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B&H will begin charging sales tax in California starting April 1

Taxes are one of life's indelible elements, that and death. But the internet brought with it a means by which most of us online consumers could skirt states sales tax and B&H has long been a favorite online retailer because, other than New York and New Jersey, it didn't charge sales tax.

We saw the end of that era begin in December with the company collecting taxes from 22 states (including NY and NJ), but now California will no longer be exempt starting April 1.

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Philips Hue bulbs on sale as low as $10 at Amazon

Philips makes some of the most popular smart lights on the market, but going with Hue can be spendy. It might be a good time to stock up today as several popular Hue bulbs are discounted to as low as $10.  There are plain white, multi-color, and even fancy candle-style options on sale.

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[Update: Now $525] The dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is on sale for $550 via eBay

Samsung is preparing to announce the Galaxy S10, so it's a good time to buy last year's phone at a steep discount if you don't need the latest and greatest. The unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is down to a mere $549.99 on eBay today. That's lower than we've seen before, and there are a few fun color choices.

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Anker charging accessories are up to 45% off at Amazon today

We feature a lot of Anker chargers, cables, and batteries on AP because they're usually good quality and don't cost too much. Today, some of these accessories cost even less on Amazon. Anker products are up to 45% off right now, but the deals are valid today only.

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Lenovo's excellent C330 Flip Chromebook is down to $220 ($80 off)

Google's Chrome OS can run on much more modest hardware than the average Windows-powered laptop, but the cheapest Chromebooks still have to cut corners when it comes to the display, keyboard, and connectivity. The Lenovo C330 Flip Chromebook avoids many of those cheap Chromebook pitfalls, which is why we gave it our "Most Wanted" award. Now, you can get this device for just $219.99 at Newegg, which is $80 off the already totally reasonable price.

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LG G7 drops to $430 ($320 off) with a free case at B&H

We're approaching the spring phone season, so last year's latest and greatest devices are starting to see substantial discounts. Well, the G7 started seeing substantial discounts not long after launch, but now they're more substantial. This phone is down to $429.99 at B&H, which is $100 cheaper than late last year and more than $300 off the launch price.

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Nest Secure starter kit drops to $280 ($120 off), and Nest Detect sensors are $39 ($10 off)

Nest launched its home security bundle at $500 a while back, which was pretty tough to justify. It has since come down $100, and today it's on sale for $100-120 less than that. Plus, you can get those spendy all-in-one Nest Detect sensors for an all-time low price of $39.

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Report: Wear OS makes up less than 12% of smartwatch sales in the US

Take these estimates with an appropriate grain of salt, but reading between the lines of a recent analysis by The NPD Group indicates that smartwatches running Wear OS account for at most 12% of unit sales in the US, and the real numbers are likely much lower than that. Although Google continues investing inredesigning and rebranding the platform, which now boasts plenty of hardware partners, it has barely made a dent in the market.

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Today only: Get an unlocked 512GB Galaxy Note 9 with a free Galaxy Tab A 10.5 for $1,050 ($170 off)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is still one of the most expensive phones out there, but deals are starting to appear. If you act fast, Amazon will sell you a 512GB Note 9 with a free tablet for $1,049.99. This deal is good today only.

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Aukey's 46W Type-C wall charger is on sale for $24.14 ($10.85 off) with coupon code

High-wattage USB-PD charging is, thankfully, becoming the norm for laptops, phones, and other devices. It's easier to get replacement charger you know will work properly, but the hardware can be expensive. Aukey has a well-reviewed 46W charger on Amazon, and it's a real bargain today.

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