Best Buy is offering a free -> $150 iPhone 5 trade-in offer, but it may not be your best bet

From 9to5Toys.com:

Update: Deal is now live.  Today / in-store only.

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This morning CNET confirmed some of the same rumblings we’ve been hearing from retail tipsters.  Best Buy will be offering $150 trade-in value for any iPhone 4 / 4S, yielding a free 16GB iPhone 5 (Sprint, Verizon or AT&T) with a 2 year contract thanks to their current $50 off promo.  This deal is only valid in-stores on Saturday June 1st.

Definitely a solid deal for heavily used, less desirable models (Sprint, Verizon), but be sure to check other trade-in services before heading into a Best Buy store.  For instance, Gazelle will pay you $215 for a 64GB iPhone 4S AT&T (good condition), plus another $10 if you use the special 9toToys promo.  In some cases, Amazon will pay upwards of $300 for an iPhone 4S.  Per usual, selling privately (eBay, Craigslist, etc) generally yields the highest payout but requires the most time and effort.  Make sure you survey all of your options before jumping into bed with Best Buy.
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Get Mac Blu-ray Player, Snapz Pro, Disk Tools, CrossOver, Paperless OCR, Gemini de-duper, more: $9

From 9to5Toys.com:

We covered this earlier this week when it was under $7 but it bears repeating as the price is still under $10.

Usually, these ‘name your own price’ bundles are full of duds but this one is pretty impressive. You get Mac Blu-ray Player, Snapz Pro, Disk Tools, CrossOver, Paperless OCR, Gemini de-duper, MusicTube and more. There is a catch though. It isn’t really “name your own price”, it is pay a bit more than the last folks did. The good news is that it is currently under $9.17. The bad news is that the more people that buy, the higher the price goes, so get in quick. Read more

Retina MacBook Pro hits new $1299 low at MacConnection shipped ($200 off)

From 9to5Toys.com:

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MacConnection quietly updated their price on the 13-inch Retina MAcBook Pro to $1299 with free shipping last night. That’s $200 off Apple’s price and the lowest we’ve ever seen for a Retina Display MacBook Pro. This is the base model with 2.5GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD.

A quick look at our Retina MacBook Pro Product page shows that this is easily the best deal out there: Read more

Apps: XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS, Karma, DataMan Next, StubHub, NFL Pro 2013, more

XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Firaxis is officially bringing critically acclaimed turn-based strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown to iOS. The company first made the announcement at a panel during PAX East over the weekend and since posted the video above showing off some early gameplay footage.

News: The people behind the Leap Motion controller have announced that it will now accept app submissions ahead of the upcoming launch of its new Airspace app store. We previously brought you a hands-on with the product scheduled to officially launch in May.

More apps:

Karma- Reddit Client: Just released on the App Store, Karma is a new Reddit client for iPhone that brings a simplistic UI and everything you’ll need from one easy to navigate app.

StubHub version 4.2.1: Over 700 new interactive venue maps and more for the StubHub iOS app:

- 700+ interactive venue maps: Filter ticket listings by section
– View from section for more events: See the view from your section before you buy
– Fixes to address the app crashes reported by some users
– Bug fixes

DataMan Next version 6.3: Data tracking app DataMan Next gets tethering support for some non-US carriers as well as support for VoiceOver.  Read more

Mailbox, Plex, Speedtest.net, Pinterest, Dolphin Browser, deals, more

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Mailbox: After a bit of a controversy with its reservation system, followed by getting acquired by Dropbox for a reported $50 – $100 million, developers of the highly successful Mailbox app announced it has filled its 1 millionth reservation just 6 weeks after launching. The free Mailbox app also gets an update to version 1.1.0 with UI enhancements, performance optimizations, and a new “Shake to undo” feature.

Plex version 3.1: The iOS app for the popular Plex media server was updated today with a ton of new features and fixes. Some of the big new features include a Mobile Media Server mode to play synced content and view photo albums from any other Plex client, push notifications for recommendations, a new experimental universal transcoder. Also included is a new dark theme, redesigned photo viewer, and much, much more.

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Pinterest version 2.3: Pinterest announced that it is adding some new features to its mobile apps today that include some of the recent updates to its web version. You’ll now be able to view a “people who pinned this also pinned” feature, edit your profile from the app, and get a close-up view of pins on the iPad.

Speedtest.net 3.0: Mobile speedtest.net app from developers Ookla gets an update today with a new UI and full iPhone 5 support, the ability to permanently remove ads, easier sharing, and more.

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9to5Toys Daily Deals Tool, ‘Specials’ and Free Otterbox Armor iPhone cases contest

Screen Shot 2013-03-16 at 10.28.16 AMWe have some exciting 9to5Toys.com announcements for our US readers today.

1. We’ve teamed up with Stack Social to launch Specials.9to5toys.com which will feature new software and hardware specials for Apple ecosystem folks every day. Some examples:

2. Specials will headline our new 1 minute Daily Deals AggregatorThis is one of the tools the 9to5Toys Team uses to scout out the best deals on the web. Now we’re releasing it to the public.

Every Day, you get the best 36 retail Daily Deals on the net including: Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, MacMall, MacConnectionWoot, 1SaleaDay, Sears, NewEgg, eBay, Apple Refurbs and many others. The page gets updated every hour and is super-cached  for speedy browsing. Checking all 36 Daily Deals only takes a minute using the ^ and v arrow keys.

Bookmark the 1 Minute Daily Deals page now and you are guaranteed to save some money.

3. To celebrate the launch, we’re teaming up with AT&T to offer 3 of new $99 OtterBox Armor Series iPhone 5 cases in White, Black and Gray. We will award one on each of the three major social platforms: FACEBOOKTWITTER and GOOGLE+. Just Follow/Like/Circle 9to5Toys (if you haven’t already) and Tweet/Like/+1 this post to enter. We’ll pick winners on Monday.

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Speaking of contests, our $49.99 Parallels 8 Bundle (expires this weekend, details below) winners were picked; congrats to Robert, Tyler and TK! Read more