A New 'Ghostbusters' Movie Is Coming in 2020
Another Thursday, another installment of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of the latest in the world of culture. But this Thursday is much busier than most. Why? Well, there's a new Ghostbusters movie in the works from Jason Reitman (son of the original's director), Apple is adding some big names to its initiative to make original content, and Steve Carell is working on a Netflix show about Space Force. Yes, Space Force!
A New Ghostbusters Movie Is Coming
First and foremost, here's a thing we didn't expect to be saying on the internet in 2019: There's a new Ghostbusters movie on the horizon. Yes, it's true. Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original, is producing, and his son, Jason (Juno, Up in the Air), will co-write and direct. No plot details are available yet, but it will take place in the same universe that the original proton-pack-wielding, ghostbusting foursome saved back in the 1980s. The film, which already has a teaser, is scheduled to hit theaters in summer 2020. Start working on your "Who ya gonna call?" jokes now.
Space Force? Space Force!
Ready for some good news? Twitter's go-to snack Steve Carell and his Office collaborator Greg Daniels are reuniting. Ready for some even better news? They're going to make a show for Netflix inspired by Space Force, the sixth branch of the military that President Trump called for last summer. Carell and Daniels are co-creating the series, which is set to be a workplace comedy about getting a space military off the ground. Carell will star. Hey, if the world can have Star Wars and "Star Wars" then surely we can have Space Force and Space Force, amirite?
More Creators Added to Apple's Bushel
Meanwhile, over at another media company, Apple is slowly adding to its roster of originals producers. First up, the company will co-produce a film with A24 called On the Rocks, which will be directed by Sofia Coppola and star her Lost in Translation lead Bill Murray. Next, the company also reportedly signed an overall deal with TV showrunner Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights). Apple already has Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (and Steve Carell, too!). Who's next?
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January 17, 2019 at 11:09AM
Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version
Most Lincoln luxury cars are derived from the more blue collar models of parent Ford. For once, that might be a good thing.
Ford’s first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle will be a crossover inspired by the Mustang. That was always a bizarre proposition: the Mustang isn’t what comes to mind when one thinks of eco-friendly transportation, and the association may anger fans of the ‘Stang. Now it turns out that Lincoln will get its own all-electric model based on the same platform. The electric Lincoln will have unique styling, presumably not inspired by an unrelated muscle car.
Kumar Galhotra, head of Ford’s North American operations and former boss of Lincoln, confirmed that the luxury brand would get its own version of the Mustang-inspired crossover in an interview with Automotive News. He said the Lincoln would be “absolutely” distinct in exterior design.
“You can make beautiful vehicles in different ways,” Galhotra said. “The BEV [battery-electric vehicle] technology gives us so much freedom to sculpt that vehicle exactly how we want it. We’re going to create elegant Lincoln BEVs.”
Galhotra did not say when the electric Lincoln would arrive, but the Mustang-inspired electric model is expected to launch in 2020, with an estimated range of around 300 miles. Ford previously said it would launch six all-electric models by 2022. The Lincoln will likely be part of that contingent.
Many automakers are developing electric cars to meet stricter global emissions standards, but for Lincoln it may just be a matter of keeping up with the competition. Incited by Tesla, luxury brands are launching a wave of electric cars, such as the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQ, and upcoming Porsche Taycan. Lincoln’s arch rival, Cadillac, just announced plans for its own electric crossover. Cadillac parent General Motors plans to launch 20 all-electric models by 2023.
Ford is investing $11 billion in hybrid and all-electric vehicles, including hybrid versions of the Mustang and F-150 pickup truck. At the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, also confirmed an all-electric F-150. Ford may also collaborate with Volkswagen on electric cars as part of a new partnership between the two companies.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:53AM
Bose QuietComfort wireless headphones are more than $80 off for a limited time
When it comes to quality headphones Bose is the top of the line, especially when it comes to delivering comfortable noise-canceling over-ear headphones such as the popular Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II. As convenient as earbuds are, for those who take their music seriously, over-ear headphones are still the best way to enjoy music. And when you factor in powerful noise-cancellation and Bluetooth capabilities, it only gets better. This model can get pretty pricey, however, so the only time they really become affordable is when there is a sale — like this great deal we found online.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) wireless headphones come with a sticker price of $350 on the Bose website and run for a dollar less on Amazon, but with a sweet $40 discount on its already discounted price from Rakuten, you can pick them up for just under $265. These high quality headphones normally don’t ever go on sale and this promo will only last until January 22, so hurry to take advantage of this deal. In order to get the $40 discount you have to be signed up and logged on as a Rakuten member, if you’re not a member, though, that only requires a quick email registration. Apply the promo code PRO40 during checkout to get the discount and choose between black or silver headphones.
As one of our favorite noise-canceling wireless headphones of 2019, there’s a lot to love about these cans. These headphones look big but can easily be folded to fit and take everywhere, plus they are super light. The padding feels comfortable for wearing for long periods of time and help with blocking out unwanted noise, which comes in handy if you’re a frequent flyer or taking a long trip. The QC35 II also offers extremely high sound quality and the boosted-bass signature that Bose has prided itself on for years. With Alexa integrations, you can also use the voice assistant to access music, information, and more. Hassle-free Bluetooth pairing makes connecting these headphones to your devices quick and painless when you’re on the go.
Treat yourself to one of the best headphones on the market while supplies last.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:53AM
Once a Musical Oddity, the Stylophone Is Now a Fully-Capable, $350 Analog Synthesizer
The Stylophone started life as a kitschy electronic toy instrument—the digital version of the kazoo, if you will—but over the years has slowly developed new sounds and features making it more than just a novelty. The new Stylophone Gen R-8 is an evolutionary leap compared to previous versions of the instrument, and one that might finally have musicians taking the Stylophone seriously.
Invented by Brian Jarvis way back in 1967, the original Stylophone sounds like an instrument that pre-dates the complex electronic synthesizers of the ‘70s, producing harsh, oscillating tones when a stylus is pressed to a series of metal contacts that serve as its keyboard. Experimental musicians like David Bowie still managed to find a way to work the Stylophone’s unique sound into their music, but by 1975 the novelty had worn off, and production was stopped on the toy. In 2007 Ben Jarvis, the original inventor’s son, revived the Stylophone for a generation that was starting to get a taste for all things retro, and since then, several versions have been released, improving the instrument’s sound, and functionality.
But while the revived Stylophone S1 still sells for around $30, and a more capable model, the Stylophone Gen X-1, doubled the price to $70, the Gen R-8 will cost a staggering $350 when it’s available starting late next month. Dubreq promises it’s turned the Stylophone into a fully-capable analog desktop synthesizer, swapping the tethered stylus for a touch-friendly keyboard that’s much easier to play, and introducing a host of other features that eclipse the original’s capabilities.
Musicians can now choose different wave patterns for the GenR-8's main oscillator, changing the overall sound of the device, while additional sub oscillators, and subsub oscillators, can be used to generate underlying low-frequency beats. The original Stylophone limited musicians to tapping out crude beats, but the GenR-8's touch-sensitive keyboard can be modified using glide and modulation keys for more expressive and nuanced performances, while a built-in, eight-bank, 16-step sequencer allows for complete songs to be produced right on the device. It’s even fully MIDI-capable now, for triggering the GenR-8's unique sounds from another instrument, or expanding its use as a performance piece.
The Stylophone GenR-8 is an interesting move by Dubreq, as it’s not considerably cheaper than analog synthesizers still being produced by more recognizable brands like Roland. But it builds on a very unique sound, and while we no longer have David Bowie to embrace the Stylophone’s unique capabilities, this upgrade might encourage a new generation to experiment with it.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:45AM
CES and its sex tech fail
We’re coming to you with another episode of Mixtape, the TechCrunch podcast that takes a peek behind the headlines that go beyond tech.
This week, Megan Rose Dickey and I get into a discussion about women’s sexuality, because the world’s biggest “consumer electronics show” revoked an innovation award from Lora DiCarlo, a company that created a sex toy for women. In its initial objection, the CTA cited a clause that entries they believed “in their sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with the CTA’s image will be disqualified.” That’s not great. Of course it walked the comments back, saying that the product, called Osé, didn’t fit into an existing product category. Except that the product falls squarely in the robotics category.
We also discussed robot delivery dogs, because those things don’t seem like they’re ever going to go away. And finally, people continue to do stupid “Bird Box” challenges based on dumb ideas they have after watching Netflix’s hit movie starring Sandra Bullock. Stop it.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:38AM
Pro.com raises $33M for its home improvement platform
Pro.com is basically a general contractor for the age of Uber and Prime Now. While the company started out as a marketplace for hiring home improvement professionals, it has now morphed into a general contractor and serves Denver, Phoenix San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Today, Pro.com announced that it has raised a $33 million Series B round led by WestRiver Group, Goldman Sach and Redfin. Previous investors DFJ, Madrona Venture Group, Maveron and Two Sigma Ventures also participated.
WestRiver founder Erik Anderson, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman and former Microsoft exec Charlotte Guyman are joining the Pro.com board.
“Many of Redfin’s customers struggle to get professional renovation services, so we know firsthand that Pro.com’s market opportunity is massive,” writes Redfin’s Kelman. “Pro.com and Redfin share a commitment to combining technology and local, direct services to best take care of customers.”
The company tells me that the round caps off a successful 2018, where Pro.com saw its job bookings grow by 275 percent over 2017, a number that was also driven by its expansion beyond the Seattle market (as well as the good economic climate that surely helped in driving homeowners to tackle more home improvement projects). The company now has 125 employees.
With this funding round, Pro.com has now raised a total of $60 million. It’ll use the funding to enter more markets, with Portland, Oregon being next on the list, and expand its team as it goes along.
It’s no secret that the home improvement market could use a bit of a jolt. The market is extremely local and fragmented — and finding the right contractor for any major project is a long and difficult process, where the outcome is never quite guaranteed. The process has enough vagueries that many people never get around to actually commissioning their projects. Pro.com wants to change that with a focus on transparency and technology. That’s a startup that’s harder to scale than the marketplace the company started out with, but it also gives the company a chance to establish itself as one of the few well-known brands in this space.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:38AM
Hany Farid and Peter Barrett will be speaking at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI April 18 at UC Berkeley
We’re very excited to announce our first guests for this year’s TC Sessions: Robotics. TechCrunch is returning to the U.C. Berkeley campus again this April for another full-day session delving into all aspects of robotics. As we mark our third year, we’ve decided to add programming devoted to artificial intelligence, because you can’t really do robotics without AI.
We’ve got a ton of speakers, panels and demos to announce in the coming months, but we’re excited to start with a pair who encompass two distinct parts of the industry.
Hany Farid is Dartmouth’s Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor of Computer Science, with a focus on human perception, image analysis and digital forensics. A recipient of the National Academy of Inventors, Alfred P. Sloan and John Simon Guggenheim fellowships, Farid is set to join the U.C. Berkeley faculty in July of this year.
Peter Barrett is the CTO of Playground Global, an investment firm that has backed a number of robotics startups, including Agility, Canvas, Common Sense, Skydio and Righthand Robotics. Prior to co-founding Playground, Barrett founded Rocket Science Games and served as the CTO of CloudCar and Microsoft TV.
TC Sessions: Robotics + AI is being held April 18 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:38AM
Thursday's Best Deals: Logitech Mice, OLED TVs, Everlane Flats, And More
LG’s 2017 OLED TVs have achieved something of a cult status thanks to their inky dark black levels and vibrant colors. Today though, we’ve got the best price we’ve ever seen on the 2018 55" model, and a solid deal on the 65" as well.
The picture quality should be nearly identical (which is a good thing!), but the 2018 models include LG’s ThinQ voice assistant and support for HFR (high frame rate video) up to 120 FPS. HFR content doesn’t really exist yet, but a few movies are expected to come to streaming services starting later this year, so if you’re planning on using the TV for several years, it might be worth it for future-proofing purposes.
Walmart has the 55" marked down to $1,497, and the 65" to $2,297. The former is a match for the best price we’ve seen, and the latter is the best price we’ve seen since October. Order now, and you’ll have it in time for the large, important football game!
TP-Link’s answer to the mesh networking trend is back on sale, and you can get three Deco M5 routers for just $157 today after clipping the $20 coupon, the best price we’ve seen outside of a few, short-lived $145 deals around Black Friday.
With enough combined range to cover a 4,500 square foot home, this a pretty stellar price compared to similar products on the market. I was actually sent a demo unit of the three-pack to try out last year, and while I couldn’t really test the range in my one bedroom apartment, I found them to be very easy to set up.
Our readers’ recently crowned favorite work mice were all either Logitech mice or vertical mice. But did you know that Logitech also makes a vertical mouse of its own? Even at today’s all-time low $84, it’s a lot more expensive than other RSI-mitigating mice, but in return, you get all the expected Logitech accouterments like a 4,000 DPI sensor, Logitech’s FLOW software to move things between computers, and the ability to pair with either Bluetooth or a USB dongle.
With its ability to work on any surface, including glass, the Logitech MX Anywhere mouse has always been a reader favorite. And today, you can save on its sequel.
All the features you know and love from the original are still here, but the MX Anywhere 2S adds in Logitech’s new FLOW cross-computer control, which lets you use one mouse to control multiple computers at once, and even copy and paste content between them. Even if you never use that feature though, it’s a great mouse with 70 day battery life, a best-in-class sensor, and easy Bluetooth or USB pairing to up to three devices. Not bad for $44, an all-time low.
Half of your electronics charge over USB these days, so it makes sense to buy power strips that include both AC outlets and USB ports. For just $12, this Aukey power strip includes four of each.
Keep the nostalgia party going with this big discount on Fuijifilm Instax refills.
If you’re not familiar, Instax cameras are Fujifilm’s cute, Polaroid throwbacks that quickly became a mainstay in corporate parties. (Your niece and/or aunt probably got one for Christmas.)
But like cameras of yore, they require film to keep them from entering the closet and never being used again.This $13 20-pack is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen and $9 less than what’s currently on Amazon.
Monoprice’s 45W USB-C wall charger is ugly as sin, but we’re willing to forgive that at this price. Just add the charger and a white USB-C cable to your cart, and use promo codes PICKME and PICKB at checkout to get both for just $11. Even without the cable, that’s the best price we’ve ever seen on a USB-C charger with that much power. If you own a laptop, a Switch, or anything else that can take advantage of those charging speeds, it never hurts to have a spare charger around the house.
Note: I had trouble getting both codes to work at the same time, but removing the cable and adding it back to my cart did the trick.
During Cyber Week, I picked up both the Pro and the regular 2018 iPad, and there was no question which had more power and a better screen.
While most people would be happy with the standard iPad, I couldn’t suffer through a non-laminated display. I’m also really excited to use it in tandem with the latest Apple Pencil, which is more convenient, and easier to hold.
If you want to be able to plug things in at your desk without squeezing your arm behind it, or awkwardly crouching down to find a power strip, this cube-shaped charger from Aukey sits atop of your desk, and includes four easy-to-access AC outlets, plus three USB charging ports. Just use promo code AUKEYK06 at checkout to get it for $19.
Anker’s reader-favorite SoundCore Bluetooth speaker spawned a whole line of products, but the original model is still great, and it’s back on sale for a great low price of $23, no promo code required.
The SoundCore’s headlining feature is its 24 hour battery life, and in my experience, that’s a conservative estimate. It also packs in dual 6W drivers for room-filling sound, and looks pretty great to boot.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent a lot of January in the gym and too much time listening to other dudes excessively grunt. Luckily these $90 PowerBeats3 headphones are down to one of their lowest prices ever.
Before you wag your finger about sound quality, Beats have come a long way in recent years, improving a lot since being acquired by Apple. And this pair even include the easy-pairing W1 chip, making them a great option for iPhone-owning fitness buffs, or anyone whose ears aren’t compatible with AirPods (see: me). Grab a pair in “Neighborhood Collection” colors, which include Break Blue, Turf Green, Asphalt Gray and Brick Red.
This is a $10 markdown from the price currently on Amazon.
It’s 2019, which means you almost definitely already own a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. But I submit that you should actually have a second, spare pair that can live in your luggage or gym bag, for when you inevitably forget your favorites at home.
This pair from TaoTronics is sweatproof, magnetic, and most importantly of all, runs for nine hours on a charge, which is about as good as it gets for wireless earbuds. Not bad for $16 (with code KINJA26V).
You don’t need to cable subscription or an expensive “cord cutter” over-the-top package to watch the rest of the NFL playoffs (and a lot of March Madness)...you just need an antenna sufficient to pull in local channels where you live.
Mohu has long made some of the best and most popular leaf-style HDTV antennas on the market, and a few different models have rare discounts on Amazon today, in preparation for the best sports time of the year.
The $22 Leaf 30 is probably sufficient if you live in or near a city, though things like tall buildings can make for a spotty signal.
The $46 Leaf 50 normally sells for $10 more, and includes a USB-powered amplifier that can boost weak TV signals.
The $48 Curve 50 should perform similarly to the Leaf 50, but it comes with a stand so you can set it on a shelf, rather than mounting it to a wall.
TCL’s affordable 6-series TVs are famous for offering every form of HDR (including top-shelf Dolby Vision), local dimming zones for better contrast and black levels, and even excellent Roku software. So if you want to upgrade before the large, important football game in a few weeks, the 65" model just dropped to a new all-time low price of $850, which is actually $80 cheaper than we saw on Black Friday.
Netgear’s Arlo home security cameras are among the few that can run completely on battery power, and the Pro models add additional touches like rechargeable batteries (rather than watch batteries), improved motion detection, two-way intercom, and a base station with 100 decibel alarm. So if you’re ready to start monitoring your home like a paranoid person, Amazon will sell you the three camera starter kit for $333 today, the best price we’ve seen outside of Black Friday.
Anker’s PowerPort line of multi-port USB chargers are our readers’ favorites, and this model is one of the few that includes USB-C Power Delivery, which outputs up to 30W to power devices like the new MacBooks, or even a Nintendo Switch. It normally sells for $54, but Anker’s knocked that down to $35 today, no promo code required.
If you’ve been curious to give YouTube TV a try, and you could use a new streaming dongle, Walmart’s running a particularly enticing deal today. $59 gets you a month of YouTube TV (a $40 value, new accounts only), plus $15 in VUDU content, meaning the Stick itself is basically tossed in for about $4.
Amazon sells the Streaming Stick+ for $60 as well, and has the same YouTube TV promotion, but no VUDU credit.
The Streaming Stick+ supports 4K and HDR content, and
Anker’s audio efforts may be best known for its plethora of Bluetooth earbuds, but they’re entering the over-ear space in a big way lately, and you can get their brand new Soundcore Life 2 noise canceling cans for just $65 today, by stacking the coupon on the page with promo code SDCLIFE2.
They fold up to fit into an included carrying case, they work both in wired and wireless mode, and they run for up to 30 hours with noise canceling enabled (60 if you’re using an AUX cable for your audio), which is excellent at this price. But what sets the Soundcore Life 2s apart from similarly priced competitors is Anker’s signature BassUp mode. Just push a button twice, and the headphones will automatically adjust their EQ to emphasize the low end of your music.
VPNs have been in the news, and whether you want to get around video geoblocks, circumvent proxy filters, or just keep prying eyes out of your browsing data while using sketchy public Wi-Fi, reader-favorite Private Internet Access has a deal to fit your needs.
Private Internet Access doesn’t do much in the way of discounting, but they offer exclusive pricing and packages just for our readers that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are your options, and what you’d pay if you bought the same plan elsewhere:
These deals are only for our readers, but we aren’t sure how long they’ll be available, so go ahead and sign up while you can.
Somewhat counterintuitively, dull kitchen knives are more dangerous than sharp ones, as they require more pressure to use, and are more likely to slip off the side of whatever you’re cutting, and into your hand.
Luckily, you don’t necessarily need to buy a new knife to get a sharp edge; this professional electric sharpener is down to $90 on Amazon, the best price we’ve ever seen. Boasting a fantastic 4.5 star review average from over 500 Amazon customers, the Chef’s Choice three stage system bevels, sharpens, and polishes your blades to the point that they feel brand new.
Despite the proliferation of affordable smart outlet switches over the past couple of years, we haven’t seen many weatherproof options yet, and we’ve seen even fewer models with multiple outlets that can be controlled separately. This $23 option from iClever though has both of those features, and can be controlled with your phone, your voice assistant, or even IFTTT. Just be sure to use promo code SMARTPLUG25 at checkout to save a few bucks.
Sometimes, there’s too much stuff, not enough space. Keep all your odds and ends at bay with one of these tiered metal utility carts, now on sale in today’s Amazon Gold Box. They come in a variety of colors, and two tier options: a three-tiered cart for $37, and a four-tiered cart for $45.
But the price is well worth it when you consider just how many uses this thing has. I own something similar, and I use it to store overflow implements from my kitchen. But it could also be useful in a bathroom that lacks storage, a nursery, or a craft room. Or it could hold all your garden tools, or be used as a makeshift bar cart. While the possibilities for this cart may be endless, this sale is not; these discounts will roll away by tomorrow, so cart off with your own cart today.
In case you haven’t heard, retinol should be a go-to for those looking to rid their skin of acne, dark spots, wrinkles and other imperfections. But because retinol is such a skincare super star, it doesn’t usually come cheap — that is, until now, because Amazon is offering up a $5 off coupon on this solid LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer.
It will only cost you $15 to start seeing wow-worthy skin clearing results. Just remember, this stuff is powerful, so it’s best to ease this product into your skincare routine slowly before diving face first into daily use.
Wake up! There’s a deal that will help you get a better night’s sleep. Right now, you can take 30% off an extra thick bamboo mattress pad with promo code KDEALSMPAD, bringing the price down to $77 for a twin size and up to $98 for a California king. Just don’t snooze on this deal; it won’t last long, and as they say, early bird gets the worm.
If you still haven’t upgraded your incandescent and <shudders> CFL bulbs to LED, you can do them all at once today with this $23 24-pack of Sylvania bulbs. They put out the same amount of light as a 60W incandescent while using only 8.5W of energy, meaning they’ll easily pay for themselves over time. Some local utility companies will even give you a rebate on your power bill if you send in a receipt for LED purchases, so who knows, maybe you could even get these for free.
Just as the Contigo Autoseal travel mug is one of our readers’ favorites for keeping drinks hot, this Contigo Autoseal Stainless Steel Water Bottle is highly adept at keeping your beverages icy cold. In fact, the bottle, down to just $13 in the grapevine color, keeps your drink cold for up to 28 hours, thanks to vacuum insulation, plus an autoseal button keeps all liquid where it’s meant to be between sips. Throw in the fact that it’s dishwasher safe, and that’s enough to seal the deal for us when it comes to this water bottle.
Anker’s ever-expanding family of dash cams just got a new member, and it’s down to its best price ever today with promo code ROAVAPS6.
The Roav DashCam S1 looks just like the original model that we reviewed on The Inventory, but it shoots 1080/60 instead of 1080/30, giving you twice as many opportunities to get a clear shot of a license plate. An upgraded Sony image sensor improves low light performance, built-in GPS lets you log your trips, and it even comes with a 32GB microSD card and two port car charger in the box, so you’ll have everything you need to get started.
When it’s time to grind, get out this $25 Secura Grinder, now down to its lowest price. With stainless-steel blades and separate removable bowls for chopping and grinding, this grinder will have no trouble crushing anything from coffee beans, to spices, to nuts into a crumbly powder in mere seconds. It’s a deal that won’t grind your gears in the least.
What if...and hear me out here...you could actually park your cars in your garage, and keep all your random lawn equipment, beach gear, and sports balls somewhere else? It’s possible!
This Keter 6' x 3' storage shed is on sale at Walmart for $365 right now, and can keep all of your unneeded things out of sight, until you need them. That’s about $65 less than Amazon’s current price, but you’ll need to pick it up yourself from your local Walmart to avoid the $100 freight shipping charge.
Crawling behind your furniture to plug in and unplug your various gadgets day in and day out? That’s so last year. Bring outlets into 2019 with this $40 TP-Link Mini Smart Plug 2-Pack, which allows you to enable or disable your outlets with your smartphone, put them on an automated schedule, or control them using Alexa. All that, and they each only occupies one socket.
The Trtl pillow uses a hidden rib system to support your neck as you doze off in your tiny coach airline seat. Just wrap Trtl around your neck, placing the ribs on whichever side you want to lay your head (including directly under your chin) pop on some noise-cancelling headphones, and try your darnedest to get some shut-eye. It looks ridiculous, sure, but I promise you that nobody on your flight cares. Honest!
In case it wasn’t obvious, the big advantage of this design is size; Trtl weighs less than 1/3 of a pound, can attach to your luggage, and is far less bulky than a memory foam pillow. While not as good as our exclusive Black Friday deal, you can get any color you want for 10% off on Amazon right now by clipping the on-page coupon.
Valentine’s Day is officially one month out, which means it’s time to start planning something special for the special someone. If you’re smart, you’ll consider getting the object of your affection a bouquet of flowers, because flowers are classic, easy to procure, and — thanks to this deal from 1800Flowers — not too pricey.
For a limited time, if you order select Valentine’s Day flowers to be delivered sometime between February 9 and 14, 1800 Flowers will give you 25% off. Just use promo code LOVEEARLY and get your S.O. anything from a classic bouquet of roses or a pretty lily arrangement, to a not-so-traditional heart-shaped bamboo plant or very extra heart-shaped rose wreath. Meanwhile, I personally am feeling emotional about this puppy made out of carnations, and also this gift basket filled with chocolate. (Single men of New York City, are you listening?!)
The bObsweep bObi Pet attempts something that most robotic vacuums only pay lip service to: looking good. Its soft silicone touch sensors replace the loud (and sometimes baseboard scuffing) bumper you see on most competitors, it comes in a variety of bold colors, and its upper surface is marked only with a logo and three touch-sensitive buttons with cute names: Go!, Juice (recharge), and Waffle (clean one area of the floor in a waffle pattern).
It also comes with a virtual wall, which you rarely see in a robovac this affordable, and a full two year warranty, plus five years of subsidized service if anything goes wrong.
Its remote though. Wow. I don’t think we’ll ever see it in the MoMA. But honestly, who ever uses the remotes on these things?
Get the bObi Pet for $180 in either peach or red, since its back down to its lowest price ever right now.
Thermos’s stainless steel can insulator uses vacuum insulation to actually provide a barrier between your beverage and the outside world. They go so far as to claim that it will keep a can cold for up to 3 hours, and even if that’s a little bit of marketing hyperbole, what could possibly be in that can that takes more than an hour to drink?
Even during the winter months, it has the added benefit of protecting your bare skin from cold, damp cans, so you Bills and Packers fans can use it while you tailgate. (hey, there’s always next season).
Over 3,000 Amazon reviewers have given the Thermos a 4.4 star review average, and you can get one (or more!) for just $7 right now. Bottom’s up!
A good tire pressure gauge is just one of those things that belongs in every car, and this $7 model from Tacklife (with promo code YN4CL956) has all the important features you need. Its screen is backlit, it’s easy to grip, and its tip doubles as a flashlight so that you can easily find the valve in the dark. What more could you want?
Get some good sleep and save some money with Casper’s Winter Sale, now through January 21. If you spend over $1,000, the sleep retailer will knock off $100, plus they’ll gift you with $25 to use toward a future purchase. And unlike other Casper promotions, you don’t have to buy a mattress to take advantage of it. So, feel free to stock up on new bedding, bed frames, pillows, and other Casper products using promo code WINTER, and have sweet dreams of savings.
This time of year, it’s probably dark already by the time you get home from work. But without any wiring to futz with, solar-powered, motion-sensing spotlights are the easiest way to illuminate your front porch or lawn, and you can get four of them for just $17 today with promo code VF95G48L. That could be one for each side of your house!
If you’re cool with buying lightly used products, it could pay off in a big way, literally. Amazon Warehouse has just launched its post-holiday shopping event, marking down thousands of used items going for 20% off their already low prices. The discounts are hitting a ton of different categories, from vacuums, furniture, laptops, and monitors.
Chances are we could also use something from this sale. Just a heads up, the discount will be shown at checkout.
Firstleaf is an online wine club that learns your preferences, offers tons of options, and most importantly, saves you money compared to buying from the store. It’s a solid deal any time, but it’s even better for our readers from now through the holidays.
Every new Firstleaf member gets an introductory delivery with three bottles of wine for just $15, plus $5 shipping. Every box thereafter includes six bottles for $80, plus $10 shipping. If you use this link and promo code Kinja when you sign up though, you’ll get free shipping on every box for your entire first year. That’ll save you over $100 if you get a new box every month.
First came the Day Heel, Everlane’s ultra comfortable, block-heeled shoe that notoriously had a 15,000 person waitlist. Then came the follow-up: the coveted Day Glove, an ingeniously simple Italian leather flat that’s versatile enough to effortlessly take you from day to night and comfy enough to run in. And today only, the Day Glove is available at a rare discount.
Get a pair (or 2 pairs—that’s the limit per customer) in one of 13 available colors for just $100, down from its regular $115 price tag. Sales on iconic Everlane favorites don’t come around often, so I’d recommend getting in on this deal ASAP.
Go to Forever 21 for a BOGO deal that’s pretty unbelievable, no matter what age you are. Right now, when you buy one item from the hip retailer’s packed sale section, you can get another sale item for free with promo code BOGOFREE. But while you may feel eternally 21 in these clothes, this sale won’t last quite that long; be sure to take advantage of this deal before, ironically, January 21.
The new year is a time to catch up on your fitness goals, and for PUMA, that means catching up with you. The athletic wear brand is taking an extra 30% off sale items for men and women. That means trendy sneakers and apparel for workouts and beyond are going much less than usual, so use promo code SALE30 and stock up for the new year.
New year, new J.Crew. Kick off 2019 by filling your closet with on-sale clothes for men, women and kids from the retailer for an extra 50% off, today only. Use promo code BIGGERSALE to score the savings, but beware: This promotion only applies to final sale styles, so just be certain about your purchase before you checkout.
If you want to work on your cardio in 2019, but don’t feel like schlepping to a gym or (gasp) running outdoors, this ProForm treadmill is cheaper than ever at $500, with free expert assembly. Even at that low price, it can go up to 10mph, incline up to 10%, and even includes a lifetime frame Warranty, a 25-year motor warranty, and one year parts & labor warranty.
You don’t need to be part of some exclusive club, nor do you need to have ever visited Monaco, to score great savings on chic Club Monaco apparel; anyone can take an extra 40% off their men’s and women’s sale sections for up to 65% total savings, no promo code necessary. So welcome yourself to the savings club by picking up a stylish new coat, shirt, shoes, pants or any of their other fashion-forward pieces.
I used to think vests were the most useless type of clothing — I mean, why not just wear a jacket? But now, I understand that it’s all about keeping your core extra warm underneath a jacket, and Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Vest, now on sale for $40 for both men and women, is the vest that helped me get to this place.
As the name suggests, the vest really is ultra light. So light, in fact, that it’s easy to forget you’re even wearing an extra layer. And yet, it’s still toasty warm, and comes in range of pleasing color options. Maybe the most exciting feature, though, is the fact that it comes with a tiny pouch, which easily attaches to a loop on the inside, so that you can bunch up the vest and put it away if you get too hot while you’re on the go. You could say it’s a vest worth having a vested interesting in owning.
Run over to Nordstrom Rack, where an ace of a deal is going on now: ASICS sneakers for both men and women are marked way down, with pairs starting at as little as $40. With a wide range of styles and colors up for grabs, they’re all the motivation you need to keep those fitness goals up and running long past January. But be sure to lace up this discount quickly; these shoes will likely sell out soon, and the deal only runs through the next three days.
Sierra Trading Post isn’t waiting for spring to kick off its winter clearance sale. For a limited time, thousands of popular coats, jackets, gloves, and other cold weather gear are on sale for up to 75% off. You’ll find favorites from the likes of Marmot, Smartwool, and Columbia included (you can sort by brand or clothing type with the side bar), so sled on over to the side, because there’s something for everyone. Plus, use code SHIP89 to get free shipping on $89 orders.
If you’ve made it through two weeks of 2019 and still haven’t given up on your fitness resolutions, Walmart’s here to help with a couple of great Gold’s Gym deals. $97 gets you the XRS 20 Olympic adjustable workout bench, and $95 gets you a 110 pound barbell set. The weights from the latter can slide onto the former as well on leg day. Just be sure to thank your delivery driver.
If you’re ever planning to leave your home this winter, L.L.Bean is what you want to be wearing when you do it. The outdoorsy brand is taking 25% off your order with promo code SAVE25 in an effort to keep you cozy, when you should be feeling just plain cold. This deal will last until January 13, and seems to apply to both full-price and on-sale items. So now’s the time to stockpile Bean Boots, Wicked Good Slippers, and whatever other gear your closets can hold.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, suffering from anxiety, or having trouble sleeping because you’re suffering from anxiety, Sunday Scaries CBD gummies could help. Jolie Kerr shared her thoughts on them for The Inventory, and now, our readers can save 15% for the always-stressful holiday season with promo code kinja15.
That applies to the regular gummies, the vegan versions, and the pure CBD tincture, with extra savings available if you buy in bulk, so your wallet can rest as easy as you will.
Tax season is upon us, and if H&R Block’s Deluxe + State software is right for you (you can use this tool to find out), Amazon’s currently discounting it to just $23, or about half its usual $45 price tag.
Deluxe is great for homeowners and anyone with any sort of standard investment income, but you’ll want to step up to Premium if you rent out property or are self-employed. It’s also on sale for $47, which isn’t quite as good a deal as Premium (it was under $40 briefly back in December), but it’s still a solid discount compared to buying from H&R Block directly.
Whichever one you choose, you’ll be able to import your previous years’ taxes from TurboTax if you’re switching over, and you can elect to receive all or some of your refund in the form of an Amazon gift card, with a 5% bonus.
If you have yet to view Hulu’s wildly popular, highly creepy, Emmy-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale because you lack a subscription, now’s your chance to get it under your eyes. Season 1 of the show, which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian-yet-oddly-topical novel of the same name, is available on Blu-ray for just $15 at Amazon right now. So go ahead and get your glimpse of Gilead on the cheap, but then promptly shut off your TV when it’s over, because that place is a freaking nightmare.
Leading print game guide publisher Prima is shutting down in the coming months, which is extremely sad, but I can’t think of a better final Prima guide to buy than its 272 page deep dive into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With a bright aesthetic, over 70 of your favorite characters from across the gaming world, and seemingly endless stages, modes, and moves, it’s a game that’s tailor made for appreciating on a printed page.
$11 is an all-time low, and as I said, you won’t be able to buy this thing forever.
Need a Westeros fix while you wait three more months for the final season? George R.R. Martin might not have any pages, but if you haven’t yet read his prequel story, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, it’s on sale on Kindle for just $3 right now. The book actually a collection of three prequel novellas recounting the adventures of Sir Duncan the Tall and his squire, Egg, who’s actually...nah, I don’t want to spoil it.
Download it to your Kindle today for just $3.
Real reality is pretty awful these days, but you can temporarily escape it with a PlayStation VR headset, and this starter kit will only set you back $220 today.
The kit includes the surprisingly great Astro Bot Rescue Mission and Moss, the headset, and the camera, though for other games, you’ll want to pick up a set of Move controllers a la carte. Today’s price is $20 more than what we saw on Black Friday, but by any other measure, it’s a really good deal.
If you malakas haven’t picked up Assassin’s Creed Odyssey yet (and you should, because it’s amazing), Amazon just marked it down to $25 on PS4 and Xbox One, which is even cheaper than we saw on Black Friday.
Your meticulously specced out gaming rig deserves an equally impressive gaming chair. And right now you can pick up an AKRacing Max gaming chair for $300 on MassDrop.
AKRacing’s Premium Masters Series chairs are ergonomically sculpted, include all the adjustment options you’d expect, and come in a variety of colors. At checkout, you can choose a black, blue, red, Indigo, or white version for the $300 price or the Pro model in black, blue, gray, red, or white for $30 more.
This price is at least $100 less than what’s offered in other retailers. However, this is assuming at least two more people buy them, if not, the drop will be cancelled. (Fat chance, though.)
If you’ve bought a Pro Controller to go with your Switch (and you should!), this dock can charge your gamepad and a set of Joy-Con at the same time. Get it for just $15 today, an all-time low.
If you’ve got the space for it, table tennis is by far the best indoor household game, and this MD Sports table is on sale for just $124 at Walmart today, the best price we’ve seen. When you’re not using it, the whole thing can fold up to take up less floor space, or you can fold up just one half to create a backboard for practice.
Azul was Board Game Geek’s #1 most played board game last summer, and cracked our readers’ favorite video game list, and you can add it to your own collection for $29 from Amazon. That’s within a few cents of an all-time low, but you don’t really need much of an excuse to buy this one.
Seriously, this game is gorgeous, and just as importantly, it feels great to play.
Humble’s newest bundle comes courtesy of Stardock Entertainment, with titles like The Political Machine 2016, Galactic Civilizations III, and Offworld Trading Company included across three different tiers. As always, you can name your own price, and a portion of the proceeds to charity, but you’ll have to pony up at least $13
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January 17, 2019 at 10:33AM
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's Most Triumphant Moment Still Rules in Lego Form
There are many incredible moments in Into the Spider-Verse. My personal answer? All of it. It’s just...all of it. But even among the most incredible bits, the moment Miles takes his leap of faith and swings high is the ultimate—and it’s just as good whether it’s in the film’s incredible animation style or in Lego.
YouTuber Huxley Berg Studios’ latest Lego-ification of a superhero movie gives us a rad, fan-made take on the complete moment Miles gets his own proper Spider-Suit (and webshooters) in the movie, all set to Blackway and Black Caviar’s “What’s Up Danger.” And despite being in a slightly brickier form, it’s still an incredible scene to watch unfold.
A lot of it’s helped by the fact it can lift the dialogue and soundtrack from the movie, but the animation itself is spot on, from Miles’ swings and spins to even little details like replicating the comics-esque sound blurbs that chase the young Spider-Teen as he thwips and woooos his way through New York.
We’ll take any excuse to re-live this moment in any form, but in Lego it is especially delightful.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:33AM
2018's Award-Winning Ocean Art Photos Will Transport You to Another Planet
In the sapphire-to-stygian waters that cover 70 percent of Earth’s surface, fish school in iridescent sheets, whales sing mournful tunes, and jellyfish bloom like wildflowers. The ocean is a teeming mystery that most of us rarely dip our toes in. Thankfully, underwater photographers are working to bring portraits of its inhabitants back to shore.
And in 2018, those photographers delivered in a big way. The results of this year’s Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, a 7-year-running contest organized by the organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, have just been announced and the winning photos—culled from thousands of submissions across 70 countries—might just convince you it’s time to start exploring the deep.
This year’s competition awarded over $80,000 worth of prizes in 16 categories, including marine life behavior, cold water, and an entire section devoted to brightly-colored sea slugs called nudibranchs. The competition also included categories for various methods of underwater photography, like mirrorless and DSLR.
While underwater photography may sound like a niche activity exclusive to those with private company submersibles and expensive cameras, Scott Gietler, Underwater Photography Guide publisher who served as one of the competition’s four judges, told Earther that more and more amateurs are taking it up, thanks in part to the advent of better and cheaper smartphone cameras.
“You [now] have a much higher percentage of people that are just amateurs, citizen scientists, dentists who go diving three times a year who can shoot at a professional level,” Gietler told Earther.
That’s a good thing when it comes to saving the oceans. Gietler said that many folks who become involved in underwater photography are inspired to take on various conservation causes. Locales that become popular with divers and photographers, including spots in the Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, and the Galapagos, have more incentive to preserve their underwater heritage rather than allow it to be spoiled by industry.
And, of course, the photos these divers capture disseminate the ocean’s wonders to the wider world of land lubbers. We’ve collected some of our favorite award-winning images from this year’s competition below, but you can check out all the top photos and the stories behind them here.
“Devil Ray Ballet” by Duncan Murrell
This bad boy won Best of Show and it’s easy to see why. How many of us will ever witness a pair of rays engaged in courtship, much less three? Duncan Murrell was on scene to capture the fleeting encounter in which two male Spinetail devil rays attempted to court a female in Palawan, the Philippines. No word on who won the lady’s favor.
“Ancistrocheirus” by Jeff Milisen
Jeff Milisen spotted this sharp-eared enope squid (Ancistricheirus lesseurii), during a nighttime dive off Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He chased the teeny kraken nearly 100 feet down into the abyss and captured this exquisitely detailed close-up, which won first place in Macro.
“Yellow Gobies in a Bottle” by Matteo Pighi
In the age of humans, wildlife are increasingly finding ways to give our trash a second life. Matteo Pighi shot these yellow pigmy gobies, which took up residence in a derelict beer bottle in Anilao, Philippines, and won third place in Compact Macro.
“La Siesta” by Jin Woo Lee
There’s something strangely soothing about this portrait of white tip reef sharks chilling at the edge of an underwater cliff off Mexico’s Revillagigedo Archipelago. Although I’m not sure I’d feel that way if I were the one shooting them. Photographer Jin Woo Lee explains that while he was as he was approaching the animals, a “strong vertical current” pushed his body down, “which made all the sharks freak out”. Thankfully, he emerged no worse for the wear. His shot took third place in Compact Behavior.
“Love From a Father” by François Baelen
Shoutout to the dads. Third place in Marine Life Behavior went to François Baelen for this incredible close up of a male clownfish in Padangbai, Bali tending to dozens of baby Nemos.
“Schools of Schools” by Debbie Wallace
A female sand tiger shark sizes up some potential lunch options—or perhaps she’s just as mesmerized by the giant bait ball as we are? Debbie Wallace’s photo of this rare scene off of Morehead City, North Carolina won second place in Mirrorless Behavior.
“Sheep on the Shot” by Chun Ho Tam
Nudibranchs never fail to put a smile on my face, but even by sea slug standards, this festive little guy stands out. It was shot by Chun Ho Tam Lembeh Strait, Indonesia and received an honorable mention in the Nudibranch category. Do yourself a favor and check the rest out, too.
“Roar” by Jinggong Zhang
Here you see a chaenopsid blenny “cleaning up its lair” in Kanagawaken, Japan. This also happens to be my exact face when I realize my apartment’s a mess. Jinggong Zhang’s relatable shot of the most punk rock fish in the ocean received an honorable mention in the Portrait category.
“Smile of a Friend” by Antonio Pastrana
Antonio Pastrana won second place in novice DSLR for this haunting shot of a crocodile named El Niño in Jucaro, Cuba.
“Face to Face” by Rafi Amar
Rafi Amar apparently waited over an hour near Shark Paradise, Bahamas, to snap this shy guy that looks like an RPG villain. His patience was rewarded with an honorable mention in Mirrorless Macro.
“Million Hope Shipwreck” by Fabrice Dudenhofer
Fabrice Dudenhofer took home an honorable mention in Mirrorless Wide Angle for this surreal shot of Million Hope, reportedly the biggest shipwreck in the Red Sea. “This ship is so huge that I did not have enough time—or enough air since this is a shallow wreck lying against the reef—to explore everything,” Dudenhofer wrote. “My idea was to show the sheer scale of the ship.”
“Dancing Jellyfish” by Melody Chuang
Melody Chuang chased this jellyfish along the northeast coast of Taiwan for over a mile at night. Her husband used a diving torch to create the backlight for the ethereal shot, which won first place in Compact Wide Angle.
“Winter in Iceland” by Adam Martin
Some travel to Iceland in the winter to witness the famous aurora borealis. Others prefer to dive into frozen lakes and watch as ephemeral Arctic sunlight percolates through the ice. Adam Martin’s idea of an Icelandic vacation isn’t for the faint of heart, but it did win him an honorable mention in Cold Water category.
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January 17, 2019 at 10:27AM