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July 25

Yale Locks & Hardware is launching its latest smart lock product today with one of its most streamlined designs yet and support for Apple’s HomeKit, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Amazon Alexa platforms.

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First announced earlier this year at CES, Kanex is today officially launching its new GoPlay Sidekick controller for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. expand full story

July 24

As it often does with iconic movie memorabilia, Prop Store is planning on auctioning off a pair of original Nike Mags worn by one Marty McFly in 1989’s Back to the Future II later this year.

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July 19

Apple has launched its latest special edition Beats headphones today together with designer brand Balmain with new versions of its Powerbeats 3 Wireless Earphones and Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones. The companies have also enlisted a celebrity endorsement from Kylie Jenner who appears in ads for the headphones on Apple’s product pages and elsewhere.

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June 23

Nike announced today that it’s now using augmented reality features through its iOS app to make exclusive sneaker releases a more interactive experience. Using its Nike+ SNKRS app popular among those trying their luck at purchasing in-demand shoe releases, Nike is integrating AR features that will make some new sneakers only available to those that unlock them through viewing real-world items via their iPhone’s camera.

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June 19

Jay-Z’s new album ‘4:44’ drops exclusively to Sprint and Tidal customers June 30

Following a deal with Sprint to acquire 33% of Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming music service, today the companies announced that the first exclusive release as part of the partnership will be Jay-Z’s new album later this month. The release will be a big one, Jay-Z latest full-length album set for release at the end of this month. But it won’t exactly be a total Sprint exclusive like the company is making it seem…

May 26

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Wellbots, a US-based online retailer that specializes in smart products like drones, robots, wearables, home automation devices, connected toys and more.

The company has the smartphone-controlled Sphero BB-8 Star Wars Droid to give away to 9to5Toys readers this week. 

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November 21, 2016

Parallels just launched its Black Friday bundle and in it offers 7 Mac apps free when you upgrade or buy Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac starting at $49/$79. The apps regularly have a combined value of $509. 

Grab the Parallels Black Friday Mac App Bundle now for $49 upgrade/$79 new (Reg. $509). 

In addition to Parallels Desktop 12, the go-to virtual machine software for running Windows, Android and other operating systems on your Mac, you’ll get a few popular Mac apps for free including the 1Password password manager. If you’re a new MacBook Pro user specifically, 1Password is a must-have app to take advantage of the machine’s built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor for passwords, and otherwise it’s a handy tool that all Mac users should have installed across machines.

You’ll also get a one year subscription for an Acronis Online backup account with 500GB for storage in the cloud and much more.

Here’s what’s included:

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September 15, 2016

For a limited time Griffin is offering $20 off sitewide when you spend $100 or more, unlocking some of the best prices around on its brand new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases, iTrip Clip Bluetooth headphone adapter, charging docks and much more.

Get $20 off at Griffin when you spend $100 or more with code 20OFF.

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September 9, 2016

 

It’s iPhone 7 pre-order day and all the carriers are offering promotions that will let you get a discount on your new device.

The iPhone 7 usually starts at $649 for the entry-level 32GB 4.7-inch iPhone 7 models, but all major carriers including T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon are offering a free 32GB iPhone 7 with trade-in promo.

Sprint is also offering $100 off the 256GB model for online orders, effectively getting you the highest-capacity iPhone 7 model for the price of the 128GB model.

Here’s how it works:

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July 15, 2016

Macphun offers 76% off its popular Creative Kit featuring 6 standalone photo editing apps for Mac and plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom. Normally priced at $340, 9to5Toys readers can get the complete Creative Kit this weekend only for just $79.

Get Macphun’s Creative Kit for $79 (Reg. $340)

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July 13, 2016

Apple is featuring a movie deal in iTunes each day this month as part of a “Blockbuster July” promotion, and today’s pick is 2015’s critically acclaimed sci-fi film Ex Machina ($4.99).

Get Ex Machina HD download for $4.99 from iTunes now.

Amazon is matching the $4.99 price (Reg. $13) for its HD download of the movie.

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July 11, 2016

Griffin’s BreakSafe adapter brings MagSafe to MacBook’s USB-C port for $20 Prime shipped

One of Apple’s most beloved features of its MacBooks is its proprietary magnetic charging cable known as MagSafe. That, however, was removed on the 2015 and 2016 12-inch MacBook models in place of a single USB-C port. The good news is you can add back a magnetic charging connector by using Griffin’s BreakSafe cable adapter for USB-C, currently on sale (review). Today the product goes to its lowest price yet, with a 50% discount on the usual retail price bringing it down to just $20 shipped.

Amazon has the Griffin BreakSafe for 50% off ($20 shipped) for Prime members or orders over $50.

July 5, 2016

These are the US deals, some days movies are different in other participating countries. 

July 31: Jaws (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes

July 30: Men In Black (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes 

July 29: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes

July 28: Lucy (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes

July 27: Top Gun (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes

July 26: Mean Girls 10th Anniversary Digital Edition (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $20) – iTunes

July 25: Twilight extended edition (HD Download) $4.99  (Reg. $15) – iTunes 

July 21: Cast Away (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes or Amazon

July 20: Paddington (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes

July 19: Spy (Unrated HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes

July 18: Die Hard (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $15) – iTunes or Amazon 

July 15: The Silence of the Lambs (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $13) – iTunes  (Canada gets ‘American Sniper’)

July 14: Back to the Future (HD Download) $4.99 (Reg. $13)iTunes or Amazon

July 13: Ex Machina HD download for $4.99 (Reg. $13)iTunes or Amazon.


iTunes is having a “Blockbuster July” sale that will see it feature a $5 HD movie download each day for the entire month.

“Each day in July, we’re picking one blockbuster and making it available at a limited-time price.”

Today’s movie in the US is “Pineapple Express” in HD for $4.99. Compare that price to $12.99 on Amazon.

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July 4, 2016

If you’ve been holding out for a new standalone desktop display from Apple, you’re either going to take news of the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued as a sign of good things to come, or as a cue to finally purchase a new 4K or 5K display from someone else. For most, especially considering Apple itself is recommending you purchase a third-party display, the latter option is going to be the more likely.

While Apple didn’t recommend any specific third-party alternatives during its discontinuation announcement of the Thunderbolt display last week, we’ve done the work for you and put together our top picks for the best 4K & 5K displays for Mac available to buy right now.

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June 22, 2016

When I reviewed SanDisk’s new Lightning to USB flash drive for iPhone back in April, I noted it was one of the best yet. Today the company is launching a new product that essentially offers the same functionality— extra storage for files that you can access from a companion iOS app— but in the form factor of a sleek iPhone 6/6s case.

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Waves is a heavyweight in the digital audio world with its audio plugins for recording, mixing and live sound being a staple among many pros. The company’s latest venture, however, is more of a consumer experience aimed at listening rather than creating music with a new desktop and mobile app that wants to bring 3D audio to any headphones using head tracking.

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June 21, 2016

A startup called Pearl Automations is today launching preorders for a new accessory that adds a rearview backup camera to just about any car using an iPhone or other smartphone as a monitor. The company is notably made up of a large group of ex-Apple engineers and the accessory is just the first in a line of products it plans that will add various smartphone connectivity features to vehicles.

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June 7, 2016

Despite having our iPhone in our pockets and an Apple Watch on our wrists, my custom desk clock made with vintage Soviet Union-era Nixie tubes still gets a ton of attention. Anyone that sees it in person is immediately drawn to it, likely because there’s something about the vintage, steampunk-esque look that you’ll never get from the cold modern industrial design of your smartphone or smartwatch. It’s the coolest desk clock you can buy, but you can debate that in the comments if you dare. I get dozens of inquiries about the clock each week because it’s pictured in the photo of my desk used in our weekly Top Stories post on 9to5Mac. Here’s how to get one… 

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Starting today, HTC’s Vive VR headset is available to purchase direct from HTC at vive.com in at least 24 countries with the device expected to ship to customers in the next 2-3 days. And it’s also being made available to preorder at select retail partners including Microsoft Stores, GameStop and Micro Center with those orders expected to arrive beginning sometime this week.

HTC originally launched preorders in February and started shipping in April, but until this week orders have been backed up and the company has been experiencing shipping delays and complaints from preorder customers.

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