November 3, 2013

Now that Google has finally caught up with demand for the Chromecast we’re getting one of the first real discounts on this nifty media player. Anyone with a valid .edu email address is eligible to purchase a Chromecast for $29.99 with free shipping from Best Buy. The Chromcast will wirelessly beam movies, music, web content and more from Android, iOS, Mac and PC devices to any HDTV via a WiFi connection. As of right now the Chromecast supports Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and just recently added compatibility with Pandora and Hulu Plus. Initial Best Buy deal ends 11/24. For those of you without a .edu email address, your best bet for a Chromecast is at Amazon thanks to Prime benefits, potential tax savings, and a no-hassle return policy.

You can also save $30 on a Pebble Smart Watch, one of the very first discounts we’ve seen on this popular gadget. expand full story

Update: Deal is back and a great way to save on a new Air without dealing with Black Friday crowds or gift card promos.

As one of their daily deals, BidAllies via eBay is offering a new iPad Air 16GB WiFi in silver or space gray for $489 with free shipping. Tax is only charged at the time of purchase for buyers in New Jersey. That equates to a potential savings of around $40 depending on the state in which you reside. The iPad Air was released just 2 days ago and features a new super-svelte design, blazing fast A7 chip, and MIMO wireless connectivity. If you can’t wait for the iPad Air to ship your next best deal is a $20 discount from Walmart, Staples, or Target.

Buy with confidence, BidAllies is a Top-Rated Plus eBay seller with a feedback rating of 98.7%.

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SOLD OUT Amazon is offering the Logitech UE Mini Boom in multiple colors starting at just $89.84 with free shipping for the black version. That is a savings of over $10 when compared to retail and the best price ever for this recently released (10/1/13) speaker. It builds on its fantastic predecessor, the UE Boombox (on sale for $78), by offering even bigger sound. 9to5Mac explains:

It is both louder and crisper at higher volumes as well. It is another class…to quote Spinal Tap, they’ve gone to 11 and further. As you can see in the video – the sound of the Boom at 1/3 is what the Box didn’t hit until 2/3rd of the way.

The accompanying iOS/Android app provides firmware updates, EQ customization and even doubling up settings to pair multiple speakers. Check out our full review of Mini Boom in the YouTube video below. Spoiler alert! We found it to be an incredible value. Early Amazon reviewers agree and rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The red version is available for $91, and yellow at $92.

logitech-UE-BOOM-bluetoothAmazon has also dropped $20 off the mini’s big brother, the Ultimate Ears BOOM. Available in several colors, it is now just $180 with free shipping. The BOOM features a 360-degree speaker design, water/stain resistant exterior, and 15 hours of playback on a single charge. 190 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. expand full story


November 2, 2013

Reminder: Target’s guaranteed $200 trade-in value for any iPad promotion is scheduled to end on 11/9. For example, you can get a new iPad mini for $74 after trading in a first generation 16GB WiFi iPad and using the $25 Target gift card included with your purchase.

In time for the holiday season Target is promoting its gadget trade-in-program and discounts for Apple products. Their trade in program allows you to trade in iPhones, iPods, or iPads to receive a Target gift card for use towards the purchase of a new device. To be eligible to participate in the trade in program, the device must power on and be in working condition without any broken components. If customers shop with the Target RED Card, they receive an additional 5% off…

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November 1, 2013

Amazon is slashing contract pricing for the Moto X and LG G2 even further. On a two-year contract, you can get the Moto X for $20 on Sprint, $50 on Verizon, and $60 on AT&T. That’s a savings of up to $80 off our previous low from last month. It boasts a 4.7-inch display and a 10MP rear camera that shoots full 1080p HD footage.

Amazon continues to offer the LG G2 for $100 with a 2-year contract on Verizon. It features a larger 5.2-Inch screen and a 13MP camera that also captures full 1080p video. Of course, don’t forget to consider the new Nexus 5 when making your purchase decision. expand full story

Groupon is offering the manufacturer refurbished HT-E3500 Samsung 5.1 500W smart Blu-ray home theater system for $130 shipped. That’s $100 off the original listing and Amazon’s new price, $70 better than the next best new price and the lowest refurb listing we can find.

This 500W system comes with the speakers and Blu-ray player, and features  dual Crystal Amp Plus technology filters, built-in apps from Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Vudu, and Pandora, AllShare or easy sharing between Samsung devices.  If you’re not interested in the entire system, Woot has a refurbished BD-FM57C Samsung Blu-ray player with apps for just $35 + $5 shipping, which is $45 under the new asking price and within a few dollars of the lowest price ever.

Samsung 5.1 500W Smart Blu-ray Home Theater System (refurb): $130 shipped (Reg. $230 new)

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Update: Price bumped to $376, still solid.

As part of their Canon lens promotion, Amazon has a bundle that includes the Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR w/ 18-55mm IS II Lens, 16GB memory card, and medium gadget bag for $349.99 with free shipping. If you were to purchase each item separately at their respective retail prices the total would be $509, which yields a total savings of $159 for today’s bundle. The camera alone retails for $449. Even better, refer to the promo page for individual coupon codes that extend savings of up to $300 on additional lens purchases. You must select each item from the special promo page to be eligible for the bundle pricing. All discounts will be shown at the final checkout page.

The T3 features a lightweight form factor, 12.2-Megapixel CMOS sensor and the ability to shoot 1280×720 HD video via the improved EOS HD Movie mode. Over 575 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is the best selling DSLR on Amazon. canon-t3-bundle-deal-amazon expand full story

Today’s best deals in gaming/apps include Best Buy’s 2-Day holiday Kick-off sale which has some great deals on Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL as well as the Disney Infinity Starter kit at $60. We also have your daily batch of discounted and free iOS apps, head below the fold for all the details.

Best Buy is offering the new Pokemon themed 3DS XL for just $170 shipped. These are regularly listed at $200, bringing you $30 in savings today. If Pokemon isn’t your thing, Amazon has the blue/black versions for the same $170. The new Pokemon X and Y has been received quite well among critics as one of the best titles in the franchise and garnering an 87 and 88 Metascore respectively.

Nintendo 3DS XL: Limited Edition Pokemon X and Y: $170 (Reg. $200) Nintendo 3DS XL: Blue/Black $170 (Reg. $200) Nintendo 3DS: Paper Mario: Sticker Star: $8 (Reg. $40) Nintendo 3DS: Mario and Luigi Dream Team: $25 (Reg. $40) – Amazon price match

Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/Wii U/3DS: Disney infinity Starter Pack: $60 (Reg. $80) – best current price Xbox 360: Skylanders Giants Starter Pack: $35 (Reg. $60) expand full story

Update: Staples is also taking $20 off the 16GB iPad Air and is showing delivery in just 2 business days with free shipping.

As noted on 9to5mac, Walmart is rolling back the price of the just released iPad Air, knocking $20 off the price without having to wait in any lines.  The $479 price is available online or ship to store with deliveries guaranteed in a week or two. This 1-lb. tablet is 0.29″ thick and features a 9.7″ 2048×1536 Retina display, Apple A7 64-bit processor, M7 motion coprocessor FaceTime HD front-side camera, dual microphones, 5-megapixel iSight camera, 802.11n wireless with MIMO, Lightning connector, 10-hour battery life, and iOS 7.


Rather than spending $399 for a 16GB Wifi iPad 2 at Apple, why not get yourself a new 64GB version with 3G unlocked for GSM carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile for the same $399 price with tax in Maryland and free shipping in US? expand full story


October 31, 2013

Alongside the launch of the iPad Air tomorrow, Best Buy is holding some special price promotions for some MacBook and older iPad models. The company says that it will provide $100 discounts on all MacBook Air models on Friday and Saturday. The offer will be available both via the company’s online store and in its chain of physical retail stores. If you don’t absolutely need one of these devices this week it is best to hold tight and watch 9to5Toys (on Twitter too!) as we expect even heavier discounts throughout the holiday season.

The company will also offer a discount on the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. Currently, the Best Buy Online Store offers the $1499 configuration with 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive for $1349, but the company will take off an extra $150 ($1249) for Friday and Saturday. Like with the MacBook Air deal, this offer is applicable both in-store and online. Keep in mind, that for $50 more, you can get a thinner, lighter Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, but that will come with substantially less storage and half the RAM.

In addition to the price-cuts on Macs, buyers of the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display at Best Buy stores will get a $25 gift card. With the iPad Air coming in at $499, this older iPad model will cost $449 before the gift card. Also, the wireless Jawbone Jambox speaker system will be cut at Best Buy from $149 to $199. The speaker deal will run from Friday until Saturday this weekend, and the iPad 4 deal is already live.


2K announced today that it is hosting a Halloween sale on the App Store that discounts a number of its most popular iOS games to as little as 99 cents. The games below will be on sale until November 2nd, so you’ll want to get them now before prices return to normal on Saturday. Head below for links to all the deals: expand full story


Today’s best deals in gaming/apps include Deus Ex: The Fall down to $5, popular mobile military game Breach & Clear is available at 50% off and we also get some great price drops on Kingdom Rush Frontiers for both the iPhone and iPad. Head below for the rest of today’s iOS deals along with a bunch of Android discounts as well. 2K’s iOS game sale will continue from now through November 2, with games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 2K Drive, NBA 2K14 and Civilization Revolution, matching some of lowest prices ever on these highly rated titles.

In other app news, Chair Entertainment has dropped some new content for Infinity Blade 3 today by way of the new Soul Hunter update. It includes a new quest, location and Deathless Bloodmage enemy known as Oslim as well as new items, Halloween Holiday Helm, 3 all-new goals and a brand new “Explore” system that will allow players to revisit areas for additional loot and XP.

iOS Universal: Infinity Blade III: $7 – Includes new Soul Hunter update

iOS Universal: Deus Ex: The Fall: $5 (Reg. $7)

Deus Ex: The Fall is the start of a new journey in the award winning Deus Ex game series. Set in 2027– the golden era for science, technology and human augmentation. Ben Saxon an augmented former British SAS Mercenary, is desperate for the truth behind a global conspiracy threatening his life.

iOS Universal: Breach & Clear: $2 (Reg. $4) iOS Universal: LIMBO: $1 (Reg. $5) – Lowest price ever iOS Universal: Pizza Vs. Skeletons: FREE (Reg. $5) iOS Universal: King Cashing 2: $1 (Reg. $5) iOS Universal: Siegecraft TD: $1 (Reg. $3) iOS Universal: Indigo Lake: $1 (Reg. $5) iOS Universal: Fort Defenders 7 seas: FREE (Reg. $1) iOS Universal: Slender Man – Chapter 1: Alone: FREE (Reg. $1) iOS Universal: Little Luca: FREE (Reg. $1) iOS Universal: Lane Splitter: FREE (Reg. $5) iOS Universal: Monster Wars: FREE (Reg. $1)

iPhone: Kingdom Rush Frontiers: $1 (Reg. $3) iPhone: Week Calendar: $1 (Reg. $2) iPhone: Grimm: FREE (Reg. $1) iPhone: Lumicon: FREE (Reg. $1) iPhone: Sky Live – Stargazing Forecast: FREE (Reg. $1) iPhone: Freshbox: FREE (Reg. $1)

iPad: Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD: $3 (Reg. $5) iPad: SpaceChem Mobile: $3 (Reg. $6) iPad: PDF Reader Pro Edition for iPad: $2 (Reg. $10)

Mac: Max Payne 3: $10 (Reg. $40) Mac: Fantastical: $15 (Reg. $20)


Free apps of the day from Amazon for Android, include 20 free Amazon coins per download:

Android: Slender Man! Chapter 1: Alone: FREE (Reg. $1) Android: Zombie Highway: FREE (Reg. $1) Android: Greedy Spiders: FREE (Reg. $1) Android: Age of Zombies (WiFi Download Only): FREE (Reg. $1) Android: Ghost Radar: Connect: FREE (Reg. $2) Android: Zig Zag Zombie: FREE (Reg. $1)

Android: Hidden Objects – Zombie Madness: FREE (Reg. $1) Android: Drift Mania Championship 2: $1 (Reg. $2)

NBA-league-pass-free-9to5toysThe NBA is offering an extended trial of their League Pass service until November 5th. League Pass allows basketball fans to catch every game on iOS devices via the NBA Game Time app, modern web browsers, and streaming media players like the Apple TV and Roku. No billing information is necessary to sign up for the free trial. It is a great way for cable cutters to tune into their favorite team’s games all year long. Also available on Android. Subscriptions range from $39.99 to $189. Go Knicks!

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October 30, 2013


Update 2: The Target Buy 2 get 1 Free Sale is now live! There are hundreds of qualifying titles from Call of Duty: Ghosts and Grand Theft Auto V to Battlefield 4, Madden 25, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, FIFA 14, and Batman: Arkham Origins, to name a few. The deals are spread across all platforms including next gen.

Update: It looks as though the leaked image is for Target’s PS4 launch week discounts, not specifically its Black Friday deals.

More gaming deals leading up to Black Friday are starting to leak after GameStop’s 12 page ad surfaced earlier this month with some serious gaming and console deals. It looks as though Target is next, users on Reddit have posted an image of its upcoming PS4 launch week flyer.

According to the leaked image, Target will be running what might be the best deal on next-gen titles we have seen yet. It will offer a buy 2 get 1 free promo on all in stock games including PS4, Xbox One and what appears to be current gen titles as well. Target will also run a deal on the MOGA Hero Android controller with a $10 Google Play gift card.

Stay tuned to Toys, as we will be keeping you up to date with in-stock next gen pre-orders as availability becomes tighter. Amazon currently has an  Xbox One bundle available right now and Wal Mart has a Playstation 4 bundle currently listed as available as well. Both bundles are guaranteed before Dec 25, and are not Day 1 pre-orders.

You can check out the leaked Target ad below the fold. In the time of year when everything goes on sale, keep on eye on 9to5Toys over the coming weeks as we will be separating the not-so-hot discount prices from the actual good deals all month long leading up to Black Friday.

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