Amazon Kindle HD6 color tablet will be $79, HD 7 $109, Kindle readers start at $49 shipped

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Update (11/26 11:50pm): All of the below deals are now live on Amazon

We just got the down low on Amazon’s headliner Black Friday deals which begin tonight at midnight Pacific time. Headlining the bunch will be the Kindle Fire HD 6 which is $20 off yielding a price of $79 shipped.  That’s the lowest price by far on any name brand tablet from a reputable manufacturer/retailer. It features a fast quad-core processor, front and rear-facing cameras, five colors options and a 6-inch 1280×800 display.

Note that you can save an additional $40 if you buy the $99 Prime with purchase (no brainer if you don’t already have it).

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Amazon jumped the gun and is already offering the HD7 for $109 shipped which is the lowest price we’ve ever seen it.

All of Amazon’s biggest kindle deals:

Head back here at Midnight PT or 3am ET for these deals which will surely expire before their terms are up.

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Top 10 kids’ toys of 2014 per early Google Search data

Google is giving Ol’ St. Nicholas a run for his money this holiday season because it ALSO knows what people want for the holidays. Rather than getting mail in the North Pole however, Google gets its data via its popular search engine. In data from its Trends platform, it has determined the top trending toys, devices and apparel searches on Google Shopping. An overview from the Commerce blog:

  • Game consoles and tablets continue to be the top gifts trending on Google Shopping, but wearable technology such as the “fitbit” is also on the rise this month.
  • Certain retro toys are making a comeback this season. Thanks to the new movie “Ouija,” searches for “Ouija boards” are up 300% since October. And queries for “Barbie Dream House” and “My Little Pony” are up as well compared to last month. 6
  • Cold-weather staples, such as “Hunter boots” and “Canada Goose jackets,” are among the most popular apparel searches, up 46% and 140%, respectively, since October. But “jogger pants” are the newcomer gift this season, up 39% from October. 7

Top-10-Christmas-presents-2014But the most important data they pulled, especially if you are a clueless father like myself, is the top 10 Kids’ gifts list. Without further ado, in order:

1. American Girl

2. My Little Pony

3. Paw Patrol

4. Lego Friends

5. Ouija Board

6. Peppa Pig

7. Shopkins

8. Nerf Guns

9. Barbie Dream House

10. Zoomer Dino

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The best Mac Black Friday deals that we’ve seen so far this week

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Black Friday always offers a wide variety of discounts on a number of products, but so far this year its been slim for consumers looking for a new Mac. We have confirmed some deals from Best Buy, but they are not offering a wide variety of configurations, and have tax implications depending on your state.

Adorama and B&H Photo are both offering discounts on most Mac models this week, we’ve already spotted a nice price drop on an iMac with Retina 5K display + AppleCare from Adorama.

In some cases Adorama is bundling AppleCare with a purchase for a discounted price. B&H currently only charges for taxes for New York residents at the time of purchase, while it varies for Adorama. Additionally, you’ll need a free Adorama VIP membership to take advantage of these prices.

Below you’ll find our top picks for deals on current generation MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and Mac Mini from these two retailers so far:

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Nexus 7 + Nexus 4 bundle refurb: $160 shipped for both

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Expansys offers a number of bundles including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 as part of their Black Friday deals. A standout is the 16GB Nexus 7 + 8GB Nexus 4 refurb for $159.99 shipped. Double the storage on the Nexus 4 to $16GB for $20 more at $179.99 shipped.

These are both 1+ generation old machines but as Google’s flagship Nexus devices they are fully upgradable to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. More at Expansys USA. Read more

Acer 28-inch 4K widescreen LED monitor: $349 shipped (orig. $599)

 

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Update (11/25 11:40am): Amazon is now offering the 28-inch, 4K Acer at $349.99, which is within $17 of the limited Newegg coupon deal from yesterday (which is now sold out) and the current lowest price available.

Newegg has two excellent monitors at all time lows today that get dropped a further 5% with coupon code NAFBF14A

First up is the Dell E2414Hx Black 24″ 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor250 cd/m2 1,000:1 for $94.99 with free shipping ($90.49 after coupon). That’s a great price on any 24-inch display but this is one of the top performers out there.

It gets 4.6/5 stars from Amazon reviewers and is currently listed at $164. Mac users will want to pick up a Mini DisplayPort to DV adapter which start at around $5

Next, Acer B286HK ymjdpprz Black 28″ 2ms 4K MHL Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers4K is $349.99 shipped (332.50 after coupon). That’s by far the lowest price we’ve seen on this monitor and one of the lowest we’ve seen on any 4K computer display.

PC Mag gave this an “Excellent” 4/5 star rating as did Amazon reviewers. Read more

LG 4K UHDTVs 15% Amazon credit back: 40″ 120Hz 4K: $593, 55″: $1105

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LG and Amazon are offering 15% Amazon credit back on a number of HDTVs yielding some all time lows when you use the credit. Some standouts:

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Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater System (Set of Six, Black): $300 shipped (50% off)

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Amazon offers the Energy 5.1 Surround sound speaker system for $299.99 with free shipping. That’s half off and the lowest price we’ve seen on this 4.6/5 star rated speaker system (seriously, go read the reviews). It features:

  • 4 gloss black 2-way Energy satellite speakers
  • 1 gloss black Energy center channel
  • 200 watt Energy subwoofer with front firing port and 8″ driver and patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround(TM)
  • Perfect for a large or small space surround sound solution
  • Wall mountable

Don’t forget the speaker wire.

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Google gives 1TB Drive Data FREE ($240 value) w/Chromebook purchase, here are your best options

Google just announced a free update of your Google Drive to a whopping 1TB of data with the purchase of a Chromebook. That’s normally priced out at $9.99/month over 24 months so its value is about $240 over the 2 years. What’s kind of cool about this is you can purchase a Chromebook for much less than $240. Here are your best options from around the web.

Update: : Amazon takes $51 off the Acer 13 CB5-311-T9B0 Chromebook (13.3-inch Full HD, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 2GB) knocking it down to $249 shipped. This is basically as burly as it gets for an ARM Chromebook. 11 hours of battery, 192 GPU cores HD display. They also knock $20 off the C720 bringing it down to lowest ever $179.99 shipped. It has Haswell CPU, HDMI out and 8.5 hour battery.

Amazon has a great lineup of Chromebooks including ones with Touch displays with a few standouts now available.

acer-chromebook-dealThe ASUS C300MA-DB01 Chromebook 13-inch HD with Gigabit Wifi 2GB RAM/16GB storage is $50 off at $199 shipped.  Features:

  • 10 Hours Incredible Battery Life.
  • Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi.
  • Intel Dual-Core 2.16 GHz Processor with 2 GB RAM.
  • 13.3″ HD LED Display. HD Webcam.
  • USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card Reader, & Bluetooth 4.0.
  • 16 GB local flash storage,

HP’s 14-Inch Chromebook free T-Mobile 4G (200mb/month forever) is $349

  • Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 14.0-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • Chrome. Free 4g for life

Knock $50 off an HP Chromebook 11

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Seiki 40″ 1080P LED TV with USB and 3 HDMI inputs: $200 shipped more

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Amazon offers the Seiki 40-inch 1080P HDTV Model SE40FY27 for $199.99 with free shipping. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen this model and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on any 40-inch TV (though Walmart and others will have some for less if you want to brave the Black Friday in-store craziness).  It usually sells for $250-$260 and gets 4/5 star ratings from Amazon reviewers.

The Seiki features 3 HDMI ports and a USB port which can be used for videos/images or to power Chromecast/Firestick (pick both up with your savings!) as well as composite and COAX, VGA and AUX headphone out ports.

Amazon is running a pretty big sale currently on lower-priced HDTVs if you are looking for other sizes, prices.  If you want to step up to a 50-inch, you can snag a Hisense at Tiger Direct for $300 shipped after $100 coupon. Read more

Review/Giveaway: Aukey 4-port car charger delivers fast charging to 4 tablets at once: $17 Prime shipped (66% off)

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Sometimes it is hard to be definitive on “Best of” products. On car chargers, it now isn’t. I’ve been using the Aukey Quad-port car charger for a few weeks and it is the most powerful, most solid, has the most ports and is one of the smallest I’ve tried. It also holds up well after multiple insertions and removals and it looks as good as a car charger is going to get. It also has a chip inside that not only knows how much charge to deliver to each port, but it also knows when the charge is complete and will shut down.

We’re talking no-brainer territory here.

Even if you have USB ports in your car, they likely don’t quick charge iPhone 6s s and iPads. This one does. Up to 4 of them at a time via the 48W/9.6A total output.

Amazon is currently offering the Aukey Quad-port car charger for $16.99 with free Prime shipping. That’s 66% off!

Oh, and as sad as it is for me, I’ll send this slightly used demo unit to someone who shares 9to5toys/this post on social media or signs up for our newsletter (US only).

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ShotTracker brings Bluetooth LE and data collection to your hoop game

shottracker-ios-connectedThere is a new Bluetooth LE, iOS-enabled device on the market today that’s designed for high school basketball players, rec leaguers, LeBron James and everyone in between. Whether you are just beginning your career or in the fading glory of your YMCA runs, the ShotTracker wants to help you improve your game.

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First look: LifeProof starts taking orders for its waterproof iPhone 6 frē case

Outdoor enthusiasts and clumsy iPhone 6 owners alike have been waiting for this moment: LifeProof has made its frē waterproof iPhone 6 case available for $79.99. This is sort of a pseudo launch since black is the only color option and the special early-access link was only given to newsletter subscribers.

As with past versions of the frē, the updated iPhone 6 model is also waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof, and shock proof. According to LifeProof, the frē case will keep your iPhone 6 safe from damage in up to 2 meters of water for an hour. The built-in scratch protector will keep your touchscreen safe without getting in the way of Touch ID.

We hope to see a full line of LifeProof iPhone 6/Plus cases released later this month. Continue on for more features and pics:

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