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Dealmaster: Take $350 off a Samsung Galaxy S9 with trade-in

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Samsung's Galaxy S9 will officially begin shipping in the US on Friday, which means time is almost up on the myriad pre-order deals on the device.

We took a in-depth look at what those deals actually entail shortly after the phone was first announced, but in short, the major carriers and Samsung itself are still offering up to $350 off the device when you trade in select phones toward a Galaxy S9 purchase. Most carriers are also cutting another $150, through bill credits or a gift card, when you switch to their service with the purchase. For many, though, the most prudent option might be to buy from Samsung, which is taking up to $350 off the purchase outright as well, and get the unlocked version of the phone.

This is all assuming you're interested in Samsung's latest, of course. If you're not, we've also got deals on Bose noise-cancelling headphones, the newest Amazon Echo, laptops from Dell and Lenovo, and much more. Take a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: Get an Apple TV 4K for $105 (when you buy three months of DirecTV Now)

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is highlighted by a pretty stellar discount on the Apple TV 4K, albeit one with a catch.

AT&T is selling the 4K- and HDR-compatible entry in Apple's line of set-top boxes for as low as $105, which is well down from its normal going rate of $179. But to get that price, you need to prepay for three months of the company's DirecTV Now streaming service. That starts at $35 a month for its entry-level package, titled "Live a Little." If you throw down the $105 needed to cover that tier for three months upfront, AT&T will then toss in the Apple TV 4K at no extra cost.

Now, you'll have to create an account with AT&T and be a new customer to DirecTV Now to be eligible. And if you're not interested in the service in the first place—be it for its lack of DVR or just the fact that it's owned by AT&T—you'll have to remember to turn off auto-renew once your three months are up. But given that it's possible to just ignore the service completely and treat this like any other discount, this is about as good a deal as we've seen for Apple TV 4K. The box itself isn't without its issues, but, per usual, still plays nice if you're already knee deep in Apple products.

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Dealmaster: Get a Dell laptop with an 8th-gen Core i7 and 256GB SSD for $630

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is led by a straightforward deal on Dell's Inspiron 15 7000, which can now be had for $630. It's not likely to blow anyone away—and it's not to be confused with Dell's gaming laptop that shares the same name—but it's hard to consider a latest-gen Core i7 chip, a 15.6-inch 1080p display, and a 256GB SSD to be poor value at that price.

If you're not looking for a laptop on a budget, we also have low prices on 4K TVs from Samsung and LG, a SanDisk microSD card, a variety of dash cams, and other smart home gadgets. Have a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: Get a DJI Mavic Pro drone for $769, the lowest we’ve seen it

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today the Dealmaster is taking to the skies, as DJI's Mavic Pro drone is currently down to $769, well over $100 off its usual going rate and the lowest we've seen it to date.

While the Mavic Pro has been upstaged somewhat by the newer and smaller Mavic Air, the Mavic Pro is not exactly big, and it has been very well-reviewed. It gets about 20 minutes of battery life per flight—which is solid for a consumer drone—it reaches up to 40 miles per hour in its sport mode, and it captures good 4K video at up to 30 frames per second. It's not quite as powerful as DJI's Phantom 4 Pro, but it gets most of the way there in a smaller, and now much more affordable, package. When exactly DJI will launch a potential "Mavic Pro 2" isn't clear, but this is a good discount either way.

If drones aren't your thing, we've also got a refurbished HP desktop with a whopping 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD down to $769, a $100 cut for Sony's PlayStation VR Skyrim bundle, discounts on several Dell laptops and 4K TVs, Kindle deals, and more.

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Ars Pro: Now free of tracking scripts for subscribers

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In January, we launched Ars Pro, which enables readers to support Ars while offering an ad-free experience. For $25 per year or $3 per month, Ars Pro lets you read Ars without seeing a single advertisement. You also get full-text RSS feeds. At $50 per year, we have Ars Pro++ which adds clean-reading mode, a YubiKey 4, and a coupon for 20 percent off any YubiCo product.

The response to Ars Pro has been fantastic, and we have been listening to readers and brainstorming about ways we can make it even better. Today, we are excited to announce the removal of tracking scripts for Ars Pro subscribers.

Websites use tracking for a number of reasons. For one, we need to count visitors, see which pages they read, and determine how long they remain on the site. We use those figures for internal reporting and for our sales team and advertisers. There are other scripts used by advertisers and ad networks as well. In combination, they can slow down page loads, and some people really just dislike them.

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