Seth Weintraub

@llsethj

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

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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 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 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 is now electrek.co.

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 bachelor’s 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 Master’s from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s ITP program.

Hobbies: Weintraub is a licensed single engine private pilot, certified open water 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.

Tips: seth@9to5mac.com, or llsethj on Wickr/AIM/Skype

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10. Nothing beats Amazon Prime and now you can gift 3 months for $33 or a full year for $99 more. Once you have prime, pick up the 9to5Toys product of the Year Amazon Echo Dot for $40. Prime is pretty much the best deal you’ll find anywhere on free 2 days shipping, free music, movies, books, ebooks, etc etc.

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9. For the Apple fans in your life (including yourself), nothing beats iTunes credit and the best deal you’ll ever find is this $100 card for $85 Paypal/ebay. Other options/denominations are available at Target. Delivers in a few minutes/hours for printing or emailing. You can also hook up your Google/Play/Android Friends with a gift card. 10% off 2 at Best Buyexpand full story

December 19, 2016

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December 18, 2016

PayPal’s official eBay store offers $100 iTunes Gift Cards delivered via email for just $85 (15% off). You’ll need a valid PayPal account and codes are generally sent within a few minutes/hours of purchase (but could take up to 24 hours). PayPal’s eBay Store has a feedback rating of 99.4% from more than 316,227 respondents.

After redeeming the discounted credit, you can apply the full amount to game, app, and movie purchases as well as iTunes subscription payments for Netflix, HBO NOW, Hulu, Spotify, and more.

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December 16, 2016

Best Buy’s Ebay site has 16 AA Rechargeable batteries for $11.99 shipped. (also available at Best Buy) That’s typically the price for 2 or 4 so this is a no brainer deal, especially with the holiday gifts coming in at record speed. These are on clearance and may or may not arrive by Christmas unless you add shipping or in store pickup (Delivered Dec. 23-28th) but get impressive 4.6/5 star ratings. 

You’ll need a battery charger for these which start at around $8 if you don’t already have one. 

In fact, these 200mAh Dynex Batteries are nearing the price of premium non-rechargable batteries meaning that even if you just go one and done, you are still pretty much breaking even. I just bought 4 so you might want to hurry… expand full story

December 15, 2016

December 14, 2016

Amazon offers Urbuds X1 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds for $20.99. However, Code 844ISWXO at checkout brings the total all the way down to $8.82 Prime shipped. That might be the lowest price we’ve ever seen anywhere on wireless waterproof headphones. These are metal, stick together with magnets, get 3.8/5 star ratings have a mic and volume control, have a “lifetime warranty against sweat damage” and feature: expand full story

December 13, 2016

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This year, our favorite gadget pick was a no-brainer. The currently $39.99 Echo Dot took an already revolutionary Echo speaker, released in 2014 for $199 and made it so much better and accessible for everyone, in every room.

Knowing how much this changes people’s lives for $40 makes this the no-brainer Christmas technology item.

The original Echo was pretty cool but had its quirks. Alexa, the speech recognition behind it was still learning. The ecosystem was non-existent and frankly the speaker wasn’t – and still isn’t – fantastic, especially for its $199 price tag (currently $139 but ships after Christmas).

But Amazon kept plugging away at its Alexa speech recognition/responses and with its retail might and influence was able to sign up partners from all over the smart home ecosystem and internet services. Example of how hardcore they’ve been: Even Alphabet’s Nest works well with the Echo Speaker and my Google domains calendar works with Echo but not with Google’s own $129 challenger the Google Home(!!).

In, fact, Google’s Home attempt and its mediocre debut, still in its early stages, proved to me how well Amazon had done over the past 2 years with feedback and differentiation, while Apple and Google let the smart speaker business pass it by. Next year might be different with Google Home learning a lot more tricks and Apple releasing a ‘Siri Home’ type of product, but it is clear, 2016 is Amazon’s Echo Dot’s year.

Incidentally, I think Google and Apple thought that having a smartphone on you at all times would obviate the need for a smart speaker – and initially I thought this as well – and that’s why they are late to the game. But truly being hands free has changed my thinking entirely.

Let’s drill down the hardware and software and see why this is our best product for 2016:

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December 11, 2016

Google’s eBay store is offering the Chromecast Media Streamer and the Audio media Streamer for $25 shipped. That’s $10 off retail and a great way to spend some ebay credit on a stocking stuffer for that media or music addict. The MEdia Streamer includes 3 months of HBO Now.  expand full story

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