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2019 Volkswagen Atlas review

2019 Volkswagen Atlas review: Big box

Volkswagen has finally realized that Americans like big cars. The Volkswagen Atlas is its first attempt at designing a car to cater to the American market, and for the most part the Atlas looks and plays the part well. But have they played it too safe? They just might have – even though the Atlas is priced right.

Amazon begins pre-orders of the Apple Watch Series 5 with surprise sale

You can now pre-order your new Apple Watch Series 5 on Amazon for delivery beginning September 20. Better yet - the retailer is putting them on sale right away, saving you up to $50. There's no word on how long this sale might last, so act now.
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The new Apple iPad isn’t out yet, but it’s already $30 off on Amazon

Well, that was fast. The new Apple iPad isn't even on store shelves yet, and Amazon has already put it on sale. the 128GB model in any color is now only $399. With a 10.2-inch screen, Apple Pencil support, and the addition of the Smart Connector to connect an optional keyboard, it's a great deal.
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Every other U.S. state should follow California’s lead on gig economy laws

With California's gig economy legislation now the law in that state, it's time the rest of the country follows and protects gig economy workers. No regulation sets a bad precedent that other industries might follow, Digital Trends' Ed Oswald argues.
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The newest iPad goes on sale for just $33 a month at Apple, Walmart, and Amazon

Apple announced the newest iPad this past week, with a larger 10.2-inch screen, smart connector, and better Apple Pencil support. Here's where to go to preorder today, including ways to save yourself some money, and spread out your payments up to 12 months with special financing.
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Pre-order iPhone 11 Pro right now for as little as $399, here’s how

The iPhone 11 Pro is now the flagship smartphone for Apple, but it's just as expensive as the XS before it. But there are ways to get it much, much cheaper than retail price. In fact, you could pay as little as $399 for the cheapest models. But act quick, the most popular models may sell out in minutes.
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‘We’re screwed:’ Vaping industry panics after Trump ban on flavored e-cigarettes

The vape industry will spend the near future figuring out a path forward following Trump's surprise announcement Wednesday. Popular vape YouTuber and vape shop owner Jai Haze is one of those that isn't sure what that path might be just yet. He's even more worried about people returning to smoking.
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The iPhone 11 won’t support 5G, and that’s totally fine — for now

Apple announced a full lineup of three new iPhones at Tuesday's 'By Innovation Only' event, with faster processors, better cameras, and even speedier performance on LTE networks. But there's one thing you won't see on the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max: 5G support.
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Beats, Sony, and Sennheiser offer big discounts on noise-canceling headphones

Sales on a variety of noise-canceling headphones with solid reviews from the market's top brands are on sale this weekend, some as much as $120 off of normal retail prices. On sale are Sony's WH-XB900N and WH-CH700Ns, the Beats Studio 3, and the Sennheiser PXC 550.
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Upcoming Philips Hue lights to add Bluetooth connectivity, filament bulb options

Philips Hue, now under the Signify banner, released a host of new and updated lights and smart home devices Thursday, adding Bluetooth connectivity for the first time. Also coming later this year are brand new filament bulbs and a new smart plug and smart button, the company says.
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The best smartwatch deals this week include Garmin, Fossil, and Kate Spade

Labor Day brought a wide array of sales on smartwatches, and those sales continue this week on a wide variety of smartwatches from Fossil, Garmin, and even Kate Spade. With current Amazon sales, you can save up to 41% off retail for a limited time.
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Amazon cuts the Alexa-enabled Philips Hue Starter Pack to its lowest price ever

We love Philips Hue. While they're not cheap, some of us have first-generation bulbs — now some seven years old — and they are still working just as good as they did on day one. Now in their fourth generation, they're better than ever, and now cheaper than ever on Amazon.
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Ring says it isn’t using facial recognition, but it’s definitely working on it

Ring claims it isn’t interested in facial recognition technology (it is). But the smart home manufacturer seems to again be saying one thing and doing another. The latest example? A response by its PR team to criticism by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
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This GoPro Hero 7 Black battery bundle on Amazon saves you nearly $100

The GoPro Hero 7 Black is currently on sale on Amazon for as low as $324 through third-party sellers, the cheapest we've seen it so far. But surfing around we found a bundle that starts you off with all the basics for $15 more, which is an outstanding deal.
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones are on sale at Dell for Labor Day

Everyone's Labor Day sales are starting to ramp up, so we're expecting to see quite a few good deals pop up over the next week. One deal that caught our eye was a rare sale on Bose's well-reviewed QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones, which is $50 cheaper right now at the Dell store.
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Dell’s Labor Day sale on this 50-inch Vizio 4K LED TV includes a $100 gift card

Taken at face value, Dell's deal on the Vizio V-Series 50-inch 4K television isn't all that great. At $299, it's the same price as every other online retailer — which is still a great deal on a larger screen television. But with a free $100 Dell gift card with your purchase, it's by far the best.
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The BBC is working on an Alexa rival that better understands British accents

The Queen's English is the British accent we know. But that's not how all British people speak. Some speak a far more accented English, so much so that virtual assistants may not be able to understand them. The BBC has a solution in the form of a new virtual assistant, and it's called Beeb.
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Amazon’s outstanding deal on the 65-inch Samsung Q80 QLED TV saves you $800

If you're looking for a new primary television, we'd strongly recommend the Samsung QLED TVs. The Q80 is one of the higher-end models with an impressive feature set and outstanding picture quality, and the 65-inch model has just received a price cut below $2,000 on Amazon.
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The Amazon Cloud Cam is on sale, but these alternatives are a third of the price

The Amazon Cloud Cam is back on sale at its Prime Day pricing and is one of the best security cameras out there in terms of picture quality and functionality. But we've found two alternatives that are much cheaper, and in some cases have even more functionality than the Cloud Cam.
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Walmart marks down select Beats Solo3 headphones by as much as 47%

Beats' Solo3 headphones are one of the brand's most popular models, and we've seen prices drop considerably over the past several months. Walmart is the latest to cut its prices, with select colors of the Solo3 now nearly half off retail, but supplies are running low.
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New Lenovo smart camera shows up in FCC filings, but its first remains to be seen

Lenovo may be preparing to release a smart camera to add to its growing smart home line of products, FCC filings indicate. The Chinese electronics maker applied for FCC certification for what looks to be a small circular Wi-Fi-connected camera about 2.5 inches in size with an included tilting mount.
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YouTube to stop serving targeted ads to kids, but groups say it’s not enough

YouTube has agreed to stop serving target advertisements to children, Bloomberg reports. The company was the subject of an FTC investigation over the practice but has apparently settled. YouTube's critics say it's not enough, and vow to challenge the decision.
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These are the best deals this week on wireless charging pads for your phone

Everyone makes wireless chargers these days, making it challenging to find a quality one because there's so much junk out there. But we've taken a bit of time to search Amazon and found a few deals on quality wireless chargers this week, all of which are under $30.
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NASA confirms it’s heading to Europa in the 2020s to unlock its icy secrets

NASA is heading to Europa, Jupiter's icy (and potentially life-supporting) moon, in the next decade. The mission could be ready for launch as soon as 2023, the agency said in a statement, although it is currently committed to being launch-ready by 2025. The discoveries could be game-changing.
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Amazon drops prices on refurbished Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and iPhone

Break your smartphone or, worse yet, lose it? Tired of paying for a device you don't own while being locked to a single carrier? An unlocked, refurbished phone is the way to go. Amazon's got some great deals on the Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS, and Samsung Galaxy S10 this week.
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The GoPro Hero 7 Silver is at its cheapest price ever on Amazon

If the price tag of the GoPro Hero 7 Black gives you a bit of heartburn, but you still want a quality GoPro action camera, the Hero 7 Silver is a great alternative. You get many of the Black's features for a fraction of the price, and it's 24% off at Amazon right now.
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Pick up Bose’s QuietComfort 25 headphones at their lowest price ever on Amazon


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Google Assistant’s reminders will soon nag your significant other for you

Let Google take the heat for all that nagging: Google Assistant will soon allow you to assign reminders to others, the company said on Thursday. The feature will roll out to Google Assistant-enabled phones, speakers, and displays over the next few weeks, and to Google Nest Hub Max this fall.
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Trump administration delays Chinese tariffs on select electronics until December

President Trump's trade war with China took a detour Tuesday as the United States Trade Representative postponed some of the $300 billion in tariffs set to take effect next month. Some of the exclusions include cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, and computer monitors, the agency says.
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Bose, Sony, and Plantronics noise-canceling headphones are on sale at Amazon

If you're in the market for wireless headphones, we'd strongly recommend you consider a pair with noise-canceling functionality.  Amazon currently has three great options on sale including the Sony WH-1000XM3, Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2s, and Bose's QuietComfort 35 IIs, at up to 35% offf.
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Does vaping cause seizures? Here’s what could be the culprit

The FDA continues to seek reports of seizures after e-cigarette use and says it has received 127 reports so far. But it still hasn't found a provable direct link or a pattern among those reports. Could the problems be explained away by early symptoms of nicotine overdose? Yes, and here's why
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus are now available for pre-order at Walmart

Pre-orders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the 10 Plus smartphones have begun, and Walmart is offering a great deal on them. Now through August 12, if you pre-order either device through Walmart, you’ll receive up to $150 in credit to spend at the Samsung Store.
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Amazon slices 35% off select Fossil Men’s Gen 4 Explorist HR smartwatches

Fossil just launched its fifth-generation smartwatches, which means we'll begin to see great deals on last year's models. Amazon has once again dropped the price of the Gen 4 Explorist HR, cutting another $20 off the price from previous sales, to the lowest price we've seen yet.