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U2 frontman Bono apologizes for auto downloads of 'Songs of Innocence'

10/14, 9:44pm

Deluxe version now available on Amazon, other retailers

While many users were happy to get a free album from iTunes, the recent promotion of U2's Songs of Innocence LP done through Apple -- where every iTunes user had a copy added to their past purchases list -- rubbed some listeners the wrong way. Bono, the lead singer for the group, has issued an apology for what he characterized as an overzealous move that resulted from a combination of "a drop of megalomania" and "deep fear" that the songs wouldn't be widely heard.

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Briefly: Gazelle locks iPhone sell price, Airmail 1.4

08/18, 8:17pm

Gazelle offers locked price for selling iPhone before new release

Gazelle, a company which focuses on buying used phones, has announced a limited offer on locking-in the current selling value of an iPhone. Until September 9, Gazelle will give customers who wish to sell their current iPhone a locked price value, allowing the sellers until October 10 to send the device in. The purpose of this promotion is to maintain the same price value for a phone to be traded in, even after the anticipated release of the iPhone 6, which will inevitably decrease the value of iPhones currently owned. Once Gazelle receives a traded-in device, it is inspected to verify the claimed condition, and a payment is then sent within one week. Gazelle accepts smartphones from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other major cell phone carriers, in addition to Apple products.

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T-Mobile to discount iPhone-iPad combo for Back to School

07/07, 8:07pm

Buying both devices brings $100 prepaid Mastercard as mail-in rebate

Among other offers the carrier is set to announce when it kicks off its own Back-to-School promotion on Wednesday, July 9 is a combination rebate when buyers purchase both an iPhone and iPad from the carrier. Customers who get both and are either already on a Simple Choice postpaid plan or activate/upgrade a new line will receive a $100 prepaid Mastercard gift card as a mail in rebate. The iPhone and iPad have to be purchased at the same time, according to reports.

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Samsung 'next big thing' ad uses selective quotes to promote device

05/07, 9:10pm

Galaxy S5 campaign pairs quotes from articles to show off features in best light

Samsung's most recent promotional ad, which has put together various pieces of praise for the Galaxy S5, turns out to be using cherry-picked lines from unflattering reviews written by various outlets about the phone. Calling the S5 "the next big thing" in the campaign, quotes from publications including Business Insider, Forbes, USA Today, Laptop, The Guardian, The New York Times and CNet were selected to show off the features of the phone. However, a report by Appleinsider points out some of the inconsistencies of the words used in the ad.

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Facebook promotes VP of Product Chris Cox to Chief Product Officer

05/04, 3:00pm

Former VP, engineer moves into new position without organizational change

Facebook named its next Chief Product Officer this weekend as Chris Cox, in a promotion from within the company. Cox, who formerly held the position of vice president of product, began working as an engineer for the company in 2005 and later worked as the company's human resources director. He is also credited with helping invent Facebook's news feed, as well as the company's "Social by Design" strategy.

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Verizon 'More is coming' tease could be launch of updated price plans

02/12, 4:03pm

Some plans could receive extra data allowance, Edge price cuts

Verizon is planning to launch a promotion which consist of changes to its price plans, the company has teased via Twitter. The claim that "More is coming" tomorrow could potentially be related to recently-leaked images claiming to show upgraded data allowances for some of its plans under a "More Everything" promotion, as well as changes to its Edge pricing, as the company continues to fight similar plans from AT&T and Sprint.

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Verizon offers $100 smartphone trade-in credit, waives activation fees

02/10, 12:57pm

Verizon promotions to compete with similar T-Mobile offer

Verizon has introduced a pair of promotions that it hopes will attract customers away from AT&T and T-Mobile, by offering a number of incentives that are relatively similar to those of its competitors. Line activation fees have been eliminated for a short period of time, while customers trading in devices will apparently receive a Verizon gift card worth at least $100.

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Boost Mobile lowers LTE monthly charge to $35 in time-limited offer

02/06, 1:38pm

Promotion cuts price of Boost Mobile payments for six months

Boost Mobile has launched a promotion which dramatically cuts the monthly cost for users of its 4G LTE-based unlimited talk, text, and data service for new users. Customers buying and activating an eligible device from a retailer or the carrier's website before March 31st will have their monthly cost reduced down from the regular $55 smartphone price to $35 per month for the first six months of their mobile service.

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Briefly: Microsoft's PS3 trade-in deal, Forgotify for Spotify

01/30, 12:52pm

Microsoft offers $100 store credit towards an Xbox One for those who trade-in their PS3

Augmenting the launching of its Xbox One late last year, Microsoft is now promoting an offer of a $100 credit towards an Xbox One purchase upon trading in of a Sony Playstation 3. The promotion bring the Xbox One pricing down to $400, which is the same as newly-released Playstation 4. The trade-in offer is available through Microsoft's retail stores in the US, and applies to Playstation 3, as well as Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E.

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AT&T offers $100 bill credit for line activations in new promotion

01/29, 1:19pm

War for customers with T-Mobile intensifies with new offer

AT&T is increasing the amount it is giving to customers to sign up, as well as existing customers, by offering $100 in billing credit for every new line added to an account. The extra credit will be available to both new and existing customers, and is the latest in the continuing aggressive battle for customers between the carrier and T-Mobile.

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Apple updates online store, app with Valentine's Day promotions

01/28, 7:00pm

Features 'top Valentine's gifts' and deadlines for holiday delivery

Taking a page from its own Christmas promotions, and coming on the heels of the asian stores' Lunar New Year celebrations, the online Apple Store has "redecorated" somewhat in preparation for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday. It has added love-themed taglines, red graphical images and a new "Top Valentine's Gifts" section. The company also updated its Apple Store app for iOS to include the "Top Valentine's Gifts" section.

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T-Mobile rumored to tempt customers by paying early termination fees

01/08, 8:14am

Leaked family termination fee advertisement suggests similar offer to AT&T promotion

T-Mobile may be preparing to offer families an incentive to change carrier, if a reported leaked advertisement is real. The "UnCarrier" will apparently pay the Early Termination Fees (ETF) associated with canceling a contract, a plan that sounds relatively similar to another promotion from AT&T, though it is unclear if it is a direct response to AT&T's attempt to poach T-Mobile customers directly.

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Best Buy offers 16GB iPhone 5s for $125, 16GB iPhone 5c free

01/03, 1:58am

New Year's promotion offers lowest price for entry-level 5s

Best Buy, which began offering the 16GB iPhone 5c for free with a contract at its stores and website on December 29, has now upped the ante on the promotion with a discount on the 16GB model of the more advanced iPhone 5s, which is down to $125 (originally $200) through all major carriers until Sunday, January 5. The offer is available now online, with the in-store price dropping on Friday. Also ending Saturday is a $100 off promotion on all non-Retina MacBook Pros.

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Apple's '12 Days of Gifts' continues with free Hugo movie

12/30, 3:53am

Gifts vary by region or country due to restrictions, store limits

Apple is continuing its "12 Days of Gifts" promotion, which allows iOS users to download a free gift every day (including, for the first time, US users). Monday's Day 5 present is a free copy of the Martin Scorsese film Hugo in the US and Canada, while in the UK the movie is instead the Christmas classic Home Alone (the films normally sell for around $15-$18). The movie is available in 1080p, 720p ("HD") and standard definition.

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Briefly: NextWorth iPod bonus offer, LG's HomeChat available in 2014

12/26, 12:01pm

NextWorth offering 25 percent bonus value on all iPod trade-ins

Starting today, electronics trader NextWorth is offering a 25 percent bonus value on any iPod trade-in. NextWorth accepts electronics in exchange for cash; its "After Holiday Bonus" promotion increases the value on any iPod trade-in by 25 percent. Sellers are required to enter the promotional code 25IPODS to receive the additional value. The promotion will run until December 31.

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Walmart cutting iPhone prices by $72 in Christmas promotion

12/11, 8:45pm

Discount applies to 16GB models only, requires two-year contract

In a move likely designed to compete with T-Mobile's recent discounting of iPhone down payments, US retail giant Walmart will cut its up-front price for the 16GB models of the iPhone 5s and 5c by $72 when purchased with a two-year contract from either AT&T or Verizon. The promotion, which begins Friday December 13, coincides with the launch of Walmart's contract-free iPhone sales with service through Straight Talk or NET10 Wireless.

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Sprint tempts students with 12 months free service on smartphone sales

11/18, 11:44am

Best Buy, Sprint deal provides free talk, text, data to student subscribers

Sprint has started a promotion for students buying any new smartphones in the carrier's range over the holiday shopping period. Customers buying a device under the My Way Student promotion through Best Buy will receive up to 12 months of free cellular service, which the company states will save students up to $70 per month in costs.

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Target $200 iPad promotion ending Saturday, November 9

11/07, 11:52pm

Promotional trade-in offer especially good for iPad 1, 2 owners

As reported earlier this week, Target is running a promotion that offers a $200 Target gift card in exchange for working iPads of any generation. While intended to be used towards the purchase of new iPad Air models, in at least some locations the card can be used for any product Target sells, generating extra interest. The company has now signalled that the offer will end on Saturday, November 9, giving older iPad owners just two days to take advantage of the deal.

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Target offering gift cards in move to discount iOS devices

07/08, 6:30pm

Trade-in for iPhone can also net gift-card reward from retailer

North American big-box retailer Target is offering a new promotion in its latest US flyer, offering Target gift cards in varying amounts for the purchase of iOS devices -- including the current iPad models, iPod Touch, Apple TV and iPhone 5. All but the latter are direct rebates in the form of Target gift cards up to $50, while the iPhone 5 discount can be augmented with a trade-in of a previous handset. In addition, the company is selling the iPhone 5 for $149 with a two-year carrier contract. It isn't clear if the gift card is offered for all configurations of the iOS devices, or just specific models.

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Apple launches Father's Day promotions, cleaner look

05/22, 10:30am

Main page updated with a slightly squarer design

As is traditional for the time of year, Apple has updated its main US homepage to promote items from its store in tune with the upcoming Father's Day holiday. In addition to the iPad and iPad mini, such items as iPhone 5, the Nike+Fuel band, the iGrill meat thermometer, the HipKey proximity alarm, the Nest thermostat and other suggestions are highlighted. The page also features a subtly cleaner and more geometric design.

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AT&T to offer up to $200 for used iPhone 4S in trade-in promo

05/16, 7:31am

Aimed at existing customers eligible for an iPhone 5 upgrade

Hot on the heels of iPhone 5 promotions from T-Mobile and Verizon, AT&T appears to have thrown its hat into the ring with reports that existing, upgrade-eligible customers are being targeted in a new email. The email offers special trade-in pricing for used iPhone 4S models, promising up to $200 in credit towards the cost of an iPhone 5 -- effectively cancelling out the up-front cost of moving up. Appleinsider reports that the email may be only a regional promotion instead of national.

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Virgin Mobile promises $100 prepaid credit for T-Mobile defectors

04/08, 2:44pm

Competitors battle for prepaid accounts

Virgin Mobile has kicked off a marketing campaign that is aimed at current T-Mobile prepaid customers. As part of its "retrain your brain" promotion, Virgin is offering $100 in unlimited-plan credit for customers who switch their phone number from a T-Mobile account.

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Apple pushing iPads, free engraving for Valentine's Day

01/22, 9:20pm

Orders must be in by January 30 to ensure on-time delivery

Apple has launched a special Valentine's Day promotion for the upcoming holiday on its online store, highlighting the iPad and iPad mini as gift ideas along with an assortment of iPad accessory categories. Also featured is the company's iPod touch and iPod nano, augmented with offers of free shipping, free engraving and even a Valentine-themed Apple Store gift card good for hardware or software purchases at online and retail Apple Stores. The company has added a special webpage showing order delivery deadlines.

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Skype offers free month of international phone calls

11/15, 1:03pm

Call promotion ends tonight, for existing users only

Skype is offering a free international calling for a one-month period, in an effort to promote its international calling subscriptions. Open to existing customers of the messaging and voice call service until the end of today, the promotion includes free calling to landlines in 40 countries around the world and mobile calls to seven, including to the US, Canada, and Hong Kong.

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T-Mobile gives all phones, some tablets for free Feb. 11

02/07, 11:00pm

Promotion ahead of Valentine's day

T-Mobile has announced that its entire range of phones, and a number of tablets, will be offered for free during a one-day promotion on Saturday, February 11. The "Valentine's Day Sale" applies to smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II, BlackBerry Bold 9900, HTC Amaze 4G and Nokia Lumia 710, along with the SpringBoard tablet and the Sonic 4G hotspot.

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Apple launches '12 Days of Christmas' in Europe, Canada

12/07, 8:00pm

US excluded from special offer

Starting slightly earlier this year than normal, Apple has released its 12 Days of Christmas companion app for its upcoming promotion in the UK and other parts of Europe, along with Canada. The promotional period, which runs from December 26th to the 6th of January, offers a free "gift" from the iTunes Store every 24 hours -- usually a song, app, movie rental or e-book.

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TJ Maxx to offer iPad 2 for $399 tomorrow?

12/02, 9:30pm

Repeat of stunt from last year, says tipster

Clothing and accessories discounter TJ Maxx may be planning a repeat of a publicity stunt from last year, where it sold iPads at a $100 discount in extremely limited quantities as a "door buster" type promotion. A tipster to The Verge says the chain will put the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 on sale tomorrow (December 3rd) for $399, $100 off. The report also said that stores would be limited to 15 units on hand, and that perhaps not all stores would be getting stock.

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Apple's Back to School promo: $100 App Store gift card

06/15, 6:15pm

Offers $100 gift card good for apps, media

[Updated with photos] A photo has confirmed the exact kick-off of Apple's annual Back to School promotion as being tomorrow -- Thursday, June 16th -- and running through September 20th, along with other details (an earlier story had listed the promotion as beginning today). Confirming earlier reports, the report notes that instead of the usual iPod Touch "free after rebate" offer, Apple will instead give buyers a $100 gift card suitable for anything from the various iTunes stores, including apps, e-books, music or video.

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Report: Apple to kick off Back To School promo Wednesday

06/15, 12:05am

$100 iTunes gift card instead of iPod Touch

New information suggests that Apple will launch its annual Back to School promotion on Wednesday, and with a twist this year that would be seem to confirm previous rumors: instead of free-after-rebate iPod Touches, the company will instead give away $100 iTunes gift cards as part of the purchase, 9to5Mac is reporting. Stores will also be redecorated, including an alleged change to the store software selection.

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Verizon offers $25 iPhone plan for Apple Store staff

02/22, 11:30pm

Full discount for unsubsidized pricing

Verizon is reportedly offering a special promotion for Apple Store staff, allowing employees to sign up for a Verizon iPhone contract for as little as $25 per month. The best monthly rate requires users to pay the full unsubsidized price for the iPhone, which starts at $650 for the 16GB version and jumps to $750 for the 32GB variant.

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MacUpdate offers September Bundle: $400 in software for $50

09/08, 4:50pm

Toast 10 Titanium is headliner software in bundle

MacUpdate has launched its latest highly discounted software bundle, with Toast 10 disk-burning software headlining the sale. The two-week promotion offers 10 Mac applications for $50. It starts today and runs through September 22. The sale includes 10 software titles, including Toast, and has two additional titles for early buyers -- the first 10,000 purchasers get two additional applications for free. Day one of the sale already has over 3,000 purchases.

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Avatar 3D Blu-ray to be exclusive to Panasonic TVs

09/02, 7:55pm

Release expected in early December

Panasonic has announced that the 3D Blu-ray release of the movie "Avatar" will be exclusive to Panasonic TVs. The company has partnered with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for the promotion, which will only limit the first run of Blu-ray Discs scheduled for release in December.

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T-Mobile June 19 promo to give away all phones for free

06/09, 7:55pm

Plan details remain unannounced

T-Mobile may be preparing for a promotion that will give away any phone for free. Several commercial scripts, posted by TmoNews, suggest the carrier has scheduled the special event for June 19, one day ahead of Father's Day.

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AT&T offers early upgrade promo for current iPhone owners

06/07, 4:50pm

3GS offered in 8GB variant for $99

AT&T has announced a promotion for current iPhone owners who want to step up to the new iPhone 4 introduced on Monday. Customers who are eligible for upgrades any time before the end of 2010 can purchase the 16GB device for $199, or the 32GB model for $299, as soon as the handsets begin shipping.

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Briefly: NeatReceipts sale, free Snow Leopard, e-book

08/27, 7:55pm

NeatReceipts sale, OS X

In Brief: Neat is running a promotion that drops the price of the portable NeatReceipts scanner down to $99. Softpress is currently offering a free copy of Snow Leopard for any customers purchasing the company's Freeway software, while MyService includes a free copy of the Mac upgrade with any MacBook hard drive upgrade. Meanwhile, Joe Kissel has released two new e-books that provide help for users upgrading to Snow Leopard and using the new operating system.

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MacMall promo offers Snow Leopard for $25

08/25, 2:25pm

MacMall Snow Leopard promo

MacMall is currently running an introductory promotion for Apple's Snow Leopard upgrade, along with the range of family packs and bundles. The basic upgrade for a single system is available to pre-order for $24.99, a savings of $4. The Mac Box Set is available for $149.99, a savings of $19, and includes the Snow Leopard Upgrade, iWork and iLife.

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Leaked documentation hints at D700 features

06/19, 12:40am

Nikon D700 features

Purportedly leaked images of promotional material reveal that Nikon is preparing to unveil the Nikon D700, with a full outlay of specifications available to browse. Photography Bay reveals that the camera boasts a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS FX format sensor, with 16-bit EXPEED image processing and 14-bit analogue-digital conversion, all housed in a magnesium alloy body. Images are taken at a native 4256 by 2832 pixels in Nikon NEF, JPEG, or TIFF formats.

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Apple to offer free 8GB Touch in Back-To-School deal

06/02, 4:35pm

Apple back to school deal

Apple on Tuesday is set to confirm reports from last week on its 2008 Back-to-School promotion, which will provide students with a $299 voucher to use towards an 8GB iPod touch when purchasing an applicable Mac. According to AppleInsider, the rebate will also apply to the higher capacity models, such as the $399 16GB Touch or the $499 32GB model. Students could also opt out of the Touch, and instead use the credit for a $199 iPod Nano.

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Apple to offer largest ever education deals Monday?

05/29, 5:30pm

Apple to offer edu deal

Apple is expected to unveil its 2008 back-to-school promotion, a move that senior vice president Ron Johnson calls Apple's biggest educational special "ever". AppleInsider reports that the incentives will be larger than any promotion in Apple's history, with some leaning towards the company's possible inclusion of the 8GB iPod touch into the deal. Particulars on the special were not readily available, but Apple is expected to start the offer as soon as Monday, June 2nd.

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Free 1GB Shuffle with 32GB iPod touch

02/25, 3:50pm

Free 1GB Shuffle

Amazon.com is currently offering a free 1GB iPod shuffle with the purchase of a 32GB iPod touch. The online retailer lists blue, green, silver, and purple 1GB iPod shuffles as eligible models that customers can add to their shopping cart alongside the 32GB iPod touch. "Just add both items to your cart and you will not be charged for the Shuffle." Amazon.com lists the 32GB iPod touch at $494 and in stock.

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IK thanks AmpliTube users with free plugins

01/09, 10:30pm

IK offers free plugins

IK Multimedia recently announced that users of its Pro Tools plugin AmpliTube LE are now eligible to receive a free upgrade to AmpliTube 2 Duo, as well as a copy of Ampeg SVX Uno. The company says these offerings are part of a customer appreciation promotion due to the plugin’s worldwide popularity, and is even available to customers who bought the combined Digibundle package. AmpliTube emulates four components in a typical electric guitarist’s setup: a tuner, stomp, amp, and cabinet plus microphone. AmpliTube also comes with several different models of each module, with 30 preset sounds and 16 amp combinations. New users can purchase AmpliTube 2 Duo for $400, and is available through its website and major authorized retailers.

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100 song give-away on Japanese iTunes store

12/12, 6:10pm

100 song give-away

Apple today announced a promotion for Japanese iTunes customers, saying that 10 winners will be chosen from entrants from now until January 8th that will win 100 free iTunes songs – a value of approximately 19,000¥. SetteB.IT reports that Japanese users interested in the promotion can apply using the online registration form, located on Apple's Japanese iTunes website. The promotion doesn't appear to be offered in any other country, and while the prize is a generous one, only 10 winners will be chosen from a country with over 127 million residents.

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