AT&T announces iPhone 6 trade-in promo, includes $200 minimum for iPhone 4/4s

att-iphone-6-trade-offerUpdate (9/13 10:00am): Details concerning this promo can now be found here.

AT&T has announced its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus trade-in offer and it’s one of the best we’ve seen from any carrier.

Starting on Friday, September 12th, AT&T will be offering a minimum trade credit of $300 for iPhone 5s and a minimum of $200 for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5c. That means anyone with a working iPhone 4 or newer can (at minimum) trade up to a new iPhone 6 for free. Unlike other carriers and trade-in services, AT&T does not restrict how its customers can use the trade credit.

Furthermore, you can also get a $100 bill credit “with the purchase of any iPhone when activating a new line of service with a smartphone on AT&T Next.”

Just like other carriers and Apple itself, AT&T will begin accepting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders starting tomorrow at 12:01 AM PST (3:01 AM EST). Head to your local AT&T store for more information on any of the aforementioned trade-in deals.

Not on AT&T? Here’s Verizon’s trade-in details. Also, Walmart is taking $20 (or more) off the new iPhones, while Radio Shack will be giving away free $50 iTunes gift cards.

Full AT&T iPhone 6 pricing matrix and Next information follows…

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Sonos adds Deezer high-resolution audio streaming to its wireless speakers in America

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Sonos has announced today that it is bringing previously European-only streaming service Deezer to the United States, wrapped in a new service dubbed Deezer Elite. Deezer is known for its high resolution streaming of over 35 million songs, utilizing a format of music known as FLAC. The deal between Sonos and Deezer is beneficial to both companies, as it fills the high quality streaming void left left by Mog when it was purchased by Beats earlier this year. It also gives Deezer a solid name to tag onto in America. But ultimately, why is this a big deal? Read more

Media: Demi Lovato free album, 100 Warner Bros DVDs for $150, more

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Get a free download of Demi Lovato’s 2013 hit album, Demi, from Google Play. It includes popular songs like Neon Lights, Really Don’t Care, Heart Attack, and more. As a pricing comparison, it is currently $9.99 at iTunes and $7.99 at Amazon.

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Give your movie collection a serious upgrade in one fell swoop. This week only, as part of its Deals of the Week, Amazon offers the Best of Warner Bros 100 Film Collection on DVD for $149.99 with free shipping. That’s 75% below list, within $20 of the best price we’ve ever seen, and only $1.50 per DVD. Includes a range of movies including National Lampoon’s Vacation, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gone with The Wind, Inception, The Dark Knight, and so much more. Check out the full list here.

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Colorful MEElectronics Sport-Fi Headphones, starting at $18 shipped

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Amazon cuts 40% off their current prices on MEElectronics Sport-Fi Headphones in a variety of colors with prices now starting at $17.99 with free Prime Shipping. That’s up to $30 off and the lowest price we’ve seen on these colorful speakers designed for workouts.

Other solid deals on headphones today:

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Sonos gets more affordable as PLAY:1 speaker hits $170, Bridge hardware no longer required

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Today, Sonos announced a key software update that many users have been waiting for: no longer is the Bridge accessory required for a wireless Sonos system. With software update 5.1, Sonos can now run on an existing wireless network taking the previously required Bridge or hardwired connection out of the equation. After unpacking a Sonos speaker, joining to your wireless network is handled via the iOS or Android app. While this certainly simplifies the setup of a Sonos system, the company still warns that a hardwired connection is the best bet for a reliable signal amongst your speakers. The wireless Bridge is still available for those that are interested in that option.

Rakuten via Altatac offers the Sonos PLAY:1 in black or white for $169.99 shipped. That’s $30 off the regular price. This price beats Amazon by $30, where over 1,800 users rate this product 4.5/5 stars and it is the best seller amongst bookshelf speakers.

The Sonos PLAY:1 features two class D tuned amplifiers, one 3.5″ mid-woofer and a tweeter. The humidity-resistant design allows for the speaker to be placed in a bathroom or outside on humid days. With access to a variety of music sources, such as Spotify, Pandora and Beats Music, the Play:1 is a solid option for building a whole home wireless music system. The PLAY:1 is currently their smallest speaker offering, and works well as rear speakers in addition to the Playbar also available from Sonos.

We favorably reviewed the Sonos PLAY:1 when it was released last year.

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The new Livescribe Notebook by Moleskine takes ideas from paper to digital in a whole new way

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Moleskine, the company behind the popular notebooks and planners, has announced that they have designed a notebook specifically for the Livescribe smartpen. While there have been many devices that have attempted to effectively carry over handwritten notes to digital devices, the new Moleskine Livescribe notebook packs a few tricks that enable a more accurate transfer.

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LG’s new CordZero vacuum has stalking skills that’ll help keep your place clean

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Today, LG announced their latest iteration in making home cleaning a more enjoyable experience with the CordZero series of vacuum cleaners. As its name suggests, LG’s newest model removes the hardwired power cord from the vacuum, making mobility the top priority. While Dyson has long offered rechargeable lithium powered vacuums, the LG CordZero beats them in one key area… Read more

Media: Breaking Bad money barrel collection preorder, Despicable Me 2 combo pack $21, Katy Perry’s Prism album for free, more

Update (8/27 8:45am):

Amazon has the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set) on Blu-ray for $119.99 shipped, which is the lowest price ever (Reg. $219)

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After the epic ending to one of the most captivating TV series ever, Breaking Bad fans snatched up the limited edition Blu-ray collection with fervor. Subsequently, it sold out and hasn’t been offered since 2013 (except at scalper’s prices).

But that’s all set to change. It is once again available for preorder and even includes some “Better Call Saul” paraphernalia. Don’t miss out again. Preorder for $209.99 with free shipping, which is $90 below the list price of $300. Full contents include:

• Collectible replica money barrel
• Over 55 hours of special features from all seasons
• Two-hour documentary
• Commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan
• Los Pollos Hermanos apron
• “Better Call Saul” matchbook 4GB flash drive

Too expensive? The regular edition is still on sale on Blu-ray for $102.49 and DVD for $72.49 at Amazon. (Update: Today only, save a couple more dollars from Best Buy)

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As part of its Deals of the Week, Amazon offers the Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $20.99 with free Prime shipping. All other buyers will need to spend at least $35 to sidestep shipping costs. This deal is 58% below the list price of $50, more than $5 below the average selling price, and within $1 of the best deal we have ever seen.

This pack includes: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet. Despicable Me 2 stars Steve Carell and gets a 7.6 star rating on IMDB.

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Google Play has Katy Perry’s 2013 hit album, Prism, available as a free download. You must download the entire album at once (not track-by-track) to score it for free. As a pricing comparison, both iTunes and Amazon are charging $7.99 for it. Includes the hit songs “Roar,” and “Dark Horse.”

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TiVo targets cord cutters with new Roamio OTA DVR

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Today, TiVo announced a new addition to it’s already robust line of DVRs with the Roamio OTA at a price of $49.99, making it the most affordable TiVo option yet. Designed specifically for cord-cutters, this rendition of the Roamio utilizes your own antenna. Unlike other models from the current generation of TiVo DVRs, the OTA is not capable of recording cable television, making it strictly for antenna use only.

Similar to the other models of the Roamio that have come before, the OTA features a 500GB hard drive capable of recording 75 hours of HD programming or 500 hours of SD. This model also allows for up to four shows to be recorded at once, and includes the same popular streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. But there is a catch…. Read more

Smart buys: our favorite back to school tech essentials


These tech essentials will not only help you survive college life, but maybe even help you land a spot on the Dean’s list (no promises). Even though the majority of our top picks are geared towards college students living in a dorm, we think they can help students of all ages.

All of the recommendations below have been shaped by my experiences while attending a four-year private University.

Entertainment

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The fall is not only back to school season, but also home to the baseball playoffs and the start of the football season. MLB.TV is expensive and NFL Sunday Ticket is a hassle. We recommend a Sling Media Slingbox to keep tabs on your favorite sports teams while away from home. The all-new SlingBox M1 was just released and is the most affordable Slingbox ever at just $149.99.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may be the flashy options for dorm room gaming, but we recommend saving a few bucks and opting for an Xbox 360 or Wii U. The Xbox 360 has a huge back super-smash-bros-wii-ucatalog of awesome games that are now priced to move. Plus, some next-gen games (like Mortal Kombat X), will also be available on 360 and PS3. The Wii U has had a rough run, but party games like Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming Super Smash Brothers make it an excellent choice for dorm room hang sessions.

Skip Blu-ray and DVD. The players will take up prime TV stand real-estate and it’s a hassle to find the movie you’re looking for and then physically pop it in a player (I know, first world problems). Instead, go with a Roku 3/streaming stick or Apple TV to stream your media from Netflix (free trial), Hulu Plus (free trial), and iTunes.

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It’s perfectly OK that listening to Norah Jones Spotify radio (student discount) helps you study, but don’t be that guy and play it out loud. A nice pair of headphones are key for school. If your budget allows it, then definitely upgrade to a set of noise-cancelling cans, like the Bose QC15, to drown out any background noise. Bust out a larger portable Bluetooth speaker like the Logitech UE BOOM (review) or Jawbone’s Big JAMBOX (review) when it’s time to party.

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Sony aims to up your tennis game with new racket sensor

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Today, Sony announced the Smart Tennis Sensor that attaches to select rackets and provides instant feedback on your game. By simply placing the sensor to the bottom of your racket, you are able to track a variety of data and report it to the accompanying smartphone app. Sony has entered into partnerships for this project with a number of the most popular tennis manufacturers, such as Prince, Wilson and Yonex.

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TCL Roku-enabled HDTV available today for pre-order

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As we previously reported, TCL and Roku have partnered to create the first Roku-enabled television which is available for pre-order today via Amazon and are expected to ship in 2 to 3 months. The TVs will initially be available in three sizes:

The Roku TVs will feature a simple 20-button remote control with the popular Roku software integrated directly into the TV. Roku players have the most streaming content available with over 31,000 movies and 1,200 channels.

Hisense is also set to offer Roku-enabled televisions, they have yet to announce pricing and are likely to begin shipping in September.

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