Dan DeSilva

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During the lead up to WWDC there was some optimism Apple would finally release a new external Display, but that hope quickly disappeared. Apple quelled all rumors last night when it announced plans to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display and recommended prospective buyers check out 3rd party options. There’s a chance Apple could release an all-new monitor at some point down the road, but given Apple’s recent shift away from professional products, it wouldn’t be surprising if we never see another display come out of Cupertino.

To that end, we’ve rounded up the best monitors available right now across all budgets for Mac users…

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LeBron James has been endorsing Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones for years and he just brought Cleveland its first major sports championship in more than 50 years. Coincidence? Most likely! But that doesn’t change the fact that they are still great looking and sounding headphones. Right now you can get them from Amazon in Red, Flash Blue (Active Collection), Shock Yellow (Active Collection) and Siren Red (Active Collection) on sale for $119.99 with free shipping. Alternatively, Best Buy also offers the same discounted price on a few additional colors like Black and White. As a price comparison, they carry a list price of $200 and usually sell for around $150.

I’m partial to the Shock Yellow model since it matches perfectly with most of the latest athletic fashion trends. These headphones feature wireless Bluetooth connectivity (up to 30-ft), 6-hour rechargeable battery, RemoteTalk, and are IPX4 sweat resistant. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars from more than 4,000 Amazon reviewers.

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June 21

Western Digital today released a new wireless storage device geared towards helping you get the most out of your mobile devices while on-the-go. The WD My Passport Wireless Pro adds a palpable level of refinement to its well-received predecessor. It’s speedier, more versatile and now packs a new feature that anyone with a mobile device will appreciate. Here’s a look at why it likely deserves a spot in your carry-on luggage or camera bag during your next trip…

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Anker is one of the best and most trusted iPhone accessory makers on the market. Right now you can save big on several of the company’s colorful Lightning cables, protective cases and more at Amazon. Anker’s 3-ft MFi Apple-certified Lightning Cable drops from $8.99 to $5.99 Prime shipped when you enter coupon code VY4252RH during checkout. The promotion applies to Blue, Pink, Green and Yellow colors. Most cable deals we see are typically for bland Black and White colors so this is a good chance to grab a cable that’ll match your case or personal style. Nearly 12,500 Amazon reviewers rate these cables 4.6 out of 5 stars. For those of you with an Android device, Anker’s 4-pack of 1-ft PowerLine Micro USB Cables are on sale for $7.99 Prime shipped after coupon code XH52F6XP. It typically sells for at least $10.

Another top deal from this sale is an Anker Bumper iPhone 6/s Case with Tempered Glass Screen Protector for just $6.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $10) after coupon code 4ICPL6RR for Gunmetal and ZFOHQRVQ for Silver. Just looking for a case? The Anker Bumper iPhone 6/s Case is only $4.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $8) with coupon code GQKJCB3Q for Gunmetal and GCP5TY8Z for Silver. Take your iPhone 6/s on your next run with Anker’s Sport Armband for $4.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $7) with coupon code YXPKUDXP.

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June 17

It’s no secret airlines love to work us over for every possible penny. You can take the apathetic approach and just hand over your hard-earned money or choose to do some research so you can afford a couple extra vacation margaritas.

One effective way to decrease travel costs is to avoid those pesky baggage fees. Instead of just packing your suitcase and hoping for the best, there are several ways you can minimize or even eliminate these additional costs. Continue on for an overview on how it’s done…

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June 8

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Aside from everyday deals and coupons, one of the best ways to save on all your purchases is to choose the correct payment method for your spending habits. Credit and debit cards often extend big signup and cash back offers, but high annual fees and misleading promo terms may offset any potential savings if you’re not careful.

While you probably get solicited on a weekly basis from American Express, Chase, Discover and others, Amazon’s lesser known Prime Store Card is a viable (and potentially more lucrative) option you should consider before jumping into bed with one of the big players

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Whether you’re looking to start a summer project around the house or still need a present for dad, Amazon’s current tool and home improvement promotions should fit the bill. The online mega-retailer is currently offering additional savings on products from Bosch, DEWALT, Makita, BLACK+DECKER, STANLEY, Gerber and others.

In most cases, you have to spend at least $50 or $100 on a specific brand to activate each deal (multiple item orders qualify). The best part is that these savings stack on top of Amazon’s already-low prices. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. All discounts are automatically taken during checkout. To browse the entire sale, click here.

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June 2

Going with a 128GB MacBook Air probably seemed like a good idea at the time. You were able to trim your upfront costs by a good margin, but now it’s likely you’ve found yourself struggling to free up enough space for software updates. Unless you’re comfortable performing surgery on your Mac, the best way to increase its storage is with Transcend’s JetDrive Lite Storage Expansion Card. The 256GB 13-inch MacBook Air (Late 2010 – Early 2015) version is now on sale at Amazon for $124.99 shipped, which is about $30 below its regular price and the best deal we’ve ever seen.

Just insert it into the SD card slot and you’re good to go. Unlike a traditional SD card, the JetDrive Lite sports a custom design so it sits flush with your Mac’s chassis. Use the extra space to offload large media files or even for Time Machine so you never miss another backup. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from nearly 600 Amazon reviewers. More details are as follows:

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May 31

(Update 6/2 11:15am): Guarantee Cellular (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 97.7% feedback rating from 111,271 respondents) via eBay Daily Deals has Apple’s 12.9-inch 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular in refurbished condition for $649.99 shipped. That’s $429.01 below list price and $150 better than the current deal (below) for it. Eligible for 30-day money back guarantee.

MobilePros1 (98% feedback rating from 119,717 respondents) via eBay offers Apple’s 12.9-inch 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and Cellular connectivity for $799.99 shipped. Available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. As a price comparison, Apple charges $1,079 for the same exact model and $799 for the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi configuration. To put that price analysis in perspective, you’re getting four times as much storage and the ability to use cellular data for a $1 premium. It features a 2732-by-2048 (264 ppi) Retina display, Smart Connector, Apple Pencil support, four speaker audio and more.

Use (some of) your savings to buy a highly-rated protective case with auto sleep/wake functionality for just $12 Prime shipped.

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May 25

Amazon has the Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth on sale for $119.97, but when you ‘clip’ the on-page coupon your final price will drop to just $99.97 shipped. That’s $50 below its regular price and a match for the lowest we’ve ever seen. Not only does it beam real-time feedback on your brush habits to your iOS or Android device, but it also features a pressure sensor and 6 unique modes to help keep your pearly whites shining. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from more than 1,500 Amazon reviewers.

Not ready to bring Bluetooth connectivity to your morning routine? Oral-B’s best-selling Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush is still a solid choice, especially while it’s on sale for $40 Prime shipped or get the perfectly capable Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush base model for under $20. 

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May 24

Amazon is now taking 20% off Samsung’s SmartThings home automation lineup. Today’s sale marks the return of all-time low prices we saw a few months ago.

The 2nd generation SmartThings Hub (rated 3.3 out of 5 stars) comes in at just $79 shipped, which is a fresh savings of $20. This gadget acts as your home’s brain, allowing you to control and monitor a variety of SmartThings sensors and outlets, plus compatible devices from D-Link, Philips, Kwikset, ecobee and others. You can buy the complete SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit for $119 shipped (Reg. $249).

As part of Amazon’s current offer, SmartThings add-ons are available for as low as $23.99 Prime shipped.

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Bose headphones and speakers are notorious for hardly ever going on sale. But right now Amazon has marked the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II down to $179 with free shipping, which is a fresh 10% discount and one of the lowest overall prices we’ve seen.

I bought this speaker as a present for my dad’s birthday about 6-months ago and he still raves about it every time I see him. Don’t trust my dad’s ears? We were so impressed with the original SoundLink Mini that we went as far as calling it the best sounding Bluetooth speaker ever.  The second generation model built on that greatness by adding microUSB charging and improving battery life (now 10 hours). We’re not the only ones who love this speaker. More than 1,600 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.7 out of 5 stars.

More Bose price drops at Amazon:

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May 22

The king of multi-room audio systems just became more affordable. Amazon is now offering a free gift card (up to $50) with the purchase of any SONOS product. Today’s sale is particularly noteworthy since SONOS speakers and home theater components are rarely discounted.

Our top pick is the SONOS PLAY:5 with a $50 Amazon gift card for $499 shipped (effective price for speaker $449). It’s the latest creation to come out of SONOS with a completely redesigned internal speaker system. It has six “smartly synchronized” drivers that work in conjunction with Trueplay for a sound “that’s true to the music.”

Like the rest of SONOS’ speaker lineup, it is controlled via the free iOS/Android app that provides access to Spotify, Pandora, and many more including Apple Music. On the back, you’ll find a 3.5mm input, which is perfect for streaming alternative sources like a turntable.

All deals are also available via SONOS, Best Buy and Crutchfield.

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May 20

Amazon is slashing prices for dozens of CamelBak products down to the lowest we’ve seen this year, including some of the most popular Hydration Packs. Today’s sale is a great opportunity to refresh your cycling or hiking gear ahead of summer.

Our favorite deal from the bunch is the CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack for $35.99 (Reg. $49). Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. It’s rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from 274 Amazon reviewers.

Other top deals include:

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Since today is National Streaming Day, I thought it’d be a good chance to share my story of how I finally cut the cord. To start, I would say that cutting the cord isn’t terribly easy. There are a variety of different services and devices to carefully consider. If you’re looking for a quick-fix then keep overpaying your cable company each month, full-time streaming likely isn’t for you.

Everyone’s TV watching habits and preferences are different so there isn’t a one-size fits all approach to cutting the cord, but hopefully my experiences will help you finally kick your money-grubbing cable provider to the curb…

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