The big news of the morning comes way of the Raspberry Pi foundation, which has announced its latest generation microcomputer. Starting today, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will be available for purchase at the same $35 price point that we’ve come to expect. The big jump in performance will open a whole new world of computing for hobbyist, hackers and educators.
There are some things you only appreciate once you become a homeowner. For me, Velcro cable ties are one of those things. I discovered them when I was looking for a way to clean up the rat’s nest of cables behind my Mac. Then something happened — I started using these ties for a little bit of everything.
They are incredibly simple. Just wrap the tie around some cables or any item, tuck one end through the hole on the opposite side, pull through, and the Velcro material handles everything else. It’ll cleanly attach to itself with little effort. It’s so simple, yet works so well.
I bought the 100-pack of 8-inch x 1/2-inch ties for just $5.99, which are specifically made for wrangling cables. They are so versatile it’s crazy. If it’s too long you can cut it to the perfect length or combine a bunch to tackle bigger projects. Either way it’ll attach to itself and secure any cable.
Aside from managing the many cables coming out of my Mac, I’m also using these ties to wrap loose cables from power adapters.
Call me over-cautious, but I don’t like using the built-in cable hooks on Apple’s MacBook Power Adapters. I’m not comfortable with how tight it has to be wound and how much force it puts on the cable. So I’m using a Velcro tie to keep my MacBook charger power cable under control when it’s not in use.
In the past I’ve used heavy duty nylon cable ties for similar tasks but most aren’t reusable. I also don’t love how rigid and borderline sharp these types of ties are. They’re fine for more durable items, but I like to handle my electronics with kid gloves.
Amazon offers the Omaker 10,000mAh Dual 2.1A USB Battery with 1W LED light in Black or White for $21.99. Coupon code UV577U98 drops it $5 to $16.99 Prime shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this high (4.7/5 star) rated external battery. Features:
- Premiun 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 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.
Beer drinkers are pickier than ever. Sometimes it takes more than a bottle of beer or a pour from a growler to satisfy a beer lover’s thirst. That’s probably why the Synek home tap system Kickstarter campaign had no problem getting funded and is now coming to the masses.
Full announcement video and preorder details follow: Read more
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the best bundles, games, demos and accessories for Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Today, it’s Sony’s turn. Everyone agrees that the PlayStation 4 is the most powerful game console on the market, with a great collection of exclusive and cross-platform games, and a bright future ahead. Nearly 20 million PS4s have already been sold around the world, giving developers confidence that they can reach a large audience with anything they release.
The PlayStation 4 officially sells for $399.99, but the 9to5Toys team is here to save you money on the console — including free games — and show you the best couple-friendly titles, demos, and accessories out there. Read on!
If you are interested in a better sleep experience, but find the Sleep Cycle app or an expensive mattress aren’t the answer, you may want to check out the Luna smart mattress cover. What was born out of an Indiegogo campaign is set to become a reality later this year. Instead of re-making an entire mattress, that would ultimately prove to be very costly, Luna is a mattress cover that fits many beds. It is covered in sensors, which helps track your movement, sleeping habits and interacts with your data to monitor your overall health.
Eight years ago, the Showtime Rotisserie Oven went from being the punchline of a joke to one of the best tools in my kitchen. Aggressively pitched in late-night Ron Popeil infomercials with the tagline “set it and forget it” — a catchy phrase that quickly made its way into the popular lexicon — the Rotisserie’s value as a cooking tool didn’t get as much attention as its marketing.
I’d like to fix that in this week’s edition of Kitchen Tech. As the pitch suggests, the Showtime Rotisserie is a dead-simple cooking tool, and as we learned after receiving one as a gift from my mother-in-law, it also happens to make outstanding, restaurant-quality roasts and poultry. Much larger versions are used to prepare large quantities of poultry and meats in restaurant kitchens; the countertop-sized Showtime is designed for four- to six-person meals. It’s even easier to use than the sous vide machines we’ve covered, and over nearly a decade of use, we’ve never had to replace a single part. Read on for how it works, and why it continues to be a favorite tool in our kitchen.
A4C again has the Apple iPad Mini 64GB WiFi 7.9″ in black or white refurbished for only $209.95 shipped. Thats $100 off the refurb price from Apple and the lowest we’ve seen for it. Note: All of Apple’s Refurb deals here (come with new battery/screen and 1 year Apple warranty)
Key features include:
- 7.9-inch multi-touch screen (1024 x 768 resolution) display
- Supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
- A5 dual-core processor, 64GB storage
- 10 hour battery life with rechargeable Li-Polymer battery
- Front-facing 1.2MP camera for FaceTime and rear-facing 5MP iSight camera
Buy with confidence: all refurbished items sold by A4C have a 90-day replacement warranty. Should there be an issue due to a product defect within 90 days of purchase, simply email A4C’s customer service and they will arrange an RMA for you for a replacement.
NOTE: Item may contain minor scratches and/or slight cosmetic defects due to prior usage. However, the display is in perfect condition and, this item has been tested thoroughly and is in perfect working condition.
Interested in a used 32GB iPad Air? Best Buy’s Cowboom Deal of the Day is the 32GB iPad Air for $309.99 + $5 flat shipping. That’s about $60 less than Apple’s refurb price (though it will be in much better condition and have a 1 year warranty). Note conditions vary from Fair to Good.
Update: Boost Mobile (A Sprint Pre-paid brand) offers new iPhone 6 for $549.99 and iPhone 6 Plus for $649.99 without a plan but they are locked to Boost/Sprint. They do come with a 1 year Apple warranty and are brand new however
Walmart offers both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus refurbished for $498 and $598 shipped. That’s $151 off the new price and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for refurbished iPhone 6/Pluses. These come in White, Gray or Gold are given a 90-day Walmart warranty.
Note: Verizon iPhones are essentially unlocked but Sprint and AT&T versions will be locked to carriers. This is a great way to buy a second/replacement/extra iPhone 6 and save hundreds off of what Apple charges.
Our last Gaming For Couples article looked at Nintendo’s Wii U as a complete package — it’s arguably the easiest console to recommend to casual gamers, lapsed players, and young families. But Microsoft’s Xbox One has started to surge as an alternative. For only $50 more than the Wii U, you get a much more powerful console, and unlike Nintendo, Microsoft has the support of a huge number of third-party developers.
There’s another big difference: even top-selling Xbox One games are discounted, which makes this console a great choice to play both Microsoft exclusives and cross-platform releases. In this week’s Gaming For Couples, we walk through the best Xbox One bundle options, as well as the top couple-friendly games, demos, and accessories out there.
Life as a student can be a struggle, from trying to keep up with your classes to working at a part-time job. Don’t forget about your girlfriend or those student loans weighing over your head as well. The good news: we’re here to help put a couple bucks back in your pocket so you don’t have to settle for cheap beer this weekend…
9to5Toys has scoured the internet looking for some of the best discounts available to students and rounded them up. Below we’ve got details on potential savings at Apple, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and more. You probably had no idea that you’ve been missing out on those discounted burritos.
Following last week’s mega-sale on Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii U, Nintendo has just launched round two of its Throwback Sale for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. As before, you have one week to grab one steeply-discounted Wii U title from Nintendo’s eShop, plus smaller discounts on several Wii U and 3DS releases.
The star attraction is Nintendo’s Wii U version of Punch-Out!!, a straight port of the 2009 Wii release offered for $9.99 (reg. $20 digital, discontinued but selling for $60 on disc). Punch-Out!! is a well-regarded sequel to the classic arcade, NES, and SNES franchise, where boxer Little Mac fights a huge collection of cartoony opponents. Also available for the next week at reduced prices are:
- NES Remix 2 for Wii U ($10.49, reg. $15, $30 on disc with NES Remix 1)
- The Legend of Zelda [NES] for 3DS ($3.50, reg. $5)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for 3DS ($30, reg. $40, $38 on cart)
- Kid Icarus – Of Myths and Monsters [Game Boy] for 3DS ($1.99, reg. $3.99)
- Kid Icarus: Uprising for 3DS ($24.49, reg. $35, $35+ on cart)
Next week, Metroid Prime Trilogy will become available for the Wii U, followed by Sin & Punishment 2 and other Wii games. Some of the Wii ports will no longer require special Wii controllers to play on the Wii U; others (including Super Mario Galaxy 2) unfortunately do. Check out our Wii U Buyers’ Guide for recommendations on the right Wii U bundles, accessories, and games to purchase, as well as our daily gaming deals for additional discounts. Pre-order deals for Kirby: The Rainbow Curse ($50) and Mario Party 10 ($50) are amongst many we’re currently tracking!