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

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

December 10, 2016

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December 9, 2016

Amazon today offers the Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB Portable Hard Drive in Black or Red (Model HDTC830XK3C1) for $95 shipped.

That’s an all time low for this 4.5/5 star rated portable hard drive that connects and is powered via USB3. While most people will use this kind of thing for backups or sneaker-netting huge files around, there are some better uses for this type of device.

  • Throw all of your music on it and plug it into your car’s powered USB for listening to tons of  music on the go
  • Plug it into your Router’s USB port and make it a NAS for storing/sharing movies and Time Machine backups
  • Pop it into your XBOX USB port for tons of cheap storage.

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December 4, 2016

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One of the things that almost everyone needs nowadays is more outlets. Another thing that people need is fast USB charging in their outlets. And if we’re making up some magical device here that has everything we need, we might as well give it great surge protection and let’s, for giggles, make it cost only $9.88 Prime shipped. 

Boom! This product actually exists. The CyberPower CSP600WSU Surge Protector 6-AC Outlet Swivel with 2 USB (2.1A) Charging Ports is again under $10 bucks at Amazon. Cyberpower is a great brand and they know their power/surge protection – this one gets 4.2/5 stars. The AC outlets swivel and the USB ports aren’t the wussy 1A ones but will actually quickly charge most devices at 2.1A.

I’m grabbing a few of these. See you at checkout.

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I’ve only recently been introduced to Growlers, those 64-oz bottles that you can take your favorite yummy beer home in. But it turns out that you can also buy really well made, insulated versions of these bottles for the price of a night out drinking.

Amazon and Dick’s have the Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Growler for $25 shipped. That’s half off of retail and about $20 less than we typically see.  This gets nutty 4.8/5 star reviews. Note price varies by color – green is $25 at Amazon.

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December 3, 2016

Update: We’re back baby with a new, improved Coupon code reflected below

I’m used to getting a bunch of dollar store garbage in my stocking (mostly coal tbh) and while it is fun to gaze at, I’d love to actually get something useful in there. Enter today’s AUKEY Daily Deal – Bluetooth Speaker for $13.85 Prime shipped after $4.14 Coupon Code: AUK3SKM7. While this certainly isn’t the best Bluetooth speaker out there, for $14 shipped, you can throw one of these in a stocking and give someone what they actually want. Or, buy 10 for everyone at the office.

Again, this isn’t one of those garbage $10 speakers that sounds worse than your phone’s speaker. This is easily a $40-type of product with 12 hour battery, mic for speakerphone calls and it comes with AUX cable, microUSB charging cable, carabiner and 2 year warranty

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November 30, 2016

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