About the Author

Seth Weintraub


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 13, 2016

expiredBuild your own iMac…Dell’s highly-rated 1080P 21.5″ Monitor is just $60 shipped at Amazon

Want a solid, expensive monitor? We got you fam.

Amazon offers the Dell (model E2216HVm) 21.5-inch Full HD 1920×1080 Monitor for $59.99 shipped. That’s $90 off the original list price and the lowest we’ve seen for it (Staples had it the same price last month). This monitor has a 1920×1080 (1080p) native resolution, LED backlight, 5ms response time, and a VGA input. Rated 4/5 stars by hundreds of Amazon shoppers.

This is the same size and resolution as the base level iMac.

Speaking of…Mac users will want a HDMI, Mini Display Port or USB-C/Thunderbolt3 adapter dongle.

Get serious about security: Foscam Outdoor HD Security Cam w/Motion Detection, Night Vision and Cloud Storage: $70 shipped

Here’s a great deal at Amazon on an excellent Foscam Outdoor 720P HD Security IP Camera (model FI9800P) with Motion Detection, Night Vision and Cloud Storage for $69.99 shipped. This camera usually hovers around $100 but we’ve never seen it below $80 before. Features:

  • Industry Standard, Foscam use H.264 video compression algorithm to satisfy the transmission of 720P HD video in narrow bandwidth network
  • Wider IR Range at Night,30 powerful IR-LEDs for IR range up to 66 feet, ensuring a clear view even in the dark and night vision range up to 20m
  • Totally Waterproof, IP66 weatherproof aluminum shell for protection against weather effects and there is no worry in rainy days
  • Motion Detection Alarm, Get notified when there’s motion detected either via e-mail or FTP, or directly to your Foscam APP,support Foscam Cloud Storage
  • Compatible with Windows PC and Apple Mac Web Browsers (IE, Firefox, and Safari) as well as iOS and Android mobile devices

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

expiredRule the back yard w/8-in-1 WORX AeroCart Multi-function Wheelbarrow/dolly: $100 (~$140 value)

Amazon’s Gold Box offers the WG050 WORX Aerocart Multifunction 2-Wheeled Yard Cart, Dolly, and Wheelbarrow with Flat Free Tires for $99.87 shipped. The cart/dolly typically sells for $140 or more but we’ve seen “open boxes” for less on Ebay.  This best-selling wheelbarrow has a versatile design that can transform into a dolly cart for carrying heavy items like refrigerators. You can use the removable hauler to easily transport and water your plants. It is rated 4.4/5 stars by over 730 Amazon reviewers.

expiredThe best touch screen 4GB Chromebook w/HDMI, HD cam you’ll find for $180 shipped (Lenovo N22 at Amazon)

Today only, Woot via Amazon has the Lenovo Chromebook N22 with 4GB RAM and touch-enabled display for $179.99 shipped (Reg. $300). This isn’t a barebones Chromebook by any means with 1.6GHz Intel Processor, 4GB RAM, HDMI out, 720P rotating camera, tough Lenovo shell, waterproof keyboard and touchpad and touch display. It was a Gold Box last month at $5 more.

The touch display is key as Android Apps are rolling out via the Google Play Store over the coming weeks and months. This is great for kids/grandparents or as a backup machine to the daily driver.

More on the N22 at Lenovo

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

Philips 65W equiv 9W LED Lights, Daylight or Soft White, dimmable 4 pack: $15 ($3.25/ea) Prime shipped

This is a deal that not only saves money when you purchase but also saves cash every hour that is being used. Amazon offers the Philips 459602 65 Watt Equivalent Dimmable Daylight BR30 LED Light Bulb, 4 Pack for $14.99 Prime shipped, an all time low. Daylight and Soft White are both available. By replacing your 65W bulbs with 9W LED replacements, you use almost 1/8th the energy. These pay for themselves after a year of heavy use and they are expected to last 10. 

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

expired1st big discount! iPhone 7 128GB in Gold and Silver Qualcomm LTE: $710 shipped ($40 off) no sales tax

We’ve had to wait a particularly long time this year but here they come, the big discounts from Ebay sellers without a plan attached.  Today, AllDayZip, with the 1st 100% rating I’ve ever seen, is selling the unlocked iPhone 7 128GB in gold or silver for $709.99 shipped. That’s $40 off Apple’s price but also there’s no sales tax which will save folks another up to $75 more.

This is listed as new in box and Model A1660 – which is the better iPhone 7 model vs. Intel model with the faster Qualcomm chip which works on more bands including Sprint and Verizon’s CDMA network. These deals typically last a few minutes to a few hours so giddy up!

November 28, 2016

expiredNetgear networking up to half off today, DOCSIS 3 Modem: $35, Range extender: $24, Gig Switches $15, Routers, more

If you want to up your networking game, Amazon’s Gold Box today has a ton of Netgear products at all time low prices.

You can always use a speed boost with Netgear Routers but also maybe time to dish the $5-$10/month cable modem fee from your bill with this $35 Docsis 3 Modem or include gigabit speed with this $100 option.

Extend your internet reach with Wifi Range extenders that start at $24. 

If you need you some Gigabit Ethernet, Netgear Switches ranging from 4 to rackable 24 ports range from $15 to $170.

You can’t lose here. Today only. 

expiredGive the gift of fitness with all time lows on Nordic Track, Treadmill $447, Elliptical $622, Bike: $297

What better gift idea for the love ones the holidays than one that improves health. Amazon Gold Box today has a set of Nordic Track highly ranked Fitness gear at all time low prices. If I had to choose one, I’m going with the 4.1/5 star ranked Treadmill for $447 but that Bike at under $300 is a good low price option.

  • Treadmill: $447
  • Elliptical: $622
  • Exercise Bike: $297
  • Rower: $500

You can get the whole set for under $1900. 

expiredComplete Callaway golf club set w/ Bag starting at $138, many more golfer gift ideas

Amazon’s Cyber Monday Gold Box on Callaway Golf sets and gift ideas.

The standout here is the base model Strata set for $137.50. I got this set 5 months ago when it was on Gold Box and it is an excellent starter set. I don’t golf much but when I do, these things come through nicely. For those who take golfing more seriously, you can get a number of sets and gifts here. I’m in for a $11 set of 12 “Power Golf Balls”.

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