About the Author

Seth Weintraub


Founder, Publisher and Editorial Director of the 9to5/Electrek/DroneDJ sites.

Seth Weintraub is an award-winning journalist and blogger who won back to back Neal Awards during his three plus years  covering Apple and Google at IDG’s Computerworld from 20072010.  Weintraub next covered all things Google for Fortune Magazine from 2010-2011 amassing a thick rolodex of Google contacts and love for Silicon Valley tech culture.

It turns out that his hobby 9to5Mac.com blog was always his favorite and in 2011 he went full time adding his Fortune Google followers to 9to5Google.com and adding the style and commerce component 9to5Toys.com gear and deals site. In 2013, Weintraub bought one of the Tesla’s first Model S EVs off the assembly line and so began his love affair with the Electric Vehicle and green energy which in 2014 turned into electrek.co.

In 2018, DroneDJ was born to cover the burgeoning world of drones and UAV’s led by China’s DJI.

From 1997-2007, Weintraub was a Global IT director and Web Developer for a number of companies with stints at multimedia and branding agencies in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Madrid and London before becoming a publisher/blogger.

Seth received a bachelors degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Multimedia and Creative Technology in 1997. In 2004, he received a Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s ITP program.

Hobbies: Weintraub is a licensed single engine private pilot, certified open water scuba diver and spent over a year traveling to 60 cities in 23 countries. Whatever free time exists is now guaranteed to his lovely wife and two amazing sons.

More at About.me. BI 2014 profile.

Tips: seth@9to5mac.com, or llsethj on Wickr/Skype or link at top of page.

October 14

expiredKnock out your Halloween candy shopping now from $11 with Amazon’s Gold Box

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering a solid selection of candy in Halloween size packaging starting at $10.85. Free shippinh is available for Prime members, or in orders of $25+. That’s 25% off and the lowest price we’ve seen for candy day which is just 2 weeks away. A few of our top picks include:

expiredRobo-Vac your home for $170 in Anker’s eufy BoostIQ 15C Gold Box

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C for $169.99 shipped. That’s $80 off its typical retail price and the lowest we’ve ever seen it. The Wi-Fi-enabled vac which works with Alexa gets 4.2/5 star reviews from 500 Amazon reviewers. It’s a great option if you’re ready to dip your toes into the world of automation but don’t want to spend a fortune.

October 1

The GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro MAX 360 are out now

The long-awaited GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max 360 have been launched this morning in three YouTube videos with the titles ‘Beyond Next Level’, ‘This Is Action’ and “Ignite Your Creativity’. The new GoPros bring a range of new features and performance improvements to take your footage to the next level.

September 30

expiredToday’s smoke alarm Gold Box has you protected from fire and CO starting at $14

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers 10 different First Alert smoke alarms and carbon Monoxide alarms starting at $13.98 Prime shipped for a hardwired smoke alarm with photoelectric sensor and battery backup. Upgrade to Carbon Monoxide protection for $16.55. More including Strobe and no chirps models here at up to 30% off.

expiredCyberpower Gold Box has backup power for $100, USB surge protectors from $9

Today only, as part of a Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers surge protection both at the outlet and as part of a big battery backup at lowest-ever prices. First up, if you need battery backup for your Internet connection, Wifi and even a desktop computer, Cyberpower’s CP1350AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS System with 1350VA/815W, 10 Outlets, AVR in Mini-Tower form factor is $99.95. That’s $56 off list and the lowest we’ve seen it this year. Next up, turn any outlet into an inexpensive, surge-protected, outlet with 2 USB 2.1A chargers. White 3 outlet is $8.95 or black 6 swivel outlet is now $10.49.

September 16

expiredFix anything with this Vastar Tools 20% off Gold Box

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers 20% off a selection of popular Vastar Tool/sets starting at $5.99. There’s a solid variety of products here, all rated above 4 stars including:

September 11

Earthwise 20V electric leaf blower/outdoor tools from $52, $1 LED 60W bulbs, more in today’s Green Deals

Today only, Woot offers the Earthwise LB20020 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Leaf Blower for $51.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members, otherwise a $6 delivery fee will apply. As a comparison, it often retails for $80 or more with today’s deal being $4 less than the Amazon all-time low. Leaves are starting to fall, making this a great time to pick up a blower for the coming months. Best of all? No pesky gas or oil to deal with. Rated 3.8/5 stars. Also you can’t beat 24 Sylvania 60W equivalent Light Bulbs for $23.99 More Green Deals below.

September 9

expiredArcade1Up Street Fighter Classic 3-in-1 Home Arcade: $188 shipped, today only

Relive your childhood fantasy of owning a console game! Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the Arcade1Up 3/4 scale Arcade console Street Fighter 3-in-1 with 17-inch display for $187.50 shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on this console at Amazon which includes Street Fighter ll Champion Edition, Street Fighter ll The New Challengers and Street Fighter ll Turbo. Add 1-foot riser for adult play without back problems. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

September 2

expiredAnker Gold Box offers 40% off charging accessories, USB-C Lightning cable $12, more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers up to 40% off an array of Anker accessory charging products. Anker products get well over 4/5 star ratings from thousands of Amazon reviewers. Some standouts include:

  • Powerline MFi certified 3-ft. USB-C to Lightning cable: $11.99
  • 60W 6-port USB charging brick: $20.59
  • 2-pack red 3-ft. USB-A lightning cables: $16.49
  • USB-C Car Charger: $18.49, USB-C Batteries $20+, Qi wireless $31+, more

September 1

Don’t miss these electric bicycle and electric scooter labor day deals!

There are a number of great deals for electric bicycles and scooters this labor day. Don’t miss out on your chance to save big on your next two-wheeled electric vehicle!

August 26

expiredYour best cup of coffee awaits with the Dutch-built masterpiece Gold Box for $247

If you value your coffee experience, you can forgo the $17 Mr. Coffee and step all the way up to a handmade Technivorm Moccamaster in today’s Amazon Gold Box for $246.99 shipped (20% off). That’s the lowest price we’ve seen (usually over $300) on this hand-built in the Netherlands coffee brewer that gets an impressive 4.4/5 star ratings from close to 1,000 Amazon reviewers.  It features 100 minute auto shutoff, 4-6 minute brew time and delivers 5 8-oz cups of coffee.

expiredLatest iPad Pros discounted deep on Amazon Gold Box from $599 (Cert. Refurb)

Amazon today as part of its Gold Box offers a variety of Apple’s latest iPad Pros in Amazon renewed format at all time low prices with the Space Gray 11-inch 64GB starting at $599. The 12.9-inch starts at $699. Various cellular and storage sizes are also available but are sure to run out so lock in yours early. Apple doesn’t currently offer the latest iPad Pros refurbished but Amazon has new iPad Pros starting at $674 which is already 16% off.

Don’t forget to pick up an iPad Pro case or keyboard case.

August 12

expiredLG Monitor Gold Box has widescreen and 4K displays from $116

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers up to 25% off a variety of 4+/5 star rated  LG monitors at lowest ever prices ranging from $115.99 for a 1080P Gaming Monitor to a 32-inch 4K display for $319.99 with plenty of great deals in between. LG is of course Apple’s chosen display partner though these will work with Windows and ChomeOS as well. Some other standouts:

August 5

expiredAPC Gold Box backs up your internet power and protects devices from $21

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers a variety of APC power backup and surge protecting power options with over 4/5 star ratings from $21.49 to $45.49 (up to 43% off). Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

July 29

expiredAnker Gold Box is today’s best charging accessories starting at $9 (35% off)

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers up a selection of Anker charging accessories for up to 35% off. Free shipping is available on orders over $25, otherwise you’ll need a Prime membership. Each of today’s deals are rated 4+ stars. Our top picks include:

July 22

expiredToday’s the day to upgrade your showerhead with luxury duallies Gold Box: $18+

Amazon has a variety of “luxury showerheads” in its Gold Box today, most of which are dual shower head models that can give you an extra stream of handheld water goodness to reach those “hard to reach” places. Most of these models get 4+/5 star ratings and are from premium brands like HotelSpa, AquaStar and Notilus. My pick is this Notilus Surround Shower with stainless steel hose which gets the highest reviews and comes in at an all time low of $32.99 (53% off).

July 15

Grab these highly discounted e-bikes on Prime Day, including non-Amazon deals

Amazon’s Prime Day is a great time to snag just about anything on sale for a deep discount and save some big bucks. But e-bikes are an especially good target, considering they generally come with pretty hefty prices already.

9to5Toys is rounding up all of the Best Deals on Prime Day but here are the best deals we’ve seen today, including some offerings not even on Amazon.

July 8

expiredCuisinart 7-quart casserole or chicken fryer dresses up your kitchen in today’s Gold Box for $70

Today’s again the day to up your cooking game with a 46% off Gold Box for Prime members at Amazon. The Cuisinart enameled cast iron 7-quart casserole or Chicken fryer is at a low of $69.99 shipped. That’s around 30% off the regular rate. These 4.5/5 star-rated cookware items are now available in matte snow or gray will not only up your cooking game but also dress up your kitchen in use or in storage.

July 1

expiredSave up to $620 on Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro from $1,880 (Cert. Refurb)

Today only, as part Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, you’ll find Apple’s mid 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM for $1,879.99 shipped. These powerhouses come with 6-Core Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz processor with up to 4.1 GHz Turbo Boost, 16GB RAM, Touch Bar, and all the fixings. Double the SSD to 512GB for an additional $100 (a good spend, half of Apple’s upgrade price) netting you $1,979.99 which is $620 off of Apple’s retail price (Amazon says it is $820 off but it is currently $2599 at Apple). All Amazon Renewed products come with come with a 14-day return policy and the 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee.

June 24

expiredGet a huge battery with Lightning/USB-C cable for price of the cable alone from $13

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers an array of Poweradd battery/cable combinations at lowest ever prices from $13.49. Free shipping is available for Prime members or in orders of $25+. These combo 4/5 star rated batteries come with the cables needed to charge them which can be reversed to charge other devices on the road. Choose MFi lightning cable options (which Apple famously charges $19) for iOS devices. Choose the USB-C option to power your Switch, new iPad Pros or Android phone or the less expensive MicroUSB option if you have older devices or want to bring along your own USB cables. A few standouts include:

  • 12000mAh battery + MFi Lightning cable (Red, Black, Silver, Rose Gold): $20.19 
  • 10000mAh battery + USB-C cable with QuickCharge 3.0: $17.19
  • 10000mAh battery + MicroUSB cable (Red, silver, Black): $13.49

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