Dan DeSilva

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Best Buy is now offering $100 discounts on Apple’s iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2. With iPad Air 3 seemingly around the corner, iPad mini 4 is by far the better buy in this sale. It was released just a few months ago and is a substantial upgrade over its predecessor. The 16GB Wi-Fi model drops to just $299.99, but I’d recommend getting at least 64GB ($399.99) if you plan on using it for anything beyond basic web browsing and email. iPad Air 2 starts at $399.99 during the sale. Target is matching Best Buy’s iPad Air 2 deal prices and will take an additional 5% off for REDcard holders.

Looking to go all out? Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is currently on sale for $700 shipped (Reg. $799).

While you’re at it, you might as well pickup an Apple Watch too while it’s $100 off. expand full story

Amazon is discounting a number of its Fire tablets and Kindle eReaders for Valentine’s Day. The standout deal from this promotion is the 7-inch Fire 8GB Wi-Fi for just $39.99 with free shipping. This tablet is a steal at its typical price of $50, but a 20% drop makes it a no-brainer. As a further pricing comparison, during Black Friday it was $34.99, which is the only other time we’ve seen it on sale. Amazon’s Fire tablet features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 (171 ppm), 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a pair (rear and front-facing) of cameras. Nearly 28,000 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.2 out of 5 stars. Other deals include:

These deals are also available via other retailers including Best BuyStaples and B&H.

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Target is now taking $100 off a variety of Apple Watch models. That drops the basic 38mm Apple Watch Sport down to just $249 with free shipping. Today’s deal is the first significant Apple Watch discount since the holidays. On the high-end, a 42mm Apple Watch (stainless steel) with Milanese Loop Band comes in at $599 (Reg. $699). REDcard holders can save an additional 5% on all sale prices. In-store pickup is available in some areas for models that are sold out online. Best Buy is running a similar offer, but its final prices are $0.99 more.

Apple is rumored to be hosting a product event on March 15. But it’s believed that the company is only planning to unveil fresh Apple Watch accessories, as opposed to a full-on second iteration of its Smartwatch.

Use your savings to score Twelve South’s HiRise Apple Watch dock while it’s on sale. expand full story

February 6

Apple is now giving away free downloads of Videoshop for iPhone and iPad. This app typically sells for $1.99 and has only gone free a couple of times since it launched in 2013. Nearly 39,000 App Store users rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Videoshop is an easy video editor with fast editing tools, filters and many other effects for personalizing your videos.

You’ll need to go through the Apple Store app (not the App Store!) to take advantage of this special promotion. Complete download instructions are as follows: expand full story

Smartwatches may be gaining in popularity, but traditional watches will never go out of style. Everyone should have a versatile timepiece for nights out, weekend adventures and formal events. Right now you can save an extra 20% on thousands of men’s and women’s watches from Amazon when you enter coupon code PREZDAY20 at checkout. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of $35+.

Our top pick from this sale is the Seiko Men’s SNK803 Seiko 5 Automatic Watch with Beige Canvas Strap for $46.23 shipped. That’s an additional savings of almost $12 and within a couple dollars of the best price we’ve ever tracked. It’s rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from more than 650 Amazon reviewers. Other can’t-miss deals include:

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ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.5% positive feedback from 24,345 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s iPad Pro 32GB Wi-Fi in Silver, Gold or Space Gray for $699.99 with free shipping. That’s $99.01 below its regular price and a match for the best deal we’ve seen since Target’s unprecedented Cyber Monday promotion.

iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch 2732 × 2048 Retina display and is the only tablet compatible with Apple Pencil.

Get the most out of your new iPad with Logitech’s CREATE Backlit Smart Connector Keyboard Case. expand full story

February 5

Twelve South makes some of the best looking and highest quality iPhone, iPad and Mac accessories on the market. Today you can buy some of their most popular items at all-time low prices from Amazon and TwelveSouth.com. Our favorite deal is the HiRise Apple Watch dock in black or silver for $42.99 with free shipping. That’s a savings of $7 (14%) off retail and the first discount we’ve ever seen. This brushed metal stand features a weighted base, Nightstand mode support plus “silicone accents and a leather landing pad” to protect your Apple Watch. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars from more than 1,400 Amazon reviewers.

Amazon also has Twelve South’s BookBook Leather iPhone 5/5s case in classic black for $19.99 Prime shipped, which is $40 off retail and within $5 of the best we’ve seen.

Twelve South offers a 14% discount via its online store for Valentine’s Day when you order any red item and enter coupon code MACLOVIN at checkout. expand full story


Update (2/5 2:00pm): All colors in Leather are now only eligible for in-store pickup (where available). The Apple iPhone 6 Plus Silicone Case is also on clearance — it’s priced at $17.99 (Orig. $40) and two colors (green and blue) are currently eligible for shipping.

Best Buy has genuine Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Cases on clearance for as low as $15.99. Free shipping is available for My Best Buy Elite members or on all orders of at least $35. In-store pickup is also an option if you refuse to pay for shipping. Today’s deal is $28 below list any by far the best deal we’ve seen from a trusted retailer. These are the older version cases originally designed for iPhone 6. An updated version was released alongside iPhone 6s with new colors. It’s rare to see such a significant discount on genuine Apple accessories. expand full story

February 4

TechMatte via Amazon is discounting several of its USB-C to USB-A cables — used for charging and syncing newer smart devices including the 12-inch MacBook, Chromebook Pixel and more. These cables have received high marks from Amazon reviewers and the seal of approval from trusted Google engineer Benson Leung. It’s important that you stick with trusted brands when it comes to USB-C cables or else you could have a big problem on your hands. Here’s the breakdown of deals:

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Amazon offers the latest version of its 35-Mile AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor 1080p HDTV Antenna for $19.99. All Prime members and orders of $35 or more are eligible for free shipping. Today’s deal marks the first time this highly-rated over-the-air HDTV antenna has budged from its regular price of $25. Your final price is even lower than the popular (now expired) deal for the less powerful Moho 30-Mile antenna from earlier this week.

Every cord cutter needs a solid antenna. It provides free access to dozens of HDTV channels including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and Fox. Availability is dependent on location, refer to the DTV reception maps to get an idea of which channels you should receive. This antenna is reversible and can be painted so it won’t stand out on any wall. Even if you do want to keep your cable TV service, it is nice to have an antenna as a backup in case your cable goes out during an important event like the Super Bowl. Or to plop a TV somewhere in your house that doesn’t have cable connection. expand full story


February 3

Amazon offers the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 Wireless Headphones Active Collection in multiple colors for $229.99 with free shipping. These headphones have generally remained at their list price ($300) since being released by Apple/Beats back in September. Today’s deal is within $5 of the best we’ve ever seen. Some older colors have been priced lower in the past and currently start at $219.99. The Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones feature Bluetooth connectivity, a foldable design and on-ear controls. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 632 Amazon reviewers. expand full story


February 2


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