Dan DeSilva

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January 31

Looking to smarten up your HDTV? Here’s a pair of deals that should fit the bill. First, Google’s 2nd generation Chromecast is available with a free $10 Gift Card from multiple retailers including Target, Best Buy and Staples. This streamer comes in at just $25 (nearly 30% off list) when you take into account the value of the gift card. It’s compatible with iOS/Android devices and features 802.11ac Wi-Fi plus Fast Play so you can beam videos to your big screen quicker than ever. Chromecast Audio is also eligible for this promotion.

Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote

Next up, Amazon offers its Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote for $39.99 shipped. That’s $10 below its regular price and within $5 of the best we’ve seen. Black Friday was the only other time streaming media player received a significant price drop. The standard version is on sale for $34.99 (Reg. $40). Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from more than 83,000 Amazon reviewers. Continue on for a full list of features and tech specs: expand full story

Update (2/4 10:40am): Discounted pricing now available at Amazon for every color.

Best Buy has the UE Roll Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker in multiple color combinations for $69.99 with free shipping. Prefer 2-day Prime shipping? Amazon has the Volcano (Black-ish/gray) color on sale for the same price. That’s $30 below its regular price and the lowest we’ve ever seen by $10. More than 230 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. In addition to being waterproof, it also features a Bluetooth range of up to 65-ft, an attachable bungee cord and smart functionality via a mobile app.

After spending some time with this speaker for a review, we had no problems including it on last year’s best of list. Here’s what stood out to us:

Overall, the UE Roll is a winner. I love that you can throw it in a bag for the weekend without having to bring a charger or a box to keep it from becoming crushed. I love that you can leave it outside in the rain or keep it near a pool without having to worry about it getting wet, stepped on, or hurt in any way. I also love that this is wearable anywhere from the shower to a camping trip or a bike ride right out of the box.

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January 29


While Apple has remained steadfast on its Lightning cable pricing, third party manufacturers have been cutting prices left and right over the past few months. At this point there’s no shortage of budget options on the market.

The key to finding a truly good deal on Lightning cables is to pick one that balances affordability and quality. In my opinion, Anker’s PowerLine cables check both of those boxes. I’ve been using the 10-ft version and appreciate how solid its Lightning connector feels compared to Apple’s offering. The added durability comes from its use of kevlar fiber, dual-layer sheathing and reinforced stress points.

Right now you can score the 6-ft Anker PowerLine Lightning cable in White or Space Gray for $9.99 Prime shipped on Amazon when you use coupon code Y4QNX8RS during checkout. As a pricing comparison, it regularly sells for $12 and today’s deal is only $2 more than our recent mention for the 3-ft version. Amazon reviewers rate it a near-perfect 4.9 out of 5 stars.

Looking to charge your Android smartphone/tablet, Bluetooth speaker or Kindle reader? Get a 3-Pack of Anker 3-ft PowerLine microUSB cables for just $6.99 Prime shipped when you enter coupon code D6SWG2EN during checkout. That’s 30% below the regular price of $9.99. expand full story

January 28


Update (1/28 11:40am): MobilePros1 also has iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular in all colors for $979.99 with free shipping. This model retails for $1,079.

MobilePros1 (97.9% positive feedback from 110,527 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s all-new iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi in Gold, Silver and Space Gray for $869.99 with free shipping. That’s $79.01 below retail and 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. expand full story


January 27

ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.5% positive feedback rating) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (model MJVM2LL/A) for $729.99 with free shipping. That’s $169.01 below retail, a match for the lowest we’ve seen and the first significant discount since Black Friday. Features and tech specs are as follows:

  • 1.6GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • 128GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

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January 26

It’s only been a few short months since the 4th generation Apple TV with Siri remote was released, but it’s already available in refurbished condition from Apple’s online store. The discounts are slight, but they are definitely better than paying full-price: 32GB is $129 (Reg. $149) and 64GB is $169 (Reg. $199). Apple’s refurbished products include a full one-year warranty and generally come in great condition. Just last week Apple began offering refurbished 12-inch MacBooks for the first time ever. expand full story

The Amazon Textbooks Store

Update (1/27 8:15am): The Kindle eBook Deal of the Day has expired.

In addition to rising tuition costs, students are also tasked with coughing up huge sums of money each semester for textbooks. Amazon is easing that burden just a bit by taking an extra $10 off book orders of $100 or more. Apply coupon code 2016WINTER during checkout to activate these savings. Don’t forget to recoup some of your previous expenses by trading in old textbooks.

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January 25


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