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Media captionA large group of masked men in white T-shirts stormed Yuen Long station
On Sunday, dozens of masked men stormed a train station in Hong Kong – assaulting people returning home after a pro-democracy protest, as well as passers-by, with wooden sticks and metal rods.The violence left 45 people injured. It shocked the territory, as footage of the brutal attack quickly circulated online.There has been widespread speculation that the attackers belonged to triads – the name given to organised criminal networks that operate in Hong Kong, and are also known as the Chinese mafia. But what exactly are triads – and could they have been involved? What are triads?Hong Kong’s triads are “very localised” mafia groups with their own established rules and rituals, says Federico Varese, a professor of criminology and expert on organised crime at the University of Oxford.”They usually run protection rackets, prostitution and petty drug dealings – they are not international organisations but are very much present in some local neighbourhoods,” he says. There are several triads in Hong Kong, but particularly notorious groups include the 14K, Sun Yee On and Wo Shing Wo triads. Triads are hierarchical organisations, with strict codes of conduct and blood brother-like pacts. While they are mostly active in certain districts in Hong Kong, the phenomenon is well known to locals, and triad activities are often fictionalised – or critics say unfairly glamorised – in local films.For example Martin Scorcese’s film The Departed was a remake of Infernal Affairs, a Hong Kong film about triads.

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A victim of Sunday’s attacks shows his wounds in hospital

What are triad members like? Most triad members are working class and have not received higher education, says Prof Varese. They can be any age – triads not youth gangs – although most members tend to join from a young age, he says. Young triad members tend to be “recruited from the neighbourhood – you would have people in the local gang keeping an eye on ‘promising’ youth”. Members undergo a ritual when they are recruited. It traditionally involves chopping the head off a chicken and dripping the blood into a cup which is passed around. The recruits also have the rules of the triad read out to them.They tend to be naked or half-naked when this happens, because “the idea is you have to forget your previous identity, to join a fictitious family where you are all brothers”, says Prof Varese. “Once you’re in, you could be there for all your life,” he adds, although some members do move on to run their own businesses, and become “dormant” members. A South China Morning Post article from 2017 estimated that there could be as many as 100,000 triad members operating in the city, out of a population of 7.3 million. In 2018, there were 1,715 triad-related crimes recorded, according to the Hong Kong Police Force. The majority of cases related to wounding and serious assault, but there were also outbreaks of conflict between rival groups. Are they thugs-for-hire? There have been widespread accusations that the groups who attacked protesters on Sunday are paid-for thugs.It is not the first time such accusations have surfaced. In 2014, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupied the streets, in what became known as the Umbrella protests. A few days into the protest, violence erupted at one of the protest sites in Mong Kok, a working-class district, after attackers punched, kicked and assaulted pro-democracy protesters, while removing tents and barriers they had set up. Police said 19 of the people arrested had triad backgrounds.

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Media captionProtesters “feel they are under attack from thuggish elements, potentially triads”, reports Carrie Gracie
Prof Varese and Dr Rebecca Wong from City University of Hong Kong studied the 2014 attacks, interviewing eyewitnesses and two people with triad links – including a senior triad member. They concluded that the attackers were affiliated with triads outside of Mong Kok, and had been paid to attack the protesters – although some local triads “opposed the attack as they perceived it as an encroachment of their territory”.Informants interviewed by Prof Varesee and Dr Wong suggested that the triads had been paid by “business interests” that may have wanted to impress the Chinese government.Triads “might have found a new role as enforcer of unpopular policies and repression of democratic protests in the context of a drift towards authoritarianism in Hong Kong”, the report concludes. Could triads have been involved in Sunday’s attacks?

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Sundays attackers were mostly dressed in white – and targeted people wearing black, a colour associated with the protesters

There’s widespread suspicion that this was the case – and police sources have told the South China Morning Post that they believe the attackers included triad members from 14K and Wo Shing Wo. Prof Varese said Sunday’s attack appeared to be a “carbon copy of what happened in 2014”, although the attacks appeared to be “more serious” this time since passersby were also attacked.The objective appeared to be “not to kill but to scare people away” and intimidate protesters, he adds.”I think it’s a deliberate tactic because if they wanted to kill they would kill, although triads are not known to use lethal violence.” It’s also notable that in both cases, the attacks took place in working-class neighbourhoods, rather than the central business areas where the protests were focused.”Triads do not work everywhere. Possibly it is logistically harder to attack areas that are more international, downtown, and diverse.”

Are there any connections between triads and the authorities? Protesters and activists have made such claims before – but the accusations have always been strongly denied by the authorities.After the 2014 attackers, a top opposition legislator, James To, accused the government of using “organised, orchestrated forces and even triad gangs in [an] attempt to disperse citizens” involved in the pro-democracy protests. The government and police denied colluding with triads, with one police commander calling the claims “ridiculous”. During Sunday’s attack, many protesters and pro-democracy legislators accused the police of being slow to act – saying they only arrived at the scene after the attackers had left – and long after the first 999 calls were made.The police chief has called the suggestions a “smear”, saying that the force is stretched from responding to violent anti-government protests elsewhere. Researchers say thugs-for-hire have been a particularly significant phenomenon in mainland China, where local governments rely on criminals “to expedite their projects and extract formal consent from communities”.However, Hong Kong has a separate judicial and legal system from mainland China, and its own local government – and thugs-for-hire are not a common phenomenon there. Reporting by BBC’s Helier Cheung and BBC Reality Check’s Christopher Giles.

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(CNN) —   Although this holiday season is going to be radically different from any other, here’s hoping that our American neighbours still enjoyed their Thanksgiving celebrations yesterday. Along with turkey and pumpkin pie, there’s another tradition that accompanies this holiday that we Canadians just love to share: Black Friday sales! There are some amazing…

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Although this holiday season is going to be radically different from any other, here’s hoping that our American neighbours still enjoyed their Thanksgiving celebrations yesterday. Along with turkey and pumpkin pie, there’s another tradition that accompanies this holiday that we Canadians just love to share: Black Friday sales!

There are some amazing deals to be found this year to lift your spirits and ensure you are stocked up and ready for gift giving. From the top toys every kid craves, to electronics, fashions and homeware, here are the best Black Friday deals available in Canada.

Electronics

Echo Dot (4th gen.), Charcoal with Amazon Smart Plug ($49.99, originally $104.98; amazon.ca)

Start building your connected home with this half-price bundle on a smart plug and 4th generation Echo Dot smart speaker. The plug turns any outlet into a voice-activated control to control and schedule fans, lights and appliances. Ask Alexa for a weather update, driving directions, your favorite song, or even to turn on the lights.

Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote Lite ($29.99, originally $49.99; amazon.ca)

You’ll be able to use Alexa voice controls to access thousands of premium TV channels including Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, and CTV as well as streaming free from YouTube and CBC Gem.

Tile Mate (2020) 1-pack – Bluetooth Tracker, Keys Finder and Item Locator ($21.99, originally $29.99; amazon.ca)

The perfect gift for the person who is always losing their keys. Simply attach the tile mate to your bag or keys and then use the app to make the device emit a ringing tone so you can locate your missing item. The app also features an option to track the most recent location, in case you are far from your belongings.

Samsung LS24T350FHNXZA 24-inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor ($138, originally $189.99; amazon.ca)

Working from home? This monitor can upgrade your home office experience. The 3-sided borderless display takes up less space on your station and works well for multiple-monitor desk arrangements.

LG NanoCell 75” 4K UHD HDR LCD webOS Smart TV ($1,499.99, originally $2,499.99; bestbuy.ca)

$1,000 in savings are on offer if you purchase this Smart TV from LG. Featuring a large 75” screen and crisp 4K resolution, it’s perfect for movie nights.

Kindle Paperwhite ($109.99, originally $139.99; amazon.ca)

This super thin and lightweight e-reader features a 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper. Read anywhere, even at the beach or in the bath, thanks to the new waterproof design with a battery that lasts for weeks.

Echo Auto- Hands-free Alexa in your car with your phone ($24.99, originally $69.99; amazon.ca)

Drive with Alexa at your side with the Echo Auto. Voice commands allow you to check driving conditions, directions, weather and more. You can also use the app to stream music and podcasts from Audible, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, Deezer or TuneIn.

All-new Fire HD 8 tablet ($109.99, originally $139.99; amazon.ca)

Available in Twilight Blue or Black, the 8-inch HD display can be enjoyed for up to 12 hours whether you are reading, watching videos, listening to music or browsing the internet. You’ll also enjoy super quick speeds on this tablet with the 2.0 GHz quad-core processor.

Homewares

Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum ($399.99, originally $599.99; bestbuy.ca)

Dyson vacuum cleaners are known as some of the best on the market with their unique bagless design and impressive cyclone technology. Get your hands on your own for $200 off the recommended retail price this Black Friday.

Napoleon Rogue 425 BBQ Grill ($838, originally $899; amazon.ca)

Snap up this BBQ from Weber and use the side burner for sauces and sides while the grill is busy perfecting your steak. Stainless steel grids are easy to keep clean and look great.

Bissell 2085C Powerclean Turbobrush Compact Carpet Pet Deep Cleaner ($99.99, originally $159.98; amazon.ca)

This lightweight carpet cleaning machine will leave your fabric floors spotless. The Bissell solution easily breaks down common stains from pets, wine spills and more. You’ll find it easy to store, too, with its collapsible handle.

Toys

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet ($89.99, originally $129.99; amazon.ca)

Treat kids to their very own tablet preloaded with thousands of apps, games and e-books through Amazon Kids+ that allows parents to monitor and approve all content. The tablet comes in a tough case that protects from knocks and drops. You’ll also have the peace of mind of a worry-free 2-year guarantee against damage.

Play-Doh Fun Factory Set ($11.03, originally $12.98; amazon.ca)

This classic toy never seems to fall out of popularity with children. Add some Play-Doh in your favourite colour and then squeeze it through by pushing the lever down to create fun shapes.

Ride On Car for Kids, Lamborghini Aventador ($399.99, originally $499.99; bestbuy.ca)

Become the new favourite adult when you give this kid-sized Lamborghini to your little racer. Now at $100 off the original price, it features two speeds up to 2-5 km/h and supports a driver of up to 66 pounds (sorry parents, that means you can’t have a go!).

Mega Construx Pokemon Trainer Team Challenge Construction Set ($36.97, originally $49.99; amazon.ca)

This set from the popular series allows kids to build and play with six different characters. It also comes with a stadium backdrop all ready for the big tournament.

Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Families ($33.99, originally $39.99; amazon.ca)

For the perfect activity after dinner and alternative to tech entertainment, try this kids’ version of the famous adult game. Suitable for the whole family, players take turns giving funny answers to questions on the cards, and whoever had the most winning responses is declared the winner.

Beauty

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head, Black ($49.99, originally $64.08; amazon.ca)

Take your oral hygiene routine up a notch with this pro series electric toothbrush from Oral-B, which claims to remove 30% more plaque along the gumline than a manual brush. A clever pressure sensor will alert you if you brush too hard, and a 30-second pulse in the handle will let you know when it’s time to move on to the next section of your mouth.

KIPOZI Flat Iron 1 Inch Titanium Hair Straightener ($34.39, originally $42.99; amazon.ca)

Forget about frizz and flyaways with this Nano Titanium hair straightener which even has a button for fragile or damaged hair. The ceramic plates help to release negative ions making hair smooth and sleek.

Magnetic Eyelashes Kit Magnetic Eyeliner With Magnetic Eyelashes Magnetic Lashliner ($25.47, originally $29.97; amazon.ca)

Christmas and New Year’s Eve might be a bit of a quieter affair this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still glam it up and go for a dramatic look. Simply apply the magnetic eyeliner and then the falsies will be irresistibly drawn towards them for a snug fit all night.

Fashion

Amazon Essentials Womens Short-Sleeve Scoopneck Swing Dress Casual Dress (From $19.54; amazon.ca)

Stock up for summer with these cute and affordable scoop neck dresses in a soft and comfortable cotton. Available in sizes X Small to XX-Large, the design comes in 13 different patterns and colours, so you’ll be sure to find a new favourite.

Champion Mens Authentic Originals Sueded Fleece Jogger Sweatpant Pants (From $25.60; amazon.ca)

Take your cozy comfort wear up a notch with these fleecy joggers that thanks to their tapered leg still manage to look sporty rather than slouchy. Available in either black or Oxford grey.

Clarks Men’s Tilden Plain Oxford (From $60.35; amazon.ca)

Enjoy big savings on one of Britain’s biggest and most beloved shoe brands, Clarks. These stylish men’s Oxford lace-ups are fancy enough for an occasion but also comfortable enough to wear every day due to the inclusion of an ortholite® footbed insole.

Kamik Unisex-Child Snowbug3 Cold Weather & Shearling ($38.10, originally $49.99; amazon.ca)

During our long Canadian winter, kids can sometimes outgrow their snow boots in the middle of the season. Stock up on warm boots from Kamik, available in a huge range of colours, now less than $40 a pair.

Wrangler men’s Western Style Lined Denim Jacket ($67.19, originally $95.99; amazon.ca)

You can’t go wrong with a timeless Western-inspired denim jacket in your wardrobe. This one comes with a choice of Sherpa or blanket lining and is warm enough for cold days.

Carhartt Baby Boys’ Active Quilted Flannel Lined Jacket ($48.94, originally $73.14; amazon.ca)

Just imagine how cute your little one would look in this adorable mini version of Carhartt’s typical hard-wearing adult workwear. Kids will definitely outgrow rather than outwear this durable jacket.

Simple Joys by Carter’s Toddler Girls’$2 2-Pack Fleece Full Zip Hoodies ($23.17, originally $32.60; amazon.ca)

Take not one but two high-quality and cute fleece hoodies from Carter’s childrenswear. The set comes with one pink hoodie and one grey with a pink accent zipper. Kids will love the fleecy lining that feels soft and cozy to the touch.

Moon and Back by Hanna Andersson Girls Knit Playdress Casual Dress ($23.14, originally $35.50; amazon.ca)

Moms will be wishing this adorable dress with a playful unicorn pattern came in their size too so they could match their kids. Made from 100% organic cotton, and also available in plain block colours and a flower pattern, this is certain to be her favourite dress.

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Today’s the day. Black Friday is here, and so are incredible savings on products across all categories at Amazon. The mega retailer is rolling out deals upon deals on everything from giftable favorites to every-day necessities.

With so many sales to choose from, we’re here to make your Amazon shopping a cinch. Below, we’ve rounded up the biggest and best of the Amazon deals. Stuff will start selling out quick, so don’t wait to cash in on the once-a-year savings.

Below, find the best deals happening at Amazon. Keep in mind, some deals will only last for one day or until sold out, so if you see something you like, act fast. And if today’s not your day, don’t fret; the Underscored team will be staying on top of Amazon’s limited-time deals all week long. Look out for updates each day brand new sales and savings tomorrow and beyond.

MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener ($16.98, originally $39.98; amazon.com)

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MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

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If you’re looking to upgrade your garage door opener (and honestly, who isn’t?) the MyQ smart garage door opener is beloved by shoppers. Through an app on your phone, you can open or close your garage door from anywhere, and you can add up to three people with the app too, which is ideal for families.

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Apple Airpods Pro ($169, originally $249; amazon.com)

Apple Airpods Pro

Apple Airpods Pro

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AirPods Pro are at the top of many peoples’ wish lists, and right now, you can get a pair for the lowest price we’ve seen at Amazon (discount is applied at checkout). You can also snag AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $149.99 and the version with a wired charging case for the respectable price of $119. Supply is limited, so you’ll need to check back if they are out of stock.

There are also deals going on for the Airpods below:

AirPods With Charging Case ($119, originally $159; amazon.com)

AirPods With Wireless Charging Case ($149.99, originally $199; amazon.com)

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Ring Video Doorbells (starting at $69.99; amazon.com)

Ring Video Doorbells

Ring Video Doorbells

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Two of Ring’s newest video doorbells in both silver and bronze are marked down. They feature 1080p HD video, super-easy installation and improved motion detection, so you’ll always know when someone is at your door.

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Echo Flex ($9.99, originally $24.99; amazon.com)

Echo Flex

The tiny Echo Flex allows you to add a smart speaker to even the smallest of rooms, and right now, it’s down to the miniscule price of just $9.99. Just plug it into an outlet, and Alexa is at your service.

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Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack ($24.10, originally $31.97; amazon.com)

Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack

Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack

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You can never have too many batteries on hand. This combo pack from Energizer has a total of 48 AA and AAA batteries to power tons of your devices.

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Kasa Smart Plugs, 4-Pack ($26.99, originally $29.99; amazon.com)

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Kasa Smart Plugs, 4-pack

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Make any outlet in your home smart with this four-pack of Kasa smart plugs by TP-Link. They work with both Alexa and Google Home Assistant and are incredibly easy to set up.

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Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair ($319.99, originally $395; amazon.com)

Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair

Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair

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Our top pick for best office chair is now down to its lowest price ever. It’s one of the most customizable, high-quality, comfortable office chairs on the market.

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Trtl Travel Pillow ($18, originally $39.99; amazon.com)

Trtl Travel Pillow

Trtl Travel Pillow

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Even if you’re not taking trips right now, you should still consider investing in this bestselling travel pillow. It’s made with super soft fleece and features an internal support that allows you to comfortably rest your head. Don’t forget to clip the on-page coupon for an extra 25% off.

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Dash Rapid Egg Cooker ($15.99, originally $19.99; amazon.com)

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

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Whipping up half a dozen eggs has never been easier. This Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can hard boil, soft boil, poach, scramble and make omelets. Plus, it only weighs 1 pound and won’t take up too much counter space.

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LifeStraw ($12.97, originally $19.95; amazon.com)

A must-have for camping, hiking and even traveling, the LifeStraw ensures you always have access to clean water with its built-in filter you can drink right out of.

Echo Flex ($9.99, originally $24.99; amazon.com)

Echo Flex

The tiny Echo Flex allows you to add a smart speaker to even the smallest of rooms, and right now, it’s down to the miniscule price of just $9.99. Just plug it into an outlet, and Alexa is at your service.

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4th-Gen Echo Dot ($28.99, originally $49.99; amazon.com)

4th Gen Echo Dot

4th Gen Echo Dot

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The recently released fourth-generation Echo Dot, which features a new spherical shape, is on sale for the first time for Black Friday. Get yours for just $28.99 if you want the base model, or pay $10 more (still a great discount) the Echo Dot with Clock or the Kids Edition.

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Ring Video Doorbells (starting at $69.99; amazon.com)

Ring Video Doorbells

Ring Video Doorbells

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Two of Ring’s newest video doorbells in both silver and bronze are marked down. They feature 1080p HD video, super-easy installation and improved motion detection, so you’ll always know when someone is at your door.

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Echo Show 8 ($64.99, originally $129.99; amazon.com)

Echo Show 8

Echo Show 8

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Now’s the time to add an Echo Show 8 to your home. The smart display is back down to its lowest price ever in both charcoal and sandstone colorways.

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Fire HD Tablet 8 Plus ($74.99, originally $109.99; amazon.com)

Fire HD Tablet 8 Plus

Fire HD Tablet 8 Plus

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Our budget pick for best tablet, the Fire HD Tablet 8 Plus is now back down to its lowest price ever. It can handle a fairly comprehensive range of everyday tasks, including streaming, e-reading and even some light gaming.

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Blink Mini ($24.99, originally $34.99; amazon.com)

Blink Mini

Up your home’s security with this smart, compact Blink Mini indoor smart security camera. It features two-way audio and motion detection, meaning you can opt to get alerts on your smartphone whenever there’s movement in your customized zones.

Apple Airpods Pro ($169, originally $249; amazon.com)

Apple Airpods Pro

Apple Airpods Pro

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AirPods Pro are at the top of many peoples’ wish lists, and right now, you can get a pair for the lowest price we’ve seen at Amazon (discount is applied at checkout). You can also snag AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $149.99 and the version with a wired charging case for the respectable price of $119.

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Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack ($24.10, originally $31.97; amazon.com)

Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack

Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack

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You can never have too many batteries on hand. This combo pack from Energizer has a total of 48 AA and AAA batteries to power tons of your devices.

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Kasa Smart Plugs, 4-Pack ($26.99, originally $29.99; amazon.com)

Kasa Smart Plugs, 4-pack

Kasa Smart Plugs, 4-pack

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Make any outlet in your home smart with this four-pack of Kasa smart plugs by TP-Link. They work with both Alexa and Google Home Assistant and are incredibly easy to set up.

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Sony WH1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones ($278, originally $349.99; amazon.com)

Sony WH1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones

Sony WH1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones

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These Sony headphones were named Underscored’s pick for best overall over-ear headphones, and for Black Friday, they’re back down to just $278, the lowest price we’ve seen. In our opinion, they’re truly top-notch when it comes to sound quality, comfort, battery life and noise cancellation.

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Roku Ultra Media Streaming Player ($69, originally $99.99; amazon.com)

Roku Ultra Media Streaming Player

Roku Ultra Media Streaming Player

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Our favorite streaming device, the Roku Ultra, is now available for about $30 off its usual price. The recently updated player is faster than the previous version, and it features Dolby Vision HDR support and improved Wi-Fi performance.

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Tile Trackers (starting at $17.99; amazon.com)

Tile Trackers

Tile Trackers

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If you’re prone to losing your keys or wallet, pay attention to this deal on a couple Tile Trackers. You’ll find savings of up to 28% on the Tile Mate, which easily hooks onto your key ring, and Tile Slim, which fits into your wallet like a credit card.

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Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight ($22.99, originally $29.99; amazon.com)

Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight

Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight

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It’s never a bad idea to have a flashlight on hand. This super bright one from Anker features 900 lumens and reaches the length of two football fields.

Instant Pot Ultra (starting at $99.99; amazon.com)

Instant Pot Ultra

Instant Pot Ultra

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The magical 10-in-1 pressure cooker from Instant Pot is on sale so you can cook, steam, warm and so much more for less. Both the 6-quart and 8-quart versions are discounted so you can whip up meals in a jiffy, no matter your family size.

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Shark Vacuums (starting at $119.99; amazon.com)

Shark Vacuums

Shark Vacuums

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Shark Vacuums can help you clean up all your holiday messes with 45% off both a robot and corded vacuum. Packed with self-cleaning technology along with being WiFi- and Alexa-enabled, leave the cleaning to the robots with Shark’s smart vacuum (they’re probably better at it than you anyway).

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LifeStraw ($12.97, originally $19.95; amazon.com)

A must-have for camping, hiking and even traveling, the LifeStraw ensures you always have access to clean water with its built-in filter you can drink right out of.

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Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair ($319.99, originally $395; amazon.com)

Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair

Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair

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Our top pick for best office chair is now down to its lowest price ever. It’s one of the most customizable, high-quality, comfortable office chairs on the market.

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MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener ($16.98, originally $39.98; amazon.com)

MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

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If you’re looking to upgrade your garage door opener (and honestly, who isn’t?) the MyQ smart garage door opener is beloved by shoppers. Through an app on your phone, you can open or close your garage door from anywhere, and you can add up to three people with the app too, which is ideal for families.

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Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook ($20.55, originally $34; amazon.com)

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

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This is the last notebook you’ll ever need to buy. Rocketbooks are reusable, so when its 32 pages are full, just wipe it clean with a damp cloth and get back to writing. Not to mention, you can import your handwritten notes into a number of popular cloud services, so they’ll never be lost.

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Trtl Travel Pillow ($18, originally $39.99; amazon.com)

Trtl Travel Pillow

Trtl Travel Pillow

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Even if you’re not taking trips right now, you should still consider investing in this bestselling travel pillow. It’s made with super soft fleece and features an internal support that allows you to comfortably rest your head. Don’t forget to clip the on-page coupon for an extra 25% off.

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Dash Rapid Egg Cooker ($15.99, originally $19.99; amazon.com)

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

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Whipping up half a dozen eggs has never been easier. This Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can hard boil, soft boil, poach, scramble and make omelets. Plus, it only weighs 1 pound and won’t take up too much counter space.

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23andMe ($99, originally $199; amazon.com)

23andMe

Always wanted to know your family’s ancestry? This 50% off deal on 23andMe lets you do just that, with a detailed report on not only your lineage but your health predispositions, carrier statuses and more.

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Bissell MyAir Purifier ($69.99, originally $89.99; amazon.com)

Bissell MyAir Purifier

Bissell MyAir Purifier

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Between the California wildfires and the fact that we’re now dealing with an airborne virus, air purifiers have skyrocketed to mass popularity this year. This one can rid the air 99.7% of air particles, making it effective in capturing dust, pollen, smoke and pet dander. It’s also quite small so you can easily place it under your bedside table or even on top of your kitchen counter.

Amazon Brand Fashion (starting at $7.10; amazon.com)

Fashion from Amazon brands

Fashion from Amazon brands

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Amazon’s own in-house brands like Daily Ritual, Goodthreads and Amazon Essentials have become fashion lines in their own right, and right now, you can get up to 30% off on styles for men and women. Tons of cold-weather clothes are discounted so you can bundle up and stay warm as the temperatures dip.

Haggar apparel (starting at $8.68; amazon.com)

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Haggar, known for its menswear, is seriously discounting its line of men’s pants, with up to 65% shaved off some of its most popular pairs, from jeans to dress pants and khakis.

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Under Armour (starting at $7.88; amazon.com)

Under Armour

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The performance brand is discounting tons of its goods — leggings, hoodies, socks, T-shirts — this Black Friday, with up to 25% off. That means you can now get its top-rated leggings (for men and women) for just around $20 and backpacks and workout bags now for around $30.

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‘Black Beauty’ reimagines the classic horse story

“A mustang’s spirit can never be broken,” the wild horse of the title, whose thoughts are voiced by Kate Winslet, says at the outset, a statement that will be tested over the course of the movie.Previously adapted in 1971 and 1994, Anna Sewell’s book has become a children’s literary classic, and the central girl-and-her-horse story…

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‘Black Beauty’ reimagines the classic horse story

“A mustang’s spirit can never be broken,” the wild horse of the title, whose thoughts are voiced by Kate Winslet, says at the outset, a statement that will be tested over the course of the movie.

Previously adapted in 1971 and 1994, Anna Sewell’s book has become a children’s literary classic, and the central girl-and-her-horse story dovetails with the brand for Disney+ — another entry for the kid-and-animal live-action bin, dating back to “Old Yeller.” Small wonder the streaming service acquired the completed film, which would have been a tough sell theatrically.

The narrative, however, moves at a pace much closer to a trot than a gallop, as the horse is caught and turned over to trainer John Manly (“Game of Thrones'” Iain Glen), a taciturn fellow who soon receives another new arrival: His recently orphaned teenage niece, Jo (Mackenzie Foy).

Both outsiders, the bond between the girl and the horse as executed here by writer-director Ashley Avis brings to mind “The Black Stallion,” including a shot of the two running along the beach that seems like an homage to it.

The story comes up a bit lame, alas, when Jo and Beauty move to a farm owned by a wealthy family, prompting the imperious matriarch (Claire Forlani) to snap “Our son’s fraternizing with the help” when their dreamy kid (Calam Lynch) begins spending time with Jo.

Beauty’s struggles don’t end there, as her move to the city exposes more of the mistreatment that horses endure in captivity, prompting her to ask in the narration, “How could some people not understand that horses can feel what they do?”

As well-intentioned as the film appears to be, it’s ultimately too inert, even with the changes, to make this familiar story leap off the page. “Black Beauty” isn’t bad, exactly, but rather the kind of flavorless fare that underscores how hard really good family viewing is to corral.

“Black Beauty” premieres Nov. 27 on Disney+.

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