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8 Amazon products you don’t need, but will probably want

Banana Phone Wireless Handset

Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring … If you’ve ever wanted your very own authentic banana phone, then you’ve come to the right place. Ringing in at £40 on Amazon, this wireless handset syncs with your iOS or Android smartphone so you can take and make calls with a banana. What a time to be alive.

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Personal Infrared Sauna

If the banana phone doesn’t make you feel like a celebrity, then how about trying your own personal sauna? This SereneLife portable sauna uses infrared heat to help you get a good sweat going right at home.

Sweat out those toxins (or alcohol, or whatever) and fold the thing up for closet storage when your sweat session is finished. The SereneLife personal infrared sauna comes in at £230 on Amazon. See it

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Beard Bib

Are you planning to shave that beard, but need to contain the mess? This man-bib makes it easy. The suction cups stick to your mirror so you can keep the whiskers off of your counter and out of your sink (or collect them for some other purpose that we’re sure isn’t totally weird).

At only £12 from Amazon, this beard bib is sure to make any hirsute neat-freak happy. See it

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Pizza Scissors

We’ve probably all had that moment where we needed to cut a pizza and didn’t have a roll-cutter handy.

But before you go looking for a knife (or shopping for a new pizza cutter), have you considered a pair of scissors? These pizza scissors, only £12 on Amazon, might just be one of the more practical items on our list, making it easy to cut the perfect-sized slice every time. See it

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PhoneSoap Universal Phone Sanitizer

Another treat for the neat-freaks and germophobes out there is the PhoneSoap smartphone sanitizer, which is exactly what it sounds like. Place that filthy phone inside the PhoneSoap, close it shut, and the device will emit UV rays to wipe out bacteria. It fits just about any modern smartphone and comes in at £60 on Amazon.

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Everlast Reusable Notebook

Another unique item that’s actually pretty practical is this reusable notebook from Everlast. The spiral notebook features 32 erasable pages that wipe clean with a damp cloth when used with Pilot FriXion pens, once if which is included.

The Everlast reusable notebook is available on Amazon for just £31. See it

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Sunrise Wake-Up Clock

If you’ve ever broken an alarm clock (and not by accident) then this sunrise wake-up clock is for you.

Rather than yanking you out of your peaceful slumber with an obnoxious alarm, this Philips clock slowly wakes you up by emitting a warm light that slowly increases in intensity to match the sunrise. It does offer a noise function if you need that extra kick to get out of bed, however, and doubles as a handy reading light. You can grab the Philips sunrise wake-up clock from Amazon for £50.

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Lightsaber Umbrella

The umbrella so nice we featured it twice: We included this awesome Star Wars-inspired umbrella in our favorite lightsabers roundup and it’s just too cool to pass up here. Along with keeping you dry, this light-up umbrella gives adults a legitimate excuse to carry a SB© toy lightsaber around.

At only £23, there’s no excuse for any Star Wars fan to pass it up. See it Looking for more cool stuff?

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Samsung’s marvelous Olympic-edition Note 8 is worthy of a gold medal

If you like Samsung’s smartphones, you’ll wish you were an Olympian. The South Korean company last month unveiled a special edition Galaxy Note 8 for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics; it looks beautiful in renders, but we can tell you for certain it looks even better in real life. Samsung supplied 4,000 of these special Note 8 phones to all Olympians, International Olympic Committee (IOC), and PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee (POCOG) staff.

The company is hoping the massive 6.3-inch screen and included S Pen will allow everyone involved in the Olympic Games to “do bigger things,” and the incredible dual-sensor camera will help document this marvelous experience. Much to our dismay, you can’t buy this special edition model. The new design celebrates the Winter Olympics with an all-new shiny white glass back overlaid with the Olympic logo: Five interconnected gold rings that symbolize the unity of the five continents, the world, and the Olympic Torch.

A collection of PyeongChang 2018-themed wallpapers are also included, and each device comes with pre-installed Olympic apps that Samsung hopes will be useful to each of the recipients. The user interface is also accented with Olympic colors. For example, the Android navigation buttons are color blue, green, and red; the system tray has blue accents, and so does the pattern unlock in the lock screen.

This splash of color helps make the special edition Galaxy Note 8 feel all the more unique.

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“We’re proud to provide the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition to all athletes in an effort to help them to stay connected, capture and share one of the most memorable moments of their lives,” Samsung Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Younghee Lee said in a statement. The Paralympians taking part in the Winter Paralympic Games haven’t been left out, either, and Samsung will also be supplying all of them with the same special edition Note 8, with an additional Paralympics-themed case to commemorate the role smart devices have played in assisting those with disabilities. This isn’t the first time that Samsung has gotten involved in the Olympic Games.

The company began sponsoring the games way back in 1988, when it entered as a local sponsor during the Seoul Olympic Games. Since then, Samsung has become a Worldwide Olympic Partner. It handed out 12,000 special edition Galaxy S7 Edge devices to Olympians during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

With Samsung also involved in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, you can be sure it has something planned for those games as well — so if you want to get your hands on a limited-edition Samsung device, it’s best to hit the track.

Updated on February 13: We added our own photos and hands-on impressions of the Galaxy Note 8 Olympic Edition.

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Wipe off that wing sauce and tap into the game with the 8 best Super Bowl apps

It’s the Super Bowl — and by no means does the ritualistic event need any introduction. Before you begin to stuff yourself with nachos and wings on Sunday, or settle in to watch the game (or the ads), though, check out these apps to amplify your experience for the big game.

Super Bowl LII Fan Mobile Pass

The Fan Mobile Pass is a companion app that provides Super Bowl fans with maps, schedules, and more for Super Bowl events and the game day in Minneapolis. There’s curated content, such as photos and videos, and you can enter giveaways and sweepstakes to win prizes.

Register once on your computer or mobile device, and you’ll receive your QR code, enabling you to scan into activities and events. All the up-to-date photos and videos will show up on your personalized landing page, and you’ll be able to share them on your social media. Available on:

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Clippit

Sporting events are all about the highlights. Those are the moments that people will be talking about and GIFing for months after the fact. Clippit is your tool for taking the most talked about moments and making them shareable.

The app captures up to 30 seconds of live footage and turns it into a shareable clip that you send over social media in just a few taps. Available on: iOS Android

NFL Mobile

Maybe you’re stuck in a cab or at work, late for a Super Bowl party.

If you’re a customer of Verizon, Charter, AT&T U-Verse, or another provider with access to the NFL Network, don’t fret, as you can always watch the game live through the NFL Mobile app. If you’re not, the app still lets you watch highlights, read stories, and follow up-to-the-minute scoring. You can also track league and team leader statistics from major categories and browse the NFL Shop store, should you want to pick up some memorabilia.

Available on: iOS Android

Ibotta

When you’re doing your shopping before the Super Bowl, picking all the necessities to entertain fans with a hunger for snacks as strong as their hunger for football, make sure to take this shopping app with you. Not only will you earn rewards and money back when you make your purchases, but you’ll also see some special offers specifically related to the big game.

Available on: iOS Android

Drizly

Snacks and food are important, but getting enough beer for the gang is vital. Thankfully, you don’t even have to leave your house to do it — Drizly allows you to shop for alcohol straight from your couch.

The app’s database includes tons of local liquor stores in over 70 cities in North America, so as long as you’re in a relatively large city, you’re covered for alcohol during the Super Bowl. Available on: iOS Android

Tunity

You might be heading to a sports bar or Super Bowl party to watch the big game, but if you’re a big fan you probably want to hear the action, too — and crowded places like a bar aren’t the best for being able to hear properly.

That’s where Tunity comes in. The app basically allows you to scan any TV in the area, after which you’ll be able to hear a live feed of the audio straight through your phone. Side note — the app is great for other situations, too, like the TV at the gym, watching if your roommate is asleep, and so on.

Available on: iOS Android

Odds

Big game, big bets. There is always money on the line in the Super Bowl, on just about everything from the coin toss to the final score.

Even if you don’t have money riding on the game, the insights provided for gamblers can give you an interesting look at the game. Plus you can see win probabilities, which Packers fans will tell you means nothing–even when it’s at 99 percent with 5 minutes remaining. Available on:

iOS Android

Thuuz

When there are over 100 million people watching the same thing at the same time, you can feel like you’re being left out if you aren’t up on what’s happening. Thuuz is your loophole for catching the good moments without watching the whole game. It will alert you to the big plays and you can spend the rest of the game watching the Puppy Bowl.

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Here’s how to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in the United Kingdom

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was one of the biggest smartphone releases of 2017, in terms of anticipation, size, and price. Because of its popularity, it’s easy to get confused by the many deals, and the many places where your can buy the Galaxy Note 8. We’ve got a comprehensive roundup for Galaxy Note 8 buyers in the U.S. here, and below we’re gathering all the places to buy the Note 8 in the U.K.

Wallets at the ready? Just don’t forget to read our Galaxy Note 8 hands-on review before buying.

Samsung

The Galaxy Note 8 is available without a contract direct from Samsung itself.

  • You can buy the midnight black or maple gold version, which costs 870 British pounds, directly through Samsung’s own website. Samsung Mobile Care, a comprehensive insurance scheme that runs for 12 months, can be added for another 100 British pounds.
  • Samsung also offers an upgrade program.

    Buy the Galaxy Note 8 for a monthly cost of 32.58 pounds over two years, and after a year, you get the chance to upgrade to any newly released product in the program. You’re entered into a two-year agreement, which is interest free but requires an 86.90 pound deposit.

  • Samsung is running a free concert ticket promotion on the Galaxy Note 8 between the end of January and February 18. Buy a new Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, or Galaxy S8 Plus, and get two tickets to a selected concert worth up to 140 pounds.

    The offer is available through several retailers, including Mobile Phones Direct, Amazon, and Samsung stores.

Retailers

If you don’t want to buy an unconnected Galaxy Note 8 through Samsung, you can buy one through a high street or online retailer; but the price remains the same at the moment.

  • Carphone Warehouse sells the 64GB midnight black and maple gold models for 870 pounds, and is giving buyers a free Samsung Level Box Slim Bluetooth speaker with each purchase.
  • Mobilephonesdirect.co.uk sells the Galaxy Note 8 without a contract for 870 British pounds, or with a variety of contract deals with networks. Buy one before February 18, and you’ll be eligible for a pair of free concert tickets with a value up to 140 British pounds.
  • Mobiles.co.uk has the 64GB phone for 810 British pounds.
  • Clove Technology has the Galaxy Note 8 for 780 British pounds without a contract at the time of writing.

Major networks

Want to buy your Galaxy Note 8 with a contract and service? Vodafone, O2, EE, and Three all offer deals on the new phone.

  • By with EE and the network’s recommended plan is 50 pounds upfront for the phone, then 63 pounds each month for two years, including 15GB of 4G LTE data each month, and roaming in Europe.

    Other plans are available with higher monthly costs and more data.

  • Vodafone has the Note 8 for 100 British pounds upfront, with a 70 British pound monthly contract for two years, which includes 40GB of data, and European roaming. Other plans are available at a higher upfront cost.
  • Visit O2 and the phone costs 30-pounds upfront. Monthly costs vary, with O2 recommending a 65-pound, two-year tariff with 20GB of data, and a chance to upgrade the phone after a year.
  • Finally, Three has the most frugal plan for the Galaxy Note 8.

    It’s 100 pounds for the phone, the 48 pounds each month for two years, but that only comes with 1GB of data each month. Spend 80 pounds on the phone, and 60 pounds each month, and you get 12GB of data.

Other networks

The U.K. has many Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) that also sell phones.

  • GiffGaff has the Galaxy Note 8 for 840 pounds without a contract for an unlocked phone ready to use with GiffGaff’s SIM cards. Like several other networks and retailers, buy the Note 8 here and you’ll get the free concert tickets offer worth up to 140 pounds.
  • Virgin Media sells the Note 8 cheaply, if you don’t have large data needs.

    The phone costs nothing up front and 30 pounds each month on a 36-month contract.

  • Sky Mobile sells the Note 8 on its Swap24 and Swap12 plans, where the phone can be upgraded after a year or two years. For Swap12 the phone is 100 pounds, then 45 British pounds per month for year one, and 23 pounds per month for year two. To swap the phone after a year, a one-off 276-pound payment is required.

    Also, you pay extra for data, and 3GB per month is an additional 15 pounds.

Other deals will surely arrive over time, and we’ll update here with the best ones.

Update: Added in the latest offers on the Galaxy Note 8, including Samsung’s free concert ticket promotion

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8 Nintendo Switch tips and tricks to get the most out of your hybrid console

Chances are at least decent by now that you or someone you know has a Nintendo Switch. While supply problems held up sales for a while, it has become one of Nintendo’s fastest-selling consoles. With that in mind, we want you to get your experience with the Switch started off right by giving you a few Nintendo Switch tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your plucky little hybrid console.

1. Gear up There are many great things about the Switch.

Its internal hard drive is not one of them. The Switch comes with 32GB of built-in storage, which is simply not enough. Some games already require more space than that, including Dragon Quest Heroes.

So if you’re planning on playing just about anything other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey, you’ll probably want to grab a hefty-sized microSD card. It sucks, we know, but they aren’t too expensive. A 64GB card costs just £20 or so, and it’s not that different from buying a memory card for your brand-new console way back when.

Actually, it’s exactly like that. So, yeah, go get one. If you’re having trouble, we even have a guide to help you pick out the right card for you.

You may also want to get some other accessories. A screen protector and carrying case will help prevent scratches and dings. Another battery pack may also come in handy, especially if you’re taking it on long plane trips or car rides.

Lastly, while it’s optional, we consider Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller a must-have accessory. It’s a lot gentler on the joints than the default Joy-Cons, making it perfect for marathon sessions of Breath of the Wild. All that can add up pretty quick, especially with the pro controller running about £70 at retail.

If your budget is limited, we’d suggest buying the screen protector and case first, then grabbing an SD card when you can, based on your needs. If maximum comfort is your jam, though, grab the Pro Controller first and pick up the rest when you can. 2.

Turn off Wi-Fi to save battery

While Nintendo’s latest bit of hardware isn’t quite as technically robust as its cousins from Microsoft and Sony, it still packs quite a bit of power into a very small frame. Sometimes, though, background processes and the like can tax the hybrid’s scant computing resources and cause framerate slowdowns. Some users have found that disabling Wi-Fi auto-connect helps quite a bit, particularly when you’re in handheld mode.

The Switch really likes to search for new access points when it can, and unless you tell it otherwise, even if it’s got a great network connection, it can still periodically scan the airwaves and muck with your gaming session. To shut this off, simply head into the main system settings and select “Airplane Mode.” This will not work if you’re docked, but then again, if you are, you’re not worried about battery life. 3.

Easter egg hunt

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If you’re a fan of quirky easter eggs, this is for you. When you’re getting ready to play a game from sleep, the console will ask you to mash some button three times. Most players will tap one of the obvious ones, like the “A” button, which we’ve all been trained practically from birth to recognize as video game for “OK.” But if you click the joystick or mash a shoulder button instead, you’ll get some funny sound effects.

Fans of the GameCube will recall a similar technique that changed the console’s startup sound to anything from clown horns to bizarre squeaks.

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A slightly more somber Easter egg can be unlocked by waiting for July 11 and performing a specific gesture (more details here). This will allow you to play the NES game Golf, which was one of former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata’s first projects with the company. The gesture is a nod to the lauded game maker, as is the date in July.

Iwata passed away July 11, 2015, and this little kernel is widely believed to be a tribute to one of the most important people in Nintendo’s history. (Note: you can technically do this by changing the system clock, but only if you’ve never connected your console to the internet). 4.

Like to save a lot? Make multiple profiles to get more save slots

The Switch already has a ton of exceptional games — Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2, etc. — but many only allow one save file. That can pose a big problem for players who like to keep multiple files. It can also be painfully easy for new players to inadvertently wipe your data — lookin’ at you Breath of the Wild.

It isn’t ideal, but you can get around this by making multiple user accounts — either for yourself or for others. This is pretty simple, but by default, the Switch doesn’t tell you how or suggest it as a means to protect your save files. When starting any game from the home screen, you’ll see your default Mii pop up. Select the “+” and then enter in all the details of your new profile.

Given how easy it is to set up personalized accounts on just about every console and media service already, that shouldn’t be too much trouble.