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Google Play Adds Textbooks– Now Available In The Google Play Books App

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There are a lot of a great options for finding cheap textbooks online. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Chegg are among some of the biggest online textbook sellers out there, but now there is a new place to check out– Google. Google has added the ability to buy and rent textbooks right from the books section of their Google Play Store. Just like with Amazon and Barnes and Noble, you’ll be able to read these digital textbooks right from the Google Play Books app on your iOS or Android phone/tablet as well as from any computer by going to Google’s online Play Store and signing in.

Google advertises that they will be selling digital textbooks at up to 80% off the price of the equivalent print versions, though as with Amazon and other online textbook sellers we don’t expect this to always to be true for every textbook. As usual you’ll probably be best off looking around at multiple sites to find the best deals for the particular textbooks you need. But hey, with school starting up again in just a few weeks any ways we can save some moeny on textbooks sounds worth trying to us.

You can check out Google’s new textbook section of the Play Store here.

Amazon Is Bundling Free NFL Sunday Ticket With Pre-Orders Of Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition

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With just under a month to go until football fully returns it’s time to start making sure you’re ready for the season. The latest version of Madden, Madden NFL 25, comes out on August 27th for the Xbox 360 and PS3 but this year it’s coming with a lot more than just the usual roster updates and improvements like better commentary and more realistic running. This year to mark the 25th anniversary of the legendary game EA, Amazon and DirecTV have done something different. If you pre-order the special edition Madden 25 Anniversary Edition for $100 on Amazon you’ll not only get the game and a subscription to the Ultimate Team add-on, but you’ll also get a code to get NFL Sunday Ticket for free for the 2013 season. Yes, even if you’re not a DirecTV subscriber you’ll still be able to access the full Sunday Ticket Package and the Red Zone channel from any computer, or phone or tablet (iOS and Android). The code won’t work with the Sunday Ticket app on the PS3, so to get the games on your big screen TV you’ll need to connect your device to your TV. Seeing as most laptops today come with an HDMI port that shouldn’t be too hard.

The regular edition of Madden NFL 25 costs $60 on its own, so for $40 more you’re getting something that usually costs another $300 (on top of subscribing to DirecTV and installing a satellite dish). If you’re going off to school and your apartment/dorm doesn’t have DirecTV or if you just want a cheap way to get Sunday Ticket, this is a pretty amazing deal. As Kotaku points out, you don’t even need to have an Xbox 360 or PS3 to use the code– its included in the box separately so you can use it for Sunday Ticket and then re-sell your copy of Madden to GameStop or some other place.

This deal is said to be limited so you better act quick if you want to take advantage. Pre-orders are available now on Amazon and Madden NFL 25 comes out August 27th.

More info: Kotaku, Amazon

Deal of The Day: Amazon Giving Students $50 Off The Kindle Fire HD For The Month of January

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Sure the holidays we’re just last week, but if you wanted a new tablet for Winter or Spring Semester, and didn’t get one from Santa, Amazon’s got a great deal for you. For the rest of January, Amazon will be offering students $50 off all versions of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (both the WiFi and the WiFi+4G LTE versions). This means you can get the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for just $249 for the WiFi-only 16 GB version. For a tablet with an amazing HD screen (it’s on the same level as the Retina Display on the iPad 3/4), HD front camera for HD video chat, and access to thousands of Android apps and games from Amazon’s App Store, this looks like a great deal.

To get the deal you need to have a .edu email address, and either be enrolled in or sign up for Amazon Student. For those who don’t know, Amazon Student lets students with a .edu email address get things like free two-day shipping, free release date delivery for things like movies and video games, as well as some special student deals (like this one). Amazon Student is free for the first six months after you sign up, and only $39 a year after that (for the next four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first). The $39 a year adds in all the full benefits of Amazon Prime– which normally costs $79 for those without Amazon Student– such as access to sharing Kindle books with friends and watching videos on Amazon Instant Video (Amazon’s version of Netflix).

All in all, If you’re looking for a new tablet for the next semester this looks to be a pretty great option. For more information on the deal and Amazon Student check out Amazon’s site here.

More info: SlashGear

The Teens Guide To Back To School: Best Cell Phones Right Now

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As important as it is to have a good laptop for school, it’s almost as important to have a good phone. We need them to text, check Facebook, go online, set alarms and reminders– heck, most of us could probably take better notes on our phones than on a laptop (if we were allowed)!

So in this issue of our back-to-school series we’re gonna take a look at some of the best cell phones available now on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon that you should definitely consider when you’re looking for a new phone for this upcoming school year.

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Best Buy Pulls Out Of Microsoft’s Free Xbox 360 Back To School Deal

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Looking to take advantage of Microsoft’s awesome back-to-school deal of a free Xbox 360 when you buy a new PC for $699 or more? Well, if you are then we recommend not picking up that new computer from Best Buy as they have pulled out of this back-to-school deal earlier this month. And while we couldn’t find out the reason that Best Buy isn’t offering this free 360 deal anymore, they have confirmed to us that they have stopped offering the deal.

HP, Dell, Amazon and the Microsoft Store are all still offering this deal (which runs until September 3rd and works as long as you have a high school or college student ID)– so if you were looking for a new computer at $699 or more and wanted that free 360 we recommend you look at one of them.

Looking For Textbooks For The Upcoming School Year? Then You Should Definitely Check Out Amazon

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Viewing Kindle Textbooks from your computer

Before you run out to buy those textbooks for the upcoming school year you should really first go to Amazon. Amazon’s Kindle bookstore is now renting out textbooks at up to 80% off the price of the paper version of the same textbook. Yeah, this could be some major savings.

So here’s how the new textbook renting service works. You download the Amazon Kindle app for your PC, Mac, phone or tablet (that’s right– you don’t even need a Kindle), find the textbook you need in the Textbooks Store on Amazon’s site (they have “tens of thousands” available),  pick how long you need it for (anywhere from 30 days to a 360 days) and check out. That’s it. And if you find out that you need more time you can always extend the rental (from one more day to however many days you need to even buying the textbook outright if that makes more sense for you).

Once you check out you can read your textbook on any of the above devices so long as it has that Kindle app installed. You can even make notes which are saved online (at kindle.amazon.com) and viewable even after you “returned” the textbook (and if you re-rent the textbook later your notes will return to the places you made them).

So yeah, the textbook you need, for when you need it, at a much cheaper price AND it can fit anywhere from your computer to your pocket? Sounds like a great deal to us.

For more info on this awesome new deal from Amazon see their site here. If you want to see if they have the textbooks you need you can search their entire store here. And stay tuned– we’ve got a lot more to come to help make sure you’re ready for the upcoming school year.

Amazon Goes After iTunes, Lowers Pricing For New Bestselling Songs To $0.69

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Hate iTunes and it’s extremely expensive price for singles at $1.29? Wish you had a cheaper and still fully legal alternative that offered you all the same music at almost half the price? Then allow me to introduce you to Amazon’s long running Amazon Mp3 music store which has now made iTunes look like the one that’s stealing from you with their ridiculously high music pricing.

First introduced over the weekend, Amazon has lowered the pricing for the bestselling songs (the ones you’ll probably wanna buy) to a much more affordable $0.69. That’s right, 69 cents or almost half the price of what iTunes charges for the same songs. And downloading from Amazon’s online store will even import the songs into iTunes for you so you can still easily transfer them to your iDevice.

Personally, while I now will look to Amazon when I wanna buy a song, most of the music I listen to I get from either Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker or YouTube (or when I’m driving, the radio) so this doesn’t really affect me too much. But what about you– how do you get your music? Do you buy from iTunes and are excited by this news of a much cheaper, yet equally reliable and legal alternative? Do you go online or use an app to listen to new songs like I do, or did you just read this and go ” what? who still buys music?” while downloading the latest changes on the Billboard Hot 100 from, well, not as “legal” sources? Let us know in the comments.

Full info at Amazon’s Mp3 Store

HTC ThunderBolt is Out Today– Get It From Amazon For Only $180

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Verizon users are you ready for 4G!?!?! We know this day has been a long time coming (with the ThunderBolt having been rumored to have launched late last month, then early this month, then now), but if you can wait just a little bit longer you could save yourself some serious cash. Instead of running to your local Verizon store right now to go pick one of these, you may wanna head your browser over to Amazon for a much better deal: the ThunderBolt with all its 4G awesomeness for an amazing $179.99 on new 2 year contract and data plan. Currently the phone is on backorder (meaning it will ship in 8-9 days) but you’re saving $70 off Verizon’s price, and at that price this is probably the best phone on Verizon right now.

For full info on the ThunderBolt 4G see our previous post here, and if you do go out to pick up a ThunderBolt today let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Info via Amazon

Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G Appear on Amazon– Releases Getting Closer?

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Well that was quick. Yesterday Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha said that the Atrix 4G will be coming sometime next month, and today we’ve got an appearance on Amazon— with a possible price and release date to boot. And it gets even better. The price? $149.99, which is ridiculously awesome for a phone like this (we for sure thought it would be the standard high-end smartphone price of $199.99, or possibly more considering all the power that’s in here). Oh, and the release is pegged at possibly February 11th, which is a lot earlier than the “late February” said by Motorola yesterday. Perhaps this is AT&T’s way of countering some other big cell phone launch a day earlier?

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Oh, and HTC’s new 4G phone for AT&T, the Inspire 4G, has also been spied today on Amazon, and while we haven’t gotten a release date on this bad boy, a leaked possible price of $99.99 makes this one heck of a choice for a new phone too.

We’ve reached out to Motorola and HTC for comment and will update if we hear anything back. Until then, consider all of this to be just rumors and very subject to change. But if the Atrix and Inspire did launch for these prices would you go for it as your next AT&T phone (and if your thinking of switching to Verizon for the iPhone 4, will this help you to stay with AT&T)?

Amazon Updates the Kindle

Just in time for the beginning of the Back to School shopping season (something we’ll have covered down to the smallest details over the next couple of weeks to make sure you head back to school with all the right tech), Amazon has announced an updated version of their very popular Kindle.

This 3rd generation Kindle comes with a whole bunch of updates and improvements to help it put up a better fight with some competing eReaders on the market (*cough* iPad *cough*), and while I’m still not sure it is better than a Barnes and Noble Nook or iPad, Amazon has made the choice between the three a lot tougher.

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