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Features Archives for 2008

This Week's Rumor Roundup: BBC and Xbox

Waiting on a Sunday Friday afternoon
for what I read between the lines,
your RUMORS.
feelin' like a hand in rusted shame
so do you laugh or does it cry?

dealnews Podcast, Episode 4: OMG! RIP, HD DVD

Welcome to our fourth dealnews Podcast! In this week's podcast, Jeff, Dan, Jeff, Louis, and Chuck discuss the death of the HD DVD format. Should you buy, anyway? And, is Blu-ray going to stay the winner?

Please click to listen or right-click to download. (Runtime: 26m26s)

Tech Buyer's Guide to Return Policies

No matter how good a deal is, sometimes you've got to return it. However, returning an opened gadget isn't always easy. We've listed return polices for 14 of the top tech stores so you know what to expect when your dream deal goes sour. Who doesn't charge a restocking fee? Who pays for return shipping? Who has the best return policy on the planet? Find out now.

dealnews Podcast, Episode 3: Wii, HUH! Good God, Y'all!

Welcome to our third dealnews Podcast! In this week's podcast, Jeff, Dan, Jim, and Louis discuss the Nintendo Wii and how it stacks up against the Xbox 360 and PS3. Is it worth paying for one of these Wii bundles?

Please click to listen or right-click to download. (Runtime: 11m22s)

Price Trend: 750GB and 1TB Hard Drives

Are hard drive prices plummeting? Yes, at least in 750GB and 1TB sizes. See our latest price trend analysis to find out how much these high-capacity hard drives have dropped, and which one(s) you should buy. Read more ...

How to Survive the WGA Strike: dealnews Staff TV DVD Picks

The writer's strike may be ending soon, or it may go on for ages more. Either way, TV kind of ... well, it kind of sucks right now, and won't get better for the next several months. After exhaustive hours of "research" on the couch, we've built a list of our favorite TV shows available on DVD that will sooth your cravings for non-reality programming, including a few we bet you haven't seen. Plus, once the strike ends, these shows will stand above the rest, so they're a good investment regardless of the strike.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Sony, Apple, Picasa, Nukem, and more

Hey, alright now. Alright now fellas? Now what's cooler than bein' cool? I can't hear ya'! I say what's cooler than bein' cool? RUMOR ROUNDUPS whooo... Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright.

Head to Head: Apple MacBook Air vs. Sony VAIO TZ-Series Subnotebook

During his Keynote speech today, Steve Jobs boldly stated that Apple's new MacBook Air was better than Sony's VAIO TZ series. We put the two systems head-to-head to find out which laptop comes out on top.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: WoW, Xbox Live, BioShock, and more

Well, either you're closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a Rumor Roundup in your community! Ya got Rumors, my friend, right here, I say, Rumors right here in River City!

Big Blu: Blu-ray Decks That Won't Break Your Bank

Wanna get Hi? These standalone Blu-ray players can bring high-definition content straight to your living room without costing you an arm and a leg. But before you whip out that credit card, find out what to look for when shopping for your first Blu-ray player.

Cutting the Chord: Virtual Surround Sound Systems

Want surround sound, but don't have the room for a stack of speakers? These stylish soundbars can pump your living room with the next best thing — virtual surround sound. By bouncing sound beams off your living room walls, these one-box components trick your ears into thinking you have a full 5.1-channel set up. In addition to eliminating the clutter of cables behind your entertainment center, some of them also offer iPod connectivity, integrated DVD players, and satellite radio. Granted, they're more expensive than conventinal low- to mid-range home theater systems, but their clean lines and wide sound spectrum are worth the investment if you don't want to box yourself in a forest of cables and satellites. Click here to see the offerings from Polk, Philips, Samsung, and more.

Sony unveils its new line of VAIO laptops: SSD, HDMI, Blu-ray, more

Sony unveiled its new line of Sony VAIO laptops during this year's CES show. Besides Blu-ray popping up on more of its laptops, Sony has added other new features such as Intel's Penryn processors, LED backlighting, Solid State Drives, and carbon fiber housing. Click here for our roundup of the new models.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Xbox, Apple, Xbox, Eee PC

It's cold out there, and it's only going to get worse. Throw another Rumor Roundup on the fire and pray you don't freeze this winter!
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