About the Author

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

November 28, 2016

expiredThis cool Projector/Speaker combo will set you back $245, today only

Normally I’d assume this RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector with RIF6 Sound Cube Wireless Speaker an overpriced gimmick but the 4.1/5 star reviewers and Amazon Gold Box Price of $245 lead me to believe otherwise.  It is a set of two 2-inch square pieces, one is a 50 lumen 854 x 480 projector, the other is a pair of 3W speakers. Together they make a potent projecting combo assuming you have a dark room or setting from which to project. Ths product debuted a week ago at $335 so today’s price is a significant deal.

  • This bundle contains the RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector and the RIF6 Sound Cube Wireless Speaker
  • The RIF6 Cube is a 2-inch portable mobile projector that works with phones, laptops, tablets and gaming consoles to give you larger-than-life entertainment, anywhere.
  • The RIF6 Sound Cube is a full high-definition sound quality and robust bass speaker, supported by 3W audio driver

You’ll need the HDMI adapter for iPhone.

expiredUpgrade your bathroom gear with Amazon’s Cybermonday Goldbox. Hair tools, shavers, toothbrushes, more: 40% off

Amazon’s got your Bathroom gear upgrades right here. There’s something for everyone but my personal favorite is the Wahl Lithium Ion Slate Stainless Steel Trimmer for $49.99 (half off). This replaces a bunch of cheap garbage shavers in the bathroom.

I’m also seeing all time lows on Soap, Deodorants, Electric toothbrushes, hair dryers,  and a bunch of women’s hair products that I don’t even understand. There’s even a highly rated  Gillette Venus Laser hair removal system for $249.99 shipped ($150 off). Instant doghouse guys but worth it.

expiredWill it Blend? Find out! Bendtec’s iconic blender goes lower than ever before: $238 shipped

Remember those painful “Will it Blend” iPhone commercials where a technician would put the latest iPhone in a Blentec blender and turn it to exploding dust? Well that same blender is on sale at Amazon at its lowest price ever (by $50) for $237.99 shipped. Those commercials are meant to show folks with blenders that get stuck on ice or other things that this thing is not stopping no matter what you put into it.

We typically see this for around $400 but it sometimes dips down to the $320-ish area so this represents a huge savings.  It gets impressive 4.4/5 star ratings from Amazon reviewers and features:

  • Commercial-quality 1,560-watt countertop blender with 3 HP direct-drive motor
  • Preprogrammed blending cycles; digital touchpad controls; auto shutoff
  • 2-prong stainless-steel blade spins at up to 29,000 rpm; ice-crushing guarantee
  • 2-quart square blending jar; secure-fitting lid
  • Measures 7 by 8 by 15.5 inches; 3-year motor-base warranty; 1-year jar warranty; lifetime coupling-and-blade warranty

expiredGo Pro with KitchenAid’s biggest/best professional 575W mixer set for $220 shipped, 60% off

Whether a gift for yourself or that person in your life that loves to cook, it is hard to beat the KitchenAid KL26M1XOB Professional 6-Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer in Black, Red or Gray knocked down $330 to just $219.95 shipped at Amazon. We usually see this professional grade 4.6 star rated mixer for its $550 retail price so today’s price represents a huge discount and is even lower than we often see the lower power ‘artisan grade’ models. This deal includes powerknead spiral dough hook, flat beater, and stainless steel wire whip.

Features:

  • The power hub turns your stand mixer into a culinary center, with more than 15 optional attachments available.
  • 6-Qt. stainless steel bowl with comfortable handle offers enough capacity to mix dough for 13 dozen cookies.
  • 67-Point Planetary mixing action means 67 touch points per rotation around the bowl for thorough ingredient Incorporation.
  • The bowl-lift design provides sturdy bowl support for stability when mixing heavy ingredients or large batches.

November 27, 2016

expired$25 off $100 at Best Buy using Visa Checkout: Sonos Play:1: $125, Harmony 700: $50, Apple TV: $103, more

Tons of amazing deals at Best Buy when you combine Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales with a Visa Checkout $25 off $100 discount.  To activate the deal, instead of the normal yellow checkout button, click the Visa Checkout button below it.  The price will be reflected in your final checkout.

Notables after discount:

Also we noted the $74 Google Home and the Chromebook sale earlier.

expiredChromebook Sale at Best Buy + Visa Checkout $25 off, Acer R13: $324, Asus Flip 2-in-1 $195

Best Buy has simultaneous sales on high end Chromebooks with flip screens and touch displays together with the $25 Visa checkout discount yielding all time lows on a number of products. Of particular interest to me is the Acer R 13 which I reviewed earlier this month that hasn’t seen a discount yet. It is now $75 off if you use the Visa Checkout.

If you want to spend less, the ASUS Flip 2-in-one is only $195 (after Visa Checkout) for the 2GB version but I’d chip in another $10 for the 4GB RAM version.

If you are looking at the very solid MacBook-like Acer Chromebook 14, you are better off heading to Amazon where it is still $229 shipped.

To activate the deal, instead of the normal yellow checkout button, click the Visa Checkout button below it.  The price will be reflected in your final checkout.

expiredPSA: You can grab a Google Home speaker for $74 at Best Buy using Visa Checkout

For those still on the fence about the Google Home Speaker, Visa Checkout has sweetened the deal by knocking another $24.75 off the price at checkout at Best Buy for a total of $74.25 shipped or pickup. That’s a total of $54 off the $129 list price and the lowest price we’ve seen. It compares very favorably to the Amazon Echo which hasn’t hit the $100 mark yet but isn’t anywhere close to the super popular $39 Echo Dot.

To activate the deal, add the Google Home to your cart but instead of the normal yellow checkout button, click the Visa Checkout button below it.  The price will be reflected in your final checkout (screenshot below)

November 26, 2016

Samsung 128GB EVO Micro SDXC Card (48MB/s) w/Adapter: $25 shipped

Amazon and Walmart both have the Samsung 128GB EVO Class 10 Micro SDXC Card w/Adapter for $24.88 shipped. That’s about $10 less than we typically see it and a low mark for speedy 48MB/s transfer speed Class 10 Micro SD Cards. This gets super high 4.4/5 ratings from thousands of reviewers and comes with a convenient Standard SD Adapter.

Perfect for Android Phones and Tablets, GoPros, Cameras, DJI/Drones, Macs and anything that does Micro or standard size SD. 

If you want herb for Christmas, you’ll need these heavily discounted $45 Miracle-Gro AeroGardens now

(Update 12/5 3:40pm): The best-selling Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit in black and white is back down to $44.95 Prime shipped!

We’re not going to judge you on what herbs you grow in your inside garden but if you want to start harvesting for Christmas dinner, you need to jump on the Aerogarden bandwagon today. Good news, 2 different models are at the lowest prices ever. Our best bet for starters is the 3 pod kit in red, white or black for $44.95. This one takes only a few minutes to set up, runs on efficient LEDs and comes with everything you need to grow inside.

A much bigger and better looking touch display (copper*swoon*) model is available at Sur La Table in Red, Copper and Black or better yet its Amazon store (red and silver only) for $99.95 shipped (reg. $230).

While the kits come with a season of nutrients and seed pods, you’ll want to stockpile with a quart at its lowest price ever of $25 and some pods to grow your own supply at $15.

Makes a great gift, especially for those in Colorado, California, etc. 

November 25, 2016

We’re Aeropress coffee drinkers at my house but when we have lots of people over we need to start pumping out coffee at a higher clip and that’s when you need to get a filter machine going. For that we’ve got a Mr. Coffee PoS from college but now that we’re real adults, this OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker is going to look a lot better in our kitchen. At $119.99 shipped at Amazon, it is $30 less than ever before and $80 off retail. This isn’t just looks; it gets 4.3/5 star reviews and has the following eatures:

  • Microprocessor-controlled brew cycle replicates the pour-over method to produce 2-9 cups of SCAA-certified perfect coffee
  • Water is heated and held at the perfect temperature for coffee (197.6-204.8 Degrees F)
  • Rainmaker shower head evenly disperses water over coffee grounds for uniform saturation and full flavor extraction
  • Intuitive LED interface features a backlit screen that displays the Coffee Maker status and freshness indicator
  • A single dial allows you to program the number of cups and the 24-hour start timer

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If you are like me, you are looking for one of these huge 21:9 displays this holiday season and one of the best I’ve seen is the LG 34UM57 – 34″ UltraWide 21:9 IPS (2560×1080) LED Freesync Monitor for $249.99 shipped at BuyDig via eBay. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on a 34″ 21:9 display and one of the best deals for Black Friday on any display. Features: expand full story

November 24, 2016

A 10-gallon Rubbermaid Brute Commercial trash can for $7 Prime shipped? Giddyap!

Amazon offers the 10-gallon Rubbermaid Brute Commercial trash can for $6.99 Prime shipped. That’s over $10 off regular price and the lowest price we’ve seen. Features:

  • Venting channels allow air to flow into the garbage can making liners up to 50% easier to lift out of the trash can
  • Integrated cinches allow bags to be attached to handles without knots for faster liner changes
  • Rounded top handles and contoured base handles make lifting and moving the receptacle easier
  • Heavy-duty, reinforced base holds up even when the garbage can is dragged over rough surfaces
  • Easy-to-clean, seamless construction is guaranteed to never fade, warp, crack, or crush and features a UV inhibitor for a long-life even in extreme environments

The gold standard of inexpensive wireless handheld drills is the Black + Decker 20V Max Lithium Drill/Driver and today it is at its lowest price ever: $34.49 shipped. Thousands of Amazon reviewers give it impressive 4.5/5 star ratings and you get yourself into the huge and growing ecosystem of 20V B&D tools and accessories. Features:

  • Lightweight compact design
  • Easy to use in tight and confined spaces
  • Ideal for drilling into wood, metal plastic and all screw driving tasks
  • Lithium Ion Technology & 20V MAX: Lighter, more compact, no memory, longer life
  • 11 Position Clutch: Provides precise control for drilling into wood, metal, plastic, and all screwdriving tasks
  • Compact and Lightweight: Less fatigue and allows users to drill / screw in confined spaces
  • Variable Speed: Allows countersinking without damaging material

If you are looking for a 20V drill kit, check out this huge 128-Piece Project Kit at Walmart for $74 shipped.  expand full story

Upgrade your dining room or kitchen: Sur La Table Electric Salt and Pepper Mill Set: $20, More!

As part of its Black Friday Sale, Sur la Table offers the Electric Salt and Pepper Mill set for $19.97 Enter promo code SHIPFREE on orders over $59 for free shipping (otherwise $6.99). That’s 75% off list and the lowest price we’ve seen. Featuring an easy-on design and a sleek look that’s at home on both kitchen counters and tabletops, this stylish stainless steel electric mill set delivers freshly ground pepper or salt at the touch of a button. Adjustable mills are easy to operate with one hand and feature an LED light for visibility even in dim light.  Adjustable from fine to coarse.

So Many more home good items

Head to the bottom of the page for Salt and Pepper stocking options.

Stock up on AA batteries, each one of these needs 4.  

expiredSamsung 22″ 1080P Display w/HDMI, Eco-save, Game Mode: $70 shipped, Tax only in NY

B&H Photo and Amazon have the Samsung S22E310H 21.5″ LED Monitor with Simple Stand (Glossy Black) for $69.99 shipped, B&H only charges tax in NY.  That’s $100 off retail and the lowest price we’ve seen on this display which matches the specs of the 21-inch iMac. It gets impressive 4.4/5 star reviews from hundreds of Amazon reviewers.  Features:

  • Breakthrough picture quality with Magic Upscale Technology
  • Control power consumption with Eco Saving Feature
  • Style and functionality in one design
  • Enhanced gaming experience with Game Mode. Eye Saver Mode
  • Set Dimension with Stand (WxHxD): 513.7 x 390.5 x 189.7 mm ; Set Dimension without Stand (WxHxD): 513.7 x 308.6 x 90.4 mm

 

If you are looking for an amazing GoPro Hero Session deal, Amazon’s got a great kit for just $179.99 shipped.  It was $240 yesterday and retails for $249.99.  You get a HERO Session Camera, the Handler (Floating Hand Grip), 16GB microSD Card w/ full size adapter, Standard Frame, Curved + Flat Adhesive Mounts, Mounting Buckle and Additional Mounting Hardware + Micro-USB Cable.

The GoPro Hero Session is designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions, hero session is waterproof to 33’ records stunning 1440p30, 1080p60 and 720p100 video and captures 8MP single photos, 10 fps burst photos and 0.5 to 60 second time-lapse photos.

There are tons of Apple product discounts at 3rd party resellers but Apple itself is only offering gift cards and only on its older products. I think Microsoft wins Black Friday here because they are offering $400 off their just announced Surface Book 256GB knocking the price down to $1499 shipped.  

And it includes a Surface Pen, 8GB RAM, Core i5 processor and a pretty solid package.

Grab the 128GB version for a very tempting $1249, $250 off.

Apple, you are really testing my loyalties here.  expand full story

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