Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is on sale for less than $1,000

Save $375: As of Feb. 24, get an unlocked 128GB Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G for $924.99, down from $1,299.99.


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra didn’t blow Mashable Tech Reporter Brenda Stolyar away when she reviewed it, but it is still a pretty impressive device for stylus users. Originally debuting in August 2020 at $1,299.99, the 128GB version of the phone is on sale for $924.99 at Amazon as of Feb. 24.

This phone is huge — even larger than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. But, honestly, you kind of need a big screen if you’re going to be using a stylus. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is like a phone/tablet crossover that lets you text and make phone calls as well as write and draw onscreen. The included S Pen allows you to create sketches and notes, then convert them into Word or Powerpoint and sync across all your Galaxy devices. Read more…

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7 helpful tools for adding closed captions to your videos

Closed captions are crucial for the viewing experience of lots of people: anyone who watched Game of Thrones and wanted to know what was going on, every person who likes those out of context Twitter accounts, people who want to watch videos on the subway but don’t have their headphones, multitaskers, etc. Most importantly, though, they’re a step toward accessibility for the more than 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the U.S., and millions more across the globe.

“Videos without captions are completely inaccessible to deaf and hard of hearing people,” Howard A. Rosenblum, the CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, told Mashable over email. “Why would anyone want to exclude that many people from their videos?” Read more…

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One of Samsung's huge curved gaming monitors is almost $500 off

Save $470.99: Samsung’s 49-inch QHD curved CRG9 gaming monitor is on sale for $1,029 as of Feb. 23. That’s a 31% discount and just around $30 more than its lowest price ever.


Samsung Week on Amazon continues with a deadly discount on one of the most ambitious gaming monitors in recent history: the CRG9. This 49-inch gaming monitor is the equivalent of two 27-inch monitors pushed together, curved around your peripherals to provide something like a personal IMAX experience. Originally retailing at $1,499.99, an almost $500 price drop has it down to $1,029 — over 30% in savings and just around $30 more than its lowest price ever on Amazon. Read more…

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T-Mobile leaves throttling behind with its new 5G unlimited data plan

On Feb. 24, T-Mobile is launching a new data plan for those with 5G-enabled smartphones. It’s called Magenta Max, and it essentially replaces the provider’s Magenta Plus plan. For $57 per-line-per-month, you’ll get unlimited talk, text, and data, along with unlimited premium data (i.e., high-speed data) — sans throttling.

If you’re unfamiliar with throttling, it’s when providers slow down your network speeds once you’ve used up a lot of data. So, whenever there’s network congestion, those with more data available will have priority over faster speeds than those who don’t — resulting in slower speeds for the latter. Read more…

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Samsung's S5e tablet sees a record-low sale price, plus free Youtube Premium

Save $100: Samsung’s Galaxy S5e tablet (WiFi + LTE, 64GB)  is $100 off at Amazon as of Feb. 22, dropping it to a record low price of $379.99 ($20 cheaper than the WiFi-only model).


The Samsung Galaxy S5e with LTE connectivity is currently cheaper than its WiFi-only counterpart. Read that again. 

In an unprecedented move (according to CamelCamelCamel), the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5e tablet (64 GB) is up for grabs at $379.99, dubbing it more affordable than the 64GB WiFi model that retails at $399.99. Put that $100 savings toward covering a few months of the new addition to your cell phone plan. Read more…

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New malware "Silver Sparrow" is targeting both Intel and M1 Macs

A new piece of malware has been detected on almost 30,000 Macs (so far), and it appears that security types can’t quite pinpoint the malware’s motives.

Researchers over at Red Canary, a security operations firm where the malware was first discovered, have named it “Silver Sparrow” (h/t Ars Technica). As of now, it’s been detected in 153 countries, with  a higher number of cases in the U.S., Canada, U.K, Germany, and France.

In a blog post, Red Canary explained how it’s been keeping an eye on the malware for over a week (as of Feb. 18) and “neither we nor our research partners observed a final payload, leaving the ultimate goal of Silver Sparrow activity a mystery.” Read more…

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Change this Google Calendar feature so you're never late for a meeting

It’s 11:50 a.m. and your phone pings: “Team meeting in 10 minutes.” But then, 12 p.m. rolls around and you’ve forgotten all about the helpful alert. You look up and it’s 12:03 p.m., so you scramble to open the video conference link and attempt to slip quietly into the virtual meeting. Late.

Luckily, there’s a couple of quick fixes for Google Calendar users. You can change the notification time or add a second notification that’s closer to the start of the meeting. So instead of a notification 10 minutes before, you could set the alert to go off two minutes before. Usually the default alert is 30, 15, or 10 minutes before an event, but you can change it to any time you want. Read more…

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Google fires yet another AI ethics lead and we've gotta ask: What's going on over there?

When it comes to artificial intelligence, it seems that Google and ethics don’t mix. 

The tech giant is back in the news this week after Margaret Mitchell, who until Friday worked as the lead of Google’s Ethical AI team, announced her firing via Twitter. Mitchell’s unceremonious canning follows on the heels of Google firing the prominent AI ethicist Dr. Timnit Gebru in December

“I’m fired,” wrote Mitchell in her short statement. 

I’m fired.

— MMitchell (@mmitchell_ai) February 19, 2021

We reached out to Google to confirm that Mitchell was indeed fired on Friday, and to ask why she was fired. We received no immediate response.  Read more…

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6 savvy time management extensions for Chrome

Good time management isn’t something we’re born with, or even something that’s necessarily taught in school. But being able to manage time efficiently can make all the difference — not just in terms of our productivity, but also with regard to our mental health, by reducing stress and anxiety. 

Unfortunately, time management isn’t the easiest skill to acquire, especially if you’re busy stressing about how bad your time management is. There are tools that can help, however. And if you work online, there are extensions for Google’s popular Chrome browser that can help you more effectively manage your time.  Read more…

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Apple looks to rid App Store of ‘rip-off’ scam apps that trick users into paying large sums

App Store developers that charge exorbitant prices for their apps or in-app purchases better have a good reason to justify it.

Apple is looking to crack down on apps that’s prices “do not reflect the value of the features and content offered to the user.” Basically, if Apple thinks a developer is charging too much for their app or in-app purchases, the company will reject the app from inclusion in the App Store.

These details come from an anonymous app developer who forwarded the email they received from Apple to 9to5Mac.

“Charging irrationally high prices for content or services with limited value is a rip-off to customers and is not appropriate for the App Store,” reads the rejection email Apple sent to the tipster. Read more…

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