August 31

AAPL: 164.00

0.65

Marshall is best known for its guitar amplifiers, seen at almost any gig you’ll ever visit, but has recently been making more inroads into the general consumer market. It launched a wireless version of its over-ear Monitor headphones back in March, and has today announced an updated range of wireless multi-room speakers with AirPlay support.

All three speakers have the classic Marshall look of black grille with logo running prominently across it …

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June 6

AAPL: 154.45

0.52

9to5Toys Lunch Break: New iPad Pro w/ $50 Gift Card, Harman Kardon AirPlay Speaker $150, Wireless Printers from $50, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Apple iPhone 6s 16GB in multiple colors now $280 shipped (refurb)

Apple’s new iPad Pro pre-orders launch w/ up to $50 gift cards, tax benefits

Harman Kardon discounts its Onyx AirPlay/Bluetooth Speaker to $150

Laser Wireless Printers: Dell w/ AirPrint $50, Canon All-in-One $85

Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + LTE 32GB $579 shipped (Reg. $729)

Sonos launches big sale w/ discounts on PLAY:1, SUB, PLAYBASE, and more

Affinity Photo and Designer apps drop to $40 ea. on the Mac App Store (20% off)

App Store Free App of the Week: The Robot Factory for iOS goes free for very first time (Reg. $4)

Review: Logitech’s K840 is an affordable gateway to mechanical keyboards

Review: VAUX Speaker brings improved sound, portability, and simplicity to the Echo Dot

9to5Rewards: Monoprice Tube Amp Bluetooth Speaker System [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

iTunes Award Winning Movie Sale under $10: La La Land, Fences, Jackie, much more

Anker SoundCore 2 Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speaker $34, more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Xchime is your video doorbell that actively deters would-be thieves

Monument Valley 2 is available for download right now on iOS

ASUS Blue Cave 802.11ac Router sports a unique see-through design

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Anker’s new PowerCore MFi iPhone 7 Battery Case 20% off: $45 shipped

Ring Video Doorbells get a $50 discount at Amazon, Best Buy, more: Pro model $199

Fitbit fitness trackers up to 40% off: Flex 2 $60, Alta $100, more

Pad & Quill leather/wood iPhone 7 cases up to 20% off, starting from $40

T-Mobile offers a free iPhone SE with purchase of iPhone 7/Plus on installment plans

June 5

AAPL: 153.93

-1.52

As part of iOS 11, Apple is announcing a handful of improvements to Apple Music and AirPlay. Headlining the changes is Apple’s new AirPlay 2 protocol, while the Music app is also receiving improvements with new social features and more.

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May 31

AAPL: 152.76

-0.91

9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Solo3 Headphones $200, SanDisk 128GB Flash Drive $25, Yamaha AirPlay Speaker $200, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

The Robot Factory for iOS goes free for very first time (Reg. $4)

Daily Deals: Beats Solo3 Headphones $200, Pioneer Mini Stereo System w/ Bluetooth $105, more

Amazon Storage/Network Sale 40% off: flash drives, routers & more from $19

 

Yamaha MusicCast Wi-Fi Speaker w/ AirPlay + Bluetooth $200 (Reg. $250)

iTunes offers ten-film iconic movie bundles from each decade for $20/ea

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air gets a $239 price drop, now $760 shipped

Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro 512GB gets a nearly $400 discount for Memorial Day

Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + LTE 32GB $579 shipped (Reg. $729)

Apple’s Great Games for $1 Sale: BADLAND, Assassin’s Creed, many more

Review: Logitech’s Z537 Speaker System gives your Mac the audio it deserves [Video]

Review: RDS Nintendo Switch case offers protection from bumps while on-the-go

9to5Rewards: Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 smartphone-controlled droid [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Sensi’s Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat is a #1 best-seller and works w/ Alexa: $104

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

ASUS unveils 35-inch curved gaming monitor with 200Hz refresh rate

Prynt Pocket lets you print photos from your iPhone like a Polaroid camera

Pedego’s Airstream eBike is just as feature-packed as it is stylish

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Logitech’s M705 Wireless Mouse goes to $20, MX Master $60, more

Canon PIXMA Inkjet All-In-One Printer w/AirPrint $56 shipped (Reg. $75)

Smartphone Accessories: Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 6/s Plus $50, more

Mophie Battery Case for iPhone 6/s: $30 (Reg. $50)

May 27

AAPL: 153.61

-0.26

Apple is no stranger to lawsuits from patent trolls, having been a target numerous times in the past. Now, the company has been hit with a trio of patent infringement lawsuits from Uniloc, a non-practicing entity who has filed the suits in the patent troll-friendly Eastern Texas District Court. Uniloc alleges that Apple infringes upon its patents with AirPlay, autodial, and battery charging…

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May 22

AAPL: 153.99

0.93

Last month Google launched its new YouTube TV video service with apps available for iPhone and iPad, but curiously not Apple TV. While there’s still no tvOS version of YouTube TV, Google’s new video service updated its iOS app today with support for Apple’s AirPlay feature on iOS.

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April 25

AAPL: 144.53

0.89

If you use Google Photos on your iPhone and iPad (and you should), you can now use AirPlay to view selected photos on your Apple TV. Google quietly added the feature in an update to the app yesterday…

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April 20

AAPL: 142.44

1.76

Apple’s recent tvOS 10.2 software update broke AirPlay streaming for third-party utilities like AirFoil and Doubletwist by requiring hardware verification. Now DoubleTwist is out with an update for its Android app that includes a workaround and restores audio streaming over AirPlay to Apple TV.

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April 6

AAPL: 143.66

-0.36

9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar $1,550, UPS Surge Protector $65, Yamaha A/V Receiver w/ AirPlay $400, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Dell 28-inch Ultra 4K Widescreen Monitor for $300 shipped

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar now $1,550 shipped

CyberPower 850VA UPS + 4-outlet Surge Protector bundled for $65 today only

Yamaha 7.2-Ch. 4K A/V Receiver w/ AirPlay for $400 (all-time low)

Anker’s new PowerLine II Dura Lightning Cables get a nice discount, from $8

Trine 1, 2 & 3 for Mac now on sale from $2 each (Reg. up to $15)

Review: Belkin Valet Charger Power Pack pulls double duty for Apple Watch and iPhone

Review: Decks by FluidStance bring motion and fun to standing desks and more

9to5Rewards: Fabriq Wireless Speaker w/ AirPlay and Alexa [Giveaway]

Most Fashionable Watches and Smart Watches of 2017

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

DJI Drone Deals from $349: cert. refurb Phantom 4 $730 and more!

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Clarity is a touchscreen Smart Speaker that combines Google Now and Alexa

The Sunrise Smart Pillow aspires to make every morning better

Lego introduces 16 new minifigures with Collectible Series 17

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Roku Ultra 4K HDR Streaming Media Player as low as $80 (Reg. $120+)

Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones in all colors from $150

VIZIO’s SmartCast 55-inch 4K HDR UHDTV is down to $600 shipped

LG’s new 49-inch 4K HDR Smart Ultra HDTV $579 (Reg. $799)

April 3

AAPL: 143.70

0.04

9to5Toys Last Call: AirPort Express (refurb) $45, Yamaha AirPlay AV Receiver $300, Aukey Dual-USB Wall Charger $6, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Night Sky 4 for iOS now available for free (Reg. $1+)

Apple’s AirPort Express (refurb) adds AirPlay to your speakers for $45

Yamaha’s Aventage 7.2-Ch AirPlay A/V Receiver on sale for $300 (Reg. $400+)

Smartphone Accessories: Aukey Dual Port Wall Charger $6, more

Goat Simulator now available for free on iOS (Reg. $5)

Nintendo Switch Review: The hybrid that changed my mind about consoles

9to5Rewards: Fabriq Wireless Speaker w/ AirPlay and Alexa [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

 

Amazon Fire tablet sale brings best prices of the year from $40

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Satechi’s USB-C Travel Charger keeps all of your devices powered up on-the-go

Chris is your digital co-driver that works with iOS and Android

Stanley enters the competitive 3D Printer market w/ new prosumer model

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

DODOcase launches 40% off sitewide sale

Ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat has HomeKit + Alexa control: $199 (Reg. $249)

Twelve South Fermata Headphone Charging Stand first notable price drop: $72

February 23

AAPL: 136.53

-0.58

AirPlay is one of my favorite Apple technologies. The feature allows you to wirelessly stream content over WiFi, whether it be via your Apple TV or streaming audio via a standalone speaker. Either way, AirPlay fixes some of the common flaws plaguing wirelessly streaming content with Bluetooth.

One of the common complaints with AirPlay, however, is that it’s somewhat expensive to get started. For that reason, I’ve rounded up some of the more affordable ways to enter the AirPlay ecosystem below…

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February 14

AAPL: 135.02

1.73

9to5Toys Last Call: WD Portable 3TB Hard Drive $90, Harman Kardon 7.2-Ch. Receiver w/ AirPlay $250, GoPro HERO4 Silver $200, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

LG’s 55-inch OLED UHDTV lets you enjoy your favorite movies and shows in stunning 4K for $1,399 shipped (Reg. $2,000)

Daily Deals: WD Elements Portable 3TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $90, Logitech M325 Wireless Optical Mouse $10, more

Harman Kardon’s 7.2-Ch. A/V Receiver does it all: 4K, AirPlay, Bluetooth and more for $250 shipped (Orig. $550)

Document the action: certified refurb GoPro HERO4 Silver Edition Camera for $200 shipped (Orig. $400)

Apple’s robust 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar + Kensington USB-C Dock: $2,179 shipped ($2,579 value, Tax NY only)

Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case in Black or White: on sale for $85 shipped (Reg. $99)

Verizon announces trade-in program that nets a free iPhone 7/Plus or Google Pixel (and others) for new Unlimited users

9to5Rewards: Grado’s Brooklyn-made SR325e Over-Ear Headphones [Giveaway]

Runtastic’s Heart Rate Monitor & Pulse Tracker PRO on iOS is now free for a limited time (Reg. $2)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Upgrade to a new Wi-Fi-enabled Smart Thermostat from Honeywell or Emerson, today only from $79 shipped

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Logitech’s best-selling MX Master Wireless Mouse returns to its Amazon all-time low at $60 shipped

Put Elago’s adorable W3 Apple Watch Dock on your nightstand for just $12 Prime shipped

January 27

AAPL: 121.95

0.01

Review: Fabriq is a $50 AirPlay speaker with a small form-factor [Video]

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We first featured the Fabriq Wireless Speaker last fall as one of our New Toys of the Day. What particularly struck us about this product was its wide range of connectivity. We aren’t just talking Bluetooth here. It is also has AirPlay, multi-room connectivity, and support for Amazon’s popular Alexa Service. And at $50, it has big-time value.

The question is, can its compact design hang with the big boys like JBL and UE?

December 2, 2016

AAPL: 109.90

0.41

9to5Toys Last Call: Pioneer 4K A/V Receiver w/ AirPlay $339, Polaroid Action Camera $100, Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter $20, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

15 AmazonBasics tech accessories just received rare price drops, deals from $5 Prime shipped

  • Upgrade your keyboard w/ Tomoko’s 87-Key Mechanical option for $28 (Reg. $35)
  • LEGO recreates iconic Le Mans Ford GT40 in its upcoming release
  • This Schlage Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt Lock w/ Built-In Alarm drops to just $126
  • OXO’s Convertible Foldaway Dish Rack just hit its Amazon all-time low: $30 (Reg. $40+)
  • Black Friday magazine pricing is back! Titles from $2.50/yr: GQ, Dwell, ESPN, more
  • Get unlimited music to download from a Spotify Premium 3-month trial for only $0.99
  • Green Deals: Snow Joe 18-inch 14A Electric Snow Blower w/ Light $119 (Reg. $200), more
  • Office Supplies: 24-Pack HI-LITER Pens $5, 7-Piece Dry Erase Marker Set $5more

Pioneer’s 7.2-Ch. 4K A/V Receiver has it all, including Bluetooth and AirPlay: $339 shipped (Reg. $400+, all-time low)

Daily Deals: Polaroid Cube+ WiFi 1440p Mini Action Camera $100, Orbotix Sphero SPRK Robot $50, more

iPhone 7 users: Add Logitech’s Bluetooth Audio Adapter to your stereo and wirelessly stream music for $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)

1st big discount! iPhone 7 128GB in Gold and Silver Qualcomm LTE: $710 shipped ($40 off) no sales tax

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar 2.9GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,700

eBay rolls out Cyber Monday Apple Deals: 27-inch 5K Retina iMac 2TB $1,900

eBay’s Black Friday Sale brings solid Apple deals: 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB $930

Grab a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Certified refurb) Space Gray/Silver/Gold at Amazon for $549 shipped

DirecTV Now launches with an aggressive free Apple TV offer when you pre-pay for three months of service: from $105 ($255 value)

 

Former Apple award winning puzzle game Shades goes free on the App Store (Reg. $2)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Portable Bluetooth Speakers: Philips BT3080 $20, Jabra Solemate Mini (multiple colors) $30 (Reg. up to $50)

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Bring Luma’s Whole Home 802.11ac Wi-Fi system to your house or office for complete coverage and control: $250 (Reg. $350+)

Amazon and other retailers extend up to $50 discounts on Sonos speakers, including PLAY:3, 5, PLAYBAR and SUB

Give your aging MacBook Air/Pro a new lease on life w/ Transcend’s 480GB JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kit: $230 shipped (Reg. $280+)

October 20, 2016

AAPL: 117.06

-0.06

AirServer brings Apple AirPlay streaming from iOS & Mac to Xbox One

Apple’s AirPlay feature, which allows iPhone, iPad and Mac users to stream video and audio from their devices to Apple TVs and other supported devices, now works on Xbox One thanks to an update to the third-party AirServer app.

August 31, 2016

AAPL: 106.10

0.10

Bang & Olufsen has announced two new wireless speakers, featuring a conical design and 360-degree sound projection. Both speakers support Apple’s AirPlay – as well as Google Cast, DNLA and plain old Bluetooth – and are compatible with the company’s BeoLink system for multi-room setups.

B&O has a reputation for great aesthetics and hi-tech features as well as fantastic sound, and Engadget reports that you won’t be disappointed on this score …

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June 22, 2016

AAPL: 95.55

-0.36

9to5Toys Last Call: PowerBeats2 Headphones $120, Seagate 4TB Portable HDD $110, Sony AirPlay Speaker $290, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

The iPhone 5c (16GB GSM Unlocked Refurb) makes a great first phone for the kids at only $100 shipped (Orig. $550)

Score PowerBeats2 Wireless Headphones for $120 (40% off) and maybe you’ll become an NBA champion too

Daily Deals: Seagate 4TB USB Portable Hard Drive $110, Duracell 8800mAh & 1850mAh Power Bank Set $23, more

Get the best of both worlds w/ Sony’s AirPlay and Bluetooth Speaker for $290 shipped (Reg. $350)

Grab Apple’s latest 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro on sale from $1,000 shipped w/ .edu ($300 savings)

Get an iPhone 5s 16GB (refurb) w/ a month of FreedomPop’s Unlimited for $160

Best Buy will give you an Apple Watch for $49 w/purchase of iPhone 6s/+ plan on AT&T/Verizon/Sprint ($250 off)

App Store Free App of the Week: TextGrabber + Translator goes free for the very first time (Reg. $5+)

Put your survival skills to the test as Don’t Starve for iOS drops to its lowest price yet: $1 (Reg. $5)

Yoga Studio: one of the best iOS yoga apps out there just went free for the first time in a year (Reg. $4)

All the iOS Grand Theft Auto titles just went on sale up to 60% off: Liberty City Stories $3 (Reg. $7), more

Rovio’s Bad Piggies for iPhone/iPad goes free for the first time in years (Reg. $1)

How-to: Put a USB Charging port just about anywhere, without AC power for as little as $50 (Solar+Battery) 

Giotto’s $10 Rocket Air Blaster is the best way to keep your Mac clean for the money

Review: At just $24, this Leather Loop Band for Apple Watch looks great and won’t break the bank [Gallery]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Smartphone Accessories: Aukey Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $22), more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Anker launches sale on Amazon for a bunch of its iPhone accessories: Lightning cables $6, cases from $5, more

Protect your iPhone 6/s/Plus or 5/s/SE w/ a Ringke case for as little as $3 shipped

May 20, 2016

AAPL: 95.22

1.02

Got a Mac and a Samsung TV? Now you can AirPlay Mirror without an Apple TV

If you have a Mac and a Samsung Smart TV, AirPlay mirroring to the TV would usually require an Apple TV. But now there’s an app for that …

May 18, 2016

AAPL: 94.56

1.07
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When a well-respected audiophile brand known for an amplifier costing a cool $150k launches an AirPlay speaker system, you can be sure of two things. One, it’s going to be pretty special. Two, it’s not going to be cheap.

Sure enough, Naim’s first wireless offering – the Mu-so which I reviewed earlier this year – came in at $1500. I did, though, consider it worth every penny. It’s a true replacement for a hifi system, delivering room-filling sound that I couldn’t fault. The design is fantastic, build-quality first-rate and it offers every input source you could ever want: AirPlay, Bluetooth, UPnP, Spotify Connect, Tidal, wired Ethernet, USB, optical and 3.5mm analog.

If you liked the sound of it but thought that $1500 was pushing things a little, there’s good news and bad …

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April 22, 2016

AAPL: 105.68

-0.29

I love the concept of streaming music around the home. There are a lot of great wireless Bluetooth speakers for wireless music on the move, but it’s still unclear what to choose for a static home environment. Apple’s answer is AirPlay, but it has flaws: no multi-room support from iOS devices, limited adoption by speaker manufacturers, and spotty reliability at best.

I’ve been trying an AirPlay alternative, called Play-Fi, which is a competing industry technology for home Wi-Fi music streaming from DTS. Specifically, I tested the Definitive W7 wireless speaker which integrates Play-Fi. Read on for my review  ….

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