JBL Stories June 15, 2016

9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB $970, Seagate 5TB External Hard Drive $110, JBL Speakers $18, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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

Save nearly 20% on Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB: $970 (Reg. $1,199)

Give your Mac or PC a little breathing room: Seagate 5TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive $110 shipped (Reg. $130+), more

Daily Deals: JBL Jembe 2.0 Computer Speakers $18, Canon PIXMA All-In-One Printer w/ AirPrint $80, more

Sling TV offers new users a 32GB Apple TV for $89 when you pre-pay for 3 mos. of service ($209 value)

Best Buy is taking up to $200 off Apple Watch Stainless Steel: 38mm from $349, 42mm starts at $399

Pebble Steel Smartwatch for iOS and Android $80 shipped, Apple Watches up to $200 off, more

Start your week with a $100 discount on iPad mini 4 & Air 2, priced from $300 shipped

App Store Free App of the Week: Drop Flip puzzler goes free for the first time ever (Reg. $2)

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

AngerOfStick2 and its brutal beat’em up action goes free on iOS (Reg. $1)

Square Enix brings human augmentations and hacking to iOS with the new Deus Ex Go

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Logitech’s Harmony Smart Remote brings simplified control to your TV, stereo system and home: $70 shipped (Reg. $94)

JBL Stories February 11, 2016

screen-shot-2016-01-05-at-8-40-58-pm Back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, JBL took the wraps off of its first CarPlay-capable aftermarket head unit, the Legend CP100. At the time, the company teased only that it would be “coming soon,” but now we have an official release date. The Legend CP100 head unit will be available starting February 14 for $399 via JBL’s website. expand full story

JBL Stories January 6, 2016

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Building upon some of its most popular prior Bluetooth audio products, JBL has debuted the fully waterproof Charge 3 ($150) and Clip 2 ($60) speakers, as well as three in-ear headphones: the advanced active noise-cancelling Everest Elite 100 ($199), and two versions of the Under Armour UA Headphones Wireless ($180-$250), one with an integrated heart rate monitor…

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JBL Stories January 5, 2016

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Harman today has announced the JBL Legend CP100 in-car infotainment system. The JBL Legend CP100 marks the company’s first in-car solution that is compatible with Apple’s CarPlay system, joining the growing number of aftermarket solutions for obtaining Apple’s car infotainment system in older vehicles.

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JBL Stories November 7, 2015

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If you are looking for some differentiation in your Bluetooth speakers, the JBL Pulse 2 ($199) and the Marsboy Orb ($30 after SPDJVX3R code) offer varying degrees of light show to accompany your music. While the JBL Pulse 2 is essentially a very good Charge 2+ with a light show wrapped around the outside, the Marsboy brings a base model Chinese brand speaker with a LED array strapped on. Is there any middle ground here?

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JBL Stories October 19, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth speaker $80, Ticket to Ride for iOS free, Kindle e-Reader $59, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

USB Roundup: Lumsing 6700mAh Power bank $12, 2-Pack of RAVPower 3-ft MFi Lightning cables $8, more

JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth speaker, 9to5mac’s ‘2014 Bluetooth speaker of the year’: $80 shipped, (or 3 for $70/ea)

Ticket To Ride goes free on iPhone for the first time in years (Reg. $2)

Save $20 on select Kindle e-Readers, deals start at just $59 with free shipping

Unlocked iPhones (refurb): iPhone 5c 16GB 4G LTE $170, iPhone 6 64GB $430

More new gear from today:

Ditch the cable modem rental fees w/ these refurb deals: Motorola SB6121 $45 shipped (Orig. $100), more

More deals still alive:

OtterBox SYMMETRY Series iPhone 6/6s Case $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $40)

New products & more:

It took about 500,000 LEGO bricks to put this life-size Batmobile together

Waylens is the iOS-connected dashboard camera you’ve been waiting for

 

JBL Stories July 24, 2015

Best-Bluetooth-speakers-2015L to R: UE Mini (review), Roll (review), Boom (review) and Megaboom (review), JBL Charge 2+(review) and Charge 2 (review), Bose Soundlink III (review) and Soundlink Mini 2 (prev review) Best Bluetooth speakers

There’s nothing like having a summer moment free to listen to your favorite music with your friends. The combination of portable Bluetooth speakers and great music apps like Apple Music with Beats 1 radio can make this an instant spontaneous event as long as you’ve got the right gear. There are tons of Bluetooth speakers around but we’re cutting through the noise and signaling the best from three top brands today: Bose, UE and JBL.

In last year’s exhaustive holiday season Best Bluetooth Speaker Review, I gave the title of best speaker to the JBL Charge 2 for having nearly the best sound, cylindrical portability, great looks, long battery life and the ability to charge your phone for around $120. JBL has updated their game with the Charge 2+ but both Bose and UE have really doubled down on their product functionality this year. It is going to be a tough call… expand full story

JBL Stories July 7, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $70, 13″ MacBook Air (newest version) $830, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Palette puts Adobe’s Creative Suite in the palm of your hands with its new modular control surface

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150more

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air (newest model) 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB: $830 shipped (Reg. $999)

Review: JBL’s new Charge 2+ and Clip+ deliver big sound in a portable Bluetooth package designed for outdoor activity

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB $359, iPhone 6/Plus w/ free $150 GC on installment or $70 off w/ 2-yr contract

iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver: $449 shipped (Orig. $929)

GoPro’s new HERO4 Session waterproof action camera is the size of an ice cube with an iceberg-sized price

Amazon is throwing itself a birthday party so big it’ll make you forget about Black Friday

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: Denon 7.2-Ch Network A/V Receiver $299, Logitech Spill Proof Bluetooth keyboard (refurb) $25, more

Ubisoft unveils the debut trailer for its new Rayman Adventures mobile game

More deals still alive:

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive: 32GB $40 (Reg. $80), 64GB $55 (Reg. $120)

Logitech Master MX Wireless Mouse $87 shipped (Reg. $100)

Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)

App Store Free App of the Week: Star Walk 2 goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPad goes free (Reg. $3/$5)

App Store promo – Great Games 50% off: Halo Spartan Strike $3 (Reg. $6)more

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 for iOS w/ release day pricing: $3 (Reg. $6)

New products & more:

Must-have gear to take on summer concerts and festivals like a pro

Samsung takes the wraps off a pair of monstrous 2TB internal solid-state drives

JBL Stories March 2, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 dock $240, iPad mini 2 $250, JBL USB speakers $25, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Amazon Gold Box – up to 50% off computer accessories:

– Belkin Thunderbolt 2 dock $240 (Reg. $300) – Toshiba 3TB Canvio External Hard Drive $90 (Reg. $140) …and dozens of more deals

Daily Deals: JBL USB computer speakers $25, Samsung Smart 20MP camera $279, microSD Cards from $10, more

Incase Maki Canvas Jacket for iPad 2/3/4 case $10 shipped (Reg. $40)

SanDisk’s groundbreaking microSD card will stuff an extra 200GB in your MacBook, GoPro, more

Small States Review – Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion, $249 giveaway

Life Hack: Fix your iMac’s biggest annoyance by moving its USB ports, deals from $6 Prime shipped

More new gear from today:

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $80 shipped (orig. $140)

More deals still alive:

Readdle’s wireless printing app Printer Pro goes free on iOS for the first time (Reg. $7)

New products & more:

Mad Catz brings console style controllers to Android devices with the L.Y.N.X.3

JBL Stories December 15, 2014

Best-Bluetooth-speakers-2015(TL;DR: Winner, best size, best sound, runner-up best apps, best budget, best $300)

It has been a solid year and a half since our last Big “Best Portable Bluetooth speaker” competition, though we’ve done tons of updates to it in the months since.

A lot of our favorites are still around while others have been updated and new players have emerged. And what about our previous champ: the Ultimate Ears Boom? Spoiler alert: a new winner has emerged. Read on to find out who takes our Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker award… expand full story

JBL Stories November 26, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $225, Infinity Blade iOS Trilogy 50% off, JBL Bluetooth speaker (refurb) $29, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Pre-Black Friday iPad sales:

Infinity Blade iOS Trilogy goes 50% off this week: $10 (Reg. $20)

JBL OnBeat aWake Bluetooth Wireless speaker w/ 30-pin Dock (refurb) $29 shipped (Reg. $139)

Amazon Kindle HD6 color tablet will be $79, HD 7 $109, Kindle readers start at $49 shipped

Verizon’s “Connection Day” gives customers 2GB of extra data, Pandora One for free, two months of Audible, more

Small States: JDS Labs makes powerful iPhone headphone amps, giveaway worth $279

Other new deals:

More deals still alive:

Black Friday:

We’re updating our email newsletter with Black Friday/holiday shopping ideas and savings

Top leaks:

All other leaks/info:

New products/ongoing promos:

JBL Stories October 14, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker $80, Chromecast $28 (or less), iTunes movie 2-packs $10, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

 

UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

JBL OnBeat Lightning iPhone 5/5s/5c or 6/6 Plus speaker dock (refurb): $15 shipped ($104 off)

iTunes movie two-packs for $10 each, Enrique Iglesias Greatest Hits album free, more

Google Chromecast $28 Prime shipped or less from Staples stores (Reg. $35) + free Hulu Plus/Google Play offers

Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $50 shipped (orig. $130)

Small States: Waterfield Designs has the perfect bag for all of your gadgets, giveaway worth $329

Other new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promos:

iPhone 6/Plus deals, accessories, and more:

JBL Stories September 26, 2014

Best Bluetooth Speakers

We’ve long held that the extra cost of high end Bluetooth speakers from Bose, Ultimate Ears, JBL and Cambridge Audio Minx (all pictured above top row) were well worth the extra money even at prices up near $200 and beyond. But the fact is that not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on a Bluetooth speaker, and portability and ruggedness are often priorities over pure sound. For those people, we went on a search for high quality Bluetooth speakers that cost much less.

Our top 5 are speakers in this category from reviewing about 20 are from Omaker, Koss, Mpow and Boombotexpand full story

JBL Stories April 27, 2014

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We’ve taken a look at a vast array of portable Bluetooth speakers and have found that most include similar features but sound quality and reliability can vary greatly. That’s why we eagerly awaited the arrival of our JBL Pulse, because it dares to be unique in a sea of familiarity. A dazzling display of LEDs encompasses the entire unit, bringing your music to life by dancing along with the beat. We put this new speaker to the test to see if this LED-studded speaker is just a novelty or if it has a lasting impact on the way we enjoy our music…

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JBL Stories March 21, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: 2 Nest Protect alarms $200 ($60 off), Seagate 4TB internal HD $150, Jawbone Big Jambox $214, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

Incase Mac Accessories: 70% off and higher today and tomorrow only

Daily Deals: Beats by Dre Tour $59, JBL Lightning speaker dock $40, Otterbox Armor Series $25more

Games/Apps: Xbox One Titanfall bundle $450 (Reg. $500), Earth Defense Force 2025 $40, Osmos $1, iOS freebiesmore

Other great deals from today:

More great deals still alive:

New products/info:

JBL Stories January 30, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: AirPort Extreme $169, JBL/Bose/Denon headphone deals, HooToo USB 3.0 hubs from $11, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals: 

Last Call updates:

 

Apple AirPort Extreme (6th gen) 802.11ac wireless base station $169 shipped (Reg. $199)

Headphone Deals:

HooToo USB 3.0 Hubs: 7-port $27 (Reg. $65), 4-port slim bus-powered $11 (Reg. $15)

Other great deals from today:

  • New! Game/App Deals: Mini Ninjas, City Maps 2Go Pro and Car Club go free on iOS, Terraria for Android: $2 (Reg. $5), iOS freebies, more
  • New! iOttie Easy View Universal iPhone car mount $13 shipped (Reg. $23)

More great deals still alive:

JBL Stories April 27, 2013

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JBL’s $99 Flip, $99 OnBeat Lightning Dock and $149 Charge

When we did our Best Bluetooth speaker mega-review (TL;DR: Overall WinnerBest ValueBest SoundBest Portable/SoundApps/Updatesmore) a few weeks ago, we neglected to test JBL’s very capable ($99 Flip) and $149 Charge; something our commenters immediately questioned. Not even a day after the review went up, JBL sent us a box full of their new speakers to test against our recommendations (sometimes this is a great job!). JBL also sent us the $100 OnBeat Micro Lightning Dock to compare against so it might also be worth asking the question: Should you get a Bluetooth speaker or a Lightning dock speaker? expand full story

JBL Stories January 4, 2013

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The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show is almost here, with official CES show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center opening up next week on Jan. 8. To kick things off, hundreds of companies and the press will invade Las Vegas this weekend for three days of pre-show product demos, press conferences, and more from the majority of the tech industry’s biggest names. Samsung, Sony, NVIDIA, Intel, Toshiba, and LG are just a few of the companies with scheduled announcements, but there will surely be more than a few surprises with over 3,000 exhibitors setting up shop. Apple’s last official appearance at CES was in 1992 with John Sculley’s keynote introduction of the Newton, but its presence at the show remains with hundreds of new Apple-related products unveiled every year.

9to5Mac is on its way to Vegas to bring you full coverage of the best products from the show. But, until then, here’s a wrap-up of what we already know will be there and what else you can expect to see at CES 2013:

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JBL Stories November 28, 2012

With iPad mini introducing a brand new set of dimensions for case manufacturers, most have not been as quick as with previous iPad launches to get products on the market. In the first couple of weeks of the product’s launch, only a handful of well-known accessory makers were taking orders, and we unfortunately saw many cheap 7-inch Android cases repurposed and sold as iPad mini compatible.

Apple’s new Lightning connector standard was of course another hurdle, and means there are not nearly as many available third-party docks, keyboards, adapters, etc., as iOS device owners have come to expect.

Below, we have put together a guide to the best of the best iPad mini accessories we could find that are currently available to order and shipping before the holidays:

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JBL Stories November 23, 2012

With Apple’s latest MFi summit taking place earlier this month to school accessory makers on adopting Apple’s new smaller Lightning connector standard, many accessories from reputable companies are quickly starting to roll out. Unfortunately, the delay in getting the new standard out to third-party accessory manufacturers means many well-known companies might not get a product on the market in time for the holidays. Some that have released products are unable to keep up with demand and ship before the Dec 25.

For those of you looking for a Lightning dock, car chargers, adapter, or any other accessory before the holidays, we put together a guide to all the Lightning accessories currently available to order.

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JBL Stories November 16, 2012

Griffin begins shipping Lightning cables with its $25 Powerjolt Car Charger

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It isn’t just the no-named guys overseas (which actually work quite well!).

Now mainstream accessories maker Griffin has started to ship its own Lightning products—beginning with the $25 Lightning lighter adapter. Expect a lot more where that came from in the near future.

Other manufactures, including Scoche, Belkin, and JBL, have announced Lightning products, but these are the first cables we’ve seen actually shipping from a mainstream supplier.

JBL Stories November 15, 2012

JBL launches first Lightning speaker docks, Belkin announces new iPad mini keyboard folio

A few new accessories launched today for Apple’s newest iOS devices. First, JBL announced new Lightning connector speaker docks for iPhone and iPad including the new $99 JBL OnBeat Micro and $199 JBL Venue LT (pictured above). The larger of the two docks supports Lightning iPads, iPhone 5, and iPod touch, while the smaller less-expensive model only supports iPhone 5 and the new iPods.

 

Belkin also announced a new accessory for the iPad mini today, an $80 folio with built-in Bluetooth keyboard. The company also claimed up to 155 hours of active battery life, and it is including a USB-to-mini-USB cable for charging. A nice touch is the ability to remove the keyboard, allowing you to comfortably position it anywhere you’d like. Earlier this month, the company also announced a new car charger kit for iOS devices with Lightning connectors.

Product Highlights:

Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini (F5L145) – $79.99

  • Well-spaced keys with tactile feedback for accurate typing
  • Shortcut keys for easy media control
  • Connects to iPad mini via Bluetooth
  • Durable exterior and soft inner lining
  • Removable keyboard for more comfortable, convenient typing angles
  • Keyboard folds flat when not in use, making it ideal for on the go
  • 155 hours active battery life
  • Includes USB-to-mini-USB cable for easy recharging
  • Camera-lens cutout

The JBL OnBeat Micro ($99)

  • ·         Compact speaker dock for the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation and iPod nano 7th generation packs a serious audio punch – also charges
  • ·         Built-in Lightning docking connector
  • ·         JBL® full-range transducers
  • ·         Fully digital signal path with digital signal processing
  • ·         Battery and AC power
  • ·         USB port
  • ·         1/8-inch (3.5mm) stereo input
  • ·         Compact and portable design

The JBL OnBeat Venue LT ($199)

  • ·         Ideal for iPad Mini, iPad with Lightning connector and iPhone5
  • ·         Hidden Lightning Dock Connector behind the JBL logo
  • ·         HARMAN’s exclusive TrueStream Bluetooth technology can connect to up to eight devices
  • ·         JBL two full-range transducers + two tweeters
  • ·         Slipstream port technology for great-sounding bass with low distortion
  • ·         User Friendly EQ settings

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