Luna smart mattress cover turns up the heat in bed and even triggers your morning coffee

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If you are interested in a better sleep experience, but find the Sleep Cycle app or an expensive mattress aren’t the answer, you may want to check out the Luna smart mattress cover. What was born out of an Indiegogo campaign is set to become a reality later this year. Instead of re-making an entire mattress, that would ultimately prove to be very costly, Luna is a mattress cover that fits many beds. It is covered in sensors, which helps track your movement, sleeping habits and interacts with your data to monitor your overall health.

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Samsung 2.5-inch EVO Internal SSDs: 840 500GB $180, 850 250GB $120, more

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Update 1/28 (9:15am): Newegg has the Crucial MX100 2.5-inch 128GB internal solid state drive for $62.99 shipped.

Update (1/27 1:30pm): eBay/Newegg has the Crucial MX100 2.5-inch 512GB internal solid state drive for $174.99 shipped

Buy via eBay Daily Deals has the Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch internal solid state drive for $179.99 shipped. This is the lowest that we can currently find it for.

Newegg has the Samsung 850 EVO-Series 2.5-inch 250GB internal solid state drive for $134.99. Coupon code EMCAKNV22 brings the final price down to $119.99 shipped. This is a savings of $30 off the regular price, $12 better than Amazon’s current listing and the best current offer.

The Samsung 850 EVO-Series features sequential read speeds of 550 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 520 MB/s, it is also rated to improve battery life by up to 50 minutes vs. hard disk drives. This is the #1 best-selling internal SSD at Amazon.

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Newegg also offers the WD Black2 Dual Drive (WD1001X06XDTL) 2.5″ 120 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive kit for $129.99. Coupon code ESCAKNV24 takes the final price down to $99.99 shipped. That’s a savings of $60+ off the regular price, $53 better than Amazon and the lowest that we’ve seen it go for. At Amazon, this storage solution is rated 3.8/5 stars by 121 users.

The WD Black2 pairs a 120GB solid state drive with a traditional 1TB mechanical drive, allowing users to store their data in either location depending on their needs. This setup is similar to the fusion drive from Apple, and in theory offers flexibility that other solutions do not. Additionally, WD includes a five year warranty and a SATA-to-USB cable. At this time, it appears the drive is only supported on Windows machines.

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Omaker M4 Rugged/Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker + 15,600mAh battery: $45 shipped

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Update (1/28 11:00am): The promo code for the speaker alone has expired, but you can still get the speaker with power bank for $45 shipped (details below).

Amazon offers the Omaker M4 portable Bluetooth rugged/waterproof speaker for $29.99 Prime Shipped. Coupon code OMAKER88 drops it $10 to $19.99 Prime shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this popular speaker that impressed me a 9to5mac review a few months ago. Features:

  • Latest Bluetooth 4.0 Technology – Connect your device in 3 seconds;Outstanding connection range of up to 33 feet.
  • Full, High-Def Sound – Enjoy an impressively crystal clear sound quality and robust bass realized through a 3W audio driver and passive subwoofer.
  • Daylong Playtime, Fast Recharge – Enjoy 12 hours of music at 80% volume, up to three times longer than similar-sized portable speakers. Recharge in just 3 hours using the included Micro USB cable.
  • Designed as a Outdoor Speaker and Shower Speaker – Unique Rugged Square Design with Splashproof&Shockproof&Dustproof& functions make it suitable for outdoors and shower.
  • NFC technology – Tap-to-pair with NFC technology for easy and instant connection (If your bluetooth audio device has NFC function).

If you are in the market for a great battery, add the Omaker 15600mAh Dual 2.1A USB Portable Charger External Battery Pack + Code OMAKER66 takes $15 off both items, making the combo $44.99 shipped.

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Kitchen Tech: Showtime Rotisserie Oven brings restaurant-quality chicken and roasts home

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Eight years ago, the Showtime Rotisserie Oven went from being the punchline of a joke to one of the best tools in my kitchen. Aggressively pitched in late-night Ron Popeil infomercials with the tagline “set it and forget it” — a catchy phrase that quickly made its way into the popular lexicon — the Rotisserie’s value as a cooking tool didn’t get as much attention as its marketing.

I’d like to fix that in this week’s edition of Kitchen Tech. As the pitch suggests, the Showtime Rotisserie is a dead-simple cooking tool, and as we learned after receiving one as a gift from my mother-in-law, it also happens to make outstanding, restaurant-quality roasts and poultry. Much larger versions are used to prepare large quantities of poultry and meats in restaurant kitchens; the countertop-sized Showtime is designed for four- to six-person meals. It’s even easier to use than the sous vide machines we’ve covered, and over nearly a decade of use, we’ve never had to replace a single part. Read on for how it works, and why it continues to be a favorite tool in our kitchen.

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Apple iPad mini 64GB WiFi in black or white (refurb) $210 shipped

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A4C again has the Apple iPad Mini 64GB WiFi 7.9″ in black or white refurbished for only $209.95 shipped. Thats $100 off the refurb price from Apple and the lowest we’ve seen for it. Note: All of Apple’s Refurb deals here (come with new battery/screen and 1 year Apple warranty)

Key features include:

  • 7.9-inch multi-touch screen (1024 x 768 resolution) display
  • Supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • A5 dual-core processor, 64GB storage
  • 10 hour battery life with rechargeable Li-Polymer battery
  • Front-facing 1.2MP camera for FaceTime and rear-facing 5MP iSight camera

Buy with confidence: all refurbished items sold by A4C have a 90-day replacement warranty. Should there be an issue due to a product defect within 90 days of purchase, simply email A4C’s customer service and they will arrange an RMA for you for a replacement.

NOTE: Item may contain minor scratches and/or slight cosmetic defects due to prior usage. However, the display is in perfect condition and, this item has been tested thoroughly and is in perfect working condition.

Interested in a used 32GB iPad Air? Best Buy’s Cowboom Deal of the Day is the 32GB iPad Air for $309.99 + $5 flat shipping. That’s about $60 less than Apple’s refurb price (though it will be in much better condition and have a 1 year warranty). Note conditions vary from Fair to Good.

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Apple iPhone 6: $498 off contract, (iPhone 6 Plus: $598) refurb at Walmart (23% off)

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Update: Boost Mobile (A Sprint Pre-paid brand) offers new iPhone 6 for $549.99 and iPhone 6 Plus for $649.99 without a plan but they are locked to Boost/Sprint. They do come with a 1 year Apple warranty and are brand new however

Walmart offers both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus refurbished for $498 and $598 shipped. That’s $151 off the new price and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for refurbished iPhone 6/Pluses. These come in White, Gray or Gold are given a 90-day Walmart warranty.

Note: Verizon iPhones are essentially unlocked but Sprint and AT&T versions will be locked to carriers. This is a great way to buy a second/replacement/extra iPhone 6 and save hundreds off of what Apple charges.

Too much? You can grab a refurb iPhone 5c in a variety of colors for $210 shipped on Ebay. Read more

Gaming For Couples: The best Xbox One bundles, games, demos and accessories

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Our last Gaming For Couples article looked at Nintendo’s Wii U as a complete package — it’s arguably the easiest console to recommend to casual gamers, lapsed players, and young families. But Microsoft’s Xbox One has started to surge as an alternative. For only $50 more than the Wii U, you get a much more powerful console, and unlike Nintendo, Microsoft has the support of a huge number of third-party developers.

There’s another big difference: even top-selling Xbox One games are discounted, which makes this console a great choice to play both Microsoft exclusives and cross-platform releases. In this week’s Gaming For Couples, we walk through the best Xbox One bundle options, as well as the top couple-friendly games, demos, and accessories out there.

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The best student discounts: save at Apple, Best Buy, J.Crew and dozens of other national retailers

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Life as a student can be a struggle, from trying to keep up with your classes to working at a part-time job. Don’t forget about your girlfriend or those student loans weighing over your head as well. The good news: we’re here to help put a couple bucks back in your pocket so you don’t have to settle for cheap beer this weekend…

9to5Toys has scoured the internet looking for some of the best discounts available to students and rounded them up. Below we’ve got details on potential savings at Apple, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and more. You probably had no idea that you’ve been missing out on those discounted burritos.

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Nintendo Throwback Sale 2: Punch-Out!! $10 for Wii U, NES Remix 2, Zelda, Kid Icarus deals

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Following last week’s mega-sale on Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii U, Nintendo has just launched round two of its Throwback Sale for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. As before, you have one week to grab one steeply-discounted Wii U title from Nintendo’s eShop, plus smaller discounts on several Wii U and 3DS releases.

The star attraction is Nintendo’s Wii U version of Punch-Out!!, a straight port of the 2009 Wii release offered for $9.99 (reg. $20 digital, discontinued but selling for $60 on disc). Punch-Out!! is a well-regarded sequel to the classic arcade, NES, and SNES franchise, where boxer Little Mac fights a huge collection of cartoony opponents. Also available for the next week at reduced prices are:

Next week, Metroid Prime Trilogy will become available for the Wii U, followed by Sin & Punishment 2 and other Wii games. Some of the Wii ports will no longer require special Wii controllers to play on the Wii U; others (including Super Mario Galaxy 2) unfortunately do. Check out our Wii U Buyers’ Guide for recommendations on the right Wii U bundles, accessories, and games to purchase, as well as our daily gaming deals for additional discounts. Pre-order deals for Kirby: The Rainbow Curse ($50) and Mario Party 10 ($50) are amongst many we’re currently tracking!

Watch Amazon’s hit TV show Transparent for free and save 27% on Prime

Amazon has just announced that all ten Transparent episodes will be available to watch for free this Saturday. Usually only available to Prime Members, this single day promotion will allow absolutely anyone to tune in and see what all the Golden Globe buzz is about for this Amazon exclusive TV show.

amazon-prime-adAlso on Saturday, anyone will be able to buy a year of Prime for $72, which is a savings of $27. Prime members receive free 2-day shipping on millions of items offered by Amazon direct, and deeply discounted 1-day shipping options. Shipping savings alone (especially during the holidays) can justify the price of a Prime membership, but members also get unlimited photo storage, early access to Lightning deals, and access to a boatload of movies, TV shows, music, and books.

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Kitchen Tech: The best wine tools and restaurant-class champagne accessories

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As the last few Kitchen Tech columns on bar tools (part 1part 2) and high-end coffee makers probably demonstrated, I’m a beverage obsessive — over the years, I’ve learned that great dining experiences are as much about what you drink as what you eat. The right beverage can actually improve your entire meal, and if it’s served in the right way, something as seemingly simple as wine or champagne can become the most memorable part of a night. There are great reasons to bring that sort of restaurant-quality experience home.

Today’s Kitchen Tech focuses on Wine Tools, including eight categories of items that range from mandatory to optional. Where appropriate, I’ll explain the benefits and issues of a bargain or higher-end option. To kick things off, I’m starting with something that’s highly optional and just starting to appear in some U.S. restaurants, a Spanish wine tool called a porrón. Read on…

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The iMacompanion is the front USB Port your iMac deserves

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Update (1/23 11:46am): the discount code available in this post has now expired.

If you are an iMac user you like nice things. Reaching around to the back of your iMac every time you want to plug in a USB object is not nice. Sure there are options out there. You could drop $15 on a wrap around cord or buy a nice aluminum USB 3 hub (this nice Satechi 7 port is $40 or Powered Anker is $44 or many others have existed for awhile).

If you want something that looks like it came from Apple however, check out the iMacompanion. It is a single USB 3 port that carries the power and speed of the iMac’s USB 3 (also USB 2 compatible for older models) to the base of your iMac. It has a flat USB cord that will snake under your iMac and to the back USB port. All the instructions you need are in the following graphic and a 15% off offer follows:

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The big thing here is the quality: the housing is 100% aluminum and it is designed to fit perfectly onto your iMac. Wiplabs is giving 9to5Toys readers a 15% discount when bought through Amazon using code 9to5Toys at checkout which knocks it down to $34 with $4.50 shipping (offer is good for a week)