Save up to 50% on some hilarious (and mildly offensive) Ugly Christmas Sweaters

It’s just about that time of the year when our FaceBook inboxes begin to overflow with Ugly Christmas Sweater Party invites. Instead of slogging out to your local Goodwill store and buying an itchy, smelly, Bill Cosby looking sweater, you should save up to 50% (off list) on these awesome Alex Stevens Holiday sweaters.

My personal favorite is the ‘Sad Snowman’ sweater with a dog turning the snowman yellow, if you know what I mean. Beyond Christmas, other holiday themes include Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah. The majority of these sweaters are available for $29.99.
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First look: LifeProof starts taking orders for its waterproof iPhone 6 frē case

Outdoor enthusiasts and clumsy iPhone 6 owners alike have been waiting for this moment: LifeProof has made its frē waterproof iPhone 6 case available for $79.99. This is sort of a pseudo launch since black is the only color option and the special early-access link was only given to newsletter subscribers.

As with past versions of the frē, the updated iPhone 6 model is also waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof, and shock proof. According to LifeProof, the frē case will keep your iPhone 6 safe from damage in up to 2 meters of water for an hour. The built-in scratch protector will keep your touchscreen safe without getting in the way of Touch ID.

We hope to see a full line of LifeProof iPhone 6/Plus cases released later this month. Continue on for more features and pics:

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Earn up to $100 referring friends and family to Google Wallet

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Google wants you and your friends to use Wallet. Like, really badly. So much in fact, the company is running a cash-driven promo to motivate the service’s users. If you use Mountain View’s money service to send cash (even a penny) to a friend who doesn’t have a Google Wallet balance yet, the company will hit you and your amigo with a $5 kickback.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 16.3MP Digital Camera w/ 12x Optical Zoom & WiFi (refurb) $220 shipped (orig. $450)

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 16.3MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom and WiFiGroupon has the manufacturer refurbished Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 for only $219.99 shipped. That’s over half off the list price, $130 less than Amazon (new), and the lowest price we’ve seen.Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 16.3MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom

The Galaxy 2 is Wi-Fi enabled with Android 4.3 (Jellybean) for access to Apps and sharing on the go. It has the ability to upload directly to social media sites and has a host of other smart features. It has a huge 4.8” touchscreen display, a 21x Optical Zoom,  and it can shoot 1080p HD video.

Amazon customers gave it 4.3 out of 5 stars and reviewed it favorably.

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Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (late 2013) 2.4GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,149 shipped (orig. $1,399)

macbook-pro-retina-13-inch-2013B&H offers the late 2013 Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (model ME865LL/A) for $1,149 with free shipping, which is $250 below the original list price of $1,399 and even less than a refurbished unit directly from Apple. It features 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core Haswell processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage.

Best Buy also has a couple Retina MacBook Pros on sale.

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littleBits introduces its own DIY Smart Home Kit, a look at your options for creating an internet-connected home

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Home automation possibilities are endless and what our homes will be like in the coming 5, 10 or 15 years is truly unknown. It is a constantly evolving sector of the technology scene that continues to grow each day with every new product announcement. From WeMo to SmartThings, Z-Wave to ZigBee, someone somewhere has something that will satisfy your home automation needs.

The reality is that we are in a time of great change, with internet-connected offerings in nearly every product category, even coffee makers. It’s an industrial revolution happening in your home and with that comes a lot of trial and naturally, error. So how does one choose?

There seems to be two options, one for the basic consumer, which includes your WeMo outlets, Philips Hue, etc. On the flip side you’ve got the open source crowd that wants to tinker and tweak and create their own system, and this is where littleBits comes in. While most of the aforementioned products have structured ecosystems and physical designs, with the ability to communicate via If This Then That (IFTTT) or the like, littleBits has gone to the complete opposite end of the spectrum.

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Lenmar Meridian MFi 2300mAh iPhone 5/5s Battery Case $30 Prime shipped (Reg. $90)

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Amazon has the Lenmar Meridian 2300 mAh iPhone 5/5s Battery Case for $29.99 with free Prime shipping (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. That’s $60 under Lenmar direct and the lowest we’ve ever seen by $15. It is available in all four colors: red, black, white and gold.

This MFi case doubles your talk, text and surfing time with a 2300 mAh battery that recharges using the included USB to micro USB cable. More features below. It has received a 4.1/5 star rating from over 729 Amazon customers and The Wall Street Journal liked it as well.

You can use the savings here to pickup a discounted MFi Lightning cable and you’ll find more iPhone accessories in today’s Daily Deals round-up. 

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Omaker iPhone 6 slim bumper case $7 Prime shipped (orig. $30)

iPhone 6 Case - Omaker [Slim Protection] iPhone 6 4.7'' Slim Bumper Case With [Air Cushion Technology] and Soft Flexible TPU material for Scratch Resistant- ECO-Friendly Material and Packaging (White)Amazon is offering the Omaker iPhone 6 slim bumper case in white or gray for $12.99. When you use the coupon code: OMAKER88 the price drops to only $6.99 Prime shipped. That’s $28 off the list price and the lowest we could find.

It has a unique grainy design that shows the advanced shock absorption technology to better protect your iPhone 6 back. It’s ultra slim, clear, and weighs next to nothing. You still have access to all ports, sensors, speakers, cameras and all iPhone features. Omaker also guarantees hassle free replacement or money back in three months.

Also, don’t miss our roundup of the thinnest iPhone 6 cases currently on the market.

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Twelve South makes the best iPhone 6/iPad dock even better by simplifying its setup and adding a gold color option

twelve-south-hirise-deluxe-iphone-dockIt’s been just about two months since iPhone 6/Plus were released in the US and there’s still no word from Apple regarding an official dock. And that’s fine, because the best iPhone 6/Plus dock has been available the entire time.

Today, Twelve South is introducing an updated version called the HiRise Deluxe. Its basic design and function remains the same, but Twelve South has updated two aspects that address the only (very minor) qualms we had with the original HiRise.

Now, the Deluxe model doesn’t require any tools for making size adjustments to accommodate nearly any case. Also, instead of having to provide your own charging cable, Twelve South is now including one Lightning and one Micro-USB cable. In addition to black and silver, the Deluxe HiRise will also be available in a gold finish.

The Twelve South HiRise Deluxe is available now for $59.99. The $25 up-charge over the original HiRise is reasonable since it includes a Lightning ($11-19 value) and Micro-USB ($2-3 value) in addition to other design upgrades.

Looking for something a little different? Our iPhone 6/Plus dock roundup has several different options from a range of major brands.

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PNY Turbo USB 3.0 flash drives: 64GB $20 (orig. $60), 128GB $35 (orig. $70), 256GB $70 (orig. $130), more

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Update 11/19 2:25PM: Amazon’s Gold Box deal is now over, but MacMall still has some of the same deals available and we’ve found these discounted flash drives from Tiger Direct: 64GB for $19.99128GB for $34.99, and 256GB for $69.99.

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Update 11/18 1:30PM: Macmall has some of the same PNY USB drives with better tax breaks in some states.

Today only, Amazon is offering up to 50% off select PNY USB drives, memory cards, and mobile chargers. Here’s a list of our picks from the sale:

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Holiday Ad leak roundup: Overstock, Dell, Cabela’s, more

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Update (11/18 3:30pm): You can see the Walmart Thanksgiving weekend ad now as well.

With the biggest shopping weekend of the season inching closer and closer, the ad leaks keep springing. We’ve already seen a number of Black Friday advertisements, but now the Cyber Monday deals are starting to pop up as well. Today we’ve got full listings from Overstock, Dell, Cabela’s and Micro Center. As we approach Thanksgiving and the gift buying that follows, make sure you continue to check 9to5Toys for the latest buying tips and deals for the holiday season.

As always, we’ve studied the latest ad leaks and picked out some of our favorite deals. Head below for deals from the above retailers and more…

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