Kitchen Tech: Magical ice ball makers transform everyday drinks into classics

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Back in the 1800’s, the word “restaurant” evolved from the French word for “restore,” giving a proper name to businesses that refreshed weary visitors with wonderful food and beverages. Nowadays, people go to restaurants for sustenance, but also to enjoy different dining experiences from what they can make themselves at home. Starting today, 9to5Toys’ new column Kitchen Tech is here to help you bring restaurant-quality dining into your own kitchen. I’m excited to help you learn what’s cool in the ever-evolving world of eating and drinking gadgetry. My first topic is something nearly as simple as water itself: ice.

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LG 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV $699 w/ free in-store pick up (Reg. $900)

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Update (12/10 4:45pm): Amazon has dropped its price on this LG HDTV to $718.97 with free scheduled delivery. This is just few cents under the Walmart home delivery mention below, the scheduled delivery is a nice bonus here.

Walmart offers the LG (65LB5200) 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $699 w/ free in-store pick up. That’s a savings of $200 off the regular price, $200 better than Amazon and the lowest that we can find it. If you choose to have it delivered to your home there will be a $20 shipping fee. Note: Walmart and Amazon both list this HDTV as having a 60Hz refresh rate, while Newegg lists it as 120Hz, LG does not provide this information via its website.

Over at Amazon this HDTV is rated 4/5 stars by nearly 40 customers.

Features:

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 Component, 1 Composite (shared), 1 RF In, 1 Headphone Out

With your savings grab one of these highly-rated HDMI cables.

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Headphones: Klipsch X11 earbuds $130 (orig. $400), LG Tone+ Bluetooth headset $40 (Reg. $70), more

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Newegg offers the Klipsch X11 earbuds for $199.99. Coupon code EMCWHWP27 drops it down to $129.99 with free shipping. That’s nearly 70% off the inflated MSRP and by far the best price we have ever seen. Described by Klipsch as “luxurious,” the X11 headphones feature a featherweight aluminum body and oval ear tips for passive noise cancellation. Also includes tangle-free cords, five different sized ear tips, and “audiophile-grade armature drivers.” Note: we’re unable to find reviews specifically for the X11 model, but the X11i model are well rated.

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Sony PlayStation 4 gets free game, $35 DriveClub deals at Amazon

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There have been a lot of PlayStation 4 console deals over the past two weeks, including some insane Black Friday specials. Amazon’s latest bundles are some of the best we’ve seen since then. An awesome new deal lets you pick a free AAA-caliber game (Far Cry 4, Little Big Planet 3, Destiny, or NBA 2K15) with your choice of three PlayStation 4 consoles or bundles Amazon sells. That means the $399.99 base model, $419.99 GTAV + Last of Us Remastered bundle, and $439.99 white PS4 with Destiny all include a bonus title. We’d go with the first-person shooter Far Cry 4, but pick whichever suits your tastes.

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While you’re there, it’s time to pull the trigger and grab Sony’s beautiful new racing game DriveClub at an amazingly low price of $34.99 – a savings of $25 over the normal $59.99. Don’t think twice about the middling ratings, which were the result of a glitchy initial launch. Sony fixed its online servers and massively patched the game yesterday, adding hyper-realistic rain, snow, and hydroplaning effects. It’s also giving away downloadable bonus cars and extra content to apologize for the launch. The shots above show how DriveClub actually looks during gameplay: photorealistic. Trust us, you’ll be blown away.

Seagate’s new Archive drives pack 8TB of storage for less than $300

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Seagate has entered the high capacity storage arms race today with its 8TB Archive 3.5-inch internal hard drive. What has previously cost nearly $1,000 can now be had in a TB matching package for $270 or roughly $.03 per gigabyte. Seagate is pushing down what was a nearly unreachable price point for consumers into a market where some backup options don’t get you nearly the storage for the money.

The Seagate Archive internal hard drive line will also be available in 6 and 5TB sizes as well, these drives are “engineered for 24×7 workloads of 180TB per year” and offer SATA performance of up to 6GB/s. While the average user may not have the need for a huge storage option like this, when utilizing partions into small chunks this would make a great backup option for multiple computer homes or small businesses.

If this of interest to you for your home or business setup, we recommend checking out an external inclosure for these types of drives that makes it more flexible solution to your storage. The Seagate Archive line of products will be available in January of 2015.

Head below for full specs from Seagate…

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WD 2TB Portable Hard Drive bundled with Adobe Lightroom 5 or Photoshop Premier Elements from $100

BuyDig is offering Adobe Lightroom 5 or Photoshop Premiere Elements with the purchase of select Western Digital USB 3.0 external hard drives. This is a great opportunity to pick up this software (Lightroom $138, Elements $65 at Amazon) at a highly discount rated. These Western Digital external hard drives are highly-rated and provide a solid option for backing up and storing your digital images.

Full breakdown of the deal:

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Home: Mangroomer Electric Back Shaver $28 (orig. $60), more

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As part of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy has the iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot (BRAAVA 320) for $129.99 shipped

Next up, Amazon has the MANGROOMER Professional Do-it-yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver (Sku 211-6) for $27.59 with free Prime shipping (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. Note: clip the $2 coupon directly below the price on the listing page. That’s more than 50% under the original listing, $13 under the average selling price and the best price we can find.

This MANGROOMER easily removes unwanted hair in hard to reach areas using a handle that “extends and locks at any length you choose.” It has rubberized grips throughout, features quick charging and comes with a protection cap, cleaning brush and recharging adapter. The 211-6 MANGROOMER has received a 4.1/5 star rating from over 460 Amazon customers. You’ll also find a selection of shavers on Amazon right now from Braun, Panasonic and more up to $75 off including the Braun Series 5 550cc Shaver System, Black and Silver for $99.99 (orig. $170, within a few dollars of lowest).

Head below more of today’s best deals including some from Black & Decker, Crock-Pot, WORX and more:

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Amazon flips the switch on free 4K streaming for Prime members, here are the 4K UHDTVs you want to watch it on

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Amazon has made good on its promise to offer 4K content to Prime members at no additional cost. Available titles are limited at this time, but new movies and TV shows will be continually added to the service. Some of the best options available right now include Alpha House and Orphan Black. You can also buy 4K movies from Amazon Instant Video like American Hustle, Captain Phillips, and This Is the End.

Ultra High Definition TVs have been tumbling in cost throughout the past year. From top brands like VIZIO and LG to budget brands like Seiki, UHDTV prices are dropping across the board. And now with Netflix, Amazon, and of course, YouTube, offering 4K streaming, the perception of 4K content being nonexistent is becoming more specious.

Not a Prime member? Sign up for a free 30-day trial today.

Of note, your smart UHDTV must have High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) to properly compress high quality streaming content. Here are the best TV sets (with HEVC) from trusted manufacturers to jump into 4K streaming without going broke: Read more

Blue Microphones Spark USB/Lightning Mic for Mac/iOS $129 shipped (Reg. $200)

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We found the Spark to be one of the best USB/Lightning mics for your money in our full review. It features a control switch for two different capture patterns, volume control, signal gain, a mute, and a headphone jack directly on the mic for “zero-latency” monitoring.

It has received a 4.3/5 star rating from 10 Amazon customers so far, but just about all of Blue’s mics get great reviews across the board.

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Review: Griffin creates an eclectic iPad stand from 100 year old railroad steel

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Most iPad accessory makers work tirelessly to design a product that echoes Apple’s signature design. Griffin and Rail Yard Studios’ Rail Artifact Stand does the opposite. Instead of melting away during use, its one of a kind design not only stands out, but in my opinion, steals the spotlight. Just as its name indicates, the Rail Artifact Stand is made from authentic early 1900’s railroad pieces. From pitted steel to worn edges, every stand shows its history in a unique way… Read more

Samsung releases an updated version of its best selling consumer SSDs

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Samsung has officially announced its next generation of solid state drives (SSD) with the 850 EVO series. This new iteration is geared specifically towards “general consumer use in devices such as notebook and gaming PCs”. Built around 3-bit 3D V-NAND technology, this 850 EVO has developed since the release of the 2-bit 850 PRO solid state drives in July.

Head below for pricing information and our recommendation for getting the best value for your money…

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Google doles out free $20 Play credits to Chromecast owners

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Update (12/8 1:00pm): Target has Chromecast for $22.99. Redeem Google’s latest promo (below) to drop its effective price down to $2.99.

Google has just launched a new offer that extends a free $20 Google Play credit to anyone who purchases a Chromecast by December 21. According to the offer details, only Chromecasts purchased between December 7 and December 21 will be eligible for the free credit, but we were able to take advantage of it on our previously purchased Chromecasts.

You can check if you’re eligible for this promo by pointing your Chrome browser to chromecast.com/offers. The credit expires on January 31, 2016 and can be used on movies, music, apps, and other media. However, it can’t be used towards the purchase of any hardware. Only open to US residents.

Google Play, Amazon, and Best Buy are all promoting this offer for new Chromecast buyers.

At this point Google is pretty much paying you to own a Chromecast. Just recently, we’ve seen Google hand out free moviesHulu Plus and Play subscriptions.

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