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Top 15 Tesla accessories you must have

It has now been two years since Tesla started production of the Model 3, and the aftermarket accessory space has evolved a lot, with a fleet of hundreds of thousands of electric cars out there.

There are now many must-have Tesla accessories and several luxuries that are worth considering.

Here we list some of our favorites.

Google Fi celebrates 4th birthday with 50% off Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, today only

Project Fi launched on April 22, 2015 with the Nexus 6 being the first device to support the Google MVNO. All subsequent Nexus and Pixel phones have worked on the cellular service, with Designed for Fi devices from third-party OEMs launching in 2017. To celebrate its 4th anniversary, a Fi birthday Pixel 3 deal discounts the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL by 50% off.

Behind the Screens: Stephen’s health-oriented standing desk + weather monitor setup

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Behind the Screens is a weekly 9to5Toys series that takes you through our writers’ setups, be it mobile, desktop, gaming or home theater. Next up is Stephen Hall, 9to5Google’s Managing Editor.

For my first few years working at home, I spent countless hours sitting at a cheap desk hunched over in front of a laptop. As many who have been in those shoes can probably attest, this isn’t exactly the most friendly to your health — mentally nor physically. So with my new home office I decided to spruce things up a bit and build my entire setup around the idea that it’s possible to work in front a computer all day and not feel terrible at 5 o’clock — and hopefully, stay healthier in the long-term as well.

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Review: Waterfield’s Muzetto Leather is a spacious over-the-shoulder bag w/ laptops in mind

This month, I decided to finally graduate from the backpack I’ve been using since starting college. As I was considering what my needs really are now that college is mostly out of the way, I decided to look for something that would accommodate a laptop as its primary purpose. But I really didn’t need much more than that. One of a few options I landed on was the Muzetto Leather from Waterfield…

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Sony Xperia X 32GB 4G Android Smartphone (unlocked) for $250 shipped (Reg. $300+)

Amazon offers the Sony Xperia X 32GB Unlocked Android Smartphone for $249.99 shipped. That’s a $50 savings off the original price, $20 less than our previous mention and the best offer that we’ve seen. Note: currently backordered five days. This product is rated 3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Nextbit Robin cloud-powered 32GB Android Smartphone $140 (Orig. $400)

Yapper-wireless via eBay (97.8% positive feedback from 36,905 customers) has the Nextbit Robin Android smartphone in two colors for just $139.99 shipped. That’s a full $26 off the list price of $400 and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the phone…

LG G6 64GB GSM 4G Android Smartphone (unlocked): $580 shipped (Reg. $700+)

Update: Unfortunately, it looks like the LTE bands on this model are pretty limited. It has bands 2, 4, and 12, so it should work fine with T-Mobile’s LTE in the US. It’s missing AT&T’s primary band 17, as well as the newer band 66, however, so it will likely be crippled on AT&T.

Never-msrp (99.8% positive feedback from 71,00 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers the LG G6 international model H870DS 64GB (factory unlocked) for $579.99 shipped. That’s more than $100 off the current going price for the US 32GB model, and the lowest price we’ve seen for a brand new LG G6. It has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display, Android 7.0 Marshmallow, a 13-megapixel dual-camera, and more.

LG V20 64GB GSM 4G Android Smartphone (unlocked): $500 (Reg. $800), more

Today only, B&H Photo Video offers the LG V20 64GB Android smartphone unlocked in titan or silver for $499.99 shipped. That’s $300 off the phone’s price, and the lowest price we’ve seen for LG’s secondary flagship from last year. It has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display, Android 7.0 Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel camera, and a metal design with a removable back…

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LG G5 32GB GSM 4G Android Smartphone (unlocked): $300 shipped (Reg. $400)

Qualitycellz (99.4% positive feedback from 120,00 buyers) via eBay offers the LG G5 32GB Android smartphone unlocked in gold or silver for $299.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the current going price, $350 less than retail, and $50 less than the previous all-time low. It has a 5.3-inch IPS Quantum Quad HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel camera, and a mostly-metal modular design…

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B&H knocks the unlocked 64GB Moto Z down to $450 w/ freebies (Reg. $600, Tax NY only)

B&H offers the Moto Z (unlocked) 64GB Android Smartphone for $450 shipped, which is $150 less than its regular going price of $600 and the lowest we’ve seen for the unlocked 64GB model. This listing even includes B&H’s smartphone photo bundle, a Spieltek VR headset, and a B&H $25 Gift Card. The phone is also available from Amazon for the same price, although you get the benefit of only having to pay tax at time of purchase in New York state if you order via B&H…

Get great smartphone sound at a low price w/ ZTE’s Axon 7 Mini for $200 (Reg. $300)

If you’re looking for a smartphone at a budget price with great-sounding dual front-facing speakers, you should check out the ZTE Axon 7 Mini 4G LTE 32GB Memory Smartphone (unlocked) in Ion Gold for $199.99 shipped at Best Buy. Also at Newegg in Gray. That’s the lowest price we could find and a match for the lowest price we’ve seen for this phone that was just announced a few months ago

Cut the cord w/ the help of 1byone HDTV Antennas up to 58% off, from $10 Prime shipped

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1byone via Amazon offers its HDTV Antennas in 25 mile, 35 mile, and 50 mile ranges for up to 58% off list price, starting at just $10 Prime shipped (Reg. $20) for the 25 mile model. You can get the 35 mile model for $14, and the 50 mile model is actually cheaper than the 40 mile right now for $24. All of these offers are shipped free with Amazon Prime and are all-time lows on Amazon or matching previous all-time lows…

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Get Harman/kardon’s Onyx Mini Portable Wireless Speaker for $70 shipped (Orig. $200)

Best Buy’s Official eBay Store offers the Harman/kardon Onyx Mini Portable Wireless Speaker in Gray, Black, or Blue for $70 shipped, which is $30 less than our previous mention and the lowest price we could find. Also available direct. Walmart currently offers the speaker for $150, while BREED via Amazon has it listed at $113. You can also save an additional $6 by going with an open-box Gray or Black model for $64 shipped.

Get the fitness tracking Moto 360 Sport smartwatch for just $100 shipped (Reg. $180)

MobilePros1 (97.8% positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals offers the second generation Motorola Moto 360 Sport 45mm in white for $99.99 shipped. That’s $25 less than our most recent mention, from two months ago, $80 less than Amazon’s offer, and the lowest we’ve seen for this fitness tracking smartwatch from Motorola in new condition…

Grab a 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for $350 shipped (Reg. $500+)

Samsung Mobile (100% positive feedback) via eBay offers the factory unlocked 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in black or white for $349.99 shipped. This beats our previous mention by $20, making it $150 less than its certified pre-owned price and the best we could find for a brand new device. Direct from Samsung, this device comes with a 1 Year U.S. Warranty and a free flip case…

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T-Mobile is giving Pokemon Go players free, unlimited data (and a free Wendy’s Frosty)

T-Mobile has announced today that for its next T-Mobile Tuesday promotion, Pokemon Go players — in the wake of what has been no less than an explosive launch — will receive free, unlimited data for the mobile game. Set to take effect July 19th, the Un-carrier will give its customers a full year’s worth of data that won’t count against their high-speed plan…

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Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB (unlocked, used) for $430 shipped (Orig. $695)

Qualitycellz (99.2% positive feedback from 105,509 buyers) via eBay offers a used factory unlocked 32GB Samsung Galaxy S7 in black for $429.99 shipped. That’s $100 less than the price we saw for a new model last month and it’s the lowest price we’ve seen for the phone in any condition from a reputable seller…

OLALA’s 13000mAh portable iPhone charger packs a lot of juice for just $28

On my recent trip to San Francisco, I realized that I had forgotten to bring my iPhone wall charger. It wasn’t the end of the world because I had a selection of other phones with me, but I had some key info — like boarding passes etc. — on my iPhone, and I needed to charge it.

Grabbing a new charger would only take $20 and a trip to the local convenience store, but I realized that I had a portable charger in my backpack — one with a Lightning port and plenty of juice to power up my phone. I ended up going a full four days using nothing but the Olala 13000mAh portable battery charger for my energy needs…

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Sprint’s 40GB/mo Better Choice XXL plan now includes 12 free months of Amazon Prime

Sprint has announced today that its Better Choice XXL plan, which includes 40GB/month of data and unlimited talk and text, now comes with 12 free months of Amazon Prime (normally $99/year)…

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Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB (unlocked) for $530 shipped (Reg. $695)

Update: Newegg via eBay is now offering the device in gold, black, or silver for $529.99 shipped.

mobilepros1 (98.2% positive feedback from 117,758 buyers) via eBay offers the factory unlocked 32GB Samsung Galaxy S7 in black or gold for $529.99 shipped. That’s just about $30 less than the price we saw a couple of weeks ago and it’s the lowest price we’ve seen for a new model, a full $165 less than retail…

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JBL’s new Reflect Aware C noise cancelling headphones are powered by USB Type-C

In what the company is calling the “world’s first USB-C sport earphone with noise cancellation and adaptive noise control,” JBL has today announced a pair of earbuds alongside the HTC 10 that are powered completely by the new USB Type-C standard…

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Google Nexus 5X 16GB now just $230 shipped (Reg. $349)

232tech (99.2% Positive feedback from 11,647 shoppers) via eBay is offering the LG Nexus 5X 16GB (H791 Unlocked) 4G LTE Android Smartphone for $229.99 shipped. That’s $119 off the current list price, $107 less than Amazon’s current offering and at $50 less than our previous mention from February. The phone is rated 4.3/5 stars from over 100 Amazon shoppers.

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Amazon launches more affordable Echo Dot and Amazon Tap Bluetooth speaker

We heard a couple of months ago that Amazon was working on a smaller, more portable version of its Echo voice assistant speaker, and now it’s here. Actually, Amazon has announced today two new Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Dot (which is the aforementioned smaller version of the larger Echo), and the Amazon Tap, which is essentially an Alexa-enabled portable speaker…

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 128GB (unlocked) for $500 shipped (Orig. $915)

Update (2/19 4:10pm): The same listing we posted yesterday has now dropped to $499.99 shipped.

BREED (98.6% positive feedback from 112,048 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers the factory unlocked 128GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in black, white, or gold for $549.99 shipped. Previous mentions have included the 32GB model at $225 less than its retail price, but this deal is the best we could find for a brand new 128GB device at a full $365 below current retail…

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Anker mega-review: PowerCore+, PowerDrive+, and PowerPort+ USB Quick Charge 2.0 & 3.0 gear is some of the best money can buy

Anker is one of a few big names in USB accessories, and there’s a reason for that. This week I had the chance to use several of the company’s PowerCore+ power banks (there are a lot of different offerings spanning many capacities), as well as a PowerPort+ wall charger, and a few different PowerDrive+ car chargers. There are many brands of chargers and power banks out there, and while the experience you get may be similar across the board (yes, there are many chargers and power banks out there just as good as these), Anker goes above and beyond to bring you a package that’s just very high-quality…

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Nexus Deals: 6P from $450 (Reg. $500), 5X w/ $20 Gift Card $300 (Reg. $350)

Amazon is offering the Matte Gold variant of the 32GB Nexus 6P for $449 shipped, bringing the recently-announced color down $50 to the lowest price we could find. Amazon is also offering the 64GB model for $50 off at $499 shipped, and both models are also available at Best Buy for the same prices. Alternatively, Google is offering a $50 purchase credit toward a Huawei Watch when you buy any color Nexus 6P…

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Spigen Hybrid/Wallet/Thin Fit Nexus 6 cases from $3.50 shipped (Reg. $6.49 and up)

The Nexus 6 may not be the latest Nexus phone on the block, but it’s still widely used. Amazon was just last week selling the device new from $250 (one 32GB model is still available with delivery around January 28th), and at that price it’s one of the best Android phones for the money. If you already own a Nexus 6—or you were one of the many that picked up Amazon’s deal from last week—there’s never a better time than right now to get some protection.

Spigen via Amazon is offering some Neo Hybrid cases for the Nexus 6 from $11.99, but if you use one of the codes below, the price drops down to $4. The company is also offering some inexpensive bumper-style cases that are down to $3.50 w/ code. Free shipping is available for Prime members, or you can get free shipping by ordering through the Spigen listing that ships from CA and is not fulfilled by Amazon.

‘Tap 10’ gets you a free Chromecast after you use Android Pay 10 times ($35 value)

Google has yet to make an official announcement about this, but the Mountain View company has today launched an Android Pay Rewards promotion called “Tap 10,” offering Google Play music downloads and a free Chromecast to Android Pay users when they use their phone to pay…

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Report: Amazon planning to launch smaller, more portable version of its Echo speaker

Amazon announced its Echo intelligent speaker just about a year ago, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Seattle, Washington-based company is planning to introduce a smaller, more portable version of the device…

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Pebble Time now available to pre-order from Best Buy for $200

Update: The Pebble Time is now available to purchase from Best Buy and is coming to Target next month. Pebble has a long-time friendship with Best Buy, and now the smartwatch maker is launching the first widespread availability of its new Pebble Time through the retailer. Available for $200, the standard 22mm non-steel version of…

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Microdia plans a microSD card with 512GB of storage space, release in July

The capacity of flash storage devices just keeps climbing at an exponential rate, and now we’re hearing (via CNET) that California-based Microdia plans to introduce a 512GB—yes, five hundred twelve gigabyte—microSD card later this summer. 

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LG G2 w/ 32 GB flash storage, 4G LTE, GSM (factory unlocked) $190 shipped (Reg. $299)

An LG G2 has popped up on eBay via qualitycellz at a super-low price, shipped for $190. These usually retail around $300 or more, so this deal knocks a a bit more than $100 off the standard price. The LG G2 comes with a 5.2-inch display, a 13MP camera that also captures full 1080p video, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 4G cellular radio.

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Motorola $100 off $500 or $35 off $250: two-pack Moto 360 $450, Moto X (2nd gen) off-contract $400, more

Yesterday Motorola was offering up codes to make this an even sweeter deal, but the Lenovo-owned company is today giving some nice cash back to those who spend more than $249.99 on their website. Spending between $249.99 and $499.99 will score you $35 off your entire purchase, while spending more than $499.99 will get you a whopping $100 off.

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LG G2 w/ 32 GB flash storage, 4G LTE, GSM (factory unlocked) $210 shipped (Reg. $299)

An LG G2 has popped up on eBay via qualitycellz at a super-low price, shipped for $210. These usually retail around $300 or more, so this deal knocks about $100 off the standard price. The LG G2 comes with a 5.2-inch display, a 13MP camera that also captures full 1080p video, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 4G cellular radio.

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Google Play year-end sale lists dozens of albums $1.99 and up

We’re now nearing the end of the year, and it looks as if Google is already ready to celebrate, offering a collection of dozens of albums on sale at prices $1.99 and up. There’s a lot of great music being offered in this sale, from Modest Mouse to Paramore to Skrillex—there’s something for basically anyone.…

Amazon announces massive Kindle refresh including new ‘Kindle Voyage’ and $99 Kindle Fire HD tablet

Following a big day of Apple news, Amazon has unleashed a massive refresh of its Kindle lines, including three refreshed Kindles and—interestingly—one completely new Kindle model. The lineup includes the company’s new flagship e-reader dubbed Kindle Voyage, a new entry-level Kindle that now packs a touch screen, an updated Kindle Fire HDX, and a new Kindle Fire HD, which is starting at just $99.

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Best Buy slashes $50 off the LG G Watch prior to G Watch R announcement at IFA

If you’re in the market to grab an Android Wear device, you might be interested in hearing that Best Buy just slashed $50 off the price of the LG G Watch, an Android Wear device that was officially released just a little over 2 months ago. This means that while Google is still selling the device at the launch price of $229.99, you can grab the watch at Best Buy’s website for a cool $179.99. It seems as if both the black and white models are still in stock at the time of this writing.

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