Amazon announces rate increases for regular ($99/yr) and Student Prime ($49/yr) memberships

amazon-prime-price-increase-2014Update (3/13 8:30 am): Amazon is now boldly owning the increases with an announcement on its homepage (above).

Effective April 17th, Amazon Prime annual membership rates will increase for the first time ever. Regular accounts will jump from $79 to $99 and Student accounts will go from $39 to $49.

The announcement quietly trickled out as an email to some members and can be found tucked away in a Prime help document. Rumors of a potential rate increase have been swirling since Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak broached on the subject during an earnings call in January. If you’re a current member and up for renewal be sure to re-up before the rates increase on 4/17! New members can start a 30-day free trial within the next 7 days to secure the lower rate. (smart move).
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Amazon Kindle Fire 7-inch 8GB: $99 shipped (cert. refurb: $79)

Kindle-fire-sale Amazon offers the previous generation Kindle Fire Tablet 8GB for $99 with free shipping. That’s $30 off the normal price and the lowest price we’ve seen for this 7-inhc heavily modified Android tablet. Save even more by picking up an Amazon certified refurbished version (same 1-year warranty) for $79 shipped. It features:

  • Ultra-fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi, easy-to-use email works with Gmail, Yahoo! and more
  • The most popular apps and games — FacebookTwitterNetflixHBO GOPandoraAngry Birds Space, and more
  • Kindle FreeTime — set screen limits, create child profiles, and more
  • Kindle FreeTime Unlimited — just for kids. Unlimited access to books, games, apps, movies and TV shows.
  • Massive book selection, vibrant color magazines. Over a million titles less than $9.99
  • Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, apps, and games
  • Kindle Fire owners get 500 Amazon Coins (a $5 value) to spend on Kindle Fire apps and games.

Looking for more Kindle Deals? Staples has a promotion saving significant amounts an other models. Read more

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 $129 ($100 off)

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black & Photoshop Lightroom 5BuyDig is offering the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 for $229. The coupon code: POSTPRODUCTION100 drops it to only $129 shipped. That’s half what you would expect to pay for either item. Amazon sells them separately for $115 for the WD Hard Drive and $120 for Lightroom 5.

The WD Hard Drive features USB 3.0 connectivity, automatic and cloud backup, password protection and hardware encryption and a 3-year limited warranty from Western Digital.

Adobe Lightroom 5 lets you easily share on Facebook, and Flickr, or in books, web galleries, prints, slide shows, and more. “Lightroom makes it easy with timesaving tools for sharing your work with friends, family, and clients.”

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HP SlateBook x2 tablet w/ keyboard dock station: $395 shipped (Reg. $480)

HP SlateBook x2 tablet-sale-HP-01HP is offering the HP SlateBook x2 tablet and keyboard dock for $395 shipped using code LOGICBUY15HP during checkout. That’s $85 off the regular price, $45 better than Amazon’s current price, and the best we’ve seen by $10.

The 10.1-inch SlateBook features Android 4.2, 2GB of RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1920 x 1200 display all powered by 1.8GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra processor. This deal also comes along with the full QWERTY keyboard docking station with additional USB ports as well.

HP SlateBook x2 tablet and keyboard dock: $395 shipped (Reg. $480)

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Lexar 32GB JumpDrive $15 (Reg. $33), PNY 128GB $49 shipped (Reg. $70)

Lexar 32GB JumpDrive USB 3.0 Flash DriveBuyDig has the Lexar 32GB JumpDrive USB 3.0 Flash Drive for only $14.99 shipped (price drops in cart from $19.99). That’s 55% off the list price, $9 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen. With it, you can store and transfer content faster with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology. Also, it has a retractable connector with convenient thumb slide, and of course both PC and Mac compatible.

PNY Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 PenIf you’re looking for even more storage than that, Amazon has the PNY 128GB Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 Pen Drive (P-FD128TBOP-GE) for a low $48.99 shipped. That’s $21 off the list price and the best current price we could find. It was a few dollars less yesterday but that deal is now sold out. It features fast USB 3.0 technology and of course both PC and Mac compatible.  Read more

MacMall has two models of the new Mac Pro in-stock and ready to ship

MacMall has two models of the elusive new Mac Pro in stock and ready to ship. The updated Mac Pro has been hotly anticipated for years and as such most early-adopters have been steamrolled by estimated shipping times up to several months.

As of right now, MacMall has the following models available to ship today:

  • MD878LL/A $3,994.00: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2.
  • Z0P8-3.5-16-1TB-D500 custom configured $4,794.00: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, 1TB PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2. Update (3/12 5:50 pm): This model is now sold out and will not ship until April.

Apple is currently quoting an estimated ship time of April for the aforementioned models.

If you need any other Apple gear be sure to check out MacMall’s St. Patrick’s Day blowout.

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Select OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Cases for iPhone 5/5s $25 (Reg. $100)

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UPDATE: Amazon raised the price on the Neon case

Amazon has dropped the prices on select OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Cases for iPhone 5/5s to only $24.99 (free shipping with Prime). That’s 75% off the list price and a match to our previous mention for the lowest price we’ve seen. Today’s offer includes the Realtree Max 4 and the Neon cases (pictured above).

OtterBox considers the Armor Series its “toughest case ever built.” It boasts protection against a 10′ drop on concrete, dust, two tons of crushing pressure and complete water submersion.

The Armor Series is also available for the iPhone 4/4s at the same low price.

If Amazon isn’t carrying the specific color combination you’re looking for it’s worth checking out Otterbox.com as they are currently offering 50% off the Armor series.

*Note: Touch ID will not work on the iPhone 5s with this case

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Crucial M500 240GB SATA III 2.5″ Solid State Drive $110 shipped (Reg. $180)

crucial-m500-deal-ssdUpdate (3/12): Now available at Amazon for $109.99 with free shipping. The 480GB is $239, which is also a good deal. Newegg has the SanDisk Ultra Plus 2.5″ 256GB SSD for $124.99.

Newegg offers the Crucial M500 240GB SATA III 2.5″ Solid State Drive for $112.98 including Super Eggsaver shipping with promo code EMCPGWW228. That’s $67 below list, and the best price we have ever seen by $12. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. Features include:

  • 500 MB/s sequential reads, 400 MB/s sequential writes, 80k random reads, 80k random writes.
  • Includes top-level hardware encryption technology.
  • Extensive quality and reliability testing built into every drive.
  • Compatible with PC and Mac® systems.
  • Three-year limited warranty

You may want to consider the Samsung 840 EVO Series SSDs that are currently on sale if you have a few extra bucks to spend. They are just a bit faster and are generally regarded as some of the best SSDs on the market.
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Headphones: Harman AKG K550 over ears: $130 shipped (Reg. $250), Monster Diesel VEKTR on-ears: $110 shipped (Reg. $230)

Updates:

We’ve got some headphone deals today including factory refurbished Harman AKG K550 closed-back reference headphones for $130 shipped. That’s $220 off the original new price, $120 off Amazon’s current listing, and the best refurbished price we can find by $30. AKG’s K series headphones are well known to be a great option for both professionals and casual users, and feature 2D-Axis folding for easy storage and transportation. They have received a 4.2/5 star rating among Amazon customers. Browse all of Harman Audio’s official factory reconditioned deals here.

Next up we have the Sennheiser Momentum on ear headphones (ivory) for $146 shipped from Amazon.

Last up, is the Monster Diesel VEKTR On-Ear Headphones with Apple ControlTalk for $120 $110 shipped. That’s $110 under the regular price, $20 under the average selling price and the best price we can find. They’ve got a 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon.

We also still have the highly rated Bose OE2 Over-Ear headphones for $84.26 (B&H matches) shipped.

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Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh External Battery Charger $40 shipped (Reg. $100)

Anker® 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh External Battery Charger with PowerIQ Technology for Smartphones and Tablets such as iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy Tab and MoreAmazon has the Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh External Battery Charger for only $39.99 shipped (when you use the promo code: ASTRO32G at check out). That’s $60 off the list price and the lowest we’ve seen it for.

The Anker is  powered by PowerIQTM technology that identifies each connected device and “speaks its language” (guaranteeing the fastest charge time for EVERY device). It also has 12000 mAh of capacity and an energy efficiency rate 10% above previous generation Astros and many current standard alternatives charges the iPhone six times. A “shake” starts a charge or displays the remaining power level. Also, with a sturdy construction and matte finish to withstand bumps and drops. Input: 5V / 1.5A

Over 700 Amazon Customers gave it 4.7/5 stars and left excellent reviews for it. Read more

Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Black: $177 shipped

Logitech-boom-discount-saleUpdate (3/11): Price bumped to $179.99. Still a great deal.

Amazon offers the Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in Black for $176.82 with free shipping. That’s over $23 off the retail price and the lowest price we’ve seen (on frankly the best looking color but Amazon is offering $20 off blue ones if you are into that). We gave it a hearty review on 9to5mac and Amazon reviewers feel the same way giving it 4.5/5 star rating.

  • Make Some Noise: UE BOOM is the 360-degree speaker that drops bold, immersive sound in every direction
  • Up for Anything: UE BOOM has a versatile, go anywhere shape that is designed to be spontaneous
  • Life-Resistant: Colorful acoustic skin with plasma coating makes UE BOOM water and stain resistant
  • Live Wirelessly: Switch songs, adjust volume and take phone calls from up to 50 feet away. The rechargeable battery has 15 hours of playback
  • Double Up: Wirelessly connect two UE BOOMs together in stereo via the UE BOOM app to spread the sound and pump up the volume
  • Lithium Batteries are included, they are built into the device and are non-removable

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Bose OE2 Over-Ear, fold flat headphones and case: $84 shipped

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Amazon offers the Bose OE2 Over-Ear headphones for $84.26 (B&H matches) shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on these well reviewed, light  stereo headset that fold flat for easy carrying with the included carrying case. Features:

  • TriPort technology, available only from Bose, reproduces tonally balanced audio with deep low notes from lightweight, on-ear headphones.
  • Bose acoustic equalization fine-tunes the frequency response of the headphones for exceptional audio performance.
  • Soft, cushioned earcups rest gently on your ears, providing a smooth, natural audio experience and a comfortable fit.
  • Fold flat earcups rotate into headband for increased portability and easy storage.
  • Adjustable headband allows approximately three inches of adjustment in length. Sturdy design features soft cushion for added comfort.
  • Detachable cable on a single earcup means less tangling and more convenient storage.
  • Slim carrying case stores and protects headphones and accessories during travel.
  • Hologram label provides a visual identifier and unique product code signifying the headphones are a genuine article from Bose. The hologram also has various security features that enable Bose to confirm the authenticity of the label.

Want noise cancelling headphones from Bose? Grab the QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones from LA Computer for $285, an all time low.

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Sony SRS-BTX300 Bluetooth/NFC portable speaker and power bank $98 shipped (Reg. $200)

sony-SRSBTX300-bluetooth-speakerUpdate: JBL Micro OnBeat speaker: $35 + $5 shipping (Reg. $70 average selling price & matching our all-time low).

Amazon offers the Sony SRS-BTX300 portable speaker for $98 with free shipping. That’s $102 below list, practically $60 better than the average selling price, and the best price we have ever seen for this speaker with Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. It features hands-free calling via a built-in speakerphone, up to 8 hours of battery life, and a USB port to keep all your devices juiced up while on the go. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 168 Amazon reviewers.sony-lightning-dock-amazon

The Sony RDP-XF300IPN iPad/iPhone/iPod Lightning dock with Bluetooth streaming is also available for $148, which is just about $3 above its all-time low price. It retails for $250.

Groupon also has the JBL OnBeat Mini Speaker Dock with Lightning Connector for $50 shipped. That’s $150 off the original listing, $100 better than JBL’s price and $75 less than Amazon’s current listing. The JBL Mini has received a 4/5 star rating on Amazon. For today’s Tech Woot you can grab the JBL Micro OnBeat for $35 + $5 shipping (matching our all-time low).

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Canon imageCLASS LBP6000 Compact Laser Printer $50 shipped (Reg. $120)

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Staples has the Canon imageCLASS (LBP6000) Compact Laser Printer for a low $49.99 shipped. That’s more than half off the list price, $10 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen for it. This Canon features speeds up to 19ppm and a single cartridge system for cost-efficient supplies replenishment. Also, it has advanced print modes including:  poster, watermark, and toner saver.

Over 200 Amazon customers gave it 4/5 stars and left excellent reviews.

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TP-LINK 500Mbps Gigabit Powerline network extender: $30 (Reg. up to $60)

TP-LINK AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter-sale-01Amazon has the TP-LINK AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adapter for $30 (free shipping with Prime membership). We’ve seen this model go for as high as $60 in the past. Today’s deal is $10 off the regular listing, and the current best price we can find. It features speeds of up to 500mbps, a nice power saving setting and a range of about “984.3feet in house.”

With a couple Powerline adapters you can bring hardwire internet access through any electrical outlet in your home or office. It can be a great option for those that are having a hard time getting wireless access in certain rooms or spaces as well help to avoid messy ethernet cables running through your ceilings and walls.

It has received a 4.4/5 star rating on Amazon. Keep in mind you’ll need at least two adapters like this to extend your network, Amazon has the TP Link AV500 Starter Kit with two adapters and two ethernet cables for $60.  Amazon has some cheap (but highly rated) Belkin Cat 5 cables right now for $3 if you need extras.

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