Seth Weintraub

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Seth Weintraub

March 28

9to5mac 

March 22

Amazon offers the AcuRite 02027A1 Color Weather Station with Forecast/Temperature/Humidity for $34.99 Prime shipped. That’s $20 off of list and the lowest price we’ve ever seen it by about $6 for this home weather station that gets 4/5 star reviews from hundreds of Amazon reviewers. . Description (video below)

Plan the day with confidence with your own weather and weather prediction information – pinpoint accuracy right from your own backyard. The AcuRite Color Digital Weather Station uses patented Self-Calibrating Technology to provide your personal forecast of 12 to 24 hour weather conditions. Self-Calibrating Forecasting is generated from weather data measured by a sensor in your yard – giving you the most accurate forecast available for your exact location. The backlit LCD screen includes indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity, moon phase, barometric pressure with weather trend indicator, time and date. Intelli-Time clock automatically updates itself for Daylight Saving Time. Display stands upright for tabletop use or is wall-mountable. The outdoor sensor features powerful wireless technology, a weather-resistant design and an integrated hanger for easy mounting. Weather station display is powered by a 5V power adapter (included; recommended for optimal display color) or 3 AA alkaline batteries (optional; not included). Wireless sensor is powered by 2 AA alkaline or lithium batteries (not included). Lithium batteries recommended for use in outdoor sensor for temperatures below –4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius). One-year limited warranty.

Note pick up some AA (not included) batteries here.

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9to5google 

March 14

March 12

Amazon is knocking a significant $125 off the price of the Moto X Pure White Bamboo smartphone in 16GB size to $299.99 shipped. That’s by far the lowest price we’ve seen for this very stylish and well rated smartphone with 5.7-inch display, *almost* pure Android, 21MP Sony camera sensor, 5.7″ Quad HD display, stereo sound, TurboPower charging and splash-proofing. Cam at 9to5Google reviewed it very favorably and I can’t recommend this phone enough personally. This was my favorite Android phone until the Nexus 6P was released and the only possible downsides I can think of is the large size and lack of fingerprint sensor.  The Black version with plastic back is also $299.99 shipped which is $100 off.

It is expandable via SD card all the way up to over 200GB ($80) but you are probably going to be fine with a 64-128GB Micro SD Card for $22-$50

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March 10

electrek 

March 8

The Prius powering our home during Hurricane Sandy
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Our town got hit hard during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Our home lost power for almost 2 weeks and I hadn’t purchased a generator for our house. Time to move into a hotel, right?

Nope.

I had a couple of small inverters and a Toyota Prius with a full 10 gallon tank of gas that kept our house lit and computers/phones/internet on for the better part of 2 weeks. I even had enough power for some Halloween lights… expand full story

I love the SolarTab (original review) and I hit up the German company that makes the huge solar panel/battery the size of an iPad for a coupon for you guys. It’s here! Exclusive Coupon Code SOLTAB35 drops the price $35 to an all time low of $94 shipped at Amazon.

Key Details:

  • 5.5W Solar panel w/dual 2.1A USB ports
  • 13,000mAh battery will provide a few full iPads worth of power when the sun goes out
  • Fits perfectly in bags next to books and iPads
  • Looks great and built to last

Why is the Solartab great? Because it actually works.  If you’ve ever tried to charge your iPhones/iPads/etc. directly from a small solar panel you probably know it is pretty difficult. Even with direct sunlight, you aren’t likely to be able to charge the device reliably or quickly. Most USB-charged devices require a minimum of 5W (5Vx1A) of continuous power to even register a charge. Then a cloud comes or the sun moves and you aren’t charging anymore.

Adding a battery to the mix helps, especially if the battery is big and can charge the device quickly on its own without any sun. But most of the solar/battery combos fall into 2 categories: Either messy because they are a bulky 2 step solution or the solar panel is too small to make a meaningful charge and you are mostly using it like a regular USB battery.

SolarTab is a breath of fresh air here. It is a relatively big 5.5W solar panel built on a thin 13,000mAh battery enclosure that fits in an included Moleskine-esque case. Size-wise, think the original iPad with a nice leather case and a huge solar panel instead of a screen.

This is the perfect large battery for a number of reasons. Because it is so thin, it fits like a book (or iPad!) in a backpack, briefcase or large purse. Most importantly, it always has power. I leave mine on my windowsill  for when I need to go into the city (usually 1-2 times per week). My iPhone and iPad usually die with heavy use so it’s a lifesaver for my trips home. What’s great is that I don’t ever have to plug it in. A few days in the window will have me back to full for my next trip… expand full story

February 29

Amazon offers the “Anker Multi-Functional Car Jump Starter and Portable External Battery Charger with Adapters, Clamps, LED Flashlight, 12V Output and 400A Peak Current” model AK-A1521011 for $99.99. $20 off code DTK446XQ drops it to $79.99 shipped. 

What this is is a large flashlight that has a 2.1A USB port that will quickly charge a phone 2-4 times over with its huge 6000mAh battery pack (erroneously listed elsewhere at 12,000mAh). That battery will also jump start your 3L or smaller engine car 10 times with its 12V jumper cable adapter (It can also be used for other 12V applications). It sounds like a great in car device but it also functions as a safety helper with a hammer head for breaking glass and a bright flashing red beacon light that functions as a flare.

The full 2.4 pound package includes “Anker Multi-Functional Car Jump Starter External Battery, 15V adapter, 15V car adapter, car adapter charging base, jumper clamps, welcome guide, 18-month warranty and friendly customer service”.

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February 23

9to5mac 

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9to5google 

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February 11

electrek 

Best Buy is now discounting the all-new 4th generation Apple TV by $24. That drops the 32GB model down to $124.99 and the 64GB to $174.99 with free shipping. There are also open-box options available for $116.99 and $161.99 shipped. Target has them on sale, but prices are $4 more at $129 and $179. REDcard holders can save an additional 5%, which brings final prices below Best Buy.

Radio Shack is still offering the current-generation 32GB Apple TV bundled with an HDMI cable for $119.98 + $5.95 shipping. The 64GB model is $169.98 + $5.95 shipping. expand full story

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