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Amazon's ridiculously good, seriously awesome tablet deal du jour

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:37AM Thursday February 20, 2014
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Oh, Amazon. I can't refuse you. Just take my money, dammit!

Yeah, the company is back to its price-slashing ways. Last month, it served up some crazy-good deals on higher-end Kindle Fire tablets, including the awesome HDX for just $199.

Today, there's a deal for the real cheapskates out there, for folks who don't need all the bells and whistles but still want a seriously good 7-inch tablet.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get a certified refurbished 2nd-generation Kindle Fire tablet for $79 shipped. That is such a ridiculously good deal, I think I just peed a little. Read More »

Amazon's best freakin' tablet ever is on sale

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:03AM Friday January 10, 2014
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I tend to reserve hyperbole for things like food and movies. "Gravity"? Best film of 2013, if not the entire decade. The drunken noodles at Wazuzu in Las Vegas? Best Thai dish that's ever passed through my pie hole.

So when I say the Kindle Fire HDX is the single best tablet you can buy, believe it. And I say this as someone who has owned or used just about every other tablet on the planet. Read More »

Read unlimited e-books for $9.95 per month

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:43AM Monday December 9, 2013
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I love books, especially e-books, which I can read on my phone, tablet, e-reader, or even laptop.

But e-book prices? Those I don't love so much. That's why I'm always on the lookout for ways to save.

For example, the library is a great source for e-books that don't cost a dime, but the selection tends to be limited, and often you have to wait a long time for popular titles.

That's why I'm gobbling up Oyster, an e-book subscription service that works a lot like Netflix: pay a flat monthly rate for unlimited access to a large e-book library.

How large? Oyster boasts a catalog of over 100,000 titles across categories ranging from business and biography to science fiction and true crime. You'll find authors like Pearl S. Read More »

Cyber Monday steal: Get a no-contract iPhone 5 for $359.99 (or less)

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:33AM Monday December 2, 2013
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Conventional wisdom holds that if you want an iPhone, you have no choice but to get it from a big carrier, lock into a two-year contract, and pay a minimum of $70 per month for service--usually closer to $80 by the time you get hit with all those taxes and fees.

Not today. In honor of Cyber Monday, Virgin Mobile has the iPhone 5 (16GB) for $359.99 shipped, with no activation charge and, more important, no contract. Read More »

Best Cyber Monday deals 2013

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 9:03AM Monday December 2, 2013
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If you're looking to score some amazing Cyber Monday deals today, we've got plenty that you'll be excited about:

1. 6pm.com: 20% off all orders today only

2. Amazon: $50 Savings + Free Shipping on Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet: $179

3. American Apparel: 20% off Everything + Extra 30% off Sale
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Is now the time to buy a 4K TV?

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 7:14AM Monday November 18, 2013
under Spotlight Deals

Sometimes I'm tempted to buy things I don't need, even when I know full well they're not practical.

For example, TigerDirect is currently offering the Seiki SE39UY04 39-inch 4K Ultra HDTV for $499.99 shipped when you apply coupon code NFF106630 at checkout. That's the lowest price I've ever seen on a 4K TV, and therefore I must have it.

Well, okay, quick reality check. Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons here.

In case the terminology is unfamiliar, "4K" refers to ultra high-definition television, also known as Ultra HD. The number derives from the screen resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, which is four times greater than standard HDTV (which runs at 1,920 by 1,080). Read More »

Get a Roku 3 streaming media player for $84.99

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 6:53AM Monday October 21, 2013
under Spotlight Deals

Back in March, I called the Roku 3 the "best streaming box you can buy, period!" Here in October, nothing has changed: There's no better way to bring Netflix, Pandora, and oodles of other online content to your TV.

Of course, the $99.99 list price can be a bit tough to swallow. That's why I'm excited about this deal: Amazon has the Roku 3 streaming media box for $84.99 shipped. It's new, not refurbished, and the lowest price I've seen on this, Roku's top-end model.
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Get a 24-inch LCD monitor for $109.99

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:30AM Friday October 4, 2013
under Spotlight Deals

Big monitors rock.

Not just for everyday computing tasks like Web browsing and word processing, though obviously a spacious screen is great for that stuff.

No, the real value lies in computer-powered entertainment: movies, games, photo slideshows, and so on. For tasks like these, nothing beats a big monitor.

For a long while, a 22-inch display represented the price/performance sweet spot. Anything bigger and you'd pay a premium. But not today: TigerDirect has the UpStar M240A1 24-inch LED monitor for $109.99, plus around $9 for shipping.
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Get a $412 Mac software bundle for whatever price you want

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:00AM Friday September 6, 2013
under Spotlight Deals

Everyone knows there's no such thing as a free lunch. But a dirt-cheap deal on a really expensive lunch? Yeah, that's a thing.

It is today, anyway, and for the next couple weeks. StackSocial's Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle 3.0 comes with 10 Mac apps that have a combined value of $412. Your price: whatever you want to pay.

No, really. It says so right there in the name. Ah, but there's an asterisk missing: Unless you pay at least the average purchase price, which is currently $12.53, you get just three programs: YouTube downloader Airy, home-inventory manager Compartments, and desktop animator My Living Desktop.

Those alone are worth $60, and if you're feeling especially cheap, you can walk away with them for as little as a penny.
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Add Bluetooth to any stereo for just 12 bucks

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:57AM Friday August 23, 2013
under Spotlight Deals

I'm a huge fan of Sonos audio gear, which lets you stream all your favorite music (playlists, Pandora, Spotify, etc.) to wireless standalone speakers.

But, ho, it's some expensive gear, with even the most basic package starting at $300. My cheapskate nature won't allow me to spend that kind of money on what is essentially a fancy stereo.

Especially when there are such inexpensive alternatives. For example, with my smartphone or tablet and a simple Bluetooth receiver, which can plug into any stereo or speaker I already own, I can fashion a system that's nearly identical to a Sonos--for a fraction of the price.

The key ingredient: the Bluetooth receiver.
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The best PC game bundle I've ever seen

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 6:14AM Friday August 16, 2013
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Cancel your weekend plans. Come to think of it, cancel next weekend's plans, too. You're about to score a boatload of top-rated (and genuinely great) games for an embarrassingly low price. Your free time is no more.

For a limited time, the Humble Origin Bundle offers six top-rated Electronic Arts games for whatever price you want to pay. (Well, there's a $1 minimum.) And if you beat the average (currently a mere $4.74), you get two additional titles.

The vast majority of bundles I see are for indie games -- many of which are great, yes, but there's a reason games like Battlefield 3 sell a gazillion copies. And there are times when you want to know exactly what you're getting, which can be difficult with the indie stuff.

Speaking of which, that's one of the bonus items. Read More »

Get a 2-year RoboForm Everywhere license for $15

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:00AM Tuesday August 13, 2013
under Spotlight Deals

Password management, am I right?

If you're anything like the members of my family, you have a few weak passwords you use for various Web sites and services, and you can never remember which one goes where.

Maybe you write them down, but then invariably the Post-It note goes missing.
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