Would (did) you buy a phone as a gift for Valentine's Day?

Ah, the beauty of gift-giving. Nowadays, it’s pretty common to shell out for an expensive present at some occasions, such as the Christmas holidays or a special someone’s birthday. Cynics might pin it as a bad syndrome of capitalism and consumerism programming us to measure our feelings in cold, hard cash.

But let’s admit it — it’s easier to pick something expensive rather than look for the perfect, practical thing to give. When looking for that special item to wrap in a gift box, we often ask ourselves “Would that person be able to just trot down to a random store and buy it themselves?”. …

Deal: Save up to $300 on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or S8 (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile), or get a $350 gift card (Sprint)

Since their release, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ have been included in so many deals and promotions that we kind of lost track of them. Still, we have to report about the newest deals involving Samsung’s three phones, as they’re pretty tempting (particularly if you’re interested in a Verizon Note 8), and don’t require trade-ins.  
As of this weekend, Best Buy lets you purchase a Verizon Galaxy Note 8 at $300 off. Verizon was already taking $200 off the Note 8 (reflected in reduced monthly payments), but Best …

Deal: Save $150 on an iPhone 8 with AT&T or Verizon activation, or get a $300 gift card with Sprint activation (today only)

If you’re planning to buy an Apple iPhone 8 and activate it on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, Best Buy today has a couple of nice deals that you should definitely check out. 
The retailer lets you save $150 on an iPhone 8 64 GB when you’re purchasing it with a monthly installment plan on AT&T or Verizon. Savings aren’t instant, but will be reflected in reduced monthly payments. After 24 months (or up to 30 months on AT&T), you’ll end up paying $549 – instead of $699 – for a brand new iPhone 8 64 GB.
As …

Huawei Mate 10 Pro now available to pre-order in the US, $150 gift card included

Officially unveiled stateside last month at CES 2018, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro won’t be released via any US carrier. However, Huawei USA is launching an unlocked version of the smartphone (1-year warranty included), and pre-orders for it are available as of today, February 4.
At this very moment, you can pre-order the Huawei Mate 10 Pro from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and Newegg, all of which will properly release the handset on February 18. The new phone costs $799.99, and, for a limited time, it comes with a $150 Gift card. Interestingly, Huawei says the Mate 10 Pro …

Valentine's Day 2018 tech gift guide: here's what to get for your significant other

Hey there, lovebirds! Looking to get your significant other something nice for Valentine’s Day? Great! Selecting the right present for your sweetheart can sometimes be a daunting task, but fret not, you’ve come to the right place. 
In order to help you in your gift-selecting endeavors and potentially save you from an awkward situation, we decided to round up some notable tech gifts that you can give to your better half. We really hope that you’ll like them and make someone very happy on February 14th!

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The new Nokia Steel HR in Rose Gold may the perfect Valentine's Day gift

Nokia is trying to capitalize on the upcoming Valentine’s Day annual holiday. Giving customers the chance to spend money on gifts for the loved ones is one way to fill up the coffers, right? And as we all know, a hybrid watch makes a great gift, especially if it’s a stylish one like the Nokia Steel HR.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, Nokia’s latest Rose Gold Steel HR smartwatch may match your standards. Unlike the regular version that costs €189, the new Nokia Steel HR in Rose Gold is priced to sell for €220.

However, you …

Deal: Second-Gen Amazon Echo on sale for just $80 ($20 off) plus a $10 gift card

Smart speakers will probably turn out to be one of the most popular gifts this holiday season. And why not? Considering all of the things that they can do, such as turn on/off smart appliances, order a Lyft or Uber, update you on the latest sports, stock prices, news and weather, send texts, make calls, tell jokes and much more, this is quite a device for the connected household to own.

And pricing has never been lower. Consider that both the Amazon Echo Dot (the Echo model that looks like a hockey puck) and the Google Home Mini can both be had for $29.99. And now Newegg is offering the …

Save money on the purchase of a digital Google Play gift card

How would you like to save $5 on the purchase of a digital $50 Google Play gift card? If you make the purchase of the card from Amazon and type in the coupon code GOOGLE at check out, you’ll get $5 off the price of any Google gift card valued at $50 or higher You are limited to using the coupon code one time for each customer. Walmart also has a deal on digital Google gift cards.

Head over to the deep discount retailer and you can get 10% off digital Google gift cards valued at $10, $15 and $25. Use the card to buy paid apps from the Google Play Store, or devices found inside the Google …

Target/Verizon offering a gift card and bill credits adding up to $550 for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

If you’re looking for a great deal on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and even the first-gen Pixel, you might want to search out the red bullseye belonging to discount retailer Target. First things first. Activate a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on a new or existing Verizon line, and Big Red will give you $300. That money will be spread out over 24 months as a $12.50 per month bill credit. Add to that the $250 Target gift card that the retailer will award you for activating either phone, and you have $550 thanks to the largesse of Verizon and Target.

There are some caveats to the deal as you might expect. …

Prank your friends and loved ones with these hilarious fake gift boxes


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Gift bags are boring, but sometimes your loved ones ask for things for Christmas that are just impossible to wrap. Sure, you could just get a box from the customer service counter, but it’s the holidays and lines are long and we’re tired.

Prank Packs solve a common problem in a hilarious way. Each box is labeled with a fake product that looks like it’s straight out of an awful infomercial. They have everything from the potentially dangerous My First Fire kit to the actually useful but not possible (yet) animal translator collar.  Read more…

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