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Features Archives for 2011

Black Friday Tracker: April Showers Bring May Black Friday Sales

The real Black Friday shopping sales still doesn't roll around until Thanksgiving, but retailers are stretching the season even further this year. So welcome to our first installment of our Black Friday Tracker. We've got the the latest on Black Friday and what retailers are doing right now to convince you that it's time for your holiday shopping.

The True Cost Behind a Google Chromebook

The long-awaited Google laptop is finally here. Manufactured by Samsung and Acer, respectively, the new Chromebooks will run Google's cloud-based Chrome operating system. Starting at $349, these laptops are priced well under the cheapest mainstream tablet, but how much value are they really offering the average consumer?

How to Get the Best Backpack for Camping and Hiking (at the Cheapest Price)

Your enjoyment of your next hiking or camping trip is directly dependent upon how you carry your gear. If you have an older backpack (think pre-1999), then you might want to check out how technology has improved the ride. Tom Barlow tells you how to pick the right pack and get it for the best price.

You Know Corning's Gorilla Glass Is Good, But How Good?

Glass is just glass, right? Actually, there are many types of glass, and Corning's Gorilla Glass is changing consumer electronics by offering lightweight protection from damage. Alfred Poor, explains if you want to make a special effort to buy products that list it on the spec sheet.

Rumors: iPod Nano Camera? PlayStation Network Back?

This week's unconfirmed news: iPod nano camera, iPhone 5 button pictures, PlayStation coming back, Amazon tablets, and more

Battle: Comparing the Cheapest Cell Phone Plans

Talk may be cheap, but unfortunately cell phone plans aren't. To help you choose a plan that's right for your budget, we compiled data on some of today's least expensive cell phone packages. Which carrier offers the most comprehensive plan for the least amount of money? Find out.

Get Some Deals to Keep Your House Cool

Here's the good news: Expert predict a dip in gas prices around Memorial Day. Here's the bad news: You're going to start paying for heavy air conditioning use pretty soon (if you aren't already). Green Dad has some tips on how to get save some money while cooling off this summer.

Best Deals for Credit Cards Come from Credit Unions

Two years ago, the rules for credit cards changed dramatically. Now a new study shows that while things have gotten better for consumers, the best changes have come from a specific type of card that offers lower interest rates and fewer fees. Consumer advocate Mitch Lipka explains.

Putting a Price Tag on Geek Chic Tech Gizmos

It's normal to exhibit personality with unconventional accessories, particularly as it applies to our beloved tech items. But a constant gravitational pull toward everything "geek chic" isn't the most cost-effective way to shop for certain necessities. We compared a few tech categories to see just how much more geek style is going to cost you.

Winner Josh Stevens Completes Year of Living Off Groupon Alone

One year ago today, Josh Stevens set out on a grand adventure to live off Groupons alone, and if he survived, he'd get a $100,000 prize. We have the update on how he spent his year and what Groupon has been up to.

The Latest on Radar Detectors: From Apps to Laser Jammers

Got a heavy foot when it comes to driving? As you can imagine, there's now an app for that. There are also a few other new tricks that radar detectors can do, and your access to them only depends on the price you are willing to pay.

Rumors: iPad 3D? iPhone 5 "Pro"? Android Phone for Women?

This week's unconfirmed news: Another dimension added to the iPad, two iPhone 5 versions, Android for women, and more.

Cheap Sunglasses or Designer Shades?

Some people look at sunglasses as disposable items to buy at the dollar store, others see them as fashion statements worth paying hundreds to get just the right pair. Our Green Dad columnist, Lou Carlozo, just wants to make sure that you get a pair that protects your eyes. So here are his eight tips to help you pick a pair that will suit your face and your budget at the same time.

Electronics for Your Weather Emergency Kit

When severe weather strikes, your normal sources of information and communication may not be available. Alfred Poor, offers some advice on what to put in your weather emergency kit so you will be prepared.

8 Ways to Shop Smarter in May

Need a swimsuit? A grill? A new pair of sneakers? Conventional wisdom would tell you one thing about your chances of getting a deal on these things in May, our data will tell you the real answer. We dug into our archives to find out the best time to buy the things you want right now, and what you should wait to get on sale later on.

Camping Gadgets That Will Keep You Plugged In and Powered Up

If your summer plans include any time off the grid and that makes you a little nervous — meaning you can't part with your email, your YouTube obsession or your Angry Birds — don't fret. We've got a list of gizmos that can help you stay connected when you are on the road.

New Identity Theft Dangers If You Shop, Bank or Play Games Online

If you think about cyber theft as an abstract concept that hasn't yet affected you, the three latest data breaches affecting major companies may finally hit close to home. Our consumer advocate, Mitch Lipka, tells you what you have to fear and what you can do about to protect yourself.

Rumors: Blue Screen of Death Makeover? New iPhone 5 Shape?

There is no rest for the Internet rumor mill. This week's list includes unconfirmed news of all sorts: a makeover for the blue screen of death, a new shape for the iPhone 5, a name for Apple's cloud storage and more.

Meat Matters: The Ins and Outs of Ordering Beef Online

It's grilling season, and if you're going to be throwing some burgers or steaks on the grill, you might want to consider this buying advice from our consumer advocate, Mitch Lipka, especially if you're going to be ordering meat online. Here's what you need to know to read the labels, get deals and keep your purchase safe.

Deals that say Happy Mother's Day

It's an established fact that moms put up with a lot, sometimes thanklessly. And while it may not make up for whatever unspeakable act of teen angst you might have put her through while growing up, at least with our Mother's Day deals, you can afford to show her the proper appreciation.

Cookware Chemistry 101: What Substance Makes the Best Pan?

Iron? Cadmium? Lead? Nano-ceramics? Picking a pan these days is like taking a chemistry lesson, with the focus on the type of metal used to make it. What's the best choice? Our Green Dad columnist, Lou Carlozo sorts out the science so that you can get cracking ... eggs, that is.

2011 Mother's Day Delivery Deadlines

From jewelry to flowers, the following vendors guarantee Mother's day delivery when orders are placed before the listed deadlines.

Get A Haynes Manual On Sale, and Other DIY Car Repair Tips

When your car breaks down, you might be stuck with a very big and very untimely bill. A little prevention can go a long way, not only to catch problems before they get big, but also to allow you to buy the parts you need on sale. Here are 5 savvy purchases you can make on sale now that will save you a bundle down the road.

What's Coming Next in the Free Shipping Wars

If you dream of a day when there is universal free shipping for online orders, you may have to wait a while. But in the interim, there's a new battle going on over shipping costs that can move us closer to that goal. Here's what shoppers can look forward to as the battle heats up.

Rumors: First iPhone 6 Rumor? Apple Cloud Music? Wii 2 Price?

Rumors are the bread and butter of the Internet. How so? They always land butter-side up ... or something. Anyway! We've spread them all out for you to see in our Rumor Roundup.

Sandals and Flip-Flops You Can Count On Forever, with Lifetime Guarantees

Nothing can rain on your summer parade like a blown out pair of flip-flops. Maybe it's time to upgrade from the dollar store to something more finely crafted that comes with a lifetime guarantee? We have rounded up your best options for sandals that you can count on.

Earth Day Deals and Freebies: Coffee, Shakes, Trees and More

Back when Earth Day started in 1970, it was a bipartisan event to celebrate nature. These days, it's a consumer holiday where you can score freebies and deals for reducing, reusing and recycling. See all the offers that our Green Dad columnist, Lou Carlozo, has rounded up for you.

5 Deals to Transform a Yard or Garden: From Live Plants to Live Lady Bugs

It's the prefect time to give your yard and outdoor space some much-needed TLC. Follow this list and you'll be set for a beautiful garden in five easy steps. Plus, you'll also save some money at the same time.

Internet Alarm Clocks Redefined: Sony Dash, Chumby 8, more

Internet alarm clocks are having a rough year as big-screen smartphones and app store-driven tablets have stolen their spotlight. However, despite their push into obsolescence, these night-table alarm clocks are refusing to budge. And with prices now heavily discounted, there's never been a better time to buy.

How to Navigate the Groupon Reseller Marketplace

Don't like your Groupon? Bought one too many deals from Living Social? Looking for a bargain from somebody's overzealous buying? You need to visit the coupon reselling marketplace. Our consumer advocate Mitch Lipka offers you a few tips for how to buy and resell with the confidence that you aren't being scammed.

Rumors: Cheaper iPhone 5? White IPhone 4 Ready? Wii Price Cut?

Are you the type who doesn't believe anything until you see in it print? Well, we've got quite a conundrum for you, then! Here in our Rumor Roundup, most everything's a rumor ... but it's in print, so it has some credibility. Paradox! Enjoy!

Buy This, Not That: 5 Ways to Save on Camping Gear


Heading into the great outdoors some time this spring or summer? You're likely looking for gear. And while you might be tempted by all the high-end gizmos and gadgets, you can get by just fine with cheaper options, especially by finding items when they are on sale. Here are five swaps you can make that will save you money.

Fact or Fiction? 8 Myths About Your Car

With gas prices skyrocketing, you're going to see a lot of old myths about how to make your car run better. What's true? What's not? Our Green Dad columnist, Lou Carlozo, sorts the myths from facts when it comes to making your machine run smarter.

Meet Your Grilling Needs for Less With Our Shopping List

With spring finally showing its face in the north (and summer already closing in on the south), it's time to start planning for that ultimate celebration of being outside: The cookout. Naturally, many shoppers are itching to find deals on a grill — but it doesn't end there. With our discounted picks below, you'll save as much as $263 and still keep family and friends entertained all season long.

Gotcha! 10 Companies Caught Making False Claims

It can help you fight the flu! It can make you money from home! It can solve the world economic crisis! Sometimes it seems that retailers will say anything to get you to buy their products. Ever wonder who's policing them? Well, our consumer advocate, Mitch Lipka, has rounded up the top 10 most recent scandals where retailers were caught making false or overblown claims and either had to pay up or change their tunes.

Laptop Battle: Apple MacBook Air vs. Samsung Series 9

A svelte laptop will never go out of style, and while many consider Apple's current-generation MacBook Air the pinnacle of ultraportables, new models are starting to encroach on Apple's territory. The latest contender is the Samsung NP900X3A laptop. But does this Windows newcomer have what it takes to topple Apple?

The Day the Flip Cam Died: A Requiem

You might not have shed a tear of regret on hearing the announcement today that Cisco was calling it quits on the Flip camcorder, but our guest columnist, digital journalism pioneer Mo Krochmal, sure did. This is his sign-off to the Flip, which has served him well.

Catch of the Day: Sales on Outdoor Gear

Ready to get outside and play? You'll likely need some new gear to enjoy the good weather. We've rounded up the best deals we've found right now for everything from tents to jet skis.

Video: Smash Open a Laptop, Learn About Processors

Ever wanted to smash up a laptop and see what's inside? The nice folks at Laptopmd.com allowed us to do just that for a new video series. After cracking a laptop open, our first episode takes a look at processors, and explains how to choose the best one for your computing needs.

Rumors: iPhone 5 Photos, YouTube Overhaul, New Final Cut?

Sometimes it's hard to know what to believe. Here, in our Rumor Roundup we make it simple for you: Don't believe anything! Honest! What you'll find inside is just conjecture. (But still fun to read, right?!) Enjoy!

Online Music Stores: Where We Stand One Year After Lala.com

May marks the 1-year anniversary of the abrupt demise of Apple's Lala.com, a cloud-based streaming music service that was a game-changer. So who is now at the forefront of the digital music industry and what can we expect to see in the future? We take a look at the major players along with some of our personal favorites.

10 Internet Retailers Rated on Complaint Resolution

If you get bad service from a retailer and want to complain about it, what are your options and how likely are you to resolve the complaint to your satisfaction? Our consumer advocate, Mitch Lipka, has a handy list to help you figure out your likelihood of getting a positive resolution from 10 popular Internet retailers.

How Much is Switching to a 3D TV Really Going to Cost You?

We have seen major drops in 3D HD television prices over the past year, and at any given moment, our site is teeming with enticing deals on the new technology. But if you're considering taking the plunge and adding another dimension to your viewing experience, keep in mind that the spending doesn't stop with the TV alone — and with our recommendations, you'll save as much as $485.

Are Extreme Couponers Crazy, or Smarter Than the Rest of Us?

What would motivate someone to clip enough coupons to buy 150 years' worth of deodorant? Since we know a little about being obsessed with deal-seeking, we wanted to know what's going on in the brains of people who consider themselves "extreme couponers," and we found out it's not really all about saving money.

Verizon iPhone Drives up Apple's Market Share, but Samsung Still Rules

In the war over cell phone turf, Apple's release of the iPhone on the Verizon network really shook things up. February's stats are in, and while Apple isn't going to topple the market leader just yet, it definitely won the battle in February.

Buy This, Not That: 8 Easy Swaps to Save Money and the Earth

Say you're standing in the grocery store, mulling two different choices. What's going to tip the balance for you? Price? Impact on the earth? Now you can get the earth-friendly choice and save money, with these 8 easy swaps brought to you by our Green Dad columnist, Lou Carlozo.

5 Fastest-Selling Deals, and How Not to Miss Them

Did you know that Amazon deals sell out faster than any other store? Do you know which types of products sell out fastest? We publish almost 300 deals daily, so what's a deal seeker to do to keep up? We've listed the five fastest-selling deals on dealnews, and humbly offer up a solution to the problem of missing out: our new dealnews app.

Best Retail Brands of 2011

Have you ever thought about why your favorite brand ranks above all the others? Interbrand Design Forum has, with its list of the top 50 brands of 2011, highlighting three emerging trends for this year in retail. Find out how the best retailers are aiming for the prize with staying power: your business.

8 Things You Need Now to Get Your Garden Growing Green

While spring is taking its sweet time to arrive, at least on the East Coast, it's the perfect time to start gathering up the materials you need to go green — as in get your garden and lawn growing. Our Green Dad columnist, Lou Carlozo, has eight tips to get you started.

It's World Backup Day 2011: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

In case you hadn't checked your calendar today for wacky holidays, it's "World Backup Day." This is the one day of the year set aside to remind you to back up your data and make sure that if your laptop fries, you won't lose all your pictures, home movies and music files. Oh, and in case you needed a little enticement, deals and freebies abound!
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