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Apple’s 2019 iPad features the company’s A10 processor that first debuted in the iPhone 7 at the end of 2016. Although that makes this tablet’s hardware a few years old, you get get the performance of this former flagship with a large high-def screen and with 32GB of storage space at a surprisingly affordable price. Right now you can get one from Amazon marked down from $329.00 to $249.99.
Dell built this gaming desktop with an Intel Core i5-9400 and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics processor. Together, this hardware can run games with high settings at 1080p resolution. The system also has a unique front panel that looks cool and edgy, and with promo code 50OFF699 you can get it now marked down from $929.99 to just $779.99 from Dell.
Working on a 4K monitor has some major advantages including being able to fit more on-screen at any given time. This display from Dell utilizes a 27-inch 4K panel that also supports 1.07 billion colors, making it well-suited for image editing. Right now you can get one from Dell marked down from $719.99 to $579.99. If you have an Amex card, you can save even more by using promo code STAND4SMALL at checkout to drop the price to $521.99.
Apple iPad 10.2″ 32GB WiFi Retina Tablet for $249.99 (128GB for $330) at Amazon (list price $329)
Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch Intel 9th Gen Core i7 6-Core Laptop with Radeon Pro 5300M, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $2099.99 at Amazon (Discount at checkout – list price $2399)
Dell G5 Intel i5-9400 6-core Gaming Desktop with GTX 1660 Ti, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD for $779.99 at Dell (use code: 50OFF699 – list price $929.99)
Alienware m15 Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core 15.6″ 1080p 144Hz IPS Gaming Laptop with RTX 2070 Max-Q, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1399.99 at Dell (use code: AWM15R102 – list price $2249.99)
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Intel 10th-Gen Core i7-1065G7 Quad-core 15.6″ 1080p Laptop with 512GB SSD for $656.99 at Dell (May need AMEX card for coupon discount – use code: STAND4SMALL and 50OFF699 – list price $799.99)
Dell U2720Q UltraSharp 27″ 4K USB-C IPS Monitor for $521.99 at Dell (May need AMEX card for coupon discount – use code: STAND4SMALL – list price $719.99)
Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker for $24.99 at Woot (list price $49.99)
Dell Vostro 15 5590 Intel 10th Gen Core i7-10510U Quad-core 15.6″ 1080p Laptop with 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $881.09 at Dell (May need AMEX card for coupon discount – use code: STAND4SMALL – list price $1712.86)
Dell Vostro 3000 Intel Core i5-9400 6-core Desktop for $539.09 at Dell (May need AMEX card for coupon discount – use code: STAND4SMALL – list price $998.57)
Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Laser Mouse with Flow File Sharing and Cross Computer Control for $51.61 at Amazon (list price $79.99)
Lenovo Flex 5 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 6-core 14″ 1080p 2-in-1 Touch Laptop with 16GB RAM for $599.99 at Amazon
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If you want to make sure not to get gouged on a hardware purchase, you should always keep your eye on factory refurbished sales from the world’s biggest computer manufacturers. While most models are either returns or overstock, all get a complete once-over and are certified as 100 percent working and ready to roll, often with an extended warranty.
And the biggest selling point: they’re often hundreds or even thousands off their regular retail price.
Check out this selection of some of the best desktop, laptop and tablet sales on factory refurbished items going on right now, as well as some deals on accessories you want to pick up while you’re at it.
If you need an iPad (or a second one for your kids) and don’t require the latest and hottest version, then the Apple iPad 3 ($199.99; originally $399) or Apple iPad 4 ($219.99; originally $499) at half off or more might be right up your alley. Both are WiFi-enabled, sport a 9.7-inch Retina display screen and come with the full package of accessories, including a charger and case. The iPad 3 has 64GB of storage, while the iPad 4 holds 32GB of space, so judge your drive needs accordingly and load up.
If you’d rather go for something a little more portable, the 3rd Gen iPad Mini ($239.99; originally $399) with a 7.9-inch display is certainly more compact, but without losing any punching power. With WiFi capabilities and a 1.3GHz A7 processor, you’ll be able to stream video, browse photos and do loads of multi-tasking with no lagging and up to 10 hours of battery life. This model also has 64GB storage, more than enough room to keep all those media files and docs on this handy little helper.
But if raw power is what you’re seeking, your best bet might be the iPad Pro ($348.99; originally $599), housing a lightning quick A9X processor with 2GB of RAM to speed along as fast as your fingers can fly. With a built-in 12 MP iSight rear camera and 5 MP front-facing camera, you’ll snap stunning images with crystal clarity, which you can save in the 32GB hard drive. This deal also comes with the full accessories pack, including a charger and case.
Of course, sometimes you need more than a tablet, which is where half off on an Apple MacBook Pro ($999.97; originally $1,999) might best suit your needs. One of the world’s top laptops, the MacBook Pro with a 15.4-inch high-resolution LED-backlit Retina display is powered by a robust quad-core 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor that delivers speedy performance. With full WiFi support, a 720p FaceTime HD webcam, and a 99.5W/h Li-Poly battery for smooth operations for up to 9 hours, it’s a winner. And did we mention…it’s half off the regular price?
For those who can’t decide between the utility of a laptop and the mobility of a tablet, the Surface Book splits the difference with its detachable keyboard component. Right now, Microsoft is offering $400 off a Microsoft Surface Book 2 ($1,100.99; originally $1,499.99) or almost $1,400 off another Surface Book model ($1,109; originally $2,499.99), bringing each to virtually the same price. Again, the main key difference is the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, though each sports many of the same features, including 13.5-inch touchscreens, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and 256GB of storage space.
Of course, even in a world dominated by laptops and tablets, there’s still a home for a trusty reliable desktop computer — and they’re available at some super-low prices. With an AMD A8 7600B dual-core processor and 8GB of RAM under the hood, the HP EliteDesk ($229.99; originally $599.99) delivers fast and lag-free performance. Running on an included Windows 7 Professional OS with a 256GB hard drive, you’ll get full security features, media centricity, networking, and virtual disk support to handle all your personal and business-related tasks.
And since a computer’s utility is pretty tough to experience without a monitor, HP is also offering $10 off the price of their HP 21kd 20.7-inch LED monitor ($89.99; originally $99.99) as well. Tiltable from minus-5 to 20 degrees for more comfort during long work or gaming sessions, this monitor features anti-glare technology, a 1920×1080 resolution, and 6,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for vividly sharp images, no matter what you’re watching.
With your new hardware, you can make sure it’s safeguarded from harm with a One Power 6-outlet and 4-USB port tower surge protector ($29.99; originally $40.99). With 1,800-Joule protection and a clean power filter to absorb excess energy and remove harmful waves from electrical currents, this protector shields up to 10 devices from the effects of lightning strikes, transformer malfunctions, power outages and more.
Replictronics is a company that’s bringing the 80s roaring back, starting with the Replitronics Hotline 16000 Power Bank ($34.99; originally $39.99). Sure, it may look like a Madonna-era Walkman, but it’s actually a multi-functional, portable power bank with the ability to charge up to three devices at once via USB-3.0, USB-C, and 10W wireless charging for Qi-enabled devices. Plus — it looks like a Walkman!
If you lost hours in an arcade during the go-go 80s, you’ll appreciate the Replitronics USB Charge Machine ($49.99; originally $59.99). At just 8.5 inches high, this perfect 1/6th scale replica of an iconic arcade change machine also sports 6 USB ports capable of charging up all six of your devices at the same time.
For those times where an outlet is nowhere to be found, the RAVPower 24W 3-Port Solar Charger ($59.99; originally $89.99) has your back. Just unfold this portable solar panel, let it drink in the sun’s rays, then plug in your smartphones, tablets and other devices for premium solar charging power anywhere and anytime you need a boost.
The EVE Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver ($59.99; originally $69.99) is ideal for connecting any of your Bluetooth audio earphones or headphones to any of your non-Bluetooth enabled devices. Now, you plug in to your Nintendo Switch, Playstation, smartphones, car audio system, and all your other gadgets that aren’t Bluetooth-ready and feed audio right to your headphones for up to 8 hours of wireless play on a single charge.
When you need eyes in hard-to-reach places, the Sinji Flexible Borescope Camera for Android and iOS ($29.95; originally $38.79) is mighty handy. With a 2-meter cable, you can sneak the Sinji’s waterproof, all-seeing eye and six powerful LED lights in to investigate anything from a blocked drain to a defective machine part. With its included app, it’ll even take photos or record video footage and save it directly to your smartphone, tablet or PC.
Finally, the Pictar Video Chat Kit ($94.99; originally $129.99) gives you all the pieces to immediately improve the look of any videos you shoot. With a flexible, durable tripod to position your camera, a compact, powerful, high-quality LED light to bathe your subjects, and an attachable wide-angle smart lens to expand the range of your images, your video calls or conferences will look more like a network TV interview.
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NASA’s InSight lander touched down at Elysium Planitia on Mars in late 2018, and it has subsequently made history by taking the first seismic readings on another planet. However, the mission’s burrowing probe was stuck on the surface after the Martian soil proved less receptive than expected. NASA reports its plan of pushing the probe into the surface appears to be working — the instrument is finally below the surface. Its ability to tunnel deeper is unknown, though.
InSight is a stationary lander rather than a rover like Curiosity or Perseverance, but it doesn’t need to go anywhere to do what it went to Mars to do. NASA carefully chose the landing site at Elysium Planitia to perform this important geophysics work. The team deployed InSight’s Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument shortly after landing, allowing the spacecraft to relay data on marsquakes. SEIS just sits on the surface of Mars, so deploying it was straightforward after analyzing the area around the rover. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) was another story. This “mole” was supposed to dig 16 feet (five meters) into the planet, but it only made it a few inches down before popping back out.
The engineers who designed HP3 had to make some educated guesses about how the Martian soil would behave as it’s so unlike what we have here on Earth. NASA has speculated that the material is so fine that it continuously falls back into the hole each time the probe tries to hammer itself down deeper. After several failed remedies, NASA decided in March to just shove the probe into the surface with the lander’s robotic arm. NASA now says this seems to be working.
Over the last several weeks, the arm has slowly applied pressure to help the probe dig deeper. The operation was more delicate than you might expect. The arm had to be carefully placed for each push so it could apply pressure to the instrument without damaging the tether that connects it to the lander. Now, the HP3 has finally disappeared below the surface.
This is a big step in the right direction, but NASA still doesn’t know if the probe will be able to drag itself deeper. If the same issues persist at this depth, there’s nothing on InSight that can reach down there to help it along. Even if the mole is stuck and can’t move deeper, the team has still learned a lot about Mars that could help future instruments reach greater depths.
While scanning the skies, humanity has identified thousands of exoplanets orbiting distant stars. However, very few of them are at all similar to Earth. Now, the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen reports a newly discovered exoplanet could be a “mirror image” of our own.
We currently lack the technology to directly image exoplanets, so we can only infer their presence via two methods. Astronomers either look for small wobbles in a star’s rotation caused by the gravity of planets or drops in brightness from our perspective on Earth, which indicates a planet has transited the star. Kepler used the latter method to identify more than 2,600 exoplanets, and that number will probably continue to rise. Teams like the one from the Max Planck Institute are still combing through the luminance data gathered by Kepler to uncover new exoplanets. That’s how they found the very Earth-like candidate exoplanet KOI-456.04.
If it exists, KOI-456.04 orbits a sun-like star called Kepler-160 about 3,000 light-years away from Earth. Previous analysis of Kepler-160 revealed two large exoplanets — these gas giants are much easier to spot in the background noise, so many of the worlds we’ve discovered are very unlike Earth. One of those planets, Kepler-160c, showed small perturbations in its orbit that could indicate another planet, so the Max Planck Institute set out to find it.
Using the original Kepler data, the team developed a new physical model of stellar brightness variation. This algorithm identified a probable exoplanet much smaller than the other known planets orbiting Kepler-160. That’s KOI-456.04, which doesn’t have an official Kepler designation for now because it still needs to be verified. The team estimates an 85 percent chance that KOI-456.04 is really there.
KOI-456.04 is an important find because it and its host star mirror our solar system. Kepler-160 is a yellow dwarf star like the sun, whereas many stars hosting exoplanets are the much more common red dwarf type. At 1.9 times the size of Earth, it’s very likely that KOI-456.04 is a rocky planet like ours. It’s also in the habitable zone of its star, meaning it could have liquid water on the surface. There might even be aliens on KOI-456.04 looking back at us and wondering if intelligent life evolved on Earth. The jury’s still out on that one.