Apple iPhone 6: $498 off contract, (iPhone 6 Plus: $598) refurb at Walmart (23% off)

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Update: Boost Mobile (A Sprint Pre-paid brand) offers new iPhone 6 for $549.99 and iPhone 6 Plus for $649.99 without a plan but they are locked to Boost/Sprint. They do come with a 1 year Apple warranty and are brand new however

Walmart offers both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus refurbished for $498 and $598 shipped. That’s $151 off the new price and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for refurbished iPhone 6/Pluses. These come in White, Gray or Gold are given a 90-day Walmart warranty.

Note: Verizon iPhones are essentially unlocked but Sprint and AT&T versions will be locked to carriers. This is a great way to buy a second/replacement/extra iPhone 6 and save hundreds off of what Apple charges.

Too much? You can grab a refurb iPhone 5c in a variety of colors for $210 shipped on Ebay. Read more

Small States: Schoolhouse Electric makes beautiful home goods w/ old school techniques, giveaway worth $100

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Small States offers us an opportunity to showcase unique companies that we’ve discovered here in the United States. Telling the story of those who’ve made the conscious decision to create something here rather than there. Today, we bring to you Schoolhouse Electric of Portland, Oregon. A company that has been around for over a decade creating beautiful home goods that remind us of every style over the last 120 years.

From hand-blown lights to meticulously designed clocks, well designed home goods abound from this gem in the Northwest. What was born out of a desire for quality products has become a true American story that Small States is all about.

This is Schoolhouse Electric.
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Avid will offer a free version of its digital audio workstation software known as Pro Tools First

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Avid, makers of one of, if not, the industry leading recording apps, have announced a brand new free version of Pro Tools. Known as Pro Tools First and aimed at newcomers, the slimmed down digital audio workstation will be made available for free in the coming months.

While the company has been moving its Pro Tools platform into a more subscription based service, the full version is certainly still quite expensive, so this is a great option for anyone interested in jumping in. But as you likely imagined, the cut down price also comes with a cut down feature set, head below for all the details…

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Gaming For Couples: The best Xbox One bundles, games, demos and accessories

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Our last Gaming For Couples article looked at Nintendo’s Wii U as a complete package — it’s arguably the easiest console to recommend to casual gamers, lapsed players, and young families. But Microsoft’s Xbox One has started to surge as an alternative. For only $50 more than the Wii U, you get a much more powerful console, and unlike Nintendo, Microsoft has the support of a huge number of third-party developers.

There’s another big difference: even top-selling Xbox One games are discounted, which makes this console a great choice to play both Microsoft exclusives and cross-platform releases. In this week’s Gaming For Couples, we walk through the best Xbox One bundle options, as well as the top couple-friendly games, demos, and accessories out there.

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Apogee’s new Groove portable amp uses four DACs to match different headphones

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Your personal music collection is one of the most, well personal, things that many of us have in our lives. Everyone has different tastes and likes to listen in their own way. What many consumers do not realize is that they are typically not hearing the music as it was intended. We’ve covered the importance of digital-to-analog converters (DAC) before, but today we are seeing a new option that packs everything a DAC offers into a smaller, portable package.

Apogee, makers of recording industry leading microphones, audio interfaces and more, has announced the newest addition to its line of products with the portable USB Groove DAC and headphone amp for Mac and Windows PC. It comes packed with intriguing features and will launch with a special edition model you’ll certainly want to see.

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The best student discounts: save at Apple, Best Buy, J.Crew and dozens of other national retailers

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Life as a student can be a struggle, from trying to keep up with your classes to working at a part-time job. Don’t forget about your girlfriend or those student loans weighing over your head as well. The good news: we’re here to help put a couple bucks back in your pocket so you don’t have to settle for cheap beer this weekend…

9to5Toys has scoured the internet looking for some of the best discounts available to students and rounded them up. Below we’ve got details on potential savings at Apple, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and more. You probably had no idea that you’ve been missing out on those discounted burritos.

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Home: Shark portable garment steamer (refurb) $30 (orig. $70), PEET Shoe Dryer $29 (orig. $50), shavers, more

Shark Press & Refresh Garment Steamer (GS500)-sale-01Groupon is offering the refurbished Shark Press & Refresh Garment Steamer (GS500) for $29.99 shipped. That’s more than 50% under the original listing, $32 under Amazon (new) and the best price we can find.

This portable steamer features adjustable steam levels, a WrinkleEraser that “helps dry clothes”, “kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria” with heat as hot as 320ºF, and has a vertical press pad made to replace ironing boards. More details below. It comes with a 30-day warranty from PRC and has received a 3.7/5 star rating from over 120 Amazon customers

PEET Dryer Original 2-Shoe Electric Dryer-sale-01As part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering the PEET Dryer Original 2-Shoe Electric Dryer in black (M97-FSB) for $28.75 with free Prime shipping (free trial) or on orders over $35. That’s 42% under the original listing, around $6 under the next best prices and the best we’ve seen from a trusted retailer in over a year.

Its “PEET DryPorts circulate air for thorough drying”, as well as neutralizing odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. It has a rating of 4.7/5 stars from over 700 Amazon customers.

Before you head below for the rest of today’s deals from Philips, Rubbermaid, Oggi and more, be sure to checkout Home Depot’s deal of the day. You’ll find up to 45% off a selection of Honeywell Allergen Plus Pleated Air Filter packs.

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,599 ($200 off)

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Amazon offers the Apple 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (model MGX92LL/A) 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB for $1,599 with free shipping, which is $200 off list. B&H also has it for the same price and only charges sales tax at the time of purchase for buyers in NY. However, Amazon offers Prime benefits and charges sales tax at purchase for a limited number of states, so be sure to weigh both options when making your purchase.

This is Apple’s top of the line standard configuration 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

If you’re looking for an Air, then head to this post to save $199 on a current generation 13-inch model.

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iTunes Free App of the Week – Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game ($1.99 value)

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This week’s free app courtesy of the App Store is Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game. The puzzler is regularly listed at $1.99 and is now available to download for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Outside of a 3 day sale back in October of 2014, this is the only other time we have seen the game go free.

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Leatherman is going to put out a wearable multi-tool with a Swiss watch


Multi-tools are a must have for any Wilderness Explorer. The problem is that they aren’t any good if you forget it or in the case of Leatherman’s President, Ben Rivera, it gets you denied from the happiest place on earth. But this summer these issues will be a thing of the past. From afar, the Leatherman Tread looks like a beefed up metal watch band. Look a bit closer and you’ll notice that each link is actually a functional tool. It includes a cutting hook, screwdrivers, box wrenches, glass breaker, and a bottle opener. There are 25 tools in all. It’s even TSA-compliant.

To add even more functionality, while making the Tread appear more inconspicuous, Leatherman will also sell a version with a Swiss-made timepiece.

Pricing is set to start at around $150. Too much moola for ya? The best selling Leatherman Multi-tool on Amazon checks in at less than $30.

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Fashion: Save 40% off at Banana Republic, up to 50% off The North Face Jackets, 70% at Abercrombie, more

Banana Republic is currently taking 40% off full-priced styles with promo code BRTIME. Additionally, you can save 50% on all sale items with promo code BREXTRA. They offer a wide variety of professional and casual clothing for men and women and this is one of the better discounts that we see throughout the year. Free shipping is available on orders of $50+.

Our favorite deals from Banana Republic:

Nordstrom is still taking up to 50% off The North Face brand jackets, clothing and more. This is one of the larger discount sales that we have seen on this gear from The North Face. Typically these items go on sale ahead of or after the winter months. Free shipping and returns are available on all items.

A few standouts include:

Head below for additional fashion deals from Abercrombie, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren and more…

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IK Multimedia unveils the iRig Mic Studio and PowerBridge adapter for iOS/Mac + the new UA Android guitar interface

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IK Multimedia, one of the leading iOS (and more recently Android) audio production device makers, has announced a series of new products at NAMM 2015. On top of a new power adapter that keeps your iDevice charging while your recording or performing on-the-go and a new Android interface/audio effects processing unit, the company has revealed its new digital mobile/desktop condenser mic…

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