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6 Kids School Supplies for Online Distance Learning

Every school has its own tech requirements, which makes it difficult to make specific PC recommendations. Be sure to check with your district to see what they recommend if they don’t already provide your child a device. We suggest buying a laptop with at least an 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage (preferably a solid-state drive, also called SSD), and at least a 13-inch display that’s close to HD. The Acer linked here fits the bill without breaking the bank, though you can save some money by opting for a Chromebook like the Lenovo Duet ($300). The downside is that not all schools recommend Chromebooks, and there are fewer parental controls than you’ll find in Windows PCs. Another way to save some money (and keep some electronics out of the landfill) is buying used. Our guide to buying on eBay will get you started, just remember to keep in mind the minimum specs above. Read more: The Best Cheap Laptops and the Best Chromebooks we’ve tested Source linkContinue reading6 Kids School Supplies for Online Distance Learning

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Mashable

Save on school supplies with 50% off refurbished tech on eBay

TL;DR: Refurbished technology is on sale on eBay until Sept. 22, saving you up to 50% on list price. We understand how some people struggle with the idea of refurbished products, but there really isn’t anything to fear. Sites like eBay are offering absolutely loads of refurbished gaming equipment, audio systems, laptops, desktops, and tablets with a one-year warranty. So you’ve got nothing to worry about. SEE ALSO: 6 of the best laptops for students of all ages Refurbished items are a great way to get the kit and equipment you want for a fraction of the cost of a new product. All the refurbished items on eBay are thoroughly checked and tested to make sure they are in full working order. Some products even come with a new case or battery. Read more… More about Ebay, Refurbished, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals Source linkContinue readingSave on school supplies with 50% off refurbished tech on eBay

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Tech Radar

Best PSU: top PC power supplies for gaming and more

Dedicate a bit of effort finding the best PC power supply for that computer or gaming PC you’re building. While they may not be as sexy as the best graphics cards or the best processors, PSUs, like motherboards, are even more vital to your setup. That’s because, without the right amount of power they provide, those sexier components won’t function properly.  In fact, if you have the wrong or an unreliable PSU, your computer might lose power efficiency – or worse, turn into a flaming inferno. Having one of the best pc power supply will save you from having to replace your internal components because they finally got fried from intermittent crashes or even the PSU itself after it started emitting smoke. And, if you’re fond of RGB lighting, you’ll need one with enough juice for the whole neighborhood. Luckily, you don’t have to shell out a bit of money to get the best PSU. There are quite a few options on hand for the budget-minded. Take a look list of the best PC power supply, complete with our price comparison tool so you can get the best price available. Best PSU at a glance: Corsair RM750x EVGA 500 B1 be quiet! Straight Power 10 Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 1050W Platinum Silverstone SFX Series SST-SX550 Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 1200W XPG Core Reactor 750W Thermaltake Smart RGB 700W Corsair AX1500i NZXT E650 Corsair RM750x is the most well-rounded power supply you can buy today. (Image Credit: Corsair) 1. Corsair RM750x…Continue readingBest PSU: top PC power supplies for gaming and more

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The Next Web

Honda to buy a tiny stake in EV battery company that also supplies Tesla

Japanese auto marque Honda is reportedly buying a stake in a Chinese battery maker that’s a big supplier to the electric vehicle market. Reuters reports that Honda will purchase a 1% stake in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology, better known as CATL. The two are reported to be working together to develop EV batteries. [Read: How you can watch BMW unveil its hotly anticipated iX3 EV next week] You might not know the CATL name, but you’ll probably know many of the companies that they supply — Tesla being one of the most well-known. CATL also supplies Chinese upstart EV maker Xpeng, and other mainstay motor companies like Toyota, Volkswagen, and Daimler. It’ll be a while before we see any Hondas with CATL batteries, though. The company says it will release its first CATL equipped EV in China in the next couple of years with a global expansion to follow. The two companies are also reportedly working on a battery recycling business together. Earlier this year, CATL announced that it was ready to start making “million mile” batteries — packs of cells that would be able to withstand more than one million miles worth of use. As one of Tesla’s suppliers, many were expecting Musk to make a similar statement and schedule the company’s shareholder insights day, AKA “Battery Day,” soon after. At the moment it looks like Tesla’s “Battery Day” will be in September. It’s unlikely that Honda’s investment will give it any significant sway…Continue readingHonda to buy a tiny stake in EV battery company that also supplies Tesla

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Wired

Coronavirus Tips and Supplies Guide: What to Buy (and Avoid) for Home

Parts of the country are opening up, but there are still shortages of all sorts of odds and ends, and knowing what you actually need to get you through the novel coronavirus pandemic can feel super stressful. There’s no guarantee that states won’t have to re-tighten their lockdowns as new Covid-19 cases are again on the rise, and CDC director Robert Redfield says we may see a second wave of infections later this year. If we are in a reprieve, take the opportunity to prepare yourself ahead of schedule this time. The WIRED Gear team has talked to experts (and among ourselves) to come up with this master guide to everything you might need right now—and a few things you should avoid buying for the sake of the greater good. Need more information? Be sure to check out our full coverage of all things Covid-19, and to pay attention to any new information coming from the Centers for Disease Control and other reliable sources. Updated June 2020: We updated the story with current news on the coronavirus’ spread, switched some product recommendations, and replaced links for items that are out of stock. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Learn more. Please also consider subscribing to WIRED. General Guidelines First thing’s first: Know when you might be sick. And that’s not always easy (or possible). Some people do not show any symptoms. Read our guide to Covid-19’s typical…Continue readingCoronavirus Tips and Supplies Guide: What to Buy (and Avoid) for Home