General May 25

With Android on the up, now is a great time to start building apps for the Play Store. The Comprehensive Android Development Bundle at 9to5Toys Specials teaches coding and design from scratch, with 83 hours of video tutorials for $40.

The headline training is The Ultimate Android Marshmallow Tutorial, a massive 40-hour course that teaches the latest version of the OS from scratch. After touring the Android Studio development environment, the videos introduce Java code, popular APIs, third-party libraries, and monetization techniques.

Two more courses add extra coding knowledge to your locker, while Projects in Android provides hands-on practice. These tutorials look at parsing data, integrating Google Maps, UI layouts, security features, and much more.

The final course, Advanced Android App Development, helps to put the final polish on your own apps. Along with Material Design, the instructor explains the Android Support Library, and how to use advanced design components such as RecyclerView.

The bundle is specifically designed to be beginner-friendly, and the price includes lifetime access to the content. Sign up now to save 94% on the MSRP.

Expansys offers the Logitech Powershell controller case for iPhone 5/5S and iPod Touch 5th gen (refurb)for $4.99 with free Prime shipping. That’s $65 off the original price, and the lowest we’ve seen it by $8. It features:

  • Console-style controls: Precise analog game controls let you dominate your favorite mobile games
  • 1500 mAh Battery: Game on and on. It increases the battery capacity of iPhone 5, iPhone 5s or 5th generation iPod touch
  • Supports iOS 7/8/9 controller-compatible games: Works with a great selection of games. No extra software needed
  • Portable, comfortable shape: Slim, streamlined profile fits easily into your pocket for go-anywhere gaming
  • Easily access phone features: Your phone’s camera, music and calls remain fully accessible while you’re gaming

Even if you don’t often use the case for gaming, it is nice to have a 1500mAh battery backup for emergencies.

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The Complete Photography Bundle at 9to5Toys Specials combines 26½ hours of tutorials on camera work and editing, plus 100 stock photos to use in your own projects. Best of all, you can currently pay what you want for the whole lot.

The training is delivered through engaging video lessons, split into separate tracks. Become a Better Photographer – Part I is designed to get beginners out of Auto mode, with tips on exposure, light and composition. Part II introduces the manual modes you can find on any DSLR or mirrorless camera, along with metering options, exposure compensation, and the advantages of JPEG and RAW. The other tracks focus on travel photography, portraiture, off-camera flash, black and white processing, photographing food, and general creative skills. The bundle also contains two packs of stock assets from leading professionals, Kasia Zmokla and Tom Eversley.

To get the deal, name your price on the DIY Food Photography and Advanced Creative Photography Skills courses, beating the average price paid to unlock the full bundle.

General May 24

The East Coast is about to blaze with 90 degree weather forcast for the next week and it may be time to sort out your Air conditioning situation, stat. Luckily you can hook up an LG LG 10,000 BTU 115V Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control model LP1015WSR in White for $279 Shipped. That’s one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for a 10,000BTU Air conditioner. This one gets 5 star ratings from a limited number of reviewers and normally costs $349 or more. Here’s the Manufacturer page for details. Features:

  • 10,000 BTU portable air Conditioner Uses standard 115-volt electrical outlet
  • Cools a room up to 300 sq. Ft
  • Dehumidification up to 2.45 pints per hour
  • LED display panel and LCD remote control
  • 2 fan speeds and 2 cooling speeds

If you need something a little different, Amazon’s #1 Portable seller is an identically priced 8000BTU model. Also check the Best Sellers for Wall and Window units. expand full story

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Since today is National Streaming Day, I thought it’d be a good chance to share my story of how I finally cut the cord. To start, I would say that cutting the cord isn’t terribly easy. There are a variety of different services and devices to carefully consider. If you’re looking for a quick-fix then keep overpaying your cable company each month, full-time streaming likely isn’t for you.

Everyone’s TV watching habits and preferences are different so there isn’t a one-size fits all approach to cutting the cord, but hopefully my experiences will help you finally kick your money-grubbing cable provider to the curb…

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General May 17

Amazon announced today that it will be bringing its popular Alex voice service to Fire TV. First made popular on its Echo Smart Speaker, the intelligent assistant will be able to control a variety of functions on the streaming media player. Of course, Apple TV has had Siri functionality since the current generation was released last October. How does the Fire TV’s new found feature stack up? Head below for more.

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General May 16

JBL offers its JBL Synchros Chrome Edition Over-Ear Headphones (model: SYNAECRM) for $299.95, but if you apply the code 99CHROME the price drops to $99 shipped. That’s $201 off the list price/ Amazon’s listing and the lowest we’ve seen. They have a 10Hz to 22kHz frequency response, 50mm drivers, proprietary “LiveStage signal processing”, in-line mic and 3-button remote, and detachable cable. Rated 4.8/5 stars from 12 JBL customers.

More Accessory deals:

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Trianium iPhone 6/s 3100mAh MFi Apple-Certified Battery Case (black): $20 Prime shipped w/ code AJS2VKSB (Reg. $32) | Amazon

Mpow Buckler Portable Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker with Suction Cup for Shower:Outdoor

Mpow Buckler Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker $15 w/code NJB5QCK7 (Reg. $20) | Amazon

RAV Power MFI

2-pack of RAVPower Apple MFI Certified USB Lightning Cables $7 w/code UVH77KKE (Reg. $15) | Amazon

  • Polk Audio Hinge On-Ear Headphones with Inline Mic and Remote $30 (Orig. $180) | Groupon
  • Double Power BT-200 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $30 (Orig $40) | Walmart
  • Kmashi 10,000mAh Dual-USB External Battery Power Bank $9 (Orig. $14) | Amazon
    • w/ code PZLR7JHO
  • Modal Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones $25 (Orig. $60) | Best Buy
  • Sony Wireless Bluetooth Sports Headset $70 (Orig. $98) | Worldwide Stereo

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General May 13

Update: the 64GB is now listed as out of stock but the 32GB version is still available and at the lowest price we’ve ever seen. 

Motorola offers its Moto X (2nd Gen) 64GB phone for $249.99. Coupon Code SPRINGISHERE at checkout drops the price $100 to $149.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the lowest price we’ve seen on the 64GB version of this phone. Note this is an unlocked GSM phone which will work on all carriers but T-Mob or Net10 SIM cards are added during configuration. This phone gets great reviews (9to5Google)and typically goes for double or triple this price.

You must configure the 64GB Storage before color options.

Leather and Wood back upgrades are $25 more.

It features upgrade to Marshmallow and the following features:

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That dusty power strip under your desk you bought a few years ago from Walmart’s bargain bin is barely getting the job done. It’s time to buy one that can actually protect and charge all of your gear. Even if you originally picked up a high-end option, there’s a good chance it needs to be replaced if you want to keep your electronics safe.

We’ve rounded up the best, most powerful office and travel surge protectors with USB ports on the market. Continue on for a look at which models made the cut…

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Sprint has announced today that its Better Choice XXL plan, which includes 40GB/month of data and unlimited talk and text, now comes with 12 free months of Amazon Prime (normally $99/year)…

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General May 12

Woot via Amazon offers the Motorola SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem and 802.11AC Wi-Fi Router (model SBG6782AC, refurb) for $74.99 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, it typically sells for about $185-$220 and has never been lower than today’s deal. Standalone cable modems and wireless routers are frequently on sale, but we rarely see a combo unit like this one from Motorola receive a significant price drop. This modem will pay for itself within a year because the router you are renting from your cable company can cost as much as $10/month.

Not only does this gadget simplify your network setup, but it should also increase wireless performance and prevent connection drop outs. Rated 4 out of 5 stars from 700 Amazon reviewers. Other features and tech specs can be seen below.

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General May 11

This week, Daily Steals offers the iPhone 5 16GB refurb w/Otterbox Defender Blazed Phone Case for $99.99 shipped. That’s the first time we’ve ever seen an iPhone 5 below the $100 threshold and adding the Otterbox Defender case is the icing on the cake.

This is a great alternative to an iPod for kids or parents or a great backup phone in case something happens to yours. It takes the latest OS 9, is unlocked and works on all carriers except Sprint. If you give it to your kids, you can use Find my iPhone/Friends to find their whereabouts and even without the SIM, the 911 functionality works in emergencies.

It also makes a great burner phone with a $30/month unlimited data plan from T-Mobile or testing phone for developers.  expand full story

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This week, Daily Steals offers the OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Plus Symmetry Series Phone Case inBlack, Blue, Damson and Glacier for $11.99 shipped. That’s a great price for one of the most popular and loved iPhone Plus sized cases on the planet – which received great 4.5/5 rankings from Amazon (where it costs double) reviewers. expand full story

General May 8

If you don’t want to start your tool kit one piece at a time, Amazon today has a great deal on the Black & Decker LDX120PK 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill and Project Kit (B00C625KVE) at $59.99 shipped. This is a great beginner/intermediate tool set and is even great for older kids who are learning how to really fix stuff. If you have a cottage, external structure or a vacation home this is also a great kit to have around. It includes 20V Drill with removable battery that connects to tons of Black and Decker equipment.

I like this kit because it contains everything you need to do light work around the house, hang paintings, fix small appliances, etc. Better yet, it all fits in a tiny carrying case (included). expand full story

General May 5

Update (5/23 10:15am): Disney recently announced a host of new attractions coming to its Orlando theme parks this summer. Are you planning a trip? Let us know in the comments!

The happiest place on earth is home to iconic theme parks, world class hotels, top-shelf food and, of course, Mickey Mouse. It’s become almost a rite of passage for kids to make a pilgrimage to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, but all of those pixie dust encrusted accommodations and entertainment options can get awfully pricey.

The good news is that there are many ways you can save significant amounts of money throughout your Disney trip. As a former Florida resident and annual passholder, I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can count and have spent way too much time on Disney fan boards, as such I’ve learned all the ways to trim your ticket, hotel and food costs. Continue on for a roundup of my top tips to save on your next trip to Walt Disney World.

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The only way to ensure an app can withstand malicious attack is to probe the code for weaknesses. You can currently learn these in-demand skills from scratch and pay what you want for nine courses via 9to5toys Specials.

The Ethical Hacker and Pentester Pro Bundle teaches online security through engaging video tutorials. You start by picking up the necessary programming skills, with beginner-friendly courses on Python and Haskell. You can also get started with Lisp language, Scheme, and the popular Python framework that is Django. These courses include lessons on using code for pentesting, but the Ethical Hacking & Certification Training Course provides a complete education in networking, social engineering and hardware hacking. Likewise, Linux System Administration with Python shows you how to use scripts to run tasks, such as scanning networks and performing tests. The Kali Linux Tutorials Course introduces an important pentesting framework.

The final two courses teach object-oriented programming with Scala, and Google’s own Go programming language. You can pay whatever you like for these, beating the average price paid to unlock the full bundle.

The courses are usually worth $1,431 put together, and this deal offers lifetime access to streaming all of the content.

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