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Trevor Daugherty


Trevor Daugherty is the Senior Editor of 9to5Toys. Since joining in 2014, he’s specialized in product reviews, exclusive discounts and 9to5’s New Toy of the Day. Contact him direct at trevor@9to5mac.com.

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The simplehuman 45L Slim Step Trash Can is on sale from $83 (Reg. $99)

Amazon offers the simplehuman 45 Liter Slim Step Trash Can in Rose Gold for $82.99 shipped. Additional colors are available for $2 more. Also at Wayfair. Regularly $100, is a new Amazon all-time low and the best that we can find. Simplehuman is known for its excellent build quality and stellar 10-year warranty that’s included with purchase. It features a silent close lid and fingerprint-resistant shell. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Amazon offers Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air 128GB in Silver for $1,059 shipped. Upgrade to the 256GB configuration in Gold for $1,249.99 shipped via Electronics Valley and eBay. Today’s deals are as much as $149 off and $20 better than our previous eBay sitewide sale mention. The latest MacBook Airs feature two Thunderbolt 3 ports, up to 12 hours of battery life, and Touch ID. Apple’s new MacBooks have a redesigned keyboard that provides “four times more stability than a traditional scissor mechanism.”

Be sure to put your savings today towards a USB-C hub for connecting legacy devices. We recommend this $40 option from HooToo with USB-A, HDMI and more.

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The Twelve South BackPack is a sleek way to hide hard drives behind your iMac: $23 (Reg. $35)

Amazon offers the Twelve South BackPack for iMac in silver at $22.74 shipped. Also at B&H. Regularly $35, today’s deal is a match of our previous Black Friday mention and the best currently available. The Twelve South BackPack delivers extra storage space behind your iMac, which is ideal for hard drives and other storage. I’ve been using one for a while now, and have to agree, it’s a pretty ingenious way to keep things looking neat and tidy. Rated 4/5 stars.

It’s officially the holiday season and that means more packages than ever are being delivered on doorsteps across the United States. In fact, the United States Postal Service estimates that it will deliver over 900 million holiday shipments this year. That means one thing: porch pirates will be out in full force.

So how can you protect yourself (and those packages) from shifty passers-by looking for some free loot? Well, we’ve rounded up five tricks and tips to keep your packages safe. From the low-cost to high-tech, we’ve got you covered.

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Green Deals: Greenworks 24V Cordless Jet Blower $60, more

Amazon offers the Greenworks 24V Cordless Jet Blower for $59.99 shipped. Regularly $90, today’s deal is a new Amazon all-time low and the best price that we can find from a trusted retailer. This Greenworks blower is perfect for cold weather cleanup without breaking the bank. You’ll get plenty of run-time here with wind speeds up to 100MPH. Ships with a four year warranty and 2Ah battery. Rated 3.9/5 stars.

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Google Home Max sports Assistant and all your favorite streaming services: $262 (Reg. $399)

Update: Belk offers Google Home Max for $261.75 shipped when promo code 34671199 is applied during checkout.

PC Richard & Son offers the Google Home Max Speaker with Assistant for $299 shipped. For comparison, it is regularly listed at $399 but dropped to $349 for the holidays at retailers like Best Buy. Today’s deal is $50 less than our previous mention and the lowest price available. Google’s high-end Home Max Speaker delivers all of your favorite streaming services like YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and more. It’s also capable of connecting to devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Assistant capabilities deliver smart home control and more. Rated 4.6/5 stars. We called it a “really nice fancy speaker” in our hands-on review.

Today’s Gold Box includes budget-focused portable projectors for $63 shipped (Reg. $90)

Today only, as part of its 12 Days of Deals, Van-Direct (99% positive feedback) via Amazon offers the Vankyo Leisure 3 Portable Projector for $62.99 shipped. Regularly $90, today’s deal is the second best offer that we’ve tracked all-time. Take this portable projector with you and enjoy movies with 1080p support and more. Includes one HDMI input and ships with a carrying case plus a USB cable. Rated 4.5/5 stars by over 850 Amazon customers. Hit up the rest of today’s Gold Box for more options including upgrade versions with various accessories.

Put this 39-inch Insignia Fire OS-powered 1080p TV in your bedroom or den for $180 shipped

Today only, as part of its 12 Days of Deals, Best Buy via Amazon offers the Insignia 39-inch 1080p HDTV with Fire TV OS for $179.99 shipped. Regularly up to $250, today’s deal is a new all-time low and $20 less than Best Buy’s current Green Monday offer. Insignia’s 39-inch 1080p HDTV is perfect for bedrooms and dens. Thanks to built-in Fire TV OS functionality, you can enjoy all of your favorite streaming services and utilize Alexa. Ships with three HDMI inputs including one with ARC. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

Today only, as part of its 12 Days of Deals, Anker Direct via Amazon is offering up to 40% off popular chargers, batteries and more. Free shipping is available for all. Our top pick is the PowerPort 12 outlet Power Strip with USB for $26.49. For comparison, it regularly sells for $35 and has never been offered for less at Amazon. With plenty of new tech under the tree this year, it’s time to consider upgrading your power situation. This model does it all with 12 outlets, including six for large power blocks along with three 2.4A USB ports. Rated 4.6/5 stars. Head below for more deals or check out the entire sale here.

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Today only, as part of its 12 Days of Deals, Amazon is offering various networking accessories from $8. Free shipping is available for all. Our top pick is the NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home 802.11ac Mesh Wi-Fi System at $199.99. That’s down from the regular $300 price tag and a match of our Black Friday mention. Mesh Wi-Fi systems are perfect for eliminating frustrating dead zones throughout your home. This model includes two extra nodes for additional coverage of up to 5,000-square feet. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

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DJI’s Spark Drone hits $300 + $50 Kohl’s Cash, Fly More Combo $436 (Reg. up to $550)

Kohl’s is offering the DJI Spark Mini Drone with $50 in Kohl’s Cash for $299.99 shipped. As a comparison, it usually sells for around $350 or more and our previous Black Friday mention was $339. We’ve seen it fall below $300 before, but the added Kohl’s Cash bonus is a nice add-on. If you prefer the Fly More combo, it’s currently on sale at Amazon for $436 shipped when you clip the on-page coupon. It typically sells for $549 but dropped to $460 around the holidays. DJI Spark offers a low-cost way to enjoy the world of droning. Features include a 12MP sensor, up to 16 minutes of flight time and 1080p video. Spark also offers gesture control, making it a fun way to enjoy a new take on drones. Rated 4.1/5 stars. Learn more in our hands-on review at DroneDJ.

The Oculus Rift + Touch Controller VR bundle falls below $300 for Green Monday, more from $100

The official Microsoft eBay storefront offers Oculus Rift + Touch Controllers for $299.99 shipped. For comparison, it’s listed at $399 and Amazon currently has it backordered at $349. Today’s deal is $29 less than our previous mention and a new all-time low. Oculus Rift delivers VR to your home with “unparalleled immersion.” It ships with six free titles: Robo Recall, Luckyʼs Tale, Quill, Medium, Dead and Buried, and Toybox. Rated 4.2/5 stars by over 1,000 Amazon customers.

Amazon is currently taking up to $150 off Apple’s previous generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro models. This sale focuses on the larger capacities, but you can grab the 64GB model on sale at Best Buy as well. Today’s deals are a match of our previous holiday mention and the lowest price available. Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro sports a Retina display, A10X fusion chip and 12MP camera. Support for Apple Pencil makes it a creative powerhouse, enabling note taking and apps like Photoshop. You can count on up to 10-hours of battery life on a single charge.

Meanwhile, today only B&H is taking $350 off the previous generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro at $799 shipped.

If the iPad Pro is too pricey, swing over to yesterday’s 9.7-inch iPad sale which is now being matched at Amazon. Best Buy also has iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB for $249.99 shipped (Reg. $399).

Don’t forget to leverage today’s savings towards an extra Lightning cable or the aforementioned Apple Pencil to complete your new setup.

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December 9

The Twelve South PencilSnap gives your Apple Pencil a leather home for $20 (Reg. $30)

Amazon offers the Twelve South PencilSnap in various colors from $19.99 shipped. Today’s deals are as much as 33% off the regular going rate and a new Amazon all-time low. The Twelve South PencilSnap delivers a stylish home for your Apple Pencil. It’s made from leather, available in various colors and has a built-in magnet to attach to most iPad cases. Rated 3.5/5 stars.

Philips Hue deals: 4-pack white or single color A19/BR30 LED bulbs $40 each (20% off)

Amazon is offering a pair of discounts on Philips Hue HomeKit-enabled Smart Bulbs. You can grab the A19 color option or a four-pack of white for $39.99 each. Amazon is also offering the BR30 color variety for $39.99 as well. Free shipping is available in both instances. Today’s deals are 20% off the regular going rate and a match off our previous Black Friday mention. Jump on these discounted prices at Amazon and easily expand your Philips Hue setup. These bulbs are compatible with HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant. Rated 4+ stars in both instances.

B&H is currently taking up to $100 off Apple’s 2018 Mac mini. The deals start at $725 shipped. Don’t forget, B&H only charges tax for shoppers in select states, so you can save even further at the time of checkout. Today’s deal is a match of the best we’ve seen, although that offer at Best Buy last week had fewer models eligible for this discount. The latest Mac mini sports four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI 2.0, gigabit Ethernet and solid-state storage. I picked up one of the upgraded models prior to Black Friday and I couldn’t be happier with it. In our hands-on review, we called it “Apple’s most versatile Mac.”

Be sure to grab a few extra Thunderbolt 3 cables to complete your new setup. You never know when you’ll need one to connect a monitor or external hard drive.

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Update: Amazon is now price matching.

Target offers Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad Wi-Fi for $79 off. That brings the 32GB version to $249.99, and the larger 128GB to $349.99. Today’s deal is a match of the second best price we’ve seen all-time. Most retailers are taking $50 for Green Monday. B&H is dropping the 128GB price to $359 with tax benefits for some shoppers, so be sure to weigh your options there as appropriate. The newest 9.7-inch iPad supports Apple Pencil, has a multi-touch Retina display and is powered by an A10 Fusion chip. This is a great buy for students or grandparents in particular that don’t need all the power of an iPad Pro.

Leverage today’s savings and pick up a new case to keep your iPad protected. While there are plenty of variations out there, we recommend this $15 option with a built-in kickstand and smart wake/sleep functionality.

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Target offers Apple HomePod in both colors for $249.99 shipped. Regularly $349, today’s deal is a match of our Black Friday mention and the second best offer we’ve seen all-time. Apple HomePod delivers Siri control, AirPlay 2, HomeKit compatibility and much more in a sleek package. This is a great way to expand your setup or enter the world of HomeKit control at one of the best prices we’ve ever seen.

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The new Amazon Smart Plug w/ Alexa gets first price drop to $20 shipped

Amazon is now offering the first discount on its new Smart Plug with Alexa control at $19.99 shipped. Regularly $25, today’s deal is good for 20% off and a new Amazon all-time low. This is Amazon’s first foray in the competitive smart plug world, opting for an all-in-one design that doesn’t require an extra hub. It can be used to schedule lights, fans and more along with integrated Alexa voice support. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

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