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Crutchfield Black Friday 2021: Deals on high-end TVs and audio gear

By the time you read this, your Thanksgiving meal may be over. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have things to still be thankful for, if it’s audio and video upgrades at low prices you’ve been wanting. This year, opt to go big and stay home because all you have to do is shake off the food coma, fire up the computer (or phone, or iPad), and start scrolling—plenty of sales are already in progress. You can check out more…

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Here are the best Black Friday vacuum deals you’ll see in 2021

Dust and dirt and accumulated pet hair from furry family members will inevitably end in your home during and after the holidays. There’s nothing quite as essential as a vacuum when it comes to keeping your house clean. Whether you’re getting ready for company or recovering after visitors, a vacuum suited to your cleaning needs can make all the difference in making managing mess much more manageable. From self-emptying robot vacuums that do all of the legwork for you to…

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An Apple Black Friday deal today keeps shopping later away

Are AirPods and MacBooks and iPads the, well, Apple of your eye this season? Then we have great news for you because there are killer deals on Apple products across the internet this Black Friday—and you don’t even have to wait till it’s actually Friday to get them. You can check out more of our general Black Friday coverage here or keep scrolling for some of these stellar savings on one of the most well-designed electronics brands there is: Apple AirPods…

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Belkin’s Black Friday deals keep new devices powered and protected

It’s the time of year when you scroll through endless electronics upgrades and add-ons. And while you’re snagging all the latest devices at great prices (check out our general Black Friday coverage here to help with that), don’t forget you’ll need extra ways to charge them, connect them, etc. That’s where these Belkin Black Friday deals come in. Everything on the accessories manufacturer’s site can be had for 25-percent off with the CODE BF21 (and watch for other internet-exclusive discounts),…

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Best snowboard boots: Snowboard equipment for every level

Visit Almaty via PexelsWhether you’re a pro on the powder or just starting out, a successful snowboarding run starts with appropriate snowboard gear, especially when it comes to your feet. Are your boots comfortable? Secure? Not too tight but also not too loose? Unlike ski boots, which are rigid and unforgiving, snowboard boots are flexible and, in general, much more comfortable—a blessing for anyone with wide feet or any podiatric issues, like bunions, corns, or hammertoes. (Think about how distracting…

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Best snow blower: Clear your driveway fast

Fabian Mardi via UnsplashThere’s nothing more beautiful than the calm after a blizzard—until you remember that you’re responsible for cleaning it up. Thankfully, it’s easy to turn an impenetrable winter wonderland into something you can actually navigate with the best snow blower. While it can be very gratifying to get out there and shovel it yourself (as long as you do it safely), in some places you’ll have no choice but to bust out the big guns. With the right…

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Wrise is a new and specialized word processor for Mac

There just aren’t too many new OS X word processing applications appearing these days, with Microsoft Word and Apple’s Pages ruling the roost. So it was with some interest that I took a look atWrise (US$29.99 introductory pricing at the Mac app store), which certainly provides a fresh take on word processing. Like most word processors, Wrise gives you editing, font choices and background colors, as well as spelling and grammar correction. But it also has some very unique features:…

Science

Quiptalk reveals what friends are saying before they say it

Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need to wait for someone to tap “Send” before you get to see the message. Additionally, Quiptalk boasts that the app doesn’t store any conversation history, so it’s easy to hop on and send some private thoughts without having to clear the log later on. The iPhone app…

Technology

These USB to Lightning charging cables are AWESOME

No, I’m not being overly effusive about a USB to Lightning charging cable; I’m just referring to the brand name for a line of accessories. Awesome Cables used crowdfunding and some design smarts to create charging cables that are a bit different from what you’ll get from most other manufacturers. Today we’re looking at a pair of these cables, both of which use a braided, non-tangle covering on the exterior. The Mamba Cable (US$30) is Apple MFi-certified, and what you’re…

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These USB to Lightning charging cables are AWESOME

No, I’m not being overly effusive about a USB to Lightning charging cable; I’m just referring to the brand name for a line of accessories. Awesome Cables used crowdfunding and some design smarts to create charging cables that are a bit different from what you’ll get from most other manufacturers. Today we’re looking at a pair of these cables, both of which use a braided, non-tangle covering on the exterior. The Mamba Cable (US$30) is Apple MFi-certified, and what you’re…

Technology

Five products from 2014 I can’t live without: Kelly Hodgkins

With 2015 right around the corner, the team at TUAW has been looking back at 2014 and reminiscing about their favorite apps and products of 2014. It’s my turn to chime in, and I’ve decided to combine the best of both world’s by including apps, Apple hardware and Apple-related accessories in my list. Osprey Axis Daypack Osprey makes great backpacks and its “All Mighty Guarantee” can’t be beat. I purchased the Axis this spring and have been using it as…

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Five products from 2014 I can’t live without: Kelly Hodgkins

With 2015 right around the corner, the team at TUAW has been looking back at 2014 and reminiscing about their favorite apps and products of 2014. It’s my turn to chime in, and I’ve decided to combine the best of both world’s by including apps, Apple hardware and Apple-related accessories in my list. Osprey Axis Daypack Osprey makes great backpacks and its “All Mighty Guarantee” can’t be beat. I purchased the Axis this spring and have been using it as…