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Deal of the Day: Mobi Crystal Case for HTC EVO V 4G and EVO 3D

Deal of the Day The March 1 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Mobi Crystal Case for HTC EVO V 4G and EVO 3D. This completely transparent crystal case allows you to reveal the original look of your device while keeping it protected. The slim, lightweight design makes it easy to carry, leaving cutouts for the screen, cameras, ports and buttons.

The Mobi Crystal Case is available for just $2.00 today only. That's 90% off folks so grab yours while supplies last!

Deal also available in the Canada store

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Deal of the Day: Qmadix Groove Cover for Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Deal of the Day The Feb. 7 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Qmadix Groove Cover for Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The evolutionary design of the Groove Cover combines tri-fused shock-absorbent material with a sophisticated outer shell that provides maximum protection for your Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Color options include black, white, and purple.

The Qmadix Groove Cover is available for just $19.00, 46% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 wireless charger offer ends on January 10th

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Nokia Lumia 920 has to be the best Windows Phone device Nokia has ever manufactured. The Finnish company has started launching this flagship device in various parts of the world and in places such as Middle East and China, the devices got sold out in mere hours. That alone testifies the fact that Windows Phone 8 operating system has managed to attract people towards Windows Phone.
In the US, Lumia 920 is an AT&T exclusive model, meaning you won’t be able to buy the device from any other carrier until the exclusivity deal is over. AT&T is a fine operator and the price at which they are offering the Lumia 920 is just great and makes the whole affair easier on the pocket.

Nokia Lumia 920 is an interesting device. The features such as PureView camera which promises to offer better low light sensitivity, and you can charge the device wirelessly using the inductive charger (which isn’t a new invention by the way and Chinese hair trimmers have been supporting that now for decades). What’s more interesting is that when you buy the Lumia 920 from AT&T store, they throw in a free wireless charger, making it a sweet deal.

Wireless charging plate has got to be the best accessories for the phone and AT&T has been offering it for free with Lumia 920 since its launch. The wireless charging plate is priced at $49 if bought separately. The sad news, however, is that the offer ends on January 10th.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes all ready for wireless charging, so all you need to do is plug in the charging pad and place the phone on the pad in order to start recharging the 2000 mAh battery under the hood. If you’re planning to buy a Nokia Lumia 920 from AT&T, make sure you do it before Thursday in order to avail the free wireless charging plate offer and save some money. The device will cost you $99 and you will have to sign a 2 year pact in order to get that price.

In case you need a refresher on the specs, the specs of Lumia 920 are as follows:

Nokia Lumia 920 Specs
4.5 inches IPS LCD display
768 x 1280 pixels resolution, 332ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chipset
Dual-core 1.5GHz processor
Adreno 225 graphics processor
1GB RAM
32GB internal memory
8.7MP camera with dual-LED flash
1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) video recording
Bluetooth 3.1
WiFi 802.11 b, g, n
Mobile hotspot support
Near Field Communication (NF)
2000 mAh, up to 10 hours straight talk time

The highlighting feature of this device is the 8 MP camera which has a sensor size that is bigger than what comes with most of the smartphones. Also, the smartphone comes with new stabilization technology which Nokia calls as “floating lens.” According to the manufacturer, it is way better than other stabilization technologies used in many digital cameras and smartphones. Let us know how your experience with Lumia 920 has been if you own one.

source: AT&T

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[Deal Alert] Nexus 7 32GB On eBay Daily Deals Once Again: $228 With Free Shipping

n7smallThe folks at eBay must love the Nexus 7 as much as we do, because it’s been on their Daily Deals page several times now. Today you get another chance to pick up the larger 32GB model of everyone’s favorite 7-inch tablet: the Daily Deal is selling it for $228, with free shipping. That’s $22 off the retail price, and considerably more if you live in a US state where eBay doesn’t have to charge taxes. You’ll have to place the tablet in your cart before seeing the reduced price.

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Free shipping is a nice bonus, though you can use those savings for overnight  service if you just can’t wait.

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[Deal] Grab a T-Mobile Galaxy S III for $49.99 through Staples for today only

If the Samsung Galaxy S III is still on your radar but missed out on all of the holiday deals, then today may be your chance to nab one. While the deal ends at the end of today, you can grab a 16GB Pebble Blue S III through Staples for just $49.99. What’s great is that this works for new customers and qualifying upgrades.

Let us know if you took advantage of this deal!

source: TMONEWS

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[Deal] Grab a T-Mobile Galaxy S III for $49.99 through Staples for today only

If the Samsung Galaxy S III is still on your radar but missed out on all of the holiday deals, then today may be your chance to nab one. While the deal ends at the end of today, you can grab a 16GB Pebble Blue S III through Staples for just $49.99. What’s great is that this works for new customers and qualifying upgrades.

Let us know if you took advantage of this deal!

source: TMONEWS

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[Deal] Grab a T-Mobile Galaxy S III for $49.99 through Staples for today only

If the Samsung Galaxy S III is still on your radar but missed out on all of the holiday deals, then today may be your chance to nab one. While the deal ends at the end of today, you can grab a 16GB Pebble Blue S III through Staples for just $49.99. What’s great is that this works for new customers and qualifying upgrades.

Let us know if you took advantage of this deal!

source: TMONEWS

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 16GB For $380 From 1 Sale A Day

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When it comes to the Note 10.1, there’s a slip in the crowd: you either love it or hate it. Those who do love it, though, really love it – if you’d like to join those ranks but just can’t justify dropping a five-hundred dollars on a tablet, 1 Sale a Day may have your ticket. For today only, you can get a refurbished Galaxy Note 10.1 16GB for $380. That’s a solid $120 off the retail price, which makes for a pretty nice savings.

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There’s no arguing the Note 10.1′s impressive spec list, either:

  • 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos 4412 Processor
  • Mali-400MP GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32/64GB ROM (Partitioned as Unified Storage!) with microSDHC slot
  • 10.1 inch, 1280×800 LCD
  • 7000mAh Non-Removable Battery
  • 5MP Rear Camera, 1.9MP Front Camera
  • Wi-Fi A/B/G/N (2.4 & 5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0+
  • Dimensions: 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 600g (3G), 597g (WiFi)
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with TouchWiz (will be upgraded to Jelly Bean)
  • Pressure Sensitive Pen and Wacom Digitizer
  • Other Extras: An IR Blaster (a TV Remote), USB 2.0 Host, MHL

As we said, this deal ends later today, so hit the link below before you miss out.

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T-Mobile Bringing Unlimited 4G Data Plan To Prepaid Starting January 9th

tmoIn this age of tiered data plans, an unlimited option is increasingly hard to come by. Well, little T-Mobile is looking to attract more customers by offering just that – an new unlimited data plan. The carrier already offers an unlimited option on its contract plans, but now that tier is being extended to its popular Monthly4G prepaid service.

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The offering will come in at $70 per-month and replace the current $70 Unlimited talk/text and 5GB data plan. That’s a pretty killer deal for anyone already paying for a 5GB soft-cap. This unlimited plan will allow users to pull down as many bytes as they like at full HSPA+ speeds.

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Amazon adds more TV content to Prime Instant Video service

Android Central

Amazon is working to improve its Prime Instant Video service today by signing a content deal to bring more TV shows from major networks. The latest deal with A+E Networks will bring previous seasons of popular shows from A&E, Bio, History and Lifetime to the service. Amazon says it has more than doubled the number of show and movie offerings on its service last year, with over 33,000 available in total.

There's still no proper Amazon Prime Instant Video app in the Google Play Store for Android devices, but if you happen to be using a Kindle Fire — or another device such as a set top box — with the service you can go enjoy these newly added offerings.

Source: Amazon

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Samsung Galaxy S IV image leaks along with some specs

A recently leaked image claims to be that of the upcoming Galaxy S IV. The image is coming by way of the folks at SamMobile who claim to have received the image by way of an insider at Samsung. As you can see, the image appears to be a picture of a render that someone then snapped a picture of. Regardless, the image is clear enough to get a look and assuming this is the real deal, it does reveal at least one interesting tidbit.

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Aside from the clean lines and the nicely rounded corners, Galaxy S users will likely notice that one thing is missing — the home button on the bottom. The bezel also seems to be on the narrow side, that is, at least compared to what we currently see with the Galaxy S III. Otherwise, it appears as if you can make out the power button on the right-hand side along with the volume rockers on the left-hand side. The front-facing camera is also present.

Which brings us to the next point here, the specs. That front-facing camera is expected to be 2 megapixel. Other rumored specs include the handset having a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and a quad-core 2.0GHz Exynos 5450 processor. The handset is expected to arrive running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean at launch and with a 4.99-inch display. Diving a bit further in on the display and it should be a Super AMOLED with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Remember though, at this point in time, this is nothing more than a leaked image. And while it seems like it could be the real deal, we remain skeptikal. Of course, as it always has to be, nothing is official until we see an announcement and images come direct from Samsung. All said and done, we do sort of hope to see Samsung remove that home button though.

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HTC’s Chou blames marketing decisions for bad 2012, ready to turn things around

Financially, 2012 wasn’t the best year on record for HTC. While the finger could be pointed in multiple directions, CEO Peter Chou told The Wall Street Journal that he believes misguided marketing was the driving factor behind the downturn in profits. He admitted that HTC did not put enough resources into marketing efforts, an area where competitors easily bested the Taiwan-based smartphone maker.

But it’s arguable that competitors didn’t best HTC when it came to actual devices. While sales slumped, HTC managed to produce a lineup featuring some of their best devices of all time, phones like the HTC One X and Droid DNA. And Chou knows the trend will need to continue. Cash-strapped HTC will focus on “unique products” in order to establish public demand for their products.

A licensing agreement with Apple should help HTC in 2013. President of HTC China Ray Yam recently said the deal would help bolster innovation. But he also mentioned, as Chou did, that HTC plans to revamp their marketing efforts in the new year and hopefully right the ship before it sinks any deeper.

[via Engadget]

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[Update: It's Live, Hands-On] Facebook Preparing To Roll Out ‘Push-To-Talk’ Voice Messaging, Is Testing Free VoIP Calling In Canada

2013-01-03_15h10_46Alright, Google. It’s time to stop leaving your VoIP service to languish on the vine. Facebook has released a double-whammy of big news bits. For starters, today the social network is rolling out an update to its Messenger app that will allow users to send each other short, recorded audio clips. It’s voicemail for the 21st century, if such a thing can even exist without being horrible. And, really, this sounds like it’s not.

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Perhaps more interestingly, though, is that Facebook is also testing free VoIP calling in Canada right now. This is a huge deal, as it competes directly with Google Talk.

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[Update: It's Live, Hands-On] Facebook Preparing To Roll Out ‘Push-To-Talk’ Voice Messaging, Is Testing Free VoIP Calling In Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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BEST DEALS: Nexus 4 “free” on £23.50 contract

Mobile phone shop Dial-a-phone has a pretty tempting Nexus 4 deal on offer, giving buyers the new Android phone for “free” in return for signing up to a £23.50 monthly contract. The bundle includes an Orange SIM and 750MB of mobile data each month, along with unlimited SMS messages and 200 calling minutes. You could live with that.

It’s a nice deal if you’re in an Orange/T-Mobile network area and don’t talk to other people much.

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And if you buy the thing through a Quidco “cashback” link the cashback site is currently offering to reimburse you £65 when signing up to any monthly contract through Dial-a-phone. Which is nice.

Always remember the Quidco option when buying something expensive. It is literally money for nothing.

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Facebook Preparing To Roll Out ‘Push-To-Talk’ Voice Messaging, Is Testing Free VoIP Calling In Canada

2013-01-03_15h10_46Alright, Google. It’s time to stop leaving your VoIP service to languish on the vine. Facebook has released a double-whammy of big news bits. For starters, today the social network is rolling out an update to its Messenger app that will allow users to send each other short, recorded audio clips. It’s voicemail for the 21st century, if such a thing can even exist without being horrible. And, really, this sounds like it’s not.

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Perhaps more interestingly, though, is that Facebook is also testing free VoIP calling in Canada right now. This is a huge deal, as it competes directly with Google Talk.

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Deal: HTC Droid DNA Now Available For As Low As $120

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We do not like to go on and on about HTC’s poor showing in the market, especially considering it has a few game changing smartphones up its sleeves (read: the HTC M7). But despite that we just can’t stress enough on how well the company would do if its company gets the right exposure. But in some cases, even that doesn’t quite cut it for the Taiwanese manufacturer. The company recently launched the American variant of the J Butterfly on Verizon in the form of the Droid DNA. It was the country’s first smartphone to feature a 1080p display (441 ppi). That’s a pretty big deal considering the things one could do with the gorgeous Super LCD 3 display combined by the sleek body and the standard array of HTC specific features (ImageSense camera, Beats Audio etc). However, with the Samsung Galaxy Note II in the market, very few people went in favor of the Droid DNA, which is disappointing really. However, retailers have now decided to make the device more appealing to potential buyers. How? Well, by taking the obvious price reduction route.

Amazon Wireless is selling the Droid DNA for $150 on a two year contract, which is a good discount off the standard $200 price tag. However, the contract will require you to shell out $80 every month, so be on guard for that. There’s a better deal available on Letstalk.com which is selling the Droid DNA for just $120, with the same $80 per month plan. So while you can get the premium HTC flagship for a little under $150 now, the carrier will pretty much make up for it with monthly rentals. Interestingly, the Droid DNA is still priced at $200 with a two year contract on Verizon’s website, so I’m not sure if it will have any takers considering the kind of deals other retailers are offering.

The smartphone has its own struggles to deal with in the American market. Despite being on the country’s largest 4G LTE network, the Droid DNA has a few unavoidable shortcomings. For one, the device with its brilliant 1080p display has only 16GB of onboard storage. So if you were to test the display’s potential by trying to add a Full HD movie or two, your storage will fill up in no time. And bear in mind, there will be tons of HD games on offer too. So that basically in my opinion is a major setback for the Droid DNA, but besides that the smartphone is a delight. Yes, the size of the battery could have been a little better, but users aren’t complaining much about it anyways. Let’s hope HTC rectifies these issues with future versions of the smartphone, until then it will have to come in second to devices like the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy S III.

Source: LetsTalk, Amazon Wireless
Via: GSM Arena

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[Deal Alert] Buy A 12000mAh New Trent Portable Charger ($77), Get A 9000mAh Charger Free

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Looking for a deal on a portable charger? I mean, come on, you can never have too many. If so, we found a pretty great one on Amazon tonight, and it’s from a company whose chargers we personally recommend: New Trent. Here’s the deal – add both of the following chargers to your cart – the IMP120D and the IMP90D. Then, at checkout, enter the promo code “33ITURBO” to apply the discount. The total price of the IMP90D (the 9000mAh charger) will be slashed from your purchase – a savings of about $55.

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Pretty easy, and a pretty great deal if you’re looking for some more juice on the go.

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[Deal Alert] Droid RAZR HD Drops To Just $99 From Amazon Wireless For New Lines And Upgrades

razrhdIf you’ve got some spare holiday cash burning a hole in your pocket, now might be the time to jump on the RAZR HD deal Amazon is offering. If you pick up the device from Amazon Wireless right now, it’s only going to run you $99 –  no matter if you’re a new customer or not. Previously the device was priced at $130, and then only if you were new to Big Red.

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The Droid RAZR HD might not have the massive battery of its beefier Maxx brother, but it’s a fine device in its own right. The RAZR HD runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, has 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.

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Apple licensing agreement will pay off for HTC in 2013

HTC’s licensing deal with Apple may or may not end up costing the Taiwanese manufacturer of Android smartphones a good chunk of change in the long run, but its benefits should reach consumers this year. That’s the word from HTC China president Ray Yam, who said the deal allows the company to “put more energy into innovation.”

That innovation will be evident this year, according to Yam, who says the deal has allowed HTC to move forward more quickly with current projects while challenging designers and engineers to create without the fear of lawsuits that have distracted HTC from its goals in the past.

On top of greater create freedom, Yam says HTC has rethought their strategy from bottom up, including putting a fresh spin on sales and marketing. The end game is a reversal of the shrinking profits HTC has suffered over the past several quarters.

We may never know the exact financial arrangement HTC and Apple agreed upon, but it’s safe to say HTC weighed their options and decided it was the best plan available. Now we’ll see if the move paid off.

[via BGR]

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Apple Will Hand Over Manufacturing of A6X Chips To TSMC, Trial Production Will Begin This Quarter

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Apple’s current line of A-series chips (A5, A5X, A6, A6X) are made by its arch rival in the industry, Samsung. Obviously, the company has been contemplating a switch in manufacturers for quite some time now. We previously reported that Apple had planned to seek TSMC’s (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co) services to fulfill its requirements for the A-Series chips used in iOS devices. And now it seems like the speculations were indeed true as a report coming from Taiwanese daily Commercial Times states that Apple has struck a deal with TSMC to produce A6X chips which is used in the fourth gen Apple iPad. As of now, we’re only hearing reports of TSMC preparing A6X chips and there’s no info on whether the Taiwanese manufacturer will manufacture other Apple chips too. The said chip will go into trial production beginning from the first quarter of this year, so it could take a few more months for the companies to formally sign a pact.

This is a setback for Samsung as Apple is their top client accounting to millions of their revenue. The two companies have been fighting patent trials in courtrooms with one verdict ruling Samsung to pay in excess of $1 billion to Apple as a fine. So it was almost obvious that Apple was looking to move away from Samsung and look towards alternatives. The aforementioned trial production of the A6X chip by TSMC could break down if the company isn’t able to produce the required amount of chips in time, so all is not final yet. On the flipside, if TSMC is able to succeed in meeting Apple’s demands, we could see them making all future A-Series chips for iOS devices.

The main purpose behind switching to TSMC, other than getting out of Samsung’s partnership is that TSMC makes its chips using the 20nm technology. The Samsung made A6X chip is made using the 32nm process, so there will be substantial increase in performance. Whether TSMC will be able to manufacture the chips for a lesser amount is still not known. The Korean’s would lose a large chunk of their income with this deal falling off, but they should make up for that with increased sales of the next Galaxy flagship. Samsung plans on selling 510 million handsets in 2013. So if that estimate is anything to go by, we shouldn’t see Samsung having any problems with the proposed Apple-TSMC deal.

Source: Commercial Times
Via: 9to5Mac

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Vodafone UK launches discounted ‘Nearly New’ pre-owned handset

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Vodafone UK has announced the launch of 'Nearly New' — a way for Pay As You Go or contract customers to get hold of a smartphone at a lower cost, provided they're happy with using a handset that's not fresh out of the box.

PAYG customers will be able to pick up a pre-owned handset at a reduced up-front price, while contract customers will pay a lower monthly fee if they take a pre-owned phone.

Vodafone says all 'Nearly New' handsets have been returned in "very good condition" by previous owners, and have been factory reset and boxed up with accessories. Vodafone offers the example of the Galaxy S3, which is free on a £33 per month deal on 'Nearly New,' versus £37 per month brand new. Devices bought on PAYG will come with a 12 month warranty, the network says; for contract customers, it's 24 months.

'Nearly New' launches today for contract customers online and at Vodafone stores today; PAYG phones are available in-store today and online from today.

It's not the first time Vodafone has experimented with unconventional ways of getting phones into customers' hands. Back in November the carrier started offering 12-month handset rentals, allowing subscribers to get a new smartphone every year, provided the old one is returned undamaged.

2013 is set to become an interesting year for UK mobile operators, as Vodafone, O2 and Three prepare to launch LTE services to compete with 4G incumbent EE.

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Deal Alert: $50 Off Any Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Model For Amazon Prime Student Members

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Do you want a Kindle Fire HD 8.9? Do you have an Amazon Prime Student account, or a .edu email address you’re willing to commandeer for the purpose of making one? Good news! You can save $50 on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

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When you get to checkout, enter the promo code KNDL4STU, and you’ll be good to go with $50 in instant savings. The promo is going on through January 30th, and applies to all Kindle Fire HD 8.9 models.

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[Deal Alert] 32GB Nexus 7: $229.99 Shipped On eBay Daily Deals (Again)

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If you head over to eBay Daily Deals, you’ll find that the 32GB version of the Nexus 7 is on sale for just $229.99 with free shipping once again, this time from Adorama Camera.

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Tax may apply in your respective state, so be sure to check the total before you confirm your purchase (there was no sales tax in CA for me). Even with tax, you’re probably saving some money anyway, so it’s a worthy buy.

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Nexus 7 32GB Available as eBay Daily Deal for $229

Today’s daily deals are up over at eBay, one of which is a 32GB Nexus 7 for $229. At that price, it’s $20 less than you’ll find it from the Google Play store, but to make the deal even sweeter, shipping is also free. Pretty solid price – hope you have some holiday cash still [...]

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RIM Sells Cloud Service NewBay for $55.5 Million at a Loss

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RIM isn’t exactly raking in a lot of cash at the moment. After it lost the recent patent litigation suit against Nokia and had to license the said patents for roughly $65 million, we figured the company had hit rock bottom. However, the problems might be deeper than that, as the company has now sold cloud storage service NewBay which it acquired back in 2011. The worst part however is that the company has sold it for a loss, which speaks volumes of the company’s desperation to get some cash, and quick. This certainly isn’t going to boost the company’s morale, especially with the BlackBerry 10 launch nearing. The deal was made with Synchronoss Technologies for $55.5 million, while RIM had paid $100 million to acquire NewBay last year. It isn’t clear yet if RIM sold off NewBay to get quick cash or simply because it didn’t feel the need to use its services. But all hints point towards the former, and we think Nokia’s patent licensing deal has a lot to do with this. Perhaps RIM could have waited on the deal as it could have made use of NewBay in the future for its services like how iCloud and Google Drive work today.

We certainly have no knowledge of what goes around in RIM, but things don’t look all that bright. Analysts have claimed that the BlackBerry 10 devices will be DOA, so we’re not quite sure how RIM plans to come up from that. The CEO of Synchronoss, Stephen G Waldis spoke highly of the acquisition. He said it would help them “deliver the most comprehensive, scalable and secure cloud platform“. It is rather odd that RIM decided to sell its subsidiary at a loss while it could have easily garnered more if not double the amount. The folks at Synchronoss couldn’t have asked for a better deal and this is certainly going to be talked about as we build up to the BB10 launch.

January 30, 2013 is a crucial day for RIM for a number of reasons. Not only will its offering (s) be closely watched by critics and fans, it will also have to impress the existing bunch of iOS and Android users to make them switch to the new platform. Although the possibility of that happening is little to none, RIM will think it did its job well if it manages to win appreciation from developers. As we all know, Android apps will be ported onto BlackBerry 10 and RIM has already opened submissions with interesting cash prizes for the taking. So there is some interest among the developers for BB10 and we should see that increase as the days go by. Because let’s face it, without necessary apps, a platform is as good as a dud to most users out there.

Source: Marketwatch
Via: Phone Arena

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Digital division of Barnes & Noble received financial boost from British Pearson

nook-5The Media unit of Barnes & Noble Inc has given a boost to the national bookstore operator following the buying of Pearson Plc of 5 percent stake of the said division, estimated to be at $89.5 million. The acquisition of the British education and media publisher sent the shares of Barnes & Noble Inc skyrocketing with as much as 9.7 percent last Friday.

The Nook Media unit makes up the digital business of the American bookstore business, which includes the store’s Nook digital bookstore and Nook tablets and e-readers, as well as 674 college bookstores in the entire United States.

Pearson Plc owns both the Penguin Group publishing house and the Financial Times news agency.

The investment of Pearson follows Microsoft Corp’s investment in April which gave the digital business of  Barnes & Noble $300 million in cash. The move of Microsoft was a positive one  as it increased the bookstore’s shares up to 79 percent afterwards. Microsoft and Barnes & Noble concluded their deal in October.

Following the deal with Pearson, Barnes & Noble will be owning 78.2 percent of its digital business, while Microsoft will have around 16.8 percent ownership.

“We always believed that Microsoft was as interested in Barnes & Noble’s opportunity in education as it was in the digital consumer arena,” Janney Montgomery Scott analyst  David Strasser said.

“But after this investment from Pearson, it is more clear that Nook Media has its sight set on transforming the way education is administered in the US and around the world,” Scott  wrote in a research note to clients.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook unit had been a hit revenue source after it was launched in 2009 as more and more readers buy ebooks. But product development and marketing expenditures to   stay competitive against rivals like Amazon also made the venture expensive to maintain.

Last November, Barnes & Noble said that its Media unit has increased its quarterly loss following the division’s increasing spending to develop its r-readers and tablets so it could compete with its bigger rivals–Apple Inc and Amazon.

The company also announced on Friday that sales during the holiday season will not hit the targets as preliminary results and sales trends show demand for its products.

The top US bookstore operator planned to give figures of its holiday sales on January 3. During November, the company said that its digital product sales during the four-day weekend on Thanksgiving–usually the busiest time of the year for retailers–had doubled compared to its last year sales figures. Barnes & Noble said that the increased in sales due to the advertising effort by Target Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Some early findings find the 2012 holiday season to be the worst yet for retailers since the 2008 financial crisis as sales targets are falling well below expectations.

Barnes & Noble shares rose as much as 6.1 percent on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday afternoon, from $15.23 to $15.74. The company shares were the fourth highest gainer in percentage in the stock brokerage during that day.

source: reuters

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[Deal Alert] N.O.V.A. 3 currently on sale for $0.99, supports Moga Too

N.O.V.A. 3Still don’t have your fill of apps and games just yet? Well Gameloft has your back, yet again. Looking to help you ring in the new year with another one of their great games. They have just placed N.O.V.A. 3 Near Orbit Vangaurd Alliance on sale from $6.99 clear down to just $0.99. The price alone makes it worth picking up.

N.O.V.A. 3 is the most current release of the series. It brings with it some incredible grapahics, 10 immersive levels across the galaxy, up to 12 player mulitplayer battles in 6 various modes. Let’s not forget to mention that N.O.V.A. 3 is also supported by the Moga controller. So all of you that snagged one of those up during the free controller special have a chance to add another supported game to your collection.

 

As always, feel free to click or scan the QR code below to pick it up before the sale ends.

Application: N.O.V.A. 3
Developer: Gameloft
Cost: $0.99 on sale for a limited time

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