MacNN and Electronista deals for March 5, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where discounts, sales, and offers for various gadgets, gizmos, hardware, and software are listed for you, the dear MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we recap the still-active deals from earlier this week, with the new items including a 40-inch HDTV, a $25 dual-band wireless router, and $20 off the Amazon Kindle.
Brother's high yield printer offers practical solutions for small businesses
When it comes to selecting a printer, it's not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often touted as fragile, fickle devices that break at the drop of the hat - and in our personal experience, most home printers are this way. But what if someone owns a business and is looking to replace their small, slow printer with something a little more substantial? That's the moment the market suddenly becomes quite a bit more intimidating. We're here to help, though, as we offer up our thoughts on the Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer, a laser printer that promises to change your opinion about printers as a whole. Did it change ours? Check our review to find out.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 2, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers to find discounts and offers on gadgets, hardware, games, and other items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Since it is the start of a new week, we have wiped the slate clean, with the new collection of deals including a Fujifilm 16MP compact camera, a 6TB Seagate desktop hard drive for $200, and a 24-inch Viewsonic monitor.
Foldable Keyboard has spill-resistant design, can switch between two devices
Microsoft has made a second version of its multi-platform keyboard, this time in a more-portable form. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress alongside new Lumia devices, the Universal Foldable Keyboard is a full QWERTY keyboard which can be paired with two iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or Windows devices, with the user able to switch between the two with a press of a button.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 26, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the time when we search for deals, offers, discounts, and sales on hardware, software, and other technology for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside our usual recap of still-active deals, the new batch of offers include a 28-inch 4K-resolution monitor, a cheap 42-inch Vizio TV, and a digital camera bundle featuring the Fujifilm FinePix S9250.
Daily MacNN and Electronista deals for February 20, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where we find the best online deals on hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Aside from a recap of still-active deals, the new deals added today include a 802.11n router and switch combo, a SSD and RAM deal, plus a ultra QHD display.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 17, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where cut-price hardware and discounted technology offered online is gathered for you, the eagle-eyed MacNN and Electronista reader. Along with a recap of yesterday's deals, today's new offers include a 27-inch 1080p IPS display from HP, 38 percent off professional headphones from Beyerdynamic, and a Brother label maker for just $10.
Make a loud noise for this small speaker
The Kitsound Pocket Hive Bluetooth Speaker has a hive-like hexagonal design -- the UK makers of the device cannot seem to resist making every bee pun you can think of in their documentation, and on their website. Yet they seem to have missed one very apposite British phrase: this Pocket Hive speaker is the bee's knees.
SpotCam HD Pro launched; gives 24 hours of cloud-based storage free
Cloud-based video solutions startup SpotCam, today announced its latest addition to the SpotCam product range with the SpotCam HD Pro. The SpotCam HD Pro features a water and dust proof design that is fully IP65 certified. The SpotCam HD Pro uses motion and audio detection to instantly wake up. Once triggered, SpotCam HD Pro immediately kicks into surveillance mode, capturing and transmitting crucial events happening outside your home. Up to 24 hours of video playback is free with purchase. SpotCam HD Pro will be available on Newegg and Amazon at the end of February for the suggested retail price of $200.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 12, 2015
Welcome again to Daily Deals, where we continue our quest to find discounts and offers on a variety of hardware and software for you, the MacNN and Electronista reader. Aside from a recap of still-active deals from earlier this week, today's additions to the list include a combined battery pack and wireless router, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma, and a WQHD-resolution monitor from Asus.
Bringing your 'brains' with you, safely and efficiently
You may have noticed that people rarely use the term "getting away from it all" when they talk about vacations anymore. Unless you are going camping in the middle of absolutely nowhere, or trying to do a cruise ship on the cheap, chances are you are in fact bringing some of "it" with you -- probably in the form of your iPhone, iPad or Mac (or all three) and a connection to the Internet. As jet-setting journalists, we have come up with a few tips for this over the years, which we now pass on to you.
Full HD display comes in two sizes, has three HDMI, MHL, VGA
Today, parent company Envision Peripherals has announced the Philips Moda 2, a new Full HD IPS monitor and Bluetooth speaker in one unit. The display features Bluetooth and MHL connectivity, and a pair of seven-watt speakers to stream music from an external source, in addition to the computer audio.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 4, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, where we scour online stores for discounts and offers for you, the ever discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Alongside a recap of still-running deals we previously featured and we have confirmed are still alive are a bevy of new offers, including a Dell UltraSharp 27-inch WQHD monitor, a $150 4TB Seagate hard drive, and a year on Xbox Live for $40.
Separation expected to cater more to Mac, professional users
Drive manufacturer Seagate has confirmed that it will stop offering Thunderbolt storage and adapters under its own brand name, and will instead leave Thunderbolt drives and storage options to the separate LaCie division, which it acquired in 2012.
Seagate's retiring of the USM connectors also likely signals the end of any drive compatibility with FireWire 800 as well, along with the option of connector interchangeability.
Larger 52 port model supports power over ethernet, fiber backbone
Networking peripheral maker D-Link today announced it has expanded its Web Smart line of cost-effective Gigabit Ethernet smart switches with two new models, the 52-port DGS-1210-52MP and the 10-port DGS-1210-10. Both models offer all the same features found in other DGS-1210 series switches, including energy savings, advanced security features, and extensive Layer 2 switching options.
monitors, Macs, iPods and iPads
Apple's online store currently has a vast selection of refurbished products, from iPods and iPads to Mac Pros and accessories. Save $200 on the refurbished 27-inch Apple Cinema display with 2560x1440 resolution. It was $999, but is now $799. That monitor would pair nicely with the six-core Mac Pro which has a 3.5GHz processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a price tag of $3,399.
MacNN and Electronista deals for February 3, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, our new regular series where we search online retailers for offers and discounts for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's deals include a multifunction laser printer from Canon, discounted Kindle Fire tablets, clearance PCs at Staples, and a recap of still-active deals you should take another look at before they disappear.
Possible friction over corporate culture between Nest and acquired company Dropcam
Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy and Nest's VP of Technology Yoky Matsuoka have both left the Google-owned Nest, Electronista has learned. Duffy, who sold his email software company Xobni to Yahoo in 2013, co-founded Dropcam, which was acquired by Nest. Matsuoka was an aspiring tennis star with a love of robotics, who became a founding member of Google X, and eventually headed up Nest's technology team.
curved monitors, MacBook Airs and more
Right now at MacMall.com, take advantage of a $211 price cut on the Dell UltraSharp 34-inch WQHD curved LED monitor. It was $1,200, but has been discounted to $988. That discount makes this the best price we have seen by roughly $160. This monitor offers a resolution of 3440x1440, an aspect ratio of 21:9, an 8ms response time, and includes HDMI, MHL, Mini DisplayPort and DisplayPort connectivity options. It is backed by a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.
$150 off Dell 27-inch LED monitor
Save $150 on the Dell 27-inch LED 1080p monitor right now at Staples.com. It was $350, but has been discounted to $200 after a variety of instant savings are applied. That's around $70 less than the next-lowest price. This monitor features a 27-inch display, 1080p resolution, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a 6ms response time, and it is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Dell.
Provides highlights, replays from various leagues
Apple has silently added another channel to the Apple TV, 120 Sports. The network is backed by Sports Illustrated, and covers leagues such as the NHL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, and NCAA. On the Apple TV, users can browse through Dashboard, Timeline, and Catch-Up sections. Timeline lets users watch a live stream and videos in reverse chronological order, whereas Catch-Up is a curated collection of clips related to trending topics.
EVGA launches Torq X5L, X5, X3 gaming mice
EVGA has revealed the Torq X5, X5L, and X3 gaming mice to their range, alongside its existing Torq X10. Featuring customizable RGB LEDs, onboard storage for five profiles, and eight programmable buttons using Omron switches, the mice ship in four different models, with the standard X5 and X3 having 6,400 dpi and 4,000 dpi optical sensors respectively, while the X5L uses 8,200 dpi laser sensor. The new collection starts from $40, rising up to $60.
$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.