Best Buy Cyber Monday deals: Galaxy Book, Chromebooks, more

If you procrastinated or otherwise avoided Best Buy on Black Friday, there’s good news: Many of its deals are continuing right through Cyber Monday. The retailer isn’t resting on those laurels, though, as it adds more deals to the sale, so make sure to check out the full list below.


$170 off

This is one of the cheapest laptop deals we’ve seen announced so far for Cyber Monday 2020, but it offers a little more than the typical bargain basement Chromebook. While most of its specs are typical (Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage), getting a 14-inch touchscreen display for under $150 is not, which could appeal to kids used to touch interfaces on phones and tablets.


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$200 off

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We first saw this ultraportable 2-in-1 laptop at CES in January, where the stylish Samsung turned heads as a competitor

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Brazil trials facial recognition with retired public servants

The Brazilian government has announced a facial recognition trial with retired public servants to support the process of periodic verification that the beneficiary is alive in order to continue receiving of benefits.

The trial underpinning the process will be carried out with 10,000 retired federal civil servants and pensioners and the participants will be able to follow the process through a people management mobile app developed for federal government staff. If the pilot is successful, the functionality will be extended to 700,000 people.

Currently, under the process also known as certificate of existence or proof of life, beneficiaries need to physically go to a government office to prove they are still alive to continue to receive their pension or payment, every year, before their birthday.

According to the Ministry of Economy, using the technology will save time and money for the government and make it more convenient for retired personnel

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Orange unveils plans for French 5G roll-out

Almost exactly a year after first indicating its strategy for the roll-out of next-generation networks across its key European territories, Orange has revealed its plans for the roll-out of its 5G network in 15 French municipalities, with, it said, quality of service its priority.

Orange announced that as of 3 December 2020 it will roll out 5G in Nice, Marseille, Le Mans, Angers and Clermont Ferrand. By the end of the year, more than 160 municipalities will be covered with 5G.

On 1 October 2020, during the auction for 5G spectrum in France, Orange obtained the largest share of the frequency blocks involved, with 90 MHz of spectrum. The 5G deployment focuses mainly on these new 3.5GHz frequencies and may be supplemented by the use of 2.1GHz frequencies. Orange said that only 3.5GHz frequencies allow a true 5G experience with fast browsing, reduced latency and almost instantaneous download speeds.

The

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Filing: DoorDash is looking to raise up to $2.8B in its IPO, at a valuation of up to $30B, and plans to list shares at $75 to $85 (Jessica Bursztynsky/CNBC)


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Filing: DoorDash is looking to raise up to $2.8B in its IPO, at a valuation of up to $30B, and plans to list shares at $75 to $85  —  – Food delivery app DoorDash is looking to raise up to $2.8 billion in its IPO, which would value the company at $30 billion on a fully diluted basis, the company revealed in a new filing Monday.… Read More

ZDNet Holiday Gift Guide 2020


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All year, our expert reviewers scour the internet to find the top technology products and services for our business audience. Now that the holiday shopping season is here, we’re recommending what would make great gifts. 

Top tech gift ideas for the holidays

Here’s a look at ZDNet’s top choices for technology gifts, gadgets, and accessories.

Best gadgets for your favorite junior roboticists and hackers

If you want to spark the imagination of your kids while at the same time giving them a leg up with some of the tech skills they’ll need as adults, you can’t go wrong by looking at these products as gifts this holiday season.

Home office tech that every remote worker wants

Working from home doesn’t have to be a series of compromises. Here are 12 gifts that will make your loved one’s job easier.

Inexpensive tech and gadgets for under $100

Here

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Why 59 minutes is the most important period in tech

She’s trying not to look at her phone. These are her 59 minutes.

My phone is my pulse.

I wake up, I grab my iPhone and instantly I know I’m alive.

I disappear into terrible news, disturbing pictures, and, especially, short videos of people doing something truly ridiculous.

Then, I’m ready for my day, a day that involves hours of staring at screens. A lot of staring at screens. 

I write while staring at a screen that displays my words, while also staring at another screen that’s showing a vitally important sporting event from somewhere in the world. (The effect is evident, of course.)

Somehow, I’ve come to edit out information about how long people are attached to their gadgets every day.

The answer is usually “a lot.”

Still, a new study descended onto my screen, while I was watching the decisive Game 6 of the Korean Series. (The

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