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Ultimate Ears’ Blast Wi-Fi speaker is $69.99 for a limited time

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Plus, 50 percent off Red Dead Redemption 2 and more

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Ultimate Ears’ Blast speaker is $69.99 for a limited time at Dell as part of its Black Friday in July event. The Blast supports Bluetooth connections, but unlike its Boom series of speakers, this one also has far-field microphones and Alexa integration so you can think of it as an Amazon Echo speaker but with better sound. Similar to an Echo, the Blast is also a Wi-Fi-enabled speaker so you can command it with your voice to play music via Spotify.

This speaker’s current price on Amazon is $89.99, making Dell’s deal a respectable price drop that’s worth jumping on if you’re looking for a water-resistant smart speaker that’s no slouch when it comes to sound performance.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is $29.99 at Best Buy (PS4, Xbox One) and Amazon (Xbox One). This is the lowest price we’ve seen for this title, after dropping down to $39.99 a few times since its release last year. The online component of RDR2 continues to grow and improve, so price cut aside, now’s an even better time to jump in. In the review, The Verge’s Andrew Webster called this “the most convincing open-world game ever made.”

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Most of the recent iPad deals have been on the new iPad Air, iPad mini, or the older iPad Pro. But today, the 2018 iPad Pro (both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models) are discounted at Best Buy. A few configurations are the same prices at Amazon, though Best Buy’s price drops apply to all tablet color options.

  • The 11-inch tablet (64GB, Wi-Fi) is $674.99 (usually $799.99) at Amazon and Best Buy
  • The Wi-Fi + LTE version of this tablet is $799.99 (usually $949.99) at Best Buy
  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro (64GB, Wi-Fi) costs $849.99 (usually $999.99) at Best Buy
  • If you want LTE connectivity with the 12.9-inch tablet, that version of the 64GB iPad Pro costs $949.99 (usually $1,149.99) at Best Buy

iPadOS, Apple’s new software made just for iPads, is currently in public beta. Of its many new features (which aren’t exclusive to the iPad Pro), you’ll be able to use an iPad as a secondary display or a drawing tablet. If you’re deciding between the 2018 iPad Pro and other iPads, its USB-C charging port, ProMotion variable refresh rate display, and refreshed design might win you over.