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Yamaha ATS-1060-R sound barStill using your HDTV’s tinny speakers? You’ll be amazed by the difference a sound bar can make, and this all-in-one model from Yamaha has never been cheaper.

On sale today for $90 (it was selling for $130 just a day ago), this factory-refurbished Yamaha ATS-1060-R sound bar boasts a pair of built-in subwoofers for deep, luscious sound. Just plunk the sound bar in front of your HDTV, connect it to your set using a single HDMI cable, and enjoy the rich, virtual-surround sound. You can tinker with the Yamaha ATS-1060-R’s settings using a free iOS or Android app, and it’ll even stream music from your iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth. Read More

Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth KeyboardLooking for a wireless iPad keyboard that’s smaller than a full-size keyboard but more solid than those flimsy fold-up models? This bargain-priced Bluetooth keyboard might be the perfect compromise.

On sale for $17 (58% off), the Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard (yep, it’s a mouthful) is 30-percent smaller than a full-size keyboard, but it still manages to pack in a comfy set of chiclet-style keys, perfect for tapping out emails or composing Word documents on your iPad. Compatible with iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows devices, the 11-ounce Anker Ultra Compact keyboard boasts six months of battery life, and you can recharge the battery using the included Micro USB charging cable. Read More

Instant Pot Lux V3 pressure cookerNote: Susan Leopold is a tech enthusiast, avid cook, and co-founder of here’s the thing.

“Amazing!” “Fantastic!” “We love it!” Those are just some of the quotes that keep popping up on my Facebook feed about the Instant Pot—and indeed, just last night I saw my friend trading Instant Pot recipes. So, what’s all the fuss about?

Here’s the thing: I’m what you might call a traditional cook. I use the stovetop to cook rice and don’t have many gizmos around my kitchen, partly because I’ve never seen the attraction. But there’s no avoiding the current “pressure cooker” craze, and the Instant Pot (which is easily mistaken for a Crock-Pot) is the brand my Facebook feed is buzzing about.

On sale for $79 for the six-quart version (three- and eight-quart models are also available), the Instant Pot Lux V3 pressure cooker not only cooks rice in a snap, it’s also great for potatoes, meats, soups, and other delicious items. Read More

Mpow Car iPhone MountNo need for your iPhone or Android phone to rattle around in a cup holder while you drive. Instead, keep it in sight by mounting it on your dashboard—a process that’s a lot cheaper and easier than you might think.

On sale for $10.39 (48% off), the Mpow Cell Phone Holder comes with an eight-inch flexible arm, a suction cup that sticks to the inside of your car’s windshield, and a small stabilizing base that sits on the dashboard. The Mpow’s universal mount can hold iPhones and Android phones with up to six-inch screens, while the mount’s rotating ball joint lets you swivel your handset in any orientation you like. Once you get where you’re going, just press the quick-release button to take your iPhone or Android phone with you. Read More

iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower SpeakerWish you could crank some tunes while lathering up in the morning? Check out a bargain-priced Bluetooth shower speaker that can wirelessly stream music from your iPhone or Android phone.

On sale for $22.50 (59% off), the iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker boasts a suction cup in back, perfect for sticking in a shower stall. Armed with 10 hours of battery life, the iFox Bluetooth Speaker can survive dunks in up to three feet of water, and it can stream tunes from iPhone or Android handset from up to 33 feet away. The iFox iF012 also doubles as a speakerphone thanks to its built-in microphone. Read More

8 bargain smart home gadgetsUpdated! Whether you want to turn lights on and off with your iPhone or program a robotic vacuum to sweep your floors, you can join the “smart home” club without spending an arm and a leg. Get the scoop on a Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug, a smoke alarm that sends alerts to your iPhone or Android phone, a smart thermostat that you can program using a touchscreen, a robot vacuum that steers clear of furniture and stairs, and more. Read More

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Want to move your Mac's mouse pointer without touching your mouse?

With the right settings enabled, you can move the Mac mouse pointer with the keyboard rather than nudging the mouse or swiping your trackpad.Read More

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