iPad mini 2 w/ Retina display and iPad Air from $250 shipped ($50 off)

Apple-iPad-mini-2Update (12/14 11:05am): Best Buy is taking $50 off select iPad mini 2 w/ Retina display and iPad Air models. Prices start at $249.99 shipped (Reg. $299).

Today only, Walmart offers Apple’s iPad Mini (non-Retina) in new condition either Space Gray or White for $199 shipped or ship to store. That’s $50 off Apple’s current price and tied with the lowest price we’ve ever seen. A nice pickup for the same price as the iPod touch. Features:
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New features, low prices make these PlayStation 4, Xbox One + Wii U games worth second looks

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Early adopters get bragging points for being first to own new game consoles, but they’re only a small fraction of the consoles’ eventual user bases. That’s why game developers save their biggest titles until consoles’ second or third years – there are a lot more potential customers to buy their games. But there are always a few “killer” or “almost killer” games that show up just a little too early, only to get forgotten when the consoles hit their stride. There are also great games that get released with major, show-stopping bugs, then fixed and discounted heavily to bring gamers back. Since the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U consoles all had pretty incredible uptake due to Black Friday sales, we’re looking at some of their best forgotten or fixed games today. And they’re all being discounted, some enough to be impulse purchases.

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Roundup: touchscreen gloves from $2 and DIY options to survive the winter without having to put your iPhone down

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I’m going to be moving from the sunny shores of Florida back up to the frigid Northeast this winter. Once I got over that fact that I won’t be able to go to Disney World every week (OK, I’m still not fully over it but that’s another discussion) I started tracking down my old winter clothes and snowboard gear. Before moving to Florida touchscreen devices hadn’t permeated my entire life. But now, I’m connected 24/7 and couldn’t imagine having to choose between using my iPhone 6 and keeping my hands warm.

First off, you don’t even need to buy a new pair of gloves to start using your iPhone in arctic-like conditions. There are several Do-It-Yourself methods to add touchscreen capabilities to any pair of normal gloves. The easiest ways include sewing conductive thread into the fingertips or dabbing some AnyGlove formula on areas you wish to make touchscreen compatible.

If you’re not the DIY type, then continue on for the best touchscreen gloves I’ve found: Read more

Kitchen Tech: Magical ice ball makers transform everyday drinks into classics

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Back in the 1800’s, the word “restaurant” evolved from the French word for “restore,” giving a proper name to businesses that refreshed weary visitors with wonderful food and beverages. Nowadays, people go to restaurants for sustenance, but also to enjoy different dining experiences from what they can make themselves at home. Starting today, 9to5Toys’ new column Kitchen Tech is here to help you bring restaurant-quality dining into your own kitchen. I’m excited to help you learn what’s cool in the ever-evolving world of eating and drinking gadgetry. My first topic is something nearly as simple as water itself: ice.

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Sony PlayStation 4 gets free game, $35 DriveClub deals at Amazon

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There have been a lot of PlayStation 4 console deals over the past two weeks, including some insane Black Friday specials. Amazon’s latest bundles are some of the best we’ve seen since then. An awesome new deal lets you pick a free AAA-caliber game (Far Cry 4, Little Big Planet 3, Destiny, or NBA 2K15) with your choice of three PlayStation 4 consoles or bundles Amazon sells. That means the $399.99 base model, $419.99 GTAV + Last of Us Remastered bundle, and $439.99 white PS4 with Destiny all include a bonus title. We’d go with the first-person shooter Far Cry 4, but pick whichever suits your tastes.

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While you’re there, it’s time to pull the trigger and grab Sony’s beautiful new racing game DriveClub at an amazingly low price of $34.99 – a savings of $25 over the normal $59.99. Don’t think twice about the middling ratings, which were the result of a glitchy initial launch. Sony fixed its online servers and massively patched the game yesterday, adding hyper-realistic rain, snow, and hydroplaning effects. It’s also giving away downloadable bonus cars and extra content to apologize for the launch. The shots above show how DriveClub actually looks during gameplay: photorealistic. Trust us, you’ll be blown away.

Seagate’s new Archive drives pack 8TB of storage for less than $300

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Seagate has entered the high capacity storage arms race today with its 8TB Archive 3.5-inch internal hard drive. What has previously cost nearly $1,000 can now be had in a TB matching package for $270 or roughly $.03 per gigabyte. Seagate is pushing down what was a nearly unreachable price point for consumers into a market where some backup options don’t get you nearly the storage for the money.

The Seagate Archive internal hard drive line will also be available in 6 and 5TB sizes as well, these drives are “engineered for 24×7 workloads of 180TB per year” and offer SATA performance of up to 6GB/s. While the average user may not have the need for a huge storage option like this, when utilizing partions into small chunks this would make a great backup option for multiple computer homes or small businesses.

If this of interest to you for your home or business setup, we recommend checking out an external inclosure for these types of drives that makes it more flexible solution to your storage. The Seagate Archive line of products will be available in January of 2015.

Head below for full specs from Seagate…

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Amazon flips the switch on free 4K streaming for Prime members, here are the 4K UHDTVs you want to watch it on

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Amazon has made good on its promise to offer 4K content to Prime members at no additional cost. Available titles are limited at this time, but new movies and TV shows will be continually added to the service. Some of the best options available right now include Alpha House and Orphan Black. You can also buy 4K movies from Amazon Instant Video like American Hustle, Captain Phillips, and This Is the End.

Ultra High Definition TVs have been tumbling in cost throughout the past year. From top brands like VIZIO and LG to budget brands like Seiki, UHDTV prices are dropping across the board. And now with Netflix, Amazon, and of course, YouTube, offering 4K streaming, the perception of 4K content being nonexistent is becoming more specious.

Not a Prime member? Sign up for a free 30-day trial today.

Of note, your smart UHDTV must have High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) to properly compress high quality streaming content. Here are the best TV sets (with HEVC) from trusted manufacturers to jump into 4K streaming without going broke: Read more

Trevor’s holiday gift guide: products that make life easier and look good doing it

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There are so many products out there on the market that are vying for your attention during the holiday season. My focus has always been on the ones that will make my life easier. The reality is, finding products that both look good and function well is not always the easiest. Below you’ll find some of my favorite gear that help my day go a little better but also have a great style about them:

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iPad Air 2s and Mini 3s $50-$100 off at Best Buy, matching Black Friday prices or 20% off select iPads at Staples

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Update (12/7 10:30am): Staples (in-store only) has 20% off select iPads: iPad Air from $319, iPad mini 2 from $239, iPad mini from $199, more.

Best Buy matches many of its Black Friday iPad Prices with $50-$100 off Apple’s latest release of iPads with free shipping or site-to-store. That’s tied with the lowest pure prices we’ve seen on many of these models.

Acer Aspire A3 21.5″ 1080P All-in-One Android Touchscreen Tablet/PC: $250 shipped ($350 off)

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Ebay has the Acer Aspire A3 21.5″ All-in-One PC Touchscreen Android (Model AA3-600-UR10) for $249.99 shipped. That’s $350 off and the lowest price we’ve seen on this huge Android tablet/display combo. It features Harman Kardon speakers and a 2.5 hour battery life.

  • 21.5″ Full HD Widescreen LED Back-lit Touch Screen with IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology (1920 x 1080) resolution
  • 10-Point Multi-Touch Intuitive Control
  • Intel® Celeron® Quad-Core Processor J1850 (2.0GHz, 2MB Total Cache)
  • Android™ Operating System (Jelly Bean)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • 2GB DDR3 Memory
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • Digital Media Card Reader – Secure Digital™ Card
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • Built-in HD Webcam and microphone
  • High-Definition Audio support
  • Two Harman Kardon® speakers
  • 2- USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1- USB 3.0 Port
  • 1 – HDMI-in Port
  • Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

PNY Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $70 shipped (50% off) 128GB: $35, 64GB: $20

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Update: MacMall still has the 256GB for $70 deal but Amazon is over

Amazon offers the PNY 246GB USB 3.0 Flash drive for $69.99 shipped. That’s almost half off of list and the lowest price we’ve seen on this Flash drive that is bigger and faster than many hard drive/SSD solutions. PNY gets an impressive 4.3/5 star reviews and features:

  • Transfer speeds approximately 10 times faster than standard PNY USB 2.0 Flash Drives
  • Store and transfer large files faster than ever with USB 3.0 technology
  • Allows for quick and easy transfer of all content
  • Transfer one movie in 13 seconds with a Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive vs. 5 minutes with a standard USB 2.0 Flash Drive
  • The 256GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive can hold approximately 47,349 songs
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, so you can utilize any USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port; compatible with most PC and Mac laptop and desktop computers
  • Free technical support
  • Sliding collar, capless design with integrated loop makes it easy to attach to key chains, backpacks and etc.

While this could make a great stocking-stuffer, it also could serve as a backup drive for a MacBook Air or a huge Sneaker-net drive for the house. I personally like filling these things up with music and attaching it to my car’s USB so I pretty much have my whole collection with me on the road.

Don’t need quite as much? Get a 128GB version for exactly half price or 64GB for $19.99 or 32GB for $12.99 Read more