Happy Friday! Nothing kicks off a weekend like a wheelbarrow-full of deals, and today I couldn't settle on just one. In fact, I'm pretty bad at math; there may actually be more than five here. Can't bother counting; I'm too busy buying stuff!
Droning on and on
I've always wanted one of these, but couldn't (wouldn't!) pay the $299 list price. Now I'm sorely tempted.
Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Wi-Fi quadricopter for $169.99, plus $5 for shipping. Controlled by your Android or iOS device of choice, this kick-ass 'copter includes a 720p, 30fps camera so you can record video from above, CIA-style.
"But I got it for the kids, honey, honest!"
Your laptop's speakers bite. Don't feel bad; all laptop speakers bite. Fortunately, you can greatly improve audio quality by plugging in a pair of desktop speakers.
Like these: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Accessory Genie (via eBay) has the GoGroove SonaVerse color-changing speakers for $9.99 shipped. Powered by USB, these little orbs have an LED-ringed base that changes color while you listen. Very cool. And very cheap!
CyberLink PhotoDirector 4: free!
Who says you can't get something for nothing? Not my compadres here at CNET. They've hooked up with CyberLink to make you an offer you can't refuse (unless, you know, you want to): CyberLink PhotoDirector 4 (Win/Mac) for free. Use the following redemption code: PHD4CNET.
Originally $99.99, PhotoDirector 4 gives you a robust set of tools for managing, enhancing, and showcasing your photos. It recognizes faces for easier organization, adds HDR and other style effects, removes unwanted objects, and much more. Total cost: $0.
Shut up and take my money, Humble Bundle
I don't know how the Humble folks do it, but it somehow they line up some of the best developers and convince them to bundle their games for pennies.
To wit: the Humble Weekly Sale: Sega gives you four Sega classics for whatever price you want to pay, nine Sega classics if you pay at least $5.99, and a 10th game if you pony up $14.99.
Even the four name-your-own-price games are solid-gold oldies-but-goodies: Alpha Protocol, Company of Heroes (!), Rome: Total War, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit. (OK, never heard of that last one. But Company of Heroes!)
Crazy Taxi, crazy fun
Speaking of Sega classics, today's the day to score the beloved Crazy Taxi (iOS) absolutely free. This ridiculously fun game sends you freewheelin' around town in your taxi, picking up fares and dropping them off before time runs out. Is it weird that I can't help thinking about Uber every time I play?
One desktop to rule them all?
One thing I've learned lately: people still love desktops. If you're in the market for a new one and want something that should power you through to Windows 9 at least, try this:
For a limited time, and while the code remains active, HP Home has the HP Envy 700-210xt Haswell desktop for $624.99, plus $9.99 for shipping, when you apply coupon code MORE25 at checkout.
The spotlight spec here: Intel's 3.4GHz quad-core Core i7-4770 processor, one of the newfangled Haswell chips. Also included, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD burner, Beats Audio, Bluetooth, Windows 8.1, and the other usual goodies.
OK, who's in for what?
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