Amazon Prime is awesome, let's just get that out of the way. Everyone knows most of the benefits from the subscription service by now, but the thing that I hear that keeps some people away is the cost. Despite it being not unreasonable, it's understandable that not every person can afford it. Students are typically among that category, but Amazon has announced new pricing for college kids. You can get everything Prime-related for $5.49 a month — that's the price of a decent cup of coffee on my campus. Read More
A lot of smartphone apps are just mobile translations of a standard computer program or website - useful, but they don't really take advantage of the strengths of mobile platforms beyond the interface. Here's an app that "gets" the way people use their phones, and tricks you into expanding your vocabulary. In a good way.
GRE Vocab Lock will give your phone a secondary unlock screen, which consists of a vocabulary word and two possible synonyms. Only one synonym is correct. Slide the word onto the right one to unlock your phone. If you get it wrong, the app makes a note of it, and will present you with the same word later. Read More
Being a student is expensive. Unless Mom and Dad have this one covered, you have to foot the cost of classes, books, and food with just scholarships and loans to help. The positive side? You can now get a Spotify Premium account for 50% off. That's right - all you can eat music for $4.99. It's like a meal plan you can actually afford to have.
Before you rock out, there's small print to consider here. The discount lasts for twelve consecutive months, after which the price will jump up to the usual rate unless you cancel your subscription beforehand.
Update: It looks like Spotify will let you renew your student discount, as long as you prove that you are still a student. Read More
One has to wonder: what's the point of a sale on a proverbially cheap item? And the obvious answer is, it's five bucks you wouldn't have otherwise had. So it is with Google's Chromecast streaming HDMI dongle, which has once again gone on sale at both Amazon and Best Buy. You can pick one up for $29.99 at either retailer, with free shipping for Prime members at the former and free shipping for everyone at the latter.
If you happen to be a member of Amazon's Student program, you can qualify for even more discounts. The total cost of the Chromecast for Amazon Student members is just $24.98, a full ten bucks off the $35 retail price. Read More
We've seen more than a few smartwatches in the last year or so, and for my money, the Pebble is still the only one that's worthy of serious consideration. If you're of the same mind, you can pick one up for thirty dollars off the asking price at Amazon and Best Buy right now. Both merchants are selling the Pebble smartwatch for $119.99.
If you're currently enrolled in a college or university (or you, ahem, have some other access to a .edu email address), Best Buy is also offering an additional $30 discount for students. Just head to the address below and enter your school email for a discount code that can be applied to the retail version of the watch, bringing the total cost down to $89.99. Read More
Students have small budgets. We get that. Apparently, so does Samsung. So they took one of their most affordable tablets - the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 - and threw it in a box with the Tab keyboard and USB adapter, but kept the price tag the same as the tablet itself: $250.
Essentially, you're buying the tablet and getting the keyboard and USB adapter completely free, and that's a pretty solid deal. While the Tab 2 7.0 may not be as powerful as the competing Nexus 7, it's still nothing to scoff at in terms of hardware (and Eric actually liked it when he reviewed it):
- 7-inch 1024x600 TFT display
- 1GHz dual-core TI processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 3.2MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
- Android 4.0 with Touchwiz UX
And the keyboard? Read More
Amazon has just launched the Amazon Student app for Android, providing students with an easy way to shop for textbooks, electronics, apparel, and all the other gear they need to survive their college year.
In addition to browsing and buying stuff, the app also features a barcode scanner that gives students a chance to compare prices on anything they intend to buy from a brick and mortar store. The scanner also allows students to scan their old textbooks, games, DVDs, and a million other eligible products to see their current trade-in value. These items can then be shipped to Amazon for Amazon.com Gift Cards.
The iOS version of this app has been out for quite some time now and offers much of the same features as the Android one. Read More
If you've been trying to get a Google Voice invite, you know how scarce these bad boys are. However, if you are a student with an .edu email address, you are in luck. Though it may not be the most well-timed release (exclusively for students near the end of the school year), this is still a huge plus for them.
To receive the service, all you have to do is sign up here with an e-mail address ending in ".edu", and wait for Google to send the free invitation "within 24 hours."
What is Google Voice?
For those unfamiliar, Google Voice is a service that assigns you a phone number, provided by Google, to control and forward calls made to this number to your own multiple phone numbers. Read More