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Features Archives for 2011

Smartphone Battle: Apple iPhone 4 vs. Apple iPhone 4S

Apple's next-generation iPhone is officially here. Sporting an upgraded dual-core processor and a suite of fancy new features, the new wonder phone is due to hit shelves October 14. But with no mention of an iPhone 5, is the iPhone 4S worth the upgrade? Let's take a look and find out.

Autumn Auto Time: Deals to Prepare Your Car for Winter

The weather may be pleasant today, but looming all too soon are snow, sleet, ice, and the general deep freeze of winter. A little bit of advance planning will help you avoid massive inconveniences down the line. So, check out these car winterizing deals, and don't get left out in the cold.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in October

October is here, and in between sipping pumpkin-flavored drinks and carefully planning the perfect costume for an upcoming Halloween party, you'll be doing a bit of shopping. So we've mined our extensive deal archives to guide your purchases. This month we've got the scoop on Halloween items, denim and lingerie, HDTVs, laptops, and more!

Rumor Roundup: New NOOKcolor? Facebook Fees? Curved iPhone?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5? The future of Apple, Facebook, and Amazon? Well neither are we! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Refurbished FAQ: Sound Strategies for Buying Refurbished Goods

Every day, the dealnews editors uncover myriad refurbished deals that offer great savings when compared to buying new. But perhaps you're one of the numerous shoppers who is fearful of the word "refurb." Our Green Dad columnist, a big supporter of reconditioned goods, gives us the low-down on what consumers should look for when shopping for refurbs.

Savings in a Flash: 5 Digital Camera Deals That'll Make You Smile

Step into the frame, give us your best bargain-snagging smile, and check out these camera deals we've lined up for you. Because if you think about it, getting a fabulous price on camera equipment should be as simple as point and shoot.

Tablet Face-Off: Amazon Kindle Fire vs Apple iPad 2

Following months of speculation, Amazon finally launched its Kindle Fire this morning. While it offers intriguing features and access to aggressively-priced content via Amazon stores, it also boasts modest specifications. So how does it compare to the king of all tablets, Apple's iPad?

Wheeling and Dealing: Brake for Bicycle Deals

The weather's changing. Leaves are falling. And so are the prices on bikes. As we get set to say goodbye to September, let's say hello to five bike bargains from this week that should put your deal-hunting skills into high gear.

The Top 10 Most Deal-Friendly Online Retailers of 2011

In terms of sales over the past year, Walmart ranks supreme. But does that mean it also offers the most enticing deals for online shoppers? We dug into the dealnews archives to see which online stores offered the highest number of deals for the discount-seeking consumer.

DIY RAM Upgrades: Cheaper Than BTO, Less Expensive Than 6 Months Ago

For many tech savvy people, it may seem like a somewhat obvious statement that buying your own RAM and installing it into your desktop or laptop, DIY-style, is cheaper than configuring a new Built-To-Order (BTO) system with the upgraded RAM option. But is it always? To be sure, dealnews did a bit of investigating to see if this hypothesis was correct — and if so, just how much better it might be to go DIY.

Rumor Roundup: Nic Cage Immortal? iPod touch in White?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5? The future of Apple, Microsoft, and Nicolas Cage? Well neither are we! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Toys "R" Us Announces the Must-Have Toys of the Holiday Season

If our Black Friday Predictions piece didn't already give you heart palpitations about the upcoming shopping season, then this should at least! Toys "R" Us just released its list of the most anticipated toys for the holidays. (And yes, it is still September.) If you have a kid in your life, you better familiarize yourself with this selection of playthings. To make it a tad easier, we've cherry-picked our favorite five.

8 Ways to Cut Paper Use and Save More Than $600 Each Year

Want to keep the forests lush and your wallet plump? Try trading in paper towels for a dishtowel, switching to paperless billing, or investing in a grab-n-go coffee mug. This week Green Dad Lou Carlozo details the best ways to cut paper use in your home and save more than $600 a year.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 178: Jump Shipster

The dealnews Podcast proudly presents Episode 178. This week, our panel rips into discusses Netflix and their latest consumer-hating tactics corporate strategies. Also: Is Blockbuster poised for a comeback? (The answer might surprise you!)

Nab it for the Tablet: Get a Refurb iPad and Bargains on Accessories

Are you an iPad-toting, cash-conscious, and stylish techie? Then these bargain iPad cases, stands, and more will appeal to your sensibilities. Plus, if you don't already have that enviable Apple device, we've got a roundup of discounted refurbished iPads to get you started.

The dealnews Black Friday Predictions for 2011

Although it's still only September, it's already time to start thinking about Black Friday and the holiday season, and the best way to make the most of upcoming deals is to be prepared. So dealnews is kicking off the shopping season early with our fourth annual Black Friday deal predictions. Read on to find what prices you can expect for HDTVs, laptops, Apple products, and more.

Netflix Separates Its Sites for DVDs & Streaming, But Will It Improve Anything?

Last night, Netflix announced it will be splitting its DVD and streaming services even further by creating two separate brands: Netflix and Qwikster. This will supposedly improve both services, but does it change your opinion regarding this summer's controversial price hike? Take our poll to weigh in!

The Kids Are Back at School... Now Green Their Supplies With These 6 Tips

The kids have already started school, and the next major shopping holiday on your radar is, probably, Black Friday. But there's still time to focus on other worthy shopping goals — like rethinking your child's knapsack. Everything a kid touches has a short life span, so it makes sense here, more so than in any other area of your life, to focus on being eco-friendly. Green Dad Lou Carlozo has six tips to bring savings and the environment together under one schoolhouse roof.

Rumor Roundup: iPhone 5 Cases? Facebook Music? Free Amazon eBooks?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5? The iPad 3? The future of Google, Hulu, and AOL?! Well neither are we! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Travel to the Dominican Republic for Less: From Punta Cana to Santo Domingo

If you like the sound of a Caribbean-style party with historic flare, consider taking a trip to the Dominican Republic. We've rounded up deals for various hotels and activities that will bring the tropical destination within financial reach.

Navigating the Stumbling Blocks to Rebate Redemption

Ever found an item on a merchant website that requires a rebate, then found that same item sold by the same merchant through eBay or Amazon? Sometimes, the latter listing won't include mention of the rebate; does that mean it won't apply? Laura Heller has the skinny on this and other rebate redemption issues.

Give New Life to Old Tech Items

Turning an old muffin tin into an organizer for your button collection is OK, we guess ... but we're geeks. The kind of things we have cluttering up our house are tech gadgets: Monitors, tapes, hard drives, etc. So we started thinking, "How could we put old tech gadgets to new uses?" Then we thought, "Why bother making any of it practical?" The result is our very creative guide to giving new life to old tech items.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 177: News Badges?

The dealnews Podcast proudly presents Episode 177. This week, our panel discusses Google's acquisition of Zagat (as well as how the heck you even pronounce "Zagat", in the first place), Zagat's Fast Food Survey, Sprint possibly getting the iPhone 5 and giving it unlimited data, Amazon's all-you-can-read eBook subscription plan rumor, IKEA bookshelves, the future of humanity, and more. Click here, if you know what's good for you!

Enhance Your Video System With Deals on Blu-ray Players & Media Receivers

At the end of a long work day, everyone needs to unwind, and there's no better way to do that than with a good movie or hilarious video. Consider boosting your entertainment system with one of our Blu-ray disc player or media receiver deals.

How to Care for Men's Dress Shoes

We see great deals on men's dress shoes all the time, but just because you found a style for cheap doesn't mean you should treat them like any old pair of sneakers. Leather shoes require proper care if you want your deal to hold up for years to come. Luckily, we have the tips and products you need to keep them shining.

The Low Down on 5 Energy-Saving Products That Save Money in the Long Run

Green Dad is back with more eco-friendly products that save energy and money in the long run. Some such products don't pan out, but others, like these air conditioners and programmable thermostats, offer valuable energy savings.

Rumor Roundup: A Photo From the iPhone 5? Thinner iPads? Google/Hulu?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing about the iPhone 5? The iPad 3? The future of Google, Hulu, and AOL?! Well neither are we! That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

Discover New Orleans on a Budget: From the French Quarter to River Rides

If you're looking to keep the summer party going during those cooler, start-of-fall nights, consider taking a trip out to New Orleans. We've rounded up deals for various hotels and activities that will bring the Big Easy within financial reach.

The Fall of BlackBerry: Deals Illustrate RIM's Losing Battle with Apple & Google

Once the dominant smartphone platform in the U.S., Research in Motion's humble BlackBerry now finds itself in grave danger of becoming extinct, as both Apple and Google continue to swallow its market share. To find out just how severe RIM's drop in popularity has become, we analyzed our past BlackBerry deals — and the results are not good.

Lights, Camera, Savings: 5 Home Theater Deals

Here's the chance to get your hands on home theater electronics that will blow you away. From Dolby 7.1 surround sound systems and refurbished all-in-one remotes, we've gathered up five deals for superior entertainment at home.

Meritline Camping Gear Video Review: Can Something So Cheap Be Useful?

Roughing it in the wilderness can be expensive — especially if you care about getting back alive. So when we saw a bunch of camping items at Meritline for rock-bottom prices, we thought it might be too good to be true. Watch our video review to find out which cheapie items actually prove useful in outdoors-y settings.

When Wine Online is a Good Deal: Tips to Help You Shop Wisely for Vino

We frequently see daily deal sites that offer credits to online wine stores (like a $70 credit to Wine.com for $30, for example), and it's hard not to think they're an indisputable deal. But are the wines on these sites good deals to begin with, even when you factor in shipping costs? What about when your credit runs out? We talked to an expert and searched the dealnews archives to find out.

Picture the Savings: 5 Cool Camera Accessory Deals

If you scored a deal on a high-quality digital camera recently, that's great! But as you go forth with your fancy new device, keep in mind that there's more to optimizing your photo-taking experience than remembering to keep your finger off the lens. Be sure to check out our roundup of some hot deals on camera accessories that will bring your pictures to the next level.

5 Power Tool Deals That Every Home Should Have

Any handyman hopeful should have an arsenal of tools at the ready to attack household problems whenever they spring up. From cordless drills to sanders, Tom Barlow gives us the details on five power tools that will help you get the job done.

Lenovo to Usher in a New Price Point for iPad Alternatives with the IdeaPad A1?

Last week, Lenovo released details about its Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7" WiFi Android Tablet, including the price tag: The device will only cost $199 for an 8GB model. Knowing how well the HP TouchPad sold once the prices were slashed to something more affordable, could the A1 experience a similar popularity once it's released? And does this mean other manufacturers will follow the lead with similar pricing for Internet tablets?

Mexican Vacations for Every Budget: From Cabo to Cancun

With white sandy beaches that seemingly extend into the horizon, Mexico is a tropical paradise right in our own backyard. Best of all, there's an abundance of vacation packages for every budget, regardless of which area you choose to visit.

8 Deals to Simplify Your Life and Streamline Your Space

Many of us own so much stuff that figuring out ways to simplify, store, and condense should rank as a top priority. This week, Green Dad Lou Carlozo looks at some handy deals that streamline storage and simplify living and working spaces.

Tool Time for Labor Day: 5 Sweet Ways to Save

From drill sets to sanders, get the tools you need to finally tend to those lingering, unfinished home repair projects around the house. Our roundup of tool deals and sales includes options from Lowe's, Home Depot, and more.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in September

Each month, we analyze the dealnews archives from the past few years to glean information that might arm readers with useful advice on how to shop in the coming weeks. From Labor Day sales to airfare deals, here's our guide on the best and worst things to buy in September.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 176: Apple's Cookin' ... TIM COOKin'!

The dealnews Podcast proudly presents Episode 176. This week, our panel discusses the resignation of Steve Jobs, the future of Apple (including an Apple HDTV rumor), the future of webOS, Amazon's tablet, insidious product placement, and more.

Click here for links to the topics discussed in this week's show.

Deals and Tips to Choose the Best Sleeping Bag for Camping

Camping in the fall can be a delight, but at the end of the day, your comfort depends on picking the right sleeping bag for the weather and your needs. How do you make the right choice? Tom Barlow has the factors you should consider, and some deals to make the purchase even easier.

dealnews Price Trends: Is Now the Right Time to Invest in an SSD?

You might think fitting your laptop with a solid state drive (SSD) is a luxury, but the truth is — it's not. We dug into the dealnews archives and discovered that prices on both 64GB and 128GB SSD drives have seen significant price cuts since last summer. So if SSD drives are now ripe for the picking, what prices can you expect?

Backpack Attack: 4 Bargain Bags You Won't Want to Miss

It's bag-to-school time — and that's no typo, deal lovers. No matter your carrying needs, the bag's the thing. Find great deals on bags, backpacks, and other travel gear just in time for fall.

How to Research an Unknown Retailer

So you stumbled across a website selling $200 iPads, but you're not familiar with the vendor — and the site's animated gifs and midi theme song aren't filling you with confidence. What do you do? Keep yourself protected from scammers and fraud by implementing these investigative steps that the editors of dealnews use every day.

Rumor Roundup: iPhone 5 Pictures? Non-3D Nintendo 3DS?

Each week, the Internet churns out so many technology rumors that it might be hard for you to sort through them all. As a public service to you, we've created our Rumor Roundup. We put all the important consumer rumors in one place, for your convenience. Then we add a dash of snark, to liven things up a bit. Enjoy!

Local Deal Sites for Out of Towners: How to Find the Best Discounts for a Trip

If you're planning a vacation, you've probably already found yourself a great deal on airfare and accommodations. (You read dealnews, after all.) But what about those exhilarating city-specific activities and scrumptious must-eats that make vacationing all the more memorable? With the birth of local deal sites, you can now unearth savings in other areas of your trip — and we have the tips you need to effectively integrate those deals into your trip.

LCD TVs Win the Popularity Vote Against Plasma, But Which is The Better Deal?

LCD TVs have become the format of choice for flat-screen TV buyers, but they've yet to give plasma TVs their final death blow. And that's a good thing because when it comes to pricing on big-screen sets, plasma TVs trounce their LCD competitors with better savings. We took a look at the past year's TV deals to find out where the real savings are.

Is Netflix Still a Good Value? Comparing the Top Streaming Services

Netflix is set to change its pricing tiers next week, and many grumbling customers are considering dropping service (if they haven't already). But is there actually a better alternative for what Netflix provides? We compare the merchant to the other available streaming options to see who offers the best value.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 175: News Quake!

The dealnews Podcast proudly presents Episode 175. Our panel discusses Fox piracy, deadly television, HP's killing of WebOS and the Touchpad, slacking to be more productive, and more.

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Give Your Car Some Personality with These Accessory Deals

Your staid beige sedan doesn't reflect your sparkly personality, you say? dealnews has you covered. Our own Tom Barlow offers some stellar deals to spice up your ride, from a pistol shift knob to a Star Trek musical horn.
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