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Alex Caruso Dishes on Life in the NBA Bubble

The Lakers entered the bubble with the No. 1 seed in the West all but locked up. But with several rotation players out of the lineup, the title favorites have struggled to pick up where they left off.

The fact that Alex Caruso will be more heavily relied upon could be a blessing in disguise for L.A. That’s because the 26-year-old combo guard simply has a knack for making plays when he’s on the court.

On the defensive end, the 6-5 guard puts constant pressure on the ball as he hunts for steals and deflections. Offensively, Caruso can initiate the pick and roll, has a knack for making the right pass and finishes well at the rim.

We caught up with Caruso after the Lakers’ 116-108 win over the Jazz last week, and chopped it up about the NBA restart, playing without fans, life in the bubble and his new partnership with smALL-STARS.

SLAM: The Lakers were just beginning to gear up for the playoffs when things got shut down. How difficult is it to pick up where you left off?

Alex Caruso:
The restart’s been a lot of things. It’s been difficult, obviously, because of the kind of shape and the kind of form that we were in right before the break. We were getting ready to turn a corner, get ready for the playoffs and ramp it up a little bit. And then you completely shut it down, and you got to pick back up three-and-a-half months later.

It’s as much of a physical challenge as it is a mental challenge to lock back in and come back from the hiatus and be ready to go. That, for me, has probably been the biggest thing. Without the fans and the atmosphere, it’s getting yourself to a point where you’re playing how you would in a crucial game where you got some of that adrenaline and focus.

SLAM: What’s it like playing games without fans? What’s the vibe?

It’s interesting, man. I said this after the Clippers game that we won a couple days ago—when the buzzer went off, it was almost a little anticlimactic. You’re used to either celebrating against all these away fans that were cheering and yelling the whole game or the jubilation of the roars of the home fans. Not having either one, it was a little weird. We didn’t really know what to do. It was one of those Ricky Bobby, put-his-hands-up-in-the-interview kind of moments where we were like, Alright, let’s go team! I think not having that atmosphere, it’s different.

SLAM: Do the virtual fans make a difference?

I’m not going to lie, I don’t notice those very much. I think that’s more for the fans and more for the TV look—make it not look quite as empty as two teams and a scorers table. It’s a fun thing, but I haven’t noticed it when I’ve been playing.

SLAM: Back to the hiatus, was it difficult to stay focused during that time off?

You know, there was a portion of the time probably about three weeks in—once I realized it was going to be a couple months—that I mentally took a break. Almost treated it like an offseason. And then, about a month, month and a half away from when we needed to be ready, I refocused and locked back in. I think that was easiest for me. I don’t know if everybody’s done it the same way or thought about doing it like that, but for me, it was good to get away, to reset mentally. And then, once it was time to lock back in, I was ready to go.

SLAM: Did you ever think the season could get cancelled?

After they suspended the season, I didn’t put anything out the window. I kept all options on the table, and was thinking that it would be a real shame if we didn’t get a chance to finish the season, especially as hard as we worked as a team and how much success we had through the season. We wanted to play it out.

SLAM: Now that you’re in the bubble, has it been different than what you expected?

You know, I’m not sure I had too lofty expectations. I came in with a clear mind, thinking I was going to make the best of whatever it was. I think it’s been better than what I expected, being able to play some golf, play a little Xbox, and communicate with my friends back home, and then hang out with the team. It’s been a little easier—and I say this, obviously, only being a couple weeks in. We’ll see how I feel in a month and a half when it’s the middle of September. But it hasn’t been as bad as I originally thought.

SLAM: So you’ve been golfing a lot?

Yeah, I have. Once games started, I dialed it back a little to get a little more recovery. But when we had those couple weeks of practices, I was on the golf course a lot.

SLAM: Did you play golf before this, or did you pick it up recently?

I had friends that played in high school. My dad played a little bit when I was younger. I was always out there, either hanging out with [my friends] or trying to play with my pops. But this is the first time that I’ve been able to consistently play since maybe last summer. It’s been fun. I love playing golf. It’s a good escape. It’s a good way to spend a couple hours of your day instead of maybe staring at your phone.

SLAM: Which one of your teammates plays the most golf?

I’ve played probably 8-9 rounds of golf since I’ve been here, and just about all of them have been with JR [Smith]. And he’s probably played twice as much as I have. He loves golf. Me and him were talking about it the other day, talking about different guys and swings and how fun the game is. He’s a big golf fan.

SLAM: Does it get competitive between you and JR out there?

Nah, we never play against each other. One, because he would beat me. Two, because it’s for the fun of the game. It’s our escape from the competition of basketball.

SLAM: What have you been playing on Xbox recently?

A lot of Call of Duty recently. Maybe a little Warzone, a little Search and Destroy. Those are usually my two go-tos.

SLAM: Which teammate plays the most Call of Duty?

JaVale [McGee] is probably the biggest Call of Duty fan. He has the room adjacent to mine, and sometimes I can hear him—either he’s killing somebody or somebody’s killing him because there’s some yelling going on [laughs].

SLAM: As a team with title aspirations, how do you stay locked in when so much is going on in the world?

That’s part of the bubble restart challenge. It’s being mentally focused every time you step out on the court. And like I said earlier, with no fans, it makes it even a little harder to lock in and get to that level you’re so used to getting to with the adrenaline and the atmosphere that the fans bring. I think leaning on each other and reminding ourselves of what we started the year off trying to chase and our aspirations. We’re right in the [position that] we need to be.

SLAM: Tell me about your Quarantine Taco Tuesday digital short with smALL-STARS.

It’s a fun little short video promoting the beginning of the smALL-STARS campaign with AD and Bron by my side. It’s launching their collectible items for the smALL-STARS campaign, and it’s a fun little humorous video of me and my teammates. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for you to see it.

SLAM: Were you surprised at how realistic the figures were?

Yeah, I was. And also, I was surprised how large they are. They’re 12 inches tall. They’re the biggest NBA collectibles I’ve ever seen. I thought, initially, when they told me about these smALL-STARS, that I was going to get one and it would be about the size of a bobblehead or action figure. But it’s a small dog collectible [laughs].

SLAM: Do you think there could ever be a smALL-STARS figure of Alex Caruso in the future?

We hope so. I’m crossing my fingers maybe we can get something done. If I do well enough in these videos, maybe my acting will carry me to get in to smALL-STAR.

SLAM: Do you have any acting experience? You were pretty good.

[Laughs] No, man. I try to do my best and give it my all. I think the last acting gig I had, I was in a play in like 8th grade or 7th grade drama.

Ryne Nelson is a Senior Editor at SLAM. Follow him on Twitter @slaman10.

Photos via Getty.

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XXL Reveals 2020 Freshman Class

The 2020 Freshman Class is here.

XXL has revealed its 13th annual list of hip-hop’s brightest new stars. The Class of 2020 includes NLE Choppa, Polo G, Calboy, Lil Tjay, Fivio Foreign, and Baby Keem, along with Rod Wave, Lil Keed, and Jack Harlow.

“I’ve been fantasizing about becoming a Freshman since I was a kid,” tweeted the “WHATS POPPIN” hitmaker. “To be the first one from Kentucky to make the list means everything to me. Thank you.”

Chika and Mulatto hold it down for the ladies, while “Mood” rapper 24kGoldn earned the most fan votes to land the Freshman 10th spot.

I used to go to the store and buy physical copies of XXL in middle school. I’ve been fantasizing about becoming a Freshman since I was a kid.

To be the first one from Kentucky to make the list means everything to me. Thank you

— Jack Harlow (@jackharlow) August 11, 2020

Dropped out as a college freshman, and yet, here we are. Whew, life is cool.

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Pop Smoke was selected as the first Freshman for the 2020 list prior to his tragic death in February. According to XXL, he happily accepted but “circumstances out of our control prevented us from including Pop as part of the cover posthumously.”

The Freshman list has produced alum including Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Mac Miller, Lil Uzi Vert, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, and Travis Scott.

Due to the pandemic, the issue was delayed and the magazine wasn’t able to shoot the artists together for the cover, but they still plan on releasing freestyles and cyphers, soundtracked by producer Jetsonmade.

Dave East Reveals ‘Karma 3’ Tracklist

Karma is coming back around.

Dave East is set to release the third installment in his Karma mixtape series this Friday, Aug. 14. Ahead of its release, the Harlem rapper has revealed the star-studded tracklist.

The 15-track set includes appearances from Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Popcaan, Benny the Butcher, Young Dolph, Trouble, and more. In April, East dropped a video for the opener “Handsome.”

The project is dedicated to his close friend and fellow New York rapper Kiing Shooter, who died in May due to complications with coronavirus. “Love You Shooter,” East captioned the cover art.

Karma 3 marks East’s first project since his 2019 debut Survival, which debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200. The Karma series began in 2017, followed by the second installment in 2018.

Karma 3 Tracklist

  1. “Handsome”
  2. “Unruly” feat. Popcaan
  3. “The City” feat. Trey Songz
  4. “Get the Money” feat. Trouble
  5. “Thank God” feat. A Boogie wit da Hoodie
  6. “Said What I Said” feat. Doe Boy
  7. “Broke or Not” feat. Jozzy
  8. “Mission” feat. Jozzy
  9. “Menace”
  10. “F*k Dat Sht” feat. Young Dolph
  11. “Blue Story” feat. Bino Rideaux
  12. “Stone Killer” feat. Benny the Butcher
  13. “Envy”
  14. “Know How I Feel” feat. Mary J. Blige
  15. “Believe It or Not”

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Karma 3. This Friday August 14th. DG

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Lil Wayne Alleged Bus Shooter Cops Plea Deal

The man accused of shooting up Lil Wayne’s tour bus in 2015 has copped a plea deal.

According to legal documents, obtained by TMZ, Jimmy Carlton Winfrey pled guilty to two counts of violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors have dropped a series of other charges including four counts of violation of the RICO Act, six other counts of violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, 12 counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal damage to property in the first degree, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Winfrey was sentenced to seven years in prison instead of the 20-year sentence he received in 2015. The Georgia Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2018 and relaunched the case.

Winfrey, who was given credit for time served, hasn’t been released because of an unrelated outstanding warrants case. His lawyer, Steve Sadow, says Winfrey maintains his innocence, despite pleading guilty, as part of a special plea deal.

As part of his sentence, he has also been ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to Alvin Lewis, the bus driver. Lewis claims he suffered spinal cord, rotator cuff, and psychological injuries as a result of the shooting.

Gunmen opened fire on Wayne’s tour bus following a 2015 nightclub performance in Atlanta. Birdman and Young Thug were named as co-conspirators in the indictment, but were not charged with any crimes. Birdman has denied any involvement in the murder-for-hire plot, while Thug never commented publicly on the incident.

Lewis has accused them of striking secret deals with prosecutors. He claims there was “overwhelming evidence” of complicity among all three men including phone records, recorded confessions, and promises of payment.

Despite the alleged connection, Wayne and Birdman have maintained their friendship. Last month, Weezy welcomed the Cash Money boss on an episode of his Young Money Radio show on Apple Music.

6 best robot vacuums 2020

What's new?

There’s a new robot vacuum in town and it might put all others to shame. The Dyson 360 Heurist – a next-gen attempt at perfecting the robot vacuum cleaner for the home. We’ve only had a first look at the Dyson 360 Heurist robot vacuum. But its amped-up processing power and advanced navigation systems mean it might top our list when we’ve had chance for a full review.

The best robot vacuum cleaners have advanced remarkably in just a few short years – and if you're looking to outsource some labor to helpful little gadget, these top robot vacuums are more than willing to help with your dull cleaning duties.

Robot vacuums may not be as smart as humans – yet – but they're more than capable these days of sweeping floors, with some even able to mop and clean spills too! Thanks to built-in sensors, the top robovacs can also navigate furniture and walls with relative ease, alongside all sorts of other smart features helping them work autonomously and in tandem with other devices in your home.

There’s some debate about whether you’d get a deeper clean if you put in the effort and cleaned your home yourself – with one of the best vacuum cleaners and lots of elbow grease. But the reality is most of us don’t have the time and energy for this kind of cleaning most days, which is why robot vacuums are a great option for those who want dust-free spaces.

If you haven't used any robot vacuums before, you'll be surprised by just how sophisticated they can be. The best robot vacuums don't just wander off in a straight line. The best robot vacuum cleaners you can buy are able to sweep up dust, attack stains, navigate obstacles and clean up spills in circular motions, or hug the corners of a room to prevent any dirt from collecting in the corners.

  • Here are the best phones for controlling your robovac
The problem we've found when testing a range of robot vacuums: they're not all created equal. This makes it difficult when it comes to finding the right one for you. It's not always clear which robot vacuums are really cleaning and which are just moving dirt around, or which don't quite have the smarts or stamina to make a dent in your household dirt. Well, that's where we come in.

The TechRadar team has tested a number of the latest and greatest robot vacuums, meaning we could put together a definitive list of the best robot vacuum cleaners available today.

If you’d rather clean your home yourself, we have a separate guide to the best cordless vacuum cleaners instead. Otherwise, read on for our recommendation for the best floor-cleaning, dirt-sucking and labour-saving robot vacuum cleaners around.

The best robot vacuums at a glance:

  1. iRobot Roomba 980
  2. Neato Botvac D7 Connected
  3. Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
  4. Eufy RoboVac 11
  5. Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930
  6. Shark ION Robot 750
iRobot Roomba 980

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1. iRobot Roomba 980

The king of robot vacuums

Two-hour battery life
Smart navigation

Roomba is synonymous with robot vacuums, and this is never more exemplified than in the iRobot Roomba 980.

With smarts to keep from crashing into objects and environment mapping so it quickly learns every nook and cranny of your home, the Roomba 980 is an impressive cleaning machine. (We'll be keeping our eye on the iRobot Roomba i7+ in the coming months though to see if it could possibly be usurped.)

At 35.05cm in diameter, the Roomba 980 is wider than your average vacuum head, but thanks to its circular design and rotating body, it’s able to manoeuvre through narrower areas than you’d initially think possible.

The Roomba 980 robot vacuum works magnificently on floorboards, tiles and other hard surfaces (operating relatively quietly while doing so), but it kicks things up a notch when entering carpeted territory. It automatically senses it's rolled onto carpet, and its motors whir into high gear to get in between every fiber.

Just as impressive as its cleaning abilities is the Roomba 980's battery life; it's an impressive two hours long. When it runs low or its bin is full, the 980 returns to its home dock.

Like most robot vacuums, the Roomba 980's bin is on the small side, though we were still impressed with how much it packed into the compartment during our testing.

Read our full review: iRobot Roomba 980

Neato Botvac D7 Connected

2. Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Unprecedented control over your robot vacuum

Stylish design
Great performance
Small waste bin

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected is a robot vacuum to rival the Roomba 980, and we mean that. It's a good looking vacuum that more than gets the job done, but its laurels don't rest there.

The revelatory feature with the Neato Botvac D7 Connected are so-called 'no-go lines', which allow you to cordon off areas of your home that you don't want the vacuum to venture into. This could be your desk, which is moated by wires that would normally spell treachery for a robotic vacuum.

Creating a boundary for robot vacuums isn't unique to the Botvac D7, but it's really nifty in this application because you can draw a line using the app while the vacuum is in use to, say, keep the D7 from venturing into a room you want it to stay out of.

The biggest draw back with the D7 is that its bin isn't as big as the original Botvac Connected, and it doesn't have a 'bin full' sensor, so it ends up overfilling.

Read our full review: Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

3. Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

A solid Alexa-supported robot vacuum

Easy to use
Works great with Alexa
Not very thorough

Not all robot vacuums are shiny, whirring pucks from the future. Some, like the Ecovacs Deebot N79S, are more subdued. This isn't an ugly vacuum by any means, but possibly one that's a bit on the plain side. Still, it's really about how it cleans that matters, not how it looks.

You have several modes to choose from with the Deebot N79S, and it comes with a remote that it's quite responsive to. Yes, you can use your smartphone to control the N79S, but the vacuum seems to prefer using the paired remote.

In our tests, we were impressed with the Deebot N79S' ability to not plunge to an early end at the bottom of our steep stairs, so its world-sensing abilities are up to snuff. It did tend to get stuck under furniture, however, so you may come home to find your Deebot wedged under a coffee table, unable to get itself free.

Don't expect a deep clean with this robot vacuum, but it will suck up enough to get surface dirt and dust off of your hardwood floors and carpet. Nicely, the Deebot N79S is rather quiet, making night vacuuming possible.

It's also compatible with Alexa, so you can set the Deebot N79S robot vacuum cleaning using just your voice.

Read our full review: Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Eufy RoboVac 11

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4. Eufy RoboVac 11

Robot vacuum cleaning on a budget

Low price
Cleans well
No companion app

The Eufy RoboVac 11 isn't the most tech'd out or high-end robot vacuum, but it isn't afraid to get down and dirty and get the cleaning job done.

The best part about the RoboVac 11 is that it's cheaper than most robot vacuum cleaners on the market, so you can get the convenience of a vacuum that works on its own at a fraction of the cost.

Unfortunately, that low price means you miss out on things like a companion app, so you have to use a remote instead, and overall the RoboVac 11 is more... manual than we would have liked. The more recent RoboVac 30C fills in these gaps with an app and smart assistant capability, but there's still something to be said for the bargain vacuuming on offer here.

What's more, battery life leaves something to be desired, though while it's not as long-lasting as higher-end models, it's probably plenty of juice to satisfy your cleaning needs.

Read our full review: Eufy RoboVac 11

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930

5. Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930

This quiet and efficient robot vacuum gets the job done

Mops and vacuums
Excellent app control
Can't climb over thresholds
Long charge time

Where the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 stands out from the rest of the best robot vacuum cleaners competition is in its ability to mop your floors.

Sure, you won't get an elbow-grease effort out of the robot vacuum cleaner as it slushes water over your linoleum, but it can whisk away footprints and other surface-level stains in a snap.

In other words, the Deebot Ozmo 930 isn't the most effective mopper in the world, but it can do a quick job if you like. That's in addition to its "traditional" vacuum cleaning abilities, which are admirable.

Space mapping is also excellent with Ozmo 930 (though only for one level), and you can control it using either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

All-in-all, the Deebot Ozmo 930 robot vacuum cleaner gets the job done, and it's quiet as it goes.

Read our full review: Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930

Shark ION Robot 750 (US)

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6. Shark ION Robot 750 (US)

Powerful suction in a beautiful and intelligent package

Great design
Excellent cleaning
Has trouble getting onto thick rugs

We've been testing the Shark ION Robot 750 for some time now and it continues to impress us with its strong suction and mapping smarts. Just when we think the 'bot is going to bump into something, it quickly pivots and carries on its way.

This robot vacuum cleaner works well on both our hardwood floors and thinner area rugs, though it struggles to crest above thicker rugs in our home. What it does get over, it cleans very well – we swear there's a sheen to our floors after the Shark ION gets done with them.

It's also on the quieter end of the best robot vacuums we've tested, and its whir often fades into the background while we're doing chores elsewhere in the house.

We wish the bin was a bit bigger as it can only go about 12 minutes before needing to be emptied (we do have dogs, though, which makes for a lot of dirt and debris). The bin may be just fine if you don't have as dirty floors as we do.

Not only does it perform well, but it looks great, too. The Shark ION Robot 750 is a statement piece, which we never thought we would say about a vacuum cleaner.

Read more: Should I buy the Shark ION Robot 750 Wi-Fi robot vacuum?


Top password manager is finally coming to Linux

After a decade of requests from customers, 1Password's parent company AgilBits has announced that its popular password manager is finally coming to Linux.

A full-featured Linux desktop app is by far the company's most requested feature and later this year, 1Password customers will finally get to try it out. Until then though, 1Password has released a development preview that is still in its early stages and as of now, “the app is currently read only: there is no item editing, creation of vaults or item organizations”.

In a support forum post, founder, developer and customer support director at 1Password David Teare provided further insight on 1Password's development preview for Linux, saying:

“As such this initial release should be used for testing and validation purposes only and is not suitable for business critical environments. For a stable experience on Linux you’ll want to use 1Password X in your browser.”

Although 1Password users can already use the password manager on Linux by using 1Password X in their browsers, the desktop version of the software is capable of handling far more than just web passwords as it also works with FTP, SSH and SMB network passwords.

1Password for Linux

1Password's new Linux app is built to meet the security and performance expectations of Linux users and its backend is written completely in Rust. Teare also revealed that the app will be using the ring crypto library to power the end-to-end encryption that keeps user's data safe.

1Password has tailored its app to integrate with desktop Linux with features including automatic dark mode, open network locations (FTP, SSH,SMB), tilting window manager support, X11 clipboard integration and clearing, keyboard shortcuts, data export and more.

As the new app is built using open source projects like Rust for the underlying logic and React for its component-based UI, 1Password has decided to give back to the open source community by providing free access to its password manager. To get access to 1Password for free, open source teams simply need to open a pull request against its 1Password for Open Source Projects repo.

We'll likely hear more about 1Password for Linux once the app is closer to its official release later this year.

Via ZDNet

Privacy-centric Tor Browser struggling to contain a major security issue

A cybercriminal syndicate has succeeded in attaching hundreds of malicious servers to the network of privacy-focused web browser Tor, which are being used to hijack cryptocurrency transactions.

The Tor operators have been wrestling the hackers for control since January, according to a report from independent security researcher Nusenu, who has monitored the network for a number of years.

At the peak of the attack in May, the hackers operated a total of 380 Tor exit relays (the servers that bridge the network with the public internet), meaning each user had a roughly one in four chance of being funneled through a dangerous server.

Despite three separate attempts to rid the network of the malicious servers after alarms were raised by Tor directory authorities, the group still reportedly controls more than 10% of exit relays today.

Tor Browser security

Having gained a strong foothold in the Tor network - which is usually considered among the most secure around - the hackers have launched targeted attacks against users of cryptocurrency websites.

“They perform person-in-the-middle attacks on Tor users by manipulating traffic as it flows through their exit relays,” wrote Nusenu. “They (selectively) remove HTPP-to-HTTPS redirects to gain full access to plain unencrypted HTTP traffic without causing TLS certificate warnings.”

This type of attack is known as SSL stripping and allows malicious actors to capitalize on the fact users rarely type out full website URLs (including https://). In this context, the hackers are using the exploit to replace bitcoin addresses in unsecured HTTP traffic and funnel cryptocurrency payments into their own wallets.

Tor Browser reportedly lacks the ability to verify new relay operators at sufficient scale, meaning there is no immediate resolution in sight. However, Nusenu claims to have contacted the cryptocurrency websites used to execute the hijacking attacks, which could choose to implement countermeasures (such as HSTS Preloading or HTTPS Everywhere).

Tor Browser did not respond immediately to our request for comment.

  • Here's our list of the best VPN services out there

The cheapest Samsung Galaxy Buds prices and deals for August 2020

With the brand new Samsung Galaxy Bud Live preorders having gone live last week, it's a great time to be shopping around for deals across the whole range.

Following the release of 2019's Samsung Galaxy Bud, two subsequent additions to the range are now available - the Samsung Galaxy Bud Plus and the aft mentioned Samsung Galaxy Bud Live. All three are worthy alternatives to the likes of the Apple AirPods and Sony WF-1000XM3 and you'll find all the best prices on all three models right here.

All Samsung Galaxy Buds come with a small compact case that doubles as a charging capsule. On a full charge, the baseline buds last an impressive six hours of playtime, while the newer models can range all the way up to 11-hours on a single charge.

The Galaxy Buds are lightweight, compact, and come with three adjustable ear tip and wingtip sizes so you can find a size that's right for you. The water-resistant earbuds have touch controls so you can turn up the volume, skip songs and more by tapping either 'bud. You can also control the Galaxy Buds from the compatible Samsung Wearable app (Android-only) which offers a "Find My Earbuds" feature if you ever misplace them.

The Samsung earbuds deliver quality audio by AKG for powerful bass and a balanced range of sound. You can also control how much surrounding noise you want with the Ambient Aware feature. This lets you customize what you want to hear while still blocking out background noise.

We're also seeing a range of headphone deals in 2020's back to school sales, so if the Galaxy Buds aren't for you there are plenty of savings out there.

Samsung Galaxy buds prices sales deals

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live prices and sales

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live preorders have just gone live over at the official Samsung page as well as other big retailers in both the UK and US, meaning you can reserve your pair for just $169.99 (£179 / AU£319) right now.

While there are no sales to be had this week, keep your eyes peeled for the near future, because all the big retailers like to pit the Samsung Galaxy Buds against the likes of Apple AirPods and the Sony WF-1000XM3.

The Samsung Galaxy Bud Live are the first Galaxy Buds to offer active noise cancellation, something the series has been lacking so far, and also pack in an impressive 11-hour battery life. They also feature a new striking kidney bean-esque aesthetic, which really sets them apart from the usual AirPods style you see on most wireless earbuds.

Samsung Galaxy Buds prices and sales

The Samsung Galaxy Buds currently retail for $129 (£139 / AU$249) which is actually cheaper than Samsung's previous truly wireless headphones, the Gear IconX ($149.99 / £157). The only features that the Galaxy Buds lack when compared to the Gear IconX are the ability to load your music to the earbuds, increased water-resistance and audio coaching for exercises. The Samsung earbuds are also cheaper than Apple's Airpods ($159/£159) which makes the Galaxy Buds one of the most affordable high-end wireless earbuds on the market.

You'll find all of the prices below from several different retailers so you can find the best deal that's currently available.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus prices and sales

While with the launch of the brand new Galaxy Buds Live, the Galaxy Buds Plus might not be the top dog in the range anymore, there's still plenty on offer here with these excellent wireless earbuds.

Firstly, they're the cheapest Galaxy Buds in the range to offer some form of noise-cancellation, albeit in the form of noise-reduction this time as opposed to a full on active system. While not reaching the lofty heights of the Sony WF-1000XM3 or Apple AirPods Pro, retailing at just $149.99 (£159 / AU$299) means you can pick these up for a veritable steal versus the competition.

Here's a quick roundup of the best prices currently available at the big retailers in your territory.

You can learn more about the Samsung earbuds with our Samsung Galaxy Buds review. You can also shop more of the best cheap wireless headphone deals and sales that are currently going on.

If you're interested in Samsung's newest phone you can find the best Samsung Galaxy S10 prices and deals and you can also shop the best Samsung Galaxy Watch Active prices and deals.

Save up to $120 as latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 deals drop to new price lows

While Samsung Galaxy Tab deals typically knock $20 - $30 off the price of the latest releases, this week's S6 Lite sales are offering the cheapest price we've ever seen for the 2020 tablet. Amazon's $50 price cut has these streamlined devices down as low as $299.99 right now - a fantastic offer for a 64GB Samsung tablet.

If you want to push that onboard storage, however, a similar deal is also cutting $50 off the 128GB model. You're saving $50 again here, with $379.99 marking the cheapest this larger device has been.

Not only that, but if you're looking for the full Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 experience, you'll find a fantastic $120 discount bringing the 128GB model within $3 of its lowest recorded price yet.

For that extra cash you're upgrading to the Snapdragon 855 processor and gaining a 13MP camera, Dolby Atmos audio, fingerprint scanner and AMOLED 1600 x 2560 display. That means it's well worth the upgrade if you're going to be using your new Samsung Galaxy tablet for more than reading, lighter gaming, streaming and the odd work email.

We're going into more detail on these Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 deals just below, or you can check out all the latest Samsung tablet prices and sales right here on TechRadar.

Not in the US? There are more Samsung Galaxy Tab deals on offer in the UK and Australia further down the page.

Today's best Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 deals

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite - 64GB: $349.99 $299.99 at Amazon
Save $50 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite at Amazon this week, dropping the price down to just $299.99. That's the cheapest this 2020 tablet has ever been, offering up a streamlined Samsung Galaxy Tab experience for a fraction of the price the fully fledged tablet usually goes for.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite - 128GB: $429.99 $379.99 at Amazon
If you'd like more onboard storage, you might be better off checking out the 128GB S6 Lite. This Samsung Galaxy Tab deal still offers $50 off the original price, making this the cheapest this device has ever been.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 - 128GB: $649.99 $529.99 at Amazon
You can also save $120 on the full Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 this week as well - an excellent offer just $2 shy of the all-time lowest price. We've seen these deals dropping every now and then over the past few months, so there's no telling when this price will jump back up again.
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More Samsung Galaxy Tab deals

If you're looking for something a little cheaper you'll find a massive range of Android tablet sales available right now, or if you're shopping for something more powerful we're also rounding up the best iPad Pro deals. Check out the latest Microsoft Surface Pro sales and prices for something that can easily convert into more of a laptop setup as well.


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