16GB iPad Air Black or White: $400 shipped, tax only in NYC (or $10 international shipping)

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Blutek’s Ebay store, via Ebay Deals, is offering the Apple iPad Air 16GB Wi-Fi MD785LL/A Black Or MD788LL/A White 5th Gen Retina for $399.99 shipped. That’s $100 off and matches current lows we are seeing at Staples and Best Buy but Blutek, who get impressive 99.3%positive feedback, only charge tax in its native New York State possibly saving readers up to $40 more. Additionally, Blutek will ship this overseas for and additional $10.

Keep in mind that Altatac’s Ebay store is still selling the Retina iPad Mini for $319.99 shipped ($80 off) with Tax only in California (and $8 international shipping). Read more

New LED laden shower head packs a waterproof Bluetooth speaker

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If you have ever wanted to bring your favorite tunes to the shower with you, there is a new option coming to the marketplace. The Shower Speaker combines a built-in rechargeable Bluetooth speaker with a rainfall shower head design. This IndieGoGo project aims to combine these two previously separate items into a complete body cleansing, bass pumping experience.

The Shower Speaker features an LED backlit system which changes colors as the temperature of your shower rises, allowing you to visually see when the water is at your desired temperature. The speaker portion of the shower head is detachable, so it can also be used as a listening option away from the bathroom as well. Installation is similar to other shower heads already on the market, The Shower Speaker fits any standard 1/2-inch shower setup.

There are many other Bluetooth-enabled waterproof options, but this is the first we’ve seen that physically combines the shower head with a speaker.  For $90 shipped, you’ll be able to be one of the first to own The Shower Speaker, which currently has an estimated delivery of January 2015. If you are in need of a solid waterproof, we recommend the highly-rated ECOXGEAR ECOXBT Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, which is available from Amazon for $87 shipped.

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The Apple Store now sells an $89 refurbished iPod touch and it may actually be worth your time/money

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It’s been nearly four years since Steve Jobs announced that the iPod touch had become the #1 portable game player in the world and described the soon to be released 4th generation as “remarkable.” At the time it was hard to refute that description, but a lot has changed since 2010.

Apple recently dropped the price of the refurbished 8GB model down to $89 from $129, which includes a 1-year warranty and comes in Black or White. It wasn’t supported by iOS7 and will obviously miss the iOS 8 train, but it still remains a capable device. It has a 3.5-inch Retina display,weighs less than a quarter pound and is still pretty sleek after all of these years.

Despite its shortcomings, there is certainly a place in the world for sub-$100 WiFi-equipped iOS device that fits in your pocket. It’s for a dedicated Apple TV remote, workout iPod, or a knock around gaming system. Set your grandparents or kids up with an Apple ID and you can FaceTime them anytime you want for less than $100. It even has a back camera so you can snap (low quality) photos and videos while on-the-go.

It’s certainly not perfect or even ideal, but I’ll bet most of our readers could find something to do with it.
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Philips introduces new $30 iOS/Android-controlled Wifi Hue bulb, now available for preorder

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There’s no denying that Philips Hue LED lighting products are nothing short of mesmerizing. They are also pretty darn pricey. But that’s all about to change because the Hue Lux series bulbs that were announced in March retail for half the price of traditional Personal Hue bulbs. What’s more, they have finally become available for preorder.

To achieve this much lower price point, Philips had to omit a major feature…. Read more

Introducing the OM/ONE: The world’s first floating Bluetooth speaker

The OM/One was developed by world class industrial designers and audio engineers to produce sound with no external distortion. By using the force of magnetic levitation, the speaker actually floats about an inch off its base, allowing you to spin it around in mid-air while listening to the audio.

In a world filled with speakers that look and sound the same, OM/ONE is a paradigm shift. Designed by a team of world class industrial designers and audio engineers, OM/ONE is as functional as it is beautiful.

It has 15 hours of runtime, 110db output from a 3 watt speaker, and a built-in speaker for conference calling. It features Bluetooth 4.0 that allows you to change tracks and control volume from up to 33 ft. away. It can also be taken with you and used as a portable speaker. Unfortunately, it charges by a conventional cord only and not when its in mid-air as we hoped.

If you don’t think you can wait for its release, Om Audio has launched a crowdfunding campaign on their website where you can preorder the Om/One for $179. When it hits shelves in 2015 it will have a $199 price tag and will have different color options as well.

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HP Chromebook 14 in Red or Turquoise refurb w/200MB 4G for life: $200 shipped ($129 off)

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the HP Chromebook 14 in Red or Turquoise refurb for $199.99 with free shipping. That’s $129.01 off the list price and the lowest we’ve ever seen this Chromebook which includes 200MB of free 4G wireless for life thru T-Mobile with the ability to get more data at T-Mobile’s rates. The 4-lb machine features 14-inch/1366 x 768 display, 4GB RAM/16GB Storage amd 1.4GHz Haswell processor.
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Jabra Stealth Bluetooth headset goes next level with Siri and Google Now control

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After being announced in late June, Jabra’s next generation Stealth Bluetooth headset has become available for purchase starting today. One of the key features of this new product is the inclusion of Siri and Google Now control, allowing you to pull up your virtual assistant at the touch of a button. This addition allows you to keep your iPhone or Android device in your pocket while still accessing key information on the go.

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Microsoft looks towards football season with new Xbox One Madden bundle

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Microsoft announced today that they will be offering a new Xbox One bundle at the end of August centered around the popular Madden NFL gaming series.

The bundle will include an Xbox One without Kinect, a controller, headset and download code for Madden NFL 15. Thats the same price the Kinectless console currently sells for by itself. Even though this bundle represents a good value, there is reason to believe it could follow in the footsteps of the Titanfall bundle and drop down even more after its release.

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NAS gear: Synology DS213j $188 (Reg. $230), Western Digital Red 3.5-inch HDD: 3TB $115, 4TB $149

Update (8/13 7:30am): 3TB WD Red 3.5-inch HDD for $114.99 shipped (Reg. $150) w/ coupon code EXLPBWG234 at Newegg.

Update (8/6 10:30am): 3TB WD Red 3.5-inch HDD for $114.99 shipped (Reg. $150) w/ coupon code EMCPBPD222 at Newegg.

It’s no secret that we are big fans of Synology NAS boxes. In fact, Jordan even wrote a piece about how he believes every Mac and iOS user should have a DiskStation. But at the end of the day its performance and reliability hinges on the drives it’s running. That’s why we recommend using Western Digital’s NAS-optimized Red hard drives. They’re more costly than your average desktop hard drive, but they’re also built to meet the demands of a 24/7 server.

Right now, Adorama (authorized dealer) via eBay Daily Deals has the 4TB Western Digital Red drives for $149 each with free shipping. Outside of a brief sale a couple months ago, this is the best price we have ever seen for the 4TB model. It carriers a list price of $200 and is currently available for $173 on Amazon. If you still haven’t picked up a Synology box yet, then we recommend the 2-bay DS213j that is on sale for $187.99 shipped.
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iTunes gift cards w/ email delivery: $100 for $90 or $50 for $45 (10% savings)

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Update (8/5 7:30am): Now only 10% off.

Target offers 15% off $100 and $50 iTunes gift cards with email delivery. That drops the price of each card down to $85 and $42.50. REDcard holders can stack their 5% discount to make the deal even sweeter.

Use these gift cards to save on apps, music, movies, books, and anything else sold in Apple’s digital marketplaces.
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New to Netflix in August: Rocky I-V, Mad Max, Mission Blue, much more

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August is proving to be a big month over at Netflix, as the the popular content streaming service continues to add new titles each month.

Perhaps none bigger than the addition of all of the Rocky films, which were previously unavailable for streaming. Another classic film coming to Netflix this month will be Mad Max, the classic 1970’s Mel Gibson tough-guy film. In addition, Netflix will be offering recently released films, such as Mission Blue, the popular documentary that highlights the efforts being made around the world to save the ocean, its resources and beautiful sanctuaries.

You can pick up a free trial, download the iOS or Android (Google Play/Amazon) app to get started today.

Here’s our favorite deals for streaming Netflix on your big screen:

Be sure to checkout our weekly media roundups for Blu-ray/DVDs/iTunes downloads.

Update: If you need something to stream your Netflix to the big screen, Walmart is offering the Roku 1 for $39 right now (Reg. $49+), which is the lowest price we can find anywhere.

Amazon launches a new custom 3D printing storefront

Amazon 3D Printer Store 02Amazon has launched a new custom 3D Printing Store. While the online retail giant has sold a number of affordable 3D printers for some time now, the new storefront offers a selection of customizable 3D printed items to choose from including phone cases, wallets, home decor items, toys, jewelry, bobble-heads and more.

The amount of customization available varies depending on the item. You’ll see everything from basic color selections to deeper choices like size and texture options as well as custom text and item specific tweaks.

While there are some stock goods that don’t have any customization available, on items like the $30 Bobble-head dolls from Mixee Labs, Amazon has provided a mini editor with everything from hair, eye and face selections as well as outfits with custom text and more. With something like the $60 custom 3D printed cuff links, buyers can choose any 3 letter monogram, the color and material as well as the shape.

We have seen more home 3D printers approaching affordable prices like the upcoming New Matter MOD-t (which is currently up for preorder at $249), but the new 3D Printer Store offers a nice option for those who haven’t dived into the 3D printer space yet. Most of the highly rated and best selling home 3D printers will still run you anywhere from $499 to over $1000.