Tested: Mophie’s Powerstation Hub is a versatile portable charger with Qi, USB-C, and USB-A

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Editor’s note: Tested with 9to5Toys is a new series focused on everyday accessories and essentials to take your setup to the next level. Have a product you’d like to see us review? Sound off in the comment section below!

It’s rare to find a portable USB charger that really sets itself apart from the throes of competition nowadays, but the Mophie Powerstation Hub is able to do just that. The Powerstation Hub packs two USB-A ports, USB-C PD fast charging, and Qi wireless charging. Keep reading for a deeper look at the Powerstation Hub in the latest Tested with 9to5Toys.

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Apple celebrates back to school with exclusive Apple Pay deals from 6 retailers

Apple has today kicked off its latest round of exclusive Apple Pay promos. This time, the promotion offers discounts from six different retailers for the next two weeks, celebrating the back to school shopping season.

Latest Apple Pay promotion offers free fries at McDonald’s all month

Apple today has kicked off its latest Apple Pay promotion. This time, users can secure a free order of french fries from McDonald’s when using Apple Pay all month long.

Latest Apple Pay deal offers $5 off select Fandango movie ticket purchases

Apple continues its weekly Apple Pay promotions today with an offer for Fandango. This deal gives you $5 off when you buy certain tickets via the Fandango app on iOS or website and check out with Apple Pay.

Panic reveals ‘Playdate’ handheld game system w/ a unique design, launching in 2020 for $149

Panic, the company behind a handful of popular developer applications and the hit indie game Firewatch, has announced its foray into hardware. The company today unveiled the Playdate, a handheld gaming device that’s barely bigger than the iPhone.

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Beats by Dre launches new Studio3 Wireless NBA Collection, now available at Apple

Apple’s Beats brand this week launched a new Studio3 Wireless NBA Collection. As part of this collection, Apple is now selling NBA-themed Beats for six teams. They’re available today on Apple’s website for $350, which is slightly more expensive than a normal pair of Studio3 headphones.

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AT&T offering FREE Apple TV 4K when you sign-up for its Fiber Internet service

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AT&T is currently offering a FREE Apple TV 4K 32GB to new AT&T Fiber Internet subscribers when code GET4KTV has been applied at checkout. To lock-in the promo, you’ll have to pick from the 300Mbps or 1000Mbps tiers, which cost $70 per month and $90 per month, respectively. Apple usually sells the Apple TV 4K 32GB for $179, so if you’re looking to upgrade to fiber internet, this is a great way to score an Apple TV in the process.

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Puma to rerelease its iconic RS-Computer shoes this week with Bluetooth & more

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Puma has announced that it will be rereleasing its iconic RS-Computer running shoes later this week. The RS-Computer shoes were originally released in 1986 and could connect directly to any Apple IIE, Commodore 64, or IBM PC thanks to its 16-pin connector.

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Mophie unveils new Powerstation portable battery that recharges itself via Lightning

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Last month, Mophie unveiled a new Powerstation USB-C 3XL charger, packing 26,000mAh of power and a $199.95 price tag. Now, the accessory maker has launched a far more portable and affordable Powerstation that actually recharges itself via Lightning connectivity.

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Apple cuts BeatsX pricing & color options, but they’re still cheaper elsewhere

Apple has simplified its lineup of BeatsX headphones. Prior to today, the company sold seven color options of the W1-enabled headphones at $149.95, but that lineup has been cut to just two colors and a more affordable $119.95 price point.

Despite the BeatsX pricing changes at Apple, however, you can still find them for less at various other retailers.

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Apple discounts refurbished iPhone 7/Plus & Apple Watch Series 1/2/3 following event

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Following the introduction of the iPhone Xs and Apple Watch Series 4, Apple today has cut prices for a variety of products through its online refurbished. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have seen notable price cuts, as has the Apple Watch Series 1, and Series 2.

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Behind the Screens: Chance’s clean iMac-powered blogging setup

Behind the Screens is a weekly 9to5Toys series that takes you through our writers’ setups, be it mobile, desktop, gaming or home theater. Next up is Chance Miller, Editor at 9to5Mac. 

Earlier this month, I ditched my roommate and moved into my first solo apartment. Like any tech fanatic would do, I used this as an opportunity to completely overhaul my desk setup. As a full-time student as well as an editor at 9to5Mac, having a desk that I enjoy being at for hours on end is a necessity – and for the first time, I feel like I’ve accomplished that.

Read on for a full walk through of the desk I like to call home…

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Western Digital unveils ‘world’s smallest’ 256GB flash drive, wireless My Passport, more

As part of CES 2018, Western Digital has a handful of announcements today that it says bring new ways for users to consume, capture, and preserve their photo and video content. The announcements include an ultra-small USB 3.1 drive, a new My Passport Wireless SSD, and more…

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Apple promoting holiday Apple Pay use w/ $5 iTunes gift card for shopping at select retailers

Apple has launched a new promotion to encourage Apple Pay use this holiday shopping season. The company is offering a free $5 App Store & iTunes gift card with purchases at qualifying online retailers in the United States.

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Apple’s new ‘This Weekend Only’ promo offers in-app deals from HotelTonight, Chipotle, more

As part of its redesigned App Store with a focus on curation and editorial content, this evening has launched a new “This Weekend Only” weekly promotion. This will offer discounts on things such as apparel, travel, food, and other categories. Apple is kicking it off with five stellar offerings from HotelTonight, Chipotle, and more.

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Save on toys, action figures, and other collectibles at Amazon from $2

Amazon is offering deep discounts on a slew of toys and figurines that would make perfect stocking stuffers this holiday seasons. Notable offerings include the Despicable Me Talking Minion Carl Toy Figure for $7.34, which normally goes for around $25 from other retailers.

This HooToo USB-C hub adds HDMI, USB 3.0, and microSD to your MacBook for $44

Sunvalley Brands (99% positive feedback) via Amazon offers the HooToo USB-C Hub with USB-C Charging Port in Space Gray for $43.99 shipped with coupon code WCRO85HV. That price is good for $36 off the list price and is Amazon’s all-time low. Rated 4/5 stars.

Charge your iPhone 8/Plus/X cord-free with this RAVPower Qi dock at $13

Sunvalleytek (99% positive feedback from 83,000+) via Amazon offers the RAVPower Wireless Qi Charging Dock for $12.99 with coupon code SDTWCHAR. Shipping is free for Prime members and with orders totaling $25 or more. This dock normally goes for $16.99 and this is an Amazon all-time low. RAVPower accessories are generally well-liked and this Qi-enabled charger has 4.5/5 stars.

LIFX unveils new Beam accent lighting system with HomeKit integration and more

Just a few days after unveiling its modular Tile lighting panels, LIFX today has unveiled its latest connected lighting system. Dubbed the LIFX Beam, these lights can be arranged in a variety of different shapes on your wall with support for over 16 million colors and integration with your iPhone and HomeKit.

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Scosche unveils new line of MagicMount wireless charging docks for iPhone 8/Plus/X

Popular accessory maker Scosche has today unveiled a new line of Qi charging mounts on the heels of Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement. The company has announced a trio of new products in its MagicMount Charge line of charging docks, as well as a pair of separate in-car solution for wireless charging…

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The best-selling Nest Cam Outdoor drops to $159 shipped (Reg. $200)

Amazon currently has the Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera for $158.95 shipped. That’s $47 off the list price and an all-time low. We previously had it for $160. The Nest Cam has a 4.5/5 star rating on Amazon from nearly 3,000 reviews.

The Nest Cam Outdoor offers full 1080p video quality with a 130-degree viewing angle. It’s also waterproof, making it the perfect outdoor monitoring device. In addition to its solid reviews, it’s the best-selling security camera on Amazon.

Acer showcases new powerhouse Orion 9000 desktop PC & curved 35-inch 1440p display

Acer today has taken the wraps off of the new Orion 9000 gaming desktop, as well as a new 35-inch 1440p monitor. The company made the announcements at IFA in Berlin, teasing a release before the end of 2017. Acer joins a variety of other company in its IFA announcements.

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PreSonus Ceres 3.5-inch Powered Speakers w/ Bluetooth $80 shipped (Reg. $150)

Adorama is offering the PreSonus Ceres C3.5BT 2-Way Powered Speakers with Bluetooth for $80 shipped. That’s nearly 50% off the list price of $150 and the best we can find. For instance, Amazon offers these speakers for $119 where they carry a 4/5 star rating from over 100 reviewers.

AT&T brings back DirecTV Now deal offering free Apple TV w/ 3 month prepaid subscription

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When first launched last year, DirecTV Now offered new subscribers a free Apple TV when they prepaid for three months of service, but the deal was limited time only. Today, however, AT&T announced that it’s bringing that promotion back for a short period of time.

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AT&T offering buy one, get one iPhone or $.99 iPad with DirecTV subscription

AT&T today announced a pair of promotions for those interested in an iPhone and DirecTV. The carrier is running a buy one get one promotion for the iPhone 7, as well as a deal that could get you a free iPad…

Amazon’s Smart Home Consultations offer in-home setup for Alexa & other home tech

Over recent months, Amazon has quietly started rolling out a new in-house installation service that aims to offer installation of Alexa products, as well as other devices. The effort is detailed in a new report from Recode, drawing similarities to Best Buy’s Geek Squad installation and repair service…

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Apple starts selling refurbished Apple Pencil, get one for $85


While we’ve seen the accessory discounted a few times in the past, Apple this evening has started selling a refurbished Apple Pencil via its online store for $85 in the United States…

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Harman Kardon 5.1-Ch. Home Theater Speaker System $140 (Cert. Refurb, Orig. $599)

Harman Kardon offers its certified refurbished HKTS 15 5.1-Ch Home Theater Speaker System for $139.99 shipped. This matches our previous mention earlier this year and is nearly $500 off the MSRP. The HKTS 15 5.1-Ch Home Theater Speaker System carries a 4.2 star rating from 32 reviewers on Harman Kardon’s website. Includes a one-year warranty.

Amazon $5 HD Digital Movie Sale: The Big Short, Predator, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and more

As it has done in the past, Amazon is offering a selection of $5 HD movies for users to add straight to their personal collections. The selection of movies includes popular titles from last year and the year before, as well as virus other older this.

Amazon and Logitech bring Harmony support to Alexa with Echo & Echo Dot

Logitech has announced a partnership with Amazon today that brings Amazon’s popular Alexa virtual assistant to its Harmony platform. As part of the new feature, users of Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot can now use their voice to perform common functions relating to entertainment.

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Apple offering free download of sketching app Procreate via Apple Store app

As it has done several times in the past, Apple is offering a free download of a popular iOS app via the Apple Store app. This time, the company is offering popular sketching app Procreate for iPhone for free.

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Take 50% off any album purchase from Google Play

Google Play is offering 50% off any album purchase to celebrate the end of the year. Go through this special link to activate the coupon and then the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. With so much new music having recently come out, this deal comes at a perfect time. Popular choices may include Coldplay’s new album, Adele’s new critically acclaimed album, and much more. Deal expires at midnight on January 4, 2016. If for some reason Google Play does ask you for a coupon code, just enter ALBUM2015.

Best Buy offering HTC’s RE camera accessory for $100 (Reg. $200)

Update (7/28 10:45am): HTC is now offering the HTC RE waterproof digital camera in multiple colors for $99.50 shipped (Reg. $115+, current lowest we can find).

Best Buy is offering HTC’s RE camera accessory for $99.99 shipped, down from its normal list price of $200. The $99.99 price point is the lowest we’ve seen since during a Black Friday deal when supply was very constrained. For those unfamiliar, the RE camera is a GoPro-like device that records point of view video, but does not have any sort of viewfinder.

Chromecast free movie rental offer includes American Sniper, Interstellar, and more hits

Google has started offering Chromecast users a pretty sweet deal today. The company is offering all Chromecast owners a free movie rental from the Play Store and the list of movies that you can choose from is pretty impressive. Google is offering up modern day titles such as American Sniper, Lucy, Unbroken, Interstellar, Fifty Shades of Grey, and We’re the Millers for free as part of this promotion.

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LG G Watch R drops from $299 to $249 following Watch Urbane release

Just moments after the LG Watch Urbane became available on the Google Store, the price of LG’s G Watch R has dropped from $299 to $249. As pointed out before, the Watch Urbane is similar to the G Watch R in almost every way except for design. The G Watch R features stainless steel body…

Samsung preparing to offer Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Tab S buyers a free year of Netflix ($107 value)

According to an image obtained by Android Central, Samsung is soon planning to offer all Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Tab S buyers one free year of Netflix ($107 value). The promotion will apply to U.S. customers only, however, and will only be available for the first 115,000 people to take advantage of the deal.

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Lionsgate offering The Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies for free to select Samsung users

To celebrate the holiday season, Lionsgate is offering users of select Samsung devices free downloads of two popular movies. Users of the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 3 can download The Hunger Games movie (regularly $12.99) and its sequel Catching Fire (regularly $14.99) for totally free via the Lionsgate Android app.

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AT&T offering $50 Google Play credit with purchase of an Android device

Last week, Google, Amazon, and Sonos teamed up to offer 6 months free of Google Play All Access and a $50 Amazon credit with the purchases of a Sonos speaker. Now, Google is partnering with AT&T for another deal. Starting today, you will get $50 in Google Play credit when you purchase a qualifying Android smartphone from AT&T. The credit is valid towards anything in the Play Store, such as apps, movies, music, and TV.

Every Android device AT&T sells qualifies, while iPhones Windows Phones obviously do not. The deal is also valid with all of AT&T’s contract options, including two-year agreements and AT&T Next. The deal will run until July 17th and is available on AT&T’s website only, not in stores. A new line of service is required, as well.

AT&T is selling a variety of popular smartphones right now, including the HTC One M8, Moto X, and Galaxy S5. You can read more about this offer on AT&T’s website.

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Motorola to discount Moto X to $299 for 24 hours on Thursday, May 1 (Reg. $349)

Update (5/2 11:15am): The deal is now over from Motorola, but now Amazon has dropped their price down to $299.99 for a 16GB factory unlocked model. Update (5/1 9:30am): The deal is now live at motorola.com. Just last week, select Moto X variants started to receive price drops to $349 and $399 for 16GB and 32GB respectively,…

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HP 11.6″ Chromebook LTE model available from Best Buy for $249 ($30 cheaper than the Wi-Fi model)

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If you’re looking to give Google’s ChromeOS a try, the 11.6″ HP LTE-equiped Chromebook may be your best option right now. The non-LTE version of the Chromebook usually sells for $279, but the LTE model is actually available now for only $249. The connectivity isn’t the only difference between the two, either. The LTE model comes with 16 GB of flash storage while the more expensive, less-capable version uses a standard hard drive of the same size.

Both come with 2 GB of RAM, a 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos processor, built-in webcam, support for 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and weigh only 2.3 pounds. Both models are also available in a range of colors. Obviously, the connectivity differs between the two, as the LTE model comes with support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

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SanDisk unveils first 128GB microSD card, will run $199 (Update: Avail. for $120)


Update (2/26): The official word was that this card would retail for $200, which Best Buy is charging, but Amazon has it listed for $120 with free shipping. It’s currently out of stock but will ship as soon as its available (2-3 weeks) at the discounted rate. Use this adapter to have the microSD card sit flush with your MacBook’s SD card slot.

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SanDisk has just announced a new accessory that will make many Android users very happy. The company has unveiled the world’s first ever 128GB microSD card. More specifically, the card uses the microSDXC standard, meaning that it works with devices only that are compatible with XC, not just the lower-end HC.

SanDisk does note, however, that the card is “designed for Android” and will be fully compatible with many Android devices. In addition to this new 128GB card, SanDisk will also be updating its “Memory Zone” app for Android, which allows users to easily and access files stored on microSD cards. The app also allows users to back up content to it and free-up internal device memory. A new “OptiMem” will automatically transfer older photos on a device to external memory.

The availability of 128GB microSD cards also signals that we could soon start seeing Android devices with 128GB of internal storage. This would be a big upgrade, especially when the operating system on many devices takes up more than 6GB of space.

The 128GB SanDisk microSD card will run $199.99 when it is released. The card will be available exclusively from Amazon and BestBuy.

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Motorola offering Moto X for $100 off on January 27, $299 off-contract

Motorola has just announced via its Twitter account that it will be offering the Moto X without contract for $100 off on January 27th. The deal will apply to any Moto X, meaning that the 16GB will run just $299 and the 32GB will cost $349. The catch, however, is that the deal will only run for one hour and “while supplies last.” The offer will be available from 3PM ET to 4PM ET on the 27th of January.

Motorola also notes that, until Valentine’s Day (February 14th), the Moto X will be available for $70 off, should you miss out on the $100 off offer. That means that the 16GB model will be available for $330 and the 32GB for $380 It looks like that offer will kick in after the $100 off deal sells out on the 27th.

These are certainly amazing deals. Let’s just hope that these sales go better than the Cyber Monday deal the company attempted to hold…

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Google offering 25% off select Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 accessories

For a limited time only, Google is offering 25% off of select Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 accessories on the Play Store. Unfortunately not every accessory qualifies for the deal, but many of the most popular ones do. The Nexus 7 sleeve, case, and folio are all available for 25% percent off, while the Nexus 5 bumper and QuickCover qualify for the offer.

Of course, even with the 25% discount, all of these accessories are still considerably more expensive than they should be. You can find much better cases and folios, for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, a lot cheaper on Amazon. If you want official, Google/LG made products, however, than this deal is certainly nothing to complain about.

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Google drops Nexus 4 price to just $199 for 8GB, $249 for 16GB

Google has just announced that it is cutting the price of its Nexus 4 in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Korea, the United States, and the UK. The device now runs just $199 for 8GB of storage and $249 for 16GB in the United States. Previously, it was priced at $299 for 8GB and $349 for 16GB. Even…

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Google offering free Play songs by Nirvana, Band of Horses, The Shins, and more to celebrate 25 years of SubPop

Google is offering a handful of MP3 tracks for free via the Play Store to celebrate the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee festival in Seattle. The sale offers free songs such as “About a Girl” by Nirvana, “The Funeral” by Band of Horses, “New Slang” by The Shins, and much more.

Mega-indie record label Sub Pop marks its 25th anniversary with a Silver Jubilee festival July 13 in Seattle, and there’s plenty to celebrate. From introducing Nirvana and grunge to popularizing modern indie rock, folk, electropop and more, Sub Pop has stayed nimbly ahead of trends and launched countless great bands including Sunny Day Real Estate, Mudhoney,The Shins, Fleet Foxes and more. They’ve also maintained their experimental edge, releasing records by such outliers as LA noise punks No Age, chillwave success Washed Out and outré hip-hop unit Shabazz Palaces. Here’s to 25 years of Subterranean Pop, “Loser” t-shirts and avowed “world domination”—and to many more to come.

You can check out the deal on the Play Store now.

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