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Defeat hackers and become a cyber security specialist for just £12.99

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Protect yourself from online threats.
Protect yourself from online threats.

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Keeping you guys informed is a big responsibility, whether it’s concerning a new deal or an upcoming event, but we believe that it’s our job to make sure you are in the know.

Well, there’s a deal you should know about, and an event, too. They go hand in hand, in fact. So listen up. 

Data Protection Day occurs every Jan. 28, with the purpose of raising awareness and promoting privacy and data protection best practices. It is currently observed in the United States, Canada, India, and 47 European countries. If you didn’t know before, then you do now.

With this date fast approaching, it’s our responsibility to point you in the direction of deals that will help you to be better informed, and one such deal exists on the online learning platform Udemy. You can now take ‘The Complete Cyber Security Course: Hackers Exposed‘ for just £12.99, reduced from £29.99. That’s a saving of 57%.

You’ll develop an advanced practical skillset to combat online threats including advanced hackers, trackers, malware, and pretty much any other Internet nastiness that gets thrown at you.

With Data Protection Day just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to become a cyber security specialist.

For under £20 you can relive the ’80s and play classic games on this mini arcade machine

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Arcade classics are still so popular.
Arcade classics are still so popular.

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What does £20 get you nowadays? A ticket to the cinema and a snack maybe. That only covers your ticket though, so if you want to bring a friend they’d better be paying. And whilst seeing a film is great fun, alone or otherwise, it’s only a couple of hours of entertainment, and then what? You’ve lost your £20 and you need to find something else to do.

What if we told you that you could play 240 16-bit video games with an easy-to-use joystick, on a colourful 2.5-inch screen, with built-in speakers, all for under — yes under — £20? You can now relive the ’80s by playing classic games on the Thumbs Up miniature retro arcade game machine for £17.10, down from £24.99.

What’s great about this mini arcade machine is the massive range of playable video games. With 240 to choose from, you’ll be kept entertained for far longer than the average film lasts, and you can make as much noise as you like. 

With 67% of customers on Amazon giving this arcade machine a five-star rating, it’s clearly a popular option. Ms Laura praised the machine, saying: 

“Bought this for my son’s 9th birthday and he loves it. Well worth every penny and works like a charm. Handy for taking on holiday, car, plane and train journeys. Highly recommend for the price.”

You’ll be hard-pressed to find better entertainment for under £20.

This bundle at Walmart gets you a pair of Sony’s Extra Bass on-ear headphones *and* earbuds for $178

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Get Bose sound without the Bose price.
Get Bose sound without the Bose price.

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The only thing possibly better than a pair of premium Bluetooth headphones on sale is if you’re getting a pair of premium Bluetooth headphones with free earbuds tacked on.

This on-sale bundle at Walmart will get you a pair of Sony Extra Bass Wireless Headphones and a pair of Sony Extra Bass sport earbuds together for $178.

Let’s break this unreal deal down for reference: 

You’re essentially getting a pair of $60 Sony earbuds for free — yup, for real. Keep them both for yourself, or give a bomb gift to a recipient who has no idea you spend $0 on them. Aw.

For EDM obsessives, gym junkies who need extra pumping up, or anyone requiring a distraction from their 9-5 job, Sony’s Extra Bass headphones (model MDR-XB950B1) offer the enhanced low-end frequencies and punchy clarity you’ve been longing for. Noise cancellation isn’t the absolute best, but the 1.57-inch dome driver overpowers most everything and gives sound comparable to Bose.

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Just pair seamlessly with one-touch NFC Bluetooth connection, touch the Extra Bass button, and listen for up to 18 hours (!!!). The Headphones Connect app even lets you customize bass levels and offers presets like outdoor stage, club, hall, or arena-style to get your sound the way you like it.

The earbuds aren’t wireless but they are water resistant (IPX 5), so running in the rain in working out drenched in sweat won’t be an issue. 

Regularly $228, you can save $50 and grab the bundle for just $178.

Save $25 on a Google Smart TV Kit at Walmart and upgrade your TV and home into a smart one

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You'll save $25 on this Google Home Mini (left) bundle, which is like getting a Chromecast (right) for free!
You’ll save $25 on this Google Home Mini (left) bundle, which is like getting a Chromecast (right) for free!

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It’s 2019, so it’s probably a good time to upgrade your TV into a smart one. Instead of investing more money in a brand new 4K TV (although we’re not opposed to that idea either), you can simply pick up this handy Google Smart TV Kit for just $49 at Walmart — a savings of $25 — and turn your old dumb set into a voice-controlled modern TV.

The Google Chromecast is one of the best streaming devices out there because it’s inexpensive, reliable, and only requires a good WiFi connection to get started. It doesn’t come with a remote control, but you can use your smartphone, tablet, or even laptop to stream videos and music from your device to the TV via HDMI and WiFi with ease.

Just tap the Chromecast icon and you’ll be ready to watch Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, or listen to music from Spotify, Google Play Music, and more on your big screen TV — even if it’s not internet-enabled.

You can also pair the Chromecast with the Google Home Mini for voice-controlled features from one device to another. Just say something like, “Hey Google! Play Stranger Things on Netflix,” and the Google Assistant will automatically play the series on your TV like magic. Of course, the Google Home Mini can power your other smart home devices too, as well as pull up-to-the-minute information like the news, weather, and sports scores from the web.

If you buy the Chromecast and Google Home Mini separately, it would run you $84 retail, but Walmart and Google put together this exclusive smart tv kit — which is much cheaper at $74. However, with a sales price of $49, you’ll save $25 on the bundle. It’s like getting a Chromecast for free!

But don’t just take our word for it. Walmart customer Carol writes:

“Me and my husband are enjoying the Google Mini, it’s so smart and easy to use. Ask her anything and it will answer u back. We just tell her to play some music and it plays right away. The Google Chromecast is also very useful especially when we watch movies.”

Save up to 30% on Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets and keep your sanity on your next family road trip

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All Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets are now on sale.
All Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets are now on sale.

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“Are we there yet?”

We all know how this goes. You just started a six-hour road trip to grandma’s house, when one of your kids asks that dreaded, four-word question after only 30 minutes into the drive. 

Instead of feeling like the rest of the five-and-a-half hours is going to test your limits as a parent, just hand your child a Fire Kids Edition tablet from Amazon and keep your sanity during a long drive. They’ll love the screen time and you can feel good knowing that it’s educational content. 

SEE ALSO: These are the best tablets for kids right now

Right now you can save up to 30% on all three of the Fire Kids Edition tablets, which are wrapped in “kids-proof” cases that come in three colors: blue, pink, and yellow. With deep parental controls, you can also have the peace of mind knowing that your children aren’t going to stumble across unsafe and X-rated material. 

Trust us, your next road trip is going to go a lot smoother when your kids get their hands on these tablets. Now they can watch all the kid-friendly videos and play all the fun games their little hearts desire. Best of all: if they break them within two years of purchase, Amazon will just flat out replace them. Now that’s a parenting win.

To get the most bang for your buck, the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet offers your children Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a service that features more than 15,000 books, movies, TV shows, and games made just for kids. It also features educational apps and games with your children’s favorite characters from Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS.

In addition, the Fire 7 Kids Edition — which has up to 8 hours of battery life — is powered with a Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor with 1GB of memory, 16GB of storage, which is expandable up to 256GB, and a non-HD 7-inch display. This means you kids won’t get bored with all of this kid-friendly content available. It’s also wrapped in a colorful “kid-proof” case, so the tablet will always be protected from drops, spills, and hits with Amazon’s two-year “worry-free” guarantee. You know how kids are with things like this. You’ll be thankful for the case after your kids drops it off their bed.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition features the same bells and whistles as the Fire 7. However, the HD 8 Kids Edition features a display that’s HD, slightly more memory at 1.5GB, more storage at 32GB (expandable up to 400GB), and more battery life of up to 10 hours.

The tablet also comes with a one-year subscription of FreeTime Unlimited (after the first year, you have to sign up for an Amazon Prime membership to continue) and the online retail giant’s two-year “worry-free” guarantee. If the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition gets damaged for any reason, Amazon will replace the unit free of charge with no questions asked. We think the tablet is completely worth the price, especially if it’s on sale.

Amazon’s Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is just like the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, only with a larger 10.1-inch full HD display, 2GB of memory, and 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 256GB. It also features a FreeTime setting that gives your children access to selected apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Minecraft, only after they’ve finished their daily reading assignments and spent some time with educational apps and games.

One of the best things about all three of the Fire Kids Edition tablets is they all include parental controls, so you can decide how much time they’re spending on educational and fun apps and games. If you have more than one child, you can also set age restrictions to separate content and apps for a four-year-old and a 12-year-old. In addition, you can also keep your kids away from any unauthorized websites, apps, and in-app purchases, so junior doesn’t accidentally spend $500 on Minecraft loot.