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GE Profile’s new Smart Mixer weighs your dough…and stops mixing when it’s done

To kick off the holiday season, Crate & Barrel is partnering with GE Profile to launch a brand-new unique stand mixer. Available for pre-order now, the new GE Profile Smart Mixer with Auto Sense will take your baking to the next level with a plethora of sensors and features. The biggest function is voice control and auto stopping when the mixing process is done, preventing your dough from being mixed too much. Sound intriguing? Keep reading to find out more about this $1,000 mixer.

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Star Wars Jedi Survivor PS5, PC, and Xbox release date leaks, gameplay footage, more

New details regarding Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi Survivor have surfaced. The upcoming sequel to 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is headed to PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X next year, and we now have some new information regarding when it will be making its next appearance as well as a potential release date courtesy of an early listing over on Steam. Head below for more details. 

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Count down to the holidays with LEGO’s 2022 Advent Calendars: Day 5

New builds Day 5

A tradition of the holiday season here around 9to5Toys; each December we dive in to see what the latest LEGO Advent Calendars have in store. And for 2022, there’s so much to be excited about. With 24 days of different creations on tap, we’ll be taking a day-by-day look to highlight all of the miniature creations, minifigures, and other builds in the countdown to the end of the month. This year, we’re taking a look at what’s included with the latest LEGO Star Wars and Marvel kits. So whether you’re following along at home or just checking out the builds to get in on the festivities, be sure to head below the fold to see how the 2022 Star Wars and Marvel LEGO Advent Calendars stack up. 

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New LEGO 2023 sets have been announced: Star Wars, Technic, Speed Champions, more

More LEGO 2023 sets have now surfaced ahead of next year, showcasing a collection of upcoming builds from various themes. Giving us a first look at what to expect from the likes of Star Wars, Speed Champions, and Minecraft to Ninjago, City, Technic, and more, we’ll have a breakdown of all the LEGO 2023 kits below the fold.

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Shargeek’s new Macintosh-inspired Retro 67 USB-C charger has a working LED display

Shargeek has made a name for itself as of late by delivering some of the more unique charging tech on the market. Lately at 9to5Toys, we’ve been fawning over its transparent power banks, but now the brand is launching an even more nostalgic piece of tech in the form of its fittingly-named Retro 67W Charger. Sporting a classic Macintosh-inspired design, Shargeek has packed three USB-C ports into its latest accessory.

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Here’s our first look at seven upcoming LEGO Marvel 2023 kits: Hulkbuster, Morbius, more

As the LEGO 2023 catalog shapes up, we’re getting a first look tonight at what to expect from the Marvel side of the collection. With official photos of seven upcoming kits inspired by the MCU and comic books at large, the new creations below will all launch on January 1. Including the first-ever LEGO version of Morbius, next year will also deliver a new playscale Hulkbuster to go alongside a refreshed Quinjet and more.

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December PlayStation Plus FREE games: Mass Effect Trilogy, Biomutant, more

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Coming on the heels of Sony’s now live End of Year digital game sale, it has now announced the December PlayStation Plus FREE games. There’s still time to lock-in the November titles – Nioh 2, LEGO Harry Potter Collection, and Heavenly Bodies – but we now know what’s on the way for subscribers to end the year. From post-apocalyptic kung-fu action to third-person platform fighting and saving the universe three times over with Commander Shepard, you’ll want to head below for all of the details on the December PlayStation Plus FREE games. 

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Overwatch Season 2 officially announced with Mythology-themed skins, Ramattra debut, more

After getting a first look at what the future of Overwatch 2 holds at the Grand Finals 2022 earlier in the month, Blizzard is back today to officially reveal the second season of the game. Packed with plenty of new skins, the upcoming battle pass will feature mythology-themed cosmetics, new looks for the holiday season, the debut of the new Tank Ramattra, and more.

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Next official Super Mario Bros. movie trailer debuts today as part of the latest Nintendo Direct

Update: Everything starts right now (2 p.m. PT), follow along below.

The world premiere for the next Mario movie trailer is scheduled to go live later today. Nintendo took to its official Twitter feed yesterday evening during the Cyber Monday festivities with the announcement, with a new Nintendo Direct presentation set for broadcast later this afternoon at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. After unveiling the cast of the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie back in late 2021, Nintendo gave us our very first look at the upcoming film adaption of the Mushroom Kingdom just last month with a compelling debut trailer that frankly had me impressed almost immediately. And we are set for another good look today with the next Mario movie trailer before the day is out. Head below for more details. 

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Cyber Monday 2022 Deal Hub: Save on Apple, Google, TVs, home goods, more

It’s officially Cyber Monday here at 9to5Toys, and many of the mainstream retailers have already kicked up a number of promotions. This year, you’ll find discounts on the latest from Apple, Google, Amazon, and many other top brands, all at the best prices ever ahead of the holidays. Down below, you’ll find our Cyber Monday deal hub for the week, which will be constantly updated with all of the latest offers in one central location. Head below for all of the best Cyber Monday deals and more.

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Five upcoming LEGO Jurassic Park 30th anniversary sets slated to release in 2023

As we look forward towards all of the upcoming 2023 LEGO sets, it looks like Jurassic Park fans are going to have plenty to enjoy thanks to a lineup of 30th anniversary creations. Celebrating three decades since the film originally released in theaters in 1993, there will be five upcoming kits that look to reimagine everything from the iconic Visitor Center to other memorable moments in Jurassic Park.

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Top 10 Black Friday deals still available

While we’ve been rounding up all of the best Black Friday action this week, the shopping event is beginning to come to an end. Even so, there are still plenty of notable deals out there and up for the taking. Our team at 9to5Toys has been working around the clock to deliver the best discounts, and now with time fading, we’re rounding up some of our favorite offers still up for grabs. Below, you’ll find our list of the top 10 Black Friday deals still available as of now.

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Amazon announces Cyber Monday 2022 plans with three days of holiday savings

Before we even get to Black Friday this year, Amazon today is announcing what shoppers can already expect from Cyber Monday 2022. Closing out the more than weeklong shopping event to help check off those holiday gift lists, the online-focused sale will be going live come November 26 in order to turn the single day of savings into a three-day shopping event.

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LEGO VIP Weekend sale is live with limited-edition freebies, double points, more

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LEGO’s VIP Weekend sale is now officially live, kicking off its early Black Friday savings with a series of promotions ahead of the holiday shopping season. With three limited-edition freebies up for the taking, shoppers will also be able to take advantage of double VIP points and more. Head below for a closer look on top in the LEGO VIP Weekend sale.

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Best of Black Friday 2022 – Top 10 deals coming next week

With just a week until Black Friday is officially under way, this year’s holiday shopping event is shaping up to be quite a notable one. Returning to normal after a few years of stock shortages and the like, the deals are better than ever heading into Thanksgiving week, and we’re continuing our annual tradition of naming the top 10 Black Friday deals coming down the pipeline over the next few days.

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Best of Black Friday 2022 – Home Audio: Samsung, Sony, JBL Soundbars and Speakers

We are now one week away from the main event, so now is a great time to take a look at some of the best home audio Black Friday deals. This guide will include deals that are live now and what we expect to see closer to the big day and will include both home theater setups and general speakers for enjoying music around your home. We’re currently tracking a number of deals on smart speakers from both Amazon and Google as well as home theater systems from JBL and Samsung. If you’re ready to find your new home audio solution, then keep reading below the fold.

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Best of Black Friday 2022 – Amazon: Echo speakers and Fire TVs starting at $15, more

As Black Friday 2022 approaches, we know exactly what to expect from many of the year’s best discounts. On the Amazon front, the company has plenty in-store come next week spanning its entire table of Echo speakers, E-readers, and other in-house devices. Head below for this year’s Best of Black Friday guide for the online giant as we detail all of the best Amazon offers on the horizon.

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Best of Black Friday 2022 – Streaming Media Players: Fire TV $15, Apple TV from $59, more

With Black Friday just a week away, you’re likely trying to figure out what purchase to make as we head toward the year’s biggest shopping holiday. We’ve already taken a deep dive into the best 4K TV deals, fashion discounts, smart home gear, LEGO, PC gaming, and many more categories. However, now, we’re checking out the best streaming media player discounts you can expect to see next week, though many Black Friday 2022 sales are already live.

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Battlefield 2042 Season 3: Escalation adds a new map, specialist, and more weapons [video]

Battlefield 2042 Season 3: Escalation is right around the corner. A new map, three brand-new weapons, a new specialist, and ongoing changes all await returning players. Additionally, starting with season 3, DICE is putting Battlefield 2042 on EA Play which means Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to play without purchasing. Upcoming free-to-play days make it appealing, but will Battlefield 2042 Season 3 bring back many players? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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Review: Scarlet and Violet deliver Pokemon’s best, only to be plagued by poor performance

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Today, the latest additions to the Pokémon franchise are finally launching with Scarlet and Violet now being available for purchase. We’ve spent the past week journeying through the new region of Paldea to see how the latest stacks up, detailing its bold new approach to open-world game and new mechanics to performance issues and everything in-between.

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Best Black Friday fashion deals 2022: Nike, Lululemon, adidas, The North Face, more

Black Friday is just a week away, some of the sales have already started to begin, and more will follow over the next few days. Black Friday is a great opportunity to find your favorite brands at a special rate including Nike, adidas, The North Face, Levi’s, and many more. You will also want to stay on top of our fashion guide throughout the rest of Black Friday and Cyber Monday for additional incoming sales. You’ll find a complete list of the top deals below, and be sure to give us a follow on Twitter to stay up-to-date on new and arising sales.

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Best of Black Friday 2022 – LEGO: Freebies, 50% off sets, Eiffel Tower release, more

Black Friday 2022 is now just over a week away, with LEGO’s VIP Weekend Sale closing in to kick off the Thanksgiving Week savings. Now we’re taking a look at what you can expect from the end of the month as far as the LEGO markdowns are concerned. Ranging from all-new releases and freebies to cash discounts across 2022 sets and builds slated to return come the end of the year, there are plenty of ways to put some extra LEGO under the tree or get the best value on the latest addition to your collection. Head below for a closer look at all of the best LEGO Black Friday 2022 deals.

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Best of Black Friday 2022 – Google: Pixel 7/Pro from $499, Nest gear from $20, much more

All of the major Black Friday 2022 ads have dropped, and now we’re combing through the markdowns to highlight all of the best Google offers this holiday season. Following an eventful fall release cycle, there will be price cuts on all of Google’s latest gear from flagship Pixel 7/Pro smartphones to Nest smart home gear, and first-party accessories. Head below for all of the details on this year’s best Google Black Friday deals.

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Best of Black Friday 2022 – PC Gaming: First Ryzen 7000 discounts, affordable GPUs, more

Black Friday starts in a little over a week, and it’s time to take a look at what some of the best deals will be in the PC gaming realm. Unlike last year, 2022 has been filled with not only in-stock components but also plenty of sales, so we can expect discounted GPUs, processors, RAM, and much more over the course of the Black Friday celebration. What else will be on sale? Keep reading down below where we breakdown the best PC gaming Black Friday deals for 2022.

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World-famous handmade Minimoog Model D synthesizer makes a triumphant return today

The Minimoog Model D is back! After being introduced way back in 1970, the now world famous synthesizer quickly became the gold standard and served as the archetype for portable electronic instruments ever since. To say it is one of the most famous and beloved synthesizers in history almost doesn’t do it justice. In an exciting and surprising turn of events, well after production seemingly shut down for good, today Moog is announcing the return of the legend as the Minimoog Model D production kicks back into gear down in the brand’s Asheville, North Carolina factory. Head below for a closer look and more details. 

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Next Level Racing Wheel Stand 2.0 review: Just what I needed for my sim racing setup [Video]

As a novice sim racer, I bounce between Assetto Corsa on my PC and Forza Horizon 5 on my Xbox Series X with my kids; having a mobile setup that doesn’t take a lot of time to configure is crucial for me to actually get some seat time in. But with the power of the Logitech Pro Wheel and Pedals, something sturdy is also critical – enter the Wheel Stand 2.0 from Next Level Racing. With tons of adjustability and solid metal construction, it’s been a dependable way for me to have a repeatable sim racing setup without sacrificing massive floor space in my studio. But it does come with a few quirks. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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What stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day? A list of confirmed retailers…

Black Friday 2022 will be marking something of a return to the pre-pandemic days of holiday shopping for the first time in years. But that doesn’t mean retailers aren’t going to be taking the opportunity to close down brick and mortar stores for Thanksgiving Day across the United States. We have a pretty good idea of which of the usual suspects will be keeping doors open come the holiday next week and which ones will be directing shoppers to their online storefronts. Head below for all of the details on official store closures and more to get you ready for Black Friday.

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Best of Black Friday 2022 – Apple: M2 iPad Pro $100 off, Apple Watch Series 8 from $349, more

We are just over a week away from all of the Black Friday action going live, and as is tradition here at 9to5Toys, we’re rounding up all of the best price cuts to be had. Starting off with the best of the best, Apple had a busy fall with plenty of new hardware releases that are sure to be hitting all-time lows including the latest Macs, Apple Watches, iPads, and accessories. You’ll find our complete guide to the best Apple Black Friday deals down below for 2022.

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GameStop’s 2022 Black Friday ad: $29+ Switch games, Elden Ring, DualSense, and more

While ads have been slow going this year, we have now got a look at what’s to come from Amazon, the early Walmart sale, Macy’s, and Nintendo (among others), but the GameStop Black Friday ad has finally surfaced. While we did get a good idea of what’s on the way from Nintendo and with the Xbox Series S, there haven’t been many details on pricing for Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox games, until now. Head below for a closer look at the 2022 GameStop Black Friday ad and some of the highlight offers. 

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Rode updates its classic NT microphone with USB-C, built-in FX, and a studio-grade capsule

After unveiling its new game streaming lineup of gear as well as the RODECaster Pro II before that, Rode is back today with the latest version of its NT USB mic. The next-generation iteration of its popular NT-USB solution that launched years ago, Rode has upgraded, enhanced, and modernized the form factor with built-in DPS FX features in a more compact package to deliver studio-quality recording to your content creation rig. Now available for purchase, head below for more details and a closer look.

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TP-Link launches Tapo 2K security camera with full-color night vision and free AI detection

Order now $60 off

Today, TP-Link is announcing its latest home security camera with the Tapo C420. With a 2K QHD video and 4MP photo support, the latest camera from Tapo also packs full color night vision so you can see exactly what’s going on when it’s dark outside. On top of this function, the camera is weatherproof to use outside, supports a local storage option with microSD, and even packs smart AI detection and a built-in light. Sound like something you’d be interested in having in your smart home setup? Keep reading to find out more.

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LEGO reveals lineup of six new Super Mario 2023 expansion sets dropping on January 1

As it tends to do at the start of every year, the LEGO Group today is announcing a new collection of Super Mario sets that will be launching come January 1. The latest wave of builds to feature our favorite video game plumber will be arriving alongside the rest of the winter wave once next year officially comes around, and today we’re getting a look at how all six of the different kits stack up.

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Case-Mate’s new retro 30W USB-C chargers come in four iMac G3-inspired translucent colors

Reg. $30 $24

We’re big fans of Case-Mate here at 9to5Toys, and even bigger fans of its latest release that’s hitting the scene today. Delivering 30W USB-C charging prowess to your Apple setup, the new Fuel Brites USB-C power adapter comes in one of four retro styles complete with colored translucent designs inspired by Apple’s iMac G3 with 30W GaN speeds in tow.

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LEGO Black Friday ad 2022: VIP Weekend, freebies, double points, discounts, more

Freebies Double points

Now joining in on detailing its Black Friday plans, the LEGO Group today is giving us an idea of what to expect from Thanksgiving week. Headlined by an early look at its annual holiday VIP Weekend Sale to kick off the savings, you’ll be able to lock in double points on all purchases, score free gift with purchases, and more before Black Friday even rolls around.

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Amazon’s tech gift guide details all of 2022’s hottest tech from Apple, Nintendo, more

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As we’re combing through all of the gift guide action today from Amazon, it’s now time to take look at what the online giant has to recommend in terms of tech. Arguably the most important guide of them all, this year’s assortment of top picks are headlined by the latest from the usual suspects of Apple and Google, as well as some more interesting picks for the gamer, reading enthusiast, or overall techie on your list.

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Amazon Small Business Gift Guide: Customized presents, unique buys, much more

It’s that time of the year, Amazon’s 2022 gift guides are finally here. Every year, Amazon digs deep into the various categories around its site to give you a guide for the best products to check out ahead of the holidays. We’ve already taken a look at the home goods guide as well as Oprah’s Favorite Things List. Now, it’s time to check out Amazon’s 2022 Small Business Gift Guide for the best ways you can shop small with big support for the holiday season.

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Amazon’s annual holiday gift guides arrive ahead of Black Friday 2022

After seeing its Black Friday 2022 ad go live this morning, Amazon is now launching its annual gift guides. A bit later than we typically see, these holiday shopping guides help offer some inspiration for crossing names off your list including everything from the latest Apple gear to must-have toys, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, and more, you’ll find a breakdown of what’s on tap this year below.

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Elgato intros next-gen Stream Deck control surface with Touch Bar-style display, more

We are big fans of Elgato’s desktop control surfaces, and it just unveiled the new Stream Deck Plus. Delivering a similar series of multi-function capabilities as the previous-generation models, the plus model takes it up a notch with additional input controls and the almost Touch Bar-like display to streamline your content creation process. In most ways it is designed to take the experience of the more affordable Stream MK.2 up a notch with technical improvements across the board, and it is now available for purchase. Head below for more details and a closer look. 

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Amazon Clinic expands online giant’s healthcare offerings with virtual appointments

Amazon has been crawling its way into the healthcare space for years now, first with the introduction of its Amazon Pharmacy service back in 2020. Since the start of the pandemic, the online giant’s offerings have only increased, and today it is announcing the next stage of its rollout. Meet Amazon Clinic, a telehealth service now available in 32 states.

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Amazon’s Black Friday 2022 ad finally revealed detailing 48-hour holiday savings event

So far this month, we’ve seen quite a few Black Friday ads roll in for 2022, and now today the flyer we’ve all been waiting for has been revealed. Amazon is finally detailing what to expect from its annual holiday shopping event, as the retailer breaks down just what kinds of price cuts we’ll see from its upcoming 48-hour sale officially going live on Thanksgiving. Head below for a breakdown of the Amazon Black Friday 2022 ad.

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PlayStation VR2 pre-orders officially go live today

PSVR 2 pre-orders are scheduled to go live today. Sony served up the official PlayStation VR 2 release date for the first time alongside the bundle configurations and even a look at the new controller charging station earlier this month, and pre-orders kick off today. Head below for a closer look at the various options that will be available as well as details on when/where PSVR 2 pre-orders are live and more. 

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Best Buy’s annual Toy Guide helps you lock-in the 2022 holiday season’s hottest gifts

As we’re starting to see all of the Black Friday ads themselves go live, Best Buy is also now rolling out a holiday shopping guide of another sorts. Switching the focus off of the discounts you can read all about in our guide, the retailer is now detailing all of the year’s top toys, collectibles, and other presents.

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Pad & Quill debuts new Apple Watch Ultra Leather Strap and Cuff models at 30% off

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Joining ongoing 30% price drops on the rest of its lineup, Pad & Quill has just introduced its new Bradley Cuff and Ultra Leather Strap for Apple Watch Ultra. After seeing some brilliant metal link-style designs from SANDMARC over the last month or so, Pad & Quill is bringing some of its handmade leather craftsmanship into the mix for Apple Watch Ultra users with the new Ultra Strap Bradley Cuff (they also work with Apple Watch Series 8 and older). You’ll find all of the brand’s usual attention to detail here alongside some of the deepest launch discounts we have ever tracked from Pad & Quill. Head below for more. 

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Macy’s 2022 Black Friday ad: Ninja, UGG 25% off, kitchen under $20, fragrance sets $25, more

After seeing ads from Kohl’s, Nintendo, Verizon, Walmart, and many more, we are now diving into the 2022 Macy’s Black Friday ad. Not only are we getting a sneak peak at what the retailer will offer, including everything from apparel for the whole family and toys for the kids, to kitchen appliances, living room sets, and more, but we also now know when the big sale event will kick off as well as the in-store hours of operation. Macy’s will be a notable option for budget-friendly clothing and pajamas this year as well as small kitchen gadgets with deals starting from $20 alongside some bigger ticket gear from Ninja and UGG, just for starters. Head below for a closer look at the details and some highlights in the 2022 Macy’s Black Friday ad. 

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Microsoft unveils new Xbox Series S Gilded Hunter Bundle set for release later this month

After Nintendo announced this year’s Black Friday console bundle, a new Xbox Series S package has been announced. Taking to the official Xbox Wire this morning, Microsoft has now unveiled the new Xbox Series S – Gilded Hunter Bundle. This is essentially an expanded version of the Fortnite and Rocket League set that has been floating around for a while now that comes in at the same price despite the extra goodies. The new Xbox Series S bundle is set to release later this month for the holidays, and you can get more details down below. 

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Jordan’s favorite gaming peripherals of 2022: What to look for this holiday deal season [Video]

With Black Friday just around the corner and the possibility of some great deals, I wanted to take a few minutes to go over some of my favorite peripherals of 2022. While most of these are gaming related, these are also things that I often use in my day-to-day video workflow. Be sure to hit the video below to see my favorite gaming peripherals of 2022 and what to keep an eye out for this deal season. 

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ASUS launches new Vivobook Pro 15 and Pro 16 creator laptops backed by 12th Gen Intel chips

As we head into the holiday season here, ASUS is now launching some new additions to its Vivobook lineup of laptops. The all-new Vivobook Pro 15 and Pro 16 come harnessing the power of Intel’s 12th Gen processors with graphics horsepower backed by NVIDIA’s RTX 3050. Designers will benefit from the PANTONE-validated screen’s built-in here with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Expansion is supported by the inclusion of Thunderbolt 4 alongside a mix of USB-C and USB-A ports. Whether you’re looking for a machine capable of content creation or just a laptop to back your hobbies, the new ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 and Pro 16 are here for you. Keep reading below to learn more about the system specifications.

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New Razer Naga V2 Pro wireless MMO mouse has swappable side panels and 30K DPI sensor

This week, Razer is announcing its Naga V2 Pro wireless MMO gaming mouse, an update to its beloved Naga Pro lineup. Delivering 19+1 programmable buttons, a swappable side panel, HyperScroll Pro wheel, 30K sensor, and up to 300 hours of battery life, the Razer Naga V2 Pro should be a solid choice for your gaming setup. Want to learn more? Keep reading for additional details.

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