Make writing painless with a Cambridge tutor's guide

Do your college essays still give you nightmares? You're not alone. A blank page or screen can be a terrifying sight, but a University of Cambridge tutor's new course can help you hit that keyboard with confidence.

Dr. Clare Lynch has de-mystified academic writing and communication for students, business executives and government officials worldwide, and that experience is packed into her comprehensive course Writing With Impact: Writing That Persuades. Whether you're looking to present your best self in a business proposal, cover letter or blog, Lynch's examples will clear the path to winning prose. Over 4 hours of training, you'll develop your voice and confidence as a writer and learn valuable persuasion techniques that professional writers use. Whether you're writing outreach emails or commerce posts, you'll be able to improve your writing skills and get better results.

This course is only $9.99 when you enroll today. Read the rest

The Stormtrooper Robot Vacuum is the droid you're looking for

One great use of the Force is chores - telekinetically, of course. Samsung may not exactly be the Force, per se, but they are at least making vacuuming a whole lot easier and more fun. Their POWERbot Star Wars Limited Edition Stormtrooper Robot Vacuum is just too cute not to order around.

Like Samsung's standard POWERbot, this geeky-clean version has an easy out-of-the-box set-up and charges up at a wall unit that plugs into a standard outlet. But power it on, and you'll instantly feel like Vader lording it over the troops. The Stormtrooper Robot Vacuum fires up with an enthusiastic "Let's go!" before launching into the "Star Wars" theme as it crawls along your soon-to-be clean floor. Armed with a Full View 2.0 sensor, it tracks down dirt as doggedly as the real thing tracks down rebels, moving easily under couches and grabbing particles in corners that other, circular vacuums can't. It detects different surface types and can optimize its suction accordingly. It even responds to commands in an appropriately Imperial way ("Freeze" for stop, for instance).

At a discounted $372, it's the nerdiest way to keep your floors spotless. Read the rest

Learn coding today with this extensive bundle

Whether you're heading for a career as a web developer or designer, the road is wide open. Careers in tech won't be slowing down anytime soon, but it's important that you keep up. Enter the Complete Learn to Code Masterclass Bundle.

An invaluable resource for beginners or budding pros, the bundle teaches must-know development and programming tools in 9 courses. You'll cover essentials like C++, HTML and JavaScript and comprehensive classes even make PHP frameworks such as Laravel look easy. Dedicated classes tackle bleeding-edge tools like C# 7 and .NET from their basics to the latest features. And you'll learn how to get the most out of your data-crawling with Python. Git, Google Go - they're all here in a package that allows you access to more than 72 hours of real-world examples and tutorials.

For $39, it's all inclusive and a major discount from the price of the individual classes. Read the rest

This globe decanter serves up your spirits

Sipping on whiskey is already a sophisticated experience, but that doesn't mean you can't kick it up a notch. A perfect addition to your desk or home bar, the Eravino Whiskey Globe Decanter features a beautifully etched map on the surface and an eye-catching glass ship inside, bringing an entirely new level of class to your top shelf drinks. You can get it on sale today for $24.99.

This decanter can store up to 30 ounces of bourbon, whiskey, scotch, vodka or other spirits inside and comes with a tight-fitting glass knob to maintain freshness. The decanter makes for an impressive sight as your spirit's waves crash against the glass ship inside when you pour a drink, and you can easily place it anywhere thanks to the included hardwood stand.

The Eravino Whiskey Globe Decanter retails for $55.99, but you can get it on sale today for $24.99 in the Boing Boing Store. Read the rest

This DIY drone kit teaches you STEM skills

Gone are the days when you needed to pore over a 400-page physics textbook to learn about weight ratios, aerodynamics, and all of those other STEM concepts that let us take to the skies. Thanks to Force Flyers' DIY Building Block Drones, you can foster your STEM knowledge as you build and fly your own functional drone. You can get one on sale today for $42.99.

Compatible with your favorite toy building blocks, these DIY drone packs have you experiment with STEM concepts as you create and customize your own flying or driving machine. The drones boast a responsive 6-axis gyro, giving you enhanced control, and they're even capable of executing 360° stunt flips. Plus, with auto-stabilization and a durable ABS plastic construction, these kits are a safe pick for novice pilots.

Force Flyers' DIY Building Block Drone packs come in a variety of styles, like police, army, and firefighter, and they're all on sale today for $42.99 each. Read the rest

Build a career in IT with this MCSE certification training

As more companies leverage cloud technology to unite and streamline their operations, the need for capable IT pros increases. But, as any IT guru will tell you, demand alone won't get your foot in the door to this lucrative field. If you want to cash in on the demand and build a thriving IT career, you'll need to prove you have what it takes by certifying your skills. To this end, the Ultimate MCSE Certification Training Bundle can get you started, and it's on sale now for $49.

This 4-course collection covers the concepts and skills you'll need to master in order to ace the MCSA: Window Server 2016 and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification exams, major stepping stones to netting a high-level salary as a cloud professional. You'll develop skills in networking, remote access technologies, securing servers, and more as you prep to ace the requisite exams on your first try.

The Ultimate MCSE Certification Training Bundle usually retails for $1,196, but you can get it on sale today for $49. Read the rest

Start making iOS 12 apps with this developer bootcamp

iOS 12 is finally here, which means now is the best time for aspiring developers to throw their hats into the app development game. While app development can be tricky for some, you can take an intuitive, beginner-friendly approach to understanding app creation and Apple's latest iOS platform with the iOS 12 & Xcode 10 Bootcamp, which is on sale for $15.

Led by a bona fide development guru, this course skips the fluff you'd find in other training and uses hands-on projects to get you creating apps with Swift 4 and Xcode 10. The training boasts 12 hours of instruction and is designed to be taken over the course of ten days. As you progress through each module, you'll refine your skills with the dev tools of the trade and create projects, like a Bitcoin tracker, to-do list app, and more.

You can start your app development journey with the iOS 12 & Xcode 10 Bootcamp, on sale today for $15. Read the rest

Gear up for your holiday vacation with these travel hacks

It might still be September, but the holiday season will be here before you know it, which means now is the time to think about where you want to vacation to—and what to do once you get there. To this end, we've scoured the Web and tracked down a number of travel hacking ebooks, gadgets, and accessories you'll want to take on your next adventure; and they're all on sale today. Read on for details.

1. Lonely Planet Travel Hacker eBook Bundle

Featuring 24 guidebooks from the world's leading travel publisher, the Lonely Planet Travel Hacker eBook Bundle will help you get the most out of your next adventure. This collection is packed with complete travel guides to must-see locations in places like Japan, Iceland, and across the United States, as well as tips for travel writing, adventuring solo, and even exploring the world with your dog.

Buy now: $19.99

2. OMNIA TA502 Travel Adapter

Say hello to the world's smallest—and cleverest—travel adapter. Boasting a 5-in-1 interface that supports US/UK/EU/AU & USB-A standards, this ultra-compact charger can power your device up in over 150 countries. Simply slide the plugs into place and get a charge wherever your travels take you.

Buy now: $39.99

3. Paww WaveSound 3 Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Flying is arguably one of the toughest parts of traveling, especially when you're seated next to a crying baby for the entire flight. Engineered with a state-of-the-art CSR chipset and multiple microphones, these headphones can make your time in the sky more pleasant by tuning out distractions and putting out crisp, Bluetooth audio. Read the rest

This portable microscope camera magnifies objects up to 1,000x

The human eye is a beautiful, incredible thing, but it's far from perfect, especially when it comes to examining objects up close. Capable of magnifying objects up to 1,000 times, this portable microscope camera lets you see wonders hidden to your regular vision, and it's on sale today for $38.99.

Don't let its compact size fool you. While this camera is designed to be portable, it doesn't skimp on power. The camera can switch between 40x and 1,000x magnification levels with ease, letting you examine everything from the facets on your wedding ring to the intricate scales and patterns on a butterfly wing. It uses a dynamic image sensor and 8 super-bright white LED lights to create crisp, detailed images; and it even comes with a stabilizing stand so you can ensure you're taking quality images.

Whether you're looking for a new research tool or just something to take more stunning photos, this device has you covered. It normally retails for $129.99, but you can get it on sale today for $38.99. Read the rest

Pay what you want for 10 top Mac apps

There's no shortage of apps available for your Mac, and, while it's great to have options, this overabundance makes it difficult to find the apps worth installing on your computer. Thankfully, there's the Pay What You Want: The Ultimate Mac Bundle ft. 2Do to simplify the process, which boasts 10 of the best Mac apps out there for a price you get to choose.

Here's how the deal works: Simply pay what you want, and you'll instantly get one of the collection's 10 apps. Beat the average price paid, and you'll take the entire collection home for no extra charge.

This collection comes loaded with tools to help you get the most out of your Mac. Featured in the bundle is 2Do, a highly-rated task manager that helps you streamline your to-dos and get things done with color-coded lists, quick entries, and even location-based reminders. Inside the bundle, you'll also find Airy Youtube Downloader, RoboForm password manager, and much more.

Simply choose your price, and you can upgrade your Mac's potential with 10 top-tier apps from the Pay What You Want: The Ultimate Mac Bundle ft. 2Do. Read the rest

4 ways to upgrade to Bluetooth audio without buying AirPods

Sleek, minimalist, and convenient, Apple's AirPods are a popular pick for those looking to upgrade to Bluetooth audio, but not everyone can afford the hefty $160 price tag. Whether you're on a budget or just want something a little different, we've rounded up four pieces of audio gear that make for convenient Bluetooth listening, and they're all on sale today. Read on for details:

1. Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Some of us just want a pair of earbuds that won't dislodge from our ears when we're out and about. Ditching unnecessary buttons and bulk, the Touchwave earbuds are lightweight, comfortable, and even come with three different silicone ear tips to give you the perfect fit. What's more, the Touchwaves leverage CVC Noise Cancellation technology and total noise isolation from silicone ear tips to help you get the most from your music.

Buy now: $44.99 (55% off)

2. FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

With a six-hour battery life and water-resistant design, FRESHeBUDS are the perfect pick for those who want Bluetooth gear they can count on. In addition to their durable design, these earbuds are also magnetic, automatically pairing when you pull them apart and shutting off when you stick them back together.

Buy now: $29.95 (75% off)

3. 1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds

Combining cutting-edge Bluetooth 4.2 tech with a completely wireless design, these earbuds deliver top-notch audio quality while eliminating the hassle of dealing with wires. They're ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your ears, and each earbud contains a speaker, Bluetooth chip, battery, and mic, so they can work independently or paired. Read the rest

Charge three devices on the go with this portable battery

Our tech collections are growing, and with most of us packing more than just our smartphone in our everyday carry, keeping your devices energized when you're out and about isn't easy. Therein lies the value of this PowerUP 11,000mAh Triple USB Battery, which can power up to three devices on the go.

Boasting a massive 11,000mAh capacity, this portable battery packs enough juice to charge your devices several times over. It's engineered with grade-A cells for quick, reliable charging; and, thanks to its triple-USB port design, you can power up your phone while having enough room to charge a tablet and your friend's phone as well.

With a PowerUP 11,000mAh Triple USB Battery on your person, you can stop hunting for outlets when you're out and juice your devices without skipping a beat. While it normally retails for $79.99, you can get it in the Boing Boing Store today for $27.99, saving more than 60% off the usual price. Read the rest

Why you should build your sites with this Bootstrap theme bundle

There's money to be made building websites; but, whether you do it on the side or full-time, it can get dull and painfully tedious. However, there are resources out there to break up the monotony and make the experience much more enjoyable, like the Premium Bootstrap Theme Bundle.

Loaded with 26 Bootstrap templates and UI kits, 311 customized plug-ins, and much more, this massive bundle delivers an absolute treasure trove of assets to help you make sites that are more inspired and interactive. You can integrate thousands of custom design assets seamlessly into your workflow; and, with hundreds of example pages to reference, you'll have no issue discovering new sources of inspiration and creativity.

The Premium Bootstrap Theme Bundle is on sale in the Boing Boing Store for $49.99 today. Read the rest

Learn how to make professional videos in this 5-hour course

We live in an age dominated by video, and with little more than a camera and a computer, virtually anyone can make a living producing interesting video content. However, competition is stiff, so if you have aspirations of becoming a successful filmmaker or world-class YouTuber, you'll need to give yourself an edge. Breaking down the video creation process from start to finish, the Complete Filmmaker Guide can help you get ahead of the competition, and it's on sale for $14.99.

This 5-hour collection gives you a wall-to-wall look at the creative aspects of planning, shooting, and editing videos. From pre-production to editing, you'll familiarize yourself with the guidelines industry experts follow when creating video content. You'll explore production hacks for creating better videos regardless of your equipment, and you'll finish the training ready to capture, organize and create a rough edit.

The Complete Filmmaker Guide normally retails for $199.99, but it's available in the Boing Boing Store for $14.99 (92% off). Read the rest

Bizplan's tools help get your business idea funded faster

Coming up with a great business idea is one thing, but turning that idea into a calculated, fundable strategy is an entirely different—and much more difficult—endeavor. That's what inspired the enterprising minds at Bizplan to create a tool that streamlines the process, and premium lifetime subscriptions are on sale today for only $49, more than 90% off the usual price.

Bizplan allows you to break your business idea down into bite-sized pieces, so you can get your plan's ducks in a row without feeling overwhelmed. It lets you design your plan with drag-and-drop templates, monitor your finances in a single dashboard, and collaborate with investors and stakeholders using its sharing tools. Plus, Bizplan also integrates with popular tools, like Xero & QuickBooks, making for an even more seamless experience.

Lifetime subscriptions to Bizplan Premium usually retail for $2,940, but you can sign up in the Boing Boing Store for $49 today. Read the rest

This gaming mouse pad charges your phone while you play

You might not think much could be done to improve the humble mouse pad, but do a quick Google search, and you'll find options that are ultra-thin, pure metal, or even engineered with RGB lights. While the utility of a light-up mouse pad can be debated, the SwissTek Wireless Charging Mouse Pad is a sensible pick for any gamer looking to keep their phone juiced while they play; and it's on sale today for $21.

Pulling double duty as a mouse pad and charging solution, this 2-in-1 pad comes packed with a Qi-enabled wireless charger for your smartphone. Simply place your phone directly on the pad, and it'll start to charge while you play. It boasts built-in over-voltage, under-voltage, surge, and short-circuit protection, and its generous 11" x 9" size gives you plenty of space to maneuver without knocking your phone from the pad.

The SwissTek Wireless Charging Mouse Pad normally retails for $99.99, but it's available in the Boing Boing store for $21. Read the rest

Why you should build your brand with a .tech domain name

The web is vast, but real estate is limited even in this digital space. As such, there's a major saturation of .com domains online, preventing new players from getting their first choice domain name and ultimately forcing them to rename products or rebrand entirely just to build their digital footprint. However, choosing a .tech domain name for your brand can help you sidestep much of the saturation. You can register and use a .tech domain name for 10 years through Radix, all for $54.99.

With a myriad of unregistered domains available, adopting a .tech domain gives you a much better shot at getting that first choice name, and it puts you in the same space as industry giants, like Consumer Electronics Show and Intel, as well as freelance programmers, tech enthusiasts, and the like.

You can net a .tech domain through Radix and build your online presence without compromise for $54.99 in the Boing Boing Store. Read the rest

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