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Last week in tech: the world's fastest production car and Google's new headphones

Burn off some work hours before Thanksgiving with this recap of last weeks' tech stories

Tesla truck

Elon Musk's got (an idea for) a great big convoy.

Tesla

The Monday before Thanksgiving is a magical time. We alternate between working furiously to try and finish up our deadlines before the holiday and totally bail on work to look at Black Friday deals on the internet. Take a break from both those grinds and check out all the tech news and new gear you may have missed last week.

Tesla roadster

The new Tesla Roadster promises a 0-60 acceleration time of just 1.9-seconds, which could come in really handy for stealing parking spots outside Best Buy on Black Friday.

Tesla

The big tech news last week came from Elon Musk and his grand electric vehicle hype machine. He pulled back the curtain on Tesla’s new electric semi truck, then surprised everyone by unleashing a new Tesla roadster that will be the fastest mass production car ever, if it can live up to Elon’s promises. You can pre-order them now, of course. Bring money. And patience.

Hunger for your touch

Google Pixel Buds

The $159 headphones have potential, but the touch interface can get so frustrating that you put them on a plant.

Stan Horaczek

Google’s first pair of wireless headphones showed a lot of promise, but the over-sensitive touch controls might drive you crazy. Check out our full review here.

Surface USA

Surface Book 2 Review

This powerful laptop is useful for creative professionals or enthusiastic doodlers.

Stan Horaczek

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is one the best laptops we’ve used, but it’s probably overkill for most people. The 15-inch touchscreen is fantastic as a comically-large tablet, and the high-powered guts make it fast enough for real creative work, like finishing my comic book about a superhero who reviews gadgets by day.

Bed buds

Bose Sleepbuds

These $300 Bose Sleep Buds are built to help you sleep instead of rock out.

Bose

If you’re the type who can’t sleep without a fan or noise machine, you may want to check out Bose’s new Sleepbuds. They cost $300, but they use the company’s time-tested noise cancelling tech to block out the sounds of snoring partners or that obscenely early garbage pickup. A companion app lets you control things like the ambient sounds they play and the type of alarm you want to wake you up.

Budget-friendly flagship

OnePlus 5T smartphone

The OnePlus 5T is a high-end Android phone that combats the big players with a cheaper price.

OnePlus

OnePlus announced its new phone called the 5T. It’s an Android phone with a six-inch OLED screen, a double camera system, and even a headphone jack. It has a starting price of just $499, which sounds like a steel when lots of other high-end phones are tiptoeing around the $1,000 mark.

Super charge it

Corvette ZR1

It's not faster than the Tesla, but it will probably show up a whole lot sooner.

Chevy

The new Tesla may be the fastest production car ever, but the new Corvette ZR1 is an entirely different beast. It has a 755 horsepower, a massive wing on the back, and carbon ceramic brakes like an F1 car. If you squint really hard, it looks like the Batmobile.

Late harvest

If you were hoping to find one of Apple’s new HomePod smart speakers under the tree this year, Santa is going to have to pull off something truly magical, because the product is now scheduled to hit the market in early 2018.

Ready for your close-up

Moment iPhone X lenses

The Moment Lens Case now fits the iPhone X, giving it access to different glass.

Moment

Moment makes some of the best smartphone camera lenses around and they’re now compatible with the iPhone X. Options include a telephoto, a wide-angle, a fisheye, and my personal favorite: a macro lens that you can use to look at things uncomfortably close. Have you ever looked at table salt through a true macro lens? Fascinating.

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