The Morning After: The best early Black Friday deals for 2023

Plus, Tesla for kids, Jon Stewart and next-generation robotic hands.


November 24 might be a few days away yet, but that hasn’t stopped swathes of the industry from posting their deals early. Engadget’s crack team of coupon-heads has pored over countless listings to find you some absolutely jaw-dropping bargains. That includes hefty bits of cash knocked off the price of a new Mac Mini M2, iPad, Meta Quest and Apple Watch. Even better, you can pick up a pair of Sony XM5s, long regarded as the best in their class, for just $328. Well, you can. Your humble narrator is in the UK, so is ineligible to grab any of these utterly sweet early deals.

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Lawmakers question Apple over cancellation of Jon Stewart’s show

Officials want to know if the rumors are true.

The Problem with Jon Stewart was, in theory, the ideal vehicle for the combative former Daily Show host. A well-heeled venture where Stewart could go deep on tough political topics, backed by a megacorporation too rich to be cowed by advertiser pressure. Except, so the rumors go, Apple pulled the plug on the series to prevent episodes critical of AI and China. Now, a bipartisan group from the House of Representatives is querying what happened and why.

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$1,900 Tesla Cyberquad is on sale again, less likely to maim children

Radio Flyer has updated the model to meet (checks notes) basic safety standards.

Promotional image of a Cyberquad for kids.
Radio Flyer / Tesla

Radio Flyer has announced its kids’ version of the Tesla Cyberquad is back on sale, now with less risk to its rider. It launched back in 2021, only for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall it for not meeting safety standards. Now, it’s back for $1,900, plus the cost of a helmet and some knee and elbow pads (not included).

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The Analogue Pocket will soon come in 8 Game Boy Pocket/Advance colors

They look beautiful.

Promotional image for the Analogue Pocket Color in a variety of Game Boy-aping shades.

The Game Boy-aping Analogue Pocket will soon be available in eight gorgeous new colors to give us all some retro-gaming feels. Given they’re limited editions, and Analogue units sell out pretty quick, you’d better have your fingers ready when pre-orders open on November 17.

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Master & Dynamic MW09 review: Premium materials, impeccable clarity

Gorgeous, expensive and… not as good as its cheaper rivals.

Image of the Master and Dynamic MW09 on a wooden tabletop in front of some books, and with a red notebook and a black pen in the foreground.
Photo by Billy Steele / Engadget

Master & Dynamic hasn’t quite become a dominant, class-topping force in the world of true wireless earbuds. Its latest entry, the MW09, has been put through its paces by audio guru Billy Steele. Sadly, while it’s an improvement on previous offerings, it’s still not good enough to whip better, more affordable products into shape.

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Researchers printed a robotic hand with bones, ligaments and tendons for the first time

Yes, it does remind us of Westworld.

Image of two all-in-one 3D-printed robotic hands, one holding a marker pen, the other gripping an empty clear plastic water bottle. Both are stood on plinths in front of a dark grey background.
ETH Zurich / Thomas Buchner

A significant development in 3D printing technology may have far-reaching implications for the future of medical prostheses and soft robots. Researchers printed a hand with tendons, ligaments and bones, making them simultaneously rather than separately. The technique offers more durability and flexibility, making it the ideal basis for complex prostheses.

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