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Nanoleaf’s colorful LED light bars are on sale for the first time today at Amazon and Best Buy

Nanoleaf’s colorful LED light bars are on sale for the first time today at Amazon and Best Buy

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Plus, save on fitness trackers, drones, and Xbox remotes

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The Nanoleaf Lines Smarter Kit is currently on sale for $179.99 instead of $199.99.
The Nanoleaf Lines Smarter Kit is currently on sale for $179.99 instead of $199.99.
Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy

If you’re on the market for artistic LED lighting to decorate your home with, Nanoleaf’s new Lines are some of the best lights you can buy. At $200, however, they’re also some of the more expensive. Luckily, you can now get these stunning lights as a part of a starter set for a little less. Regularly $199.99, Nanoleaf’s new Lines Smarter Kit — which includes an adapter and nine Lines you can affix to your wall to display colorful lights in a variety of patterns — is on sale for $179.99 at Amazon and Best Buy.

Unlike Nanoleaf’s other lighting fixtures, these LED light bars are backlit, making them perfect for sticking behind a gaming monitor or TV. There’s also a music visualizer that uses a built-in microphone to pick up on ambient noise and pulse the lights in time with your music, as well as a screen mirroring feature that allows the lights to mimic the colors actively being displayed on your monitor or TV screen. The Nanoleaf companion app additionally offers 19 pre-loaded scenes, so you can create a sunset-like effect or add that thumping nightclub vibe to your room you’ve been pining for since the pandemic started.

On the compatibility front, the Lines offer support for Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant, so you can play these scenes either by touching a button in the app or issuing a voice command. They even support Thread, meaning they’ll be able to integrate with the new Matter standard when it launches in the fall. Note, however, that these lights can’t physically connect with other Nanoleaf panels, just in case you own others and want to link them. Read our review.

Nanoleaf Lines Smarter Kit

$199.9910% off
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The Nanoleaf Lines Smarter Kit comes with an adapter and nine LED light bars, allowing you to add color to your wall in a variety of patterns. The lights can also sync with your music and mirror the colors on your display or make use of an assortment of preloaded scenes via a companion app.

The Amazfit Bip S is the best affordable fitness tracker on the market, one that is far cheaper than your average Fitbit or Apple Watch. It’s an even better buy today, now that Walmart is selling the black model for $49 ($21 off), the lowest price we’ve seen the wearable sell for this year.

The Amazfit Bip S may not be as attractive as other trackers on the market, but like some of its more expensive rivals, it delivers accurate results, offers built-in GPS, and features a colorful always-on display. You won’t need to worry about it running out of battery life, either, as the fitness track offers two weeks of battery life, as well as other useful features, like continuous heart rate monitoring and advanced sleep tracking. While it’s less of a smartwatch and more of a fitness tracker, it’s compatible with both iOS and Android, allowing you to view notifications, control music playback, and edit watch faces.

Amazfit Bip S

$69.9930% off
$49

An affordable fitness tracker that offers built-in GPS, always-on display, advanced sleep tracking, and two-week battery life for under $100.

Photo taken using DJI Mavic’s Air 2S drone.
Photo taken using DJI Mavic’s Air 2S drone.
Image:  Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

If you’re looking to step into the world of aerial photography or upgrade your existing setup, you can save hundreds right now on a DJI Mavic Air 2S bundle at B&H Photo. Normally $2,498, you can buy a kit containing the drone, a DJI RC Pro controller, and accessories at B&H Photo and Adorama for $1,749 — the bundle’s lowest price to date. The new controller offers a 5.5-inch, 1080p display boasting up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness, along with the same control sticks found on the FJI FPV drone. In addition to the controller, the bundle also includes three batteries, a gimbal protector, a shoulder bag, a pair of control sticks, and a handful of other accessories.

In our review, we called the compact Mavic Air 2S a fantastic drone for beginners and experts alike. It’s compact, much like the DJI Mini 2, but more capable thanks to its larger image sensor and improved zoom capabilities. The drone offers a one-inch, 20-megapixel camera sensor, which is the same size as the one found in the larger, higher-end Mavic 2 Pro. It’s also capable of recording 5.4K videos and 4K up to 60fps.

However, some of these upgrades come with downsides. DJI rates the battery at 31 minutes of flight time, which is slightly less than the Mavic Air 2’s, and you can’t digitally zoom in while shooting in some modes or while taking photos. There’s also some significant cropping that occurs when you record in 4K at 60fps.

$1749

The DJI Mavic Air 2S drone might be small, yet it offers great image quality thanks to its one-inch, 20-megapixel camera sensor, one that’s capable of recording 5.4K videos.

If you’d like a media remote for your Xbox console, 8BitDo’s larger Media Remote is an affordable choice that’s compatible with both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S. Unlike the Short Edition, the Long Edition comes with a number pad as well as some extra buttons for features like closed captioning. Both remotes also come with backlighting and Xbox buttons to easily navigate menus and apps, as well as a Home button so you can immediately wake up your Xbox. As an infrared remote, you also don’t need to worry about pairing or setting it up, allowing you to immediately use it with your Xbox console. You do need to make sure the Xbox is within the remote’s line of sight, however; otherwise, it won’t work.

Normally $24.99, Amazon is currently selling the Long Edition for $21.10 — a modest yet rare discount. Read our review.

$21.11

8BitDo’s infrared media remote offers Xbox buttons so you can easily navigate menus and apps, as well as a Home button that wakes up your Xbox instantly.

Summer is slowly yet steadily approaching. Luckily, if you’re on the market for a portable speaker you can use as you lounge around the house or by the pool, both Amazon and Walmart are selling JBL’s last-gen Flip 5 right now in select colors for $99. That’s a $30 discount and the lowest price we’ve seen this year on the portable Bluetooth speaker, which offers robust sound for its size, full IPX7 waterproofing, and can be paired with JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers for stereo sound. It’s not dustproof like last year’s Flip 6, sure, but it’s also currently available for $50 less.

JBL Flip 5

$129.9523% off
$99.95

JBL’s Flip 5 is a no-frills, portable Bluetooth speaker that offers a rugged waterproof exterior, stereo pairing, and all-day battery life.

Here are some other ways you can save today

  • Best Buy is currently taking $25 off of the base Kindle from 2019, selling the 8GB, ad-supported model for $64.99 instead of $89.99. You can also get an extra $20 off if you buy two Kindles. While the display isn’t as nice as the ones found on newer models, and the battery doesn’t last quite as long, it still offers a built-in light and an affordable price tag. Read our review.
  • You can buy both the physical and digital versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements for PC and Mac for $99.99 at Amazon and B&H. While that’s not the all-time low we saw the software go for during Black Friday, it’s still a notable $50 discount.

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Emma RothSep 24
California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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Andrew WebsterSep 24
Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Andrew WebsterSep 24
Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


A screenshot from the Netflix anime Thermae Romae Novae.
Thermae Romae Novae.
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Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


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Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.