Amazon and Snapdeal Sales: The Best Deals on Offer

Amazon and Snapdeal Sales: The Best Deals on Offer

E-commerce giants Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal are running Republic Day promotional sales this week, and we’ve picked the best deals for you. Before we get started, here are a few pro tips to help you make the most out of these sales:

  1. Always compare prices before buying. Paytm is currently running some pretty decent cashback offers on electronics. Some of those are run as flash sales. Before you buy anything on this week’s sale, make sure you compare the effective prices (price after cashback) on Paytm and other rival sites.
  2. Make sure you bundle your purchases with the right cards. Amazon is offering cashback offers to Citibank card users while Snapdeal is running promotions for American Express and Yes Bank users. Bundling these cashback offers will make the deals even sweeter.
  3. If you spot a deal that’s lower than the minimum amount required to get free shipping, add a small book to your cart (ideally less than the shipping fees) to get free shipping on your order. This is presently valid on both Amazon and Snapdeal.

(Also see: Flipkart Republic Day Sale: What’s on Offer)

1. Sony PlayStation 4 1TB
If you’ve waited all this while, now is probably the right time to grab the PlayStation 4 1TB Ultimate Player Edition. Amazon’s Great Indian Sale has Sony’s gaming console down to Rs. 33,900 (MRP Rs. 37,690). The console bundles games like God of War and Infamous Second Son. The 1TB space is perfect if you prefer digital editions of games, and have enough bandwidth bundled with your Internet plans, though it’s relatively easy to upgrade your PS4’s hard disk. The PlayStation 4 comes with Sony’s new DualShock 4 wireless controller, mono headset, HDMI cable, USB cable, and a power cable. You’ll receive complete 1-year manufacturer warranty with the purchase.

sony_playstation_4_1_tb_ultimate_player_amazon.jpgPrice: Rs. 33,900 (MRP Rs. 37,690)

Link: Amazon

2. LG Nexus 5X 16GB
The Nexus 5X is finally down to the Rs. 20,000 price point. Amazon is selling it for Rs. 20,990 (MRP Rs. 31,990) on its Great Indian Sale this week. Even though the Nexus 5X did receive its due share of price cuts after launch, this is the lowest we’ve seen so far. If you are in the market for an Android device and prefer the 5-5.2-inch screen sizes, the Nexus 5X is a pretty strong contender at this price. It features a 12.3MP camera which is capable of recording videos in 4K, and a 5MP front-facing camera. The Nexus 5X comes with a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 808 SoC which includes a hexa-core processor, supported by 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box.
Price: Rs. 20,990 (MRP Rs. 31,990)

Link: Amazon

3. JBL SB250 soundbar
The JBL SB250 soundbar is now down to Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 39,990) on Snapdeal’s Republic of Savings promotional offers this week. The soundbar comes with a wireless subwoofer, and includes support for Bluetooth connectivity. You can use the soundbar with your computer, laptop, mobile phone, or even your big-screen TV. The JBL SB250 also ships with a remote control that allows you to enable/disable the speaker and control volume. The soundbar also ships with a 3.5mm analog cable and an optical cable.

JBL_Cinema_SB250_Wireless_Bluetooth_snapdeal.jpgPrice: Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 39,990)

Link: Snapdeal

4. LG 43-inch ultra HD TV
Looking for a 4K smart TV that fits your budget? The LG 43-inch 4K smart TV is down to Rs. 57,999 (MRP Rs. 79,900) as part of Amazon offers. The TV normally retails at the Rs. 60,000 price point on all major online stores. It includes two USB and two HDMI ports. LG’s Ultra HD TV supports 4K resolution on an IPS display panel that promises a high quality viewing experience. The TV can also upscale existing content to 4K quality, even though that’s not entirely true 4K resolution. The smart TV runs webOS 2.0 which allows you to run several apps like YouTube, Gaana, etc. At this price point, it makes quite an enticing option if you are in the market for a big-screen TV from a reputed brand.

lg_4k_ultra_hd_tv_amazon.jpgPrice: Rs. 57,999 (MRP Rs. 79,900)

Link: Amazon

5. Sony ILCE-3500J with SEL 18-50 lens
Looking for a great camera at the Rs. 20,000 price point? The Sony ILCE-3500J is now down to Rs. 21,280 (MRP Rs. 25,990) as part of Snapdeal’s Republic Day deals. The digital camera ships with SEL 18-50 lens kit and includes Sony’s 2-year standard warranty. The Sony ILCE-3500J is powered by the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and is capable of capturing videos in full HD. The BIONZ image processor promises to reduce the amount of time it takes to view a photo you’ve just clicked on the camera’s display. The camera also features built-in special effects, if that’s your thing. The built-in flash will allow you to capture photos in the dark.

sony_digital_e_mount_alpha_3500_snapdeal.jpgPrice: Rs. 21,280 (MRP Rs. 25,990)

Link: Snapdeal

6. Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime 16GB
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note Prime 16GB is down to Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 8,999) as part of Amazon Great Indian sale. Combine it with Citibank’s 10% cashback offer on the website or the 15% cashback offer on the app to get an additional discount on the smartphone. The Redmi Note Prime 16GB features a 5.5-inch HD display and a 13MP primary camera at the back. It runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) out of the box, and is powered by Snapdragon 410 SoC which includes a quad-core processor and an Adreno 306 GPU. The smartphone supports dual SIM (4G+4G).

xiaomi_redmi_note_prime_sides.jpgPrice: Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 8,999)

Link: Amazon


Dying Husband Left Her the House and Car, but Forgot the Apple Password

Dying Husband Left Her the House and Car, but Forgot the Apple Password

After Peggy Bush’s husband, David, succumbed to lung cancer last August, she liked to play card games on their iPad to pass the time. The 72-year-old resident of Victoria, Canada, was on an app one day when it suddenly stopped working, and she was unable to reload the device without providing a password for their Apple ID account.

Bush’s husband never told her the password, and she hadn’t thought to ask. Unlike so many of the things David had left for Bush in his will – car ownership, the title of the house, basically everything he owned – this digital asset followed him to the grave.

According to reporting by the Canadian Broadcasting Channel, the journey to procure the password proved more difficult than any other process involved in David’s passing.

“I thought it was ridiculous,” Bush told CBC. “I could get the pensions, I could get benefits, I could get all kinds of things from the federal government and the other government. But from Apple, I couldn’t even get a silly password.”

At first, they thought the solution would be simple. Bush’s daughter, Donna, called Apple to ask about having the password retrieved and the account reset. The company then requested David’s will and death certificate.

When they got these documents together and called a second time, Apple said they had never heard of the case. Donna told CBC that it took several phone calls and two months of waiting for Apple to accept a notarized death certificate, her father’s will and the serial numbers for the iPad and Mac computer to which Bush also wanted access.

But this was not enough. Over the phone, a representative told Donna the next step: “You need a court order.”

“I was just completely flummoxed,” Donna told CBC. “What do you mean a court order?”

Obtaining one could cost thousands of dollars, depending on the need for a lawyer, so Donna decided to take her complaint straight to the top.

“I then wrote a letter to Tim Cook, the head of Apple, saying this is ridiculous,” she said. “All I want to do is download a card game for my mother on the iPad. I don’t want to have to go to court to do that, and I finally got a call from customer relations who confirmed, yes, that is their policy.”

While Bush had the option of setting up a new Apple ID account, that would have meant losing all the app purchases that she and her husband had made on the original one.

Bush ended up buying a new laptop (not a Mac). Her mission to gain access to her husband’s Apple ID seemed futile until CBC’s “Go Public” wing contacted the company on Bush’s behalf.

Apple apologized for the “misunderstanding” and has since started working with Bush to solve the issue without a court order, CBC reported this week.

For the Bushes, the overdue response feels like putting a Band-Aid on a larger problem.

“We certainly don’t want other people to have to go through the hassle that we’ve gone through,” Donna told CBC. “We’d really like Apple to develop a policy that is far more understanding of what people go through, especially at this very difficult time in our family’s life, having just lost my dad.”

Toronto estate lawyer Daniel Nelson told CBC that online access is controlled by service providers such as Apple, even if users own their digital material. He described the court order demand as “heavy-handed,” but also said Canadian digital property laws are “murky.”

While the incident occurred in Canada, Americans have encountered similar snafus involving the digital assets of deceased relatives on this side of the border.

In 2011, after 15-year-old Eric Rash of Virginia committed suicide, his parents desperately wanted to know why. But when they tried looking to his Facebook page for answers, the website cited state and federal privacy laws blocking their access.

“We were just grieving parents reaching out for anything we could,” Rash’s father, Ricky, told The Washington Post in 2013.

The question of whether digital assets should be treated the same as material possessions where inheritance is concerned has emerged naturally with the growing ubiquity of social media usage, but few concrete answers have been offered by lawmakers and legal authorities. Most states place digital and physical property in different categories, and tech companies themselves prohibit password-sharing. This means that often a person’s virtual trail continues to float in cyberspace following their death, adding to the grief felt by surviving family.

That, however, is slowly changing.

Thanks to a bill passed two years ago, Virginia is now among a handful of other states that have enacted legislation addressing the inheritance of email, blogs and other social media. More recently, Delaware passed a law in 2014 that gives family members and other heirs complete control over an individual’s digital accounts after their passing. And nearly a year ago, Facebook rolled out new settings that allow users to manage how their account will appear to the public and whether they want to pass it onto someone else in the event of their deaths.

“It’s big. It’s real big,” attorney Deborah Matthews told The Post in August 2014, after the Delaware legislation was announced. “I ask my clients the same thing I ask them about their safe deposit boxes: Who has access? Who has a key?”

This Is the Biggest Threat to Apple’s Business Around the World

This Is the Biggest Threat to Apple's Business Around the World

When is selling an iPhone not the same as selling an iPhone?

Easy: when you’re selling it in a country whose currency is declining in value. So how many is that? Well, in the last 18 months, it’s been pretty much all of them other than the United States. Indeed, the dollar has shot up about 22 percent against a trade-weighted basket of other currencies since the middle of 2014. And in Apple’s case, that’s meant what would have been $100 (roughly Rs. 6,800) of foreign sales in September 2014 was just $85 (roughly Rs. 5,779) by the end of 2015.

That’s not good when you get two-thirds of your revenue overseas.

The strong dollar, in other words, has become an earnings albatross for Apple. It’s getting paid in currencies that aren’t worth as much, and, at least up till now, it hasn’t made up for that by raising prices that much lest it lose market share. Even worse, it doesn’t look like any of this is going to get any better anytime soon. That’s because the Federal Reserve has begun raising rates at the same time that the rest of the world is either cutting them or even printing money.

Now there are two things to remember here. The first is that our slow-and-steady recovery really has won the race. Our unemployment rate is pretty much down to normal, and should get there soon considering that the economy has been adding an average of 284,000 jobs a month for the last three. It’s enough that the Fed thinks it has to increase interest rates today to keep inflation in check tomorrow. Everywhere else, though, things are either stagnant or slowing down to the point that policymakers are doing whatever they can to try to jumpstart growth.

And that brings us to point number two. People move their money to where it can get the best returns. So would you rather buy a 10-year German bond that pays 0.45 percent or a U.S. 10-year bond that pays 1.99 percent? Investors, especially big European ones, have been answering that by turning their euros into dollars, which is just another way of saying that there’s been more demand for dollars – so its price is rising. And it should keep doing so.

Consider this: Europe has promised to keep printing money through at least March 2017, Japan is printing its own with no end in sight, and China is facing big capital outflows itself. That means the euro, yen, and yuan would probably fall against the dollar even if we weren’t raising rates – but we are. The Fed says it wants to do so four times this year, which seems far too ambitious, but even just one or two would be enough to send the dollar up, up, up to, well, not quite infinity and beyond. But high enough that our workers and our companies would both see their bottom lines bottom out.

So it’s a great time to take that trip to Europe you’ve been thinking about, well, just as long as you weren’t planning on selling any iPhones.


Freedom 251 Order Throwing Blank Pages? This Nifty Trick Can Help You Buy the Mobile

Freedom 251 Order Throwing Blank Pages? This Nifty Trick Can Help You Buy the Mobile

Freedom 251 is the hottest trend in tech right now and while a smartphone at Rs. 251 sounds great, there are plenty of questions around the mobile and Ringing Bells, the company behind it.

If Rs. 251 is a big amount for you, we’d advise to keep your hard-earned money with you for now, and wait for the proverbial dust to settle on this debate. If, however, you understand the risks associated with ordering a Freedom 251 right now and are still interested in buying one, but unable to do so because of the problems with the website, following these steps will help you complete your purchase:

  1. Visit directly. If this opens as a blank page or gives you an error, please keep refreshing – it worked for us on the 8th try.
  2. Fill in your details like name, address, email, and mobile number and click Order Now.
  3. If you see an error or a blank page, keep refreshing. If you see a dialog box asking you to confirm form submission, keep saying OK and keep refreshing until it works – it worked for us on the 21st attempt, for example.
  4. You will be redirect to page similar to and that page may be blank again, but keep refreshing again until you see the Order Placed page.
  5. Wait, you are still not done ordering Freedom 251 because you haven’t entered your payment details. Now you need to wait for an email that will be sent to the email address that you entered in step 2. We are told that you may have to wait up to 48 hours to receive this email. Remember to keep checking your Junk/ Spam folder.
  6. When you eventually receive the email, it should contain a link for you to complete payment for your order. Do this, and your Freedom 251 booking ordeal should finally be over.

(Also see: Freedom 251 in Pictures)

As you can see the process of ordering Freedom 251 is far from ideal, and we recommend you shouldn’t be giving any amount to a company that makes you jump through such hoops. If you still want to buy the Freedom 251, you now know how.

In case you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of days, the Freedom 251 is a Rs. 251 smartphone, arguably the cheapest in the world, that launched in New Delhi on Wednesday. It comes with a 4-inch display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage (expandable by up to 32GB), and runs Android 5.1.

(Also see: Freedom 251 full specifications)