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The M1 MacBook Air is down to its lowest price ever at Best Buy

The M1 MacBook Air is down to its lowest price ever at Best Buy

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Plus, you can save on the Fitbit Versa 3 and first-gen Echo Show 8

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The M1 MacBook Air remains an excellent choice for a powerful ultraportable.
The M1 MacBook Air remains an excellent choice for a powerful ultraportable.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Our Monday deals post is starting off strong with the M1-equipped MacBook Air, which is currently matching its best price to date at Best Buy. The retailer has discounted both the 256GB and 512GB configurations to $849.99 (normally $999.99) and $1,049.99 (normally $1,299.99), respectively. While it’s beginning to show its age a bit — especially with the recent release of the M2 model — the M1 Air still remains a terrific macOS laptop thanks to its speedy performance and excellent battery life. The 720p webcam is definitely a pain point for the last-gen machine, but at this price, you’ll have difficulty finding a laptop that can match the M1 Air, pound for pound. Read our review.

The MacBook Air is the most impressive laptop I’ve used in years
$899

The MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop, which comes outfitted with the company’s new M1 chip in one of three different colors (silver, space gray, and gold).

The Fitbit Versa 3 is currently our favorite Fitbit, one that is on sale on Amazon in the black colorway for $148.19, the best price we’ve seen yet for the $229.99 wearable. While a new model of the Versa is likely on the horizon, it likely won’t be a drastic upgrade, and the Versa 3 still boasts many of the features we’ve come to expect in a budget-friendly fitness tracker, including continuous heart rate monitoring and SpO2 sensors. In addition to built-in Google Assitant and Amazon Alexa functionality, the waterproof, GPS-enabled fitness tracker includes heart-rate monitoring and can last for up to six days on a single charge.

Fitbit Versa 3

$229.9514% off
$197.99

This Apple Watch doppelganger features built-in GPS, Voice Assistance, and heart rate monitoring.

The first-gen Amazon Echo Show 8 is currently matching its best price ever at Best Buy. The Alexa-based home assistant initially retailed for $109.99 but is currently on sale for $54.99, which matches its lowest price to date. The last-gen smart display has a less powerful camera than the newer model and isn’t quite as fast but still features access to the same library of Alexa skills and includes many of the same features. It also touts the same display, same design, and same speaker system, rendering a great budget option if you need something more capable than Amazon’s smaller Echo displays. Read our first-gen Echo Show 5 review.

Amazon Echo Show 8 (first-gen)

$109.9950% off
$54.99

The last-gen Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s mid-size smart display. It features a sharp, 8-inch screen and most of the features found on the second-gen model, though it lacks the latter’s 13MP camera and speedy performance.

A pair of universal power supplies (UPS) from APC are on sale today at Amazon for their lowest prices to date. The 850VA model normally costs $89.99 but is currently on sale for $89.99, while the 1500VA model is down to $149.99 from its usual $199.99 price. More than just heavy surge protectors, universal power supplies are equipped with an onboard battery and voltage monitoring system that ensures that none of your connected devices will unexpectedly shut down in the event you trip your breaker or a blackout occurs. The onboard batteries for either model give you enough time to save your work and shut things down properly without worrying about harming your devices.

APC 850VA UPS

$129.9931% off
$89.99

This 450W UPS provides surge protection and battery backup for up to nine devices and includes a pair of USB-A ports for charging your phone in a blackout scenario.

APC 1500VA UPS

$199.9925% off
$149.99

This 900W power supply provides backup power and automatic voltage regulation for up to 10 devices at once. It’s even equipped with a digital readout to display power draw and battery levels.

The Jabra Elite 7 Pro offer reliable performance and great voice call quality.
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro offer reliable performance and great voice call quality.
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Originally available for $199.99, the Jabra Elite 7 Pros are currently discounted to $129.99 at Best Buy, the best price to date for these noise-canceling earbuds. While the lack of Bluetooth multipoint is a definite strike against them, the overall performance and reliability of these earbuds make this a deal worth checking out if you’re in the market for some new earbuds. The Elite 7 Pro lacks some of the bassiness of other earbuds in the Jabra lineup, like the 85t, but the Jabra app still allows you to fine-tune your listening experience with a number of features like EQ customization and remappable controls. Read our review.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro

$199.9935% off
$129.99

The highest-end version of Jabra’s new Elite series of earbuds, the Elite 7 Pro, builds upon the 85t with a more compact fit while keeping many of the features that made their predecessor so good.

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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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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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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.


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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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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.