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Pssst!

If you are an Apple Watch Sport owner, you probably already know the value in having a few different easy-to-switch watch bands around. Sport bands are great for outdoor fun but a nice Milanese Loop band cleans up your Sport and turns it into a night on the town or formal event type of timepiece.

But Apple charges $149 for a Milanese Loop band which is more than half the price of an Apple Watch Sport on sale these days. What if I told you you could get a great knockoff of the Apple Watch Milanese Loop Band at a tenth of the price for just $15.99 Prime Shipped. As for the quality, it certainly won’t be as nice as Apple’s offering but it gets great reviews on Amazon and other folks seem to love it. Available in Gold/Black/Silver in both 38 and 42mm sizes. These usually go quick so get in while you can.

ICYMI: You can grab a Milanese Loop Band + an Aluminum Dock for $27 Prime shipped or this rugged option from Spigen for $10.

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Even if you are a complete beginner when it comes to code, the Apple TV Developer Course is designed to get you building apps for the big screen in no time. You can enroll now through 9to5Toys Specials for $19.

The new App Store on tvOS is already very popular with users, so now is a great time to jump in. This course starts from the basics of Swift 2, Apple’s very own programming language. After showing you how to set up your development environment, the tutorials soon get you to follow the instructor as he builds a simple app. As the course goes on, you learn how to integrate images and sounds, before taking on another project app. There are 13 apps to code in total, from utilities to games. Along the way, the videos cover the tvOS Focused Engine, Native Application Controls, Storyboards, and nib File support, plus how to submit your creations to the App Store. All the content is available to stream 24/7 on desktop and mobile devices, and no previous experience is required.

Sign up now to save 90% on the regular price for the course.

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Your Amazon Prime purchase options have always been pretty straightforward: new accounts are eligible for a free trial, students get a 50% discount and all other members pay $99 per year. Sure, there have been some rare instances when Amazon discounted the yearly fee, but historically, you either paid full-price for a year or you didn’t get Prime access. But that’s all changed since Sprint announced a new way for its customers to pay for Prime…

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Amazon’s Echo ($180), Dot ($90) and Tap ($130) devices get their smarts from the Alexa Voice Service. Not only can Alexa make day-to-day tasks more convenient, but we found it to be nothing short of life-changing. For those of you who are unwilling to shell out the $90+ or who love to tinker with technology, Amazon has shared an official GitHub guide for building your own Alexa-enabled device.

You’ll need a model B Raspberry Pi 2 ($37), microSD card ($13), USB microphone ($3) and a couple other small items to get started. This project also requires a USB keyboard and mouse, plus an HDMI monitor, but hopefully you already have those pieces.

The instructions are very thorough so anyone with basic programming skills should be able to work through it. The only glaring downside to building your own Echo is that it doesn’t include the always-listening feature. Ready to tackle this project? Click here for Amazon’s official walkthrough.

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General March 22

Amazon offers the AcuRite 02027A1 Color Weather Station with Forecast/Temperature/Humidity for $34.99 Prime shipped. That’s $20 off of list and the lowest price we’ve ever seen it by about $6 for this home weather station that gets 4/5 star reviews from hundreds of Amazon reviewers. . Description (video below)

Plan the day with confidence with your own weather and weather prediction information – pinpoint accuracy right from your own backyard. The AcuRite Color Digital Weather Station uses patented Self-Calibrating Technology to provide your personal forecast of 12 to 24 hour weather conditions. Self-Calibrating Forecasting is generated from weather data measured by a sensor in your yard – giving you the most accurate forecast available for your exact location. The backlit LCD screen includes indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity, moon phase, barometric pressure with weather trend indicator, time and date. Intelli-Time clock automatically updates itself for Daylight Saving Time. Display stands upright for tabletop use or is wall-mountable. The outdoor sensor features powerful wireless technology, a weather-resistant design and an integrated hanger for easy mounting. Weather station display is powered by a 5V power adapter (included; recommended for optimal display color) or 3 AA alkaline batteries (optional; not included). Wireless sensor is powered by 2 AA alkaline or lithium batteries (not included). Lithium batteries recommended for use in outdoor sensor for temperatures below –4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius). One-year limited warranty.

Note pick up some AA (not included) batteries here.

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T-Mobile has added yet another valuable perk for some of its subscribers. During the week of April 3rd, Simple Choice customers on select plans can sign-up to receive free MLB.TV Premium ($109.99 value) and At Bat Premium ($19.99 value) access for the entire 2016 baseball. With MLB.TV you can stream every out-of-market MLB game live or on-demand and take in highlights from around the league. What’s more, any data consumed while watching baseball games won’t count against your monthly allowance thanks to T-Mobile’s Bing-On promotion.

The only catch here is that you must register for this offer during the initial sign-up period. Full details are as follows:

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Amazon is knocking a significant $125 off the price of the Moto X Pure White Bamboo smartphone in 16GB size to $299.99 shipped. That’s by far the lowest price we’ve seen for this very stylish and well rated smartphone with 5.7-inch display, *almost* pure Android, 21MP Sony camera sensor, 5.7″ Quad HD display, stereo sound, TurboPower charging and splash-proofing. Cam at 9to5Google reviewed it very favorably and I can’t recommend this phone enough personally. This was my favorite Android phone until the Nexus 6P was released and the only possible downsides I can think of is the large size and lack of fingerprint sensor.  The Black version with plastic back is also $299.99 shipped which is $100 off.

It is expandable via SD card all the way up to over 200GB ($80) but you are probably going to be fine with a 64-128GB Micro SD Card for $22-$50

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The Prius powering our home during Hurricane Sandy
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Our town got hit hard during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Our home lost power for almost 2 weeks and I hadn’t purchased a generator for our house. Time to move into a hotel, right?

Nope.

I had a couple of small inverters and a Toyota Prius with a full 10 gallon tank of gas that kept our house lit and computers/phones/internet on for the better part of 2 weeks. I even had enough power for some Halloween lights… expand full story

I love the SolarTab (original review) and I hit up the German company that makes the huge solar panel/battery the size of an iPad for a coupon for you guys. It’s here! Exclusive Coupon Code SOLTAB35 drops the price $35 to an all time low of $94 shipped at Amazon.

Key Details:

  • 5.5W Solar panel w/dual 2.1A USB ports
  • 13,000mAh battery will provide a few full iPads worth of power when the sun goes out
  • Fits perfectly in bags next to books and iPads
  • Looks great and built to last

Why is the Solartab great? Because it actually works.  If you’ve ever tried to charge your iPhones/iPads/etc. directly from a small solar panel you probably know it is pretty difficult. Even with direct sunlight, you aren’t likely to be able to charge the device reliably or quickly. Most USB-charged devices require a minimum of 5W (5Vx1A) of continuous power to even register a charge. Then a cloud comes or the sun moves and you aren’t charging anymore.

Adding a battery to the mix helps, especially if the battery is big and can charge the device quickly on its own without any sun. But most of the solar/battery combos fall into 2 categories: Either messy because they are a bulky 2 step solution or the solar panel is too small to make a meaningful charge and you are mostly using it like a regular USB battery.

SolarTab is a breath of fresh air here. It is a relatively big 5.5W solar panel built on a thin 13,000mAh battery enclosure that fits in an included Moleskine-esque case. Size-wise, think the original iPad with a nice leather case and a huge solar panel instead of a screen.

This is the perfect large battery for a number of reasons. Because it is so thin, it fits like a book (or iPad!) in a backpack, briefcase or large purse. Most importantly, it always has power. I leave mine on my windowsill  for when I need to go into the city (usually 1-2 times per week). My iPhone and iPad usually die with heavy use so it’s a lifesaver for my trips home. What’s great is that I don’t ever have to plug it in. A few days in the window will have me back to full for my next trip… expand full story

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Amazon has the 4-pack of Fit & Fresh Cool Coolers Slim Lunch Ice Packs (Multicolored) for $5.48 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. That’s almost $4 under the orignal listing, 30% below the going rate, the lowest Amazon has ever offered them for and the best we can find. These slim reusable ice packs are BPA-free, are sized to fit into smaller coolers or lunch bags if needs be. They are the best selling ice packs of their kind on Amazon and have a 4.7/5 star rating from 250 Amazon customers.

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Amazon is currently offering a pair of Bosch windshield wipers for just $22 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. There is a wide variety of options, along with a handy tool along the top of the page to ensure you get the right set for your car. Just add any two from this page to your cart to redeem the discount. They generally go for between $13 and $16 each, bringing you a savings of about $10 or about 30%. These best selling windshield wipers features the Bosch “patented internal tension spring”, and work great in all weather conditions. Rated 3.6/5 stars from over 820 amazon customers with about 75% of them leaving a 4 or 5 star rating.

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