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The Walmart Tech Gift Guide You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Life

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If you’re looking to buy great tech this holiday season for your loved ones, Walmart has a bunch of fantastic offers right now. We’ve picked out some of the highlights including a fantastic coffee maker from Keurig, a robot vacuum that will save you plenty of time in your daily routine, as well as some of the best headphones out there, and much more. Whatever kind of tech your loved one is crazy about, Walmart has you covered. We’re here to tell you all about what’s available.

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker — $79, was $99

This Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker is a great way of making every morning better. It offers the best of both worlds, making it possible to use either K-Cup pods or ground coffee to make a delicious cup of joe. Ideal for your loved one that is crazy about getting the perfect cup of coffee every time. That’s made easy here with plenty of choice for brew size, as well as other features like the ability to automatically pause mid-brew, as well as brew between an 8-, 10- or 12-ounce cup. It’s energy-efficient too with an auto-off feature that turns your brewer off one minute after the last single-cup brew and turns your heating plate off two hours after the last carafe brew too. Simple yet effective, it’s a dream come true for coffee fans.

Anker Eufy RoboVac G30 Verge — $149, was $350

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One of the best robot vacuums out there, this Anker Eufy RoboVac G30 Verge is going to save you or your loved one so much time. It’s a smart robot vacuum with plenty of power thanks to a 2,000Pa suction engine which means it can cope with pretty much any spill that could occur at home. With Wi-Fi, you can use the Eufy app to keep it out of areas you don’t want it to go as well as check its cleaning history over time. Boundary strips further help here so you won’t have to worry about your kids’ toys being disrupted, for instance. Everything about it is super convenient.

Hewlett Packard Hp 27m 27-inch Monitor — $175, was $199

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If you want to treat a computer addict this Christmas, buy them this Hewlett Packard Hp 27m 27-inch Monitor. It offers a lot of what you would see from the best monitors and is sure to prove useful for way longer than just the holiday season. It’s a full HD monitor that combines some fantastic visuals with some other high-quality features. It offers virtually no bezel so it looks super smart on your desk while it delivers clear and vivid images every time. Whether you’re looking for a monitor for gaming or office work, it’s a great choice. A 5ms response time and Low Blue Light mode prove extra beneficial, with the latter protecting your eyes over extended periods of use.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II — $199, was $299

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II continue to be fantastic headphones for anyone that loves to hear their music crystal clear and at high quality. Thanks to superior noise cancellation features, they’re a fantastic choice if the person you’re buying for can’t bear noise while they try to work or simply relax. Long battery life of up to 20 hours means they won’t have to worry about recharging too often either. Other features include volume-optimized EQ for balanced audio performance plus Google Assistant support for hands-free use.

Hisense 58-inch Class 4K TV — $380, was $425

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From one of the best TV brands, Hisense, you can buy a huge 58-inch 4K TV. It’s fantastic to use thanks to its 4K resolution but it offers so much more than that. There’s Dolby Vision support along with a smart game mode that means input lag is significantly improved while you play. Alongside that is Motion Rate image processing technology so it can keep up with fast-moving action. If the person you’re buying for loves action movies, sports, or gaming, this is a particularly great purchase to make.

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Microsoft Sending Out Free Gift Cards Worth up to $100 Each

Microsoft is getting into the holiday mood by sending out tens of thousands of virtual gift cards worth up to $100 each.

Recipients of the free gift are being selected at random, so if you have a Microsoft account then be sure to check your inbox (and junk folder!) to find out if you’re one of the lucky ones.

The gift card can be redeemed in the online Microsoft Store through December 31, 2021 and must be spent within 90 days of redemption.

Confirming the giveaway, a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge: “To help spread holiday cheer, Microsoft Store has surprised a total of 50,000 U.S. customers with virtual gift cards via email. 25,000 customers will receive a $100 Microsoft Gift Card while 25,000 others will receive a $10 Microsoft Gift Card ahead of this holiday season.”

Reports of Microsoft sending out virtual gift cards started to land on social media earlier this week. Naturally, some recipients wondered if it might be a scammer posing as the tech giant, but the giveaway is real (having said that, be sure to proceed carefully with an email purporting to come from Microsoft or any company that’s claiming to offer a free gift).

The Microsoft Store offers a range of goodies, including deals on Xbox gear, Surface tablets, and PCs.

You can put your voucher toward a pricey item, but if you’ve received the $100 voucher then there’s plenty of tech accessories you can get for “free.” A cursory look through the store shows, for example, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ earbuds on sale for $100, down from $150.

If you’ve checked your email and haven’t received a gift card from Microsoft, guess that leaves you having to spend your own hard-earned cash this holiday season. In that case, check out Digital Trends’ handy guide on the best tech deals currently available.

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The video games we wish someone would gift us

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We regularly write about the games we love at Engadget, and even have “best games” lists for each console. But buying a game for someone else is a different matter entirely to choosing one for yourself. Unless you know exactly what they want, where do you even begin?

Well, we’d begin by thinking about what your loved one’s into, outside of gaming. Could they do with something to help them chill out every night? Do they love a good story, something that moves them? Are they a board game freak? Maybe they’re passionate about romancing Greek gods? OK, that last one’s pretty unlikely, but we hope there’s a little something for everyone here.

Hades

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Why am I recommending a game that won a bunch of awards back in 2020? Because you can finally play it on everything. Over the summer, the game launched across both generations of Xbox and Playstation consoles, joining the PC and Switch versions.

Buy Hades on PS5 or Xbox Series X, and you’ll get a version that can reach 60 fps in 4K. Whichever platform you play on, expect a game filled with varied enemies, playthroughs that are never the same twice, and an ingenious Boon system that augments a strong selection of weapons with extra powers, effects and new moves.

You’ll soon decide your favorite godly ally (and weapon of the underworld), but making it to the end of Hades demands you build some affinity for most skills and techniques, as Boons are randomly granted each run. The game centers around dying, learning and doing it all over again. And again. And again. — Mat Smith, UK Bureau Chief

Buy Hades (PS5) at Amazon – $35

Hollow Knight

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Team Cherry

If Silksong, the sequel to Hollow Knight, had arrived by now, I’d probably be recommending that. As it is, it’s still a great time to acquaint yourself with the original which came out — first on PC — back in 2017. Thanks to its Metroidvania playstyle (explore, earn new abilities, use abilities to explore even further) and its cute bug cartoon looks, it remains a classic. To explore the world of Hollow Knight, you’ll need half-decent reflexes to both explore dangerous environments and survive encounters with much bigger bugs. The story is lightly woven into your exploration, and while things can feel a little bleak — it’s a moody looking game — there’s plenty of funny little moments and characters to meet.

Depending on your console of choice, it’s also often discounted. Now might be the time to discover your new (but old) favorite game, and hone those skills in time for Silksong. — M.S.

Buy Hollow Knight (Switch) at Amazon – $40

Stardew Valley

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Concerned Ape

No game has brought me quite as much joy and calm over the past year or so than Stardew Valley and, judging by the plethora of streams on Twitch for the title, I don’t think I’m alone. Farming sims were some of my favorite games to play as a kid (Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life holds a special place in my heart) and Stardew Valley filled that void for me as an adult and gave me a pleasant, playful thing I could focus while the world was spinning out of control. Planning for fall days in advance so I can get as many gold-star pumpkins as possible brings me way more happiness than you’d think, as does collecting the ridiculous amount of cheese and eggs my happy cows and chickens produce. And the Sims lover in me also finds a ton of joy in actually building up my farm — sure, it’s not as elaborate as farms I’ve seen on Twitch or in Reddit threads, but it’s my own little slice of virtual heaven. — Valentina Palladino, Commerce Editor

Buy Stardew Valley at Amazon – $15

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

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If your special someone is fortunate enough to own a PlayStation 5, they’re likely craving a game that makes the most of their new console — and few games do that better than Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. The action-adventure from Insomniac not only looks beautiful, with exceptional detail and sharp 4K HDR visuals, but uses the PS5’s ultra-fast storage to offer gameplay that just wasn’t possible on previous-gen consoles. You can warp between worlds in an instant, with loading times almost a thing of the past.

And did I mention that it’s a very enjoyable game even without that instant-travel party trick? You’ll enjoy expanded mechanics that include plenty of blast-em-up action, a diverse set of environments and movement systems like wall-running. The story is compelling, too. The PS5 has few classics at this stage, but Rift Apart is definitely one of them. — Jon Fingas, Weekend Editor

Buy Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart at Amazon – $70

Disco Elysium – The Final Cut

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Disco Elysium is a video game for board game lovers, RPG diehards and fans of gritty detective stories alike, and since its release in October 2019, it’s solidified its place among the indie greats. The Final Cut is the definitive version of Disco Elysium, with full voice acting (that’s a lot of characters, trust), fresh art and animations, and expanded storylines. It came out in October for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Switch, and it recently hit PC, PlayStation 4, PS5 and Stadia, so this is a fresh yet proven release for the holiday season. The Final Cut marks the first time the game has hit Switch, PlayStation or Xbox, so it’s especially exciting for players on these platforms. — Jessica Conditt, Senior Editor

Buy Disco Elysium – The Final Cut at GOG.com – $40

Control Ultimate Edition

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Control is another title with a solid reputation, and the Ultimate Edition finally unlocks the game on current-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X/S and the PS5. Control: Ultimate Edition is a third-person supernatural thriller set in a mysterious government building that’s been overrun by a horrific, murderous presence. It comes from Alan Wake studio Remedy Entertainment, and it features rapid-fire gunbattles, telekinetic abilities, and creepy creatures galore. Plus, Control: Ultimate Edition includes the base game and both of its expansions, The Foundation and AWE. — J.C.

Buy Control Ultimate Edition at GOG.com – $40

The Artful Escape

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Annapurna Interactive

Here’s one for the quirky artist, the hopeless dreamer or the serious musician in the family — The Artful Escape by Australian indie studio Beethoven & Dinosaur. It’s a gorgeous, psychedelic, interactive musical with astounding visuals, a fantastic original soundtrack, and a star-studded voice cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Lena Heady and Mark Strong. The Artful Escape blends the sensibilities of Ziggy Stardust with the dialogue of Douglas Adams and turns it all into a rich, pleasant platformer overflowing with heart. Truly, anyone can love this game — as long as they’re playing on Steam or Xbox platforms. — J.C.

Buy The Artful Escape at Steam – $20

Deathloop

Deathloop

Deathloop

PlayStation 5 and PC players only for this one — everyone else is just going to be sad they can’t play it. Deathloop is the brand new, breakout hit from Dishonored house Arkane Studios, and it’s an innovative, retro-futuristic first-person shooter with killer time-bending mechanics. This is the game that’ll be on everyone’s lips during awards season, and it’s one that serious players won’t want to miss. — J.C.

Buy Deathloop at Steam – $60

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Introducing Engadget’s 2021 back-to-school gift guide!

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We know you may not be ready to go back to school just yet — but being prepared for the inevitable return can’t hurt. In between beach days and summer barbecues, it’s worth starting to think about all the things you’ll need for the new school year, because no one enjoys scrambling for supplies at the last minute.

We hope our annual back-to-school gift guide can help students everywhere figure out what they need well before they return to campus in the fall. Since tech is kind of our thing, we have a number of laptop recommendations suitable for all kinds of students (and all budgets) along with picks for dorm room essentials, studying supplies and helpful gadgets that come in under $50. And for those of you with little ones, our staffers share their favorite educational toys for kids in case you want to add something new to your repertoire.

We know going back to school this year is going to feel different; it may even make you feel anxious for various reasons. But we hope our product recommendations can ease at least one source of stress. Figuring out which tools you need to be your best academic self, and which gadgets you want to invest in to make your time at school easier (and maybe a bit more fun).

  

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A 10TB Degoo cloud storage plan for under $90? It’s the TNW Deals summer gift to you

TLDR: The Degoo Premium Backup Plan offers a 10TB cloud storage account to cover all your file saving needs, all at over 90 percent off the regular price.

All your history can hold you back. And that’s no metaphor. 

Just start sorting through your hard drive and you’ll probably find dozens upon dozens of old files — videos, music, documents and more — stashed in virtually every corner of your computer or other device. There are a handful of 10 MB photos here, maybe a stray 500 MB video over there…before you know it, those trips down memory lane are adding up into some very real hard drive cloggage. And that doesn’t even get into the effects of all those old files gumming up and slowing down your system.

The past doesn’t have to be a yoke around your neck, especially when you can just safely ship stuff off to the cloud, where it can sit quietly and out of the way until you want to stroll down memory lane.

With The Degoo Premium Backup Plan including a lifetime 10TB cloud storage account ($89.40 with code SUMMER40, from TNW Deals), you can keep anything and everything safe and sound in the cloud, while your device memory stays keep and unencumbered for all your present day computing.

Each Degoo plan offers 10TB of storage space in the cloud, ready to archive all the extra files you don’t need now, but might need again someday. Degoo’s high speed network syncs to all of your devices, performs backups whenever you like and keeps it all secure and out of your way.

All of your files are fully secure via ultra protected 256-bit AES encryption, which means none of your precious information will be susceptible to hackers or other virtual snoops.

If you’re someone who forgets to run backups, Degoo also has you covered. Through their mobile app, users can set up automatic updates, which detect any files you’ve changed, then ships new updated versions of that file right to your storage.  

A 10TB cloud storage account with lifetime access comes with a $3,600 price tag, but with the current deal, you can get it for just $89.40 when you enter the code SUMMER40 during checkout.

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Attention Pixel fans: Grab a $100 Amazon gift card with your Pixel 4 preorder

We aren’t thrilled by their looks, but the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are still pretty awesome smartphones. The one downside is the expensive pricing. Amazon seems to agree, and to sweeten the deal, the retailer is offering a $100 Amazon.com gift card when you preorder any Pixel 4 model, which range from $799 to $999. These are physical gift cards that will ship with the device, so if you plan on getting the Pixel 4 and you’re a regular Amazon customer, then this deal is a no-brainer.

The Pixel 4 XL features a Quad HD display that DisplayMate already gave an A+ rating for its high peak brightness, color accuracy, and power efficiency. Both models are also packing a Titan M Security Chip for 3D face unlock, and a Motion Sense feature for controlling your phone with gestures without actually touching the capacitive screen. You’ll also get a dual rear camera for the first time, pairing a 2X telephoto with the standard wide lens.

And since the Pixel 4 doesn’t include a pair of earbuds in the box (and there’s no headphone jack), you’ll be able to put that $100 gift card Amazon to good use right away.

[Today’s deal: Free $100 Amazon gift card with Pixel 4 preorders at Amazon]

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Dads and Grads Gift Guide: Tech Deals at HP.com

With 2020 having been such a tough year, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the significant moments and people in our lives. HP’s Dads and Grads promotion makes this easy, and also gives you the chance to save a considerable amount of money in the process. So, if you want to say thank you to a cool father or congratulate a student on his or her graduation, here are some incredible bargains on offer until June 21.

HP Elite Dragonfly Notebook PC

This classy ultralight convertible laptop will look equally at home in a corporate boardroom, a dorm room, or within the open-brick décor of a high-tech startup. The beautiful slimline chassis, Dragonfly blue livery, and 2.2lb weight make it a PC that you can take anywhere, while a gorgeous 13.3-inch Ultrabright display, Windows 10 Pro, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD guarantee that you’ll get your work done quickly.

This PC normally costs $2,780, but during HP’s Dads and Grads promotion you can pick it up for a frankly astonishing $1,890.40 That’s nearly $1,000 off a machine that’s already well worth its asking price.

OMEN 30L GT13-0280Z Gaming Desktop

After finishing years of study, graduates looking to blow off some steam will enjoy the hard-core gaming experience offered by the Omen 30L desktop. Packed with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor and an AMD Radeon RX 5700XT graphics card boasting 8GB of GDDR6 memory, it will fly no matter what you throw at it.

256GB of ultra-fast SSD storage ensures that things will keep ticking along nicely, as will the 8GB of RAM that comes standard. Meanwhile, 5.1 surround sound and support for DTS Headphone:X means that the audio will be as impressive as anything you’ll find on the screen. Best of all, it all comes in an elegant slimline tower and is on offer at $999, which is a saving of $200.

HP 17Z Laptop

You don’t need to spend lots of money to get a solid workhorse of a PC, as is the case with the HP 17Z laptop. Now at $419.99, down from $539, it’s a no-nonsense machine that can actually act as a desktop replacement thanks to its expansive 17-inch display. For the money, you also get an AMD A9-9425 dual-core processor and AMD Radeon R5 graphics, so you can throw in a bit of gaming at the end of the day. The 1TB of storage also makes it the perfect home for all the family’s media and photographic memories.

HP Spectre Tote Bag

Laptop bags are not always the most aesthetically pleasing accessories, but the HP Spectre Tote is a notable exception. Crafted from full-grain leather, it looks like something you’d buy in a fashion boutique, yet opening it up reveals a padded, zippered compartment that can house a 14in laptop and even power it with the optional battery pack. Should you need more storage space, the main compartment can fit a 17.3-inch PC, all without giving the impression to people that you’re about to go hiking.

The Tote is currently half price, at $124.99, so be sure to check this and the many other products on offer in the HP Dad’s and Grad’s sale before it ends on June 21.

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Act fast! Get a last-minute $100 App Store & iTunes gift card for $85, right in your inbox

Finding last-minute gifts is the worst, but PayPal is making that search a little easier today. The company’s digital gift card storefront on eBay is selling a $100 App Store and iTunes gift card for $85. This gift is for email delivery only, and only to residents of the U.S.

This is a fantastic deal since you’re saving $15, and it’s from a reputable seller no less. It may seem weird to have PayPal selling gift cards on eBay, but when you remember that eBay owns PayPal it’s not so strange.

Once this gift card is delivered, the recipient can redeem it with Apple and spend it on whatever they like such as games, movies, TV shows, music, and apps. This is a great gift for someone who has an Apple TV and wants to fill it up with content, or pretty much any iPad addict in the house.

PayPal says it can take about four hours for the card to be delivered. It’s not clear how long this sale will last or how many cards it will sell at this price. If this sounds like the gift you’ve been looking for, it’s best to act fast. As in “immediately.” These sorts of deals don’t tend to last long.

[Today’s deal: $100 App Store & iTunes Gift Card for $85 on eBay.]

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