Black Friday 2020 deals: The best Microsoft Store sales

Compared to competitors like Dell and HP, Microsoft’s Black Friday “sneak peak” is modest in scope, showing only a few deals that can become available as early as Nov. 16 (with all offers available starting on Nov. 26 at 12am ET). But as the maker of the Surface line of tablets and laptops, Microsoft does provide a handful of deals on those PCs, plus a couple of additional discounts on devices from its hardware partners. 

$200 off


The Surface Pro 7 is one of Microsoft’s cheaper gateways into the Surface world, and this deal starting on Nov. 16 is made even sweeter with the inclusion of the Type Cover to turn this into a very portable 2-in-1 device. The base model available includes an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB solid-state drive, and 12.3-inch touchscreen display, though you can receive similar savings on more powerful configurations. 

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The best Alexa devices for your home office

Work-life for many of us has changed radically in the past year. Rather than spending two hours commuting, your commute is now 20 steps. Rather than getting dressed up (or at least wearing adult pants), clothing consists of pajama pants and a T-shirt. Do you even remember the last time you laced up a pair of shoes?

Well, in case that level of effort is too much for you, we’ve put together a list of essential Alexa gear for your home office. OK, OK. Perhaps “essential” is a bit much when it really means not having to move your fingers two inches. But, you know, cavemen turned on their own light bulbs. We just command Alexa to do it.

Rather than running down all the Amazon Alexa devices (although I include a few), the traditional smart bulbs and smart plugs, I set out to find Alexa-compatible gear that might be

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Company accused of spying on Assange acted for Ecuadorian Intelligence, says ex UC Global manager

The former head of operations of security company UC Global told a court that the company accused of spying on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Embassy of Ecuador acted on the orders of Ecuador’s intelligence services. 

Michel Wallemacq was giving evidence to a Spanish court investigating claims the UC Global’s founder David Morales ordered video and audio surveillance of meetings between Julian Assange and visitors, including lawyers, doctors and journalists.

Assange took refuge in the Embassy in Knightsbridge, London between June 2012 and April 2019, when he was expelled and arrested.

He faces extradition to the US and faces 17 counts of the US Espionage Act and one count under the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which carry a maximum prison sentence of 175 years.

Two former staff of UC Global have claimed in anonymous witness statements that the company’s founder supplied surveillance footage and audio recordings to

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