Yesterday

You might notice that 9to5Toys has changed. Indeed so has the whole network. Long before the page size/speed and advertising controversies, we knew that we needed to rethink how we presented ourselves.

While we were one of the lightest and fastest sites in our field, our feature creep and advertisers were adding complexity and page load times, which is especially crucial on mobile – an ever expanding percentage of our growing audience.

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You may think Nerf blasters and accessories are just toys for grade school kids and bored office workers, but you’d be dead wrong. They’re serious business. Legions of adults collect and mod these foam shooters. There’s even a full-length hardcover book dedicated to Nerf’s best gear.

Earlier this year at Toy Fair NYC Nerf announced its new RIVAL lineup which includes a blaster that fires foam ammo at highway speeds. As we inch closer towards its release we’ve gotten more details and even a new video demo of Nerf’s baddest blaster: expand full story

Admittedly, caviar is a food that I’ve only seen in the movies and on TV. Despite my lack of fine food experience, I can still respect those that enjoy this fishy treat. A new Kickstarter project might just bring the caviar experience to my humble midwest roots by way of a nifty little tool that can turn nearly anything into those small little orbs of flavor.

Meet the Imperial Spherificator – some name huh? – an all-in-one solution to turn your favorite sweets, vegetables, drinks and more into fun miniature spheres. With about three weeks left, the Imperial is close to meeting its goal… expand full story

Apple has now officially selected Worms3 as the new Free App of the Week. Regularly listed at $5, you can download the multiplayer, turn-based battler to all of your iOS devices for the next week for free. Previous to this sale, we had never seen the game dip below $1. It has a 4 star rating from thousands much like the rest of the popular Worms games, many of which are also on sale right now.

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Four million. That seems like a lot of anything. Canon has introduced a new multi-purpose camera that has an ISO capable of hitting that number. But what does that do? Well, for starters it means that videographers and photographers can capture content in almost complete darkness.

The ME20F-SH is loaded with features that offer professionals unique flexibility in different lighting situations. Consumers probably won’t find much interest however, given that it costs more than some cars… expand full story

From traditional AT-AT and Death Star building kits, to the wealth of high quality video games out there, LEGO and Star Wars certainly aren’t strangers. And while we already have a few hardcover LEGO-Star Wars collaborations in the form of character encyclopedias and the Visual Dictionary, Photographer Vesa Lehtimaki is readying a new kind of plastic block Jedi book known as LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy: expand full story

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In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering pre-orders on the The Art of Fallout 4 hardcover book for $25.95 Prime shipped. That’s about $14 off the MSRP, $10 under the next best price and the lowest we can find. It features “never-before-seen designs and concept art from the game’s dynamic environments, iconic characters, detailed weapons, and more — along with commentary from the developers themselves.” It will drop on November 10th, 2015. We also still have The Fallout 4 Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide pre-order for $24.11 Prime shipped (Reg. $40, best we’ve seen) and the Minecraft: Blockopedia Hardcover for $26.78 Prime shipped (Reg. $35+, within a few dollars of low).

GameStop has now launched a sale with deep discounts on a wide range of game guides including the The Witcher III Wild Hunt Official Strategy Guide for $15 (Orig. $30), the Batman Arkham Knight Official Strategy Guide for $12.50 (Orig. $25) and many more.

Amazon is still offering The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for $49.99 shipped (Reg. $60, current best price), Mortal Kombat X: Kollector’s Edition on PlayStation 4 for $90 shipped (matched at GameStop) and LEGO Jurassic World on Nintendo 3DS for $26 Prime shipped (Reg. $30). And don’t forget about the LEGO iOS sale: Movie Video Game hits lowest price ever, Lord of the Rings & Harry Potter $1 ea. (Reg. $5), more

Down below you’ll find today’s Mac/iOS deals including BLiP, Alpha Omega, Neuroshima Hex, Baseball Fantasy, Basketball Fantasy and more:

Ongoing game deals/promotions:

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Newegg offers the Netgear (PL1200-100PAS) HomePlug AV1200 Powerline Ethernet Adapter Kit for $79.99. Applying coupon code EMCAVPA39 will reduce the final price to $59.99 shipped. This is a savings of $20 off the regular price/Amazon, match of a limited one-day sale and the best current price we can find. 

These kits are ideal for providing strong speeds to areas of your home or office that have weak Wi-Fi signals. I personally use a similar kit to provide ethernet connections to my home theater system and gaming consoles to ensure a quality link to the internet. They are easy to install and need essentially zero maintenance once setup.

This Netgear AV1200 kit is capable of speeds up to 1200Mbps and features beam forming technology for a stronger signal, HomePlug capability, as well as one-touch encryption. Amazon customers rate this Powerline Kit 4/5 stars.

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Update (7/30 1:30pm): We have now the rest of today’s best home deals down below the fold including discounted juicers, rice cookers, beverage dispensers, a wet/dry vac for your car and more.

The official Best Buy eBay store is offering the ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Remote Sensor for $179.99 shipped. That’s $70 under the original listing, $45+ under Amazon, $26 or so under our previous low and the best we can find.

This smart W-Fi enabled thermostat can read the temperature in any room of your house and provides simple control via the mobile apps. While this is not the Siri-controlled HomeKit version we detailed recently, it is also around $70 less expensive. It has a 4.3/5 star rating from over 320 Amazon customers.

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Next up, Amazon has the KRUPS Steam Espresso Machine with Frothing Nozzle (XP1000) for $29.99 shipped for Prime members only. That’s 50% below the original listing, $10 below the next best price and matching the best we have seen.

The XP1000 is a 4-bar steam espresso machine with a 3-way switch, steam nozzle, removable drip tray and comes with a glass carafe, a measuring spoon and a 2 year worldwide warranty. It is the best selling steam espresso machine on Amazon and has a 3.8/5 star rating from over 300 customers.

You’ll also want to check out the Gold Box Deal of the Day today as well, as Amazon is offering the Rowenta DW5197 Focus Steam Iron for $69.99 shipped (Reg. $98+, best we can find).The rest of your daily home deals will be along at the usual time this afternoon. expand full story


In this morning’s Daily Deals, we have from Amazon the AOC (E1649FWU) 16-inch USB-Powered Portable LED Monitor for $81.88 shipped. That’s $58 off the original list price and the lowest Amazon has ever listed it for. It has a 1366 x 768 high definition resolution and is completely USB powered. It also has a flexible stand that allows you to display in portrait or landscape positions. Amazon shoppers gave it 3.8/5 stars.

More new deals for today:

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Jabra STEALTH Bluetooth Headset $66 (Orig. $100) | Amazon

Continue on for a roundup of our best deals:

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July 29, 2015

Your Mac’s hard drive is where much of your digital life is stored. The award-winning Drive Genius 4 is designed to keep it running smoothly and repair any mishaps. You can currently get it at 9to5Toys Specials for $50.

With so many files to keep in order, it isn’t surprising that OS X misplaces stuff once in a while. Drive Genius lets you repair those file errors and weed out duplicates to improve performance, all while looking out for any future hiccups. This includes assessing hardware health and checking for corrupted files, and it alerts you to anything it finds.

You can also use the app to create a bootable secondary hard drive for emergency use, and customize the appearance of drives and folders for easier recognition. Drive Genius offers the features of apps twice its price (I’m looking at you, DiskWarrior), and it is standard issue for Apple Geniuses.

  • Optimize and speed up your Mac for maximum performance
  • Alerts you to problems before they escalate into major issues
  • Find large files and duplicates; delete ones you don’t need
  • Set custom icons to make drive identification easier
  • Check for hardware related problems
  • BootWell feature lets you create a bootable secondary drive for easy repairs
  • Check for possible file and folder corruption to prevent data loss
  • Repair most kinds of logical file and folder errors

Order Drive Genius now to grab 49% off the standard price.

Bonus deals: 9to5Toys Specials currently has 59% off Wondershare PDFelement, a full-featured OCR app, and 86% off  NetSpot Pro, which lets you optimize your Wi-Fi networks.

Livescribe’s smartpens are not a new product in the world of technology accessories. The first model launched a few years ago but today the company is back with an update to one of its most popular pens. This new device, the Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition, has increased storage and features to match other more recent products from Livescribe. Head below for all the details and pricing.  expand full story

It was back in the Spring that we first detailed Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service, which seemed like a joke at the time given its April 1st timing. Turns out it wasn’t and today those little push button devices that automatically order more home goods are now available. If you have the over/under on the price at $3 for these, you might be surprised.  expand full story

PlayStation is back for the month of August with its selection of free games for PS Plus subscribers. There are six games all together this month for PS4/3/Vita, with one of the most legendary video game characters making an appearance… expand full story

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Logitech is celebrating all those kids going back-to-school by offering a $20 voucher for purchases of $49 or more. All you have to do is visit this page and choose between “work hard” or “play hard” (don’t worry, they are the same) and fill out the form that pops up. You’ll be given a promo code on the next screen that you can use until 8/31/2015. Free shipping is available on orders of $49+. Full terms and conditions below.

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This voucher will deliver some nice discounts on Logitech accessories for your Mac, PC or entertainment center and more. We recommend taking a look at the MX Master mouse, which drops to $79.99 shipped after the promo code is applied. That’s 20% off the regular price/Amazon, $7 less than our previous mention and lowest we’ve seen it go for.

A number of us at 9to5Toys use this mouse, it has a great ergonomic design and customizable buttons for easy access to apps, expose and other features. Amazon customers rate this product 3.9/5 stars.

Other deals include:

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PUMA is currently running its Private Sale, offering up to 75% off clothes and shoes for men, women and kids. It’s back-to-school time and this is the promotion that will ensure that everyone will be looking good for the first day. Free shipping is available on orders of $75+.

Be certain that you are looking fresh with a new pair of PUMA kicks. They have something for everyone with classic styling and bright colors. Our favorite pair of shoes come way of Ferrari’s partnership with PUMA: the Pedale Grid for men are available in multiple colors for $60. These shoes regularly go for $100. You’ll be impressing everyone with the Ferrari styling and classic colors.

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More favorites for Men from PUMA:

Other current fashion promotions:

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Late yesterday afternoon, The LEGO Movie Video Game for iOS hit its lowest price ever and now we are seeing a few other notable LEGO iOS deals popping up on the App Store.

Regularly listed at $5, you can download The LEGO Movie Video Game to all of your iOS devices for $0.99. Not only is this the lowest price we have seen, but the first price drop period since it released back in January of this year.

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Here are the rest of today’s iOS LEGO deals. All of which are matching the lowest we’ve seen them go for:

You can find the rest of today’s iOS deals in this morning’s roundup including the best price ever on Worms3, and be sure to hit up Apple’s massive $0.99 app sale. You also might want to check out the Best Buy “buy 2 games get $45 off” sale, which yields the best price ever on LEGO Jurassic World and this LEGO Architect book that shows you how to build exact replicas of famous buildings and homes. expand full story

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