Ravens complete deal and then sit back as first day of NFL free agency closes

On an eventful first day of free agency that saw a ton of money change hands and a boatload of players change uniforms, the Ravens stuck to a familiar script.

About 30 minutes after the market opened at 4 p.m., the Ravens fulfilled their top free-agent priority agreeing to terms with left tackle Eugene Monroe on a five-year, $37.5 million Best Offer, according to a league source. Otherwise, general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens’ front office continued to exercise patience, choosing mostly to stand down while other teams threw money around at a dizzying rate.

The Ravens did lose defensive tackle Arthur Jones, who signed a five-year, $33 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, reuniting with his former defensive coordinator in Baltimore, Chuck Pagano, now the Colts’ head coach.

Jones, a 2010 fifth-round pick who developed into one of the Ravens’ best two-way defensive linemen, is a loss as he started 13 games last year and registered 53 tackles and four sacks. However, his departure after his breakout 2013 season was expected and the Ravens couldn’t have been too disappointed to end the day with their left tackle back in the fold at a price tag less than what some around the league anticipated.

According to a source, Monroe’s deal included an $11 million signing bonus and $19 million in guaranteed money, and carries a $3.2 million salary cap hit for the 2014 season. It essentially comes out to $7.5 million per year for the 26-year-old who the Ravens acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars last October for a fourth and fifth-round draft pick.

"I’m excited, man," Monroe said in a phone interview Tuesday with The Baltimore Sun. "Anytime you get to play at this level even for a short amount of time, it’s a blessing. It’s a win all-around in every aspect for me, proximity to my family in New Jersey and my wife and her side of her family, which is literally right here. You can’t beat it. That’s awesome. I’m definitely appreciative for the Ravens having faith in my ability to play at a high level. I’m looking forward to continuing to improve, so we can continue to win ballgames."

At one point late last week, a deal between Monroe and the Ravens appeared unlikely as the two sides remained far apart despite weeks of negotiations. However, the market for left tackles was essentially set early in the process when the top available players at the position started honing in on certain teams.

Glen Burnie’s Branden Albert, a former Kansas City Chief, agreed to a reported five-year, $46 million deal with the Miami Dolphins that included $25 million in guaranteed money. The Oakland Raiders plucked tackle/guard Rodger Saffold away from the Chiefs, while the Arizona Cardinals signed former Raider, Jared Veldheer, to play left tackle. The Ravens, meanwhile, remained the best fit for Monroe whose wife’s family is from Columbia.

"I was confident it would work out," Monroe said. "I wasn’t concerned at all. I talked to Ozzie frequently through the year and he said, ‘We’ll make sure it works and be a great deal for both sides.’ And now it did and I’m very happy."

The signing of Monroe is the first offseason step toward solidifying an offensive line that struggled to protect quarterback Joe Flacco last season, or open up any holes for Ray Rice and the running game. The Ravens, however, still have more work to do along the offensive line. They need to settle on a position for Kelechi Osemele who if healthy after back surgery, to play either left guard or right tackle. They’ll need to address the other position while also adding some veteran competition for center Gino Gradkowski who struggled this past season in his first as a starter.

But the Ravens still have nearly $16 million in salary cap space after the Monroe deal, and plenty of time to address their needs.

The first day of free agency brought few surprises and few developments that figure to change the Ravens’ free agent plans. The Ravens remained focused on trying to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents, maintaining dialogue with the representatives of wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones and cornerback Corey Graham. However, both players are considering opportunities elsewhere as Jones will spend Wednesday meeting with the New York Giants while Graham will take a free agent visit to the Washington Redskins, confirmed sources.

They opted not to immediately attack their need for a play-making free safety and then watched as six of the top available safeties, a group that included potential targets Antoine Bethea and Malcolm Jenkins, signed elsewhere.

However, other opportunities at different positions opened up. In a cost-cutting move, the Houston Texans released productive tight end Owen Daniels, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who has 140 catches and 12 touchdowns over his last 35 games spanning three seasons. Looking to add another tight end to complement Dennis Pitta, the Ravens, according to sources, are intrigued by the idea of reuniting Daniels with current offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and tight end coach Brian Pariani, who coached him in Houston.

Sources also said that the Ravens are monitoring the situation with wide receiver Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers who are reportedly looking to trade the perennial Pro Bowler. If the Panthers can’t find a taker - and it will be tough given Smith’s contract situation and the fact that he’s 34 years old - they may release him.

Smith would certainly be a good fit for the Ravens who are looking for a wide receiver who could work in the slot, make contested catches and pick up yards after contact. The Ravens, though, also have interest in free agent wide receiver Julian Edelman, the diminutive slot guy who was unable to come to an agreement with the New England Patriots before he hit the open market.

NOTE: The Ravens extended tender offers to all six of their exclusive rights free agents Tuesday. That group includes inside linebacker Josh Bynes ($570,000), outside linebackers D.J. Bryant ($420,000) and Adrian Hamilton ($420,000) and safeties Brynden Trawick ($495,000), Anthony Levine ($495,000) and Omar Brown ($570,000). If the Ravens didn’t assign the tenders, the players would have become unrestricted free agents. The Ravens had previously signed inside linebacker and restricted free agent Albert McClellan to a two-year deal that included a $400,000 signing bonus. They did not tender wide receiver Tandon Doss a restricted free agent tender, allowing him to hit the open market.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com and awilson@baltsun.com

Man Uses 17-Year-Old Coupon for Frozen Pizza Bundled With PC Game

The man known as the Lazy Game Reviewer was given by a viewer an old copy of the 1997 combat flight sim Red Baron 2 for the PC, and inside was a Best Buy for 75 cents off a Red Baron frozen pizza.

The coupon did not have an expiration date, however, and so our lazy friend took it to a grocery store to try to use it. Lo and behold, it actually worked.

The moral of this story, of course, is that you definitely need to buy a bunch of old PC games off eBay or Amazon Marketplace like right now. The other moral is that there should be more coupons in boxed games.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Otto <OTTOG.UL>, Europe’s second biggest e-commerce player, is investing in its mobile platform and plans to launch a new fashion website as it fights to keep pace with the rapid expansion of Deal News <AMZN.O>.

The Otto Group, a mail order firm founded in 1949 which made the shift into e-commerce and now runs more than 60 websites worldwide including Germany’s OTTO site, said online sales rose 7.6 percent to 6 billion euros ($8.24 billion) in 2013/14.

Otto is facing stiff competition in its home market from Amazon, which saw German sales grow 21 percent to $10.5 billion in 2013, and online fashion retailer Zalando, which increased annual sales by 52 percent to 1.76 billion euros.

Otto’s online sales in Germany grew 7.8 percent to 4 billion euros in the financial year to February 28, slower than the average for all e-commerce, which grew 12 percent in 2013 to 33.1 billion euros, according to the German Retail Federation (HDE).

Otto is targeting group sales of 8 billion euros by 2015 and is investing 300 million euros in its online business to that end, including in new software for the OTTO website, mobile payments firm Yapital and other start-ups in e-commerce.

It will launch a new online “ecosystem” for young fashion-conscious women with several special shops and is working on a company-wide “mobile-first” initiative, hoping to drive 50 percent of traffic onto smartphones and tablets by 2016.

Otto currently appeals to an older market than Zalando and Britain-based online retailer ASOS Plc <ASOS.L>, which targets fashion-conscious 20-somethings. Zalando, whose biggest investor is Sweden’s Kinnevik <KINVb.ST>, is considering a possible floatation this year.

Otto noted that every other German already owns a smartphone and one in five uses a tablet, with some of its online stores already seeing 40 percent of visits on mobile devices.

"Smartphones and tablets enable a highly personalised, impulse driven shopping experience that is increasingly demanded by consumers," Rainer Hillebrand, deputy chairman of Otto Group, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Noah Barkin)

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Alcatel to stay out of telecom price war, inks Intel deal

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - Alcatel-Lucent said it would stay out of a brewing price war in the telecom equipment market and set itself apart with better service and new products, including those from a partnership announced on Sunday with Intel Corp.

Chief Executive Michel Combes said Alcatel-Lucent wanted to gain market share but not at any cost, as it entered the second year of a three-year turnaround aimed at restoring regular profits and cutting 1 billion euros of costs.

Analysts predicted that competition could intensify this year among telecom equipment vendors after Nokia’s NSN unit forecast lower operating margins as it tries to rebuild revenues lost after a bout of restructuring. A newly aggressive NSN could spark reactions from Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei.

"All the players in the sector have understood that competition based on price was not the right answer," Combes said on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry’s largest annual conference.

"Differentiation is the right way. Each company must find its areas of excellence and deliver on the services promised to customers," he said.

NSN Chief Executive Rajeev Suri said on Sunday that the group would not compete aggressively on price across the board, despite its aim to return to revenue growth by the second half of the year.

"It’s about being selective and targeted on pricing," he said at a press conference.

At Alcatel’s event, Combes unveiled a partnership with chip maker Intel under which the two will share the costs of research and development on cloud computing and security.

Known as network function virtualization, the technology allows telecom operators to rely more on software to run their networks and less on hardware, which can over time bring down costs. Other telecom gear makers are also pitching such products.

NSN said it had carried out over 50 commercial trials with carriers to explore such cloud technology.

The Intel accord is the second R&D partnership announced since Combes took over as CEO in April 2012, and he pledged more to come.

Mobile chip maker Qualcomm took an undisclosed stake in Alcatel in July 2013 as part of a research partnership on so-called small cells, which are small mobile antennas to help operators cover urban areas.

The Intel partnership does not involve any direct purchase of Alcatel’s shares, but Combes said the two would invest “several hundred million euros each” with the aim of possibly launching products for sale this year.

"We can be first to market with products by working with partners," said Combes.

Alcatel-Lucent halved its net loss last year as Combes’ turnaround plan kicked in, helped by a capital increase and bond to shore up the company’s balance sheet and 10,000 layoffs.

The shares have more than tripled in value in the past year and closed at 3.15 euros on Friday, giving the company a market capitalization of 8.77 billion euros.

(Reporting by Leila Abboud; Editing by Andrew Roche and Amanda Kwan)

EZ Way Parking Heats Things Up with Winter Promo Codes

Newark, NJ-EZ Way Parking and Megaleads team up to optimize their website and launch a new Winter Promo Code Program for cheap Newark Airport Parking spaces.

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EZ Way Parking recently took steps to ensure that their customers fare well during the harsh winter season. They were able to expand their shuttle service that runs 24/7 just in time for the big game that recently took place in East Rutherford, NJ. Heavy traffic conditions combined with the slippery roads did not stop EZ Way Parking from getting their customers to and from the Newark Airport without a hitch. Now that their home base is fully equipped for the bad weather, EZ Way Parking is now looking forward to offering their online customer base cheap airport parking. http://ezwayparking.com

EZ Way Parking knows that things can heat up fast when trying to plan a major trip during the hectic winter season. That is why they are looking to cool things down with their Winter Best Buy for Newark Airport Parking. New online customers can sign up for the Winter Promo Codes on the Promo Codes page that is located on EZ Way Parking’s updated company website. Their marketing manager, Megaleads, is looking forward to EZ Way’s latest promotion. Founder and CEO of Megaleads, Jim Alamia, states: “We know that people spend a bundle on flights as it is and we are glad that EZ Way’s customers are able to catch a break with these new promo codes for cheap Newark Airport Parking.”

EZ Way Parking has also announced that customers can save 35% by booking their Newark Airport Parking space on EZ Way’s company website. Customers can now book a reservation right on EZ Way’s updated home page where all they have to do is enter arrival, departure, email, and their promo code. EZ Way has also updated their FAQ page with all the information their customers need including daily rates, directions to the lot, affiliate and corporate parking, their 24/7 shuttle service, and also how to sign up for coupons for Newark Airport Parking. Megaleads is pleased with EZ Way’s updated website. Jim Alamia states: “We are thrilled to see EZ Way encourage their customers to utilize their user friendly website to book a reservation for airport parking by offering an exclusive low Internet daily parking rate. This will open up an entire new market for EZ Way and we are confident that they will grow a strong online customer base.”


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Build Your Own PC on the Cheap with Amazon’s Deal of the Day

There are few tech rites of passage more rewarding than building your own PC, but if cost is your main concern, you can pick up some great discounts on various components today from Discount.com/b/ref=gbsl_tit_l-1_4142_1deeb9b0?ie=UTF8&amp;node=565132&amp;smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_t=701&amp;pf_rd_s=left-new-1&amp;pf_rd_r=18JWTRFKVYBP5M8PQGFM&amp;pf_rd_i=20&amp;pf_rd_p=1671394142&tag=lifehackeramzn-20&ascsubtag=%5Btype%7Clink%5BpostId%7C1513424049%5BauthorId%7C5727177402741770316&node=565132”>Amazon’s Gold Box. Below, you’ll find the complete list of discounted processors, motherboards, graphics cards, cases, RAM, input devices, and more that you’ll need to design the rig of your dreams. Happy building! [ Amazon]



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'I, Frankenstein': movie review

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A muscular Aaron Eckhart can’t lift material above a video game-like collection of action scenes that isn’t exactly an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Aaron Eckhart overcomes a monstrously mediocre script in ‘I, Frankenstein.’

It seems inconceivable that anyone would pay $12, let alone venture out in 12-degree weather, to see “I, Frankenstein.” But maybe there are reasons. Perhaps you’re an Aaron Eckhart completist? A former English lit major with a secret yen for fan fiction based on the classics? Or maybe, and more likely, you’re just exhausted at the end of a long week, and really want to turn your brain off completely for a couple of hours.

Should you happen to fit any of those categories, the movie will … suffice. You won’t remember it in a week, and if you do it probably won’t be with any particular fondness. But at the very least, it does provide an easy excuse to sit in a heated room eating popcorn. (Lionsgate wouldn’t screen the movie in advance for critics, but they are welcome to use that endorsement in their ads.)

One word of warning: if you’re the type to grouse that the title doesn’t make sense - really, it should be “I, Frankenstein’s Monster” - move swiftly along. Stuart Beattie’s script was written as an excuse to stage some video game-style action, not to pay great tribute to Mary Shelley's original book. (It is, however, based on Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel.)

We do start where Shelley finished, with a haunted creature left alone in a world that can’t understand or appreciate him. A quick fast-forward to the present, though, and he’s got himself a fan in the Demon Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy). Naberius wants to build an army of re-animated corpses and take over the world, but he needs inspiration, guidance, an example of somebody who’s already - hey, wait a minute. There is a guy like that! It’s Him, Frankenstein(s monster)!

And so, our already-burdened hero finds himself hunted by Demons intent on using him to destroy humanity. And that’s just the half of it. The Demons’ enemies, the Gargoyles, are also tracking him, to keep him out of Tiberius’s evil hands.

Though the Gargoyle Queen, Leonore (Miranda Otto), takes her orders from Heaven, she doesn’t actually seem much nicer than the Hell Prince. But the opposing teams provide several decent, fiery fights and lots of CGI-enhanced transformations, which is really all that matters in a movie like this.

As an action hero, Eckhart leans more towards the Liam Neeson style of sullen scowling than the Tom Cruise method of people pleasing. It works well enough for the role - the monster does, after all, have plenty to scowl about - and he should get a few extra points for all that time he clearly spent at the gym. Surely not even Shelley, a bohemian romantic, imagined her monster as ripped and regularly shirtless as Beattie requires.

Nighy and Otto bring a bit of cosmopolitan dash, but not much effort, while none of the other actors makes any impression at all. (Except for Yvonne Strahovski of “Dexter,” laughably unconvincing as the brilliant scientist employed by Naberius.)

Given that Shelley’s book is a masterpiece of psychological insight, one is tempted to find some great metaphor in the movie’s opposing forces of good and evil. Don’t waste your time. The meaning is money; the aim is a franchise. Beattie keeps the pace moving, Eckhart holds our attention, and that’s pretty much a win for a January action flick. I wouldn’t say “I, Frankenstein” is alive, exactly, but at least it’s not DOA.

SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

SoundCloud recently closed a Series D round of funding led by Institutional Venture Partners with the Chernin Group. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. It has since been confirmed by IVP and SoundCloud. Previous investors also participated in the round, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GGV Capital, Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures.

SoundCloud’s ultimate goal is to become the audio platform of the web, or the YouTube of audio. Just like YouTube, user-generated content remains the startup’s fuel. Every minute, 12 hours of sound and music are uploaded to the platform. For comparison’s sake, YouTube reports 100 hours of content uploaded every minute.

Many up-and-coming electronic music artists use SoundCloud to release mixtapes and share them around the web. Well-known musicians also release singles or live recordings on the platform to share them with their fans on Twitter or Facebook. In other words, SoundCloud is the perfect place to transform a music file into a URL and embeddable music player.

Seeing American VC firms putting a lot of faith in a European startup is a big win for the Berlin startup scene.

Back in October at Disrupt Europe, SoundCloud co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung said that the company was focused on growth and engagement.

That’s why it simplified its premium offering. “The big thing when we made that change is that we went from four different account levels with a fairly wide range of pricing to two different levels with a smaller range,” Ljung said.

With a free account, you can upload up to 2 hours of music, while the most expensive plan allows you to upload an unlimited amount of music for $12 a month (&;9). Subscriptions used to be much more expensive, and an unlimited plan was out of reach for many amateur artists.

Today’s funding news is probably the consequence of this focus on growth. At Disrupt, Ljung said that subscription numbers were “pretty much exactly on our forecast.” Seeing American VC firms putting a lot of faith in a European startup is a big win for the Berlin startup scene.

But SoundCloud still has to find the major hidden, yet reachable, treasure. Most of SoundCloud’s 250 million users turn to SoundCloud to consume music, listen to artist-curated playlists and comment. They aren’t content creators; they carefully curate a music feed by following artists on the platform. For now, they don’t generate a lot of money for the company - the website has never been inundated with ads.

According to Re/code, the company is now trying to sign content deals with major music labels. It would put SoundCloud in the same league as other big music companies.

It’s still unclear whether the company wants to create yet another subscription service like Spotify or Rdio, a music store like the iTunes Store or the Amazon MP3 Store, a radio-like experience like pandora sign in or iTunes Radio, or something completely different. It’s a crowded market, but signing these deals is an important step for the company.

With music labels on board, the company could get more users, more monetization options and better content to convince advertisers.

Official: Woman killed in DC chase was delusional

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Connecticut woman shot to death by police after she tried to drive through barricades outside the White House held the delusional belief that the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.

The official had been briefed on the investigation but spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

A harrowing car chase unfolded Thursday after the driver rammed the barricades, briefly shuttering the chambers where federal lawmakers were debating how to end a government shutdown and stirring fresh panic in a city where a gunman two weeks ago killed 12 people.

The driver, 34-year-old navy black friday 2013 Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn., is believed to have traveled directly to Washington immediately before the car chase, the official said. A 1-year-old girl was in the car, though she avoided serious injury and was taken into protective custody.

Investigators have been interviewing Carey’s family about her mental condition, which had been deteriorating over the past 10 months, the official said. The woman had made delusional “expressions about the president in the past” and “believed there was some communications to her,” and concerns about her mental health were reported in the last year to Stamford police, the official said.

Carey’s mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News on Thursday night that her daughter began suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter, Erica, in August 2012.

"A few months later, she got sick," she said. "She was depressed. … She was hospitalized."

Idella Carey said her daughter had “no history of violence,” and she didn’t know why she was in Washington on Thursday. She said she thought Carey was taking Erica to a doctor’s appointment in Connecticut.

Connecticut records show Carey had been a licensed dental hygienist since 2009. Records show the license expired on Thursday.

Dr. Brian Evans, a periodontist in Hamden, Conn., said Carey worked as a hygienist in his office for about two years before she was fired a year ago. He would not go into detail about the reasons surrounding her departure.

"Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. There was nothing unusual about her leaving our office," he said.

He said Carey had been away from the job for a period after falling down a staircase and suffering a head injury, and she learned she was pregnant during the time she was hospitalized. He said it was a few weeks after she returned to the office that she was fired.

"We’re shocked to know this happened and we feel saddened for her family and all those involved," he said.

Police said there appeared to be no direct link to terrorism, and there was no indication the woman was even armed. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine, whose officers have been working without pay as a result of the shutdown, called it an “isolated, singular matter.”

Still, tourists, congressional staff and even some senators watched anxiously as a caravan of law enforcement vehicles chased a black Infiniti with Connecticut license plates down Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol and as officers with high-powered firearms canvassed the area. The House and Senate both abruptly suspended business, a lawmaker’s speech cut off in mid-sentence, as the Capitol Police broadcast a message over its emergency radio system telling people to stay in place and move away from the windows.

The woman’s car at one point had been surrounded by police cars and she managed to escape, careening around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol. Video shot by a TV cameraman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said police shot and killed her a block northeast of the historic building.

In Stamford, the FBI served a search warrant in connection with the investigation and police cordoned off a condominium building and the surrounding neighborhood in the shoreline city.

Erin Jackson, 31, lived next door to Carey and said she doted on her young daughter, often taking the girl outside for picnics.

"She was pleasant. She was very happy with her daughter, very proud of her daughter," she said. "I just never would have anticipated this in a million years."

Jackson said Carey was upset earlier this summer when the tires were stolen off her car, but she said her neighbor seemed content. She said she never heard her say anything political.

Carey had been sued by her condominium association for failure to pay fees, court records show. A lawsuit settled in February alleged that she owed the association $1,759 in addition to collection costs, and indicates that she took out a mortgage on her condo in the amount of $237,616.

The chain of events in Washington began when the woman sped onto a driveway leading to the White House, over a set of barricades. When the driver couldn’t get through a second barrier, she spun the car in the opposite direction, flipping a Secret Service officer over the hood of the car as she sped away, said B.J. Campbell, a tourist from Portland, Ore.

"This wasn’t no accident. She was not a lost tourist," Campbell said later near the scene that had been blocked off with police tape.

Then the chase began.

"The car was trying to get away. But it was going over the median and over the curb," said Matthew Coursen, who was watching from a cab window when the Infiniti sped by him. "The car got boxed in and that’s when I saw an officer of some kind draw his weapon and fire shots into the car."

One Secret Service member and a 23-year veteran of the Capitol Police were injured. Officials said they are in good condition and expected to recover.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who said he was briefed by the Homeland Security Department, said he did not think the woman was armed. “There was no return fire,” he said.

The shooting comes two weeks after a mentally disturbed employee terrorized the Navy Yard with a shotgun, leaving 13 people dead including the gunman.

Before the disruption, lawmakers had been trying to find common ground to end a government shutdown. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

Capitol Police on the plaza around the Capitol said they were working without pay as the result of the shutdown. A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said a bill to pay them was under consideration.


Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper, Laurie Kellman, Adam Goldman, Mark Sherman, Philip Elliott, Jesse Holland, David Espo, Alan Fram, Brett Zongker, Donna Cassata and Henry C. Jackson in Washington, Michael Melia and Stephen Singer in Hartford, Conn., and John Christoffersen in Stamford, Conn., contributed to this report.

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PS4 available to order from Amazon and Staples

The Playstation 4 is a hard console to track down at the moment. It popped up Sunday, Jan. 12 at the somewhat unlikely location of office supply retailer Staples though along with Deal Today.com/gp/product/B00BGA9WK2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00BGA9WK2&linkCode=as2&tag=examinerco03a-20”>Amazon.

The PS4 is available to order from Staples for the usual price of $399.99 by itself and as not part of a bundle as part of an online only deal. Free shipping is available for Rewards Member though everyone has the option of free shipping to their local store for pickup. The expected delivery time frame is 3-5 business days and, of course, sales tax is applicable.

Meanwhile, Amazon has the PS4 available for what is essentially a pre-order that won’t be delivered until Jan. 19. Free shipping is available here as well but sales tax may be applicable depending on your state. Update: As expected, the PS4 sold out quickly at Amazon. It is still available at Staples, however. Update 2: The PS4 is now out of stock at Staples as well.

Sony announced last week the Playstation 4 sold more than 4.2 million consoles between its launch on Nov. 15 and Dec. 28. The next-gen console was hard to find prior to Christmas and is just as difficult now as it quickly goes out of stock when it shows up at retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop.

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