Small States: DODOcase uses old world craftsmanship to protect your modern devices, giveaways & 20% promo code

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Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Since we began writing Small States about two and half months ago, we’ve been afforded the opportunity to tell the story of many great companies in the United States. It has been an incredible journey of meeting people that are passionate about bringing old world craftsman skills back to a country that has found peace in buying things from overseas. We have met and profiled so many great proprietors of high-quality products, telling their story has been an honor for us.

Today, we highlight DODOcase, makers of beautiful goods that provide a home for your iPad, iPhone, laptops and more. With Small States, we’ve found an opportunity to highlight products that are manufactured within the United States, but with DODO it’s about so much more.

This San Francisco based company is not only manufacturing beautiful products, they are bringing back a way of life and skill that has quickly escaped our country over the last 50 years. Read more

Best Buy MacBook sale: Pro w/ Retina Display 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB: $1,800 or less (Reg. $2,000)

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Best Buy is discounting a selection of MacBook Air, Retina, and Pro laptop computers.

But the standout of the bunch is the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (MGXA2LL/A) for $1,799.99, which is a drop of $200. All other retailers are charging at least $100 more. Usually we only see significant discounts on entry-level Air/13-inch Retina Macs, so if you’re looking for more power then this is the deal you’ll want to grab.

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Additionally, you can shave another $50 off your final price if you have access to a .edu email address. Read more

New 13.3-inch MacBook Air 4GB/128GB for $750 shipped w/.EDU email ($250 off/$850 w/o)

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Best Buy has the MacBook Air 1.4GHz 4GB/128GB SSD 13.3-inch for $848.99 shipped. Apply EDU email discount of $100 to drop the price to $749.99 shipped. That’s the lowest price we can find on a 13.3-inch Haswell MacBook Air new.  (Choose open box to drop the price another $51 to $698).

13-inch : 128GB Specifications

  • 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 4GB memory
  • 128GB PCIe-based flash storage

Other MacBooks are also on sale Best Buy. Read more

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock: $167 shipped (Reg. $300)

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Amazon has the no cable Thunderbolt Express Dock for $166 shipped coming close to the all-time low.

The Thunderbolt Express dock connect up to 8 separate devices to your laptop and it features dual Thunderbolt out, Gigabit Ethernet port, 3 USB 3.0 connections, audio in/out and Firewire 800. Tech Crunch said “Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock Is The Best Damn Thing In The World” and Amazon reviewers give it a 3.5/5 star rating.

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Don’t have an extra Thunderbolt cable? Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock (w/cable): $194 shipped (Reg. $300)

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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock: $150 shipped (Reg. $300)

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Update: Amazon has the no cable Thunderbolt Express Dock for $149 shipped again (matching the all-time low.)

You can connect up to 8 separate devices to your laptop and it features a Thunderbolt out, Gigabit Ethernet port, 3 USB 3.0 connections, audio in/out and Firewire 800. Tech Crunch said “Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock Is The Best Damn Thing In The World” and Amazon reviewers give it a 3.5/5 star rating.

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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock (w/cable): $200 shipped (Reg. $300)

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Take $150 off MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy with .edu email

best-buy-macbook-imac-college-dealFolks with a valid .edu email address can sign up to receive a special promo code that will extend a $150 discount to all MacBooks and iMac computers. Apple’s student discounts start at $50 on low-end configurations, which makes Best Buy’s promo nearly three times as valuable for some models. It includes in-stock MacBook Air, Retina, and Pro models and all standard configuration iMac desktop computers.

If you don’t have access to a .edu email address you should check out Adorama and MacMall’s President’s Day Sale for the best Mac prices from authorized dealers.

Also, Best Buy is still offering $50 off all iPad mini Retina models and $20 off the first generation iPad mini.
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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock: $200 shipped ($100 off)

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Belkin takes $100 off its Thunderbolt Express Dock for MacBook and other Thunderbolt-equipped Macintoshes yielding a $199.99 plus free shipping price (price drops in cart).  The Thunderbolt dock has a Gigabit Ethernet port, Thunderbolt out, 3 USB 3.0 ports, AUX audio in and out and Firewire 800. If you don’t have a Thunderbolt cable laying around, you’ll need to grab one.

TechCrunch said: “Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock Is The Best Damn Thing In The World”

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Logitech announces Ultrathin multi-touch Bluetooth mice made to match your MacBook & Ultrabook

Logitech has announced a new line of Ultrathin, bluetooth enabled touch mice today. The ultra portable mouse will come in two different models, one in black focused on Windows Ultrabook users and the other in white, designed to match your Macbook perfectly.

Both models come with the same specs, boasting full multi-touch gesture control and Logitech’s Easy Switch technology that allows the mouse to be connected to multiple devices at once. They feature a a slick looking brushed metallic body, a “feather-light” design at 70g and a 85 mm x 59mm x 18 mm footprint.

“Whether it’s a computer, tablet, smartphone or touch-navigation device, people are looking for thin, modern design that works fluidly,” said Charlotte Johs, Logitech global vice president of brand development. “We created the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse to give people an ultraportable mouse that complements today’s MacBook and Ultrabook computers.”

The new black Ultrathin T630 will launch next month and the white T631 for Mac will be available in November across the US and Europe. Logitech has put a $70 suggested retail price on the new ultra portable mice. For more information head over to Logitech’s new official Ultrathin Touch Mouse support page. Gallery below: Read more

MegaMacs: Buy a select MacBook, get Office 2011 for free + free shipping

At MegaMacs, buy a select MacBook and get Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac for free. (Add a system to your cart, then add Office 2011 separately; the software will show “FREE” in-cart.) With free shipping via coupon code “FREESHIP”, many duos are at the lowest total price we could find. Deal ends September 12. Notable deals:

A 30-day MegaMacs warranty applies to the above models.

MacBook Pro Ivy Bridge i5 Dual 2.5GHz 13″ Laptop for $999 + pickup at Fry’s

For in-store pickup only, Fry’s Electronics offers the current-generation MacBook Pro Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Notebook, model no. MD101LL/A, for $999. That’s $101 under our shipped mention from three days ago and the lowest total price we could find, also by $101. Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include an Intel Core i5 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 13.3″ 1280×800 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme (802.11n wireless), Bluetooth 4.0, SDXC card slot, Facetime camera, Thunderbolt port, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.