Boxing Day has arrived here in Canada and offers a great chance to pick up any gifts you didn’t grab before Christmas (for loved ones or yourself). There are plenty of savings to be had at Amazon, which is wasting no time with discounts. Currently, devices like Echos, Kindles and Fire TV Sticks are discounted along with jewelry, TVs and household items.
We’ve done the work digging through the sale, as we do here at CNN Underscored, so scroll ahead to see what we’ve highlighted as the best Amazon Boxing Day deals.
4th Gen Echo ($89.99, originally $129.99; amazon.ca)
Amazon’s newest spherical Echo is seeing a sharp discount for Boxing Day. Better yet you’re scoring savings on our top pick for a smart speaker. The 4th Gen Echo gives you instant access to Alexa, room-filling sound and a unique design. You get your pick of four colors: charcoal, twilight blue, glacier white and (PRODUCT) RED.
LeCalla Sterling Silver Set of 3 Balinese Hoop Earring ($29.99, originally $39.99; amazon.ca)
What’s better than a deal on a single pair of earrings? What about three pairs all crafted from sterling silver with modern designs. This three-pack of LeCalla Balinese hoop earrings make a great gift and feature an anti-tarnish coating.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones ($348, originally $498; amazon.ca)
These Sony headphones are our top pick for over-ear and noise-canceling headphones. With over 30 hours of battery life, class-leading active noise cancellation, a wide soundstage and a comfortable build they seriously impress.
Philips Hue White & Color Three Pack ($129.99, originally $140.28; amazon.ca)
Looking to expand your smart lighting collection? This three-pack of Philips Hue A19 Bulbs can help accomplish just that. While these need a Hue Hub to work, each of these bulbs can light your space with some inspiring colors and integrates with your smart home ecosystem of choice.
Fire 7 Tablet ($59.99, originally $69.99; amazon.ca)
For just CDN $59.99 the Fire 7 provides the basic for entertainment and light productivity. With FireOS in tow you can stream movies and TV shows, rock out to your favorite songs and even play games.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera ($69.99, originally $89.99; amazon.ca)
With a compact build and the ability to print photos on the fly, the Instax Mini 11 Camera is a great way to capture memories. It even features a built-in selfie mirror.
75-inch TCL 5-Series 4K TV ($1,399.99, originally $1,499.99; amazon.ca)
TCL updated the 5-Series in 2020 with a quantum dot panel and a slimmer design. The result is thin bezels and an immersive viewing experience. QLED delivers vibrant colors and images really pop.
Blink Mini ($29.99, originally $44.99; amazon.ca)
This compact indoor security camera works within the Alexa ecosystem. It has a 1080pHD lens with the ability for two-way talk and night vision.
iRobot Roomba 675 ($299.99, originally $369.99; amazon.ca)
This iRobot smart vacuum can handle hardwood and carpet floors alike while also being able to talk pet hair on the ground. It even integrates with Alexa and can easily be emptied.
Galaxy Buds Live ($149.99, originally $204.99; amazon.ca)
Samsung’s latest earbuds might look like beans, but in our testing, they proved to be incredibly comfortable. At the same time, these deliver noise cancellation and a strong sound profile with clear lows, mids and highs.
Fitbit Charge 4 ($149.95, originally $199.95; amazon.ca)
The Charge 4 from Fitbit can track steps, calories and even miles walked. It can sync up with Spotify for easy control and even monitor your heart rate with a sensor on the back.
Fire TV Stick Lite ($39.99, originally $49.99; amazon.ca)
The entry-level Fire TV Stick still plugs right into the HDMI port on the back of your TV and gives you access to thousands of streaming services. It delivers content in 1080pHD.
4th Gen Echo Dot with Clock ($49.99, originally $79.99; amazon.ca)
This small spherical Echo delivers modest sound and instant access to Alexa. The big feature is an LED display on the front that tells time.
Select Ray-Ban & Oakley Polarized Sunglasses ($30 off; amazon.ca)
These might be the two most iconic sunglasses brands out there, and they all come with polarized lenses out of the box.
Bose Sport Earbuds ($215, originally $235; amazon.ca)
The basic true wireless earbuds from Bose deliver big value with comfortable ear tips, balanced sound and an ample five hours of battery life. And to ensure a proper fit, Bose includes three ear tips in the box.
Cyberpunk 2077's Latest Patch Reportedly Added A Game-Breaking Bug – Kotaku
Last night, CD Projekt Red dropped the first major update for its troubled open-world shooter, Cyberpunk 2077. “Major” is a relative term. While larger than previous updates, yesterday’s patch 1.1 focuses more on stability fixes rather than a wide-ranging overhaul. In fact, it may have even made the game worse—by introducing a potentially game-breaking bug.
Patch 1.1 addresses an issue in the mission “Down on the Street” where Takemura would not call, thereby preventing any progress in the mission. He’ll call now, apparently, but then won’t say a word. Some users say that reloading old saves or creating new save files doesn’t fix it either.
There’s at least one apparent workaround. First, try to call Judy before Takemura calls. When he does, hang up the line, then tackle a side job. (The player who reported this workaround tackled a Delamain side-quest.) Wait 24 hours in-game and Takemura should call in—with dialogue and everything—allowing you to progress in “Down on the Street.”
Kotaku has reached out to CD Projekt Red for comment.
I’m playing Cyberpunk 2077 on an Xbox Series X, where it performs better than it appears to on last-gen consoles but not, as one of my roommates likes to so frequently remind me, as well as it does on his high-end rig. Still, I’ve run into some bugs since day one. Usually, they’re garden-variety hiccups: NPCs floating in the air in ways they should not, or a weapon refusing to reload even though I’ve tapped “X,” like, eighteen times. Small potatoes.
The bug that soured me on the game popped up during the “Stadium Love” side-quest, in which you meet up with a bunch of veterans, throw back bad vodka shots like you’re at a bad frat party (“What is this, rubbing alcohol?” V asks), and then engage in a shooting contest. In one attempt, I wasn’t able pull out my gun—pretty much an instant DQ in a shoot-off. In another, I was, but all of the veterans around me also would whip theirs out and then start shooting at me. That sucked too. I decided to shelve the game until it was in a better state.
“Stadium Love” is not listed among the dozen or so quests that were addressed in yesterday’s 1.1 patch. Against my better judgement, after downloading the 16.5GB (!!!) update, I tried the quest again. I was able to shoot my gun without issue. I also still got shot at. So, not perfect.
CDPR says yesterday’s update addresses an issue with the quest “M’ap Tann Pèlen,” where players could run into a roadblock trying to talk to the character Mr. Hands on the phone. I had no issue doing so today, but hadn’t tried the quest at all before downloading the 1.1 patch. Who knows if I would’ve hit a snag, say, three weeks ago.
In general, after spending some time with the game last night, I can say it feels pretty much exactly the same as it did before I put it down. Maybe those on last-gen consoles are seeing more benefits. Right now, social media seems to be loud with news outlets noting the patch exists or players pointing out how thin the notes seem. CDPR says this patch is “focused on various stability improvements and bug fixes” and “lays the groundwork for the upcoming patches.” Next one’s due in February, per a statement from December.
Ten days ago, CDPR released a video stating that January’s big update would release within the following ten days. Yesterday’s 1.1 patch, in the most technical sense, hits that mark. These are indeed updates that indeed address some issues with the game. It also landed at 5:00 p.m. ET (10:00 p.m. Warsaw time) on a Friday. Make of that what you will.
Is Cyberpunk 2077 “good” now, in the way No Man’s Sky clawed its way to greatness? No. Not yet. But this is one small step in the right direction. I’m eager to see what’s next.
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Microsoft blasts Apple's MacBook Pro in new Surface Pro 7 ad – iMore
Microsoft has fired several shots at Apple’s MacBook Pro in a new advert for its Surface Pro 7 shared yesterday.
The new advert compares the MacBook Pro with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7, seemingly mocking the MacBook Pro’s lack of support for either a touch screen or a pen. It also highlights the detachable keyboard of the Surface as well as support for various bits of software including games that macOS doesn’t have.
Finally, the 30-second clip highlights the price, at $890 the Surface Pro is certainly a lot cheaper than the MacBook, but are its criticisms fair?
Of course, Apple has a tablet with touch screen support, Apple Pencil, a detachable keyboard, and more in its iPad lineup, and you could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that comparing a Surface to a MacBook isn’t really a fair comparison… What do you think?
Apple is planning big changes to its Mac lineup this year, including the introduction of a 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with all-new Apple silicon chips. From a recent report:
A huge dump of massive MacBook Pro leaks has revealed a slew of details about Apple’s rumored upcoming new models.
First up, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed several key new details about the expected devices. In a note seen by iMore, Kuo reiterated that Apple will release a new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in Q3 of 2021. They will feature a new chassis design with a flat, right-angled top and bottom cover akin to that of the iPhone 12, rather than the slight curve of previous models. Kuo says that MagSafe charging will return, but the Touch Bar is out in favor of a row of physical buttons.
Reports from Kuo are echoed by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who says that Apple will bring back both MagSafe charging and the SD card slot to its MacBook Pro this year.
Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.1 arrives with stability improvements, bugfixes – MobileSyrup
Update 01/23/2020 at 1:03pm: Well, that didn’t last long. CD Projekt Red’s latest patch for Cyberpunk 2077 apparently introduced a potentially game-breaking bug even as it solved several other issues with the game.
As reported by Kotaku, patch 1.1 addresses an issue in a mission called ‘Down on the Street’ that caused a character named Takemura not to call the player. While Takemura will now make the call, he reportedly won’t say anything to the player. Worse, reports indicate reloading an old save or creating a new one also doesn’t fix the problem.
That said, there is one odd workaround that involves trying to call another character, Judy, before Takemura calls you. Then, when Takemura calls, hang up and tackle a side job, wait 24 hours in-game and then accept another call from Takemura. The second call will have dialogue and will allow players to progress the mission.
Aside from that new bug, Kotaku reported that the rest of the 16.5GB patch helps a little, but generally, the game feels as buggy as before, at least on the Xbox Series X the publication tested it on.
After a rocky launch and several hotfixes, Cyberpunk 2077 got its first major patch.
In a tweet on the Cyberpunk Twitter account, developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR) announced patch 1.1 for PC, console and Stadia, which focuses on various stability improvements and bugfixes. Additionally, CDPR said the patch “lays the groundwork” for upcoming patches.
Patch 1.1 is out on PC, consoles and Stadia!
In this update, which lays the groundwork for the upcoming patches, we focused on various stability improvements and bugfixes.
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) January 22, 2021
The tweet included a link to a website listing all the changes included in patch 1.1. It’s a long list, but some of the highlights include improved memory usage in multiple areas, crash fixes related to loading saved games, opening or closing the game and the ‘Point of No Return,’ a section in the game in which players begin the finale of the main story and are no longer able to complete side content.
On top of that, patch 1.1 fixes several issues with quests, the user interface and more. CDPR’s patch notes say that the update improves performance on the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5 consoles, while Xbox One, One X and One S players should see improved memory usage in several areas of the game.
You can read the full patch list here.
Whether these changes will have a big enough impact on Cyberpunk 2077 to repair the damage of its rocky launch remains to be seen. The game arrived in a buggy state, especially on older consoles. CDPR released hotfixes to fix some of the worst issues. Eventually, Sony pulled Cyberpunk from the PlayStation Store, and retailers began offering refunds. CDPR itself eventually launched a refund program to help players who couldn’t return the game to the store they bought it from. Investors also filed a lawsuit against CDPR alleging the company misled them about the game’s issues.
The Verge notes that CDPR announced another major patch would follow this update. The developer called it a “larger, more significant update” and it will arrive in the coming weeks.
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