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Sennheiser holiday sale, Amazon devices discounts, and more of the best tech deals

Christmas is nine days away, which makes this weekend the perfect time for last minute holiday shopping, either for yourself or loved ones. There’s a lot of great tech on sale that make excellent gifts including the Google Home Mini and Kindle Paperwhite. For more gift ideas, check out The Verge’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. Highlights include discounts on Amazon devices, matching most Black Friday and Cyber Monday pricing, and Sennheiser’s holiday sale offering $100 off the HD1 over ear,…

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Samsung Smart Speaker, Huh? Let’s Talk

Yesterday, a report from Bloomberg came out saying that Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the first half of 2018. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since DJ Koh already told CNBC back in August that the company was indeed trying to put its digital assistant, which first debuted on the Galaxy S8, into a smart speaker. The timeline is pretty obvious too; I’m betting that Samsung will unveil the device at Mobile World…

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If 3D Printer, Then Custom Aluminum Extrusion Brackets

Aluminum extrusions are a boon for mechanical assemblies, but they require a stock of brackets and other hardware to be kept on hand. [mightynozzle] has decided to make things a little easier for prototyping and low-stress assemblies by creating a collection of 3D printable brackets for aluminum extrusions. 3D printing your own bracket hardware means faster prototyping, and if the assemblies don’t need the extra strength and rigidity of metal brackets you can just stick with the 3D printed versions.…

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Signal Encrypted Messenger on GNU/Linux

Privacy awareness has been thankfully growing steadily across the web, and a number of programs have arisen as a result; Signal, is one such program. I won’t name drop, but enough major players in the world of privacy advocacy have given their seal of approval for Signal, and so I knew I had to check it out for myself. Signal, is a program that ties into your phone number in a similar fashion to WhatsApp, and offers encrypted messaging between…

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How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Five: Tweaking Your New Computer

Congratulations, you’ve successfully selected parts, assembled your own PC, and installed Windows! Now you can get to…whatever it is that you want to get to, I guess. Do gamers still “pown noobs?” Is that still a thing? Actually, before you jump in to [noob farming and/or ranching/a 12-hour Pinterest binge/watching every Cracked video ever/reading more How-To Geek], you probably want to take a few minutes to update and protect your shiny new PC. Here are a few steps you should…

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Apple’s path to ambient computing and truly personal assistants

Prefer to listen rather than read? Hit play on the podcast version: Links Sponsors: MintSIM: Voice, data, and text for less. Get free first-class shipping with code VTFREESHIP. Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. Interested in sponsoring VECTOR? Contact sponsor@mobilenations.com Transcript [background music] Rene Ritchie: I’m Rene Ritchie, and this is Vector. Vector is brought to you today by Mint SIM. Mint SIM is like one of those big bulk…

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Neural Network Learns SDR Ham Radio

Identifying ham radio signals used to be easy. Beeps were Morse code, voice was AM unless it sounded like Donald Duck in which case it was sideband. But there are dozens of modes in common use now including TV, digital data, digital voice, FM, and more coming on line every day. [Randaller] used CUDA to build a neural network that could interface with an RTL-SDR dongle and can classify the signals it hears. Since it is a neural network, it…

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Google Maps for Android gets step-by-step directions for public transit navigation

“Traveling on a bus or train is the time for you to do your best music-listening, news-reading, and social-media scrolling … as long as you don’t miss your stop. A new feature on Google Maps for Android keeps you on track with departure times, ETAs and a notification that tell you when to transfer or get off your bus or train. And you can track your progress along the way just like you can in driving, walking or biking directions,”…

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SNES Classic is now in stock at Walmart in Canada

Update 12/15/17: Minutes after this story went live the console is already listed as sold out. Nintendo’s heavily sought-after and still-difficult-to-find SNES Classic is now available to purchase from Walmart.ca. If you’re interested in picking up the console you should act fast as it typically sells out in a matter of minutes. Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Classic retails for $100 CAD and comes packed with with 21 pre-loaded games, including Super Mario World, Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link…

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