New and upcoming Bluetooth speakers: Denon HEOS, Scosche boomBOTTLE black & Fugoo +Sport

Scosche boomBOTTLE H2O Wireless Waterproof Speake-black-Apple retail-01We have a few new Bluetooth speaker product announcements, updates and releases including the updated Scosche boomBOTTLE H2O Waterproof Speaker, Denon’s new HEOS speakers and the Fugoo +Sport. 

The new black boomBOTTLE H2O is an Apple Store exclusive and features the same rugged design as its predecessors. It can be submerged 1 meter for up to 30 minutes and features “up-firing” 50mm speaker, a passive subwoofer, and a 33 foot Bluetooth range.  The new boomBOTTLE H2O is available starting now at Apple retail stores and on its site for $99.95.

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Logitech Harmony remotes and keyboards now work together to create the ultimate home theater experience

logitech-harmony-smart-keyboard-8geraete-fernbedienungLogitech is now giving you the power to build and tailor your home entertainment system by letting you add to your existing system (with a supplemental remote or keyboard), or building your dream system from the ground up.

Harmony gives you one of the world’s largest remote control compatibility databases with over 225,000 home theater devices. The right Harmony remote depends on your home theater setup.

  • Harmony Ultimate One and Harmony 650 give you a powerful universal remote with one-touch control and are perfect for home theater systems with an open cabinet set up.

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Google Nexus 7 2nd gen (refurbs): 16GB $130, 32GB unlocked LTE $220 + free shipping

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Update: Shopdivvy via eBay has the refurbished 16GB second generation Google Nexus 7 Tablet for $129.99 shipped, matching the lowest we’ve seen. You can also grab the official Google Nexus 7 tablet case on sale for $9.99 at Best Buy right now (matching lowest).

Today, via eBay’s Daily Deals, DrivenGPS is offering a manufacturer refurbished second-generation 32GB LTE unlocked Nexus 7 tablet for $219.99 shipped. That’s about $130 off the device’s regular asking price (brand new) and the lowest price we can find. Compatible with GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, this LTE-capable version of Google’s popular tablet is ideal for on the go data consumption.

If you’re not familiar with the Nexus 7, here’s what you can expect: a 7-inch 1080p HD IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.2 front-facing shooter, a 3,950mAh battery and the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. For more details, check out our full review of the Nexus 7.

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Home Deals: Bissell Floor Sweepers from $20, Worx Li-ion cordless grass trimmer $100 ($80 off), kitchen items, more

In today’s best Home Deals, Amazon has the Bissell Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper for $20 with free Prime shipping (free trial). Be sure to clip the $5 coupon directly under the price on the listing page. That’s 50% or $20 off the original price tag, $10 under the average selling price, and within $2 of the lowest we’ve ever seen it go for from a trusted retailer.

It “easily picks up crumbs, pet hair, cereal, dirt and more” and works on hard floor surfaces as well carpet. It has received a 4.1/5 star rating from nearly 700 Amazon customers and is ranked as the #1 Best Selling Carpet Sweeper on Amazon. You’ll find a $5 coupon on the Bissell 28806 Perfect Sweep Turbo as well (the number 2 ranked sweeper) bringing it down to $30, the lowest price we’ve seen.

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Worx via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Worx (WG190) 48-Volt Lithium Cordless Grass Trimmer and Edger for $99.99 shipped. That’s $100 under the original price, $80 under the average selling price, $60 better than Amazon and the lowest we’ve seen this model go for. It comes with a charger, 48-volt lithium battery, and spool/cap combo. 

It has received a 3.8/5 star rating on Amazon and comes with the Worx standard 2 year warranty. 

We also have a solid deal from Black & Decker’s official eBay store on a manufacturer refurbished Black & Decker 12 Amp 230 MPH Electric Yard Blower/Vac for $25 shipped (Reg. $80+ new). That’s more than $75 off the original price, $35 under Amazon’s new price, and the lowest refurbished price we can find. Some retailers still charge $100 new. 

You’ll find more notable deals on items for around the house below:

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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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Monitors: LG 24″ Widescreen $140 shipped (orig. $249), Acer 27″ G6 Series $180 shipped (Reg. $220+)

Update: Newegg via eBay has the 28-inch Samsung UD590 Series 4K Widescreen LED Backlight LCD monitor for $550 shipped (current lowest, $20 over all-time low))

Newegg has some nice deals on monitors today starting with the LG 23.8″ 5ms HDMI widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor (24MP55HQ-P) for $139.99 shipped using code EMCPCHH234 in the cart. That’s nearly $100 off the original price, $20 under Amazon’s current listing and the lowest price we can find from a trusted retailer.

It features a full 1920 x 1080 HD display, anti-glare tech, HDMI connectivity and has received a 4/5 star rating on Amazon.

Next, we have the Acer G6 Series 27″ 6ms widescreen LED Monitor (G276HLGbd) for $179.99 shipped using code EMCPCHH54 in the cart. That’s as much as $170 off the original listing, $40 better than Amazon, $39 under the next best price from a trusted retailer and the lowest price we can find.

The 27″ Acer G6 Series features a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 6ms response time, VGA & DVI inputs and comes with a 3 year limited parts and labor warranty. It has received a 4.5/5 star rating among Amazon customers.

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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

Verizon FiOS goes symmetrical, upload speeds now blaze at same rate as downloads at same cost

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Today Verizon announced that their FiOS customers will receive upload speeds that match their current download speeds. This upgrade is for everyone, both existing customers and new140720_SpeedsUpDown285 subscribers.

Now you might be familiar with Verizon’s throttling of Netflix or its mediocrity when streaming Youtube (the number 1 and 2 reasons for getting high speed internet) and those things haven’t changed nor has their anti net-neutrality stance.

But frankly, you don’t have much of a choice out there. Comcast is worse and as the FCC deregulates, it doesn’t look good unless Google Fiber is coming to your town.

Before the upgrade, the tiers were 50/25, 75/35, 150/65, 300/65, and 500/100, but now in all cases, the second # (the upload speed) will increase to match the download speed.

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Our favorite packages, the $50 for 50/50 Mb FiOS + HBO, local channels and some noteworthy HD channels including ESPN also got the upgrade making the deal even sweeter.

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There are many more packages now available at Verizon. Press release follows. Read more

Routers: Linksys Dual Band Wireless-N refurb $35 (Reg. $80), HooToo Wireless Repeater/Range Extender $20 (Reg. $50), more

Linksys EA3500 N750 Wireless Router Dual Band Wireless-N with Fast Gigabit Ports - USB - Smart WiFi - Certified Refurbished EA3500-RM

Update:  Linksys also offers the refurbished Cisco Linksys Smart Dual-Band 802.11ac Wireless Gigabit Ethernet Router for only $44.99 shipped when you enter the coupon code: “HSEMLREG10″ 

That’s $95 off the regular price and the lowest we could find. It has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, transfer rates up to 867Mbps, simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, and a 90-day Linksys warranty as well.

Amazon is offering the refurbished Linksys N750 Dual Band Wireless-N Router for only $35 shipped. That’s $45 off the list price and the lowest we could find.

It features  2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless radios for Video Streaming, Gaming and more. Easy, out of the box setup for new home network or upgrade to existing network. Plus free 90 day Linksys Award Winning Technical Support. It has four Fast Gigabit wired ports to connect printers, computers and other wired Ethernet devices. High-Speed USB port for shared storage or printer.HooToo® HT-WR01 Wireless N Signal Repeater and Range Extender, (300 Mbps 802.11 b:g:n Access Point : Repeater with WPS Button)Amazon also has the HooToo Wireless N Signal Repeater and Range Extender for $29.99. The coupon code JLUPJO8T drops it to only $19.99 shipped (w/Prime). That’s $30 off the regular price and the lowest it’s gone for on Amazon. It features the latest 802.11n technology and is also backwards compatibility with 802.11b/g standards. With wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps, it can handle high bandwidth-consuming applications such as HD video streaming, VoIP, and online multiplayer gaming.

We also found two more routers on sale today:

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Apple tablets: iPad mini 32GB $279 (orig. $429), iPad mini w/ Retina display 16GB $330 (Reg. $399), more

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Update (7/22 11:15am): Bluetek via eBay Daily Deals has the first generation iPad mini 32GB WiFi for $279 shipped (orig. $429).

Altatac (Top Rated Plus seller) via eBay Daily Deals is offering several iPad models at their best current prices:

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Apple Airport wireless routers (Refurbished): Express $60 (Reg. $99 new), Extreme $120 (Reg. $199)

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Best Buy offers the refurbished Airport Express for for $59.99 shipped (Reg. $99 new). This router is Geek Squad refurbished, and is $40 off the original price, and beats the Apple refurbished price by $15. Over 650 Amazon users have rated this popular router 4.5/5 stars. It features dual-band 802.11n connectivity for optimal performance and reduced interruptions. It also features a rear USB port for wireless printing from network-connected devices.

Best Buy also has the refurbished Airport Extreme for $119.99 shipped (Reg. $199 new). This Geek Squad refurbished router is $80 off the list price and $50 lower than the Apple refurbished price. Rated 4.5/5 stars by over 570 Amazon users, this is one of their most popular routers they sell. It serves ultrafast 802.11ac WiFi, offers USB connectivity to easily share printers and hard drives, and can be configured with the Apple AirPort mobile app.

Best Buy includes a 90-day parts and labor warranty with each of these models.

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Save an additional 25-30% at the Canon refurb store: T3 w/ Lens $252, T3i w/ lens $336, SL1 $360, more

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The official Canon refurbished store is taking up to an additional 30% off select EOS digital SLR cameras. Items eligible for this discount will be tagged “Save 30% (or 25%) Instantly.”

Keep in mind that Canon refurbished items are generally regarded as good as new (think Apple refurbs), must pass a comprehensive quality assurance inspection, and include a 1-year warranty.

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