The best Memorial Day sales 2019: a guide to the best deals so far

Memorial Day weekend has officially begun! That means not only a long holiday break filled with outdoor activities but also fantastic deals from your favorite retailers. You can find Black-Friday like prices from Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon and more. Memorial Day sales include huge discounts on grills, laptops, mattresses, patio furniture and more.

To help guide you through all the promotions and offers, we’ve put together a list of the best sales that are currently going on. We’ve also hand-picked the top deals from a variety of categories such as appliances, electronics, home items and more. Some standout deals include discounts on the Apple Watch 3, 4K Fire TV Stick, Dyson V7 Vacuum Cleaner and the latest model Apple iPad.

We’ll be updating this page throughout the holiday weekend, so you don’t miss out any sale events. 

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Smart watches

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Automattic buys Prospress in digital subscription push

The company behind WordPress.com and WooCommerce, Automattic has acquired the startup Prospress as it looks to expand its digital subscription offerings.

The small startup made a name for itself by developing a recurring payment solution specifically designed for WooCommerce called WooCommerce subscriptions.

By acquiring Prospress, Automattic will be able to charge its customers regularly through digital subscriptions to WooCommerce while controlling a larger part of the ecommerce stack.

In addition to WooCommerce subscriptions, Prospress has also developed several other online tools including a marketing automation tool to remind customers when they have abandoned their carts while shopping online and a tool to test an online store’s checkout functionality before it goes live.

Prospress acquisition

Once the acquisition is complete, the Prospress team will continue work on its own products while joining the rest of the WooCommerce team.

Currently the company has 20 employees which gives you an idea of its [...]  read more

Memorial Day deal at Walmart: get the Apple iPad on sale for $249

The long holiday weekend is officially here, and that means Memorial Day sales are in full force. Walmart is participating in the big sale event with discounts sitewide on a variety of best-selling products. A standout deal is the latest model Apple iPad that’s on sale for $249. That’s an $80 discount and the lowest price we’ve found for the 32GB tablet.

The 2018 iPad features a 9.7-inch retina display and offers 32GB of storage. The tablet includes an impressive 1.2MP HD front-facing camera and an A10 Fusion chip which results in a powerful laptop-like performance. The additional power also allows you to use the latest apps that include augmented reality experiences. The Apple iPad features an all-day battery life of 10 hours and uses Touch-ID so you can securely unlock your tablet with a tap of your finger.

This is one of the best Memorial Day discounts we’ve seen, and a fantastic price for a newer-model iPad. This deal is a limited-time promotion, so you make [...]  read more

Apple improved the 2019 MacBook Pro keyboards after all, iFixit uncovers

Apple didn’t just improve the processors within its existing MacBook Pro models, but apparently the company has also improved the keyboards that these refreshed laptops offer, teardown site iFixit has learned.

The new MacBook Pro has a high price, as have all MacBook Pro models before it. And, with a high price comes an expectation of high quality. But, for the last several years, Apple’s MacBooks have had keyboard issues with missed and repeated key presses. They’ve been a result of the Butterfly keyboards used in MacBooks from the 12-inch version to the MacBook Pro.

Apple has worked to address the issue in the past, making iterative changes to the butterfly keyboards, but the problems persisted. Apple even issue an apology over the keyboard failures many have experienced, and it went so far as extending its keyboard repair program to cover all MacBooks with Butterfly keyboards recently.

That coverage includes the newest MacBook Pro models, but apparent changes made to the [...]  read more

Madden NFL 20 release date, trailers and news

Madden NFL is EA Sports’ long-running football franchise, and like clockwork, another one is headed our way with new features and improvements from last year’s game. 

Madden NFL 20 is almost certainly shipping later in 2019 with a few tweaks to the time-tested formula. Here’s what the new game might bring to the table after last year’s much-loved entry in the series.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest entry in EA Sports’ long-running football simulation series
  • When can I play it? August 2 is the release date, but early access starts on July 31
  • What can I play it on? Again, no official word from EA yet, but we would expect it to be playable on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Madden NFL 20 release date and special editions

Madden NFL 20 will officially be released on August 2, 2019, and will retail for $59. Pre-ordering will grant buyers five Gold Team Fantasy Packs as well as their pick of one out of 32 Core Elite Players from your favorite NFL team.

There will indeed be not one but two special editions. The first, Madden NFL 20 Superstar Edition, costs $79. For that extra cash, you get 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs and one small Training Quicksell Pack in Madden Ultimate Team. Buyers also get early access to play the game on July 31, 2019, a full three days ahead of the standard launch date.

The $99 Ultimate Superstar Edition of [...]  read more

xCloud, Microsoft’s answer to PlayStation Now, can stream 3,500 games

While Microsoft’s game-streaming service isn’t ready for primetime yet, it’s further along than anyone thought: Project xCloud, which is currently being beta tested by Microsoft employees, can already stream 3,500 games from the cloud with another 1,900 games potentially titles on their way. 

Microsoft unveiled these and other key details today in a new blog on the Xbox Wire, and says even more details will be revealed soon. 

The key points in today’s post are that Microsoft has a number of games that are already compatible with the service from the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox game library, and claims that any game published on the Xbox One could be xCloud-compatible without any extra work from developers. 

To stream these games to customers, Microsoft has deployed xCloud servers to data centers across 13 Azure regions – including North America, Europe and Asia – and says that it will continue to build more centers as development continues. 

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New Microsoft patent teases Surface Pro 7 with USB Type-C – finally

Microsoft’s presumed Surface Pro 7 could take the product line’s accolades to the new level with the long-awaited inclusion of a USB Type-C port, based on details in a patent discovered by Windows United and shared by HotHardware.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro hybrid laptops have received high praise for years, often landing among the best Windows tablets on the market. Even the company’s budget Surface Go scores high marks. The inclusion of this modern connectivity standard could take it to the next level.

As good as the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is in most regards, its port selection is a serious black eye for the tablet. The Mini DisplayPort is fine, but the USB-A connection is offering seriously dated USB 3.0 speeds. 

When it comes to charging and using more peripherals, Microsoft has a proprietary connector called the Surface Connect port.

The connector isn’t our favorite, as faster speeds for peripherals and all charging require special accessories that will [...]  read more

Bank holiday sales: these TV deals are hard to resist – we bought one

When you spend a lot of time each week comparing the best cheap TV deals, you spend a lot of time being seriously tempted by those big discounts we like to share with you. 

And generally, we’re able to resist, otherwise we’d end up with more TVs than rooms in which to watch them at home. That balance may have been broken today though as the bank holiday sales have kicked off early and with them some spectacular offers. There’s an OLED TV with the cheapest price we’ve ever seen, a seriously cheap wall-filling 65-inch TV and the true-heart stopper, a 55-inch Ambilight 4K HDR TV for just £369. 

These frankly ridiculous deals have come around thanks to a new eBay voucher code and we’ve rounded up even more discounts on our eBay deals page. These are the best TV ones though from reliable electronics merchants Currys, Argos and AO.com.

Sorry US readers but these are UK-only deals. On the plus side, we’ve rounded up plenty of offers just for you [...]  read more

eBay voucher code knocks 15% off all tech for today only – iPads, consoles, TVs and more

Today’s new eBay voucher code is a great chance to save some money on a huge range of electronics. You’ll have to be quick though as the voucher code expires at midnight tonight.

While 10% and the occasional 15% off eBay voucher codes to appear quite often this one’s something of a rarity as it’s not tied to a select handful of retailers. And when those codes come around, they’re not usually the best ones either. Today though the code can be used for any tech deal regardless of the retailer.

We’ve already spotted some fantastic bargains on the eBay pages from top tech merchants like Currys, Argos and AO.com. If you miss out though, or don;t find anything today, be sure to take a look at our coverage of the best Bank Holiday sales

There are cheap iPads, discounted Nintendo Switch bundles, ridiculously low Fire TV Sticks and more. We’ll keep adding them below as we find them.

There are some minor caveats to consider with today’s ebay voucher [...]  read more

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is being turned into a movie

With Disney wrapping up the Skywalker saga with this Christmas’s Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, where does the movie series set in a galaxy far, far away turn next for inspiration?

The answer, it now seems, is to the Star Wars computer games. According to a report from Buzzfeed News, a new movie based on Bioware‘s Knights of the Old Republic series is in the works.

A script is said to be in the works by writer and producer Laeta Kalogridis, with the team “finishing the first script of a potential KotOR trilogy”, according to “three sources,” close to the matter.

The next generation

The news follows a tease by Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy back at the Star Wars Celebration event in April, where she said the studio was “developing something to look at” based on the gaming franchise.

Kalogridis has worked on some big name projects over the years, most recently as showrunner on Netflix‘s [...]  read more