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You can’t change your PayPal.Me link, but you can turn it off — here’s how

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  • You can’t change your PayPal.Me link after it has been created. 
  • PayPal.Me is connected to your PayPal account in order to make it easier for others to send money — and you also can’t delete your unique link. 
  • You can, however, turn off your PayPal.Me link, so that no one can send you money. But if you want a new link, you’ll have to create a new PayPal account. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

If you buy or sell things online, chances are you’ve used PayPal to do so. The online payment system makes it easy to exchange funds online.

PayPal.Me aims to make that process even simpler, providing users with a customized link through which you can receive payments instantly. 

That means the sender doesn’t need to know your name, email address, or phone number — as long as they have your PayPal.Me link, they can send money your way. 

You can’t change your PayPal.Me link once it’s created 

Unfortunately, once created, PayPal.Me links cannot be changed. Given that users choose their own display name when setting up PayPal.Me, that link becomes the singular way of identifying your account — and PayPal doesn’t allow that to be altered. 

You also cannot delete PayPal.Me links, so if you no longer want to use the system, your one option is to hide the link by turning it off, meaning people won’t be able to send you money by using it. 

Here’s how to do it. 

How to turn off your PayPal.Me link

1. Log into your PayPal account by entering your email address and password.

2. In the upper right-hand corner of your home screen, click the small gear icon to go to your Account Settings page. 

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Click on the Settings icon in the upper right.
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3. Under the “Profile” header, click “Manage” beneath your PayPal.Me link URL.

4. On the “Your PayPal.Me” screen, toggle the “Turn it on or off anytime” box so that it is off, which will turn the bar gray.

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Switch the toggle off for your PayPal.Me.
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5. When asked “Are you sure?” click “Turn Off” to confirm. Your PayPal.Me link will then be turned off.

If you want to create a new PayPal.Me link, you’ll have to create a new PayPal account and then create a new PayPal.Me. 

Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech:

  • PayPal.Me is a personal link that lets anyone send money to your PayPal account — here’s how to create one

  • How to send money on PayPal using the mobile app or website

  • How to send an invoice on PayPal to remind your clients to pay you

  • ‘What is PayPal Credit?’: How to use PayPal’s line of credit to pay off online purchases over time

  • How to add money to your PayPal account, so you can transfer money or pay bills immediately

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The human species will likely destroy itself long before the sun kills everyone on Earth, a Harvard scientists says

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  • Astronomers are certain that, billions of years in the future, the sun will incinerate Earth’s oceans, effectively killing all life.
  • The best solution to that imminent demise, according to a recent Scientific American blog post by Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, is to relocate humanity to other parts of the universe.
  • Rather than just settle existing planets, Loeb suggests our species build a mobile “major upgrade to the International Space Station” capable of moving through space and seeding other worlds with our genetic material.
  • But, Loeb warns that humanity will likely bring about its own demise “as a result of self-inflicted wounds long before the sun will pose its predictable threat.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

One day, billions of years in the future, the sun will destroy our planet.

As the star runs out of hydrogen and helium atoms to burn in its core, it glows brighter and brighter. Eventually, the sun will bombard Earth with enough high-energy light to incinerate the world’s oceans, melt the polar ice caps, and strip our atmosphere of all moisture — effectively killing all life.

But don’t fret. We’ll likely all be dead by then anyway.

A BBC reporter recently asked Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb what a possible solution to humanity’s imminent demise might be.

Loeb outlined his response in a recent Scientific American blog post, where he stated how imperative it is for our species to relocate to other parts of the universe that are less close to our sun’s vacillating brightness.

The astronomer doesn’t want us to remain shackled to existing planets and moons, either — he said it’d be best if humanity could “manufacture a gigantic structure that will be able [to maneuver] the optimal orbital distance at any given time” from the sun’s deadly energy.

Once we successfully colonize both nearby and interstellar space, Loeb added, we can make genetically identical copies of ourselves and “the flora and fauna we hold dear” to seed other planets with life.

That being said, Loeb ended his blog post on a depressing note. In his opinion, humanity will wipe itself out long before the sun might.

How to ensure the (semi)-longevity of our species

Loeb, who is the chair of Harvard University’s astronomy department, wrote that humanity needs to “contemplate space travel out of the solar system.”

In order to do so, he added, we need to build “an artificial world” capable of bouncing between stars and their neighboring, potentially habitable planets. This industrial spacecraft and human habitat would “represent a very major upgrade to the International Space Station (ISS),” he said.

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An example of a fictional interstellar spaceship from the 2014 movie “Interstellar.”
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Once our means of traveling to other planets and moons in the universe is secured, humanity needs to focus on duplicating itself, and other existing species, before we all get annihilated.

“The longer-term solution to our existential threats is not to keep all of our eggs in one basket,” Loeb wrote. To him, that means making genetically identical copies of ourselves, plants, and animals, and spreading those copies to other stars.

Obviously, the astronomer pointed out, that future solution won’t do much for preserving people alive on Earth today. But to Loeb, its more important to ensure the longevity of our species as a whole rather than protecting “our own skin.”

Planning for a future that might not happen

All of his ideas aside, Loeb isn’t that sure that humanity will be around to experience its demise at the hands of a brightening, expanding sun. 

“I am inclined to believe that our civilization will disappear as a result of self-inflicted wounds long before the sun will pose its predictable threat,” he wrote. “Why do I believe that? Because the dead silence we hear so far from the numerous habitable exoplanets we’ve discovered may indicate that advanced civilizations have much shorter lives than their host stars.”

Loeb is confident that extra-terrestrial life exists, or existed, in the universe. He is in part famous for the idea that the first interstellar object to pass through our solar system — a rock named “Oumuamua” — was an advanced alien spaceship scouting Earth and nearby planets for life. That hypothesis has since been dismissed by multiple astronomers.

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An artist’s impression shows the planet K2-18b, its host star and an accompanying planet in this system. K2-18b is now the only super-Earth exoplanet known to host both water and temperatures that could support life.
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In September, scientists announced they’d detected water vapor on a potentially habitable planet for the first time. The planet, named K2-18b, is a super-Earth that orbits a star 110 light-years away.

K2-18b is the only known planet outside our solar system with water, an atmosphere, and a temperature range that could support liquid water on its surface, which makes it our best bet for finding alien life. 

But, as Loeb mentioned in his blog post, so far researchers have yet to discover anyone else out there.

One day, the Earth will die — immolated by its own sun

Loeb’s ideas offer a solution to a very real problem that will one day plague our planet and its species. His future version of the ISS could ensure that humanity would remain mobile in the face of a changing sun.

Our sun survives by burning hydrogen atoms and converting them into helium at its core. In fact, it burns through 600 million tons of hydrogen every second.

And as the sun’s core becomes saturated with this helium, it shrinks, causing nuclear fusion reactions inside it to speed up — which means that the sun spits out more energy.

For every billion years the sun spends burning hydrogen, it gets about 10% brighter. One day in the far future — about 1 billion years, according to Loeb — that brightness will become too much for Earth to handle.

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It’s gonna swallow us all.
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A 10% increase in brightness every billion years means that 3.5 billion years from today, the sun will shine almost 40% brighter, which will boil Earth’s oceans, melt its ice caps, and strip all of the moisture from its atmosphere.

“The sun’s high-energy light will bombard our atmosphere … eventually bleeding Earth dry of water,” Jillian Scudder, an astrophysicist at the University of Sussex, previously told Business Insider.

Our planet, once bursting with life, will become unbearably hot, dry, and barren — like Venus.

And if that didn’t kill us, what comes next would.

One day, about 4 billion or 5 billion years from now, the sun will burn through its last gasp of hydrogen and start burning helium instead.

“Once hydrogen has stopped burning in the core of the sun, the star has formally left the main sequence and can be considered a red giant,” Scudder said. “It will then spend about a billion years expanding.”

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An artist’s impression of a red giant.
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Its atmosphere will stretch out to Mars’ current orbit, swallowing Mercury and Venus.

Earth, Scudder said, might either escape the expanding sun’s orbit or be consumed by it. But even if our planet slips out of the sun’s reach, the intense temperatures will burn it to a sad, dead crisp.

“In either case, our planet will be pretty close to the surface of the red giant, which is not good for life,” Scudder said.


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Smart TVs are having a rotten end of the year, and it proves why you should buy a separate media streaming device on Black Friday

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  • Black Friday is bringing some pretty tasty deals for media streaming devices, which can bring new life to a smart TV that still has a good picture, but feels like it’s slowing down. 
  • Just like smartphones and computers, smart TVs eventually become obsolete because they can’t run the apps you like. 
  • That’s what’s happening to some older models of Samsung and Vizio TVs, which won’t support the Netflix app starting on December 2, 2019. 
  • Sometimes, even newer smart TVs may not support a streaming channel altogether, like Vizio’s TVs and Disney’s new Disney Plus streaming channel. 
  • These are weaknesses that can be remedied by inexpensive media streaming devices like a Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV, or an Apple TV.
  • If you already have a game console like the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you don’t need a streaming device, as those consoles support many of the popular streaming apps. 
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Smart TVs have had a no good, rotten, very bad end of the year. 

First, Samsung and Vizio announced that the Netflix app won’t work on older smart TV models because they won’t support a newer standard of digital rights management (DRM) software that Netflix is using, according to Gizmodo.

Then, Vizio TV owners discovered the hard way that Disney’s new Disney Plus streaming service doesn’t work on their TVs, and that it likely won’t work until sometime in 2020, according to a previous version of Vizio’s support page (although the company has since removed the “2020” part from the page). 

The latest on Disney Plus availability from Vizio is: “We are working closely with Disney and will announce the availability of the Disney+ app on VIZIO SmartCast TVs closer to launch. Thank you for your patience and support.”

—Ben Peterson (@BPinAZ1975) November 12, 2019

 

These two events have surfaced one key weakness in smart TVs — while the picture might still be good, the built-in computers that make these TVs “smart” will become old and outdated, just like a regular computer or smartphone.

That was never an issue on “dumb” TVs that are purely screens without built-in computers to run apps and stream content over the internet. 

To be clear, I’m not saying that smart TVs are bad. This is just becoming one more reality we have to face as tech and services evolve: Smart gadgets that run apps all inevitably become outdated. It’s a harder hit than usual with TVs because they might still display your TV shows and movies perfectly well. 

So what does this all mean? It means that you should buy a streaming device like a Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV instead of relying on your smart TV’s smarts. And with Black Friday deals — some of which are already in effect — it’s a great time to update your TV’s smarts without spending very much at all. 

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The Roku Streaming Stick is a small but powerful device.
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At the very least, you can buy a streaming device when your smart TV starts dropping support for popular apps like Netflix, or when your TV doesn’t support a new streaming app from one of the biggest entertainment media companies in the world. 

Even if your smart TV still supports all the apps you use, a good streaming stick could run faster and smoother. 

Compared to the cost of buying a new TV, streaming devices are cheap:

  • A Roku streaming stick for 1080p TVs goes for $25, and a stick that supports 4K resolution and HDR for $40. Premium and fast models cost $50 and $100.
  • Google’s Chromecasts range between $35 for 1080p resolution to $70 for the Chromecast Ultra for 4K HDR.
  • Amazon’s Fire TV devices range from the Fire TV Stick for 1080p for $35, the Fire TV Stick Plus with 4K HDR for $50, and the premium Fire TV Cube for $120.
  • Unsurprisingly, Apple’s TV HD streaming box is among the most expensive, starting at $150 for 1080p resolution, and $180 for the Apple TV 4K.

Whichever one you pick, it’s cheaper than the hundreds — or thousands — you’d spend on a new TV. 

Conversely, you don’t need a streaming media device if you already have a games console like a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. These consoles support several popular streaming apps, and they bring the power and speed to make any TV “smart.” 

Note that even streaming sticks are vulnerable to obsolescence. The Netflix app won’t work on some of the very first Roku streaming devices for the same DRM reasons as older Samsung TVs. Still, the fix for an outdated Roku stick only costs between $25 and $100. 


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‘What is my Instagram URL?’: How to find your Instagram URL using a computer or mobile device

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  • You can find your Instagram URL by opening Instagram in a web browser or by figuring it out manually.
  • Every Instagram account has a unique URL associated with it, and it contains your username. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Instagram is perhaps one of the most mobile-friendly social networking platforms. 

It was, more or less, designed for use on phones and mobile devices, evident by its mobile app’s greater capabilities and easier-to-navigate interface compared to the desktop version. 

But because Instagram is so attuned to mobile devices, it doesn’t operate like a traditional website, making it sometimes difficult to track down the URL for your Instagram account.

Fortunately, the process isn’t as difficult as you might think.

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How to find your Instagram URL on your computer

Finding your Instagram URL is quite easy if you are using a traditional web browser to view Instagram. 

1. Simply open your personal Instagram profile by clicking your username in the upper-right corner of the page.

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Click your username in the right corner.
Isabella Paoletto/Business Insider

2. At the top of the page, in your browser’s address bar, is your profile URL. Hold down “command” + “C” on your Mac or “Ctrl” + “C” on your PC keyboard to copy it to your computer. Hold down “command” + “V” on your Mac or “Ctrl” + “V” on your PC keyboard to paste it somewhere.

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When you are viewing your Instagram profile using a computer, your URL will appear in the internet browser’s address bar.
Isabella Paoletto/Business Insider

How to find your Instagram URL on your mobile device

If you aren’t able to open Instagram on a web browser and can only access it via the app, you can still find your URL by piecing it together manually.

1. Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android and login if you need to. 

2. Open your profile by tapping your photo in the lower-right corner of the bottom menu bar. 

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You can access a user’s Instagram profile by tapping on their Instagram username, which appears on all of their posts.
Isabella Paoletto/Business Insider

3. Once you’ve opened your profile, take note of your Instagram username located at the top of the page. 

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Every Instagram user has a unique username.
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4. Your Instagram URL is made up of two components: Instagram’s website address and your Instagram username, separated by slashes. For example, my Instagram’s username is @chrissysface, so the URL https://www.instagram.com/chrissysface/ would link to my profile.

It really is that simple. But do note that some Instagram accounts are private and may not be visible even if you have their URL. Deactivated Instagram accounts are also not visible.

Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech:

  • How to get verified on Instagram, if your account meets these 4 standards for verification

  • How to save your Instagram stories in 3 different ways

  • How to save Instagram videos to your iPhone or Android phone

  • How to turn on Dark Mode on your Mac, to reduce eye strain and give your computer a sleek new look

  • How to block websites on a Mac computer using Parental Controls in your Safari browser


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How to adjust the ringer volume on your iPhone in 2 ways

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  • You can adjust the ringer volume on an iPhone in the Settings app, or through the Volume buttons on the side of your device. 
  • Apple changed the ringer volume controls with iOS 11 and later, so if you want to use the volume buttons on the side of the phone for ringer volume, you’ll first need to turn on this function in Settings.
  • If you enable the volume buttons, they will control ringer volume — except when you are listening to media, in which case they become media volume controls.    
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

No one wants to miss a call because the ringer was too quiet or set on mute. 

Starting in iOS 11, though, Apple changed the way you control the ringer volume, and if you didn’t notice, it’s easy to get frustrated with an inability to control the ringer. 

Specifically, the volume buttons on the side of your iPhone only change the volume of media (like music and video) by default, not the volume of the ringer and alerts. 

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How to adjust the ringer volume on an iPhone in Settings

By default, you’ll need to use Settings to adjust the ringer volume.

1. Start the Settings app. 

2. Tap “Sounds & Haptics.”

3. In the Ringer and Alerts section, drag the slider to the desired volume level.

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Control the ringer volume from the Settings app.
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How to adjust the ringer volume on your iPhone with the Volume buttons

If you want to use the Volume buttons on the side of the phone for the ringer volume, you’ll need to turn this feature on in Settings. 

1. Start the Settings app. 

2. Tap “Sounds & Haptics.”

3. In the Ringer and Alerts section, turn on “Change with Buttons” by swiping the button to the right.

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You can use the volume buttons to control the ringer by enabling this feature in Settings.
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If you enable this feature, remember that the Volume buttons now perform two functions, depending upon when you use them:

  • When you are not listening to media (like music or video), the volume buttons only control ringer and alerts — to change the volume for media, you need to pull down the Control Center (swipe down from the top right of the screen) and use the volume slider there. 
  • When you are listening to music or video, the volume buttons will only control the media volume.

 

Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech:

  • ‘Why won’t my iPhone ring?’: 7 ways to fix an iPhone when its sound isn’t working properly

  • How to make custom ringtones for your iPhone

  • How to mute the sound on your iPhone by turning on silent mode and lowering the volume

  • How to turn off vibration on your iPhone in 3 steps, or choose when you want your iPhone to vibrate

  • How to change notification sounds for the built-in apps on your iPhone, or enable notification sounds for third-party apps


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How to search for a specific word or phrase in a PDF on your Mac using the Preview app

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  • To search a PDF on your Mac for a specific word or phrase, you just need to activate the search function. This only takes a single click or keyboard command.
  • You can search a PDF using Adobe Reader or Preview, but Preview is built into Mac computers, and it’s easy to use for this purpose.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The PDF is one of the most universal formats for documents and images, on both Mac and PC. 

You can convert pictures and documents to PDFs so that they can be shared and opened looking exactly the same on any device or computer. 

Luckily, most tools also give you the ability to search a PDF for a word or phrase. This is especially helpful if the PDF you’re looking at is especially wordy.

On a Mac, you can open a PDF in Preview, giving you a quick and easy default program for viewing — and searching — the PDF.

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How to search a PDF on Mac

1. Find the PDF you want to search and open it.

  • If you don’t have Adobe Reader on your Mac, it will likely open by default with Preview. If you do have Adobe Reader, however, Preview can still be an easier program to use to search the document.
  • If you have Adobe Reader and want to use Preview, right-click on the PDF. Scroll down to “Open With,” and select Preview in the menu that opens.
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Choose Preview from the list of compatible applications.
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2. Once it’s open in Preview, you can search easily in the search bar at the top. You can get to the search bar by clicking it, or by pressing Command + F on your keyboard.

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The search bar is small, but always present at the top of the Preview window.
Ryan Ariano/Business Insider

3. Type the word or phrase you want to search into the search box.

4. Once typed in, all the instances of the word will show up in the sidebar.

5. Click on the entry in the left sidebar for a particular appearance of a word, and you’ll be taken to it in the document, or toggle through appearances of the word using the arrows next to “Found on [x] pages,” which is located below the search bar.  

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Each page will be listed as a separate entry.
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  • How to password protect a PDF on a Mac computer to secure sensitive files

  • How to reduce the file size of a PDF document on a Mac computer in 4 simple steps

  • How to convert a JPG image to a PDF document on your Mac computer using the Preview app

  • How to sign, annotate, and edit a PDF on a Mac computer using Preview

  • How to convert PDFs into Word files and edit them on a Mac computer


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Google device deals for Black Friday include discounts on the Pixel phones, Nest smart home devices, and more — here are the best deals

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Google Pixel 4

The Google Pixel 4 is $200 off for Black Friday when you buy the unlocked version.
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  • Whether you’re looking for deals on Google’s best smartphones or its excellent smart home devices, you’ll be in luck this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • A number of retailers have announced impressive discounts on Google devices — including the Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, and Nest smart speakers — for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019.
  • Most of the deals haven’t started yet, but a few are available now.
  • You can save $200 on an unlocked Pixel 4 at Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo right now or pick up a Google Home Max at Bed Bath & Beyond for $250 (a savings of $50).
  • For deals that aren’t live yet, keep an eye on this page so you can click “Add to cart” on November 28.
  • You can check out the rest of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage on Insider Picks.

Google makes some of the best smartphones and smart home devices, and luckily, many of them are going on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019.

You can save on Google’s latest Pixel 4 and Pixel 3a smartphones as well as the company’s Nest smart speakers, smart thermostats, and security cameras at the Google Store, Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and B&H Photo.

Most of the deals are not live yet, so we recommend you bookmark this page and check back on Black Friday when they go live.

We have also included a few early deals, but you may get better prices if you wait until Black Friday. We’ll keep updating this page as deals are announced.

10 best Google device deals for Black Friday 2019:

  1. Save $50 on the Google Home Max at Bed Bath & Beyond (available now)
  2. Save $200 to $250 on the unlocked Pixel 4 or 4 XL at Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo(available now)
  3. Save $400 on the Pixel 4 or 4 XL at Best Buy when you activate with a carrier (deal runs 11/28 to 12/2)
  4. Save $100 on the Pixel 3a or 3a XL at Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo(deal runs 11/28 to 12/2)
  5. Save $29 on the Google Home Mini at Best Buy and Walmart — get it for $19.99 (deal starts 11/28)
  6. Save $50 on the Nest Hub smart display at Target and Best Buy(deal starts 11/28)
  7. Save $80 on the Nest Hello smart doorbell at Best Buy(deal starts 11/28)
  8. Save $70 on Nest Learning Thermostats at Best Buy(deal starts 11/28)
  9. Save on Nest smart home products at Best Buy(deal starts 11/28)
  10. Save on Google Nest Smart Speakers at Best Buy(deal starts 11/28)

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If you have a Google Pixel 2 or older, it’s officially time to upgrade to the new Pixel 4 — which is on sale for Black Friday (GOOG)

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  • Google’s new Pixel 4 comes with an upgraded camera with two lenses, new motion sensing technology, and a smoother screen.
  • But the upgrade is probably only worth it if you’re upgrading from a Pixel 2 or older.
  • The new features and specs in the Pixel 4 will be much more noticeable if you’re upgrading from an older phone like the Pixel 2, and the Pixel 3 and 3a phones are still just fine, even by comparison. 
  • But Pixel 2 lacks many of the modern camera features found on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After a deluge of leaks, Google finally took the wraps off its new Pixel 4 smartphone in October, which starts at $800 and began shipping on October 24.

During the Pixel 4’s unveil, Google brought out famous portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz to discuss what it was like to use the new device’s camera, hoping to prove that the camera system on its new device is more than capable of handling professional-grade work. It also flaunted the Pixel 4’s new radar-powered motion sensing technology, which can detect your presence and recognize your gestures.

But despite these advancements, you should probably only splurge on the Pixel 4 if you’re upgrading from a Pixel 2 or older. And if you are looking to replace your now 2-year-old Pixel 2, Black Friday may be the right time to do so. Best Buy will be offering a discount of $400 on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL with a qualified activation, as well as $200 off an unlocked Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL.  

But if you have a Pixel 3, you may want to hold off on upgrading. Unless the Pixel 4’s gesture recognition is a must have for you — which allows you to perform tasks like skipping to the next track on your music playlist with just a wave — the differences between the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 likely don’t warrant an upgrade.

That’s because there are a lot of similarities between the Pixel 3 and 4: both phones have a large, vibrant OLED display that squeeze about the same number of pixels per inch on screen and support HDR. Both have high quality cameras loaded with features powered by the software and hardware, and both include Google’s Titan M security chip, which is said to offer enterprise-grade protection — a feature that the Pixel 2 lacks. 

The biggest difference between the Pixel 3 and 4, other than Motion Sense, is its camera. The Pixel 4 now has two cameras instead of one — the 12.2-megapixel wide-angle lens that Pixel 3 owners should be familiar with and a new 16-megapixel telephoto lens for better zooming.

The Pixel 4 also comes with a few new photography features, such as the ability to capture photos of a starry night sky, manually adjust the exposure and shadows when framing shots, and see what photos will look like in HDR Plus mode before pressing the shutter button. The Pixel 4 also features Google’s well-regarded Night Sight, which the company launched on the Pixel 3 in 2018. During my testing, the Pixel 4 outperformed the iPhone 11 Pro’s night mode in most situations when snapping photos in dark environments. 

Other changes coming with the Pixel 4 are designed to make your phone feel a bit faster and more efficient. The new screen now has a 90Hz refresh rate, which should make navigating the device’s user interface and scrolling feel smoother and snappier. The Pixel 4’s face unlock feature works faster than the facial recognition on many other phones I’ve used in the past, since the phone’s radar sensors can detect when you’re nearby. The Pixel 4 also has 2 GB of additional RAM then the Pixel 3 (6 GB vs. 4 GB), and runs on a slightly newer processor compared to the Pixel 3.

Taken together, all of these features will probably make Google’s latest phone feel faster.

But the changes will seem much more meaningful if you’re upgrading from an older device like the Pixel 2, which runs on a Qualcomm processor that’s now two generations old and lacks many of Google’s modern camera features.

The Pixel 2 doesn’t support Top Shot, for example, which saves frames before and after the shutter button is pressed and chooses the best one. It doesn’t have Super Res Zoom either, which as its name implies preserves more detail when you pinch-to-zoom in digitally. The Pixel 3, however, has nearly all of the same camera features as the Pixel 4.

Plus, the Pixel 2’s screen is also noticeably smaller than that of the Pixel 4. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch display, while the 4 has a much roomier 5.7-inch screen. The difference between the Pixel 3’s screen and the Pixel 4’s is much less noticeable — the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch screen, only 0.2 inches smaller. The screen on Google’s aging Pixel 2 also doesn’t support HDR, unlike the Pixel 3 and 4.

All told, if you’re investing around $800 in a smartphone, it’s worth holding on to it for at least two years. But if you purchased the Pixel 2 at launch, you’re probably due for an upgrade and will find the Pixel 4 to be far superior. 


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The CEO of VMware says that Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI cloud win is ‘just a piece’ of the opportunities that the company has in working with the government (VMW)

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  • VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said he’s monitoring the legal appeals related to the Pentagon’s JEDI deal. But he said the $10 billion cloud project is just one of many government opportunities for the tech giant.
  • Microsoft won the Defense Department contract but rival Amazon has mounted a legal challenge. Other tech companies are expected to play a role in the major public cloud project.
  • VMware is a key partner of the three major cloud giants, Microsoft, Amazon and Google, and is expected to also play some role in the completion of the JEDI contract.
  • “Given our very high market share in the government, our hybrid cloud is uniquely valuable to government customers,” Gelsinger added. “We’ve seen extremely high interest from CIOs and the government, as they see huge value for this ability to migrate to the cloud.”
  • VMware shares were up fractionally after the company posted better-than-expected quarterly results.
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said he’s following the appeals process related to the Pentagon’s JEDI deal, but stressed that the $10 billion cloud project is just one of many government opportunities for the tech giant.

The Defense Department awarded the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project to Microsoft last month, but rival Amazon, which had been considered the favorite to win the deal, has filed a legal challenge to the decision.

Gelsinger was asked about his thoughts on the JEDI project Tuesday after VMware reported quarterly results. While the deal only names one cloud computing platform as the winner — Microsoft, as it turned out — the Pentagon is expected to use tech from other vendors, including VMware, to help operate its cloud infrastructure.

“Are you optimistic that VMware could play a role in that contract or in other government projects, since you’re the critical hybrid partner for all three of the major public cloud platforms?” an analyst asked. VMware holds the rare position of having notable cloud partnerships with Microsoft, Amazon, and Google.

“We’ll just say overall we’re following the JEDI event closely,” Gelsinger said. “We’re looking forward to getting to the eventual outcome of the appeals process, but also point out that the JEDI contract itself is one of many, and this represents just a piece of a much, much broader set of cloud opportunities in the government.”

VMware offers virtualization software which lets businesses tap disparate computer systems in private data centers or in the cloud as one network leading to lower IT costs. It has become a critical player in the cloud, which lets businesses set up their networks on web-based platforms, allowing them to scale down or abandon private data centers.

Gelsinger said VMware is “well-positioned” with its partnerships with the major cloud providers. “And we do expect that through those partnerships that we will have a thriving government business,” he said.

VMware is also seen benefiting from two newer trends. One is the hybrid cloud in which businesses set up networks in the cloud while keeping huge chunks of their data and applications in private data centers. The other is the multi-cloud in which businesses set up networks on different cloud platforms and private centers.

“Given our very high market share in the government, our hybrid cloud is uniquely valuable to government customers,” Gelsinger added. “We’ve seen extremely high interest from CIOs and the government, as they see huge value for this ability to migrate to the cloud. We really see that we have great opportunity from the government and with our hybrid cloud offerings in the government space in the future.”

VMware shares were up fractionally in late trades after the company reported better-than-expected results.

VMWare reported a fiscal third-quarter profit of $621 million, or $1.50 a share, compared with a profit of $334 million, or 81 cents a share, for the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 12% to $2.46 billion. Adjusted income was $1.49 a share.

Analysts were expecting a profit of $1.43 a share on revenue of $2.41 billion.

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WeWork offered about 1,000 people a surprisingly good deal to move to a contractor then sent some of them a letter with another deal

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  • In addition to cutting 2,400 jobs last week, WeWork is also moving roughly 1,000 people on its janitorial and facilities staff off its payrolls by sending them to contract companies.
  • Business Insider has learned the details of the job offers that cleaning staff received.
  • The offer retains their current salary, seniority, includes benefits. But workers are still concerned about job security.
  • Then, on Friday, WeWork sent a letter to some of these employees that work at select buildings and offered them a different deal: stay on the payroll until the end of February without coming into work.
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In addition to cutting 2,400 jobs last week, WeWork is also moving roughly 1,000 people on its janitorial and facilities staff off its payrolls by sending them to contract companies like JLL, Unity, and ABM, sources tell Business Insider.

Business Insider has learned more details about this offer, including who got it, who didn’t, and the reasonably good terms these contractor companies offered WeWork employees.

We’ve also learned about a last minute letter WeWork sent to some of these employees telling them they could skip the new job offer and instead take a layoff package that would keep them on the payroll, without coming into work, until late February.

Not a perfect deal — but offer letters matched salaries and seniority

Multiple sources said that the new offer letters matched employees’ WeWork salaries and kept their seniority intact. After questions from CNN about how WeWork would treat its year-end 401K match — it required employment at year’s end — the company also committed to issue a lump sum equivalent to the 401K match. It did not give that same offer to the 2,400 people it laid off in November, sources say.

The contract worker deal wasn’t perfect. They were not guaranteed that they would be working at the same building locations or shifts, or informed if they would be moved to supporting companies other than WeWork, sources said.

Workers are also worried about job security, people familiar with the deal said. Once they transferred, workers worried that their new company could lay them off and replace them with lower-wage workers.

Even so, this was a better deal than other employees in similar situations had faced. Back in 2015, when Hewlett Packard was in the process of massive, multi-year layoffs, it shifted some employees to a contract company and employees were offered less money, fewer benefits and lost their seniority, employees told us at the time, and, like the WeWork offer, employees were told if they turned down the new job, they wouldn’t qualify for severance.

WeWork employees who took the new job will begin December 9. 

Some workers in New York also got an Option B

Then, on Friday at about 6 p.m., after work hours, some employees who worked at 16 of WeWork’s 65 buildings in New York got another letter.

The letter was posted by employee activist group WeWorkers Coalition, a group of about 200 WeWork employees  representing employees’ interests. 

The letter told people who work at these buildings that they could refuse the new job offer and instead take a similar deal to what laid-off employees were getting.

Under the New York WARN act, that covers how companies can conduct large-scale layoffs, employees must be given 90-days notice. So employees who refused the new job offer would stay on payroll through February, 20, 2020, but “shall not report to work” for 90 days the letter said, unless their manager specifically asked them to.

Like other laid off employees, who would also remain on the payroll for 90 days, should these workers find a new job in that time, then they would stop being paid by WeWork.

Employees had until November 25, Monday, to take this other deal, the letter implied, so essentially, one business day.

But the letter did not give them instructions as to how take the layoff offer, and it only went to people who worked in select buildings, sources confirmed.  One person said that this was tied to the WARN act, which only applies to workers in locations with more than 50 employees.

So workers at buildings with fewer employees did not get the letter.

Likewise, not every janitorial and facilities employee got a contract job offer at all. Multiple sources tell us that the contract offer was primarily directed at workers while managers were laid off, including long-term employees. Business Insider confirmed that at least one manager who had worked at the company for over seven years was let go.

As odd as this, last-minute, late-night offer was, overall the sources we talked said that the janitorial staff ” are getting a fair shake” and many “are happy they still have a job.”

It was, however, a reversal of a 2015 decision by then COO and current co-CEO Artie Minson to bring cleaning staff in-house, after staff protested low pay and benefits and started talking with a union.

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