MacNN and Electronista Deals for January 9, 2015
Were you given an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s over the holidays? You'll probably want a case to protect it. How about a Mophie Juice Pack Air, a protective case that also holds a 1700mAh battery to provide extra power? The case is selling for an exceptionally cheap $20 on eBay, with one seller giving the choice of black, white, and red color options.
[Updated Saturday] Need some noise-canceling headphones to go with that? Staples.com is offering the Beats by Dr. Dre Executive over-ear headphones in silver $160, nearly half off the normal $300 price. Now you can be sure that that low rumbling is from your music, rather than the jet engines.
Need an Ethernet port for your notebook, because you need a second one, a replacement to a broken port, or your device doesn't use Ethernet at all? Amazon is listing the Loftek RT2 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet LAN Network adapter for $20.
Fancy a protected camera for filming during outdoor activities? Best Buy is selling the Sony AS30 HD Action Cam, a camera which can take 11.9-megapixel photographs and can also record HD movies from the protection of its shock and water-resistant case. On clearance, it is being sold for $137, down from $250.
Maybe you were inundated with Blu-ray movies over the holidays. Best Buy is currently offering a Philips Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing it to offer smart TV-style functionality such as streams from Netflix and Pandora, as well as playing disc-based movies. The player has been reduced down from $80 to a more-affordable $50.
[Updated Saturday] Need a high-capacity USB thumb drive to tote all that data around? We spotted a good deal on a meh-looking Lexar 64GB thumb drive over at Amazon: the unit is now just $25, down from an original price of $150. It's USB 3.0 compatible, boasting speeds of 100MB/sec read and 55MB/sec write (not USB 3.0's top speed, but far faster than USB 2 thumb drives). The only color option for the sale unit is green, and they are going fast, so act quickly if you need one.
[Updated Saturday] Perhaps you are in the market for a new printer, here's a suggestion: Buydig.com has the Canon MG6620 Wireless Photo All-in-One inkjet cloud printer in black for $150. This unit includes both AirPlay support (for printing from that new iPhone or iPad) and Adobe Photoshop Elements 12. Coupon code PIXEDIT will save you $52 instantly, lowering the price to $98. In addition to also having scanning and copying abilities, the MG6620 also has built-in memory card slots, a three-inch LCD display, and can handle double-sided printing. It is fully compatible with both Mac and Windows systems.
[Updated Saturday] IGN.com is giving away a whale of a game all this month, called Valiant Hearts: The Great War. It's sort of a playable graphic novel, with fantastic animation and a link to real historical events, based on letters from soldiers involved in the battles of World War I. The story involves puzzle-solving and exploration skills, and is very highly rated. The iOS App Store version costs $5, but by going through IGN's special promotional page, you can get it for free. Registration is not required, but currently the system has a bug in it that prevents unregistered users from downloading the game (the company says it will be fixed on Monday). Highly recommended at either price point.
[Updated Saturday] For Mac gamers, don't miss out on the Borderlands Game Of The Year edition (which includes all four add-on packs) for just $10 (down from $30). You'll need a beefy recent Mac to run it, but it is a very highly-rated and incredibly violent epic. Seriously, this is rated 17+ for content, and makes Mad Max look like an afternoon down at the dry lake bed.
GOG's weekend sale is titled Winter Wonders, with 70 percent off an array of games. Notable items from the collection includes Slipstream 5000, Worms Forts: Under Siege, Stronghold HD, and Bloodrayne.
On Steam, the Kickstarter-funded Planetary Annihilation has been reduced in price by 80 percent until January 12. The spiritual successor to Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander, the interplanetary RTS has players fighting across multiple planets, with the outlandish option of sending rockets to a moon and flying it directly on top of an enemy base, destroying everything beneath it.
[Updated Saturday] Lumen-Spark has put all of its iOS products on big sale, dropping them from $20 to free for a limited time. Titles include Time-Tracker+ for keeping track to task times; Fitness-Tracker+ for logging workouts and runs; Weight-Tracker+ for that New Year's resolution you're about to break; Period-Tracker+ for planning for and around menstrual cycles, and Expense-Tracker+ for, you guessed it, keeping track of expenses.