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 21, 2016

Heard the news? Apple’s getting out of the router business but we’ve got some good news: T-Mobile is again offering its re-branded version of the ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router with code WIFI40 at checkout for just $59 shipped. This is a top-tier $200 router for $59 people.

T-Mobile picked it as best for amazing Wifi Calls but it is great at nearly everything and hasn’t ever dipped anywhere close to under $100 (currently $147 at Amazon 4.2/5 star reviews). But the stars have aligned for a few short hours my friends and if you or a loved one needs a kick-ass router, now (like right now) is your time. expand full story

November 18, 2016

If you were waiting for Black Friday to swoop in on a $1000 70″ Vizio TV with Google Cast support, I’ve got some great news for you. Best Buy has knocked it below the $1000 Black Friday price to just $929.99 shipped. That’s an all time low by over $100 and the lowest price we’ve seen on a 70″ 4K TV. For those unfamiliar, 70-inches is almost 6 feet tall so this screen is bigger corner to corner than most humans are tall.

Oh and it gets very solid reviews (even at its usually higher price).

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November 17, 2016

Amazon and Best Buy’s official eBay storefront offer the Lenovo 21.5-inch 1080p LED Monitor (model LI2264D) for $79.99 shipped. (Also available direct from Best Buy). That’s good for $70 off the original MSRP, down $30 or more from the regular going rate and the lowest that we’ve seen by $5 on this 4.6/5 star rate display with almost no bezels.

Features include full 1080p resolutions at 75Hz and 178-degree viewing angles on the IPS display. HDMI and VGA inputs can be found on the back. It also has an “ultra-thin” design that’s perfect for multi-monitor setups. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

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October 27, 2016

It just started snowing out my window north of New York City and I’m freaking out about getting ready for winter. Luckily, I just happened upon a big Amazon sale on my favorite winter boots and this one is no joke.

Amazon has the Merrell Parkton Trekker Waterproof boots in both Black and Brown for $49.99 shipped. That’s about $70 off and the lowest price I’ve ever seen. I picked up both Brown and Black because you need to be able to accessorize, right guys?!

With your savings, pick up a 3 pack of thermal socks or a couple of Polar Extreme Insulated Thermal Hat for $15/ea at Daily Steals.

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Here’s a no-brainer deal for Amazon Prime members who plan on buying stuff at Amazon for the holidays. Simply upload a photo to your Prime Photos account using this link. Then, come November the rewards start flowing.

Step 1: Upload a photo to Prime Photos. Sign in with your Amazon account and save a photo to your free unlimited storage account from Amazon Prime Step 2: Check your email. Look for discount codes in your inbox after November 3. Step 3: Apply codes at checkout. Get discounts on thousands of items sold by Amazon in PC, Camera, and Software. Use codes before December 3.

After November 3rd, you’ll get a $20 Credit for Computers and Tablets, $30 for Camera Credit and $10 for Software. If you don’t have Prime, now might be a good time to start with a 30-day trial.

Amazon Prints offers 50 4″x6″ Photo Prints Free when you: Click ‘get started’ and sign in. Select 4″x6″ prints. Upload your photos and add 50 to cart. At checkout, apply promo code OCT50PRINTS. 50 4″x6″ Photo Prints will be Free w/Free shipping.

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October 21, 2016

One of my favorite gadgets ever is the Amazon Echo Dot (review) which started shipping to pre-orders last night. Better yet, you can get one almost free with the purchase of various bundles which Amazon is offering. My favorite is the best-in-class sounding Bose Soundlink Mini + Echo Dot for $214. That means your Dot effectively costs you $15. The Soundlink Mini makes a great accessory for amplifying the Dot’s speaker.

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Other great bundles:

Oh and if you add 6 to your cart, Amazon will float you one for free with code DOT6PACK. Or add 12 and pay for just 10 with code DOT12PACK. Pretty good way to knock out Christmas shopping or the office holiday gifts. That’s 12 for $500 or less than $42/ea.

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September 26, 2016

If you depend on your Internet and home wireless network (who doesn’t?!) you need to keep it up during a power outage, however long. APC, the leader is battery backup and surge protection, has some great deals in their Gold Box today.

If you need backup power to your desktop or more importantly your Cable/DSL/Fiber Modem and Wifi router,  the APC Battery Backup & Surge Protector (BE350G) – 350VA 6-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is $29.99 shipped. This is easily the lowest this gets with shipping and will keep your router and wireless network up during a power outage for over an hour (depending on power draw of your modem and router).

If you need to back up more devices and/or over a longer period of time, there is a 600VA version with 7 outlets and a USB charging port for $46.99, still a great deal. The big boy here is a 10-outlet 750VA is $60 shipped.

APC also offers a Dual USB power 5,000mAh pack for phones and tablets for $11.99 shipped. This is an average price for Cheap Chinese knockoffs but this has the APC name and warranty behind it

Finally, it is time to up your surge protector game with a rugged Workbench styled 8 outlet protection for $10.99 (make sure to order from Amazon using this link – it is backordered a week already) and a monster 11 outlet w/telephone and coax for $13.50. Both of these are no brainers if you need more protected outlets in the house or garage/barn.

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If you don’t already have your car, home or camping set outfitted for the inevitable power outage, today’s Eton Amazon Gold Box offers a great opportunity to get your affairs in order. All of these are lowest ever prices

American Red Cross Blackout Buddy lives in an outlet, keeping charged. When the power goes out, it lights up and functions as a flashlight. $14.99 for two ($7.50 ea) Prime Shipped. We have a bunch of these in the house and they make great emergancy flashlights.

3 levels of hand crank radio/weather emergancy USB charger with solar. $26.24-$56. These are fantastic in an outage providing radio services, flashlight and backup phone charging.

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The $180 Amazon Echo is a friggen game changer. Put it in your kitchen or living room and after about 5 minutes of setup you have an intelligent speaker that you can ask for news, sports, audio books, and of course music. You can also ask the Echo any question you can think of and more often than not (but less often than Google) it returns a good answer. The magic is in the always-on, far field speaker which happens to be able to understand language as good as any natural language processor out there – even from way across the room. You don’t need to have your phone on and nearby – you are hands free anywhere within earshot.

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Amazon has added a ton of services that connect the Echo over the past year to just about anything in your home. Most smart thermostats, garage door openers, etc. etc now work with Alexa, Amazon’s assistant.  Additionally, Amazon has worked with other partners to do things like order delivery pizza, get rides from Uber, and of course buy stuff from Amazon.

I’ve been using the Amazon Echo Dot which went on sale today (for delivery in October with new colors and combinations now only $50) for the past 3 months and I love it for its portability and its expandability even more than the $130 more expensive original. Let me explain:

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September 12, 2016

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