General June 24

These days there is a myriad of choices in the smart lighting category, highlighted by the Philips Hue products. Most of them offer some pretty interesting control, as far as color and smartphone functionality, but can also cost a pretty penny. In my search for something similar and more cost efficient, I came across these Vansky USB powered LED light strips for a fraction of the price.

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General June 22

Daily Steals is offering the iPhone 5c (16GB GSM Unlocked) Cellular Phone (Refurb) + Free OEM Apple Case for only $99.99 shipped. That’s more than $400 off the original price of the iPhone alone and the lowest we can find for it.

The iPhone 5c has an Apple A6 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 4″ 1136×640 Retina display, 8-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, 1080p video capture, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and iOS 8.

NOTE: This phone is unlocked for Verizon and GSM networks (such as Verizon, AT&T and T-mobile). Please check with your carrier to make sure that they can support this device. expand full story

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1byone via Amazon has its 3-Speed Portable Stereo Turntable with Built-in Speakers for $76.99, but if you apply the code AFH4Z755 at checkout, the price drops to only $39.99 Prime shipped. That’s $37 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for it at Amazon. 

This retro yet still fashionable briefcase turntable has front-facing built-in stereo speakers and supports multiple playback modes. The wooden cabinet with PU leather wrapping is “lightweight and easy to transport.” It also has RCA and headphone jack outputs. Rated 4.1/5 stars by over 300 Amazon shoppers. 

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General June 21

A lot of consumers came to know Sphero over the last year because of its perfect recreation of BB-8 following the release of The Force Awakens. However, it’s been cranking out hits for awhile. The latest of which is a new take on its popular SPRK robot. This upgraded model, dubbed the SPRK+, has been redesigned with a tougher shell and more advanced Bluetooth technologies making it appealing to all ages. More below.

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General June 20

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A lot of folks, including myself, need to charge our USB devices away from an AC outlet. Whether it is for installing a USB camera in a remote location or doing work in a barn or shed that doesn’t have power or just being mobile outside and off grid, a USB Solar array is a great way to get that power you need without running ugly and costly wires.

Unfortunately, the sun only shines during the day and only will give you enough direct charge when those days are sunny. For the rest of the time, you’ll need to store that sunny electricity for use 24/7/365. Screenshot 2016-06-20 08.16.07

That’s where these nice EasyAcc discounted products come in. Solar Panel:

USB Batteries:

The EasyAcc Solar Panel is better than the garden variety fold out because it had 4 panels instead of the usual 3 meaning the Wattage jumps from 21W to 28W. That enables EasyAcc to allow simultaneous direct charging of 4 different devices and will even charge 2 devices at 2.4A each meaning that you’ll get a quicker charge on most devices. If you want to go a little cheaper, here are two smaller panels from Aukey but their charging capabilities are greatly diminished and it isn’t easy to recommend for this application:

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General June 19

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Best Buy offers $250 off the purchase of an Apple Watch with the purchase of an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on the three biggest US carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon). At a starting price of $49, that’s the lowest price we’ve seen by quite a margin (2 days ago, we posted an Apple Watch refurb for $226). Best Buy also offers free shipping.  expand full story

General June 17

It’s no secret airlines love to work us over for every possible penny. You can take the apathetic approach and just hand over your hard-earned money or choose to do some research so you can afford a couple extra vacation margaritas.

One effective way to decrease travel costs is to avoid those pesky baggage fees. Instead of just packing your suitcase and hoping for the best, there are several ways you can minimize or even eliminate these additional costs. Continue on for an overview on how it’s done…

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General June 16

When looking for ways to keep my desktop gear dust-free and just something simple to keep my Macs clean, I came across these handy little air blasters. Certainly nothing mind blowing, but I thought I would give them a try and see how things pan out. Just about all of them come in under $20, so no harm in giving it a shot. After some experimentation and a few months of use, I have come across what might be the simplest must-have for any desktop battle station.

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General June 15

Amazon offers 3 free digital magazines for Free, no strings attached or subscriptions required. There’s a bunch of great reads here including Sports Illustrated, Car and Driver, Boating, Flying, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, InStyle, The Atlantic, Popular Science, Consumer Reports and much much more. No brainer and easy way to join the digital magazine ‘fold’. expand full story

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