Boost your marketing skills with training on Google Analytics and AdWords

If you're marketing on the web, your Google-fu needs to be strong - and up to date. Without a firm grasp on what drives traffic, you'll never be able to take the wheel. That's why even if you know where to put your keywords, a little extra effort goes a long way on any marketer's resume. If you want a certification that proves your marketing savvy, a couple of online courses are key.

For data analytics, there's Google Analytics Certification: Get Certified In 2 Days. This 2-hour boot camp targets all the insights covered in the exam: How to monitor ads, build reports and model the wealth of data that Analytics can give about any site. In all, the package includes 20 lectures and hundreds of practice questions. It's available for $13.99.

For those looking to turn that customer data into clicks, the Ultimate Guide To Google AdWords is an essential course. Suitable for beginners, it teaches users how to build an AdWords account from scratch, then use it to optimize any marketing campaign by integrating keywords into company language across the board. Packed with 18 hours of content, the course is $12.99. Read the rest

Save $45 on this wireless charging sonic toothbrush kit

Want to keep the dentist away? A little tooth care at morning and night isn't bad, but it won't keep the stains from smoking or fried foods at bay for long. If you enjoy your food and want to avoid the consequences, an upgrade from that old analog toothbrush can make a huge difference.

Among sonic toothbrushes, there are not many contenders like the Aquasonic toothbrush. And the Aquasonic PRO is definitely worth the investment.

The brush packs 40,000 vibrations per minute, which might be a little intimidating if you've never tried an ultrasonic brush. Luckily, you can ease in with a soft mode for gentle cleaning. There are four modes in all, including a massage setting for gum care.

When you're done, the space-saving rinse cup doubles as a wireless charger for the lithium-ion battery. And the entire setup is good to go for vacations, thanks to a travel case that holds two extra brushes.

The Aquasonic PRO Toothbrush includes 6 ProFlex Brush Heads, Wireless Charging Glass & Case for $54.99 - a full 45% off the MSRP. Read the rest

Boost your productivity with this Microsoft Office boot camp

If your office works at all, it uses Microsoft Office. Those icons for Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook are as familiar around some workplaces as the coffee machine. So familiar, in fact, that they get taken for granted - and rarely used to their full potential.

Whether you need a crash course in the essential tools of Office or you really want to jumpstart your productivity, the Mega Microsoft Office 2019 Course Bundle can open up loads of new uses for your favorite platforms.

What you get is a comprehensive look at the most popular software apps for Office, suitable for beginners but useful to even old hands at the stuff. Courses on Word and PowerPoint will spotlight tons of time-saving shortcuts, while those on Outlook will teach how to customize and streamline your email. You'll make tighter spreadsheets quicker with Excel, set up cleaner databases with Access, and even learn how platforms like VBA can link up with those spreadsheets and automate your work.

It's 11 courses in all, packed with 120 hours of videos and exercises. Get the Mega Microsoft Office 2019 Course Bundle for $39 today. Read the rest

Create your robot army with these Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits

It's a great time to be a maker. 3D printers are on store shelves for anyone to buy, and coder kits like Arduino and Raspberry Pi are letting kids as young as 9 or 10 dive into the Internet of Things. Here are a few examples of our favorite tech toys, all priced low enough that even a mad scientist in training can afford them.

RoboxDual™ 3D Printer

This workhorse printer is designed to get you creating right out of the box with an impressive dual-head system that allows you to print with two materials at once. Operation is clean and safe for even first-time students, and there are no stray strings on your design thanks to nozzles that cut off the flow of material before pulling away. Pick up the RoboxDual™ 3D Printer for $449.99, almost 70% off the list price.

 

Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle

Here's one toybox that won't ever run out of toys. Designed for kids but full-featured, this 3D printer gives you access to a catalog of blueprints and the option to upload your own inventions to a companion app. The Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle is now $314.99, more than 30% off the original cost.

Elecrow Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit

Raspberry Pi systems are already a great introduction to computers and DIY gadget-making, and this kit makes that intro even more painless. The LCD touchscreen and multiple display modes allow you to surf the web your way, from scratch. Grab an Elecrow Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit now for $108. Read the rest

Take your music production to the next level with this synth & sound bundle

Want to make a hit? The right software is out there for anyone, but any music producer will tell you that finding the right sound can still take time and talent.

Still, the right tools are a great shortcut, which makes this Synth & Sound Pack Bundle absolutely priceless. And now that it's on sale at a special pay-what-you-want basis, it can almost literally have no price - or close to it.

Here's the gist: The full package includes sound packs and presets that run the gamut of themes, from guitar strums to sci-fi soundscapes suitable for any film soundtrack. They're all compatible with the most popular DAW's, including Logic Pro, Ableton, Pro Tools and much more. Whether you're putting together the next track on your magnum opus or need a good beat on the fly, there's enough material here to access any sound you want.

There are 14 packages in the complete set, and to access them, all you have to do is sign up and name your price. Any amount gets you four packages. Beat the average price, and you'll snag all 14. Sign up below and Pay What You Want for the Synth & Sound Pack Bundle. Read the rest

Save over 60% on these PowerBeats Pro alternatives

Let's face it: People at the gym aren't bragging about their headphones. If they were that great, they'd be listening to them instead of talking about them. So while we're sure those new PowerBeats Pro earbuds are something special, why would you shell out $250 for a tiny pair of speakers when comparable ones are less than half that?

For a pair of headphones that bring the noise without taking your entire paycheck, you might want to check out these XT9 True Wireless Fitness Headphones.

For one thing, they've got state-of-the-art 5.0 Bluetooth connectivity, ensuring smooth, uninterrupted sound from whatever device you're listening on. They go for a solid 6 hours on a single charge, and the portable charging dock is good for another 2-3 fill-ups of the lithium-ion battery. They're designed to be perfectly stable through even the harshest workouts without chafing your ears.

And best of all, they're a fraction of the price of the trendier 'buds. Pick up the XT9 True Wireless Fitness Headphones with Charging Dock for $44.99, more than 60% off the retail price of $119. Read the rest

Learn project management skills from top to bottom with this training

Big companies take on big projects. When they do that, they need a project manager to lay out a roadmap for the entire team - and they're typically willing to pay a big paycheck to the person who can fill those shoes.

So what does it take to become a project manager? If you don't have a good handle on methodologies like Agile and Scrum, the Complete Project Management Bundle might be a good place to start.

In this 11-part online master class, you'll get step-by-step examples of how to plot a workflow in Agile or Scrum, setting up "sprints" for teams of specialized workers that will result in fast goals and constant progress. To keep track of all this, you'll also get hands-on with Jira, a software package specifically designed to help you and your team visualize those goals. By the time you're done, you'll have all you need to get PMP certified and on the path to a new career.

Right now, the Complete Project Management Bundle is $29, a full 98% off the original price. Read the rest

10 essential pocket-sized tech items you'll use everyday

Your phone doesn't have to be the only smart piece of tech in your pocket. We regularly take pens, lighters, and wallets for granted, but here are 10 portable items that improve on those everyday bits of gear and others just like them.

TEC Accessories The Orbiter™ Pinstripe Magnetic Fidget Device

Tired of that same old fidget spinner? This two-piece sensory device involves a magnetic ball that rotates a grade 5 titanium hub, providing continuous, hypnotic movement that you can control and enjoy. And with a nano-composite microlayer, you can be sure it's more durable than typical spinners. TEC Accessories' The Orbiter™ Pinstripe Magnetic Fidget Device is now $29.99, a full 55% off the list price.

Geekey Multi-Tool

Open and closed wrench, a screwdriver, bit driver, wire bender and even a smokeable pipe are just a few of the uses of this multi-tool. It's TSA-compliant, and it's roughly the size and shape of a regular key, so it goes with you wherever your keychain does. The Geekey Multi-Tool is now $22.99, down 58% from the original cost.

EverRatchet Ratcheting Keychain Multi-Tool

The emergency fire flint kit makes this pint-sized multi-tool especially useful for the outdoors, but the wire stripper and 7(!) wrenches make it a lifesaver around the house as well. Get the EverRatchet Ratcheting Keychain Multi-Tool for $24.99, a 10% break off the MSRP.

Pry.Me Bottle Openers

It may be billed as the world's tiniest bottle opener, but this grade 5 titanium tool can hold 164,000 times its own weight. Read the rest

Take on stress and pain with these top-selling CBD treats

The secret's out. Increasingly, people are relying on hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, as a way to not just deal with pain but everyday stress.

Admittedly, it can be hard to find a reliable source of the stuff in a still-unregulated marketplace. But here are a few top picks, a roundup of tasty (and largely natural) treats that make it easy to find your ideal dose of CBD.

Holiday CBD Premium CBD Gummies

These no-nonsense gummies are made from natural, fully pronounceable ingredients, and that includes the organic, lab-tested CBD. There's 10 mg in every bite, and no THC whatsoever. Pick up a bottle of Holiday CBD Premium CBD Gummies for $32, down 19% from the retail price.

CBD Gummies 500mg

Got a tart tooth? These sweet-and-sour gummies come in a variety of shapes and flavors, all of which contain up to 9.5 g of CBD hemp isolate apiece. Get a 500 mg jar of CBD Gummies for $29.99, a full 25% off the MSRP.

Sunday Scaries CBD Gummies

Think of these gummies as a tiny, non-psychoactive, stress-busting cocktail. Each of the bears not only contains CBD sourced from licensed Colorado farms but an added kick of vitamin B12 and D3, engineered to even out your nervous system and boost your immune system. Get a 20-gummy bottle of Sunday Scaries CBD Gummies for $29.99, 25% off the MSRP of $39.99.

Savage CBD Edible Gummies

Need a bigger dose for chronic pain or sleeplessness? Consider this emergency pack of six gummies, each of which packs 50 mg of hemp-derived CBD that's free of GMOs and pesticides. Read the rest

Save up to 80% on Sid Meier's Civilization series

Everybody wants to rule the world, but only one video game lets you do it in style - and even peacefully if you're savvy enough with your cultural dominance. Sid Meier's Civilization is on its fifth sequel and counting for good reason. No two games are alike thanks to the random mapping and numerous special scenarios, but they're all a test of your resource management and ruthless diplomacy.

Want to see what Meier's cult following has been raving about, or catch up on an old favorite? You're in luck. Full games and expansion packs for the latest versions of Civilization are on deep discount for PC (and for Mac users, via Steam).

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete

The graphics boost and hexagonal tiles of Civilization V were a big shot in the arm to the series when it launched in 2010, and this version is still a favorite with many players. This strategist's dream edition not only includes that game but complete versions of Civilization III and IV plus the hit spinoffs Beyond Earth and Beyond Earth - Rising Tide. The entire set of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete is now available for $12.50, almost 80% off the original price.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gold Edition

After a long wait, the latest edition of Civilization arrived in 2016, tweaking and improving the formula on previous iterations with a new technology system and an increased focus on the terrain. A series of DLC releases capitalized on the changes, and this Gold edition contains enough of them to keep would-be world-beaters challenged for months. Read the rest

Pack light for your next trip with this innovative luggage and accessories

When it comes to travel, Genius is one company that sweats the details. If you've never owned one of their suitcases or carry-on bags, they feature dedicated compartments for everything you could imagine and often incorporate compression technology to fit more of it in there. If you're planning for one last summer trip, here's a nice list of what to pick up for a total luggage upgrade.

Genius Pack Aerial Hardside Carry On Spinner

 

This carry-on bag squeaks in under the domestic and international carry-on size requirements, but it's scratch and stain-resistant material makes it lighter than bags half its size (6.2 pounds!). Inside, you'll find perfectly-sized compartments for all your necessities including socks and chargers, plus a separated area for dirty laundry. And with 360-degree spinning wheels, you'll be able to breeze through the airport with ease. Get the Genius Pack Aerial Hardside Carry On Spinner in a variety of styles for $159, a drop off the previous sale price of $199 and more than 45% off retail. You can get it in the below color options:

Genius Pack Aerial Hardside Carry On Spinner (Jet Black) Genius Pack Aerial Hardside Carry On Spinner (Matte White) Genius Pack Aerial Hardside Carry On Spinner (Hunter Green) Genius Pack Aerial Hardside Carry On Spinner (Brushed Chrome)

Genius Pack Compression Packing Cubes Set

 

 

For a big trip, these packing cubes are a lifesaver in more ways than one. Not only does the stretch-top nylon mesh compress clothes and other items by as much as 60%, but they'll also keep those shirts wrinkle-free in the bargain. Read the rest

Become a master in Google Cloud architecture with this training

Company executives typically know two things about the cloud: They need to be on it, and they need it to work smoothly. Which means that if you know your way around Google Cloud, you're going to have employers that want you to lead them through.

The Complete Google Cloud Mastery Bundle is just the online package for those who want to breathe that rarefied air.

The eight-course bundle gives a broad overview of Google's cloud networking structure for those who haven't worked with it, but it hardly stops there. The goal of this series is to get IT professionals hired as a certified Google Cloud architect. (There's an entire exit class dedicated to the certification exam.) Once you're past the intro courses, you'll learn how to manage data storage, set up DevOps and troubleshoot security issues on one of the fastest-growing platforms out there. There's even a course that teaches AWS users how to transfer that knowledge to the Google Cloud Platform.

Right now, you can get the Complete Google Cloud Mastery Bundle for $39, a full 97% off the cost of the individual courses. Read the rest

Get back to school savings on Chromebooks, mini PC's, & laptops

In the market for a workhorse laptop for the upcoming school year? Refurbished gear is the way to go. Here are some of our favorite deals on like-new laptop rigs and PCs.

Lenovo N22 11.6" Chromebook 16GB Black (Certified Refurbished)

This rig is great for working at home or away, with a 14-hour battery life and 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3050 processor that can handle any task. The rotating 720p HD camera and water-resistant keyboard are especially nice touches for any user. Get this Lenovo N22 11.6" Chromebook 16GB in black for $99.99, 60% off the retail price.

HP Chromebook 11" 16GB Silver (Certified Refurbished)

The Chrome OS makes it easy to navigate on this 2014 model, and the 16 GB eMMC storage is enough for a household worth of data. Pick up the HP Chromebook 11" 16GB Silver for $139.99, down 30% from the original cost.

HP Chromebook 14 14.4” 16GB Black (Certified Refurbished)

The built-in virus protection on this one makes it great for casual users, and the multi-format digital media card makes it easy to share and view videos from anywhere. Pick up your HP Chromebook 14 14.4” 16GB Black for $99.99, a full 66% discount from the MSRP.

Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook 11.6” 16GB Silver (Certified Refurbished)

This Thinkpad is durable outside and all about speed under the hood. The 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors work hard whether you're crunching data or streaming video on the HD display. Get the Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook 11.6” 16GB Silver for 73% off at $104.99. Read the rest

Save big on these cloud storage alternatives to Dropbox and iCloud

Cloud storage isn't just for big businesses. If you've got more pictures, videos or work files than your device can handle (and who doesn't?), then the cloud is where it needs to be.

Luckily, there are more options for you than just Dropbox these days. Here's a roundup of some newer services that can help you manage and secure your data - not just find it a home.

ThunderDrive Cloud Storage

ThunderDrive boasts that you can access their service six times faster than Amazon, and they've certainly got the infrastructure to back it up. Their Tier IV data centers can hold your data behind 256-bit encryption, retrievable from any browser on the web or mobile. Lifetime subscriptions include a Personal plan for 500 GB of data ($29) or Pro plan that will get you 2 TB of storage for $59, a full 95% off the MSRP.

Zoolz Cloud Backup For Home

Zoolz uses the Amazon Web Services infrastructure to supply 1 TB of cold storage, perfect for large amounts of inactive data. It's a great way to secure entire computers or even networks, and the service uses deduplication, block-level uploads and other methods for faster backup. Single-user plans are available for one year at $19.99 (90% off the list price) or three years at $34.99.

Koofr Cloud Storage Plan

Here's a handy one even if you've got an existing cloud storage account. Koofr lets you connect to Dropbox, Google Drive or other cloud storage services and transfer those files freely. Read the rest

Need a new TV? Enter for a chance to win a 65" Samsung 4K smart TV

Your binge-watching options just got a lot more interesting. Get ready to be the first choice venue for movie night, because there's a giveaway right now on a Samsung 65" QLED 4K Smart TV.

Size isn't quite everything for this theater-quality set, though it is impressive. The Q70 series TV is able to upscale even older games and movies to 4K quality, and it's fully compatible with major voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Google Home.

All you need to do is register here, and you'll be eligible to win the TV, free and clear.

Too good to be true? Suit yourself. While you're sipping that half-empty glass, here are a few deals that will allow you to pay actual money for some great video technology, albeit at a heavy discount:

Rveal Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna

Fill in that blind spot in your TV diet with free network channels, thanks to this new school unit that picks up local and national stations the old fashioned way, up to 50 miles from broadcast antennas. The best part: It broadcasts them in HD. The Rveal Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna is on sale for $19.99, more than 30% off the list price.

LG B8 Series 55" OLED 4K HDR TV

This ultra-thin set made Consumer Reports' list of top 4K TVs for 2018, thanks to its α7 intelligent processor and Dolby Atmos sound. It's also controllable with Alexa or Google Home for full smart home integration. The LG B8 Series 55" OLED 4K HDR TV is now $1199.99, down from the previous sale price of $1553.99 and a full 47% off the retail price. Read the rest

8 hardcore flashlights you'll want on your next outdoor trip

If there's one piece of gear that's essential for both outdoor trailblazers and urban homeowners, it's a good flashlight. And since it doesn't take much more dough to go the extra mile, you might as well get a great one. Here are eight super-durable flashlights and versatile lanterns that will make sure you're never in the dark. So much for the boogeyman.

Bell + Howell Taclight Flashlight & Lantern Bundle

The lantern can be folded down to the size of a smartphone, and the flashlight features five distinct modes, including a strobe effect that can stun potential attackers. Both are water-resistant, and together make a kit that's a lifesaver for any camp. Pick up the Bell + Howell Taclight Flashlight & Lantern Bundle for $25.99, a full 67% off the MSRP.

1Tac Professional Grade Tactical Flashlight

This portable unit puts out a big shine: Up to 1200 lumens, or 20% more light than a standard XML T6 LED. And durability? Not only is it waterproofed to an I65 rating, but it'll also still work whether that water is freezing cold or boiling hot. Get this 1Tac Professional Grade Tactical Flashlight for $47.99, a 14% discount off the list price.

1TAC TC1200 Tactical Flashlight Kit

Going off the grid or awhile? 1Tac's survival guide includes the TC1200, plus a wall charger, car adaptor, portable rechargeable battery, and emergency holster. Basically, everything you need to keep your path lit no matter where you walk. The 1TAC TC1200 Tactical Flashlight Kit is now $79.99, more than 10% off the original price. Read the rest

Protect your dog and learn its lineage with these DNA kits

Everybody thinks they know their dog and it's true that you probably share a unique bond with your pet if they've been a part of the family for any length of time. But even though the way you nurture them is important, there are aspects of nature that you can't control.

That's why serious pet owners have been going the extra mile with a DNA test like the Embark Dog DNA Test Kit.

DNA tests for your dog? It might sound weird if you only know the science from baby-daddy reveals on tabloid talk shows. But these tests can actually help avoid drama with your dog.

With Embark, all you do is take a swab from your dog's cheek and send it in for testing. When your lab results come back, you'll know your dog's exact breed and ancestry from a database of more than 250 breeds. That can tell you a lot about your best friend, from his or her predilections to disease to base personality traits. Embark can even help you discover and connect with your dogs living relatives if they're on the extensive family tree that gets created.

One of the most popular kits out there, the Embark Dog DNA Test Kit is now $174.99, a 12% discount off the list price.

You can also go with the DNA My Dog Breed Identification Test, which is a more medically-focused version.

Just take the test, and in two weeks after sending your sample away you'll know all the fun stuff: Breed mix, personality traits and the like. Read the rest

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