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Black Friday 2018: The best early deals

Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Deals now roll out in a chaotic mass all throughout November.

Just a couple of years ago, most of those early discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.

While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. 

We’ve begun rounding up those here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by. We’ll add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: Holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure—assuming you can float the cash.

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Windows 10 preview build 18282 finally supports smarter Windows Updates, new light theme

The headline feature of Windows 10 Insider build 18282 is probably the “light theme” for your Windows desktop. But the most useful addition is the new, Intelligent Active Hours designed to present unwanted interruptions from Windows updates.

The preview build, leading up to the next big update to Windows 10 due early next year (code-named 19H1), doesn’t boast any truly new features. Rather, these enhancements to existing features are conveniences you may try if you choose. Here they are:

The “light theme”

You’re probably aware of the existing Windows “dark theme,” which uses darker colors and accents to soften the vast expanses of white within Explorer, Edge, and so on. And you probably thought that the existing light theme was an alternative to that. Well, not so much, apparently.

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Black Friday 2018: When the deals start, how to get the best prices on tech, and where to shop

Once long ago, Black Friday referred to a single day of shopping excess. People woke up early the Friday after Thanksgiving, headed to malls, and fought over sweaters and TVs to score the best deals.

Times have changed—enough so that we’ve created this guide.

These days, Black Friday is no longer a single day of the year. It’s now a vaguely defined period in November, during which you’ll find a mix of incredible loss-leader discounts, solid price reductions, and a slew of questionable “bargains.” The time creep only worsens each year, too.

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Samsung’s folding Galaxy phone reveal was a giant disappointment

Update 7:40 p.m.: Samsung provided a few more details about the display in a session following the keynote.

After more than an hour of tiring Bixby announcements, cursory Galaxy Home details, and long-winded IOT speeches during the opening keynote to its developers conference, Samsung finally showed us what we were all waiting for: its new folding phone.

Except it wasn’t really a phone at all. Samsung’s big innovation is the Infinity Flex display, and we still don’t know much about what Samsung is going to do with it. Senior vice president Justin Denison waxed poetic about an advanced composite polymer and reduced thickness that paves the way for rollable displays, foldable phones, and thinner handsets. Except he didn’t actually show us any of that.

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Create Your Own 3D Structures With Ashampoo 3D CAD Pro 6, Now 90% Off

Our imagination runs the wildest when we’re young. Many of us reminisce of the days when we would build fantastical castles and skyscrapers out of toy blocks. While most of us have outgrown those years, some still bear a childlike fascination with building the impossible; it’s these bright minds who create astonishing structures like the Burj Khalifa and the Sydney Opera House. If you dream of creating the architectural marvels of the future, pursuing a career in this field may be for you.

However, every accomplished architect starts small, and drafting houses and small structures are the ideal platforms for practice. With Ashampoo 3D CAD Professional 6, you can experiment with architectural design and bring your vision one step closer to fruition for $29.99.

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