Crucial Stories April 11, 2016

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9to5Toys Last Call: Crucial/Lexar Storage Sale – 1TB SSD $200, Leaf RSS Reader free, Philips Hue 4-pack $199, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Apple’s latest 256GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1,200 (Reg. $1,499) – $99 less than list price of 128GB model

Crucial/Lexar Gold Box: 1TB SSD: $200, 16GB RAM: $46, 128GB USB Stick: $25, much more

Leaf RSS News Reader for Mac goes free for the first time (Reg. $8+)

Philips Hue discounted bundles: 4-pack A19 white & color bulbs (2nd gen) $199 shipped (Reg. $240), more

Apple Watch Leather band knockoff in 5 colors for a tenth of the price ($14.49 Prime shipped)

What if I told you that you could get a great Apple Milanese Loop knockoff for a tenth of the price ($16 Prime shipped)?

Apple Watch 42mm Space Gray Milanese Loop Band + Aluminum Dock: $27 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)

Apple TV 4th gen: 32GB $109 (Reg. $149), 64GB $154 (Reg. $199) w/ VISA Checkout

App Store Free App of the Week: Cut the Rope Time Travel for iPhone and iPad goes free for the very first time (Reg. $1)

Apple’s Pay Once & Play 50% off iOS game sale: Transistor, Brothers, Rules!, Implosion, Radiation Island, more

Brothers A Tale of Two Sons iOS puzzle-adventure game gets its first price drop: $2 (Reg. $5)

Apple offers Day One 2 iOS journal app for free ($10 value)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Headphones: SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Air Bluetooth $60, Sennheiser Momentum Earbuds for iOS/Android $65, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones: $49 shipped (Reg. $69)

Audio-Technica’s best selling ATH-M50x studio headphones + FiiO A3 amp $130 ($180+ value)

Green Deals: Aukey 20W Solar Dual-USB Port Charger $39 (Reg. $47), 1.3-Gallon Compost Bin $19 (Reg. $26), more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

GoPro’s new Omni Virtual Reality rig leverages six HERO4 Black action cameras

Crucial Stories June 10, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech Harmony Keyboard $70, Onkyo Wi-Fi A/V Receiver $185, DODOcase Apple Watch Stand Giveaway, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard for Apple TV, PlayStation & the rest of your living room $70 shipped (Orig. $150)

Daily Deals: Onkyo 5.2-Ch Network A/V Receiver $185, Lexar High-Performance MicroSDXC $73, more

Crucial M500 960GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $290 + $4 shipping (Reg. $340+)

Pay what you want Mobile-First Developer’s Bundle ($1,740 value, currently $6)

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 shipped: save 20% on apps, music, movies and more

Restaurant and apparel gift cards 20% off: JCPenney, T.G.I. Friday’s, Legal Seafood, Steak n’ Shake, Jiffy Lube, more

Father’s Day: Tommy Hilfiger, Nordstrom, more up to 50% off, DEWALT tools & gift cards from 20% off, more

More new gear from today:

Sony Bluetooth speakers: SRSX3 in white $80 (Reg. $128), SRSX5 in black $95 (Reg. $150)

Games/Apps: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker $33 Prime shipped, Slayin for iOS goes FREE, more freebies

More deals still alive:

Apple-Certified MFi iPhone 6 2,500mAh Battery Case: $25 Prime shipped (Reg. $45

Apple begins selling iPad mini 3 on its refurbished online store

New products & more:

June Oven has better specs than MacBook & was designed by former Apple engineers

Sonder keyboard’s E-ink display keys bring a fully customizable setup to your Mac

Crucial Stories June 8, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: $50 iTunes Gift Card for $40, Retina 5K iMac $1,700 w/ .edu, iPad Air 2 64GB $485, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 shipped: save 20% on apps, music, movies and more

$100 off Apple’s new Macbooks (+Airs/Pros and iMacs) w/.edu email address at Best Buy – Retina 5K iMac for $1,700 w/ .edu or $1,800 without (Reg. $2,000).

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 64GB in Silver or Space Gray: $485 shipped (Reg. $599)

Father’s Day: Tommy Hilfiger, Nordstrom, more up to 50% off, DEWALT tools & gift cards from 20% off, more

Gibson’s new Trainer Bluetooth headphones designed by Usain Bolt are available for pre-order today

Review: Mohu Channels tries to bring your TV services together, Leaf antenna goes on sale

More new gear from today:

Canon refurbished cameras w/ 1-yr warranty: T5i DSLR w/ 18-55mm Lens Kit $450, PowerShot SX510 HS $130, more

Pencil by FiftyThree Stylus up to 20% off: Graphite $40 (Reg. $50), Gold/Walnut $50 (Reg. $60)

More deals still alive:

2Do task management app for iOS/Apple Watch goes free (Reg. $15)

The ad-free version of Trivia Crack goes free (Reg. $3)

New products & more:

The Smart AC Control from tado° lets your iPhone control your existing air conditione

Crucial Stories March 4, 2015

As I’ve spotlighted over the past month, the best way to dramatically speed up an older Mac is to replace its old hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD). The process is super-easy on MacBooks and Mac Pros, surprisingly manageable on iMacs, and challenging on Mac minis, yielding 3X to 5X speed boosts. But there’s another option that can speed things up with relatively little effort or expertise: upgrading your Mac’s RAM.

RAM upgrades are easy and cheap. You can expect to pay $90 or less for enough (Mac-safe) RAM to run OS X Yosemite without hiccups, or $180 for enough RAM to guarantee you won’t need more for years. Installing RAM generally doesn’t void your Mac’s warranty, and except for several models, the only tool you’ll need is a small screwdriver. Below, I’ll walk you through your best options.

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Crucial Stories December 8, 2014

My first post for 9to5Mac is on a topic near and dear to my heart: best-of-breed Apple products and accessories. Why should you trust me? I’ve been a professional product reviewer for 23 years and an Apple user for 28 years. Last week, I finished an 11-year stint running the editorial side of iLounge, the leading Apple product review site, where I tested literally thousands of Apple accessories from every major company on the planet. Readers have praised my reviews as accurate and insightful, and I always put my readers’ needs first when testing new products.

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Crucial Stories October 21, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 64GB iOS Flash Drive $68, Belkin Bluetooth car kit $28, Intel 120GB SSD $60, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS Flash Drive: 64GB for $68 (Reg. $100) and 32GB for $45 (Reg. $60)

Add Bluetooth to your car – Belkin Hands-Free Bluetooth Car Kit: $27.58 AC shipped

2.5-inch Solid-State Drives: Intel 530 Series 120GB $60 (orig. $150), Crucial m4 256GB (refurb) $85 (orig. $300)

Apple’s former Director of Industrial Design is behind the new Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Mac this holiday season

Review roundup: Kindle Voyage is unanimously the best e-reader ever but is its $199 price tag justified?

 

Best Buy trade offer is the best way to jump from iPad 2 to iPad Air 2

Small States: Tinsel and Timber makes beautiful wooden homes for Apple TV and other accessories, multiple giveaways & 10% promo code

Other new deals:

More deals still:

New products/ongoing promos:

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