Monthly Archives: July 2013

Microsoft’s 2013 Back to School Deal: Get 10% off any new Surface From The Microsoft Store

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While it’s not as nice as last year’s buy a PC and get an Xbox 360 deal or even this year’s Apple deal, Microsoft’s new back to school deal may make purchasing that new computer a bit cheaper. Well, so long as that new computer is a Surface.

Microsoft’s online store is offering 10% off on any new Surface (the Pro with full Windows 8 and the recently discounted Surface RT), as well as 10% off any Surface accessories like the cool “click on” Touch or Type covers. With this deal you’d be getting a new Surface RT with a Type cover for a little over $400 (usually $450) or a Surface Pro 64GB for around $810 (usually $900). This discount also works for accessories like headphones, speakers, cases, mice and any other things you’d buy to help accessorize your Surface. Sadly this 10% discount looks to be Surface-only and doesn’t seem to work if you’re looking to buy a regular laptop made by any other company from the Microsoft Store.

In addition to this 10% off Surface deal, the Microsoft Store is also offering the same Office 365 deal being offered by Staples and Best Buy: buy a touch-enabled PC and you’ll get Office 365 University free for 4 years. This Office deal does include touchscreen laptops made by other companies like Lenovo, Samsung and HP but for some reason doesn’t seem to apply to the Surface Pro (at Best Buy and Staples you can get Office 365 University free for 4 years even if you buy a Surface Pro over a touchscreen laptop).

Both deals need you to verify that you are a college student by using the .edu email address provided to you by your school. For the Surface deal you can do this before you buy by heading over to this site, while if you’re taking advantage of the free Office deal at the Microsoft Store you’ll be prompted to verify your student ID at check out. For all the info head on over to the Back to School section of the Microsoft Store.

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Microsoft Drops The Surface RT Price To $350– But Should You Care?

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Last year Microsoft did something radically different when it came to new PCs. In addition to releasing the more touch friendly Windows 8 and Windows RT, they announced their own Surface line of tablets to go with it. These Windows tablets were designed and made by Microsoft directly– not HP, Lenovo, Acer, Dell or any other Windows PC maker and they have nice designs and some cool keyboard covers that “click” in (like in these ads for the Surface that were seemingly everywhere earlier this year). Over the weekend Microsoft dropped the price of the 32GB Surface RT down to $350, and the 64GB Surface RT down to $450 (both a discount of $150). With back-to-school season approaching this would seem like a great deal, but you may want to wait before you buy a new Surface RT.

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Nokia Announces The Lumia 1020- A Windows Phone With A 41 Megapixel Camera

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The iPhone, Galaxy S4 and HTC One all have great cameras, but they are nothing compared to this. Today in New York Nokia unveiled their latest and greatest Lumia, the Lumia 1020 with an absolutely insane 41 megapixel camera. Yes you read that right– not 8, 10 or 13 megapixels but 41! If you love taking pictures with your phone this is definitely something you’re going to want to check out.

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The App Store Turns Five This Week and Apple’s Giving Out Free Apps and Games To Celebrate

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It may be crazy to think but this Wednesday the App Store will turn 5 years old. Put simply it’s been an amazing 5 years with the App Store now home to over 900,000 apps and over 50 billion downloads. To celebrate this momentous occasion Apple has made five of the App Store’s most popular games and five of the most popular apps free for a limited time. The games include hits like Tiny Wings (and Tiny Wings HD for iPad), Where’s My Water?Badland, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, and Infinity Blade II. In the apps area, Apple is giving away Barefoot World AtlasDay One (a journal app), How to Cook Everything, Over (a photo editing app) and Traktor DJ. All of these apps usually cost between $2 and $20 (Traktor DJ is the $20 one if you were wondering), making this a very nice gift from Apple.

The App Store officially doesn’t turn 5 until this Wednesday and we’ll keep you updated if Apple has anything else planned to celebrate. In the meantime, head on over to App Store from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch for all the details on these birthday deals.

More info: Apple

Reminder: Jay Z’s New Album Comes To Samsung Galaxy Devices Tonight

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If you’ve got a Galaxy S III, S4 or Note II you’ll be able to get Jay Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail for free tonight at 12:01 AM three days before it goes on sale to everyone else. All you have to do is be one of the first million people to download the Jay Z Magna Carta app, which as of this writing, the Google Play Store says has been downloaded over 500,000 times but is still at less than 1 million. That’s it. After you get the app come 12:01 AM you’ll be able to download or stream the new album for free thanks to Samsung. You can even share the app with friends who also have Galaxy devices using Facebook, Twitter or S Beam (the cool feature where you tap your phone with your friends to share files like in the commercials).

To get the app just head on over to the Google Play Store from your S III, S4 or Note II, and hurry, there’s only a couple of hours left.

More info: Google Play, USA Today

Apple Launches 2013 Back To School Deal- Get A Gift Card With Any New Mac, iPad or iPhone

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It may be a little later than usual but today Apple revealed their 2013 back-to-school deal. The deal is similar to what it has been the past few years: when you buy any new Mac or iPad using your college ID, Apple will give you an iTunes gift card worth either $50 (if you buy an iPad) or $100 (if you buy a Mac). Apple also has now expanded the program to include the iPhone, so if you use your student ID to buy one you will also get a $50 iTunes gift card. And as usual, when it comes to Macs this is all on top of the regular discount Apple gives students (between $50-$200 off new computers. Unfortunately there is no student discount for the iPad or iPhone).

Apple says the deal will work for those in college, accepted to a college, or for a parent buying for a college student as long as you buy that new Mac/iPad/iPhone from an Apple Store (physical or online) or from one of their Apple campus stores. The deal runs until September 6th, so if you were waiting for Apple’s back-to-school deals before you bought that new MacBook or iPad, here you go.

More info: Apple