Best movie about July 4: Independence Day, natch.Best game to play on July 4: Kubb (rhymes with "tube"), a ridiculously fun blend of cornhole and horseshoes. (You can make your own pretty easily with some inexpensive lumber, or just pick up a Kubb set like this one for around $40.)Best place to shop on July 4: Don't be silly; July 4 is for BBQs! But in the weeks leading up to to Independence Day, lots of stores have already rolled out their sales. Below I've rounded up those that I think are worth your attention -- but check back often, as I'll be updating this post as we get closer to the holiday.One thing I can tell you now: There will be lots of mattress deals. So if you're looking to buy a new bed, stay tuned. In the meantime, 40% seems to be the magic number this year, as evidenced by the following:Best Buy: Save up to 40% on appliancesHome Depot: Save up to 40% on appliances, grills, mowers, power tools and patio furnitureLowe's: Save up to 40% on appliancesREI: Save up to … [Read more...] about The best July 4 sales of 2019
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Best Buy's latest flash sale is under way, and, wow, there are some solid deals to be had. For example, could you use a 32-inch Insignia Fire TV for $100?Or have you been wisely waiting for an iPhone X deal? Because, as you'll no doubt recall, when it debuted in 2017 with a $1,000 price tag, we were all, like, "Yeah, no."Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the unlocked Apple iPhone X (64GB) in silver or space gray for $699.99 shipped when you choose the "activate later" option. That's $300 off -- and an even better deal than just a few weeks ago, when it was on sale for $750.See it at Best BuyAs you've probably noticed on the product page, you also have the option of getting the phone for $649.99 -- but that's if you activate it with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. My advice: Buy it outright, then take it to a carrier with cheaper rates. You'll save in the long run, and you'll have the option of switching carriers anytime you want.The elephant in this particular room is the … [Read more...] about Get an unlocked iPhone X for $700
It makes me chuckle when I think of the iPhone XR as Apple's "budget" iPhone, because $750 is still insanely expensive. That said, the XR delivers a ton of bang for the buck, which is why CNET dubbed it "the best iPhone value in years." Read more: CNET's iPhone XR review Of course, if you want a better price, you'll have to jump on a buy-one-get-one deal or do a trade-in or rope yourself into a lengthy lease arrangement...right? Wrong! For a limited time, and while supplies last, Boost Mobile has the iPhone XR (64GB) for $649.99. At this writing, all six colors are available. You can also get it with 128GB for $699 or 256GB for $799.99 -- basically a $100 savings across the board. See it at Boost Mobile Pro tip: Be sure to use a cash-back service before making this purchase! Ebates is currently offering 4 percent back at Boost Mobile, while TopCashback will give you 8 percent. I don't see any language at either site indicating sale items are excluded. So if you're able to snag, say, 8 … [Read more...] about Get an iPhone XR for $650
Author's Note Full disclosure: I use an Android phone. One of the reasons I do is because I was able to get it with the plan and carrier that I wanted and wasn't tied down to a contract. Whether I'll switch to an iPhone now that the unlocked versions are available is an open question, but I suspect that my girlfriend -- an Apple fan for the last couple of decades -- is going to make the jump. The cell phone business is a complicated one, with contract restrictions, subsidized (and often free) phones if you'll commit to a couple of years with the same carrier, and different voice and data speeds with Edge, 3G and 4G carrier technologies. At least Apple has made things a little simpler -- or have they made it more complicated? -- by allowing unlocked iPhones. They've given us new options and, while that may make things more confusing, it has to be a good thing. Related Articles How Cell Phones WorkHow the iPhone WorksHow to Unlock a Cell Phone or SmartphoneWhat can the … [Read more...] about Why are ‘unlocked’ phones more expensive than locked ones?
iPhones have been with us for 10 years already. David Paul Morris/Justin Sullivan/AFP/Getty/Apple It's hard to believe that the iPhone has been around for a decade, especially since a pocket-sized device with the capability of an iPhone once seemed like something out of a sci-fi novel. To commemorate the iPhone's first decade, we (not-so) fondly remember some of the struggles of carrying one of these whiz-bang devices — and how Apple eventually addressed our pains. 1. Ever curse the short life of your iPhone battery? When the first iPhone came out, even checking your email sucked the battery from your phone. Apple claimed you had 250 hours of standby mode, but who spends 250 hours on standby with a phone? As models have gotten larger, the battery life seems to go up, but we're all still yearning for the nearest power outlet. 2. Raise your hand if you've lost your iPhone somewhere in the house and left it on silent mode. Finding your iPhone using the internet only became … [Read more...] about 9 Ways the iPhone Frustrated, Delighted Users in Its First Decade