Groupon offers $12,500 visit to sunken Titanic

titanicGroupon is today offering the chance for a very wealthy individual to realize his sea exploration fantasies on a veritable budget, with a $12,500 trip to visit the sunken RMS Titanic via deep sea submersible. The offer, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Titanic’s voyage, has a reported retail value of $59,600, representing a 79 percent discount. It is only available to one buyer, with a midnight expiration. Nobody tell James Cameron.

Groupon has been struggling to keep its momentum lately, after announcing disappointing earnings in its first quarter as a publicly traded company. The 40 million dollar loss on increased revenue was seen by many as a sign that the daily deal business may be reaching the saturation point; in addressing those concerns, Groupon has been experimenting increasingly with alternative ways of marketing its offers, which represent the most popular daily deals on the web. Groupon Reserve, an invitation-only program featuring fashion items and other upscale offerings, was launched last October, and followed by Groupon VIP, a $30-per-year subscription service which is currently in trials.

Although the Titanic deal pokes fun at its own absurdity, offering the buyer a “once-in-a-lifetime package” including a Titanic “DVD signed by professional Leonardo DiCaprio impersonator Frank Lloyd Roberts,” it may in fact be serving as a test-bed for one-off deals aimed at affluent buyers. Websites such as Gilt and Jetsetter have found tremendous success in this area, and Groupon may be increasingly desperate to bolster its traditional revenue streams. Or, the joke may be on us: Groupon CEO Andrew Mason is widely regarded as a jester of the tech world, famously starting a rumor about himself that he owned over 20 cats. Mason has however visibly toned-down his public persona lately, looking increasingly like the picture of a multi-billion dollar CEO, after nearly blowing Groupon’s IPO by violating the SEC mandated “quiet period.” The Titanic package, in addition to deep sea exploration, includes round-trip airfare, meals, and a 13-day ocean voyage, care of Deep Ocean Expeditions. Joke or not, you can see it for yourself here.

Product Review

Philip Hue’s versatile outdoor light strip makes drab yards, holiday decor dazzle

Philips Hue fans can at last enjoy the brilliance of this weatherproof light strip, which offers simple, versatile positioning, a rich selection of 16 million color options, and bright, vibrant illumination.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in October, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Black Panther’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, subdued humor, or anything in between.
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.
Gaming

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.
Smart Home

Softly spoken interactions with Alexa now possible with new Whisper Mode

Amazon's Whisper Mode for Alexa has gone live, so now you can talk more softly to Alexa and it'll respond in kind. The feature will most likely come in handy around napping babies or for bed partners you don't want to wake.
Smart Home

Add some nature to your tech with Mui, a wood panel that’s also a smart display

Are you so immersed in technology that you long for a touch of nature in your home? You could get some potted plants -- or you could invest in Mui, a wood panel that is also an internet-connected smart display.
Smart Home

One in 10 smart home device owners report unresolved technical problems

According to a recent survey from Parks Associates, more than one in 10 consumers report they have experienced technical errors with their connected devices that have yet to be resolved.
Smart Home

New Nuimo Click gives one-touch control over smart home devices

Berlin-based technology company Senic has announced the Nuimo Click, a smart switch that harvests kinetic energy to power itself without the need for cables or batteries. The Nuimo Click will begin shipping in December.
Smart Home

SiriusXM, Amazon team up for two Echo Dot deals with freebies

Amazon and SiriusXM partnered on two joint promotions. New SiriusXM subscribers can receive a free Amazon Echo Dot. People who already own an Echo device can sign up for new SiriusXM subscription with the first three months free.
Emerging Tech

A Fitbit for your cat shit: Automatic litter box tracks your kitty’s health

It may look like a sci-fi teleportation chamber, but Footloose is a high-tech litter box that promises to be the most cutting-edge way for your kitty to take a dump. Here's how it works.
Smart Home

Angee’s security service switches from sales to subscriptions

Angee, a successful startup that raised nearly half a million dollars for its home security hub, has pivoted its business model to offer its home security platform as a subscription rather than a smart home product.
Emerging Tech

This 3D-printed house made of earth and rice husks costs less than an iPhone

Italian 3D-printing company WASP has just demonstrated the 3D printing of a hut structure using a combination of 3D-printed concrete and a mud-based material. All for around $1,000.
Deals

Protect yourself from germs with a discounted GermGuardian air purifier

Cold and flu season has arrived, and with it, all those nasty germs. If you're looking to protect yourself from airborne illnesses, this deeply discounted air purifier can help reduce germs, mold spores, and viruses lurking in the air.