Day: November 21, 2020

Amazon’s Best Black Friday 2020 Tech Deals

Amazon’s Black Friday sale starts Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 27. Find tens of thousands of deals on Amazon devices, smartphones, home office products, and much more.

Black Friday is one of the most anticipated shopping events of the year. With hundreds of retailers offering discounts on thousands of items, it’s the perfect time to buy all of your holiday gifts.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many consumers will likely be turning to online shopping this year, and Amazon has plenty of Black Friday deals worth checking out. See if any of these Amazon devices, headphones, TVs, smartphones, software, STEM kits, and more might be the perfect gifts for your loved ones (or for yourself) without costing you a fortune. TechRepublic will update this article as more information becomes available. 

Disclaimer: Some of the following deals are not yet live, but will be available on Amazon sometime between

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Roblox is going public – TechCrunch

Roblox opens its books, Snap makes an acquisition and Pfizer and BioNTech seek regulatory approval for their vaccine. This your Daily Crunch for November 20, 2020.

The big story: Roblox is going public

The child-friendly gaming company filed confidentially to go public in October, but it only published its S-1 document with financial information late yesterday.

How do the numbers look? Well, Roblox is certainly growing quickly — total revenue increased 56% in 2019, and then another 68% in the first three quarters of 2020, when it saw $588.7 million in revenue. At the same time, losses are growing as well, nearly quadrupling to $203.2 million during those same three quarters.

The company also acknowledged that its success depends on its ability to “provide a safe online environment” for children. Otherwise, “business will suffer dramatically.”

The tech giants

Snap acquired Voisey, an app to create music tracks overlaying your own

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Quantum computing: A cheat sheet

IBM, Honeywell, and Intel are just three companies leading the way in building quantum machines as well as the algorithms and controls to run them. Learn about possible business use cases for quantum.

Quantum computing–considered to be the next generation of high-performance computing–is a rapidly-changing field that receives equal parts attention in academia and in enterprise research labs. Honeywell, IBM, and Intel are independently developing their own implementations of quantum systems, as are startups such as D-Wave Systems. In late 2018, President Donald Trump signed the National Quantum Initiative Act that provides $1.2 billion for quantum research and development. 

TechRepublic’s cheat sheet for quantum computing is positioned both as an easily digestible introduction to a new paradigm of computing, as well as a living guide that will be updated periodically to keep IT leaders informed on advances in the science and commercialization of quantum computing.

SEE: The CIO’s guide to

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Dive into Python and AI with this online training bundle

Whether you’re a Python beginner or want to learn how to use the programming language with AI and data analytics, check out these training courses.

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If you’re an aspiring or even established developer, choosing which programming language to learn next can be a daunting task. There are so many programming languages to choose from, and each one tends to be suited for a specific subspecialty of tech.

But if you haven’t already learned Python, you can call off the search. This incredibly powerful and popular programming language is used to build everything from apps to the latest artificial intelligence (AI) software and technologies. The Ultimate Python & Artificial Intelligence Certification Bundle will teach you everything you need to know for just $39.99—over 95% off its usual price for a limited time.

The easy-to-follow nine courses total 38 hours of content. Python for Beginners

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Best Mobile Accessories Gifts – TechRepublic

This gift guide features cool and handy accessories for smartphones, smartwatches, and laptops.

With people turning to mobile devices now more than ever, accessories for smartphones, smartwatches, and laptops make great gifts for your loved ones or coworkers. This gift guide offers options for power banks and chargers, smartwatch bands, phone cases, earbuds, and more to help you narrow down which mobile accessories to gift this holiday season.   





RAVPower Fast Wireless charger 

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Being able to charge a smartphone quickly makes anyone happy. Why not give the gift of fast charging with the RAVPower Fast Wireless charger? This charger works for iOS and Android devices, including the new iPhone 12. As long as the smartphone is Qi-compatible, this charger can get the job done, and the user doesn’t even have to remove their phone case. 


$16 at Amazon



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AUKEY USB-C power bank

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Anyone who’s had the battery

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The 7 best microphones to help you sound better in your next video meeting

There’s plenty of technology available to help improve the quality of our virtual calls. A top-of-the-line microphone is a great start.

In recent weeks, there’s been a surge in video conferencing as many teams operate remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Needless to say, it only takes a few Zoom calls to realize that a standard laptop microphone simply cannot deliver high-quality audio. While some companies have provided employees with a stipend to upgrade their home office setups, many were not as lucky.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of tech to improve the quality of these virtual conferences and an aftermarket microphone is a smart way to immediately give your audio a healthy boost. Ranging from high-end broadcast-style microphones to lightning port audio accessories for recordings on the go, there’s certainly no shortage of models to choose from. Without further ado, here are some of the best microphones for the home studio.

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