Walmart Black Friday deals: Apple Watch, Nest Hub, and more

This year’s hottest Black Friday trend this year may be “pre-Black Friday,” with retailers looking to jumpstart holiday shopping with early deals that will reward shoppers who think waiting until the end of November to start buying gifts is procrastinating. Dell already set the stage for this strategy with essentially six weeks of Black Friday sales, and now Walmart is joining it as an early bird.

Walmart has announced a pair of major shopping events in early November: The first “Deals for Days” sales kick off on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and return on Saturday, Nov. 7, and the second begins the following Wednesday (Nov. 11) and repeats on Saturday, Nov. 14. While the first event features a couple of gaming laptops, the second offers several notebook and tablet deals to entice potential buyers. We’ve highlighted the best of these below, and expect a number of additional ones when Walmart’s actual

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Windows 7 and Chrome: Google just extended support by six months

Google has decided to extend Chrome support for Windows 7 for another six months beyond its original plan in order to give customers more time if their Windows 10 migration plans were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In January, Google said Chrome support would continue until at least July 2021, but that was a few months before the pandemic struck. 

Google has now confirmed that Chrome will support Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2022. After that date customers can’t be guaranteed of receiving security updates for Chrome on Windows 7. 

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The extended support timeframe reflects the different effects the pandemic has had on IT projects and the use of technology in business. For example, in April Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company had seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months as customers scrambled

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Office Depot Black Friday deals: Lenovo ThinkBook, HP Slim

Office Depot and OfficeMax’s Black Friday 2020 ad has leaked a few days after its rival Staples dropped its deals ad, but it’s a lot slimmer than in year’s past. 

A mere four pages long, the ad may reflect the new normal for Black Friday, where retailers run deals throughout November rather than hoard them for the last weekend of the month. Regardless, there are a handful of deals if you’re looking for a new desktop or laptop, which we’ve detailed below.

$90 off

We haven’t seen many all-in-one PC deals anywhere close to this price during this Black Friday, so if you’re looking for such a package and you’re on a tight budget, this could be a strong option. The specs are basic — an AMD Athlon Silver processor and 4GB of RAM — but HP does include a 1TB hard drive for plenty of storage, and, perhaps

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Black Friday laptop deals: Surface Pro 7, Razer Blade, more

Over the Black Friday 2020 shopping event, vendors worldwide will begin launching time-sensitive sales for a range of laptops. 

Whether you’re in the market for a hefty workhorse able to manage power-hungry programs, you’re an illustrator that needs a device suitable for creative applications, or you want a budget-friendly replacement for a laptop on its way out for work, study, or entertainment, the Black Friday sales event — generally taking place over the week starting November 23 — is the perfect time of the year to grab a bargain. 

Below, ZDNet has compiled a list of the best laptop sales currently on offer. As some products sell out and other deals expire, we will continue to update — so make sure to come back and check for new deals as they appear. 

$400 off

Over at Best Buy over the Black Friday event you can pick up a Lenovo Yoga

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HP Black Friday deals: Omen, Envy, Pavilion and more laptops

Following in the footsteps of Lenovo, rival HP has seen its Black Friday ad leaked this week (though both come weeks after the plans of competitor Dell were announced). Whereas many retailers have advertised deals throughout Nov., HP’s sale is in the time frame that we had come to expect for Black Friday discounts: starting on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and running through Cyber Monday (Nov. 30), with doorbusters sprinkled across that time period. That said, many of its products may currently be at the discounted listed in the ad, so here are the best deals that should be unique to the Black Friday weekend.

$50 off

HP will also have a $179.99 Chromebook deal during Black Friday, but for an extra 20 bucks you can get a bigger screen than the alternative’s 11-inch display and still stay under $200. In addition to the 14-inch display, this Chromebook is built

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NSW Transport and Microsoft use machine learning and data to reduce road accidents

Transport for New South Wales and Microsoft have partnered to develop a proof of concept that uses data and machine learning to flag potentially dangerous intersections and reduce road accidents.

As part of the proof of concept, Transport for NSW ran a trial in Wollongong to uncover five potentially risky intersections. It involved 50 vehicles generating more than a billion rows of data over a 10-month period, before Databricks and Azure were used to curate, ingest, and interpret the data.

The telematics data was used to identify speed, harsh braking, harsh acceleration, and lateral movement just before the intersection. It was then compared to patterns of existing crash investigation data.

“We had a circle of interest around the intersection … when the vehicle is actually approaching the intersection, how does it behave at 50 metres, how does it behave at 25 metres, and how does it behave going through the

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