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3 Tech Things that'll be Cheaper in 2015

By Bob on January 7, 2015 2:19 AM

You gotta love technology, because the more the public loves something the less it costs. Remember when Blu-ray players were all the rage and cost $500? Yeah, me neither.

But today you can pick one up for $60 - if you'd rather do that than go the streaming route. Choose that option and you'll pay a whopping $32 for Google Chrome or $39 for Amazon's Fire TV Stick.

Good things happen to people who aren't early adopters. Good things like low prices on some great gadgets. Here are three that'll cost you less this year. 

3 Tech Things that'll be Cheaper in 2015

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1. 4K TVs

These TVs serve up an eye-popping 3840x2160 pixel resolution and are being promoted as the next big thing. I've seen super-cheap prices on these Ultra HD 4K TVs, ranging in price from $375 to $1,300. How good is that? Last year prices were in the $5,000 to $7,000 range. 

Even better, there's more to watch on 4K TVs as well. Amazon is now streaming 4K limited content at no additional cost to Prime members. And Netflix has recently expanded its offerings at $3 more for 4K content. Look for prices to continue to drop throughout the year.

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2. Cloud Storage

Cloud storage companies seem to be in a race to the bottom - of the pricing matrix. In 2014 Amazon dropped cloud storage prices by 22% - and Microsoft followed them the very next day. Price drops continued throughout 2014 and the trend is set to continue. 

Some are predicting we'll see a time when cloud storage is free and unlimited. Amazon continues to lead the pack and recently added unlimited photo storing services for Prime members.

How good is cloud storage? It's pretty great and makes transferring everything in your digital life easier than ever. Is it safe? Yeah, for the most part. I'd keep my financial info off the cloud and just to be safe you should keep those nude photos somewhere else.

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3. TV Content Packages

In the past four years the top 40 cable channels have lost more than 3 million viewers because of "cord cutters" ditching cable TV. OK, lesson learned. Now providers are increasingly offering cheaper bundles with fewer channels at low prices in the hopes you'll eventually upgrade. 

Think cable's dead? Not so fast.

Some cable bundles might be the better deal depending on what you watch. And if there weren't enough options already, the big news in 2015 is that HBO will offer a streaming service for nonsubscribers in April. Game of Thrones anyone? 


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