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Here are the best AirPods deals you can get right now

Apple’s second-gen AirPods Pro buds in front of the charging case against a dark background.
Apple’s second-gen AirPods Pro are still matching the all-time low they set during Black Friday.

If you know where to look, there are often some great discounts available on Apple’s ever-popular AirPods. Since Apple launched the third-gen AirPods toward the end of 2021, we’ve seen the starting price of the second-gen, entry-level model slowly dip to around $100. And now that the second-gen AirPods Pro has been on the market for a year, we’re also seeing their price fall more often, too. We’re even seeing great deals land on the newer updated AirPods Pro with USB-C.

Here, we’ve curated the best deals currently available on each model, including the entry-level AirPods, the AirPods Pro, the third-gen AirPods, and the AirPods Max.

The best AirPods (second-gen) deals

In 2021, Apple lowered the list price of the second-gen...

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Federal judge vows to investigate Google for intentionally destroying chats

Google’s President of Global Affairs, Kent Walker, speaks at the inauguration of the new Google Security Engineering Center (GSEC), on 29 November, 2023
Google chief legal officer Kent Walker. | Photo By Alex Zea/Europa Press via Getty Images

Judge James Donato is overseeing Epic v. Google, a case that could determine the future of the Android app store — but testimony in this case may have more repercussions for Google too.

On Friday, Judge Donato vowed to investigate Google for intentionally and systematically suppressing evidence, calling the company’s conduct “a frontal assault on the fair administration of justice.” We were there in the courtroom for his explanation.

“I am going to get to the bottom of who is responsible,” he said, adding he would pursue these issues “on my own, outside of this trial.”

Testimony in the Epic v. Google trial — and in a parallel DOJ antitrust suit against Google in Washington, DC — revealed that Google automatically deleted chat messages...

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Samsung Galaxy S24 leaks suggest a titanium build, flattened screen, and more

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Leaked images of the new Samsung S24 Ultra and standard S24. | Image: Windows Report

This is the time of year when Samsung unwillingly has major details of its flagship Galaxy S line of phones leaked out months before they launch. So it will come as no surprise that we’ve now got details on the S24 and S24 Ultra — or at least the phones we assume will carry that name.

Today, Windows Report got a hold of new official Samsung images that include the Galaxy S24 Ultra with a new flattened screen design. It confirms an earlier leak by Twitter / X user David Martin, who posted handheld images of the purported new S24 Ultra. The images clearly showed sharper screen edges akin to the changes made with the regular S23 from earlier this year, instead of the gentle curve, and a new gray color finish.

As reported last month, Samsung...

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In firing Altman, OpenAI’s board wanted to keep the element of surprise

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We still don’t know the whole story around the conflict between OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and the company’s board, but more and more is leaking out. A new report, from The New Yorker, alleges that OpenAI’s old board deliberately excluded Microsoft after initially voting to expel Sam Altman as CEO, and they actually believed the company would back them.

In the sprawling story, New Yorker reported Microsoft executives were blindsided by the decision to oust Sam Altman, possibly to prevent Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella from warning Altman what was about to happen.

Altman has a reputation for being a shrewd business person, and part of the decision not to inform Microsoft was to ensure that he would be surprised.

When OpenAI announced Altman’s...

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SpaceX will take some Amazon satellites to space

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Amazon is enlisting the help of one of its biggest rivals to shuttle its Project Kuiper internet satellites into space. The company will use SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for three launches beginning in 2025, Amazon announced on Friday.

Project Kuiper is Amazon’s low Earth orbit satellite program that could eventually provide users across the globe with internet connectivity. Amazon launched its first two Project Kuiper test satellites into space in October, where it managed to connect to the internet and conduct a two-way video call. However, it still has to do some serious catching up to SpaceX’s Starlink, which has already deployed around 5,000 satellites.

Despite the rivalry between the two companies, it doesn’t exactly come as a surprise...

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Here are the best Apple Watch deals right now

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The Apple Watch Ultra 2 isn’t a massive step up from the prior model, but it does offer a few new features. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

A couple of months ago, Apple launched its latest batch of smartwatches, introducing the Apple Watch Ultra 2 ($799) alongside the new Apple Watch Series 9 ($399). Each wearable has its own pros and cons, as does the second-gen Apple Watch SE ($249), but the introduction of the new wearables also means there are now more Apple Watch models on the market than ever before — and a lot more deals to be had.

But with all of those options, which one should you pick? Generally speaking, you want to buy the newest watch you can afford so that it continues to receive software updates from Apple. The latest update, watchOS 10, just launched on the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer, though no one can say with certainty whether the Series 4 will get...

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Gmail had two outages this week that delayed emails

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Gmail experienced some issues with delayed emails twice this week: on Thursday and again on Friday.

On Thursday at 12:31PM ET, Google wrote on Gmail’s Workspace Status Dashboard that “customers impacted by this issue may see delay in sending the emails,” but at 5:03PM ET, the company posted an update that indicates things were fixed.

The Thursday issues affected at least two of us here at The Verge. Earlier that day, emails sent from our personal emails to our work accounts took a while to show up. Weirdly, emails from our work emails to our personal Gmails sent just fine. 9to5Google reported the opposite, finding that personal emails worked as expected while Workspace account emails weren’t arriving as expected.

On Friday, Google...

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Amazon Fire TVs have found a new and annoying way to slap you in the face with ads

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Well this friggin’ sucks.

If you have a Fire TV product of some kind, you’ve probably noticed in the last few weeks that every time you turn on the device, a full-screen ad plays instead of displaying the homescreen.

At first, I thought it was some kind of mistake on my part. That I somehow hit a button during my TV’s startup that triggered the ad to play, but then my husband started noticing this phenomenon on his Fire TV, too.

Unfortunately, this is a feature, not a bug.

As first reported by Cord Cutter News, apparently a new update changed the default location of the Fire TV cursor. Now, instead of the cursor starting on the navigation menu, it starts on the big-ass banner ad that always takes up half of any Fire TV home menu. Since...

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OpenAI’s GPT store delayed to next year

Sam Altman onstage at OpenAI DevDay.
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OpenAI’s GPT store will be delayed until next year, the company said in an email to people who signed up for its GPT Builder.

In the email, OpenAI said that “unexpected things have been keeping us busy,” which pushed back the GPT store’s rollout. The company said it had planned to release the store in December, which itself is slightly later than originally promised; at its developer conference in November, OpenAI said the store would launch later that month.

OpenAI email to custom GPT builders.

To be fair to OpenAI, it did have a very eventful past week dealing with the ouster of CEO Sam Altman, the open revolt of hundreds of its employees, the exodus and heart emoji social media campaign of its senior executives,...

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