February 22, 2019

This is the best Instant Pot deal on Amazon right now

There are a bunch of different deals on popular Instant Pot multicookers out there, but there's only one that will get you the company's smartphone-connected cooker at its lowest price of 2019. The Instant Pot Smart WiFi 6 Quart Multi-use Electric Pressure Cooker has all the same great cooking modes as normal Instant Pots, but it can also connect to your iPhone or Android so you can control all the action with an app! It's a pretty great value at $150, but today it can be yours for $119.99.

Here's more info from the product page:

  • Smart Wi-Fi multi-use programmable pressure cooker is a revolutionary kitchen appliance with Wi-Fi connectivity, easy to use interfaces to control and monitor cooking progress through graphics.
  • Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom.
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time
  • UL and ulc certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added Assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors
  • Accessories include, stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup and condensation collector
  • 2.4 ghz Wifi
February 22, 2019

National Margarita Day 2019: All the best deals from across the country

It's National Margarita Day 2019! What's National Margarita Day, you ask? We'll answer your question with two questions of our own: 1. Who the heck knows? 2. Who the heck cares? The bottom line is you can get killer deals on margaritas at tons of different restaurants across the country. You can even score deals on margarita essentials like blenders and margarita mix at a bunch of different retailers. There's a good chance your local watering holes and neighborhood restaurants are running National Margarita Day 2019 deals of their own, and you should definitely ring them up to see what they have in store. If you want to know what restaurant chains and nationwide retailers have cooked up for Marg Day, Offers.com rounded up all the top deals for National Margarita Day 2019, and you can check them out below. Abuelo’s: Get a selection of hand-crafted margaritas for $6.95 on National Margarita Day. Applebee’s: If tequila just isn’t your thing, try the Applebee’s drink special of the month, a $1 hurricane with rum, passion fruit, orange, and black cherry and lime flavor. Bahama Breeze: Celebrate National Margarita Day on Feb. 21 and 22 with $2.22 Classic margaritasSee details. Blue Goose Cantina: Drink $5 house margaritas all day on Feb. 22. Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Enjoy $6 House Margaritas during Happy Hour, 3 PM to close and all day on Sunday. Chili’s: On Feb. 22, get these three margaritas for $5 each: The Cuervo Blue Margarita, Tropical Sunrise Margarita and Blueberry & Pineapple Margarita. See details. Plus, all month long enjoy the limited-time $5 Grand Romance Margarita, which features Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Grand Marnier, Fresh Sour and Pomegranate. Chimy’s Cerveceria: Get $1 off margaritas on National Margarita Day. Chuy’s: Enjoy drink specials all day on Feb. 22. Featured options include the Frozen Blackberry ‘Rita, Top Shelf Skinny ‘Rita, Pink Cadillac and Corona and Pacifico. Cyclone Anaya’s: The original jumbo margarita will be $5 on National Margarita Day. Dos Caminos: All day long on Feb. 22, try the featured Kiwi Coconut margarita. El Bolero: Get house margaritas for $5 all day long on Feb. 22. Kohl’s: Need a blender or glassware to concoct and serve the perfect margarita? Blenders from Calphalon, Ninja and Oster as as much as $30 off. Plus, use this promo code to get a discount on orders over $100. Mad Mex: House margarita specials on Feb. 22 include 12-oz. margaritas for $3, 5-oz.-margaritas for $5 and 22-oz. margaritas for $7. Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Get $6 flavored margaritas (including original, strawberry, raspberry, ginger, peach, mango, and blue moon) and $5 Hornitos shots on Feb. 22. See details. If you’d rather celebrate at home, Margaritas offers a Take-Home Margarita Kit, complete with tortilla chips, a pint of salsa, a half pint of guacamole and a quart of Margaritas Squeeze (its signature margarita mix). Margaritaville Restaurant: Enter to win the Pitcher Perfect giveaway (entries accepted through Feb. 28) for a chance to win a Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker with salt rimmer and a $100 Margaritaville gift card. See details. Max & Erma’s: Celebrate with $2 margaritas and $1 chips and salsa available all day February 22. McCormick & Schmick’s: During happy hour on Feb. 22, get $6 Gold Margaritas. Miller’s Ale House: Get House or Watermelon margaritas for $2.22 on Feb. 22. Upgrade to Patron for $1 more. Locations and times available vary by location and state. See details. Ninety Nine Restaurants: Try a $4.99 House Cuervo Margarita, plus more margarita specials all day long Friday. Ninja: Margarita Day presents the perfect opportunity to upgrade your blender. Choose whichever Ninja model fits your needs and get an instant 10% discount with this promo code. On the Border: Get $4 1800 Gran ’Ritas through Feb. 22 plus 99 cent Meltdowns. Options include Blue Curacao, Peach Schnapps, Dekuyper Sour Apple or Well Gold Tequila. See details. Taco Cabana: Celebrate National Margarita Day a day early with $4 Kickin’ Margaritas valid February 21 only. Plus, on Feb. 22 get $2 off any shareable.. And if you miss the holiday, they have Margarita Mondays with $3 lime margs for a limited time. Tony Roma’s: – Save with $2 off Premium Romaritas and $4 Classic Romaritas from February 18-22. Walmart: Order everything you need to enjoy margaritas at home, including chips, salsa and mixes via Walmart Grocery. New customers get $10 off orders over $50. World Market: Find unique margarita mixes, glassware and pitchers and get an extra 10% off your order with this coupon code.
February 22, 2019

10 movies and shows to watch on Netflix before they’re removed in March

As the Netflix library continues to round into form, with an increasing number of original shows and movies hitting the service every year, we seem to be losing fewer and fewer blockbusters from month to month. The same can be said of March 2019, as there are once again only a few notable dismissals from Netflix, including two live-action Disney flicks: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and 2017's Beauty and the Beast. But the toughest pill to swallow has to be Role Models, which remains David Wain's best movie (a close call, Wet Hot American Summer) and one of the better Paul Rudd performances ever filmed. If you somehow missed it in 2008 (not calling anyone out by name (Mike)) you should definitely add this comedy to your queue. Here are the ten best movies that Netflix is dumping next month, and the date on which they will be dumped. If you don’t watch them before then, you might never get to see them on Netflix at all: Once you’ve had your fill of content that will be disappearing from Netflix next month, you can check out the full list of movies, shows and specials being added to Netflix in March to take their place.
February 22, 2019

Amazon is blowing out MacBook and MacBook Pro refurbs, today only

Apple makes some phenomenal laptops. You know it, I know it, and everyone else out there knows it. Of course we also all know that Apple's laptops are quite expensive, and that's why you want to jump at any opportunity to save some cash when buying one. As it happens, one such opportunity just presented itself on Amazon, where you'll find a big one-day sale on refurbished MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. Prices start at just $999.99, but remember these are refurbished units we're talking about here. That means there's a limited supply of each model, and we're definitely going to see some of them sell out. Check out the full sale right here, or you'll find a few of the models available at the time of this writing listed below.

February 22, 2019

Everything we know about iOS 13

With 2019 already in full swing, we're now just less than four months away from WWDC and the official unveiling of iOS 13. Though Apple has yet to confirm the exact dates, a leak recently revealed that WWDC 2019 will kick off on June 3 with a keynote address from Tim Cook and a slew of Apple executives and engineers. Per usual, iOS 13 is poised to be the star of WWDC this year. And if you were understandably underwhelmed by the release of iOS 12, the good news is that iOS 13 will reportedly usher in a number of sweeping enhancements and features that will greatly impact how we use and interact with our iOS devices. It's admittedly been a while since an iOS update wowed us, but iOS 13 will hopefully change that. Remember, Apple had some distinctly ambitious features planned for iOS 12 before opting to push them back to iOS 13 in an effort to improve overall system performance. Consequently, Apple has had well over a full year to polish and improve upon some of its grander plans for iOS. In light of that, we thought it'd be a good time to run down some of the iOS 13 rumors we've seen making the rounds over the past few months. Admittedly, there haven't been a ton of rumblings regarding iOS 13 just yet, but perhaps the features below will satiate your appetite before the iOS 13 rumor mill kicks into high gear over the next few months.

Redesigned homescreen

There have been rumblings that iOS 13 will usher in a completely redesigned home screen for quite some time now. An intriguing rumor to be sure, it remains to be seen if most of the new changes impact the iPad as opposed to the iPhone. Regardless, there's a good chance that we'll see some noticeable tweaks to a home screen that hasn't changed all that much in recent years. Now is this to say that the iOS home screen needs a new look and feel? Not exactly. Still, it stands to reason that Apple would only tinker with the home screen if it had some compelling new features to introduce.

Dark mode

At this point, it's hard to say if people are actually yearning for a dedicated dark mode or if people simply like complaining about not having it as an option. Sure, most people get along fine without a dark mode on their iPhone, but there's apparently a vocal contingent of users who have been clamoring for this feature for years. Well, the good news is that Apple with iOS 13 will likely deliver. A few concept images of what an iPhone with dark mode enabled might look like can be seen below. https://boygeniusreport.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/iphone-11-ios-13-dark-mode-night-shift-render-2.jpg?quality=98&strip=all&strip=all https://boygeniusreport.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/iphone-11-ios-13-dark-mode-night-shift-render-4.jpg?quality=98&strip=all&strip=all

Volume HUD overhaul

It only took Apple more than a decade to get around to this one, but word is that Apple with iOS 13 will finally do away with the intrusive volume HUD that outlived its purpose many, many years ago.

Revamped iPad apps

Word is that iOS 13 on the iPad will introduce a number of changes, including a revamped files app, a redesigned Photos app, and support for tabs.

New Emojis

New emojis won't be available right when iOS 13 gets released, but we can expect subsequent iOS 13.x updates to introduce an assortment of new emojis, a full list of which can be seen here.

Wish List

We've highlighted some iOS 13 wish lists previously, but one feature I especially want to see in iOS 13 is the ability to tinker with the camera settings from directly within the camera app.
February 22, 2019

Today’s best deals: $30 true wireless earbuds, Philips Hue sale, Google WiFi for $240, $19 earphones, more

Happy Friday, bargain hunters! You've come to the right place if you're looking for the best deals on the web on Friday, and we've got some unmissable sales for you to check out. Highlights include a must-have fast wireless charger for $19.99, the best-selling Bluetooth earbuds on all of Amazon for just $18.99 when you clip the 5% off coupon, Sony WH1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling headphones for $50 off when you snag refurbs, a pair of $30 true wireless earbuds that are better than $159 AirPods in one key way (they have silicone tips so they actually stay in your ears!), the best Instant Pot deal on the net, a $76 smartwatch with incredible 30-day battery life, the lowest price of 2019 on a Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K, the lowest prices of the year so far on a bunch of popular Philips Hue smart LED lighting products, the lowest price of all time on the Google WiFi mesh wireless system, a $30 LED light strip as good as Philips Hue's $90 version, and plenty more. Check out all of today's top deals below.

February 22, 2019

Galaxy S10+ tops DxOMark’s camera rankings, which still don’t mean anything

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 series and its multi-lens cameras for high-end devices on Wednesday, and in case you were wondering how good the camera on the phone really is, you should know that the Galaxy S10+ already tops the DxOMark rankings for both the triple-lens camera shooter on the back, and the dual front-facing camera. As with previous DxOMark reviews, we’ll remind you these scores are meaningless for the simple fact that camera performance can’t be judged objectively. Not to mention that the scores themselves are strange, and they contain subjective interference. That said, all devices that DxOMark handles go through the same tests, the company explains, which means the comparisons should be fair as long as scoring isn’t involved. (But it is.) What’s interesting about the Galaxy S10+ review is that it’s much shorter than the typical DxOMark review, and that’s because they rushed to publish it. The review doesn’t contain nearly enough to truly drive home the point that the Galaxy S10+ ranks as high as other triple-lens phones like the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, at 109 points. Moreover, the Galaxy S10+ is DxOMark’s new top selfie camera, with a 96 selfie cam score. DxOMark does mention early in its review that it’ll update it with more details:
We wanted to share the results of our tests with our readers as soon as possible and therefore produced and posted this short version of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ camera review. We will expand this to a full-format review in the coming days, so please check back soon for more comprehensive results and sample image sets.
So how did they score the Galaxy S10 if the review doesn’t contain as many photos as expected? In the comments section, the company says that it performed all the steps required to compute the scores:
The full program of lab and real-life testing has been done for this device, and the results have been computed, just like for any other review we publish. However, we will expand this article over the coming days, as mentioned at the very top.
That still doesn’t change the fact that DxOMark seems to have pushed the review out as fast as possible. If you check out the company’s detailed explanation about reviews and scores, you’ll find exactly the amount of time it takes to test and review a mobile camera:
Do you review pre-production cameras? All our published mobile device reviews are written based on tests performed using commercially-available devices with current production firmware, the same as a retail buyer would receive. Why are some devices tested more quickly than others? First, we need to be able to acquire a production unit and have time to test it. Also, we do have to prioritize our efforts, given the large amount of time and resources each test and review require, so devices with a large market impact tend to be tested more quickly after launch. How much time does it take to test and review a mobile device camera? The test process involves a team of engineers for about ten days, capturing photos and video both in the lab and outdoors, analyzing data, and providing perceptual evaluations. Then our writers need additional time to create a review from the test results and to publish it along with sample and comparison images.
It sure looks like they tested a pre-production camera, one that wasn’t purchased in a store, because the Galaxy S10 phones haven't been released yet. That’s the only way to spend more than 10 days with the phone. Samsung, of course, announced the DxOMark results on its website, and who can blame the company? It definitely needed the win. I’ll also point out the fact that Google was quick to announce the DxOMark scores for the Pixel and Pixel 2 during the launch events of those phones, scores that happened to top the rankings. But it took months for the Pixel 3 to be reviewed by the site. Apple, comparatively, provides iPhones for review to professional photographers ahead of an in-store launch. These photographers then offer scoreless reviews of the new devices, backing their claims up with plenty of examples. With all that in mind, I’ll point out the obvious thing here. The Galaxy S10+ will have the best camera Samsung has ever made, and you don’t need a review to tell you that. It’ll also have one of the best smartphone cameras of the year — again, you don’t need a score for that. But if you want to see for yourself what the camera can do, then you’ll need to wait a while for DxOMark to post a lot more images and details about it, or for other photographers to take it for a spin. That 109/96 score combo is, for now, just a good marketing opportunity that was born from a partnership between Samsung and DxOMark.
February 22, 2019

The best wireless noise cancelling headphones on the planet are back on Amazon at $50 off

If you missed out on the chance to pick up a pair of Sony's insanely good WH1000XM3 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones earlier this week when refurbs popped up at a $50 discount, we have some good news: they're back! move quickly and you can snag a pair of the best wireless noise cancelling headphones on the planet for $50 off their normal price. Since they're regularly quite expensive at $350, this is a great opportunity.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • Industry-leading Digital Noise Cancellation Industry-leading noise cancellation technology means you hear every word, note, and tune with incredible clarity, no matter your environment. Additional microphones also assist in isolating sound while talking on the phone, resulting in improved phone call quality.
  • Proprietary technology for premium sound Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation. With 32bit audio signal processing and best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, the WH-1000XM3 headphones dramatically improve the sound quality of whatever you choose to listen to.
  • Smart Listening by SENSE ENGINE tailors the sound to you Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity, whether you’re travelling in an airport, walking on a crowded street, or sitting in a quiet area — balances the noise canceling levels. Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing keeps your music sounding great even when traveling at higher altitudes. You can customize them to your preferences with the Sony I Headphones Connect App
  • Sony | Headphones Connect App for Android /iOS Download the Android or iOS app to use Smart Listening by Smart Auto-settings, control your ambient sound settings and adjust the sound levels with the Equalizer. Wireless freedom with Bluetooth and NFC Bluetooth and NFC4 pairing make for hassle-free wireless connections to stream high-quality music and phone calls
  • Take your control to the next level with integrated Google Assistant available via the “Sony | Headphones Connect” App. Just announced, support for Amazon Alexa coming soon.
February 22, 2019

The surprise Philips Hue sale with 2019’s best prices is still happening now

If you've been toying with the idea of expanding your Philips Hue smart lighting setup, today is most definitely the day to do it. Amazon kicked off a surprise sale recently on Philips Hue products and somehow, some way, it's still going strong right now on Amazon's site. You'll find the best prices of the year so far on a bunch of different best-sellers like the Philips Hue Single Premium A19 Smart Bulb, the Philips Hue 2-Pack Premium Smart Light Starter Kit, the always popular Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus, and the Philips Hue White A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit. There's no telling when these deals will end though, so check them all out below.

February 22, 2019

One of the 2020 iPhone’s best features just leaked, and it’s something you can’t even see

It might seem crazy to suggest that a company can pile up $84.3 billion in revenue in a single quarter and have that be a disappointment, but that's exactly what happened to Apple during the holiday quarter last year. Why would such a staggering sum be disappointing, you ask? Because it was a significant decline of 5% compared to the same quarter a year earlier. What's more, the reason for that sizeable decline is quite worrisome: iPhone sales are down. Way, way down, with Apple saying that revenue from iPhone sales plummeted 15% compared to the year-ago quarter. Apple no longer shares iPhone unit sales with the public, which in itself is a troubling sign, but the company blamed troubles in China for the majority of the iPhone revenue dip. China undoubtedly played a role, but anyone paying attention knows that China isn't the only reason iPhone sales are slowing. Apple's current-generation iPhone models simultaneously represent Apple's most boring iPhone upgrade ever and Apple's most expensive iPhone upgrade ever. That is not a recipe for success, and it means that even more pressure will fall on Apple's next iPhone upgrades in 2019 and 2020. We started to see a few leaks surrounding Apple's iPhone 11 lineup begin to trickle in a couple of months ago, but things really started to heat up earlier this week. The world's top Apple insider issued his first big report on Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup, revealing plenty of key details in the process. Apple definitely has some intriguing new features planned for its iPhone 11 lineup, but rumor has it they'll be packed inside a smartphone with a design that is largely unchanged. 2019 is a year of evolution, and every major Android phone vendor is working on exciting new all-screen designs. Meanwhile, apart from the rear camera being moved from the top corner to the middle area on top of the iPhone 11, Apple is expected to use the same iPhone design for the third consecutive year. As for Apple's 2020 iPhone lineup — presumably the iPhone 11s series — nothing about the phones has been confirmed. There are barely even any rumors for the time being. All we know for sure is that Apple had better learn from the mistakes it made with the iPhone XS series. Namely, no one wants to pay over $1,000 for a smartphone that introduces no exciting new features whatsoever. While it will undoubtedly be quite some time before we learn about Apple's plans for next year's new iPhones, a new report on Friday does shed some light on one feature of the phone. What's more, it actually may turn out to be one of the 2020 iPhone series' best features. Since we're looking at an "S" upgrade for 2020, speed and performance improvements are going to be a big deal. And according to a new report from Digitimes, the iPhone 11s series will pack next-generation A series processors based on 5 nanometer process technology. Apple's A12 Bionic SoC in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR is based on 7 nanometer process tech, and it was the first smartphone to launch globally with a 7nm processor. The A12 offers performance and efficiency that are still unmatched among available smartphones right now, and it looks like Qualcomm's new 7nm Snapdragon 855 and Samsung's latest 8nm Exynos chip still can't match Apple's A12 from last year. If Apple moves to 5nm chips in next year's iPhone 11s, as stated in this report, that means the chips will cram even more transistors into and even smaller space. The end result is processors, and therefore iPhones, that are faster and more power efficient than ever before.