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TechCrunch

Danny Crichton

As home sales skyrocket and IPO looms, Diane Yu joins fintech Better.com as CTO

The pandemic might have wiped out whole swaths of the economy, but one area that is pulsating with activity is home sales. Driven by remote work and changing commute patterns, home sales skyrocketed last year, with the National Association of Realtors predicting that the total volume when fully calculated will be the highest in 14 years.

That’s been great news for Better Mortgage (which generally brands itself as Better.com for presumably that SEO love). According to the company, it is now...

TechCrunch

Brian Heater

Video game spending increased 27% in 2020

If you’ve been following the gaming space – or just the state of the world, generally – over the past 12 months, this shouldn’t come as a major surprise. Spending saw big increases pretty much across the board in 2020, as a homebound populace sought comfort and distraction in gaming. This comes in stark contrast to much of the rest of the consumer electronics space, in which economic uncertainty  curtailed purchasing on non-essentials.

According to the latest figures from NPD,...

TechCrunch

Brian Heater

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro are a solid AirPods alternative

I suspect it will be a while before I get excited over wireless earbuds. It’s not for a lack of trying on the part of manufacturers. In fact, quite the contrary. The category actually matured quite quickly, compared to various other verticals in the consumer electronics space. The truth is, most major hardware makers have gotten pretty decent at making a pair of wireless buds — many for pretty cheap.

Samsung’s been in that category for a while now. I’ve liked the last several models...

Gizmodo

Sam Rutherford

Galaxy Buds Pro Review: Samsung's Real Answer to the AirPods Pro

It’s been less than six months since Samsung released its last pair of wireless earbuds. But now there’s the Galaxy Buds Pro. By switching over to a more traditional design, keeping built-in ANC, and slapping on a price tag of $200, Samsung has finally created a worthy and more affordable competitor to Apple’s $250…

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Gizmodo

The Inventory Staff on Kinja Deals, shared by Gabe Carey to Gizmodo

Friday's Best Deals: Switch Digital Games Sale, Amazon Basics Fitness Equipment, L'Oreal Sale, Aukey Webcam, Lacoste Sunglasses, Hydrogel Lip Masks, and More

A sale on digital Switch games and Amazon Basics fitness equipment lead Friday’s best deals.

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The Verge

Chris Welch

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: the right balance

They don’t win at any one thing, but they strike a great mix in terms of sound quality, ANC, and comfort

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Mashable

Dylan Haas

Get started on your New Year's resolution with Mirror — it's $350 off

SAVE $350: One of the most high-tech pieces of home gym equipment, the Mirror, is $350 off for the new year — just use NEWYEARS21 at checkout to redeem the discount.

In the midst of global crisis, home gyms have become more and more popular. They're probably here to stay long after we get out of all this. It makes sense why everyone who has the space is hopping on the home gym trend — with many of us barely able to leave our homes, the only way to stay in shape is to get exercise done...

Mashable

Alex Perry

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: No more 'beans,' but that's for the best

Sometimes making things less fun is for the best. Case in point: The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. 

Just a handful of months after Samsung graced us with the delightfully bean-shaped (and genuinely good) Galaxy Buds Live, we've already got a more, uh, "professional" follow-up. At $199.99, the Galaxy Buds Pro are only marginally more expensive than the Buds Live, but offer a totally different look and a few extra features, largely revolving around active noise cancellation.

The end result is...

Mashable

Dylan Haas

Save $80 on a 2-in-1 HP Chromebook, plus more laptop deals this weekend

OUR TOP PICK: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 — save $1,416.36

BEST VALUE: Dell XPS 13 — save $79

BEST CHROMEBOOK DEAL: HP 2-in-1 Chromebook — save $80

What's better than a great laptop? A great laptop that's cheap. Nowadays, even budget machines can pack the punch to carry you through whatever's on your to-do list, whether it's work, watching Netflix, or endlessly browsing your go-to social media sites. If you're looking to pick up a new laptop yourself but don't necessarily want to...

Engadget

Kris Holt

Kia teases several of its upcoming electric vehicles

Kia has offered a sneak peek at its upcoming electric vehicles. It teased nine EVs, including cars and commercial vehicles, but they were all shrouded in shadow. The automaker plans to ship seven EVs by 2027 and it will provide a proper look at the f...

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Bradley Brownell on Jalopnik, shared by Andrew Couts to Gizmodo

The Sondors Metacycle Is The Inexpensive Electric Commuter Motorcycle I’ve Been Waiting For

The average American commute is a paltry 12 miles. The average American drives no more than 25 miles per day. A small electric motorcycle isn’t for everyone, but more than half of Americans could benefit from zipping around town on something like this. Imagine how much better your commute could be if you could hop on…

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Victoria Song

MagSafe Might Be Coming Back to MacBook Pros and the Touch Bar Might Be Going Bye Bye

If you’ve been missing MagSafe, good news—rumor has it that Apple’s magnetic power adaptor is set to make a return to two upgraded MacBook Pros later this year.

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Gizmodo

Andrew Liszewski

A Startup Demonstrated a Wirelessly Powered TV at CES 2021 and I Want to Believe

A big TV no longer needs an even bigger home entertainment center to support it thanks to hidden wall mounts, but you still have to deal with wires. You can either route them through the wall so they’re out of sight or cross your fingers that this completely wireless TV technology demonstrated at CES 2021 is legit.

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Brian Kahn on Earther, shared by Andrew Couts to Gizmodo

Rare Wolverine Spotted in Yellowstone for the First Time in Years

A camera trap set up to catch cougars prowling Yellowstone National Park has captured an even rarer creature. The park released footage this week showing a wolverine tearing through the forest, marking the first on-camera sighting since the camera traps were deployed in 2014.

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TechCrunch

Anthony Ha

Crossbeam raises $25M to back startups built on ‘platform economies’

While many venture capitalists might hope to fund the next Amazon or Shopify, Crossbeam is a new firm focused on backing the startups built on top of these platforms. And it recently closed its $25 million first fund.

We’ve written about well-funded startups like SellerX, Perch and Heroes that acquire and grow Amazon businesses, and Crossbeam General Partner Ali Hamed similarly pointed to Amazon to illustrate the scale of the opportunity. Noting that third-party sales on Amazon reached...

TechCrunch

Darrell Etherington

Everlywell raises $75M from HealthQuest Capital following its recent $175M Series D round

At-home health testing kit startup Everlywell has raised $75 million, following the close of the $175 million Series D it announced in December. The new funding comes from HealthQuest Capital, and sees the fund’s founder and managing partners Dr. Garheng Kong join the company’s board of directors. The new funding is a secondary sale, with proceeds used to provide liquidity to existing investors rather than further diluting shares, so the startup’s $1.3 billion valuation from December...

TechCrunch

Alex Wilhelm

Rapid growth in 2020 reveals OKR software market’s untapped potential

Last year, a number of startups building OKR-focused software raised lots of venture capital, drawing TechCrunch’s attention.

Why is everyone making software that measures objectives and key results? we wondered with tongue in cheek. After all, how big could the OKR software market really be?

It’s a sub-niche of corporate planning tools! In a world where every company already pays for Google or Microsoft’s productivity suite, and some big software companies offer similar planning...

The Verge

Micah Singleton Barbara Krasnoff

How to delete your Facebook account

illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

If you’ve finally given up on the world’s most popular social media network, it’s not too complicated to remove yourself from the service. But before you delete all of those pictures, posts, and likes, you should download your personal information from Facebook.

Your Facebook archives contain just about all of the pertinent information related to your account, including your photos, active sessions, chat history, IP addresses, facial recognition...

The Verge

Bijan Stephen

A brief chat with Storymodebae

Briana became Storymodebae when she started her Twitch channel in January 2018. Back then she was still a year away from graduating from college, and in her own words, got the idea to start making things online after she started watching Let’s Plays on YouTube when she found herself stuck in games. “I was like, ‘I mean, I like playing video games and I think I can crack a joke on occasion. So maybe I should give this a try.’”

Three years later, Storymodebae has made Twitch her...

The Verge

Julia Alexander

WandaVision welcomes a new line of Earth’s first defense in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

WandaVision, the first original television series produced by Marvel Studios, isn’t quite like anything Marvel has released before.

It’s absurdist and pays authentic tribute to some of the best American sitcoms produced in the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, including Bewitched and The Dick Van Dyke Show. WandaVision is still a Marvel Studios show, however, and that means it ties into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first two episodes, now streaming on Disney Plus, set up...

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