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Five-deal Friday: Games, earbuds and more!

Today's deals include a seriously cool universal remote and some awesome gaming options.

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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Clear your weekend, because you're about to get really busy playing games, listening to tunes, configuring a universal remote and more.

Yep, it's another five-deal Friday! Because sometimes one deal just won't do...

1. What's in a name?


Let's address the elephant in the room: Blumoo is just a terrible product name. If you can overlook that, though, you're almost certain to like it.

For a limited time, StackSocial has the Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote for $84.99 shipped. It lists for $129.99 and sells elsewhere for $99.

Designed to turn your Android or iOS device into the ultimate remote, the Blumoo is a base station that relies on both Bluetooth and IR to control anything and everything in your home theater: TV, cable box, receiver, Blu-ray player and so on. CNET hasn't reviewed it, but PC Mag had mostly positive things to say, and Amazon buyers rated it 4.2 stars out of 5.

2. Game time!


While you're visiting StackSocial anyway, you might as well take advantage of a sweet giveaway: one free month of the OnLive gaming service.

What the heck is OnLive? It's like Netflix for games -- not just because you pay one price for all the games you can play, but also because it actually streams those games to your PC, Mac, tablet, TV and various other devices.

As with most such trials, you'll need to supply a credit card, and you'll need to remember to cancel after the first month. If you decide to continue, OnLive costs $9.95 per month.

3. Game time 2!

Strategy First

Racing simulations bore me to tears, what with their real-world physics and mostly flat tracks. Give me colossal jumps, give me mangled metal, give me a high-speed destruction derby. In other words, give me the FlatOut series.

For a limited time, Bundle Stars has the FlatOut Complete Bundle for $5.99. It includes all four games in the series (for Windows, via Steam), three of which deliver insane, freewheeling fun. The fourth is the widely panned Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction, which isn't worth installing. Flatout: Carnage, typically regarded as the best of the bunch, normally sells for $19.99 all by itself.

4. Listen up

I'm a fan of Apple's Earpod headphones, in part because they have inline controls (and a microphone, meaning they double as a headset), and in part because they don't come loose when I go jogging with them. They're a good fit, but without the noise-isolation seal that's actually not real safe for runners.

But $30 a pair? Uh, no. Thankfully, there's this: DailySteals has the Apple Earpod headphones for $12 shipped. These are new, not refurbished, and they're the genuine Apple product.

(Recently several readers have asked me to comment on DailySteals' legitimacy and efficiency. I've ordered from the company probably a dozen times. Shipped isn't always super-quick, but I've always received my order in as-advertised condition. The one time I had an issue, the company corrected it quickly and to my complete satisfaction. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I wouldn't share deals from a company I found questionable in any way.)

5. Listen up 2

Nice-looking 'phones! House of Marley

If you prefer 'phones that go on your ears instead of inside them, here's one of the better deals I've seen recently: Tilly's has the House of Marley Buffalo Soldier on-ear headphones for $39.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code SAVINGS30 at checkout. Regular price: $99.99.

These stylish red/black 'phones feature wood, canvas, and aluminum materials, an inline microphone with three-button controls, a tangle-resistant fabric cord and a carrying case. I especially like the right-angle connector. Pretty amazing deal!

Okay, who's buying what?