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Blog Archives for 2008

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Rock Band, Star Wars, Android, more

We've searched far and wide to find you the juiciest rumors that the Internet has to offer. Then we line them up and skewer them with our rapier-like wit.

Flying on the Cheap: How to save money on airfare

Whether you're planning your vacation or looking for a weekend getaway, we'll show you a few travel sites that can get you where you want at a price you can afford.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPhone, Xbox, Blizzard, The Beatles, more

We're back with the low-down on the rumors that are circulating around the Web that is World Wide. Check out this week's Rumor Roundup for the latest lies unlikelihoods.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Xbox 360 price cuts, Apple iPhone 3.0, Dell loves XP, more

New iPods, cheaper Xbox 360 consoles, and a hard drive for the Wii are all part of this week's rumor roundup.

Unplugged: Trading Cable TV for Internet TV

A die-hard couch potato tries to save money by abandoning his cable plan for 30 days and embracing free Internet TV.

iPhone 3G: Is $199 a deal?

Apple has lowered the price on the new iPhone 3G by $200. But is that really a deal? Here's what you need to know before you sign the dotted line.

Future-Proof Your Media

Worried that your current media collection might become OBSOLETE? It's a harsh reality that we'll all have to face. Just as cassettes and 8-track tapes have been laid to rest, so, inevitably, will CDs and DVDs. In our Future-Proofing guide, we clue you in on the formats that'll probably survive obsolescence (at least for a while) and how to get your older media — photos, music, movies — converted into them.

How to save money on your next Apple purchase

Don't have enough cash for Apple's latest gizmo? Here are six ways to knock a few notes off your next Apple purchase.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Street Fighter IV, Guitar Hero IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, more

What's the big news on the internet? We don't know ... BUT! We can tell you what rumors are circulating around. Check out our Rumor Roundup for all the rumors that are unfit for human consumption.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Xbox, Apple, Kid Icarus, more

Like a boomerang you didn't know you'd thrown, the Rumor Roundup returns to hit you in the head with some of the deranged notions, speculations, false-hoods, half-truths, and outright lies that can be found on the internet.

Make the most of your stimulus check: Stores that offer stimulus check bonuses

Looking for a way to make your Economic Stimulus Check last longer? Whether it's groceries, gadgets, or travel, here are 12 stores that can maximize your rebate.

Staff Picks: Mother's Day Gifts (updated)

How are we dealnews staffers splurging for our mommies? Check out what we're buying our moms for Mother's Day. Updated with our own Jeff Somogyi's list of completely inappropriate gifts for mom. (Hint: DON'T buy those.)

Free Online Storage Vaults, from 1GB to 25GB

Need more storage space? You may not need to buy a hard drive. These four online storage sites will extend your hard drive to the Internet letting you keep anywhere from 1GB to a whopping 25GB of data online ... for free. Plus, how to turn your Gmail account into a virtual hard drive.

Finding the best deals on Carbon Credits for your tech gear

By now, with Green Week almost over, you probably know how much power an incandescent saps over a CFL, and how that affects CO2 emissions. But how much CO2 is released to power your laptop? Or your flat-panel TV? Even when it's "turned off"? In our last segment of a week of Green features, we take a look at the CO2 impact of common tech gear and tell you were to find the best deals on Carbon Credits to offset your CO2 burn.

Eco-Conscious Gadgets to Stay Green All Year

From solar-paneled backpacks to worm-based composting systems, these earth-friendly tips will shrink your carbon footprint and keep you green all-year round.

Green Computing: Tips for a more environmentally friendly, efficient system

Want to be green when you work from your computer? "Green computing" really means two things: using less power and building with recyclable or biodegradable components. We run down options that will have your next PC sipping less power and doing less harm to the environment once you toss it.

How dealnews Does Green

With Earth Day upon us, we thought we'd share with you a few of the things that we dealnews-ers do to be "green" throughout the year. Come on in and be inspired by our awesomeness! (Well, our greensomeness, at least.)

Gadget Recycling Programs: Turn Your e-waste to $$$

Looking for an eco-friendly way to dispose of your old gadgets? We've found seven ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint, and in some cases, make some money while doing it.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple's "iGoggles", Zune Phone, Meat Trains, more

Deranged notions. Speculation. False-hoods. Half-truths. Outright lies. Disturbing when a politician says them. Hilarious when the internet says them. Herein is our Rumor Roundup. We collect the best tech rumors of the week, then make up lies about them, in a furious slander-campaign.

Cellphone-Assisted Shopping

Your cellphone isn't just for making phone calls anymore. From Amazon's SMS store to Cellfire's mobile coupons, find out if these free mobile services can help you save money when you're on the go.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPhone, Yahoo!, Xbox, PS3, Wii

Ever wonder what kind of deranged notions, speculation, false-hoods, half-truths, and outright lies people are saying on the internet about technology? Well, look no further than our Rumor Roundup. We collect the best rumors of the week ... so you don't have to.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Google, iPhone, Michael Bay, GTA IV, more

You don't need a license to post to the Internet. So, what results is all sorts of deranged notions, speculation, false-hoods, half-truths, and outright lies about technology. We call those Rumors. Here, we've rounded up the best of the week in a little segment we like to call: The Rumor Roundup

How to pick the best values in Ultraportable PCs

Smaller, lighter, and sexier than their boxy counterparts, ultraportable laptops (UPMCs) are the Italian sports cars of the laptop world. However, they seem to cost as much too. We'll show you how to save money and buy the UPMC that's right for you.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Guitar Hero, Wii, Big Foot

The Internet is a-buzz with so many false-hoods, half-truths, and outright lies about technology. But that's what makes them great! As impossible as the rumors might seem, we'll still round 'em up, and of course make fun of them.

Money-Saving Tips on Entertainment, Part 3: Movies & TV

Watching your favorite movies and TV shows on your PC shouldn't be a burden on your wallet. From unlimited rentals to free movie streams, we run down the top online movie and TV video competitors to iTunes. Read more ...

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Zune, Star Wars, Xbox

The Internet is a great place. Where else can any Tom, Dick, or Harry make wildly inaccurate claims about technology and be taken seriously? (Besides in Steve Ballmer's office, that is. ZING!) But, as impossible as the rumors might seem, we'll still Round 'em up, and of course make fun of them.

Hands-on with Hulu

Back in August, NBC pulled their videos from Apple's iTunes Store. This morning, they're finally showing us why: Hulu, a new video service with free episodes of shows like The Simpsons and Heroes. Is this a great leap forward that may topple YouTube and hurt iTunes? Or is Hulu full of hassles? We jump through the Hulu hoops to find out. Read more ...

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Microsoft, Google, Tron, Aerosmith

Rumor Roundup In An Elevator
Livin' it up when I'm goin' down
Rumor Roundup In An Elevator
Lovin' it up 'til I hit the ground

Money-Saving Tips on Entertainment, Part 2: Music Downloads

There's no doubt that Apple's iTunes is a great service: Convenient and relatively inexpensive, with a huge catalog. But there are other online music stores that cost less, sometimes much less, and DRM-free. And that's a big deal. We compare the top stores so you can get your music fix for less.

Cell Phone Carrier Showdown: The best unlimited cellular plans

With its new unlimited calling plan, Verizon Wireless triggered a pricing war amongst its mobile competitors. But are these new plans truly money-saving deals or are you better off staying with your current plan? Click ahead to find out which cell phone provider offers the best all-you-can-eat plan.

Money-Saving Tips on Entertainment, Part 1: Gaming

Spending too much money on your gaming needs? We'll show you how to cut down costs without cutting down on content. From free online gaming to unlimited rentals, we'll help you keep your money where it belongs — in your wallet.

Head to Head: Lenovo ThinkPad X300 vs. Apple MacBook Air

Apple may have stolen some thunder with today's MacBook and MacBook Pro upgrades, but Lenovo isn't about to let Mac fanboys have all the fun. Today it unleashed the new ThinkPad X300, a 13.3" ultraportable hoping to pull the carpet right from under Apple's smug feet. We compare the two notebooks to see which system offers the best bang for your buck.
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