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Become a financial expert at the cards table with The Money Deck, now 15% off

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Source: StackCommerce Most novelty playing cards are just for fun. But with  The Money Deck , you get educated in the world of personal finance as you play. Right now, the casino-quality deck is  15% off at just $16.99 . Whether your game is blackjack or poker, picking up these cards might be the best investment you ever make. A successful product of Kickstarter crowdfunding, The Money Deck is a great addition to any collection. Printed on premium paper cardstock with gold foil, the deck contains 52 cards plus two jokers and a reference card. Each card delivers  a lesson in personal finance , ranging from basic knowledge to advanced ideas. To bring these concepts to life, the cards bear illustrations from an artist who regularly contributes to the Harvard Business Review and WIRED magazine. Below the picture, there is a simple, light-hearted explanation. Topics covered include saving and retirement, investment strategies, credit and borrowing, common money mistakes, the econom

Clearcover might be your ticket to saving money on car insurance

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Many of us are not feeling quite as wealthy as we were a few months ago, and it's only natural that we're searching for ways to cut back. When it comes to monthly bills, car insurance is definitely worth targeting. When's the last time you compared rates? Sure, it can sound annoying and time-consuming, but your efforts can result in some serious cost savings.  Clearcover Car Insurance  is making it a lot easier than you likely remember. This startup offers smarter car insurance that is more affordable than most providers, and much easier to manage. While many car insurance companies make you fill out endless forms or wait on hold for an hour just to get a quote, Clearcover makes it easy. The process takes a few minutes, and there is a good chance your quote will be lower than your current insurer. One  reviewer  reduced his insurance bill by $100 a month when he switched to Clearcover. If you could even get half that — we'd say that's a win. If you are happy

If you're going to get Amazon's Fire HD 8 Plus, you need this accessory

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Best answer: If you're going to pick up an Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus, you should absolutely plan to get the wireless charging dock accessory. Not only does it wirelessly charge the tablet, but it basically turns it into an Echo Show device when docked. Docking station: Wireless Charging Dock for Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus ($40 at Amazon) Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus Wireless Charging Dock A must-have accessory The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus is one of the best value tablets available. When you compare the Amazon Fire HD 8 vs. the 8 Plus , the biggest differences come down to the amount of RAM, faster-charging speed, and wireless charging capabilities in the HD 8 Plus. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you're going to spend the extra $20 or so on the more premium model, you're going to want to take advantage of its most compelling feature — wireless charging. To do that, you'll need to pick up the wireless charging dock. Makes sense, right? You can still charge the tablet v

Linksys Velop MX10 vs. Linksys Velop AX4200: Which should you buy?

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A better fit Linksys Velop AX4200 $499 at Amazon (3-pack) Pros Wi-Fi 6 capable Optional wired backhaul Lots of gigabit ethernet ports on each node Linksys Intelligent Mesh support More coverage Better value Cons Doesn't support 160Mhz channel No 2FA support for remote management Wi-Fi 6 speeds aren't as fast as others While its 4.2Gbps wireless speeds are a little slower than the Velop MX10, there are very few people who might notice the difference. A lower price and a third included node means you're getting a great deal on blazing-fast Wi-Fi 6 speeds everywhere in your home or yard without ever dropping a connection. Upgrade pick Linksys Velop MX10 $699 at Amazon (2-pack) Pros Even faster Wi-Fi 6 speeds Optional wired backhaul Lots of gigabit ethernet ports on each node Linksys Intelligent Mesh support Cons Doesn't support 160Mhz channel No 2FA support for remote management Significantly more expensive When only the fastest Wi-

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live ANC wireless earbuds are available for just $80

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If you're on the hunt for true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation that don't cost as much as the Apple AirPods Pro , you'll want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live . These earbuds regularly sell for $169.99, though right now Best Buy has them on sale for $79.99 for just one day only. The earbuds are offered in Geek Squad certified refurbished condition and come with a 90-day warranty so take that into account when considering the price versus going brand new . The new Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are equipped with 12mm speakers with sound by AKG. They sit softly inside the ear and feature active noise cancellation that lets you block out disturbances around you so you can truly focus on whatever's playing. There's even a setting that will let voices and announcements through so you can hear them even with the noise cancellation on. They're available in five colors — Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Red, Mystic Blue, and Mystic White — tho

This end of year deal on Amazon Kids+ can keep your children busy in 2021

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How often do you find a service that can truly keep your children entertained for hours, days, weeks... even months on end?! Sure, YouTube is free but it's not necessarily safe or always appropriate. Amazon Kids+ can truly be a lifesaver. This subscription service is dedicated to providing your kids with age-appropriate material, from shows and movies to educational games, eBooks, and more, all for a low monthly price starting at just $2.99 for one child. Though it's inexpensive even at full price, there's an even better deal to consider that could score your whole family an entire year of Kids+ for just $19.99 , down from $99. There are also "best-in-class" parental controls that can let you restrict what your child will see and set usage time limits. One great feature is that Amazon Kids+ works as a launcher for the device it's on, and you can't leave the app until a parent enters their password to allow the rest of the device to be accessed. This

5 things Google needs to do better in 2021

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No person or company is perfect. Here are some things Google could do better in the coming year. Google isn't the same feel-good company it was 10 years ago. But while the "Don't be evil" motto has changed and fewer people think of Google as a benevolent overlord, the company isn't actually any more terrible than any other. It's just fun to argue about tech on the internet. But there are a lot of places where Google can do better. Whether it's how it makes the best Android phones even better or how the company handles pressing social issues, all of us can think of a few ways Google needs to get better at doing. 1. Pay its fair share of taxes A little back story is in order here, but I started with this because it's something all companies doing business in the U.S. need to start doing. Or start getting sued for. This particular Dutch sandwich only tastes good to mega-corporations. For a long time, Google used what's called the "

One-day Ring Video Doorbell deal lets you smarten up your door for just $70

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With all the packages we receive these days, it makes total sense to equip your front door with a smart doorbell. They used to be an expensive luxury but video doorbells are actually pretty cheap these days, especially with sales like this one at Woot offering a Ring Video Doorbell 2 for just $69.99. Woot is offering the smart home device in used condition at half the usual cost of a refurb model and $120 off the device's full cost for a brand new model. Each unit has been tested to ensure they are in full working order, though the used devices may exhibit some cosmetic blemishes. There's also a 90-day Woot warranty included with your purchase in case of any issues. With the Ring Video Doorbell 2, you can see, hear, and speak to visitors at your door by using an app on your phone, tablet, or computer. It's equipped with a camera that records in 1080p HD with infrared night vision so you can see what's going on outside your home no matter what time of day it is, a

YouTube needs to spend 2021 getting its shit together

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You've had years to get this done. No more excuses! As someone who loves YouTube , watches a non-healthy amount of YouTube, and even willingly uses YouTube Music as her primary music service, I cannot stay silent any longer: YouTube needs to get off the couch and get things done. YouTube has a laundry list of problems and broken features as long as my arm that needs fixing, and that's on top of the FUBAR situation that is YouTube moderation and monetization policy — or more specifically, demonetization policy. 2020 was a huge year for misinformation on media platforms from Twitter to YouTube and beyond, and while Twitter and a few other media platforms have at least earnestly tried to fight misinformation on their platforms, YouTube's approach has been a lot like Facebook's: it says its taking action, but it's barely scratching the surface of what's needed. That's why YouTube's 2021 resolution needs to be to get its shit together and stop restin

Here’s our first look at the Huawei P50 Pro’s design

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The first major P50 Pro leak reveals two major "downgrades." What you need to know The very first render of Huawei's upcoming P50 Pro flagship phone has leaked online. Unlike its predecessor, the P50 Pro will have a centered hole-punch cutout for a single selfie camera. The Huawei P50 and P50 Pro are expected to launch sometime in the first quarter of 2021. Earlier this week, leaker @OnLeaks gave us our first look at LG's upcoming Stylus 7 5G smartphone through CAD-based renders and a 360-degree video. The reliable leaker has now posted a render of the Huawei P50 Pro, giving us our first glimpse at the design of the successor to one of best Android phones released this year. While the render isn't very detailed, it does reveal one major design change. Unlike the Huawei P40 Pro , which has a pill-shaped hole-punch cutout for dual selfie cameras, the P50 Pro will have a single selfie camera housed with a centered hole-punch cutout. The phone's dis

In 2021, prepaid carriers need to offer more besides the basics

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It's time to step up and do better. Talk, text, and data are the core features of a phone plan, but now that coverage has reached equilibrium for many people, prepaid carriers need to offer more than the basics. Carriers are beginning to differentiate themselves on the extras they pack in with their plans, such as subscriptions to streaming services or offering services like scam call blocking. Some of the best values in wireless right now like Mint Mobile and Visible stick to the basics, but with more carriers offering similar levels of service for around the same price, these simple carriers are looking increasingly interchangeable. For a prepaid carrier to stand out in 2021, it's going to need to offer a more complete package to stand out. Each of the best MVNO carriers have something to help it stand out. What are the basics in 2020? Unlimited talk and text is a no brainer and with carriers like Ting offering it for $10 per month, it's hard to justify anything

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