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33 Best Black Friday Video Game and Accessory Deals

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Photograph: SteelSeriesAmazon, Best Buy ($53)We like the Bluetooth Arctis 3 as a wireless headset, particularly when paired with the Nintendo Switch. However, if it’s more important for you to have one headset for all your consoles rather than going wireless, this corded version is an inexpensive option with great audio quality that…

The 18 Best Pet Gear and Accessory Deals

Meowbox Subscription Photograph: MeowboxThis deal is for new members, and you can get a discount for six or 12 months. Your pup gets a mix of toys, treats, and chews. You probably won’t go through all the treats the company sends, but it’s nice to find good, affordable dog toys that have cute designs to…

Now Isn’t the Time to Give Users Control of Their Data

The testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen sparked the latest flare-up in a never-ending series of revelations on how companies and governments mine and commercialize our personal data. In an attempt to put consumers back in the driver’s seat, recent updates to data protection regulations such as the GDPR in the European Union and the…

How to Pick the Right Roku for Your TV

Rokus are the most popular TV streaming boxes for good reason: They’re super easy to use and offer a wide array of streaming channels. They’re our favorite, too. However, figuring out which one to buy is not so easy. There are four different Roku streaming devices available now (not including TVs and soundbars), and you’ll…

To Help People With Long Covid, Scientists Need to Define It

Almost from the beginning of the Covid pandemic, reports have accumulated of persistent, weird, disabling symptoms in survivors, a syndrome that’s come to be known as long Covid. The complex of fatigue, confusion, heart arrhythmias, gut disorders, and other problems—which may persist months after an infection begins, or arise months after it seems to have…

The Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoor Gear

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music GarminREI, Moosejaw, BackcountrySenior associate reviews editor Adrienne So considers Garmin’s Forerunner series the best smartwatches for runners in her guide to the best fitness trackers. The Forerunner 245 HR has built-in GPS for tracking your runs, and the battery will last for up to seven days.Target, AmazonGarmin’s relatively new Venu Sq…

Apps to Help Manage Meals for Different Dietary Needs

What it does: Meant only for people following a gluten-free diet, FindMeGlutenFree makes it easier to locate restaurants that offer gluten-free options. Users can filter by restaurants that are dedicated gluten-free—meaning they don’t make anything that contains gluten—or restaurants with a separate gluten-free menu. Restaurants are peer-reported, so if you find a good one that…

17 Bags, Backpacks, Cubes, and Straps to Protect Your Camera

Photograph: WandrdHonorable MentionsOther Good BagsWe’ve tested a lot of camera bags. Here are others that we really like but that have been eclipsed by our top picks. Wandrd Roam 9L Sling for $149: Wandrd’s new sling comes in three sizes: 3, 6, and 9 liters. I tried the latter, and it’s become the pack I carry…

It’s Time To Fear the Fungi

There are plenty of things in this world that might keep you up at night. There’s COVID-19, of course, but if you’re anxious like me you could probably rattle off a very long list of additional fears: getting hit by a car, cancer, being poisoned by an ill-advised gas station meal, getting caught in a…

SPOILER ALERT: Spoiler Alerts Are Making Us All Stupid

Roger Ebert was a dick. Is, in death, still a dick. Back in 1989, he reviewed, among other things, Dead Poets Society. He gave it two stars—but that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it was this: “The father is a strict, unyielding taskmaster, and the son, lacking the will to defy him,…

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Is a Wasted Opportunity

I can’t believe it’s been more than 20 years since Grand Theft Auto III was released. I’m old enough to remember playing the original 2D top-down game on my first PC, but it was GTA 3 on the PlayStation 2 that shifted the series into top gear. The game featured a 3D view of the action…

What Are You Going to Tweet After You Die?

Few people “plan for how their own deaths will impact social media,” says Katie Gach, a digital ethnographer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who studies how people manage, and don’t manage, post-mortem social media data. To some of her subjects, “legacies” are reserved for celebrities, so “regulars” like them need not consider a parting…