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Gadget deals – 62% off an HTC One M7 and a $2.99 iPhone 6 case

Today’s gadget deals will save you money on an HTC One M7 Android smartphone, two popular Xbox games, and accessories for the Nintendo 3DS, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6 (yes, you read that right, the iPhone 6).

HTC One M7
Unlocked HTC One. 62% OFF @eBay. Only $249!! Hurry while stocks last (700 people watching this item / 560 Sold).

COD: Ghosts Xbox One
Limited quantity / 4,700 sold. New on Xbox One only $19.99 @eBay. 67% OFF.

Assassins Creed Black Flag Xbox One
Massive deals @eBay today. Black Flag on Xbox One only $22.99.

Nintendo 3DS Case
Snap-on 3DS case, 9 colors available! @eBay $4.99.

Clear Screen Protector: Galaxy S5
Premium quality screen protector Samsung Galaxy S5 @Staytrendy for $10. 71% OFF.

iPhone 6 Case!!
iPhone 6 Case
Get in early with an 85% discount on a new iPhone 6 Case!! Only $2.99 @Amazon.

Rockabye baby automatically with the Nuna LEAF


Parents who are looking for a battery, electricity and noise free way of gently getting their little ones to sleep should look into the Nuna LEAF. It’s a leaf shaped chair attached to a sturdy frame that can be locked into a stationary position or unlocked to swivel side to side with a slight push. The side to side rocking motion will last about 2 minutes without any assistance. The LEAF can accommodate up to 130 pounds so even older kids can enjoy it.

The Nuna LEAF comes in five colors and is priced at $219.95. It can be purchased directly from Nuna.

Ice cream scoops, monkey lights, sumo chairs and more – Weekly roundup

For our US readers it’s a long holiday weekend and that means you have plenty of extra time to relax, kick back and catch up on the news and reviews that we posted this past week. For everyone else not located in the US, don’t be left out, click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week.
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Be ready for zombies or the hunger games with this folding bow


Whether you’re preparing for the apocalypse, want to become the next Katniss Everdeen, rob from the rich like Robin Hood or just enjoy shooting arrows with a bow, the Compact Folding Survival Bow is a bow that takes up very little space when it’s not in use. Folded down it’s only 23″ long x 1.5 x 1.5in. allowing it to easily stow in a backpack or vehicle. Open it’s 59″ long. This bow is made of milled aircraft grade aluminum with fiberglass bow limbs. When you’re ready to use it the limbs easily fold out and secure in place with thumb screws. The bow can be setup for either left or right hand use and only weighs 2.25 pounds. The Compact Folding Survival Bow is available for $149 from Primal Gear Unlimited.

Sumo Lounge Omni Reloaded review


I love my Lazy Boy couch and my double recliner, but most furniture items want you to adapt to them instead of the other way around.  You can’t easily move a recliner around your home from room to room or fold it up and shove it under the bed when you don’t need it. But with the new Sumo Omni Reloaded from Sumo Lounge you can do exactly that.

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Gadget deals – Savings for gamers


It doesn’t matter if you’re a console gamer, an iPhone gamer or if you care less about games and more about music, we have some gadget deals for you today.

JLab High-Performance Earbuds
High-performance earbuds, slim, soft with the very latest ultra-compact titanium drivers. 86% OFF @Woot. $12.99 ($89.95)

Turtle Beach II Ear Force Kilo Limited Edition
The Turtle Beach Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Ear Force Kilo Limited Edition Headset. $34.99 @Woot.

Injustice God’s Among Us
Grab the popular DC Ultimate Edition for 75% OFF @Amazon. $7.49 Digital Download!

Etekcity Scroll Optical Gaming Mouse
Professional gaming mouse, 5 star reviews. 32% OFF @Amazon for $16.98.

Logitech iPhone 5/5s Controller
Turning your iPhone into a Gaming Pad!! 42% OFF @eBay $39.95.

blink(1) is a USB LED status light that can alert you to almost anything


The blink(1) is a small USB LED status light that plugs into your PC, Mac, Linux or even Raspberry Pi device and can be set up to flash a certain color and pattern when something happens that you need to know about. That “something” is entirely up to you. For example:

Do you want to know if a friend has signed onto Skype, but don’t want a window popping up every time anyone has logged on? Do you want to be notified when a long download has finished? Do you want to know the snow conditions at Tahoe without checking every hour? Do you want to make a “busy” light for your office that glows red when your calendar says you’re in a meeting?

You can assign multiple alerts to one blink(1) and have each alert show a different color, pattern and brightness. You can also connect multiple blink(1)s to the same computer. The alerts are setup using easy-to-use open source Mac & Windows GUI application that connects the blink(1) to IFTTT, your mail, URLs or your scripts.

You can buy one blink(1) for $30 and larger quantities for a discount. Visit blink(1) for more info.

Buck Knives 941 Travelmate Kit review


The next time I go camping will be never, but if you love that activity, the Buck Knives 941 Travelmate kit is a nifty addition you should consider adding to your camping kitchen gear. It packs a knife, fork and other tools in a convenient sheath that even prevents the spread of bacteria. Let’s take a closer look.

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Gadget deals – Accessories for PS4, iPad, headphones and more


Sony PS4 Color Pack
Pack of 4 Color Combo Protective Case’s For the Sony PS4 Game Controller for $5.67. 66% OFF

SUPCASE Beetle Defense Series
Full-body Hybrid Protective Case (with a Built-in Screen Protector). Dual Layer Design and Impact Resistant Bumper’s for $16.99. 66% OFF

These Audio-Technica Pro DJ Headphones are currently at 50% OFF listing price for $104.99 from Amazon.


Deals for our UK readers

Superman DVD Collection
The Superman 5 Film Collection (1978-2006) on Blu-ray, and it’s Region Free from Amazon for only £10.

11″ Apple MacBook Air
Save £100 on this brand new MacBook Air. £654 from eBay.

Turtle Beach Gaming Headset
Only £11.89 from Amazon.

New series of Moleskine notebooks are compatible with Livescribe smartpens


Livescribe smartpen fans who also happen to be fans of Moleskine notebooks will be happy to learn that these two companies have teamed up to offer a new series of Livescribe Notebooks by Moleskine. These notebooks have Moleskine’s classic design features which includes ivory-colored acid-free paper, rounded corners, ribbon bookmark, elastic closure and an expanding inner pocket. Included in the notebook’s back pocket are 2 bookmarks that include a full set of controls for each Livescribe smartpen. If you aren’t familiar with Livescribe smartpens, they are an actual ink pen with electronics built in that sends each pen stroke in real time to an iOS device via Bluetooth, or via WiFi to Evernote or via USB to a computer depending on the Livescribe pen model. The pens can be used to capture drawings and notes from special Livescribe paper like the paper used in these new Moleskine notebooks to a computer or mobile device. The pen also records audio that can be linked to the written notes.

Limited stock of the new Livescribe Notebooks by Moleskine, including the #1 and #2 series journals, can be purchased now in the US and Canada on and globally on for $29.95.

New LG G3 Offers a Simplified User Experience (Sponsored)

New Smart Features Offer a Simplified User Experience

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Boasting a revamped user interface and host of new features, the new LG G3 is the ultimate in smart technology. Unveiling the first 5.5­Inch Quad HD display announced in the U.S. market, Laser Auto Focus, Smart Notice and “Tap to Shoot” features, the G3 offers an overall simplified user experience. Additional design elements offer a sophisticated and sleek look and feel.

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ScoopThat! and SpreadThat! self-warming ice cream scoop and butter knife review


I love ice cream and I love butter, but what I don’t love is having to wait for them to soften and melt so that I can scoop and spread them. Is there a solution other than just waiting? Maybe… The self-warming ScoopTHAT and SpreadTHAT ice scream scoop and butter knife claim to solve these issues. I’ve been testing samples of each. Let’s see if their claims are true.

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Venostech SideCar connects your phone or tablet to your laptop for multi-display productivity


Small laptops are great when you need something that is ultra portable, but the trade off is that they usually have smaller displays which ends up making you feel cramped and squinty. The Venostech SideCar is an interesting solution that doesn’t require any power and uses devices you already own to add additional screen space to your laptop. The SideCar is a plastic clamp with protective neoprene inserts that has been designed to fit a wide range of devices from smartphones to tablets. The SideCar has two clamps. One for the edge of the laptop screen and the other for a smartphone or tablet. A center knob adjusts the amount of clamping power desired. Once connected to the laptop, the extra “display” can be operated independently or with the use of third-party apps it can be used as a external screen.

The Venostech SideCar is made in the USA and is priced at $29.99 for the black clip or $34.99 for one in white.

This baseball cap will defend you against bad guys


If you ever find yourself in a sketchy situation where you feel threatened by bodily harm, the Fab Defense “Gotcha” Cap Less-Lethal Self-Defense Tool may help you escape. The Gotcha cap looks like an ordinary cloth baseball cap, which comes in five different colors and has an area on the front to attach your favorite Velcro patch. Hiding under the brim of the cap is a reinforced durable polymer composite striking weapon that can be quickly deployed to defend against an attacker. The weapon is has an ergonomic shape which was designed by a martial arts expert. Before anyone leaves a comment, no, I am pretty sure it’s not TSA compliant, so don’t be a dork and wear it to the airport. The Fab Defense Gotcha cap is priced at $35-$40 from Amazon.

Dashcams, Android gadgets and more – Weekly roundup


This week we featured reviews about two different dashcams and news about interesting products like a three port USB hub for your Android devices, a special Belkin charger for Android devices and lots more. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week.

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Loyal Stricklin Ruck Sack is so gorgeous (and expensive) that you might be afraid to use it


I don’t even like backpacks, but the Ruck Sack from Loyal Stricklin is so lovely to look at that I can picture myself hiking picturesque trails with it strapped on my back. These bags are handmade in a studio which is located in an historic train depot in Alabama. The ruck sack is made of 4 ounce Tan Horween Chromexcel leather with 9 ounce Natural Chromexcel leather straps. Horween Chromexcel leather comes from oldest continuously running tanneries in the United States. This type of leather that has been around for over 100 years. It is a combination tanned leather that undergoes at least 89 separate processes taking 28 working days to produce. This particular bag from Loyal Stricklin is 12 ” wide x 5″ deep x 19″ tall (rolled up) and extends to 25″ tall when unrolled. The ruck sack is meant to last a life time and they back that up with free repairs to craftsmanship for life. The only “problem” with the bag is the price. At $750, most people won’t be able to afford one. If you’re a person who has that much disposable cash on hand and want to strap on one of these bags for your next hike, head on over to Loyal Stricklin and place an order.

Save space with collapsible buckets

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Janet recently turned me on to the Tiny House Nation TV show on the FYI channel. While I know I will never be able to talk Jeanne into downsizing to a 500 or smaller square foot house, I can’t help but dream about minimizing and simplifying all our junk. I love watching the Tiny House Nation show because it gives me ideas for maximizing our space and makes me look at products differently. I recently stumbled upon the Infusion Living Reforms Collapsible Bucket which caught my eye because it has been designed to collapse down into a 2 inch flat package when not in use making it perfect for camping and for people who have a lack of storage space. It is made of silicone with a stainless steel handle, has a capacity of 2 gallons and can adjust to four different heights.

The Infusion Living Reforms Collapsible Bucket is available from Amazon for $29.99. I was turned off by the high price, but I noticed that there is a cheaper alternative for only $14.99 that does about the same thing.

Gadget deals – Save on a variety of gaming gadgets including UK deals

Today’s gadget deals have been hand picked for our readers who enjoy video games. The list includes two controllers, a Sony PS4 wireless headset, HDMI cable and a deal on a Sony PS3 and a games for our UK readers.

Mad Catz Optical Gaming Mouse
Prepare for GTA:V on PC with the Mad Catz Gaming Mouse! It’s $39.99 from Amazon which is a 33% OFF savings.








Android GameStick
Portable, dynamic, revolutionary: GameStick delivers an all-new big screen gaming experience. Powered by Android, the GameStick plugs into a HDMI slot on your TV. You can then get straight into the action with the fully-featured Game Pad which looks a bit like an upgraded NES controller! It’s $19.99 from GameStop, MSRP $79.99.

Sony PS4 Wireless Headset
Here’s a headset for PS4 gamers. It’s compatible with Windows Vista, XP, Mac, PS4, PSP, PS3 and it has earned 5 star reviews on Amazon where you can find it for $79.99 which is a 20% OFF savings.

HDMI Cables
You’re not connecting your game console to your TV with RCA jacks are you? Upgrade to HDMI.
1080P HDMI Cable – Only 10 left in stock on Amazon for $2.75 which is a 89% OFF savings.
Amazon Basic HDMI Cable. $5.99 which is a 25% OFF savings.

Sony PS3 (UK)
Still not convinced to buy the next generation gaming console? No worries, grab a PS3 for only £99 from GAME & pick up one of these great games from HMV.

BioShock Infinite £12.99
COD Ghosts £13.49
The Last of Us £44.99
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon £9.99
Deus Ex £9.99

Barnes & Noble announces new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK


This post is sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

This morning in New York City’s Union Square Store, Barnes & Noble & Samsung announced a historic partnership releasing the newest and latest Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK®. This new tablet provides the best of both worlds – a well designed technology backend and the excellent NOOK® reading experience. What is difference between Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® vs. the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4? – The NOOK Samsung tablet includes an award-winning reading experience pre-loaded on your device that you won’t find anywhere else, expert book recommendations from top-class booksellers, the ability to personalize the content to your liking, includes a special shortcut in the bottom left corner of the home screen directly to the reading content you had last accessed: your favorite magazines and books or newspapers. Want more? The NOOK Samsung tablet is not just a reading recommendation engine, it also comes with a well curated NOOK shop where you can browse and buy new books, magazines, newspapers, videos and more. It is a perfect family tablet, that is easy to use, compact and powerful.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is ad free and is available immediately in both white and black 8GB models. You can find it in Barnes & Noble bookstores, as well as Barnes & Noble online.

This post is sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

You won’t need a fancy compass with this nickel that points North


The Covert Compass from Shomer-Tec is a genuine nickel that has been modified to function as a simple compass that will point to magnetic North. The nickel has a groove around the edge that is used to suspend the coin from a thread. You supply the thread and when dangled, the heads side of the coin will point the way North. This extremely basic compass was inspired by similar compasses used by allied service men in WWII. No one would guess that this coin is a compass, making it the perfect addition to your spy gear toolbox. The Covert Compass is available from Shomer-Tec for $24. They also offer a Euro coin version for $29. They are going to send me one to try, so l’ll have a full report soon.

Pro-Idee Picnic Cutlery set review


Have you ever found yourself with a plate of food but no fork or spoon to help you eat it? The Pro-Idee Picnic Cutlery set makes sure you never find yourself in that situation again. It’s a handy tear drop shaped container that holds a fork, spoon and knife. Let me show you how it works.

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Gadget deals – DIY Google Glass for $14 and more


Google Glass (Sort of)
We give you, Google Glass! Super fun and super tongue in cheek! This is a simple and inexpensive DIY version of Google’s virtual reality glasses that was announced at the most recent Google I/O. Check them out for only $14 from Amazon!

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Cobra Drive HD Dash Cam with Wi-Fi (CDR 900) review


I don’t know about where you live, but where I am in Columbus, Indiana, people have horrible driving skills. I constantly see people run red lights and cut in front of you with little to no time to brake. I’ve often thought that I should consider buying a dash cam to use an insurance policy in case I get in an accident where I’m not at fault and need evidence to prove it. When the Cobra Drive HD Dash Cam with Wi-Fi (CDR 900) was offered to me, I happily agreed to take it for a joy ride - literally.

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Here’s a Writer’s Block that you won’t mind having


If flinging your 3×5 inch pocket notebook on your desk is no longer an option for you, I have a solution to keep your workspace more organized. It’s called the Writer’s Block and it’s a new Kickstarter project from the makers of Word. notebooks. The Writer’s Block is made of a solid piece of brass, cold-rolled or stainless steel that has been designed and machined to hold two pocket notebooks along with your favorite pen. The project is seeking $3000 which it’s already raised. With 26 days left in the campaign, you can reserve a Writer’s Block by pledging $35 – $55 depending on the type of block you want. Visit the Writer’s Block Kickstarter page for more info.

Transform your Android device into a desktop computer with three USB 3.0 ports


I used to day dream about only needing one pocket sized device for all my communicating and computing needs. One device that would serve as my phone, my camera, my laptop and my desktop computer. That reality keeps getting closer because the hardware is already available with gadgets like the UNITEK Y-3068 USB 3.0 3-Port Hub with OTG + Smartphone Stand from Brando. This small box is like a docking station for your laptop, but it’s for your Android smartphone or tablet. It provides a stand to hold your device at a comfortable viewing angle, three USB 3.0 ports and a SD card reader. Using the OTG (On-The-Go) feature built into Android devices, this hub allows you to connect a mouse, keyboard and a USB flash drive to your device, effectively turning it into a mini desktop computer. The hub comes with an AC adapter and can also be used to charge up to three devices at once.

The UNITEK Y-3068 USB 3.0 3-Port Hub with OTG + Smartphone Stand is priced at $55 and is available from Brando.