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Features Archives for August 2012

Fall in Love with New York City: Airfare, Hotel, and Entertainment Deals

To thoroughly enjoy the City That Never Sleep's vibrant and contagious kinetic energy, many folks think they've got to prep for big city expenses. But we've scoured the best travel and entertainment deals for you to make the most of a vacation to New York City.

Rumor Roundup: Apple's 13" Retinas? Console Wars: The Movie? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Apple, Apple, Grand Theft Auto, and Console Wars? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

A Better Best Buy: Will Its New Business Model Draw in More Shoppers?

Consumers love to hate on Best Buy, and for some valid reasons. But new changes in the company's business model, in addition to new leadership, aim to change shoppers' views of the superstore.

What to Expect from 2012 Labor Day Sales

For most Americans, Labor Day means the end of summer, but the first Monday in September also means big savings for bargain hunters. And even though Labor Day isn't considered a consumer holiday, retailers don't tend to miss any opportunity to offer sales. And Labor Day 2012 is no exception.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 225: Apple Wins Lawsuit, Samsung Pays $1+ Billion

The dealnews Podcast Episode 225 can, again, be seen and heard this week (choose from the audio or video version, or collect them all!) The novelty is wearing off! Talked about by our living faces: Apple wins its patent lawsuit against Samsung and what that means to you, the consumer. Also: Pandora and Spotify have a terrible business model; something is coming from Amazon, and more.

iFixit Deems the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Easier to Repair Than the New iPad

In a recent teardown by the disassembly wizards of iFixit, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has a huge DIY reparability advantage over the third-generation iPad. But does easy home repair make for a better bargain tablet?

Apple V. Samsung: What the Verdict Could Mean for Smartphone Technology

The Apple v. Samsung showdown continues, though their courtroom showdown has come to a costly close. Friday's verdict came with a hefty $2.5 billion dollar price tag payable to Apple. And though Apple walked away the victor in this suit, its influence on the tech world are potentially very far-reaching.

Keeping Bugs at Bay: Does Bug-Repellent Apparel Actually Work?

Have you ever come across seemingly space age-sounding bug repellent clothing? It sounds ideal; who wouldn't want to avoid dousing their entire body with harsh bug spray? But, does treated apparel actually keep the bugs away?

dealnews Trends: Mobile Shopping Soars on Summer Holidays

Most people are outdoors during summer holidays. Our traffic data suggests that even while out and about on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, folks are shopping on dealnews.com from their mobile devices.

7 Ways to Cut Hidden Costs Around the House with Green Alternatives

Stop paying for wasted energy and resources around the house by opting for eco-friendly alternatives. Here are seven ways to cut costs that slowly add up. Save money and the environment at the same time!

Visit California: A West Coast Paradise That Doesn't Break the Bank

California Dreaming? Stop dreaming and start planning. We've sourced a variety of very real flights, hotels, and food and entertainment deals for you, in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim — the home of Disneyland. There's no time to lose in setting sail (proverbially) for the Pacific coast.

The Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo Gives Us His 5 Favorite Gadgets & Toys

Dick DeBartolo is a regular pop culture Renaissance Man: he's MAD magazine's "Maddest Writer"; he's written for the legendary Match Game; and he's appeared on Live with Regis and Kathy Lee more than 100 times. But he's best known as the Giz Wiz, the man behind the website and netcast of the same name. We asked the gadgets expert himself to name five of his recent favorite finds.

Get a Gazelle Trade-in Rate for Your iPhone 4S Now, Then Keep It Until October

In anticipation of the iPhone 5 release in September, electronics trade-in site Gazelle has extended its lock-in period to October 1. This allows customers to can take advantage of August rates, while keeping their iPhone until the new one is launched. This is a great offer for some, but is it the best deal for your needs?

dealnews Podcast - Episode 224: Apple Makes History

The dealnews Podcast Episode 224 can, like an unruly child, be seen and heard this week. (Choose from the audio or video version, or collect them all!) Talked about by our faces: OnLive's restructuring, Apple's place as the biggest company in history, Groupon's woes, restaurant cell phone etiquette, direct-to-DVD movies, and more. We even have a taste-test video extra!

Make the Most of Final Back to School Shopping with Some Clever Couponing

There are certain back to school items, like inexpensive supplies, that you may be inclined to buy in store rather than online. But just because you're stepping away from your computer doesn't mean you can't still be a budget savvy shopper. Here are some couponing tips for saving the most in-store during back to school shopping.

Plan the Perfect Family Camping Trip with These Essentials

Ready for a fun family excursion? Head to the great outdoors, but make sure you've got everything on this shopping list to make the most of your camping excursion.

The iPhone 4S Will Drop in Price at the iPhone 5's Debut, But By How Much?

Even if the latest Apple rumors are correct and the iPhone 5 makes its debut next month, the real star of the show for bargain hunters will be the iPhone 4S. If Apple follows its own tradition, the 4S will see a pretty significant discount. But just how low can its price go?

Rumor Roundup: Kindle Fire 2 Will Be Free? Wii U on Black Friday?

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

A New Service Delivers Guitar Strings to Your Doorstep at a Discount

The Dollar Strings Club is a new subscription service for musicians that delivers fresh guitar strings to your front door once a month. But is it a cost-effective option for all musically-inclined consumers?

Deals to Visit Orlando's Theme Parks on a Budget

It's time to take your kids to the "most magical place on earth." Yup, we mean Disney World, or one of the other famed theme parks in the Orlando area. And aside aside from making your brood squeal with joy, we've got deals on Orlando hotels and vacation packages that'll excite you too — and assuage your wallet all in one go.

Would You Buy a Windows Tablet if It Cost Just $199?

Rumor spread this week that the Microsoft Surface RT could debut at a startlingly low price of $199 when its released on October 26. Is it possible we'll see a sub-$200 Windows 8 slate? And would you be more likely to buy it at this very low price?

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review: The Best Android Tablet on the Market?

The debut of the Google Nexus 7 to the 7" tablet market last month caused quite a stir, as the spiffy slate was positioned to aggressively compete with the ever-popular Amazon Kindle Fire. Now that the dust has settled from that announcement, here's how the Nexus 7 stacks up.

5 Editors' Choice Software Deals: Titles for Free, a Deal that Puts You Ahead $20

Every one of our top software deals today is an Editors' Choice offer — which is understandable since three of the titles cost nothing at all, and one even puts you ahead by $20~!. For cheap foreign language software, payroll programs, or virus protection, look no further.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 223: The Impact of the iPhone

The dealnews Podcast Episode 223 is a delight for ears and eyes this week, as we're offering the show as a video as well! Talked about by our faces: the Olympics, NOOK price cuts, Microsoft Surface tablet rumors, the iPhone's impact on the cell phone marketplace, and more.

Track and Analyze Your Workouts with These Top Fitness Apps

Keeping up with an athletic regime is a lot easier (and more fun) when you can keep track of your progress. With a smartphone, this sort of data is in the palm of everyone's hand. We've rounded up the seven best fitness tracking apps that have some serious muscle. So grab your phone and get goin'!

Apple Stores Will Match the Latest iPhone 4S Price Cuts, But Should You Buy?

Sprint has cut $50 from its line of iPhone 4Ss just weeks before Apple's highly anticipated press event. And now some Apple Stores will match the lower price tags.

Prepaid Cell Phone Plans Save Money But Remain Unpopular with Consumers

A bit of basic math shows that many consumers would spend drastically less money over two years with a prepaid cell phone plan than they would being locked into a 2-year carrier plan. But despite this, prepaid plans remain unpopular in the U.S. So why haven't more budget-conscious consumers been swayed to make the switch?

Rumor Roundup: BioShock for Singles Only? Galaxy Note Flexible Screens?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Samsung, Plants vs. Zombies, and BioShock Infinite? Well neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

A TUAW Editor Gives Us the Scoop on All Things Apple

Want to know what Apple has been up to? We talked with The Unofficial Apple Weblog's senior editor Michael Rose to find out.

The Dominican Republic: All-Inclusive Adventure & Beachfront Resorts Deals

If you want to escape to a quaint tropical paradise (sans the crowds and beachfront resort high-rises), look no further than the Dominican Republic. Enjoy the luxury of all-inclusive vacations without breaking the bank.

Shoot Video and Snap Photos with these 5 Digital Camera Deals

Does your old digital camera have you down? Does it lag? Do the batteries die too quickly? If you're ready for a new camera, then look no further than these camera deals.

Is Samsung's Buyback Program Comparable to Gazelle?

Samsung has recently joined the company of trade-in programs Gazelle, NextWorth, and the like with their aptly titled Samsung Upgrade program. So how does their service stack up to the other electronics recyclers?

Hot Kitchen Deals: 20-Piece Flatware for $10, 15% off Pro Espresso Machines

We're already in August and yes, it's certainly too hot to be cooking. But what's also hot are these Editors' Choice kitchen deals on flatware, espresso machines, and more.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 222: Phablets or Tablones?

The dealnews Podcast Episode 222 is absolutely phabulous this week. Discussed is the Amazon Phone, Google's Nextus Q Ball, tablet satisfaction, iPad mini hype, phablets, tablones, and more.

Amazon's New Cloud Player Presents a Direct Challenge for iTunes

As competition for the cloud heats up, Amazon and Apple will duke it out. More free storage and greater accessibility are the latest from Amazon. What can we expect from Apple?

Beat the Heat and Defeat Evil with These 5 Video Game Deals

While most parents are focusing on getting their kids ready for back to school, the kids are likely looking for any way to prolong the summer. That's where these video games deals come in!

Las Vegas: How to Book the Cheapest Rates at the Most Discounted Hotels

From bachelorette parties to business conventions, Las Vegas is one of the country's busiest cities. We've analyzed the past two years worth of Vegas deals to find out when visitors can book the cheapest rates, what hotels offer the best deals, and what kind of freebies you can snag on your next visit to Sin City.

Rumor Roundup: Apple Investing in Twitter? iPhone for $800?

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

Will Netflix Sink or Swim?: Profits Increase, But Traffic & Subscribers Drop

The competition in the digital content arena is steep, as Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, and Vudu all vie for consumers. And we wonder, can Netflix really become "the world's most popular TV show and movie service"?

Seek Out Some Rest and Relaxation at a Resort in Mexico

Mexico's proximity to the U.S. is a deal-seeking traveler's dream; our amigo to the south provides us with ample opportunity to score inexpensive flights and hotels. And while you may think of Mexico as a haven for partiers, we've got a wealth of deals on relaxing resorts to help you escape the daily grind.

How Does Walmart's VUDU Movie Streaming Service Stack Up?

It's hard to imagine an area of retail or consumer electronics that eludes the notice, or the reach, of Walmart. And now that includes the cloud: Walmart's VUDU, a digital media delivery service that allows you to stream movies and other content to a number of devices, has its pros and cons.

Common Money-Saving Mistakes That Can Cost Big Bucks

Saving money is on everybody's minds these days, but beware! Not every money-saving technique will pay off; in fact, some could cost you more in the end. Here are six common pitfalls consumers make in an attempt to save money.

Can the Rumored Amazon Smartphone Be Groundbreaking Like the Kindle Fire?

Amazon is reportedly testing and developing its own smartphone, to be potentially released later this year. And while very, very little is known about what the device will feature, many believe that it will boast a competitive price tag. But is that enough to make it as groundbreaking for the smartphone market as the Kindle Fire was for the world of tablets?

dealnews Podcast - Episode 221: Have The Olympics Let The Consumer Down?

The dealnews Podcast Episode 221 is poised at the starting line, awaiting a pistol-shot to get going. (The pistol-shot, in this case, is you pressing "play" to hear all about Olympic complaints, iPhone 5 rumors, and more.