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Features Archives for 2008

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!

dealnews Podcast - Episode 28: T.W.C.

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 28 is here! This week, Jeff kicks it off with a rant about Time Warner Cable's customer service and that gets everyone into a fightin' mood. We then go on to rant about the CRB / RIAA, Mobile Me, Blu-Ray, and the fact that Jeff didn't tell anyone he'd started the recording.

Oh, and we learn that one of us doesn't know how to read ... at least, not very well.

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dealnews Blog Roundup: What we've been saying

It's time, once again, to gather together our past blog posts so you can catch up on every random thought / sporadic ramblings we've written about over the past month.

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

Come on in and check out all the rumors we've found. They're waiting for you.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 27: Up, Up, Down, Down, Etc...

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 27 is here! This week we discuss how we choose the video games we play and what the buying options are for getting good deals on them. (The answers to these questions are very simple; however, you'll have to listen to find out what they are!)

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Save at the pump: Three ways to save on gas

Gas prices may be stabilizing, but the cost of fuel is still nearly three times what it was just a few years ago. We'll show you three ways to save money at the pump and keep your car from guzzling up too much gas.

dealnews Hotel Guide: How to score a cheap hotel room

Whether it's bohemian or luxurious, finding an affordable spot to rest your head can be a difficult task. In fact, the mere thought of rummaging through endless travel sites in search of hotel deals sounds laborious enough to make you want to stay at home. To lift some of that burden from your shoulders, we're sharing some of our favorite tips and websites so that you can find affordable lodging no matter where you're going.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, TotalMusic, Android, more

Oh, Internet, you so cray-zay. The things you say! Honestly, sometimes I think the blog-o-sphere keeps churning out wild rumors simply for the benefit of our weekly Rumor Roundup!

Why the World's Longest Yardsale is dead for dealnews

For the past ten years, the World's Longest Yardsale — stretching from Gadsden, AL to Defiance, OH — has been an annual pilgrimage for dealnews' Cherri Simonds. This year's was her last. Find out why.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 26: Better Late Than Never?

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 26 is here! This week we've managed to put together quite a show for you all. We turn our scathing glance on Netflix, AT&T, airlines, GI Jane, entry-level HDTVs, Al Roker, and more.

Plus, the Goatee Saver!

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This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Zune, Nintendo, BioShock

Not all rumors that make it into our Rumor Roundup are crazy, far-out predictions. Actually, this week, some of the rumors were a bit obvious. But that's OK by us because we have plenty of snark to go around.

Sales Tax Holiday Roundup: Georgia, Carolinas, more

Want to save a little money? Starting today, select states will waive state taxes on your clothing, shoes, and consumer electronics purchases. Click here to see if your state is one of the lucky 16.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 25: No Peeing in the Hallway

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 25 is here! This week, Comcast hands out Wiis (and Louis falls for it), Dell announces their Studio Hybrid mini-computers (we all fall for it), Vonage introduces a new calling plan (no one should fall for it), Netflix stays subscription-based (they're not falling for an a-la-carte scheme), and the Sirius / XM merger goes down (and a Sirius insider doesn't fall for our tactics to get him to reveal details.)

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This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Zune, Apple, Google, Apple

No one denies that the Internet is a great source of information and learning. But, did you know that SOME people use the web as a way to communicate rather insane ideas? (I know, I was shocked, too!) Well, in our Rumor Roundup, we express OUR insane ideas about the current rumors about tech. We MIGHT just be "part of the problem".

What We're Buying: How dealnews spends our paychecks

With so many great deals passing by our eyes all day, it takes a huge amount of willpower to keep our wallets in our pants (or purses). But sometimes we just can't help ourselves. Inside, you'll see how the dealnews staff has completely failed to resist our shopping urges.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 24: Thank You For Being My Friend

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 24 is here! This week, we debate the value of the new Wii peripherals until Dan gets side-tracked by morbidity; Jeff S. is forced to play devil's advocate and defend both Vista and TiVo's new ad-scheme; then the iPhone tells us when it's time to end our show. (It's a pretty bizarre show, to be honest.)

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Money-Saving Tips on Phone Services

Tired of getting gouged by your monthly phone bill? We'll help you pick an Internet-based calling plan that fits both your needs and budget.

dealnews Blog Roundup: What we've been saying

As many of you don't know, some of the dealnews crew have been writing blogs. They cover a wide gammut of topics from tech, to our thoughts about tech. (Okay, there's really more than just tech-no-babble on there, too.) So check out what you've missed from the past two weeks, and revel in our sporadic ramblings on all the things that are on our minds.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Kindle, Nintendo, Halo

What with the WWDC and E3 having both just happened, most of the rumors that have been circulating on the internet have either been proven true or false. That leaves us with a slow rumor week. But, don't worry! We've found a few rumors to slake your thirst for nonsense!

Retail Watch: The Latest Store Closings Every Shopper Should Know

Whether it's a local store closing or a nationwide string of closures, we've got the latest news on which merchants are closing shop.

Video Card Buyer's Guide Part I: Video cards 101

Can't tell the difference between a GPU and SLI? In the first installment of our 2-part video card buyer's guide, we decipher some of the terminology used by the graphics card companies and explain what you'll need — and don't need — for your system.
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