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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). expand full story

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Apple 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.

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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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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. expand full story

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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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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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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 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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