Dan’s Gift Guide: low cost tech accessories you may have overlooked

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My favorite gift picks for this year include a couple smaller items that’ll complement your Apple setup, one to help you cut the cord and one to make you fall deeper into Apple fandom. Only one of my picks is priced just slightly north of $50, so any of them should be good for Secret Santa or stuffing some stockings.

Rather than pointing out this year’s obvious tech gift wins, I’ve gone with a handful of items that you probably overlooked and were most likely omitted from other gift guides you’ve read so far this year… Read more

Lionsgate offering The Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies for free to select Samsung users

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To celebrate the holiday season, Lionsgate is offering users of select Samsung devices free downloads of two popular movies. Users of the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 3 can download The Hunger Games movie (regularly $12.99) and its sequel Catching Fire (regularly $14.99) for totally free via the Lionsgate Android app.

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Logitech K830 illuminated wireless keyboard w/ touchpad: $60 shipped (Reg. $100)

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Best Buy offers the Logitech K830 illuminated living-room keyboard for $59.99 with free shipping. That’s 30% below the list price of $100 and the best deal we have ever seen by $10.

Released just a back in April, its illuminated keys make it easy to control wireless TV-connected Mac/PC or other USB-enabled TV/Media center wirelessly in dimly lit rooms. Other features include a built-in microUSB rechargeable battery, integrated touchpad, and customizable software. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars.

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Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked Membership, get 20% off all video games for 2-years: $30 shipped (70% off)

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Best Buy offers its 2-year Gamers Club Unlocked (GCU) Membership for $30 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, it carries a list price of $99.99 and this is the best dollar off discount we’ve ever seen. Usually Best Buy will only discount the GCU as part of a bundle. It’s a perfect gift for the gamer who has everything now, but is going to want more games in the near future.

GCU membership gives you 20% off all video games for two years, so it will more than pay for itself after buying three new releases at the typical retail price of $60. It’s great for avid gamers who want day 1 games at day 30 or day 60 prices, guaranteeing that you’ll never pay full retail for any game for two years. GCU also accrues points that lead to further discounts over time.

Full benefits include:

  • Get 20% off new video game software (physical software purchases)
  • 10% bonus trade-in credit on video game software trade-ins
  • 10% off pre-owned video games
  • Get 2x points on new video game software, digital content, and game accessories
  • Get 2 points for every dollar when you trade in games

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PlayStation 4 hits all-time price low of $329 in Walmart last-minute gift sale

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As part of its Last-Minute Gifts holiday promotion, Walmart today is offering the PlayStation 4 for $329.00, the lowest price yet for Sony’s top-selling game console, a savings of $70.99. The PS4 is a jet black model with a 500GB hard drive, DualShock 4 controller, and HDMI cable.

This PlayStation 4 price is $1 lower than eBay and Newegg’s one-day Black Friday deal, which has not been matched since then. Though sales tax will be charged in most states, the PS4 is available in stores for free pickup today if reserved through Walmart’s web site; shipping isn’t available for this console. The low price allows you to choose games of your choice rather than taking one of Sony’s previously-offered bundles. Our top bargain PS4 game picks are available here.

Daily Deals: Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone: $20, Garmin nüvi 5″ GPS: $96, 2-pack Bluetooth PS3 dual-shock controllers: $25, more

Every morning we search for the best Daily Deals using our Daily Deal finder tool and have them here for you bright and early at 9am ET/6am PT.

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T) $19.99 (orig. $99.99) | Amazon Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T)
Garmin nüvi 5″ Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps and Traffic $95.99 (orig. $169.99) | Electronics.Woot Garmin nüvi 65LMT 6.0%22 GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps & Traffic refurb
2-Pack Bluetooth Wireless Playstation 3 Dual-Shock Controllers $25 (orig. $45) | Daily Steals 2-Pack Bluetooth Wireless Playstation 3 Dual-Shock Controllers
Sony Blu-ray Disc Player with Built-in WiFi refurb $49.99 (orig. $89.99) | Groupon Sony Blu-ray Disc Player with Built-in WiFi (Refurbished)
HP ENVY 14″ Touchsmart Ultrabook Win8.1 refurb $599.99 + $5 shipping | Computers.Woot HP ENVY 14-K110NR 14%22 Touchsmart Ultrabook, 14%22 QHD+ Touchscreen IPS Display, Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB DDR3, 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD, HSPA+ WWAN, 802.11n, Bluetooth, Win8.1

Insignia 50″  LED  1080p  HDTV $349.99 (orig. $599.99) | Best Buy

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ZAGG ZAGGkeys Bluetooth Keyboard Cover for Apple iPad Mini with Backlit Keyboard $25 (orig. $99) | Daily Steals ZAGG ZAGGkeys Bluetooth Keyboard Cover for Apple iPad Mini with Backlit Keyboard, Dedicated Function Keys and Ultra-Slim Design
Rugged Bluetooth Speaker with One-touch Pairing, 30-Ft Wireless Range, Dedicated Control Buttons and Durable Design $10 (orig. $69) | Daily Steals Rugged Bluetooth Speaker with One-touch Pairing, 30-Ft Wireless Range, Dedicated Control Buttons and Durable Design

All these items are on sale until midnight only. So we will continue to curate the top 10 or so best deals we can find from our Daily Deal finder and have them on the site at 9am ET/6am PT.

Deals still alive from yesterday:

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Jared’s gift guide: The best media streamers to give for the holidays

Toys Guide 4Long gone are the days of a traditional movie renting experience. No longer do we have to travel for miles in the snow just to pick up a rental for movie night. Today we can scroll through the newest releases and watch them without leaving the couch. But if you’re like me, you still have people on your gift list stuck in the 1990’s, who are in desperate need of a digital wake up call.

Below, I have my favorite media streamers you still have time to give to people on your list.

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Nintendo announces Christmas Day arrival for Duck Hunt on Virtual Console

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Forget Destiny and Call of Duty. The best game you’ll fire up Christmas morning will be Duck Hunt.

Nintendo’s classic shooter will be available for download through Virtual Console on Wii U for $4.99 starting next Wednesday. Even though it won’t be compatible with the original NES Zapper (you’ll have to use the Wii remote), there’s no doubt it’ll still be crazy fun.duck-hunt-super-smash-bros

The Duck Hunt dog and one of the ducks (shown to the side) recently joined Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U. Just imagine if Nintendo goes all out and gives us a Duck Hunt Duo Amiibo?!

The original hit the shores of the US in October of 1985 before releasing nearly a year earlier in Japan. While receiving mediocre reception upon release, the game has since become a classic among gamers.
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Tomb Raider App Bundle for iOS brings all three titles to your iPad/iPhone for $5 (Reg. up to $11)

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Along with a host of other price drops on its Final Fantasy games for iOS, Square Enix is currently offering the entire Tomb Raider series of iOS series as a discounted holiday bundle on the App Store. Previously, Tomb Raider 1 and 2, plus Guardian of Light would cost $11 combined, however this new bundle drops the price down to $5 for all three games.

For more information on app bundles and getting the most for your money, check out our iOS bundle guide. As always, we’ve got the latest app and game deals each day for you.

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Games/Apps: Xbox One AC Unity bundle w/ $70 gift card $350 ($333 w/ REDcard), Final Fantasy iOS sale, many more

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Update (12/20 1:00pm): Amazon has matched the Target deal for a Xbox One AC: United bundle + $70 Amazon credit for $349.99 shipped.

Update (12/19 11:00am):

In today’s best game/apps deals, we have a number of Xbox One bundle deals today, some of which are the best we’ve seen since Black Friday. Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop all have the Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle w/ a $50 credit attached for $349.99 shipped. But Target appears to have the best deals today. You can grab the AC: Unity bundle for $349.99 w/ a $70 Target gift card attached + an extra 5% off (about $17 off).

If you’re looking for the Xbox One bundle with Kinect, Target once again has one of the better options at $449.99 + and extra 5% off with a REDcard, but you can also get that bundle at Best Buy today w/ a $50 GC attached as well. Another interesting option is Toys R Us which will throw in a free copy of Skylanders Trap Team for $449.99 but is only available in-store.

Head below for the rest of today’s huge list of iOS deals including Fantastical 2 from $3 (Reg. $5), Batman Arkham City Lockdown for $1 (Reg. $6), Secret of Mana for $4 (Reg. $9), CHRONO TRIGGER for $5 (Reg. $10), plus a massive Final Fantasy sale, Jellies!, Superman, Bastion, LEGO games and a many more….

Ongoing game deals/features:

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Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack for iOS, Android & Kindle $20 Prime shipped (orig. $75)

Skylanders-Trap-Team-console-iPadAmazon is offering the Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack for iOS, Android, & Fire OS for $29.99. While already matching the best Black Friday pricing at $30, use code TRAPTEAM10 to drop the total down to $19.99 with free Prime shipping (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. That’s $55 under the original listing, $10 below Black Friday pricing and the best price we have ever seen on the new tablet bundle.

The first Skylanders bundle designed specifically for tablets, it features the main game, the new Traptanium Portal to beam the characters into the game, a wireless game controller, 2 Skylanders figures, 2 traps, 1 collection tray, posters, stickers and more. Reviews are positive and Amazon customers rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Get the full Skylanders Trap Team console video gameplay experience on your tablet device! Now you can bring the Skylanders to life, defeat villains and trap them wherever you go using the ALL NEW Wireless Traptanium Portal and Wireless Game Controller that comes with the Tablet Starter Pack.

Stay locked to 9to5Toys this morning, as your complete daily game/app deal roundup is on its way shortly.

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ASUS 13″ Chromebook HD w/Gigabit WiFi, 32GB Storage/4GB RAM: $229 ($100 off)

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Amazon offers the ASUS Chromebook 13-Inch HD with Gigabit WiFi, 32GB Storage & 4GB RAM (Model B00JI9HISQ) for $229 with free shipping. That’s $100 off for this recently released double RAM and double local storage configuration. Features:

  • 10 Hours Incredible Battery Life.
  • Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi.
  • Intel Dual-Core 2.16 GHz Processor with 4 GB RAM.
  • 13.3″ HD LED Display. HD Webcam.
  • USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card Reader, & Bluetooth 4.0.
  • 32 GB local flash storage, 1TB Google Drive storage for 2 years (with recent offer).

OK with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and Green on White? $180 please.

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