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February 26, 2016

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Several Brit Awards 2016 performances are now available for free on Google Play

Google Play has some of the biggest performances from the 2016 Brit Awards for free. There are a total of 7 songs available from major artists including The Weeknd, Coldplay, Justin Bieber and even a special tribute to David Bowie featuring Lorde with David Bowie’s backing band. All of the freebies can be streamed or downloaded exclusively from Google Play:

January 5, 2016

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Fitbit’s latest Blaze activity tracker/watch has color, 5-day battery and style

Update (1/6 10:30am): Fitbit Blaze is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Best Buy.

This morning Fitbit took the stage at CES to announce its latest activity tracker. The Fitbit Blaze sits between the Charge HR and Surge trackers in the company’s current product lineup. While it may look a whole lot like many full-blown iOS/Android smartwatches, its main focus is still fitness rather than third-party app complications.

Blaze is the first Fitbit to feature a high-resolution color touchscreen LCD display. It comes with a elastomer band and stainless steel frame, but in a move reminiscent to Apple’s attention to style with its Watch, Fitbit is also offering a wide range of different bands and frames. You can even customize its look even more through a variety of clock faces.

Blaze was designed to help you get in the best shape of your life by offering valuable health data, motivational coaching, and detailed workout instructions with animated images. PurePulse delivers all-day heart rate information that can “help you maintain workout intensity and better track calories burned during each workout” and provide vital data like “resting heart rate and heart rate trends over time.” Other features like Multi-Sport and SmartTrack take the pain out of logging individual workouts. A single charge is estimated to last up to 5-days.

Aside from its fitness tracking abilities, Blaze can also relay call, text and calendar alerts, as well as adjust volume and song selection from your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Fitbit Blaze can be pre-ordered now with a black, blue, or plum band for $199.95 and is expected to be released in March. Looking for a deal on a current generation Fitbit? The Charge is on sale for $89.99 (Reg. $130) and the Charge HR is down to $109.99 (Reg. $150).

Full press releases follows:

November 25, 2015

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Take 50% off any album purchase from Google Play

You can save 50% on any one album from Google Play this weekend. Go through this special link to activate the coupon and then the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. This is a great chance to save on music that isn’t available on any streaming services including Adele’s new critically acclaimed album. Deal expires at midnight on December 1. If for some reason Google Play does ask you for a coupon code, just enter 50ALBUM2015.

Terms and Conditions are as follows:

Get 50% off any one album of your choice. Select any album on Google Play and redeem your offer by midnight December 1, 2015. Your discount will be applied at checkout.

Must be redeemed on Google Play from compatible Internet connected devices using a Google account. Limit 1 per user. Age restrictions apply. Valid in AU, BR, CA, DE, FR, GB and US. Nontransferable. No cash value. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts. See Google Play Terms & Conditions

November 23, 2015

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Nest announces Black Friday promos for its Thermostat, Cam, & Protect smoke + CO alarm

From 9to5Toys.com:

Starting later this week you can expect some notable Black Friday deals on Nest’s rarely discounted smart home accessories. Leaked ads and early sales from major retailers have given us a good idea of what types of deals to expect from Nest, but now we’ve received the full lowdown:

  • $50 off if you buy a Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect, at nest.com
  • $30 off Nest Cam at Amazon, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Nest.com, & other retailers
  • $50 gift card if you buy a Nest Learning Thermostat or Nest Protect at Amazon, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Nest.com, & other retailers

All of the discounts are set to go live starting Thanksgiving day at 5pm PT and run until November 30 at 11:59pm PT.

Follow 9to5Toys throughout Black Friday to get up-to-the-minute news on the best deals.

November 12, 2015

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Lumsing 10,400mAh Power Bank $13, UE MEGABOOM $227, Galaxy S6 Case $3, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

USB Deals w/ Prime shipping: Lumsing 10,400mAh Power Bank $13, ORICO 4-port USB hubs from $5more

UE MEGABOOM in black: $227 shipped (Reg. $300)

New Trent Trenti S6 Transparent Case for the Samsung Galaxy S6: $3 Prime shipped (Reg. $10)

Grab a $40 voucher for Google Express for $10 with email delivery (75% savings)

Walmart’s Black Friday ad leak hits with Xbox One/PS4 $299, 4K UHDTV deals, iPad Air 2 $100 off, more

TechMatte 3-ft USB-C cables starting at $4.50 Prime shipped (Reg. $9)more

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (refurb): $70 shipped (Orig. $100)

BLACK FRIDAY AD LEAKS & NEWS:

Best Buy’s Black Friday ad brings deals on Apple Watch, Macs, HDTVs, games & more!

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Samsung D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $110 shipped (Orig. $150)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Roku surprises with a new “special edition” streaming media player at an all-time low price

Pulse brings Bluetooth LE + iOS connectivity to a slew of Canon and Nikon DSLRs

July 29, 2015

From 9to5Toys.com: google-chromecast-player Amazon is throwing in a free $10 gift card with the purchase of a Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player for $29.99 Prime shipped. This combo carries a street value of $45 since the Chromecast usually sells for $35 by itself. Assuming you use the credit, today’s deal nets you the best HDMI streaming player for an effective price of just $20. Prime members (free trial) receive free 2-day shipping, while all other buyers will need to spend $35 or more to lock-in free standard shipping. To qualify for this deal you’ll need to add the Chromecast and $10 gift card to your cart via this promo page.

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Chromecast streams Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Hulu Plus and tons of other apps to your TV over Wi-Fi using your iOS/Android device or laptop. Get even more value out of your Chromecast by taking advantage of special offers like a free Google Play movie rental. It’s rated 4.1 out of 5 stars from 35,264 Amazon reviewers.

Other retailers are also discounting Chromecast: Buy two and save $15 at Google Play or Best Buy, $20 for refurbished at Groupon. expand full story

May 14, 2015

Over $110 in Android Apps/Games for free: Fleksy, Genius Scan+, Photo Studio Pro, much more

From 9to5Toys.com:

Amazon is back with another bunch of free Android apps and games. This time the booty is worth more than $110 and includes a few big name titles. All of these downloads will work on any Android device, but you’ll need to install the Amazon App Store for Android first. Once you do that you’ll be ready to start downloading. This promo ends May 16, 2015 at 11:59 PST. Here are our top picks:

March 5, 2015

Google Play offers new freebies including the Transformers movie and newest Coldplay album

From 9to5Toys.com: Google is still celebrating the 3rd birthday of its Play Store with deep discounts on select movies, music, books and other media downloads. Today you can download a copy of the Transformers movie and Coldplay’s latest album Ghost Stories for free.

Explore the rest of Google Play’s Birthday Sale to find even more deals.

March 2, 2015

Google Play’s Birthday Sale includes $0.99 albums from Beck and Drake, $3 movies, discounted apps, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

Google Play is celebrating its 3rd Birthday with 33 deals on music, movies, apps and more.

There are several standout deals but the ones you should make a bee line for include $0.99 albums from Drake, Daft Punk and Beck’s Grammy-winning album, Morning Phase. On the film side you can choose from movies starting at just $2.99 including The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Hurt Locker. As for apps, Facetune and Runtastic Running Pro are on sale for $0.10.

Head over the the main promo page to discover all of the deals Google is offering up.

February 6, 2015

PSA: check your Chromecast for a possible free $6 movie credit offer

For Valentine’s Day, Google is offering some Chromecast owners a $6 credit good towards any movie on Google Play. Don’t have a Chromecast yet? You can find a refurbished one at Groupon for $25. We’ve found the offer on our Chromecast players and heard similar reports from several readers, but there’s a chance that Google didn’t extend the promo to everyone. Fire up your Chromecast to see if you’re eligible.

If you’ve never redeemed offers from the Chromecast site before: First, make sure your Chromecast is plugged in and discoverable, then select it from the pull down menu and the offers listed below should appear on screen.

So once you’ve redeemed your free credit offer, take a look at the list of top movies and pick out something for you and your Valentine!

Legal:

Unless otherwise explicitly stated, offers are provided by third parties, and are not provided by Google. Offers may be subject to additional terms and conditions. Google is not responsible for the availability or the provision of any third-party offer or for conducting any third-party offer program. For questions about a specific offer, please contact the offering entity.

Deal Alert: Best Buy 2-day sale drops up to $50 off select Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watches

Best Buy has just kicked off a special 2-day sale that includes sizable discounts on select Motorola Moto 3690 Smart Watches.

The leather model has dropped down to $219.99, which is a savings of $30. Jump up to the gorgeous stainless steel champagne model for an extra $60. The sale price of $279.99 is a discount of $50 off list. Both deals include free shipping.

You can’t go wrong with either version as the Moto 360 is currently our top choice of any smart watch.

Check out our full coverage of Best Buy’s weekend sale.

January 30, 2015

We’re not expecting Samsung to officially unveil its Galaxy S6 until early March, but that’s not holding case makers back. Spigen is already selling several Galaxy S6 compatible cases on Amazonexpand full story

Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

January 27, 2015

Prior to becoming a Nest-owned company, Dropcam released Dropcam Pro as its flagship camera in October 2013. At that time the regular Dropcam remained available at a $50 discount to its new counterpart.

Fast forward to today, Dropcam has announced that it will discontinue support for all models other than the Pro version as of April 15th. But instead of leaving its first customers out in the cold, Dropcam has announced a free upgrade program for the original Dropcam and Dropcam Echo. expand full story

December 26, 2014

Free Google Play download of the soundtrack to Disney’s animated hit “Frozen”

From 9to5Toys.com:

Google Play has listed the soundtrack to Disney’s runaway hit “Frozen” as a free download. Adored by fans and critics, this film became the highest-grossing animated film of all time (passing Toy Story 3), and its infectious soundtrack has spurred live performances and a sing-along versions.

This version of the soundtrack includes 32 songs, a mixture of traditional songs and instrumentals. It, of course, includes the larger than life hit “Let It Go.” There’s also a 2-disc Deluxe Version if you still need more Frozen goodness in your life.

The only way this deal could be better is if Google threw in some warm hugs from Olaf. Start downloading!

It’s priced at $6.99 at iTunes and Amazon.

#Letitgo #frozenfun #disney

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December 8, 2014

From 9to5Toys.com: google-chromecast-free-play-offer

Update (12/8 1:00pm): Target has Chromecast for $22.99. Redeem Google’s latest promo (below) to drop its effective price down to $2.99.

Google has just launched a new offer that extends a free $20 Google Play credit to anyone who purchases a Chromecast by December 21. According to the offer details, only Chromecasts purchased between December 7 and December 21 will be eligible for the free credit, but we were able to take advantage of it on our previously purchased Chromecasts.

You can check if you’re eligible for this promo by pointing your Chrome browser to chromecast.com/offers. The credit expires on January 31, 2016 and can be used on movies, music, apps, and other media. However, it can’t be used towards the purchase of any hardware. Only open to US residents.

Google Play, Amazon, and Best Buy are all promoting this offer for new Chromecast buyers.

At this point Google is pretty much paying you to own a Chromecast. Just recently, we’ve seen Google hand out free moviesHulu Plus and Play subscriptions.

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November 27, 2014

Over $130 worth of paid Android apps for free: Sonic Jump, Bejeweled 2, Angry Birds Seasons, Quell, many more

Today, the Amazon App Store is celebrating Thanksgiving by offering a bundle of paid apps for nothing, on top of its Free App of the Day. There are 40 apps worth around $115 available to download for free on Android and Kindle devices. One standout from the bunch is Sonic Jump which is regular $2.99 and has received 4+ star ratings from over 8,000 reviews across Amazon and Google Play.

The original platform jumper is back as Sonic leaps up an all new vertically challenging adventure in stunning HD graphics! Play as Sonic or his friends leaping through familiar and new Sonic worlds to battle Dr. Eggman, as you tilt and tap your way through fixed Story levels and Arcade infinite modes.

Other notable apps in today’s Thanksgiving bundle include Bejeweled 2 (Reg. $2.99, 4 stars from 3,000+), Angry Birds Seasons (Ad -Free), Quell Memento (Reg. $2.99) and many others.

Head over to the Black Friday coverage on 9to5Toys for more holiday deals, including the daily roundup for all the best game/app deals.

November 11, 2014

Best Buy’s Black Friday 2014 Google deals: Chromecast $24, Nest (2nd gen) $200, Dropcam $100, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

It doesn’t get much bigger than Best Buy on Black Friday for a tech lover. And with a little over 2 weeks to go before Black Friday 2014, we’ve got the holy grail in our hands. Just like Target, Best Buy has beat the Black Friday ad leakers to the punch by releasing its biggest deals of the holiday season right on the front page of its website.

The deals will kick-off in-store Thursday, November 24th at 5pm and Friday, November 25th at 8am, but the ad specifically notes that you’ll be able to shop all-day long online both days.

So without further delay, here are our top Google picks for Black Friday 2014 at Best Buy as well as a sneak peak at the early sale beginning November 20th:

More:

Info regarding special early sale:

H/T: Best Black Friday

November 4, 2014

HTC kicks off new holiday promotion by offering Nexus 9 tablet for 50% off (update: sold out)

Update (11/4 12:15pm): The 50% deal is now sold out, but you can still save $50 on a 16GB or 32GB model.

(note: the discounted price will show after you get a Nexus 9 in your online shopping cart)

HTC is getting the holiday deal season underway with a bang. Starting right now, you can get the just-released Nexus 9 Android tablet for $199, which is 50% below the retail price of $399. That is an incredible deal.

Be warned, this deal is only available in limited quantities and we expect it sell out extremely fast. That being said, if you’re interested in this deal then you should absolutely skip the rest of this post and start giving your credit card info to HTC as quickly as possible.

Those who get shut out on the initial 50% offer will still be able to save $50 on the 16GB or 32GB model through midnight ET tonight. Today’s deal is part of a larger holiday promotion by HTC that is set to feature a “hot deal” every Tuesday for the next 9 weeks.

Check out our Nexus 9 review to see how Google’s latest tablet stacks up to the competition.

October 27, 2014

Amazon is following up its $99 Fire TV streaming media player with a $39 streaming HDMI stick, which is similar to Google Chromecast (reg. $35, on sale for $28 w/ $5 credit) and Roku Stick ($49).

According to Amazon, the Fire TV Stick has 4 times as much storage (8GB) and 2 times as much memory (1GB) of Chromecast. It’s also the only one of the big three streaming sticks that packs a Dual-core processor, which Amazon says “results in faster and more fluid navigation.”

amazon-fire-tv-roku-chromecast-compareFire TV Stick includes a physical remote, which doubles as a gaming controller. Aditionally, for a $30 up-charge, you can outfit your Fire TV Stick with a voice remote to take advantage of Voice Search. A free remote app is also available now for Android and will be landing on iOS shortly.

Available streaming content includes: Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, and more for instant access to shows like TransparentHouse of CardsOrange is the New BlackGame of Thrones, and The Wire—plus the largest selection of movies and TV episodes to rent or buy from Amazon Instant Video.

ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) allows for instant streaming by automatically buffering videos the Fire TV Stick predicts you’ll want to watch. Amazon also promises future support for WiFi networks with captive portals like hotels, airports, college dorms, and more.

First TV Stick is available for preorder now for $39, but Prime members (free trial) can get it for just $19 for the next two days.

Full press release follows… expand full story

September 25, 2014

Download over $135 worth of Android apps for free: OfficeSuite Pro 7, SketchBook Pro, much more

From 9to5Toys.com:

For a limited time, Amazon has listed dozens of top paid Android apps worth over $135 for free. Available titles cover a range of app genres including productivity, games, reference, and more.

Just to clarify, nearly all of apps included in this promotion are compatible with Android mobile devices, not just Kindles. If you don’t have the Amazon App Store for Android, then follow these three steps to install it on your smartphone or tablet.

Our favorite titles from this promotion include:

  • OfficeSuite Professional 7: free (reg. $15)
  • Genius Scan+: free (reg. $7)
  • Sketchbook Pro: free (reg. $5)
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II: free (reg. $5)
  • mSecure – Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet: free (reg. $10)
  • Knots 3D: free (reg. $2)
  • much more

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