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Save up to $100 on some of Sony’s best headphones and earbuds

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After a week of solid deals, we’ve got some bangers to cap off your weekend. Starting off, Woot has excellent prices for some of Sony’s top-of-the-line headphones — both for those who prefer over-ear cans and true wireless earbuds.

You may be no stranger to the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, and for good reason, as they were our top pick for the best headphones you can buy for quite a while. Their title has been usurped by the newer and pricier WH-1000XM5, but the XM4 remains an excellent option with great sound quality, noise cancellation, and the ability to fold down for easier storage (a glaring omission of the new model’s revised design).

Woot is offering the WH-1000XM4 headphones for a one-day deal price of $269.99 (about $80 off), but if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber and you order through the Woot app on iOS or Android you get an added $20 discount. This drops the price to $249.99 with free shipping, which matches the low price on these that we last saw around the holidays. Read our review.

Sony WH-1000XM4

These over-ear headphones are some of the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy right now. They can last up to 30 hours on a single charge and provide a comfortable listening experience with plush ear pads. Amazon Prime members can get an additional $20 off by buying through the Woot app on August 20th.

If earbuds are more your jam, the Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds are also on an excellent offer from Woot — though there are further stipulations you need to know. Woot is selling an imported, international model of the Sony WF-1000XM4 Bluetooth noise-canceling earbuds for $199.99 ($80 off) on its site. There’s nothing physically different about these earbuds, which are in new condition, but since they’re imported, the only warranty is a 90-day one provided by Woot. If you’re unsure, there’s also a 30-day return window for a little peace of mind. The extra-special deal is for Amazon Prime subscribers who order via Woot’s app today, and can get an extra $20 off, dropping the price of the buds to $179.99 ($100 off).

The WF-1000XM4 (we know, Sony names are convoluted and terrible) still hold the crown of the best earbuds to buy in our buying guide, thanks to their superior noise cancellation, detailed sound quality, and awesome battery life. Read our review.

Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony’s WF-1000XM4 have the best noise cancellation of any true wireless earbuds, and the sound quality is second to none. The earbuds can also now be charged wirelessly and have a new design that’s smaller and rated IPX4. Amazon Prime members can get an additional $20 off on an imported international model with a 90-day warranty by buying through the Woot app on August 20th.

Now there’s just one more deal worth mentioning in Woot’s obsessive attempts to get you to download and use its app. The Animal Crossing Edition of the Nintendo Switch console is down to $269.99 ($30 off) for Amazon Prime subscribers via the Woot app — others get it for just $10 off. Yes, this is the same Switch launched back in 2017, not the fancier OLED version, but it’s hard to deny this cute colorway and design. I can speak from a little experience here, as this edition is one of the three Switches I own (I may have a problem), and it’s by far the most charming.

Tragically, you don’t get a pack-in copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons with this Switch, but the Joy-Cons and embossed design on the rear are quite the treat. Plus, the $40 saved on this one-day deal offsets most or all of the cost of New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, or Super Mario Odyssey — which are all on sale right now.

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Edition

Nintendo’s Animal Crossing-themed console takes the standard Switch and dresses it up with light blue and green Joy-Cons, color-matched hand straps, a white dock adorned by the Nook family, and a unique embossed pattern on the console’s back panel. It doesn’t come packaged with a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizon, but it perfectly matches the game’s aesthetic.

Alright, now for a great deal that’s available to anyone: Samsung’s original Galaxy Buds Pro in white are on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for $129.99 ($70 off). That’s nearly matching their all-time low from Black Friday 2021. The new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are coming out very soon, and in our review, they are looking and sounding very good, but they also cost $30 more than the prior model. If you don’t feel the need to be on the cutting-edge with the latest model, this deal on the older Galaxy Buds Pro is an exceptional value — especially if you favor Samsung phones, as some extra features are exclusively within the Galaxy line.

The original Galaxy Buds Pro sound great, offer good active noise cancellation, and IPX7 sweat and water resistance. Their microphones may not be up to snuff compared to newer earbuds, but the money saved may help you to forgive. Read our review.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro have a blend of tech found in the Buds Plus and Buds Live, with the best sound quality the company has achieved yet in a pair of earbuds.

Some more sweet Saturday deals:

  • If you love a game that mixes a brutal challenge with beautiful visuals, the digital version of Cuphead is $13.99 ($6 off) on the Nintendo eShop, Microsoft Store (Xbox), and Steam (PC). That small sale nearly offsets the cost of its excellent DLC that just launched recently.
  • The remaster of the classic 1997 shooter Doom 64 is available for free right now on PC via the Epic Games Store. You have until August 25th at 11AM ET to claim it.
  • Costco has Apple’s base-model Mac Mini with M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage for an all-time low price of $569.99 (about $119 off) through Sunday, August 21st. If you’re not a Costco member you can pay a 5 percent surcharge which adds $33.50 — still a very fair price for this bang-for-the-buck desktop computer. Though don’t forget you need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to go with it. Read our review.
  • The Turtle Beach Recon controller for Xbox and PC is $44.95 ($15 off) in either black or white at Amazon. This wired USB-C controller is excellent for playing online shooters thanks to its programmable rear buttons and audio features to allow you to better hear enemy footsteps. The cheaper Turtle Beach React-R model just recently launched in the USA at $39.99, but for just $5 more the Recon is a better buy. Read our review.
  • A prepaid digital voucher for a one-year PlayStation Plus Essential subscription is $39.16 at Eneba with discount code PSP. The exact price may fluctuate a bit, but it should remain around $20 off for the duration of the deal. If you have the higher tiers of PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium you can redeem this deal and get a prorated extension.

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ElonJet is (sort of) back on Twitter

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The college student who ran the now-banned @ElonJet Twitter account that used public information to track Elon Musk’s private jet has resumed his activities on Twitter under a new username. As noted by Insider, Jack Sweeney, 20, has created a new account called @ElonJetNextDay — which now tracks Musk’s private jet with a 24-hour delay to circumvent Twitter policy restrictions.

Sweeney’s original ElonJet account was suspended from the platform last week following accusations from Musk that it violated Twitter rules by revealing his live location. Twitter updated its policy to forbid publishing a person’s real-time location on the same day it suspended ElonJet. Sweeney said in an interview with Insider that he will be “posting manually” for now while he works on the framework to fully automate the account.

Musk tweeted on December 15th that “Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so is ok.” Twitter also explicitly states that “sharing publicly available location information after a reasonable time has elapsed, so that the individual is no longer at risk for physical harm” is not a violation of platform rules. Elsewhere in the policy, it notes that its definition of “live” location data means someone’s real-time or same-day whereabouts.

Most commercial and private aircraft are equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast technology (ADS-B) that transmits a unique code (tied to the airplane’s tail number) containing information such as altitude and GPS location. This information is publicly available and aircraft flying in the USA and Europe are required to broadcast it in order to prevent midair collisions.

In a statement back in November, Musk said he would not ban the original ElonJet account as part of his “commitment to free speech” despite claiming it was a “direct personal safety risk.” The automated ElonJet account posted publicly available information regarding the location of Musk’s 2015 Gulfstream G650ER, and had amassed over 540,000 followers before it was permanently banned on December 14th. Musk previously offered Sweeney $5,000 to have the account taken down.



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She Worked for Twitter. Then She Tweeted at Elon Musk.

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Early in November, Twitter’s roughly 7,500 employees received a terse email from a generic address: “In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global work force.” The note was signed “Twitter.” On Nov. 3, some people at the company received emails indicating they would be laid off the next day.

That night, Ms. Solomon, her husband and a few colleagues headed to Dots Cafe Portland, a lounge on Clinton Street. Phones were on the table, face up, she said. As the work friends talked, they tapped away at their phones, taking part in chats on the Signal app with colleagues in London, Seattle and San Francisco. Messages like “I got hit” were flying across screens, Ms. Solomon recalled. “You were seeing your co-workers drop like flies,” she said.

By the next afternoon her team of about 10 engineers was reduced to four. Ms. Solomon and her husband had survived the round of layoffs. The next week, she recalled, she awaited further direction from Mr. Musk or the new executive team. Nothing came, she said, except for an email alerting employees that remote work would no longer be permitted, with few exceptions.

Many employees learned of Mr. Musk’s priorities by watching his Twitter feed, where he posted frequently about company business to his more than 100 million followers. On Nov. 5, he complained about the platform’s search function: “Search within Twitter reminds me of Infoseek in ’98! That will also get a lot better pronto,” he wrote. That same day, he tweeted: “Twitter will soon add ability to attach long-form text to tweets, ending absurdity of notepad screenshots.”

That was more than Ms. Solomon and many of her colleagues had heard internally. “Radio silence,” she said. She began to vent her frustration on Twitter.

One of her first tweets in this vein came on Nov. 6, shortly after Mr. Musk announced a new rule for Twitter users in a tweet: “Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark,” he wrote. He had posted that message after many people on Twitter had changed their names to variations on Mr. Musk’s name, most of them mocking.



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The new iOS 16.2 Home app architecture upgrade has disappeared

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Apple has removed the option to upgrade to the new HomeKit architecture on devices running iOS 16.2. The change follows multiple reports of issues and problems with the Home app after the upgrade was installed.

Apple spokesperson Emily Ewing confirmed the change in a statement provided to The Verge:

“We are aware of an issue that may impact the ability for users to share the Home within the Home app. A fix will be available soon. In the meantime, we’ve temporarily removed the option to upgrade to the new Home architecture. Users who have already upgraded will not be impacted.“

The new Home app architecture was one of the key features of iOS 16.2, with Apple claiming that the upgrade would be “more reliable and efficient.” MacRumors first discovered this week that the Home app in iOS 16.2 no longer offers the option to upgrade to the new architecture within the Home app settings. Several reporters at The Verge have also confirmed that the upgrade option is unavailable on their devices.

The new architecture was first introduced in the iOS 16.2 beta back in October as an optional upgrade before the iOS 16.2 public release on December 13th. Both the beta and public release required Apple devices logged into iCloud to be running the latest versions of iOS, macOS, and tvOS. The upgrade does not happen automatically when iOS 16.2 is installed on a phone, instead requiring a manual process through the Home app.

The update has caused issues with missing devices and adding multiple users for some

Reddit users who downloaded the optional upgrade prior to its removal have reported issues such as the app booting other members from a Home account and being unable to re-add them. Users on the MacRumors forum have reported being unable to invite users to share the Home, HomeKit‌ devices being stuck displaying an “updating” status, and some accessories vanishing from the Home app entirely. Users who have already upgraded are unable to revert to the previous version of the app.

Update, December 23rd, 2022, 2:15PM ET: Added confirmation and statement from Apple spokesperson. Added links to Apple’s updated support pages.

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