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All week, we’ll be tracking some of the best Black Friday deals on electronics, so keep an eye on our deals hub for more information. In the news, the police are taking robot dogs out on calls, and Elon Musk is setting up round two of the Cybertruck vs. F-150 fight. Also: Baby Yoda is safe.
Tile’s item-finding Bluetooth tags are about to start testing an important upgrade. With the new SmartAlerts beta, they’ll signal a warning when you’ve left important items behind anywhere, not just at specific locations like your home. If you rush out of the coffee shop without your bag, you’ll ideally get an alert before you’ve reached your car. You’ll need a Premium subscription ($30 per year or $3 per month), but it might be a small price to pay if you can’t bear the thought of leaving a valuable item alone for more than a few minutes.
Radio station WBUR and the ACLU have learned that the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad leased Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot. While the document didn’t elaborate on the bot’s role, a spokesperson said it was used as a “mobile remote observation device” to keep watch over suspicious devices and dangerous location
Tesla revealed its electric Cybertruck with a video showing it pulling a helpless F-150. Some have claimed the tug-of-war wasn’t fairly executed and pointed out that the Ford appears to be a RWD model with nothing in the bed to help its tires grip.
Ford X vice president Sunny Madra tweeted to Elon Musk asking to do an “apples to apples” test, and Musk replied “bring it on.” If the rematch happens, we’ll see if Ford brings an ICE truck or the electric prototype we’ve already seen in action towing over one million pounds.
Giphy has restored GIFs of The Mandalorian stand-out character The Child (nicknamed Baby Yoda because… well, look at him) after “confusion” over whether or not the animations were allowed. Despite a report that the GIFs were pulled due to copyright violations, Giphy insists Disney wasn’t responsible, and it pulled the snippets while it “reviewed the situation.”
This week, Netflix’s biggest movie yet comes to various small screens, as it streams Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and many more. Also on Netflix, a new investigative documentary series, Broken, “exposes the unknown fraud, corruption and negligence behind some of the world’s most popular merchandise.” First up: vapes, dressers, recycling and makeup.
But wait, there’s more…
- Huawei’s answer to the iPad Pro is the 10.8-inch MatePad Pro
- Amazon warehouse injury numbers highlight pressure on workers
- Netflix steps in to save New York’s historic ‘Paris Theatre’
- Walmart’s best Black Friday deals: Roku, Oculus, Instant Pot and more
- Google fires employee activist amid protests
- The Engadget staff on ‘The Man in the High Castle’ finale
- Microsoft updates developers on designing apps for dual-screens
- Ryan Reynolds now owns a stake in budget carrier Mint Mobile
- Target Black Friday deals: AirPods, Beats Studio 3 Wireless and more
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