Samsung and Amazon tablets, smart lights, and more are discounted today

Whether you’re looking for new tech gear or household items, we’ve got you covered.

We found plenty of great deals today that include big discounts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet, Amazon’s Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets, Philips Hue smart light kits, and more!

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Best A/V receiver to use with Apple TV 4K

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We dive deep with our Apple products, including the Apple TV 4K, and we know what you need in a receiver.

The Sony STR-DN1080 is the perfect companion for your Apple TV 4K, delivering wonderful sound that simply immerses you. Featuring support for 4K, HDR10, and Dolby Vision, this receiver is also ready for the near future thanks to its support for Dolby Atmos, something that’s coming to your Apple TV 4K with tvOS 12.

Our Pick

Sony STR-DN1080

$498 from Amazon
$500 from Best Buy
The best audio receiver for most people.

The Sony STR-DN1080 delivers powerful sound, including Dolby Atmos support for a more immersive movie and TV experience. Complete with support for 4K HDR and Dolby Vision, it’s a perfect companion to your Apple TV 4K.

Who should buy this audio receiver

This is worth a purchase if you have a surround sound system — or are planning on getting one — that you want to use with your Ap…

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Protect your iPhone 8 from scratches with tempered glass!

Protect your iPhone 8’s screen with tempered glass!

The iPhone 8 may not have the fancy OLED screen that the iPhone X does (even though that’s completely ridiculous at this point), but it’s still a pretty screen nonetheless and deserves protection. Tempered glass is the way to go, since it’s durable and won’t break into sharp pieces that could scratch up your screen.

Here are the best tempered glass screen protectors for your iPhone 8!

Note: Since the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 are basically the same size, you can use iPhone 7 screen protectors and they’ll work just fine.


amFilm’s tempered glass screen protectors are one of Amazon’s best sellers, with almost 27,000 reviews, with the majority of them being 5-star ratings. This two-pack is only about $8 and will fit your iPhone 8 very well.

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amFilm promises complete transparency and 0.3mm thickness, allowing for zero loss in touch sensitivity, along with a surface that’s hard …

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Best new music on iTunes in August 2018

Every Friday, the iTunes Store adds new great music to its catalog, and we’re here to bring you the best of what it has to offer!

New music this week starts off with Kamikaze, the new album from Eminem. New from Why Don’t We, there’s the album 8 Letters. My New Moon, the latest from Amos Lee, is out now, too. You can check out Flow State from Tash Sultana . Finally, there’s a new EP out from Iron & Wine that you can get, Weed Garden.

Kamikaze – $9.99 – Download Now
8 Letters – $5.99 – Download Now
My New Moon – $9.99 – Download Now
Flow State – $9.99 – Download Now
Weed Garden – $4.99 – Download Now
This week, you can check out the iTunes Store’s discounts on recent albums. The sale features work from artists like Greta Van Fleet, The Score, Shooter Jennings, and Blackberry Smoke from $7.99.

From the Fires – $7.99 – Download Now
ATLAS – $7.99 – Download Now
Shooter – $7.99 – Download Now
Find a Light – $7.99 – Download Now
This week’s pre-orders start with Carrie Underwood, wh…

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Apple releases tvOS 12 beta 10 for developers

Installing the tvOS 12 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it’s also for developers only.

Just like with iOS and macOS, Apple makes beta versions of tvOS available for developers to test. But unlike the betas for other systems, installing it on the Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K is more complicated than a simple download and go. If you’re a developer and you’re having trouble getting the tvOS beta installed, here’s what you need to do.

Unlike Apple’s other operating systems, you can’t back up your Apple TV; as such, Apple offers two options for updating tvOS: over the air, which just updates the system; and via USB-C, which restores the device to its factory settings.

How to install the tvOS 12 beta over-the-air
How to install the tvOS 12 beta restore image over USB-C (4th generation Apple TV only)
What’s new in the tvOS 12 beta?

August 31, 2018: Apple releases tvOS 12 beta 10 for developers

Apple has just released tvOS 12 beta 10 for developers. If you…

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Apple releases watchOS 5 beta 10 to developers

Installing the watchOS 5 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it’s also for developers only.

Of Apple’s four primary operating systems (iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS), only watchOS lacks a public beta, which isn’t surprising, given how comparatively complicated is. You need to install a certificate on your Apple Watch, then download the software to your iPhone running the iOS 12 beta, transfer it across, and get it up and running. It’s not hard, but it does take patience and you may have to troubleshoot.

How to download the watchOS 5 beta certificate
How to install watchOS 5 on your Apple Watch
How to downgrade to watchOS 5
What’s new in the watchOS 5 beta?

August 31, 2018: Apple releases watchOS 5 beta 10 for developers

Apple has just released watchOS 5 beta 10 for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 5 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 12 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watchOS testing with version 5…

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How to manage settings for the Mail app for iPhone and iPad

How do I change the settings on your email account? iPhone and iPad make it easy!

Once you’ve set up Mail on your iPhone or iPad, you don’t have to leave it as-is. There are all sorts of ways to customize your accounts and make them your own.

That includes how they’re previewed, what swipe actions do, the style of flags displayed, how threading works, your email signature, and more!

How to get a notification when someone replies to your email
How to manage email accounts
How to change preview lines
How to Show To/Cc labels
How to change swipe options
How to change Flag style
How to toggle Ask Before Deleting
How to Load Remote Images
How to organize emails by thread
How to Collapse Read Messages
How to move a thread’s most recent message to the top
How to turn complete threads on and off
How to turn Always Bcc Myself on and off
How to mark addresses
How to turn Increase Quote Level on and off
How to set your signature

How to get a notification when someone replies to your email

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Amazon’s Kids Edition Fire Tablets are starting at $80 right now

Treat your kids to a new tablet.

Amazon’s Fire Tablets are super popular because of their affordable prices, so when you can save even more on them you shouldn’t miss out. The Fire 7 Kids Edition is currently down to just $79.99 from its regular price of $99.99 in your choice of blue, pink, or yellow. If you want something a little bigger, you can grab the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $99.99, which is $30 lower than it normally sells for.

Both options come with a year of Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited, which is a $119 value. Amazon offers a two-year worry-free guarantee on the tablets, so if your kids happen to break the tablet Amazon will exchange it with no questions asked.

The tablets have access to tons of kid-friendly content and media. Unfortunately, they don’t have much internal storage, so you’ll want to add a microSD card to your purchase so that your kids don’t run out of space.

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Best new playlists, shows, and exclusives on Apple Music in August 2018

Each week we’ll bring you the best radio shows, playlists and exclusives that Apple Music has to offer!

Each week we’ll bring you the best radio shows, playlists and exclusives that Apple Music has to offer!


This week, you can check out a new interview with Apple Music’s latest Up Next act, rock group Greta Van Fleet. Josh and Sam from the group sit down to talk about the influence of their parents’ record collection and where they think rock is headed.

Jeremy Degan and Greta Van Fleet – Check it out!
Best of Beats 1

One of the best parts of Apple’s Beats 1 is the lineup of unique shows that the station has assembled. Apple Music subscribers can listen to each full episode on demand, or skip to the new playlist with tracks from that week’s show. This week, we’ve got new episodes from Ezra Koenig, The Weeknd, and Jehnny Beth.

Time Crisis – This week, Ezra and Jake are once again joined by actor Cazzie David, who stops by to talk about songs of the summer alongside a p…

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Catalyst unveils waterproof backpack, floating lanyard for iPhone, and more

Get serious about protecting your devices.

Catalyst designs device accessories for the adventurers out there, and its latest lineup of products was just unveiled at IFA 2018 in Berlin.

Though it’s best known for its protective waterproof cases, Catalyst is looking to expand its product offering starting with its 20L Waterproof Backpack. Fittingly in line with the rest of their products, this bag is designed with material that can withstand 10,000mm of water. It features a roll top closure, 9-inch side pockets, and breathable, mesh shoulder straps. Though it won’t begin shipping until the end of September, you can pre-order yours now at Catalyst’s website for $119.99.

The next awesome product Catalyst is showing off at IFA is its Impact Protection Case for the latest 9.7-inch iPad. Priced at $59.99, this case is equipped with a lanyard attachment and a non-slip bumper made of rubber. While it’s not waterproof, it’s been designed to offer drop protection from up to four feet high. I…

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