Roku discounts each of its streaming media players by $10, new Roku 3 w/ voice search down to $90 shipped

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Early last month Roku updated its streaming media player lineup. The top-of-the-line Roku 3 gained voice search and the Roku 2 was the recipient of a generous processor bump that brought it in-line with the performance of its big brother. Roku 3 is generally considered to be the best streaming media player on the market thanks to its exorbitant amount of content and feature-packed remote, even by avid Apple fans.

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All of Roku’s streaming media players are getting $10 discounts on Amazon. Most notably the Roku 3 is down to $89.99. We briefly saw it hit $85 right after it was released, but there haven’t been any discounts since. Here are all of the deals:

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HBO NOW free trial offer drops to one week after initial promo period, sign up now on your Apple TV, iPhone or iPad

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Earlier last month HBO NOW streaming service arrived on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. During the initial launch period Apple users could sign up for a free one month trial. Well, that boat has officially sailed. You can’t get a free month anymore, but HBO has begun a new offer of one week free trials.

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Just sign-up for HBO Now using Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad and you’ll lock-in the offer. Once the free trial expires you’ll be charged the standard $14.99 per month rate. This standalone service is perfect for cord cutters since it doesn’t require cable service or a contract. HBO NOW allows you to watch HBO’s extensive library of original TV shows including Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and VEEP, as well as comedy specials and full-length movies.

Need an Apple TV to watch these shows on your big screen? Grab an Apple refurbished unit with a one year warranty for $59 or in new condition for $67.87 from Amazon (slightly less at Groupon if you want to go that route). Read more

Updated Apple TV pricing gets passed down as players refurbished by Apple hit a new low of $59

refurbished-apple-tvApple announced a $30 price drop for the current generation Apple TV during today’s Spring Forward event. Instead of selling for $99, it’s now priced at just $69. Until now Apple sold a refurbished model for $75, but today’s price drop has resulted in Apple knocking the refurbished model down to just $59. It’ll ship free or you can opt for in-store pickup at your nearest Apple retail store. I’d suggest putting your savings towards this ingenious HDTV mount for your Apple TV.

All things considered, this is the best deal we’ve ever seen for Apple’s streaming media player. Even if you already own an Apple TV, at this price it’s easy to justify picking up a second (or third!) so you can stream HBO Now throughout your house.

Apple refurbished gear carry the same one-year warranty as brand new models, and generally arrive in ‘good as new’ condition.

WaterField Designs has a new travel pouch for your tech from its San Francisco workshop

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There are many ways to carry the smorgasbord of items we carry on a daily basis while traveling or going to work. Sometimes though, it’s the smaller things that don’t find a home in your bag or suitcase. With many larger offerings already on the market, made-by-hand San Francisco manufacturer Waterfield Designs has introduced a new Padded Gear Pouch specifically for carrying all the smaller items.

Whether it’s for an iPad mini, external hard drive, Apple TV or simple toiletries, this multipurpose bag can carry a number of different items. We’ve got the full details on this new product from Waterfield, a video from its designer and the full press release below.

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Ray’s 4.8-inch touch screen Super Remote takes TV watching out of the dark ages

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While it seems like every week our living room technology evolves, with new curved and 4K UHDTVs, the remote that controls these new devices seems to have hit a wall. Harmony has long dominated the upper-echelon universal remote world, but its solutions haven’t always been the most intuitive.

The good news is a fresh competitor is set to enter the marketplace, taking design cues from Cupertino while putting a highly-visual user experience first. The Ray Super Remote puts all of your devices, programming and functions into one 4.8-inch display that promises to simplify your home entertainment experience. Read more

Jared’s gift guide: The best media streamers to give for the holidays

Toys Guide 4Long gone are the days of a traditional movie renting experience. No longer do we have to travel for miles in the snow just to pick up a rental for movie night. Today we can scroll through the newest releases and watch them without leaving the couch. But if you’re like me, you still have people on your gift list stuck in the 1990’s, who are in desperate need of a digital wake up call.

Below, I have my favorite media streamers you still have time to give to people on your list.

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hhgregg Black Friday Ad: Apple iPad Air $299, Beats by Dre Solo 2 $150, discounted HDTVs

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Update (11/20 1:45pm) We are now seeing an updated Black Friday ad from hhgregg.

hhgregg, the popular electronics and home store, has released its full Black Friday ad exactly two weeks ahead of the big day. They’ve packed nearly 250 items into a 20 page ad package that is full of a variety of items, from iPads and gaming consoles, to HDTVs, refrigerators and more. They will offer doorbusters on Thanksgiving Day from 4pm to midnight, and will re-open on Black Friday, check here for your nearest location. We’ll continue to add the latest Black Friday news leading up to the big day.

We have done the research and picked out our favorite deals from hhgregg:

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Staples Black Friday Ad: save 20% on iPad Air & Retina mini, printers, streaming devices, more

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iPads. Streaming devices. Gift cards. Staples is a mixed bag this year for Black Friday, and we are here to sort out the best deals from its recently leaked ad. Doors will open on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm until 10pm, and on Black Friday starting at 6am. Below you’ll find some of the better holiday deals that will be available:

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Small States: Tinsel and Timber makes beautiful wooden homes for Apple TV and other accessories, multiple giveaways & 10% promo code

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Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Small States has allowed 9to5Toys to feature a number of quality companies that have made a conscious effort to keep their manufacturing in the United States. Each week we tell the story of a company, sometimes they are larger in size, sometimes not.

This week is a first though, it’s our smallest company yet.

We are excited to tell you about Tinsel and Timber. The husband and wife team creating gorgeous homes for your Apple TV and all the things that you carry around in your pocket each day.

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Free Target gift cards w/ the purchase of select Apple products: iPad Air, Apple TV, iPhone 5s, more

The cover of Target’s weekly ad puts the spotlight squarely on Apple. This week only, you can get a free Target gift card worth $20-$100 with the purchase of select Apple products. We’ve featured better deals for all of these products in the past, but if you need one of these products now then Target’s deals are certainly better than paying full retail.

Target’s offer of a free $100 gift card with the purchase of an iPad Air is the best deal of the bunch. However, there’s a really good chance we could see an updated model released at Apple’s rumored October 16th event. If Apple does release a new iPad Air model, it will most likely be priced at $500 and it most certainly won’t include a free gift card. Reports from 9to5Mac have so far pointed towards the new iPad Air only being a slight upgrade over the current model:

…the iPad update is expected to be minor — likely adding a gold option, Touch ID and an anti-reflective coating on the screen.

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Staples $10 off purchases of $40 or more: Amazon Fire TV $74, more

amazon-fire-tvStaples is offering $10 off technology and mobile accessory purchases of $40 or more right now using code 86128 online (or phone) and code 85543 in-store. You’ll find a selection of eligible items including headphones, media players (including Apple TV), wearables and more.

Our favorite deal from the bunch is Amazon’s Fire TV. Today, Staples is offering it for $84, but using code 86128 will bring the price down to $74 with free shipping. That’s $25 under Amazon’s price and the best price available. Fire TV has a quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory and a dedicated GPU to offer speedy media streaming of the over 200,000 TV episodes and movies available on Prime. Fire TV owners can also play the wide selection of games available starting as low as $0.99 each. Rated 4/5 stars from over 10K reviewers.

There are also some deals to be had on Chromecast at Staples, you can find all the details in today’s Chromecast post.

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Logitech Harmony smart control w/ smartphone integration & simple remote $91 shipped (Reg. $130)

Update (8/26 12:45pm): Price has dropped to $90.55 shipped (Reg. $130)

Amazon is offering the Logitech Harmony Smart Control Remote (915-000194) for $99.99 shipped. That’s $50 off the original listing, $30 under the average selling price and the best current price we can find.

The system allows you to have universal control over 270,000 devices including cable TV, Apple TV, Roku, Sonos, Amazon Fire TV, Phillips hue, Xbox One, PS3 and TV-connected PC or Mac using the included remote or your smartphones with the Harmony app. It features:

  • Harmony smartphone app: Turns your smartphone or tablet into a Harmony remote control (Initial setup required)
  • Swipe and tap control: Use your smartphone for one-touch control of your entertainment system, up to 50 favorite channel icons, volume, media playback and more (Works with iPhone iOS 6.0 or later and Android 4.0 or later)
  • Closed-cabinet control: Included Harmony Hub lets you control devices hidden behind cabinet doors or walls, plus game consoles like PS3, Wii and Xbox 360
  • Remote included: A simple Harmony remote anyone in the house can use when your smartphone is not handy
  • Future-proof control of up to 8 devices

This model has received a 4/5 star rating from nearly 1,000 Amazon customers.

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