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Dan Leadbetter

Dan Leadbetter

Dan Leadbetter is a Staff Writer and Features Writer for DealNews. As a long time automotive fanatic and car audio enthusiast, Dan's favorite question is, "You're not going to leave it stock, are you?" That being said, Dan is always looking for the next great thing that'll make your car that much greater. Before coming to DealNews, Dan worked as a magazine editor and photojournalist for several monthly automotive titles for Primedia, McMullen & Yee Publishing, and Challenge Publications, as well as co-founding AutoSound & Security Magazine and Smart Electronics Magazine. An early adopter in multimedia during the mid-90's, Dan was also a writer on several interactive multimedia music CD titles, including "Herbie Hancock Presents Living Jazz." Dan enjoys comedy (he was a runner-up in "Showtime's Funniest Person in America Competition," Northern California division in 1982), playing drums, watching horror films, fine cigars, and Absinthe.

Dan Leadbetter's Most Recent Features

VIDEO: How Much Private Info Do You Trade For Goods and Services?

This week, Google updated its terms of service to explicitly state that it does, in fact, scan emails to more accurately target ads to users. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss the benefits and detriments of trading private information for goods and services.

VIDEO: Why Do We Upgrade Our Computer's OS?

This week marks the official demise of Windows XP! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if it's even necessary to upgrade your OS.

VIDEO: Are the Days of Cable TV Numbered?

With the rumor of an Apple-built cable box and news that both Sony and Microsoft are going to offer original programming, it seems like now, more than ever, everyone is trying to re-invent TV. Inside, we discuss if this is the beginning of the end for cable television.

Is There Any Reason to Buy 'House of Cards' When You Can Stream it?

Verizon and Sony have started selling episodes of the Netflix-owned show, House of Cards, for $3 each — which may seem curious given the fact that a month of streaming at Netflix costs just $8. It sounds like it makes financial sense to stream the show rather than buy, but is there an argument to be made for owning media?

Apple Wants More Music Exclusives; Does This Hurt the Consumer?

Last year, Beyoncé surprised the world by releasing a previously-unannounced album directly onto iTunes as an exclusive. It turns out that Apple and the record labels really like this idea. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if music store exclusivity is a good thing for the consumers, too, or just the record industry.

Total Jerk Move?: Keurig's Next Coffee Maker Will Only Use Proprietary K-Cups

Keurig, maker of those single-serving coffee machines, has revealed that its next-generation devices will not work with any pods or K-Cups that are not "licensed." In other words: Keurig is adding DRM to its coffee!

VIDEO: Have We Maxed Out on What's Possible With Smartphone Specs?

Samsung has officially announced its newest flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, with less emphasis on internal hardware and more on additional features. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts examine if the S5 lives up to the hype, whether we've maxed out on what's possible with smartphone hardware, and what it even means to be a flagship Android phone.

VIDEO: Clowns Are Dying and It's No Laughing Matter

According to a recent report, clown membership has been dropping for years, and there are currently only 2,500 "official" clowns in this world. Are we headed for a clown crisis (and a world that's slightly less horrifying)?

VIDEO: When Will Wireless Charging Catch On? And Do You Even Care?

For years, people have been saying that wireless charging is the wave of the future, yet it remains far outside of the mainstream. However, two of the three biggest wireless consortia announced that they are joining forces to make sure that their wireless technologies work together. But is it a lack of a standard that's been keeping wireless charging from gaining popularity?

VIDEO: HP Will Sell Windows 7 PCs Again, Will Others Do the Same?

HP has seemingly slighted Microsoft by selling new PCs running Windows 7. Eschewing Windows 8, HP claims that offering Windows 7 meets "popular demand"; the $150 dollar discount on these systems is an additional incentive to buy HP. Will other manufacturers follow?