In “Bewilderment,” Richard Powers’s first novel since he won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Overstory,” an astrobiologist named Theo Byrne looks for life on other planets while struggling to raise his highly sensitive 9-year-old son, Robin. On this week’s podcast, Powers compares Theo’s work in the galaxy with his relationship on the ground.
“If there are all of these millions of exoplanets out there are and they are all subject to radically different conditions, what would life look like in these conditions that are so very different from Earth?” Power says that a similar question “is also the preoccupation of most literature. Books themselves are empathy machines and travels to other planets. They’re ways that we have of participating in sensibilities that are not ours. So when Robin asks this question — which is bigger, outer space or inner? — that question of where are we going, who are we, why are we the way we are, gets turned inward, to this question of how do I understand someone who’s so profoundly different from myself? And in that way, travel to other planets always becomes travel to other people.”
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers visits the podcast to discuss her best-selling debut novel, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.” Among other subjects, Jeffers talks about why the book’s main character, Ailey Pearl Garfield, who comes from a long family line of physicians, becomes a historian herself.
“It’s a gesture to the way that I grew up learning about African American history,” she says. “I’m an English professor, a creative writing professor, but when I was a little girl I would sit up underneath the old people. I never really was a child that liked to play with other children. I would sort of scoot into a corner so I wouldn’t be noticed and I would listen to the old people talk about the way they grew up, growing up in segregation, growing up in Jim Crow, and then some of the stories that they remembered from the old people who had been born into slavery, like my great grandma Mandy Napier, so it had a great impact on me, and I think that’s why I made Ailey an eventual historian.”
Also on this week’s episode, Tina Jordan looks back at Book Review history as it celebrates its 125th anniversary; and Gregory Cowles and John Williams talk about what they’ve been reading. Pamela Paul is the host.
Here are the books discussed in this week’s “What We’re Reading”:
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Amazon wants you to start your holiday shopping today. The Amazon Epic Daily Deals event kicked off this morning with sitewide discounts on everything from AirPods to Alexa smart speakers.
Unlike your every day Amazon deals, today’s Amazon Epic Daily Deals are targeting shoppers who want to get their holiday shopping done early. The holiday themed landing page for the event includes aggressive deals on popular items like Disney toys, AirPods, Le Creuset cookware, and more. The deals are open to anyone; no Prime membership is required.
Keep in mind, Black Friday deals will trump many of today’s Amazon Epic Daily Deals. So we’ve added some buying advice to many items we think will be cheaper in November. Likewise, we’ve flagged devices that are cheaper now than they were last year. So if you want to get Black Friday shopping done early — here as the best Amazon Epic Daily Deals you can get right now.
Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen: was $39 now $24 @ Amazon The 3rd Gen Echo Dot is the ultimate affordable smart speaker for all things Alexa, allowing you to ask questions, control your smart home and enjoy music with a quick voice command. The speaker is now on sale for $24.99, which is just $5 shy of last year’s price low. View Deal
Fire TV Stick 4K: was $49 now $33 @ Amazon For 4K resolution, HDR color palettes, and speedy navigation, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is the streamer to get. You can stream videos, listen to music, interact with Alexa and play games for just $33.99. However, keep in mind it normally drops to $24.99 during the holidays. View Deal
Fire HD 8 (2020): was $89 now $59 @ Amazon The 2020 Fire HD 8 brings better battery life (almost 14 hours) and USB-C charging to Amazon’s family of tablets. For casual TV watching and music listening, the Fire HD 8 is a solid device, even more so if you’re a Prime subscriber. It’s likely to drop at least an extra $10 during the holidays. View Deal
Fire HD 8 Plus: was $109 now $79 @ Amazon The new Fire HD 8 Plus packs all the same features of the Fire HD 8, but houses 3GB of RAM (instead of 2GB), which means you’ll get much snappier performance. It also supports wireless charging. This tablet is now $79, but it hit $64 last November. View Deal
All-new Kindle: was $89 now $59 @ Amazon The Amazon Kindle features a 6-inch screen and an adjustable front light that lets you read for hours, whether it’s night or day. Plus, a single battery charge will last you weeks. It’s now just $59 and a perfect way to keep busy. It includes three free months of Kindle Unlimited. (It was $5 cheaper last November, but it’s still a solid price at $59). View Deal
Kindle Paperwhite: was $129 now $84 @ Amazon The water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite features a 6-inch, anti-glare flush-to-screen display, a 5 LED front light, and 8GB of storage. Now $45 off and bundled with 3-months of Kindle Unlimited, it’s one of the best Kindle deals you can get. (It’s just $5 shy of last year’s price low). View Deal
Ring Video Doorbell Wired (2021): was $59 now $44 @ Amazon Back Friday cheap: The Ring Video Doorbell Wired works well, produces a quality image and has a slim profile. You’ll need a Ring Protect subscription (starting at $3/month) if you want to save recordings. Also, keep in mind that this video doorbell doesn’t work with your existing doorbell chime, so you’ll need to tack on an extra $20 or so to purchase a Ring Chime. The Ring Video Doorbell w/ Chime is on sale for $74. Both are at the same price they were last Black Friday. View Deal
Tech for Kids
Echo Dot for Kids (4th gen): was $59 now $39 @Amazon Little ones are becoming more tech savvy every day, and it’s never too early to treat your kid with an adorable Echo Dot disguised as either a panda or a tiger. Not only will this make a great addition to your child’s bedroom, it’s also designed to read bedtime stories from Disney, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, and others (with parental controls, of course). It’s just $5 shy of its all-time low. View Deal
Fire 7 Kids Tablet: was $99 now $59 @ Amazon Black Friday cheap: The Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet features a 7-inch display, 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. More importantly, it also comes with a 2-year worry-free warranty and protective case. It’s now at the same price it was last November. View Deal
Fire 7 Kids Pro (2021): was $99 now $59 @ Amazon Black Friday cheap: The Fire 7 Kids Pro is on sale for the first time since its release. The new tablet is designed for older kids (over 6 years of age) and comes with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which offers access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, songs, and Audible books for kids. You also get a 2-year worry-free warranty and protective case.View Deal
Amazon Kindle Kids Edition: was $109 now $69 @ Amazon The Kindle Kids Edition gives your kid(s) a simplified interface, reading comprehension tools, a year of Amazon Kids+ (formerly FreeTime Unlimited), a 2-year “worry-free-guarantee” warranty, and a colorful magnetic case. Plus, there are no special offer ads on the lock screen. It’s just $5 shy of its all-time price low. View Deal
Mandalorian The Child Stand: was $64 now $49 @ Amazon Give your Echo Dot a Stars Wars-theme makeover. This deal, which saves you $15, includes a baby Yoda stand with long, green pointy ears for your Echo Dot. (Echo Dot is also included). View Deal
Echo Show 5 Kids: was $94 now $59 @ Amazon Cheaper than Black Friday! This Echo Show 5 is designed specifically for kids. Kids can ask Alexa to play videos, help with homework, and make video calls to approved contacts. It also has parental controls and includes one year of Amazon Kids Plus with access to over 15,000 videos, audiobooks, and more. It’s now $30 cheaper than last year’s holiday price. View Deal
Fire HD 10 Kids Edition: was $199 now $139 @ Amazon The new Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet is perfect for kids ages 3 to 7. The full-featured tablet includes a standard bumper case (in blue, pink, or purple), a two-year worry-free guarantee (essentially a no-questions asked warranty), and a year of Amazon Kids+, which offers access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, songs, and Audible books for kids. Just keep in mind it could drop another $20 in November. View Deal
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition: was $139 now $89 @ Amazon The 2020 Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet is now at its cheapest price ever, which makes this an excellent buy if you’re looking for a kid-friendly tablet. It includes a standard bumper case (in blue, pink, or purple), a two-year worry-free guarantee (essentially a no-questions asked warranty), and a year of FreeTime Unlimited. It could drop an extra $20 off next month. View Deal
Fire HD 8 Kids Pro (2021): was $139 now $89 @ Amazon The Fire HD 8 Kids Pro is made for school-age kids. It includes a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which offers access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, songs, and Audible books. You also get a 2-year worry-free warranty and protective case. It could drop an extra $20 off next month.View Deal
Fire HD 10 Kids Edition: was $199 now $139 @ Amazon The new Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet is perfect for kids ages 3 to 7. The full-featured tablet includes a standard bumper case (in blue, pink, or purple), a two-year worry-free guarantee (essentially a no-questions asked warranty), and a year of Amazon Kids+, which offers access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, songs, and Audible books for kids.View Deal
Fire HD 10 Kids Pro (2021): was $199 now $139 @ Amazon The new Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablet is made for kids aged 6 through 12. It comes with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which offers access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, songs, and Audible books for kids. It also comes with a 2-year worry-free warranty and protective case. View Deal
Fire TV sale: smart TVs from $139 @ Amazon Amazon’s Fire TVs give you easy access to Prime Video, Netflix, Disney Plus, and more. Fire TVs also come with an Alexa voice remote, which lets you operate your TV via voice commands. Currently, Amazon Fire TVs start at just $139. While some of the cheaper models are 720p sets (suitable for home offices or children’s rooms), there are plenty solid bargains as part of the Amazon Epic Daily Deals event. View Deal
Insignia 42″ F20 Fire TV: was $289 now $229 @ Amazon The Insignia F20 is part of Amazon’s 2021 lineup of Fire TVs. Perfect for shoppers on a budget, the 1080p TV features DTS TruSurround audio, three HDMI ports, and a voice remote with Alexa integration. If you need a cheap smart TV for your living room — and don’t need 4K resolution — this is one of the best cheap deals we’ve seen. View Deal
Toshiba C350 43″ 4K Fire TV: was $369 now $309 @ Amazon The C530 is part of Toshiba’s 2021 lineup of Fire TVs. It supports Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10 content as well as DTS Virtual: X audio. As part of its Epic Daily Deals event, the new TV is $60 off. View Deal
Insignia 50″ 4K Fire TV: was $449 now $349 @ Amazon Big-screen TVs will undergo massive price drops over the holidays. Take for instance the Insignia 50-inch 4K Fire TV. As part of Amazon’s Epic Daily Deals event — it’s now on sale for $349. It features access to all of your favorite streaming apps and includes an Alexa voice remote control. View Deal
Insignia 55″ F30 4K Fire TV: was $549 now $389 @ Amazon The Insignia F30 is part of Amazon’s 2021 lineup of Fire TVs. It offers HDR support, DTS Studio Sound, and an Alexa voice remote that lets you control your TV via voice commands. Already on sale, it’s one of the best deals you’ll find for fans of Amazon’s Fire TVs. View Deal
Insignia 65″ 4K Fire TV: was $699 now $519 @ Amazon If you’re looking for a big-screen TV, but don’t have an endless budget, this 65-inch Insignia should be high on your list. Like all Fire TVs, it gives you quick access to all major streaming apps. However, this TV is $180 off and on sale for just $519.99. View Deal
AirPods: was $159 now $109 @ Amazon Amazon has the Apple AirPods with standard charging case on sale for $109. That’s just $10 shy of their all-time price low. These AirPods feature Apple’s H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. View Deal
AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $129 @ Amazon For a limited time, you can get the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for just $129 at Amazon. They come with a Qi-compatible case that allows for wire-free charging. View Deal
Apple AirPods Pro:was $249 now $179 @ Amazon Apple’s best-selling, in-ear wireless headphones are on sale and ready to ship. Currently, Amazon has them on sale for $179, which is their second-lowest price ever and just $10 shy of their all-time low. They’re IPX4 certified and offer active noise cancellation for the most immersive sound experience. View Deal
AirPods Max: was $549 now $489 @ Amazon The AirPods Max are Apple’s premium, retro-style headphones. They feature large ear cushions, a digital crown, active noise cancellation, and Spatial Audio. The latter feature uses head tracking to offer a surround sound experience. Amazon has the AirPods Max on sale for $489.View Deal
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Before we get to anything else, we need to give all of our readers a heads up. That’s right… Amazon kicked off its massive early Black Friday sale! Head over to Amazon’s epic daily deals page and you’ll find new sales each and every day with deep discounts you won’t believe. Examples from today include AirPods Pro for just $179, a massive one-day sale on Roborock robot vacuums, Fire TV Stick 4K for $33.99, another huge one-day sale on microSD and SSD memory, and the newest Ring Video Doorbell for just $44.99. Those deals are crazy!
The epic daily deals page on Amazon will get crazy new deals every day. Make sure you check back regularly for the latest and greatest early Black Friday sales.
Monday’s deal roundup
Here are some highlights from today:
Scroll through all of today’s best deals down below. And don’t forget to check Amazon’s epic daily deals page for more!
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Crystal Clear iPhone Case Military-Grade Drop TestedPrice:$15.99Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission iJoy Matte Finish Premium Wireless HeadphonesList Price:$17.99Price:$16.99You Save:$1.00 (6%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Acer Chromebook Spin 311 Convertible Laptop, 11.6List Price:$499.00Price:$224.00You Save:$275.00 (55%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission 2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage,…List Price:$949.99Price:$849.99You Save:$100.00 (11%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Thinnote-A 14.1-Inch Windows 10 Pro Laptop & 128GB MicroSD Card BundlePrice:$204.99Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Hyundai | HyBook, 14.1-Inch – Intel Celeron N4020 | 8GB RAM | 128GB SSD + Free 128GB MicroSDList Price:$289.99Price:$269.99You Save:$20.00 (7%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
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Amazon on Monday (Oct. 4) debuted a new feature that will allow U.S. Prime subscribers to send gifts to friends and family members without knowing their addresses, instead relying on mobile phone numbers or email addresses to help with delivery.
Instead of choosing the delivery address, senders can instead pick “Let the recipient provide their address,” then add the person’s email address or mobile number. The recipient will get a gift message by email or text that allows them to accept the gift and add their preferred delivery address. Recipients can also exchange the gift for an Amazon gift card and buy something else without notifying the giver.
Amazon is also making it easier to share holiday gift lists with their entire families with a function that lets everyone in the household access the roll call, organized by recipient.
The new features follow Friday’s announcement that shoppers can now ask Alexa to tell them about the day’s latest deals on Amazon, helping them plan what to buy and build a shopping list.
Read more: Amazon Ramping up Alexa Voice Shopping With ‘What Are My Deals?’ Campaign
Last month, Mastercard projected that U.S. retail sales during the holiday shopping period this year (Nov. 1-24) would grow by 7.4% from 2020 and by 11.1% from 2019. Digital sales are projected to grow by 7.6% year over year and 57.3% compared to 2019, while in-store sales are expected to grow 6.6% compared to 2020.
Mastercard Senior Adviser Steve Sadove told PYMNTS’ Karen Webster that the holiday shopping season could start earlier than normal this year due to supply chain and labor issues for both sides of the retail equation, pointing to Oct. 11 as the kickoff of what Mastercard is calling the “75 Days of Christmas.”
Related news: Holiday 2021: Pent-Up Consumer Demand, Test of In-Store Experience for Retailers
Shoppers also shouldn’t expect to see deep discounts, he said. Almost every retail category is expected to see a double-digit rise in sales during the holiday shopping season, with luxury projected to see a 93% year-over-year increase and jewelry set to see a 59% jump.
NEW PYMNTS DATA: TODAY’S SELF-SERVICE SHOPPING JOURNEY – SEPTEMBER 2021
About: Eighty percent of consumers are interested in using nontraditional checkout options like self-service, yet only 35 percent were able to use them for their most recent purchases. Today’s Self-Service Shopping Journey, a PYMNTS and Toshiba collaboration, analyzes over 2,500 responses to learn how merchants can address availability and perception issues to meet demand for self-service kiosks.
Prices of M.2 NVMe SSDs have gone down slightly, but they are still out of the range where one will call them affordable. Fortunately, there are times when attractive price cuts appear out of nowhere and today is your lucky day because you can get up to a 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD with up to $230 in savings. All of these SSDs are available on Amazon, but you will have to hurry because the deals are only available for today.
First up, we have the Lexar NM620 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD, which is available for $92.64 after a $27.35 price cut. It can deliver up to 3300MB/s read speeds. If you need a speed and hefty storage boost, we recommend grabbing the Crucial P5 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD, which is priced at $195.99 after a $94 price reduction. However, if you want to go full throttle and have the available funds, get the PNY XLR8 CS3040 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD for $519.99.
It boasts the most significant discount out of all three, with $230 slashed, supports PCIe Gen. 4 standard, and delivers up to 5600MB/s sequential read speeds. All SSDs support 2280 form factor, so it will be compatible with all laptops and motherboards featuring M.2 NVMe slots. These storage peripherals have also garnered positive customer reviews, with up to a 4.8-star rating out of 5.
At the time of writing, there are 18 hours for the deal to finish, so whatever you have to purchase, you better do it fast.
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Amazon kicked off an incredible sale on Apple’s AirPods last month. How good were the AirPods deals on Amazon, you ask? All four models including noise cancelling AirPods Pro and hot new AirPods Max were on sale at the lowest prices of the year. Amazon’s AirPods Pro price matched its huge discount from Prime Day. And the sale on AirPods Max somehow had even lower prices than Prime Day. Today, however, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that all four of Apple’s AirPods models are now on sale with even deeper discounts. The bad news is that there’s no way these deals will be around for long since they’ll likely sell out. This might be your last chance until Black Friday to score AirPods Pro or AirPods 2 with deep discounts this huge!
Apple AirPods with Charging CaseList Price:$159.00Price:$109.00You Save:$50.00 (31%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
AirPods deals on Amazon are selling out fast
AirPods are wildly popular even when they’re available at Apple’s full retail prices. So you can imagine how fast they flew off the shelves on Prime Day back in June. Amazon was offering the deepest discounts of the year, so several AirPods versions sold out.
The first model that sold out was Apple’s AirPods 2 with Wired Charging Case, but they’re now back in stock and back on sale with a nice big $50 discount that slashes them to just $109. The other model that sold out should be beyond obvious since it sells out all the time. It’s Apple’s beloved AirPods Pro, which are the #1 best-selling headphones among our readers. They also happen to be among the best-selling earphones on the planet.
AirPods Pro will cost you $249 if you buy a pair at an Apple store or if you order them online from Apple’s website. And of course, that’s true whether you get them right now or during a huge sales event. Apple doesn’t do discounts, as most people know quite well. It should go without saying that AirPods Pro are worth every penny at full retail. But why pay so much when Amazon always has them on sale at a discount?
Amazon shoppers can often find AirPods Pro on sale for $219, which is a solid $30 in savings. They sell out pretty often though, just like they did during Prime Day earlier this year. Well, we have some excellent news today. AirPods Pro are now back in stock at Amazon — and they’re on sale for just $179. That means you’ll save $70 compared to buying them from Apple. This is a new 2021-low at Amazon, which is crazy since it’s only October.
That’s right… you can get AirPods Pro at Amazon’s lowest price of the year!
Every other AirPods model is also discounted at the moment on Amazon. As we mentioned earlier, AirPods 2 with Wired Charging Case are down to $109 right now, which is within $10 of the year’s best price. But AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging have an even bigger discount. Get a pair now and you can save $70!
Apple’s AirPods Max are also still on sale, but the Amazon discount isn’t quite as deep as it was a few months ago. You’ll save $50 on most colorways, but a couple are $60 off.
Don’t miss our AirPods Pro review and AirPods Max review for more info on these awesome headphones!
AirPods Pro deal: Amazon’s best price
Apple’s AirPods Pro feature active noise cancellation as well as a new “Transparency mode” that amplifies all the sounds around you, which is great for conversations without having to remove your earbuds
The custom tapered silicone tips come in three different sizes to ensure the perfect fit
AirPods Pro are sweat-resistant and water-resistant. That way, you can wear them during intense workouts or even in the rain without having to worry
Apple AirPods ProList Price:$249.00Price:$179.00You Save:$70.00 (28%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
AirPods turn on automatically when you remove them from the case, and they connect to your smartphone or tablet instantly
Easy setup for all your Apple devices
“Hey Siri” hotword support lets you call on Siri without lifting a finger
Touch controls allow you to double-tap either AirPods to play or skip forward
Apple AirPods with Charging CaseList Price:$159.00Price:$109.00You Save:$50.00 (31%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging CaseList Price:$199.00Price:$129.00You Save:$70.00 (35%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Industry-leading active noise cancellation technology blocks out all the noise around you
This allows you to focus on your music or your favorite podcasts without interruption
Amazing high-fidelity audio is achieved with Apple’s special custom dynamic drivers
The special “Transparency mode” uses the same mics that enable active noise cancelling to amplify the sounds around you
Enjoy theater-like sound with incredible spatial audio and dynamic head tracking — it’s like surround sound for headphones!
New Apple AirPods Max – Sky BlueList Price:$549.00Price:$499.00You Save:$50.00 (9%)Buy NowAvailable from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
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The cheap noise-cancelling headphones market is heating up with new releases like the $79 1More ColorBuds 2 offering active noise cancellation and customizable sound for a modest sum. This is a notable upgrade to the ColorBuds that brings new functionality not available on the original.
ANC won’t blow you away, but it is sufficient for the price. The inclusion of SoundID software from award-winning audio technology innovator Sonarworks helps tailor sound to your hearing. In addition, app support has been included this time around to personalize the buds in different ways. For its quality traits, the ColorBuds 2 also has its fair share of drawbacks. These include disappointing call quality, unreliable controls, and a lack of extra features.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: Availability and price
You can purchase the 1More ColorBuds 2 for $79 at Amazon or directly from 1More. It is sold in three colors: Black, Frost White, and Twilight Gold. Bundled with the purchase are a wireless charging case, USB-C charging cable, user guide, and four different sizes of ear tips.
These buds have a lower MSRP than mid-tier gems such as the Beats Studio Buds ($150) and Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 ($150) and are far less expensive than category leaders like the AirPods Pro ($249) and Sony WF-1000XM4 ($279). Other notable rivals in their price class include two popular Anker models: the Soundcore Life P3 ($79) and Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro, which is on clearance for $84.99 at Best Buy at the time of publishing.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: Design and comfort
The ColorBuds 2 don’t look any different than their predecessor. Peep the protruding in-ear design and matte finish, along with the airbrushed logo on the front, which is less transparent on this version. 1More’s choice of bold colors and unique shape make these buds eye candy for fashion-forward music lovers.
Craftsmanship is solid with hard plastic making up the ColorBuds 2’s entire frame. These buds won’t crack or scuff easily like the AirPods Pro. An IPX5 rating keeps them protected from sweat and splashing water as well.
1More has a knack for creating super compact and stylish charging cases and the ColorBuds 2’s variant is proof. The pebble-inspired design with a matte finish is more attractive than the rectangular, all-white AirPods Pro case. UV coating is used to reduce stains and fingerprints. More importantly, it’s travel-friendly and slides into pockets without causing any bulge.
Comfort is moderate and the buds rest pleasantly on the concha. Minor pressure is applied to the front part of the ear, but you’ll only notice this when wearing the buds for longer than 3 hours straight. The sound port slides easily into the canal and the silicone tips create a tight seal to keep the buds locked in.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: Controls and digital assistant
A full suite of media controls is at your disposal. Performing a double-tap can play/pause or answer/end calls, whereas a triple tap enables your device’s native assistant. Keep in mind that these can be swapped out in the companion app for other functions such as next/previous track and volume. The touch-and-hold gesture is reserved for switching between listening modes.
Not having a single-tap gesture is silly, especially since it simplifies playback operation. You can enable on-ear detection in the app for auto-pause/play, but the feature suffers from lag. Also, the touch sensors aren’t reliable, either misinterpreting multi-tap inputs or not registering them at all.
Siri and Google Assistant are compatible with the ColorBuds 2, but only one seems to work well. Answer: Siri. Firing up Apple’s AI bot on my MacBook Pro and my wife’s iPhone 12 was a breeze, while the software recognized voice commands and acted on them quickly. Google Assistant was a buggy mess the first few days I used it, either timing out or not acknowledging full sentences. Things changed on the fourth day, and I was able to perform basic tasks like online searches and open streaming services hands-free.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: Audio quality
Sound comes neutral right out of the box, so you’ll get a little bit of everything regarding frequency range. 1More even added aptX Adaptive support to enhance streaming quality and receive hi-res sound. There is also a sound personalization feature called SoundID that will create your own sound profile based on a series of tests. But before I jump too far ahead, let me break down the ColorBuds 2’s default EQ.
On tracks like Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” the “oh yeah, yeah” vocal riff was loud and crisp. The drums banged hard, and the synth effects were striking without producing any distortion. I thought the bass on Public Enemy’s “Can’t Truss It” was punchy and well balanced, though it wasn’t as impactful as I’ve heard on other truly wireless models; reverberation was lighter. Jazz classics also performed well on the ColorBuds 2, as exemplary on Alice Coltrane’s “Journey in Satchidananda,” where the hi-hats remained steady, horns were melodically vibrant, and double bass was prominent throughout the recording.
I strongly advise enabling SoundID because it fine-tunes sound to your hearing preferences. The testing process is annoying, but won’t take more than 3 minutes, and users can disable it if they feel the regular EQ performs better. From my experience, Sound ID increased the low end on “Can’t Truss It” for the better, as well as the highs on “Locked Out of Heaven.”
For videos, the ColorBuds 2 delivers crisp sound to enjoy action sequences and dialogue-heavy scenes. Volume won’t reach harmful levels and sound doesn’t leak. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about damaging your hearing or people staring at you for blasting music.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: Active noise cancellation
While the more premium ComfoBuds Pro has three ANC Modes – Strong, Mild, and WNR (Wind Noise Resistant) – the ColorBuds 2 only has one. Luckily, the ColorBuds 2 knows how to handle low and mid frequencies. Just don’t expect grand results.
During work hours, the buds silenced common household distractions (e.g., family chatter, loud TVs, laundry room noises), as well as the humming sound from our AC unit. Any attempts to block out my crying baby were unsuccessful; I could still hear him from about 30 feet away. When outside, some ambient noises went unnoticed such as talkative joggers and any landscape work transpiring from across the street. High-frequency sounds (e.g., ambulance sirens, whistles) definitely drew my attention, along with gusty winds and speeding cars.
Pass-Through is 1More’s version of transparency mode and it comes in handy for increasing environmental awareness. Walks felt safer since I was able to hear traffic and construction work. Being able to keep tabs on the baby during naps was helpful too. The mics don’t do a great job of picking up vocals, so I couldn’t engage in brief chats with the missus while music played in the background at a low volume.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: App and special features
The 1More Music app provides a fair number of features to play with. I already touched on the SoundID, as well as control customization, smart playback, and ANC/Pass-Through. Let’s get to the rest.
Open the app and you’ll be greeted with visuals of both buds and the charging case, along with battery level indicators for all three units. There is a Soothing Sounds setting at the bottom that acts as a sound machine and has 30 different profiles to mask ambient noise around you with nature sounds. If only the sounds ran on a continuous loop and didn’t restart after several seconds; this becomes aggravating after a few minutes and breaks your concentration.
There are two more settings available in the back end: Smart Burn-in and Experimental Features. For those unfamiliar with the process of burning in headphones, it is an exercise that involves playing audio (usually static noise) for several hours or days to break them in and improve audio. Some people believe it works and others believe it is complete BS, but at least 1More gives you that option. Pop-Up Window is the only feature available in Experimental Features. The app doesn’t explain what it does, and I couldn’t get it running on either of my Android devices (Google Pixel 3XL and Samsung Galaxy Note S20).
Not all app features present in the ComfoBuds Pro were carried over onto the ColorBuds 2. You lose out on the most valuable one: the Equalizer. This would have given you access to 20 different presents that complement most music genres.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: Battery life and charging case
1More rates battery life at 6 hours with ANC. Throw other features into the mix, along with high volume and streaming, playtime decreases by about 30 minutes. You’re still getting more use out of these buds than the AirPods Pro (4.5 hours) and OnePlus Buds Pro (5 hours), but slightly less than the WF-1000XM4 (8 hours). A full charge was fine for 3 days of moderate use (2 hours daily), plus a 15-minute quick charge generated 2 hours of listening time.
What about playtime with ANC off? Well, according to 1More, there is no option to disable ANC.
The charging case holds up to 24 hours, which is the average industry time set by the AirPods and AirPods Pro charging cases. That’s about 4 extra charges. Not bad for a week’s worth of entertainment. Wireless charging also comes as part of the package.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: Call quality and connectivity
Qualcomm’s cVc8.0 Noise Cancellation Technology is employed to deliver “crystal clear microphone quality” for calls. That wasn’t my experience. Several callers complained about my voice sounding distant and muffled, both indoors and outdoors. On top of that, my wife and mother-in-law mentioned a buzzing noise during phone calls that were very distracting. Another caller said the same thing during a video chat.
Bluetooth 5.2 maintains a stable connection within a 40-foot range, which is longer than the standard 30 to 35 feet that most wireless earbuds get you. I was able to jump from room to room without any dropout. Pairing is reliable with the buds demonstrating strong auto-connect capabilities on iOS/macOS and Android devices.
Multipoint technology is not available to pair the ColorBuds 2 to two devices simultaneously.
1More ColorBuds 2 review: Verdict
To offer high-end perks like noise cancellation and SoundID technology on a pair of $79 wireless earbuds is impressive. Not only does the ColorBuds 2 accomplish this, but the two features are serviceable. You just need to be acceptant of its flaws (e.g., touch controls, call quality), which do affect the user experience, depending on how you use the buds.
Nobel Prize season is upon us once again. Every October, committees in Sweden and Norway name laureates in a variety of prizes in the sciences, literature and economics, as well as peace work. In total, six prizes will be awarded.
Like everything else, the Nobels are making adjustments for the pandemic. Last year, some events were canceled in favor of a digital ceremony for the winners. The Oslo ceremony for the peace prize was smaller than in most years, with a limited audience.
This year’s festivities will be a mixture of digital and physical events. Laureates will receive their Nobel Prize medals and diplomas in their home countries in December, the organization said.
Here’s a quick guide to this year’s prizes.
Who are this year’s winners?
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly on Monday to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.”
The pair made breakthrough discoveries that launched intense research activities that in turn led to a rapid increase in our understanding of how our nervous system senses heat, cold, and mechanical stimuli.
When are the awards announced?
One prize will be announced each day from Monday to Friday this week and again on Oct. 11, between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Eastern time. Announcements are made in Stockholm and Oslo, and will be streamed live on the official digital channels of the Nobel Prize.
The award for physics will be announced on Tuesday.
The award for chemistry will be announced on Wednesday.
The award for literature will be announced on Thursday.
The award for peace work will be announced on Friday.
The award for economic science will be announced on Monday, Oct. 11.
What are the prizes?
Six Nobel Prizes are awarded every year, each recognizing an individual’s or organization’s groundbreaking contribution in a specific field. Prizes are given for physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, economic science, literature and peace work, which often draws the most attention because of the caliber of people and groups nominated.
This year, there are 329 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee said. Here’s how those nominations work.
Previous Nobel Peace Prize winners include Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai (2014), former President Barack Obama (2009), Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk (1993), the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (1989) and Mother Teresa (1979).
What do the winners receive?
Nobel Prize laureates will receive a Nobel Prize diploma, a Nobel Prize medal and a document detailing the Nobel Prize amount, which last year rose to 10 million Swedish krona, or about $1.1 million in current exchange rates.
Who were the 2020 winners?
Last year’s winners included the World Food Program for its efforts to combat a surge in global hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic and scientists for their work on the development of Crispr-Cas9, a method for genome editing.
The Pink Stuff, an abrasive cleaning paste for hard surfaces, was doing “absolutely nothing for 15 years,” said Henrik Pade, a managing director at its parent company Star Brands, headquartered in the United Kingdom. In 2017, it gained a little boost from cleaning influencers on Instagram and YouTube. The company, which at the time sold most of its cleaning products through domestic brick-and-mortar grocery stores, started investing in social promotion, but “we didn’t know enough about it,” Mr. Pade said.
Then came TikTok. “We can’t take any credit for it as a big strategic plan,” Mr. Pade said. “It happened, and we started to follow.” Videos of people cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and off-label items — shoes, car wheels — with the Pink Stuff have, in little more than a year, accumulated more than 250 million views. Some are effective demos. Plenty are jokes.
Three years ago, Mr. Pade said, sales of the paste totaled around 2 million pounds, or around $2.6 million. Last year, they exceeded 25 million pounds, or $34 million, accounting for half of the company’s total sales. “In the U.K., it has gone from being a niche product to widely stocked in retailers,” including the nation’s largest supermarket chains, which still account for a large majority of its domestic sales, Mr. Pade said. In the U.S., however, sales are 85 percent online, mostly through Amazon, thanks in large part to TikTok.
Stories like these suggest, with some credibility, that on TikTok, any thing can be the next big thing. The app that always tells you what to watch next and has no problem telling you what to buy next, too. Yet its version of shopping is also conspicuously makeshift, with a heavy dependence on Amazon, where creators prospect for viral gold and users follow. This might feel to an international tech conglomerate like unrealized potential.
Features like storefronts for brands could be understood as attempts by TikTok to catch up to Instagram’s own recent attempts at becoming a one-stop shopping destination. A few, however, hinted at desire to turn TikTok into something even more independent and commerce-focused, following the path of TikTok’s Chinese sister app, Douyin, which has more than 600 million users. Brands and users on Douyin can already sell and buy products without leaving the app, and do so by the million. It has its own payment system and has started to siphon market share from China’s e-commerce giants, which it has explicitly identified as competitors.
Whether “an end-to-end shopping experience,” as Mr. Irigoyen described earlier this week, is what people ultimately want from their social spaces remains, as ever, an open question: Maybe the naked consumerism of #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt is only tolerable to the extent that it feels organic. Or perhaps TikTok is different. It’s a platform that never pretended to be anything but a machine for producing and monetizing virality, and it has never been shy about telling us what it wants us to do next. What do we stand to lose, anyway, if it becomes a mall? The best of the rest of TikTok feels fleeting even as we enjoy it — that was always part of the fun.