Dan DeSilva

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ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.3% positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals has Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Sport Band for $519.99 with free shipping. This color combination originally sold for $599, but is no longer offered by Apple. It’s still available from Best Buy at full retail. Today’s deal represents the biggest price drop we’ve ever seen for any Apple Watch. Features include a heart rate sensor, iOS notifications, Digital Touch, and Apple Pay.

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PayPal’s official eBay store offers 20% off select iTunes Gift Cards:

Use this discounted iTunes credit to save on movies, apps, music, and more. With the holidays coming up, you may want to grab this deal as a gift. 20% is one of the strongest discounts that ever comes around for iTunes credit.

Gift cards will be emailed so you’ll be able to start downloading discounted iTunes media sooner rather than later: “In most cases, this will be within a few hours of purchase. However, in some cases it may take up to 24 hours.” US only. expand full story

October 9

October 8

Amazon is offering its Prime members a free 4-month subscription for up to 3 print magazines. Nearly two dozen top magazines are eligible for this promotion, including GQ, Wired, Health, Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, People, and Vanity Fair. Your subscriptions will automatically renew at a price of $12/year, but you can cancel anytime before your trial is over and you’ll receive a full refund. Expires October 14th or sooner if supplies are exhausted. Not a Prime member? Sign-up now to take advantage of this offer and lock in free 2-day shipping on millions of Amazon items. Full terms and conditions can be found below… expand full story

October 7

ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.2% positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (model MF840LL/A) for $1,279.99 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, this model regularly sells for $1,499 and today’s pricing is a match for the best we’ve ever seen. It features a 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina display, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi, and HDMI video output. Other tech specs include:

  • 2.7GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
  • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100

Use your savings to protect your new Mac with AppleCare: $199 (Reg. $249) via Amazon

The 128GB version of this laptop is also on sale. Get it for $1,080 shipped (Reg. $1,299)
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Microsoft unveiled a fresh lineup of Windows 10 devices yesterday during an event in New York City. Aside from demoing a new HoloLens game, Microsoft announced Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Band 2, and some Lumia phones. At this point HoloLens still isn’t available to the public, but the rest of these devices (except for the phones) are now available for pre-order.

The new Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop crossover has a slightly larger 12.3-inch screen than its predecessor and a lot more pixels (267 ppi). It is thinner, lighter and can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB solid-state drive. There’s also a redesigned Surface Pen and keyboard cover. Prices start at $899 with pre-orders now available from Amazon, Best Buy, and Microsoft.

Surface Book, Microsoft’s first laptop, has a 13.5-inch display with a pixel density of 267ppi and one of the most interesting hinge designs we’ve ever seen. The screen is actually removable so you can use it as a tablet. Other features include a backlit keyboard, Surface Pen support, and up to 12-hours of battery life on a single charge. Pre-orders are now live at Amazon, Best Buy, and Microsoft. It’ll cost you at least $1,499 to get a new Surface Book.

Microsoft’s Band 2 iOS/Android compatible wearable includes a curved OLED display and Cortana integration. Pre-order it now for $249.99 from Amazon, Best Buy, and Microsoft. The new Lumia 950 and 950 XL liquid-cooled Windows 10 smartphones double as a PC when hooked up with compatible peripherals. These new phone are still listed as ‘coming soon’ by Microsoft.

October 6

Not to be outdone by Apple, Amazon, or Google, Roku has announced its own new flagship streaming media player. The Roku 4 with 4K support looks like a flattened version of its predecessors and is brimming with power from its quad-core processor to its 802.11ac MIMO wireless. Not only does this set-top box have the potential to finally bring 4K mainstream, but it also includes a handy feature that’ll ensure you never lose your remote control again… expand full story

October 5

If your Wi-Fi constantly drops out or slows to a crawl when multiple devices connect to it, then it’s probably time for you to upgrade your network gear. We have a couple of deals that should help you boost your connection.

(Update 10/6 11:00am): Cable modem deal is available via Adorama

Amazon offers the TP-LINK DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (model TC-7610) for $49.99 with free shipping, which is $20 below its regular price and the lowest price we’ve seen by more than $5. With this cable modem you can stop paying your service provider a monthly rental fee, so you’ll save money in the long run. DOCSIS 3.0 technology enables it to push download/upload speeds of up to 343/143Mbps. It is compatible with Comcast, Time Warner, and Cablevision, although we recommend confirming with your service provider first. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 87 Amazon reviewers.

Next, Amazon has the TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router for $39.99 shipped. That’s $55 below list, $10 less than its regular price, and the best deal ever. This 802.11ac wireless router features 2 detachable antennas, full Gigabit wired connections, and guest network access. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars from 208 Amazon reviewers. Don’t need AC wireless? This TP-Link Wireless N Router is on sale for just $18.93 Prime shipped. expand full story

Amazon offers the JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Sweat Proof Headphones in Storm White for $89.99 with free shipping. That’s $40 better than its street price and the best deal we’ve seen by $20. There is a newer version of these headphones with modest upgrades that include foam ear tips and enhanced audio, but they’ll cost you twice as much.

With Bluetooth connectivity, the JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Headphones make a great addition to your Apple Watch or iPhone. Features include a battery life of up to 8-hours, hands-free calls, and over/under ear fit options. Includes a lifetime warranty against sweat. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars from 5,139 Amazon reviewers.

Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones-sale-01

Newegg Flash has the Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones in black for $79.95 shipped. That’s $100 under the original listing, $20 under Amazon, matching our previous low and the best we can find.

Designed specifically for use with iPhone (and other Apple devices), these headphones ship with an inline detachable remote/mic cable, padded headband, memory foam ear cushions, and the included carrying case. They ship with a 1 year warranty and have received a 4.3/5 star rating from over 630 Amazon customers. expand full story

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