As usual, this Saturday email includes highlights from Friday and the rest of the week, but one of my favorites came in late last night. To celebrate its socially-distanced QuakeCon event this weekend -- and encourage donations to several charities -- Bethesda is making the original Quake free.
It’s usually only a few bucks anyway, but if you’re like me then it’s a nice opportunity to roam the halls of The Netherworld while giving the Fall Guys servers a much-needed break. It’s just like 1996, except with better 3D acceleration and a better excuse to spend the summer indoors.
The Engadget Podcast
Diving into everything Samsung (and the Pixel 4a).
Cherlynn and Devindra chat about the Galaxy Note (and Ultra!), the Z Fold 2, Tab S7 and S7+, Watch 3 and Buds Live. Whew. And they still find time to go into Cherlynn’s glowing Pixel 4a review, plus the Microsoft/Tiktok deal and Trump’s latest attempt to block Chinese companies.
The best deals we found this week: Nest WiFi, Sony wireless earbuds and more
Plus Echo Dot bundles for as low as $21.
A two-pack of Google’s Nest WiFi system remains on sale for $199 at a bunch of retailers, and two Sony wireless earbuds that we reviewed and rated highly dropped to their lowest prices ever. You can also snag a handy 15-port Thunderbolt 3 docking station for $40 off, and save hundreds on a few TCL 8-series Roku smart TVs.
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Reels is a worthy TikTok rival lost in Instagram bloat
The copy-paste strategy worked well for Stories, but not IGTV.
So what is it like to use Facebook’s latest clone? Nicole Lee gave Reels a try and found that the biggest problem is just finding it inside Instagram’s increasingly-crowded app.
Our readers get real about their issues with the AirPods Pro
A product that readers liked in concept, but at times found it severely lacking in execution.
Now that our readers have had time to try Apple’s latest earbuds, they told us what they think of them -- and it wasn’t always good. The user score ultimately averaged out to 70, a big drop from Billy Steele’s review score of 87. If you’re still on the fence about grabbing the AirPods Pro, check out some of these snippets first.