Microsoft looks towards football season with new Xbox One Madden bundle

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Microsoft announced today that they will be offering a new Xbox One bundle at the end of August centered around the popular Madden NFL gaming series.

The bundle will include an Xbox One without Kinect, a controller, headset and download code for Madden NFL 15. Thats the same price the Kinectless console currently sells for by itself. Even though this bundle represents a good value, there is reason to believe it could follow in the footsteps of the Titanfall bundle and drop down even more after its release.

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NAS gear: Synology DS213j $188 (Reg. $230), Western Digital Red 3.5-inch HDD: 3TB $115, 4TB $149

Update (8/13 7:30am): 3TB WD Red 3.5-inch HDD for $114.99 shipped (Reg. $150) w/ coupon code EXLPBWG234 at Newegg.

Update (8/6 10:30am): 3TB WD Red 3.5-inch HDD for $114.99 shipped (Reg. $150) w/ coupon code EMCPBPD222 at Newegg.

It’s no secret that we are big fans of Synology NAS boxes. In fact, Jordan even wrote a piece about how he believes every Mac and iOS user should have a DiskStation. But at the end of the day its performance and reliability hinges on the drives it’s running. That’s why we recommend using Western Digital’s NAS-optimized Red hard drives. They’re more costly than your average desktop hard drive, but they’re also built to meet the demands of a 24/7 server.

Right now, Adorama (authorized dealer) via eBay Daily Deals has the 4TB Western Digital Red drives for $149 each with free shipping. Outside of a brief sale a couple months ago, this is the best price we have ever seen for the 4TB model. It carriers a list price of $200 and is currently available for $173 on Amazon. If you still haven’t picked up a Synology box yet, then we recommend the 2-bay DS213j that is on sale for $187.99 shipped.
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iTunes gift cards w/ email delivery: $100 for $90 or $50 for $45 (10% savings)

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Update (8/5 7:30am): Now only 10% off.

Target offers 15% off $100 and $50 iTunes gift cards with email delivery. That drops the price of each card down to $85 and $42.50. REDcard holders can stack their 5% discount to make the deal even sweeter.

Use these gift cards to save on apps, music, movies, books, and anything else sold in Apple’s digital marketplaces.
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New to Netflix in August: Rocky I-V, Mad Max, Mission Blue, much more

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August is proving to be a big month over at Netflix, as the the popular content streaming service continues to add new titles each month.

Perhaps none bigger than the addition of all of the Rocky films, which were previously unavailable for streaming. Another classic film coming to Netflix this month will be Mad Max, the classic 1970’s Mel Gibson tough-guy film. In addition, Netflix will be offering recently released films, such as Mission Blue, the popular documentary that highlights the efforts being made around the world to save the ocean, its resources and beautiful sanctuaries.

You can pick up a free trial, download the iOS or Android (Google Play/Amazon) app to get started today.

Here’s our favorite deals for streaming Netflix on your big screen:

Be sure to checkout our weekly media roundups for Blu-ray/DVDs/iTunes downloads.

Update: If you need something to stream your Netflix to the big screen, Walmart is offering the Roku 1 for $39 right now (Reg. $49+), which is the lowest price we can find anywhere.

Amazon launches a new custom 3D printing storefront

Amazon 3D Printer Store 02Amazon has launched a new custom 3D Printing Store. While the online retail giant has sold a number of affordable 3D printers for some time now, the new storefront offers a selection of customizable 3D printed items to choose from including phone cases, wallets, home decor items, toys, jewelry, bobble-heads and more.

The amount of customization available varies depending on the item. You’ll see everything from basic color selections to deeper choices like size and texture options as well as custom text and item specific tweaks.

While there are some stock goods that don’t have any customization available, on items like the $30 Bobble-head dolls from Mixee Labs, Amazon has provided a mini editor with everything from hair, eye and face selections as well as outfits with custom text and more. With something like the $60 custom 3D printed cuff links, buyers can choose any 3 letter monogram, the color and material as well as the shape.

We have seen more home 3D printers approaching affordable prices like the upcoming New Matter MOD-t (which is currently up for preorder at $249), but the new 3D Printer Store offers a nice option for those who haven’t dived into the 3D printer space yet. Most of the highly rated and best selling home 3D printers will still run you anywhere from $499 to over $1000.

Exclusive: Get an extra $20 to trade in your old iPad at Gazelle (up to $430)

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If you are considering trading in an old (or relatively new) iPad before the new ones are announced and prices drop, now is the time to make a move. Gazelle, one of the popular trade in sites, is offering 9to5 readers an EXTRA $20 for their iPad when they use this link. Note that this exclusive deal is only valid on iPads whose value is above $75 (which is most of them).

You should at least check out what your iPad is worth using Gazelle’s quick calculator. 

*Note that we cannot vouch for the business practices of Gazelle.

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Targus Legend IQ laptop backpack $20 (orig. $50)

Just in time for back to school shopping, Best Buy has the Targus Legend IQ laptop backpack for $19.99. Opt for in-store pickup to avoid any shipping costs or pad your order up to at least $35 and it’ll ship free. That’s 60% below list and just about the best price we have ever seen for this backpack that can accommodate a laptop up to 16-inches. Other features include:

  • Adjustable strap – Keeps your laptop securely in place.
  • Section lined with soft-touch material – Safely stores your tablet.
  • Zippered internal and external pouches – Plus 2 side pockets and a media pocket hold your sunglasses, MP3 player and other accessories while you’re on the go.
  • 2 padded, adjustable shoulder straps – Ensure comfortable carrying.
  • Durable nylon material – To withstand rugged, everyday use.

It’s rated 4.7 stars from 180 Best Buy reviewers and 4.6 from 116 Amazon reviewers.

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Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3 Desktop Hard Drive: $100 shipped

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Buy.com offers the Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3 (Model STBV4000100) Hard Drive for $129.99 shipped.  New customers/email accounts can grab another $30.00 off coupon code “NEWBIE” yielding a $99.99 shipped price.

More USB 3.0 storage deals:

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Target coupon: save $10 on in-store pickup orders of $40 or more

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Late last year Target finally began offering in-store pickup for orders placed online. Choose this as your delivery method for any order of $40 or more and $10 will be automatically deducted from your order total. There is no coupon code needed.

Keep in mind that this, “offer excludes Clearance…” and “items not available for store pickup will not count towards $40 minimum.” Limit 4 transactions only. Expires 8/2.

Deal examples:

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Pencil by FiftyThree: Graphite $50 shipped (Reg. $60), Walnut $60 shipped (Reg. $75)

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Amazon offers the Pencil by FiftyThree Bluetooth enabled digital stylus, in graphite for $49.95 shipped (Reg. $60) or walnut for $59.95 shipped (Reg. $75). Be sure to clip the $10 or $15 coupon directly under the price on the listing page to lower the price at checkout. This is the first notable price drop we have seen for the Pencil by FiftyThree and is a savings of up to 20% off the list price. This popular Bluetooth stylus is the #1 seller amongst graphic tablet pens at Amazon, and is rated 4/5 stars by over 150 customers.

9to5Mac detailed the Pencil last year, highlighting the thought process that went into its design:

The stylus is designed to look and feel like a traditional carpenter’s pencil, with flat-sided design intended to be comfortable to hold and assist with accurate lines. The exterior is real wood (walnut from sustainable forests), and there are no buttons.

Currently, the Pencil is only compatible with Paper by FiftyThree for iPad, Noteshelf and Procreate, however it was recently announced that more apps will soon be enabled to utilize the stylus.

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Save up to $250 on current gen. MacBook Airs w/ .edu email, 13-inch starts at $750 (Reg. $999), more

macbook-air-apple-april-2014Update (7/22 11:25am): Best Stop Deals via eBay Daily Deals has a current gen. 15.4-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (ME293LL/A) for $1,699.99 shipped (Reg. $1,999.00).

Best Buy is taking $100-$150 off each current generation 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air. Combo this sale with the current .edu offer of $100 off any MacBook and you can get the entry level 13-inch model with a 1.4GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD for just $749.99 with free shipping (Reg. $999).

Here’s the pricing breakdown by model:

  • 11.6-inch (MD711LL/B) 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB: $799.99 or $699.99 w/ .edu (Reg. $899)
  • 11.6-inch (MD712LL/B) 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB: $949.99 or $849.99 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,099)
  • 13.3-inch (MD760LL/B) 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB: $849.99 or $749.99 w/ .edu (Reg. $999)
  • 13.3-inch (MD761LL/B) 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB: $1,099.99 or $999.99 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,199)

All you have to do to take advantage of the .edu discount is head to this special promo page, submit your email address, and then Best Buy will email you a unique promo code.

If you’re planning on protecting your new Mac with AppleCare, then you’ll definitely want to learn how pick it up at a 30% discount.

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Jump into the world of LED light bulbs for less than $5 a pop with Ikea Ledare

At this point it’s extremely clear that LED bulbs should be in every light fixture in your house. They last longer (tens of thousands of hours) and use less power (up to 85%) than their incandescent counterparts. The clear environmental benefits coupled with the fact that LED prices have fallen off a cliff recently, have led to a worldwide phase-out of incandescent bulbs. In fact, you can regularly pick up a Philips LED bulb for under $10 a piece, but Ikea has shaken up the budget LED space by introducing its Ledare bulbs for just $4.95 each.

Ledare bulbs can’t be controlled by your iPhone like Philips Hue products or double as a JBL Bluetooth speaker, but they do pack the basic benefits of LED bulbs at bargain pricing. Read more