Celebrate #MayTheFourth with the best Star Wars deals: Lego, lightsabers, apps/games, freebies, more

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What is May the 4th be with you? It is the saying used by Star Wars fans to commemorate Star Wars day, May 4th. The idea for the day originated as a play on the cult Star Wars phrase, “may the force be with you,” which is said by multiple characters throughout the epic saga.

Star Wars Day is even bigger this year thanks to the impending release of the Disney-produced Episode VII and as a result deals are kicking off sooner than ever! We’re here to help you celebrate May the Fourth by rounding up the absolute best Star Wars sales from across the deal galaxy.

We will be making a special post on May The Fourth to cover all the last minute deals and exclusive merchandise. Amazon is planning an all-day Gold Box event  (click the upper May the Fourth banner to see only Star Wars lightning deals) so you know there are going to be some great deals to be had through Monday.

Head below to scope out today’s extensive list of deals on Star Wars apps/games, apparel, collectibles, lego, and more. Read more

How to get $250 off EOL Haswell MacBook Airs, starting at $610 (open box), $649 New

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When Apple dropped the prices of the MacBook Airs and updated them slightly, it created a perfect storm of Best Buy discounts for students and educators and anyone with a .edu email address.  You can now get MacBook Air Haswells, the ones that started at $999 yesterday, for $649 and up. Open box for as little as $610

Here’s how:

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Go to Best Buy’s Student discount program here and enter in the .EDU email address. You’ll get a confirmation email and then after clicking the link, an emailed special code good for $150 off.

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Once you have the code, simply pick a MacBook Air (or Pro?) that’s eligible. Apple’s recently upgraded models now start at $799. The code will bring prices down to $649 and up!  You can even pick up an open box Macbook for as little as $610.

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End-of-Life 2013 MacBook Airs start at $799 shipped (unopened)

With the release of the extremely modest upgrades to its MacBook Air line today, Apple has put a lot of existing inventory in a lurch, allowing retailers to slash prices. Apple’s upgrade included a updated processor which inched the needle from 1.3GHz to 1.4GHz. Otherwise, the MacBook Are identical.

What’s not identical is the price. Dropping the Airs $100 allows retailers like MacMall and B&H to drop prices even more on these new in box EOL machines that also include Apple’s 1 year warranty (and both companies offer AppleCare upgrade pricing that is better than Apple’s own prices).

MacMall’s prices (Tax in  California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin):

MacMall SKU Apple SKU Description List Price  MacMall Price
9690639 MD711LL/A MacBook Air 11″ 1.3GHz i5 4/128 $999.00 $844.00
9690642 MD712LL/A MacBook Air 11″ 1.3GHz i5 4/256 $1,199.00 $1,044.00
9690645 MD761LL/A MacBook Air 13″1.3GHZ i5 4/256 $1,299.00 $1,144.00

 

B&H Prices (Tax only in NYC):

MD711LL/A $829.00 $799.00 (Updated)

MD712LL/A $999.00

MD760LL/A $929.00  $899.00 (Updated)

MD761LL/A $1129.00 $1,099.00 (Updated)

 

Amazon opens online Wearable Technology store w/ buying guides, videos & featured wearables

Wearable Technology storeToday, Amazon announced the launch of its new Wearable Technology store, bringing all of its wearable focused products into a unified hub. The storefront includes the latest smartwatch, activity tracker and wearable camera tech from all of the current major players like Samsung, Jawbone and GoPro along with a number of helpful resources for making well informed purchases regarding which devices suit you best.

Amazon has launched a Learning Center within the new storefront that contains a number of helpful guides and product videos that offer some basic information about compatibility and which gear is best for which situations. There are also a number of news resources for wearable tech available, but with iWatch rumored to be on the way, you’re best bet is to keep a close eye on 9to5Mac.

Along with the smartwatches and GoPro cams you’ll find a number of resources on wearable health care products as well those for babies and pets.

Sennheiser HD-360 PRO DJ Studio Style Over-Ear Headphones in Black: $45 shipped (reg. $150)

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Amazon offers the Sennheiser HD-360 PRO DJ Studio Style Over-Ear Headphones in Black for $45 with free shipping. That’s $5 off our last mention and the lowest price we’ve seen on these DJ style wired headphones. More details at Best Buy where they are on Clearance for $104.

If you are looking for a great pair of Wireless headphones with a Mic, Amazon still offers the Souls for under $40

Verizon FiOS 50Mb/25Mb, Local TV + HBO Go or Showtime: $50/month. Fully Loaded: $75/month

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If you live in a Verizon-connected area, you can pick up a pretty solid deal on Super fast 50Mb/s down, 25Mb/s up FiOS bundled with local channels and either HBO or Showtime. Bump up to their “Fully Loaded Entertainment Pack” for $75.

FiOS at 50/25 normally starts at $79.99/month alone so the $30 off and free HBO/Showtime is a pretty solid deal…which ends next week.

 

Acer Chromebook 710 and 720 roundup: starting at $120 shipped (+Free Chromebook switchers ebook)

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chromebook-bookChromebooks are inherently great deals with their free 100GB of Google Drive space ($48 value)  for 2 years on new models often a great incentive to buy. But we’ve found some additional savings around the web. Not sure about making the switch to a Chromebook? Have a free Ebook that can help make the transition:

Like any device, Chromebooks have their advantages and their disadvantages.

Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook.

Many Chromebook users haven’t actually “switched” to a Chromebook — they’ve purchased a Chromebook as an additional device, not one that replaces their current computer entirely. A Chromebook is the simple laptop you pick up when you need to browse the web, watch videos, type emails, write documents, and do other things you can accomplish in a browser. But let’s assume you actually want to switch to a Chromebook.

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SOUL Electronics SV3SLV Volt Bluetooth 4.0 Pro Hi-Definition On-Ear Wireless Headphones w/dual Mics – Silver: $40 shipped

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Amazon offers the SOUL Electronics SV3SLV Volt Bluetooth Pro Hi-Definition On-Ear Wireless Headphones in Silver for $39.77 with free shipping. That’s 73% off retail and $30 less than we’ve ever seen them. They feature:

  • Advanced driver and circuitry design for powerful deep bass and clear mids and highs
  • Bluetooth v4.0+ EDR and Class II Apt-X decoder provides quick, easy pairing and high quality stereo music playback. Built-in dual microphones for maximum noise reduction
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life; Wireless range of up to 33; Comfortable on-ear design
  • Universal 1-button remote control for Apple, Android, Samsung, Blackberry, and others
  • Includes tangle-free cable for in-line play and carrying pouch

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Mpow: Add CD-quality Bluetooth 4.0 to any home stereo or headphones: $23 shipped (reg. $70)

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Amazon offers the Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Music Audio Receiver w/ APTX Technology & USB Wall Charger, for $22.99 after $8 off Coupon Code MPOWAPTX + Free Shipping with Prime. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on a Bluetooth 4.0 adapter for home or car stereos which allows for CD quality playback. It features

  • Play music wirelessly from your phone or other Bluetooth device through your home stereo system, in full CD quality hi-fi sound due to aptX decoding added.
  • Quick and Easy Setup – Simply pair your Bluetooth smartphone or tablet to the receiver and Play your music wirelessly from up to 30 feet away.
  • Supports multipoint pairing. Connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time.
  • AptX has been the best kept secret of the professional audio industry for many years. Now music lovers can enjoy the rich listening experience that only aptX can deliver: pure wireless sound that doesn’t compromise on audio quality.
  • Get rid of the backward Bluetooth version.The cutting-edge Bluetooth 4.0 standard’s connection bandwidth is 8 times higher than that of the 2.1 standard, enabling high-definition sound.

Don’t need Bluetooth 4.0? Pick up a smaller, more inexpensive version for $17.99

 

 

Netflix price increase is coming, but it’s not too late for new members to lock in the current rate

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Update (5/9 9:30am): The Associated Press has more information regarding changes to Netflix pricing:

Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates.

Netflix is expected to increase monthly rates ($1-$2 per month) for new members at some point before the end of June. The good news is that existing members will be grandfathered into the current rate of $7.99 per month for “a generous time period.” Netflix says its first rate increase in 3-years is necessary to help fund original programming like “House Of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black.”

If Netflix goes with the high-end of their initial estimate, that would mean new members would be paying $24 more a year, which is equal to the value of 3-months for members paying the old rate. Non-members looking to get into the streaming content scene should signup as soon as possible to sidestep the rate increase and subsequently save up to 20% per year. It’s unclear at the current time whether free trial members will be grandfathered into the lower rate.

AT&T 25% off sale: Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker: $150 shipped ($50 off), Beats Pill: $135, JBL Charge: $112

AT&T stores are having a 25% off accessories sale if you buy 3, items drop in cart.  Bose Soundlink Mini will drop to $149.99 if you place 2 other accessories in your cart (like the $5 Incipio or Otterbox iPhone cases – About 100 $5 items here). The Bose Soundlink Mini was called the best sounding Bluetooth Speaker out there in our own review and is rarely seen at any kind of discount. Amazon reviewers give it an unheard of 4.9 stars.

Beats-dre JBL-ChargeYou can also find the Beats Pill for $135 after $30 off and using the same buy 3 25% discount above. JBL’s Charge drops down to $112.%0 after the same discount.

See a whole range of speakers here you can pull for 25% off. For more items available at this discount see our previous post. Read more

FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker $35 shipped (Reg. $60)

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Update (4/15 7:55pm): The deal is back in stock for lime green.

The official Microsoft eBay store offers the FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker in blue for $34.99 with free shipping. That’s 42% off retail and the best price we have ever seen by $11. Please be aware that there are only limited quantities available and they appear to be selling quickly. Features:

  • Connect to any computer with Fitbit’s wireless USB dongle (included) – sync occurs automatically when your tracker sits within 20 feet of the dongle
  • Bluetooth Smart connectivity delivers real-time stats without sapping your phone’s battery
  • Earn Fitbit badges for daily, weekly, even lifetime achievements
  • Between Zip, Fitbit’s free mobile app, and the free online dashboard, you’ll get a snapshot of your daily and cumulative progress
  • Automatically syncs your information to PCs, Macs, and certain smartphones with no buttons to push and no data to enter – just real-time access to your stats and the Fitbit dashboard, 24/7

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from 2,581 Amazon reviewers.
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Sharkk backlit Bluetooth keyboard for iOS/Android/Windows/Mac/Apple TV: $28 shipped ($40 off)

shark-backlit-keyboard-ios-sale-discount Amazon has the Sharkk backlit Bluetooth keyboard for $28 with free Prime shipping after using  $10 off Coupon Code: 43WVJ97N. It features:

  • *NEW keyboard layout now includes ‘Delete’ key
  • 7 unique backlight color options. Includes carrying pouch for keyboard.
  • Built-in rechargeable battery allows for up to 180 days of use on a single charge.
  • Supports all 3 major operating systems: IOS, Android and Windows.
  • Auto sleep feature ensures you get the most out of each charge.

Amazon reviewers gave this an impressive 4.5/5 star reviews  Read more

Canon PIXMA MG5520 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printer w/AirPrint &Cloud Print: $65 shipped ($85 off)

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Update (4/16 2:30pm): Back in stock!

Amazon offers the Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions MG5520 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer, Cloud Enabled, White for $64.99 with free shipping. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this wireless printer/copier/scanner with many amenities.

  • PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) lets you print directly from Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Flickr, Dropbox
  • 3.5″ Touchscreen LCD and Intelligent Touch System – only the buttons you need illuminate
  • Compatible with Individual/Combo CLI-251 XL Ink Tanks (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) & PGI-250 XL Pigment Black Ink Tanks. Only Replace The Ink That Runs Out!
  • Google Cloudprint and Apple AirPrint: Print wirelessly and effortlessly from your compatible Android, Chromebook or iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch- no drivers needed!
  • Superior 9600 x 2400 dpi photo resolution. Load plain and photo paper right into of the printer at the same time!

Amazon reviewers give this a very solid 4/5 star reviews.

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AKG K44 over-the-ear studio headphones or Ultimate Ears 500vm for phones: $20 shipped ($60 off)

Akg-k44-sale-discount Guitar Center offers the AKG K44 Over the ear headphones for $19.99 with free shipping. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for these closed-back, circumaural design headphones with Self-adjusting headband for optimum fit, Patented Varimotion speakers, Leatherette ear pads and velvet ear pads. Amazon (where they cost $50) reviewers gave these and impressive  4.5/5 stars. log500vm_2 Want in ear phones with a Mic? Also for $20, Logitech Ultimate Ears 500vm Noise Isolating Headset With On-Cord Mic and Controls – for iPhone and Android Phones at Adorama. Read more