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

September 12, 2016

expiredTime to stop vacuuming like an animal! Roomba 870 is $419 shipped today only (save $150)

Are you still pushing a vacuum around the house, hurrying to get your home in order before guests come over? Join us over here in the 21st century by finally getting the Roomba by iRobot that you’ve had your eye on for so long.  This model, the 870 one gets impressive 4.5/5 star reviews from hundreds of Amazon reviewers and is $190 off and $419.00 shipped today only.

  • iAdapt Navigation uses a full suite of sensors to navigate and adapt to your changing home
  • AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System delivers up to 50% more cleaning performance
  • Tangle-free extractors help prevent hair and debris clogs
  • AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter traps fine dirt and dust
  • Conveniently schedule up to 7x per week, or just press CLEAN on the robot

We went Roomba on our second floor a few years ago and never looked back. The only problem is carrying it down the stairs when we need the 1st floor done. Today might be the day we go “dual roomba”.

September 8, 2016

After Apple updated its Apple Watch to Series 1 and 2 yesterday, the company has dropped the prices on remaining generation Watches Modestly. However, the even bigger price drops at Best Buy and Best Buy’s Ebay store means that just about anyone can pick up an Apple Watch.

These look to be final closeouts so if you want to jump on an Apple Watch with almost all of the capabilities of the new ones (which are more water resistant and have GPS as well as a faster processor), get in quick. expand full story

September 5, 2016

expiredCelebrate Anker’s 5th birthday w/30% off popular products incl. USB cables, chargers, batteries, more

If you’ve been eyeing an Anker product, for 1 day only, you can snag 30% off the price as part of Amazon’s Gold Box. Anker has grown in popularity over the past 5 years because of its high quality products sold through Amazon at very low prices. These are some of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen. Standouts:

  • Anker PowerCore 10,400mAh battery: $16.99 
  • Anker PowerLine+ Lightning cable: $11.19
  • Anker 60W 10-port USB Charger: $29.99
  • Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker: $44.99
  • Anker Cordless Portable vacuum: $88.88
  • Anker Wireless Mouse for Mac or PC: $12.99

September 2, 2016

The best router you’ll ever get for $59: ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router

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 $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 $155 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.

12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB Wi-Fi in Gold/Silver/Gray (refurb): $580 shipped, 128GB Gray: $640 shipped

Clarification: These are not Apple Certified Refurbished but certified grade A

Daily Steals offers a Refurbished  12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB in all colors for $599.99. Coupon code TAKE20DS drops it to $579.99 with free shipping.  That’s $100 less that Apple charges for certified refurb (although this one comes with a Daily Steals 30-day warranty). It features a large 12.9-inch 2732 x 2048 Retina display, Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support.

If you need a little more space, grab a 128GB model at Daily Steals for $670 using the same coupon above or snag this Open box/New condition Gray model at ebay/Quickship electronics(99.7% ratings) for just $639.99 shipped

Both iPad Pros are at all time lows but if you are looking for new/different ones, Best Buy is knocking $100 off the whole Pro lineup including 9.7-inchers which start at $499.99.

Use your savings to grab some accessories for your new iPad Pro like Logitech’s CREATE Bluetooth Keyboard, which we positively reviewed here.

August 15, 2016

Today’s Amazon Gold Box has something for everyone: Icemakers, Adidas threads, ukulele starter kit, Ooma VoIP

Amazon’s Goldbox has a wide variety of items at lowest ever prices.

  • Grab a selection of Adidas Training clothing for Men, women and children at up to 50% off.
  • Big discounts on Ivation Icemakers. These are great for outdoor parties where you want that unlimited supply of ice.
  • Learn the Ukulele with this $59.99 kit. Break it out at parties and boom you are over the rainbow like Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
  • Time to kill that Landline with Ooma’s Telo Free Home Phone service w/HD2 Handset: $99.99. Favorite add on? Google Voice plugin.

 

August 8, 2016

Update: OK, maybe you need to check out Amazon’s #1 selling 12-pack of scented markers for $4 after $1 coupon. Or this off brand of colored Pencils for at Walmart for 50 cents.

Just in time for Back to School, Amazon’s got a Gold Box that’s got more crayons/sets, dry erase markers, colored pencils and more than anyone could ever need at deeply discounted 50% off prices. If you are like me, the back to school period can be a little stressful and bam we’re back to the Crayolas for some Adult Coloring Therapy stress relief. Think of it as a two for one Gold Box. Just don’t grind down the sky blue too far

Standouts:

Check out the rest of the Gold Box here and don’t forget those adult coloring books.

August 7, 2016

BuyDig’s Ebay storefront offers the LG 34-inch (34UM95) UltraWide LED IPS Monitor for $499.99 shipped. This is a savings of $500 off the original price, $355 better than Amazon and the first time its ever gone below $500.

The LG 34UM95 features an UltraWide format with a resolution of 3440×1440 that is capable of displaying two inputs at the same time and has built-in 7W speakers. Additionally, it has HDMI, two Thunderbolt 2 and two USB 3.0 inputs. Thunderbolt 2 features speeds that are significantly faster than the previous generation and can handle DisplayPort as well.

This highly-rated monitor was one of our top picks for high-end displays:

The 21:9 widescreen format is truly an experience all its own. It’s essentially like having two 20.5-inch, 5:4, 1720×1440 displays side by side in one 34-inch panel, and LG also has a Screen Split app that works well for easily docking windows side-by-side in various configurations to get the most out of the wide screen while multitasking. It’s great for pro apps that take full advantage of the wider format for timelines and other features, although it feels a bit vertically challenged in comparison to 4K monitors on the list if a horizontal workflow isn’t your thing.

With your savings, grab an additional Thunderbolt cable to enhance your new setup.

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August 4, 2016

We’re huge fans of the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter (review) and while we’ve seen some mild discounts here and there, today we’re seeing the first meaningful $200 discounts from Amazon and B&H Photo (which only charges tax at point of sale in New York State). B&H also includes a 32GB MicroSD card if you need a tie breaker. Amazon sells it for the same $1199 price but a few of its sellers will take a few more bucks off the price.

This is the top pro-sumer drone on the market today. Features:

  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Streamlined Shell / Magnesium Unibody
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 3.1 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Up to 32.8′ Vision Positioning Altitude
  • TapFly – Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Up to 28 Minutes Flying Time

If you’ve had your eyes on the Phantom 4 like I have, now may be the time to take flight. expand full story

July 26, 2016

expiredBose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II for Apple devices in Charcoal or Blue are under $100 at Amazon

Today Amazon matches yesterday’s Best Buy price on the Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II for Apple devices in Charcoal or Blue for $99.99 Shipped. That’s $80 off and besides yesterday’s mention, the lowest we’ve seen them, certainly at Amazon by at least $50. Features:

  • Redesigned with a slimmer profile and fresh, new colors
  • Softly padded headband, memory-foam ear cushions
  • Made to stay comfortable, playlist after playlist; built to survive your busy life. SoundTrue headphones are not wireless. However, the single cable does detach for easy storage with less tangling.
  • Fold-flat ear cups and a matching carrying case make them easy to take anywhere
  • Inline mic/remote for select iPod, iPhone and iPad models

July 24, 2016

expiredGold Box: Buy the best/last electric lawn mower/battery you’ll ever need today: $359 shipped ($141 off)

Today’s Amazon Gold Box is the Lawnmower you’ve always wanted: the EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower – 4.0Ah Battery and Charger Kit. It’s electric but is super-powerful 58V, gets impeccable reviews and is on sale for $358.99 shipped at Amazon today, the lowest price we’ve ever seen it.

Some nice things: It charges in a half hour which is a shorter time than it runs (45 mins) meaning if you grab 2 batteries (normally $200!), you can mow lawns continuously until the end of time. It has headlights for mowing in the dark (oh lawd). It also folds up easily to the size of a suitcase.

Need some more reasons why it is time to move your lawn equipment to Electric? Here you go:

  1.  Quieter – Electric motors are much quieter than Gas equivalent. Besides the whirl of wind and the sound of blades hitting grass, you barely hear anything. Compare to the annoying sound of a petrol engine. Makes listening to podcasts or music or an ebook while doing yardwork that much more enjoyable.
  2. Less vibration. When I was a kid mowing lawns for money, my hands used to go numb or even hurt after a few hours of yardwork due to the vibration of the internal combustion engine. Comparatively you can go forever pushing an electric lawnmower which is like pushing a box fan around the yard.
  3. Easy – Electric equipment is comparatively maintenance free because you don’t have to go to the gas station to get gas and oil, mix it then keep a container around. You simply pull a battery off the charger and pop it into the equipment you want to use.
  4. Storage – Not only are electric tools smaller but you can put them in more places. Would you put a gas chainsaw in your home? An electric chainsaw can be stored inside without threat of fumes, leaks or stink.
  5. Starting – Electric is push button and go. While with gas, you often have to pull a cord and hope you didn’t flood or choke it.
  6. Gas is flammable and poison – you have to store it in a barn or your garage where it stinks. It is poison and if it spills it stains and can kill plants animals and even humans. Electric, you could put next to your kids’ bed if you wanted to.
  7. Electric tools are simpler and lighter. Pushing around a light lawnmower or holding a chainsaw is no contest compared to gas.
  8. Exhaust isn’t just bad for the environment, it is bad for the operator. You know the smell that you have coming in after yard work? Well, you still stink with electric but it isn’t a burnt fossil fuel smell at least.
  9. Longevity – Electric vehicles will last longer and because of everything above, will have a higher resale value.
  10. Quickcharge means unlimited supply. Greenworks tools batteries charge in a half hour (2Ah) to an hour (4Ah) so you can pretty much charge, switch and go all day if you have 2 or more batteries.
  11. Yeah that environment thing. Your neighbors don’t just hate your gas lawn work because you are noisy and stinky, it is also because you are polluting the neighborhood. Get off that gas already and go electric!

July 18, 2016

expiredYamaha Gold Box: Amazon’s #1 Acoustic Guitar $100, Keyboard sets starting at $145, Mixers, Tuners, more

Amazon’s standout Gold Box today is a collection of music making items from Yamaha.

If you always wanted to take up the guitar or want to add a solid number to your collection, Amazon’s #1 selling guitar with other-worldly 4.8/5 star reviews is just $99.99 shipped today as part of Yamaha’s Gold Box. Features:

  • Affordable 6-string acoustic guitar-great for beginners
  • Solid sitka spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, die-cast tuners
  • Accented with black-and-white body binding, tortoise pickguard
  • High-gloss natural finish looks great under the stage lights
  • Backed by a limited lifetime warranty

If you want to jump into the Keyboard, Yamaha EZ-220 Lighted Keyboard Bundle with stand is $144.99 shipped. Features:

  • Yamaha Bundle includes Yamaha EZ220 Lighted Keyboard, Yamaha PA130 Power Supply, and Yamaha PKBS1 Keyboard Stand
  • 61 touch-sensitive, lighted keys show the correct notes, making it easy to learn how to play
  • 392 high-quality instrument Voices and 100 preset Styles
  • Built-in Yamaha Education Suite and Lesson Programs make it fun to play!
  • Built-in wireless connectivity – plug directly to your computer or iPad (Apple adapter not included)

Check out the full list with more guitars, keyboards, mixers and more.

expiredThis speedy SanDisk 256GB USB 3 drive is more like an SSD except the $45 Prime shipped price

If you hurry you can nab this 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3 Flash Drive (update backordered) (also at Best Buy)for $44.99 Prime shipped. That’s the lowest we’ve seen for a 256GB USB 3 stick. This one gets incredibly good 4.4/5 star reviews and boasts read speeds of 100mb/s and read speeds of 50mb/sec.

Don’t need as much space inside? Grab this SanDisk Fit 128GB for just $30. You almost don’t notice it is plugged in.

July 15, 2016

One of the things that almost everyone nowadays needs is more outlets. Another thing that people need is fast USB charging in their outlets. And if we’re making up some magical device, we might as well give it great surge protection and let’s, for giggles, make it cost only $9.83 Prime shipped. 

Boom! This product actually exists. The CyberPower CSP600WSU Surge Protector 6-AC Outlet Swivel with 2 USB (2.1A) Charging Ports is somehow 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.

  • 6 Surge Protected Swivel Outlets – 1200 Joules of Surge Protection Rating to protect home and office computers, electronics, and home theater equipment
  • (2) USB Charging Ports – 2.1 Amp (shared). Perfect for keeping tablets, smart phones, and other rechargeable electronics ready to use.
  • Direct plug-in. Two sets of rotatable outlets (3 on each side) allows for convenient angles to plug in equipment
  • Green LED “Protected” and “Grounded” indicators. EMI/RFI line noise filtering helps connected components to perform at their peak
  • CyberPower Limited Lifetime Warranty and $75,000 Connected Equipment Warranty

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

July 13, 2016

We’ve all heard the rumors. Nor more headphone jack on the new iPhone and then of course everyone else will follow suit. All of your 3.5mm stuff goes in the trash heap?

Well, I’m not sure how it will all play out but I wouldn’t mind spending just $30 on a pair of these super premium JBL Synchros headphones with a universal mic in white or Black at Amazon even if I ditch them with a new round of phones later this year and next. Features:

  • Ultra-light, die-cast aluminum construction
  • Premium 10mm driver for professional audio sound with PureBass performance
  • Angled ear tips for improved comfort and stability
  • Tangle resistant flat cable with Universal Remote
  • 3 sizes of silicone ear tips as well as 1 pair of Comply foam tips for superior fit

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July 12, 2016

expiredPrime Day Luggage: This TravelPro 2-piece set is affordable ($84!) and protected w/nice wheels

Amazon offers the Travelpro Inflight Lite Hardside Spinner 2 piece set for $83.99 at checkout. That’s a great price and by far the lowest price we’ve seen for a 2-piece travel pack with decent reviews. Note final price indicated at checkout.

  • 100% Abs With Polycarbonate Film
  • Imported
  • 100 percent hardsided ABS with polycarbonate film is super light and durable
  • Eight multi-directional spinner wheels rotate 360 degrees for easy maneuverability
  • Oversized main compartment zipper with ergonomic high-tensile-strength zipper pulls ensure effortless and secure opening/closing
  • Nests for easy storage
  • Carry-on Spinner measures 20″ x 13.5″ x 8.5″ Larger Spinner measures 28″ x 18″ x 10″

There are tons of other Prime day luggage deals (not as good as this) but check them out to compare.

expiredPrime Day: LG 29UM68-P 29-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Display: $250 shipped

Prime Day continues to impress this year. Today you can grab an LG 29-inch 21:9 display for the lowest price we’ve ever seen: $249.99 Prime Shipped. This impressively rated (4.5/5 star) display features 2560×1080 native resolution, sRGB over 99%, Screen Split 2.0 (PIP Mode), Game Mode and Black Stabilizer and Onscreen Controls.

Update: The 34-inch version is just $349.99 shipped

On the back you have HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort inputs.

expiredToday’s the Prime Day to get a Google ASUS OnHub Dual Band AC1900 wireless router: $130 shipped

For the next 5 hours, you can pick up Google’s ASUS OnHub Dual Band Wireless Router for $129.99 Prime Shipped. That’s $70 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for Google’s supercharged router.  Features:

  • The Google On app for Android and iOS allows simple setup and management
  • ASUS-exclusive Wave Control lets you prioritize traffic to devices with a wave of your hand
  • Smart high-performance internal antennas, selected power amplifiers and fine-tuned radio frequency design deliver wide wireless coverage in any direction
  • Congestion-sensing antenna searches for the least-crowded channel to give you optimal Wi-Fi performance
  • Firmware is automatically updated with the latest features and security upgrades

 

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