Google partners with Yubico to offer 50% off its two-factor authentication USB thumb drive: $9 (Reg. $18)

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Google has announced that it is partnering with Yubico, makers of USB and wireless security technologies, to offer 50% off its U2F security key for eligible Google for Work customers. These small USB thumb drives provide an alternative to two-step authentication which typically relies on SMS messages or Google’s Authentication app. Yubico’s U2F security key regularly retails for $18. Eligible Google accounts can receive a 50% discount, dropping the final price to $9. Visit this page to check to see if you’re eligible for the discount.

This new security option was first introduced by Google back in the fall of last year. Yubico’s thumb drive uses the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol to deliver authentication. By plugging the USB drive into your computer, Google Chrome can recognize the device and login to services such as Google Work. Since Yubico and Google use the U2F protocol, additional services can also utilize this service for two-factor authentication as well.

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Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones in multiple colors: $140 shipped (Reg. $200)

What better way to celebrate the official launch of Beats1 than to tune-in with a new pair of Beats by Dre headphones. Staples is taking up to $100 off select Beats audio products. The best deal from the lot is the Powerbeats2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones for $139.95 with free shipping. Regularly priced at $200, this is the best deal we’ve ever seen for these headphones by $10. Choose from black, red or pink/grey models.

With wireless Bluetooth connectivity, IPX-4 sweat- and water-resistance rating, and flexible ear hooks, Powerbeats2 are built for workouts. Expect up to 6 hours of battery life, but if you notice they are dead right before a workout you can use a 15-minute quick charge to gain an extra hour of playback.

Compatible with Apple Watch, iPhone, select iPod models, and nearly any other Bluetooth equipped device. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars from 1,048 Amazon reviewers. Deal expires 7/4. Read more

Review: Logitech’s Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse shines w/ adaptive scrolling and assignable buttons

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Logitech’s new MX Anywhere 2 wireless mouse was met with much fanfare and excitement following its release earlier this month. Power users have long sung the praises of Logitech’s Anywhere and Master MX wireless devices, so the ultra-portable follow-up was a much anticipated release.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent some time with the Anywhere 2, putting it through its paces. Head below for our thoughts and a final verdict on a recommendation for your setup. Read more

PIQ uses multiple sensors and a clever design to paint a clearer picture of your golf game

Golf sensors are by no means a new addition to the world of sporting goods. We’ve seen other models that offer smartphone connected tracking in a variety of ways. Today, a new option is entering the fray that attempts to paint a clear picture of your game.

The PIQ golf sensor blends Bluetooth, GPS, motion sensors and NFC together with the idea of providing more data than has been offered before. It’s an improved design in comparison to the competition with 18 tags that use NFC to identify individual clubs when you take them out of the bag. But it’s all of the data that it collects that really makes PIQ a stand out.  Read more

The best lawn games to make your 4th of July cookout a success

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Everyone loves the 4th of July, it’s a great time for food, fireworks, friends…and games! This weekend won’t be complete unless you add a few competitive lawn activities into the mix. Because everyone loves to see Uncle Jim try to play corn hole when he’s drunk. Head below for our top picks for some added fun this weekend, of course you’ll want to make sure you order quickly to ensure delivery by Friday.  Read more

GoPro HERO3+ Black 4K Action Camera (refurb) $262 shipped (Reg. $280), 33-piece accessory kit $15

gopro-hero3-plus-black-GoPro via eBay offers its manufacturer refurbished HERO3+ Black Action Camera for $249.99 plus $11.63 shipping for a total price of $261.62. This previous generation GoPro usually sells for $320-$350 new and $280 refurbished. Today’s deal is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this model in any condition. Here’s a deeper look at GoPro refurbishing process:

Refurbished GoPro Cameras

  • Returned to like-new condition
  • Repackaged with manual and original kit with all new accessories
  • Factory sealed
  • Must pass a thorough testing process before being certified by GoPro
  • Are backed by the same 1-year warranty as new GoPro cameras
  • Feature the same high quality standards as new GoPro cameras
  • Ship in refurbished-specific packaging

The HERO3+ Black Edition is capable of recording 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps and captures 12MP still images. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi, a waterproof design to 131-feet (with built-in housing) and an ultra wide-angle glass lens. The integrated LCD display shows settings and playback controls. You’ll need a memory card to starting filming, use your savings to buy this 64GB microSD option.

Outfit your GoPro with a 33-piece accessory kit for just $15.48 Prime shipped. Read more

RAVPower Portable 3,000mAh USB Power Bank: $6 Prime shipped (Reg. $11), Lightning cables under $6

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Sunvalleytek via Amazon offers the RAVPower Portable 3,000mAh External Battery Power Bank in various colors for $5.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders of $35+. Note: select the different colors on the page to reflect the price. That’s good for $35 off the bloated list price, roughly 45% off the regular price, a match of our previous mention and the lowest current offering.

Rated 4.5/5 stars, it features:

  • Portable yet powerful with 3000 mAh of juice
  • Equipped with iSmart technology to charge your device faster than standard USB
  • 1A output
  • Provides a full charge for iPhone 6, 5, 4, and most smartphones
  • Built with premium grade A+ battery cells certified for over 500 recharge cycles

You’ll want to stock up on Lightning cables for these and Amazon can help you there too.

  • Grab 2 10-foot MFi Certifieds for $16.79 ($8.40/ea). That’s 20 feet of lightning cable for a few bucks less than Apple charges for their 3 footer.
  • Don’t need 10 footers? Aukey 3-footers are $7.99/ea but when you buy 2 and apply code M4GC5K8S they drop to $11.99 ($6/ea) or 4 and apply code KYWO6BSC they drop to $22.99 shipped ($5.75/ea). These are very popular and highly rated Apple certified MFi Cables Read more

Quick Review: Eton Scorpion II is a rugged solar electronic survival kit for $50

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I’ve been using the Eton Scorpion II Model NSP101WXGR Rugged for over a month now. Eton specializes in making durable emergency weather radios and this is their new “everything portable model”. In the small package, it contains:

  • A STRONG.5W LED flashlight. Lots of USB batteries contain LED flashlights now. This one is brighter than all of the others’ put together. It is a real flashlight as opposed to a pen/key light.
  • Receives AM/FM/NOAA Weatherband radio. The radio is great with the antenna pulled out pulling in many stations. I don’t like the design of the buttons (would almost be impossible to navigate in the dark) and the speaker isn’t great. Overall a win though because you are trying not to die not hear the “midtones and lows”.
  • The digital Tuner also has a clock which turns on any time you hit a button.
  • It is super small, portable and rugged with a cool green tone design. I love the design and it is totally droppable and water resistant.
  • 5V 1A USB output charges smartphones with a 800 mAh lithium battery. This isn’t huge but will give you a few hours in a crunch. Even more impressive, there are 3 ways to charge the battery: hand crank, Solar and MicroUSB. The solar isn’t going to keep your iPhone charged, but it will keep the device ready for when you need it in a window. The hand crank will charge your phone. Like a fishing reel, about 20 cranks will add a bar of battery to the device. I think you could probably operate the emergency radio on solar alone. 
  • Bottle opener – because just because the lights are out doesn’t mean you should stop the party.

So I see two use cases for this device. One is an emergency device that you keep at home in a window solar charged for when your power goes out. That’s where I used it.

However, with the carabiner and the ruggedness, I think i this is geared toward campers and cars where it can clip to your backpack and provide you with lights, radio and extra power (bottle opener) when you need it.

At $50, it seems like a very worthy investment for me. Read more

Silk by Saffron’s smart LED bulbs adjust your lighting based on the sun

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There is a whole mess of LED and smart lighting options on the market today from traditional retailers and startup companies. Aside from saving energy and adding smart functionality, the ability to put out a custom color is one of the biggest selling points of these bulbs.

This is where Silk by Saffron comes in: a recent Kickstarter campaign that is setting out to combine the functionality of smart light bulbs with the ability to change the warmth or coolness depending on the time of day. Our bodies work better with certain color lights throughout the day. Cooler lights give us energy in the morning and warmer colors prepare for sleep at night.

But how Silk is doing it combines all that knowledge with smart functionality, creating a really cool solution to this unique problem. Read more

Molson and Google team up on voice activated fridge that dispenses free beer

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Molson, the well-known Canadian beer company is teaming up with Google on a rather interesting new marketing project. Leveraging Google’s translation/speech recognition software, Molson has built a special, one-of-a-kind fridge that only opens when you say just the right thing to it. The fridge isn’t for sale or mass produced, instead it will be placed out in public and filled with free beer for the taking. However, it’ll be a little more difficult than “Open Sesame” to get your hands on it: Read more