Dan DeSilva

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July 7

Tracking down a secure, reliable Wi-Fi connection while traveling is no easy task, especially if you’re extra stingy like me and refuse to pay for it. You could add a tethering plan to your phone or lug around a separate hotspot, but both of those options can be costly and a bit of a hassle. This summer Boingo and Amazon are making it easy on you by offering 6-months of free Wi-Fi access for 2 devices.

Boingo hotspots can be found at airports, hotels, coffee shops and other locations across the country. You can use the tool on this page to pinpoint availability for a specific area. The only requirement for this promo is an Android smartphone or tablet with Amazon Underground installed (more info):

To take advantage of this limited offer, simply download the Boingo Wi-Finder app with the “Actually Free” sash from Amazon Underground on your Android phone and create a free Boingo account.

There are no ads to watch, no in-app upsell and no credit card required; just instant free access to Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots around the country. Select one of the options below to download from your Android phone and enjoy 6 months of free Wi-Fi. Device compatibility may vary.

For full promo redemption instructions and other details, click here.

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July 6

All Prime members (free trial) will be able to take part in Amazon’s Prime Day festivities, but it’s the savvy shoppers with an Amazon.com Visa Rewards card who will be able to secure some of the biggest overall discounts. Members are eligible for an additional $30 off any purchase (shipped and sold by Amazon.com, excluding gift cards) of $150 or more on Prime Day only.

Even better, new members who apply and are approved for the card prior to July 10th (full details below) will also receive a free $50 Amazon gift card as a sign up bonus. The combination of those offers yields $80 in free Amazon credit. Just keep in mind the extra Prime Day savings are only activated when you pay with your card. However, you can place a separate order the same day using your bonus gift card to knock $50 off another deal.

Existing members don’t need to do anything except wait patiently for Prime Day to arrive. In addition to the exclusive Prime Day offer, this no annual fee credit card also offers 3% back on all Amazon purchases every day of the year. Note: The Amazon Store Card does not qualify for this promotion, but cardholders will still receive 5% back on their Prime Day orders.

Here’s how new and existing members can take advantage of the $30 off $150 Prime Day offer:

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July 5

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July 1

Apple’s been shipping iPhones, iPads, and iPods plus a few accessories with Lightning connectors for nearly 4 years. By now you’ve probably amassed a trove of Lightning cables, especially if you keep up-to-date with all the latest deals. While you most likely have a couple super long options, I’d be willing to bet you don’t have an extra short cable in your arsenal. And that’s a shame, because a mini Lightning cable adds a significant layer of convenience to charging or syncing all of your Apple devices.

Continue on for a look at the best short Lightning cable’s currently on the market…

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June 30

After putting up huge, record-breaking sales figures last year, Amazon has announced the second annual Prime Day will be held on July 12th. The 1-day event will once again exclusively be open to Prime members so if you aren’t yet a member, make sure you signup for a free trial.

Amazon is promising more than 100,000 deals worldwide with fresh ones hitting as quickly as every 5 minutes. There will also be special offers just for customers who own an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap. Continue on for a look at how Amazon is planning to make Prime Day even bigger this year…

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June 29

MobilePros1 (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 98% feedback rating from 121,610 respondents) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular in Silver or Gold for $799.99 with free shipping plus potential tax benefits at the time of purchase for most buyers. Today’s deal is $279.01 below Apple’s asking price and a match of our previous mention. It features a 2732-by-2048 display, four speaker audio, Touch ID, Smart Connector and Apple Pencil compatibility.

Use a (very) small portion of your savings from today’s deal to buy a highly-rated protective case with auto sleep/lock functionality for as little as $10.99 Prime shipped.

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Amazon is currently offering a variety of movie purchases for just $4.99 each. And you know what? Nearly all of the eligible titles are actually pretty great. Most of them would cost you between $13 and $15 if you were to go through iTunes. Again, these are movie purchases, not just rentals. Amazon Video content can be watched on a bunch of streaming media players, game consoles, mobile devices (iOS/Android/Fire) and other gadgets. Here are all of the $5 flicks:

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ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.6% feedback rating from 27,750 respondents) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s recently released 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB (model MMGF2LL/A) for $799.99 with free shipping plus potential tax savings at the time of purchase for most buyers. It typically sells for $999 and has never been priced lower. This MacBook is a practical choice for students and most casual laptop users. Other features include two USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt 2, SDXC card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual microphones.

If you’re concerned about only having 128GB of storage, just remember you can add up to an additional 256GB at any time by leveraging the SDXC slot.

The smaller 11.6-inch MacBook Air is also on sale from ElectronicsValley. Get the latest 128GB model for $699.99 shipped (Reg. $899).

You can turn either one of these ultra-portable laptops into a full-blown desktop setup by putting your savings towards a big, Mac-friendly external monitor. Or to browse our current monitor deals, click here.

Looking for more power? Yesterday’s Retina MacBook Pro deal is still available.

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June 28

Amazon offers mophie’s juice pack reserve iPhone 6/s Battery Case for $39.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49. Today’s deal is $20 (33%) below the regular price and a match for the lowest we’ve ever tracked. Eligible colors include Blue, Black (temporarily backordered), Rose Gold and Purple. Also available via Best Buy. It features a slim design and built-in rechargeable 1840mAh lithium-ion polymer battery (about 60% extra charge). Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars from nearly 100 Amazon reviewers.

Also, if you’ve been lusting after mophie’s premium anodized aluminum Powerstation dual-USB power banks, the 15000mAh model just dropped to $99.99 shipped (Reg. $150).

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June 27

Amazon offers the latest Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd generation) for $199 with free shipping. That’s $50 (20%) off its regular going rate ($249) and just about the best you can expect to do on this high-profile gadget that rarely dips in price. Deal also available via other retailers including Best Buy, B&H, Target and Nest.

Despite some internal company upheaval, Nest continues to be the best smart thermostat you can buy. Not only does the Nest Learning Thermostat add a layer of convenience to your home, but it can also help you save “an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.” Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars from more than 4,600 Amazon reviewers.

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June 24

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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June 23

June 22

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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