Roundup: The best selfie sticks for your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and 5/5c/5s

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Not only is the selfie not going away, but thanks to the selfie stick, the trend is going to the next level.

Take a stroll around nearly any major city and you’re bound to see individuals and groups of people taking their pictures with iPhones affixed to poles. Just last weekend, I was at one of the biggest tourist spots in the world, Walt Disney World, and I couldn’t walk a few feet without bumping into one.

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The idea of the selfie stick is to hold an iPhone further than your arms can reach to grab the perfect selfie angle. It’s also a good way to capture more scenery and people in each picture without having to hand your iPhone to a random person nearby. Aside from a few ridiculous exceptions, most of these monopods extend to around 3.5 feet.

You’ll find that the majority of selfie sticks are made by no-name companies out of China, so you’ll come across a lot of cheap options. Nicer models include a Bluetooth remote, while less expensive models connect via the headphone jack. One of these options is necessary to snap the shutter for the photo when you can’t touch the iPhone,

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1080P 120Hz HDTVs: Panasonic 50″ WiFi Smart: $500, Sharp 42″: $300

Some nice big HDTV options available today from first-tier retailers:

Update: Oos

Newegg offers the Vizio 47″ Class 1080p LED TV model E470-A0o for $349.99 shipped. That’s 50% off and the lowest price we’ve seen for this popular 47-inch 1080P display that features Slim Frame Design, 3 HDMI+USB Inputs and is Wall Mountable.

 

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Best Buy offers the Panasonic c Series Smart LED LCD TV – 50″ Class (49.5″ Diag) Model TC-50AS530Uc for $499.99 with free shipping or site to store. That’s $350 off and the lowest price we’ve seen.(more info at Panasonic.com)

Some other great finds:

Best Buy offers the Hisense 1080P 40-inch for $239 shipped. Features 8W speakers, 3 HDMI inputs.

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$30 Streamers: Roku LT/Stick+3 Months of Hulu Plus or Chromecast +$20 Google Play, 2 months Hulu Plus, more

If you haven’t yet put a streaming dongle on all of your HDTVs, $30 buys you a lot of great options currently out there.

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Amazon and Best Buy continue to offer the Chromecast Dongle for $29.99 with free shipping. What makes this deal special is what Google adds on afterwards (ending January 31st): After setting up your Chromecast and visiting this page, you’ll receive $20 Google Play credit, X-Men original movie, 3 months of Drama Fever, 2 months of Hulu Plus and 90 days free Google Play music.

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  • Stream online video, music, photos and more to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop
  • Supports a growing number of apps including Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, ESPN, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies and Music, Plex, MLS, crackle, Vevo, Rdio. Allows to cast a Chrome browser tab.
  • Box includes Chromecast, HDMI extender, USB power cable, and power adapter. No remote needed.
  • Easy setup: Plug into any HDTV and connect to your home WiFi network
  • Works with Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks

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Next, Groupon offers either the Roku LT HD Streaming Player or Roku Streaming Stick with 2 Months of Free Rdio and 3 Months Free of Hulu Plus for $29.99 shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for these popular streaming options that come with Remote and the most streaming options available which can be operated without a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Omaker 10,000mAh Dual 2.1A USB Battery w/flashlight: $18 Prime shipped

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Amazon has the Omaker 10,000mAh USB Battery and flashlight for $24.99. Code OEEUAF33 drops it $7 to $17.99 shipped with Amazon Prime. It features two high-speed 2.1A USB ports and 1W flashlight.  I personally love this device and it is $2 under the lowest price we’ve ever seen it.

  • Premium gloss finish,the UV craft makes it wear resistant.
  • Intelligent technology:maximizes compatibility with Android,Apple or other devices by enabling charge speeds of up to 2.1 amp with 2x 2.1A USB Outputs.
  • High capacity: 10000mAh,10000 mAh of capacity charges an iPhones four+ times or large-capacity phones like the Galaxy S4 more than twice, 4 Integrated LED indicator show Power status.
  • Battery Type:Constructed with A+ Li-Polymer battery cells and build-in microchips to ensure safety use; 500+recharge cycles over the life of the battery.
  • Intelligent power manage IC:Multiple protection system inside for safety;Designed for avoiding overcharge,overvoltage, overcurrent, and short circuit, CE, FCC, ROHS certification ensures reliability.Portable Charger: Compact design, Super portable, Suitable for a wide range of occasions, such as parties, BBQs, and outdoor activities like camping,mountain climbing, and picnics.

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It’s time to catch up on Kitchen Tech, 9to5 Toys’ amazing food + drink column

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9to5 Toys is very excited about our latest column, Kitchen Tech, which spotlights modern kitchen tools that bring restaurant-quality food and drinks into your home. If you haven’t yet seen the amazing photographs and topics in our first three Kitchen Tech editions, this would be a great time to check them out.

Column 1: Up your drinking game with magical ice ball makers, which transform everyday drinks into classics.

Column 2: Radically improve meats, poultry, and fish with Sous Vide water baths, which turn plain pieces of meat into succulent, restaurant-caliber steaks, ribs, and more.

Column 3: Learn about avant garde cooking with incredible modernist cookbooks, which bring professional, modern recipes and techniques home.

Merry Christmas from the 9to5 Toys staff! We’ll be back with more great kitchen magic and deals very soon.

Dan’s Gift Guide: low cost tech accessories you may have overlooked

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My favorite gift picks for this year include a couple smaller items that’ll complement your Apple setup, one to help you cut the cord and one to make you fall deeper into Apple fandom. Only one of my picks is priced just slightly north of $50, so any of them should be good for Secret Santa or stuffing some stockings.

Rather than pointing out this year’s obvious tech gift wins, I’ve gone with a handful of items that you probably overlooked and were most likely omitted from other gift guides you’ve read so far this year… Read more

Jared’s gift guide: The best media streamers to give for the holidays

Toys Guide 4Long gone are the days of a traditional movie renting experience. No longer do we have to travel for miles in the snow just to pick up a rental for movie night. Today we can scroll through the newest releases and watch them without leaving the couch. But if you’re like me, you still have people on your gift list stuck in the 1990’s, who are in desperate need of a digital wake up call.

Below, I have my favorite media streamers you still have time to give to people on your list.

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ASUS 13″ Chromebook HD w/Gigabit WiFi, 32GB Storage/4GB RAM: $229 ($100 off)

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Amazon offers the ASUS Chromebook 13-Inch HD with Gigabit WiFi, 32GB Storage & 4GB RAM (Model B00JI9HISQ) for $229 with free shipping. That’s $100 off for this recently released double RAM and double local storage configuration. Features:

  • 10 Hours Incredible Battery Life.
  • Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi.
  • Intel Dual-Core 2.16 GHz Processor with 4 GB RAM.
  • 13.3″ HD LED Display. HD Webcam.
  • USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card Reader, & Bluetooth 4.0.
  • 32 GB local flash storage, 1TB Google Drive storage for 2 years (with recent offer).

OK with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and Green on White? $180 please.

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9to5 Guide: The best iPad stands, docks, and cases with built-in stands

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iPads need stands. Whether you’re watching videos, long-form typing, or making FaceTime calls, it’s a chore to hold the iPad upright for extended blocks of time. To address that need, Apple launched the first iPad with regular and keyboard docks, but quickly gave up on them in favor of simpler folding lids called Smart Covers.

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If you’re looking for an iPad stand or dock, you can do better than that. We know because we’ve tested lots of options for Apple’s tablets. Following up on our guide to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus docks, we’re looking today at the very best of what’s out there for every iPad, covering four broad categories: simple portable stands, simple desktop stands, cases with integrated stands, and charging docks. Read more

Put wireless anywhere for $35! TP-LINK Nano Powerline Adapter Kit: $20, Wireless N150 Portable Router: $15 shipped

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If you are looking to extend your wireless network to any part of your home including powered outstructures like barns, stables, pools, guesthouses, gates or even just easily improving your signal strength in your home far from your current router, we have a quick, easy and inexpensive solution:

Combining the TP-LINK  Nano Powerline Adapter Kit for $19.99 shipped (which we mentioned a few days ago) with the TP-Link Wireless N150 Portable Router: $14.99 shipped gives you up to 200Mbps of data speeds from your current router channelled through up to 300 meters of household/yard wiring to another outlet where you can connect to this Portable 150Mbps Wireless router.

Both of these are at lowest ever prices and get great (4.3+/5 star) reviews at Amazon.

 

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VIZIO 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz Smart LED HDTV: $1,000 shipped (Reg. $1,500)

vizio-65-inch-M652I-B2Update (12/ 18 8:40am): Now backordered at Amazon, but still available from Best Buy.

Amazon offers the VIZIO 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz Smart LED HDTV (model M652i-B2) for $999.99 with free scheduled delivery. Prime members will save an additional $10. This 2014 VIZIO M-Series HDTV carries a list price of $1,500, but generally sells for around $1,300. Today’s price matches Black Friday as the best price we’ve ever seen.

You can find similarly sized HDTVs for less, but they won’t match the picture quality this model puts out. Also available from Best Buy. Over 500 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.1 out of 5 stars.

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Kitchen Tech: Sous Vide water baths turn plain meat into succulent, restaurant-caliber steaks, ribs, and more

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Last week, I debuted Kitchen Tech, a brand new 9to5Toys column designed to help you bring restaurant-quality dining into your own home. We were thrilled with the response to the first column on making magical ice balls for cocktails, so today’s column explores the opposite extreme: heating water in a precisely controlled way to get equally amazing results with vacuum-sealed bags of food.

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Some people call this sous vide (soo vee-d, “under vacuum”) cooking; others know it as cooking with an immersion circulator. Quietly used in restaurant kitchens for decades, sous vide cooking started to gain mainstream attention following the release of the avant-garde professional cookbook set Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. Author Nathan Myhrvold ranks sous vide gear as the #4 and #5 most important modernist cooking tools in the newer consumer version of the book, Modernist Cuisine at Home, just behind a digital scale, thermometer, and pressure cooker.

In any case, temperature-controlled water baths produce the juiciest, most succulent meats you’ll ever taste, and can perform other magic tricks… like making perfect eggs, just-right vegetables, and rich, creamy sauces. Below, we’ll explain how sous vide cooking works, and show you how to do it at home.

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