DA confident of case against student who allegedly urged boyfriends suicide

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The prosecutor who brought charges against a former Boston College student for encouraging her boyfriend to hill himself is “very confident” in the case being brought against the woman, the district attorney told Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins spoke exclusively to WCVB about the case against Inyoung You, who was charged in late October with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Alexander Urtula. Urtula died after jumping from the roof of a parking garage in Roxbury, Massachusetts, on May 20.

“We’re very confident in our case,” Rollins told WCVB.

You, 21, sent 75,000 text messages to Urtula in the two months leading up to his death, according to Rollins. Some of those texts included ones urging him to kill himself, she said.

The couple, which met at Boston College, dated for just 18 months. He died on the same day he was supposed to attend his graduation. You was allegedly present at the time Urtula jumped.

PHOTO: Shown in this image released by the Suffolk County District Attorneys Office, former Boston College student Inyoung You, 21, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for her alleged role in the suicide of her boyfriend, Alexander Urtula, 22.Suffolk County District Attorneys Office
Shown in this image released by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, former Boston College student Inyoung You, 21, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for her alleged role in the suicide of her boyfriend, Alexander Urtula, 22.

She appeared in court for the first time since she was charged on Nov. 22, and prosecutors shared some of the profane texts You allegedly sent.

In one message, You allegedly wrote, “Do everyone a favor and go f—— kill yourself. … Dude just f—— do everybody a favor and go f—— kill yourself,” Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Grasso said in court last week.

Rollins, a veteran prosecutor, called the exchanges “even extreme for me.”

“We have a barrage, a meticulous, relentless, pathological breakdown, of this individual, Alexander Urtula, by somebody who claimed to love him,” Rollins told WCVB. “And although it was a toxic relationship, we believe Ms. You’s behavior entered the criminal.”

While Rollins called the case uncommon, she also said it was a sign of changing times and called it a “generational” difference.

“I think in the younger communities of individuals — the way you and I would pick up a phone and speak to each other or might actually stand face to face and have a conversation, texting is the way people are interacting nowadays,” she said. “And so this is a situation where the law has to catch up with what the world is doing right now.”

PHOTO: Inyoung You, a former Boston College student from South Korea, arrives in court to be arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the suicide of her boyfriend, in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston on Nov. 22, 2019.Pool/Reuters
Inyoung You, a former Boston College student from South Korea, arrives in court to be arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the suicide of her boyfriend, in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston on Nov. 22, 2019.

Urtula’s lawyer, Steven Kim, slammed Rollins in a press conference outside the courthouse after last week’s hearing.

“I’ve never seen in my entire career such an unjust and callous behavior by a district attorney,” Kim said.

He added, “No one can know to a moral certainty why someone decides to take their own life, but to further punish the young woman who loved this man would only compound the tragedy that already is and further tarnish the memory of that young man.”

You was released on bail and is not expected to go on trial until November 2020.

Rollins’ full interview with WCVB will air on Sunday.

ABC News’ Ella Torres and Julia Jacobo contributed to this report.

Start Here: House Judiciary Committee schedules 1st public impeachment hearing

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It’s Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Let’s start here.

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1. Next phase

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled its first public impeachment hearing, beginning a new phase of the inquiry on Dec. 4.

The hearing will look different from the House Intelligence Committee’s open hearings with “fact witnesses” over the last two weeks, according to ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran, who calls this latest step a “decision-making point” for House Democrats.

“What would the articles of impeachment be? What would the indictment essentially against President Donald Trump be?” he says. “They’re calling witnesses, constitutional scholars who can talk about impeachment. These are going to be witnesses that will advise them on what to make of it all.”

2. Life expectancy decline

The overall life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped for three straight years, according to a new study, as researchers point to opioid abuse, suicide and obesity as causes.

The study’s author, Dr. Stephen Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, tells “Start Here” it’s a problem unique to America, particularly in the Rust Belt: “It isn’t lost on us that these are regions of the country that have been hit hard by the economy. … That strain itself could affect health in ways that don’t have to be limited to despair or unhealthy behaviors.”

PHOTO: Men sit passed out in a park where heroin users gather to shoot up in the Bronx borough of New York, May 4, 2018.Spencer Platt/Getty Images, FILE
Men sit passed out in a park where heroin users gather to shoot up in the Bronx borough of New York, May 4, 2018.

3. ‘The Cave’

In the midst of war in Syria, doctors inside a hidden hospital known as “The Cave” fight to save lives underground.

Dr. Amani Ballour, the former lead doctor of the Cave who was forced to flee to Turkey, details her life inside, “They targeted everything, they bombed everything, they used all types of weapons.”

Her story is featured in “The Cave,” a film in conjunction with National Geographic Documentary Films, and on ABC’s “Nightline.” The Walt Disney Co. is the parent company of National Geographic and ABC News.

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Dr Amani covers her ears during nearby bombings, in Al Ghouta, Syria.

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Elsewhere:

‘My home’: President Donald Trump visited Florida for the first time since changing his place of residence for a rally Tuesday night. But he talked some of the same topics: impeachment, the Bidens, Nancy Pelosi and the “deep state.”

Boo birds: First lady Melania Trump’s visit to an opioid summit did not go well as she was greeted by loud boos when she took the stage.

‘Absolutely brazen’: Scary video shows a bus driver stop at a gas station, purchase beer and then drinking it as she transported 32 children.

‘Angry that he was being ignored’: A new police report details that the University of Illinois at Chicago student who was found dead in a school parking garage was apparently murdered after she ignored the suspect’s catcalls.

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There’s no use in crying over spilled milk. But what about spilled donuts?

Well, the Brookhaven, Georgia, Police Department did just that on Tuesday and we couldn’t be more empathetic. It turns out the officers were called to the scene where a Krispy Kreme truck had toppled over and the iced creations spilled all over the street.

Authorities called it a senseless loss of delicious pastries.Play
Cops hilariously mourn ‘senseless loss’ of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the street

The troopers managed to snap a few teary-eyed photos, since they “couldn’t beat the 5 second rule.” Our condolences.

Amazon Cyber Monday 2019 deals revealed – CNET

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.

It’s not even Black Friday yet (though there are certainly a zillion Black Friday deals available right now), but Amazon is already setting its sights on Cyber Monday. The company just revealed its full list of deals for Dec. 2 — except the deals actually start on Saturday, Nov. 30, the day after Black Friday. And this may come as no surprise: The list looks a little… familiar. Amazon is pretty much carrying its Black Friday discounts on through to Cyber Monday. (One big exception: The Echo Show 8, which CNET just dubbed the best Echo smart display, period, will be $79.99. Current price: $99.99, already a $30 discount.)

You’ll be able to track all this on Amazon’s holiday page, which is currently focused on Black Friday but will transition on Saturday. There you’ll find a mixture of Amazon’s own devices (Kindles, Fire tablets, Echo screens and speakers, etc.) and various other sale items. For now, however, take a look at what’s in store (which is to say, online).

Cyber Monday Amazon device sales 

Although the official sale doesn’t kick off until Saturday, many of these deals are available right now. Indeed, just about everything here is a continuation of the discounts leading up to Black Friday. Even so, these remain some of the best prices of the year (or best since Prime Day, at least) on Echo speakers and smart displays, Kindle readers, Fire TV streamers and other first-party Amazon devices.

Cyber Monday electronics deals

These deals on non-Amazon devices were just announced today. So far, though, there are no specifics. These deals are taken straight from the Amazon press release.

  • Save up to 30% on headphones from Bose, Sony and other top brands.
  • Save up to 25% on home theater projectors.
  • Save up to 25% on Samsung Galaxy S10/Note 10.
  • Save on Samsung, Sony, and LG TVs.
  • Save 30% on select cell phone cases.
  • Save up to 25% on Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds.
  • Save on the Google Pixel 3.
  • Save up to 40% on cameras, telescopes, binoculars.
  • Save big on Nikon products.
  • Save on Fujifilm Instax mobile printer.
  • Save on Polaroid Snap Touch 2.0 Instant Print camera,
  • Save big on Sony cameras and lenses.
  • Content Creator Savings on PC devices and accessories.
  • Save big on select Chromebooks.
  • Save up to 30% on laptops, desktops and monitors.
  • Save on PC Gaming laptops, desktops, monitors, components, and accessories.
  • Deals to build your own custom PC.
  • Save big on connected home products.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 40% off plus $10 gift card.
  • Save 50% on H&R Block tax software.
  • Save up to 60% on Brother printers.
  • Save $100 on PS4 Pro.
  • Save on Xbox One.
  • Save 35% on Sindoh 3DWOX DP200 3D printer.
  • Save 15% on Monoprice MP10 Mini 3D printer. 

Cyber Monday household, kitchen and home-furnishing deals

Amazon will have plenty of savings on everything from mattresses to blenders to Instant Pots to vacuums, too. 

  • Save up to 35% on select furniture and mattresses.
  • Save up to 35% on area rugs.
  • Save up to 35% on gaming chairs & desks.
  • Save on Instant Pot.
  • Save on Breville kitchen appliances.
  • Save on Nespresso.
  • Save up to 15% on Aprilaire Whole House Humidifiers.
  • Save 20% on First Aid Only 299-piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit.
  • Save 20% on Scott Essential Multifold paper towels.
  • Save up to 30% on office furniture essentials.
  • Save on Ninja products.
  • Save on SodaStream machines.
  • Save on Wusthof Cutlery.
  • Save 20% on the Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting machine.
  • Save up to 43% on the Ecovacs Ozmo 920.
  • Save up to 45% on Sharpie, Paper Mate, and Elmer’s Slime.
  • Save on Casper mattresses. 

Cyber Monday deals on smart-home and home-improvement products

While plenty of the Amazon device deals listed above are certainly smart home-oriented, Amazon will have deals on non-Amazon devices, too.

  • Save up to 29% on Netgear Orbi Tri-Band Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System.
  • Save up to 25% on iRobot Roomba 675.
  • Save up to 27% on iRobot 960.
  • Save up to 30% on Black & Decker.
  • Save up to 20% on select DeWalt best sellers.
  • Save 15% on NewAir Dual Zone beverage cooler.
  • Save on Emerson Smart Thermostat and Echo Dot Bundle.
  • Save up to 30% on Hunter ceiling fans.
  • Save up to 15% on GE Profile ice maker.
  • Save 35% on Dremel Rotary Bundle.
  • Save up to 44% on Gearwrench tools.
  • Save up to 30% on August Home smart locks. 

We’ll be following up and highlighting the best deals once these actually start going on sale over the next few days. Stay tuned.

Charles Schwab To Buy TD Ameritrade, Creating Brokerage Behemoth – NPR

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Brokerage giant Charles Schwab said Monday it will acquire competitor TD Ameritrade in an all-stock transaction valued at $26 billion. A Schwab office in Oakland, Calif., is seen here.

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Two of the country’s largest brokerage firms will become one, with Charles Schwab Corp.’s announcement that it is acquiring rival TD Ameritrade. Together, the firms will hold more than $5 trillion in client assets and 24 million brokerage accounts.

The deal is an all-stock transaction valued at $26 billion, and it marks a major indication of the changes rippling through the financial services market as fees drop to zero. Schwab announced last month that it would eliminate commissions on online trades of U.S. stocks and exchange-traded funds, leading other major brokerages to do the same.

The merger of the two companies, which are among NPR’s financial supporters, may herald further consolidation in the industry and will likely attract antitrust scrutiny. Schwab already is thought to control nearly half the market for money managed by registered investment advisers, and TD Ameritrade holds a further 15% to 20%, according to analyst Kyle Voigt at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

Their integration could yield Schwab a long-term increase of more than 25% per share, Voigt told The Associated Press.

For the average investor, the differences might not be significant. Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger said in a conference call Monday that the merger is good news for investors. “Our view is that this is a great deal for the consumer,” he said, according to Bloomberg. “We’ve been doing nothing but driving costs down for decades.”

But the deal will have a major effect on investment advisers, perhaps negatively, as it could result in fewer options and lesser service.

“The adviser community is not particularly upbeat about this news,” Michael Kitces, a partner and the director of wealth management at Pinnacle Advisory Group, told The Wall Street Journal. “There’s not a lot of upside that’s visible to them.”

Schwab says the integration will allow it to scale up and lower its operating expenses. One way it will do that is by eliminating jobs: “The majority of positions that will be eliminated will be determined based on overlapping and duplicative roles,” the company said.

The newly combined company will eventually be headquartered at Schwab’s new campus outside Dallas. Schwab said it will continue to have a significant presence in San Francisco, where it was founded in 1971, becoming one of the pioneering discount brokerages. TD Ameritrade, which is based in Omaha, Neb., said it would call off its search for a new CEO.

The integration is expected to take 18 to 36 months.

Warnings, Wariness Mingle With Joy After Hong Kongs Pro-Democracy Landslide – NPR

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam addresses the media after casting her vote during Sunday’s district council elections. After results showed a landslide victory for pro-democracy candidates, Lam said she would listen “humbly” to the will of the voters.

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam addresses the media after casting her vote during Sunday’s district council elections. After results showed a landslide victory for pro-democracy candidates, Lam said she would listen “humbly” to the will of the voters.

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Just a day after Hong Kongers cast ballots overwhelmingly for pro-democracy candidates, handing them control of 17 of the region’s 18 district councils, authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing have taken markedly different tacks in responding to the landslide.

Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, adopted a conciliatory tone. She pledged to respect the election’s results, which represented a veritable drubbing of her preferred slate of candidates. After months of massive protests, voters turned out in record numbers and give pan-democratic, or pro-democracy, candidates more than three-quarters of the total 452 district council seats.

“There are various analyses and interpretations in the community in relation to the results, and quite a few are of the view that the results reflect people’s dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society,” Lam said in a statement released online Monday.

Her government, she added, “will listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously reflect.”

Lam, who won election in 2017 on the strength of Beijing’s backing, has found herself at the center of a maelstrom since her government introduced a bill that effectively would have allowed extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. Critics feared the measure would give the country more control over Hong Kong, which has enjoyed semiautonomy since it was transferred from the U.K. to China in 1997.

That bill formally died last month under intense popular pressure, but the popular pressure did not die with it. Since then, protesters have continued to swarm the streets with demands for direct elections of the chief executive and independent investigations into alleged police violence.

Chinese officials, for their part, reacted more tersely than their ally in the chief executive’s office. At a briefing Monday, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not mention the results, instead choosing to reassert Beijing’s sway over Hong Kong’s governance.

“The most pressing task for Hong Kong at the moment is stopping violence and restoring order. As Hong Kong is part of China, its affairs are purely domestic affairs. China is determined in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests,” Geng Shuang said.

“We are determined in implementing the principle of ‘one country, two systems’ and in opposing external interference in Hong Kong affairs,” he added.

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Back in Hong Kong, anti-government demonstrators celebrated Sunday night. But their elation, for the most part, was tempered by concern for protesters who remained holed up on the campus of a local university. For more than a week, a group of students, activists and first-aid volunteers has been barricaded in Hong Kong Polytechnic University while security forces have laid siege outside.

The contingent of occupiers, which numbered in the hundreds to begin with, reportedly has dwindled to just a handful. Several of the newly elected councilors negotiated their way past the barricade on Monday to try to help mediate an end to the standoff, while demonstrators gathered once more outside the university’s gates to express solidarity and press for a peaceful resolution.

For the protesters, there was another reason to rein in their joy: For all the symbolic significance of Sunday’s elections, it is unclear just how much change can be expected from the electoral victory.

District councils in Hong Kong are responsible primarily for hyperlocal concerns, such as bus routes, pothole repairs and garbage collection. The authority to effect the kinds of sweeping democratic changes that protesters are demanding largely rests elsewhere — in the chief executive’s residence and the halls of power in Beijing.

Still, the newly elected councilors aren’t entirely bereft of ways to make their weight felt. District councilors represent a sizable chunk of the Election Committee, the roughly 1,200-member body of politicians and business figures responsible for deciding the chief executive.

In that respect, some have suggested, the newly elected pan-democrats might have a chance to play kingmaker in the next chief executive election, expected in 2022.

Defense Secretary Says Trump Ordered Him To Let Eddie Gallagher Retire As Navy SEAL – NPR

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President Trump has repeatedly intervened on behalf of the Navy SEAL recently convicted of misconduct. And Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Trump did it again over the weekend, directly ordering him to allow Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher to retire as a SEAL.

“I spoke with the president on Sunday. He gave me the order that Eddie Gallagher will retain his Trident pin,” Esper told reporters on Monday at the Defense Department, referring to the insignia designating Gallagher as a member of the elite commando force.

The order from the commander in chief effectively put an end to proceedings by a Trident review board that were called by the commander of Navy special warfare, Rear Adm. Collin Green. The panel was charged with deciding whether Gallagher and three of his supervising officers were fit for duty. In Gallagher’s case, the board was set to convene next week.

On Monday, Esper also reiterated his reasons for asking Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to tender his resignation on Sunday. He accused Spencer of circumventing the appropriate channels, including Esper himself, to engage in direct negotiations with the White House to allow Gallagher to remain a SEAL. Meanwhile, Spencer was saying publicly that the Trident review board process should be allowed to play out.

“This proposal was completely contrary to what we agreed to and contrary to Secretary Spencer’s public position,” Esper said, adding that he was “completely caught off guard by this information and realized that it had undermined everything we had been discussing with the president.”

Esper tried to undo the perception that Spencer’s dismissal was tied to the specifics of Gallagher’s case, saying instead that it was over the chain of command.

The standoff between the commander in chief and the Navy’s top brass began even before Gallagher’s court-martial trial over the summer. Gallagher, who served multiple tours in Iraq, was accused of a slew of crimes, including the murder of a wounded Islamic State prisoner. In the end, he was acquitted of all but one charge — posing with a dead detainee. Part of his sentence included a demotion to the lower rank of petty officer first class.

Trump subsequently overturned that decision, commanding the Navy to promote Gallagher back to chief petty officer.

Green’s decision to initiate a review of Gallagher’s fitness as a SEAL was seen as a rebuke of the president’s order.

In his resignation letter, Spencer suggested that his dismissal was indeed connected to Gallagher’s review rather than any communication back channels.

“Unfortunately it has become apparent that in this respect, I no longer share the same understanding with the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline,” Spencer wrote. “I cannot in good conscience obey an order that I believe violates the sacred oath I took in the presence of my family, my flag and my faith to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

On Sunday, Trump also linked Spencer’s ouster to Gallagher. “I was not pleased with the way that Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s trial was handled by the Navy. He was treated very badly but, despite this, was completely exonerated on all major charges. I then restored Eddie’s rank,” the president tweeted.

Then he introduced another reason for pushing Spencer out: “Large cost overruns from past administration’s … contracting procedures were not addressed to my satisfaction.”

The president added that he would nominate Kenneth Braithwaite as the next Navy secretary. “A man of great achievement and success, I know Ken will do an outstanding job!” Trump said.

Gallagher’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, told the Navy Times that neither he nor his client foresaw such fallout. “With this personnel change, this institution will improve and no one will go through the ordeal Eddie went through. At the end of the day, the most important duty any of us have is protecting America,” Parlatore said.

“This case is completely bananas,” he added.

Gallagher said he is “overjoyed” that the president stepped in on his behalf once again. In an interview on Fox & Friends that aired Sunday morning, Gallagher name-checked Green and Spencer.

“This is all about ego and retaliation. This has nothing to do with good order and discipline. They could have taken my Trident at any time they wanted. Now they’re trying to take it after the president restored my rank,” Gallagher said.

It is unclear where the events of the last few days leave the Trident review board proceedings for Gallagher’s three supervising officers: Lt. Jacob Portier, Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch and Lt. Thomas MacNeil.

Just got Disney Plus? 5 things you need to know

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Disney Plus has landed in Australia and New Zealand, one week after its initial release in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. The proposition is simple: stream everything from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar in one place (oh, and National Geographic). 

You’ve probably heard about the big stuff on there, like 30 seasons of The Simpsons or Star Wars show The Mandalorian, but here are some other key points to note as you dive in to Disney Plus for the first time.  

1. Most of the best originals are a year or more away

The first of Marvel's series is still a year away. 

The first of Marvel’s series is still a year away.  (Image credit: Walt Disney/Marvel Studios)

Were you hoping that Marvel had prepared a suite of original shows for launch? In terms of really exciting exclusives, The Mandalorian will have to tide you over for around a year. That’s because The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the first big Marvel live-action series that has a rumored $25 million per episode budget, doesn’t arrive until late next year. The most exciting thing to look forward to in the meantime is probably the seventh season of The Clone Wars animated series, coming in February 2020. 

2. Classic movies have DVD and Blu-Ray extras

Snow White has a 34-minute making of documentary. 

Snow White has a 34-minute making of documentary.  (Image credit: Disney)

When you select a movie, click on the ‘Extras’ tab and you’ll get deleted scenes, blooper reels and other fun stuff usually reserved for home video releases. It’s not comprehensive – a lot of the Star Wars extras from the DVD and Blu-ray releases aren’t on here – but it is a way that Disney adds an extra layer of value to its own service. You wouldn’t find these things on Netflix, for example. 

3. The content library varies across regions

Infinity War is coming next year in the US, but it's available now in Australia. 

Infinity War is coming next year in the US, but it’s available now in Australia.  (Image credit: Marvel)

All the existing regions got The Simpsons on day one, but the movie line-up varies a whole lot. That’s because of the different distributors who have the rights to show the movies across regions. So Australia currently has Avengers: Infinity War, while the US does not. In fact, Australia has a lot of movies the US isn’t getting until later. This is likely to become a bigger deal as Disney Plus rolls out into more regions. 

4. There are many hidden gems on here 

A snapshot of old Disneyland.

A snapshot of old Disneyland. (Image credit: Disney)

From Pixar’s short films to 1967’s Disneyland Around the Seasons, where Walt himself discusses the then-new rides and attractions around the park, you don’t have to dig too deep to find some of the less obvious movies and TV shows that Disney Plus has on offer. Hell, you can even watch 1928’s Steamboat Willie on here. It means Disney Plus basically lives up to its goal of being a treasure trove. 

5. You can request movies that aren’t on the Disney Plus yet

"Alien: Resurrection, please."

“Alien: Resurrection, please.” (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Maybe your favorite Disney movie or show is on the service, or maybe it’s coming later. But maybe you like an obscure ’90s show that shows no sign of coming to Disney Plus yet (say, The Weekenders, or Pepper Ann). Maybe you want to stream Futurama alongside The Simpsons, without getting a separate Hulu account. 

There’s no guarantee that Disney will add it, of course, but there is an option to tell them what you want to see on the streamer. Click on ‘Profile’ when you’re logged in to Disney Plus, and you’ll see a ‘Help’ button. This takes you to a page where you can select ‘Request a film or show’ from a drop down menu. You can then enter three different titles of your choice. 

Pokémon Sword and Shield review

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Platform: Nintendo Switch

Version: Pokémon Sword

Time played: 24 hours

When it comes to charm, Pokémon Sword and Shield have it in spades. Whether you’re cooking a curry for your Pokémon around a campfire or being cheered outside Gyms by complete strangers who recognize you off the “telly”, these games go out of their way to warm you up, welcome you into their world and make you want to stay there.

Sword and Shield introduce players to the new Galar region. Inspired by the UK, this region is characterful and utterly full of personality. It has a cohesive identity that affectionately caricatures British pop culture and speech, while each town and city that make it up still manages to have its own utterly distinct look, resulting in a region that’s a playful mix of modernity and mythology. We had a niggling feeling as we wandered around the suspiciously clean cities and green rolling hills that this is potentially what some have convinced themselves the pre-EU UK once looked like. Galar is idyllic bordering on fantastical. 

Drawing on British culture and folklore in a similarly successful manner are the new Pokémon native to this region. These regional variants and completely new creations are some of the best Pokémon designs we’ve seen in a long time, not only because they’re so creative and likeable but because they actually introduce some exciting new type combinations, adding a greater capacity for variety and balance when building your team. 

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Pokémon Sword and Shield review

It’s hard not to fall in love with the Galar region (Image credit: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)

Game Freak was fairly tight-lipped when it came to revealing the new Pokémon that would feature in Sword and Shield. It was the right decision— this was the first game in a few generations that we felt a real sense of discovery when venturing into the long grass from the very start because we couldn’t predict exactly what we were going to see. 

We would be remiss in talking about the game’s Pokémon if we didn’t mention the cut to the National Pokédex. Some of the furore around the cut of the National Dex from Sword and Shield has been understandable. For those who haven’t heard, where players could once catch the several hundred Pokémon on a game’s Regional Pokédex and then import the hundreds of others from across the series to complete a National Pokédex, this is no longer possible. 

For long-standing fans who have been committed to bringing their team from the earliest games forward through successive generations, this is upsetting. This isn’t an unreasonable feeling—none of us can pretend we haven’t had an emotional attachment to a Pokémon even without years of dedication and attention plugged into them. 

However, it’s important to note that the majority of players aren’t likely to feel the effects of this, so while the loss of the option rankles it doesn’t outright ruin by any means—the game is still chock full of great monsters to catch and you might even discover some new favorites. 

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There’s plenty of new Pokémon to uncover (Image credit: Nintendo)

While Sword and Shield does have some of the best-looking towns we’ve seen in the Pokémon series, sometimes they fall short in terms of depth. Most of the towns are built around their Gym, which is understandable as they’re the focal point of the community in Galar. But centralizing Gyms to this degree does sometimes leave the rest of the town feeling like somewhere that looks good with little else of importance to offer—something to admire but not dig too far into. 

There’s one particular town (and we won’t spoil where it is) which basically is the gym. Aside from its Pokémon centre and its gym battle, there’s really nothing much else to see or do here which feels like a waste of an original location that a distinctive and central character of the game proudly calls home. 

Not every town in Galar is exactly like this—there are a couple of big cities to offset it with a bit more to see and do—but it’s symptomatic of a bigger issue in the games whereby some areas can leave you feeling like you’re being funnelled through an exceptionally pretty tunnel without a great deal of consequential interactivity or exploration. 

It’s a wild, wild area

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Get your best walking shoes on (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

In complete contrast to this, however, is the game’s sprawling Wild Area which sits in the centre of the map. This is the closest Pokémon has gotten to a truly Breath of the Wild-style open world, where you’re able to explore with control over the camera. It feels like a take on the real-life Pokémon Go events that have been popping up over the world, where you’re able to wander around a park area dedicated to finding and catching Pokémon as well as engaging in Raids and bumping into other players. 

Whether you’re a seasoned player or relatively new to Pokémon, the first sight of the Wild Area with its changing weather conditions and wandering Pokémon is striking. Nothing really beats the excitement of walking over a bridge and seeing a Gyarados glide through the water beside you. 

Significantly, the Wild Area is home to Pokémon of all levels. This can be impressive and frustrating in equal measure as, alongside the usual obedience level cap, gym badges now determine the level of the Pokémon you can catch.  So if you only have one gym badge and you bump into a level 30 Snorlax, you might as well throw your PokéBalls at a wall. 

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“We meet again” (Image credit: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)

As annoying as this can be, it makes the world more dynamic and helps Gym battles feel like an integral part of your journey of improvement—powerful Pokémon don’t exist in a vacuum until you’re ready for them and just because you can’t catch them doesn’t mean you can’t battle them for training. 

With its diverse biomes and weather cycles allowing for adaptive spawning as well as its online social aspects, the Wild Area marks an exciting milestone for the series. The initial thrill of the area is never quite as strong on successive visits, in part because while the long grass is always densely populated, you can walk for quite some time before coming across the impressive sight of a strong Pokémon stomping around in the open. And even then it’s likely to be alone. But its appeal still holds.

The Wild Area is a significant and positive break from tradition which successfully marries the linear Pokémon story with the increased desire for more open worlds and we hope to see it built on in future releases. 

Dynamixed feelings

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There’s no denying that Dynamaxing can look extremely cool (Image credit: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)

The Wild Area is also the home of Dynamax Raids, where you can join a team of three other players at a glowing den to battle and catch powerful and massive Dynamaxed Pokémon. These Raids can be played with up to three friends online (or with three AI ‘friends’ if you’re not really interested in online), and they vary in difficulty and worth. It’s not a bad idea to dip in and out of them for the chance of encountering a powerful Pokémon. However, a lot of the time the spectacle is more enjoyable than the battle itself.

Dynamaxing as a mechanic generally doesn’t always hit the right notes. It behaves like an amalgamation of Mega Evolution and Sun and Moon’s Z-Moves by changing your Pokémon’s size and allowing it to use more powerful moves. Like previous iterations, it has limitations and can be used once per battle for three moves as long as those battles take place in the Wild Area or in a Gym. The first couple of times Dynamaxing is used is fun thanks to the novelty of the animation and seeing the Godzilla Vs King Kong scale battles, but it begins to grate.

Aside from how it looks, Dynamaxing doesn’t actually add much to battles and the fact that Gym Leaders use it so predictably makes it feel like a chore you have to get through before you can collect your badge. 

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Gyms are impressive even without massive Pokémon poking out the top (Image credit: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)

Gym battles being televised from cavernous stadia is a great change because it finally brings the excitement and fervor around competitive Pokémon battling that was so palpable in the anime to the games. There isn’t really any need to fill the space with huge hulking Pokémon to make it any more exciting. 

There’s also even less need to complicate it further by including Gigantamaxing. This additional mechanic is very similar to Dynamaxing but is more rare and only possible for certain Pokémon, changing their size and form as well as giving them more powerful moves. It feels like a needless additional layer. 

As Dynamaxing is so closely tied to the game’s story it’s hard to dismiss it entirely but there is a sense of style over substance with this mechanic. 

Speaking of the gym battles, regardless of our feelings towards Dynamaxing, these are very fun in Sword and Shield. 

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An early and memorable Gym challenge involves herding Wooloo (Image credit: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)

Building on the Trials from Sun and Moon, the Gym Challenges in Sword and Shield mix mini-game elements with battles before face the Gym Leader. Not all challenges are made equal but there are some standouts that do a very good job of breaking up the monotony of continuous Pokémon battles and smack talk from lesser trainers. 

Pokémon Sword and Shield actually feature plenty of light touches like this—both new and expanded from previous releases—that add a greater sense of fun to the game.

We’re going through changes

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They say the eyes are the window into the soul (Image credit: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)

A minor indication of the series’ attempts to move forward and go bigger is the game’s character customization options. While the customization is not the most comprehensive in the world, for the mainline Pokémon games, it offers a lot more scope.  

With each boutique carrying its own clothing styles, we spent quite a large sum of in-game money and time sifting through the range of hair, makeup and clothing options and changing them up. This is the Pokémon game with the best hair and for some players that will be a more ringing endorsement than anything else. 

Customization is just one optional enhancement that you can take advantage of in Sword and Shield. Others include the ability to swap your team from boxes out on the road, rather than visit a Pokémon centre to use the computer; autosaving (even though we always saved twice manually before shutting down anyway); and streamlined fast travelling, where you can open the map and select somewhere you’ve been before, without any annoying animations or interactions dragging the process out further. 

You can still stick to the traditional methods and ignore these changes but for most the pull of convenience will simply be too great.

Other enhancements aren’t optional and it depends on player preference whether this is a good or a bad thing. The most notable one is that XP Share—which allows you to spread your XP earned in battle more evenly across your team and level them up together. This is now always on where before it’s been an option. 

For those who have never liked cycling their team in battle to keep levels balanced and avoid missing the Pokémon team equivalent of leg day, this is unlikely to be an issue. But for those who enjoy the challenge, the removal of choice may rub the wrong way. The Pokémon winning the battle does always get more XP even with the share system, so to keep things on a completely even keel it’s still worth putting all of your team up to bat at some point, but it’s not completely essential. Given XP Share has been optional previously, it just seems curious and slightly unnecessary to change it now.  

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Try not to let the fame go to your head (Image credit: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)

There are small changes which are likely to be less contentious, though. For example, now when you open the menu there’s a handy little pop-up that tells you where you ought to be going next. You can ignore this, of course, but when you’re being frazzled by your real-life and can’t play Pokémon for a while, it’s nice to know you can drop into the solace of your virtual world and quickly pick-up where you left off. 

As appealing and necessary as many of these advancements are, however, when it comes to graphics Sword and Shield don’t feel like they’ve advanced quite as far as we’d like, at least relative to other big Switch releases. 

Having spent more time with Sword, it’s clear that it shows the Pokémon series at its visual best, but compared to other Nintendo Switch titles like the bar-setting Breath of the Wild it’s not quite up to par. 

There were moments where Sun and Moon felt like they were straining against the confines of the 3DS system which made us excited for what was to come on Switch. And while Let’s Go certainly did step up from there, Sword and Shield don’t really feel like they’ve gone much further. Draw distance isn’t always great and in set-piece-heavy areas like the biggest cities and the Wild Area, the frame rate can drop. 

Cut scenes look good but not great and a little more variety in expressions would be welcome on characters. It’s somewhat odd to see a character express distress in a text box while their face shows nothing but a benign smile and a quizzical brow. In this vein, some voice acting wouldn’t go amiss in the future either. Even if only added to the game’s cutscenes, this could really elevate the atmosphere, particularly in Gyms where the moments before a match feel oddly anticlimactic as the huge crowd cheers around two mute trainers. 

Verdict

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It’s not a Z-Move dance but Dynamaxing has its own animated ritual (Image credit: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)

Pokémon is a hugely popular series with a passionate fanbase so what it’s been doing for past two decades clearly works. But the old adage “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for innovation or creativity.  

Games are an inherently creative medium, in terms of both making them and playing them, so at a certain point doing the same thing just because it works and the predictability is enjoyable is a disservice to both sides. It’s not easy to break new ground to welcome new players when you’re having to maintain a painstakingly honed and fiercely guarded garden of nostalgia at the same time, but Pokémon is clearly learning to strike a balance.

As much as we will cling to releases gone by, it’s been refreshing to see Game Freak continue to build on some of the key changes it made in Sun and Moon with Sword and Shield. 

That said, the risk hasn’t always paid off and not everything lands. Some of the changes and additions would have been better off not being made and in some areas the game just doesn’t feel quite as full or as polished as it could be.

But it’s also important to note the many smaller changes intended to make gameplay more fun and flowing have absolutely been successful and worth making. And that’s not even mentioning the excellent new Pokémon designs and the Wild Area which is an exciting addition showing genuine promise. 

Overall, Pokémon Sword and Shield are solid and memorable releases for the series’ first mainline Switch release. They’re not flawless but they’re enormous fun for players new and old, establishing a solid base from which to build when it comes to future generations.

The best Walmart Black Friday deals for 2019

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The Walmart Black Friday sale has beaten all the other retailers to the punch this year as the mega-store has an excellent selection of deals available right now. We’re updating this page every day and will be doing so right through Black Friday and of course, Cyber Monday too..

The best Walmart Black Friday deals 2019

Jump to deals section at Walmart:
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TV: big 4K TVs at small prices
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Laptops: casual, study and gaming options covered
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iPhones: discounts on Apple’s best phones
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iPads: get the world’s best tablets for less
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Apple Watches: low prices on older models today
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Headphones: in-ear or over-ear, the prices are down ‘ear
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Nintendo Switch: the most popular console right now
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PS4: the price is set to tumble on Sony’s console
9: Xbox: Game Pass has made Xbox very attractive this year
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Appliances: Instant Pots, blenders and more
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Robot Vacuums: Give the robo uprising a helping hand
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Beauty: make-up, straighteners and more inside
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Toys: the gifts kids crave right here

With less than a week to go, we’re seeing some of the best deals of the year.

You can find massive discounts in every category with deals on TVs, laptops, kitchen appliances, Google devices, headphones, toys, and so much more. We’re expecting big things from Walmart this year, as the brand goes earlier and harder on Black Friday than ever before, so keep your fingers clicking to this page whenever you want to find the best prices Walmart is offering.

The retail giant is not only dropping early deals, but Walmart also released its Black Friday ad. The 37-page circular highlights Walmart’s best Black Friday deals, which include everything from TVs, laptops, and headphones, to kitchen appliances, toys, vacuum cleaners, and more.

Standout offers include the latest model Apple AirPods on sale for $129, $80 off the all-new Apple iPad, a Philips 65-inch 4K TV on sale for $278, and the Apple Watch 3 down to a record-low price of $129, and up to $700 in Walmart eGift Cards on select smartphones. 

These deals will go live at 10 PM ET on Wednesday, November 27. To help you sort through all the offers, we’ve rounded up the best early Black Friday Walmart deals below that we think are worth your time. 

We’ll also tell you everything you need to know about Black Friday itself, such as how to get the best deals, what discounts you can expect to see, and the differences between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Make sure to bookmark this page as we’ll be continuously updating it with all the top deals leading up to the November sale event.

Walmart’s best Black Friday deals:

Walmart Black Friday TV deals

Samsung 40-inch Full HD Smart TV: $199.99 $177.99 at Walmart
A great budget option, get the Samsung 40-inch TV on sale for $177.99. The Full HD TV features smart capabilities so you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows.
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Element 40-inch 4K UHD Roku Smart TV: $248 $179.99 at Walmart
A 40-inch 4K smart TV on sale for $179.99? Yes, please! The Element UHD TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can stream from apps like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Video, and more.
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JVC 43-inch 4K UHD Roku Smart TV: $249.99 $199.99 at Walmart
If you’re looking for a small-screen TV, the JVC 43-inch 4K TV is a fantastic option. On sale for just $199.99, the smart TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can enjoy content from apps like Hulu, Amazon Video, Netflix, and more.
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Samsung 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $499.99 $227.99 at Walmart
If you’re looking for a smaller screen size, you can get the Samsung 43-inch 4K TV on sale for $227.99. The Ultra HD TV features smart capabilities and the Universal Guide brings your favorite content in one easy-to-browse menu.
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Samsung 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $549.99 $277.99 at Walmart
Walmart’s early Black Friday sale has dropped the price of the Samsung 50-inch 4K TV down to just $278. The ultra-slim smart TV includes the Samsung Remote Control, which allows you access to all your streaming services all in one place.
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Hisense 58-inch 4K Smart TV: $428 $279.99 at Walmart
A fantastic price for a mid-size 4K TV, you can get the Hisense 58-inch TV on sale for $279.99. The smart TV has the Google Assistant built-in so you can use your voice to browse movies, find shows, adjust the volume, and more.
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Vizio 50-inch V-Series 4K Smart TV: $328 $298 at Walmart
A fantastic price for a mid-size TV, you can get the Vizio 50-inch 4K smart TV on sale for $298. The V-Series TV features SmartCast 3.0 so you can stream apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video from the app on your phone.
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Hisense 58-inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Roku Smart TV: $298 at Walmart
This deal is going fast! Walmart has the Hisense 58-inch 4K TV on sale for just $298. A terrific price, the smart TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows from the home screen of your TV.
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RCA 60-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV: $499 $319 at Walmart
A crazy-good deal for a big-screen 4K TV, you can get the RCA Ultra HD TV on sale for just $319. The smart TV has the Roku experience built-in which allows you to stream your favorite movies and TV shows from the home screen of your TV.
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Samsung 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $599.99 $327.99 at Walmart
Get the Samsung 55-inch 4K TV on sale for $328 at Walmart. The Ultra HD TV features smart capabilities and includes the SmartThings App, which allows you to stream content directly from your phone to your TV.
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Sceptre 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV: $899.99 $379 at Walmart
You can save $520 on the Sceptre 65-inch 4K TV. While the big-screen TV lacks smart capabilities it includes four HDMI ports which allow you to stream all your favorite multimedia.
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Sanyo 65-inch 4K Ultra HDR Roku Smart TV: $498 $379.99 at Walmart
You can get the 65-inch Sanyo 4K TV on sale for $379.99. That’s a $118 discount and the best price we’ve found for the smart TV has the Roku experience built-in.
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VIZIO 55-inch M-Series Quantum 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $548 $398 at Walmart
Walmart has the Vizio M-Series 4K TV on sale for $398. The smart TV  features Hands-Free Voice Control with the Google Assistant and has Chromcast built-in which allows you to stream content from your phone to the TV.
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JVC 65-inch 4K UHD Roku Smart TV: $549.99 $399.99 at Walmart
Snag this JVC 65-inch 4K TV on sale for just $399.99. The smart TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can stream your favorite content from the home screen of your TV.
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Samsung 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $797.99 $477.99 at Walmart
Get the feature-rich Samsung 65-inch 4K smart TV on sale for $477.99 at Walmart. The Ultra HD TV features a slim, stylish design and includes PurColor technology to produce bright, bold colors for a premium picture experience.
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Philips 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV: $548 $488 at Walmart
Get the Philips 65-inch 4K TV on sale for $488. The Android smart TV has the Google Assistant built-in which allows you to control your TV and other compatible devices using your voice.
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Element 70-inch 4K UHD Roku Smart TV: $798 $529.99 at Walmart
If you’re looking for a big-screen bargain, then look no further than the Element 70-inch 4K TV that’s on sale for $529.99. The UHD TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can stream over 500,000 movies and TV shows.
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Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K HDR Streaming Media Player: $59.99 $39.99 at Walmart
You can snag a $20 discount on the Xiaomi Mi Box streaming media player. The 4K streaming device allows you to stream content from apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and more and is compatible with the Google Assistant for voice control.
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Walmart Black Friday Google deals

Google Home Mini (Chalk) + Frozen 2 Book: $49 $25 at Walmart
A fantastic Christmas gift idea for Frozen fans, the Google Home Mini, and the Frozen 2 Book are on sale for $25. As you read the book out loud, the smart speaker will play relevant sound effects and music to bring the story to life.
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Google Home Mini: $49 $25 at Walmart
The best-selling Google Home Mini is on sale at Walmart for $25. That’s a 50% discount for the compact smart speaker which works with the Google Assistant to check the news, answer questions, play music, and more using your voice.
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Google Home Smart Speaker: $129 $79 at Walmart
You can save $50 on the Google Home smart speaker. The powerful speaker is powered by the Google Assistant so you can use your voice to check the weather, play music, and control other smart home devices.
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Google Smart Light Starter Kit: $55 $29 at Walmart
A great gift idea, get the Google Smart Light Start kit on sale at Walmart for $29. The kit includes the Google Home Mini and GE C-Life Smart Light Bulb which allows you to turn on your lights using just your voice.
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Google Smart TV Kit, Google Home Mini and Chromecast: $74 $45 at Walmart
A Walmart exclusive, you can get the Google Home Mini and Chromecast bundled on sale for $45. Combine the devices together and you can stream movies, browse shows and more completely hands-free.
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Google Nest Hub: $149 $99 at Walmart
You can save $50 on the Google Nest Hub at Walmart. The smart display has the Google Assistant built-in and includes free three months of YouTube Music ad-free.
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Google Home Max: $399 $299 at Walmart
The Google Home Max speaker gets a $100 price cut at Walmart. The smart speaker produces a powerful sound with deep bass and crystal-clear highs and works with the Google Assistant for voice control.
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Walmart Black Friday Apple Watch deals

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS 38mm: $279 $169 at Walmart
You can get the Apple Watch Series 3 on sale at Walmart for $169. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for the smartwatch that comes in a white or black sport band and includes GPS technology and heart rate monitoring.
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Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular 38mm: $379 $199 at Walmart
You can get the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular on sale at for $199. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for the smartwatch which includes GPS and LTE connectivity and comes in a white sport band.
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Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular 44mm, Sport Loop: $529 $429 at Walmart
Walmart has slashed $100 off the Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS and Cellular. The 44mm smartwatch includes LTE connectivity, which allows you to get internet and phone connectivity on your watch even when your iPhone is far away.
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Apple Watch 5 GPS, 40mm: $399 $384 at Walmart
You can get the all-new Apple Watch 5 on sale at Walmart for $384. The smartwatch is available in a black, white or pink sport band and includes GPS technology and an ECG app that continuously monitors your heart rate.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: $199.99 $179.99 at Walmart
Snag a $20 discount on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active at Best Buy. The 40mm smartwatch features heart rate monitoring and can track up to 39 different workouts.
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Walmart Black Friday iPhone deals

Straight Talk Prepaid Apple iPhone 6s Plus, 32GB: $399 $199 at Walmart
You can save $200 on the Apple iPhone 6s Plus at Walmart. The Straight talk iPhone allows you to add a monthly unlimited plan from Walmart without long-term contracts.
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Walmart Black Friday Samsung phone deals

Samsung Galaxy Note10 + Free Galaxy Buds: $949.99 $749.99 at Walmart
A fantastic offer, you can save $200 on the Galaxy Note 10 and get a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds. The Samsung Galaxy Buds alone retail for $119, so with this deal, you’re saving a total of $319.
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Walmart Black Friday iPad deals

Apple iPad (6th Gen) 32GB with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $429.99 $299 at Walmart
Walmart has the 32GB Apple iPad with cellular on sale for $299. That’s a $130 discount for the tablet which includes LTE connectivity so you can stay connected wherever you go.
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Apple iPad (6th gen) 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $559.99 $429 at Walmart
If you’re interested in a cellular plan with your tablet, you can get the 2019 iPad with Wi-Fi on sale for $429. That’s a $160 discount for the tablet that includes 128GB of storage.
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Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro: $999 $699 at Walmart
The Apple iPad Pro gets a massive $300 price cut at Walmart’s early access sale. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for the 10.5-inch tablet which packs 512GB of storage.
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Walmart Black Friday tablet deals

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet: $227.99 $157.99 at Walmart
A fantastic budget tablet option, you can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab A on sale for $157.99. Perfect for watching movies and shows, the 10.1-inch tablet features 32GB of storage and provides 13 hours of battery life.
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Walmart Black Friday laptop deals

RCA Galileo Pro 2-in-1 Tablet: $179.99 $87.99 at Walmart
You can save $92 on the best-selling RCA Galileo Pro 2-in-1 tablet at Walmart. The 11.5-inch Galileo Pro includes a detachable keyboard features 32GB of RAM, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, and provides up to six hours of battery life.
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Lenovo 100e Chromebook: $159 $99 at Walmart
Walmart has the Lenovo 100e Chromebook on sale for just $99 during its pre-Black Friday sale. Great for students and teachers, the Chromebook features an 11.6-inch HD display, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and provides 10 hours of battery life.
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Acer Aspire 1 Laptop: $199 $149 at Walmart
A fantastic option for a budget laptop, you can get the Acer Aspire on sale for just $149. The 15.6-inch laptop includes 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and an Intel Celeron N4000 processor.
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Asus Chromebook C423NA: $269.99 $179 at Walmart
Get the ultraportable Asus Chromebook on sale for just $179. The 14-inch lightweight laptop provides an all-day battery life and packs 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and includes an Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3350 processor.
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Dell Inspiron 11 3185 2-in-1 Laptop: $349 $229 at Walmart
Walmart has the versatile Dell Inspiron 11 laptop on sale at Walmart for $229. The 2-in-1 laptop features 4GB of RAM, a 7th Generation AMD A9-9420e Processor with Radeon R5 Graphics, and 500GB SSD.
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HP 14 Laptop: $599 $399 at Walmart
Save $200 on the HP 14 laptop at Walmart. The powerful 14-inch laptop packs an Intel 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
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Lenovo Ideapad 330s 15.6-inch Laptop: $449 $329 at Walmart
You can get the Lenovo Ideapad on sale for $329 at Walmart. The lightweight laptop features an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Quad-Core Processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and provides a seven-hour battery life.
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Walmart Black Friday headphone deals

Apple AirPods (2019): $159 $139 at Walmart
Always a best-selling item, the latest model Apple AirPods are on sale for $144. Apple’s truly wireless earbuds come with a charging case and provide up to three hours of talk time on a single charge.
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Apple AirPods (2019) with wireless charging case: $199 $164 at Walmart
Walmart has the latest model Apple AirPods on sale for $164. The 2019 earbuds come with a wireless charging case that can be charged using a Qi-compatible charging mat or using a lightning connector.
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Samsung Galaxy Buds: $129.99 $119 at Walmart
Get the newly released Samsung Galaxy Buds on sale for $119. The earbuds feature Ambient Aware technology which lets you control how much surrounding noise you want to hear.
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Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones: $99 $49 at Walmart
These in-ear headphones from Bose have proved popular over the last year, and this is the best discount for them we’ve seen around at the moment. The earbuds are sweat-resistant and available in Charcoal, Frost, Energy Green, Power Red or Neon Blue.
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Beats Solo2 Luxe Edition Wired On-ear Headphones: $149.95 $99 at Walmart
You can get the shiny Beats Solo2 Luxe Edition headphones on sale for $99 at Walmart. The wired headphones provide an all-day comfortable fit and include a RemoteTalk cable that allows you to change songs, adjust the volume and even take calls using just your voice.
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Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones: $299.95 $199 at Walmart
You can save $100 on the best-selling Beats Solo3 wireless headphones. This deal is for the Beats Pop Collection which includes four different fun color combinations.
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Walmart Black Friday PS4 deals

PS4 Slim 1TB Console: $299.99 $290 at Walmart
Walmart has a slight discount on the popular PS4 Slim 1TB console. The console includes a matching DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and comes with 1TB of storage, which is a must-buy compared to the standard 500GB version.
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1TB PS4 Slim | Fortnite Bundle with Bonus Wireless VoltEdge Headset: $358.99 $285 at Walmart
Get the PlayStation Fornite Neo Versa Bundle on sale for $285 at Walmart. This Black Friday bundle includes a bonus wireless VoltEdge headset, which normally retails for $60. Currently out of stock, but check back soon!
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PS4 Slim 1TB | 3x PlayStation exclusive games | $299 $199 at Walmart
A 1TB PS4 Slim console will usually set you back around $299 by itself, so picking up this bundle that also includes three games on top is an amazing deal. The Last of Us Remastered, God of War, and Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition are all included in this bundle, making this a must-buy for anyone who has been holding off for the right price.
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Walmart Black Friday Xbox deals

Xbox One S | Ultimate Sports Bundle: $389.88 $299 at Walmart
You can save up to $90 on the Xbox Ultimate Sports Bundle at Walmart. The bundle includes the Xbox One S 1TB Console, a full-game download of NBA 2K20 and bonus downloads of FIFA 20 and Madden 20.
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Xbox One S | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: $398.97 $295 at Walmart
Get the Xbox One S bundled with the Call of Duty Modern Warefare game on sale for $295. In addition to the new game, you’ll get a download code for the Original Modern Warfare Trilogy as well. Currently out of stock, but check back soon!
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Walmart Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals

Nintendo Switch | Spyro Trilogy: $299 at Walmart
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Walmart Black Friday appliance deals

Magic Bullet, 7-Piece: $39.99 $19.92 at Walmart
A cheap gift idea, you can get the seven-piece Magic Bullet on sale for just $19.92. Perfect for quick snacks or shakes, the Bullet can chop, mix, blend, whip, and grind and in 10 seconds or less.
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Farberware 1.9-Quart Compact Oil-Less Fryer: $44.48 $29.88 at Walmart
Get the Farberware oil-less Fryer on sale at Walmart for just $29.88. The compact fryer uses little to no oil to bake, grill, toast and fry your favorite foods up to 30% faster.
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Farberware 3.2 Quart Oil-less Multi-Functional Fryer: $69 $39 at Walmart
A perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list, you can get the best-selling Farberware Fryer on sale for $39. That’s a $20 price cut for the 3.2-quart fryer that allows you to cook your favorite fried foods with less oil.
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Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6 Qt Pressure Cooker: $99 $64 at Walmart
You can get the best-selling Instant Pot Lux60 on sale for $64 at Walmart. The six-quart pressure cooker combines six popular kitchen appliances in one to make quick and convenient meals.
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Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt Pressure Cooker: $99.95 $79 at Walmart
Save $20 on the Instant Pot Duo60 pressure cooker. The popular six-quart pressure cooker combines seven kitchen appliances in one and includes 12 built-in smart programs.
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Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven: $119.99 $99.95 at Walmart
The Instant Vortex Plus does it all and it’s on sale for $99.99. The Air Fryer oven features seven built-in smart programs so you can air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate with a touch of a button.
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Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker: $99 $79 at Walmart
Save $20 on the versatile Keurig K-Duo Essentials coffee maker. The Keurig combines a single serve k-cup pod and 12 cup carafe brewer so you can have the best of both worlds and brew a cup for you or your family in minutes.
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Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp 6.5-Quart Pressure Cooker: $229 $179.99 at Walmart
The Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp does it all – the crisping lid allows you to air fry, bake, roast, and broil all in one pot while giving your food that tasty crisp. For a limited time, you can get it on sale for $179.99.
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KitchenAid Classic 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer: $259.99 $199 at Walmart
Always a bestseller, the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer is on sale for $199 at Walmart. The 4.5-quart mixer features ten different speeds so you can whip up any recipe or task.
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Walmart Black Friday robot vacuum deals

Shark ION RV700 Robot Vacuum: $299 $199 at Walmart
You can save $100 on the Shark ION robot vacuum at Walmart. The robot vacuum features an easy scheduling remote so you can set a reoccurring schedule for each day of the week.
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iRobot Roomba 670 Robot Vacuum: $329.99 $244 at Walmart
You can get the best-selling iRobot Roomba 670 on sale for $244. The robot vacuum works on carpets and hard floors and has a compatible app so you can clean and schedule the Roomba from anywhere.
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Shark Ion Robot Vacuum Cleaning System: $449 $269 at Walmart
You can save $180 on the powerful Shark Ion robot vacuum cleaner. Designed for pets, the Alexa-enabled robot vacuum includes a handheld vacuum for versatile cleaning and includes a compatible app for scheduled cleanings.
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iRobot Braava Jet Wi-Fi Connected Robot Mop: $499 $399.99 at Walmart
Who doesn’t want a robot mop!?! The iRobot Braava Jet mop gets a $100 price cut at Walmart. The Wi-Fi-enabled mop can sweep or mop and works with Alexa and the Google Assistant for voice control.
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Shark DuoClean Lift-Away Speed Upright Vacuum: $239 $149 at Walmart
You can get the Shark DuoClean vacuum on sale for $149 at Walmart. The upright vacuum features DuoClean technology to deep clean carpets and hardwood floors and includes a lift-away wand to easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
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Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner: $219 $127.67 at Walmart
Get the lightweight Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe on sale for $127.67. The carpet cleaner features 360-degree cleaning surrounding carpet fibers to deep clean and includes an eight-foot hose for hard-to-reach areas.
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Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin Cord-Free Vacuum: $279 $224 at Walmart
Get the best-selling Dyson V7 on sale for $224. The cord-free vacuum deep cleans carpets and hard floors and can transform into a handheld for quick and convenient cleanups.
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Walmart Black Friday DNA kit deals

23andMe Personal Ancestry + Traits Kit: $99.99 $79 at Walmart
Save $20 on the best-selling 23andME Personal Ancestry and Traits Kit at Walmart. The Kit allows you to discover where you DNA is from out of 1500+ geographic regions and includes an automatic family tree builder.
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23andMe DNA Test: $199 $99 at Walmart
A popular Christmas gift idea, you can save $100 on the 23andMe DNA test. The DNA kit includes ancestry service plus more than 85 DNA-based online reports on health predispositions, carrier status, and traits with just one test.
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Walmart Black Friday beauty deals

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer: $58 $38.99 at Walmart
Join the craze and get the Revlon one-step hair dryer on sale for $38.99. Thanks to the unique oval brush design, the hair dryer delivers a salon-like blowout with brilliant shine and extra volume.
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Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 6850: $129.99 $79.95 at Walmart
A great Christmas gift idea, the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver gets a  $50 price cut at Walmart. The Philips Norelco includes a precision trimmer and nose trimmer attachment and an additional $10 coupon will be applied at checkout. 
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Oral-B 1000 Crossaction Electric Toothbrush: $64.94 $39.94 at Walmart
A terrific Christmas gift idea, the Oral-B 100 Crossaction is on sale for $39.94. The electric toothbrush removes 300% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush and the sensors will let you know when you brush too hard.
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Walmart Black Friday toy deals

Sky Rider Thunderbird Quadcopter Drone: $39.99 $24.97 at Walmart
Enjoy doing 360-degree flips & tricks with the Sky Rider Thunderbird drone that’s on sale for $24.97. The quadcopter drone features a built-in WiFi camera so you can capture every flight.
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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9: $69.99 $52.74 at Walmart
The perfect stocking stuffer, the popular Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera is $15 off. The retro camera produces credit card-sized prints and comes in six colors to choose from.
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Fluxx FX3 Electric Hoverboard: $199 $89 at Walmart
Sure to be a popular Christmas gift this year, the Fluxx FX3 Hoverboard is on sale for just $89. The electric hoverboard features multiple LED lights and comes in four different color choices.
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Bounce Pro 7-Foot My First Trampoline Hexagon: $235 $115.98 at Walmart
You better act fast on this one, the Bounce Pro trampoline is on sale for $115.98 right now. Perfect for small children, the seven-foot trampoline includes a 3-arch netted safety enclosure and a padded spring cover.
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Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter: $449 $347 at Walmart
The Xiaomi Electric Scooter is $100+ off at Walmart today. The lightweight scooter is made for adults and a fun way to get around with speeds up to 15.5 MPH and a battery range of up to 18.6 miles.
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Walmart Black Friday hours

Walmart Black Friday hours (Image credit: Shutterstock)

When does Walmart’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale start?

While Black Friday officially takes place this year on November 29, which is the Friday after Thanksgiving, Walmart is getting a headstart with online sales starting at 10 PM ET on Wednesday, November 27. In-store shoppers can begin hunting for bargains at 6 PM local time Thanksgiving day.

As you can see, Walmart’s Early Access Sale has started much earlier, with deals live now that you can shop online. We expect Walmart will continue to leak deals leading up to the November event with some of the best discounts starting the day before Thanksgiving.

Cyber Monday is the digital sale that’s on the Monday after Thanksgiving, this year falling on December 2. In recent years the Cyber sale has begun the night before with several deals dropping on Sunday night.

Walmart’s Black Friday hours

Walmart’s Black Friday ad has been officially released with all the dates and times of the sale event. Walmart’s online sale will start at 10 PM EST on Wednesday, November 27 which is the day before Thanksgiving.

For in-store shoppers, doors will open at 6 PM local time Thanksgiving Day. The retailer has also announced that its Cyber Monday sale will start on Sunday, December 1st, with more details to come.

If you’re looking to shop for bargains right now, Walmart’s ‘Early Access Sale’ went live on October 25, with new deals dropping throughout the month.

Walmart Black Friday ad 2019

Black Friday ad 2019 (Image credit: Walmart)

Walmart Black Friday Ad 2019

Walmart’s 2019 Black Friday ad has officially been released with 37 pages of bargains in every category. You can find discounts on TVs, laptops, headphones, cell phones, toys, appliances, home decor, and more. The flier highlights the top tech products and items the retailer predicts will be the hottest discounts of the 2019 holiday season.

Some standout deals from Walmart’s Black Friday ad include fantastic TV deals, with a range of different sizes and features that start at just $98. Other deals include $80 off the all-new Apple iPad, the Apple Watch 3 on sale for only $129, and the latest Apple AirPods on sale for a record-low price of $129. You can also score the Google Home Mini on sale for just $19, and discounts on the Roku streaming device.

Other highlights include massive price cuts on the top-brand laptops, Fitbit smartwatches, popular kitchen appliances, hoverboards, vacuums, headphones, and so much more.

The deals will go live on Walmart’s site at 10 PM ET on Wednesday, November 27 and you can see all of Walmart’s Black Friday ad here.

Black Friday vs Cyber Monday

Black Friday traditionally has been an in-store sale event with doorbuster deals on best-selling tech, toys, and kitchen appliances. In recent years the sale has expanded to online sales with discounts that start on Thanksgiving day.

Cyber Monday is a relatively new shopping holiday that’s surpassed Black Friday in recent years. The Monday event has become so popular because all sales are online, so customers can avoid the early wake-up call at crowded stores and shop from the comfort of their home. Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale will officially begin on Sunday, November 1 with more details to come.

Besides the dates, the two sales also differ in what kind of discounts you can find. Black Friday is typically reserved for record-low prices on specific items like TVs, gaming consoles and this year’s hottest toys. While Cyber Monday also includes discounts on popular tech products, you can also find excellent deals on home items like coffee makers, pressure cookers and vacuums. Both sales event will have doorbuster deals, and you can always check out Walmart’s ad scan to decide which sale items are most important to you.

Walmart Black Friday specials

Walmart Black Friday specials

Walmart Black Friday specials

Walmart is offering new special services for this year’s sale event to help you with all your holiday shopping needs. The retailer is offering free next-day delivery for orders over $25 on thousands of eligible items. Unlike Amazon, this requires zero membership fees! Walmart is also offering in-store specials for shoppers that will be visiting the store during the busy holiday season. The convenient ‘Check Out With Me’ service allows customers to beat the long lines and check out with an associate right where they’re shopping. 

Walmart is also introducing a ‘Store Map’ feature that you can find in the Walmart app. This allows you to quickly and easily find everything on your shopping list. For Black Friday, the app will be updated hours before the sale begins to show the most sought-after in-store deals. Walmart has also color-coded its 2019 ad, making it easier to find specific items in the Walmart app. 

What to expect from Walmart’s Black Friday sale in 2019

We no longer have to guess what’s on sale because the 2019 Walmart Black Friday ad has officially been released. The 37-page circular highlights this year’s top deals, which include massive price cuts across every category.

Perhaps Walmart’s most anticipated deals, you can find a wide range of TVs on sale from top brands like Philips, Samsung, Vizio, and more. Prices start at just $98 with different features that include smart technology, 4K resolution, voice control,  and more. Walmart’s best Black Friday TV deals include the Philips 65-inch 4K smart TV on sale for $278, an Onn. 50-inch Roku 4K TV on sale for $148, and the Samsung 55-inch 4K smart TV on sale for $328.

If you’re looking to pick up a new iPhone, Walmart’s Black Friday deals have you covered. The retailer is offering up to $700 in eGift Cards with qualified activation & trade-in on select Apple & Samsung smartphones. This offer extends to newer model phones that include the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10 as well as older models like the iPhone XR, XS Max, and Note 9.

The Walmart ad also includes price cuts on Google Home devices, which include the Google Home Mini that will be on sale for just $19. That’s a $30 discount and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the popular smart speaker. We also expect to see discounts on Nest devices and other Google Home speakers, but we might have to wait till Cyber Monday to snag those on sale.

Other stand-out deals include record-low prices on the all-new iPad, the Apple Watch 3, and the latest model AirPods. You’ll also find price cuts on the Instant Pot pressure cooker, robot vacuums, top-brand laptops, gaming bundles, Fitbit smartwatches, popular kitchen appliances, toys, Christmas decor and so much more.

TechRadar is scouring every retailer and rounding up all the top deals over the busy shopping period, and we’ve put all the best Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals in easy-to-navigate articles to help you find the bargains you’re looking for.

You can also see our guides to the other top US retailers too with our roundups of the Best Buy Black Friday deals and of course, the Amazon Black Friday deals.

Photoshop for iPad review

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A year after it was announced by Adobe, Photoshop – real, full-fat, compatible-with-all-your-files Photoshop – has finally arrived on the iPad.

Software doesn’t come with any more pedigree than this: more than 30 years of imaging expertise underpins the Photoshop brand, and Adobe’s claim that the iPad version is compatible with many of the tools and image formats of the full-fat desktop version will have illustrators, designers and photographers salivating into their lattes.

The launch comes at the perfect time for Adobe. Its transition to a subscription-based model, complete with multi-platform applications and cloud storage, has – with a few caveats – been successful, so bringing the ability to not just view, but open and edit files stored on the cloud makes perfect sense.

Photoshop for iPad is, like the rest of Creative Cloud, a subscription product. That puts it at odds with other excellent iPad editing software such as Affinity Photo, but bear in mind that any subscription that includes Photoshop for iPad also includes other apps.

The cheapest you can get the app for is the $9.99 / £9.98 / AU$14.29 cost of Adobe’s Photography Plan, which includes not just Photoshop for iPad but also Photoshop on the desktop, and Lightroom Classic. Alternatively, there’s a Photoshop-only package or the pricier All Apps bundle.

All this means that working out whether Photoshop for iPad is good value in terms of your particular requirements is difficult. But before we consider the cost, the question that looms large is: is it good enough to replace Photoshop for the desktop?

Photoshop for iPad

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Design and interface

The initial Photoshop for iPad interface is certainly promising. It’s (thankfully) pared back compared to the desktop version, so the first impression is that it’s uncluttered. Still, Photoshop users will be comfortable enough – many of the tools look familiar and have plenty of promise. The left-hand side houses familiar-looking controls such as brushes and the Clone Stamp, Crop and Rotate tools, while the opposite side of the screen is home to – hoorah! – the Layers panel.

Overall, the app runs responsively. We set it a fairly tough challenge – opening a 1GB PSD file with a dozen or so high-resolution layers, and it ran smoothly on our 9.7-inch 2019 iPad. We encountered the occasional crash, which could make Photoshop for iPad a little frustrating to use; there was no particular pattern to or obvious cause of crashes, but we never lost any work, so the save feature appears fairly robust.

Photoshop for iPad

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Getting your images into Photoshop for iPad is straightforward – you can import from your iPad’s camera roll or take a picture using the onboard camera, but professionals will most likely load work from their Creative Cloud storage. This works well, and Photoshop for iPad saves as you go.

There are also plenty of options for getting your images out of Photoshop. Tap what most will consider the ‘Share’ button at the top of the screen and you can opt to create PNG, JPEG, PSD or TIFF files, with various options for quality and compression available for each. Files can then be sent via Messages or Mail, saved to your camera roll, or sent to other services such as Files or Dropbox, depending on what you have installed.

The big inclusion here is support for layered PSD files – there can’t be many, if any, professional Photoshop users who don’t use layers in more or less every file they work on. 

The implementation of layers in Photoshop for iPad is pretty full-on: in addition to creating new layers duplicating layers you can create adjustment layers (called ‘clipped adjustments’ here) and layer masks, and adjust layer opacity and blending modes, as well as performing layer management tasks such as merging layers or flattening images.

Photoshop for iPad

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The rest of the tools, however, are hit-and-miss to put it mildly. Being able to use layer masks isn’t much use without the kind of powerful automatic selection brushes we’re used to in Photoshop on the desktop, and although Photoshop for iPad does have a Quick Selection Tool, it’s nothing like as accurate as using the Pen Tool and Refine Edge. Quick and dirty cuts; yes. Fine-edged, repro-ready cutouts? Forget it.

There are good points elsewhere: cloning and healing tools are both included, and both work well, although for virtually any fine-toothed work you’ll want at least an Apple Pencil, if not something even more refined.

Photoshop for iPad

(Image credit: Future)

Elsewhere, ‘sparse’ barely begins to cover the tool selection. There’s no Dodge or Burn tool (although as in the desktop version of Photoshop you can make localized exposure adjustments using adjustment layers). No filters or smart filters (the latter has a placeholder menu, but although it’s probably safe to say it’s on its way, it isn’t here yet). There’s also no support for Adobe Camera Raw, which means photographers with new images to work on will want to put them through Lightroom before opening them in Photoshop.

Text support, meanwhile, is little short of abysmal: you can choose a font, and its size and weight, as well as paragraph alignment, and… that’s it. No kerning, no line spacing, no tracking, no sub-script or super-script.

Final verdict

If you’re thinking of signing up for Creative Cloud in order to get your hands on Photoshop for iPad, don’t. Compared to its alternatives – Affinity Photo looms large – there’s such a paucity of tools available here that you’ll be constantly running up against brick walls in terms of what you can actually do. 

There are bits we like: overall the app runs really smoothly, the occasional crash notwithstanding. The tools which are actually present are powerful, particularly when it comes to working with layers, where Photoshop for iPad comes very close to fulfilling Adobe’s eye-popping claim that it’s the full version of its flagship software, but on a tablet.

Photoshop for iPad

(Image credit: Future)

At best, Photoshop for iPad in its current form is a potentially useful tool for illustrators and graphic designers who are happy to rough-out a concept on a tablet before refining it to client-ready perfection on a proper computer. It simply doesn’t offer enough flexibility, or enough tools, to let you actually finish a document.

And yet… Adobe is currently going to great pains to stress that it’s early days for Photoshop for iPad, and that refinements, stability improvements and new tools are all coming. Right now, though, you’d be mad to think that Photoshop for iPad was in any way ready for the big time – but you’d also be mad not to check in on it in a few months, just in case.

The alternatives

Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo

(Image credit: Serif)

Affinity Photo has gone from also-ran to serious competition in the four years since its release. It’s outstandingly competent on the desktop, and the iPad version has always been a supremely strong offering. That impression is only bolstered when you hold it up next to Photoshop for iPad – Affinity Photo offers an almost overwhelmingly better selection of tools all round. More advanced selection tools, HDR merging, a wealth of adjustment layers and lots more makes this an outstanding way to spend £19.99 / $19.99 / $30.99, whether you’re a professional or not.

Read our in-depth Affinity Photo review

Procreate

Procreate

(Image credit: Procreate)

Costing the equivalent of just one months’ Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription, Procreate isn’t just a great alternative to Photoshop for iPad, it’s a fantastic app in its own right for graphic designers. Where Affinity Photo and (hopefully, one day) Adobe Photoshop aim to keep both illustrators and photographers happy, Procreate’s focus is squarely on drawing and digital artistry, with a huge range of brushes to keep artists happy and – who knows – maybe drag a few illustrators away from their Wacom tablets.