General December 29, 2015
With the release of the latest Star Wars film, some pretty amazing LEGO creations inspired by the films have been surfacing recently. We’ve spotted a couple builds that are nothing short of amazing when it comes to sheer scale and detail, including the 22-pound Millennium Falcon you see above and a 3-foot tall Ewok village from the tree-tops of Endor. Head below for all the details and a closer look: expand full story
General December 28, 2015
Amazon, the biggest retailer in the US and our readers’ #1 destination when holiday shopping, set records for holiday sales yet again. Amazon is typically vague on their numbers but did include some standout items of note in their Holiday Best Sellers List.
- Amazon Business: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD; Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 with Keyboard and Mouse
- Amazon Video: Inside Out; Trainwreck; Jurassic World
- Amazon Launchpad: Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit; Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid; Pivotal Living Band
- Books: Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids; Adult Coloring Books: A Coloring Book for Adults Featuring Mandalas and Henna Inspired Flowers, Animals, and Paisley Patterns; Humans of New York: Stories
- Camera: Fujifilm INSTAX Mini Instant Film Twin Pack – White; GoPro HERO4 SILVER; AmazonBasics Head Strap Camera Mount for GoPro
- Headphones: Panasonic RPHJE120K In-Ear Headphone – Black; Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphone – Black; Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones – Black
- Home Audio: Jensen JTA-230 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built-in Speakers; Yamaha RX-V677 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with AirPlay; SONOS PLAY:1 2-Room Streaming Music Starter Set Bundle – Black
- Movies: Inside Out (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital Copy); Minions (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD); Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI (Blu-ray + DVD)
- Music (CDs & vinyl): Adele 25; Pentatonix That’s Christmas to Me; Frozen (Soundtrack)
- Prime Video (movies): The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1; Ex Machina; Dark Places
- Prime Video (TV seasons): Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castle; Amazon Original Series Transparent (Season 2); Amazon Original Series, Shaun the Sheep—The Farmer’s Llamas
- Prime Music (songs): Adele—“Hello”; Walk the Moon—“Shut up and Dance”; Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars—“Uptown Funk”
- Tablets: Fire; Fire Kids Edition; Fire HD 6
- Toys & Games: Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit; Nerf N-Strike Elite: Strongarm Blaster; Jenga Classic Game
- TV: Samsung UN32J5205 32-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV; Samsung UN40J5200 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV; TCL 32S3700 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV
- Video Games: Call of Duty: Black Ops III; Fallout 4; Star Wars Battlefront
Did any of these wind up in your shopping cart?
Amazon also reported that over 200 million more items shipped for free with Prime this holiday season and more than three million new members worldwide joined Prime during the third week of December alone. Full PR:
For LLC/small business owners, the end of the calendar year means you only have a week to purchase office supplies and other work expenses that can be written-off on your next tax return. From Wikipedia:
In income tax calculation, a write-off is the itemized deduction of an item’s value from a person’s taxable income. Thus, if a person in the United States has a taxable income of $50,000 per year, a $100 telephone for business use would lower the taxable income to $49,900. If that person is in a 25% tax bracket, the tax due would be lowered by $25. Thus the net cost of the telephone is $75 instead of $100.
That’s why we’re officially inventing Write-Off Week™ at 9to5Toys, one place to find the best deals on tech, office supplies, travel gear, and everything else you’ll need to keep your small – large business running over the next year.
If you’ve been considering new office chairs or desks, need to stock up on supplies, or perhaps want to deck out the office with the latest automation tech for the new year, we’ll be tracking the best products at the best prices until New Years Eve. Below we kick things off with a few picks to get you started… expand full story
General December 27, 2015
Amazon offers the Aukey 3600mAh battery with short Apple-certified MFi Lightning cable for $9.99 shipped. The battery will fully charge an iPhone 6/s or plus or get you hours of additional life on an iPad or iPad Mini. This battery charges with Apple Lightning too so you don’t need the Micro-USB cable here. It gets 4/5 star reviews from Amazon readers. The $10 price is notable here because its half of what Apple charges for a MFi cable alone and a tenth of what Apple charges for a battery case of smaller capacity.
Also, if you are just looking to buy bulk Lightning cables, Cadmium Cables offers a 3-pack of 3-foot Lightning cables for just $8.48 shipped. At under $3/cable, that’s near an all-time low and these get 3.9/5 star reviews and come with a money back guarantee. Note that some reviewers question if these are Apple Certified Lightning cables while still saying they work as advertised. expand full story
General December 22, 2015
Today is your last chance to place a Prime order at Amazon and get it in time for Christmas without having to pay extra for expedited delivery. That means you can avoid crowds at the mall and still knock out the rest of your holiday shopping. Even better, there are still tons of deals available so you can save a few bucks while you’re at it. Don’t stress about finding good gifts either. We’ve put together several guides that’ll steer you in the right direction. expand full story
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General December 18, 2015
Every year, Apple puts together a beautiful-looking holiday gift guide on Apple.com, packed with the latest iOS devices, Macs, and accessories people would love to receive as gifts. The hitch is that Apple’s prices are almost always full retail, with no discounting, so it’s easy to spend anywhere from $5 to $300 more per item than if you just shopped around.
This year, 9to5Toys and 9to5Mac have done the bargain hunting for you. We’ve found savings on virtually every item on Apple’s holiday shopping list, which this year is organized into 6 sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Using the links below, you can save up to $350 on a new 12″ MacBook, between $20 and $80 on many third-party accessories, and up to $130 on a pair of Beats headphones…
General December 17, 2015
Verizon Wireless offers the LifeProof NÜÜD iPad Air Waterproof Case in white for $19.98 shipped. That’s $60 off the original list price, $29 less than Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we can find. The case is fully water proof, dirt proof, snow proof, drop proof (up to 6 feet). It’s also been called by Lifeproof the thinnest and lightest case available for the iPad Air. 68 Amazon shoppers gave it 3.7/5 stars.
Also on sale today at Verizon are the following iPad Air cases:
- Apple iPad Air Smart Case in blue $18 (Reg. $70)
- Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case in Midnight Blue $35 (Orig. $70)
General December 14, 2015
For many people, the Best Buy $100 off Apple Watch sale was the best they’ve seen but for those of you outside the state of New York, B&H Photo might have a better option. They offer the Apple Watch Sport at the same $100 off price points across the board. But they only charge tax at time of purchase in New York State. That might be a significant savings, especially if you are in a high tax state and purchasing a higher end Apple Watch.
Time is running out, grab one while you can!
(Oh and NYers, Order one, pay tax and you can go to their Store and pick it up within 45 minutes) expand full story
General December 13, 2015
Apple fans are a dedicated bunch. Many of us diehards run out and buy every new gadget, making it nearly impossible for friends and family to come up with an original gift idea related to one of our biggest passions. My holiday gift guide includes items that you can’t buy from your local Apple store, but are sure to delight any fan of the company. These aren’t complementary products like a nice iPhone stand or Apple Watch band, but rather hard-to-find swag and collectibles that only real Apple fans would appreciate. Head below to take a look at my outside-the-box gift ideas for the Apple lover in your life: expand full story
General December 12, 2015
Chances are, you’ll be doing some traveling this holiday season. Or perhaps you have someone on your gift list that is a regular puddle jumper. Below you’ll find my top-picks for either scenario that will keep all your devices organized and operating at peak performance.
General December 9, 2015
Amazon offers the iDeaUSA 2600 mAH Portable Backup Battery Charger Power Bank with Flashlight for $7.99.
Add coupon code XC5N383E to drop the price to $4.99 Prime shipped. That’s an all time low for flashlight battery chargers and this one gets very good 4.6/5 star ratings. 2600mAh is more than a full iPhone 6/s of charge.
If you need a little bit more juice, grab this 5200mAh iDeaPower battery for $6.99 after applying coupon code IDPME44L (available in Blue or White). This has a built in MicroUSB port, 2nd USB port and LED battery indicator.
Both of these make amazing stocking stuffers.
Finding the right stocking stuffer present can be a chore. We’ve all experienced and seen the disappointment that comes with a poorly chosen gift. No one wants that back scratcher or ugly tie that inevitably finds its way into your hands each year. Below you’ll find a handful of practical gifts that are going to get the job done and not end up in the junk drawer.
Despite expanding into nearly every product category under the sun, Amazon is still one of the largest and most influential (for better or worse) book retailers in existence. Amazon this morning announced its highly-anticipated list of the year’s best-selling books. Any of the picks would make a great holiday gift for a book fan. Amazingly, two coloring books for grown-ups managed to land spots in the top 15.
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General December 6, 2015
You have likely already seen some of our gift guides pop up on 9to5Mac filled with some of the best Mac/iOS accessories and gadgets. While even more of those top picks will be coming your way shortly, for now we will be looking at some great ways to improve your home audio/recording set-up without reaching too deep into your pocket. Down below you’ll find some unique gadgets, connected speakers, Lightning mics, interesting storage options and more: expand full story
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