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dealnews Podcast - Episode 70: A Lot of Cell Phone Stuff

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 70 is here! This week: iPhone 3GS activation issues, Find My iPhone gets a real-world test, another Android phone coming soon, Senate reviews cell phone contracts, TiVo wins its lawsuit, LCD prices, and more.

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"All You Can Eat" Free Shipping Programs

No one likes paying for shipping, and now thanks to these annual all-you-can-eat shipping programs, you don't have to. From Amazon's Prime to Wine.com's Steward-Ship, we'll show you which programs can save you money and which ones are worth skipping.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPhone, Google, GameStop, more

Making up news is so much fun! And no one makes stuff up like the Internet does. In our Rumor Roundup, we gather together these un-realities and make fun of them. Check 'em out inside.

High-End 13" laptops comparo: Apple, Lenovo, Dell

Apple has drastically lowered the entry-level price on its MacBook Pro line, beating many of its PC rivals in the high-end 13" laptop category. But in specs and features, how does the new 13" MacBook Pro compare to its counterparts from Dell and Lenovo? We examined them to find out.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 69: Cakes

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 69 is here! This week: Store brands v. name-brands, e-textbooks, unlimited music downloads, Hulu fees, streaming movies, a bad way to remove face grease from the iPhone, more.

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Weekend Laptop Roundup: ASUS 2GHz 14" for $615 + $15 s&h, more

This weekend's most popular laptop deals include Lenovo's 15" 2GHz laptop for $550, Toshiba's 15" 2.16GHz Satellite laptop for $395, ASUS's 10" 1.66GHz Eee PC netbook for $350, and more.

DealWatch: 42" and 50" 720p Plasma TVs

Once the king of the HDTV world, plasma TVs have since fallen in popularity and dropped in price. We've tracked the past year's deals on these sets so you can decide if now is the right time to buy.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: Pre, Pre, PS3, more

Now that all the Apple news has simmered down, the Internet can get back to doing what it does best: Making stuff up. So, come inside and check out our Rumor Roundup to see what's being said.

Risk-Free Online Shoe Shopping: Stores with excellent return policies

Buying shoes online can be risky. What if the sizing is off and you're left with huge, floppy clown-shoes (like Beyoncé, pictured)? Thankfully, many online footwear retailers help you avoid just such a situation. We summarize the return shipping policies of the web's top shoe stores.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 68: No Apple News?

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 68 is here! This week: Listener feedback, BestBuy's leaked Windows 7 upgrade plans, and absolutely no Apple news. (Okay, just kidding.)

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Palm Pre vs iPhone 3GS: Feature by feature comparison

Palm's latest handset packs a powerful punch, but is it strong enough to topple Apple's new iPhone 3G S and discounted iPhone 3G? We compared this year's three hottest phones to find out.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 67: Pre Natal

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 67 is here! This week: big announcements from Microsoft, small announcements from Nintendo, explanations from IMAX, and more.

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DealBase: Finding and sharing hotel deals made easy

Looking for a good hotel deal? DealBase is a new deal aggregator that claims to list the best hotel deals for the U.S., Mexico, and Caribbean. We compared it to its competition to see how well it stacks up.

DealWatch: Price trends on Blu-ray players

In the past year, prices for standalone Blu-ray disc players have fallen over 60%. We've analyzed the numbers to see if now is the best time to make the jump to high definition.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 66: Beating A Dead Horse

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 66 is here! This week: Apple's netbook, Hulu concerts, RunPee, Pandora, Twitter: The TV Show, and more.

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This Week's Rumor Roundup: Apple, Zune, Pre, more

When the Internet wants to drum up business, but has no solid facts to present, it slaps the label "rumor" on its speculation and calls it a day. We then gather those non-sensities together and make fun of them. This is called our Rumor Roundup. So, come inside and see what the frequency is, Kenneth.

Container gardens: A guide to growing veggies indoors

Don't have a yard? Despite the initial start up cost, a well-planned container garden can save you money compared to shopping at the grocery store. We'll show you the materials you need to set one up right in your apartment.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 65: Pre Announce

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 65 is here! This week: Palm Pre, more Kindle DX, Napster, CBS in 1080p, making big purchases from your phone, top 10 tech failures of the decade, and more.

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How to pick the right running gear

Whether you're training for your first 5K or embarking on your third marathon, the editors at Runner's World offer their advice on the gear you need to get you from the couch to the finish line.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPhone, Xbox, Guitar Hero, more

In this latest installment of our Rumor Roundup we've collected together a fine assortment of the best — or is that worst? — rumors that the Internet has to offer. So enter, and leave all hope behind.

Concerts for the cost-conscious music fan

From layaway plans to discounted tickets, the music industry is finally loosening its grip on over-priced tickets. Find out which concert deals you can look forward to this summer.

Dear Jeff Bezos, The Kindle DX is crap

With the whole world falling in love with the new Kindle DX, our very own Jeff Somogyi felt it was time that someone pointed out that it might just be a huge failure. In this letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Jeff Somogyi vents his spleen about his concerns over the new device.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 64: A Poke From Sears

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 64 is here! This week: Kindle DX, portable wifi, Dell markets to women, Sears gets communal, mandatory iPhones, and more.

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dealnews bans CellHut.com

Per our editorial guarantee, dealnews has banned CellHut for repeatedly demonstrating poor customer service.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 63: Monster Segue

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 63 is here! This week: Windows 7 RC, another new Kindle, Disney joins Hulu, larger netbooks, monster cable, and more.

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DealWatch: Price trends on Netbooks

In the market for a netbook? We analyzed the last year's-worth of netbook deals to see where you'll find the best values on netbooks. Our conclusion surprised us.

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

This weekend's most popular laptop deals include HP's 15" Pavilion 2.16GHz laptop for $430, ASUS' 15" 2.13GHz gaming laptop for $900, Sony's 15" 2GHz VAIO laptop for $650, and more.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPhone, Palm Pre, WoW, more

Once a week (give or take) we take an expedition into the darkest depths of the Internet on a rumor-hunt. If we find an example of wild speculation, we stalk it, shoot it, gut it, drink its blood, then hang the carcasses on the wall and mock them. We call this process our Rumor Roundup.

Home and car repairs on a budget

Whether you're looking for a contractor to install new flooring or in search of deals on auto parts, we've gathered a few Web sites to help keep your repair costs manageable.

Budget mini HD camcorder face-off

High-def isn't always synonymous with high prices. We took two sub $200 pocket camcorders out for a test drive to see which can give your home videos some much-needed HD pizazz.

Buying a men's suit online: Tips from the experts

Whether it's for work or an upcoming wedding, a suit is an essential part of every man's wardrobe. Fortunately, thanks to the Internet you don't have to spend a fortune to buy one. AskMen.com and Men.Style.com show us how to make your first online suit purchase both easy and affordable.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 62: @BeardCap

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 62 is here! This week: Apple's deal with Verizon, upgrading HD DVDs, holographic storage, Mint.com plays games with your finances, recipes, and more.

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Bike Buyer's Guide: Bikes for all budgets

Thinking of buying a new bike? We spoke with the experts at Bicycling magazine for some tips on how new and experienced riders can find the right bike.

Weekend Laptop Roundup: HP 1.6GHz 12" for $600 after rebate + free shipping, more

This weekend's most popular laptop deals include HP's new Neo-based 12" Pavilion 1.6GHz laptop for $600, Compaq's 15" 2.2GHz Presario laptop for $380, Acer's 14" 2.16GHz Aspire laptop for $450, and more.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 61: Video, in the FUTURE!

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 61 is here! This week: Time Warner gives up, Zune HD revealed, Hulu gets ported to the iPhone, Flash embeds itself in everything, YouTube explores micropayments, animals evaluated, and more.

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Terms to know before going green in tech: 80 PLUS, Energy Star, more

Want to go green, but can't decipher the lingo? We've broken down the terminology so you know what's behind some of today's most important certifications.

Budget online services: Warranties, PC repair, more

These days, everyone is out to save money. To help on your cost-cutting mission, we've gathered a list of tech-related online services, from warranties to PC repair, that will help you cut fees.

Weekend Laptop Roundup: Dell 2.16GHz 15" for $550 + free shipping, more

This weekend's most popular laptop deals include a 14" Acer 2GHz laptop for $500, Sony's 15" 2.16GHz VAIO laptop for $600, Dell's 15" 2.16GHz Inspiron 15 laptop for $550, and more.

Your Earth Day Checklist

Earth Day is once again upon us. For us, it's a time to reflect upon how we're harming the environment, simply by living. For news organizations, it's a time to dust off all the old tips from last year and re-present them as new. With that in mind, we've put together a handy checklist of "tips" that you're sure to hear more than once over the next week.

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

When the Internet makes stuff up, we collect those lies and compile them, each week, into what we like to call our Rumor Roundup. We're also pretty sure that that last sentence was a run-on.

Online TV sites with social features: Joost, CBS, TV.com, and Hulu

Like it or not, online video streaming is about to change. In an effort to attract more viewers, Hulu, Joost, TV.com, and other online video destinations are adding social networking features to their respective sites. But are these features worth checking out or will they simply bombard your viewing experience with chat widgets and emoticons? We hit our favorite sites to find out.

DealWatch: Price trends on 1080p LCD HDTVs

With the holiday season long gone, your chance at buying an inexpensive, new LCD HDTV is over. Or is it? We analyzed the past nine months-worth of TV deals — with price trend graphs — to find out if now is still a good time to buy.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 60

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 60 is here! This week: Listener feedback, VuDu Player, 10 things to buy NOW, netbooks, and more.

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Tax prep roundup: Reviews of TurboTax, TaxACT, and H&R Block

Still haven't filed your taxes? Don't panic. With more than 24 hours to go, you still have several options for filing your 1040. One of our editors tried out three different methods to do his federal taxes — see which worked out the best.

Ultraportable comparo: Dell Adamo, Apple MacBook Air, Voodoo Envy 133

Dell's new Adamo is the company's most aesthetic laptop to date. But is this luxury notebook worth its $2,000 asking price? We compared it to its biggest rivals — Apple's MacBook Air and Voodoo's Envy 133 — to find out which machine offers the best value.

Weekend Laptop Roundup: ASUS 1.6GHz 10" for $350 + $20 s&h, more

This weekend's most popular laptop deals include a 10" ASUS 1.6GHz netbook for $350, Compaq's 15" 2GHz Presario laptop for $450, Acer's 14" 2GHz Aspire laptop for $500, and more.

This Week's Rumor Roundup: iPod, PSP, Palm PRE, BioShock, more

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. What else have you got to do for the next five minutes, anyway?

How to properly maintain your home appliances: Refrigerators, air conditioners, more

If not properly maintained, household appliances can bleed money via expensive repairs and replacements. We spoke with Marshall Brain, founder of Discovery Communications' tutorial site HowStuffWorks.com and Monica Teague, spokeswoman for appliance manufacturer Whirlpool to find out how to keep your household appliances running like new.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 59: A Little Late for April Fools

The dealnews Podcast - Episode 59 is here! This week: Listener feedback, iTunes pricing, more Time Warner bandwidth caps, cheaper Wiis, Mooch, TV recall scandal, a new Segway, and more.

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Peek Pronto: Is its no frills data plan worth switching to?

Paying too much for your smartphone's data plan? At $19.95/mo, the Peek Mobile Handheld delivers one of the least expensive data plans we've seen. But can this e-mail- and text-only handheld pry us from our smartphone? We spent a week with the device to find out.
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