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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

Is it Finally Time to Buy a 4K TV? - UPDATE: Joel McHale Weighs In!

In the past, we've cautioned against buying an "Ultra HD" 4K TV because there was barely any content for it and they were still too expensive. A year has passed, so has the situation changed? In this video, our experts discuss if 4K TVs are now a smart purchase.

VIDEO: Can Ello (or Anything at All) Replace Facebook?

People are saying Ello, a new ad-free social media platform, might be the successor to Facebook! We got our hands on some invites and gave it a whirl; in this video, we discuss if Ello — or anything at all — can replace Facebook.

VIDEO: Do You Still Need a Tablet if You Own a Phablet?

With the astounding sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus (over 10 million units sold), it's clear that people really like larger phones. Our experts discuss if phablets and tablets are mutually exclusive technology, or is there's room in our hearts for both.

VIDEO: Ever Get Into a Fight Over Airplane Seats?

In the past week, there have been three separate instances where a flight had to land early, because passengers got into fights over reclining seats. With airlines shoving more and more people into smaller and smaller spaces, is this the new normal for flights? Our experts discuss how to deal with personal space violations on airplanes.

VIDEO: Amazon Thinks You Want to Watch Other People Play Video Games

Amazon is gambling that you will enjoy watching others play video games as much as you enjoy playing them yourself. In fact, the retailer just paid $1 billion for Twitch, an online video-streaming site that specializes in live-streaming people playing video games. Has Amazon lost its mind? We discuss.

VIDEO: Is August Too Early for Pumpkin Spice Lattes?

This year, Starbucks is going to start selling the Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 25. That's almost a full month before fall officially begins! In this video, our experts discuss pumpkin spice flavored things and whether or not "holiday creep" leads to fatigue and ruins the special-ness of a Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

VIDEO: How Do You Feel About Store Credit Cards?

A new report from CreditCards.com finds that, on average, store-based credit cards hold a 23.23% APR. That means you'll get hit with a $23 interest fee for every $100 you put on the card! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if there are any benefits to signing up for a store credit card.

VIDEO: Why is GameStop Fingerprinting People Who Trade-in Used Games?

Should gamers be treated like criminals? That's what people are asking, after GameStop stores in Philadelphia started fingerprinting customers to stop the fencing of stolen goods. Our experts discuss if getting fingerprinted is the worst thing to ever happen to gamers.

VIDEO: Cupcakes Are SO Last Year! What's the Next Dessert Craze?

New York cupcake chain Crumbs is closing all 48 of its locations. Is this indicative that the cupcake boom is finally coming to an end? Our experts discuss if the end of cupcakes is nigh and what will replace them as the "hot" new dessert item.

VIDEO: Should Your Doctor Know What Groceries You Buy?

Should your doctors be allowed to look at your credit card purchases, in order to have a better picture of your health? Some people think so! In fact, hospitals in North and South Carolina are already compiling and sharing their patients' purchase histories, so doctors can head off future medical issues like emphysema and diabetes. Are you for or against this idea?