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Features Archives for 2008

Hands On with the T-Mobile G1 by HTC: Is it the next iPhone?

We got our hands on the T-Mobile G1, the new Google Android-equipped smartphone from HTC. We've been putting it through the ringers over the past couple of weeks to see if it's truly an iPhone killer, if it's worth the switch to T-Mobile, or if it's just a lot of hype. See what our Features Editor Louis Ramirez discovered ...

eBook Readers Compared

Sony and Amazon are pushing digital books into the mainstream, but despite repeated attempts, eBook readers have remained a luxury rather than a necessity. We examine some of the benefits of owning a dedicated eBook reader, along with some budget-friendly alternatives Amazon and Sony don't want you to know about.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 38: Make Me The King

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 38 is here! This week: A Blu-ray player price war, MP3 music price wars, 74-cent MP3s at Walmart, free music videos from MTV, a new way to browse Amazon, and more.

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A Black Friday like no other: How the economy is changing Black Friday

dealnews' Chief Dealguy Dan de Grandpre discusses how what's been called the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression will affect Black Friday sales and retailers in general. It's a dark, threatening cloud with one silver lining: the deals.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 37: Mint-y Fresh

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 37 is here! This week: Quicken Online changes its mind, the must-have gadgets and toys for Christmas,, and more.

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How to Save Money for Gadgets by Cutting Daily Expenses

Have a weak spot for gadgets? So do we. But you can't always afford the gear you want. Or can you? We created a list of five daily expenses you can eliminate to help you save up for the tech gear you want. You'll be surprised at what you can save up for in just one week.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Microsoft, Xbox, Tony Hawk, more

Our Rumor Roundup is back to fill your hearts with gladness. Come on in and see what kinds of madness has been circulating on the 'nets!

dealnews Podcast - Episode 36: The Brick

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 36 is here! This week: Apple offers some new laptops, Quicken Online is now free, Microsoft offers free Xbox upgrades, and more.

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Apple's new MacBooks: Worth the upgrade?

Apple's latest notebook updates have the tech world on fire, but are these upgrades worth your money or can you get a better deal by hitting the clearance bin? We compare the new models to their refurbished counterparts to find out.

Hands-On with Vuzix Video Eyewear: A 62" TV for $350?

It may look like a prop from a sci-fi movie, but Vuzix's futuristic video goggles claim they're like watching TV on a 62" screen — for less than half the price. We donned a pair to find out how much big screen real estate these goggles deliver.

Head to head: Mobile Broadband Plans

Checking your e-mail on the road has never been easier thanks to a host of new mobile broadband services that keep your laptop connected when there's no Wi-Fi. But which of these data plans offers the most affordable rates? We looked at each carrier's bottom- and top-tier plans to find out.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 35: Strategy Chocolate

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 35 is here! This week we mourn RealDVD, scratch our heads at Gamer Grub, look quizzically at Sony, get left in the lurch by Fring, send drunk emails at google, and more.

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Free alternatives for everyday PC apps

Why spend good money on bloated software when you can find leaner, faster apps that can do the same job for free? We found 13 free alternatives for eight commercial apps you use everyday.

Online sites with free HD programming

High definition is the holy grail of video. However, unless you're subscribed to a monthly cable or satellite plan, finding HD content can be difficult. Fortunately, the Internet has a growing number of sites that provide free (and legal) HD programming. From the Tonight Show to Grey's Anatomy, the following sites can help satisfy your HD fix

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPhone, Rock Band, more

Don't call it a come back, the rumors never left. Our Rumor Roundup, on the other hand, is back for a new year of tearing apart those who would have us believe in nonsensical things.

Hands-On MagicJack

Can a small device the size of a pack of gum save you money on your phone calls? That's what MagicJack, a phone service provider, promises. The USB-based device uses your Internet connection to let you make and receive calls without the hefty costs levied by traditional telephone operators. But can this device become your main phone line?

TripAdvisor: Weekend getaways on a tank of gas

Itching to go somewhere new this weekend? TripAdvisor's new Gas Tank Getaways tool claims it can find inexpensive destinations you can reach with a tank of gas or less. Is it accurate? We put it to the test to find out.

Head to head: Online Photo Sharing Sites

Digital cameras let you unleash your inner Ansel Adams, but what you do with the pictures you take afterward is another story. To help you get the most out of your digital camera, we looked at five online photo-finishing services that let you store and share your shots, as well as buy prints and merchandise.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 34: AC/DC

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 34 is here! This week, our intrepid band of dealnews editors try to answer the questions: Is MySpace Music worth checking out? Is AC/DC worth an exclusive deal with Walmart? Is it worth suing RealDVD? Is it worth saving Pandora? And is it worth paying to get TiVo on your PC?

Answers include: "No", "Yes", and "Maybe".

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Hands-On MySpace Music

A new iTunes competitor stepped into the ring last Friday, promising DRM-free tunes and free, unlimited streaming. But does MySpace Music have what it takes to challenge Apple or did the site's new overhaul miss the mark? We spent the past three days with it to find out.

Weekend Laptop Roundup: Sony VAIO 2GHz 15" for $650, more

This weekend's best laptops deals include a trio of Core 2 Duo systems such as this mid-size 15" Sony VAIO Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 14" and 15" Gateway Core 2 Duo 2GHz systems, and more.

For the Guys: How to Dress for a First Date for Under $100

Okay, you've been e-dating for weeks, and you've finally asked her out. She says yes. SHWEET. You'll want to look sharp, but unfortunately, all you have to wear is your Wi-Fi Detector Shirt and a pair of pale $5 jeans you bought off of dealnews ... from 1998. The good news is, we've gathered a list of tips and examples — from a woman's perspective — that will let you put together a men's "first date" outfit for under $100, from head to toe. It's dealGQ to the rescue.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 33: Gary Rocks!

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 33 is here! This week, the dealnews editors take back what they said about Earthlink, discuss the G1 Android phone, evaluate IMDB and The WB's online services, ponder the usefulness of DRM, question Nokia's "Comes With Music" plan, and more.

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Savings accounts that force you to save

Saving up for a big ticket item? In order to help, we've dug up accounts that automatically deposit money into your savings when you do everyday things like use your debit card or pay your bills online. So whether you're saving for a short-term goal, like a new computer, or just looking to fatten your emergency funds, these methods are a fool-proof way for the lazy person to save money, all FDIC-insured.

Comparo: T-Mobile G1 Android v. Apple iPhone 3G

Google's first smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, made its official debut Tuesday morning. Like Apple's iPhone 3G, the $179 G1 has full touch-screen functionality and works on both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. But does this new smartphone pack enough muscle to beat Apple's industry leader? Our first Android v. iPhone comparo is on.

Money Saving Tips: How to save on books

In our on-going investigations into how you can save a little bit of cash, yet still consume the media at a rate you're accustomed, we look into thrifty book-buying habits.

Hulu's new competitors: The WB vs Internet Movie Database

It's been roughly seven months since Hulu's inception and already the NBC Universal- and News Corp.-backed giant has won over viewers with its clean interface and well-balanced mix of content. But creeping up behind Hulu is a small wave of new aggregators eager to steal some of its followers. Are these new sites worth your time or is Hulu still on top of its game?

dealnews Podcast - Episode 32: Lipstick on a Pig

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 32 is here! This week, the dealnews editors give their picks for the best HDTV antennas on the market. Plus: We learn Italian, make Black Friday price predictions, discuss Vizio's new marketing ploy, have our doubts about a global syndicate's ability to make DRM acceptable, and more.

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DealNews 2008 Black Friday Predictions

It's already 100 days to Christmas. We've been watching the trends, analyzing the data, and it's time for us to put our soothsaying skills on the line. From $149 Blu-ray players to 50" plasma HDTVs for $699 — and dozens more — check out dealnews CEO Dan de Grandpre's Black Friday 2008 predictions to see what this year's crop of Black Friday deals will be. Plus, Apple prophecies, advice on when to buy and when not to buy, and more. Nostradamus would be proud.

dealnews Learns Italian

Buongiorno! For an upcoming feature, dealnews will be reviewing and evaluating different methods to learn a language. Starting today, and continuing over the next month, three of our editors will each take a different approach to learning Italian. Jeffrey Contray will be using Rosetta Stone's online software; Louis Ramirez will be using Pimsleur Basic Italian audio lessons; and Jeff Somogyi will be using whatever he can find for free online. (Podcasts, mostly.) Click here to read more.

Rumor Roundup Roundup Part 2: The Trues

In this, the second part of a 2-part series exploring a year's worth of Rumor Roundups, I've further pushed the limits of the faith my editors have in me to deliver interesting content. So read on! I might not be around much longer if this is the kind of pap I write about!

Tips for credit card debt: Saving money on interest

In our on-going series of taking your thrifty-ness to the next level, we take a look at simple things you can do to get your credit card debt under control. It's easier than it sounds!

dealnews Podcast - Episode 31: Dropping Science

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 31 is here! This week: New iPods, new Zunes, the value of recommendation engines, Spore's DRM woes, government investigating text messages, RealDVD, and more.

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Airline Fees to Avoid

Confused by the recent barrage of airline fees? We uncover the latest charges so you're not shocked at the airport.

Head to Head: Microsoft Zune vs. Apple iPod

This week both Apple and Microsoft unveiled new MP3 players. With new software, new hardware, and lower prices, it's hard to tell which players offer the better value, so we put them side by side to find out.

Weekend Laptop Roundup: Acer Extensa 1.9GHz 14" for $400, more

This weekend's best laptops deals include a 15" Dell Studio, Acer's 14" Extensa, two mid-size AMD Turion models from Toshiba and Compaq, and more.

Rumor Roundup Roundup Part 1: The UnTrues

Can you believe it's been one year since I started doing these Rumor Roundup features? In honor of this Event Most Awesome, the powers-that be have given me the space to do a 2-part retrospective of the best posts! I'll make them regret THAT allowance!

How to save money on textbooks

Every semester students from across the country drop thousands of dollars on overpriced textbooks. Rather than get gouged by your campus bookstore, we'll show you how to get the books you need at a fraction of the cost.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 30: KAPLAH!

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 30 is here! This week is lively chatter about CitiBank, Amazon, Comcast (yes ... again), Good Old Games, Ghostbusters, Tivo, marriage, Xbox price drops, iPods, and more.

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Hands-On with Google Chrome

Just when we thought we had seen the last of the browser wars, Google is stepping into the foray with a Web browser of its own. We give Chrome a test drive and tell your our first impressions.

dealnews' Favorite Free iPhone 3G Apps

With over 1,000 applications ready for download, the iTunes App Store is perhaps the iPhone's biggest feature. But before you spend a small fortune downloading apps, we've sampled a few free apps that are worth your time.

Labor Day Sales Roundup: Amazon, IKEA, Circuit City, more

Summer's last hurrah has officially arrived, but fortunately it comes chock full of deals. Below we've listed some of this weekend's best Labor Day specials to help you get a jump start on your fall shopping.

Video Card Deals: Best performance for your dollar

Buying a new video card can be a confusing experience if you're new to the graphics card scene. To help you purchase a card that won't drain your savings, we've combined our best deals with the latest video card benchmarks from Anandtech so you get top performance for your dollar.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 29: What's the deal with ...

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 29 is here! This week, we talk Ubuntu, best bets for on-the-go Internet access (for our Dads), newegg's sales tax, how to call and talk to a human, smelly billboards, Who the Ad Wizards are who came up with Microsoft's new campaign, and Comcast's continuing "evil".

WARNING: Very, very bad Seinfeld impersonations are contained within this episode.

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Video Game Deals: Making better choices on gaming purchases

Like it or not, gaming is an expensive hobby. Between the cost of peripherals, online services, and new releases, it's easy to dig yourself into a financial hole. We'll show you where to look for deals on both old and new games alike.

Dining Out on the Cheap: A miscreant's primer

Tired of paying too much at a high-end restaurant? We'll help you manipulate the system to get yourself cheap — if not completely free — meals at ANY eatery.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Google, Dell, more

People love to speculate about tech. So we scan the internet and put all of those rumors here, in our Rumor Roundup. Use your eyes to read them!
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