Dan DeSilva

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Amazon has just launched a special TwitchCon promo that takes an extra 20% off select gaming and computer accessories when you enter coupon code TWITCHCON20 at checkout. There’s a pretty broad range of eligible products including gaming mice, keyboards, headsets and even high-performance networking gear. What’s more, all of the products are from big brands like Logitech, Razer, SteelSeries and TP-Link. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49.

Here are some of our top picks:

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September 23

Apple’s iPhone 7/Plus can withstand water, but they are still just as prone to scratches and screen breakage as previous generations (even more so for Jet Black!). Its gorgeous, slim design makes it super tempting to use without a case, but we all know that’s just asking for trouble. To that end, you don’t have to cover your iPhone 7 in a bulky case.

We’ve sifted through nearly every iPhone 7 case currently on the market and plucked out the thinnest options. Here’s what we’ve found:

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September 21

Now that you’ve finally gotten your mitts on iPhone 7, it’s high time that you pick up some fresh Lightning cables. Today you can get a 3.3-ft Apple-certified MFi Lightning cable by Mpow for just $3.99 Primed shipped when you enter coupon code 5OIJ4SYW at checkout. Or buy a 2-pack for $7.99 Prime shipped with coupon code HZ4AQL26. While you’re on Amazon, go ahead and buy this 5-pack of Aukey Micro-USB cables for $2.99 with coupon code AU5CABLE to keep your Android devices juiced up.

Don’t hesitate to take a chance on these cables. Mpow is known for making high-quality gadgets and accessories.

Also available: Key 3.4A Dual Travel Wall Charger w/ 3.2-ft MFi Lightning Cable $5.49 (Reg. $10) w/ coupon code LNLRW29F.

And be sure to check out our previous roundups if you’re looking for a specific style Lightning cable:

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Update (9/21 5:515pm): You may need to select Amazon as the seller to get the discounted price of $39.49 for the Black model.

The arrival of watchOS 3 has drastically improved Apple’s wearable. So much so that you’ve probably fallen back in love with Apple Watch and are going to bring it everywhere with you now. That’s where the Twelve South TimePorter comes into play. Currently on sale for just $39.49 in Black or White, this Apple Watch travel case and charging stand typically sells for $50. This deal is the first meaningful price drop we’ve seen since it was released earlier this year. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49.

TimePorter is a practical travel case for Apple Watch, safely storing a charging cable, extra bands (prices have really fallen), USB charger and other small accessories. When you get to a hotel just insert your charging puck into the top opening and TimePorter turns into a multi-angle charging stand. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from Amazon reviewers.

While it doesn’t include a power source, you can use your savings from today’s deal to buy this mini USB power bank that’ll fit right inside TimePorter.

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September 20


September 19

Under Armour is taking an extra 25% off its Outlet items for men, women and kids. The sale features a variety of athleisure wear including t-shirts, hoodies, sports bras, long sleeve shirts, training shoes and various workout accessories. It’s not often that we see sweeping discounts on Under Armour apparel. Fall has already arrived and winter will be here before you know it. Take advantage of these sale prices to get ready for cold-weather activities. Free standard shipping is available for all orders (no minimum!). Popular styles and sizes are beginning to sell out so don’t wait to complete your order. Here’s a look at our top picks for men:

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Amazon offers the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker in a range of colors for $149.99 with free shipping. Also available via Walmart and Best Buy. Today’s deal is $50 less than the regular price and a match of the best we’ve seen. This speaker is one of our must-haves thanks to its waterproof design, impressive battery life and huge sound. Its companion mobile app allows you to pair multiple speakers, set music alarms and run updates so you can grab new features as soon as they roll out. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 700 Amazon reviewers.

Missed it? The smaller, yet also waterproof UE Roll 2 is currently being discounted. Get it for $79.99 shipped (Reg. $100) via Amazon.

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September 18

September 16

What better way to kick off your weekend than with a free download of INKS for iPhone and iPad? This game is an Apple Design Award winner and has a 4.5 star rating from thousands of reviewers. Here’s how the deal works:

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September 15

September 14

Some of the best values available on Amazon come from its private-label AmazonBasics line. Included products span everything from everyday consumer tech like HDMI cables and power strips to household items like cookware and furniture. All of which pair a budget price tag with solid quality. Since their regular prices are already super aggressive, it’s rare to see any further discounts. However, we recently tracked a bunch of fresh drops on some of our favorite AmazonBasics gear. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49. Here are our favorite deals…


Home Goods/Other:

While not currently on sale, you still can’t go wrong with an AmazonBasics Lightning cable for $6, Bluetooth Keyboard for $20 and HDMI cable for $5.

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September 13

Amazon Prime just became an even better value. Starting today, Prime members will have access to short-form audio content and more than 50 rotating audiobooks each month through Audible Channels.

Audible Channels is like a library of premium podcasts covering a broad range of formats including “original programs, distinctive comedy, lectures, and audio editions of standout articles and news.” Content is pulled from top publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and The Onion. There’s also a selection of “hand-selected” Audible Playlists spanning “essential stories of the day, meditation and commute-sized comedy to compilations on science, history, technology and more.” It’s a nice way to get into podcasts without having to do much legwork or discovery.

Prior to today’s announcement, Audible Channels was only available as part of Audible’s $15 per month membership or as a standalone service for $5 per month.

You’ll need to download the Audible app to tune into Audible Channels. It’s available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. Not yet a Prime member? Start a free trial today to take advantage of Audible Channels in addition to free 2-day shipping on millions of products and a host of other benefits.

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September 9


September 8

It’s not even iPhone 7 pre-order day yet and T-Mobile has already dropped an amazing deal for the updated smartphone.

New and existing customers can get an iPhone 7 for free with the trade in of an iPhone 6/6s. T-Mobile will hand you up to $650 in monthly bill credits over a 2-year time span, which covers the cost of a 32GB iPhone 7. If you’re looking at a more expensive model like one with more storage or iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll be required to “pay a little more upfront.” The effective value of this offer is well above what you can expect from traditional trade in services.

T-Mobile’s free iPhone 7 promo is slated to go live at the same time pre-orders officially open on September 9 at 12:01am PT. You can pre-register now to receive a notification as soon as the offer goes live. Once you lock in your new iPhone, all you need to do is buy a case (especially for Jet Black!) and you’ll be ready for launch day. Amazon already has a ton of options available. But if you can’t find anything you like there, then be sure check out our roundup from yesterday for more options.

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