Deal Break: Monster SanDisk storage sale: 200GB MicroSD: $60, UltraFit 128GB USB: $25, much more

Standouts are the SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD w/full sized adapter for $59.99 shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen on a 200GB MicroSD card by quite a bit. It instantly turns any MicroSD compatible Android phone into a 200GB powerhouse of storage. It is also great w/90MB/s speed for GoPros, Raspberry Pis and with a little add on, can be a nice 200GB of extra storage for your SD Card-enabled Mac or PC.

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Also available in 128GB version for $34.99 shipped. 64GB for $17.99 and 32GB for $9.99

If you want to add some storage to your iOS device, SanDisk has iXpands in 64GB and 128GB for $49.99 and $79.99 shipped as well.

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USB 3 storage is cheaper than ever as well… with SanDisk Cruzer’s above 128GB for $21.99. too big? Just $12.79 buys you 64GB. 

Better yet, get USB storage that you barely notice sticking out of your Mac/PC. (Below) UltraFits are just $13.99 for 64GB and $24.99 for 128GB. I actually use one of these in my car USB port to store MP3s and it works great and is barely noticeable.

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Need some USB-C storage? SanDisk has you covered there too. Futureproof your storage for just $14.99 gets you 64GB while $29.99 gets you 128GB of storage. Great for Retina MacBooks, Chromebook Pixels and even Nexus and other USB-C android phones and tablets.

Another huge deal is SanDisk’s super portable wireless storage “Connect Wireless Stick” in 128GB or 200GB for $59.99 and $89.99. These allow a few different devices share the same music, files, movies and photos at the same time. Also great for the car, especially with kids.

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Finally, if you want to speed up or grow your PC or Mac’s SSD storage, grab a 480/960GB Sandisk SSD for $99.99 or $199.99. Incredible prices for these.

Basically these are the lowest prices across a wide variety of storage platforms. If you think you might need storage any time stoon, today’s the day.

Deal Break: QNAP 2-Bay NAS $149, Crucial 960GB SSD $293, Bluetooth speakers from $20, more.


Crucial M500 960GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive $293 shipped (Reg. $360)


OontZ Angle Bluetooth speaker by Cambridge SoundWorks: $20 Prime shipped (Orig. $80), waterproof: $35 (orig: $130)


MacBook Air 11-inch (Early 2014) 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB: $700 shipped (Orig. $899)


Aukey 3600mAh power bank + free Lightning cable $12 Prime shipped ($26 value)

Amazon wants to turn your house into a shopping cart.

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Amazon has made ordering stuff online ridiculously easy with its huge warehouses shipping online orders to Prime members in an instant. Apparently ordering stuff online is just too damn hard though, so today Amazon announced it’s newest creation: Dash buttons.

The new Wi-Fi connected buttons can be placed throughout your home, allowing you to replenish supplies of your favorite products with just the push of a button. Once pressed, Amazon creates an order and sends an alert to your phone so you can cancel if the kids are spamming for more mac and cheese.

My colleague Killian and I debated whether Dash buttons aren’t just an elaborate April Fool’s prank, but it looks like they’re the real deal. Prime members can request an invite to get three free buttons. That’s hardly enough to keep tabs on all the necessities in your house, but could be useful for people who can’t go out to purchase essential items.

One sign that Dash buttons could be a prank is the “limited-time offer” on the company’s site. However, Amazon has also introduced a service it hopes will replace the buttons, called Dash Replenishment Service (DRS). With DRS, hardware manufacturers can essentially bake Dash buttons into their products.

Coffee makers that order beans through Amazon is the ultimate goal, rather than covering your house in buttons. Companies can either add a physical button to their hardware, or use Amazon’s services to measure consumable usage so that goods are ordered automatically.

Amazon is working with companies like Brother, Whirlpool, Brita, Quirky and others to build buttons into printers, washing machines, coffee makers, and pretty much anything else that needs a refill. DSR isn’t practical yet for cheaper items like paper towels, but Amazon hopes in the future sensors become so cheap, everything that ships will have a ‘tap to refill’ button.

Amazon Cloud Drive Now Offers Unlimited Storage Options.

Amazon has announced new unlimited storage plans for their Amazon Cloud Drive service. Users can choose either the Unlimited Photos Plan or Unlimited Everything Plan and only pay one flat fee per year. A free 3-month trial is available for customers to try either plan.

Amazon Cloud Drive Now Offers Unlimited Storage Options

The two new plans are:

  • Unlimited Photos Plan (free 3-month trial, then $11.99 per year—equivalent of less than $1 per month): Store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices. Customers can upload existing collections and store all future photos taken. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files.
  • Unlimited Everything Plan (free 3-month trial, then $59.99 per year—equivalent of less than $5 per month): Store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.

“Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they don’t know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up,” said Josh Petersen, Director of Amazon Cloud Drive. “With the two new plans we are introducing today, customers don’t need to worry about storage space—they now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, moviesmusic, and files in one convenient place.”

Amazon Prime members and Amazon Fire device owners who already have unlimited photo storage as part of their memberships can also sign up for the new Unlimited Everything Plan, which will allow unlimited storage of files and videos in addition to photos. Existing Cloud Drive customers can change their plans now by logging into their accounts.

With the new offerings, Amazon Cloud Drive becomes a much more attractive alternative to other cloud storage services such as iCloud Drive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

Must-have iPhone, iPad, & Apple Pay apps for holiday gift shopping this year.

Beats iPhone 6 Apple gift cards

Shopping this year through iPhone and iPad apps is significantly more convenient thanks to Apple Pay and Touch ID. The latest iPhones and iPads allow you to avoid the arduous process of re-entering your credit card information each time at checkout and instead pay for your purchase with the touch of your finger.

Hopefully our holiday gift guides are steering you in the right direction for what to buy this year, especially with guides focused on using your iPhone and iPad in the car, making music with Apple devices, outfitting your home with connected smart devices, and more, and these shopping apps should continue to help you along the way.

Apple Store for iOS

The Apple Store app has received a face lift or two since last year, especially the iPad version which now looks more like the revamped online store, but all of those changes don’t stop at the surface. Since the release of iOS 8.1, the payment process for shoppers has been streamlined with Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2.

If you’ve already setup Apple Pay on your compatible device, you can use the payment option at checkout to complete your purchases either for in-store pickup or through shipping. The Apple Store app for iPhone also doubles as Apple Store appa checkout method at the Apple Store for many off-the-shelf items allowing you to pay with your phone without having to wait around for someone to be available before checking out.

It’s also not a bad way to find gift ideas for people with categories including connected home, car and travel, HealthKit, toys and hobbies, and much, and it can help you locate your closest Apple Store if you’re on the hunt.

Apple is currently offering free two-day shipping for in-stock items ordered before 5 pm EST each day.

Finally and maybe most convenient, you can even buy and send both Apple Store and App Store/iTunes/iBooks gift cards directly from the app. Apple Store gift cards to be used in the store or online can range from $25 to $2,000 and be sent by email or physical mail. App Store gift cards can be sent by mail including personal gift messages with $25, $50, and $100 options, all with Apple Pay as an option at checkout.

Amazon for iOS for me is home to where most of my online shopping exists, and the Amazon app for iPhone and iPad is essential for holiday shopping. While you can use the mobile version of Amazon for pricing out your purchases and filling up your shopping cart, the dedicated app includes a few extra features lAmazon appike push notifications for delivery status updates and the ability to search with your voice or even using your camera.

While the app doesn’t support Apple Pay at checkout, current Amazon customers can make instant purchases with 1-click checkout enabled, and in some cases you can even have Amazon handle the gift wrapping for you for a price. You can also scan the barcode of other products when you’re shopping to discover Amazon’s prices for items you may be buying.

Target for iPhone

While Target doesn’t accept Apple Pay in its retail stores, it does have a very nice iPhone app for shopping that supports the faster checkout method with options for picking up purchases in stores. You cTarget appan browse your store’s local ads with links to discounted products right in the app and access mobile coupons for using in the store through Passbook.

Once you add items to your cart, you can check out with Apple Pay as your payment option and verify your purchase using Touch ID. (Initially, Target only supported using Apple Pay for one item at a time, but a recent update added cart support as well.) In-stock items can be picked up at your local store or you can choose shipping options for online-only products. Target is also offering free shipping on all of its items (with the exception of oversized items) for a limited time to make holiday shopping easier.

Disney Store for iPhone

The Disney Store supports Apple Pay both at its retail stores and through its iPhone app, and if you’ve got kids on your list of people to shop for, it’s probably essential for buying the right gifts this year.

Disney Store appIn addition to supporting Apple Pay at checkout for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, the Disney Store app allows you to browse products by Disney characters by picking movies including Frozen, Big Hero 6, Star Wars, The Avengers, and more. You can also browse products from the app in categories for boys, girls, babies, and adults.

Finally, the app features a holiday shop section for picking out Disney-themed decorations, pajamas, and more, and a dedicated gift guide section presents popular items and breaks gifts down by prices in sections under $50, under $100, and over $100.

Staples for iPhone

If you’ve looking to leverage the convenience of Apple Pay during your holiday shopping this year, you’ll also want to check out the Staples iPhone app.

Staples appWhile you may think of the retail chain as somewhere to go for your office supply needs, Staples also carries a range of consumer electronics including gaming consoles like the Xbox, iPhone accessories, iPads and iPad accessories, Beats headphones and speakers, and more.

Staples also supports paying with your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in its retail locations using Apple Pay.

eBay for iOS

WheBay appether you’re offloading old technology or shopping for a deal, you’ll want to have the eBay iOS app around this season. If you’re selling an old iPhone, iPad or anything else, the eBay app allows you to create a listing in seconds by scanning the barcode on the product packaging. Not to mention it’s the best way to keep up with bids and execute savings from price drops you spot from eBay coverage on 9to5Toys. One hitch: you won’t find any Apple Pay support just yet.

Groupon for iOS

Groupon appGroupon’s iOS app, which “delivers unbeatable deals for 50—70% off the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in more than 500 cities located mostly on earth”, is a great place to shop if you’re looking for out-of-the-box gift ideas at a discount. For me, a quick browse recommended a local dolphin tour on a boat, admission for four at the local battleship museum, and a discounted kayaking trip for two, all of which you can buy directly in the app with Apple Pay using your thumbprint to authorize the purchase.

Fancy for iOS

Fancy is another great app for recommending purchases and gift ideas and it totes Fancy appApple Pay support for fast checkout without having to create an account or enter payment or shipping information. From fashion to electronics to furniture and art, Fancy presents a wide range of products making it more likely that you’ll find that out-of-the-box gift idea for someone you’re shopping for, and it doesn’t hurt that you can check out with Apple Pay. I used Fancy with Apple Pay last month to order a gift for a family member, and the packaging included stickers and some cool branding too.

Print Studio for iPhone

Apple retired iPhoto and its photo printing capabilities on iOS 8, but if you’re Print Studio applooking to order digital prints of your photos and pay with Apple Pay, Print Studio is worth checking out. Print products include simple prints, photo books that you create right from your iPhone and have delivered to you, framed prints at various sizes, photo magnets, photo strips and posters, greeting cards, photo buttons, and more.

Shipping in the United States is a $6 flat rate with free US shipping on orders over $50, and $12 flat rate for international orders. Print Studio says shipping in the US takes 3-10 business days with international shipping spanning 1-4 weeks. For last minute photo printing and quick card making, I’ve used the Walgreens app with pickup options within an hour or so, and the drug store chain also supports Apple Pay at checkout.


You can’t do online holiday shopping without accumulating a long list of packages to Deliveries apptrack, and Deliveries has added some really great feature since this time last year, namely a dedicated Mac app. You’ll also find Notification Center widgets from each version of the app.

So how does Deliveries work? Once your online order ships, you can grab your tracking number of drop it in the Deliveries app. Deliveries will do the rest, updating you at the status of your shipment changes. It’s also rather useful when mailing shipping gifts off to family and friends and ensuring they arrive on time securely.

Deliveries Mac app

With a few more weeks of holiday shopping left, these apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac should help you successfully pull off your gift buying this year. And be sure to check out our holiday gifts review for our gift recommendations and iRumors store for the latest deals on everything this year.

Earn up to $50 in Amazon credit when you buy a Sonos speaker.

Earn up to $50 in Amazon credit when you buy a Sonos speaker

Amazon is running a promotion on Sonos speakers where the online retailer will give you up to $50 in store credit depending on the speaker model. For the promotion, Amazon shoppers must choose a Sonos speaker that is sold and shipped by Amazon. The amount of the credit varies with the Play:1 netting you $20 while the pricier Playbar or Sonos Sub will earn you $50 in credit.

The Amazon promotion ends on December 27.

Top 3 Best Winterproof iPhone 6/6+ Cases.

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Looking for a new iPhone 6 case that will stand up to cold weather? These iPhone 6 cases will help your new phone make it through the coldest months of the year. Our list includes rugged waterproof/snowproof cases, as well as winter-friendly cases that have unique design elements that make them ideal for the cold months ahead. This winter, having the right iPhone 6 case can really help you handle a snowstorm. Read on to see which five cases we’ve highlighted as the best iPhone 6/ 6+ cases for Winter 2014.

1. Powerskin Pop’n 2 iPhone 6 ‘Case’

This sweet battery accessory for the iPhone 6 isn't exactly a case, but it does give your iPhone 6 a little extra protection. The PowerSkin PoP'n 2 doesn't wrap around the whole phone, or even the whole back of the phone, but it does cover part of the back of the iPhone 6. This battery boosting accessory protects part of your phone, while also increasing your battery life. If you don't want a traditional case, this might be a good accessory for you. Price: $69.99 Buy it here.

When heavy snow brings down the power lines and leaves you without electricity, you’ll want some kind of external charger to keep your iPhone all juiced up. This sweet battery accessory for the iPhone 6 isn’t exactly a case, but it does give your iPhone 6 a little extra protection. The PowerSkin PoP’n 2 doesn’t wrap around the whole phone, or even the whole back of the phone, but it does cover part of the back of the iPhone 6.

This battery boosting accessory protects part of your phone, while also increasing your battery life. If you don’t want a traditional case, this might be a good accessory for you. If you’re looking for an iPhone 6 battery case that gives you all-round protection, this model from i-Blason is a serious contender, too.

Price: $69.99

Buy it here.

2. Griffin Survivor iPhone 6 Case

Get a closer look at this case in the video above.

If you’re looking for a rugged case, the Griffin Survivor is one of your best options. It’s designed to withstand windblown dirt, sand, and rain, as well as shock and vibration. That being said, this water-resistant iPhone case isn’t designed to be totally submerged in water. It’s not quite snowproof like the LifeProof Fre case, but this rugged case costs less, and is still rugged enough to give you peace of mind…particularly if you’re not the type of person who takes your phone with you when you’re snowplowing the driveway.

Price: $59.99   $29.48 FREE Shipping

Buy it here.

3. Speck CandyShell Grip iPhone 6 Case

Speck has been making the CandyShell Grip cases for many generations of iPhones now, and iPhone fans keep getting the same case from Speck, year after year. It comes in a huge array of colors. The grippy lines on the case make it easy to hold onto when your hands are a bit sweaty from hitting the gym. Finally, despite its low price, this phone has been military-grade drop tested.

The grippy lines on the outside of this case also make it easier to grip when you’re wearing gloves, making this an ideal case for an iPhone 6 owner who wants something slim and cute to put on their phone this winter. After all, not everyone wants a bulky, rugged phone case.

Price: $34.95 $20.99 FREE Shipping

Buy it here.