November 30, 2020

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GM Scraps Plan to Take Stake in Nikola
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Nov.30 -- General Motors Co. has scrapped a tentative plan to take a stake in clean-energy trucking startup Nikola Corp. and jointly build an electric pickup truck, opting instead for a much narrower relationship between the two companies. Ed Ludlow reports on "Bloomberg Markets."
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Cyber Monday soundbar deals: save on Vizio 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos systems while the sales last
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You may have a good TV, but is the audio really doing justice to the picture? If not, you may be considering a discounted soundbar or speaker system in this year's Cyber Monday deals.The annual electronics sale has thrown up some mighty tempting discounts on Vizio audio equipment, with a massive $200 off a 5.1.2 channel sound system at Best Buy, as well as a host of other multi-channel AV kit at retail giant Amazon. Not in the US? Scroll down for the best deals in your region.Whether you're after a straightforward 2.1 channel soundbar and subwoofer (just $128 at Amazon) or a more complex 5.1 surround sound system ($199 at Amazon), this guide will have you covered.For the full low-down on what you can get, and how much you can save, read on below.Vizio makes a lot of home entertainment tech including a range of cutting-edge LCD and OLED TVs – which has also seen sizeable discounts in this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. The 65-inch Vizio OLED, for one, is now $500 off at Best Buy – but even if you make the most of the offer, you may need a Vizio sound system to really max out your home cinema setup.
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We asked, you told us: Here’s how often most of you unlock your phones
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If you read Android Authority, there’s a good chance you unlock your phone often. But how often? We ran a poll to gauge your phone usage habits, and it turns out that many of you unlock your devices many times in a given day — sometimes a surprising amount.About 43.5% of readers unlock their phones between 51 to 100 times per day. That’s over four times per hour, and that’s assuming someone is awake for 24 hours (which is rather unlikely). And for some, the numbers are considerably higher. Roughly 19.2% of respondents unlock their phones 101 to 150 times per day, and 10.8% unlock their phones a staggering 150 times or more each day.Some of you have more modest phone usage. The poll indicated that about 26.5% of respondents unlock phones 50 or fewer times each day. This isn’t shocking when you’re likely home-bound during the COVID-19 pandemic, but you might also unlock this rarely if you’re wearing a smartwatch or can peek at the display on certain phones. You don’t need to access your phone if you already know whether or not a notification is important, after all.
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The best Cyber Monday deals on Amazon devices: TVs, Echo, Ring, Fire TV Stick, more
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Cyber Monday deals on Amazon devices are in full swing with epic discounts on 4K TVs, Echo, Fire TV Stick, Ring Doorbell, security cameras, and more. These Cyber Monday device deals are the perfect opportunity to snag a sought-after smart home gadget for yourself or stock up on gifts for family and friends. You'll have to act quickly though, we're already midway through today, which means these Cyber Monday deals won't last for long.Some highlighted Amazon deals include the Fire TV Stick Lite on sale for just $17.99, the best-selling Ring Doorbell Pro marked down to an all-time low price of $169.99, and this massive 65-inch 4K Fire TV on sale for $449.99. You can also find discounts on Amazon security cameras like the Blink Mini for just $24.99 and a $25 discount on the all-new Blink outdoor camera. Shop more of the best device deals below, and keep in mind, Amazon Cyber Monday deals end today, so you should take advantage now before it's too late.
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The Lego Advent Calendars are seeing pretty impressive Cyber Monday deals
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Loads of people really love the Lego Advent Calendars, and thanks to the Cyber Monday deals some are a bit cheaper, so we've helped you hunt down those savings by listing them below.There are four Lego Advent Calendars this year: Harry Potter, Star Wars, City and Friends. Those are the same franchises that usually get Advent Calendars, as Lego puts out new versions each year with different festive models to build.We're seeing Cyber Monday Lego deals on some, but not all, the Lego Advent Calendars; Lego Star Wars is the one missing, because while that had deals over Black Friday, the set quickly sold out and no retailers have it now.Maybe stock will come back at some point, but seeing as advent has basically started now, it's not certain.Not in the Us or UK?? Scroll down to see Lego Advent Calendar deals in your region.
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How to upgrade your PS4 games to PS5
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One of the most consumer-friendly things about Sony’s new console is that you’re able to upgrade a variety of your PS4 games to the PS5 — in many cases, for free — allowing you to experience the next-generation version of your favorite titles. Although, there isn’t a catch-all system in place for upgrading your games, and because of that, things can get confusing, especially as you learn the intricacies of your new PS5. Thus far, eligible upgrades have been handled on a publisher-by-publisher basis, meaning it’s not as straightforward as you might expect.Luckily, we’ve got all the details on how to upgrade your PS4 games to PS5, including a list of upgradable titles, and whether or not they’re free. Here’s how to upgrade your PS4 games to PS5.Recommended reading:Before getting into how to upgrade your PS4 games, you should be aware of which games are upgradable. Most PS4 games do not have a PS5 iteration, unfortunately, but a lot of recent releases and online games with massive communities are the exception to that rule. Keep in mind, a PS4 to PS5 upgrade is different from backward compatibility. Nearly every PS4 game will run on PS5 via backward compatibility, but the following games are cross-generational titles with a specific PS5 iteration. The PS5 editions are optimized for the next generation and typically offer visual enhancements such as a higher, more stable frame rate and better resolution. Check out the table below for more details on eligible games.
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The Cyber Monday Roku TV deals for 2020
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If you’re looking for a TV with Roku built-in, there are some fantastic Best Buy Cyber Monday TV deals that match exactly that. A great Roku TV doesn’t have to cost a fortune either with Cyber Monday deals meaning that TVs begin at just $220 if you’re on a tight budget. Roku not a deciding factor when buying a new TV? Check our Cyber Monday TV deals for all the best offers out there right now.The TCL 43-inch Class 4 Series 4K TV might only be discounted by $10 right now but it was already an amazing price to begin with. As the name suggests, it’s a 4K TV which means superior resolutions with the appropriate hardware plus HDR for stunning clarity and detail. It’s also powered by Roku so you can explore and discover over 500,000 movies and TV episodes via streaming, all via a simple to use, personalized home screen that adapts to your tastes. Three HDMI inputs are a very useful addition if you have multiple devices to hook up, plus there are voice controls via the Roku app as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. What more could you need?
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More Data Stories, Fewer Data Dumps
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Too often key insights are shared in overwhelming, confusing data dumps. As a result, many insights are misunderstood or overlooked by leaders and their teams. This article shares three helpful lessons for your organization as it transitions to more effective data storytelling.
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Infogrid raises $15.5M from Northzone to retrofit buildings with ‘smart’ IoT
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Infogrid, an IoT startup which can retrofit an existing building to make it ‘smart’, has raised $15.5 million. The Series A funding round was led by Northzone with participation from JLL Spark, Concrete VC, The Venture Collective, Jigsaw VC, an unarmed real estate investment group, and an unnamed large international asset owner, although one report speculated that it is Starwood Capital, the property-focused investor.Infogrid’s platform combines IoT sensors with proprietary AI analysis and has had some success re-vamping facilities management (FM) for some of the world’s largest FM providers, such as global banks, supermarkets, restaurant chains, and the NHS. Infogrid also has an ‘impact-style’ mission to enable businesses to reduce the environmental and social cost of their buildings while simultaneously benefitting their bottom line and asset values.
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Here’s when your Sony Xperia phone will get the Android 11 update
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Sony has outlined just when eligible Xperia phones will get Android 11 updates, and it’s good news if you have a cutting-edge model — if not so much for everyone else.The Xperia 1 II will unsurprisingly be the first phone to get Android 11, with an upgrade arriving in December 2020. The Xperia 5 II and Xperia 10 II should receive their updates weeks later, near the end of January 2021. The original Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are last in line and should get their OS revisions in February.Read more:Google should require two years of updates for every Android phoneThe Sony Xperia interface isn’t as heavily customized as others, so many of the features will be similar to what you’d find in stock Android 11. Chat management is easier with a dedicated notification section and always-available conversation bubbles. You’ll also find more powerful smart home and music controls as well as improved privacy and security policies.
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Xbox Series X|S update makes it easier to tell what games are next-gen optimized
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Microsoft rolled out a a new set of updates for the Xbox Series X, Series S, and One that add new functionality to the systems. The new release makes it easier to tell which games are optimized for next-gen consoles and allows players to preload upcoming Xbox Game Pass titles.The November update adds a new badge on games that utilize the console’s power. The X|S badge indicates that a game is optimized to run with the latest systems. The Series X|S launched with 30 games that were optimized for the systems, includingAssassin’s Creed Valhalla and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.The system will now let players know which games use auto HDR, a new feature on the Series X|S. When auto HDR is turned on, it improves the visual quality of a game without developers changing anything on their end. Players will see an Auto HDR tag in the corner of the screen when they open the on-screen guide during a compatible game.
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Chemours Will Benefit From Biden Climate Spending: CEO
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Nov.30 -- Chemours Chief Executive Officer Mark Vergnano discusses debt reduction efforts, acquisition strategy, and global growth outlook with Bloomberg's Ed Hammond on "Bloomberg Markets: The Close."
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These Hisense 4K smart TVs may be the best Cyber Monday TV deals at Best Buy
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If you're after some sizeable Cyber Monday deals, Best Buy may have you sorted. Two of Hisense's 2020 smart TVs are now on offer across a huge range of sizes, with savings of up to $700 for you to take advantage of. Not in the US? Scroll down for the best deals in your region. The 85-inch Hisense H65 leads the pack as a 4K TV with a $700 discount, bringing down the price to just $999. The 75-inch model carries an even lower $599 price tag, after a $400 discount – while the 50-inch model is available for a meager $249 after a $100 price cut.Things can't get any cheaper, right? Well, they actually do – with a lower-spec Hisense HD TV, the H55, retailing for just $199 at a 43-inch size ($100 discount) or $129 at a 32-inch size ($20 discount). The savings get smaller the smaller the TV size you choose, of course, but they're all sizable enough that any of these models is worth recommending.
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The best Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch is here – but you don't have long to get it
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The best Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch deals haven't brought us anything quite as hot as the mega-selling Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle we saw on Black Friday, but there is still a hot new bundle you can pick up. The Fortnite-branded Nintendo Switch is $299 at Amazon right now, and in-stock at the time of publication. If you want it, though, be fast. It's sold out at Target, Best Buy and Walmart today already. Amazon will inevitably run out of stock soon, too – just as we've seen every Nintendo Switch sell out over the past few months. Here's the Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch – and another Switch you can pre-order at GameStop in case this first one runs out. This first Switch unit comes with a Fortnite-branded content pack, including around $20 worth of V-bucks, the in-game currency of Fortnite. So while you're not technically getting a game in this bundle, if you have a Fortnite fan in your life, they'll likely appreciate the digital goodies.
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The JBL Charge 4 is the Bluetooth speaker to buy this Cyber Monday
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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year: Cyber Monday. The Amazon Cyber Monday deals have been rolling in all day, including a $60 discount on the JBL Charge 4. The waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker is now just $120 on Amazon, but you’ll want to act fast and buy now before the deal expires.One of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market today (and waterproof to boot!), the JBL Charge 4 has always been well worth its price tag. Now, with a steep $60 discount, the $120 speaker is more than a worthwhile investment. But, like all Cyber Monday deals, it wasn’t built to last, so you’ll want to buy sooner rather than later.A step up from the JBL Charge 3, the Charge 4 offers more power, improves bass response, and more color options. Plus, it includes the new JBL Connect+ feature, which amplifies any listening experience by allowing you to wirelessly connect more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers at once for a fuller, surround-sound experience. The Charge 4 also runs on a higher battery than the Charge 3’s 6000mAH power bank, instead using a more impressive 7500mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that provides up to 20 hours of listening. Like the JBL Charge 3, it’s waterproof, uses Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and comes equipped with a convenient USB port to quickly charge your other devices.
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Cyber Monday storage: get 25% off this tiny Samsung 1TB SSD for speedy backups
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The Cyber Monday storage deals have arrived in force for those who need some bargain ways to bolster their backups – and one of the best is this 25% off deal for the 1TB version of the Samsung T7 SSD.We've long been fans of the T5 series (it's one of our favorite ways to back up our photos) and the T7 range are its successors, bringing much-improved data transfer speeds.Samsung claims the T7 series can manage read/write speeds of up to 1.05GBps, and in our tests of the T7 Touch version (which has also been given a 26% price slash for Cyber Monday) we achieved real-world results that were pretty close to that.Right now, you can pick up the Samsung T7 1TBfor only $149.99, a 25% drop from its usual $199.99 price tag. Fancy adding biometric security to your backups? The fingerprint reader-equipped Samsung T7 Touch 1TB can also be snapped up during Cyber Monday for only $169.99 (a 26% drop from its usual $229.99 asking price).
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Cloud costs weigh on Zoom's growth as sales outlook beats estimates
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Zoom Video Communications Inc forecast fourth-quarter revenue above expectations on Monday but its gross margins fell and some growth metrics slowed, sending shares down nearly 8% despite booming sales powered by working and learning from home.
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The Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones hit their lowest price ever for Cyber Monday
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Beats Solo 3 Headphone deals have been going on since the start of Black Friday a few days ago, and while it seemed like they couldn't go any lower in terms of price, it’s only today that they’ve finally hit the new low of $119/ £119. According to price comparison site Camel Camel Camel, this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen them ever, making this one of the best Cyber Monday deals we’re going to see today.The deals are available at Amazon and Walmart in the US, as well as AO in the UK.What does the H1 Chip do, you might ask. Well, it's what enables you to instantly pair the Beats Solo 3 with any iOS device without going into the Bluetooth settings, plus it helps the headphones last longer than rival sets. It's not as good as the W1 Chip that enables hands-free Siri, but it's definitely a boon for the headphones to have it.
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Maserati says all of its cars will be hybrid or fully electric in five years
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Over the next five years, Maserati plans to electrify its entire lineup — but, as Electrek points out, don’t expect to see the automaker announce a flood of battery-electric models just yet. During an online fashion event caught by Reuters, Maserati CEO Davide Grasso said the brand plans to electrify all of its vehicles, either by offering them as plug-in hybrids or fully electric models, starting in 2021.  After starting with the Ghibli sedan earlier this year, the company’s electrification push will continue with its new Grecale SUV, which comes out next year. Maserati will sell two versions of the vehicle: one with a traditional combustion engine, and another that’s a plug-in hybrid. A fully electric model of the SUV will come at a later date. “The new Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio models will be electrified too, all our line-up will be electrified in the next five years,” Grasso said. An all-electric version of the former could come as early as 2021. 
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Save $500 on big-screen Vizio OLED TVs in these last-minute Cyber Monday deals
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If you're looking for some discounted TVs over Cyber Monday, we have you covered. Vizio has unveiled a host of new discounts on its TVs across a number of US retailers, with up to $500 of savings to be had. Not in the US? Scroll down for the best deals in your region.What's great is that Vizio is running deals on TVs across the price spectrum. For those of you after a budget buy, the M-Series Quantum LED 4K TV is now just $298 after a $51 saving. If you want high-end, though, then the 65-inch Vizio OLED TV has had its price slashed to just $1,499 for a saving of $500.We did see an even better deal on the 55-inch Vizio OLED not long ago for Black Friday, but that offer seems to have lapsed. But if you can fit a 65-inch screen in your home – and absorb the cost on your wallet – the larger size is very much yours for the taking.
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