Google’s next Pixelbook could get an auto-opening lid with nifty security tricks

It’s not often that a concept which is completely new emerges in the field of laptops, but a freshly-granted Google patent points to an idea which certainly hasn’t been seen before – a notebook with a motorized lid which opens itself.

Your initial reaction is probably much the same as ours: is this just a rather gimmicky feature, or an accessibility feature that will only be of interest to people who find it difficult to lift the laptop lid when firing up their portable up?

But, looking beyond that initial reaction and digging deeper into the patent, this is actually a rather nifty idea which could change the whole way we interact with our laptops – or rather, the way our notebooks interact with us.

On a basic level, there’s something quite cool about a laptop which opens itself, of course. Google’s vision is for a ‘motorized hinge structure’ capable of both opening and closing the laptop lid, triggered by a touch-sensitive area on the surface of the lid. You just tap to open.

But it has more potential, as the patent (spotted by Patently Mobile) also describes sensors which detect where the user is in relation to the notebook. It also covers the possibility of having an image sensor (complete with facial recognition login capabilities) which can detect the user’s face and “continuously adjust the angle and position of the lid to keep the face in the field of view of the camera and/or keep the lid in the optimum viewing position”.

The last point is particularly interesting, with this potentially being a notebook that could adjust the display to maintain the best viewing angle for wherever the user happens to be (whether they lean back or forwards, and so forth).

Locking lid

The patent also discusses an alternative to touching the laptop lid to open it, namely the use of automatic detection of the user being in proximity to the machine triggering it opening and/or unlocking.

Similarly, when the user leaves the laptop, it could automatically close and/or lock. That would be a pretty major boon on the security front, particularly for forgetful types who may be prone to leaving their open notebook unattended.

The main potential downside here would be the fact that this is something else that could go wrong with your machine, and another point of potential mechanical failure – probably quite a substantial one by the sounds of things.

Of course, all this may come to nothing and it’s just a patent (originally filed at the end of 2013), but then again the next Pixelbook from Google (or a model further out in the future) could sport this motorized lid and the aforementioned tricks to boot.

Via: Engadget

      

Vodafone’s £20 per month fibre broadband deal ends on Cyber Monday

Vodafone’s mega fibre broadband discount for Black Friday has been hugely popular. It’s knocked 20% off its already competitive fibre broadband, and completely removed the set-up fee as well. But Cyber Monday is the last time you can claim it – the price will go back up at midnight tonight.

That gives you only hours to bag the reduced price of Vodafone Unlimited Fibre broadband, which is down to just £20 per month. That’s an incredible price for a superfast 38Mb connection – as you’ll see from our best fibre broadband deals round-up, the next best monthly price for unlimited super fast internet is Plusnet’s £22.99pm.

Vodafone’s £20 per month fibre broadband deal

38Mb is pretty darn fast. With download speeds of up to 4.75MB per second, it’s more than double the speed of a traditional ADSL connection. But if you need even more speed, you can pay an extra £5 a month to upgrade to Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 76.

Cranking up the speeds to around 9.5MB per second, paying the extra is well worth it if you have a house full of regular internet users all battling for bandwidth at the same time. Plus, if you stream a lot of 4K content, you’ll get a much smoother viewing experience with Vodafone’s 76Mb plan. £25 per month for this much speed is a bargain. The next best price for such a fast connection is TalkTalk faster Fibre, which would cost you an extra £2.50 a month.

Existing Vodafone broadband customers

If you signed up for Vodafone broadband last week (or even yesterday!) we know you must be kicking yourself at missing out on the discounted rate. We feel your pain. So we asked Vodafone whether existing customers can claim the improved deal, too. They told us that:

The discounted tariff is available to new and existing customers. However, the price would not go down for existing contracts. You would need to cancel and take out a new contract.

So if you have indeed recently grabbed Vodafone broadband, it would be well worth giving them a call to see if you can cancel your old contract and start a new one at the better price. The only obvious thing to watch is that you’ll be committed to Vodafone for a further 18 months.

Best broadband deals

Trust us when we say that you can’t beat Vodafone broadband purely on price at the moment. But if you want an all-singing, all-dancing package that features broadband and TV or inclusive calls from your landline, Vodafone can’t help you. It’s only dealing in broadband at the moment.

With TechRadar’s price comparison tool you can compare and contrast all of the best deals available on the market right now. Head to our best broadband deals page, pop in your postcode, filter your requirements and we’ll spit out the best deals on the market for you.

      

Microsoft continues to offer big bargains for Cyber Monday including the new Surface Pro

Microsoft still has plenty of tempting discounts on the go for Cyber Monday, including some big price cuts which remain on the firm’s own Surface devices, and there are further savings to be had on various third-party PCs.

The big deals pertain to the new Surface Pro, with a pair of models discounted:

Those Surface offers run through until November 30.

Further note that there are discounts applied to a range of selected Surface sleeves, as well, and you can get £40 off Office 365 Home when purchased with a Surface device (or £20 off if you’re buying the productivity suite in standalone form).

And there’s more…

If you’re after a bargain on a non-Microsoft laptop, check this little lot out:

There are loads more PC bargains besides these, including up to £200 off selected Dell, HP, Acer and Asus PCs, up to £270 off selected gaming PCs from HP and MSI, along with up to £300 off some Dell XPS laptops.

And finally, Microsoft is also offering up to 75% off various nuggets of digital content – that means games, apps and movies – for your Windows PC.

      

MSI’s Cyber Monday gaming laptop deal will get you huge power for a little price

Been waiting for a sick gaming laptop deal this shopping weekend? Naturally, Newegg‘s been thinking of you, having launched one of the best gaming laptop deals of Cyber Monday already.

For today only, the 15.6-inch MSI GL62M 7RDX gaming laptop can be had for $150 off of its list price. Given what’s inside of this thing, that’s a crazy good deal.

Speaking of which, you’re getting a 15.6-inch, 1080p display powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics. The 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD-plus-1TB hard drive storage combo are just icing on the cake.

All told, that’s $749 for an entry level gaming laptop prepared to handle most of your PC gaming desires at 1080 resolution and mid-range settings. Check out the deal below!

      

Ubuntu in transition: what’s in store for the popular Linux distro?

It’s strange – even six months after founder and returning CEO of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, announced that the Unity project was dead – to hear Unity 8 described as a “bad investment” by a Canonical employee.

Will Cooke, desktop manager at Canonical, seemed quite comfortable with the new narrative when we spoke to him on release day, although he preferred to use the term ‘parked’ in relation to Unity 8 rather than closed, which would appear to open the possibility of Unity 8 being reversed out of its ‘parking bay’ in the future.

His initial comment on Mir was quite open-ended as well: “Mir still exists, the display server still exists and is in development and that’s especially interesting to IoT device manufacturers, but for the time-being we’re using Wayland on the desktop now.”

However, given the widespread support for Wayland now, and the Ubuntu desktop team’s own support of Wayland, it seems unlikely that Mir will become the default display server on Ubuntu’s desktop distro. Whatever you think of Gnome 3 returning as the default desktop, Ubuntu 17.10 is a defining fork in the road for the distribution that’s used by millions of Linux users, so for this interview we were mostly concerned with the transition.

Q: Can you tell us how the run-up to 17.10 has gone?

Will Cooke: We decided that Gnome Shell was the right toolkit for our users. We’ve used Unity 7 for six or seven years and all the core set of applications were built around the Gnome desktop, so going to Gnome made the most sense. The transition path between Unity 7 and Gnome on the desktop was hopefully going to be fairly straightforward, quite smooth and it’s turned out to be that way. So now we’ve got the latest Gnome desktop running on Ubuntu.

We’ve put our stamp on it to make sure the users that have been using Unity 7 for the last six or seven years don’t suddenly upgrade one day and find that the desktop that they are used to using, in the way that they have been using it, indeed all of the examples and the screenshots on the internet, are still relevant to the new desktop.

So we’ve added a couple of extensions in there to add the launcher back and a few features that we felt were missing from the desktop that were there in Unity and not in Gnome. […] All that work was done with the blessing of the Gnome community and with the blessing and support of those extension developers. Any new features we’ve added there or bug fixes, have been done upstream rather than hosting it ourselves and keeping it for Ubuntu only.

The plan is that when you upgrade to 17.10 you’ll see something familiar and something that you feel at home with. Some of the user interactions are a bit different, but we don’t think they are so different that people are going to struggle with Gnome Shell and the initial results say, yes, that is the case, so we’re very pleased that people are able to get it working and use it and don’t feel they have to overcome or learn a new way of working.

Q: You mentioned session-override. Could you explain that for our readers?

WC: All the things that we’ve changed to make it Ubuntu are completely temporary. When you log in, they are applied and when you log out, they are gone. Your settings will continue to be your settings, but all of the tweaks that we make are applied at session time, so there’s no patches to Gnome, or source code, to make stuff work the way that we want it to work. It’s just upstream Gnome with a few tweaks to it. There’s no Ubuntu secret sauce in there: anybody could recreate what we’ve done by taking upstream Gnome code, compiling it and applying our settings.

Will Cooke, desktop manager at Canonical

Q: How was GUADEC in Manchester for you and the team this year?

WC: It was great. We had quite a strong showing there. I think we had six or seven people there. People from Europe and the US and even New Zealand. We sent a good team of people there who have worked with Gnome in the past and have been active members of the Gnome community for a long time, so we know a lot of the guys there and they know us and so we went along without any preconceived ideas about what we were going to do – no real agenda.

We just wanted to go and speak to them and get some ideas from them, hear their input on the way we wanted to do things and what our ultimate goal was and they were extremely welcoming to us.

We had some good conversations during the conference itself and afterwards there’s the unconference for the hacking sessions where people get together and do some code and we stayed for all of that as well. We had plenty of discussions in the hallways and some of the sessions, to talk about the way we wanted to do things, and that’s what led us to be able to ship the Ubuntu-specific code, the Ubuntu session, as a session override.

Rather than having to patch Gnome, we could implement our own stuff: take vanilla Gnome and add our stamp to it without having to patch lots and lots of pieces of software. That was a direct outcome from GUADEC and it worked really well for all of us […].

Q: Was Tim Lunn, Ubuntu Gnome technical lead, walking around with a cheesy grin on his face?

WC: [Laughs] Yeah, he was there. There was some confusion about whether or not Tim worked for Canonical or not, so it was good that we were there to explain the situation. He’s an active member of Ubuntu Gnome and has been for a long time and there was confusion about what was going to happen to the Ubuntu Gnome project – was it going to continue? Was it going to be killed off? Who was working for who now?

And so we were able to explain that Ubuntu Gnome and Ubuntu are now effectively the same project and people working on Ubuntu Gnome would continue to work on the things they were passionate about. It just happens that the fruits of their labour would now be in front of millions and millions of users, so it’s worked well.

Q: Have there been many challenges moving to Wayland from Mir?

WC: Not challenges necessarily. There’s still work to do to get it stable and we’re contributing to that upstream as well. One of the main Wayland developers is out in Taiwan and we went out to meet with him for a week and work on HiDPi fixes and fractional scaling in the shells so you can scale it up by 0.5%, rather than 1% each time.

That gives much more of an ability to work better on various display sizes that support HiDPi, whereas before they were on or off. Now it’s much more fluid and so we started that relationship with Wayland developers and that’s gone really well […]. We’ve got patches contributed upstream and they’ve helped us to fix a few bugs.

We found a bug yesterday which affected AMD Radeon users. We found out about it at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the day before release and they had to fix really quickly […]. There’s still work to do to make it better and we’ll do that this cycle.

Q: Is there a transition in terms of software compatibility?

WC: Most of the applications we’re using are all using Gnome GTK toolkit and, of course, that has supported Wayland for a long time. That solves a lot of the problems and for everything else there’s the Xorg. The Xorg stack is still compatible with the majority of applications that are out there. There are a few that don’t work perfectly; a few we’ve had to patch, but on the whole everything is compatible for our core applications, at least.

Q: There’s a belief that moving to the Gnome Shell makes the Ubuntu desktop OS project more manageable. Is that your experience? How big is the desktop team now at Canonical?

WC: Yes, ultimately there’s a much bigger community around Gnome Shell than there ever was around Unity. More people to help on that project overall is a good thing, so I think it’s fine and will be fine. For pure desktop we’ve got 17 people. Still a very sizeable team and we’re mostly Gnome developers now. There are still some Qt and KDE people on staff, but on the desktop we are now primarily a Gnome-focused team and we have been for a long time. We’ve got that depth of knowledge of the entire Gnome stack, which is making things a lot easier.

Q: Leading on from that, what Gnome technologies are you excited about and keen to collaborate on?

WC: Wayland is definitely the future and I think by us testing it front and centre, publicly standing by Wayland and wanting to move it forward. I hope we’ll get that critical mass of adoption which means the development moves forward that much quicker because we’ve got millions and millions of people testing it now on their everyday machines.

Wayland will be the key thing we’ll be contributing to and there’s general usability, tool improvement and stability fixes. Gnome’s pretty stable, but we spot a lot of bugs hidden away in dark corners, so I think just improving the Gnome toolkit and the speed and reliability of it is what I’m excited about this cycle; as it’s an lTS [referring to 18.04], you want everything to be absolutely rock solid.

Q: It’s always nice to talk about the next release, but how many of the missing default experiences (e.g. lenses and scopes, HUD, global menu, Alt+Tab behaviour) do you think you will want to include for 18.04 LTS, or is it more a question of users diving into Gnome extensions from now on?

WC: We still want to maintain being easily identifiable as Ubuntu. We have a particular style and set of ideas about how we think things should work and our users tell us the way they want to work. I don’t think there will be much friction there. I think the way that we’re setting up the desktop to allow people to install default Gnome or Ubuntu’s version means that everybody can get on board and use it relatively easily.

I don’t think we’re going to go to a default Gnome experience any time soon. We’ve set the bar now: this is what to expect; we will have a launcher, you will have other bits to tweak, but ultimately the Gnome design is going to shine through our changes. We’re not going to try to hide it all away. We want people to get the best of both.

Ubuntu 17.10’s main achievement is managing to avoid a jarring experience for Unity users while developing an Ubuntu session that didn’t require patching the Gnome Shell

Q: What’s your hot tip when it comes to Gnome extensions? Have you got a favourite?

WC: Well, Dash to Dock is the one that I find the most useful. Having that launcher there and having that quick access to all the applications is the thing that makes my workflow so much smoother. I don’t know whether that’s because I’ve been using Unity for so long and I’m stuck in my ways or if it’s an easier way to get at the things I need to get at. I think it’s probably a bit of both, to be fair.

Q: With Ubuntu flipping back to GTK+, what’s Ubuntu’s position on Qt now?

WC: We’re still fully supportive of the Qt project. We have a good relationship with the KDE guys. They have just announced that their preferred packaging will be snap and they have a whole load of snap builds […]. I think we’re still a member of the advisory board and we see a lot of Qt in the IoT area, it’s a bit more standard than Gnome in ioT – things like in-car entertainment and those kind of things. It’s still definitely the predominant technology.

Q: How do you see the Ubuntu desktop OS changing over the next five years?

WC: We’re not going to see a sudden flurry of people adopting Ubuntu or Linux on their desktop. What’s interesting is the speed in which services are moving entirely online via a web browser and the way that things are going, the concept of making applications is becoming less and less important and everything you can do, you can do through a web browser. At which point why do you need to run Windows, for example, if you’re literally using it to run a browser?

At that point, Ubuntu and Linux general becomes a much more attractive and viable operating system of choice for the vast majority of people, I think. If what they are doing is sitting down on an evening and getting a laptop out and going on the web and learning stuff […] and chatting with people […] then why pay money for an operating system when you could get one for free, but also have something that is more secure and reliable?

Q: Given the focus on profitability at Canonical, does it concern you that the desktop OS doesn’t make any cash for the firm? Or is that a misconception?

WC: Sure, so we see Dell shipping laptops pre-installed and we see other OEMS shipping Ubuntu preinstalled on their machines. The work that we do on the desktop is sometimes directly applicable to the server and the more people that are running server in their cloud, the more chance they are going to want to run it on their laptop because they can test whatever it is they are going to deploy to the cloud. They can test with the exact same software, on their laptop on the train, for example, before they get to work as they would do in the cloud.

So Ubuntu desktop is popular, particularly with the likes of Dell. It generates revenue and using the same platform for your day-to-day development and testing as you do in your deployed environment is a very compelling story to developers.

Q: What are you particularly proud of in this release?

WC: It’s a bit low-level, but what we’re proud of is the fact that all the customisations that we’ve done on the desktop do not impair the ability to run a vanilla Gnome desktop session on there. We haven’t said it’s the Ubuntu desktop or nothing […]. None of our settings and extensions and that kind of thing affects that session at all. If you want a very pure upstream experience, we’ve made that very easy to get.

I think that’s good for us to show that we’re not trying to block Gnome’s design decisions out of Ubuntu at all. They are there. We have a slightly different view, but the two can co-exist perfectly. I think that’s a good metaphor for our relationship.

To coincide with the release of 17.10, Canonical has opened a new community hub which, Will Cooke says, is a way to make it easier for people to engage with Ubuntu: “We’ve got loads of different places for people to get involved with forums, ask Ubuntu and launchpad and all the subreddits, but what we wanted to do was put something front and centre that people know is the place to start.”

The hope is that its more contemporary design will make it easier for people to get involved in projects and find other folks interested in working on similar things.

Ubuntu has a stylish new community hub to go with its 17.10 release

Once the hub becomes established, Cooke says, they are planning various community events: “For instance, we want to do a community-driven theme for 18.04. Our own theme will be the default, but we’d like to also ship a community-derived theme and we’ve got our design team ready to offer consultancy and assistance to the team we hope will form around the new theme via the hub.” At the time of writing, the theme was yet to be officially announced.

“We’ll also start finding community champions to help flag bugs we think are relatively easy to fix,” says Cooke, in a rerun of the popular 100 cuts initiative that focused on minor bugs that the community could help to fix.

Canonical will help people get on board, explaining how to run the project in launchpad, where to upload their code and get those patches in: “We’ll be upstreaming as many patches as we can,” says Cooke. “It’s in our interests to have all these fixes upstream in the product rather than trying to maintain hundreds of patches and then every time a new version comes out we have to port those patches and make sure they still work. That’s hard, complicated and tricky work.”

(This interview was first published in issue 185 of Linux User & Developer).

      

Chromebooks finally get a free version of Microsoft Office

You can now use what’s effectively a freebie version of Microsoft Office on a Chromebook – or at least one of Google’s Chrome OS-powered notebooks which will run Android apps.

Yes, after a long wait, the Office Android apps have arrived for such Chromebooks, the software being available to download from the Google Play store for every Chromebook out there.

So Chrome Unboxed reports, having tested the Office apps across a number of different Chromebooks, and also taking into account widespread reports across the net. Note that Microsoft hasn’t made an official announcement about this.

Rocky road

This has been a rocky road ever since compatibility with Android apps was brought to the first Chromebooks, because while Microsoft promised that the productivity suite would be available across all these notebooks, previously it has only showed up for a small number of models.

But any frustration users have experienced has now come to an end, and the full arrival of Microsoft Office Android apps will certainly be welcomed by many.

Even those who aren’t that bothered about Office, and are happy with G Suite (Google’s online productivity suite) anyway, may still find the apps useful when it comes to compatibility with the occasional Office file they’re sent.

Another thing Chromebook users can look forward to is Google Assistant arriving on the notebooks.

      

The best Cyber Monday deals 2017

Cyber Monday 2017 is today and it’s your last chance to snaffle some tech discounts between now and Christmas – it’s the last day of the Black Friday weekend. It all starts at midnight tonight. It’s the final day of the Black Friday weekend and often your last chance to get big discounts on popular items before Christmas.

Cyber Monday is quite a big deal in the US – the term ‘Cyber Monday’ was coined there more than a decade ago to encourage people to do more shopping online – web retailers offered more discounts, shoppers picked up more stuff, and the cycle has continued to get us where we are today.

Last year was another record-breaker according to the stats: the $3.45 billion that users spent online on Cyber Monday 2016 made it the biggest day in US e-commerce history.

In the UK, Cyber Monday is not quite as established. But many retailers including Amazon.co.uk do launch new deals on Cyber Monday and many of the deals from Black Friday will end at the end of Monday. We’ve already heard from Amazon today at at 10am on Cyber Monday it will launch what looks like a really great Nintendo Switch bundle – it’ll include the Nintendo Switch console, Super Madio Odyssey and Mario Rabbids for £299. You might need to be quick if you’re going to grab that deal as it won’t last long.

We’re rounding up all of the best Cyber Monday deals and guiding you to the last bargains!

Cyber Monday 2017: Quick links

Jump straight to the Cyber Monday page at the major retailers:

The best Cyber Monday deals

Gaming deals

Nintendo Switch deals:

PlayStation 4 deals

PS4 Pro deals:

PlayStation VR deals:

Xbox One deals:

2TB Xbox One S | Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition | £289.99 @ Microsoft
This 2TB crimson red Xbox One S is incredibly rare, hence the high price – but this is £90 cheaper than yesterday. If you’re a collector though, this could be your last chance to get a brand new one. It also comes with Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition.

View this Xbox One deal: Red 2TB Xbox One S and Gears 4 £289.99 @ Microsoft

Xbox One X bundles:

Laptop and Macbook deals

Top laptop deals:

These are our top picks for the very best laptop deals on Cyber Monday. Underneath, you’ll see the best deals by category.

Best budget laptop deals on Cyber Monday

Best mid-range laptop Cyber Monday deals

Best premium and ultrabook laptop Cyber Monday deals

Best Apple MacBook Cyber Monday deals

Best gaming laptop Cyber Monday deals

Best Chromebook Cyber Monday deals

Best 2-in-1 laptop Cyber Monday deals

Computing deals

TV and video deals

Cyber Monday TVS:

The best TV and AV deals on Cyber Monday 2017

20- to 32-inch TVs

40- 49-inch TVs

50- to 65-inch TVs

70-inch TVs and above

Blu-ray players

Computing deals

Smartphone deals

Cyber Monday iPhone deals:

Cyber Monday Samsung deals:

More of the best Cyber Monday phone deals:

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Headphone and audio deals

Cyber Monday headphone deals

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iPad and tablet deals

Cyber Monday 2017: iPad deals

Cyber Monday 2017: Android and Amazon tablet deals

Camera and accessories deals

Cyber Monday DSLR deals:

Mirrorless camera deals on Cyber Monday 2017

These are our top picks for the very best mirrorless cameras deals on Cyber Monday.

Compact camera deals on Cyber Monday 2017

From pocket-sized powerhouses, to superzoom bridge cameras, These are our top picks for the very best compact cameras deals to be had on Cyber Monday.

Kitchen and home deals

Wearables deals

Fitbit deals on Cyber Monday 2017

Apple Watch deals on Cyber Monday 2017

Smartwatch deals on Cyber Monday 2017

Fitness tracker deals on Cyber Monday 2017

The weekend of discounts begins with the Thanksgiving holiday on the Thursday, then Black Friday the day after, and Cyber Monday three days after that. Cyber Monday 2017 is going to be on November 27.

On Black Friday, the focus is usually on both high street stores as well as online retailers, but Cyber Monday tends to concentrate more on shopping on the web (hence the name). In fact, the term “Cyber Monday” was first invented as a way to get people to spend more cash shopping online, at a time when web retail wasn’t quite the big business that it is now.

The weekend as a whole marks a great chance to grab some big discounts before the run-up to Christmas starts, so you might want to stock up on gifts for friends and family as well as yourself. In total, we spent close to £6 billion in the UK over both Cyber Monday and Black Friday.

The origins of Cyber Monday are just good timing: shoppers who are either clicking away back at work after Thanksgiving break, or surfing the web during an extended holiday at the end of the long weekend.

If you need to work out when Cyber Monday actually is, Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the US, with Cyber Monday then following on at the end of that weekend. The holiday isn’t as widely celebrated over here in the UK, but the same big shopping days now apply on both sides of the Atlantic.

Why Cyber Monday matters

Cyber Monday is a win-win for shoppers and retailers alike, driving a strong uptick in sales as the holiday shopping season starts, and giving all of us some very tempting offers at the same time. It’s really no surprise that Cyber Monday continues to grow in scale every year.

And in the opinion of Dom Joseph, CEO of ad tech firm Captify: “What works very much in Cyber Monday’s favour is that it is the last significant retail ‘day’ before Christmas, in which people have the opportunity to pick up a heavily discounted bargain.”

Black Friday is an important influence as well as well, because without Black Friday there’s no Cyber Monday. If you’ve missed out on the weekend sales or not had time to get online, then you’ve still got Cyber Monday to fall back on, with shoppers taking up the last opportunity to land a deal before December starts.

Cyber Monday just keeps getting bigger and bigger – or at least that’s how it feels – and so many consumers now deliberately wait for the day (and Black Friday) to come around, saving their cash beforehand. That makes the battle between retailers even more competitive, which in turn should give us some very appealing deals to pick from.

Shopping on Cyber Monday 2017

All the usual benefits of online shopping apply to shopping on Cyber Monday 2017: you can do it from the comfort of your own home, you can compare dozens of products and prices in seconds, and you can purchase your goods almost instantly.

There’s only one small downside, which is you might not get your gadgets immediately, but even so, with delivery times getting faster and faster and the risk of wasting your time queueing on the high street, many people would consider that a trade-off that’s well worth it.

While a few Cyber Monday deals have some kind of time restriction on them, a lot are going to be running all day, stats from previous years show. You don’t necessarily have to sneak out of the office to get your order in.

According to the experts, Cyber Monday also sees a broader range of deals across each individual retailer, so it’s less about one-off discounts and more about lower prices across the board. That said, some stores will follow-up Black Friday discounts with further reductions on Cyber Monday if they still need to shift some stock.

Cyber Monday 2017 FAQ: what it is, when it happens and where to get the best deals

What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the first Monday after the Thanksgiving Thursday, marking the end of four straight days of eye-catching deals and the start of the holiday shopping season.

When is Cyber Monday 2017?

Cyber Monday 2017 will be Monday, November 27 this year, so get your credit and debit cards primed for the occasion.

So what’s Black Friday 2017?

Black Friday is the Friday before Cyber Monday, just after Thanksgiving. The two days bookmark the weekend and are often pretty similar in terms of discounts.

Are Cyber Monday deals genuine?

Most of the time, yes, though keep your wits about you and make sure you’re checking a reputable guide (such as this one) for some tips. Many deals have been planned and agreed in advance, though you will sometimes get stores announcing spontaneous discounts in response to market demand.

Where can I find the best Cyber Monday deals?

Here on TechRadar we’ll be doing our very best to pick out the cream of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for you, so you don’t have to refer to any other guide – stick with us and we’ll bring you all the hits and some of the misses from the store sales.

How do I get the best Cyber Monday 2017 deals?

Try not to get too carried away with the thrill of bargain hunting and work out how much you have to spend in advance. Also, do your research online to find out how much goods were selling for before Cyber Monday – sometimes those discounts aren’t quite as huge as they might appear.

There’s nothing wrong with being spontaneous, as long as you can afford it, but the more planning you put in the better – then you can tell which sales are worth going for and which aren’t (watch out for outdated tech that the stores are trying to shift. Finally, keep this page bookmarked for the weekend.

Can I get cashback on Cyber Monday deals?

Sometimes, yes. Your debit card or credit card may offer cashback on purchases, and sites such as Quidco often offer cashback for new customers of big-name online shops. It’s definitely worth looking into, not just for Black Friday but for any online shopping.

Am I protected when I buy on Cyber Monday?

Yes, as with any other day. In the UK, purchases made from a company online are covered by a wealth of consumer protection legislation, including the Consumer Contracts Regulations, which cover areas like delivery and returning faulty goods.

How can I stay safe on Cyber Monday?

Wherever there’s a crowd, the scammers gather too, so stay safe out there. Make sure you’re doing your browsing through a modern, updated browser on a modern, updated operating system with your security tools carefully configured, and avoid any sketchy-looking emails (or indeed Facebook posts) promising Cyber Monday deals that are too good to be true or lead to sites you’ve never heard of.

      

The best Cyber Monday 2017 deals: all of today’s price drops listed

Cyber Monday 2017 deals are today, November 27, which means you have a very limited amount of time to find deals and checkout at Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, Toys R Us and more.

Quick: What’s on sale? How can you find the best prices? The good news is that we’re here to find the best Cyber Monday deals before they sell out. In order to do this, we’re updating our massive deals list every hour.

Scroll down the page to find fleeting ways to save significantly on a new 4KTV, PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, laptops, GoPro cameras and so much more. We’ve added over 100 tempting Cyber Monday price drops to make online shopping experience easier today.

Cyber Monday is online equivalent to Black Friday, only this special shopping day helps smaller retailers compete with larger retail giants, according to the small and medium business merchants we’ve interviewed. With more competition among US stores comes greater savings.

That, according to our expert Cyber Monday deals analysis, gives you a greater chance of buying an LG or Samsung 4KTV at an affordable price in 2017, the first time we can really say that. If you have your heart set on an Ultra HD television with HDR, you can even get one for under $500.

All of these discounts are listed below, along with cheap laptops and Amazon Echo speakers, two of the biggest revenue generators for Amazon and Newegg and other US merchants, according to our early sales data.

The best deal we’ve found is for the PS4 Pro, which is one of the hottest tech gifts out there in 2017. The problem? It’s selling out at the lowest prices and so is its even cheaper counterpart, PS4 Slim. Consumers haven’t been able to resist getting these consoles at their lowest price yet. Xbox One and Xbox One X are still on sale, and so is Nintendo Switch. the SNES Classic remains elusive.

Below are the best 100 Cyber Monday 2017 deals we’ve curated.

Cyber Monday deals quick links

The best Cyber Monday deals

There are so many Cyber Monday deals in 2017 that we just couldn’t stop at No. 30. Continue reading to find out the best 100 price drops broken down by category, from 4KTVs and laptops to PS4 gaming systems and GoPro cameras.

TV and video deals

Laptop and Macbook deals

Computing deals

Smartphone deals

Gaming deals

Headphone and audio deals

Camera and accessories deals

iPad and tablet deals

Toys & LEGO deals

Wearables deals

Smart home deals

Gadgets & other deals

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When is Cyber Monday 2017? What does it end?

Cyber Monday is right now. It just started and won’t end until midnight on Tuesday. The problem with that? The best deals will either expire or sell out much sooner than you think. We’ll update this page new deals develop.

Cyber Monday 2017 is November 27 this year. If you couldn’t tell, that date is a Monday. It’s always the Monday after Thanksgiving, which is also always the Monday after Black Friday.

The concept of Cyber Monday itself is newer the term “Cyber Monday” was first coined in 2004, but since then has become a huge deal on its own, expanding outside of its US origins.

The weekend of Cyber Monday isn’t just significant for sales – it also represents the beginning of the holiday shopping season. It usually helps to have some idea of your holiday shopping lists before the weekend so you can take full advantage of all the sales at your disposal.

However, deals come in hot and fast on Cyber Monday, and you’ll no doubt find great savings on tech and other items you didn’t even know you wanted.

Cyber Monday 2017 predictions

Now that you have an idea of what’s already on offer, you can probably imagine the amazing deals that will be available this year. From the latest phones to smart home devices to speakers and more, here are the best Cyber Monday 2017 deals we expect to see.

iPhone 8 and iPhone X deals
We can expect Cyber Monday 2017 to do for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X what Cyber Monday 2016 did for the iPhone 7. From mobile carriers offering BOGO deals or credits for installment plans to retailers chopping the price and tossing in freebies, there may not be a better time to buy the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. If you do see a sale, don’t expect it to last long.

Apple Watch 3 deals
The iPhone 8 and iPhone X weren’t the only big announcements Apple had for us in September. It also introduced the Apple Watch 3, the first iteration to feature its own cellular connection. With a price tag of $399, getting to feel like Dick Tracy doesn’t come cheap. But you can rest assured that Cyber Monday 2017 will offer up discounts or deals to make the new smartwatch a far more compelling buy.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 deals
Android users won’t be left in the dark when Cyber Monday 2017 rolls around. Samsung already has shown the kinds of killer deals it’s willing to offer on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note, and those weren’t even during Cyber Monday. Expect big discounts, especially on the Galaxy S8, and free mobile accessories thrown in.

PS4 Pro deals
The latest and greatest version of Sony’s PlayStation is the PS4 Pro, and it’s expected to feature heavily in Cyber Monday 2017 sales. In fact, we’re all but sure it will be since during Cyber Monday 2016, we saw a ton of deals for its predecessor, the PS4 Slim. Most notably, PS4 Pro Cyber Monday deals will include can’t-miss bundles, complete with controllers, accessories, and games.

Xbox One X deals
The Xbox One has undergone a transformation; Microsoft’s so-called Project Scorpio has been revealed as the Xbox One X, and it’s quite a console. Not only does it feature full 4K gaming, but it also already has a massive 22 games to play, including titles like Forza 7, Anthem, and more. At launch, the Xbox One X price is $500, but you can expect it to be a lot cheaper and bundled during Cyber Monday 2017.

Nintendo Switch deals
A bigger focus will be placed on Nintendo this year as the company has finally unveiled the Nintendo Switch console. The Switch features a ton of great games, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but by the time Cyber Monday rolls around you can bet there will be a lot more ready to play, including Super Mario Odyssey. Expect some serious Nintendo Switch deals this year. The SNES Classic will likely pop up in deals as well, but you should expect it to go quick.

Everything with Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant
Amazon loves putting its line of inexpensive Fire tablets on sale, and it has frequently dropped the price of its Echo and Echo Dot devices, all of which feature Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa. And given Amazon’s dominance of the online market place, you can safely bet that it’s going to put its products front and center on Cyber Monday 2017 with hot deals that make them hard to resist.

4K TV deals
Cyber Monday have traditionally been great times to buy TVs, and this year will be no different. From LG to Samsung to Toshiba, expect massive deals on the best TV technology. You’ll get huge discounts on 4K TVs, as well as lower-resolution TVs such as 1080p screens, so no matter how much you’re willing to spend there should be a TV set for you.

Camera deals
Cameras may not be as heavily featured as TVs on Cyber Monday, but that doesn’t mean they don’t see solid savings later in the year. DSLR cameras from the likes of Nikon and Canon, as well as GoPro cameras, will all get eye-catching discounts, namely through retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and more.

Laptop deals
If you’re looking for a new daily driver in terms of a computer, then Cyber Monday is a great time to go shopping. As we mentioned, last year there were lots of discounts on gaming laptops, but whether you’re into gaming or not you’ll be able to get a laptop for much cheaper than you otherwise would. That includes discounts on Apple’s range of MacBooks, including the MacBook Pro, standard MacBook, and more.

Headphone deals
From Beats to AKG, there are sure to be plenty of sweet savings on headphones. This year, the so-called “true wireless” form factor is a little more popular, so it’s expected we’ll see discounts on those headphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung. If you’re more into over-ear and on-ear headphones, you’ll still get access to plenty of discounts, so keep an eye on Amazon for those.

Cyber Monday 2017 FAQ

What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is the biggest day for online deals of the year. It’s the Monday immediately after Thanksgiving, and the day when retailers shift their attention away from sales in-store and towards sales online.

When is Cyber Monday?
This year, Cyber Monday falls on November 27. Black Friday is on November 24, and that’s the day after Thanksgiving, which is on November 23. Some deals may start at specific times on the day.

Where are the best Cyber Monday deals?
Cyber Monday deals happen all over the web, but the best place to stay on top of them is, of course, right here on TechRadar. We’ll be updating this page with new deals as we find them, and we’ll tell you whether the discounts are really worth it or if you should keep looking.

How do I get the best Cyber Monday deals?
There are plenty of things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for new deals. For starters, it’s best to make a list of things you actually want so you can avoid falling into sales traps during the day and buying products that give you buyer’s remorse. It’s also a good idea to note beforehand how much you’re willing to spend as it’s easy to spend more than you otherwise might.

How do I stay safe while buying things on Cyber Monday?
We recommend always buying from companies that you know are legit. The likes of Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, Walmart, Target and other big names like these are your best bet for safety online, but even then it’s a good idea to look into things like return policies.

Be very wary of phishing emails as these can be a big source of income for scammers during this busy shopping season. In fact, even if an email does appear legitimate we recommend going straight to the website offering the products rather than clicking on links in emails.

      

These broadband deals will end today: Cyber Monday bargains from BT, Virgin and Vodafone

How did Black Friday treat you? Pick up a fancy new laptop? Finally take the plunge on a new PS4? Or were the bargain deals on the Google Home more your kind of thing? Well Cyber Monday is the time to sort out a new broadband deal that will ensure you get the best out of your new connected gadgets.

In fact, this is the LAST day to sort out your broadband if you want to take advantage of the cheapest internet prices from the likes of BT, Virgin Media and Vodafone – their killer Cyber Monday discounts will end when the clock strikes midnight this evening.

BT has the freebies, Virgin has a discounted broadband and TV package, and Vodafone has the cheap, cheap fibre optic broadband. So check out their internet plans below, and don’t hang about…

Today only! The best Cyber Monday broadband deals:

Not found what you’re looking for? Here are all of today’s available broadband deals:

      

The best Vodafone broadband deals in November 2017

We know what you may be thinking – “since when did Vodafone do broadband deals?” Well it’s been around two years since the mobile phone network entered the rat-race of providing home internet and it’s proving itself to be one of the most cost effective exponents of cheap broadband on the UK market.

Vodafone used to hold back its best deals exclusively for customers already with a phone contract. But now the company’s best prices on superfast fibre broadband are available to all-comers. In fact, its latest offer makes it the very cheapest fibre optic internet provider on the market – just £20 per month and no upfront costs.

If you already know the Vodafone internet deal you want, it’s easy to select it from our comparison tool above. But if you’re still deciding, then scroll down for more information about what it offers.

See also: Broadband deals | BT broadband deals | Virgin broadband deals | Sky broadband deals | Fibre broadband deals | Broadband and TV deals

Vodafone broadband packages compared – what broadband speed can I get with Vodafone?

Vodafone offers three different speed options, from standard ADSL to razor sharp 76Mb fibre broadband. What you decide to get will depend on your budget and home internet use:

Vodafone Unlimited Standard Broadband 17

This is Vodafone’s standard ADSL option with connection speeds of up to 17Mb (around 2.1MB per second). Existing Vodafone customers do get a better deal than others on this plan, as you’ll have less to pay upfront. But generally Vodafone doesn’t have very competitive prices on ADSL either way. Invariably in fact, it’s cheaper to go for its cheapest fibre option. Vodafone Unlimited Standard Broadband 17 includes:

  • Up to 17Mb speed
  • Ultra-Smart Vodafone Connect router
  • Unlimited data usage
  • Home phone line
  • 6 months’ free F-Secure SAFE antivirus

Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 38

This is where Vodafone broadband gets really interesting. Its superfast fibre package – Unlimited Fibre 38 – is one of the cheapest fibre broadband deals on the market right now. The monthly payments are super cheap and there are no activation or delivery fees to pay upfront. So pop your postcode in our comparison chart at the top of the page, to see whether your home can get Vodafone’s 38Mb speeds. Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 38 includes:

  • Up to 38Mb speed
  • Ultra-Smart Vodafone Connect router
  • Unlimited data usage
  • Home phone line
  • Six months’ free F-Secure SAFE antivirus

Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 76

An extra fiver a month allows you to crank up the speed to a maximum of 76Mb (9.5MB per second). That’s money well spent if you have a house full of people all trying to use the internet at once, or have a penchant for streaming the latest 4K Ultra HD films and box-sets. Again, for the speeds you get, this is excellent value. Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 76 includes:

  • Up to 76Mb speed
  • Ultra-Smart Vodafone Connect router
  • Unlimited data usage
  • Home phone line
  • Six months’ free F-Secure SAFE antivirus

To sign up to any of these packages, you can head to the Vodafone website.

Should I switch from my current provider to go for Vodafone broadband?

Wow, you must be really keen on these Vodafone bargains! And as if the the super low tariff and promise of free gifts weren’t enough of an incentive, Vodafone broadband will also give you £100 to break alliances with your current provider to cover any cancellation fees.

Before doing so, we’d strongly suggest speaking to your current provider first. They’ll tell you exactly how much your cancellation penalty comes to – and may even offer you a better rate to convince you to stay. We’d also recommend reading the exact terms and conditions to receive the £100 on the Vodafone website.

Can I add TV or call plans to Vodafone broadband?

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for broadband, TV and call plans from your home’s landline, then you’ll have to keep hunting. Vodafone doesn’t currently offer these add-ons (although Vodafone TV may not be far away…). Head to our best broadband and TV deals guide and use the comparison chart to narrow down your ideal all-round package.

What is the Ultra-Smart Vodafone Connect Router?

This is the free router you get when you sign up for Vodafone broadband, whether that be standard ADSL or superfast fibre. You don’t even have to pay to have it delivered! You can control the router from your mobile if you download Vodafone’as app, which lets you see who’s connected and change your Wi-Fi password.

Another rather nice touch is that the router’s LED lights (which can often be something of an irritant out the corner of your eye) can be turned off, or only come on when you pass your hand over them.

How long will my Vodafone broadband contract last?

This is very straightforward indeed – all Vodafone broadband contracts last for 18 months. So if you’re adamant on only committing to your internet provider for a year, then you’ll have to continue your search for cheap broadband deals.

To transfer to Vodafone now, head to our comparison table at the top of this page and narrow down your perfect plan. Alternatively, you can head straight to the Vodafone website.

      

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