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Prime Day 2020 may be over — but these Amazon deals are still live

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Prime Day 2020 was a 48-hour deal extravaganza, to say the least, and while Amazon’s biggest sale event is officially over, savings on select products seem to be here to stay — at least for now. Below, we’ve rounded up all the items that still have Prime Day-level pricing in place, so even those late to the game can shop and save.

Now, there’s no telling how long most of these deals will last, so it’s best to buy ASAP if you see something you want. Keep an eye out for marked down items on your holiday gift list, including cool tech, in-demand toys and home upgrades. After all, this is likely your last chance to save early ahead of the Black Friday shopping madness.

Tech and electronics

AirPods Pro ($199, originally $249; amazon.com)

AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro
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Apple’s AirPods Pro are our top pick for best true wireless earbuds — and for good reason. They’re epic across the board with seriously impressive active noise cancellation, comfortable silicone tips that seal off the ear, fast pairing with Apple devices and nearly five hours of battery life with ANC engaged. And they’re $50 off right now.

Surface Pro X ($999.99, originally $1,299; amazon.com)

Surface Pro X
Surface Pro X
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The Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s next-gen 2-in-1 with a custom ARM processor powering Windows 10 and both Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity out of the box. You get an expansive 13-inch screen inside an incredibly portable build at just 7.3 millimters thick and 1.7 pounds. You can bundle it with a TypeCover and a Surface Pen for $1,285, down from $1,569.98.

Sony A8H OLED 4K TV (starting at $1,298, originally $1,498; amazon.com)

Sony A8H OLED 4K TV
Sony A8H OLED 4K TV
PHOTO: SONY

Our TV luxury pick is seeing a mighty fine discount this Prime Day. The Sony A8H OLED 4K TV is just $1,298 for the 55-inch model, and it provides one of the best pictures of any TV we tested. The A8H delivers superior contrast with pitch-black darks, vibrant hues and even softer pastels. It’s the complete package and features an Android TV smart interface.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ ($119.99, originally $149.99; amazon.com)

Samsung Galaxy Buds+
Samsung Galaxy Buds+
PHOTO: Samsung

Looking for a pair of seriously long-lasting true wireless earbuds? Those would be the Galaxy Buds+, which sport 11 hours of playback from the earbuds and up to 22 hours when you factor in the case. They also boast a wide soundstage and a sleek design that doesn’t stick out from the ear as much.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 ($549.99, originally $649.99; amazon.com)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
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We just declared the Galaxy Tab S7 the best Android tablet, and it’s now seeing a fresh discount on Amazon.com. You can score this 11-inch tablet for just $549.99, and that price includes the S Pen. Out of the box it runs Android 10 with a Samsung One user interface on top. It will be zippy fast as well, thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor inside.

eMeet C960 Full HD Webcam ($49.99 after coupon, originally $89.99; amazon.com)

eMeet C960 Full HD Webcam
eMeet C960 Full HD Webcam
PHOTO: Amazon

With the world going full-on virtual this year, this 1080p HD webcam by eMeet lets you be present and presentable for online meetings or recorded lectures. And with a built-in microphone, this little camera is all you’ll need to get going. Make sure to check the coupon box on the item page before adding it to your cart to get the full discount.

Galaxy Book Ion ($1,099.99, originally $1,299.99; amazon.com)

Galaxy Book Ion
Galaxy Book Ion

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Ion is built for productivity. For starters, it boasts 12GB of RAM and a QLED display for crisp visuals. It also features wireless power share — charge your wireless-compatible devices right on the trackpad.

Apple iPad Mini ($349.99, originally $399.99; amazon.com)

Apple iPad Mini
Apple iPad Mini
PHOTO: Amazon

With a thin and light design, Retina Display with True Tone, and a 7.9 inch screen, the iPad mini gives you the ultimate tablet experience while remaining portable and functional. It has a 10 hour battery life to get you through the day and the A12 chip will deliver an incredibly fast performance.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9” ($949.99, originally $999.99; amazon.com)

Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple iPad Pro 12.9″
PHOTO: Amazon

The 12.9 inch iPad Pro packs a powerhouse liquid Retina Display, A12Z bionic chip for incredibly fast performance and has a battery life of up to 10 hours. If you’re looking for a smaller screen the 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale for $749.99, dropping from $799.99. It has the same processing power and display just with a smaller screen.

Galaxy Book S ($749.99, originally $949.99; amazon.com)

Galaxy Book S
Galaxy Book S

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a versatile machine. It weighs next to nothing, but contains a zippy processor typically found in smartphones. As a result, the Book S is fit with 4G LTE connectivity. Paired with a battery that’ll go the distance, the Galaxy Book S is perfect for users on the move.

Galaxy Book Flex ($1,149.99, originally $1,349.99; amazon.com)

Galaxy Book Flex
Galaxy Book Flex

With the included S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex is your one-stop sketchbook, notepad and laptop. Plus, the vibrant QLED display will bring your creations, as well as movies and games, to life.

Samsung Soundbars (starting at $147.99; amazon.com)

Samsung Soundbars
Samsung Soundbars
PHOTO: Amazon

Give your home audio a boost with a top-notch soundbar from Samsung. There are five options on sale so you can choose the one that best suits your current setup.

JBL Headphones, Soundbars, and Speakers (starting at $24.95; amazon.com)

JBL Headphones, Soundbars, and Speakers
JBL Headphones, Soundbars, and Speakers
PHOTO: Amazon

No matter how you like to listen, JBL has a device for you. Choose from discounted earbuds, headphones, speakers and soundbars, all available on Amazon now.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera ($59.95, originally $69.95; amazon.com)

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
PHOTO: Amazon

Instax Mini 11 cameras are $10 off right now in a range of pretty pastel colorways (and classic black and white, of course).

Home and health

Cosori Air Fryer Max XL ($99.98, originally $119.99; amazon.com)

Cosori Air Fryer Max XL
Cosori Air Fryer Max XL
PHOTO: Amazon

One of our favorite air fryers on Amazon, this larger-capacity model from Cosori is about $12 off — that’s the biggest discount we’ve seen in months. If you have yet to jump on the air fryer bandwagon, these appliances use 85% less fat than deep-frying to crisp up your favorite foods. With a 5.8-quart nonstick basket (as opposed to most models’$2 4-quart baskets), you can cook meals — including a whole chicken — for the entire family. Plus, 11 one-touch presets make the whole cooking process a breeze.

Crock-Pot Portable Slow Cookers (starting at $26.18; amazon.com)

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot Slow Cooker
PHOTO: Amazon

Crock-Pot’s set of food warmers and slow cookers is an extra 20% off this Prime Day, with its lime green Food Warmer now $20.93 at checkout, down from $29.99, while its blue Slow Cooker is now $24.16, down from $30.20.

Jointown Face Mask, Pack of 50 ($11.50, originally $14.37; amazon.com)

Jointown Face Mask, Pack of 50
Jointown Face Mask, Pack of 50
PHOTO: Amazon

Turns out Prime Day is the time to stock up on face masks for the whole family. Pick up a 50-pack of disposable one-use masks.

Arlo Home Security Products (starting at $129.99; amazon.com)

Arlo Home Security Products
Arlo Home Security Products
PHOTO: Amazon

Up your home’s security with deals on highly rated Arlo products. You can snag a video doorbell or security cameras for less now.

Mr. Coffee HotCup Single Serve/Pod Free Coffee Maker ($53.71 with coupon, originally $99.99; amazon.com)

PHOTO: Amazon

The Mr. Coffee HotCup coffee maker uses an Advanced Water Flow system designed to evenly distribute the right amount of water over your coffee grounds. Don’t forget to check the coupon box on the item page before adding it to your cart to get the full discount.

Whynter Freezers (starting at $161.85; amazon.com)

Whynter Energy Star Upright Lock-Stainless Steel Freezer
Whynter Energy Star Upright Lock-Stainless Steel Freezer
PHOTO: Amazon

If this year’s stay-at-home orders have made you someone who can’t have enough stocked frozen goodies (just in case!), then check out these small high-quality freezers from Whynter, which are now an additional 20% off at checkout.

Galanz Retro Appliances (starting at $167.99; amazon.com)

Galanz Retro Compact Refrigerator
Galanz Retro Compact Refrigerator
PHOTO: Amazon

And here are more retro appliances if that’s what your heart desires. Galanz has got its top toaster ovens and refrigerators in colors like bright red and muted blue at a 15% discount.

Igloo Ice Makers (starting at $125.50; amazon.com)

Stainless Steel Automatic Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker
Stainless Steel Automatic Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker
PHOTO: Amazon

For ice makers that are slightly cheaper, Igloo’s got its top-rated models now 10% off, with its popular Stainless Steel Automatic Portable Electric Countertop Ice Maker going for $125.50, down from $149.99.

Furbo Dog Camera ($199.99, originally $249; amazon.com)

Furbo Dog Camera
Furbo Dog Camera
PHOTO: Amazon

Keep an eye on your pup even when you’re not home. with the discounted Furbo Dog Camera. Thanks to two-way audio you can even chat with your four-legged friends and toss them treats via the Furbo app.

Graco Products (starting at $144.99; amazon.com)

Graco Products
Graco Products
PHOTO: Amazon

Strap in for some solid discounts on Graco. Several car seats and a few strollers are on sale, so your little ones will be safe, sound and ready to ride.

Stanley Classic Legendary Vacuum Insulated Bottles and Food Jars (starting at $16.65; amazon.com)

Stanley Classic Legendary Vacuum Insulated Bottles and Food Jars
Stanley Classic Legendary Vacuum Insulated Bottles and Food Jars
PHOTO: Amazon

Double-walled vacuum insulation in these water bottles and food jars from Stanley will keep your food and drinks at the appropriate temperature for hours when you’re on the go.

Philips Sonicare ExpertClean 7500 Bluetooth Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush ($139.95, originally $169.95; amazon.com)

Your dentist would be overjoyed if you made a new Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush, now just under $140, your big Prime Day purchase. Your mouth will feel fresher on a daily basis, which is something to smile about.

Select Rugs (starting at 10.37; amazon.com)

Select Rugs
Select Rugs
PHOTO: Amazon

The easiest way to spice up any room is by adding a rug. Now you can choose from hundreds of designs, all at a discount, from Safavieh, Nuloom and Nourison. Whether your aesthetic is contemporary, traditional or downright funky, you’ll find something to suit your taste.

Dash Compact Air Fryer ($44.99, originally $49.99; amazon.com)

Dash Compact Air Fryer
Dash Compact Air Fryer
PHOTO: Amazon

If you have yet to add an air fryer to your cooking arsenal, now’s your chance. Highly rated Dash models are on sale in an apartment-friendly compact size.

Black + Decker Chainsaws and Pole Saws (starting at $71.99; amazon.com)

Black + Decker Chainsaws and Pole Saws
Black + Decker Chainsaws and Pole Saws
PHOTO: Amazon

Yard work just got easier thanks to deals on Black + Decker cordless chainsaws and pole saws. Three different models are all under $200 now — and one is even under $100.

Fashion and beauty

Adidas Shoes and Apparel (starting at $8.30; amazon.com)

Adidas Shoes and Apparel
Adidas Shoes and Apparel
PHOTO: Amazon

Adidas is one of the best activewear and athleisure brands out there, and right now you can save on a range of its sneakers, leggings, tees, sweatshirts, gym bags and so much more. Be sure to shop soon before your favorite styles and sizes sell out.

Columbia (starting at $8.50; amazon.com)

Columbia
PHOTO: Amazon

Whether you’re a hiker out in nature or just a hiker of city streets, there’s likely something for you in this Columbia sale. Pick up a jacket so you’re prepared when cold weather rolls around, plus score some snow gear.

Braun Shavers and Epilators (starting at $79.94; amazon.com)

Braun Shavers and Epilators
Braun Shavers and Epilators
PHOTO: Amazon

All your hair removal needs are more affordable than ever with this Prime Day deal. Replenish your stock of disposable Gillette razor blade refills or pick up a brand-new electric shaver from Braun.

Men’s and Women’s Fashion From Amazon Brands (starting at $8.33; amazon.com)

Men
Men’s and Women’s Fashion From Amazon Brands
PHOTO: Amazon

Amazon’s own in-house brands like Daily Ritual, Goodthreads and Amazon Essentials have become fashion lines in their own right, and today, you can save on basic styles for men and women. Pay particular attention to the cold-weather looks, including tons of jackets and cozy sweaters.

American Apparel (starting at $4.80; amazon.com)

American Apparel
American Apparel
PHOTO: Amazon

Basics for men and women from American Apparel are marked down now. Pick up everything from hoodies and tees to bodysuits and jeans.

Media and entertainment

Kindle Unlimited Subscription (free, $9.99 per month after 3 months; amazon.com)

Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited
PHOTO: Amazon

Want unlimited reading and listening on any device with the Kindle app? Kindle Unlimited unlocks any book you want to read or listen to at the tap of a finger. If you’re a new subscriber to Kindle Unlimited today, you get three months free. And if you know you’re in it for the long haul, you can get six months of Kindle Unlimited now for $29.97, down from $59.94.

Popular Books (up to 25% off; amazon.com)

Popular Books
Popular Books
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Popular books of various genres — fiction, mystery, classics and more — are 20 to 25% off this Prime Day.

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All the products we found to be the best during our testing this year

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(CNN) —  

Throughout the year, CNN Underscored is constantly testing products — be it coffee makers or headphones — to find the absolute best in each respective category.

Our testing process is rigorous, consisting of hours of research (consulting experts, reading editorial reviews and perusing user ratings) to find the top products in each category. Once we settle on a testing pool, we spend weeks — if not months — testing and retesting each product multiple times in real-world settings. All this in an effort to settle on the absolute best products.

So, as we enter peak gifting season, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift, we know you’ll find something on this list that they (or you!) will absolutely love.

Coffee

Best burr coffee grinder: Baratza Virtuoso+ Conical Burr Grinder With Digital Timer Display ($249; amazon.com or walmart.com)

Baratza Virtuoso+ Conical Burr Grinder
Baratza Virtuoso+ Conical Burr Grinder

Beginner baristas and coffee connoisseurs alike will be pleased with the Baratza Virtuoso+, a conical burr grinder with 40 settings for grind size, from super fine (espresso) to super coarse (French press). The best coffee grinder we tested, this sleek look and simple, intuitive controls, including a digital timer, allow for a consistent grind every time — as well as optimal convenience.

Read more from our testing of coffee grinders here.

Best drip coffee maker: Braun KF6050WH BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker ($79.95; amazon.com)

Braun KF6050WH BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker
Braun KF6050WH BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker

During our testing of drip coffee makers, we found the Braun KF6050WH BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker made a consistently delicious, hot cup of coffee, brewed efficiently and cleanly, from sleek, relatively compact hardware that is turnkey to operate, and all for a reasonable price.

Read more from our testing of drip coffee makers here.

Best single-serve coffee maker: Breville-Nespresso VertuoPlus ($165; originally $179.95; amazon.com)

Breville-Nespresso VertuoPlus
Breville-Nespresso VertuoPlus

Among all single-serve coffee makers we tested, the Breville-Nespresso VertuoPlus, which uses pods that deliver both espresso and “regular” coffee, could simply not be beat for its convenience. Intuitive and a snap to use right out of the box, it looks sleek on the counter, contains a detached 60-ounce water reservoir so you don’t have to refill it with each use and delivers perfectly hot, delicious coffee with a simple tap of a lever and press of a button.

Read more from our testing of single-serve coffee makers here.

Best coffee subscription: Blue Bottle (starting at $11 per shipment; bluebottlecoffee.com)

Blue Bottle coffee subscription
Blue Bottle coffee subscription

Blue Bottle’s coffee subscription won us over with its balance of variety, customizability and, most importantly, taste. We sampled both the single-origin and blend assortments and loved the flavor of nearly every single cup we made. The flavors are complex and bold but unmistakably delicious. Beyond its coffee, Blue Bottle’s subscription is simple and easy to use, with tons of options to tailor to your caffeine needs.

Read more from our testing of coffee subscriptions here.

Best cold brewer coffee maker: Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffeepot ($25; amazon.com)

Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffeepot
Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffeepot

This sleek, sophisticated and streamlined carafe produces 1 liter (about 4 1/4 cups) of rich, robust brew in just eight hours. It was among the simplest to assemble, it executed an exemplary brew in about the shortest time span, and it looked snazzy doing it. Plus, it rang up as the second-most affordable of our inventory.

Read more from our testing of cold brew makers here.

Kitchen essentials

Best nonstick pan: T-fal E76597 Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan With Lid ($39.97; amazon.com)

T-fal E76597 Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan With Lid
T-fal E76597 Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan With Lid

If you’re a minimalist and prefer to have just a single pan in your kitchen, you’d be set with the T-fal E76597. This pan’s depth gives it multipurpose functionality: It cooks standard frying-pan foods like eggs and meats, and its 2 1/2-inch sides are tall enough to prepare recipes you’d usually reserve for pots, like rices and stews. It’s a high-quality and affordable pan that outperformed some of the more expensive ones in our testing field.

Read more from our testing of nonstick pans here.

Best blender: Breville Super Q ($499.95; breville.com)

Breville Super Q
Breville Super Q

With 1,800 watts of motor power, the Breville Super Q features a slew of preset buttons, comes in multiple colors, includes key accessories and is touted for being quieter than other models. At $500, it does carry a steep price tag, but for those who can’t imagine a smoothie-less morning, what breaks down to about $1.30 a day over a year seems like a bargain.

Read more from our testing of blenders here.

Best knife set: Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17-Piece Knife Block Set ($119.74; amazon.com)

Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17-Piece Knife Block Set
Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17-Piece Knife Block Set

The Chicago Cutlery Fusion 17-Piece Knife Block Set sets you up to easily take on almost any cutting job and is a heck of a steal at just $119.97. Not only did the core knives included (chef’s, paring, utility and serrated) perform admirably, but the set included a bevy of extras, including a full set of steak knives. We were blown away by their solid construction and reliable execution for such an incredible value. The knives stayed sharp through our multitude of tests, and we were big fans of the cushion-grip handles that kept them from slipping, as well as the classic look of the chestnut-stained wood block. If you’re looking for a complete knife set you’ll be proud of at a price that won’t put a dent in your savings account, this is the clear winner.

Read more from our testing of knife sets here.

Audio

Best true wireless earbuds: AirPods Pro ($199, originally $249; amazon.com)

Apple AirPods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro

Apple’s AirPods Pro hit all the marks. They deliver a wide soundstage, thanks to on-the-fly equalizing tech that produces playback that seemingly brings you inside the studio with the artist. They have the best noise-canceling ability of all the earbuds we tested, which, aside from stiff-arming distractions, creates a truly immersive experience. To sum it up, you’re getting a comfortable design, a wide soundstage, easy connectivity and long battery life.

Read more from our testing of true wireless earbuds here.

Best noise-canceling headphones: Sony WH-1000XM4 ($278, originally $349.99; amazon.com)

Sony WH-1000XM4
Sony WH-1000XM4

Not only do the WH-1000XM4s boast class-leading sound, but phenomenal noise-canceling ability. So much so that they ousted our former top overall pick, the Beats Solo Pros, in terms of ANC quality, as the over-ear XM4s better seal the ear from outside noise. Whether it was a noise from a dryer, loud neighbors down the hall or high-pitched sirens, the XM4s proved impenetrable. This is a feat that other headphones, notably the Solo Pros, could not compete with — which is to be expected considering their $348 price tag.

Read more from our testing of noise-canceling headphones here.

Best on-ear headphones: Beats Solo 3 ($119.95, originally $199.95; amazon.com)

Beats Solo 3
Beats Solo 3

The Beats Solo 3s are a phenomenal pair of on-ear headphones. Their sound quality was among the top of those we tested, pumping out particularly clear vocals and instrumentals alike. We enjoyed the control scheme too, taking the form of buttons in a circular configuration that blend seamlessly into the left ear cup design. They are also light, comfortable and are no slouch in the looks department — more than you’d expect given their reasonable $199.95 price tag.

Read more from our testing of on-ear headphones here.

Beauty

Best matte lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ($11, originally $22; amazon.com or $22; nordstrom.com and stilacosmetics.com)

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick has thousands of 5-star ratings across the internet, and it’s easy to see why. True to its name, this product clings to your lips for hours upon hours, burritos and messy breakfast sandwiches be damned. It’s also surprisingly moisturizing for such a superior stay-put formula, a combo that’s rare to come by.

Read more from our testing of matte lipsticks here.

Best everyday liquid liner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22; stilacosmetics.com or macys.com)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is a longtime customer favorite — hence its nearly 7,500 5-star reviews on Sephora — and for good reason. We found it requires little to no effort to create a precise wing, the liner has superior staying power and it didn’t irritate those of us with sensitive skin after full days of wear. As an added bonus, it’s available in a whopping 12 shades.

Read more from our testing of liquid eyeliners here.

Work-from-home essentials

Best office chair: Steelcase Series 1 (starting at $381.60; amazon.com or $415, wayfair.com)

Steelcase Series 1
Steelcase Series 1

The Steelcase Series 1 scored among the highest overall, standing out as one of the most customizable, high-quality, comfortable office chairs on the market. At $415, the Steelcase Series 1 beat out most of its pricier competitors across testing categories, scoring less than a single point lower than our highest-rated chair, the $1,036 Steelcase Leap, easily making it the best bang for the buck and a clear winner for our best office chair overall.

Read more from our testing of office chairs here.

Best ergonomic keyboard: Logitech Ergo K860 ($129.99; logitech.com)

Logitech Ergo K860
Logitech Ergo K860

We found the Logitech Ergo K860 to be a phenomenally comfortable keyboard. Its build, featuring a split keyboard (meaning there’s a triangular gap down the middle) coupled with a wave-like curvature across the body, allows both your shoulders and hands to rest in a more natural position that eases the tension that can often accompany hours spent in front of a regular keyboard. Add the cozy palm rest along the bottom edge and you’ll find yourself sitting pretty comfortably.

Read more from our testing of ergonomic keyboards here.

Best ergonomic mouse: Logitech MX Master 3 ($99.99; logitech.com)

Logitech MX Master 3
Logitech MX Master 3

The Logitech MX Master 3 is an unequivocally comfortable mouse. It’s shaped to perfection, with special attention to the fingers that do the clicking. Using it felt like our fingers were lounging — with a sculpted ergonomic groove for nearly every finger.

Read more from our testing of ergonomic mice here.

Best ring light: Emart 10-Inch Selfie Ring Light ($25.99; amazon.com)

Emart 10-Inch Selfie Ring Light
Emart 10-Inch Selfie Ring Light

The Emart 10-Inch Standing Ring Light comes with a tripod that’s fully adjustable — from 19 inches to 50 inches — making it a great option whether you’re setting it atop your desk for video calls or need some overhead lighting so no weird shadows creep into your photos. Its three light modes (warm, cool and a nice mix of the two), along with 11 brightness levels (among the most settings on any of the lights we tested), ensure you’re always framed in the right light. And at a relatively cheap $35.40, this light combines usability and affordability better than any of the other options we tested.

Read more from our testing of ring lights here.

Home

Best linen sheets: Parachute Linen Sheet Set (starting at $149; parachute.com)

Parachute Linen Sheets
Parachute Linen Sheets

Well made, luxurious to the touch and with the most versatile shopping options (six sizes, nine colors and the ability to order individual sheets), the linen sheets from Parachute were, by a narrow margin, our favorite set. From the satisfying unboxing to a sumptuous sleep, with a la carte availability, Parachute set the gold standard in linen luxury.

Read more from our testing of linen sheets here.

Best shower head: Kohler Forte Shower Head (starting at $74.44; amazon.com)

Kohler Forte Shower Head
Kohler Forte Shower Head

Hands down, the Kohler Forte Shower Head provides the best overall shower experience, offering three distinct settings. Backstory: Lots of shower heads out there feature myriad “settings” that, when tested, are pretty much indecipherable. The Forte’s three sprays, however, are each incredibly different and equally successful. There’s the drenching, full-coverage rain shower, the pulsating massage and the “silk spray” setting that is basically a super-dense mist. The Forte manages to achieve all of this while using only 1.75 gallons per minute (GPM), making it a great option for those looking to conserve water.

Read more from our testing of shower heads here.

Best humidifier: TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier (starting at $49.99; amazon.com)

TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier
TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier

The TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier ramped up the humidity in a room in about an hour, which was quicker than most of the options we tested. More importantly, though, it sustained those humidity levels over the longest period of time — 24 hours, to be exact. The levels were easy to check with the built-in reader (and we cross-checked that reading with an external reader to confirm accuracy). We also loved how easy this humidifier was to clean, and the nighttime mode for the LED reader eliminated any bright lights in the bedroom.

Read more from our testing of humidifiers here.

Video

Best TV: TCL 6-Series (starting at $579.99; bestbuy.com)

TCL 6-Series
TCL 6-Series

With models starting at $599.99 for a 55-inch, the TCL 6-Series might give you reverse sticker shock considering everything you get for that relatively small price tag. But can a 4K smart TV with so many specification standards really deliver a good picture for $500? The short answer: a resounding yes. The TCL 6-Series produces a vibrant picture with flexible customization options and handles both HDR and Dolby Vision, optimization standards that improve the content you’re watching by adding depth to details and expanding the color spectrum.

Read more from our testing of TVs here.

Best streaming device: Roku Ultra ($99.99; amazon.com)

Roku Ultra
Roku Ultra

Roku recently updated its Ultra streaming box and the 2020 version is faster, thanks to a new quad-core processor. The newest Ultra retains all of the features we loved and enjoyed about the 2019 model, like almost zero lag time between waking it up and streaming content, leading to a hiccup-free streaming experience. On top of that, the Roku Ultra can upscale content to deliver the best picture possible on your TV — even on older-model TVs that don’t offer the latest and greatest picture quality — and supports everything from HD to 4K.

Read more from our testing of streaming devices here.

Travel

Best carry-on luggage: Away Carry-On ($225; away.com)

Away Carry-On
Away Carry-On

The Away Carry-On scored high marks across all our tests and has the best combination of features for the average traveler. Compared with higher-end brands like Rimowa, which retail for hundreds more, you’re getting the same durable materials, an excellent internal compression system and eye-catching style. Add in smart charging capabilities and a lifetime warranty, and this was the bag to beat.

Read more from our testing of carry-on luggage here.

Best portable charger: Anker PowerCore 13000 (starting at $31.99; amazon.com)

Anker PowerCore 13000
Anker PowerCore 13000

The Anker PowerCore 13000 shone most was in terms of charging capacity. It boasts 13,000 mAh (maH is a measure of how much power a device puts out over time), which is enough to fully charge an iPhone 11 two and a half times. Plus, it has two fast-charging USB Type-A ports so you can juice a pair of devices simultaneously. While not at the peak in terms of charging capacity, at just $31.99, it’s a serious bargain for so many mAhs.

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Trump’s misleading tweet about changing your vote, briefly explained

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Searches for changing one’s vote did not trend following the recent presidential debate, and just a few states appear to have processes for changing an early vote. But that didn’t stop President Trump from wrongly saying otherwise on Tuesday.

In early morning posts, the president falsely claimed on Twitter and Facebook that many people had Googled “Can I change my vote?” after the second presidential debate and said those searching wanted to change their vote over to him. Trump also wrongly claimed that most states have a mechanism for changing one’s vote. Actually, just a few states appear to have the ability, and it’s rarely used.

Twitter did not attach a label to Trump’s recent tweet.
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Trump’s claim about what was trending on Google after the debate doesn’t hold up. Searches for changing one’s vote were not among Google’s top trending searches for the day of the debate (October 22) or the day after. Searches for “Can I change my vote?” did increase slightly around the time of the debate, but there is no way to know whether the bump was related to the debate or whether the people searching were doing so in support of Trump.

It was only after Trump’s posts that searches about changing your vote spiked significantly. It’s worth noting that people were also searching for “Can I change my vote?” during a similar period before the 2016 presidential election.

Google declined to comment on the accuracy of Trump’s post.

Trump also claimed that these results indicate that most of the people who were searching for how to change their vote support him. But the Google Trends tool for the searches he mentioned does not provide that specific information.

Perhaps the most egregiously false claim in Trump’s recent posts is about “most states” having processes for changing your early vote. In fact, only a few states have such processes, and they can come with certain conditions. For instance, in Michigan, voters who vote absentee can ask for a new ballot by mail or in person until the day before the election.

The Center for Election Innovation’s David Becker told the Associated Press that changing one’s vote is “extremely rare.” Becker explained, “It’s hard enough to get people to vote once — it’s highly unlikely anybody will go through this process twice.”

Trump’s post on Facebook was accompanied by a link to Facebook’s Voting Information Center.
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At the time of publication, Trump’s false claims had drawn about 84,000 and 187,000 “Likes” on Twitter and Facebook, respectively. Trump’s posts accelerated searches about changing your vote in places like the swing state of Florida, where changing one’s vote after casting it is not possible. Those numbers are a reminder of the president’s capacity to spread misinformation quickly.

On Facebook, the president’s post came with a label directing people to Facebook’s Voting Information Center, but no fact-checking label. Twitter had no annotation on the president’s post. Neither company responded to a request for comment.

That Trump is willing to spread misinformation to benefit himself and his campaign isn’t a surprise. He does that a lot. Still, just days before a presidential election in which millions have already voted, this latest episode demonstrates that the president has no qualms about using false claims about voting to cause confusion and sow doubt in the electoral process.

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Nearly 6,000 civilian casualties in Afghanistan so far this year

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From January to September, 5,939 civilians – 2,117 people killed and 3,822 wounded – were casualties of the fighting, the UN says.

Nearly 6,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of the year as heavy fighting between government forces and Taliban fighters rages on despite efforts to find peace, the United Nations has said.

From January to September, there were 5,939 civilian casualties in the fighting – 2,117 people killed and 3,822 wounded, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a quarterly report on Tuesday.

“High levels of violence continue with a devastating impact on civilians, with Afghanistan remaining among the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian,” the report said.

Civilian casualties were 30 percent lower than in the same period last year but UNAMA said violence has failed to slow since the beginning of talks between government negotiators and the Taliban that began in Qatar’s capital, Doha, last month.

An injured girl receives treatment at a hospital after an attack in Khost province [Anwarullah/Reuters]

The Taliban was responsible for 45 percent of civilian casualties while government troops caused 23 percent, it said. United States-led international forces were responsible for two percent.

Most of the remainder occurred in crossfire, or were caused by ISIL (ISIS) or “undetermined” anti-government or pro-government elements, according to the report.

Ground fighting caused the most casualties followed by suicide and roadside bomb attacks, targeted killings by the Taliban and air raids by Afghan troops, the UN mission said.

Fighting has sharply increased in several parts of the country in recent weeks as government negotiators and the Taliban have failed to make progress in the peace talks.

At least 24 people , mostly teens, were killed in a suicide bomb attack at an education centre in Kabul [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

The Taliban has been fighting the Afghan government since it was toppled from power in a US-led invasion in 2001.

Washington blamed the then-Taliban rulers for harbouring al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda was accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks.

Calls for urgent reduction of violence

Meanwhile, the US envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Tuesday that the level of violence in the country was still too high and the Kabul government and Taliban fighters must work harder towards forging a ceasefire at the Doha talks.

Khalilzad made the comments before heading to the Qatari capital to hold meetings with the two sides.

“I return to the region disappointed that despite commitments to lower violence, it has not happened. The window to achieve a political settlement will not stay open forever,” he said in a tweet.

There needs to be “an agreement on a reduction of violence leading to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire”, added Khalilzad.

A deal in February between the US and the Taliban paved the way for foreign forces to leave Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees from the Taliban, which agreed to sit with the Afghan government to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and a power-sharing formula.

But progress at the intra-Afghan talks has been slow since their start in mid-September and diplomats and officials have warned that rising violence back home is sapping trust.

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