
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Apple tries again with HomeKit with smart home division reorganization

Apple's poor performance in the smart home space has led the company to reorganize its smart home division, according to a report. The revitalized division is led by former Mozilla exec Andreas Gal, with new smart home devices possibly in the works.
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Amazon cuts $350 off the Google Pixel 3 and 3XL smartphones

The Pixel 4 and 4XL are nice phones, with great upgrades. However, the Google Pixel 3 and 3XL are great phones in their own right — especially when it comes to the camera, one of the best available in smartphones today — and select models are now up to 42% off on Amazon.
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Bowflex’s fall sale saves you up to $450 on all kinds of home gym equipment

Summer might be over but it's never too early to prepare for next year's beach season. Bowflex just cut prices on several home gym setups, while offering discounts of up to $450 and free shipping on nearly a dozen products by using a special promo code. Don't wait: the sale ends October 14.
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Poll: Majority of Americans support vape ban, doubt it helps people quit smoking

A majority of Americans support a federal flavored vape ban, and doubt e-cigarettes truly help people quit smoking cigarettes, according to new polling data from YouGov. Additionally, Americans consider vaping to be challenging to quit -- contradicting years of industry marketing.
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Ban Juul, not vaping

Ask most vaping advocates, and they'll be honest with you: Teen e-cigarette use is an issue. But banning flavors isn't going to stop kids from vaping: You need to address the source, Ed Oswald argues. It is the pod systems that are the real problem, not vaping itself.
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2019 Volkswagen Golf R review: Everyday danger

From the moment the 2019 Golf R arrived in all its glorious pinkness, we knew we were in for a wild ride. Despite encountering severe storms, rough roads, and more than our share of careless drivers, we just couldn’t get enough. Forget the GTI: this is the hot hatch you want.
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Apple drops $220 discounts on a refurbished iPhone X with 1-year warranty

Apple's latest phones are awesome, don't get us wrong. But they're also expensive too, with the high-end phones starting at nearly $1,000. Why not consider a refurbished iPhone X instead? At only $679, you'll get a solid device that at one point was the best that Apple had to offer at a great price.
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Samsung’s innovative Frame TVs remain at their lowest prices yet on Amazon

Samsung's innovative Frame TV adds a touch of class to your living room, turning your TV into a work of art, quite literally. Right now, you can save up to 31% off the retail price of these QLED 4K TVs thanks to a sale on Amazon, putting them at the lowest prices we've seen yet.
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Amazon’s $15 TP-Link Wi-Fi extender is a steal, but here are two better options

Sure, you could pick up TP-Link's $15 Wi-Fi extender to fix that dead spot in the far corner of your house or apartment, but we're willing to bet you'll be happier with either of the two alternatives we've uncovered -- both of which are also on sale, and less than $60.
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Walmart, Amazon cut Vizio M-Series Quantum 55-inch price below $500

Don't miss this deal on the well-reviewed Vizio M Series Quantum, now at its lowest price ever at both Amazon and Walmart. This set offers superb picture quality at a price that doesn't break the bank and is the first quantum dot TV we know of to dip below the $500 price barrier.
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Fix available for Lenovo Smart Displays stuck in boot loop after failed update

Since mid-August, Lenovo Smart Display owners have reported issues with an update that causes their devices to be stuck in a seemingly endless boot loop. A new update released October 2 fixes that issue and should be rolling out to connected Smart Displays this week.
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Walmart’s new high-end Viathon bike wants to compete with Cannondale

We'll forgive you if you didn't know Walmart owns a high-end bicycle manufacturer (we didn't know either!). The retailer's Viathon line includes a road, gravel, and mountain bike -- with price points well below its competitors. Don't mistake Walmart-owned for cheap: these bikes can perform.
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The best deals on electric scooters this week include Razor, Xiaomi, and GoTrax

With summertime ending, Walmart is looking to clear out its stock of electric scooters. Prices on select Razor, Xiaomi, and GoTrax e-scooters have been sliced, in some cases as much as $170. You won't have to wait long either: Many models are available with free two-day shipping.
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CDC says THC cartridges are likely behind vaping deaths and illnesses

Counterfeit THC cartridges have long been suspected as the main culprit behind a rash of vaping-related lung illnesses and at least 12 deaths, but it wasn't until Friday that the CDC put the blame on THC products for the outbreak. At least 805 people have suffered lung damage due to e-cigarettes.
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Ring considered allowing 911 calls to trigger recording on its smart doorbells

Ring worked on a project that would allow law enforcement to view video on its doorbells near the location of a 911 call, documents obtained by CNET show. While the company is no longer working on this project, as recently as August 2018 it was promoting the possible functionality to police departments.
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Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s new medium-sized Alexa with a screen, and it’s just $130

Amazon launched a new Echo Show at Wednesday's Alexa-centric product event, and it appears that the company plans to be super aggressive in its pricing. The Echo Show 8 sports an eight-inch screen in a form factor similar to the other current Echo Shows, and retails for $130.
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Get Alexa in your car for just $20 with this dual-port Anker USB car charger

Amazon has teased its Echo Auto device for a year now, but it remains invite-only. But there are other issues with the Echo Auto, most namely it only adds Alexa to your car and nothing else. That's why we like Anker's Roav Viva, a dual USB port, Alexa-enabled car charger much better.
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Bose and Beats Solo3 wireless headphones get steep discounts at Amazon

Amazon discounts on the Beats Solo 3 wireless and Bose SoundLink headphones makes it easier to snag a pair of the best brand handphones in the market.  The ever-popular Beats Solo3 gets a steep half-off price cut on Amazon. There's no telling how long this deal will so take advantage while supplies last.
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Save $105 on this awesome GoPro Hero 7 Black bundle on Amazon

An already outstanding bundle deal through Amazon which includes the GoPro Hero 7 Black, an additional rechargeable battery and 32GB microSD card gets even better. Save $105 over buying these separately, and spend those savings on some additional GoPro accessories for your next trip.
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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI review: Stick with the classic

Year in and year out, the Volkswagen Golf GTI sits atop the list of the best cars you can buy. The 2019 GTI is no different, and like its predecessors is a blast to drive. An additional 8 hp and new driver assistance tech even in the base S model makes it a top pick for those looking for a more compact ride without sacrificing performance.