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9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iMac $1,300, Samsung 50″ 4K UHDTV $639, iPad Bluetooth Keyboards $26, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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iOttie Car Mounts for iPhone/Android Devices: Easy One Touch 2 $13 (Reg. $20), w/ Qi Charger $40 (Reg. $55)

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Apple 21-inch Retina 4K iMac 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB (newest version): $1,300 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

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Smart 120Hz LED HDTVs: Samsung 50-inch 4K $639 (Reg. $950+), Sony 55-inch 1080p $700 (Reg. $800), more

Smart 4K 60Hz LED UHDTVs: Samsung 60-inch $949 (Reg. $1,200), LG 49-inch $499 (Reg. $600), more

Samsung 50-inch 4K 3D 120Hz Smart LED UHDTV w/ 4 HDMI inputs: $749 shipped (Reg. $1,400)

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Anker Bluetooth Keyboards for iPad Air/2, mini 3/2/1, more: $26 Prime shipped (Reg. up to $36)

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MacID for iOS: Unlock your Mac with your iPhone/Apple Watch for $1 (Reg. $4)

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Apple offers Day One 2 iOS journal app for free ($10 value)

App Store Free App of the Week: Motorsport Manager goes free for the first time ($2 value)

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Buy a refurbished Apple AirPort Express Wi-Fi router w/ 1-yr warranty for $49 shipped (Orig. $99)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Games/Apps: Hundreds $1, Bayonetta 2 $24, Sony Metal Gear PSN sale w/ titles from $5, freebies, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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Apple Watch 42mm Space Gray Milanese Loop Band + Aluminum Dock: $27 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)

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Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive $260 shipped (Orig. $470)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

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QWERKYWRITER is a mechanical Bluetooth keyboard that takes us back to simpler times

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Build an Alexa-enabled device using a Raspberry Pi

9to5Toys Last Call: Free App of the Week, Mophie iPhone 6/s battery case $75, Samsung 4K 55″ UHDTV $700, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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iPhone 6s cases from $1, iPad Air 2 Slim Case w/ Keyboard $12, more

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App Store Free App of the Week: Cut the Rope 2 goes free for the first time ($1 value)

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Mophie’s iPhone 6/s Juice Pack Air is smarter than Apple’s Smart Battery Case at $75 (Reg. $100)

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Smart 4K 60Hz UHDTVs: Samsung 55-inch $700 (Reg. $900+)more

Best Buy’s latest Apple sale is your best chance to score iPad, Mac, & Watch deals before Christmas: iPad Air 2 $125 off, iPad Air $100 off, iPad mini 4 $100 off, much more!

Best Buy makes a splash with the lowest Apple Watch prices ever, deals start at just $249

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$100 iTunes Physical Gift Card for $80 w/ free shipping (20% off)

Giveaway: SanDisk USB flash drives for iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Home Designer 3D for iOS/Mac goes free for the first time, GOLD version $1 (Reg. up to $10)

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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Save 25% on any book from Amazon — Humans of New York: Stories $12 Prime shipped (Reg. $16)

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Affinity Photo is Apple’s Mac App of the Year, download it now for $40 (Reg. $50)

The Room puzzle-mystery game for iOS goes free for the first time in two years (Reg. $1), more

Algoriddim’s djay 2 for iPhone is now available for free (Reg. $3)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

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De’Longhi launches new PrimaDonna Elite coffeemaker w/ iOS connectivity

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Top 10 holiday movies you can stream right now on Netflix

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Skip the holiday blues with these practical stocking stuffers

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Justin’s Holiday Gift Guide: speakers, Lightning mics, storage, pocket synths & more to up your home recording set-up

 

9to5Toys Last Call: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro $1,700 (or less), iPad Air 2 $349, LG 49″ Smart UHDTV $550, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

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Infento’s Constructible Rides are a K’NEX-like bicycle system that grows with your kid

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Apple 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (newest) 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB: $1,700 or $1,650 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,999)

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Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi up to $150 off (all colors): 16GB $349, 64GB $449, 128GB $549 (Reg. up to $699)

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LG 49-inch 60Hz Smart 4K UHDTV: $550 shipped (Reg. $800+)

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Giveaway: This is Ground’s Mod Laptop 2 is a road warrior’s dream bag, up to $499 value

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Review: Tile’s 2nd-gen Bluetooth tracker makes finding lost keys, dog, or iPhone easier than ever

More new gear from today:

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Games/Apps: FX Photo Studio goes free, PS4 Destiny Taken King bundle w/ MGS V $399, iOS freebiesmore

More deals still alive:

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The Mega Mac 2015 Bundle: 15 solid Apps including MacBooster 2, Disk Drill Pro & More $25 (Orig. $564)

MacUpdate Bundle: 10 apps including Toast 14, DevonThink, ExpanDrive, Boom, iMazing and more for $50
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App Store Free App of the Week: Shadowmatic puzzle game goes free for the first time ($3 value

New products & more:

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The all-in-one Bruvelo Coffeemaker hits Kickstarter with a lofty goal and slim design

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Tacos are the key to scoring one of Sony’s crazy limited edition Gold PlayStation 4 bundles

9to5Toys Last Call: Bose SoundTrue headphones $80, VIZIO 49″ 4K UHDTV $600, MFi Lightning cables, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals

Last Call Updates:

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Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air (early 2014) 1.7GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,249 shipped (Orig. $1,849)

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Bose SoundTrue on-ears in black $80 (Reg. $120), Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth 4.0 $60 (Reg. $100), much more

vizio-4k-uhdtv-dealVIZIO 49-inch 120Hz 4K LED Smart HDTV $600 (Reg. $720), 43-inch $548 or $528 w/ Prime (Reg. $599)

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MFi Apple-Certified Lightning Cables: 6-ft. Braided Nylon $9.50 (Reg. $14), 2-ft. Retractable $9 (Reg. $13), more

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15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid 2014) 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB: $1,749 shipped (Orig. $2,499)

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB: $1,100 shipped (Reg. $1,299)

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Back to school gift guide: essential tech gear every student should be using

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Giveaway: Jaybird’s new X2 Bluetooth earbuds are the ultimate workout counterpart ($180 value)

More new gear from today:

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Storage: WD 3TB portable HDD (multiple colors) $130 (Reg. $150), Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150 (Reg. $170+)

More deals still alive:

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PS4 Batman or Last of Us Bundle w/ 3 mo. PS Plus, Madden 16 & another game $399 ($500+ value)

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Get a free download of the AirPano Travel Book iOS app courtesy of Apple ($3 value)

New products & more:

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Samsung introduces new multi-room speakers alongside an improved Android and iOS app

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Sensel’s Morph is an ultra sensitive Force Touch Trackpad look-alike

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB $590, Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard $15, Seagate 5TB USB 3.0 HDD $110, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:
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Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB in Gold, Silver, or Space Gray for $590 shipped (Reg. $699)

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Amazon Gold Box – MEElectronics Air Fi Runaway Bluetooth Headphones in multiple colors: $35 Prime shipped (Reg. $60)

Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Wireless On-Ear Headphones in Titanium: $209 shipped (Orig. $380)

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VIZIO 43-inch 4K 120Hz Smart LED UHDTV: $500 shipped (Reg. $600)

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Jabra SOLEMATE Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker in black $60 shipped (Reg. $90+), more

Bluetooth speakers: Urge Basics Soundbrick $18 shipped, Liger waterproof shower speaker $10 shipped, more

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Tweetbot for Mac hits its lowest price ever: $10 (Reg. $13)

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iPhone 6/Plus $100 off w/ VZW or Sprint 2-yr contract: 16GB $100, 64GB $200, 128GB $300

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iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 128GB in Silver or Space Gray for $450 shipped (Reg. $599)

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Review: Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 Bluetooth speaker

Review: DODOcase Apple Watch Charging Stand

Review: SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick

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Giveaway: Grain Audio OEHP.01 Over-Ear Headphones are an ideal daily set of cans, $199 value

More new gear from today:

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ZAGG iPhone 6 Speaker Case w/ built-in Bluetooth speaker, battery and mic $60 shipped (Reg. $100)

More deals still alive:

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Spigen’s latest Apple Watch dock is made for watchOS 2 Nightstand mode, pre-order now for $12

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App Store Amazing Apps/Games for $1: Blek, Spider Man, Goat Sim, more

App Store Free App of the Week: Angry Birds Space ($1 value)

Pay what you want for the 7-course Web Hacker Bundle ($1,043 value, currently $6)

New products & more:

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Cusby adapters work like LEGO to let you build a custom USB-C hub

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ZNAPS gives any Lightning or microUSB charging cable a MagSafe-like connector

9to5Toys Last Call: top-of-the-line previous gen 11″ MacBook Air $1,000, Monoprice Action Camera $60, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

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11.6-inch MacBook Air (previous gen) 1.7GHZ/8GB/512GB + freebies: $1,000 shipped (Reg. $1,200+)

Monoprice MHD 2.0 1080p Action Camera: $60 shipped (Reg. $90)

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App Store Free App of the Week: Halftone 2 Comic Book Creator ($2 value)

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Amazon’s Treasure Truck brings daily deals to the streets

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Giveaway: Grovemade’s latest wooden creation provides a luxurious home for your Magic TrackPad

More new gear from today:

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Free McGraw-Hill educational iOS apps for your kids: Monster Squeeze, Beat the Computer, more (Reg. $2 ea.)

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Games/Apps: BioShock, Civ Rev 2 & XCOM go 50% off on iOS, Rayman Legends $20, iOS freebies, more

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Firebox’s new WTF section has a $236K Apple Watch and a full-size Delorean

Daily Deals: Canon Multifunction Laser Printer $95, Insignia 65-inch LED 1080p HDTV $700, more

More deals still alive:

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LG 49-inch 4K 60Hz Smart LED UHDTV: $600 shipped (Reg. $900)

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Verus iPhone 6/Plus cases in multiple styles & colors starting at $2 shipped

New products & more:

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LEGO unveils the highly detailed new Ferrari F40 Creator series set

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The Luzi Smart Lamp has Siri-like powers with charging options for Apple Watch

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E3:

9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech UE MINI BOOM $50, LG 49″ 4K UHDTV $600, iOS Free App of the Week, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

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Logitech UE MINI BOOM Wireless Portable Speaker (multiple colors) $50 shipped (Orig. $100)
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LG 49-inch 4K 60Hz Smart LED UHDTV: $600 shipped (Reg. $900)

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Headphones: Qy7 Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $30), Sennheiser HD439 $40 (Reg. $55+), more

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Amazon’s Treasure Truck brings daily deals to the streets

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Save $100 on Apple’s iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB in Gold or Silver: $399 shipped (Reg. $499)

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Giveaway: Grovemade’s latest wooden creation provides a luxurious home for your Magic TrackPad

More new gear from today:

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Games/Apps: Dragon Age Inquisition $30, Skylanders Trap Team Wii U $30, Jump Out free, more iOS freebies

More deals still alive:

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Verus iPhone 6/Plus cases in multiple styles & colors starting at $2 shipped

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HooToo Wireless N Travel Routers w/ file sharing 20% off: TripMate Nano $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $25), more

New products & more:

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Polaroid’s mini 1-inch 1080p action camera refreshed with Wi-Fi integration for iOS

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The Roost smart battery adds iOS notifications to your old smoke detectors for $35

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E3:

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 $250, LG 50″ 4K UHDTV $1299, Kensington lock $17, more

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Last Call Updates:

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Best Buy 2-Day Sale: iPad mini 2 $250, iMac from $1,000, Pebble Steel $170, much more

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HDTVs: LG 50″ WebOS 4K UHDTV $1,299 (Reg. $1,499), Haier 58″ 1080p 120Hz $629 (Reg. $749), more

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Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock $17 Prime shipped (orig. $40+)

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iTunes Free App of the Week: Dark Echo ($2 value)

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You’re going to want this $8 iPhone 6 armband if you plan to workout with Apple Watch

Exclusive: Incase 13-inch MacBook Air Hardshell Cases for $25 shipped (50% off)

More new gear from today:

Headphones: ATH-M50X Professional Over-Ears $129 (Reg. $169), Philips Over-Ears $63 (Reg. $75+)

  • New! Daily Deals: Motorola Moto G $160, Seagate Expansion 5TB External HDD $130, more
  • New! Games/Apps: The Order 1886 $40, Battlefield Hardline $54, Xbox One bundle $349, iOS freebies, more

More deals still alive:

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WD Elements 1TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $50 shipped (orig. $70)

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Apple extends deeper discounts to its refurbished store: AirPort Extreme $129, 13″ MacBook Air from $719, more

Apple laptops up to 25% off: MacBook Air from $750 w/ .edu, Pro w/ Retina display from $1,100 w/ .edu

Updated Apple TV pricing gets passed down as players refurbished by Apple hit a new low of $59

New products & more:

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Bosch’s new REAXX table saw uses advanced sensors to protect your hands and its blade

9to5Toys Last Call: LG 40″ 4K UHDTV $499, iPad Air 128GB LTE $529, Modern Combat 5 goes free, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

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Amazon Gold Box: LG 40-inch 4K 60Hz Smart UHD HDTV/Monitor: $499 shipped

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128GB iPad Air w/LTE (silver): $529 shipped, tax in NY (orig: $929)

Also Best Buy has some deals if you are quick.

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout for iOS goes free for the first time (Reg. $4+)

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Nomad launches two Apple Watch power accessories, save 22% on your preorder

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Thinking Apple Watch? Pebble’s original timepiece might be a better buy for iOS users

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Small States Review: Carved’s Live Edge iPhone 6 cases ensconce your device in one-of-a-kind raw wood, multiple giveaways

More new gear from today:

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RAVPower 10400mAh Power Bank w/ dual USB ports: $17 Prime shipped (Reg. $25)

More deals still alive:

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Caseology iPhone 6/Plus cases (multiple colors/styles) from $3 w/ free shipping

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iTunes Free App of the Week: 8bit Doves ($3 value)

Apple extends deeper discounts to its refurbished store: AirPort Extreme $129, 13″ MacBook Air from $719, more

Apple laptops up to 25% off: MacBook Air from $750 w/ .edu, Pro w/ Retina display from $1,100 w/ .edu

Updated Apple TV pricing gets passed down as players refurbished by Apple hit a new low of $59

New products & more:

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Sling TV hits Xbox One with free one month trial for Live users, additional channels announced

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6/Plus cases from $7, MacBook Air $199 off, Super Bowl HDTV deals, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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Amazon Gold Box – 30% off NuPro iPhone 6/Plus cases: multiple styles/colors from $7 Prime shipped

apple-macbook-air-2014Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air (newest version) 1.4Ghz/4GB/256GB: $1,000 ($199 off)

Apple 11.6-inch MacBook Air (mid 2013) 1.3GHz/4GB/256GB: $849 shipped (orig. $1,099)

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Supersize your Super Bowl with these HDTV deals

amazon-prime-adWatch Amazon’s hit TV show Transparent for free and save 27% on Prime

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Small States: Paper by FiftyThree pursues the new digital American Dream, multiple giveaways

More new deals:

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More deals still alive:

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New products/ongoing promos/info:

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9to5Toys Last Call: VIZIO 4K 50″ $800, JBL Lightning speaker/dock $109, 2,400 classic DOS games free, more

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VIZIO 50-inch 240Hz Smart LED 4K UHDTV $800 shipped (Reg. $1,000)

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JBL OnBeat Venue LT Bluetooth speaker w/ Lightning dock $109 shipped (orig. $240)

The Internet Archive steps up its game by offering nearly 2,400 MS-DOS classic titles for free

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CES 2015:

Samsung portable SSD T1: smaller than a business card + 100 times faster than a traditional HDD
DISH brings Sling TV with ESPN, TNT, TBS and more to a myriad of streaming devices for just $20

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Review: SmartThings offers an open and flexible home automation experience with a few caveats

More new deals:

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More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promos/info:

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9to5Toys Last Call: Adonit Jot Touch Bluetooth iPad stylus $50, MacBook stickers BOGO, affordable UHDTVs, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

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Adonit Jot Touch w/ Pixelpoint Bluetooth LE pressure sensitive stylus for iPad $50 (Reg. $100)

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MacBook/iPad stickers (multiple options) Buy One, Get One Free: $4 shipped (Reg. $40)

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Amazon flips the switch on free 4K streaming for Prime members, here are the 4K UHDTVs you want to watch it on

More new deals:

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More deals still alive:

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Holiday Gift Guides:

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New products/ongoing promos:

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Amazon won’t charge extra for 4K content on Prime Instant Video

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(Update: We may have gotten a bit too excited about this announcement. While Amazon hasn’t officially commented on the matter, you’ll likely need a UHDTV with HEVC decoding to watch Amazon’s 4K offerings.)

Its been said before, but 4K may finally be on the cusp of breaking through. Ultra high-definition TVs from major brands are dropping like crazy and Apple pushed out a 5K iMac just a few months ago. The hardware is there, but the content from a pricing and availability perspective is still lagging behind.

We took a step in the right direction when Netflix began offering 4K content, but quickly took a step back once we found out it came with strings attached.

Fast forward to this week. Amazon has promised there will not be any additional fees for Prime members for streaming 4K content. Before the end of this year anyone with a Prime account and a UHD display/TV will be able to gaze at Alpha House in beautiful 4K without forking over any additional cash. Selection will be extremely limited and filled with Amazon exclusives at first, but more titles will be continually added.

Of course, access to streaming 4K content is in addition to other Prime benefits like free 2-day shipping and unlimited photo storage. Sign up for a free Prime trial or student account.

 

 

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Post-PC era in full swing, as Sony exits PC business and Apple leads in combined devices

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Sony has confirmed earlier rumors that it is exiting the PC business, selling both its computer division and the VAIO brand to a Japanese investment fund which plans to use the brand only within Japan, at least initially.

Once the coolest laptop brand around, VAIO notebooks were admired even by Steve Jobs for their slim form factors and sleek designs, and it was to Sony that Apple turned for help in designing its early PowerBook models. Sony, however, failed to maintain its design momentum, and found itself increasingly overtaken by smaller companies.

We described yesterday how Sony in 2001 turned down an offer from Steve Jobs to run Mac OS on Vaio laptops.

Sony is also restructuring its TV business, announcing that it will be focusing much more on high-end models. Sony is the current market leader in 4K TVs, a market Apple is expected to enter.

The news coincides with a report by Canalys that if you measure PC and tablet sales as a single category, considering both to amount to personal computers, then Apple is the leading computer manufacturer, with a 19.5 percent market share – more than HP and Dell combined.

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Combining Macs and iPads, Apple sold just over 87 million personal computing devices last year (excluding iPhones).