Four magazine subs for $16: Wired, GQ, Rolling Stone, Men’s Fitness, ESPN, many more

We have teamed up with DiscountMags once again to offer readers another big multi-year mag bundle sale before the holidays. While it’s hard to beat the discounts we see on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today’s bundle deal comes very close to the lowest individual prices we see and even beating them in some cases. There is also a handy gifting option available, allowing you to send each mag in your discounted bundle to a different address (E-card included).

You can pickup any 4 (or 5) mags in the sale for just $16. At $4 each, you’re within $0.10 of the year’s best Black Friday pricing on mags like Wired, Dwell, ESPN, GQ, Rolling Stone, Popular Photography, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health and more.

But you can get even better prices if you’re willing to go for a 6 or 7 mag bundle. The 6th and 7th choices will drop own to just $3.50 a piece, which is the lowest price ever offered on the above mags plus others (outside of Maxim, which we saw for $1 per year on Black Friday).

DiscountMags will not charge any sales tax, will not auto renew subs on you, and offers free delivery to those in the US. Note: Digital access comes once the first print edition arrives. No code required for today’s deal.

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Mac Desktops: iMac 5K $200 off, Mac Pro up to $800 off, Mac mini up to $150 off

B&H Photo is offering some nice discounts on Mac desktops today with the potential to save up to $800 on some models. B&H only charges sales tax in New York state at the time of purchase. While we have seen $300 off the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (multiple models) recently, the desktop deals haven’t been flowing since Black Friday week. Free expedited shipping is available with 1-2 day delivery in the Northeast and portions of the Midwest, with 3 days elsewhere in the contingous 48 states.

Discounts are as follows:

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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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Critically acclaimed iOS action/adventure game Oceanhorn is now $5 (Reg. $9)

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Along with this morning’s usual batch of discounted apps, FDG Entertainment’s gorgeous iOS game Oceanhorn is seeing its first price drop today since release. Regularly listed at $8.99, those ready to “Explore the islands of Uncharted Seas” can pickup the Zelda-like adventure game for just $4.99 today. Along with critical praise upon release, the game has so far received a 4.5 star rating from over 3,100 reviewers.

Oceanhorn features 10+ hours of story driven gameplay in “a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets. Fight monsters, learn to use magic and discover ancient treasures which will help you on your quest.” Recently upgraded with “Ultra Quality Graphics” for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, it also features an original soundtrack from well known composers Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy*) and Kenji Ito (Seiken Densetsu*).

Head below for more details and to see the games “breathtaking 3D visuals” in action:

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The Beatles collections and single albums get price cuts on iTunes

beatles-itunesHere’s an easy way to spend your holiday iTunes gift card hoard. Apple is currently running a sale on a variety of Beatles music collections and individual albums. There’s no word on how long the discounted prices will be in effect.

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PSA: Free Holiday shipping cutoffs start this week

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Trust me, you don’t want to get your Christmas shopping done at the mall or worse, Walmart. So listen carefully. For many stores, this week marks your last chance to place orders with free shipping and still get them in time for Christmas.

Luckily, Amazon has extended its holiday shipping cutoffs. The updated timeline is as follows:

Everyone can place orders with free shipping through December 19th and still expect to receive the items by December 25th. Otherwise, expedited shipping is going to cost you extra. Prime members (free trial available) can procrastinate up until December 22nd and their free 2-day shipping benefits will cover any additional fees. Starting Decemeber 23rd, all Amazon buyers will need to pay extra for one-day shipping. After that, your only options are same-day delivery or opt for a downloadable present like Prime or gift cards.

Head below for a lengthy list of holiday shipping cutoff dates and free shipping details for major online retailers: Read more

Klipsch KMC 3 130W Bluetooth speaker w/remote: $165 shipped (orig. $400)

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Today’s Daily Steal is the Klipsch KMC 3 Wireless Music System with Bluetooth for a low $165 shipped. That’s $235 off the list price, $75 less than Amazon, and the lowest we could find. Back in June, we had a refurb model for the same price as today’s deal for a new one.

This Klipsch is a  wireless music system with built-in subwoofer. It has quick, easy Bluetooth streaming from smartphones, portable music players and computers. AptX technology allows for audiophile quality streaming. Advanced DSP equalization for accurate reproduction of all music types. Also, it come with a remote to conveniently control  volume/mute and streaming music sources while being charged. Features:

  • Premium 2.1 home/portable wireless music system with built-in subwoofer
  • Quick, easy Bluetooth streaming from smartphones, portable music players and computers. AptX technology allows for audiophile quality streaming. Advanced DSP equalization for accurate reproduction of all music types.
  • 130 watts of digital system power. Features dual 2″ full range drivers for incredibly detailed sound and a 5.25 inch subwoofer combined with a unique, dual port system for truly deep bass
  • 3.5mm input plays music from nearly any non-Bluetooth music source. USB input charges all smartphones and most portable music devices (cable not included). Portable long-life DC operation with 8 “D” cell batteries (not included)
  • Remote control conveniently controls volume/mute and streaming music sources while being charged.

Amazon shoppers gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and left great reviews.

Daily Steals also has the Klipsch KMC 1  Bluetooth Speaker in a variety of colors for a low $139 (orig. $200).

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Apps: Day One $1, Clear $3, Launch Center Pro $1, Printer Pro $1, Deliveries $3 (Reg. up to $5), more

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Update (12/16 9:05am): Looks like these price drops are part of this years App Santa Promotion. Head to 9to5mac for the full list.

We’ve just spotted a number of notable discounts on the App Store. The popular Day One journal/notes app has dropped to $1 (Reg. $5) and Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists is now $3 (Reg. $5).

You can now pickup Tweetbot 3 for iPhone and iPod touch for $2.99. Regularly listed at $4.99, this is the first price drop we’ve seen on this highly rated and rarely discounted iOS Twitter app in nearly a year.

iPhone: Tweetbot 3 for iPhone: $3 (Reg. $5)

iOS Universal: Day One: $1 (Reg. $5) – 4.5 stars from 14,701 Ratings
Mac: Day One: $8 (Reg. $10)

iOS Universal: Deliveries: $3 (Reg. $5) – 4 stars from 3,988 Ratings
Mac: Deliveries: $4 (Reg. $5)

iOS Universal: Clear: $3 (Reg. $5) – 4 stars from 6,437 Ratings
Mac: Clear: $6 (Reg. $10)

iOS Universal: Printer Pro – print documents, photos, web pages and email attachments: $1 (Reg. $5) – 4.5 stars from 11,146 Ratings

iOS Universal: Calendars 5 – Smart Calendar and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync: $3 (Reg. $7) – 4 stars from 1,251 Ratings

iOS Universal: Launch Center Pro: $1 (Reg. $5) – 4.5 stars from 5,450 Ratings

iOS Universal: PDF Expert 5: $7 (Reg. $10) – 4 stars from 4,028 Ratings

We expect to see many more top iOS apps go on sale for the holidays, so keep an eye on our daily game roundups to get all the best deals in one place.

Google Chromecast + $40 Google Play credit, 3 months All Access Music, 2 months Hulu Plus: $30 shipped

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Best Buy offers the Google Chromecast Streamer for $29.99 with free shipping. When you add it to your cart, Best Buy adds a $20 Google Play credit. Additionally, once you get your Chromecast, you will also get another $20 Google Play credit along with 3 months of free All access Music from Google as well as 2 months of Free Hulu Plus for new users by connecting here.

You also get 3 months free of Drama Fever and a free original X-Men movie.

Update: Addressing comments below, you get a $20 Google Play discount emailled to you after purchase. (see graphic below). Then when you activate your Chromecast you get ANOTHER $20 Google Play credit (As long as it is your first Chromecast).  Read more

Gaming For Couples: The Peggle Family + The Beatles: Rock Band

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You love games, but your girlfriend or wife doesn’t. My goal is to change that. This week, 9to5Toys is debuting Gaming For Couples, a new weekly column looking at great games for couples to play together. We’re not necessarily going to pick the newest or hottest games for this column — instead, we’re going to suggest titles that are reasonably priced, made for both girls and guys, and widely available.

Our first edition looks at two picks just in time for the holidays: the Peggle franchise and The Beatles: Rock Band, both from Electronic Arts.

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Toshiba’s newest wireless hard drive streams media directly to a Chromecast

toshiba-canvio-aerocastMore storage is always better. High-def videos and beautiful HQ pictures eat up precious space on your iPhone and iPad. Wireless Hard Drives and Lightning Flash Drives combat this by allowing you to backup and access weighty media files from your mobile devices. Toshiba’s new Canvio AeroCast Wireless Portable Hard Drive does both of those tasks and then some… Read more