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Features Archives for 2008

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.

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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 21: Hands-Free

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 21 is here! In this episode Jeff, Jim, Dan, Chuck, and Louis try to stay on-topic while discussing cellphone laws, T-Mobile's @HOME service, text message pricing, Real's new MP3 store, and more.

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 20: Unstructured Play

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 20 is here! In this episode Jeff, Jim, Dan, Chuck, and Louis try to stay on topic ... but fail miserably. Though, if you listen closely, you might just hear some of our thoughts on Zoomii.com, Motorola's "last stand," .XXX domains, T-Mobile's tiered pricing scheme, and the eFix dongle (to run Mac OS X on any PC).

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 19: 3G iPhone

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 19 is here. This week, Jeff, Jim, Jeff, Dan, Chuck, and Louis dissect the new 3G iPhone.

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 18: This DVD Will Self Destruct In ...

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 18 is here. This week, Jeff, Jim, Jeff, Dan, Chuck, and Louis Tweet, update, inform, and beg.

Plus, it's revealed that one of us reads the New York Times! SHOCKER! (Not so much that someone reads the NYT, but that one of us knows HOW to read!)

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 17: L.L. FOOL J.

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 17 is here. This week, Jeff, Jim, Jeff, Dan, and Chuck discuss Netflix, AMD, Zune, Napster, Rock Band, LL Cool J, and more.

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No podcast this week

What with many of our regular panel of editors being on vacation (or about to go on vacation) for the big Memorial Day holiday, The dealnews Podcast is also taking a holiday this week.

Fear not, we shall resume our regular broadcast next week - refreshed, rested, and ready to pile some hate on the latest consumer news.

Now, before you EMOTICON FROWN and wonder how you're going to spend your Thursday afternoon without us, think of this short break as the best time ever to catch up on past shows from our archives.

If you've never heard them, they're new to you! (Hey, that kind of marketing worked for NBC, so we thought we'd try it!)

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 16: Stimulated!

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 16 is here. This week, Jeff, Louis, Jeff, and Dan discuss things we're not discussing, iTunes pricing, ultra-portable ultra-cheap PC laptops, diapers, and more.

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 15: Fon-DON'T!

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 15 is here. This week, Jeff, Louis, Jim, and Dan discuss melted cheese, vacation policies, piracy, and why now is the time to get an HDTV.

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 14: The Even Numbered Ones Were the Good Ones

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 14 is here. This week, Jeff, Louis, Chuck, Jim, and Dan talk about Grand Theft Auto IV and the potential future of iPhone pricing. Plus, a nerdy tangent on which Star Trek movies should be on Blu-ray.

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 13: GREEN WEEK! It's Made of People!

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 13 is here. This week, Jeff, Louis, Chuck, another Jeff, and Dan get their "green" on.

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 12: The Sky Is Falling!

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 12 is here. This week, Jeff, Louis, Jim, and another Jeff get all reactionary / alarmist about new consumer taxes, then chit-chat about free software apps that you should be using.

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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.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 11: Islands in the Stream(ing Media)

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 11 is here. This week, Jeff, Louis, Jim, and Dan talk about HD DVD rebates, Photoshop's Agreement adjustment, more ultra-portable laptops, AT&T lowering their cancellation fees, Philips ending US TV production, the future of media streaming, and how we, personally, move our media around our homes.

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dealnews Podcast, Episode 10: All Your Copyrights Are Belong To Us

We've hit the "decade" mark! The dealnews Podcast number ten is here. This week, Jeff, Louis, Chuck, and Dan talk about Dan D's Dead Deal of the Week Deek ($5 men's shirts), Chuck's drill, Digital TV coupons, XP "<3"ing Asus, Amazon's move to #2, 32 years of Apple, Photoshop Express Online, and more.

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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.

dealnews Podcast, Episode 9

The dealnews Podcast number nine is here! This week, Jeff, Louis, Chuck, Dan, and Jim talk about how Sony stinks (again), HD DVD beating Blu-ray, Asus, big box haggling, and more.

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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.

dealnews Podcast, Episode 8: Comcast's Indecent Proposal

Our eighth dealnews Podcast is here! This week, Jeff, Louis, Chuck, Dan, and Jim talk about Dan D's Deal of the Deek, new pro-customer actions from Best Buy and Apple, a potentially horrible new direction from Comcast, and more.

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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 ...
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