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Features Archives for July 2012

9 Must-Have Tool Deals for Your College-Bound Kid

You may be prepping your matriculating college student with new sheets and a shiny laptop, but a necessity that's oft-overlooked is a tricked out tool box for all those times their budget-friendly keepsakes fall apart. We've got deals on several basic tools that every student (and everyone else, for that matter) needs for their first tool box.

How the Drought Will Impact Your Wallet: Expect Increases on Milk, Corn, Beef

The rains have finally come to the Midwest, but for many farmers it's too little and too late to save their crops — and the result will in turn be higher prices at the grocery store. So what does a budget-conscious consumer have to look forward to?

Rumor Roundup: New iPhone Dock Connector and Adapter? Facebook Phone?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Facebook, and Apple (again)? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

The Rise and Fall of the iPod: Deals Become Scarce, Dropping 50% in a Year

The iPod's reign is coming to an end. Plummeting sales, the rise of convergence devices, and Apple's own iPad are all contributing to the iPod's rapid decline. So is this the inglorious end for the once status-symbol device? Here's what our deals have to say.

Taking it Easy in the Big Easy: Deals on New Orleans Hotels and Activities

Craving a taste of the rich, thriving culture of New Orleans? The Big Easy can also be easy on your wallet with these deals we found on hotels, vacations, and activities.

8 iPhone Productivity Apps You Shouldn't Live Without

We've already covered the essential apps for the new iPad. Now it's time to sort through the hundreds of thousands of iPhone apps to find which ones for productivity you shouldn't be smartphoning without.

5 Types of Retailers that Could Be Threatened by Amazon Same-Day Delivery

Amazon's same-day delivery sounds like an online shopper's dream — but it could pose a significant threat to certain types of brick and mortar retailers. Here's our list of the five product categories that are most seriously at risk.

The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook May Finally Debut July 31 ... for $550?

After a prolonged failure to launch, Research In Motion's 4G LTE Blackberry PlayBook is igniting chatter once again, as rumors spread of a July 31 debut. But at $550, is it too little too late?

10 Reasons Not to Buy an iPad Instead of a Laptop for a College Student

If you're a parent of a college-bound kid, you're probably preparing to ship your offspring to university with the tools they need for a proper education. But we advise that their supplies don't include an iPad. Here's why.

CrossFit Your Way to a Healthier, Hotter, and Happier You



CrossFit is a workout regiment, a national competition, a social activity, a magazine, a community, and more. 

But at its most basic, CrossFit involves a series of short-interval exercises that, done day after day, will result in a overall stronger, fitter you. Here's how you can get started.

To Share or Not to Share? Comparing AT&T and Verizon's Shared Data Plans

Like it or not, shared data plans may be the future of the telecommunications industry. But are these plans real money savers or will you end up paying more out of pocket each month? We look at those offered by AT&T and Verizon to find out.

Rumor Roundup: Thin PlayStation 3? Thin iPhone 5? Spice Girls?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Microsoft, and Apple again? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

8 More States Added to Amazon's Sales Tax Roll. Will It Tax the Online Giant?

By the end of 2014, Amazon will charge sales tax to customers in 14 states. Will this added fee affect the online giant's bottom line by straining that of its customers?

A YBUY Executive Explains the Company's Try-Before-You-Buy Revolution

Are you ever hesitant to buy an expensive new piece of technology online before you can try it out in person? Perhaps you should look into YBUY, a new try-before-you-buy subscription-based service. We spoke to the technology officer at YBUY to find out how it works, how much it costs, and if there are any deals to be had.

Tackle Your International Wanderlust with These Cheap Global Travel Deals

Sure, domestic trips and staycations provide an essential break for those of us on the hunt for a getaway of modest proportions, but what about when you're ready to make a bigger splash across the pond? We've got international travel on the brain, which means ample chances to satisfy your every European, Latin American, or Caribbean whim!

Best Travel Deals: 1-Way Flights from $54, 5-Night Barbados Package for $1,001

Pack your bags, ladies and gentlemen. It's time for a vacation. This week's roundup of the best travel deals features 1-way flights throughout the U.S. and Caribbean and significant savings on hotel stays from Hotels.com.

Dude, You Must Chill!: The Cost of Cooling Your Car When the A/C Goes AWOL

This summer's record-breaking heat has been making headlines for weeks. But what'll you do if the A/C in your car goes caput? Here are a few ways to stay cool in your car sans air conditioning.

Rumored Kindle Fire 2 Could Bring New Price Cuts to the Original Kindle Fire

Rumors of a new Kindle Fire have been around since the start of the year, and pressure is on Amazon to sell a tablet that's both better built and cheaper than the Nexus 7. But just how low can the Kindle Fire 2 go and what kind of discounts will the original Kindle Fire receive?

dealnews Podcast - Episode 220: Ouya? OH YEAH!

The dealnews Podcast Episode 220 is here to teach you a thing or two. Lessons from Apple, Ouya, Netflix, and more.

The Best and Worst "As Seen on TV" Products

Not all "As Seen on TV" products are junk. There are a few gadgets that pitchmen have made staples in our every day lives. But to find these essentials, you've got to sort through misses. Here are our top 10 best and worst As Seen on TV products.

Pimpin' Your PC: Cheap, Do-It-Yourself Computer Modifications

The personal computer has almost replaced the automobile with regard to being the first thing a kid customizes. We all know how to upgrade to a faster processor, more RAM, etc. But have you thought about DIY customization to your PC's looks?

And the Award for the Most Deal-Friendly Cruise Line Goes to...

We have good news for cruise lovers. While the industry as a whole took a beating at the start of the year, here at dealnews we've noticed that one company in particular has been offering consistently aggressive deals since January: Carnival Cruise Lines.

Rumor Roundup: The Rectangular iPod nano Is Back?! Amazon Phone? More?

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

Meet Ouya: The $99 Android Console That Brings Free Mobile Games to Your TV

Oh yeah, Ouya. The $99 moddable video game console is ready to unseat the big three video game makers, or so says the $4 million-and-counting Kickstarter campaign. Here's what you need to know about the newest hardware in gaming.

From Jetpacks to Galaxys: The Tech Universe of Engadget's Darren Murph

While most of us scratch our heads as the big manufacturers foist countless digital goodies into the marketplace, intrepid journalists like Engadget's Darren Murph jump into the fray, ready to try, test, and pass judgment. Here are the top five gadgets he won't leave home without.

Microsoft CEO Says the Company Will Get Its Groove Back by Becoming Apple

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in an interview this week that the company wouldn't "leave any space uncovered to Apple," suggesting the software giant is going to lean more heavily on competing in the hardware realm. The Windows 8-based Surface tablet is the first example of this, but can Microsoft really compete against Apple in this capacity?

How to Pack a Suit Without a Garment Bag

Why bother traveling with a clunky garment bag? You can avoid wrinkles and travel lighter if you know how to pack a suit in your carry-on.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 219: Apple Hates the Environment!

The dealnews Podcast Episode 219 has arrived to save you from the drudgery of your usual podcasts! Thrill as we talk about being disappointed by Google+ Events! Chill as we talk about all-you-can-read magazine subscriptions! Spill as we lambaste Apple for killing the environment! (And more!)

Back to School Sales Guide: When to Buy Dorm Room Goods, Clothes, more

Retailers may already be rolling out back to school sales, but that doesn't mean you have to rush out and buy your supplies immediately. We analyzed our archives to see what kind of deals you can expect to find on select campus essentials in the coming weeks, as well as when you should buy them.

5 Android Tablet Deals: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with $50 Gift Card for $250, more

Apple's iPad is seeing a lot of competition these days, with big brands getting into the market with top-of-the-line tablets at prices that don't hurt your bottom line. Today's roundup of the best recent Android tablet deals includes a storewide sale at Walmart and models starting at $60.

Back to School Laptop Buying Guide: How to Score a Bundle Deal

Now that summer is in full swing, retailers are gearing up for their annual back to school sales, and that means one thing: Discounted laptops. Based on previous back to school sales, we've found that laptop bundles can provide a great value if the extras appeal to you and your student. We've created a buyer's cheat sheet that lets you know ahead of time which bundles are worth looking for and what you can expect to pay for them.

Rumor Roundup: Quad-Core iPhone? Facebook "Want" Button? More?

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

Video Game Buying Guide: When Can You Get Deals on New Titles?

Is your gaming limited by the size of your wallet? In our video game buying guide, we tell you the best times to buy new games, what kinds of discounts to look for, and how long you have to wait. After all, gaming should be about putting holes in the bad guys, not your budget.

Hot Florida Vacation Deals: Challenge Accepted

Ah, Florida. Scantily clad bodies. Fruity drinks with umbrellas. And lots and lots of sunshine. In the spirit of summer, as well as TV's favorite over-the-top ladies man, Barney Stinson (who we know would fit right in to the scintillating state), we say: "Swim-suit up!" people. It's time to get serious about that Florida vacation. We found deals on hotels, airfare, and fun-in-the-sun activities that'll take your summer vacation from awesome to LEGEN ... (wait for it) ... DARY!

App Stats and Trivia in Celebration of the iTunes App Store's 4th Birthday

It's hard to believe that the iTunes App Store, and thus the concept of the smartphone app itself, is just four years old this July. We're marking the occasion by rounding up all sorts of stats, facts, and trivia on the almighty smartphone app.

Deals to Help You Make the Most of Summer

It's only the first week of July, but before you know it, the summer will be nearly over. Don't let the season fly by without taking full advantage of everything it has to offer. We've got a handful of fun ways to make your summer special, and we've found great deals to enhance the experiences.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 218: Google I/O

The dealnews Podcast Episode 218 gets Googley-eyed with a discussion of Google I/O, including Google+ Events, that Nexus Q thingy, the Nexus 7 Tablet, and more. Plus, we mention Wil Wheaton ... twice!

Firework Alternatives: For When The Law Doesn't Allow Explosions

Does your state ban the sale and use of fireworks? Then check out our list of firework alternatives! Most of them are equally as dangerous and will result in a trip to the ER, anyway! So that's good?

Sears Vacations with Layaway: Deal or No Deal?

In the newest twist in economy travel, long-standing department store Sears now wants to be your travel agent — and it's even willing to let you put that next vacation on layaway. Sears Vacations is the retailer's latest online initiative, and it's aimed at providing vacation packages similar to large travel aggregator sites. But are the deals worth your time?

Rumor Roundup: Motion-Sensing Kinect Cars? Slimmer iPad? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Microsoft, and James Cameron? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! Go on, indulge your guilty pleasures!

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012

This month's buying guide offers advice for shoppers during a month in which many sales may seem better than they are. So in order to protect your wallet and spend your money wisely, be sure to read through our July buying guide and shop smart this month.