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Features Archives for 2009

Advice and etiquette for gamers going to GDC

Heading out to the Game Developers Conference? We've put together a list of advice and etiquette for you to follow that will make your n00b self seem just a bit more 1337.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Guitar Hero, Metal Gear, Canon

The Internet is like rice pudding. Rumors are like raisins. Some people like raisins in their Internet, some prefer their pudding to be rumor free. No matter how you feel, we still think you'll enjoy our Rumor Roundup in which we mock all of the raisins.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 56: Just Another Gear in the Apple Hype-Machine

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 56 is here! This week: iPhone 3.0, new shuffle, Dell Adamo, "green" shopping, "green" batteries, Best Buy, and more.

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Weekend Laptop Roundup: Gateway 2GHz 15" for $550 + free shipping, more

This weekend's most popular laptop deals include a 15" Gateway 2GHz laptop for $550, Apple's 13" 1.6GHz MacBook Air laptop for $999, Everex's 13" 1.6GHz StepNote for $448, and more.

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

When the Internet gives you rumors, you make rumor-ade. Check out all of the sweet, sweet items that we've freshly squeezed for this week's Rumor Roundup.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 55: A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry, A Time to Warner

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 55 is here! This week: Amazon and BestBuy enter the used game market, Hulu fights with everyone, Time Warner wants to stream, and more.

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5 Ways to Find a Great Value Wine

Despite the recession, about 13,000 different wines are still on sale in the United States, and that's one thing people are not likely to give up on. So if we can't live without it, how can we find a good bottle for little money? We spoke with the experts to find out.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: PSP, GTA, Wii

The Internet is to rumors as New York City apartments are to cockroaches. Each is crawling with the other, no matter how many times you spray. So, why beat 'em when you can join 'em? Enjoy our cockroach roundup Rumor Roundup.

Web sites that stream free concerts (updated)

Purchasing concert tickets is getting increasingly expensive, but what if you could stay at home and watch your favorite concerts for free? Thanks to the Internet, music fans can do just that. From Radiohead to The Rolling Stones, we've found several websites that let you stream live and pre-recorded concerts so you don't have to deal with overpriced beers and sticky floors.

Making Cheap International Calls

Want to reconnect with distant relatives and friends? Unless you're aware of your carrier's international calling plans, you may want to think twice before picking up the phone. We've compared some VoIP-based calling plans that can help you make inexpensive calls across the globe.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 54: Babality

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 54 is here! This week: Mortal Kombat gets sold off, Toys "R" Us gets a buy-back, Macs get upgraded, and Hearst gets digital.

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Letters to the Editors

Do you need advice on how to buy a refurbished laptop? Or have you ever wondered how we pick the deals that make it up on our site? Drop us a line — we want to hear from you. Read on to find out how you can contact our editors.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Kindle, Windows 7, Wii

Someone once said, "Man cannot live on facts alone." Even though we're pretty sure that person was lying when they said that, why take the chance? Check out our Rumor Roundup to see what the internet is probably lying about. Your life might just depend on it.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 53: Hulu, Vudu, U2, and iTu (nes)

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 53 is here! This week: Hulu gets pulled, Netflix gets streamed, Vudu gets (HD) purchases, Blu-rays get bundled, iTunes gets Passed, U2 gets leaked, and Tropicana gets redesigned.

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MagicJack Revisited: How reliable is this company's customer support?

The MagicJack phone adapter is the least expensive VoIP plan we've seen. However, numerous complaints have hit the blogosphere, from both press and customers, claiming the company lacks proper customer support. We revisited MagicJack to find out what the customer support experience is like.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 52: You're Amateur

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 52 is here! This week: Economic woes for Pioneer, Charter Cable, and Midway Games; new revenue streams for Blockbusters and Microsoft; new smartphones from Microsoft and Android; and more.

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This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, iPhone, Windows 7

Mainly "who is laying off how many" and "which company is going to close forever" rumors were the norm for the past couple of weeks. It was quite depressing. But, we come to find out that tech rumors are recession-proof! So we've rounded up a smattering of the good stuff for you. Enjoy!

New Atom-based budget all-in-one desktops

Your desktop PC is about to get a makeover. The same companies that refined the netbook have set their sights on the all-in-one in hopes of dethroning today's models with lower prices and smarter features. But are these new desktops better than their current counterparts? We compare three incoming models to find out.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 51: A KINDLEr, Gentler E-Book Reader

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 51 is here! This week: Online sports, the Kindle 2, and confusing product lines.

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Valentine's Day Gifts for Wired Women

Flowers and chocolates are the classic staples of Valentine's Day, but there's plenty more gifts to get for your sweetie, especially if she's sweet on gadgets and tech. For the wired woman of your life, this list will help get you through this year's day of romance.

Amazon Kindle 2: A good value?

The Kindle 2, Amazon's eagerly-awaited follow up to the Kindle, has made its official debut. With a lower price tag and slimmer design, it's already won the hearts of Kindle fans. However, can it help the average book reader save money too?

Weekend Laptop Roundup: Toshiba Satellite 2.16GHz 15" for $430 after rebate + free shipping, more

This weekend's most popular laptop deals include a 15" Toshiba Satellite 2.16GHz laptop for $430, Gateway's 15" 2.1GHz AMD laptop for $550, Sony's 1.5-lb 8" 1.33GHz VAIO P for $900, and more.

Money-saving tips for a bad economy

Saving money doesn't mean having to give up on your daily indulgences. With a little creativity and some ingenuity you can beat the gloomy economy and still afford to buy the things you like. We've gathered dozens of tips to maximize your money.

Upgrading? The best trade-in deals for your used tech

From outdated laptops to aged iPods, when it comes to trading in your old tech for cash, there are plenty of options to choose from. We checked the policies of a few major manufacturers to find out which company offers the most lucrative trade-in program for your worn out tech. Plus, recycling options for greener disposal.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 50: Guess Who's Coming to dealnews?

Our super-spectacular, super-sized dealnews Podcast - Episode 50 is here! This week, we are honored to have tech luminaries Leo Laporte and Dick DeBartolo join our panel. They add their insights into our discussions of Hulu, Netflix, and the state of digital content distribution, netbooks, 3D television, VIZIO becoming a name-brand, the world's worst gadgets, the cost of invention, and more.

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Six ways to extend the life of your old PCs

Looking to get rid of an old PC? Before you send it to the recycling bin, chances are you can still get some use out of it. (Like turn it into a security monitoring system.) So before you trash ol' reliable, here are six ideas for extending the life of unused systems.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 49: Jim's Ants

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 49 is here! This week: Jim gets infested; RIM is unapologetic; Apple upgrades and refunds; Wired gets thin; and more.

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MSI X-Slim 320 vs. MacBook Air: Which ultraportable is the best value?

MSI's forthcoming X-Slim 320 laptop has all the characteristics of a MacBook Air competitor. With its $700 starting price, it's also one of the most affordable ultraportables we've seen. But is MSI's new system a better value than a refurbished MacBook Air? We put them side by side to find out.

Inside Circuit City's Liquidation Sale

Contrary to popular belief, most liquidation sales generally increase rather than decrease store prices. It's been a week since Circuit City's liquidation sale started and we were wondering what kind of prices we'd find in-store, so we went to our local Circuit City in Union Square, NYC, to find out what kind of deals, if any, we'd find. Here are our findings ...

Palm Pre: The affordable smartphone we've been waiting for?

Palm is re-entering the handheld market with a new smartphone that's being called Apple's biggest competitor. Due later this year, the touch-sensitive Palm Pre will make its debut alongside a new Palm operating system called WebOS. We compared both the phone and the software against today's hottest smartphones to see how it stacks up against the competition.

CES Buzz Terms for 2009: OLED, MIDs, 240Hz, more

Now that we've seen 2009's gadget lineup, it's time to make sense of all the new features that were thrown our way. In an effort to make your shopping easier, we've created a glossary of what we thought were some of the most important terms at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

Five ways to shop safely on a smartphone

As smartphones become more like PCs, merchants are making it easier than ever to shop from your mobile. But are purchases made from your cell phone safe? We spoke with the experts to find out.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 48: Executive BOMB!

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 48 is here! This week, we discuss the CNN PhotoSynth of the inauguration, Belkin's bad practices, name-brand vs. off-brand TVs, social networking aspects of online television content providers, how to reach CEOs of major companies, and Left 4K Dead.

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How to save on winter sports gear

Shopping for winter sports gear can be tricky, especially when you're no longer an amateur but just not quite ready to shell out for professional-grade equipment. To help you make the best decision, we've got some tips from the experts. So, before you hit the slopes, follow these guidelines so that you can make an informed choice when picking up your first snowboard or pair of skis.

Can you save money, in the short-term, by quitting cigarettes?

We all know that quitting smoking leads to long-term savings, but, in the short-term, a lot of smokers believe that it costs more money to quit. We decided to crunch the numbers and see if there's any truth behind these statements. Here's what we found.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 47: Post CES Wrap-Up Show

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 47 is here! This week, we discuss the best and worst from the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with eye-witness accounts from Louis and Jeff.

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dealnews CES reports: Reviews and other news from CES 2009

Although they're back in NYC, dealnews editors Louis Ramirez and Jeff Somogyi still have plenty to report from CES. Their coverage — which approaches CES from a bang-for-the-buck angle — continues on their blogs. (OK, they've checked out some just really cool items as well.) Click here for their take on the Palm Pre, green tech, the Microsoft Surface Table, and more.

dealnews in Sin City: The best values (and other cool stuff) at CES 2009 (updated)

dealnews staffers Louis Ramirez and Jeff Somogyi (our Features and Media Editors, respectively) have just shipped out to CES in Las Vegas. They'll be approaching the show with a decidedly dealnews-ian slant — by scouring the booths for new products with an eye on the best value for your money. (I'm sure there'll be some wicked cool items that they won't be able to pass up, too — we'll let those slide.) Click here for notable stories and for access to all of their CES coverage.

dealTV: How Much Can You Fit In A SCOTTeVEST?

Many people know that the SCOTTeVEST is the jacket of choice for the discerning gadget geek. With all of its pockets, surely there is no end to the number of devices you can cram into it. Well, we tested those limits ... and filmed it. So, for your viewing pleasure, here are our findings, along with a review of the SCOTTeVEST's quality and value.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 46: Post MacWorld Pre CES

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 46 is here! This week, we discuss what went down at the last ever Apple MacWorld keynote address.

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Renting Movies Online: In-home movie streamers

Going to the movies isn't as cheap as it used to be. Fortunately, a new wave of set top boxes can bring the cineplex straight to your living room. From Roku's Netflix Player to Vudu's high-def BX100, we tested today's most popular movie streamers to find out which on-demand box can save you the most time and money.

Choosing the right fitness gadgets: Nine features to look for in exercise gear

The new year is a perfect time to start a new exercise routine. To help you reach your goals, we spoke with Sean Downey, senior editor of Runner's World, to find out what features are worth the extra money when shopping for running gadgets.
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