Best Buy offering free Nexus S for one day

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2011

Have you been on the fence about getting a Nexus S? Well, Best Buy has announced that starting last night (August 2nd) at midnight it will begin offering the Google Nexus S for free. You’ll still have to have a two-year agreement with AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, but it beats full price.

Better hurry because if you wait a day later the price will jump back up. We imagine Best Buy will be very busy today with this news.

Play World of Warcraft for free up to level 20

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2011

If you haven’t been bit by the WOW bug yet, Blizzard is hoping to entice you by allowing you to play unrestricted up to level 20 before the game starts asking for money. At that point you can choose to ditch your character and all that hard work, or pay $20 for the full game along with the Burning Crusade expansion which ups your level cap to 70 and opens Outlands, and the Blood Elf and Draenei races.

Also, the Burning Crusade expansion is completely free to everyone who has the game and hasn’t already bought it. Seems like a good time to get into WOW.

Apple iCloud Will Be Free, Replace MobileMe

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

We knew it was coming and Apple has announced iCloud and it will replace MobileMe, and will sync and backup a wide range of things with your iOS device including purchased music, apps and books bought from the iBooks store.

It will sync your photos and videos from the camera roll as well as app data and your iOS device settings, plus documents from iWork apps and other apps. When you change a document on one iOS device it will be synced with iCloud and your other iOS devices automatically.

Nintendo 3DS June 6 update: free Excitebike, Pokedex 3D

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2011

Good news for 3DS owners. When you get the June 6 update for the 3DS, along with the browser and eShop, you’ll also get free copies of a 3D-upgraded Excitebike and a new Pokedex 3D. The new app shows collected Pokemon characters in 3D and even supports augmented reality markers to show them in 3D in a ‘real’ environment. As real as it can get anyway.

The update also gives you the ability to port over most DSiWare games from older systems to a 3DS and the ability to download short 3D videos, like music videos, comedy, or movie trailers.

PAC-MAN is free app of the day on Amazon App Store for Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

Are you in the mood to play some Pac Man on Android? The app is available today on the Amazon App Store for free. It beats pumping quarters in the machine each time.

The app usually sells for 99 cents. And this is the full game, not a lite version. Just head over to the Amazon App Store and download it now. The game has two control methods, a virtual joystick and a swipe method. I can already hear the music.

SOE attack “make good” plan gets you a free DC Universe Online Batman mask

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

Sony Online Entertainment is offering the DC Universe Online community a free Batman inspired mask as part of its “make good” plan after an attack on the system that has led to two weeks without service to the PlayStation Network. All players who were affected will receive both the Batman mask and a 30 day subscription credit plus one day for each day the service is unavailable. Not a bad way to say they are sorry.

In addition, SOE is asking for patience as it returns service. “Please bear with us as the complexities of the subscription server dictate how and when this will be available along with pertinent details,” But hey, free batman stuff.

Time Inc. and Apple to offer free iPad downloads to print magazine subscribers

Posted in Apple by Reuben Drake on May 2nd, 2011

Good news for magazine readers. Time Inc. has made a deal with Apple to allow print magazine subscribers to access the company’s iPad editions for free. Starting this week, those who subscribe to print versions of Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Time will be able to download the iPad versions at no cost, directly within the magazines’ apps, as it should be.

iPad users still won’t be able to purchase exclusively digital subscriptions to Time Inc.’s publications. Time wants to incorporate digital subscriptions to its iPad model, but negotiations have hit some snags, mostly due to how Apple shares subscriber data. Publishers claim to need that data to apply the TV Everywhere model to magazines, but Apple says that the subscriber information should only be shared on an opt-in basis. It doesn’t seem like they will agree anytime soon.

Amazon Cloud Player is live

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

Earlier this morning Amazon rolled out their own music streaming service called the Amazon Cloud Player. If you are an existing Amazon customer in the US, you can upload your MP3 purchases to your 5GB cloud space. It’s upgradable to a one-year 20GB plan for free when you purchase an MP3 album and additional plans start at $20 a year.

The other good news is that this service is free of charge too. Those other big guys will have to do some catching up here. We won’t mention any names. This should help you clear some hard drive space and keep those tunes safe.

Samsung Germany offers free Galaxy Tab customization

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

Leaping Lizards on a tablet! Samsung Germany has teamed up with YOUNiik to provide custom body skins to new Galaxy Tab users. The company will give a free custom skin to anyone who bought the Galaxy Tab from January 2011 to March 31, 2011.

Users can choose from up to 1,500 different skins or they can create a custom skin from their personal images. Knowing the Germans I bet there will be a lot of David Hasselhoff skins. Do they still love david Hasselhoff?

Amazon Prime users see free unlimited movie streaming

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Amazon’s plans for unlimited movie streaming similar to Netflix seems to be right on track as someone has spotted the service in action. At least one Amazon Prime subscriber has seen options in the Video On Demand section to stream movies and TV shows, even major recent releases, as part of the $79 yearly subscription. The catalog seen by this Engadget reader had 5,000 titles that show in 480p.

Amazon hasn’t confirmed these plans, and the unlimited VOD may be a trial that isn’t immediately ready to go live. Netflix’s streaming-only plan has a larger catalog but also costs $96 a year.

Best Buy throws in free PS3 with TVs

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2010

Looks like now is a good time to buy a new TV if you also need a PS3. Best Buy has just announced some post-holiday deals that are valid until December 11. In the Sony PS3 bundle deals there are several discounts when a Sony TV is paired with a PS3, including a 46-inch LED-lit LCD with a 160GB PlayStation 3 for $1,300, which saves you $1,380. Not bad right?

A 3D-ready 46-inch LED TV with a PS3 will cost you $1,700, a savings of about $1,180. How about a 55-inch 3D-ready LED HDTV and the same PS3 for $2,200?

Find your Android/BlackBerry phone for free with iTag

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Apple is offering their Find My iPhone service for free now, but that doesn’t mean that Android and BlackBerry users are left out in the cold. That’s because iTag is offering their Premium Membership for free for Cyber Monday.

iTag allows you to locate your device via GPS at any moment. The feature is already available for free to users, but the premium account allows you to backup your contacts over the air, which is very useful if you lose your device without backing up your data first.

Best Buy offers free GPS with iPod touch, free smartphones

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

Best Buy today has kicked off a post-Thanksgiving sale with a heavy emphasis on iPods. If you buy an 8GB fourth-generation iPod touch, you get a free GPS unit from the store’s in-house Insignia brand. Other iPods are also on sale, ranging from $5 for a fourth-generation iPod shuffle to $10 off new iPod nanos and $15 off the iPod classic.

It’s a good day to buy an iPod it seems. Zune too. If you want a Zune HD, you can also get a deal, as those who buy the 16GB or 32GB models can get a Zune HD AV Dock for free.

Google offers free In-flight Wi-Fi for the holidays

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

Delta Airlines has just announced free in-flight Internet access on all of its Wi-Fi equipped flights during the upcoming holiday season. This free Internet access will begin on November 20, 2010 and last all the way through January 2, 2011.

It is offered with Gogo Inflight, Google and the Google Chrome Web browser, although you don’t need to stick to Google products to go online. You just need to join the gogoinflight wireless network and hit the airborne.gogoinflight.com Web site while in the air.

Dell offering free Venue Pros to employees in exchange for BlackBerrys

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2010

Dell is offering to trade employees’ old and broken BlackBerry devices for the new Venue Pro. That’s pretty generous of the company and if everyone takes them up on the offer, there will be 25,000 RIM smartphones out of a job.

It is not just nice to do, its good for business. The Wall Street Journal says that this will cut Dell’s mobile communications bill by a full quarter, as they will no longer have to support BlackBerry servers. In other news Android variants will be made available in the future as well.