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Believe it or not, I’ve read each of the 22,896 comments (plus countless spam) left here on ZNF. And yesterday we got a great tip in response to the forthcoming iPad Slingplayer… that requires owners of earlier generation Slingbox placeshifters upgrade to the SOLO or PRO-HD. But wait, it’s not just the new iPad Slingbox client that requires newer hardware. It turns out I overlooked that same upgrade tidbit in relation to the new Windows Phone 7 software.

As we’ve previously discussed, I suspect this new line in the sand is both a technological and business decision. Regardless of how we got here, there’s probably a large number of disgruntled Slingbox owners exploring their upgrade options. So this $80 Slingbox SOLO deal from OfficeMax, with free shipping, is probably the best your going to get. In fact, I can’t recall seeing ever seeing new SOLO hardware listed under $110. For comparison purposes, Sling’s own upgrade program prices the SOLO at $130 and Gazelle.com will buy a brand new one from you for $82.

(Thanks, ScaryMike!)

TiVo has produced arguably the best dual purpose QWERTY-capable remote in the Slide. Granted, there’s not much competition (yet) in this burgeoning space. But TiVo has introduced something special — I expect its utility will only grow as they modernize and expand their online apps. Not only does the shrunken “peanut” allow you to type via Bluetooth (and bundled USB dongle), the Slide offers traditional IR support for basic universal and learning functions to control your television or accessories.

To expand upon my original coverage a bit, I’ve confirmed the TiVo Slide remote can be paired with hardware beyond the included Bluetooth accessory. By simultaneously holding down the TiVo and B buttons, the remote enters pairing mode. And I had no problem linking it to my Mac laptop. In theory, this process should also allow you to use the Slide with a PS3. However, to get a Slide going again with a Series3, TiVoHD, or Premiere, you’d have to re-pair it with the USB dongle by holding down it’s lone button and once again using the Slide process above.

I’ve seen quite a few comments concerning the Slide’s $90 price tag (along with disappointment in not being able to easily control multiple TiVo units). And, indeed, it doesn’t come cheap. So, fortunately for you, we’re giving away our review sample. But wait, there’s more. TiVo is also gifting a TiVo Slide… each and every day, for 30 days. Check out their details here.

Entering our TiVo Slide giveaway is as easy as it gets, simply leave a comment. (US residents in the lower 48 only, please.) We’ll choose the winner at random in a few days.

In honor of the 2010 edition of the Lollapalooza music festival, we’re giving away 5 one year subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus.

I’m old enough to remember the early editions of Lolla and am bummed I can’t break free from my rusty cage to catch the (temporarily?) reunited Soundgarden in Chicago next week. However, attendees and non-attendees alike can keep up with the show via the official Lollapalooza iPhone app (pics below)… which just so happens to also feature Slacker Radio streaming.

Here at ZNF, Slacker is our preferred music streaming service – both Mari and I are paid subscribers. Anyone can listen free of charge via multiple platforms (PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, etc), but a paid subscription ($4/mo) upgrades you to a commercial-free experience, unlimited song skips, and mobile phone caching for offline playback (while on a plane, for example). It’s a great service, at a reasonable rate.

So if you want in on a free year of Slacker Radio Plus, simply leave a comment. We’ll choose FIVE winners at random in a few days thanks to generous music-loving folks at Slacker.

I was pretty stoked when I picked up my refurbished Kindle 2 a couple weeks back for $140. But $110 for Amazon’s eReader is an even sweeter deal. So if you were sitting on the fence, now’s most definitely the time to get in. Unless you’re awaiting that rumored Kindle 3 refresh set for August. But, based on the minor DX update, I’m not sure a massive platform renewal (color, touchscreen) is in the cards just yet. (via Slickdeals)

Here at ZNF, we’re very selective in the product samples we choose to receive. Yet, every now and then, gadgets just magically appear – with no indication who sent an item… or how to return it.

As is the case with the Yamaha PSG-01S SoundGadget ($220) pictured above. I’m sure it’s a fine USB-powered PC Skype speakerphone (4 mics, 2 speakers), but it’s not something I’d use. And frankly, reviewing a speakerphone doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun… even though the Sound Gadget does double duty as a computer stereo speaker array.

But, as a public service, here are some related links should you want to learn more:

With that out of the way, if you like what you see, entering the Yamaha PSG-01S SoundGadget giveaway is as easy as it gets, simply leave a comment. (US residents in the lower 48 only, please.) We’ll choose the winner at random in a few days.

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Hot on the heels of Barnes & Noble’s 3G Nook price drop (and new WiFi-only model) yesterday, Amazon responded with a reduction of their own…. coming in lower by $10. ($189 versus $199) But you already knew that. What you might not have known is that Amazon has also gone ahead and lowered refurbished Kindles to $170. Not a bad deal at all, considering this product ran $259 (new) a mere 36 hours ago. Not quite as low as I’d like for this relatively new segment, but it’s now probably time to get Mom on board.

Now, for those folks who recently picked up a Kindle at a higher price… An alert ZNF reader called into Amazon today exploring the various remedies. He was told anyone who had purchased a Kindle from 5/21 – 6/21 would be credited the difference – presumably only if they contact support, as he did. However, as he was somewhat outside that window, Amazon kindly issued a $50 store credit to ease his pain.

It’s not every day I recommend a deal on last years product line. However, $99 for a TiVo HD (with free shipping) is certainly worth considering as someone new to the TiVo experience. Because, as it stands and for most, the Premiere isn’t yet $200 better than the HD. Whichever route you go (Premiere or HD), of course TiVo service fees will be part of the equation. I had thought there was a $99 pre-pay dealio for a year of service, but it looks like we’re up to $130. Or you could go month to month: $12.95 billed at 30 day intervals. TiVo still offers discounts for multi-unit households. But if you fall into that category, you’d likely be better off getting in on one of the Premiere upgrade options.