Quick housekeeping note: If you tried to grab the free Wired subscription I mentioned a couple weeks ago, you've probably received a notification that you weren't "eligible" for the promotion. Turns out that freebie was only for folks who'd spent at least $25 at HSN, which wasn't at all clear on the promo page. Most likely it was a post-purchase landing page that shouldn't have been visible to the Internet at large. Sometimes freebies that seem too good to be true turn out to be exactly that.
Anyway, on to business. Sorry to … Read more
Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes, and there are even a few that can pull double-duty as an alarm clock. But who wants a clunky-looking hunk of plastic on their nightstand?
This is better: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Accessory Genie has the GoGroove BlueSync Tym wooden Bluetooth speaker for $44.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code SAVETYM at checkout. Regular price: $59.99 plus shipping.
This is a Cheapskate exclusive: You won't find the deal anywhere else. Just saying.
As you can see in the photo, the BlueSync Tym looks more … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Watch Dogs delayed to spring 2014.
- Teenage girls discussing body issues on YouTube: "Am I pretty or ugly?"
- I didn't want to talk about this, but Rebecca Black's producer dug up new "talent".
- Is this the worst T-shirt Abercrombie has ever sold?
- Twitter Direct Messages might soon be easier to send.
I never thought I'd see the day when a Sonos product made the pages of The Cheapskate. Though I've long been a fan of the company's speaker systems, I'd never consider buying one. They're crazy-overpriced.
That said, you have to admire Sonos for sticking to its guns as a higher-end home-audio maker. Obviously there are lots of buyers willing to pay a premium for their gear, as evidenced by the fact that they're still around after all these years.
I still think Sonos stuff is overpriced. But a deal's a deal, and this … Read more
When design firm Ideo creates a gadget or comes up with a concept, it's usually pretty interesting -- remember Apple's first mouse? Rather than going for the million-dollar cash-in or making a banal consumer product, Ideo seems to be more of the creative type.
A new project the firm has been working on is an iPhone video app called Spark Camera. While there are already tons of video apps out there -- like Viddy, 8mm, and not to mention social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram that feature video -- Ideo's app is a bit different.
Yes, … Read more
The latest update to Google Maps is rolling out some important new features. Multiple destinations is the highlight of the update, finally adding back a feature that existed before the last major update. The new update also adds reservation searches for restaurants, flights and hotels, but the most fun new feature might be the Upcoming Events cards.
Using Google Maps, you can now search for your favorite venue and see what events are coming up there. What's even cooler is searching an entire area for upcoming events.
To search for upcoming musical events near you, search for "music … Read more
Vevo has brought its music videos to Samsung Smart TVs.
The company on Wednesday announced that its 75,000 HD music videos are now available through a Vevo app on Samsung Smart TVs. The app is also available on Samsung Blu-ray players and is optimized to work on both devices.
When users boot up the free app, they'll find Vevo TV, a linear music channel featuring different songs and videos throughout the day. Users can also choose to browse the company's list of videos, search for content, or pick a genre and let songs stream all day.
Vevo'… Read more
What's better than two-deal Tuesday? Three-deal Wednesday, of course! Let's get right to it, because at least one of them is likely to sell out soon.TiVo bundle
If you've been lusting after one of those higher-end new TiVo Roamio DVRs with the built-in TiVo Stream capabilities, here's your chance to get the poor-man's equivalent.
While supplies last, Tech.Woot has the TiVo Premiere 4 and TiVo Stream for $99.99, plus $5 for shipping. Alternately, on the same page, you can opt for a refurbished but much higher-capacity TiVo Premiere XL4 and TiVo Stream … Read more
Fusion Music Player combines a top-notch music player with a ringtone maker and video finder, giving you every tool you would ever need or want to explore your music. This awesome little app might just be the most complete application available for your music enjoyment, but the best thing about it is that it's completely free and devoid of any advertisement.
With Fusion Music Player, good things do come in small packages. At just over 5MB, it is a mystery how this application functions. At first launch, the application immediately started scanning our device for music. During the scan … Read more