PSA: you may be overpaying for bundled iOS apps/games

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Apple began allowing developers to sell discounted bundles of their apps/games alongside the release of iOS 8. At face value, these bundles are a great way to save on a bunch of apps, but the numbers get a bit hazy (and less favorable) when you already have one or more of the bundled titles and are offered ‘Complete My Bundle’ pricing… Read more

Epson Expression XP-410 Small-in-One printer w/ AirPrint $35 shipped w/ .edu email address ($60 w/o)

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Best Buy offers the Epson Expression XP-410 Small-in-One printer with AirPrint capabilities for $59.99 shipped. Additionally, those with access to a .edu email account can save $25 off bringing the final price down to $34.99 shipped. This is a savings of $65 off the original price, and the lowest that we have ever seen for this printer. Over 1,700 Amazon customers rate this printer 4/5 stars, it is also Amazon’s best selling inkjet printer.

To qualify for the .edu savings you must head to this special promo page and submit your email address. Best Buy will then email you a special promo code to access the savings.

The Epson XP-410 features WiFi Direct printing (no network required), as well as AirPrint for iOS devices and has a 2.5-inch LCD touch screen.

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UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

Logitech UE Mini BoomVerizon wireless has the Logitech UE Mini Boom for only $79.99 shipped as their “Accessory of the Month” for all of October. That’s $20 off the regular price and the best offer we could find. We gave it rave reviews at 9to5mac giving its benefits over its predecessor:

So what’s different?

1. The whole internal structure has changed to optimize the type of sound the Ultimate Ears group wanted to provide.

2. It is both louder and crisper at higher volumes as well. It is another class…to quote Spinal Tap, they’ve gone to 11 and further. As you can see in the video – the sound of the Boom at 1/3 is what the Box didn’t hit until 2/3rd of the way.

3. It has the same pairing capabilities as the more expensive, full sized Ultimate Ears Boom speaker (see video) to make stereo sound and improve the volume some more. Left/Right sound separation are a big deal here.

4. The Bluetooth range has now increased up to 50 feet from 33 which is a result of improved antenna design and power. Interesting note: The second speaker can be even further because it pairs with the first speaker, not the phone.

The UE Boom lets you pair two devices at once (the speaker remembers the last eight connected devices). You can stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth from up to 50 feet away with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours. Read more

Google Chromecast $28 Prime shipped or less from Staples stores (Reg. $35) + free Hulu Plus/Google Play offers

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Update (10/16 7:50am): Groupon has official Google refurbished Chromecasts for $25 shipped again right now.

Amazon offers the Google Chromecast HDMI media streaming dongle for $28 with free shipping for Prime members and orders of $35 or more. Staples matches this price but you may be able to save more if you’re willing to trek out to your local store. Take advantage of this ‘EcoEasy bag’ promotion to save an additional 20%, which will net you a Chromecast for just $22.40. Ordering from Amazon or buying at Staples will also get you 2 free months of Hulu Plus ($16 value) as well as 3 free months of unlimited music from Google Play ($20 value since you can Chromecastalways get a free month).

The Chromecast wirelessly beams movies, music, web content and more from Android, iOS, Mac and PC devices to any HDTV via a WiFi connection. It supports Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Plex, Vevo and several other apps.

It’s the best selling item in Amazon’s ‘electronics’ product category with a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 56,382 reviewers.
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Memory Cards: Lexar 16GB microSDHC $10 (Reg $25), PNY 64GB microSDXC $24 Prime shipped, more

Lexar High-Performance microSDHC 600x 16GB UHS-I Mobile Flash Memory Card LSDMI16GBSBNA600RRakuten has the Lexar High Performance 16GB microSDHC for only $9.99 shipped. That’s 60% off the regular price, $8 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen.

It quickly captures, plays back, and transfers media files, including 1080p full-HD and 3D video. It has a read transfer speed up to 90MB/s (600x) and can store up to 4 hours of 1080p HD video; 12,900 photos; or 7,400 songs. It also comes with a high-speed USB 3.0 reader. You get a limited lifetime warranty for the microSDHC UHS-I card and 1-year limited warranty for USB 3.0 reader. It received 4.4/5 stars from Amazon customers with great reviews.

PNY 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 40MB:sec Flash Card (P-SDUX64U1-GE-A)Next up, is the PNY 64GB MicroSDXC Flash Card for only $23.38 Prime shipped from Amazon. That’s $30 off the list price and the lowest it has ever been sold for on Amazon.

With it you can store more photos and videos on your smartphone and tablet without running out of space. It can transfer up to 40MB/sec and it’s video rated so you can capture full HD video without interruption. It also includes a full-size SDHC adapter for use in all SDHC host devices such as digital cameras, camcorders and laptop PCs.

Here’s a few more notable storage solutions we found today:

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Samsung NX mini camera with 9mm lens: $250 (Reg. $449), Nikon 1 J3 camera with lens (refurb) : $179 shipped (Reg. $229)

Samsung NX Mini Mirrorless Digital Camera with 9mm Lens in whiteBuydig via eBay is offering the Samsung NX Mini Mirrorless Digital Camera with 9mm Lens in white for only $249.99 shipped. That’s $200 off the list price, $129 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen.

It features a 20.5MP BSI CMOS Sensor for “high-quality images and life like colors with crystal clear resolution.” It can also upload to social media sites and has a host of other smart features. It has built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and can also shoot 1080p HD video. Amazon customers gave it 4/5 stars with great reviews.

Nikon 1 J3 14.2MP Black Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR LensBuydig also has great prices on the refurbished Nikon 1 J3 Mirrorless Digital Camera as well as a couple of refurbished lenses when you enter the coupon code: CLMBS at checkout.

More great point and shoot options:

PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Silver Refurb: $72.99 (Drops in cart) shipped

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Urban Beatz ROCKBOX Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker $30 Prime shipped (orig. $100)

Urban Beatz ROCKBOX Portable Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Microphone : Speakerphone & 7 hour Battery (Black)Amazon has the Urban Beatz Rockbox Bluetooth speaker for $49.99. When you enter the coupon code: ZNXNZFFR $20 drops off the price making it only $29.99 Prime shipped. That’s $70 off the original list price and the lowest price we’ve seen in months for it.

With the Rockbox you can play your music and take calls wirelessly from up to 30 feet away. The extended rechargeable battery allows you to get up to 7 hours of continuous music on a single charge.

The Rockbox received 4.3/5 stars and great reviews from Amazon shoppers. Read more

Prime members will get 30 minute head start on some of Amazon’s best holiday deals

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We still have over 45 days to go until Black Friday in the US, but retailers are already starting to show their hand. Earlier today, Amazon officially kicked off the Black Friday deal season by announcing that Prime members will get 30-minute early access to select Lightning deals.

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This early access will make it much easier for Prime members to score some of Amazon’s hottest holiday deals. All eligible Lightning deals are labeled “Prime Early Access Deal.” Prime members will also have early access to fashion deals at MyHabit.com, which is a membership-only site that was founded by Amazon.

Amazon Prime is a $99/year membership that offers free 2-day shipping on more than 20 million products, unlimited movie/TV/music streaming, and access to more than 500,000 books. Students can sign up at a discounted rate and anyone can take advantage of a free 30-day trial.

Full PR, which includes a preview of upcoming Lightning deals, follows: Read more

Hootoo TripMate portable wireless travel router w/ 6000mAh power bank $36 shipped (Reg. $50), $15 w/o

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Sunvalleytek via Amazon offers the Hootoo TripMate wireless portable travel router w/ 6000mAh power bank (model HT-TM01) for $35.99 shipped, which is $15 better than its typical selling price. This versatile gadget allows you to convert wired networks into wireless, share files/stream movies from attached USB storage devices, and charge USB devices with the 6,000mAh built-in power bank. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from Amazon reviewers.

hootoo-tripmate-nanoThe Hootoo TripMate Nano is also on sale from sunvalleytek’s Amazon store. Marked down to $14.99 from $24.99, this pocket-sized travel router also creates a wireless network from a wired connection and can stream media files, but it lacks the power bank capabilities of the aforementioned TripMate. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Both of these devices make it easy to get your iOS or Android device on WiFi when you only have access to an Ethernet connection.

Use your savings to buy this 4-port USB 3.0/2.0 bus-powered hub for $9.99 Prime shipped with coupon code 48WN9ZYR.
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iTunes Gift Cards up to 15% off from Staples and Best Buy

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Save up to 15% on iTunes gift cards with two new weeklong promotions from Staples and Best Buy:

Staples offers greater savings, but the Best Buy promotion is more flexible allowing you to buy iTunes cards of multiple denominations, which is more helpful if you plan to give these as gifts.

Each card can be redeemed for music, movies, apps, books and more from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBook Store and all other Apple digital distribution stores.

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Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $50 shipped (orig. $130)

toshiba-1tb-canvio-connectAmazon offers the Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (model HDTC710XK3A1) in black for $49.99 with free shipping. That’s $80 below list and one of the best prices we’ve ever seen for any portable drive of this size. Also available from Best Buy’s eBay store and Best Buy direct. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,536 Amazon reviewers.

Features include:

  • Store your files in a centralized place next to your PC or Mac
  • Complete backup solution for protecting your digital memories
  • Files & folder backup & restore
  • Full system backup & recovery
  • Cloud-enabled backup
  • Schedule backups to run automatically
  • Secure your backups with password-protected data encryption.

Step up to the 2TB model for $89.99 shipped.

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Quick look: The BlueSYNC SPB is an All-in-One Bluetooth speaker w/ FM radio, 2200mAH Powerbank, and more

BlueSYNC_SPB speaker receiver FM radio batteryThe GoGroove BlueSYNC SPB combines all your favorite gadgets into one compact device. It’s a Bluetooth speaker, speaker phone, FM radio and 2200mAh rechargeable battery pack. You’ll feel like a kid again taking calls and listening to music as the controls are similar to those of a walkie-talkie or FM radio from years past. On top there’s an old-style volume dial that works to change stations in FM radio mode or to play/pause your music.

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