Smaller, more efficient Raspberry Pi A+ comes in at just $20 ($15 less)

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a big small upgrade to is Pi lineup today. The A+ is a sub 2.5-inch square (65mmx55mm vs. 86mm for the B+ and A) and uses less power and adds some nice improvements:

  • More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins. The Model A+ is compatible with the HAT standard for add-on boards.
  • Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
  • Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.

The big deal is the even cheaper $20 price point, $15 less than either of the previous models.

Need some inspiration of what to build? Check out some compilations, more, more…or just check the forums. My favorite? AirPlay Mirroring.

You can pick up a  $20 Pi A+ or the $35 B here.

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ZTE Whirl 2 3.5″ Prepaid Android 4.3 phone: $20 shipped

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Kmart has the ZTE Whirl Android 4.3  smartphone (also at Best Buy) for $19.99 with free max shipping or pickup. That’s half off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for an new Android phone. This one has a 3MP camera and front facing camera for video chatting, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.

While not a high end phone by any stretch of the imagination, its $20 cost makes it a good backup, great kids “phone” or standalone GPS or other dedicated device.

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HP Chromebook 14 in Red or Turquoise refurb w/200MB 4G for life: $200 shipped ($129 off)

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the HP Chromebook 14 in Red or Turquoise refurb for $199.99 with free shipping. That’s $129.01 off the list price and the lowest we’ve ever seen this Chromebook which includes 200MB of free 4G wireless for life thru T-Mobile with the ability to get more data at T-Mobile’s rates. The 4-lb machine features 14-inch/1366 x 768 display, 4GB RAM/16GB Storage amd 1.4GHz Haswell processor.
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Mini Android TV/PC MK802 with 1GB RAM – $30 shipped

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Perfect to hook-up to a television or HDMI monitor, Amazon is offering the MK802 Mini Android PC for $29.89 — lower than the regular list price of $59. For those unfamiliar, this little gadget offers a full Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience in the size of a USB flash drive. A mini HDMI port is on the device for connecting it to an external display, making it a compelling device for the living room or even an HDMI monitor laying around.

Additionally, the Mini Android PC features a full-sized USB port to connect to another computer or add peripherals. It ships with an HDMI, USB, and power cable and supports 802.1b/g/n Wi-Fi. Of course you’ll need a keyboard and mouse, so something like the Logitech diNovo Mini Keyboard plus a Bluetooth Micro Adapter may be the perfect solution. [Amazon]

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The MK802 Mini Android PC for $35.21 offers an affordable Android computer

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Perfect to hook-up to a television, Amazon is offering the MK802 Mini Android PC for $35.21 — lower than the regular list price of $59. For those unfamiliar, this little gadget offers a full Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience in the size of a USB flash drive. A mini HDMI port is on the device for connecting it to an external display, making it a compelling device for the living room.

Additionally, the Mini Android PC features a full-sized USB port to connect to another computer or add peripherals. It ships with an HDMI, USB, and power cable and supports 802.1b/g/n Wi-Fi. Of course you’ll need a keyboard and mouse, so something like the Logitech diNovo Mini Keyboard plus a Bluetooth Micro Adapter may be the perfect solution. [Amazon]

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 5X Optical, 16.1MP, 1080P video +8GB SD Card: $100

Amazon offers the Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 16 megapixel camera for $99 in Black shipped. That’s $130 off of list and the lowest price we’ve seen for this very portable camera with 5X Optical Zoom and 1080P video recording.

Note the free Transcend 8GB SD Card  included in Special offers. Add to cart and it becomes free on checkout.

Update: these now ship in 1-3 weeks. Read more

Best Buy: Nikon Coolpix 14MP camera with 720P:$50, 64GB Micro SDXC Card:$43, more

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Best Buy is doing what they do – both items above qualify for free shipping or in store pick up. The refurbished Nikon Coolpix is a very capable 14 Megapixel shooter that doubles as a 720P camcorder with 5X optical zoom.

This is also the lowest price we’ve seen on SanDisk’s 64GB Micro SDXC card.

Best Buy is also having two day sale with specials ending today:

Two deals you won’t want to miss: Best Buy has the 8GB Retina iPod touch for a very aggressive $159 price point with free shipping or site to store.

Also, add a 21.5-inch 1080P AOC monitor to your setup for under $100. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen on an AOC 1080P display.

See all of the deals in Best Buy’s Friday-saturday Sale event. Read more