$140 off Dell 23.8-inch widescreen LED monitor
This week at Newegg.com, get the Dell 23.8-inch widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor on sale for $230. That's a price break of $120 off of the list price of $350, and until January 29, use coupon code EMCAKNP44 to drop the price again to $210. That combo of discounts makes this the lowest price we have seen on this monitor by $35. This monitor offers 1080p resolution, 8ms response time, 178-degree viewing angles, and a variety of inputs including HDMI, DisplayPort, MiniDisplayPort, as well as USB.
MacNN and Electronista Deals for January 16, 2015
[Updated with more great deals!] The second full week of 2015 is almost over, and so it's time for the Friday Deals post, where we find great offers on hardware, gadgets, and software for you, the ever-discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, the prices are correct at the time of writing, but the offer may change at a later time, so check before purchasing. Also, remember to come back over the weekend, as we will be adding more deals for you to enjoy.
Entered into 'definitive agreements to provide additional near-term liquidity'
Venerable tech retailer RadioShack released its fiscal Q3 numbers to the US Securities and Exchange Commission this month. The report includes information about what RadioShack describes as a "prolonged downturn in our business" and predictions about its liquidity if efforts to restructure its debt don't go through by February 2, the last day of Q4 for RadioShack's current fiscal year.
Portable MIDI keyboard with a twist
Thanks to software like GarageBand, creating personalized music has never been easier. The included bank of loops provides a great starting ground for putting together ideas -- however, this can only take a budding musician so far. In order to get the full potential out of any software with a large library of sound samples, some form of external input device is necessary. While options in this field vary greatly, the best place to start is usually with a basic MIDI keyboard. Keith McMillen Instruments' latest product, the K-Board, is a budget-friendly option that looks to introduce a number of features not generally found on keyboards. Is the device simple enough for anyone to use? We have spent the last couple of weeks banging away on the supposedly "unbreakable" keyboard to find out.
Ultimaker Go and Extended models for desktop 3D extrusion printing
Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker is expanding their line with two new desktop models. Joining the award-winning Ultimaker 2 is a smaller entry-level model, the Ultimaker Go, along with the Ultimaker Extended, featuring a larger build volume. The models will be available for pre-order in March and are expected to ship in April. Both models come fully-assembled, and the company says original Ultimaker kits will still be available.
Apple aims for wide adoption of platform-exclusive tech
New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers.
MX200, BX100 drives improve endurance; management software released
Peripheral maker Crucial announced two new SSD devices this week, and software to manage them. The MX200 is the new top-of-the-line model, with features to provide speedy copy rates and data encryption, while the BX100 is a value option with slower-but-still-speedy read/write rates at a more affordable price point. Finally, the Crucial Storage Executive tool is utility software for Windows to manage and maintain these and previous Crucial SSDs.
$30 off 2.6GHz i5 Mac Mini
Today at MacMall.com, get the Mac Mini on sale for $1,069. That's a savings of $30 off the list price of $1,099, and around $20 less than the next lowest price. This Mac mini features a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive, along with Intel Iris Graphics. It comes with Mac OS X Yosemite pre-installed, and as always this Mac comes with Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
Gamevice aims to improve mobile gaming on the iPad
When Apple first announced it would be bringing game controller support to iOS 8, the news was met with much excitement. However, months started to pass and no one seemed to really be interested in creating a quality controller. Wikipad is hoping to change that with Gamevice, designed specifically for the iPad Air and iPad mini. We got a chance to get an early look at the upcoming iPad controller at a private suite during CES and went away with a very positive opinion.
Cogito watch will connect to Android, iOS devices while using a standard watch battery
Electronista quickly stopped by the Cogito booth at this year's Consumer Electronics Show to check out a smartwatch range that promises to deliver simple Bluetooth notifications while using only a standard button watch battery. The battery should last for months, Cogito promises, and when it does run out, users can simply throw it out and replace it rather than recharge it.
Virtual Reality immersion from Samsung
When it comes to augmented reality, there is no doubt that one of the biggest players in the field is Oculus. Its Rift headset was a huge Kickstarter success, pushing the VR headset market forward. Thankfully, Oculus hasn't tried to lock down its technology, and instead has teamed up with other companies in an attempt to push their vision forward. One of these partnerships led to the creation of the Samsung Gear VR, an augmented reality headset powered by the Galaxy Note 4. While the Gear VR has been available since early December, it has remained nearly impossible to actually find one for sale. Electronista navigated our way through Samsung's crowded booth at CES, and got a chance to sit down with the Gear VR.
Consumer and commercial-grade technologies demonstrated at CES 2015
Yesterday at CES, ViewSonic released its newest line-up of products. On hand for demonstrations at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas are new 4K displays, "price-competitive" digital projectors, Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) solutions, and commercial-grade digital signage displays. Included in the announcements was a new 3,200-lumen projector; 27- and 28-inch 4K monitors; a curved 34-inch LED and 27-inch gaming monitor, and some large-format signage displays.
Henge Docks looks to clean up your desk
While it can be very easy to get lost among the vast CES booths of big players like Sony, Samsung, and Intel, some of the most interesting products are usually found in much more humble settings. Henge Docks is a company based out of San Francisco that impressed us earlier this year with its Vertical Docking Station for the Retina Macbook Pro, and now is using CES as a chance to demo its upcoming Horizontal Dock. We had a chance to meet up with CEO Matthew Vroom on the show floor, and chat about his vision and desires for this new product.
2TB encrypted local backup over local network
The IDrive online backup service company today revealed a local network backup peripheral. Presented at the Consumer Electronics Show, the IDrive Wi-Fi local backup drive allows users to backup and restore up to 2TB of their data between devices over a local connection, with data protected by encryption.
Small but powerful SSD from Samsung
While Samsung is generally known for its lavish TV announcements during CES, one of the more interesting products it presented during yesterday's keynote was a portable SSD. Dubbed the Portable SSD T1, Samsung's new drive has been designed with a very specific market in mind. Following Samsung's event, Electronista met up with a rep and spent a little bit of time talking about the brand new SSD.
Third-party vendors go platform-agnostic
Pioneer and Kenwood have used CES to announce a slate of new headunits, all of which are compatible with both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto. The Pioneer offerings include the AVIC-8100NEX ($1,400), AVIC-7100NEX ($1,200), and AVH-4100NEX ($700). Each has an external microphone for voice commands, as well as a wired remote and support for HDMI input, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and dual-zone audio/video playback. The 8100 sports a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen, whereas the other two models use lesser resistive touchscreens. The products should ship in March.
MBPs, 4K monitors and more
At B&H.com right now, save $300 on the previous-generation 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which has been slashed from $1,949 down to $1,649. That's around $100 less than the lowest price offered on this model anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. As always, it is backed by Apples standard one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
Patriot releases new USB flash drives, Ignite SATA III SSD
Patriot has announced the launch of a variety of products, including the second generation of its Supersonic Magnum and Rage USB flash drives, as well as the Ignite SATA III SSD. The Supersonic Magnum 2 and Supersonic Rage 2 both include USB 3.0 connectivity. The Magnum 2 will be available in 256GB and 512GB capacities, with read and write speeds reaching 400MB per second and 300MB per second respectively.
Audio-enabled, insulated storage container launches Monday at CES
Portable audio system and food storage container Kube launched Monday at CES in Las Vegas. Designed for outdoor and indoor usage, the Kube offers a Bluetooth range of 50 feet for pairing with a Bluetooth-enabled device, and can deliver sound for up to 20 hours. Its exterior is comprised of aluminum and coated polymer, with five back-lit tactile buttons for controlling audio. Kube additionally includes the ability for charging USB devices with an available port, and its interior insulated food storage compartment features LED lights that automatically engage when the container is opened.
Sub-$400 PowerLite Home Cinema 600 is portable and bright
Today, Epson America announced a new compact digital projector in its PowerLite line at CES. The Home Cinema 600 can scale up its display to roughly 25 times larger than a 60-inch television screen. The projector is designed to be plugged into everything from a laptop to a gaming console, and uses Epson three-LCD projection and four pre-set color modes, including a game mode. This allows for watching in even a well-lit environment, from a conference room to a backyard side-of-the-house movie night.
Super Slim TV measures only half an inch thick
While the main focus of Sharp's morning keynote was the new Beyond 4K Ultra HD TV, some time was also spent showing off an upcoming Super Slim 4K set. While most details are still unknown, the TV will become available towards the end of 2015 in a 70-inch model. The Super Slim model will very closely mirror the features found in the also-announced UE30 and UH30 TVs, but in a form factor that measures only half an inch thick (excluding the set mount). Beyond Sharp's own SmartCentral 4.0 platform, the Super Slim TV will also include Google's Android TV.
Water Sensor will track household utilities use
Belkin has announced several new sensors for its WeMo home automation line, including the Door and Window Sensor, the Keychain Sensor, and the Alarm Sensor, the last of which triggers if an existing security system goes off. Another addition is a new Room Motion Sensor, which can track heat signatures up to 30 feet away within a 90-degree arc. The unit should ignore pets, and (through the WeMo app) not only let people set alerts or links with other devices, but check the last detected movement in a given room.
EA8500 builds in MU-MIMO, 1.4GHz dual-core CPU
Belkin-owned Linksys has announced several new networking products at CES. Leading these is the EA8500, an 802.11ac Wi-Fi router capable of some of the company's highest speeds, in part since it uses MU-MIMO to improve performance for simultaneous device connections, and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. In terms of connections the device has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a separate WAN Ethernet jack, and ports for eSATA, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 devices. It should ship this spring for $280.
Joined by Pixma printer and Connect Station CS100
Digital imaging giant Canon has announced several new cameras at CES, spread across its PowerShot, Elph, and Vixia lines. The leading model is the $430 PowerShot SX530 HS, which has a 50x optical zoom lens -- equivalent to 24-1200mm on a full-sized camera. The unit also has optical image stabilization, and a 16-megapixel sensor. The unit is capable of 1080p video, plus a pop-up flash and high-speed autofocus. It also includes Wi-Fi and NFC support, which can be used to connect to a smartphone and various other devices.
MacNN and Electronista Deals for January 2, 2015
[Updated with more deals on Saturday] Welcome to Friday Deals, the first installment of 2015 (alternately known as the "Santa didn't get me everything I wanted" edition) of the money-saving post where we find great offers on hardware, gadgets, and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Just like last year, the offers are correct at the time of writing, but may change, so check before purchasing. Also, come back to this post later, as we will be adding more deals to it throughout the weekend.
21 percent off 13.3-inch MBP and more
MacMall.com's end-of-the-year clearance sale includes the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, complete with dual-core Intel Core i5 2.4GHz processor, Retina display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage, and a battery life of approximately nine hours. Available for only $1,030 after the $40 mail-in-rebate, customers save 21 percent off the $1,299 list price, and about $100 when compared to the next best deal we have seen on this MBP.
Goodreader removes some operations related to iCloud Drive
PDF reader app Goodreader has gotten rid of several functions related to iCloud Drive, in compliance with Apple's guidelines. Users can no longer create and delete new folders inside iCloud, or move iCloud files. Other changes made with the latest release include VoiceOver compatibility, and a fix for opening iCloud containers. Goodreader is priced at $5, and is available for iPhone and iPad.
IK Multimedia's new portable groove controller
When it comes to mobile music products, IK Multimedia has positioned itself as one of the top suppliers. Right from the early days of iOS, the company has remained at the forefront of the iOS music creation market with products like the original iRig and iRig Mic. As iOS has developed and become more powerful, so has the line-up of iRig products -- its latest introduction, iRig Pads, brings musicians a full-featured 16-pad MIDI groove controller. Is the iRig Pads worthy of the space in your bag for creating a mobile loop workstation? We put the hardware through its paces in our full review.
Curved screens evidently planned to be 'latest thing' if Samsung, LG have say
As LG gets ready for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, a new model of curved monitor is announced. A newer version of the UltraWide Curved 34UC97 released earlier this year, the new model -- curiously given the name 34UC87M, implying some compromises from the earlier model -- is made to work in multiple screen configurations and aimed at multi-monitor fans and gamers.
Diminutive scanner purports to allow computer-free scanning
Sometimes, people need to scan things, but having a computer at hand to do so isn't exactly feasible. Maybe it's the home of a relative that lives on the outskirts of civilization with no Internet, looking to organize family photos. Maybe it's an office filing room that's too small to set up shop. Maybe it's the cabin of an airplane, and a traveler just wants to scan a page from Skymall. In this situation, the solution is generally to move items that need to be scanned to a location that has a scanner. With DoxieGo by Apparent, users don't have to worry about transportation; they can just throw the scanner in their bag and go. But can this ultra-portable scanner really make life that much easier? Read our review and find out.
Canon Pixma printers, MacBook Pros and more
At BuyDig.com this week, get a bundle from BuyDig.com that includes a Canon Pixma MG5620 wireless all-in-one printer and Adobe Lightroom on sale for $150. That's a savings of $80 off the list price of $230, and when coupon code EXCEL is used, it drops the final cost to $75. That's the lowest price we have seen on this combo by $115. This printer prints at 4800x1200 maximum color DPI resolution, scans at 1200x2400 resolution, features a 2.5-inch LCD, two-sided printing, Full HD movie prints, Google cloud printing, and more. This printer is backed by a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor from Canon.
Gaming peripherals, games for those wanting electronic entertainment
Gamers can be very selective in the types of things they want for the holidays, but Electronista and MacNN are offering some hints on gadgets that should appeal to any gamer on the shopping list. From smaller items that enhance play on consoles and computers, to a tablet that allows gamers the ultimate on-the-go experience, our gaming gift guide should prepare shoppers for the upcoming season.
Platforms include iOS, Apple TV, Android, Windows
DirecTV has announced a partnership with Fox Networks, giving subscribers to the satellite-based TV service access to all the content in the Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on multiple platforms. This includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Windows devices. In effect, the change means that the apps have simply added DirecTV as a service authentication option, joining other TV providers such as cable operators.
Device cheaper than rival Thunderbolt docks
CalDigit has launched the Thunderbolt Station 2, a new Thunderbolt 2 dock. Like some alternatives, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three powered USB 3.0 ports, and connections for HDMI, Ethernet, and audio input/output. Two eSATA 6G ports are also present, supporting storage formats not normally enabled by a Thunderbolt dock.
New content delayed without verified cable subscription
Users of the Watch ABC app on the Apple TV set-top box can now watch full episodes a week after they air without a subscription, ABC has announced. Previously the app was like most network-based offerings on Apple TV, limiting that content to people who could authenticate a cable subscription. Watching the latest episodes as soon as they're uploaded (next-day) still requires authentication, as does the live feed available in select cities.
Newly-discovered bug introduced in 2002, affects most unpatched devices
Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies released information on Thursday about an exploit they are calling "Misfortune Cookie." This bug was introduced into "RomPager" software, which is commonly embedded into residential gateway devices such as routers, beginning in 2002. A conservatively-estimated 12 million un-patched devices, connected to the Internet in 189 countries, are at risk.
Two- and four-bay models kick off 50T, 51T lines
Taiwanese network storage solutions provider Asustor launched four new NAS devices today. The two- and four-bay models in each of two new lines come in advance of eight- and 10-bay models, which will be released at a later time. 'The new 50T and 51T series NAS devices feature high performance CPUs that can automatically increase their frequency when needed,' said Asustor Product Manager Johnny Chen, adding that the ability provided reliable transcoding and management under load.
Can a Sandforce-based SSD thumb drive be used as a portable OS drive?
USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, speeds are still generally measured in tens of megabytes per second, rather than something more speedy -- despite being on the new USB 3.0 bus. VisionTek is one of a few companies offering SSD-class speeds in a removable package -- in this case, the simply-named VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. We've lived with a 120GB version for a while, and have used it for various tasks, including as the carrier for a laptop operating system. See what we thought about it.
Gift cards are impersonal. Get a gadget instead!
The rubber's hitting the road on the Christmas season, and if the throngs around you aren't in the holiday spirit (read "panicked about buying") then they will be soon! Fortunately, its not too late for online ordering, and we've got your back! MacNN and Electronista have been squirreling away ideas for the gadget and accessory freak in your life. We did part one of this list last week, so here's more ideas for those hard to buy for people instead of a boring gift card!
HP Envy monitor, iMacs and more
At Amazon, get the HP Envy 32-inch Quad LED-backlit LCD monitor on sale for $433.82 with free shipping. That's a savings of $65 off the list price of $499, and the lowest price we have seen on this by nearly $70. This monitor features a resolution of 2560x1440, a 7ms response time, built-in Beats Audio speakers, wide 178 degree viewing angles, two USB ports, HDMI input, and VESA mounting capabilities. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from HP.
YouTube app brought up to parity with other platforms
The Apple TV has received several new app updates. The most important of these may be a revamped YouTube app, bringing its features closer to par with other platforms. Search results are now displayed while typing, for instance, and users can subscribe to a channel directly, instead of having to use the desktop website or a mobile app. The Apple TV app has also brought in recommendations based on viewing history.
Keypad uses Bluetooth to bring Apple-matching style to numeric entry
Most of the OS X machines Apple sells these days are laptops with the built-in keyboard that includes no number pad. The vast majority of the remainder are iMacs -- also most with an abbreviated keyboard. Despite Apple's minimalist design, users sometimes could use a dedicated numeric keypad. Accessory manufacturer Newertech has a wireless solution -- a Bluetooth Wireless Aluminum Keypad. MacNN has lived with one for a while.
It can be Black Friday every week if you read this column
Welcome to the post-Black Friday edition of Friday Deals! Each week, we round up some great savings on cool stuff for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. During the holiday buying season, the deals are plentiful, so keep checking back over the weekend, as we add new deals we find or that readers let us know about! As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at a later time. Double-check before buying!
Get nearly everyone on your list something good
Gift hunting can prove to be difficult, especially if you're trying to find something for a gadget lover or general tech enthusiast. Not because there are no options, but that there are so many -- even when narrowing down your scope to tech accessories. To help with the gifting season stress, we've compiled some great suggestions for surprising your friends and loved ones.
WorkForce Pro WF-8590, WF-8090 print at up to 24 pages per minute
Another two printers in Epson America's WorkForce line have been unveiled, this time offering A3 printing capabilities and cost savings compared to color laser printing. The WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090 are heavy duty printing machines for small and medium-sized companies, with the pair using Epson's PrecisionCore technology for fast and accurate printing results.
Also improves audio, USB features
Video accessory maker Elgato has released the Thunderbolt 2 Dock, an update of a product it shipped earlier this year. Because of the switch to Thunderbolt 2, it's capable of supporting configurations such as dual displays or a 4K monitor. Elgato has also made other improvements as well, such as amplified audio output, and stand-alone bus power for USB devices. This means that the dock will power USB devices regardless of whether a computer is on or connected.
Giveaways now live at MacNN and Electronista
Over the course of the last couple of days, MacNN and Electronista have been making it rain prizes. Maybe it was the turkey going to our heads, or the lack of news stories that drove us to this madness. Perhaps we were just feeling very generous. Whatever it was, we wanted to make sure that you knew about all the great prizes we had to offer. Below you will find a list of the giveaways that are going on right now.
win a Penclic K2 wireless mini keyboard
Black Friday is in full swing, but instead of door-buster deals, we have more prizes to give away to our readers. To get things started today, we have the Penclic K2 wireless Mini keyboard. Reclaim your desk, and create a healthy working position while you're at it. Find out how you can enter to win below.
Elecronista and MacNN's guide to gifts for the digital audiophile
Audio enthusiasts might be some of the easiest people to select gifts for during the holidays, if for nothing else than the wealth of choices available. From Bluetooth speakers, headphones, audio amplifiers and radio options, it can be overwhelming to pick something. Here at Electronista and MacNN, we'll attempt to give shoppers some directions for the music lovers in their lives, compiling some of the best audio gear for the year in our annual gift guides.
LG 34-inch monitor, storage and 3D printer
Save $490 on the LG 34-inch UltraWide LED backlight LCD monitor right now at Newegg.com. It carries a retail price of $1,299, but has been slashed to $899. Use coupon code EMCWWHE25 to drop the price further to $809, making this the lowest price we have seen on this monitor by about $90. The LG UltraWide monitor features a resolution of 3440x1440, an aspect ratio of 21:9, 99 percent color reproduction of the sRGB standard, and is compatible with both Mac and PC.