The one place you want your internet service to work flawlessly is your home - especially if you work there. Sadly, we all know that spotty Wi-Fi is all too common, even with the best package. If you've lost crucial projects or had trouble streaming movies, NetSpot Home can not only show you why and where these internet gremlins attack but how to kick them out.
It's a troubleshooting tool for your connection that goes through your wireless network with a fine-toothed comb, letting you see where the "dead zones" are in your house with a visual map. It can further analyze your coverage for any location and help you set up the best hotspot for your needs. You can then monitor your setup with accurate speed tests, and even set up multiple access points and organize them by SSID, vendor or security level. No matter what you've been running on, NetSpot Home can likely make it better.
Right now, a lifetime license to NetSpot Home is $19 - a 72% cut off the list price. Read the rest
Big companies need to manage big stacks of data, and the language they use to access and manipulate it is SQL. If you want to make a career of IT, you'll need to master SQL like a native tongue to get started in the lucrative field of database management. With more than 120 hours of lessons and examples, the Complete Microsoft & Oracle SQL Certification Bundle is the surest way to do it.
In 11 courses, this learning package covers everything you need to walk confidently into those server stacks in both Microsoft and Oracle platforms. You'll get a solid foundation in SQL, starting with a walkthrough doing basic queries and functions. Once you've mastered that, you'll quickly move on to learn the skills that set you apart from the IT herd: Developing data models and business intelligence infrastructure, designing and maintaining a database warehouse, safeguarding it against internal and external threats. You'll get prepared to take certification exams in all of the above and more by the time you complete the course package.
Right now, you can pick up the Complete Microsoft & Oracle SQL Certification Bundle for $39. Read the rest
Ever heard of Agile? If you're on the ground floor of any big corporate project, it's more than likely you have. Agile is the methodology that major companies use to tackle big projects. And if you're looking to make yourself invaluable, a certification in Agile is what you need to lead that project development team. Packed with info for any level of experience, the Agile Expert Project Management Bundle is a direct path to that know-how.
This online training course contains more than 50 hours of training and exercises, with a certification waiting for budding Agile practitioners at the end. It starts with a comprehensive primer on the overall Agile framework, plus the system known as Scrum that allows you to implement it by laying out group roles and targeting goals. From there, you'll be able to learn how additional methodologies such as Kanban and Lean fit into the overall scheme and get a bird's eye view of the whole process that will allow you to take any project across the finish line quickly and efficiently.
Pick up the Agile Expert Project Management Bundle for $39 today. Read the rest
When wireless earbuds first came on the scene, they seemed too good to be true. And in a lot of ways, they were. For a while, going wireless meant you had to sacrifice a little sound quality at best and suffered spotty connection at worst. Luckily, times have changed. Today, models like the Brio True Wireless Earbuds are packing that promised convenience with solid sound and connectivity, and better battery life to boot.
Bluetooth 5.0 capacity means the Brio buds stay connected consistently up to 65 feet away. Thanks to the 6.2 mm carbon nanotube drivers, the sound is as crisp and the range as wide as most any wired earbuds. The battery life is a particular highlight here, with the Brios able to hold 8 hours of listening time on a single charge (50 hours with a portable charging case). For the record, that beats the already impressive staying power of Samsung's significantly more expensive Galaxy buds - by a wide margin. And if that marathon listening session involves an actual marathon, you'll be happy to know they have IP67-rated waterproofing.
The Brio True Wireless Earbuds are 56% off today at $64.99. Read the rest
Python has quickly become the go-to programming language for coders working on big projects, and for good reason. It excels in automation, making any task easier and helping companies realize high-level concepts like AI. People who can wrangle Python into those areas are in high demand, and the easiest way to learn the upper echelons of Python's potential is the Python Master Class Bundle.
Overall, this 10-course online package contains 58 hours of lectures and lessons. And while it starts at a beginner's walk-through, there are plenty of deep dives into Python's sexier applications. You'll learn how to use it in tandem with Flask for web development, and build your own games with the PyGame module. There are sections on graphing and data analysis, web programming, data mining - even an exhaustive course on machine learning.
Separately, these courses add up to $1066, but there's a special Pay What You Want deal for the Python Master Class Bundle - just bid and beat the average price to take home all 10 courses, but all bids come away with something. Read the rest
We've all got our favorite ways to hack our luggage. Who hasn't performed innumerable wrestling moves on their carry-on bag, trying to squish the clothes inside down to a size that will fit? If that routine is getting old, it might be time to let the Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit take the sweat out of the operation. Thanks to this simple, portable gadget, you can reduce the size of your clothes and other soft goods by up to 70%.
The concept, like all good ideas, is simple: The kit comes with four bags (Two 23" x 15", two 27" x 19") equipped with an airtight zipper and a valve. Load them up with clothes, blankets, pillows or other cloth goods and attach the accompanying vacuum unit. Instantly, it sucks the air out of the bag, effectively shrink-wrapping your clothes and leaving a flat, neat sack that's a fraction of its former size. Not only will it be smaller, but it will be much fresher at the other end of the trip since no oxygen means no mildew or moisture.
Right now, you can pick up the Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit for $29, a drop from its former price of $39 and 58% off the original MSRP. Read the rest
There are bags you keep around for a status symbol, whether because of a brand name or the way they match your clothes. Then there are those pieces of luggage that stick around, destined to go on everyday trips and passed down to your kids for their own adventures. These Kodiak bags are firmly in the latter camp - but as a bonus, it just so happens that well-designed leather goes with just about any outfit.
Exhibit A: This Kodiak Leather Weekender Duffel Bag.
The veg tanned, top grain leather here is every bit as authentic as it looks, and the built-in handles and shoulder strap are sewn to last. The pockets are well thought out, with two exterior pockets on the 30L model and four on the larger 60L version - two with magnet latches, one with a zipper and a separate container just for shoes. Inside, there are specially-sized hideaways for business or credit cards, pens, and an iPad.
The Kodiak Leather Weekender Duffel Bag in Antique Brown comes in size 30L for $269 or 60L for $399 - both 20% off the MSRP.
For more casual day trips or everyday use, Kodiak makes an Augustine Duffel in Tan.
This one sports the same handmade, rugged design and leather accents, while the main exterior is waxed canvas. It's got an easy-access magnetic exterior pouch, plus a zippered side pocket.
The Kodiak Augustine Duffel in Tan is also on sale at $149, a 14% drop off the list price. Read the rest
If you're going to pursue a career in graphic design, videography or web development, there are some essential tools you need to have - and all of them are included in the Adobe Creative Cloud. And whether you need to brush up on Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign - or are a beginner to them all - your new designer's bible will be the Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle.
In 12 different courses, this series covers all the big software tentpoles of the Adobe CC suite. You'll get a rundown on how to fine-tune your images in Photoshop and bring your own graphics to life in Illustrator and Adobe After Effects. Comprehensive beginner and master classes for InDesign show you how to put those images on any page, web or print. Videographers will get the most out of walkthroughs for Premiere Pro, and a course on Adobe XD gives the foundation for UI/UX web design.
The grand total for all these courses separately would be well over $2500, but there a new "pay what you want" offer for the Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle. Make a bid, and take home some or all of the package. Read the rest
Got a vision to put on film? The Film & Cinematography Mastery Bundle shows you how to put it there, with classes covering gear, lighting, production - even marketing.
Even in this age of indie cinema, filmmaking can seem like an exclusive world for the chosen few. But with the right eye - and the right training - it can be more accessible than you think. In three courses spanning more than 7 hours of training and examples, you'll learn the basics of most aspects of the business, with a focus on that crucial time behind the camera. A class on production gives a primer on gear but also teaches techniques that will let you shoot great video with equipment you already have. The cinematography section brings expert-level tips about lighting and staging, and a comprehensive filmmaking course touches on how to write, cast, market and distribute your finished movie.
Right now, you can pick up lifetime access to the Film & Cinematography Mastery Bundle for $29 - a 95% discount off the list price. Read the rest
If you're into tech at all, you should definitely consider unleashing your inner tinkerer on a Raspberry Pi board. If you're intimidated, don't be. It's a statistical probability that people half your age have created cooler things than you can imagine with the versatile kit. Not sure where to start? The Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Course Bundle is a good bet.
Put together with the curious newbie in mind, this package includes the essentials: A Raspberry Pi 3B+ board, plus TF card and 37 sensor modules. What you do with it from there is virtually limitless, but the three online courses give you some good jumping off points. The first lesson lets you build a retro gaming system from scratch, and from there you can explore how your kit can interact with Amazon Alexa to voice-control nearly anything in your house.
It's a ton of hacks for STEM's new favorite resource, currently on sale for nearly 70% off the list price. Pick up the Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit & Course Bundle for $139.99 today. Read the rest
Are you super organized? You're going to love the Genius Pack G4 and its seemingly limitless, well-placed compartments. Not that organized? You're still going to love this piece of luggage because it's so well thought out that it practically does the packing for you.
We've all tried to stuff a piece of carry-on so full that it practically becomes a black hole. That practice becomes almost effortless with the Genius Pack, which not only boasts a separate compartment for dirty clothes but an air valve to vacuum-seal the contents. And that's only for starters: This thing has labeled, tidy spaces for chargers, socks, toiletries - even an umbrella. If you still need more room, an accordion-like zipper space expands it by 25%, and you can tote your jacket or personal bag outside with a handy strap. Made of high-strength nylon, it's sturdy enough to handle whatever you stuff into it, and the 360-degree spinning wheels are a nice touch.
Right now, you can pick up the Genius Pack G4 Carry-On Spinner Case for $179 - a full 39% off the MSRP. Read the rest
Despite government legislation and improving caller ID technology, robocalls and scam artists are rampant on the phone lines - up to 35 billion a year in the US alone. They can be annoying at best and a financial threat at worst, but there's a way to take security into your own hands. One good example of the recent rise in call-filtering apps is Call Control, which has been racking up kudos from NBC News and Fox Business - as well as consumers on the App Store and Google Play.
Not only does this app feature a list of automatically blocked numbers from a CommunityIQ database, but the enhanced caller ID detailed information so you can distinguish between genuine government entities and the scammers that pose as them. Easily block numbers, look up unknown numbers with reverse lookup, even set "quiet hours" that silence your phone from all calls during a designated time. It's a simple and reliable way to take back your number.
Right now, a one-year subscription to Call Control Premium is 33% off at $19.99. Read the rest
If you're a Mac user, you thrive on simplicity. Everything in its place and a place for everything. Unsurprisingly, there's a ton of great organizational apps out there for Mac, and now someone's had the great idea to bundle them all together. Whether you're running a demanding business or just getting through the day to day grind, it's likely you're going to find something to love in the Epic Mac Bundle Ft. Fantastical 2 & PDF Expert. If you're not familiar with the primary time-savers on this eight-app roundup, here are a few highlights:
Integration is the key to this calendar app. It uses natural language to let you easily create new events and invite contacts in a single stroke. Intuitively, it can also merge duplicate events across any other calendars you might have and set reminders - complete with directions - to any event on your schedule.
The beauty of PDFs is in their simplicity, but things can quickly turn ugly when you need to modify those crucial documents. PDF Expert is an effective workaround for that, allowing users to easily edit text or images in any PDF doc. You can also merge PDFs or read large files with an innovative viewing system - even share them remotely across iPad, iPhone or Mac. Annotation and form filling options abound, all user-friendly.
The ultimate task manager, this program corrals all your tasks for the day, week or month into an interactive flowchart. With a simple click on a tab, you can stay on track with ongoing projects and schedule new ones, then send that info out to an integrated contact list that can also collaborate and update items through the app. Read the rest
Seems like drones are doing a lot of jobs these days, from reconnaissance to delivery. Now, we can add "keeping the Death Star safe" to that list. Whether you're a drone enthusiast or a Star Wars fan, these Star Wars Propel Drones are undeniably the coolest toy around.
Yes, that's a fully functional drone replica of Darth Vader's Advanced X1 Tie Fighter. Fire up the controller and it takes off into the sky at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, lifted by reverse propulsion technology. That means the rotors are on the bottom of the craft instead of the top, spinning invisibly to complete the "starfighter" illusion and - thanks to some engineering - allowing the craft to pull off some nifty stunts with the push of a button. With the help of a companion app, you can take on challenge missions or even "dogfight" with other Star Wars drones.
Take your pick from replicas of the Tie Advanced X1, T-65 X-Wing or 74-Z Speeder Bike. The Star Wars Propel Drone: Collector's Edition is currently on sale for $49.99 - a 66% discount off the MSRP. Read the rest
It's spring clearance time for the Boing Boing Store, when some of the best deals from the holidays return even cheaper than before. From top-rated apps to educational software to the cutest record player of all time, they're all back with a little extra incentive. Shop your heart out before tax season wraps up! Use the code MADNESS15 to take an additional 15% off!
TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Combine 40mm neodymium-backed speakers with T-Quiet™ noise-cancelling tech and you get a seriously immersive pair of headphones. Even better, they come with 35-hour battery life, so you can soundtrack even the longest bus trip or workout. The TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones are already sale priced at $78.99 (down from their previous price of $149.99) but you can take an extra 15% off with the online code MADNESS15.
Pianoforall: The New Way To Learn Piano & Keyboard
Designed to teach keyboards to even the most distractible, Pianoforall will have you playing rhythm piano hits from Billy Joel and Norah Jones in the first few lessons. And while you're doing that, you'll be learning the music theory fundamentals that will let you play chords, inversions and more in the lessons to come. Previously priced at $29.99 (down from $199.99), Pianoforall is now $10.99 - and you can take an additional 15% off with the online code MADNESS15.
CBD Gummies 500mg
A great way to see what the CBD craze is about, these tart gummies are infused with US-grown hemp isolate. The cannabidiol contained within can help with a range of issues including pain, sleep deprivation, and general stress. Read the rest
Big companies want automation on a big scale. Doing that means diving into the tricky world of machine learning and data science. And no matter what platform you'll be implementing it on, you can learn how with the Machine Learning & Data Science Certification Training Bundle.
In 48 hours and through eight courses, this bundle teaches the structure and specifics behind large-scale data manipulation. You'll get plenty of background on how to build data visualizations and analysis tools in Python, then use programs like Tensorflow and Keras to put them to work for deep learning. There are also courses dedicated to R and its ability to wrangle data into neural networks through tools like h2o and MXNET. The bundle will get you up to speed on packages like Numpy, Pandas, and Madplotlib in no time, and by the end of the 48 hours of lectures and exercise, you'll be certified in a range of resume-building techniques.
Right now, you can pick up the Machine Learning & Data Science Certification Training Bundle for $35. Read the rest
Big systems need tight security - and the experts who can implement it. Cisco Networking Systems are the go-to providers for network infrastructure, but maintaining it takes a lot of up-to-date knowledge. If you want that knowledge right from the source, there's an online course that can get you certified painlessly: The Foundational Cisco CCNA Security Bundle.
In three comprehensive courses totaling 53 hours, you'll get the foundation that will not only allow you to install Cisco networking systems but maintain them in the face of today's cyber-threats. You'll learn the ins and outs of IPv4 and IPv6 networks, from the basics like LAN and router configuration to spanning tree and dynamic routing protocols. You'll then move on to the final lesson, which teaches how to deploy firewalls and other basic security measures - and how to route things in case of a breach. By the end, you'll be ready to ace the related exams and become a Cisco Certified Network Associate.
Lifetime access to the Foundational Cisco CCNA Security Bundle is now $29. Read the rest