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The Morning After: The best deals we could find before Black Friday

Windows turns 35, and we go deal hunting.

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November 21st, 2020
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Apple Watch Series 6

How many of us were around for the launch of Windows 1.0 35 years ago? Even if you weren’t, you probably experienced an iteration or two of Microsoft’s operating system along the way, but that GUI floating above MS-DOS is where things got their start.

Windows 1.0

Nathan Ingraham takes us back through the history of Windows, including the highs (Windows 95, XP, 7) and the lows (Vista, Vista, Vista, 8).

-- Richard Lawler

This week's best deals: $350 Apple Watch Series 6 and more Black Friday sales

The OnePlus 8 is down to $599 while the 8 Pro dropped to $799.

OnePlus 8 Pro

This week in particular, the Apple Watch Series 6 received a $50 discount at Amazon (the biggest yet, and for more on one specific model), a few Samsung smartphones were hundreds of dollars off and Apple’s latest M1-powered machines received surprisingly early price cuts. 

And don’t miss a pre-Black Friday discount from Roku, as the first discount for its Streambar brings the price down to $99 while Ultra players are available for $70.

Here are all the best deals from the week that you can still snag today, and remember to follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for more updates.
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The Engadget Podcast

It’s all about M1.

M1 MacBook Air

This week, Devindra and Cherlynn chat about what makes the new MacBook Air so special, and what it means for the future of Apple’s M1 Mac lineup. How can Intel and AMD even compete? Also, they discuss if Twitter’s Fleets feature is any good, and what Amazon’s Pharmacy push means for online medication ordering.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.
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The end of an era: What we’re losing with the destruction of the Arecibo telescope

The massive radio telescope has to come down.

The Arecibo telescope was simply massive. Its primary collection dish measures more than a 1,000 meters in diameter and is covered in nearly 39,000 individual aluminum plates. With a total collection area of 73,000 square meters (roughly 20 square acres), the NAIC stood as the largest single aperture telescope on the planet from the date of its completion in 1963 to 2016 when China completed its FAST telescope.

But this week the National Science Foundation finished investigating damage from a snapped cable and said “Any attempts at repairs could put workers in potentially life-threatening danger.” Now it’s dismantling the structure — Andrew Tarantola what we’ll miss the most.
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MacBook Air M1 review: Faster than most PCs, no fan required

Thin and light and fast.

M1 MacBook Air

Apple’s new MacBook Air is its most refined ultraportable yet, mostly due to the new M1 system-on-a-chip. It’s incredibly fast and completely silent, since it has no fan. According to Devindra Hardawar, “The M1 chip makes the MacBook Air one of the fastest ultraportables you can buy today” and gives PC buyers a significant reason to opt for one of Apple’s machines instead of Windows-powered competitors.
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