iTunes Free App of the Week: RGB Express Mini Truck ($2.99 value)

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Apple has selected RGB Express – Mini Truck Puzzle to be this week’s free iOS app. Regularly listed at $2.99, you can pick up the charming puzzler today on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. This is the very first time we have seen the game go free since it released on the App Store late last month.

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iTunes Gift Cards up to 15% off from Staples and Best Buy

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Save up to 15% on iTunes gift cards with two new weeklong promotions from Staples and Best Buy:

Staples offers greater savings, but the Best Buy promotion is more flexible allowing you to buy iTunes cards of multiple denominations, which is more helpful if you plan to give these as gifts.

Each card can be redeemed for music, movies, apps, books and more from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBook Store and all other Apple digital distribution stores.

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iTunes free App of the Week: JELLIES! ($1 value)

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Every week Apple picks one app to go free on iOS. Regularly priced at $1, arcade puzzler JELLIES! is now available for download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for free. The game released back in June for $1.99 and the only other time we’ve seen it free was a short 3 day sale in late August. It has received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 210 reviews.

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Download an iTunes playlist with eight popular country songs for free (over $9 value)

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Need some more free tunes to go along with your new U2 album? People Magazine is back with another iTunes country music playlist for free.

Head to this page and click the blue “Get The Code” button to get your iTunes redemption code. This unique code can be redeemed via the iTunes desktop or iOS app. Please refer to the image above to see which songs are included in this playlist. All of the songs are currently priced at $0.99 or more on iTunes. US only.

Media: Bob Marley’s Legend album for $0.99, new Maroon 5 song free, Fandango movie ticket $7, more

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It’s really, really hard to find anyone who dislikes this album. In fact, I bet that many of you had Bob Marley’s Legend album on CD or even (gasp!) cassette. I’m also willing to bet that tape is now lost and the CD is scratched to holy hell.

Fire up Google Play and you can get a digital copy of it for just $0.99. Top to bottom, this album is killer. But my favorite tracks include No Woman No Cry, Buffalo Soldier, and Redemption song.

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Maroon 5 may or may not be your cup of tea, but since you’re reading this site I’m going to assume you’re a cheapskate and appreciate free tunes. Click over to this Kia promo page and simply hit the download button to grab a free copy of “Animals” from Maroon 5’s new album, “V.” Get the rest of the album on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

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Amazon Local has one movie ticket from Fandango for $7 (up to $14 value). The credit can be used at over 22,000 Fandango cinemas. The promotional value expires on 11/30, but the paid value never expires.

iTunes is currently offering two different HD movie bundles:

Harry Potter 8-film collection for $49.99:

  • Includes: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.

Outrageous Comedies for $29.99:

  • Includes: Neighbors, Bridesmaids, Ted, Knocked up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

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Smart buys: our favorite back to school tech essentials


These tech essentials will not only help you survive college life, but maybe even help you land a spot on the Dean’s list (no promises). Even though the majority of our top picks are geared towards college students living in a dorm, we think they can help students of all ages.

All of the recommendations below have been shaped by my experiences while attending a four-year private University.

Entertainment

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The fall is not only back to school season, but also home to the baseball playoffs and the start of the football season. MLB.TV is expensive and NFL Sunday Ticket is a hassle. We recommend a Sling Media Slingbox to keep tabs on your favorite sports teams while away from home. The all-new SlingBox M1 was just released and is the most affordable Slingbox ever at just $149.99.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may be the flashy options for dorm room gaming, but we recommend saving a few bucks and opting for an Xbox 360 or Wii U. The Xbox 360 has a huge back super-smash-bros-wii-ucatalog of awesome games that are now priced to move. Plus, some next-gen games (like Mortal Kombat X), will also be available on 360 and PS3. The Wii U has had a rough run, but party games like Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming Super Smash Brothers make it an excellent choice for dorm room hang sessions.

Skip Blu-ray and DVD. The players will take up prime TV stand real-estate and it’s a hassle to find the movie you’re looking for and then physically pop it in a player (I know, first world problems). Instead, go with a Roku 3/streaming stick or Apple TV to stream your media from Netflix (free trial), Hulu Plus (free trial), and iTunes.

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It’s perfectly OK that listening to Norah Jones Spotify radio (student discount) helps you study, but don’t be that guy and play it out loud. A nice pair of headphones are key for school. If your budget allows it, then definitely upgrade to a set of noise-cancelling cans, like the Bose QC15, to drown out any background noise. Bust out a larger portable Bluetooth speaker like the Logitech UE BOOM (review) or Jawbone’s Big JAMBOX (review) when it’s time to party.

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Media: Captain America early iTunes release/3D Blu-ray deal, Chuck complete series on Blu-ray $67, more

Update (8/22 9:00am): Today only, Amazon has Stargate Atlantis – The Complete Series on Blu-ray for ($44.99)/DVD ($29.99), their best prices ever.

You can enjoy Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Solider three weeks before its official release thanks to an early release ($19.99) on iTunes.

But the biggest superhero fans are going to want to take advantage of Target’s current preorder deal. For just $22.99, you’ll get this film in the following formats: 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray and digital copy. It also includes exclusive “Behind The Lens” bonus footage.

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Amazon offers Chuck: The Complete Series on Blu-ray for $66.77 shipped. That’s 63% below the list price of $180 and the best deal we have ever seen. This set includes season 1-5 of this action-packed comedy TV series that has scored an 8.3 star rating on IMDB.

More Blu-ray deals via Amazon:

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Media: Blu-ray Steelbooks up to 45% off, Neighbors/Knocked Up iTunes movie bundle $20, MP3 albums $2, more

Sometimes the traditional plastic Blu-ray cases just don’t do your favorite films justice. That’s where Steelbooks come in. They are metal media cases that feature unique artwork. These are meant to be appreciated and displayed. Simply put, they are like a Cadillac for your favorite movies and games.

As part of its movies and TV deals of the week, Amazon offers up to 45% off hit Steelbooks on Blu-ray. All of our favorites are at their best prices ever:

Neighbors doesn’t hit Blu-ray/DVD until September 23rd, but it’s available at iTunes right now for $14.99. Better yet, download the Neighbors and Knocked Up movie bundle for just $19.99.

Other Seth Rogan and Zac Efron movies are also on sale for $9.99 each: 50/50, Superbad, This Is the End, Pineapple Express, more

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Amazon has marked down a bunch of popular albums down to just $1.99 each. Artists include Nirvana, Eminem, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and more. Aditionally, Google Play has several hit songs available as free downloads.
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Media: IMAX Ultimate Collection (20 discs) on DVD $35, Gaslight Anthem iTunes First Play, $5 Blu-rays, more

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Update (8/9 8:45am): Bond 50: 23 Film Collection w/ Skyfall [Blu-ray]: $99 shipped (orig. $300)

Update (8/7 11:15am):

Groupon offers the IMAX Ultimate Collection on DVD for $34.99 with free shipping. This collection is several years old now, so the list price of $109 certainly isn’t a fair comparison, but it is worth noting that this is within a couple dollars of the best deal we have ever seen. It includes 20 discs, which boils down to less than $2 per film.

From the maiden voyage of the world’s first space shuttle to extraordinary Antarctic animal populations, these films bring the big-screen adventures to home theaters, expanding viewers’ knowledge of the world.

Major Hollywood actors such as Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, and Kiefer Sutherland have lent their voices to some of the included films.

iTunes deals:

Blu-ray deals via Amazon:

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Best prices ever for the Breaking Bad complete series: Blu-ray $102.49 (Reg. $231), DVD $72.49 (Reg. $161).

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Media: Vivitek Qumi Q5 projector (refurb) $289, iTunes SciFi comedies $10 each, Hunger Games eBook $2, more

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Update (8/1 9:45am): Best prices ever for the Breaking Bad complete series: Blu-ray $102.49 (Reg. $231), DVD $72.49 (Reg. $161).

Update (7/30 9:30am): Today only, Amazon has up to 55% Off Pacific Rim Collector’s Edition and the Predator Bundle:

To start off this week’s Media roundup, recreate a cinema experience in your basement or media room with this refurbished Vivitek Qumi Q5 for $289 shipped from BuyDig with coupon code EDUSEG30K at checkout. As a pricing comparison, Amazon and Best Buy are currently charging nearly $550 for this unit in new condition.

It casts your favorite movies, tv shows, and games up to 90-inches (diagonal) and features a 720p resolution with DLP Link technology that creates a 3D effect. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars from Amazon reviewers.

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Sci-Fi comedies for $9.99 each at iTunes: Zombieland, Space Jam, Spaceballs, more
Blu-rays under $10
at Amazon: Inside Llewyn Davis $9.99, The Bourne Legacy $6.96, Pacific Rim $9.99, more

Today only, get The Hunger Games Kindle book for $1.99 (Reg. $12.99) and add Audible narration for another $1.99.

Chromecast streaming media player plus 3-months of All Access (more info) for free $30 ($55 value)

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Classic TV collections on DVD:

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Media: Man of Steel Blu-ray set w/ figurine $15, Eric Clapton free iTunes First Play, American Hustle $10, more

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Update (7/25 8:00am):  Today only, Amazon has the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set) for $129.99 shipped (Reg. $219). That’s the best price ever by $10. Best Buy offers a selection of DVDs/Blu-rays starting at $4.99 each. Titles include: Marvel movies, Rescue Me seasons, Doctor Who, Kill Bill, Harry Potter, and more.

Update (7/23 8:30 AM): Newegg offers the Energy Power Bar Elite Sound Bar System for $197.99 shipped with coupon code EMCYTZG723 (orig. $599.99). Newegg includes a Scosche Bluetooth Home Receiver with the purchase of this sound bar. The Power Bar Elite Sound Bar comes highly rated, Amazon customers have given it 4.5/5 stars.

As part of its Blu-ray deal of the week, Amazon offers the Man of Steel Figurine Limited-Edition Giftset for $14.99 with free 2-day shipping for Prime members (free trial). All other buyers will need to spend at least $35 (pad your order w/ deals below) to sidestep shipping costs.

This deal is 75% below list and the best price we have ever seen by a few bucks. In addition to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD copies of the film, you’ll also get a Superman and General Zod “1:16 scale figurines from DC Collectibles…”

More Superhero action from Amazon’s Deal of the Week:

  • Man of Steel Collector’s Edition [BR 3D + BR + DVD + UV Combo Pack] $24.99 (Reg. $60)
    • Includes: “The theatrical version of the film in 3D HD, HD and SD, and … a limited release metal “S” glyph with acrylic glass stand.”
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition [Blu-ray] $38.99 (Reg. $100)
    • Includes: Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises

iTunes media:

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Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) is now available to stream for free as an iTunes First Play. It’s scheduled to be released July 29th and the preorder is currently priced at $11.99.

  • Alt Rock albums $6.99 each: Jack White, MGMT, Killers, Imagine Dragons, more
  • RoboCop in HD $9.99
  • The Twilight Saga in HD: $9.99 each

More Blu-rays from Amazon:

Sony BDP-S1100 Blu-ray Player (wired) w/ streaming apps: Refurbished w/ 90-day warranty for $32.99 shipped (orig. $90 new) | Secondipity via Amazon

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