Daily Deals: A $24 Google Home Mini, a $260 Nintendo Switch, a $650 Surface Pro 6, and More

The Nintendo Switch, the Google Home MIni, and the Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Nintendo, Google, Microsoft

In the mood for a good deal? The internet’s full of discounts today, ranging from the $170 Philips Hue and Google Home Mini kit to Amazon’s massive board game sale. As always, we’ve picked out a few favorites.

Right now, you can grab a Google Home Mini for just $24. That’s a 50% discount on one of the most popular smarthome devices. If you want to grab a Google Home Mini for each room in your house, check out Massgenie’s $68 Home Mini 3-Pack. Of course, you might be more interested in the $260 Nintendo Switch from Massgenie, or the $650 Surface Pro 6 + Office Home 2019 from Best Buy (the lowest price we’ve seen for the Pro 6).

Laptops and Desktops

Is your old computer falling apart? Maybe it’s time to upgrade at a discount.

  • MacBook Pro 13″ 256GB SSD Newest Model, $1,600 ($200 off) [Best Buy]
  • MacBook Pro 15″ 256GB SSD Newest Model, $2,100 ($300 off) [Best Buy]
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 6 12.3″ + Office Home 2019, $650 ($200 off) [Best Buy]
  • HP Spectre 13.3″ Touch Screen Laptop, $1,050 ($500 off) [Best Buy]
  • HP 15.6″ Touch Screen Laptop, $490 ($110 off) [Best Buy]
  • Lenovo 15.6″ 128 GB Laptop, $220 ($80 off) [Best Buy]

Keyboards, Routers, and Other Computer Accessories

Upgrade your computer storage or authenticate that Windows 10 license you’ve been using.

  • Anker USB C Hub, $40 ($30 off with coupon clip) [Amazon]
  • CORSAIR K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, $80 ($40 off) [Newegg]
  • LG FreeSync 27″ 4K Monitor, $420 ($40 off with coupon code EMCTVY22) [Newegg]
  • Seagate Barracuda 500GB Internal SSD, $60 ($23 off) [Woot]
  • WD Easystore 4TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive, $80 ($40 off) [Best Buy]
  • QNAP 2-Bay NAS Storage Device, $233 ($30 off with coupon code 42REM53) [Newegg]
  • Respawn-115 Gaming Chair, $115 ($28 off with coupon code OFFICE20) [Rakuten]
  • Windows 10 Pro CD-Key, $17 ($100 off) [SCDKey]

Phones, Tablets, and Mobile Accessories

Upgrade your phone or grab a $200 Apple Watch.

  • iPhone X 64GB Unlocked, $700 ($200 off) [Best Buy]
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Unlocked, $450 ($350 off) [eBay]
  • Nokia 6.1 32GB Phone Unlocked + 3 Months of SiriusXM, $130 ($100 off) [Best Buy]
  • iPad Mini 4 128GB, $300 ($100 off) [Walmart]
  • Apple Watch Series 3, $200 ($80 off) [Walmart]
  • OLEBR Charging Stand for Phone, Watch, and Earbuds, $16 ($12 off with coupon code QNF3NNTZ) [Amazon]

Smart Home Gadgets

Is your home falling behind the times? Today’s the day to buy a Google smarthome products at a discount.

  • Google Home Mini, $24 ($26 off) [Massgenie]
  • Google Home Mini 3-Pack, $68 ($90 off) [Massgenie]
  • Google Home Hub + Google Home Mini, $80 ($70 off with coupon code HOME20) [Rakuten]
  • Nest Thermostat with Google Home Mini, $133 ($120 off) [GeorgiaPower]
  • Philips Hue Starter Kit + 2 Google Home Minis, $170 ($128 off) [Best Buy]
  • Google Home Hub 7″, $74 ($20 off) [Massgenie]
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro, $170 ($30 off) [Massgenie]

Video Games

Did you spend your Easter weekend in a state of debilitating boredom? Now’s your chance to grab a cheap Switch and some discounted PC games.

  • Nintendo Switch Console, $260 ($40 off) [Massgenie]
  • Nintendo Labo Robot Kit, Variety Kit, and Vehicle Kit Bundle, $68 ($25 off) [Massgenie]
  • Xbox One S 1TB + Extra Red Sport Controller, $230 ($90 off) [Massgenie]
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Xbox One, $50 ($10 off) [Massgenie]
  • PlayStation Plus 12-Month Membership, $40 ($20 off) [Massgenie]
  • Street Fighter V PC, $8 ($11 off) [Steam]
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition PC, $75 ($25 off) [Fanatical]
  • Fanatical Mystery Egg, Random PC Games for $1 [Fanatical]
  • Civilization VI Gold Edition PC, $29 ($71 off) [Fanatical]
  • Extra 25% off Warner Bros Games PC [GreenManGaming]
  • LA Noire the VR Case Files PC, $13 ($14 off) [GreenManGaming]
  • Up to 50% off Board Games [Amazon]

Audio Equipment and TVs

Upgrade your audio equipment or invest in a cheap 50″ TV.

  • Bose QuietComfort 32 Wireless Headphones, $260 ($80 off) [Massgenie]
  • Sony Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $325 ($25 off) [Massgenie]
  • LG XBOOM 550W Speaker System, $200 ($150 off) [eBay]
  • Insignia 50″ HDTV, $200 ($80 off) [Best Buy]

Site-Wide Deals, Gift Cards, and Free Stuff

Grab some free Ms. Marvel comics or take 53% off delicious Lindt chocolates.

  • Up to 53% off Lindt Lindor Chocolates [Woot]
  • Up to 50% off Board Games [Amazon]
  • Up to 60% off Almost Everything [Jos. A. Bank]
  • Extra 25% off Warner Bros Games PC [GreenManGaming]
  • Up to 50% off Select Styles [GAP]
  • Get $10 Amazon Credit for Your First In-Garage Delivery [MyQ]
  • Free Ms. Marvel Comics [Comixology]

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Daily Deals: Philips Hue Kit + 2 Google Home Minis for $170, an iPad for $252, a Razer LED Mousepad for $33, the CORSAIR K95 for $140, and More

The Philips Hue and Google Home Mini kit, the iPad, the CORSAIR K93, and the Razer Firefly
Philips, Google, Apple, CORSAIR, Razer

Right now, the internet’s full of some wild deals and discounts. These deals range from $200 Apple Watches to $25 hydration backpacks, but as always, we have a handful of select favorites.

We’re always excited to see a good smarthome deal, like the Philips Hue Starter Kit with two Google Home Minis for just $170. Naturally, we’re also excited about the $252 2018 iPad from Rakuten (with coupon code SAVE15), the $33 Razer Firefly LED mousepad, and the $140 CORSAIR K95 gaming keyboard.

Laptops and Desktops

Can your computer handle more than 20 tabs? Maybe it’s time to upgrade.

  • MacBook Pro 15.4″ 2018 Model Refurbished, $1,880 ($300 off) [Woot]
  • MacBook 12″ 2017 Model, $1,000 ($600 off) [B&H]
  • Acer Aspire 7 Laptop + Fortnite Counterattack Set, Gaming Mouse, Adobe Creative Pack, $900 ($300 off with coupon code EMCTYVW24) [Newegg]
  • Lenovo Legion 15.6″ Laptop, $660 ($150 off with coupon code LEN150) [Rakuten]
  • Lenovo Ideapad 15.6 Laptop, $246 ($33 off) [Walmart]
  • HP Pavilion Desktop 16GB RAM 1TB HD, $740 ($180 off) [Best Buy]

Keyboards, Routers, and Other Computer Accessories

Interested in PC gaming? The internet’s full of discounted computer parts and accessories.

  • Razer Firefly Hard Gaming LED Mousepad, $33 ($27 off) [Amazon]
  • CORSAIR Platinum K95 Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, $140 ($60 off) [Best Buy]
  • Razer BlackWidow Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, $50 ($60 off) [eBay]
  • Up to 50% off PC Parts, Routers, and Storage Devices [Amazon]
  • NETGEAR Nighthawk, $140 ($110 off with coupon clip) [Amazon]
  • Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System 2-Pack, $290 ($60 off) [Woot]
  • NETGEAR Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System 3-Pack, $200 ($67 off) [Amazon]

Phones, Tablets, and Mobile Accessories

Grab a cheap new smartwatch or a discounted iPad.

  • iPhone 8 256GB Unlocked, $400 ($60 off with coupon code SAVE15) [Rakuten]
  • iPad 9.7″ 32GB 2018 Model, $252 ($45 off with coupon code SAVE15) [Rakuten]
  • Moto X 4th Gen Unlocked, $120 ($90 off) [Amazon]
  • Apple Watch Series 3, $199 ($80 off) [Amazon]
  • Tile Style and Sport Combo 4-Pack, $45 ($25 off) [Woot]
  • RAVPower 10,000 mAh Portable Charger, $18 ($12 off with coupon code EI222GGO) [Amazon]

Smart Home Gadgets

Is your home falling behind the times? Check out these killer smarthome deals.

  • Philips Hue Starter Kit + 2 Google Home Minis, $170 ($128 off) [Best Buy]
  • Google Home Hub 7″, $74 ($20 off) [Massgenie]
  • Alexa Voice Remote for Echo and Fire TV, $9 ($15 off) [Woot]
  • Blink XT Outdoor Home Security Camera, $80 ($50 off) [Amazon]
  • TP-Link Smart Light Switch 2-Pack, $60 ($40 off) [Newegg]
  • MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener, $50 ($30 off) [Amazon]

Video Games and Board Games

Grab a discounted Nintendo Switch or a cheap Xbox One S bundle.

  • Nintendo Switch Console, $263 ($45 off with coupon code SAVE15) [Rakuten]
  • Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu, $45 ($5 off) [Amazon]
  • Nintendo Labo Robot Kit, Variety Kit, and Vehicle Kit Bundle, $68 ($25 off) [Massgenie]
  • Xbox One S 1TB + Extra Red Sport Controller, $230 ($90 off) [Massgenie]
  • Xbox One Wireless Controller Battlegrounds Edition, $45 ($10 off) [Massgenie]
  • Little Nightmares Complete Edition Xbox One, $9 ($20 off with Xbox Gold) [Microsoft]
  • PlayStation Plus 12-Month Membership, $40 ($20 off) [Massgenie]
  • Gloomhaven Board Game, $98 ($42 off) [Amazon]

Audio Equipment and TVs

Are music and TV becoming boring? Enhance your entertainment with some discounted equipment.

  • Bose QuietComfort 32 Wireless Headphones, $260 ($80 off) [Massgenie]
  • Sony Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $325 ($25 off) [Massgenie]
  • Tascam CD-200iL Pro CD Player w 30-Pin and Lightning Docks, $250 ($180) [B&H]
  • Samsung 49″ QLED 4K Smart TV, $600 ($800 off) [Newegg]
  • JVC 65″ 4K Smart TV, $480 ($340 off) [Walmart]
  • RCA 43″ 4K TV Refurbished, $175 ($300 off) [Sears]

Site-Wide Deals, Gift Cards, and Free Stuff

Need some new clothes or furniture? We’ve got the deals for you.

  • One Month of Free Philo Streaming [Groupon]
  • Big Lots 20% off Sale [Big Lots]
  • Levi’s 30% off Sale [Levi’s]
  • Up to 70% Puma Clothes and Shoes [Puma]

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Daily Deals: An Xbox One S + Battlefield V for $170, a Google Pixelbook for $619, a 23.8″ Monitor for $85, and More

The Dell Monitor, the Xbox One S Bundle, the Google Pixelbook
Dell, Microsoft, Google

Right now, websites like Rakuten, Amazon, eBay, and Best Buy are running some killer deals. These deals range from $50 Corsair gaming keyboards to $190 smart sprinkler controllers, but as always, we have a few favorites.

Naturally, we’re excited about the $170 Xbox One S 1TB with Battlefield V from Rakuten (coupon code SAVE15). This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the Xbox One S, and it’s bundled with a great little game. If you aren’t interested in video games, you should check out the $619 open-box Google Pixelbook, or the $85 23.5″ Dell monitor (coupon code 14472).

Laptops, Desktops, Routers, and Computer Accessories

Need a new Chromebook or PC? We’ve got the deals for you.

  • Google Pixelbook 12.3″ Open-Box, $619 ($391 off) [eBay]
  • Lenovo Legion 15.6″ 1TB Laptop, $660 ($150 off with coupon code LEN150) [Rakuten]
  • ASUS VivoBook S 14″ 256GB SSD Laptop, $700 ($100 off) [Amazon]
  • Take 15% off Dell Laptops with Coupon Code FH2U-EQ7U-LUCM-GJB4 [Rakuten]

Keyboards, Mice, RAM, Routers, and More

Grab a new solid state drive or upgrade to a mesh Wi-Fi system.

  • Logitech MK540 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse, $30 ($30 off) [Best Buy]
  • Corsair K65 Gaming Keyboard Refurbished, $50 ($40 off) [Amazon]
  • Dell 23.8″ Monitor, $85 ($25 off with coupon code 14472) [Staples]
  • Dell S Series 24″ Ultrathin Monitor, $140 ($110) [Amazon]
  • LG 49″ Curved Ultrawide Monitor, $1,399 ($100 off) [Amazon]
  • G.SKILL 32GB (4×8) DDR4 RAM, $162 ($28 off with coupon code EMCTYVV42) [Newegg]
  • SanDisk 1TB Internal SSD SATA III, $100 ($25 off) [Amazon]
  • TP-Link Powerline Ethernet Adapter, $40 ($10 off) [Amazon]
  • TP-Link AC1750 Smart Router, $55 ($25 off) [Amazon]
  • NETGEAR Orbi Pro Mesh Wi-Fi System 2-Pack, $360 ($141 off) [Amazon]

Phones, Tablets, and Mobile Accessories

Grab a cheap new phone or a premium tablet.

  • Moto G5S Plus Unlocked, $140 ($140 off) [B&H]
  • iPad Pro 11″ 256GB Newest Model, $825 ($125) [Amazon]
  • iPad Pro 12.9″ 64GB 2017 Model Refurbished, $550 [Woot]
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5″, $530 ($120) [Amazon]
  • Tzumi HyperCharge Wireless Charging Pad, $18 ($10 off) [Best Buy]

Smarthome Devices

Is your home falling behind the times? Upgrade it!

  • Google Home Hub, $75 ($25 off) [Massgenie]
  • Echo Plus Refurbished, $130 ($60 off) [Amazon]
  • Echo Show First Gen Refurbished, $90 ($140 off) [Woot]
  • TECKIN Smart Plug 4-Pack, $25 ($9 off with coupon code XR2D2Q34) [Amazon]
  • RainMachine Smart Irrigation Controller, $190 ($70 off) [Amazon]
  • iRobot Roomba i7, $700 ($100 off) [Best Buy]
  • Neato Botvac DR Robotic Vacuum, $300 ($230 off) [Best Buy]
  • Yale Assure Touchscreen Smart Lock, $140 ($60 off) [Massgenie]

Video Games and Board Games

Are you already bored of 2019? Grab a new Xbox One S or some cheap PC games.

  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, $57 ($13 off) [Amazon]
  • Nintendo Labo Robot, Variety, and Vehicle Kit (Japanese Import), $68 ($60 off) [Massgenie]
  • Xbox One S 1TB Console w/ Battlefield V, $170 ($130 off with coupon code SAVE15) [Rakuten]
  • $100 Xbox Online Gift Card, $85 ($15 off with coupon code SAVE15) [Rakuten]
  • The Witcher II Complete Edition Xbox One, $15 ($34 off with Live Gold) [Microsoft]
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Collection PS4, $25 ($25 off) [PS Store]
  • 40% off God of War Games PS4 [PS Store]
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Collection PC, $29 ($20 off) [Elder Scrolls]
  • Up to 90% off Square Enix PC Games [Square Enix]
  • Tropico 5 PC, $3 ($17 off) [Fanatical]
  • Star Wars Battlefront II PC, $6 ($24 off) [Amazon]

Audio Equipment and TVs

Now’s a perfect time to upgrade your entertainment center at a discount.

  • Bose QuietComfort Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, $259 ($40 off) [Massgenie]
  • Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones, $80 ($120 off) [B&H]
  • ViewTV All-in-One HD TV Antenna, $25 ($15 off) [Woot]
  • Logitech Harmony Smart TV Remote, $69 ($10 off) [Walmart]
  • BenQ 3,300 Lumens HD Projector, $166 ($40 off) [Massgenie]

Site-Wide Sales, Gift Cards, and Free Stuff

Order a free pizza, or grab some discount jeans.

  • $100 Apple App Store and iTunes Gift Card, $85 ($15 off) [eBay]
  • $100 Xbox Online Gift Card, $85 ($15 off with coupon code SAVE15) [Rakuten]
  • Up to 70% off Frederique Constant Watches (coupon code DNEWSFS10) [Jomashop]
  • Dockers 40% off Site-Wide with coupon code FLYAWAY [Dockers]
  • Walmart 10% off Purchase with coupon code HWPUXNNJG4 [Walmart]
  • Up to 90% off Square Enix PC Games [Square Enix]
  • Sprint Customers: One Free Pizza from Pizza Hut [Sprint]

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The Best Bed Mounts for Your Tablet, Phone, or Nintendo Switch

The Lamicall, Magichold, and Naham bedside mounts
Lamicall, Magichold, Naham

There’s nothing like a night (or morning) spent in bed with your favorite device. But if you’re tired of dropping your tablet, phone, or Nintendo Switch on your face, then maybe it’s time to invest in a bedside mount.

Bedside device mounts are a serious luxury, but in many ways, it’s a wonder why they aren’t a staple of every bedroom. Americans spend more than three hours a day on their smart devices, and there’s a good chance that you habitually check your phone every morning before crawling out of bed. If you’re going to be using your tablet, phone, or Nintendo Switch in bed, then why shouldn’t you do it with the comfort of a hands-free mount?

There’s a chance that you have some reservations about bedside tablet and smartphones mounts. Maybe you’re afraid of being ridiculed by your friends, family, coworkers, pets, and significant other. Maybe you’re afraid of becoming a gluttonous Netflix monster. But just think for a moment. People mount TVs on walls, and TVs are basically just big, crappy tablets that can’t be used for Facetime or texting. It’s a no-brainer.

With all the tablet, phone, and Nintendo Switch mounts on the market, it can be hard to find the product that’s right for you. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find the best mounts, for everybody’s needs. (By the way, the Nintendo Switch can fit in any tablet mount so even if we don’t mention the Switch specifically in an entry below you’ll be able to use it with no problem.).

Magichold 360 Rotating Gooseneck Tablet Mount ($33)

The Magichold 360 Rotating Gooseneck Tablet Mount
Magichold

If you have a solid headboard or a bedside table, then you should check out the Magichold 360 tablet mount. This mount can pivot and rotate at any angle, so it’s great for playing games while sitting up straight, or for watching Netflix while lying on your back like a hypnotized digital mummy.

The Magichold 360 isn’t a freestanding mount, and it uses clamps to attach to surfaces. If you don’t have a solid headboard or a bedside table, then you’re going to have a lot of trouble using this particular mount.

Lamicall Gooseneck Tablet and Phone Mount ($20)

The Lamicall Gooseneck Tablet Holder
Lamicall

If you’re in the market for a small, unobtrusive bedside mount, then you should check out the Lamicall. Its adjustable gooseneck isn’t ridiculously long (or ridiculously ugly), so looks good when attached to a bedside table. The Lamicall even works well at a desk or in a kitchen, due to its manageable neck and sleek design. That being said, its clamp is only made for horizontal use, so it won’t work well when attached to a headboard.

The Lamicall mount can hold smartphones, but they have to be at least 5″ long. Of course, you could always slap a thick case on your tiny smartphone, or buy a dedicated phone mount.

Samhouse Rotating Tablet and Phone Mount ($30)

The Samhouse Rotating Tablet Mount
Samhouse

The Samhouse mount may look like a wonky surgical tool, but it’s actually an incredibly steady and easily adjustable piece of hardware. In many ways, it’s similar to the mounts that you can buy for heavy computer monitors and TVs. Its mechanical springs and joints may not look very inviting, but they’ll ensure that your phone, tablet, and Nintendo Switch hold steady above or beside your bed.

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What is RAT Malware, and Why Is It So Dangerous?

A spooky white rat on a black backgroundChichinkin/Shutterstock

A Remote Access Trojan (RAT) is a type of malware that allows hackers to monitor and control your computer or network. But how does a RAT work, why do hackers use them, and how do you avoid them?

RATs Give Hackers Remote Access to Your Computer

If you’ve ever had to call tech support for a PC, then you’re probably familiar with the magic of remote access. When remote access is enabled, authorized computers and servers can control everything that happens on your PC. They can open documents, download software, and even move the cursor around your screen in real time.

A RAT is a type of malware that’s very similar to legitimate remote access programs. The main difference, of course, is that RATs are installed on a computer without a user’s knowledge. Most legitimate remote access programs are made for tech support and file sharing purposes, while RATs are made for spying on, hijacking, or destroying computers.

Like most malware, RATs piggyback on legitimate-looking files. Hackers can attach a RAT to a document in an email, or within a large software package, like a video game. Advertisements and nefarious webpages can also contain RATs, but most browsers prevent automatic downloads from websites or notify you when a site is unsafe.

Unlike some malware and viruses, it can be difficult to tell when you’ve downloaded a RAT. Generally speaking, a RAT won’t slow down your computer, and hackers won’t always give themselves away by deleting your files or rolling your cursor around the screen. In some cases, users are infected by a RAT for years without noticing anything wrong. But why are RATs so secretive? And how are they useful to hackers?

RATs Work Best When They Go Unnoticed

Most computer viruses are made for a singular purpose. Keyloggers automatically record everything that you type, ransomware restricts access to your computer or its files until you pay a fee, and adware dumps dubious ads onto your computer for profit.

But RATs are special. They give hackers complete, anonymous control over infected computers. As you can imagine, a hacker with a RAT can do just about anything—as long as their target doesn’t smell a RAT.

A hooded hacker in front of his computer
Maxim Apryatin/Shutterstock

In most cases, RATs are used like spyware. A money-hungry (or downright creepy) hacker can use a RAT to obtain keystrokes and files from an infected computer. These keystrokes and files could contain bank information, passwords, sensitive photos, or private conversations. Additionally, hackers can use RATs to activate a computer’s webcam or microphone discreetly. The idea of being spied on by some anonymous nerd is pretty upsetting, but it’s a mild offense compared to what some hackers do with RATs.

Since RATs give hackers administrative access to infected computers, they’re free to alter or download any files on a whim. That means a hacker with a RAT can wipe your hard drive, download illegal content from the internet through your computer, or place additional malware onto your computer. Hackers can also control your computer remotely to perform embarrassing or illegal actions online in your name or use your home network as a proxy server to commit crimes anonymously.

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