The best iPhone deals happening right now, including 50% off the iPhone 12 Mini with a new line at AT&T

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  • Apple’s iPhones are pricey, but you can often find them at a discount.
  • Some of the best iPhone deals available now include big savings on the iPhone 11 and 2020 iPhone SE.

With so many Apple iPhone models to choose from, it can be confusing to find the right one for your needs. With that in mind, we tested and ranked the best iPhones to help you choose. They can get pricey, though, so it’s always nice to buy with a discount.

You can find deals on many iPhone models throughout the year. Apple’s smartphone lineup currently includes the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 11, and iPhone SE. The latest generation isn’t seeing discounts just yet, but there are plenty of deals to shop on older models.

Check out the table of contents to the left to hop to deals for a specific model.

Comparing iPhone models

Average price Camera lenses Display size CPU 5G Battery life with video playback
iPhone 13 $699 to $799 2 5.4- or 6.1-inch A15 Bionic Y Up to 19 hours
iPhone 13 Pro $999 to $1,099 3 6.1- or 6.7-inch A15 Bionic Y Up to 28 hours
iPhone 12 $699 to $799 2 5.4- or 6.1-inch A14 Bionic Y Up to 17 hours
iPhone 12 Pro $999 to $1,099 3 6.1- or 6.7- inch A14 Bionic Y Up to 20 hours
iPhone SE $399 1 4.7-inch A13 Bionic N Up to 13 hours
iPhone XR $499

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6.1-inch A12 Bionic N Up to 16 hours
iPhone 11 $499 2 6.1-inch A13 Bionic N Up to 17 hours
iPhone 11 Pro $899 to $999 3 5.8-inch A13 Bionic N Up to 20 hours

Of course, it can be overwhelming to figure out the best one for you, so check out our guides to the best iPhones and the best smartphones to help narrow your options down.

We’ll update this list as new deals surface.

The best iPhone deals happening now

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iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini

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An improvement on previous models in terms of design and camera quality, the iPhone 12 is our current pick for the best iPhone you can get overall. It comes in five colors: white, black, blue, green, and red. Depending on your storage needs, you can choose from the 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage sizes. You can also pick between the normal 6.1-inch display and the 5.4-inch display Mini. The Mini has shorter battery life since it’s a smaller phone.

Though the phone came out a year ago, deals for it aren’t very common just yet — it’s even difficult to find available from other retailers without being locked to a carrier. Right now, the best place to find it unlocked is from Apple, but if you’re willing to enter a contract with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint, you can find stock from other retailers, like Amazon and Walmart.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Apple no longer sells the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max through its online store, but other retailers still offer these models. Though they’re being replaced by new iPhone 13 versions, the 12 Pro series still feature excellent cameras in low light and an elegant design. The Pro Max will cost you an extra $100, but it has a larger 6.7-inch display and longer battery life than the smaller 6.1-inch version. Both are available in four colors: graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue. You can choose between 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB depending on your needs. 

Just like their smaller siblings, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max don’t typically see especially good deals.

iPhone SE (2020)

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Though it only comes with a single-lens camera, the iPhone SE is the best value you can find out of an iPhone. It has an older design, similar in look and feel to the iPhone 8; it’s also the only modern model that retained the home button. It runs using the same powerful chip as the iPhone 11 and can cost as little as $399 if you settle for the 64GB. It comes in three colors: white, black, and red. 

iPhone SE deals are pretty common to come across nowadays — if you’re lucky you can even find one free from carriers like AT&T or Verizon. 

iPhone XR

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The iPhone XR has a big, 5.94-inch screen and still includes modern features like Face ID, the Touch ID replacement that uses your front-facing camera to unlock your phone, and wireless charging. Though it’s no longer sold directly on Apple’s site, it’s one of the cheapest iPhone options you can buy without compromising too much on performance. You can choose between white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and red. 

If you don’t mind buying renewed, Amazon and Best Buy are worth looking into. Right now the street price for one is $499 for the 64GB storage size. 

iPhone 11

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Though it’s the past generation of iPhone, the iPhone 11 still has great value worth considering if you want to pay less. It has a fast A13 Bionic chip, long battery life that we found lasted over 32 hours, wireless charging, and a dual-camera setup. It comes in six colors: white, black, green, yellow, purple, and red. 

Its street price has dropped down to $499 for the 64GB storage capacity. 

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

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The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Max are still great options for their solid triple camera system, speedy A13 Bionic chips, and Face ID to replace TouchID for unlocking your phone. The Pro offers up to 18 hours of battery life with video playback and the Pro Max offers up to 20 hours. We think they’re still a good value if you can find them at a decent deal price.

Apple no longer sells the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, but you can still find them from other retailers — though they’ll likely be locked in with carriers like Verizon and AT&T. If they see a reasonable discount, it may be worth buying so long as you don’t mind entering a contract with a carrier to do so.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I find the best iPhone deals?

Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Woot, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are great places to find brand new iPhones with promotional discounts. Though the Apple Store may be your go-to, it’s rare to find iPhone deals from the store.  

There are tons of places to find discounts from, but we’ll keep this story updated with the best deals available from any retailer. 

Are refurbished iPhones worth buying?

In general, so long as it’s marked as “manufacturer refurbished,” it’s worth it. Buying refurbished iPhones can save you a lot of money, especially with their high price tags. 

Here are the best refurbished iPhone deals available now.

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Should I trade in my old iPhone?

It depends on the promotional offer, but oftentimes trading in an old model will knock a hefty sum off a brand new one. Usually, cell service providers like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint will have ongoing trade-in deals worth considering, year-round. 

When do new iPhones come out?

The newest generation of iPhone was announced on September 14, with preorders starting September 17. The iPhone 13 will be generally available starting September 24. 

When is the best time to buy an iPhone?

As with most tech, the best discounts tend to crop up during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The previous year’s models tend to see all-time lows at this time, especially with a new generation usually announced in September. It’s unlikely that the newest generation will see any price drops, though; models usually need to be out for at least a year before retailers start offering discounts. 

Amazon Prime Day is also a good time to find discounts, but the deal event usually lands mid-summer, meaning the newest models are only a few months away. 

What is the cheapest iPhone available?

The 2020 iPhone SE is undoubtedly the best budget iPhone available. Starting at only $399, it provides the full iOS experience and runs on the same chip as the iPhone 11. Right now, you can even get one free, with a new line on an eligible Verizon Unlimited plan.

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‘Cry Macho,’ the latest film from Clint Eastwood, is now available to stream on HBO Max while it’s in theaters

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Clint Eastwood in “Cry Macho.”

  • You can now watch Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • To watch the movie at home, you need an ad-free HBO Max subscription ($15/month).
  • “Cry Macho” will remain on HBO Max through October 17.

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Clint Eastwood is back with a new western that you can watch at home and in theaters. Directed by and starring Eastwood, “Cry Macho” will remain available to stream on HBO Max through October 17.

Mike Milo, an injured rodeo rider played by Eastwood, goes on a journey through rural Mexico to help his old boss find his son. Searching for a fresh start, Milo encounters more than he anticipated, including Macho the rooster. The movie is based on N. Richard Nash’s novel that was released in 1975.

According to Variety, Eastwood first considered directing and starring in a “Cry Macho” movie in 1988. Instead, he decided to star in the final “Dirty Harry” film, “The Dead Pool.” “Cry Macho” is Eastwood’s first movie to receive a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release.

Where to watch ‘Cry Macho’

“Cry Macho” is now available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max with an ad-free subscription. The Clint Eastwood movie will remain part of the HBO Max streaming catalog until October 17.

A subscription to HBO Max‘s ad-free plan costs $15 a month. As part of a limited-time deal, new and returning members can get 50% off their first six months, bringing the cost down to $7.49 a month. The promotion is available through September 26. Although the streaming service has a less expensive ad-supported plan for $10 a month, only the ad-free HBO Max plan gives you access to same-day theatrical releases.

If you’re a Hulu subscriber and have not previously tried HBO Max, you can claim a free one-week trial of the add-on service.

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You can watch HBO Max on your web browser or through the HBO Max app on smartphones, tablets, Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, and certain smart TVs, such as LG and Samsung. For a full list of compatible viewing options, visit the HBO Max website.

While you might be watching “Cry Macho” at home, you can still have a quality viewing experience with up to 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR on compatible streaming players and TVs.

What other Clint Eastwood movies can I watch on HBO Max?

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Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry.”

Viewers looking for more Clint Eastwood movies will find plenty of options to choose from in the HBO Max catalog. Subscribers can watch over 15 movies starring or directed by Eastwood.

You can stream these Clint Eastwood movies on HBO Max:

  • “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964)
  • “For a Few Dollars More” (1965)
  • “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)
  • “Where Eagles Dare” (1968)
  • “Dirty Harry” (1971)
  • “Magnum Force” (1973)
  • “The Enforcer” (1976)
  • “Every Which Way but Loose” (1978)
  • “Sudden Impact” (1983)
  • “Pale Rider” (1985)
  • “The Dead Pool” (1988)
  • “Unforgiven” (1992)
  • “Mystic River” (2003)
  • “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
  • “Changeling” (2008)
  • “Gran Torino” (2008)
  • “Jersey Boys” (2014)
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Apple TV Plus has a packed lineup set for fall – here’s a list of all the upcoming shows and movies

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Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell in “The Shrink Next Door” premiering November 12 on Apple TV Plus.

  • Apple TV Plus showcased its fall slate of movies and shows at the iPhone 13 event on September 14.
  • Premieres include “The Problem with Jon Stewart” and movies starring Tom Hanks and Mahershala Ali.
  • Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month or $50 per year; new members get a free seven-day trial.

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Apple TV Plus has a stacked lineup ready for Fall 2021, building off the successful second season of “Ted Lasso,” which premiered on July 23. The service will celebrate its third anniversary this fall and welcomes a mix of new and returning content to its slate, from the second season of “The Morning Show” to feature-length films starring Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Mahershala Ali.

Apple showed off a sizzle reel of its upcoming original programs during its iPhone 13 launch event on September 14. Apple TV Plus will offer more than 75 exclusive movies and shows by the end of 2021, and The Information reports that Apple plans to spend as much as $500 million marketing its original content this year.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the movies and shows premiering on Apple TV Plus through the end of 2021. That includes shows returning for subsequent seasons, like “The Morning Show” and “Dickinson.”

‘The Morning Show’ – September 17

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The Morning Show” debuted as one of Apple TV Plus’ top dramas, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon starring as co-hosts of a fictional television news show. The two women work to defend their jobs and navigate a hostile industry. Billy Crudup returns in a supporting role that won him an Emmy in 2020, along with Steve Carell. The second season premiered on September 17, and you can stream new episodes every Friday.

‘Foundation’ – September 24

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“Foundation” is an adaptation of science fiction author Isaac Asimov’s influential book series about a galactic empire in decline. The story spans more than 1,000 years and explores the human factors that lead to the rise and fall of civilizations. David S. Goyer, writer of “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” serves as executive producer and showrunner. The first two episodes will debut on September 24.

‘The Problem with Jon Stewart’ – September 30

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Jon Stewart earned his fame as the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central for more than 15 years. His new Apple TV Plus show will see him taking on a different subject in current events during each hour-long episode, which include segments filmed in front of a live audience. The show premieres September 30 and will be accompanied by a podcast.

‘The Velvet Underground’ – October 15

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Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes directs this feature-length film about the New York City rock band that influenced a generation of artists. Though The Velvet Underground was not as commercially successful as other bands during the late 1960s, their unique sound remains culturally significant decades later. The documentary will be available on Apple TV Plus on October 15.

‘Invasion’ – October 22

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“Invasion” tells the story of aliens coming to Earth from the perspectives of different people around the world. The 10-episode series was co-created by X-Men movie franchise producer Simon Kinberg and David Weil, who previously collaborated on the 2019 reboot of “The Twilight Zone.”

‘Swagger’ – October 29

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“Swagger” is a basketball drama inspired by the early years of NBA superstar Kevin Durant. It’s written, directed, and produced by Reggie Rock Bythewood, producer of the Fox miniseries “Shots Fired.” The series will premiere October 29.

‘Finch’ – November 5

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Tom Hanks stars in this post-apocalyptic drama that was originally intended for a theatrical release before the COVID-19 pandemic. Hanks plays the last man alive on Earth, joined by a robot of his creation. The film will be available on Apple TV Plus starting November 5. Apple also purchased the rights to the Hanks-led “Greyhound” in 2020, which received critical acclaim despite its streaming-only release.

‘Dickinson’ – November 5

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“Dickinson” was one of the first original shows on Apple TV Plus and it will come to a close with its third season starting November 5. Hailee Steinfeld stars as young poet Emily Dickinson in this coming of age series set in the mid-19th century. The first season earned a Peabody Award for entertainment in 2019, the first received by an Apple TV show.

‘The Shrink Next Door’ – November 12

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Based on the podcast of the same name, “The Shrink Next Door” is a dark comedy series starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. Rudd plays Dr. Isaac Herschkopf, a real-life psychiatrist accused of exploiting his patient’s lives for personal gain, like Marty Markowitz, played by Will Ferrell. The eight-episode series will premiere on November 12. The 10-episode podcast is available in full from Wondery.

‘Swan Song’ – December 17

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In “Swan Song,” a father with a terminal illness is given the opportunity to replace himself with a healthy but otherwise identical clone. Star Mahershala Ali also serves as a producer, with a cast that includes Naomie Harris, Glenn Close and Awkwafina. “Swan Song” will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV Plus on December 17.

How to sign up for Apple TV Plus

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Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month or $50 per year; Apple offers a seven-day trial for new subscribers, and the subscription can be shared with up to six family members on Apple devices.

The Apple TV Plus app is also available on streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and LG, Samsung, Vizio, and Sony smart TVs.

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‘Reminiscence’ is now available on HBO Max, but you only have until September 19 to stream it

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Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson in “Reminiscence.”

  • “Reminiscence” is available on HBO Max through September 19.
  • Starring Hugh Jackman, “Reminiscence” is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy.
  • To stream the movie on HBO Max, you need to subscribe to the ad-free plan ($15/month).

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On August 20, “Reminiscence” received a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max. The movie is available to stream until September 19, but only subscribers to HBO Max’s ad-free plan are able to watch at home.

The sci-fi adventure stars Hugh Jackman as a private investigator who can access and relive memories. When a client (Rebecca Ferguson) disappears under peculiar circumstances, he’s determined to uncover the truth and find her.

The dystopian movie is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy. “Reminiscence” is Joy’s first feature film. “Westworld” will return for a fourth season on HBO in 2022. You can stream the first three seasons right now on HBO Max.

Where to watch ‘Reminiscence’

“Reminiscence” is available right now to watch in theaters and with HBO Max. The movie will remain on HBO Max through September 19. To stream “Reminiscence” and other theatrical premieres with HBO Max, you need a subscription to the ad-free plan ($15/month).

After September 19, “Reminiscence” will play exclusively in movie theaters until its official home video release later this year.

HBO Max offers a cheaper ad-supported plan for $10 a month, but this option does not include access to brand-new theatrical releases like “Reminiscence” and “Malignant.”

If you subscribe to Hulu, you can claim a free one-week trial of the HBO Max add-on. Only new HBO Max members are eligible for this promotion.

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HBO Max works with computer browsers, smartphones, Xbox consoles, Playstation consoles, tablets, and most smart TVs, including LG and Samsung. The HBO Max website provides a full list of compatible devices.

Select devices can stream “Reminiscence” in 4K Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR). Check the HBO Max website to see if your smart TV and media player is compatible with high-quality streaming.

What other theatrical releases can I watch on HBO Max?

You can stream “Malignant” right now on HBO Max with the ad-free plan. The horror movie from James Wan, director of “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “The Conjuring,” is available to stream until October 10.

The next four theatrical premieres coming to HBO Max are:

  • “The Many Saints of Newark” (October 1)
  • “Dune” (October 22)
  • “King Richard” (November 19)
  • “The Matrix Resurrections” (December 22)

You can learn more about HBO Max in our full HBO Max guide and our HBO Max review. For more streaming recommendations, check out our guide to the best streaming services and the best streaming devices.

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The 4 best Bluetooth speakers of 2021 for listening to music outside and around the house

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A great listening experience for all your favorite music services shouldn’t be limited by pesky wires. While the days of carrying around a boom box on your shoulder are by and large over, you can still get quality wireless music in the form of a Bluetooth speaker.

Thanks to Bluetooth support, these speakers are able to play music from other Bluetooth-enabled sources, like a smartphone or laptop, without any cables. Whether you’re getting a speaker for use around the house or a day at the park, there’s almost certainly a Bluetooth speaker for you. But there are a number of things to consider before you buy, including size, battery, durability and, of course, sound quality.

With all of those factors in mind, we’ve selected the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy for a variety of needs. Since most people purchase Bluetooth speakers for their portability, all of our picks feature built-in batteries for listening on the go.

Here are the best Bluetooth speakers:

The best Bluetooth speaker overall

Sonos Move

The Sonos Move looks good, sounds great, and offers voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Pros: Attractive design, integrates with other Sonos speakers, excellent audio quality, Alexa and Google Assistant with Wi-Fi

Cons: A little expensive, a bit heavy

With an excellent design, awesome sound quality, and support for two digital assistants, the Sonos Move is one of the most fully featured Bluetooth speakers you can buy.

The speaker offers a ton of bass, coupled with crisp clarity and detail in the high end. That makes it excellent for listening to music. The Move can even be calibrated using Trueplay tuning technology to suit different environments and locations.

The Move has a charging station where you can keep it docked in your home, but it’s also designed to be portable, so you can take it outside or move it around the house. It’s rated for around 11 hours of battery life, so it should easily get you through a day of listening.

Like other Sonos speakers, the Sonos Move is also smart. You can choose to use either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, plus it integrates perfectly with Sonos’ other speakers, allowing for multi-room audio. 

But what about the downsides? The speaker is a little pricey, and you won’t get access to all of its smart features unless you’re connected to Wi-Fi. The Move is also bigger and heavier than most Bluetooth speakers which limits its portability a bit.

Buyers who want a similar speaker with a more compact design and cheaper price tag should consider the Move’s smaller sibling, the Sonos Roam. It doesn’t sound as good as the Move, but it’s a better fit for people who primarily plan to use their speaker for on-the-go listening.

The best Bluetooth speaker for portability

Bose

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is easy-to-use, offers 17 hours of battery, and features a convenient handle for travel.

Pros: Good sound, versatile design for portable use outdoors and around the house, long battery life

Cons: A bit pricey, lacks Wi-Fi support

There are a number of things that make the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II such an ideal portable option, from its great sound to its convenient design.

The design is reminiscent of smart speakers, so it’ll look right at home in any tech-savvy person’s house. On top of that, it offers extremely easy-to-use controls, with six buttons located on the top for things like volume and Bluetooth control. Bose also added a handle to make it easy to bring the speaker with you outside or around the house.

We tested the previous-generation model and were impressed by its great sound quality and how easy it is to move from room to room. It delivers ample volume and deep bass without distorting. 

This newer version is nearly identical to the one we tested, but features an upgrade from IPX4 water resistance to an IP55 rating. It also supports an extra hour of battery life for up to 17 hours of play time — the longest of any speaker on our guide. 

The SoundLink Revolve+ II even has some smart features, including Bluetooth pairing with voice prompts, the ability to take calls, and access to Siri or Google Assistant from your phone. That said, the speaker doesn’t have Wi-Fi so it doesn’t support a built-in digital assistant.

The best waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

The UE Boom 3 features a water resistant design, making it great for use by the pool or at the beach.

Pros: Good sound quality, nice design, waterproof, can float

Cons: High frequencies aren’t as detailed as other speakers

Looking for something that you can take to the beach or use by the pool without fear of it breaking due to water damage? The UE Boom 3 is the way to go. 

The speaker may not sound as robust as the Sonos Move, but it still sounds good, especially considering how small it is. The UE Boom 3 offers decent bass response, along with a well-tuned mid-range, and a solid amount of clarity in the high frequencies. One of the best things about it is that it can also get super loud, which is great for use outside.

It’s relatively small and portable, and it’s available in a range of different colors. On the side, you get buttons for controlling volume, while on the top there are controls for things like Bluetooth pairing and power. 

The UE Boom 3 is built for use near water. The speaker is not only waterproof, but it’s also designed to float, so you won’t have to worry about losing it at the bottom of the pool. The Boom 3 is capable of being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, so it shouldn’t break due to water damage.

The best cheap Bluetooth speaker

Anker bluetooth speaker

The Anker Soundcore Flare Mini may be super-affordable, but it still looks and sounds solid for the price.

Pros: Inexpensive, water-resistant, solid battery life

Cons: Sound quality is only decent

Looking for an inexpensive speaker that still looks and sounds pretty good? The Anker Soundcore Flare Mini is the way to go. This speaker may carry a budget price, but it still sounds decent and won’t break the bank.

The Soundcore Flare is designed to look a lot better than other speakers in its price range. It features a cylindrical design with a fabric covering around the side and controls on the top. Those controls include power, volume, and Bluetooth pairing. There are even LED lights on the bottom, and you can control those lights through five different lighting modes.

The design of the speaker plays into how it sounds too. The speaker can deliver 360-degree audio, so no matter where you are around it, you’ll be to hear your music. It definitely won’t sound as powerful as some of the more expensive speakers on our list, but it can still get pretty loud and offers a decent amount of bass.

You’ll get around 12 hours of battery life out of the speaker, which isn’t bad at all, and it’s water-resistant with an IPX7 rating. 

Considering the price range, perhaps the only real downside to the speaker is that it can’t match more expensive offerings in the audio department.

What else we considered

JBL Flip 4

Here are other speakers we considered for our guide, and why they didn’t make our top picks.

Other Bluetooth speakers we recommend:

JBL Flip 4: The JBL Flip 4 speaker was previously one of our picks, and it’s still a fantastic Bluetooth speaker for the money. With that said, the less expensive Soundcore Flare Mini includes similar features for a more affordable price, making that model a better overall budget pick. If you’re willing to spend more, however, the JBL Flip 4 features a bit more power and better sound quality.

What you should look for in a Bluetooth speaker

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When shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, there are some key factors you should keep in mind. For instance, a compact model might not be a good fit for someone who wants the best audio quality, while a heavy speaker won’t be ideal for someone who wants to take their audio on the go.

Below, we’ve broken down some main features and design elements you should consider when selecting the best Bluetooth speaker for your needs.

  • Size matters: Generally speaking, larger speakers will be louder, so they tend to be a better fit for parties and gatherings. Larger speakers also tend to have more refined audio quality with better clarity and bass. Of course, size also affects portability. If you’re looking for something you can slip in your bag and carry around easily, then a smaller speaker will be a better choice.
  • Battery life: You’ll obviously want longer battery life if you’re looking for a speaker that can last all day, but sometimes a speaker with shorter battery life will do the job — especially if you plan on being able to charge it often or even while in use. Though all of our picks include batteries, some Bluetooth speakers on the market only work with an outlet. If you just plan to use your speaker in one room, this isn’t a problem, but if you want portability, a speaker with a battery is a must.
  • Durability and water resistance: Durability is another important factor if you plan on carrying your speaker around a lot. Not only will your speaker last longer if it’s more durable, but it might be a little more versatile, too. For example, you probably won’t want to take a non-waterproof speaker to the pool or the beach.
  • Sound quality: A single Bluetooth speaker is never going to offer the same quality as a true stereo speaker pair, but high-end Bluetooth speakers from brands like Sonos and Bose offer impressive performance. Again, larger models tend to have better sound, so if audio quality is a priority, you’ll likely want to avoid ultra-compact speakers. 

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‘The Morning Show,’ starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, is back for a second season – here’s how to watch on Apple TV Plus

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“The Morning Show.”

  • “The Morning Show” is a workplace drama centered on the fictional UBA network.
  • Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon play journalists who confront a toxic working environment.
  • Season two is now streaming on Apple TV Plus ($5/month).

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Season two of “The Morning Show” premiered September 17 on Apple TV Plus. The series stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as journalists navigating the cutthroat world of broadcast television at the fictional UBA network.

Steve Carrel also stars in the series as a powerful anchor who was fired due to sexual harassment. Hasan Minhaj (“Patriot Act”) and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) are among the new faces joining the cast for season two. New episodes are expected to focus on culturally relevant issues such as the coronavirus pandemic and workplace racism.

Season one of “The Morning Show” premiered in November 2019 and received multiple Emmy nominations. Aniston was nominated for outstanding lead actress and Carell was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. For his portrayal of Cory Ellison, UBA’s president of the News Division, Billy Crudup won an outstanding supporting actor Emmy.

How to watch ‘The Morning Show’

The second season of “The Morning Show” premiered exclusively on Apple TV Plus on September 17. Season two is expected to have 10 episodes that will be released in weekly installments every Friday.

If you still need to catch up on older episodes of “The Morning Show,” you can stream the entire first season on Apple TV Plus right now.

A subscription to Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month and gives you access to the streaming service’s entire catalog of original movies and TV shows. If you’re new to Apple TV Plus, you can claim a one-week free trial.

Longer promotional periods are available for customers who make eligible purchases. Select Apple devices include a free three-month trial, and PlayStation 5 owners can claim a free six-month trial.

You can watch Apple TV Plus in a web browser or on Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Roku players, Fire TV, PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, and most smart TVs also work with Apple TV Plus. Visit the Apple website for a full list of compatible devices.

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If you’re considering subscribing to multiple services from Apple, the Apple One bundle has Apple Music, Apple Arcade, 50GB of iCloud, and Apple TV Plus for only $15 a month. Apple One members can claim one-month trials for new Apple services that they have not previously used.

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What other original series can I watch on Apple TV Plus?

On Apple TV Plus, you can also stream the Emmy-nominated series “Ted Lasso” starring Jason Sudeikis. He plays a football coach from Kansas who is hired to lead a British soccer team. At first, the coach is in over his head, but he wins the team over with his positive demeanor and surprising skills.

On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation website, the first season of “Ted Lasso” holds a “92% Fresh” rating and the second season holds a “98% Fresh” rating. Episodes from season two of “Ted Lasso” are being released in weekly installments on Apple TV Plus. Right now, season one is available to watch in its entirety.

Other popular shows on Apple TV Plus include “Schmigadoon!,” “Mr. Corman,” and “Mythic Quest.”

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GoPro’s new Hero 10 could be the only camera you ever need – here are the performance-enhancing upgrades

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  • GoPro just launched its latest flagship camera, the Hero 10 Black.
  • Featuring a brand-new chipset, the Hero 10 doubles the performance of the previous Hero 9.
  • Priced at $499, this compact camera does what more expensive and bigger cameras can do.
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As anticipated every September, GoPro revealed the next version of its Hero camera, the GoPro Hero 10 Black. This video and still camera has similar capabilities to larger variants, while maintaining the small go-anywhere form-factor it’s known for. On the surface, nothing has changed for 2021, but the major development is the introduction of the new GP2 processor, which powers many of the functions the camera has to offer.

What’s new in the GoPro Hero 10 Black?

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The highlight of the Hero 10 is the new GP2 processor, the successor to the GP1 that was introduced in the Hero 6 back in 2017. The GP1 allowed GoPro to add high-end features and functions to the Hero series, such as 4K video, high-res photos, image stabilization, multiple frame rates, new shooting modes, uncompressed RAW file support, and more. With the GP2, we see performance upgrades in many of these existing functions, as well as overall camera operation — GoPro claims the GP2 doubles the performance of the GP1 in Hero 9 Black.

Higher-quality video and photo capture

The GP2 processor bumps photo resolution up to 23 megapixels (for comparison, on paper, the new Apple iPhone 13 Pro supports 12 megapixels). The advantage of having more megapixels allows for more detail, and you can crop into it while still maintaining quality. 

Video, which is the Hero’s strength, is where we see some big jumps. The Hero 10 can shoot up to 5.3K at 60 frames per second (FPS); 4K up to 120 FPS; and 2.7K at 240 FPS. High frame rates allow you to shoot much smoother video and control the speed, while the higher resolutions provide greater detail. 

While 1080p still suffice for most people (although this argument is starting to wane), which the Hero 10 also supports, these higher resolutions and frame rates will appeal to content creators, filmmakers, or anyone who wants to preserve their videos for future viewing on high-resolution displays like 8K TVs. One benefit of shooting in 4K or 5K is the ability to pull high-res stills from the video.

The GP2 also adds local tone mapping and 3D noise reduction. These allow for videos with improved dynamic range and help to capture clearer images in low light.

Steadier video

With the GP2 comes the next version of HyperSmooth, GoPro’s name for its in-camera digital stabilization system. With HyperSmooth 4.0, you can now apply stabilization to higher video resolutions (5.3K30, 4K60, and 2.7K120). If you’ve ever captured video while in motion, you’ll notice how annoying the bouncing image can be to watch. Unless the motion is really violent, stabilization can help. (Note that digital image stabilization requires cropping into the image a bit.) HyperSmooth 4.0 also improves the horizon leveling, up to 45 degrees. This function lets you keep the image leveled even if your tilting the camera.

Wired transfer to phone

In addition to auto-upload to the cloud while charging (a GoPro subscription is required) and wireless transfers to a phone or tablet, GoPro now gives you a third way to offload files, by way of a wired connection to an Android or iOS device. This not only provides a more stable connection, but it’s also faster — GoPro claims it’s 50% quicker than wireless. While wireless transfers have been one of GoPro’s strong points, a wired connection can be more convenient. (Wired transfers will also be available in the Hero 9).

Other improvements

The Hero 10 introduces a removable lens cover that’s more scratch-resistant and has the ability to repel water. Since the Hero 10 is waterproof, this helps to keep the lens clear. GoPro claims the new cover reduces ghosting.

Like many camera companies during the height of the pandemic in 2020, GoPro created software to allow select Hero models to function as webcams, which is great for those working from home and need a higher quality image than what typical webcams can provide. With the Hero 10, you can shoot in 1080p with a wide field of view (132 degrees) and utilize the front LCD as a preview screen to frame your shot. (The Hero 9 also has a front color LCD but lacks this capability.) And, if you do any live-streaming, you can use the Hero 10 to shoot up to 1080p with image stabilization.  

Design

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The GoPro Hero 10 Black (right) is nearly identical to its predecessor, the Hero 9 Black, with the exception of an improved lens cover and cosmetic changes.

Design-wise, Hero 10 looks identical to Hero 9. It shares the same compact, palm-sized form factor, yet it’s 5 grams lighter. It retains the “folding fingers” mounting system introduced in Hero 8, and it’s compatible with nearly every GoPro and third-party accessory that’s been introduced. However, the front color LCD is smoother while the rear touchscreen is more responsive.

A big plus is that Hero 10 uses the same battery as Hero 9, and it’s compatible with Hero 9 Mods accessories. This makes it easy to share these parts if you intend to use both cameras in your workflow. If you’re upgrading from an older camera, you may need to invest in some new add-ons, although as mentioned, most accessories that utilize the GoPro mounting system will still work.

Read up on our GoPro Hero 9 Black review to get our impressions of that camera.

First impressions

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The GoPro Hero 10 Black supports nearly all accessories ever made.

Nearly everything new with the GoPro Hero 10 Black is under the hood, and we are putting the camera through some testing for a full review. However, we already have some very positive first impressions.

Operating the Hero 10 feels similar to Hero 9, down to navigating the user interface. But everything truly feels faster. The Hero 10 turns on in approximately 2 seconds versus 4 seconds with the Hero 9, and shuts down in a second versus 2 seconds, respectively. The Hero 9’s touchscreen can feel sluggish at times, but with Hero 10, gliding through menus is noticeably silkier. The front LCD display is also visibly smoother.

We have a very positive experience in using Hero 9 and we expect the same with Hero 10.

Pricing

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For $549, you can get the GoPro Hero 10 Black camera bundled with accessories that include a second battery and memory card.

The GoPro Hero 10 Black will sell for $499. The Hero 9 Black and Hero 8 Black will stay in the lineup as mid and low-price options, at $399 and $299 respectively.

If you are a GoPro subscriber, you can knock $100 off the Hero 10 ($399), as well as $50 off the Hero 9 ($349) and $20 off the Hero 8 ($279). If you aren’t a member, you can sign up for the service at checkout and receive the aforementioned discounts. For $50 a year, a GoPro subscription is a great deal: In addition to discounted pricing on cameras, you also get 50% off on accessories, unlimited uploads at full resolution to the cloud, and a no-questions-asked replacement.

GoPro is also offering a bundle option. For $549, $449 with GoPro subscription, or $399 with a camera upgrade, you can get the Hero 10 with a sturdy case, the Shorty extension pole, a magnetic swiveling clip, a second battery, and a 32GB SD card. It’s another good starter kit for those new to GoPro as these additional products can cost as much as $100.

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How to watch the NFL without cable – the 2021 season enters its second week with a Thursday night game on NFL Network

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The 2021 NFL season began on September 9.

  • The 2021 NFL season kicks off its second week with a Thursday night matchup on NFL Network.
  • Games are spread across several channels, including NFL Network, ESPN, NBC, Fox, and CBS.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

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The 2021 NFL season enters its second week with a Thursday night matchup between the Washington Football Team and New York Giants. The game starts at 8:20 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.

Throughout the season, NFL games are spread across five primary channels: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.

To help ensure you get access to every game you want to watch, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of streaming the NFL season without a cable subscription.

NFL week 2 schedule

Week two of the NFL regular season features an exciting lineup, including a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens on NBC and Peacock. This week’s Monday Night Football game will feature the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on ESPN.

Primetime games are shown nationally, but local broadcasts for afternoon games are determined by your area. Bye games will not start until after week four.

Game

Date and time Channel
Washington Football Team at New York Giants September 16, 8:20 p.m. ET NFL Network
New England Patriots at New York Jets September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals September 19, 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 19, 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks September 19, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers September 19, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens September 19, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC, Peacock Premium
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers September 20, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN, ESPN2

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock Premium, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season began on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will typically air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will typically air on CBS.

Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.

HDTV Antenna

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You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. 

What you get:

Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.

This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.


Sling TV

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If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.

What you get:

Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games. 

Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.

If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.

With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable. 

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In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.

What you get: 

Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV. 

While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games. Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network. 


FuboTV

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At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:

In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long. 


YouTube TV

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With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month. 

What you get:

Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.


NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket used to only be available with a cable subscription, but NFL fans in non-DirecTV markets anywhere in the country can now gain access to every Sunday afternoon game.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket To Go plan costs $73.49 per month for four months, which is $293.96 total. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $99 per month for four months, adding up to $396 total.

What you get:

Both plans give you access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. This means that you do not get access to Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night games. You also won’t be able to stream locally televised games with only an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. However, this is the only way for people hoping to watch full live games of their favorite teams out of market. A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated watching games through the lens of fantasy football. 


Paramount Plus

CBS All Access NFL

If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:

Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.

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Peacock Premium

Peacock Sports

Peacock won’t be streaming any exclusive games during the 2021 season, but Premium subscribers can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC.

What you get:

For $5 a month, Peacock Premium will give you streaming access to NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, as well as Super Bowl LVI, the Thanksgiving game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, and the 2021 kick-off game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL’s flex scheduling gives NBC the option to change the Sunday Night Football game of the week, which typically guarantees that the primetime game will be one of the week’s best matchups.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.

What you get:

Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season. 

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Yahoo Sports app and NFL app

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If you’re only interested in watching in-market games without cable or an antenna, then you can stream live local and primetime games on a mobile device using the Yahoo Sports or NFL app. Both options are free and each app is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

What you get:

These apps provide live streaming for regular season local and primetime games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. With that said, you can only watch the games on a mobile device. You’ll also need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet.

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The best Apple AirPods deals you can get now, including $70 off the AirPods Pro

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  • Apple’s AirPod lineup makes listening to audio on iPhones easy.
  • AirPods and AirPods Pro are frequently on sale, but some discounts are better than others.
  • Right now, you can get the AirPods Pro for $70 off their full retail price.

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Apple’s AirPods are popular for a reason: they’re among the most convenient and best options for wireless earbuds. They automatically pair with your Apple devices the moment you open the case nearby, and you can use your Apple devices to help you pinpoint a misplaced AirPod.

Apple products, like AirPods, go on sale regularly. In fact, you can find them for less than what you’d pay at Apple nearly every week. During Apple’s back-to-school promotion, you can get a free pair of AirPods with a Mac or iPad purchase.

Below, we’ve highlighted the best AirPod deals available in September 2021, including $70 off the AirPods Pro. If you know which model you’re looking for, you can skip ahead by clicking its name in the table of contents to the left.

You can also check out the best iPhone deals and the best iPad deals for more Apple savings.

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Comparing AirPods models

AirPods AirPods Pro AirPods Max
Our review Best on a budget Best overall Best for audiophiles
Typical price $120-$160 $200 $500
Features Quick pairing, “Hey Siri,” automatic switching, charging case Same as AirPods, plus active noise cancellation, spatial audio, water resistance, and multiple ear tips Same as AirPods Pro, plus over-ear design, better active noise cancellation, improved audio with adaptive EQ, digital crown for media playback

The best AirPods deals happening now

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AirPods with regular charging case deals

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AirPods with Charging Case (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

The standard AirPods with Charging Case are the cheapest AirPods you can buy. The included charging case charges via a Lightning cable, the same cable you use to charge your iPhone.

The AirPods have a five-hour battery life, and the case stores 24 hours of battery charge. A quick 15-minute charge in the case gives them an extra three hours of listening time. They are not sweat- or water-resistant – you’ll have to check out the AirPods Pro below if that’s important to you. You can read our full AirPods review here.

Contrary to what MSRP would like you to think, AirPods typically only sell for $120 across online retailers – a good $40 less than listed. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday we saw them fall as low as $99, but that kind of promotion is rare.

AirPods with Wireless Charging Case deals

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AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (medium, Preferred: Target)

The AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are identical to the 2nd-gen AirPods with Charging Case, except the case can be charged wirelessly as well as via a Lightning cable. That means you can power the case on a wireless charging pad that uses the Qi wireless charging standard. You can read our full AirPods with Wireless Charging Case review here.

Though they’re listed for more, the typical price for the Wireless Charging Case AirPods is $160 across online retailers. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we saw them fall as low as $140; it’s unlikely they’ll drop that low again outside of short-lived discounts from one or two retailers.

AirPods Pro deals

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AirPods Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

The AirPods Pro are Apple’s flagship AirPods, and they’re also our pick for the best wireless earbuds for Apple fans. They have a shorter stem than the original AirPods, and they have an in-ear design with tips for three different sizes. If you’ve ever had difficulty keeping Apple’s earbuds in your ear, these are the solution. The wireless charging case is also wider than the standard charging cases.

Despite their smaller size, they come with active noise cancellation, and they sound a little better than the regular AirPods. Battery life with noise cancellation enabled isn’t as long as the regular AirPods, but it’s still pretty good (4.5 hours versus 5 hours). The wireless charging case holds a 24-hour total charge.

The AirPods Pro are also sweat- and water-resistant, whereas the regular AirPods are not. You can read our full AirPods Pro review here.

A pair is listed for $249, but the typical price hovers around $200 across online retailers like Walmart and Costco. We’ve seen them drop lower during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but if you need a pair now, don’t settle for paying any more than $200.

AirPods Max deals

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Airpods Max (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

If you’re an Apple aficionado looking for the best audio you can find, the AirPods Max are for you. Audio from the AirPods Max is crisp, clear, and open; their noise-cancellation is powerful. They’re surely pricier than other headphones with similar performance from Sony and Bose, but the AirPods Max are a huge listening upgrade from the AirPods and AirPods Pro. You can read our full review of the AirPods Max here.

Since release, the typical price for a pair has dropped to $500, with some colors as low as $490.

Tips for finding the best AirPods deals

Apple products, despite their reputation for never going on sale, see discounts frequently. Unlike most other electronics, AirPods see discounts year-round and, in some rare cases, see better discounts than we see during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

To make sure you get the best price on Apple AirPods, don’t shop at Apple. Best Buy, Target, and Walmart frequently mark down Apple’s headphones.

Where to find Apple AirPods

AirPods are available in most retailers that sell tech, in addition to the Apple Store. You can find them at Best Buy, Target, Costco, Walmart, and anywhere else you’d see electronics.

Apple’s year-round education pricing includes discounts on Macs and iPad. During its back-to-school promotion, you can get a free pair of AirPods with a Mac or iPad purchase.

Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.

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How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards on Sunday – you can stream the event live on Paramount Plus or CBS

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  • The 73rd Emmy Awards will be held on September 19 at 8 p.m. ET in Los Angeles.
  • You can watch the television award show on CBS or with a subscription to Paramount Plus.
  • The ad-supported Paramount Plus plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free plan costs $10 a month.

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The 73rd Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on September 19 at 8 p.m. ET via CBS and Paramount Plus. The annual awards show honors achievements in primetime television.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California. After last year’s virtual event, a small in-person audience composed of nominees and guests will be in attendance for the 2021 Emmys.

Could Marvel’s “WandaVision” win the award for outstanding limited or anthology series? Will popular shows like “Bridgerton,” “Ted Lasso,” and “The Mandalorian” cement their cultural status with Emmy wins? Tune in live on Sunday night to find out which shows take home golden statues.

How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards

The 73rd Emmy Awards will be available to watch live on September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount Plus. CBS is available through most pay-TV cable and satellite providers.

If you don’t already have access to CBS through a pay-TV service, Paramount Plus is one of the cheapest ways to stream the Emmys. The ad-supported plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free plan costs $10 a month. Though live CBS streaming is typically only included with the ad-free plan, all subscribers will be able to watch the Emmys. New members get a free one-week trial.

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The CBS channel is also available through several live TV streaming services, including YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV. Each service starts at $65 a month and includes at least 75 live channels. You can also expand your options with a la carte add-ons targeted towards specific audiences, like sports fans or Spanish speakers.

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Finally, viewers who want to watch the Emmys on CBS can also access the channel with a digital antenna. Antennas allow you to pick up local affiliate stations, like CBS, without a monthly subscription. That said, the stability of your broadcast reception will vary depending on your location.

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2021 Emmy nominees

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A variety of shows are nominated at the 2021 Emmys across several categories. Only series that debuted new episodes between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 are eligible for this year’s awards.

Netflix’s “The Crown” and Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” have the most nominations with 24 each. “WandaVision,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Saturday Night Live” are all top nominees as well, with more than 20 nominations each. To see if your favorite show is up for an award, check out Insider’s full list of nominees.

If you’re aiming to catch up on any of the nominated shows before the winners are announced, take a look at our breakdown of where to watch all the Emmy-nominated series for outstanding drama, outstanding comedy, and outstanding limited or anthology series.

Will there be a red carpet at the 2021 Emmy Awards?

After last year’s virtual event, the red carpet is returning for the 73rd Emmy Awards. Compared to the extravagance of previous shows, however, the 2021 Emmy Awards will have a scaled-down red carpet due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Though CBS and Paramount Plus won’t be airing pre-show coverage, you can watch a live stream of the red carpet pre-show on the People and Entertainment Weekly websites starting at 7 p.m. ET. The E! cable channel will also have pre-show entertainment and red carpet coverage.

You can watch E! without cable if you have a subscription to live TV streaming services like Sling TV, fuboTV, YouTube TV, or Hulu + Live TV. In addition, viewers can watch a red carpet preview and all the major arrivals for free on the E! channel’s website and YouTube page.

What else can I watch on Paramount Plus?

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“A Quiet Place Part II”

In addition to the 73rd Emmy Awards, Paramount Plus features a growing catalog of entertainment options, including original shows like “Evil” and “Star Trek: Discovery,” as well as movies like “76 Days” and “A Quiet Place Part II.”

For more information about whether or not Paramount Plus is worth the subscription, take a look at Insider’s review. You can learn even more about the service’s plans and features by reading our detailed breakdown of Paramount Plus.

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