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What Prime Day tells us about Black Friday

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000
What Prime Day tells us about Black Friday

We already knew Black Friday was going to be weird this year thanks to COVID-19, but now that Prime Day has come and gone, we have some actual insight into what Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be like.

In years past, Prime Day has taken place in mid-summer, months before Black Friday, so it wasn’t truly an indication of what the late fall shopping holidays would hold. But because it happened a little over a month before Black Friday this year, we basically got a preview for the big events.

Here’s what we’re expecting from Black Friday based on what we saw during Prime Day: Read more...

Don’t wait for Black Friday for the best deals

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Avoid public restrooms with a portable toilet on sale

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000
Avoid public restrooms with a portable toilet on sale

TL;DR: Take a portable bathroom on the go with the Alpcour Portable Toilet, on sale for $180 as of Oct. 27. 


Love the idea of camping, hiking, or fishing, but cringe at the thought of not being able to use the bathroom? You're not alone in your worry. You can grab your very own portable toilet to take with you on these adventures, so you'll never be stranded without a place to go.

The Alpcour Portable Toilet is ideal for recreational activities like camping, fishing, and RVing. Just fill the tank with water, do your business, and press the powerful pump flusher. You'll be ready to get back to telling ghost stories around the campfire in no time. Read more...

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Learn a new language with this well-reviewed app on sale

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000
Learn a new language with this well-reviewed app on sale

TL;DR: Get a lifetime subscription to Memrise Language Learning for $99.99, a 28% savings as of Oct. 26. 


You already learned to make bread, became an at-home bartender and barista, and created your own world with Animal Crossing. Now, it's time to do something to enhance your brain — like learn a new language. And you're in luck, because a lifetime subscription to the Memrise Language Learning app is on sale for over 25% off for a limited time.

With over 1.3 million reviews on the Google Play Store and 157K on the iOS App Store, Memrise is sitting pretty with 4.6 and 4.8 out of 5 stars, respectively, making it a particularly well-reviewed option. Its clever three-step approach to learning, which is designed to make learning a new language feel more natural, is likely what has drawn so many users in already. Read more...

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Save $30 on a 360-degree home security camera

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000
Save $30 on a 360-degree home security camera

TL;DR: Keep your home safe and secure with the Crorzar Indoor 360 Security Camera, on sale for $69.99 as of Oct. 27. 


Missed Prime Day deals on security cameras? No worries.

The Crorzar Indoor 360 Security Camera features smart tracking and 360-degree coverage, enabling you to get a complete view of your indoor space. Its 1080p HD resolution and 3.6mm professional lens deliver clear videos and high-quality images. And you can get the Crorzar 360 set up and ready to go straight out of the box in as little as two minutes. All you need is an AC power source and a WiFi connection, and you're good to go. Read more...

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This Python course bundle includes 38 hours of content

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000
This Python course bundle includes 38 hours of content

TL;DR: Step into the world of AI with the Ultimate Python & Artificial Intelligence Certification bundle for $39.99, a 97% savings as of Oct. 27. 


If you're curious about Python and want to learn more — including about artificial intelligence in Python — consider this Ultimate Python and Artificial Intelligence Certification Bundle.

This 38-hour training is the first step to understanding AI and machine learning systems. You'll start with the very basics of programming with Python, and will work your way through three introductory courses that'll show you how the language works, how to create basic programs, and how to use Python tools for data science purposes.  Read more...

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This stacked cybersecurity bundle includes 22 online courses for under £50

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:00:00 +0000
This stacked cybersecurity bundle includes 22 online courses for under £50

TL;DR: The Complete InfoSec & Business Continuity Bundle is on sale for £45.22 as of Oct. 27, saving you 99% on list price.


The internet is a scary place. Now that people spend more time online than ever, the world wide web has become even more dangerous. Cybercrime is alarmingly rampant, costing companies billions and compromising the privacy of millions of individuals. It is not surprising that organisations of all sizes are tripping over themselves to hire cybersecurity experts to protect their networks from digital threats.

If you want to take advantage of this demand and explore a career in cybersecurity, the Complete 2020 Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking Bundle offers training in practically every corner of the industry. Boasting 22 courses put together by iCollege, this bundle will arm you with essential skills and prep you to earn the certifications you need to find success in the IT industry. Read more...

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Not even prison can keep John McAfee from shilling shady crypto

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:32:17 +0000
Not even prison can keep John McAfee from shilling shady crypto

John McAfee is in a Spanish prison awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. on charges of tax evasion, but that hasn't stopped the one-time cybersecurity expert from pumping some sketchy altcoin

McAfee, known for his love of bath salts and allegedly being secretly paid to promote questionable cryptocurrencies to his unsuspecting acolytes, has long sung the praises of dubious investments. In a rambling Q&A-style statement tweeted Monday, the 75-year-old made clear that his fundamental nature remains unchanged. 

That's right, even behind bars McAfee is trying to convince the world to invest in some random shitcoinRead more...

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The new LELO Soraya Wave is better than the original, but is it worth $250?

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:45:00 +0000
The new LELO Soraya Wave is better than the original, but is it worth $250?
Soraya Wave
$249
The Good
WaveMotion technology that mimics fingers for acute g-spot stimulation • Eight settings for different clit/g-spot stimulation combos • Sleek look
The Bad
The manual doesn't detail exactly what the settings are • High price point
The Bottom Line
The Soraya Wave is perfect for sex toy users who love simultaneous clit and g-spot stimulation — but its price may be a deterrent.
⚡ Mashable Score 4.0
😎 Cool Factor 5.0
📘Learning Curve 3.5
💪Performance 5.0
💵Bang for the Buck 4.0

As archaic as it looks now, the rabbit episode of Sex and the City changed the game for the sex toy industry. Vibratex, the company behind the toy that was featured, told Forbes that average annual sales of the Rabbit jumped 700 percent in the years following the episode. Read more...

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Best gifts for people into self-care (so literally everyone)

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:31:04 +0000
Best gifts for people into self-care (so literally everyone)

Self-care looks different for everybody, which means it can be a little difficult to know how to shop for a self-care gift. 

As with any type of present, keep your recipient's specific priorities in mind as you search. If they're into art, you might get them an art kit or coloring book. Or maybe they're more focused on their home's atmosphere and would prefer an air purifier, essential oil diffuser, or plant.

We've found more than 40 gifts ideal for anyone into self-care, whether that's your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, or anyone else on your list. (Hey, it could even be yourself. That's the beauty of self-care, baby.) Read more...

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Comedian's hilarious Trump impression compares 'Sex and the City' with 'Gilmore Girls'

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:12:12 +0000
Comedian's hilarious Trump impression compares 'Sex and the City' with 'Gilmore Girls'

Donald Trump's 60 Minutes interview drummed up major buzz last week when the president walked out of the interview early. Despite Trump subsequently posting "leaked" footage on his Facebook page, CBS wasn't deterred from airing the combative conversation between Trump and journalist Lesley Stahl. 

Comedian James Austin Johnson lampooned the footage, spending three minutes comparing characters on Sex in the City to those on Gilmore Girls, all while doing a damn good Trump impression. 

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Prank friends and family with this 'bloody' bathroom decor – Future Blink

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:03:04 +0000
Prank friends and family with this 'bloody' bathroom decor – Future Blink

Bloody Bath Mat designed a curtain and mat that make blood stains when wet. Once dry, the "blood" stains disappear, so it's the perfect, easy prank for scaring your friends and family. Read more...

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SpaceX's Starlink will provide free satellite internet to families in Texas school district

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:01:13 +0000
SpaceX's Starlink will provide free satellite internet to families in Texas school district

To help close the digital divide, SpaceX will offer satellite internet to the education sector. 

The company’s Starlink satellite internet service is partnering with a school district in Texas to supply free broadband to dozens of families living in the surrounding rural area, starting in early 2021. It's the first time SpaceX has worked with a school district to harness Starlink, according to the Ector County Independent School District, which announced the partnership on Tuesday. 

The school district plans on first supplying the high-speed internet to 45 families who live in rural Pleasant Farms, before expanding it to 90 families. According to local media outlet Odessa America, the project will cost $300,000, with half of the funds coming from education advocacy group Chiefs for Change. Read more...

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Minecraft and Rock the Vote team up to show young users what it's like to vote

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:55:07 +0000
Minecraft and Rock the Vote team up to show young users what it's like to vote

A new collaboration between Rock the Vote, a nonprofit focused on empowering young voters, and the popular video game Minecraft introduces young Americans to the voting process in a virtual bid to engage first-time and future voters.  

Announced eight days ahead of the presidential election, Build the Vote has created an online world featuring “voting houses” and a virtual election for interested users. Players cast their votes for important issues — gun laws, criminal justice reform, healthcare access, climate change, racial equality, the education system, immigration, job stability, student loans, and combating corruption — rather than real-life candidates. But the goal is the same: encourage community participation in important, political processes. Players go through the same steps they may take in real life, from registering to casting their ballot, and, in this case, ringing the virtual "voting bell." They even have to be aware of voting deadlines (October 30), after which the votes are tallied and the “winners” are announced.  Read more...

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The KFC Yule log is back and disgusting as ever

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:47:00 +0000
The KFC Yule log is back and disgusting as ever

The air is getting colder as we approach the cozy winter months and if you breathe in deep you can catch a whiff of that crisp fall air. Wait, no. That’s crispy chicken we’re smelling.

That’s right — the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices firelog is back, baby. This absolutely cursed log is made for fireplaces, fire pits, and wood stoves and will make your home smell like greasy fried chicken. And who wouldn’t want that?

Warning: The product description says burning the log may result in a craving for fried chicken. It also reminds you that while the firelog smells great (that’s questionable) you should not attempt to eat it — because we know that would be your first instinct, right? Read more...

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Everything coming to Disney+ in November 2020

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:53:48 +0000
Everything coming to Disney+ in November 2020

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NASA's new discovery of water on the moon could aid future missions

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:39:52 +0000
NASA's new discovery of water on the moon could aid future missions

NASA discovered water molecules on a sunlit portion of the moon's surface, the agency announced Monday.

Revealed with the help of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) flying observatory, this discovery shows that water may exist throughout the moon's surface, not just frozen in the coldest, darkest craters on the moon as was previously expectedThe full study published in Nature Monday, led by Casey Honniball at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, revealed an amount of water measuring roughly equal to a 12-ounce bottle of water in a cubic meter of lunar soil located on the surface of the Calvius Crater, but it's possible that there's more water under the surface. This water discovery could be beneficial to future missions to the moon and beyond, researchers said in a Read more...

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Macy's is the latest retailer to drop its Black Friday ad ahead of schedule

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:36:01 +0000
Macy's is the latest retailer to drop its Black Friday ad ahead of schedule

Save up to 60%: On Oct. 26, Macy's unveiled its 2020 Black Friday ad. Here are the best deals from the ad drop, with some deals starting as early as Nov. 16:


Macy's, the picture-perfect holiday department store destination, is doing things a bit differently this year.

Thanks to the coronavirus, customers likely won't be storming the mall at 5 a.m. like they have in past yearsMacy's announcement that it will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day (compared to opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving to kick off Black Friday in the past) hits it home that kitchen and home sale devotees won't have to plan around as many in-store only deals. Read more...

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Save 44% on a cooling laptop pad that's great for working from home

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:28:40 +0000
Save 44% on a cooling laptop pad that's great for working from home

TL;DR: Stay cool and comfortable with the RGB laptop cooling pad, on sale for $64.95 as of Oct. 26. 


It's 2020. You'd think laptops would've stopped getting super hot to the touch by now.

Fortunately, there is a way to make sure you stay cool even when you and your computer are working long hours from your bed or couch. The RGB laptop cooling pad works by dispersing air beneath your laptop to dissipate the heat, helping you stay comfortable while you work.

Its sidelights are also totally customizable, so while you're working long hours, the colorful lights will also make your room look like a rave, even if you're tucked under the covers editing spreadsheets. Hey, it's the little things that count, right?   Read more...

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Twitter already warning users about early election result claims

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:13:13 +0000
Twitter already warning users about early election result claims

Twitter hopes you're all prepared to wait. And then wait some more. 

As we approach a U.S. presidential election marked by the coronavirus and a corresponding increase in mail-in ballots, the social media giant that encourages users to "see what's happening in the world right now" is taking a different approach. On Monday, Twitter began a messaging campaign intended to inform its users that election results might take a while — and that you shouldn't necessarily believe early claims of victory. 

Essentially, Twitter decided to get out ahead of what will likely be a messy post-election period. The campaign, at least as of now, focuses on two election-related topics likely to be rife with misinformation: the aforementioned timing of election results, and the safety of voting by mail.  Read more...

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These wireless earbuds come with their own charging pad

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:56:47 +0000
These wireless earbuds come with their own charging pad

TL;DR: Get high-quality sound and wireless charging with the Freedom+ True Wireless Earbuds with Charging Case and Pad, on sale for $64.99 as of Oct. 26. 


Despite what the tech world wants you to believe, there's not just one place for high-quality earphones. You do have options.

Take the Freedom+ Earbuds, for example. Engineered with custom drivers and the latest Bluetooth technology, these earbuds are tiny yet still perform well. They also have a microphone, so you can communicate clearly with anyone who calls you. 

Of course, when you're not working, these earbuds play music in HD stereo sound quality, so you can take them on a walk or jog without being weighed down. They're also sweat-proof, so you can bring them along for all sorts of workouts. Read more...

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Olivia Munn tells a spooky ghost story

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:48:39 +0000
Olivia Munn tells a spooky ghost story

Olivia Munn tells us a true ghost story that she experienced in her own home. Read more...

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Here's where you can still buy the special-edition 'Animal Crossing' Nintendo Switch

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 14:59:49 +0000
Here's where you can still buy the special-edition 'Animal Crossing' Nintendo Switch

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Where to find the Nintendo Switch in stock

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 16:52:05 +0000
Where to find the Nintendo Switch in stock

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Gift your beloved cat a cozy, ball-shaped cave on sale

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:21:48 +0000
Gift your beloved cat a cozy, ball-shaped cave on sale

TL;DR: Keep your cat cozy with a Dragon Ball Cat Cave for $32.99, a 23% savings as of Oct. 26. 


Cats like to sleep. They like to sleep a lot. And if your feline friend is like most cats, then you've probably noticed that they tend to sleep in weird places. You may find this behavior endearing (it is), but cats do this because they like feeling safe when they're resting.

The Dragon Ball Cat Cave, an innovative ball-shaped cave with a soft wool felt-and-velvet interior, is designed to keep your cat feeling safe and comfortable. It even has a button you can use to make small adjustments to its shape, so you can swaddle your cat in comfort as much as they want. Read more...

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8 of the best gaming monitors to push you to the next level

Sun, 04 Nov 2018 01:00:00 +0000
8 of the best gaming monitors to push you to the next level

Gaming isn’t just about skills, it’s also about visuals. And on top of that, you can have all the skills in the world, but that won’t make up for a slow refresh rate or response time. These are all important things to keep in mind when searching for your next gaming monitor.

But there are so many choices out there. Monitors are only getting better as technology advances, and it’s not impossible to get a really great gaming monitor for a low price. Then again, serious gamers will want all the bells and whistles more expensive monitors offer. And believe us, they get pricey. That’s why we’ve researched some of the best monitors available, and picked a range of price points so that you’ll be able to get a winner no matter what your budget looks like. Read more...

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BEST OVERALL

Dell Alienware AW3418DW

The speed and ultrawide screen has kept this monitor at the top of our list.

  • Screen size: 34-inch
  • Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440
  • Aspect ratio: 21:9
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz
  • Weight: 26 pounds
$1,800 from Amazon

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BEST FOR SPEED

Razer Raptor 27”

Taking speed, refresh rate, and its beautiful display into account, you can’t go wrong with this monitor.

  • Screen size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 3,560 x 1,400
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz
  • Weight: 30.5 pounds
$699.99 from Amazon

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BEST BUDGET MONITOR

ASUS VG245H

This is a modestly priced monitor that still provides a great gaming experience.

  • Screen size: 24-inch
  • Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Refresh rate: 75Hz
  • Weight: 11.24 pounds
$169.99 from Best Buy

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BEST CURVED ULTRAWIDE

Acer Predator X34

If you’re looking for an awesome curved display with an ultrawide screen, look no further.

  • Screen size: 34-inch
  • Resolution: 3,440 x 1,400
  • Aspect ratio: 21:9
  • Refresh rate: 100Hz
  • Weight: 21.4 pounds
$999.99 from Amazon

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BEST PORTABLE GAMING MONITOR

ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE

If you have need for a portable gaming monitor, this is the best of the best, but may not be a great replacement for a full-sized monitor.

  • Screen size: 17.3-inch
  • Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Refresh rate: 240Hz
  • Weight: 2.34 pounds
$699.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR HUGE SCREEN

Dell Alienware 55 OLED

This may be overkill for those who don’t game often, but it would be a super fun splurge.

  • Screen size: 55-inch
  • Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz
  • Weight: 57.9 pounds
$3,978 from Amazon

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BEST FOR MULTIPLAYER

ViewSonic Elite XG270QG

There’s not much to complain about when it comes to this monitor. It has it all, and 1440p gamers will be extremely happy to not have to sacrifice.

  • Screen size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz
  • Weight: 17 pounds
$599.99 from Best Buy

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BEST FOR PRO GAMERS

BenQ Zowie XL2540

This doesn’t offer stunning visuals, but is great for high-level competitions.

  • Screen size: 24.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Refresh rate: 240Hz
  • Weight: 16.5 pounds
$399 from Amazon

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Save up to $30 on these all-new Amazon Echo devices when you buy two

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:00:53 +0000
Save up to $30 on these all-new Amazon Echo devices when you buy two

Two-packs of select Amazon Echo devices are on sale for up to $30 off ahead of Black Friday:


As weird as it feels to have the two shopping holidays so close together, this month-and-a-half-long limbo period between Prime Day and Black Friday has actually brought us some of the best deals we've ever seen on Amazon devices. First, it was the third-generation Echo Dot from 2018 (and a bonus smart bulb). Now, it's four of the latest gadgets from Amazon's Echo suite of Alexa-enabled smart speakers — one of which isn't even out yet. Read more...

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Turn subject lines into sales with an email marketing bootcamp

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:54:38 +0000
Turn subject lines into sales with an email marketing bootcamp

TL;DR: Market your business with the Complete Email Marketing Bootcamp for $29.99, a 97% savings as of Oct. 26. 


To market your business yourself, it's essential to understand a few basic things — like copywriting, how to produce an email, and the fundamentals of email marketing systems. Get your feet wet by signing up for the Complete Email Marketing Bootcamp and investing a little time.

This course bundle features seven courses, 164 lessons, and over 13 hours of content. You'll learn to create succinct, effective emails that drive customers to take action. You'll study the art of the subject line. You'll even learn how to be your own proofreader. Read more...

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This neon exhibition explores the vibrant evolution of video games from the 1960s to today

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:35:10 +0000
This neon exhibition explores the vibrant evolution of video games from the 1960s to today

‘Game On’ is the largest international exhibition exploring the history of video games. Developed by Smart & Green design, the Madrid-based exhibition is filled with LED lights to replicate the feel of the 1980s and has 150 playable original games, including Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog and Rock Band. Read more...

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Elevate your kitchen setup with Ninja kitchen appliances on sale

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:32:01 +0000
Elevate your kitchen setup with Ninja kitchen appliances on sale

These are the best early Black Friday deals on Ninja small kitchen appliances at Best Buy as of Oct. 26:

We know, the last thing you want to hear is that the holidays are swiftly approaching. It seems like just a few days ago it was March, and now Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Don't get blindsided with loads of holiday cooking this year, and opt for some small appliance upgrades from Ninja. From air fryers to pressure cookers to powerful blenders, Ninja has all your kitchen needs covered to make cooking less of a hassle. Read more...

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Pet owners: The Bissell Iconpet Pro is the vacuum you've been looking for

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:22:50 +0000
Pet owners: The Bissell Iconpet Pro is the vacuum you've been looking for

Save $70: The Bissell Iconpet Pro cordless stick vacuum is on sale at Amazon for $249.99 through Oct. 26 in an early Black Friday deal. 


If you have a pet, you most likely treat it like it's one of your children. Okay, now that we've said something nice, let's get real: Pet hair is super annoying and usually pretty difficult to get rid of. There always seems to be some leftover flyaways even after you vacuum the floors and couch cushions. Until now, that is. 

The Bissell Iconpet Pro is specifically designed for pet homes. The 25V lithium-ion battery and high-performance digital motor (that spins at up to 420 miles per hour) brings more power so you can clean up with less trouble.  Read more...

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