General ▪ July 31
General ▪ July 30
You might notice that 9to5Toys has changed. Indeed so has the whole network. Long before the page size/speed and advertising controversies, we knew that we needed to rethink how we presented ourselves.
While we were one of the lightest and fastest sites in our field, our feature creep and advertisers were adding complexity and page load times, which is especially crucial on mobile – an ever expanding percentage of our growing audience.
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You may think Nerf blasters and accessories are just toys for grade school kids and bored office workers, but you’d be dead wrong. They’re serious business. Legions of adults collect and mod these foam shooters. There’s even a full-length hardcover book dedicated to Nerf’s best gear.
Earlier this year at Toy Fair NYC Nerf announced its new RIVAL lineup which includes a blaster that fires foam ammo at highway speeds. As we inch closer towards its release we’ve gotten more details and even a new video demo of Nerf’s baddest blaster: expand full story
General ▪ July 29
Livescribe’s smartpens are not a new product in the world of technology accessories. The first model launched a few years ago but today the company is back with an update to one of its most popular pens. This new device, the Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition, has increased storage and features to match other more recent products from Livescribe. Head below for all the details and pricing. expand full story
It was back in the Spring that we first detailed Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service, which seemed like a joke at the time given its April 1st timing. Turns out it wasn’t and today those little push button devices that automatically order more home goods are now available. If you have the over/under on the price at $3 for these, you might be surprised. expand full story
PlayStation is back for the month of August with its selection of free games for PS Plus subscribers. There are six games all together this month for PS4/3/Vita, with one of the most legendary video game characters making an appearance… expand full story
Logitech is celebrating all those kids going back-to-school by offering a $20 voucher for purchases of $49 or more. All you have to do is visit this page and choose between “work hard” or “play hard” (don’t worry, they are the same) and fill out the form that pops up. You’ll be given a promo code on the next screen that you can use until 8/31/2015. Free shipping is available on orders of $49+. Full terms and conditions below.
This voucher will deliver some nice discounts on Logitech accessories for your Mac, PC or entertainment center and more. We recommend taking a look at the MX Master mouse, which drops to $79.99 shipped after the promo code is applied. That’s 20% off the regular price/Amazon, $7 less than our previous mention and lowest we’ve seen it go for.
A number of us at 9to5Toys use this mouse, it has a great ergonomic design and customizable buttons for easy access to apps, expose and other features. Amazon customers rate this product 3.9/5 stars.
Other deals include:
- G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse: $29.99 (Reg. $50)
- G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse: $39.99 (Reg. $60)
- G710 Plus Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: $69.99 (Reg. $90)
- Z523 2.1-channel Speaker System: $79.99 (Reg. $80)
General ▪ July 28
Today Kodak announced that its PIXPRO SP360 action camera was adding support for YouTube’s new 360 degree video capture and playback. This new feature allows viewers to see a complete representation of the area around the camera.
The videos are so unique in that they allow users to explore the video in all angles during playback. Instead of a still image that can be moved around, playback continues while the video is rotated. Kodak has captured some really cool videos out in the wilderness and rollercoasters that bring this technology to life. expand full story
Crowdfunding campaigns and startups are pushing out some of the coolest gadgets in the market, but getting your hands on them is sometimes tough since these companies don’t have distribution and logistics locked down. Amazon Launchpad is designed to make it easier for these amazing products to get into the hands of consumers faster. Jim Adkins, Amazon’s Vice President, explains:
Amazon Launchpad gives customers access to a dedicated storefront featuring a variety of innovative new products from emerging brands. For startups, we handle inventory management, order fulfillment, customer service, and more, allowing them to focus their efforts on the innovation that results in more cool products.
The Amazon Launchpad Store already has more than 200 products from various venture capital firms, startup accelerators, and crowd-funding platforms. Some of which have been around for quite some time and others that are brand new.
Many consumers (myself included) are hesitant to back a crowdfunding campaign due to the murky purchase process and vague shipping timelines, but if you can wait until they hit Amazon Launchpad you should have a relatively stress-free experience.
This move by Amazon shouldn’t come as a shock, back in March the online retailer opened a similar store dedicated to selling innovative products from emerging brands.
Here are some of our top picks from Amazon’s new Launchpad store:
- Kinsa Smart Thermometer: $29.99
- littleBits Electronics Premium Kit: $149
- Ube U1000 Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer: $89
- Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage: $349
- Osmo Gaming System for iPad: $76.99
- GrowlerWerks Ukeg 64 Copper Craft Beer Growler: $145
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Mohu offers its Leaf 50 over-the-air Ultimate HDTV Antenna (open box) for $39.99. Use coupon code SUPER25 at checkout to drop your final price down to $29.99 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, it carries a list price of $90 and Amazon is currently selling it in new condition for $69. Today’s deal matches the best price we’ve seen for it. Nearly 10,000 Amazon reviewers rate it 3.9 out of 5 stars. Includes a 30-day warranty.
Leaf antennas provide free over-the-air HDTV channels without the need for expensive cable or satellite services. Quality and reception varies based on your distance from broadcast towers, but I have one setup in my guest bedroom and it delivers dozens of HDTV channels. It’s also reversible with black and white sides so you can choose which color looks best.
Setup is simple — just screw the Mohu coax cable into your HDTV and scan for available channels. That’s it. Refer to this coverage map before making your purchase to be sure your home or office is covered.
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General ▪ July 27
Building a game that people love to play is an unparalleled experience in creative design. If you would like to give it a go, the fifteen courses in the Game Developer Bundle offer a comprehensive starting point, and you can pay what you want for them at 9to5Toys Specials.
The bundle has three main tracks, with the courses grouped into collections. Folks wanting to avoid code get five courses dedicated to development by other means. This includes tuition on how to use software such as Stencyl and Construct 2 to bring your ideas to life, plus content on exporting your finished games. A collection of four courses focuses on Unity 3D, the engine that powers many of the world’s biggest titles. You learn animation, particle effects, physics, and how to design levels. The other option is to learn HTML5, with the six-course collection showing you how to create 2D physics, in-game music, and the parallax effect.
- Game Development for Non-Coders 5-Course Bundle ($128)
- Unity 3D Game Development and Design 4-Course Bundle ($225)
- HTML5 App and Game Development 6-Course Bundle ($186)
You can pay whatever you like for the Non-Coders track; beat the average price paid to unlock the full bundle – get it at your chosen price now.
There is nothing more mouth-watering than a perfectly cooked steak. The Range Smart Thermometer hooks up to your phone to make sure dinner is perfect every night. At 9to5Toys specials, it is currently $60 with free shipping.
You can put this three-inch stainless steel sensor straight into your roast, or clip it onto the side of a cooking pot. It connects to your phone via a silicone cable, which plugs into the audio jack on any iOS device. The accompanying app then displays the temperature on screen, and you can set up alerts in order to receive a notification on your phone when your food is done.
To help you out, there is a library of USDA- and gourmet-recommended food presets, so you can choose medium-rare or well-done. If you are feeling scientific, the app can also produce detailed temperature graphs of the cooking process.
- Made of food-safe silicone and stainless steel
- Perfect for use while grilling, roasting, baking, broiling, and smoking meat
- Prevents you from eating undercooked meat
- Clips onto pots to enable hands-free, no-fuss cooking
- Offers calibrated temperature readings in both Fahrenheit and Celsius
- Comes with USDA- and gourmet-recommended presets for meat and candy
- Delivers push notifications to your devices when your food is ready
- Comes with graphing mode to map out the data points of your food experiments
Order the Range Smart to get 14% off – add it to your cart now.
If you’re into hardcore first-person shooters (FPS), chances are you’ve had mixed feelings about consoles. The ultimate customized shoot’em up experience comes by way of the PC and its endless list of peripherals. Console users are essentially limited to the controllers that are supplied by Sony and Microsoft, with varying degrees of success.
Gaming accessory maker Hori has come up with a new custom keyboard and mouse setup. The Tactical Assault Commander 4, which brings the feel of a PC setup to Sony’s PS4. Head below for full details. expand full story