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Best Roku streaming device deals: Save over $30


Get high-quality sound and picture with a Roku streaming device.

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Here are the top Roku devices on sale as of Jan. 27:


Admit it, you’ve probably been watching a LOT of TV. Being at home all the time is grounds for the beginning of a Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max obsession, so why not take your streaming habit to the next level? If you’ve been fiddling with HDMI cords from your laptop, or juggling all the different streaming pages, make it easier on yourself with a Roku device. 

These devices are all on sale as of Jan. 27, and they can help you compile your streaming services to one interface, boost your picture quality, and some of them double as loud, clear soundbars, too. Check out our top picks to find the one that’s right for your TV habits.

For high-quality streaming, clear audio, and smart controls at a reasonable price, the Streambar is your best bet. Watch your favorite shows and movies in HD, 4K, and HDR with color optimized for any TV. The Streambar has four internal speakers with Dolby Audio technology, so you’ll get loud, rich sound for a pretty good value. While you won’t experience the theater-quality sound of the Roku Smart Soundbar, the Streambar does have boosted volume and speech clarity to enhance the listening experience. The included voice remote will replace all your other remotes — you can change the channel, adjust volume, and search for new series to watch with just one remote. 

Along with being able to access all your favorite streaming sites from one interface, this device also comes with three free months of Apple TV+, so you can get to binge-watching immediately. 

If you’re an audiophile that needs high quality sound while streaming, go for the Roku Smart Soundbar. It has four full-range speakers inside, for deep bass and all-around dynamic sound that will give you the movie-theater treatment at home, just add popcorn. You’ll also be able to customize sound with the speech clarity function, and get rid of extra-loud commercials forever with consistent volume leveling. The Roku Smart Soundbar supports 4K streaming, gives you access to free TV, live sports, and more, and comes with a voice remote to make changing the channel even easier. 

To improve TV picture and move all your streaming sites to one interface without worrying about sound, the Roku Ultra LT is a solid choice. It supports HD, 4K, or HDR picture, and the quad-core processor will keep everything you’re watching smooth and clear — no more pixelated TV shows. The Ultra LT comes with an ethernet port for even more secure streaming, and features a microSD port to give you extra storage space. You’ll get access to the Roku channel for free live TV, sports, shows, and more, and this set even comes with a pair of headphones so you can crank up those sports without bothering the whole household. You can get three months of Apple TV+ with this device, too. 

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VW partners with Silent-Yachts to build beautiful, solar-powered yacht

Ten years ago, it’d be hard to imagine Volkswagen building a solar-powered yacht, but the proverbial tide has now turned. 

On Tuesday, Volkswagen announced it’s partnered up with German solar yacht manufacturer Silent-Yachts to build a new yacht that will feature Volkswagen’s modular e-drive system (MEB) powertrain and solar panels as a main power source. 

Volkswagen, which originally developed MEB for use in its electric vehicles, such as the Volkswagen I.D., says there are multiple benefits of using this powertrain in a yacht. First, the company says, the MEB powertrain is powerful, quiet, and produces low vibrations. Furthermore, Volkswagen says the MEB, which is used “millions of times” in VW’s electric cars benefits from economies of scale and ultimately drives the cost of yacht’s production down. Finally, VW’s powertrain should be easier and cheaper to service. 

While the yacht is primarily solar-powered, it will also have a diesel generator as an emergency backup. 

The yacht’s design was done by designers from the VW-owned Cupra brand, and is quite a bit more futuristic than Silent-Yachts’ typical design. 

This is not the first solar-powered yacht for Silent-Yachts; the company sells several yachts already, ranging from the 55-foot Silent 55, which starts at 1.97 million euros ($2.38 million) to the 80-foot, three-deck Silent 80, which starts at 5.51 million euros ($6.67 million). 


Judging by the name, the Silent 55, which is the smallest yacht in Silent-Yachts’ catalog, will be the most similar to the upcoming Silent 50.

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There’s no word on how much the new, jointly produced Silent 50 will cost, or how much power its solar panels will produce. For comparison, the Silent 55’s solar panels produce 10 kWp of peak power. 

Volkswagen, Cupra, and Silent-Yachts have jointly declared to launch the Silent 50 — the first yacht featuring the MEB propulsion — in 2022. And after a start-up period of four years, VW plans for 50 MEB-based yachts to be produced each year, or more should the market require it. 

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Lime adds electric mopeds to its fleet

Lime has added electric mopeds to its fleet of green shared vehicles — and you’ll need a driver’s license to jump on one. 

The electric vehicle sharing company announced the addition of e-mopeds to rider options on Wednesday, a third alongside its bright green e-bikes and e-scooters.

Lime aims to launch mopeds in a “handful of cities” early spring, aiming for pilot programs in Washington DC and Paris first. The moped was developed by Chinese urban mobility manufacturer Niu, fits up to two riders at a time, and can travel up to 87 miles (145 kilometres) on a single charge. 

Riders must have a valid driver’s license, and be 21 or older to ride in the U.S., and 18 or older in Paris. You’ll also need to take a photo of yourself for the Lime app that matches your license.

If you think you’re going to cruise around town without a helmet, think again — these vehicles can hit a top speed of 28 miles per hour (45 kilometres per hour) after all. Each moped will come with two of varying sizes (or one for the driver, one for a passenger), both equipped with an infrared sensors, to flag if a rider has removed the helmet from the case for use. Helmets have been supplied by Moon for U.S. riders, and Nikko for Europe. Before riding, you must take a photo of yourself wearing the helmet, which must be worn at all times during the ride. 

Lime said it will take “strict enforcement measures for repeat safety violators, including removal from the platform to avoid putting themselves and other road users at risk.”

But anyone can’t just jump on a moped and drive into the sunset — you have to pass a test. Lime said it consulted with the U.S. non-profit Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to design a rider safety course, and a test that riders must complete before they ride the moped — exactly what this test looks like remains to be seen. Lime is also planning to provide free 45-minute, in-person, small class lessons for riders down the track to get the fundamentals like turning and parking down. Lime is also working with MSF to create additional exercises for riders to refine their riding skills.

“MSF wants all Lime riders to be safe and have fun. We encourage them to take full advantage of Lime’s training offerings, and to always wear helmets and other riding gear,” said Robert Gladden, VP of training operations for MSF, in a press statement. “We applaud Lime’s decision to include rider education and safety training in their new electric moped program.”

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Sell fine jewelry safely with Worthy’s online auction platform

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Sell those jewels that are just gathering dust.
Sell those jewels that are just gathering dust.

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TL;DR: Get old jewelry off your hands (and make some cash) with the Worthy online jewelry auction service. 


It’s hard to part with valuable things, and even harder to part with sentimental things. So these pieces often live in drawers somewhere in your home, never to see the light of day again. 

But what if those treasures collecting dust could actually help you splurge on something? Like a trip to Spain (when travel is safe, of course) or maybe a down payment on a car? That’s where Worthy’s online auction platform comes in.

Worthy connects sellers to a network of professional jewelry buyers, so you can sell your old diamond rings, diamond bracelets, watches, and more. Worthy helps make the process as seamless and secure as possible, so you can sell your items with peace of mind.

Once you’ve decided on the items you wish to part with, you’ll select a category and describe them in detail to the best of your knowledge (shape, brand, color, carat weight, etc.). Then, package up your jewelry and ship it to Worthy’s NYC office. Not only does Worthy cover the cost of shipping, but they also fully insure your items up to $100,000 through Lloyds of London.

When they receive your jewelry, the experts will prepare it for auction. They’ll clean it up, conduct professional grading reports in partnership with gem lab Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and snap some high-quality pictures to entice jewelry buyers. And, yes, before you ask, if you panic and change your mind about selling prior to the auction (which is totally normal and no big deal), you can request to have your valuable(s) returned to you free of charge.

As one seller put it, “When your marriage is over, the last thing you want to look at is your old engagement ring. At the same time, you don’t want to accept just any offer.” That’s where Worthy swoops in and takes over the process for you, making the process as convenient as possible. Curious how much you might get for a piece? Take a gander at some recently auctioned items.

Start your jewelry selling journey with Worthy and shift your focus to all the new and exciting things you can buy with the profits in 2021.

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Save on a wireless charging station for your iPhone and Apple Watch

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Charge an iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time.
Charge an iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time.

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TL;DR: Say goodbye to tangled charging cords with this Loma Living wireless charging dock. Get it for 32% off — only $86.99 — as of Jan. 27.


As you could probably guess, there’s already a ridiculous number of wireless chargers and charging stations available today. If you still haven’t picked one up for yourself, it can be quite difficult to decide which one is right for you. We’ve got your back, though.

Apple device owners who pay close attention to aesthetics should check out this wireless charging dock from Loma Living. Crafted from solid walnut with dark grey felt on top, this sleek charger makes an excellent addition to any nightstand, desk, counter, or table.

This charging dock fits seamlessly in the corner of a table or nightstand to keep your space organized and reduce clutter. There’s a designated spot for your Apple Watch: When you place it on the dock, it automatically turns into “nightstand mode,” so you can easily see the time at a glance. You can place your phone on the other side.

With 10W fast charge abilities (or 7.5 or 5 if your device requires) and an included QC 3.0 Fast Charge wall adapter, this dock delivers a true quick-charging experience. It also works with most new phones and earbuds that support standard Qi technology — so Android users can still join in on the party.

Regularly, this Loma Living wireless charging dock is $128, but for a limited time, you can slash over 30% off and get it on sale for $86.99.

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Meme traders push GameStop stock to towering heights while pros look in disbelief

The stock price of video game retailer GameStop is soaring, and there’s no good reason for it — if you ask the professionals. 

But a group of traders that frequent Reddit’s popular subreddit r/wallstreetbets has given these pros the finger, and they don’t plan to quit anytime soon. 

Here’s what’s happening: GameStop hasn’t been doing too great in recent years. Retail video stores are a dying business, and, typically, GameStop’s quarterly earnings results are so bad that they almost always cause the stock to plummet. This also makes it a heavily shorted stock (shorting means borrowing a company’s shares and selling them on the market with the hope you’ll be able to re-buy them cheaper later), with hedge funds like Melvin Capital making massive bets that GameStop stock price will fall. 

For reasons not entirely clear, wallstreetbets has decided to turn the tide. They keep buying the stock, driving the price higher and higher — GameStop closed at $147.98 on Tuesday, up 650 percent from just two weeks ago, when it traded at about $20. 

Wallstreetbets traders are also buying options (options are financial instruments that let you bet on where the price will be at a later date), which drives the price further up as it creates a positive feedback loop (a massive bet that the price will end up higher makes other investors bet the same, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy). 

Some known figures have joined the fray, further fueling the buying craze. The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, tweeted “Gamestonk!!” with a link to wallstreetbets (stonks are company stocks in meme trader parlance). 

Facebook and Gemini co-founder Tyler Winklevoss has been tweeting about GameStop too, saying the “GameStock $GME army is winning the war.”

Professional traders, for the most part, aren’t too happy about this. Investor Michael Burry, whose fund Scion Asset Management recently owned GameStop stock — meaning he’s probably making money on this rally — tweeted that the current rally is “unnatural, insane and dangerous” (the tweet was later deleted).

Similarly, Reddit groups have pushed up the stock price of BlackBerry, forcing the company to release a statement that it’s not aware of any change in its business that would account for the recent increase in the market price. 

GameStop and BlackBerry’s price rallies have real-world repercussions. When you’re short a stock, like Melvin Capital is, there’s no limit to how much you can lose. As the price keeps pumping, it threatens to liquidate the shorters’ positions, possibly even drive some of them bankrupt. And yes, despite wallstreetbets’ enthusiasm, it’s quite possible that GameStop and BlackBerry’s price will plummet after this rally, leaving many meme-fueled hodlers in the red. 

But one could also argue that the shorters are driving GameStop and similar companies bankrupt. Elon Musk is famously perma-angry at Tesla shorters, for example. And thus, fueled by memes, insider jokes, and the power of large numbers, began wallstreetbets’ quest to annihilate the shorters by driving the price up. 

Amazingly, it’s working. Due to its GameStop short position, Melvin Capital is heavily in the red, saved at the last minute by a $2.75 billion monetary infusion from investment companies Citadel and Point72. The retail traders longing the stock are hoping to achieve a short squeeze, which would force the shorters to buy back the stock at high prices to close out their shorts and avoid liquidation. 

A bunch of small timers nearly taking down a massive, multi-billion hedge fund is unheard of, and that’s exactly what fuels the folks at wallstreetbets. They call themselves “autists,” and cheer each other on, share memes and make fun of the finance giants they’re up against. Similar movements are seen in the cryptocurrency world, where loose groups such as Link Marines constantly claim the price of cryptocurrency LINK will, should and must go up. 

There’s a new way to make markets irrational, as wallstreetbets group’s ethos has shown, upgrading it for the social media era. Big players better get used to it.

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59% off XSplit VCam (UK deal)

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A lifetime subscription to XSplit VCam is on sale.
A lifetime subscription to XSplit VCam is on sale.

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TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to XSplit VCam is on sale for £14.64 as of Jan. 27, saving you 59% on list price.


If you’re navigating the transition from an actual office to your home, you’re not alone. Consider yourself one of the lucky ones and try to make the most of the shift. After all, you get to stay in your pajamas all day if you want. 

But while the business world has slowed down, it hasn’t stopped completely. And that means you still have to stay on top of things — like attending meetings. The ability to attend a work meeting from your couch is pretty awesome compared to a stuffy conference room, but there’s definitely a downside. You have to make yourself and your surroundings look presentable (at least from the waist up).

That’s where the genius XSplit VCam comes into play. Instead of letting your co-workers, or worse, your boss, see your disorderly home during video calls and meetings, XSplit VCam replaces and blurs the background of your video. It basically acts as a green screen, without you actually having a green screen, and allows you to hide the mountain of dirty dishes surrounding you (among other things).

You’re given the option to upload JPEGs, GIFs, or PNGs for the background of your choosing, and it transforms your webcam to a DSLR thanks to its adjustable blur slider. Plus, it’s compatible with just about every video chat application you use – Slack, Skype, Discord, Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), and yes, of course, Zoom. That means you can also use it to record vlogs, live stream video games, or throw Zoom parties with your friends.

Usually, a lifetime subscription would cost you £35.88, but it’s on sale for over 50% off. Sign up now for just £14.64 and trick your colleagues into thinking you have your shit together. 

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97% off online class (UK deal)

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A lifetime subscription to Whizlabs Online Certifications is on sale.
A lifetime subscription to Whizlabs Online Certifications is on sale.

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TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Whizlabs Online Certifications is on sale for £95.20 as of Jan. 27, saving you 97% on list price.


If you’re itching to go down a different career path, why not invest in some online learning? Whizlabs Online Certifications offers you a way to get the skills you need to step outside your current career path. 

Since its launch in 2000, hundreds of high-profile companies — from Bloomberg to Cisco — have used Whizlabs to boost their workforce with training and new skills.

Why is it so popular? Partly because it offers the ability to learn from experts and certified professionals at your own pace and partly because it offers training in an enormous variety of subjects, from coding and cloud computing to project management and digital marketing. 

New content is added regularly and updated often. And as you complete courses, you’ll walk away feeling prepared to pass a variety of certification exams.

This membership is valued at over £3,000, but you can get a lifetime membership to Whizlabs Online Certifications on sale for just £95.20 for a limited time. 

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Save £100 on refurbished handset (UK deal)


We’ve lined up all the best deals on refurbished iPhones.

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TL;DR: Mobiles.co.uk has launched a range of deals on refurbished iPhone 12 handsets, with prices starting at £35 upfront.


Are you desperate to get your hands on the iPhone 12, but the price always stops you in your tracks? We know the feeling. 

It’s easy to get despondent and just give up hope, but not all is lost. If you’re willing to give refurbished handsets a chance, you can pick up an iPhone 12 for a fraction of the cost of a brand-new device.

Mobiles.co.uk has a wide range of impressive deals on refurbished iPhones, including high data options. Most refurbished stock is due to change-of-mind returns and therefore will not have suffered from extended use, battery deterioration, or cosmetic damage.

We’ve lined up all the best deals on refurbished iPhones, with prices starting at just £35 upfront:

If you don’t see something of interest in this short selection, it’s worth checking out everything on Mobiles.co.uk. There is something for everyone on the site, so we recommend spending some time considering your options.

Save on a refurbished iPhone 12 from Mobiles.co.uk and finally join the Apple club.

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The fastest VPNs for browsing, streaming, and shopping securely

There is a fairly long list of things that you should care about when it comes to VPNs. These services are primarily designed to provide data and identity protection when you’re navigating the online world, so they need to provide powerful encryption that secures all of your traffic. 

With this in mind, you should only consider investing in a VPN that provides advanced security features like split tunnelling, IP protection, ad blocking, and a kill switch. All of this is vital for securing your online identity and data, which is really important at the moment. The online world can be a dangerous place, and VPNs are effective tools for protecting yourself against viruses, malware, hackers, and other threats. Read more…

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BEST FOR STREAMING

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is the best option for serial streamers, with strong connection speeds and server network.

  • Monthly: £9.80/month
  • Six-month plan: £7.56/month
  • 15-month plan: £5.05/month


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BEST FOR SERVER NETWORK

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access lets you select from over 25,000 servers, so you should always be able to find a speedy connection.

  • Monthly: £9.99/month
  • One-year plan: £2.71/month
  • Two-year plan: £2.19/month


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BEST FOR BEGINNERS

Surfshark

Surfshark offers everything that VPN newbies need to stream, shop, and browse securely.

  • Monthly: £9.48/month
  • Six-month plan: £4.75/month
  • Two-year plan: £1.82/month


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BEST FOR SECURITY

NordVPN

NordVPN finds a nice balance between connection speed and powerful online security.

  • Monthly: £9.20/month
  • One-year plan: £3.79/month
  • Two-year plan: £2.86/month


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BEST FOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT

PureVPN

PureVPN has a good reputation for delivering reliable customer support, which is reassuring.

  • Monthly: £8.63/month
  • One-year plan: £4.26/month
  • Two-year plan: £2.44/month